Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Hold National Motorcoach Safety Summit

Sep 21, 2011, 10:12 ET from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Live Webcast to Allow Public to Join Summit as Diverse Stakeholders Meet in Nation's Capital to Develop Plan to Raise the Motorcoach Industry's Safety Bar

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will host a national Motorcoach Safety Summit on Friday, September 23, 2011, in Washington, D.C. that will bring together motorcoach company owners, drivers, safety advocates, tour operators, brokers, law enforcement, elected officials, and concerned citizens from across the country to develop recommendations to raise to improve safety throughout the motorcoach industry.

Information garnered from a series of regional roundtables in Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Anaheim, California and New York City will be the basis of the national summit's panel discussions and breakout sessions. The public can go to http://motorcoachsafety.ideascale.com, review stakeholder input from each roundtable and submit additional comments. FMCSA will make the summit available via webcast by visiting the agency's website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

WHAT:

National Motorcoach Safety Summit

WHEN:

Friday, September 23, 2011


9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT



WHERE:

Renaissance Downtown Hotel


Grand Ball Room North


999 9th Street, Northwest


Washington, D.C. 20001



PARTICIPANTS:



  • Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

  • John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Anne S. Ferro, Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)


2011 National Motorcoach Safety Summit Agenda

Downtown Renaissance Hotel - 999 Ninth Street, NW - Washington, DC 20001



Friday, September 23, 2011


8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m.

Registration



9:00 a.m.

U.S. Department of Transportation Welcome


Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration



9:10 a.m.

Opening Address


Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation



9:30 a.m.

OneDOT – On the Move for Motorcoach Safety


A brief update on current motorcoach safety initiatives.




Facilitator –


Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator,


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration




Panelist –


  • Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • Peter Appel, Administrator, Research & Innovative Technology Administration

  • David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

  • Peter Rogoff, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration

  • Tony Furst, Acting Associate Administrator for Safety, Federal Highway Administration


10:15 a.m.

Break



10:30 a.m.

Safety 1st – Stakeholders' Perspective


A discussion with a diverse panel offering differing viewpoints regarding motorcoach safety.  




Facilitator –


Annie Collins, Associate Administrator for Field Operations, FMCSA




Panelist –


  • Mr. Lawrence J. Hanley, Amalgamated Transit Union

  • Ms. Jackie Gillan, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

  • Dr. Yen-Chi Le, Victims Advocate

  • Lt. Donald Bridge, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Mr. Stephen Story, James River Bus Line


11:30 a.m.

Lunch - Legislative Perspectives on Motorcoach Safety


– Speaker Invited–



12:30 p.m.

National Motorcoach Safety Roundtable


Bryna Helfer, Director of Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation




11 Breakout Sessions Major Themes:


  • Training and Knowledge Gaps

  • Uniformity of Enforcement

  • Fatigue

  • Outreach and Public Awareness


1:45 p.m.

Break



2:00 p.m.

Roundtables Report out



3:00 p.m.

Commit to Think Safety Every Trip, Every Time…Next Steps


John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation



3:30

Close



SOURCE Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration



RELATED LINKS

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov