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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Below is the schedule of committee meetings and educational sessions for APTA's 2014 Annual Meeting & EXPO. Since there will be only an "at-a-glance" program in print, best to either print this full program or show it electronically on your computer or phone. There is an "app" and there will be printing stations in the registration area at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.  At this Annual Meeting & EXPO, when committee meetings are published in the program, all members and nonmembers are encouraged to attend. One need not be a member of the committee to attend its meeting. For APTA members, this this is the best way to learn what the committee is doing and decide if you would like to become involved. For non-APTA members, it's a way to decide about finding benefit in joining APTA, participating in committee work, and getting to know one's colleagues.

As of October 9, 2014.

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Friday, October 10

APTA Gives Back to Houston

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join APTA and volunteer your time at the Houston Food Bank, the nation's largest food bank. Last year, the Houston Food Bank fed over 137,000 people every week in over 18 counties with the help of volunteers. Transportation will be provided by Houston METRO to and from the food bank.

Space is limited – sign up now to volunteer.

American Public Transportation Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament

1:30 p.m. -

Before hitting the Annual Meeting & EXPO 2014, join your colleagues and friends for a “relaxing” 18 holes of golf. The APTF will provide lunch and have its award presentation and dinner buffet immediately following the tournament.

Shotgun: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Tour 18 Houston Golf Course, 3102 FM, 1960 East, Humble, TX

Bus transportation to and from the Hilton Americas Hotel will be provided.

Cost: Individual - $200 / Foursome - $750

Click here to register for the tournament.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Pamela Boswell at 202-496-4803 or pboswell@apta.com.

Saturday, October 11

Diversity Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-G, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Dr. Valarie J. McCall

APTA Registration

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Host Information Booth

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Committee of Audit Professionals

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-D, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Helen Lew, CPA, CGFM

Higher Education Subcommittee (HR Committee)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Dr. Jill Hough

APTA Board of Directors

12 - 4 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-J, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

2013-14 Chair, Peter Varga

Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee

1 - 3 p.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Nancy K. Amos

Workforce Development Subcommittee (HR Committee)

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon

TTI WORKSHOP: Hot Topics in Transit

2 - 5 p.m.
Room 335 C, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Will you be in Houston early for APTA’s Annual Meeting and EXPO? If so, you are invited to join the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) for a free Hot Topics in Transit Workshop on Saturday, October 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. to learn about the most pressing transportation issues facing the nation. TTI will share its applied research on critical issues in transportation and will give transit board members, CEOs, managers, planners, and analysts the solutions and strategies to face these challenges head on.

Please RSVP to TTI’s Lauren Cochran at l-cochran@tti.tamu.edu.

Workshop discussion topics/speakers include:

Research and Development – TTI’s Linda Cherrington - 2:15-2:45 pm

critical issues for transit, such as the continued uncertainty about the direction of federal policy and about funding shortfalls; explanation of how the discovery and adoption of new solutions to the critical issues can help address the challenges ahead for the transit industry

Technology and Performance – TTI’s Jonathan Brooks - 2:45-3:15 pm

innovations in fare media, geographic information systems (GIS), and cell phone data and applications for transit

Safety – TTI’s Robert Wunderlich - 3:30-4 pm

how a crash analysis developed by TTI for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) can be used to help transit operators identify crash types and develop countermeasures for mitigation

Sustainability – TTI’s Lauren Cochran - 4-4:30 pm

how TTI used a Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) life cycle cost analysis tool to help Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO) evaluate and select clean fuel fleet options

Passenger Mobility – TTI's Meredith Highsmith - 4:30-5 pm

TTI's work with the National Center for Mobility Management, including performance measures and best practices for mobility management

Presenters
  • Linda K. Cherrington, Research Scientist/Manager, Transit Mobility Program/Head, Planning Division, Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX
  • Jonathan Brooks, Associate Transportation Researcher, Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX
  • Robert Wunderlich, Director, Center for Transportation Safety, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX
  • Lauren K. Cochran, Assistant Research Scientist, Transit Mobility Program, Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX
  • Meredith K. Highsmith, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas Transportation Institute, Austin, TX

Fare Collection Systems Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-B, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, J. James Capozzi

Labor Relations Subcommittee (HR Committee)

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Kimberly Ulibarri

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Todd W. Provost

Business Member Government Affairs Committee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-E, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Cliff Henke

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-H, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-D, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Co-Chairs, Joseph J. Giulietti & Anna M. Barry

Human Resources Committee Dinner

6 p.m. -
(Dutch-treat dinner; meet in the Hilton Americas lobby at 5:45 p.m.)
Chair, Lydia C. Grose
Sunday, October 12

Business Member Programs Committee

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-D, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, John P. Bartosiewicz

Member Services Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-E, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Richard G. Shiffer

APTA Registration

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Host Information Booth

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Room 380 D, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Ballroom Americas-A, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Ballroom Americas-E, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.Breakfast sponsored by LTK Engineering Services

Federal Procedures & Regulations and Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees

8 - 9:45 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-K, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

8 - 10 a.m.
Ballroom Americas-D, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Peter Gertler, AICP

Business Member Business Development Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-D, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Small Operations Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-C, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Ronald J. Kilcoyne

Safety & Security Peer-to-Peer Exchange

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Room 336, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Business Member Small Business Committee

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-D, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Evalynn Williams

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-H, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, William R. Mooney, Sr.

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Beth VidaurriMeet in the Hilton Americas lobby at 9:30 a.m.; Houston METRO is providing shuttle service.

