APTA Rail Conference Kicks Off in Cleveland!


Paul P. Skoutelas

More than 1,500 public transportation professionals from across the industry are in Cleveland, OH, for APTA’s 2024 Rail Conference, June 2-5.

The opening day featured remarks by APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA Chair Michele Wong Krause, FTA Executive Director Matthew Welbes, and Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Speech Thomas.

“We want to thank the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for hosting this important annual event during a pivotal time for our industry,” said Skoutelas. “With its rich history in advancing passenger rail, Cleveland is the ideal location this year for industry leaders to come together and exchange insights, explore advancements, and drive tangible progress within the rail transit sector.”

Michele Wong Krause

The conference includes sessions and workshops that address the critical priorities and challenges facing all rail modes, including ridership recovery, decarbonization, approaches to personal safety and public security, strategies to combat fare evasion, high school and community college training programs, and innovative technologies to accelerate capital rail projects.

Additionally, manufacturers, suppliers, and technology developers will be on hand to discuss the latest trends and technology in rail transit at the Products & Services Showcase.

Be sure to visit this site throughout the week for in-depth coverage of sessions, images, and more!