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 Session Descriptions

APTA's 2011 Annual Meeting will be help October 2-5, 2011, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

New: The final conference program and schedule are now available for download.

Session Descriptions

last updated September 26, 2011

Friday, September 30
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

APTA Community Service Project

Please note that all volunteer slots for both September 30 and October 6 have already been filled.  

Saturday, October 1

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Business Member Programs Committee

Belle Chasse, Third Level, Hilton

  • Co-chairs, John P. Bartosiewicz & Jerome C. Premo

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Diversity Council

Oak Alley, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Gary C. Thomas

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APTA Registration

Hall E Convention Center

Host Information Booth

Hall E Lobby, Convention Center

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Business Member Small Business Committee

Belle Chasse, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Higher Education Subcommittee

Melrose, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Jill Hough

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Business Member Government Affairs Committee

Jefferson Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Cliff Henke

12 - 4 p.m.

2011-2012 APTA Board of Directors

Versailles Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • 2011-2012 Chair, Gary Thomas

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Workforce Development Subcommittee

Melrose, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Lydia C. Grose

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Labor Relations Subcommittee

Melrose, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Patrick Gough

4 - 5 p.m.

Intergovernmental Issues Subcommittee

Oak Alley, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Marlene B. Connor

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Commuter & Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee

Jefferson Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • Co-chairs Stanley G. Feinsod & Joseph J. Giulietti
6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
(tickets required)

A Tribute to Bill Millar on His Retirement as APTA President

6:30 - 7:15 p.m. – Reception
7:30 - 10 p.m. – Dinner, Program, Entertainment

Join us and help celebrate the career of a public transportation industry legend. A special reception and dinner is planned for Bill Millar to celebrate his 40 years in the public transportation industry and 15 years as APTA President.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF).

Please note that tickets for this event are no longer available for purchase, and will not be available at the door.

If you already purchased tickets, bring your email confirmation to the APTA registration desk between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. You can also pick up your tickets at the event that evening.

Sunday, October 2

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Business Member Procurement Committee

Belle Chasse, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Robert I. Brownstein

Member Services Committee

Oak Alley, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Steve Rodomski

Small Operations Committee

Versailles Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Jeanne Krieg

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

Jasperwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Michael T. Burns

Capital Projects Subcommittee

Grand Ballroom A, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Claudia Elliott

9 - 10 a.m.

ADA Subcommittee (Transit Board Members Committee)

Cambridge, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Margaret Gutsell

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

Norwich, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, William R. Mooney

9 - 11 a.m.

Legislative Committee

Napoleon Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, William L. Volk

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

APTA Registration

Hall E Convention Center

Host Information Booth

Hall E Lobby, Convention Center

Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room

Room 341, Third Level, Convention Center

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

Jasperwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Michael P. DePallo

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)

Rosedown, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Rosemary B. Getty

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

Magnolia, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Albert Scala

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Light Rail Transit/Streetcar Conference Planning Committee

Elmwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Richard Krisak

11 - 12:30 p.m.

Business Member Business Development Committee

Belle Chasse, Third Level, Hilton

  • Co-chairs, Albrecht P. Engel & Jeffrey Wharton

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

Grand Ballroom C, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Financial Management Committee

Grand Ballroom B, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Scott L. Schroeder

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

Grand Ballroom A, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Michael I. Schneider

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)

Rosedown, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Patrisha Piras

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Research & Technology Committee

Marlborough, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Business Member Liaison & Outreach Committee

Belle Chasse, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, David W. Mikoryak

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

Napoleon Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Jolene M. Molitoris

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Mobility Management Committee

Grand Ballroom C, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Ronald L. Barnes

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

Rosedown, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Timothy H. McKay

Streetcar Subcommittee

Chequers, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, James H. Graebner

Fare Systems & Programs Committee

Grand Salon B, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Kevin M. Fehn

1 - 3 p.m.

Marketing & Communications Committee

Versailles Ballroom, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Bonnie L. Arnold

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Bus Operations Committee

Jasperwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Claire Spielberg

Mid-Size Operations Committee

Grand Ballroom B, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Jeff Hamm
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Technical Forum

Grand Ballroom A, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, TBD

1:45 - 2 p.m.

Business Member General Meeting & Election

Grand Ballroom D, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Charles R. Wochele

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Information Technology Committee

Marlborough, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, David Sullivan

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

Elmwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Richard Krisak

2 - 4 p.m.

Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG)

Grand Ballroom D, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Charles R. Wochele

Human Resources Committee

Grand Salon A, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Mary Ann Collier

Systems Engineering Subcommittee

Magnolia, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Anne O’Neil

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

Jasperwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, George Karbowski

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Access Committee

Fountain, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Rick Ramacier

2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Modern Streetcar Procurement Guidelines Working Group

Chequers, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, John Smatlak

3 - 4 p.m.

Afternoon Tea with Barbara Millar & Karen Melaniphy

River Room, Riverside Conference Center, Hilton

Registered guests are invited to drop by to say goodbye to Barbara Millar and hello to Karen Melaniphy.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

Grand Ballroom C, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Richard J. Wieczorek

3 - 5 p.m.

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

Grand Ballroom B, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Donna DeMartino

Communications Subcommittee/Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

Grand Salon B, First Floor, Hilton

  • Chairs, David Gorshkov & Barry Einsig

3:30 - 5 p.m.

This is APTA: Got a Membership — So Now What?

Melrose, Third Level, Hilton

Learn about your association and find out how to leverage the APTA resources available to you. Where do you start and how do you get involved? There will be opportunities for Q&A to discuss your questions with seasoned members who will share their secrets for membership success.

Presenter

  • William Millar, president, APTA

Q&A Facilitators

  • John P. Bartosiewicz, co-chair, APTA Business Member Programs Committee, and executive vice president/chief operating officer, McDonald Transit Associates, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
  • Robert F. Nixon, president, Diversity Matters 2 US, LLC, Canisteo, NY
  • LaShawn King Gillespie, director of planning, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

3:45 - 5 p.m.

Rail Transit Committee

Belle Chasse, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

4 - 5 p.m.

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

Jasperwood, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Allen Pierce

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Policy & Planning Committee

Marlborough, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Emerging Technology Subcommittee

Cambridge, Second Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Angela K. Miller

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

Grand Salon C, First Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Joel M. Volinski

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Transit Board Members Committee

Fountain, Third Level, Hilton

  • Chair, Alison A. Hewitt

6 - 8 p.m.

Welcome to New Orleans Reception

Mardi Gras World

Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues at Mardi Gras World! This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

RTA is providing complimentary shuttle service to and from Mardi Gras World between the hours of 5:45 and 9 p.m.

Reception sponsored by Orion Transit Buses and Allison Transmission, Inc.

Monday, October 3

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APTA Registration

Hall E Convention Center

Host Information Booth

Hall E Lobby, Convention Center

Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room

Room 341, Third Level, Convention Center

7 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

La Nouvelle Foyer, Second Level, Convention Center

Sponsored by Stacy & Witbeck, Inc.

8 - 10 a.m.