Systems Engineering Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Room 337, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, David M. Springstead

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom AB, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, J. Barry Barker

Business Member Procurement Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-D, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Natalie E. Cornell

Bus Operations Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-A, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-E, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Paul Grether

Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Research & Technology Committee

12 - 2 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-F, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Room 339, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Co-Chairs, Rosemary B. Gerty & Bonnie Hitch

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-F, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Paul C. Jablonski

Financial Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-C, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, David Leininger

This is APTA

1 - 2:15 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-G, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas


Your best industry resource; how to get involved in leadership on a national scale

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you as a member and cover everything you want to know about getting involved in your association to gain the full value of your membership. Find your unique path to work with colleagues from all over the U.S., Canada, and the world.

Presenter
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Guest Speakers
  • Michael A. Allegra, Member, APTA Executive Committee; General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Helen L. Callier, President, Bradlink LLC, Kingwood, TX
  • Steve Radomski, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager/Eastern Region Manager, Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Baltimore, MD
  • Nuria I. Fernandez, Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

Transit Board Members Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Dr. Valarie J. McCall

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Room 336, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng

Capital Projects Subcommittee

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-D, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Cosema E. Crawford

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Room 339, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Patrisha Piras

HOUSTON METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Houston B-cycle/Houston Bike Share: Connecting Neighborhoods to METRO's Bus and Rail System

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

(30 person limit)

Houston is dramatically expanding its bicycle infrastructure. Bayou Greenways, passed by voters in 2012, is building 150 miles of off-street hike and bike trails along the city's bayous, funded by $100 million in public bonds matched equally with private funds. The Houston B-cycle Bike Share system has expanded to 225 bikes at 29 stations across Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. METRO sees bikes as a critical connection to transit. Every bus and every train carries bikes, and 22,000 bike boardings are being recorded per month. This tour will show how the bayou greenways and B-cycle connect neighborhoods to METRO's bus and rail system and discuss how METRO's recent bike study has identified more ways to make it easier for Houstonians to bike and ride.
 
BASIC RIDE INFORMATION: 10 mile, easy to lighlty moderate course; dress appropriately for off-road conditions; helmets provided
 
MEETING LOCATION: Meet at 1 p.m. at Discovery Green at the B-Cycle Kiosk, located across from the Hilton Americas.

QUESTIONS? Contact Houston METRO's Joe Garcia at 713.739.3820 or jg33@ridemetro.org, or the Houston METRO staff at the host information booth.

REGISTRATION: Sign up early for the tour by emailing Houston METRO's Joe Garcia at jg33@ridemetro.org. You may also sign up for the tour on site at the host information booth in the APTA registration area, Plaza 3, 3rd Floor in the GRB Convention Center.

Human Resources Committee

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-L, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Lydia C. Grose

Information Technology Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-F, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM

Business Member Board of Governors

2 - 5 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-E, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Patrick J. Scully

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Room 335 AB, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Brad J. Miller

State Affairs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-C, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Steven A. Billings

Access Committee

2:45 - 4 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Lauren Skiver

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

3 - 4 p.m.
Room 344, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Randall D. Chrisman

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 336, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Paul C. Jablonski

Marketing & Communications Committee

3 - 5 p.m.
Room 342 DE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Jennifer Kalczuk

Communications Subcommittee (Power, Signals & Communications Committee)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-F, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Dave Gorshkov

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-D, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Jeffrey Gonneville

Mid-Size Operations Committee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 335 AB, 3rd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, W. Curtis Stitt

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Joel M. Volinski

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-F, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Angela K. Miller

Policy & Planning Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-A, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, David Vozzolo

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

5 - 6 p.m.
Ballroom Americas-D, 2nd Floor, Hilton Americas

Chair, Mike Finnern

Welcome to Houston Reception

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

(tickets required)

All conference registrants and their guests are invited to mix and mingle at this lively welcoming reception in the Hilton Americas that is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

Reception sponsored by Parsons Corporation

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Monday, October 13

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Mobility Management Committee

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Room 342 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Room 381 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Charles F. Kalb, Jr., P.E.

APTA Registration

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Host Information Booth

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Moderator/Speaker & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 380 D, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: State of the Industry & Association

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Public transportation builds communities and regions, supports economic development, creates jobs, improves the quality of life, moves us toward energy independence, and contributes to overall health and environmental sustainability. Our industry's leadership, employees, riders, and non-riders guide and benefit from public transit. Join this session to learn more about our association's national initiatives, host Houston METRO's work, and APTA's 2015-2019 strategic plans. Together, let's celebrate the successes of the past year led by APTA's outgoing chair and welcome a new beginning with our association's new chair and board of directors. Learn more about the transformation of the Houston area in the past three decades with its demographic patterns, economic restructuring, experiences and beliefs. Today's keynote speaker will share information that applies to many metropolitan areas regarding moving from a focus on natural resources to human resources and the new knowledge economy, reinventing livable communities and urban villages, sources of wealth, jobs and economic health, and public transportation.

