10th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is hosting the 10th Annual Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference on April 28-30, 2015.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Note: The conference room block at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is sold out, but
 FTA has negotiated a discounted rate at an overflow hotel. (See Below)

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This FREE three-day Conference will provide attendees with a solid background on 49 CFR Part 40 (Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs) and 49 CFR Part 655 (Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operators). The Conference will be an exceptional opportunity for those both new and old to the transit industry with sessions tailored to both groups.

Speakers and Industry Experts

  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Office of the Secretary's Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC)
  • US DOT/Volpe Drug and Alcohol Program Staff
  • Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Auditors
  • Medical Review Officer (MRO)
  • Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
  • Third Party Administrator (TPA)


  • Examples of Various Adulterants (substitutions and ways to beat a test)
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol FREE Publications
  • Policy Reviews
  • Meet the Experts from OST, FTA, FMCSA and more...

Networking Opportunities!

  • Networking sessions for employers of large, medium/small and rural systems on Day 1
  • Peer Networking Session

Tuesday, April 28 (some sessions require pre-registration):

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  On-site Conference Check-in (conference materials, nametags, etc.) available
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm  Beginner Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training*
  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm  Reasonable Suspicion Training
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am  You're Being Audited by FTA! What Should You Expect?
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Experienced Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training*
  • 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm  Reasonable Suspicion Training
  • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm  Networking by System Size
* Pre-registration required for Beginner Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training and Experienced Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training.

Wednesday, April 29:

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am  On-site Conference check-in (conference materials, nametags, etc.)
  • 9:00 am - 9:45 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  General Sessions
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  Peer Networking Session (Regency Foyer/Poolside)

Thursday, April 30:

  • 9:00 am  General Sessions
New Sessions
  • Experienced Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training
  • Networking Sessions for Large, Small/Medium and Rural Systems
  • TRACS and Rx/OTC Medication Updates and New Employer Technical Assistance Tools
  • Alcohol Testing that Defeats Legal Challenges
  • Ten Tools for a Terrific Training Program
  • How to Prepare for Arbitration Pertaining to Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • MPO's/City Government: Who Does What?
  • You're Being Audited by FTA! What Should You Expect?
  • Emerging Drugs of Abuse
  • The Contract is Your Prenup: How to Navigate the Relationship with Your TPA
  • And more sessions to come!

View the full agenda

Hotel Information

Note: The host hotel is sold-out. Please book your room with the overflow hotel.

Overflow Hotel

FTA has negotiated a discounted rate of $129 per night, plus tax, at the Best Western Plus Inn in Atlanta. Please call the hotel at 404-577-6970 and ask for the FTA- Drug & Alcohol Block in order to receive the rate. Rooms are reserved for April 26, 2015 - May 1, 2015. The special room rate is available until April 3, 2015 or until the group block is full, whichever comes first. For additional information, please visit the hotel website at: http://innatthepeachtrees.com/home.html


How far is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from the hotel?
The airport is approximately 11 miles from the hotel.

What transportation is available from the airport?
  • Atlanta Airport Shuttle Service to the airport: $16.50 one way or $29 round trip per person.
  • Taxi to airport: $32.00 plus $2.00 per each additional person.
  • Hyatt Regency Atlanta is connected to Peachtree Center Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Train Station via the Peachtree Center Mall (20 minute ride from airport). The MARTA train costs $2.50 each way, plus an additional $1 to purchase a breeze card ($6 roundtrip).
What is the cost of parking?
The Hyatt offers indoor valet parking with in/out privileges. The group rate is $22 per day. There is no self-service parking available.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the FTA Drug and Alcohol Project Office at
(617) 494-6336 or email us at FTA.DAMIS@dot.gov.

Atlanta - 10th Annual Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  Drug and Alcohol National Conference - April 28-30, 2015