Opening General Session
Public Transportation Takes Us There

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

The public transportation industry’s premier event officially begins in New Orleans with the opening general session as we review the accomplishments of the past year and the challenges and new opportunities ahead. Hear about the state of your association and witness the “exchanging of the gavel” ceremony between the outgoing and incoming APTA chairs. The session concludes with the official grand opening of the International Public Transportation EXPO 2011.

Welcome and Remarks

  • Michael J. Scanlon, 2010-2011 chair, APTA; general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District; and executive director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA

Host Welcomes

  • Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, City of New Orleans, LA
  • Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Barbara C. Major, chairwoman, Board of Commissioners, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Justin T. Augustine, III, vice president, Veolia Transportation, and chief executive officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

Sponsor Recognition

  • Elliot G. Sander, group chief executive-global transportation, AECOM, New York, NY

Remarks

  • William Millar, president, APTA
  • Gary C. Thomas, 2011-2012 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president and CEO elect, APTA
  • Administrator Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Taped Address

  • Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Business Member Remarks

  • Charles R. Wochele, chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors, and vice president, industry & government relations, Alstom Transportation, Inc., West Henrietta, NY

Official Grand Opening of the International Public Transportation Expo 2011

General Session sponsored by AECOM.

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

EXPO 2011

Convention Center

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The APTA Center

Booth 6019, Convention Center

Prize Drawings at 12:30 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.!

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

Room 357, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Linda J. Bohlinger

Waterborne Transit Operations Committee

  • Meeting Cancelled

12 - 1 p.m.

Board Support Subcommittee (Transit Board Members Committee)

Room 350, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Rhodetta Seward

12 - 1:30 p.m.

State Affairs Committee

Room 352, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Ronald L. Epstein

1 - 1:45 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

Real Time Passenger Information in the Greater Iowa City Area: Bongo

Bongo is the first regional, real-time passenger information system in the U.S. and provides real-time arrival and transit information for passengers of Iowa City, Coralville, and University of Iowa transit systems. Hear about the benefits of the system and what it has done for the passengers and transit management.

  • Thomas V. Noyes, director of business development, NextBus, Inc., Alameda, CA

1:15 - 2 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

How Integrated Payment and Information Systems Can Be the Key to Solving Tomorrow’s Urban Gridlock

Learn how today’s smart-enabled payment systems for mass transit can be leveraged for macro integration among all public and private modes in a city or region, including bus, rail, ferry, tolling, bicycles, taxis, and private vehicles, as part of the solution for better transport and urban planning.

  • Matt Cole, director of business development, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Host Forum
The Robust Recovery Underway in New Orleans

Room 260-261, Second Level, Convention Center

Hear the story of how the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has innovated to improve mobility, ridership and operations since Hurricane Katrina, and has become a major contributor to the city’s renewal.

Discussion will focus on the strategies and new techniques the RTA has pursued since Katrina to strengthen its operations, service, branding, technology, and passenger information. It will include an overview of a unique type of public-private operating agreement that the RTA has pioneered in the U.S. The discussion will also highlight how the RTA’s initiatives and streetcar expansions are directly supporting the economic engine of the city and the mayor’s ambitious renewal plans.

Moderator

  • Huelon A. Harrison, chair, APTA Business Member Small Business Committee; former chairman, Dallas Area Transit Authority; and principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Barbara C. Major, chairwoman, Board of Commissioners, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Charlotte Burnell, member, Board of Commissioners, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Mark L. Joseph, chief executive officer, Veolia Transportation, Silver Spring, MD
  • Justin T. Augustine, III, vice president, Veolia Transportation, and chief executive officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Mark Romig, chief executive officer, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, New Orleans, LA
  • Judy Reese Morse, first deputy mayor and chief of staff, Office of the Mayor, City of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

The View from Capitol Hill

Room 293-94, Second Level, Convention Center

Get the real lowdown on the future of the federal transit program and high-speed rail!

Professional staff members from U.S. House and Senate committees who write the laws governing the federal transit and high-speed rail programs will attempt to predict the future as they read the very cloudy crystal ball that guides Congress on legislation to reauthorize a multi-year surface transportation bill, annual appropriations bills, and other legislation that impacts public transportation. Hear from their perspective the challenges and factors that affect Congress’ ability to advance legislation. Listen to them explain where their elected bosses stand on the issues and what issues are likely to be controversial as Congress addresses the people’s business.

Moderator

  • J. Barry Barker Jr., executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

Panelists

  • Professional staff members from U.S. House and Senate committees

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

Small Business Could Mean Big Exports: U.S. Export-Import Bank’s National Export and Small Business Global Access Initiatives

As part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI), the Global Access for Small Business Initiative was created by the U.S. Export-Import Bank to engage small and medium sized businesses in foreign sales. Learn how the NEI and Global Access for Small Business Initiative financing tools can help increase your competitive edge in the global marketplace.

  • Thomas Cummings, small business specialist, Export-Import Bank, New York, NY

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

The Foothill Transit Electric Bus Development Story

This presentation will help attendees understand the electric bus development process, from dream, to grant, to construction, to revenue service.

  • Joshua J. Goldman, co-vice chair, APTA Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee, and director of business development, Proterra Inc., San Diego, CA

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Safety Beyond Regulations – Key Learning from High-Risk Operators

Learn the fundamental issues related to transit organizations that manage operations with high exposure to serious accidents. This presentation will focus on methodologies for addressing the challenges and reducing potential for high-severity events.

  • Jim Spigener, vice president, BST Solutions, Ojai, CA

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

U.S. Government Export Assistance Programs

The U.S. Government supports a number of programs and services designed to assist companies with the exporting of goods and services. From providing matchmaking services, to bringing trade mission international delegates directly to you, to finding ways to support small and medium-sized businesses with export ambitions, representatives from U.S. Government agencies will address ways in which they can help you accomplish your exporting goals.

Moderator

  • Rita E. Daguillard, director, Office of Research Management, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Presenters

  • Thomas Cummings, small business specialist, Export-Import Bank, New York, NY
  • Luz Araoz Hopewell, acting associate administrator, Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
  • Donald van de Werken, director, New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. International Trade Administration, New Orleans, LA
  • Representative from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency

3 - 3:45 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

Induction Coils: Satisfying ADA Requirements for the Hearing Impaired

Gain insight on technology being used to satisfy ADA requirements for transit. Hearing disabilities have not received the attention that more visible disabilities have. The implementation of induction coils successfully addresses patrons with hearing disabilities by supplementing their hearing aid “T” coils. Application of this new technology on train platforms, cars, and ticket and rescue areas allows agencies with both existing and new infrastructures to comply with the ADA and safeguard their patrons.

  • Ron Keppel, principal engineer, communications, Zeier Associates, LLC, Trenton, NJ

3:15 - 4 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Low Maintenance Capacitor-based LED Emergency Lighting Systems

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the advancement in both LED & capacitive storage technology and how they will benefit the rail industry with lower power consumption, long service life, and reduced maintenance compared to conventional incandescent/fluorescent, and battery technologies.

  • Marc Gagne, director, business development, TDG Transit Design Group Inc., Mississauga, ON

3 - 4:30 p.m.

