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 Session Descriptions

You are invited to participate in APTA's 2013 Annual Meeting September 29 - October 2 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL with host Chicago Transit Authority. APTA's major policy conference attracts public transportation leaders and managers from all sectors. You are welcome to register now (link on the left.)

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated Oct. 23, 2013

Saturday, September 28

APTA Committee of Audit Professionals Training Session
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Joliet, Third Floor

The training will provide eight CPEs and include FTA Reviews, Performance Auditing, and Contract Attestation Training. The training session will be held in the Joliet Room in the Hilton Chicago.

FEE: Free of charge to APTA members

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Ann-Marie Glanville at aglanville@apta.com by September 19. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Ann-Marie Glanville at 202.496.1036 or aglanville@apta.com or Beverly Hill at 202.496.4315 or bhill@apta.com.

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved. 

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Diversity Council
Williford C, Third Floor

  • Chair, Peter Varga

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor 
  • Host Information Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor 

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Higher Education Subcommittee (HR Committee)
Williford C, Third Floor

  • Chair,Dr. Jill Hough

12 - 4 p.m.
APTA Board of Directors
Waldorf, Third Floor

  • 2012-13 Chair, Flora M. Castillo
  • 2013-14 Chair, Peter Varga

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Workforce Development Subcommittee (HR Committee)
Williford C, Third Floor

  • Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon 

3 - 4 p.m.
Safety Coordinating Committee
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Harry Saporta

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee
Williford A, Third Floor

  • Co-chairs, Dominique Lemay & Stéphane Lapier

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Labor Subcommittee (HR Committee)
Williford C, Third Floor

  • Chair, Steven J. Hamelin 

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee
Williford B, Third Floor

  • Chair, Marlene B. Connor

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Business Member Government Affairs Committee
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Cliff Henke

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Commuter & Intercity Rail Joint Legislative Subcommittee
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Co-chairs, Stanley G. Feinsod & Joseph J. Giulietti

6 p.m.
Human Resources Committee Dinner
(Dutch-treat dinner; meet in the Hilton Chicago lobby at 5:45 p.m.)

  • Chair, Lydia C. Grose

 

Sunday, September 29 

Mid-Level Managers Welcome and Orientation Breakfast Meeting
7 - 9 a.m.
Lake Erie, Eighth Floor

Maximizing your time, growing your network at the Annual Meeting

Mid-level managers play vital roles in the transit industry. In addition to focusing on managerial and
operational needs of their organizations, these individuals also need to broaden their skills and professional network. 

APTA is pleased to offer this session for mid-level managers who may be new to an APTA conference or new to the transit industry. Join us for an early morning breakfast meeting. Be welcomed by the industry’s top leaders. Hear from fellow members and staff about maximizing your time at APTA meetings, conference sessions, and networking events. Spend time with your peers addressing common challenges and exchanging best practices and solutions. Find out who else in the industry faces similar issues and what they are doing to fix them. Get some direction. Meet top executives. Broaden your network. Join us.

Presiding

  • Steven J. Hamelin, chair, APTA Labor Relations Subcommittee, and director of operations and planning, Springfield Mass Transit District, Springfield, IL

Executive Leadership

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Peter Varga, 2013-2014 chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Industry Speakers

  • Lolalisa DeCarlo King, AIA, NCARB, MBA, LEED-AP, and president, Architect for Life, PC, Houston, TX
  • Salvador Llamas, director of maintenance, AC Transit, Oakland, CA

FEE: Attendance is free of charge to persons registered for the Annual Meeting. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Jose Reyes at jreyes@apta.com by September 19. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Jose Reyes at 202.496.4846 or jreyes@apta.com.

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved. 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Business Member Programs Committee
Williford A, Third Floor

  • Chair, John P. Bartosiewicz 

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Member Services Committee
Lake Huron, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Steve Radomski, AIA, LEED AP

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

  • Chair, David B. Kutrosky

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Light Rail Transit Technical Forum
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Richard A. Krisak
  • Breakfast sponsored by CH2M HILL.

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Small Operations Committee
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor

  • Chair, Jeanne Krieg

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative Subcommittee
Lake Ontario, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Christopher P. Boylan

8 - 10 a.m.
Emerging Technology Subcommittee
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Chair, Angela Miller

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Host Information Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 4C, Fourth Floor

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Business Member Business Development Committee
Williford A, Third Floor

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Fare Systems & Programs Committee
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Kevin M. Fehn

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Business Member Small Business Committee
Williford A, Third Floor

  • Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Legislative Committee
Waldorf, Third Floor

  • Chair, Jeffrey A. Nelson

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee
Astoriam, Third Floor

  • Chair, William R. Mooney Sr.

10 - 11 a.m.
Bus Operations Committee
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

  • Chair, James M. Byrne

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Systems Engineering Subcommittee (R&T Committee)
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Chair, David M. Springstead

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council
Williford C, Third Floor

  • Chair, Karl Witbeck

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
EXPO Advisory Committee
Lake Ontario, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Financial Management Committee
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Terry Matsumoto
  • Lunch sponsored by PTC Inc.

 

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Streetcar Subcommittee
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

  • Chair, T.R. Hickey
  • Lunch sponsored by Brookville Equipment Corp.

12 - 2:30 p.m.
Information Technology and Research & Technology Committees
Marquette, Third Flor

  • IT Chair, Angela K. Miller
  • R&T Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

12:30 - 1 p.m.
Public-Private Partnerships Committee
Stevens Hall, Salon A, Room 5, Lower Level

  • Chair, Michael I. Schneider
  • Lunch sponsored by HDR/InfraConsult and APTA.

1 - 2 p.m.
Public-Private Partnerships and Financial Management Committees
Stevens Hall, Salon A, Room 5, Lower Level

  • PPP Chair, Michael I. Schneider
  • FM Chair, Terry Matusmoto

1 - 2 p.m.
Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)
Boulevard B, Second Floor

  • Chair, Rosemary B. Gerty

This is APTA
1 - 2:15 p.m. 
Lake Michigan, Eighth Floor

Learn about your association and how to leverage to the fullest extent the membership benefits and resources available to you and your organization. Where do you start and how do you get involved? Come meet APTA’s leadership and staff in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation and networking. A brief presentation will be followed by time for Q&A with seasoned member representatives who can share their advice and secrets for your membership satisfaction. 

Presenter

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Q&A Facilitators

  • Nancy K. Johnson, director, board support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit District, Dallas, TX
  • Michael J. Scanlon, general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District, and executive director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA
  • Michele K. Swayzer, PE, QCxP, president, Swayzer Engineering, Inc., Dallas, TX 

 
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee
Lake Huron, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Paul C. Jablonski

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Capital Projects Subcommittee
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor

  • Chair, Cosema E. ‘Connie’ Crawford

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Business Member Procurement Committee
Williford A, Third Floor

  • Chair, Patrick J. Scully

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Human Resources Committee
Lake Ontario, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Lydia C. Grose

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Marketing & Communications Committee
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Richard Maxwell

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Policy & Planning Committee
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Douglas Allen 

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Committee)
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Chair, Dave Gorshkov

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Transit Board Members Committee
Waldorf, Third Floor

  • Chair, Frederick L. Daniels Jr.