General Session sponsored by Keolis

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Welcome and Remarks
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Bernard Tabary, CEO, International Division, Keolis Global Headquarters, Paris, France
Host Welcomes
  • Thomas C. Lambert, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Gilbert Andrew Garcia, CFA, Chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Hon. Annise D. Parker, Mayor, City of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Hon. Ed Emmett, Judge, Harris County, Houston, TX
Remarks
  • Peter Varga, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
Remarks
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Keynote Address: The Changing Face of Houston: The Prospects for Walkable Urbanism in a Car-Centered City
  • Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D., Co-Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Department of Sociology, Rice University, Houston, TX
Business Member Remarks
  • Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng., F.E.C., Immediate Past Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice President, Canada National Transit Market Sector Lead, AECOM, Markham, ON

Official Grand Opening of APTA's EXPO 2014

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Room 332 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

Legal Affairs Committee

12 - 3 p.m.
(Meeting location: Andrews Kurth LLP, 600 Travis, Suite 4200)
Chair, Madeline Chun, Esq.Meeting location: Andrews Kurth LLP, 600 Travis, Suite 4200

Procurement Steering Committee

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Room 330 A, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Co-Chairs, Jeanne Krieg & Natalie E. Cornell

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

1 - 2 p.m.
Room 342 CF, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Douglas Lecato

GENERAL SESSION: Q&A with the FTA

2 - 3 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Join the Federal Transit Administration’s leadership in a dynamic session to learn more about the FTA programs, priorities, and initiatives. The Acting Administrator leads a staff of more than 500 in the Washington D.C. headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the United States, and implement an annual budget approximating $10 billion. You’re sure to hear about the GROW AMERICA Act ― Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America ― as well as the FTA’s work in safety oversight, state of good repair, asset management, as well as the important guidance developed since the passage of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Bring your questions.

Presiding Officer
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Remarks
  • Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Presenters
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Henrika Buchanan-Smith, Associate Administrator for Program Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Selene Faer Dalton-Kumins, Director, Office of Program Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Linda Ford, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Lynn Spencer, Director, Office of System Safety, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Linking Transit & Land Use: Building & Sustaining Transit-Oriented Communities

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 360 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Key partnerships with cities and MPOs

Transit systems are forming partnerships with municipalities and metropolitan planning organizations to develop strategies to enhance livable, vibrant, and sustainable communities. Hear speakers discuss strategies on transit oriented development, complete streets, and integrated urban mobility options, such as bike share and car share. Learn more about how transit agencies and their partners are engaged in fostering access and connection to essential services, such as healthcare, education, and employment, for their customers.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) CM Hours: 2.0

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Related TCRP Documents: R-95/Chapters 16 &17, R-102, R-112, R-128, LRD-36
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Moderator
  • Mariia V. Zimmerman, Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Arlington, VA
FTA Perspective
  • Katherine Mattice, Deputy Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy/Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Linking Transit and Land Use
  • Brian McMahon, Sustainability and Planning/PlaceMaking, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
Houston Perspective on TOD and Joint Development
  • Steve Flippo, Director, Joint Development & Property Management, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Minneapolis Perspective
  • Lucy Galbraith, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Providing Mobility while Retrofitting the Suburbs
  • Randall G. Farwell, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Maximizing the Potential of Station Locations in Japan
  • Emiko Sayama, Director, East Japan Railway Company, New York, NY

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


A lively, 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 honoring 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 Officer
  • Jennifer Kalczuk, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; External Relations Manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Congress & the Federal Transportation Agenda

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 370 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


What does the future hold for Federal legislation on transportation?

With the final year of the surface transportation authorization law (MAP-21) passed and the Highway Trust Fund barely averting a funding shortfall, what should the public transportation industry expect to see in terms of legislative progress before the end of 2014 and into 2015? Can Congress reach bipartisan agreement to advance solutions to the crisis facing the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account? 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.

Moderator
  • J. Barry Barker, Chair, Legislative Committee; Vice Chair, Sustainability Committee; Member, APTA Board of Directors; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Andrew Brady, Majority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, 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
  • Zachary Radford, Legislative Assistant and Counsel to Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Fred Miller, Majority Counsel, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 320, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


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, bolster regional economies, and help 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 updates on project status, describe how project issues have been addressed, and discuss how projects are being financed.

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Related TCRP Documents: R-138, RRD-92
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Moderator
  • Andy Byford, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Olympics, World Cup, and Transit in Brazil
  • Luiz Cortez Ferreira, Director, Metro Railway Engineers and Architects Association (AEAMESP), São Paulo, Brazil
Le Grand Paris: The Great Transit Ring-Road
  • Francois-Xavier Perin, Chief Executive Officer & President, Ratp Dev, Paris, France
Australia’s Greenfield: The Story of Gold Coast Rapid Transit from Planning to Delivery
  • Vivienne King, CEO, KDR Gold Coast Pty Ltd., Keolis Downer Australia, Queensland, NSW, Australia
California High-Speed Rail Project Update
  • Frank A. Vacca, Chief Program Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
Global Mega-Project Overview
  • Dr. Vukan R. Vuchic, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia, PA

Innovative Funding Ideas for Public Transportation

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 310, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Practices in national and international revenue development

In June, 2014 APTA partnered with the Canadian Urban Transportation Association to convene the International Practicum on Innovative Public Transportation Funding and Finance. The event brought a wealth of global perspectives on new sources of revenue. As societal trends point public transportation toward ongoing growth, how can transit agencies keep up with the revenue demands to keep their systems growing? This session will recap key themes from the June Practicum, while introducing new ideas that build from that base.

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Related TCRP Documents: R-31, R-129, LRD-28, LRD-45
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation

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Moderator
  • Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng., F.E.C., Immediate Past Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice President, Canada National Transit Market Sector Lead, AECOM, Markham, ON
Using Cap-and-Trade Revenues for Public Transportation
  • Joshua W. Shaw, Executive Director, California Transit Association, Sacramento, CA
Corridor Tolls, Tax Increment Financing, Special Assessments & Innovative Financing
  • Jamison Feheley, Managing Director of Public Finance Banking, J.P. Morgan, New York, NY
Farebox Policies that Yield Revenues
  • Mortimer Downey, Board Member, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Local Share Funding Sources for Small Urban and Rural Transit Agencies
  • Linda K. Cherrington, Research Scientist/Manager, Transit Mobility Program/Head, Planning Division, Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX
Trends in Value Capture and Other Innovastive Funding Strategies
  • Sasha N. Page, Senior Vice President, IMG Rebel, Bethesda, MD

Launching Next Year’s Celebration of the ADA’s 25th Anniversary

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Beginning now, celebrating through 2015

In 2015, the nation will honor the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. APTA will observe this milestone throughout the year with sessions at conferences and meetings; forums with key stakeholders, including representatives of the disability community, communications initiatives; and other activities. Join us as we begin the year-long festivities with a round-table discussion.