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

A lively and entertaining extravaganza honoring the best in transit marketing and communications.

Join in the excitement as we honor the first place winners and announce the grand award winners in the

32nd Annual AdWheel Awards competition. Each year, the AdWheel Awards honor the best in public transportation marketing and communications. Awards will be given in five media categories: print, electronic, campaigns, special events, and social media.

Presiding

  • Bonnie Arnold, immediate past chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee, and director of marketing and customer service, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Recasting the Business Case for Transit

Room 291-292, Second Level, Convention Center

How can we think and speak differently about the value of public transportation in an era of fiscal conservatism?

Take a different view on the return on investment of public transportation, gaining insights from transit agencies and key transit stakeholders and advocates who are reframing the case for investment in transit.

Moderator

  • John M. Inglish, chief executive officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Panelists

  • Barry H. Fromm, chairman, US Railcar Company, Columbus, OH
  • Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation, Hanover, MD
  • Hon. James L. Oberstar, member, U.S. Congress, 8th District, Minnesota (1975-2011), and senior strategic advisor, Global Traffic Technologies, LLC, St. Paul, MN
  • Raffaele Cattaneo, regional infrastructure and mobility minister of the region of Lombardy, Italy

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Achieving Sustainability

Room 293-294, Second Level, Convention Center

Leadership initiatives that build momentum and make a difference

This session focuses on leadership and strategies to achieve sustainability objectives. Hear from those who are providing the momentum with sustainable and environmental management systems. A graduate of the Leadership APTA Class of 2011 will present findings from one of its projects – “Sustainability: A Toolbox for Leaders.” Join the discussion with public and private perspectives on what it takes to move forward on sustainability and its contribution to the triple bottom line in the transit industry.

Moderator

  • Kevin Desmond, chair, APTA Sustainability Committee, and general manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

Panelists

  • Antoinette Quagliata, LEED AP, environmental protection specialist, Office of Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Bergener, graduate, Leadership APTA Class of 2011, and director, rail program & facilities engineering, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, immediate past chair, APTA Policy & Planning Committee, and senior vice president, director of strategic investments for transportation, AECOM, Arlington, VA
  • Susannah Kerr Adler, vice chair, APTA Sustainability Committee, and vice president/national director-transportation facilities, URS Corporation, Washington, DC

3 - 4:30 p.m.

From Acceptable to Accessible: Serving the Public Transportation Needs of Older Adults & People with Disabilities

Room 243-245, Second Level, Convention Center

Moving towards ‘one integrated system’ with the highest quality services

The increasing demand for the independence and mobility that public transportation offers is being met with shrinking financial resources and strained budgets. In this session, small groups will discuss several key topics and exchange best practices for delivering services, which may exceed legal requirements and passenger expectations. Join any two of the discussion groups led by public transportation industry experts that will focus on the topics below.

Moderator

  • Lauren Skiver, vice chair, Access Committee, APTA, and deputy chief operating officer of core service, Maryland Transit Administration,
    Baltimore, MD

Technologies to Improve Service Quality and Effectiveness

  • Janet S. Davis, vice president of technology, Veolia Transportation, Lombard, IL

Accommodating the Growing Diversity of Wheelchairs/Mobility Devices (Oversize/Weight, Non-securable, Rollators, etc.): Policy, Procedure & Customer Service Approaches

How to Incorporate Non-emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) and Other Human Service Transportation Programs into Your System to Increase Service Coordination and Productivity

  • Valerie Miller, medical transportation specialist, Community Transportation Association of America, Washington, DC

Providing Customer Centric Paratransit Service on a Budget

  • Russell H. Thatcher, senior transportation planner, TranSystems Corporation, Boston, MA

Working with Other Local Transit Agencies and Providers to Coordinate Paratransit Services on a Regional Basis

  • Rosemary B. Gerty, chair, APTA Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee, and division manager, regional accessibility, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

Disaster Preparedness, Planning, and Operations that Meet the Needs of Older Adults and People with Disabilities in Your Community

  • Crystal Lyons, vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and board chairman, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

Session sponsored by Trapeze Group.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

The Billion Dollar Question

Room 275-277, Second Level, Convention Center

How to develop sustainable, secure funding sources for high-speed rail

In a point-counterpoint format, experts will debate funding strategies to build and operate high-speed rail in the U.S. What techniques can be viable in the current economic climate, as well as for long-term sustained support?

Potential positions could include the need to raise additional revenue through conventional mechanisms such as taxes and a reallocation of existing funds, while another may argue that high-speed rail funding be primarily through local, state, and private sources (without additional federal funding).

Moderator

  • Norman A. Forde, associate, senior project manager, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists

  • Kent Rowey, partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York, NY
  • Ruth McMorrow, executive vice president, Parsons Enterprise, New York, NY
  • Joyce Rose, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Cyber Security — Should Transit Care?

Room 283-285, Second Level, Convention Center

Do you think that cyber attacks are something that only banks and the Pentagon need to worry about? Guess what…your agency has more vulnerabilities than you realize!

Cyber security has received much media attention recently as more and more organizations have fallen victim to hackers and those who want to do harm to our systems. What are transit systems doing to deal with cyber risks? Join us to find out what your risk exposures really are and to learn about APTA’s Cyber Security Standards initiatives and what you can do to mitigate risks for your agency.

Moderator

  • Gary Foster, chief technology officer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Panelists

  • Rodney Dor, PMP, CISA, CISSP, information systems-senior security analyst, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Dave Gorshkov, chair, APTA Communications Subcommittee, and CEO, Digital Grape Business Services Ltd., Lovedean, Hants, United Kingdom
  • Darryl Song, project manager/principal investigator, Volpe Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Kelley Bray, branch chief, CSAO, Information Assurance Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Don’t Forget the Public in Public-Private Partnerships

Room 260-261, Second Level, Convention Center

Casting PPPs in a proper framework

With increasing emphasis on increased private involvement in the financing, financial risk, and implementation of transportation projects, the role of public partners as catalysts and policymakers is often overlooked. This session will focus on how public partners have shaped public-private partnership initiatives in ways that would attract private interest. Safeguarding the public interest in transportation infrastructure deals will be another focus in this timely and strategic discussion.

Moderator

  • Michael I. Schneider, chair, APTA Public-Private Partnerships Committee, and managing partner, InfraConsult LLC, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists

  • Matthew O. Tucker, executive director, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
  • Phillip A. Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Stéphanie Brun-Brunet, infrastructure, turnkey and 3P projects vice president, ALSTOM Transport, Paris, France
  • Jeffrey F. Boothe, partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by ALSTOM Transport.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Executive Suite: Ensuring Leadership Continuity by Building Future Talent

Room 295-296, Second Level, Convention Center

An international panel of executive leaders provide hallmark examples of best practices and programs to grow young talent in our industry so they are prepared to move into… the Executive Suite.

Global executive leaders recognize that effective talent management ensures that an organization has the talent required to sustain performance and fuel growth within a shifting economy. A key component Of talent management is the succession planning process, which links identifying high potential/high performers with effective leadership development. Today’s leading organizations have created and developed models, processes, and programs that identify key leadership positions and necessary talents and capabilities required for success.