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Rail Transit Committee
Astoria, Third Floor

  • Chair, Paul C. Jablonski

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee
Lake Huron, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Bradford J. Miller

3:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Business Member Board of Governors Election & General Meeting
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Angela Iannuzziello

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Leadership APTA Alumni Group
Boulevard B, Second Level

  • Chair, Joel M. Volinski

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Access Committee
Waldorf, Third Floor

  • Chair, Rick Ramacier

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Mid-Size Operations Committee
Lake Ontario, Eighth Floor

  • Chair, Jeff Hamm

4:30 - 6 p.m.
State Affairs Committee
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

  • Chair, Steven A. Billings

Welcome to Chicago Reception at the Products & Services Showcase
6 - 8 p.m.  (tickets required)
Stevens Hall, Salons C-D, Lower Level
 

Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while examining the various displays in the showcase. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

To exhibit at the Products & Services Showcase, please complete the Products & Services Showcase Reservation Form to reserve a booth at the showcase. If you are only exhibiting in the showcase, and not attending the entire conference, please use the Exhibitor Only Registration Form. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Adam Martin at 202.496.4845 or amartin@apta.com. 

Monday, September 30

7 - 8 a.m.
Procurement & Materials Management Committee
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Chair, Charles F. Kalb

 7 - 8 a.m.
Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum
Astoria, Third Floor

  • Chair, Gavin Fraser, C. Eng. 


7 - 8 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast
    8th Street Foyer, Lobby Level

Sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.  

 

 

 

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Host Information Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor 
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 4C, Fourth Flor
  • TCRP Information Center
    8th Street Foyer, Lobby Level
  • AdWheel Exhibit
    Continental Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level


OPENING GENERAL SESSION
State of the Association and Industry
8 - 9:30 a.m.
International Ballroom, Second Floor

Whether it’s creating jobs, helping to build communities, supporting economic development, improving quality of life, moving towards energy independence, or contributing to public health and environmental sustainability, the people leading today’s public transportation services are in the forefront. Come join this session to learn more about national initiatives, host Chicago Transit Authority’s work, and our association’s direction. Celebrate together the successes of APTA’s outgoing chair and welcome its new chair and board of directors. 

Welcome and Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Sponsor Recognition

  • Francois-Xavier Perin, chief executive officer & president, Ratp Dev, Paris, France

Host Welcomes

  • Terry Peterson, chairman, Chicago Transit Board, Chicago, IL
  • Forrest Claypool, president, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Remarks

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-2013 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Peter Varga, 2013-2014 chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Address

  • Honorable Rahm Emanuel, mayor, City of Chicago, IL 

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards Presentation

  • Bonnie D. Shepherd, chair, American Public Transportation Foundation, and vice president, Northeast transportation, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Rockville, MD

General Session sponsored by Ratp Dev McDonald Transit Associates (RDMT).

 

 

HOST FORUM
Leveraging Innovation in Transportation Investments
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

Mobility options and technology in a major hub 

The Chicago metropolitan region is home to one of the largest and oldest public transportation systems in the country. A major transportation hub, it moves nearly 2 million bus and rail riders a day. Operators are increasingly relying on innovation to increase transit usage, improve efficiency, fight congestion, expand access, and serve residents of the Chicago metropolitan region more effectively. New transportation technology and programs that deliver a variety of mobility options are benefiting transit users and the environment, and enriching daily life by increasing accessibility and giving users options. The goal is a modern, integrated, coordinated, and innovative rapid transit system that serves the entire Chicago metropolitan region. 

Moderator

  • Carole L. Brown, managing director, Barclays Capital, and former CTA chair & RTA board member, Chicago, IL 

Panelists

  • Forrest Claypool, president, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Gabe Klein, commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL
  • Thomas (T.J.) Ross, P.E., executive director, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Donald A. Orseno, interim executive director, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO, GE Transportation, Chicago, IL 

Host Forum sponsored by TranSystems Corporation.

 

Service Innovations that Enhance the Value of Public Transportation
10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

Service quality trends 

Across the nation, cutting-edge service innovations – large and small – are helping bring on new ways to better serve the public. Flexible bus-routing, new fare collection methods, real-time customer information, express bus corridors, road shoulder operations, and integration of bike-sharing programs are just a few of the new initiatives being implemented. Come hear some of the great ideas that are helping make a difference. 

Moderator

  • Michael P. Bolton, deputy executive director, strategic services, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Panelists

  • Steven Fittante, director, local programs and minibus support, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Joel Thomas Mulligan, transportation consultant, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Koorosh Olyai, national practice leader - transportation, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Allen D. Biehler, P.E., executive director, Heinz University Transportation Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Financing New Projects in the U.S.
10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

Domestic models 

Private sector financing and the concept of public-private partnerships – “PPPs” – have come to play an important role in the launch of intercity passenger and high-speed rail lines around the world. Domestic experience with private sector financing has been mixed. What can the U.S. learn from these experiences, including ways to identify the projects that best fit the model of private and/or public-private financing? 

Moderator

  • Karen J. Hedlund, deputy administrator, Federal Railroad Administration Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Sherry Little, partner & co-founder, Spartan Solutions, LLC, Washington, DC
  • Adam Giuliano, senior associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York, NY
  • H. Gregory Moore, managing director, Blackhill Partners, LLC, Dallas, TX
  • David Narefsky, partner, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago, IL

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

 

 

Boston Marathon Attack and Key Role of MBTA
10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor

Security, crisis operations and communications, inter-agency and government interface 

On April 15, 2013, a heinous act of terrorism was carried out at the site of the Boston Marathon. Immediately following the attack, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority joined with Boston area first-responders and the entire Boston community in actions that were incredible and heroic. Join us to learn from their experiences that spanned issues and challenges ranging from security to crisis operations and communications to inter-agency and government interface. Join us to show your support and recognition of our MBTA colleagues. 

Moderator

  • Nuria I. Fernandez, member, APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and chief operating officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York, NY

Panelists

  • Dr. Beverly Scott, Ph.D., member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager/CEO, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Paul MacMillan, chair, APTA Committee on Public Safety, and chief of police, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Todd Johnson, director, operations control center & bus and subway training, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Sean McCarthy, chief operating officer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Local Policy Development: Ensuring Your Transportation Service is Open & Accessible to All
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Boulevard B-C, Second Floor
 

Establishing policies with rider involvement 

The Americans with Disabilities Act sets the ground floor for knowing how to provide people with disabilities with equal access to transportation services. Looking beyond the ADA, however, transportation providers can shape the experience riders have on their systems through the policies they set. This session will feature a discussion of the differences between ADA regulations and local policies, what’s involved in shaping local policy, and steps to ensure that your policies include the needs of riders with disabilities. Come share examples of effective ways to establish policies that have ‘buy-in’ from riders and discuss any aspect of public transportation services relating to accessibility policy development. 

Presenters

  • Donna Smith, director of training, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC 
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; co-chair, APTA Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; and general manager, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR


Public Trust -- Transit’s Fiduciary Responsibilities
10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Waldorf, Third Floor

Public Trust 101

Decreasing public resources and escalating operating costs, combined with a general aversion to tax increases, have all contributed to increased public scrutiny of public funds and assets - and of those entrusted with the fiduciary responsibilities to manage them. This session will cover what every manager needs to know about collecting, counting, reporting and auditing fares, other revenue streams and assets. Experienced presenters will assist managers at all levels tp better understand fiduciary responsibility. Top finance officials will explain the necessity for and realities of internal revenue and asset management.   

