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APTA EXPO Revitalizes Industry


Much like the city of New Orleans, APTA’s 2011 EXPO showcased its own revitalization, be it the ever-present examples of transit systems working harder and smarter despite economic hardships, or the bountiful product offerings on the show floor, to the leadership changes, most notably, the introduction of incoming APTA President, Michael Melaniphy.

APTA’s triennial event, which took place at New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, was bigger than ever, boasting 772 exhibitors, including 300 newcomers and spanning 60 countries, on a 300,000-square-foot show floor that featured 54 buses and vans and five offerings from railcar manufacturers. APTA was also expecting more than 15,000 attendees to visit the show floor, which is a far cry from 30 years ago in Chicago, where there were 5,500 attendees and 265 exhibitors. (full article)

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