This interactive executive round-table session focuses on the vision, strategies, and programs from top-level-and-rising transit executives and programs representing North America and Europe. Learn how tough decisions and commitment to solving industry workforce needs provided structured programs that identify and develop pathways and options for future leaders. These programs and processes include assessments and feedback, interim opportunities, special assignments, full job changes, mentoring, and industry programs.

Moderator

  • Mary Ann Collier, chair, APTA Human Resources Committee, and director of operations, Swayzer Engineering, Inc., Dallas, TX

International Panel

  • Silviane Delmas, president, UITP Human Resources Commission, and inspector general, Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP), Paris, France
  • Mark R. Aesch, chief executive officer, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Rochester, NY
  • J. Barry Barker, executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY
  • Justin T. Augustine, III, vice president, Veolia Transportation, and chief executive officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Jill Chen Stober, former APTF scholarship recipient, and transportation planner, KFH Group, Incorporated, Bethesda, MD

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Safety Coordinating Council

Room 352, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, pending appointment

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Procurement Steering Committee

Room 354, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Co-chairs, Saundra Lautenberg & Patrick A. Nowakowski

4:45 - 6 p.m.

Accessible Transit & Paratransit Operations Subcommittee (Access Committee)

Room 286, Second Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Ron L. Brooks

5 - 6:30 p.m.

APTF Celebration

The American Public Transportation Foundation: Moving Forward with New Leaders of the Next Generation

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

In celebration of the APTF Scholarship Awards Program, please join us for wine and cheese as we welcome the 2012 scholarship winners!

This is the perfect opportunity to meet the APTF Scholar Task Force members and learn about the foundation’s exciting plans for recruiting and mentoring new transportation leaders. Learn about the innovative strategies, best practices, and management skills these individuals need to prepare them to take on leadership roles and responsibilities within our industry. Ultimately, the best leaders define NOW what happens NEXT in their companies. Meet these emerging leaders and work with us to define an even brighter future for public transportation.

NEXT is NOW…be part of it! The future is HERE! Join the APTF Linked-In Network.

Presiding

  • Linda J. Bohlinger, chair, American Public Transportation Foundation, and vice president, national director of management consulting, HNTB Corporation, Santa Ana, CA

APTF Task Force Members

  • Marc A. Scott, Ph.D., chair, APTF Scholar Task Force; 2008/2009/2010 APTF scholarship recipient; and former research analyst, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Kristen Sheleheda, vice chair, APTF Scholar Task Force; 2009/2010 APTF scholarship recipient; and supervisor of planning & quality service, Beaver County Transit Authority, Rochester, NY
  • Krystal Oldread, 2008/2009 APTF scholarship recipient, and special project supervisor, UMass Transit Services, Amherst, MA
  • Jill Chen Stober, 2008/2009 APTF scholarship recipient, and transportation planner, KFH Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD
  • Jacqueline K. Sheader, 2005/2006/2007 APTF scholarship recipient, and marketing manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA
  • Larry Duhon Jr., 2005 APTF scholarship recipient, and accounting systems administrator/project manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • David Ledwitz, 1993 APTF scholarship recipient, and management analyst-service and operations planning, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Eno Transportation Foundation Reception

Room 351, Third Level, Convention Center

Please join the Eno Transportation Foundation staff and board members at their annual Center for Transportation Leadership Reception. You can connect with Eno partners and friends, course alumni, and faculty and learn more about the training and education programs that Eno offers.

Tuesday, October 4

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APTA Registration

Hall E Convention Center

Host Information Booth

Hall E Lobby, Convention Center

Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room

Room 341, Third Level, Convention Center

8:15 - 10 a.m. (tickets required)

Awards Breakfast

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to the 2011 APTA Awards celebration to honor this year’s individual winners in the following categories: APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation Manager, Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member, Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member, Distinguished Service, and Hall of Fame. The categories for this year’s organization winners are: Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement, Innovation, and Special Recognition for Extraordinary Recovery.

Presentation of Awards

  • APTA Awards Committee

Breakfast and 2011 APTA Awards Book sponsored by GFI GENFARE.

2011 APTA Award Winners

Innovation Award

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Special Recognition for Extraordinary Recovery

  • Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award

Four Million or Fewer Passenger Trips Annually

  • Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc., Ithaca, NY

More Than Four Million, Fewer Than 20 Million Passenger Trips Annually

  • Sun Metro, El Paso, TX

More Than 20 Million Passenger Trips Annually

  • Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, CA

Local Distinguished Service Award

  • Cameron (Cam) Beach, board member, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award

  • Stephanie Negriff, director of transit services, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, CA

Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award

  • Crystal Fortune Lyons, board chairman, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award

  • Sharon Greene, principal, Sharon Greene + Associates, Laguna Beach, CA

Hall of Fame

  • Roger Snoble

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

EXPO 2011

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The APTA Center

Booth 6019, Convention Center

Prize Drawings at 10:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.!

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Sustainability Committee

Room 352, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Kevin Desmond

Legislative Subcommittee (Transit Board Members Committee)

Room 355, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Crystal Lyons

11 - 11:30 a.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

The 8th World Congress & Trade Exhibition on High-Speed Rail

The 8th World Congress & Trade Exhibition on High-Speed Rail, co-hosted and organized by APTA and the International Union of Railways (UIC), will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 10-13, 2012. Join the organizers of the World Congress at this showcase session to learn more about the event, including program content information and opportunities for exhibiting and sponsorships.

  • Hervé Aubert, deputy director of communications, International Union of Railways, Paris, France
  • Ignacio Barrón de Angoíti, director, Passenger and High Speed Department, International Union of Railways, Paris, France
  • Peter Gertler, chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Program Subcommittee, and senior vice president, high-speed rail services chair, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA
  • Johan Haarhuis, founder and managing director, Europoint, Zeist, The Netherlands

11 - 11:45 a.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

How iPads Are Changing Public Transportation

Learn how iPads are changing the face of public transportation in Charleston, South Carolina. State-of-the-art, yet affordable, Apple and Slicker Interactive are making it easy to share vehicle location and route information with riders. Advertisers will be eager to reach the passengers with real time, geo-specific advertisements. Come see the future.

  • Tommy Dew, CEO, Slicker Interactive, Charleston, SC

11:15a.m. - 12 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Improve Your Bottom Line with Behavior-based Fuel Management Solutions

With fuel as one of the largest fleet operating costs, rising prices increase the urgency of managing the driver’s impact on fuel economy. To help agencies address this bottom-line concern, this presentation will showcase new and innovative fuel management tools to improve fuel efficiency and fleet performance.

  • Dave Riordan, vice president of client services, DriveCam, San Diego, CA

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

Passenger Transportation Projects in Mexico

Discover the latest passenger transportation projects in Mexico and how you can take advantage of the business opportunities available currently and in the future.

  • Alicia Herrera, senior commercial specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Mexico City, Mexico

12 - 1 p.m.

Transit Board Members Program Subcommittee

Room 334, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Frederick L. Daniels Jr.