Moderator

  • Gordon Linton, former FTA adminstrator, and senior advisor and principal, 200consult, Rockville, MD

Best Practices for Public Trust

  • David Leininger, vice chair, APTA Financial Management Committee, and chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Capital Project assurances

  • Robert S. Bright, president, Talson Solutions, LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Audits for the Public Trust

  • Ruthe Holden, immediate past chair, APTA Committee of Audit Professionals, and chief auditor, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Inspection Proof Operations

  • Helen Lew, CPA, CGFM, inspector general, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC 
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors
    Marquette, Third Floor
  • Chair, Bonnie D. Shepherd 

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Automated Transit Technical Forum
Room 4M, Fourth Floor

  • Chair, Simon Zweighaft
  • Lunch sponsored by HDR/InfraConsult.

 

PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE
11:30 – 2 p.m.  (includes lunch; tickets required)
Stevens Hall, Salons C-D, Lower Level  

Many business members’ products and services are showcased at the 2013 Products & Services Showcase. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of public transportation equipment and services. 

Please complete the Products & Services Showcase Reservation Form to reserve a booth at the showcase. If you are only exhibiting in the showcase, and not attending the entire conference, please use the Exhibitor Only Registration Form. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Adam Martin at 202.496.4845 or amartin@apta.com. 

Showcase lunch sponsored by GJB Consulting LLC and APTA

 

 

Higher Education Student Ambassador Program --
Interactive Student Presentations 
NEW!
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Stevens Hall, Salon D Foyer, Lower Level

The highly successful “Interactive Presentations” held at APTA’s Bus & Paratransit and Rail Conferences comes to the Annual Meeting! These presentations, located outside of the Product & Services Showcase, offer a wide range of new discussion topics in an informal setting. Enjoy participating in the informal exchanges of students that maximize your time with the next generation of industry leaders. 

 

12 - 2 p.m.
Legal Affairs Committee
(Meet at Thompson Coburn’s office or at the Hilton Chicago’s main entrance at 11:45 a.m. to walk the 6/10 mile to the meeting location.)

  • Chair, Robin M. Reitzes

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Procurement Steering Committee
Joliet, Third Floor

  • Co-Chairs, Jeanne Krieg & Patrick J. Scully

1 - 2 p.m.
Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee
Room 4D, Fourth Floor

  • Chair, Beth Vidaurri  

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Sustainability Committee
Stevens Hall, Salon A, Room 5, Lower Level

  • Chair, Kevin Desmond 

GENERAL SESSION
Featuring U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx                                
2:30 - 4 p.m.
International Ballroom, Second Floor

Join us for an informative session as U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx shares with us his vision for the public transportation industry and priorities for the department. Come hear from the new Secretary, a strong proponent of public transportation and former mayor of Charlotte, NC, in his first appearance at an APTA conference.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and FTA staff will invite audience questions and comments.

Presiding

  • Carolyn Flowers, member, APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and chief executive officer, Charlotte Area Transit Authority, Charlotte, NC 

Taped Remarks

  • Honorable Anthony Foxx, secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Q&A

  • Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, administrator, Federal Transit Adminstration, Washington, DC
  • Honorable Terese W. McMillan, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Dorval R. Carter Jr., chief counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Robert Tuccillo, associate administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Henrika Buchanan-Smith, associate adminstrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Richard P. Steinman, senior advisor to the adminstrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Matthew Welbes, executive director, Federal Transit Administrator, Washington, DC

 

AdWheel Awards Ceremony
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
International Ballroom, Second Floor

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

Join in the excitement as we honor the first place winners and announce the grand award winners in the 34th Annual AdWheel Awards competition. The AdWheel Awards honor the best in public transportation marketing and communications. Awards will be presented in five media categories: print, electronic, campaigns, special events, and social media. 

Presiding

  • Richard Maxwell, immedate past chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee; and assistant vice president of marketing, Fort Worth Transportation Authority,
    Fort Worth, TX

 

Congress and the Federal Public Transportation Agenda
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Waldorf, Third Floor

What does the future hold for legislation in Washington, D.C.?

With passenger rail and rail safety legislation expiring at the end of September 2013, and the final year of the surface transportation authorization law (MAP-21) beginning, what should the public transportation industry expect to see in terms of legislative progress? Can Congress reach bipartisan agreement to advance solutions to the crisis facing the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account in 2015? Will Congress address these issues through comprehensive tax reform or a “grand bargain” on the Federal budget? What changes to rail and public transportation programs should the industry expect? Key congressional staff engaged in overseeing public transportation programs will share their views on the outlook for legislative progress during the remainder of the 113th Congress.

Moderator

  • Jeffrey A. Nelson, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Legislative Committee, and general manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink) Moline, IL

Panelists

  • Andrew Brady, majority professional staff, Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Homer Carlisle, majority professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Rachel Johnson, minority professional staff member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 

 

APTA/COMTO DBE Assembly --Transit Board Members’ Roles
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor

A collaborative effort to enhance our industry’s support for DBE Programs 

This year the focus of the Assembly will be on best practices in the development of disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) programs and the role of the transit board member in effective DBE programs. Audience participation will be an important aspect of this session, so come share the innovative things you are doing to support DBEs! 

Opening Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Julie A. Cunningham, president/CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Washington, DC

Moderator

  • Mary Ann Collier, director of operations, Swayzer Engineering, Inc., Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Craig Stewart, chief officer, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • Michael J. Garner, MBA, chief diversity officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
  • Phillip A. Washington, 2013-2014 vice chair, APTA, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Angie Rivera-Malpiede, board director, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Jeffrey C. Arndt, president and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Lou Miller, board trustee, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

 

Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Contintental Ballroom B, Lobby Level 

Transformative public transportation projects 

Many of the largest infrastructure projects in the world are public transportation projects. The projects highlighted in this session will help transform their communities and position public transportation as a key for shaping communities and serving future generations. Speakers will describe the scope of these projects, identify their goals, provide an update on project status, and discuss how they are being financed.

Moderator

  • Nuria I. Fernandez, member, APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force; and chief operating officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY

Honolulu Rail Project

California High-Speed Rail

  • Jeff Morales, chief executive officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA

Toronto's Bold Corporate Plan

  • Andy Byford, member, APTA Board of Directors, and chief executive officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Midwest Regional Rail Initiative

  • Tim Hoeffner, director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI

Global Overview

 

Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation.


 

 

 

 

Small Operations: Advancing Policy Initiatives & Best Practices
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Boulevard B-C, Second Floor

Share your perspectives on the proactive way small transit operators advance policy & best practices. 

APTA’s Small Operations Committee will present an interactive dialogue on policy issues specific to the challenges and opportunities of small transit operators, i.e., funding, legislative and regulatory issues, capital planning, and active involvement in local metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The session will highlight best practices, emphasizing “how to” and lessons learned. 