Facilitators
  • Lauren Skiver, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Access Committee; CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
  • Ron L. Brooks, Vice Chair, Access Committee; Manager of Accessible Transit Services, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Panelists
  • Carol Wright, Senior Director, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Washington, DC
  • Donna P. McNamee, Vice Chair, Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Trustee, LAKETRAN, Painesville, OH
  • Christopher Hart, Director of Urban & Transit Projects, Institute for Human Centered Design, Boston, MA

ITS Public Transit Forum

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Room 332 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Greg Cook

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Room 342 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Karl Witbeck

American Public Transportation Foundation Reception

5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

(tickets required)

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!

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, October 13, 2014, at the APTA registration desk, located in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Click hereto purchase tickets for the reception.

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. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

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

Tuesday, October 14

APTA Registration

7:30 - 4:30 a.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Host Information Booth

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Moderator/Speaker & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 380 D, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

(tickets required)

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend the 2014 APTA Awards Ceremony to honor this year’s recipients. The APTA Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award, Innovation Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award, Local Distinguished Service Award, National Distinguished Service Award, Lifetime of Academic Distinction Award, and Hall of Fame Award.

Breakfast sponsored by SPX GENFARE

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Presiding Officer
  • Michael S. Harbour, Chair, Awards Committee; Acting CEO, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Presentation of Awards
APTA Awards Committee

Safety Round Table

9 - 10 a.m.
Room 342 DE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Sustainability Committee

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Room 342 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA

Small Operators' Innovations and Best Practices

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


How systems with 100 or fewer vehicles leverage their opportunities

APTA’s small transit systems are featured as they highlight innovative practices covering a range of topics. Through short, individual presentations, learn how your colleagues are addressing challenges and opportunities.

Facilitators
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Co-Chair, Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Chair, Small Operations Committee; Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR
  • Andrew J. Johnson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Small Operations Committee; General Manager, Connect Transit, Normal, IL
Harnessing the Power – Student Run Transportation at UMass
  • Jeri Baker, Transportation Services Director, UMass Transit Service, Amherst, MA
Developing New Champions for Transit in the Heart of the Rust Belt
  • Edgar H. Benning, General Manager/CEO, Mass Transportation Authority, Flint, MI
Increasing the Range of the Electric Bus
  • Len Engel, Director, Operations & Maintenance, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA
What to DO with All This Data? The Role of ITS Development Planning
  • Richard H. Farr, Executive Director, York County Transportation Authority (dba rabbittransit), York, PA
So – You Want to Destigmatize the “B-word,” Engage Effectively, Pass a Millage, and Deliver on a Promise
  • Don Kline, Integrated Marketing Coordinator, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor, MI

APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly: GOOD NEWS about Good Faith Efforts!

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 310, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Supporting successful DBE programs
This session will focus on innovative approaches that have been implemented to support the inclusion of DBE firms in transit projects as both primes and subcontractors; insuring fairness and opportunity, and building sustainable small, minority and women owned businesses. regardless of the size of the project, there are creative ways to create opportunities! Bring your examples and ideas and share the GOOD NEWS! Universal Public Procurement Certification (UPPCC) Contact Hours: XX Session sponsored by Maruti Fleet & Management, LLC Introductory Remarks
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Michael G. Ford, Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor, MI
Panelists
  • Linda Ford, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Carmen Bianco, President, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • Charlotte Hitchcock, President and CEO, Global Integrated Supply, Staten Island, NY
  • Janice R. Thomas, CPPB, Senior Director, Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • George Furnanz, CEO, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Alameda, CA
  • Julie Dorazio, Northeast Market Segment Lead - Transit/Rail, AECOM , New York, NY
  • Rajendra Jadhav, Head of Rail Control Solutions, Americas, Bombardier Transportation-Rail Control Solutions, Pittsburgh, PA
Closing Remarks
  • Robert H. Prince, Jr., Vice President and Industry Liaison, AECOM, Boston, MA

Promising Practices in Asset Management, State of Good Repair & Performance-Based Planning

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 320, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Linking SGR needs and performance-based planning at the agency to the regional level

One of the five requirements of the National Transit Asset Management (TAM) System, as mandated in MAP-21, is that all FTA grantees must develop a TAM plan, including an asset inventory with condition assessments and an investment prioritization process. Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) involves the application of performance management within the planning and programming processes of agencies to achieve desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. Development of long-range transportation plans, federally required Asset Management Plans, and regional and state-level programming documents such as State and Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs and TIPs), are all elements of PBPP. This performance-based approach to planning and programming attempts to ensure that transportation decisions are made – both long-term and short-term – based on their ability to meet established goals. Come learn from leading agencies and metropolitan planning organization representatives on how your peers are integrating transit asset management and state of good repair priorities in order to make better capital planning investment decisions.

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Related TCRP Documents: R-157, S-92

Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Session sponsored by BAE Systems

Moderator
  • Lee G. Gibson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Vice Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
FTA Update
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Sherry Riklin, Deputy Associate Adminstrator-Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
APTA Standards Products, Transit Asset Management Plans, and the Roadmap to State of Good Repair
  • Rolando Cruz, Executive Director & Vice President, Maintenance and Facilities, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
  • Paul Edwards, P.E., Senior Program Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
TransAM: Linking Asset Management and Capital Planning
  • Sarah Anderson, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Cambridge, MA

Above the Din of the Deal: Comprehensive Finance Approaches to Advance Public Transportation Projects

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 360 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Investment and project delivery strategies for projects of all sizes

This session is a comprehensive discussion of finance strategies and project delivery approaches that can help advance transit projects of all sizes in this age of uncertain and constrained public funding. Building on the series of case studies presented at Monday's finance session, the world-class panelists at this session will advise on broader strategies to make the most of alternative project delivery tools and Federal credit programs and tax incentives for transportation investment, and will share the latest information on the Obama Administration's new Build America Investment Initiative, including the Treasury Department's fresh perspective on stimulating infrastructure investment.

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Related TCRP Documents: R-31, R-129, LRD-28, LRD-39, LRD-45, LRD-47
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation

Moderator
  • Michael I. Schneider, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HDR Global Infrastructure Advisory Practice, HDR, Los Angeles, CA
Public-Private Partnerships
  • Michael I. Schneider, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HDR Global Infrastructure Advisory Practice, HDR, Los Angeles, CA
Federal Credit Programs and Tax Incentives for Transportation: TIFIA, RRIF, APTA’s TIFIA Loans-to-Lenders Proposal, Qualified Tax Credit Bonds, PABs
  • Tamar Henkin, Partner, High Street Consulting Group, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Bryan Grote, Principal, Mercator Advisors LLC, Philadelphia, PA
Obama Administration’s Build America Investment Initiative
  • Blair Anderson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance and Budget, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • Kent Hiteshew, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Leadership APTA & the American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Congratulate the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 grads, welcome the Class of 2015, and honor the many students awarded APTF scholarships

Join us for a special joint celebration as we applaud the recipients of APTF scholarships and congratulate the graduates of Leadership APTA Class of 2014 and welcome the incoming class.

This session spotlights and honors the American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards recipients. Listen to these young leaders as they share their personal journeys in the transit industry and inform us about their work in cutting-edge research and technologies. Engage with our scholarship winners as they lead a discussion and share their ideas on how to recruit young professionals into the public transportation industry to foster a talented and dedicated workforce.

This session celebrates the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 graduates who are anxious to share highlights of their interviews and conversations with the industry’s top executive leaders. Their presentations address key findings gathered from in-depth research supporting their leadership projects. This year’s graduating class has prepared five substantive projects as told through the lens of insights and lessons learned from transit’s top executive leaders. Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2014 at its graduation ceremony and meet the incoming Class of 2015.

 

Presiding Officers
  • Huelon A. Harrison, Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL
APTF Scholarship Recipients: Round-Table Discussion - Moderator
  • Jamaal Schoby, Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Panelists
  • Linda Apodaca, Manager of Community Engagement, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Sean Howard, Bus Operator, Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA), State College, PA
  • Sean Varsolona, Senior Program Coordinator, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
APTF Donald C. Hyde Memorial Award: Presentation
  • Kevin Morrissey, Student Trainer, UMass Transit Service, Amherst, MA
APTA's Executive Leadership Remarks - APTF Scholars
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
2014 APTF Scholars Recognition & Awards
  • Huelon A. Harrison, Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
Leadership APTA Program Year Highlights & Class Member Recognition
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL
Leadership APTA Class of 2014: Project Presentation HighlightsTeam 1: Change Your World: Transit Funding & the Grand Community Vision
  • Eileen Rodriguez, General Manager, Administration & Information Management, MTA Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica, NY
  • Bryan D. Smith, Director of Planning, Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Kent, OH
Team 2: Developing the Leader Within -- Foundations of Effective Techniques
  • Karen W. Harvey, Director-Human Resources, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Deanna Leggett, Senior Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Highland Village, TX
Team 3: Building Collaborative Partnerships: A Route to Future Success
  • Marie Benton, Senior Manager, Fleet Services Support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Brent Boyd, Senior Transportation Planner and Rail Operations Analyst, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
Team 4: Strategies for Successful Tax Referendums
  • Julie Kaye Skeen, Vice President - Denver Manager of Operations, Jacobs, Denver, CO
  • Santiago E. Osorio, Director of Operations Training, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Team 5: Surfing the Data Tsunami: Agile Data/Information Strategies for Public Transportation
  • David B. Huffaker, Operations Business Manager/Acting Director, Facilities and Asset Control, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Laura M. Minns, AICP, Senior Project Manager, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL
APTA's Executive Leadership Remarks - Leadership APTA
  • Peter Varga, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Leadership APTA Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony
  • Ibrahima Toure, Director of Business Development – Western Regions, Transdev North America, Englewood, CO
Leadership APTA Class of 2015 Introduction
  • Jameson T. Auten, Vice President of Regional Service Delivery, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
Closing Remarks
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

Reimagining Transit, Regions, and Communities: A Texas Transit Roundup

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 370 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Transforming services for sustainable, economic development
Planning and implementing new and restructured service can transform a region and communities. It takes partnerships with municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations, the state DOT, and the business community among others to make this happen. This session puts a spotlight on Texas public transit agencies that are moving forward to enhance services for long-term economic and sustainable development, transforming communities, and providing access and connectivity with essential services.
 