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Automated Transit Technical Forum Meeting

Room 355, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Chair, Andrew S. Robbins, P.E.

1 - 2:30 p.m.

General Forum
Federal Transit Administration Priorities & Update — FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff

Room 275-277, Second Level, Convention Center

Join the FTA Administrator and members of his leadership team in a discussion of important challenges facing the agency, its priorities, and how they plan to focus resources to tackle those issues.

Moderator

  • Administrator Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Representatives from the Administrator’s leadership team

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

Public Transportation Business Opportunities in China

The People’s Republic of China is continually expanding its transport network in efforts to keep its 1.3 billion citizens moving. Hear from a transportation representative from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing about China’s growing public transportation developments and how you can be a part of this growth. Also learn about the challenges of working in China and the appropriate business practices needed to ensure success.

  • Landon Loomis, commercial officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

New Technology Resilient Wheels for Light Rail Vehicles

The presentation will explore and compare the European design alternative to the Bochum Wheel and will showcase ride characteristics and costly tooling investments.

  • Frank Ursone, executive vice president & general manager, UTC/Rail & Airsources (UTC/RAS), Morton, PA

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Break-through, Electrified-Public Transportation for Today’s Green City Plan

This presentation will describe technological advances in the first mass-produced, long-range (300 km), battery-all-electric, 40-foot transit bus. BYD America began delivering eBUSes to several of Shenzhen and Changsha public bus authorities in China starting in January 2011. Now there are over 200 BYD all-electric eBUSes and 300 all-electric e6 taxis running on city streets with many pilot projects planned or launched in Europe, Singapore, and the U.S.

  • Micheal Austin, vice president, BYD America, Arlington Heights, IL

3 - 3:45 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

Integrated Fare Management

Integrated fare management is a next generation solution for automatic fare collection and management to enable a single payment across multiple transportation modes. This presentation will examine the decreasing capital and operating costs for transport providers, providing an enhanced customer experience for riders, and achieving simplicity and interoperability across the entire value chain.

  • David E. Pickeral, JD, global development executive, intelligent transportation systems, IBM, Boca Raton, FL

3:15 - 4 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Optimizing Transit’s Effectiveness in Lean Budget Times

Using various real-world examples, attendees will explore a comprehensive plan of strategies and analytical techniques that can be employed to improve service reliability, reduce travel time, improve the customer experience, and service effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Lauren Isaac, consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Arcadia, CA

3:15 - 4 p.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

World Cup and Olympic Events: Mass Transportation Projects and Opportunities in Brazil

As the host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expanding its public transportation services to better serve the many visitors and citizens participating in these events. Learn how you can be a competitive player in the many projects throughout the country.

  • Ebe Raso, business development specialist, transportation equipment and services, U.S. Consulate/ U.S. Commercial Service Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Leadership APTA — Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

Class of 2011 Project Presentations and Graduation; Class of 2012 Welcome

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2011. This session includes highlights of their leadership project presentations and the Leadership APTA graduation ceremonies. The session also introduces members of the incoming Class of 2012. A celebratory reception will follow at 5 p.m.

Beginning a year ago, this year’s graduating class members participated in a variety of workshops, professional development forums, APTA meetings and events, site visits, executive round-table sessions with industry leaders, and online sessions. Over the year, class members met and spoke firsthand with transit industry leaders, university faculty, and other experts to learn from these experts and their experiences. This session features representatives from the five class project teams. These presentations and related papers will be posted to the APTA web site, www.apta.com, soon after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting & EXPO 2011.

Presiding

  • Stephen R. Beard, immediate past chair, Leadership APTA Committee, and senior vice president, director transit market sector, HDR Engineering, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Leadership APTA Graduating Class of 2011 Leadership Projects Presentation Highlights

Leading through Economic Downturn

  • Sylvia F. Castillo, director of paratransit and customer service, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL
  • Patricia Soto, administrative director, Office of the CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Sustainability: A Toolbox for Leaders

  • Inez Evans, chief operations officer, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
  • Rashidi Barnes, western sales manager, Transit Marketing Group (DBA TransMark), Boulder, CO

Leadership in State of Good Repair in Today’s Constrained Environment

  • Roy Aguilera, assistant chief transportation officer-OCC, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA
  • Elliott Rivas, superintendent, bus maintenance, San Mateo County Transit District, South San Francisco, CA

Sustainable Public Transportation: Making it Relevant for Today’s Communities

  • Scott R. Miller, senior transit planner, HDR Engineering, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Ronald Downing, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and director of planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA

The Influence of Technology on Business Decisions

  • Albert Himes, senior planner, customer facilities, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Christin Wegener, chief, Fairfax Connector Section, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Leadership APTA Class of 2011 Graduation Ceremonies

Remarks

  • Stephen R. Beard
  • William Millar, president, APTA
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president and CEO elect, APTA
  • Gary C. Thomas, 2011-2012 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Presentation and Graduation of the Class of 2011

  • Eric Rouse, graduate, Leadership APTA Class of 2010, and senior associate, Sharon Greene and Associates, Laguna Beach, CA

Presentation and Introduction of the Class of 2012

  • Christine Anderson, graduate, Leadership APTA Class of 2011, and special projects manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

Closing Remarks

  • Stephen R. Beard

2 - 3:45 p.m.

Where Does the Money Come From?

Room 295-296, Second Level, Convention Center

Capturing the benefits of development resulting from major transit investments and making dollars stretch further

As fuel prices rise and government and industry at all levels struggle in the current economic climate, many transit properties are gaining in ridership but are still in survival mode for their operation. Now is the time for thinking outside the box to maximize existing revenue and develop new revenue sources. Join this discussion of solutions for the short-term as well as the potential for long-term gains and innovative revenue streams. Come hear about the America Fast Forward initiative, Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) proposals, and other ideas at the federal and state levels. Learn more about developing mechanisms to capture some of the increased property values that result from the significant investments our industry is making in America’s urban centers.

Moderator

  • Neil Peterson, executive advisor, CH2M HILL, Seattle, WA

Panelists

  • David Seltzer, principal and co-founder, Mercator Advisors LLC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Scott Bernstein, president and co-founder, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, IL
  • David Leininger, chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Neil Peterson

2 - 3:45 p.m.

When Disaster Hits — How Do We Manage, How Can We Carry On?

Room 283-285, Second Level, Convention Center

Is your transit system ready to handle a major emergency? Are you confident in your level of preparedness to handle a catastrophe? Be sure to attend this session so that you can become better prepared!

Catastrophic events happen in various forms, including natural disasters and safety and security related incidents. Our customers look to public transportation to always be there for them regardless of the circumstances. Therefore, how we respond and manage through these events is critical to our public and our service area regions. Join us and you will be treated to firsthand accounts of working through dramatic incidents and lessons learned.

Moderator

  • Michael P. DePallo, chair, APTA Security Affairs Committee, and director/general manager, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Jersey City, NJ

Panelists

  • Kiichiro (Ken) Arie, manager, Washington, DC Office, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC
  • Takao Nishiyama, executive director, East Japan Railway Company, New York, NY
  • Marc Popkin, risk manager, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • John R. Plante Sr., senior manager, emergency preparedness, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • David Hahn, senior program specialist-safety & security, APTA

2 - 3:45 p.m.

From Town-Hall to Twitter: A New Era for Customer Communications

Room 260-261, Second Level, Convention Center

The Transit CEO and Transit Board Chair as public figure – engaging with the community through new technology as well as traditional face-to-face meetings

Transit CEOs and Transit Board Chairs can play an effective leadership role in communicating directly to the customer, as well as broader community stakeholders they serve, obtaining and responding to feedback. What forums, forms, and frequency are proving most effective, from daily blogging to weekly radio to monthly station meetings ? How responsive can a CEO and Transit Board Chair be and how can the most be made of (good) ideas received?

Moderator

  • Linda S. Watson, president/chief executive officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Panelists

  • Richard A. Davey, secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston, MA
  • James Weinstein, executive director, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • William M. Velasco, II, chairman, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Joseph Calabrese, chair, APTA Rail Transit Committee, chair, APTA Rail Transit CEOs; and chief executive officer, general manager/secretary-treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Lee Kemp, chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Session sponsored by Trapeze Group.

2 - 3:45 p.m.

Positive Train Control — Where Are We Headed?

Room 293-294, Second Level, Convention Center

PTC implementation in its final stages -- How will we verify compliance and where are the elusive radios?

Internationally designed high-speed railroad equipment will require testing and validation before introduction to the U.S. market. This is true for all high-speed rail equipment, whether infrastructure or rolling stock. High-speed and very high-speed railway systems have operated safely and efficiently around the world for decades, but any foreign equipment will need to be proven to U.S. standards before acceptance by APTA and FRA. The high-speed and intercity passenger rail (HSIPR) testing strategy addresses the requirements for testing their high-speed train sets and technology before introduction to the North American railroad system. The report is a result of surveying the industry and stakeholders of the requirements for testing HSIPR technologies worldwide. It identifies all required testing: testing for development of new technologies; assurance of existing technologies, characterization of new designs; and qualification of equipment. The report identifies the potential locations for each type of testing and evaluates the shortcomings, if any, of those test locations. This session summarizes the report, describing the most significant tests and discusses which locations are best for performing them.

Moderator

  • Robert G. Ayers, P.E., president, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC, Richmond, VA

Panelists

  • Dr. Matthew W. Witte, principal investigator II, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO
  • Rick Nozel, senior vice president, sales and marketing, CalAmp, Waseca, MN

2 - 3:45 p.m.

Complete Trip

Room 291-292, Second Level, Convention Center

The ride is just part of the equation

Increasing transit ridership and customer satisfaction requires focusing on the “complete trip.” This requires transit agencies to be more proactive in areas that often are beyond their direct control. This session is designed to provide transit professionals, both providers and consultants, with useful advice on how to be more effective when dealing with state DOTs, municipalities, and developers on access, transit stop design, and transit preferential treatments.

Moderator

  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, vice chair, APTA Small Operations Committee, and general manager, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR

Panelists

  • Tony Kellen, director of operations and technology, St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission, St. Cloud, MN
  • Marlene B. Connor, chair, APTA Intergovernmental Issues Subcommittee; vice chair, APTA Systems Management and Operations Planning Subcommittee; and director of public transportation planning, Wendel, Holyoke, MA
  • Douglas C. Holcomb, AICP, director of development & service planning, Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority, Bridgeport, CT

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

News You Can Use from FTA

Room 275-277, Second Level, Convention Center

The Federal Transit Administration recently published important proposed changes to FTA’s Title VI and Environmental Justice programs.  FTA is proposing changes to its Title VI Circular to clarify requirements for transit agencies and set new reporting thresholds.  FTA is also proposing a brand new Environmental Justice Circular.  This new Circular proposes requirements on how transit agencies analyze and communicate environmental justice issues.  In addition, FTA will cover the transit impacts of the Department’s recently finalized Americans with Disabilities Act rulemaking including level-boarding, passenger boarding at intercity, commuter, and high-speed rail stations, mobility device size and type, and service animals.

Moderator

  • Linda Ford, acting director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Therese McMillan, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Selene Dalton-Kumins, deputy director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Amber Ontiveros, Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

4 - 5 p.m.

General Session
Connecting Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Growth: Transit is Central to the Equation

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

More than ever, communities are seeking new opportunities for economic growth. A key strategy for gaining the competitive edge is to make your community a hotbed for the creativity and innovation that will spark the ideas and private investments that will bring economic growth.

APTA invites you to attend this general session featuring our guest speaker, Richard Florida, an internationally recognized expert on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. His premise is that creativity and innovation are rooted in people, and that people with powerful ideas are attracted to places that have appeal to them and that are attractive to others with similar talents. Transit has a central role in creating communities with such appeal, and for connecting the “creative class” with one another.

Mr. Florida has written several national and international best-selling books including, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received The Washington Monthly’s Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review; “Who’s Your City?”, which has been hailed a national and international best-seller, and Amazon Book of the Month; and his latest book, The Great Reset; which explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity.

Mr. Florida is founder of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm charting new trends in business and community, and is a senior editor for The Atlantic. Florida’s message offers in-depth analysis, cutting-edge trends, and progressive ideas that will rapidly move business forward in this time of economic recovery.

Presiding

  • Gary C. Thomas, 2011-2012 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Sponsor Recognition

  • Robert T. Babbitt, Ph.D., president/CEO, McDonald Transit Associates, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
  • Mathieu Dunant, chief executive officer, Ratp Dev America, New York, NY

Keynote Speaker

  • Richard Florida

General Session sponsored by McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. and Ratp Dev America.

5 - 6 p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

Room 343-45, Third Level, Convention Center

Join past, present, and future members of Leadership APTA classes and learn about alumni experiences in the program and what Leadership APTA has meant to their careers in public transportation. Share some refreshments and good company as you reconnect with friends and get to know the next generation of leaders within public transportation and APTA.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

  • HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Nova Bus
  • Trapeze Group
  • Veolia Transportation

6 - 7 p.m.

APTA/COMTO DBE Reception

Room 243-245, Second Level, Convention Center

This event, organized by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and APTA, is the perfect place for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs), transit agencies, and businesses of all sizes to engage in informal discussions about new business opportunities in a relaxing atmosphere. All are welcome, so please join us.

Reception sponsored by ALSTOM.

Wednesday, October 5

7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

APTA Registration

Hall E Convention Center

Host Information Booth

Hall E Lobby, Convention Center

Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room

Room 341, Third Level, Convention Center

7:30 - 9 a.m. (tickets required)

APTA/WTS BREAKFAST

La Nouvelle, Second Level, Convention Center

APTA and the Women’s Transportation Seminar invite you to attend the 16th highly successful speaker breakfast. Our guest speaker is Ann Tardy, founder and chief catalyst of The LifeMoxie Consulting Group. Prior to launching LifeMoxie, Ann was a corporate attorney in Silicon Valley for 12 years, practicing at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, and Fenwick & West before running the legal department of a public company and then launching her own law firm.