Moderator

  • Emily Bergkamp, Dial-A-Lift manager, Intercity Transit Olympia, WA

Panelists

  • Andrew J. Johnson, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System, Normal, IL
  • Michael Hernandez, assistant general manager/chief operating officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
  • David P. Cangany, general manager, South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (TRANSPO),
    South Bend, IN
  • Zachary R. Fish, accounting technician, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR

 

Transit and MPO Partners in Advancing Multimodal Solutions
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

Decision-making partnerships 

With the passage of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 Century (MAP-21), public transportation has greater opportunity to play a role in the transportation planning and programming decisions. MAP-21 requires transit representation on the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for areas over 200,000 population. This session will focus on transit representation opportunities and how transit and MPOs foster decision-making partnerships in regional settings for the most appropriate mix of modal solutions. Presenters will discuss challenges to achieving full decision-making partnerships in regional settings, the most effective strategies for addressing those challenges, and the rewards of those partnerships, including more livable and sustainable communities. 

Moderator

  • Lee G. Gibson, member, APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, APTA Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; and chief executive officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV  

Panelists

  • Randy Blankenhorn, executive director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, IL
  • Jamie Schug, CPFO, chief financial officer, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority - DART, Des Moines, IA
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, vice president, strategic planning & development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E., chief planning officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT 

American Public Transportation Foundation Reception
6 - 7 p.m. (tickets required)
Marquette, Third Floor

Join us for an elegant evening of food, music, and fun to honor this year’s scholarship winners! The Board of Directors for the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) invites you to this reception celebrating the up-and-coming talent in our industry. Please support this event! 

The APTF is a 501c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the education and professional development of young professionals pursuing careers in public transportation. Proceeds from the reception benefit the APTF scholarship fund.

TICKETS: $100 per person. Contributions are  tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the law. Tickets may be purchased online or on site until 2 p.m., Monday, September 30, at the APTA registration desk, located in the Hilton Chicago. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Mariah Stanley at 202.496.4818 or mstanley@apta.com.

THANKS TO OUR EARLY SPONSORS 

  • Bombardier Transportation
  • CDM Smith
  • CH2M HILL
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Gilbert Tweed Associates
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • LTK Engineering Services
  • SCR Medical Transport
  • Wells Fargo

 

Tuesday, October 1

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Safety & Security Peer-to-Peer Exchange
Williford A, Third Floor

  • Hosted by APTA's Bus & Rail Safety & COPs Committees

 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Mobility Management Committee
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Chair, Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
8th Street Foyer, Lobby Level

  • Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Transit Natural Gas Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Host Information Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 4C, Fourth Floor
  • TCRP Information Center
    8th Street Foyer, Fourth Floor
  • AdWheel Exhibit
    Continental Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

 

GENERAL SESSION
APTA Business Members Present Gil Penalosa
8:30 - 10 a.m.
International Ballroom Second Floor
 

APTA’s business members invite you to attend this general session. Our guest speaker, Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities, is an internationally recognized livable cities consultant who works to create vibrant, sustainable, and healthy cities for all - from 8 to 80 years old. The former Commissioner for the City of Bogotá, Colombia led the design and development of the one of the world's most renowned parks systems and initiated the “new Ciclovia”, a program that brings over 1 million people to walk, run, skate, and bicycle along the 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday. Penalosa’s focus is on how transportation shapes our urban environments, bringing a unique blend of pragmatism and passion on how to effect change in land use and transportation systems in cities around the world to create vibrant and active places and sustainable mobility. His remarks will inform and energize the APTA audience. 

Presiding

  • Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng., F.E.C., member, APTA Executive Committee; chair, APTA Board of Governors; vice chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee; and vice president, Canada National Transit Market Sector lead, AECOM, Markham, ON

Keynote Speaker

  • Gil Penalosa, executive director, 8-80 Cities, Toronto, ON (Note: Images from Gil Penalosa's presentation may not be reproduced or used in any manner.)

Invitation to 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO

  • Jeffrey Wharton, 2nd vice chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; chair, APTA EXPO
    Advisory Committee; and chair, Business Members Business Development Committee; and president, IMPulse NC LLC,
    Mount Olive, NC
  • Gilbert A. Garcia, CFA, chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Thomas C. Lambert, member, APTA Board of Directors, and interim chief executive officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of
    Harris County, Houston, TX


Mobilizing Advocates for Public Transportation
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Boulevard B-C, Second Floor

Messages that resonate 

By and large, the general public supports public transportation, but how do we turn them into strong and vocal advocates? This session will highlight new research on messages that resonate with the American public; discuss the APTA Marketing and Communication’s plan for educational and outreach materials available for APTA members; and provide an update on the Voices for Public Transit on-line community of advocates. This interactive session will seek your feedback on what tools will be most helpful to members. 

Moderator

  • Jennifer Kalczuk, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee; and external relations manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Presenter

  • Morgan Lyons, vice chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee, and director media relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Dee Allsop, Ph.D., CEO and managing partner, Heart+Mind Strategies, Reston, VA 

 

The Human Factor -- Transit's Greatest Asset
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor

Creating dynamic & innovative training & development initiatives for transit’s future workforce 

Under MAP-21, the Federal Transit Administration awarded $7M in grants for innovative workforce development projects, with an emphasis on promoting training opportunities in emerging technologies and encouraging young people to pursue careers in public transportation. Several projects address the current and projected workforce shortages in technical areas, including front-line and blue collar occupations. This session will highlight examples of innovative projects, including a consortium for rail signals training courseware development; building a transit virtual career network to build awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the industry; hybrid technology maintenance education programs; and initiatives providing military veterans and high school students with skills training and assistance to help them make the transition into an agency’s bus maintenance apprenticeship program. 

Moderator

  • Terry Garcia Crews, general manager, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH

Panelists

  • Daron Brown, superintendent, quality & maintenance assurance, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
  • Henry Li, vice president of finance and administration/CFO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Cecily Morgan, project manager, "Transit Works" Program, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Brian J. Turner, Ph.D., executive director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Joseph W. Niegoski, director-educational services, APTA

 

Art & Design in Transit
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level 

The integration of public art and the emphasis on design excellence is a global phenomenon in the transit industry. 

Art and design excellence in transit planning addresses the three-fold challenge of a successful development project: aesthetics, function, and durability. Function must be achieved, while retaining an aesthetic quality, as well as the ability to sustain a project over time. Hear from industry leaders about how art and design excellence in transit are a good investment. Veteran transit art administrators, representing various sized programs and agencies throughout the country, will present their projects and reflect on best practices that result in high-quality art, design excellence, and projects that elevate the transit experience. 

Moderator

  • Pallas C. Lombardi, program manager, Art-in-Transit, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC 

Panelists

  • Sandra Bloodworth, director, Arts for Transit and Urban Design, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY   
  • David Allen, director, Arts in Transit, Bi-State Development Agency, Saint Louis, MO
  • Mary Priester, manager, Public Art Programs, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Maya Emsden, deputy executive officer, creative services, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA 

 

Current Issues in Technology
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

Implications in management, planning, and finance 

As transit’s commitment to technology evolves, issues related to management, planning, and finance as they relate to technology evolve as well. Managing complex organizations, such as transit systems, in this dynamic environment requires comprehensive treatment of the capabilities and limitations presented by emerging technology. Approaches to management in the new technology environment will be discussed.

