Transit, Trains, and Aviation

APA Florida Chapter, Emerald Coast Section


Friday, November 13, 2015
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST

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Buses, Trains and Airplanes are relevant transportation choices today that will be vital standard modes of travel in the future.  This panel will discuss the current issues and legislative initiatives that will decide the future network for these modes.  Topics to be discussed are Economic Development, Environment and     Transportation.

The moderator of the session is Rodney Friend, a Commissioner for the City of Lynn Haven.  Speakers are Jim Matthews, President and CEO or the National Association of Railroad Passengers; Mayor Know Ross, Commissioner and Chairman  of the Southern Railway Commission; Thomas Stennis, Government Affairs Director of South Amtrak; Terry Washington P.E, Federal Aviation Administration. 



Jim Mathews brings 30 years of publishing experience in the transportation sector to his position as President and CEO of NARP. Before joining NARP, Mathews was Executive Editor of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. During his 26-year tenure at Aviation Week, he cultivated the company’s digital strategy and led teams that twice won national awards for best news website.

Mathews served on the Amtrak Customer Advisory Council for six years, including two years leading the ACAC as chairman. He is a lifelong train traveler with a deep-rooted vision for a robust national passenger train network within the U.S. Mathews believes rail can be an economic engine in the communities it serves, a potentially transformative mode in an ever-changing transportation landscape and the most environmentally responsible way to meet the transportation challenges of the 21st century.

At NARP, Mathews looks forward to fostering more member engagement, broadening NARP’s relationships and reach and making the organization even more effective and relevant.

Mathews continues to volunteer as a Squadron Commander and Search-and-Rescue Aircrew Member for the Civil Air Patrol in Virginia and a Water-Quality Monitor for the Citizen Science Institute in Ithaca, New York. Mathews is a native of Syracuse, New York.