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) CM Hours: 2.0
 
 
Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Director, HDR, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Kurt Luhrsen, Vice President, Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Stephen Salin, AICP, Vice President Rail Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Jason Rodriguez, Strategic Planner III, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Rashed Islam, PE, PTOE, ENV SP, Vice President, HDR, Austin, TX
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Trends in Public Perceptions of Public Transportation: Let's Seize the Opportunity

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 361 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Where public transportation goes, community grows

Join us for a round-table discussion as we take a close look at changing demographic, social, and mobility trends and how they are impacting how public transportation is perceived in communities across the country. Hear from top leaders on changing public perceptions of public transit and how we are rethinking and adapting our services and communications. We'll also talk about seizing this opportunity to create a new generation of public transit riders and advocates. This will be a wide-ranging discussion on topics such as working with alternative transit options, the increased use of mobile technology, extreme weather issues, and meeting current and future demands. Leave with ideas you can use at your organization.

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Related TCRP Documents: R-122, R-63, WEB-61
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Moderator
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
Panelists
  • Jennifer Kalczuk, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; External Relations Manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Carl G. Sedoryk, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
  • Linda Watson, President/Chief Executive Officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • David Bragdon, Executive Director, TransitCenter, Inc., New York, NY

HOUSTON METRO TECHNICAL TOURS

2 - 4:30 p.m.

Tours also available on Wednesday, October 15, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Our host, Houston METRO, has arranged the following informative technical tours. Each tour is limited to 35 persons, so please sign up early on site at the host information booth in the APTA registration area, Plaza 3, 3rd Floor in the GRB Convention Center for the tour of your choice.
 
SHUTTLE DEPARTURE LOCATION: Shuttle buses for all four tours will begin loading at 1:30 and depart at 2 p.m. from the GRB Convention Center, Hall A, curbside. The buses will have appropriate tour signage and Houston METRO representatives will be on site to assist tour participants.
 
TOUR 1: Arts in Transit
You've got a window-seat for an up-close look at Houston METRO’s award winning Arts in Transit program.
 
With the addition of three light rail lines, 24 new rail stations were magically transformed into art landscapes featuring unique, original pieces celebrating Houston's diverse culture through vibrant displays. From sparkling Lithocrete that reflects and creates color and shadows, to gleaming glass panels and sculpture to delicate leaves and flowers creating a canopy of diffuse light, nationally and internationally recognized artists have worked with communities to represent and highlight what they are all about.

NOTE: 
 Immediately following the Tuesday tour (only), particpants are invited to attend a reception with several of the featured artists at 'Venue' (downtown), or choose to return directly to the GRB Convention Center.

To learn more about Houston METRO's Arts in Transit, visit gometrorail.org/go/doc/2491/1333127/.

TOUR 2: Houston TranStar – Emergency Management
Houston TranStar is a consortium of four government agencies (Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT), Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), and the City of Houston) that coordinate and enhance transportation and emergency management services, responding to freeway incidents and as well as large-scale natural- and man-made emergencies in Southeast Texas.

As the first entity to deploy Bluetooth sensors to detect and publish traffic speeds and patterns on its award-winning website, Houston TranStar leads the nation in technological innovations in transportation management.

When emergency conditions arise, responders from throughout the region gather in an impressive 120-seat emergency management center facilitating efficient use of resources and the capability to coordinate a quick, effective response. Most notably, the facility's structure can withstand Category 4 hurricane force winds (155 mph), while bullet-proof windows, a unique water filtration system and three emergency generators maintain the building's integrity during hurricanes and other disasters.

To learn more about Houston Transtar, visit houstontranstar.org.

TOUR 3: METRORail Operating Facility
The Rail Operations Center (ROC) is METRO's principal rail facility, housing the majority of the METRO's Rail fleet including the S-70 Siemens and the CAF Light Rail Vehicle under the watchful eye of METRO staff – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ROC serves as the base for vehicle testing, integration, training, and heavy repair and houses the wayside elements that support the maintenance of the track, signals, communications and traction power.

This facility is also an industrial marvel distinguished by award-winning design, including recognition by the American Institute of Architects.  Additionally, the building exterior was recently enhanced by internationally-acclaimed artist – and METRORail Operator – Daniel Anquilu, who honored his METRORail family by creating the eye-catching mural featured in the ‘Welcome to Houston” APTA video.

TOUR 4: METROLift Operations Center
METROLift manages over 6,000 Paratransit trips each weekday across a 751 square mile area. Tour participants will have the opportunity to tour METROLift operations and learn about the strategies and technologies used to manage a large Paratransit system. Areas of focus include the role of the transit center in eligibility determinations, scheduling processes for improved on-time performance, and dispatching contracted operators.

Join METROLift staff for a dynamic, interactive overview of Houston’s Paratransit service! The tour will first visit the METROLift Customer Service & Eligibility Center where METRO utilizes the adjoining transit center and rail station alongside the METRO Administration building as part of the Paratransit eligibility process. Next, participants will have the opportunity to visit with Reservations and Scheduling managers and hear about innovative initiatives to manage increasing service demand: METROLift manages over 6,200 Paratransit trips each weekday across a 751 square mile service area!

The remainder of the tour will focus on the in-house Dispatch Center including the daily workflow, technologies for monitoring service, and dispatching of contracted operators. Over the last 20 years, METROLift has developed a dual contractor model and today operates a mix of agency owned cutaway vans and dedicated taxicab minivans that are wheelchair accessible. Local taxicab back-up services are also utilized to effectively manage peaks in demand.

METROLift management will share how scheduling strategies and staff structuring have contributed to an increase in on-time performance. The tour will also highlight creative ways that METROLift has leveraged existing METRO facilities and services to support contracted Paratransit operations and trim operating expenses.