Ann combines the art of management with the science of behavioral economics to influence change and unleash moxie in people everywhere. She is the author three books: LifeMoxie – Ambition on a Mission! 9 Strategies for Taking Life by the Horns; Moxie for Managers – The Secret to Evolving from Manager to Leader; and Moxie for Mentoring – The Secret to Make Mentoring Matter.

Ann Tardy has never met a dull moment. Sally Jesse Raphael calls her “energetic!” She was honored as an Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association and honored with the Vanguard Award from The McGraw-Hill Companies for her contributions to their employees.

Presiding

  • Gary C. Thomas, 2011-2012 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Terry Gruver, international chair, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and partner, InfraConsult LLC, Scottsdale, AZ

Introduction

  • Dwight D. Brashear, executive vice president–business development, Tectrans, Los Angeles, CA

Guest Speaker

  • Ann Tardy

Breakfast sponsored by Tectrans.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

EXPO 2011

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The APTA Center

Booth 6019, Convention Center

Prize Drawing at 10 a.m.!

9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

The American Streetcar

Room 357, Third Level, Convention Center

Emerging starter lines and proven systems

The number of streetcar and urban circulator projects in planning and design in the U.S. is the highest in years. For the first time ever, the federal government is playing a significant role in the funding of local streetcar investments. The first half of this session will provide brief introductions to a number of these projects. The second half of the session will feature representatives from several existing systems to share “lessons learned” on successful streetcar implementation and operation.

Moderator

  • David Vozzolo, chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and vice president, HDR Engineering, Inc., Vienna, VA

FTA Perspective

  • Sean G. Libberton, director, Office of Capital Project Initiatives, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

American Streetcars on the Horizon

  • Michael A. Allegra, immediate past chair, APTA Policy and Planning Committee, and general manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Richard Krisak, chair, APTA Light Rail Transit Technical Forum, and assistant general manager-rail operations & development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Shellie Ginn, transportation project manager, City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Tucson, AZ
  • Chris Eilerman, assistant to the city manager, City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Lesson Learned

  • Justin T. Augustine, III, vice president, Veolia Transportation, and chief executive officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Ethan Melone, project manager-Seattle streetcar, City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Dave Unsworth, project development manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

Session sponsored by HDR Engineering, Inc.

9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

FTA Workshop
State of Good Repair in an Era of Climate Change

Room 283-285, Second Level, Convention Center

Floods, heat waves, hurricanes, wildfires, and rising sea level threaten the state of good repair of transit assets and infrastructure. Weather records already show a worsening of these phenomena over the last 50 years and robust climate science from NOAA, NASA, and the National Academy of Sciences projects these trends will accelerate. Already struggling with bringing transit assets up to a state of good repair in the face of tight budgets, how do transit agencies respond to this new threat to assets? Come learn about state-of-the-art risk management tools and what transit agencies in the lead are doing to respond. This is the second in a series of FTA workshops on climate change adaptation.

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend this workshop at no additional charge.

Introductory Remarks

  • Therese McMillan, FTA deputy administrator

Keynote Speaker

  • Tom Prendergast, president, MTA New York City Transit

U.S. DOT Gulf Coast Study

  • Rob Hyman, Federal Highway Administration 

Incorporating Weather and Climate Risks into Asset Management Systems  

  • David M. Springstead, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)  

Climate Adaptation Planning at LACMTA

  • Cris Liban, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)

Moderated Discussion

  • Kate Mattice, FTA deputy associate administrator for budget and policy

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Technology Planning for Vital Operational Systems

Room 293-294, Second Level, Convention Center

Looking for clear solutions to complex technology problems? Join the experts for an update.

As we demand additional features from our vital operational systems and as vendors look for cost efficiencies, even more electronics and software are being put into the systems that keep our patrons safe and on-time. Unlike the simple mechanical systems of the past, these new technologies have different failure mechanisms, require different engineering methods, and demand new talents from our maintenance staff. This session looks at how different organizations are integrating technology into their vital operational system lifecycle planning to achieve not only greater safety, but also greater operational reliability.

Moderator

  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., chair, APTA Research & Technology Committee, and Western Division, rail systems director, HNTB Corporation, San Francisco, CA

Panelists

  • Tommy Dew, CEO, Slicker Interactive, Charleston, SC
  • Marc D. Gordon, vice president, North American Public Transport, ACS Transportation Management Solutions, Columbia, MD
  • Ben Graham, assistant general manager of technology & chief information officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Session sponsored by Trapeze Group.

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Pursuit of Quality Service and a Quality Transit Agency

Room 295-296, Second Level, Convention Center

Times are tough…is quality service important when your budget is under attack?

Quality service is the backbone of ridership. Attend this session to learn how you can make certain that your agency is providing its riders with the best possible service. Our top-notch panel will share their experiences in meeting this challenge and will share resources that are available to help you achieve quality service. Join us to find out why you should care about quality and how you can introduce quality concepts into your organization.

Moderator

  • Dick Ruddell, president/executive director, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

Panelists

  • Jerry Benson, chair, APTA Labor Relations Subcommittee, and chief operating officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ivan Lai, head of operations, MTR Corporation, Hong Kong, China
  • Susan Meyer, chief executive officer, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane, WA
  • Fred Gilliam, president/CEO, Gilliam & Associates, Austin, TX
  • Michael Smith, program manager-safety & security, APTA

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

What is Fitness for Duty in a Safety Critical Position?

Room 260-261, Second Level, Convention Center

Is your transit system really addressing the problem of keeping the safety critical work force available? What is the cost to keep employees mentally, physically, and emotionally ready to perform their duties? If you find your absenteeism and workers’ compensation costs to be too high, be sure to attend this session.

The understanding of the term and application of “fitness for duty” has evolved over the last 10 years from a focus on just an employee’s general health status to one involving fatigue; hours of service; drug, alcohol, and medications; sleep apnea; post traumatic stress; and work/life balance as major factors in an employee’s ability to properly function in a safety critical job. This session highlights current research and successful programs initiated in the transit environment that have a positive impact on maintaining the proper mental, emotional, and physical standards to manage fitness for duty issues.

Moderator

  • Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., secretary/treasurer, APTA, and principal, The Ford Management Group, San Francisco, CA

Panelists

  • Greg Kildare, executive officer-risk management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • John P. O’Grady, MA, CRSP, chief safety officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
  • Rahel Eynan, chair of suicide studies, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON
  • Kate A. LeGrow, director, occupational health services, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

9:45 - 11-15 a.m.

Procurement Perspectives

Room 275-277, Second Floor, Convention Center

Public and private sector issues in contracting out

Contracting out transit services involves a wide range of important issues and this session will focus on some of the key issues related to our industry’s procurement practices. Public and private sector  speakers will bring their perspectives and debate issues, such as risk allocation, bonding, low bid vs. best value, and unrealistic bids, all in the context of a transit services procurement. This session will engage the audience in the debate and challenge them to see the impact that each side has on the other and how more cooperative partnership approaches to these issues will benefit the entire industry.

