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The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a bi-annual conference, produce a quarterly newsletter, offer continuous opportunities to network, and experience new and varied educational opportunities across the state.


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Light Rail 2018

Join Railway Age and RT&S at a premier event—Light Rail 2018, our third annual conference on light rail transit. LRT, the fastest-growing passenger rail mode, employs a full range of technologies and operating practices. Light Rail 2018, developed for transportation professionals in planning, operations, civil engineering, signaling and vehicle engineering—as well as students at the undergraduate and graduate level—will offer a comprehensive review of the specialized technical and operational issues associated with light and interurban railways. It will also examine the relationship between transportation and economic development in a modern urban environment. Professional Development Hours will be offered for Professional Engineers.

Keynote Address


Administrator, Maryland DOT MTASystem Safety


Manager of Training, Hudson-Bergen Light RailChange and Growth in Toronto


Chairman, Toronto Transit CommissionBuilding Baltimore’s Purple Line LRT


Executive Dir. - Transit Development & Delivery, Maryland Transit AdministrationInnovative LRT Delivery Methods in Canada


Attorney at Law, Nossaman LLPState of Good Repair and Transit Asset Management


Dir., Track Engineering and Design, SEPTA

Conference Topics Include

  • North American New-Builds and Expansion Programs
  • Service Design
  • Expedited Service: History and Present-Day Developments
  • Vehicle Technologies: Electric, Diesel, Hybrid
  • Signaling and Train Control Technologies
  • Engineering Requirements and Technologies
  • Shared-Use Operations with Freight Rail
  • Safety and Security Issues
  • Operating Personnel Education and Training
  • Public and Private Funding Strategies
  • Carbuilder Roundtable

Hotel Block | Venue
Light Rail attendees can book a room at the Batimore Marriott Waterfront for $209.00 a night. Our room block ends April 4. To book, call 877-212-5752 and mention Railway Age Light Rail, or make your reservations online at:

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities
Contact Jonathan Chalon at 212.620.7224, for details.

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