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx

3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Join us for an informative session as U.S. Transportation Secretary, the Honorable Anthony Foxx, shares with us the Administration’s vision for the public transportation industry and priorities for the future.

Presiding Officer
  • Carolyn Flowers, Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
Introduction
  • Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
Presenter
  • Hon. Anthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

GENERAL SESSION: A Round-Table Discussion with American Mayors

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Preparing for a future of transit-oriented communities

America’s mayors are on the front lines of America’s cutting issues. Infrastructure renewal, urban growth and development, regentrification, complete streets, sustainability, transportation rebalancing, and the interrelationship between federal, local, and regional government are just a few of the overarching issues urban mayors confront each day in the context of their complex agendas. Please join the conversation as several of America’s prominent mayors talk about the new mobility, economic opportunity, and quality of life issues that will shape the American environment and lifestyle in the years ahead.

Session sponsored by AECOM

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Presiding Officer
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; General Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Sponsor Recognition
  • Frederick W. Werner, P.E., Chief Growth Strategies Officer, AECOM , New York, NY
Moderator
  • Hon. Chris Coleman, President, National League of Cities and Mayor, City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, MN
Panelists
  • Hon. Annise D. Parker, Mayor, City of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Hon. Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal, Normal, IL
  • Hon. Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Invitation to 2015 Annual Meeting
  • Tom Nolan, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Leadership APTA Reception

6 - 7 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom-A, 4th Floor, Hilton Americas

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.

Wednesday, October 15

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Gender + Generations in Transportation

7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

(tickets required)

The facts are astounding. While women earn 20% of all engineering degrees, only 11% of engineers are women. Women represent 47% of the total workforce but comprise only 13% of the transportation industry. Since 2010, $13 million in federal funds have been targeted specifically at attracting young women to the STEM fields.

Gender + Generations will look at how the transportation industry can attract and retain the next generation of women in the workplace: Gen Edge. Gender + Generations examines the unique differences between women of each generation, and provides solutions for improved communication, collaboration, recruitment, retention and engagement. As each generation and gender brings their unique lens and experiences, it's important for the transportation industry to highlight and harness the strengths every person brings to the table. How will the shift in gender diversity in the marketplace impact the transportation workplace? How does the youngest generation view transportation and how can you capitalize on it in the workplace? How can the transportation industry reach the youngest generation of girls and get them excited about pursuing a career in the field? Hannah Ubl will give you the tools you need to convert these forms of diversity into opportunities and how to continue breaking glass ceilings within the industry.

Ms. Ubl is a writer, researcher, consultant, generational expert, and a powerful voice for her Millennial generation. With a healthy blend of stories and statistics, she helps people gain a deeper understanding of one another. Her research has unearthed valuable tips and actionable solutions for multi-generational workplaces, and key strategies for marketing and reaching more generationally diverse client bases. BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company that wrote the best-selling business books, When Generations Collide: Why They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work, and the M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace.

Breakfast sponsored by Keolis

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Presiding Officer
  • Stacy Cummings, Executive Director, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Vivienne King, CEO, KDR Gold Coast Pty Ltd., Keolis Downer Australia, Queensland, NSW, Australia
Guest Speaker
  • Hannah Ubl, Generational Expert, BridgeWorks LLC, Minneapolis, MN
Q & A
  • Hannah Ubl, Generational Expert, BridgeWorks LLC, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lisa Walden, Generation and Gender Consultant, BridgeWorks LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Moderator/Speaker & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Room 380 D, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

APTA Registration

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Host Information Booth

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

FORUM: Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 362, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

The Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum is designed to connect transit OEMs with smaller, qualified, and interested U.S. manufacturers. The Forum will include an introduction by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA); with panel discussions and presentations by OEMs and current transit suppliers, and question and answer periods.

As part of the Forum, time will be allocated for ten-minute introductory, private meetings between participating OEMs and prospective suppliers. Participating suppliers can include both current transit industry suppliers, and potential new suppliers. These are not intended to be deal negotiation meetings but private introductory meetings to discuss the basics of participating in OEM supply chains.

Participating suppliers may sign up for these one-on-one meetings when they arrive at the Forum on Wednesday, October 15.

FEE $25 per person, includes lunch

REGISTRATION Pre-registration is requested at http://tmacgc.org/transportation/, however you may register on site via check.

QUESTIONS? Contact Ann Pham at 832.842.7047 or at apha2@central.uh.edu.

Management and Integration of Current and New Technologies

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Room 310, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Is the growth of technology overwhelming your organization’s capabilities?

Technology tools and resources are key enablers to the business processes and operations and of virtually all transit agencies. As these resources continue to expand, the challenges then emerge as to how we can best integrate the current and growing technologies in strategic way that will be efficient and result in the best outcomes for operational efficiency and customer service improvements. Join us for this session that will feature valuable lessons learned and strategies for getting the most out of your technology investments.

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Related TCRP Documents: R-84/Vol.8, S-91
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.Moderator
  • Vincent D. Pellegrin, Chief Operating Officer, Bus & Rail, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Panelists
  • Clair Fiet, Chief Information Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Michael C. Hubbell, Vice President, Maintenance, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM, Chair, Information Technology Committee; Senior Manager, Information Technology, Access Services, El Monte, CA
  • Roberto Treviño, P.E., PMP, Vice President, Engineering and Capital Projects, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

The Transit Board Member’s Role in Procurement

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Room 361 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Business acumen in the board’s policy & oversight functions – and the perspective of business partners
Public transportation agency board members and commissioners shape the procurement environment and must protect the integrity of the process. What makes a good business climate from the perspectives of board members and businesses? What do transit boards and private organizations look for and expect in a business partner? Join this session to discuss these questions and contribute your challenges as the group creates lists of the Top 10 things that board and business members need to watch-out for and the Top 10 myths about doing business with one another. FYI … at www.apta.com, you may want to download the publications, Transit Procurement: A Guide for Transit Board Members, Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines, and Light Rail Vehicle RFP Procurement Guidelines (best use the search box.)
 