Moderator

  • Angela K. Miller, chair, APTA Information Technology Committee, and director of programs, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

Autonomous Vehicle Technology in Transit

Managing in the Mega-Data Environment

  • Jon Adams, vice president, strategic development, Lilee Systems, Inc., Santa Clara, CA

Research & Technology Strategic Plan

  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Research & Technology Committee; and vice president, practice leader-transit & rail, Atkins, San Francisco, CA

Partnering for Innovative Solutions

Private Sector Participation in Financing Transit Development & Operation
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Waldorf, Third Floor

Investors, lenders, and private project sponsors discuss private sector participation in project delivery 

This important session will focus on ways in which the private sector can support transit development, operations, and state of good repair. Representing a variety of perspectives on public-private partnerships, the speakers will broaden the discussion about the realities of when private participation can be utilized most effectively in financing projects through creative leveraging of local, state, and federal revenue sources. The panel will share knowledge on the important distinction between funding projects and financing projects – a differentiation that is critical to transit managers in making decisions about how best to deliver new projects and improvements to existing operations. A variety of myths about private sector participation in project delivery, the key differences between equity and debt, and examples of how public sources and private investment can work together to accelerate projects in the public interest will be discussed. 

Moderator

  • Michael I. Schneider, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Public-Private Partnerships Committee, and senior vice president, HDR/InfraConsult, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists

  • Nicholas Hann, executive director, Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., Vancouver, BC
  • Dale E. Bonner, chairman, Plenary Group USA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jane Garvey, North American chairman, Meridiam Infrastructure, Charlestown, MA
  • Raymond A. DiPrinzio, senior vice president and team leader, Public & Infrastructure Finance Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, New York, NY
  • Harry Seekings, director, infrastructure, InfraRed Capital Partners (US) LLC, New York, NY
  • Stephen Howard, director and head of infrastructure project finance, Barclays, New York, NY

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

 

The Real Estate Community -- A Friend of Transit
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

The new real estate mantra: location near transit 

A recent APTA and National Association of Realtors joint research study showed that residential real estate values performed 41.6 percent better during the last recession if they were located near fixed-guideway public transit. Learn about the research and strategies to partner with developers and realtors in your community.

Moderator

  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Panelists

  • Hugh Morris, LEED AP, AICP, manager, Smart Growth Program, National Association of Realtors, Washington, DC
  • Michael Connelly, vice president, planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Gregory H. Hughes, chair, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT


AWARDS LUNCHEON
12 - 2 p.m.
International Ballroom, Second Floor
 

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend the 2013 APTA Awards Ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. APTA Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award, Local Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Awards, and Hall of Fame. 

Presiding

  • Mary Jo Morandini, chair, APTA Awards Committee, and general manager, Beaver County Transit Authority, Rochester, PA

Presentation of Awards

  • APTA Awards Committee  


Luncheon and 2013 Awards Book sponsored by SPX GENFARE.
 

      

 

TECHNICAL TOUR
Chicago DOT
Share/Protected Bike Lanes

1:30 - 3 p.m.  (30 person limit) 

The Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 sets forth a strategy to achieve Mayor Emanuel’s goal of making Chicago the best big city for bicycling in America. Since 2011, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has built more than 60 miles of new bikeways, half of which are protected with barriers or buffers. Launched over this summer, Divvy, a CDOT initiative, is Chicago’s new bike sharing system with plans to grow to over 400 planned stations with 4,000 bicycles across the city. 

Tour participants should meet their CDOT tour guide in the hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m., where they will proceed as a group to their Divvy bikes on which they will take an approximately 2.75-mile ride downtown along the Dearborn two-way protected bike lane.

NOTE: Each participant will be asked to sign a Divvy waiver prior to participating in the ride. Bicycle helmets will be provided.

Please sign up for the tour on site at CTA’s host desk, located in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Chicago.

Tour & bicycle helmets sponsored by HNTB Corporation.

2:15 - 4 p.m.
BRT Council
Marquette, Third Floor

  • Facilitators, Jeff Hiott & Rich Weaver

 

Leading More Inclusive, Productive Board Meetings & Public Hearings
2:30 - 4 p.m. 
Lake Huron, Eighth Flor

Meetings that move: using Robert’s Rules for public engagement 

Transform your meetings by learning how to better focus discussion, encourage participation, keep members on task, and make strategic motions. Become even more effective as a presiding officer by using parliamentary procedure and its foundational principles: Equality of Rights, Majority Decision, Minority Rights, Right to Discussion, Right to Information, Fairness and Good Faith. Bring your questions and memorable board and public meeting moments to this session. 

NOTE: From her experience working with APTA, Ms. Merkle has offered to spend a half hour consulting with individual APTA member registrants late Tuesday afternoon, October 1, and Wednesday morning, October 2. Interested members should sign up on site at the conclusion of the session. 

Presenter

  • Sarah E. Merkle, J.D., certified professional parliamentarian, professional registered parliamentarian,  Spartanburg, SC 

Sarah Merkle, J.D., is the youngest woman and one of about 35 individuals in the world to achieve the highest designation of certification from both The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) and The American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP). She is classified as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian by NAP and a Certified Professional Parliamentarian by AIP. She has been an active member of the AIP’s Board of Directors. She has taught beginning and advanced level university courses in parliamentary procedure and led sessions at APTA’s Transit Board Members Seminar & Board Support Employee Development Workshop. 

 

MAP-21: FTA Safety Regulation & Requirements
2:30 - 4 p.m.
 
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor

Where are we headed…what requirements will transit agencies need to satisfy? 

Through MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), Congress created law that provides the FTA with the legal authority to regulate U.S. transit systems. As the FTA moves forward in developing its required policies and implementation strategies to address the new legislation there are naturally many questions arising. What will the new regulatory structure and policies look like? How will transit agencies be engaged in the development of this new format that will be based on safety management systems? What new performance criteria will transit agencies need to address? Please join our informative session panel to ensure that you have the latest information and insights on how this new regulatory process is evolving and to learn how we can work together in a collaborative effort to enhance the safety throughout our transit services and environments.

Moderator

  • Reginald A. Mason, member, APTA Executive Committee; chair, APTA Bus Safety Committee; and senior director of transit operations and safety, CH2M HILL Baltimore, MD

Panelists

  • Rufus Francis, member, APTA Board of Directors, and director of safety, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
  • Allison I. Fultz, partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC
  • Vijay Khawani, executive officer, corporate safety, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA 

Transit's Next Decade: Supporting Millennials & the Business Community
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

Jobs and the economy in the next generation

Recent APTA research shows that hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are at stake due to inadequate investment in public transit. Meanwhile, generational forces and demographic change are increasing the demand for public transportation. Laern about new research and strategies that can make our next decade an even better one.

Moderator

  • Peter Varga, 2013-2014 chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interuran Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Panelists

  • Michael Connelly, vice president, planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Phineas Baxandall, senior analyst and program director for tax and budget policy, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Boston, MA 
  • Janet Kavinoky, executive director, transportation and infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

 

Making Sustainability a Guiding Priority for the Transit Agency
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

Planning and undertaking a successiful sustainability plan

Hear from high-flying APTA Sustainability Commitment Platinum and Gold-level recipients as they explain how developing a sustainability plan has led to improved service, satisfied customers, happy employees, and stronger communities. Panelists will discuss the challenges of building the sustainability department, crafting a strategic plan, and measuring outcomes, and will explain how the process of reaching a higher recognition level in the APTA Sustainability Commitment has improved their organization.

Moderator

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, Leadership APTA, and vice president/national director-transportation facilities, URS Corporation Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Pam O'Connor, board member, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and mayor, City of Santa Monica, CA
  • Kevin Desmond, member APTA Board of Directors; immediate past chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; and general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, deputy general manager, operations/engineering, maintenance and construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Edward D. Reiskin, director of transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Session sponsored by BAE Systems.


 

Innovative Approaches to Public Involvement
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Boulevard B-C, Second Floor

Tools and techniques to increase public participation 

Learn how to engage the public with innovative techniques that are changing the way organizations are approaching increasing participation in public involvement. Hear how to optimize new technologies, save time and money, and boost participation. 

Moderator

  • David A. Lee, general manager, Connecticut Transit HNS Management, Inc., Hartford, CT 

Panelists

  • Lorna Parkins, AICP, assistant vice president & eastern planning practice leader, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Richmond, VA
  • Pauletta Tonilas, FasTracks public information manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Erin Aleman, principal planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, IL
  • Olaf Kinard, director of marketing & communications, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC


Public Transportation, Access to Health Services, and Healthy Living
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

Connecting for a healthier America 

Over the past year, APTA has bolstered its relationships with various associations and organized groups in the health care community. The heightened dialogue with these groups has helped make the public better aware of public transportation's role in providing access to health care and healthy food. Studies show that each year 3.6 million American’s skip or delay medical appointments due to transportation problems, bringing on prevention challenges that become costly to society overall. In addition, the walkability associated with transit-oriented communities leads to healthier lifestyles and social interaction, and safer and cleaner communities. In this session, several of APTA's key partners will share their perspectives as to the value public transportation brings to communities.

Moderator

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-2013 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation Newark, NJ

Panelists

  • Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH, executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC
  • Ken Rose, senior policy advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
  • Daniel Dodge Sr., chair, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Santa Cruz, CA                            

 

TECHNICAL TOURS 

Amtrak, Metra, and CTA have arranged the following informative technical tours. Please sign up for the tour of your choice on site at CTA’s host desk, located in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Chicago.

TOUR 1
Amtrak Control Center

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  (40 person limit) 

Take a tour of Amtrak’s control center, which manages and dispatches Amtrak and other rail traffic in four geographically separate areas, including Chicago Union Station North, Chicago Union Station South, New Orleans Terminal, and the Amtrak Michigan District. Operations at the center involve interconnections with territories owned by Metra, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Canadian National railways.  

Tour participants should meet their Amtrak tour guide in the hotel lobby at 2:30 p.m., where they will board a bus to Union Station to begin their tour.    

 

TOUR 2
Metra 47th Street Rehab Facility

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  (25 person limit) 

Take a tour of 47th Street rail car rehabilitation facility where Metra performs complete gut rehabs on 40 year-old rail cars.  

Tour participants should meet their Metra tour guide in the hotel lobby at 2:30 p.m., where they will walk as a group to the LaSalle Street Station and take a 10-minute private train ride to the facility. 

 

TOUR 3
Chicago Transit Authority Red Line South Reconstruction

2:30 – 5:30 p.m.  (40 person limit) 

CTA’s busiest line operates 24-hours a day between Howard Street on the north and 95th Street on the south. The Red Line South is more than 40 years old and needs a full replacement. Since May 2013, the Red Line South has been closed to service as CTA performs a total rebuild of the tracks, from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan, replacing everything in the track bed: ties, rail, third rail, ballast, and drainage systems. The Red Line South is one of the City’s largest current infrastructure projects and one of the largest transit-related projects in the country. Attendees are invited on a tour to view the status of the reconstruction as it nears completion in October 2013.

Tour participants should meet their CTA tour guide in the hotel lobby at 2:30 p.m. and travel by private bus to Red Line South site.

 

MTI SUMMIT 
Transit Feeder and Distribution Systems for High-Speed & Intercity Rail
2:30 - 5 p.m. 
Lake Erie, Eighth Floor

Opportunities to create a network 

This Mineta Transportation Institute Summit will feature a keynote presentation, plus case studies with direct application to the nation's transit systems feeding high-speed and intercity rail stations. The panel of international experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges for creating America's rail infrastructure supported by a network of transit feeder and distribution systems.

Keynote Speaker

  • Honorable Polly Trottenberg, under secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Transportation,
    Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Judge Robert Eckels, president, Texas Central High-Speed Railway, Dallas, TX
  • Andrew J. Galloway, chief, Northeast Corridor planning and performance, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeff Morales, chief executive officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
  • Stanley G. Feinsod, chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Legislative Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee; director, National High-Speed Rail Connectivity Center, Mineta Transportation Institute; and managing director, Ratp Dev McDonald Transit, San Francisco, CA

Integrated Urban Mobility and the Future of Public Transportation
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Grand Ballroom,Second Level
 

New mobility partners and increasing options for customers 

Mobility management is a strategic approach to service coordination and customer service that, when implemented, moves public transit agencies away from their roles as fixed-route service operators and toward collaboration with other transportation providers. The idea behind this approach is to create a full range of well synchronized mobility services within a community along with coordinated travel information, fare and payment systems. Recent trends have seen public transportation agencies broadening their missions from ‘traditional’ bus, rail, and paratransit operations to a broader, more strategic mission of ‘managing mobility.’ This includes the integration of a full range of personal transportation services and resources and decision-making on a community or region-wide basis. Shared transportation (ride car and bike sharing) is becoming a new mobility managment partner. Learn who is stepping in to diversify mobility options in communities across the country. Finally, come learn about the new National Center for Mobility Management, a cooperative effort among APTA, CTAA, and Easter Seals.

Moderator

  • Carl G. Sedoyk, co-chair, APTA Authorization Task Force, vice chair, APTA Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; and general manager/chief executive officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA

Panelists

  • Bruce A. Abel, assistant general manager, bus operations, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Larry Filler, president, LF Consulting, Princeton, NJ
  • Linda Bailey, interim executive director, National Association of City Transportation Officials, and federal programs advisor, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY
  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., co-director, National Center for Mobility Management, and director, student engagement & mobility management, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by RouteMatch Software, Inc.

     

      

Public Transportation Revenue Initiatives at the Local and State Levels
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

Strategies and messages that work 

In 2012, there were 62 transit ballot elections across the United States. In 49 of those 62 elections, voters took action to support public transportation investments in their regions. In 2013, state legislatures across the country have stepped-up their consideration of transportation legislation. What’s working? What can we learn from these experiences? How is this bolstering the federal-state-local-private partnership supporting public transportation investments? 

