Mirkarimi to DC for public transportation conference 

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, in his recently gained role as chair of the Transportation Authority, will not be attending Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. But by the sound of it he won’t be missing much. The meeting is shaping up to be a quick one.

Mirkarimi flew out on a Saturday night red-eye flight to Washington, D.C., to attend a public transportation conference.

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.

Mirkarimi is meeting with key leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein to talk transit and seek more federal stimulus funding.

Mirkarimi is expected to return to San Francisco on Tuesday night.

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