MTA Board meeting postponed as leaders travel to Washington

The regularly scheduled Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors meeting planned for Tuesday has been pushed back to March 30, as top officials from the agency travel to Washington D.C. for a public transportation conference.

The legislative conference of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is held each year in the nation’s capital, and the 2010 version of the event will feature important updates on federal funding plans and appearances from key transit officials, including Minnesota Rep. James L. Oberstar, chairman of the federal Transportation Committee.

More than 600 leaders in the public transportation field are scheduled to attend the event, including MTA chief Nat Ford and James McCray, vice-chairman of the agency’s Board of Directors.

MTA spokeswoman Kristen Holland said the agency regularly cancels its board meeting during the APTA legislative conference, which runs from March 15 to March 17 this year. The next MTA board meeting, scheduled for March 30, will center largely on the agency’s efforts to bridge a $56.4 million funding gap for the upcoming fiscal year.

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