Moderator

  • Richard J. Simonetta, vice president, national director of high speed rail & special projects, URS Corporation, Columbus, OH

Panelists

  • Mathieu Dunant, chief executive officer, Ratp Dev America, New York, NY
  • Rosa Navejar, vice chair, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX
  • Carolyn Flowers, vice chair, APTA Diversity Council, and chief executive officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Carter Pate, chief executive officer, MV Transportation, Inc., Fairfield, CA
  • Phillip A. Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Kevin J. Adams, president & CEO, Mobility Transit Services, LLC, Knoxville, TN

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Grassroots Outreach

Room 288, Second Level, Convention Center

Finding and mobilizing community activists

Learn how to work with activists in passing bond referendums, supporting the overall national federal funding effort, and other local public transit issues. This session will cover effective use of social media and other grassroots tools.

Moderator

  • Linda McMinimy, vice chair, APTA State Affairs Committee, and executive director, Virginia Transit Association, Richmond, VA

Panelists

  • Courtney L. Sloger, online media specialist, Bi-State Development Agency (dba Metro), St. Louis, MO
  • Lesa Rair, program manager-research, communications, and advocacy, APTA
  • Representative from the New Orleans advocacy community

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Massaging the Message 

Room 291-292, Second Level, Convention Center

Advocating for rail in a climate of national debt debates

Twelve months ago rail enthusiasts in the U.S. were euphoric with the promise of high-speed trains connecting the country and reducing travel time. Local politicians were counting the jobs that would be generated by the construction and the tax revenue that would follow with developers capitalizing on opportunities around new rail stations. Environmentalists were tallying savings in each traveler’s carbon footprint.

What a difference an election makes. From cancelled high-speed rail programs to threats to rescind grant awards, the enthusiasm has been dampened. Not only is the prospect of 220 mph rail threatened, but so are the vital needs of existing commuter and intercity rail service in the current climate.

Is rail advocacy a fool’s errand in the world’s current economic climate? How’s an advocate to make the compelling environmental, jobs-building (and jobs-saving), tax-generating argument to any legislative body disinclined to spend money on infrastructure? Advocates offer their insights from years in the trenches.

Facilitator

  • Leonard Parker Jr., legislative director, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Tom R. Skancke, executive director, Western High Speed Rail Alliance, Las Vegas, NV
  • Hon. Tommy Thompson, former governor, State of Wisconsin (1987-2001); former secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2001-2005); and senior advisor to APTA, Madison, WI

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

Moving Beyond Mobile CCTV with Advanced Security Applications

Deploying mobile surveillance systems on fleet vehicles allows transit agencies to play a vital role in protecting our communities. Today’s challenge is how to effectively adapt to additional security technologies and integrate these systems with platforms that enable proactive monitoring, rapid incident response, and better decision-making based on real-time information. This presentation will explore the latest advances in video surveillance and communications technologies and how they can benefit your organization.

  • Keith Winchester, director, North America mobile solutions, March Networks, Ottawa, ON

10:15 - 11 a.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Achieving Consensus: Addressing Noise Issues When Planning for Mass Transit

Learn how audio visual simulations can demonstrate multiple transit technologies in various settings and offer realistic replications of the indoor or outdoor sound impact, and at varying distances and types of ground surfaces.

  • Dr. Ahmed El-Aassar, project manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

10:15 - 11 a.m.

International Showcase

Booth 2575, Convention Center

Public Transit Projects and Needs in Canada

According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, Canada is the number one trading partner of the U.S. in terms of exports and imports of goods this year. This number has rapidly grown since 2010 and is expected to continue to increase during 2012. Speakers from APTA’s sister association in Canada, the Canadian Urban Transit Association, will address business opportunities and needs within Canada’s public transit industry so that you can learn how to be a part of this business exchange.

  • Michael W. Roschlau, Ph.D., president & chief executive officer, Canadian Urban Transit Association, Toronto, ON
  • John King, chair, Canadian Urban Transit Association, Toronto, ON

11 - 11:45 a.m.

Transit Technology Showcase A

Booth 115, Convention Center

New Ways of Providing Customers with Real-time Information

Real-time traveler information requires accurate schedules and vehicle location information. In the past this information could only be provided as an extension of CAD/AVL systems. Today, it can be provided as an add-on to systems, even if no real-time vehicle hardware is installed. Learn how agencies can install display systems and advanced internet services, including subscription alert services for specific routes, disturbances, and modes of transportation.

  • Arjan van Andel, director of sales, ITS North America, Trapeze ITS U.S.A., Cedar Rapids, IA

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Transit Technology Showcase B

Booth 6155, Convention Center

Best Practices for Applying PSIM in Your Transit Operation

Transit agencies have been quick to adopt security technologies, but the resulting flood of data can obscure the big picture. Understand and articulate the key trends and challenges impacting today’s transit security command centers.

  • Tom LaBarbera, sector vice president, transportation, NICE Systems, North Branford, CT

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Closing General Session
New Orleans Streetcar Expansions Generate Economic Development & Renewal

La Nouvelle, Second Floor, Convention Center

Learn how the RTA secured a $45 million TIGER Grant and a $75 million bond issue to fund two major streetcar expansions, and how the Loyola Avenue expansion has already generated over $1.1 billion in new mixed-use development, redefining a previously dark corridor. Hear about the neighborhood development, jobs creation and entrepreneurial opportunities that are underway, and what urban rail can do for quality of life in city centers.

Moderator

  • Sherry Little, former deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, and partner and co-founder, Spartan Solutions, LLC, Alexandria, VA

Panelists

  • Dr. John Renne, director, Transportation Center, College of Urban And Public Affairs, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Justin T. Augustine, III, vice president, Veolia Transportation, and chief executive officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Pres Kabacoff, chairman, board of directors and CEO, HRI Properties, New Orleans, LA
  • Winsome Bowen, associate vice president, AECOM, Atlanta, GA

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

International Public Transportation Expo Advisory Committee

Room 356, Third Level, Convention Center

  • Incoming Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

1:30 - 5 p.m.

FTA New Starts/Small Starts Workshop

Room 293-94, Second Level, Convention Center

In its continuing educational efforts, the Federal Transit Administration, in conjunction with APTA, is offering a workshop on the current legislation, regulations, guidance, and procedures governing FTA’s Major Capital Investment Program. The workshop provides the technical requirements of the major capital investment planning and project development process and provides information on the latest issues affecting new starts and small starts.

Fee : $75 for those not registered for the Annual Meeting

Registration : Attendance is limited, so please sign up early at the APTA registration booth in Hall E in the Convention Center.

2 - 4 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOURS

Tours also available on Thursday, 9 - 11 a.m.

  • Streetcar Expansion Project
    (25 person limit)
  • New Carrollton Facility
    (60 person limit, 2 tours of 30)
Thursday, October 6

9 - 11 a.m.

Technical Tours

Tours also available on Wednesday, 2 - 4 p.m.

  • Streetcar Expansion Project
    (25 person limit)
  • New Carrollton Facility
    (60 person limit)
8:30 – 4:30 p.m.

APTA Community Service Project

Please note that all volunteer slots for both September 30 and October 6 have already been filled. 

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