Moderator

  • John M. Nations, president & CEO, Bi-State Development Agency St. Louis, MO

Panelists

  • Linda McMinimy, executive director, Virginia Transit Association, Richmond, VA
  • Leanne P. Redden, senior deputy executive director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Jennifer Kalczuk, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee; and external relations manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI 
  • Marnie Primmer, chair, National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates, and executive director, Mobility 21, Irvine, CA

 

Fare System Transition and Implementation
4:30 - 6 p.m. 
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

Best practices 

Transportation properties continue to update their fare collection systems and business practices by employing innovations to meet diverse customer needs. Migration to new technology requires early and meticulous planning to ensure smooth transition. This session will look at case studies and highlight agency experiences.  

Moderator

  • Eric Reese, director, revenue, Chicago Transit Authority Chicago, IL

New Payment Technologies System

  • Julie R. Green, chair, APTA Fare Systems and Programs-Technology Subcommittee, and director, revenue service, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

The Integration of Tolling and Fare Systems

  • Willy W. Dommen, senior manager, tolling industry lead, Accenture, San Francisco, CA

Mobile Ticketing Solutions at Trimet in Portland

  • Nathaniel Parker, chair, APTA Data & Information Management Subcommittee, and CEO, GlobeSherpa, Inc., Portland, OR

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

 

Managing with Data
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Waldorf, Third Floor

How information technology impacts your operations

Information technology provides the nerve center for transit operations. As transit agencies continue introducing advanced technologies to meet ever increasing demands, we must not overlook the importance of IT fundamentals. Join CIOs/CTOs as they give their perspectives on how information technology can assist agencies in effectively managing their organizations.

Moderator

  • William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM, senior consultant, SAP Practice, CIBER, Inc., Greenwood Village, CO

Panelists

  • John T. Flynn, vice president, technology, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Anthony G. Iannucci, chief information officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
  • Craig Roberts, manager, strategic initiatives & technology development, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Leadership APTA -- Celebrating the Graduates; Welcoming the Incoming Class
4:30 - 6 p.m.
International Ballroom, Second Floor
 

Class of 2013 Leadership Project Presentations and Graduation; Class of 2014 Welcome 

The Leadership APTA Class of 2013graduates are anxious to share highlights of their interviews and conversations with the industry’s top executive leaders in the U.S. and from around the globe. Their presentations will address key findings from their in-depth research, analysis, and discussions supporting their leadership projects. This year’s graduating class has prepared five substantive projects as told through the lens, insights, and lessons learned from our industry’s top executive leaders.  

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2013. This session also features the Leadership APTA Class of 2013 graduation ceremonies. We also welcome and introduce members of the incoming Class of 2014. A celebratory reception immediately follows this program. 

Presiding

  • John M. Lewis Jr., member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, Leadership APTA Committee; and chief executive officer, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

Remarks

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-2013 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporaton, Newark, NJ
  • Peter Varga, 2013-2014 chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Leadership APTA Class of 2013 Leadership Projects Presentation Highlights (delivered by team representatives)

Team 1: Performance Matters: How Leaders Use Performance Measures to Make Decisions and
Increase Accountability

  • Hector Garcia Jr., project team coordinator, and government relations specialist, MTA Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica, NY
  • Richard R. Hibbs, director of bus operations, Golden Gate Transit, San Rafael, CA
  • Monique Ellis, senior transportation planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD

Team 2: Cyber Security for Transit Agencies: Best Practices for Securing Information Technology Systems

  • Jamie Schug, CPFO, chief financial officer, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority - DART, Des Moines, IA
  • Roy W. Rickert, transit operations director, Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System, Normal, IL

Team 3: Transit and Mega Events: An Opportunity to Enhance a Property’s Reputation

  • Kelly J. Hart, program manager, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Alan B. Antell, assistant superintendent, rail operations, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Team 4: Innovative Procurement Strategies and Cost Effectiveness

  • Emily Bergkamp, project team coordinator, and Dial-A-Lift manager, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Diane N. Corral-Lopez, DEO, operations administration & financial management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Janice R. Thomas, CPPB, director, Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights, Metra, Chicago, IL

Team 5: Maximizing Value with Board Members

  • Adam E. Harrington, assistant director of route & system planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Stephanie Shipp, AICP, associate, transit planner, HDR Engineering, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

 

Leadership APTA Reception
6 - 7 p.m. 
Marquette, Third Floor

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 EARLY SPONSORS

  • CDM Smith
  • First Transit
  • HDR Engineering, Inc. 
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • SYSTRA
  • URS Corporation
  • Veolia Transportation


TECHNICAL TOUR: Historic Chicago El Tour

7 - 8:30 p.m.  (70 person limit) 

Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of the elevated trains and station platforms. Learn about the history of the famous "L" system and how it has shaped the development of the surrounding buildings and districts within the Loop.  

Tour participants should meet their CTA tour guide in the hotel lobby at 6:45 p.m., where they will walk as a group to an El station to begin their tour. 

Please sign up for the tour on site at CTA’s host desk, located in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Chicago.

 

Wednesday, October 2

7 – 10 a.m.

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Host Information Desk
    Boulevard A, Second Floor
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 4C, Fourth Floor
  • TCRP Information Center
    8th Street Foyer, Lobby Level
  • AdWheel Exhibit
    Continental Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

 

APTA/WTS BREAKFAST
Rocking the Workplace: Managing and Leading Four Generations
7:30 - 9 a.m. 
International Ballroom Second Floor

It used to be that older workers had all the answers and the younger ones followed orders.  How things have changed! Now, with four generations vying for a place at the conference table, roles are being rewritten and rules are all over the map. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran managing those younger than you are, a skilled Gen Xer managing upward, or the new Millennial in the workplace, Kim Lear’s practical insights will help you…

  • Understand who the generations are and how they differ
  • Identify Communication ClashPoints™ in your workplace
  • Manage more effectively by learning how to connect with each generation. 

Kim is part of the BridgeWorks team, a company whose sole work is to research and resolve inter-generational clashes and encourage collaboration between generations. Bridgeworks founders authored the best-selling book When Generations Collide and the most recent
The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace. Kim’s presentation focuses on the generational divide between younger and older generations and how bridging the gaps can infuse new ideas and energy into organizations everywhere. Kim works with executives across the country to help them understand how they can best maximize their young talent, as well as maintain connections with their experienced workforce, to drive innovation and sustainability.

Presiding

  • Rosa Navajar, member, APTA Executive Committee, and president, The Rios Group, Inc., Fort Worth, TX 

Remarks

  • Dana C. Hook, chair, WTS International, and vice president, CDM Smith, Carsbad, CA 

Sponsor Recogntion

  • Eric Asselin, executive vice president and general manager, Keolis North America, Keolis, Paris, France

Guest Speaker

  • Kim Lear, BridgeWorks, LLC, Minneapolis, MN                                                                          

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher on the topic of generations. As part of the multigenerational speaker team at BridgeWorks, LLC, she serves as the resident voice for her generation, the Millennials. Kim speaks to businesses and organizations on the topic of how to understand, attract and manage the wave of Millennials now entering the workforce. She also delivers workshops to Millennial new hires to help them navigate more effectively in a multigenerational workplace, thus benefiting both their careers, and their bosses!

Kim oversees the social media strategy for BridgeWorks and is a regular contributor to a variety of business publications. As a researcher, Kim identifies and documents the latest generational trends shaping how all of us live, work, and play. She recently helped launch BridgeWorks' global research initiative to identify ways in which generations of workers are evolving in key markets overseas.

Kim has received rave reviews from clients such as Boston Scientific, Best Buy, MasterCard, Cisco, and LinkedIn. Her writing has also been featured in a wide variety of business publications.

Kim lives and works in Minneapolis where she is fighting the uphill battle to convince everyone she knows of the business value of social networking.

 

Breakfast sponsored by Keolis America, Inc.

 

 

 

Complete Streets in Constrained Corridors
9:30 - 11 a.m. 
Continental Ballroom C, Lobby Level

Balancing demands for all users 

Complete Streets strive to foster the balance among bikes, transit, cars, trucks, and pedestrians, often creating tension between competing modes and interests. How do transit agencies and municipalities work together to moderate the conflicts and prioritize users for select corridors and not sacrifice safety or the intent of the project? Hear perspectives on how urban circulators, street cars, and Bus Rapid Transit become part of the ultimate complete street in a constrained right of way.

Moderator

  • Richard A. Weaver, chair, National Complete Streets Coalition, and director-planning, policy & sustainability, APTA

Panelists

  • Stefanie Seskin, deputy director, National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
  • Stephen M. Buckley, general manager, transportation services, City of Toronto, ON
  • Luann Hamilton, deputy commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation, Division of Project Development, Chicago, IL (invited)
  • Linda Bailey, interim executive director, National Association of City Transportation Officials, and federal programs advisor, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY
  • Edward D. Reiskin, director of transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Chris Upfold, chief customer officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation.


Regional Economies: What Governance Model is Right for Your Area?
9:30 - 11 a.m. 
Continental Ballroom A, Lobby Level

Developing JPAs, districts, authorities… 

Across the country, many public transportation operations have taken the form of transit districts, regional transit authorities, or joint power authorities. Some regional authorities have taxing powers. In some regions, each particular community can opt in or opt out of the regional system. Still other regional authorities are organized with transportation objectives broader than public transportation alone. What is the state of practice? What are some new developments? How can public transportation agencies nationally learn from the experiences of other regions? 

Moderator

  • Carol L. Ketcherside, AICP, director, administration & organizational development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Panelists

  • Yonel Grant, director, Transportation Business Group, CH2M HILL, San Francisco, CA
  • Daniel A. Grabauskas, executive director & CEO, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI
  • Andrew J. Johnson, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System, Normal, IL

                     

Strategic Workforce Development Partnerships -- Transit Organizations, Private Businesses & Academia
9:30 - 11 a.m. 
Continental Ballroom B, Lobby Level

A winning combination for stakeholders and constituents 

Transit executives, business leaders, and academics realize that each has a major stake in developing a highly qualified workforce. Leaders are forging new, win-win partnerships. Business and transit executives are thinking more strategically about the skills they need for new hires, as well as for those on board who need new skills to remain competitive in new technologies and/or management strategies and techniques. Academic institutions are looking for opportunities to create customized curricula and degree programs that better prepare individuals for their jobs and future career paths. Learn from those who have successful partnerships, and come away with a plan of action. 

Moderator

  • Lydia C. Grose, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Human Resources Committee; and manager, civil engineering, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Transit Organizations

  • Cherie Sprague, GPHR, SPHR, vice chair, APTA Workforce Development Subcommittee, and senior human resources executive, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Sally Csontos, director, Learning and Support Unit, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Business Community

  • Julie D'Orazio, P.E., Northeast transit leader, AECOM, New York, NY
  • Kimberly Slaughter, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and vice president/transit market sector director-North Centeral Region, HDR Engineering, Inc., Chicago, IL

Academia

  • Pasi Lautala, Ph.D., P.E., assistant professor, civil & environmental engineering, and director, RailTransportation Program, Transportation Institute, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
  • Jannet Malig, chair, Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium, and director, advanced transportation and renewables, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

 

The Role of Research in Transit Operations
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Waldorf, Third Floor

How to access and interpret applicable research 

In the face of increasing demands from many perspectives on management and operations, where can we turn for guidance and assistance? Research programs, such as the Transit Cooperative Research Program, and research under way at University Transit Centers including CUTR/NCTR at the University of South Florida, the Mineta Institute at San Jose State, and the North Dakota State University, provide a wealth of information and assistance. Means of interacting with these available resources will be discussed. 

Moderator

  • Dr. Karen Philbrick, director of research, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA

Panelists

  • Stephan A. Parker, senior program officer, cooperative research programs, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Jill Hough, chair, APTA Higher Education Subcommittee, and program director, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • Rod Diridon Sr., executive director, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA
  • Vincent Valdes, acting associate administrator for safety & oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

 

Working with the Media
9:30 - 11 a.m. 
Boulevard B-C, Second Floor

Tips for success 

Experienced public transit media relations professionals will present proven tips and tactics for handling reporter interviews, developing effective messages, and engaging crisis communication situations.

Moderator

  • Scott Reed, assistant general manager, communications, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Panelists

  • Morgan Lyons, vice chair, APTA Marketing & Communicatins Committee, and director, media relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Brad Schulz, communications officer, Triangle Transit, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Catherine A. Hosinski, media representative, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL 

 

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
Second City Communications Improv … Riffing on Life in Transit
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
International Ballroom, Second Floor                                                                                                         

Come join this hilarious look at day-to-day life riding and providing public transportation. Second City Communications will customize its comedy revue for our industry. The show will feature original scenes on taking transit and offering services, plus “best of” Second City sketches and improvisation.

Presiding

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Sponsor Recognition

  • Thomas R. Waldron, senior vice president, Americas director-transit & passenger rail, AECOM, New York, NY

Presenters

  •  Second City Communications, Chicago, IL

General Session sponsored by AECOM.

     

 

12:45 - 3 p.m.
Bus & Paratransit Conference Program Planning Subcommittee
Joliet, Third Floor

  • Co-chairs, Cynthia M. Baker & Mark E. Huffer 

 

TECHNICAL TOURS 

Pace and CTA have arranged the following informative technical tours.Please sign up for the tour of your choice on site at CTA’s host desk, located in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Chicago.

 

TOUR 1
Pace Bus on Shoulder

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  (70 person limit) 

For over 20 years, Pace Suburban Bus has offered express bus service from the southwest suburbs to downtown via I-55 -- a heavily traveled road with high levels of congestion and slow travel speeds for over 11 hours per day. Since its launch in November 2011, transit buses have been allowed to use the I-55 highway shoulder, with steadily improving travel times and increasing ridership.  

Tour participants should meet their Pace tour guide in the hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m., where they will board a private Pace bus to take a tour of the I-55 Bus on Shoulder route.

 

TOUR 2
Chicago Transit Authority Rail Heavy Maintenance Shop

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.  (30 person limit) 

Tour the Skokie Shop, CTA’s facility for “heavy” or major railcar work including: repairing or rebuilding major railcar components, manufacturing railcar repair parts, repairing damaged railcars, and overhauling railcars. The facility is located at 3701 W. Oakton Street in Skokie, IL.  

Tour participants should meet their tour guide in the hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m., where they will travel by private train to the Skokie Shop.

 

 

    
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