Universal Public Procurement Certification (UPPCC) Contact Hours: 1.5
 
 
Moderator
  • Ronald J. Tober, Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Charlotte, NC
Panelists
  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Diversity Council; Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Vice Chair, APTA; Vice Chair, APTA, APTA Finance Committee; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Allen D. Watson, P.E., Vice Chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Paul Soubry, President & Chief Executive Officer, New Flyer, Winnipeg, MB
  • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Secretary, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Senior Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

You Are a Powerful Force: Public Transportation and Real Estate Values

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Room 360 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Creating wealth and tax revenue

Investment in the public transportation system can lead to higher real estate values in your community. This means that you create wealth and tax revenue from the service that you provide. New research shows the power of your reach and the influence that additional investment can bring.

Moderator
  • Jeffrey F. Boothe, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Cassie Stinson, Stakeholder, BoyerMiller, Houston, TX
  • Diann Lewter, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Director of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Top Actions to Mitigate Distracted Driving

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Results from two pilot projects

Public transportation continues to be one of the safest modes of travel in the U.S. and safety is a high priority for the industry. While much has been done to increase the safety of public transit operations, high consequence accidents and fatalities can and do occur due to fatigue, distraction or "lack of situational awareness". This session will describe findings from two industry projects and programs with positive results in using tools and techniques to keep employee attention on the task at hand.

Moderator
  • Robert Smith, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator & CEO, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Panelists
  • Anita Skotnicki, Sr. Vice President Human Resources, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
  • Mitun Seguin, Director of Marketing, Transdev North America, Silver Spring, MD
  • Donald Saunders, Rail Advisor, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
  • Ronald W. Robusto, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Safety and Compliance, Rail Division, Transdev North America, Elkton, MD
  • Ronald J. Hartman, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Division, Transdev North America, Silver Spring, MD

Executive Round Table: Advancing our Front-Line Workforce

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Room 370 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Stories, successes, programs, and plans to support our future

Transit executives in the public and private sector recognize the critical need to focus on the developmental needs of their front-line workforce. Hear from our industry’s top leaders as they talk about the challenges and successes in their own organizations as they advance an array of new workforce development programs for their front-line employees.

Many of these front-line workers are the ambassadors for our organizations. They need a robust toolkit of skills and abilities – safety and security, communications, negotiations, operations, and maintenance, plus ongoing knowledge and dexterity in emerging and advanced technologies.

This executive session highlights innovative projects including a consortium for training courseware development; engaging front-line workers in process improvements and efficiencies; innovative collaborations and partnerships with industry and academia; and programs and resources for those new to the workforce as well as those in career transitions including high school graduates and military veterans.


Related TCRP Documents: R-142, R-162, R-169, R-170
Visit tcrponline.org/SitePages/annual-conference.aspx to access the documents.

Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation

Moderator
  • Lydia C. Grose, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Human Resources Committee; Director of Engineering & Design Civil Engineering, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
Executive Leaders
  • Carmino N. Basile, Chief Executive Officer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Kevin Desmond, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Heather Stafford Smith, Human Resources Director, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Deputy General Manager Operations/Engineering, Maintenance and Construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Thomas C. Lambert, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Lynn M. Bowersox, Assistant General Manager, Customer Service and Communications, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Beverly A. Scott, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager/CEO, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Art in Transit

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Room 320, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


High-quality art and design elevates the transit experience

Veteran transit art administrators representing various-sized agencies from across the country will present case studies that bring APTA’s Best Practices for Integrating Art into Capital Projects to life. Hear about the development and implementation of integrated artworks such as the iconic Sky Reflector-Net by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup at the new Fulton Center in New York and If You Were Here You'd Be Home by Janet Zweig for St. Louis Metro's Maplewood-Manchester station in Maplewood, Mo. Learn how Charlotte Area Transit System treated six miles of retaining walls in their Blue Line Light Rail extension working with artist Carolyn Braaksma, and TriMet in Portland (OR) integrated Lynn Basa’s art into glass mosaic shelter columns on the upcoming Portland to Milwaukie line. See what an impact art makes on the new Expo Line in Los Angeles with a series of outdoor galleries spanning more than 15 miles. All examples show the benefits of successfully integrating art in to the transportation environment and demonstrate how high quality art and design can elevate the experience of our transit customers.

Following the case studies, conference host Houston METRO, will share highlights from its recent public art installations that celebrate the city’s diverse culture.

 

Moderator
  • Sandra Bloodworth, Director, Arts & Design, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
Panelists
  • Pallas Lombardi, Program Manager, Art-in-Transit, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Mary Priester, Manager, Public Art Programs, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Maya Emsden, Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Houston's Art in Transit Program: Preview to Technical Tour
  • Cindy Siegel, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Re-thinking Urban Mobility

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center


Big ideas from the test lab of Helsinki

Imagine your transit app integrated with Zipcar, Uber, and the local bikeshare dock. Add an on-demand minibus service that lets riders decide on a start and end point. Mix them all together and you get a tool that flexes to the rider’s timing and destination, and lets them pay for it all in the app. By 2025, public transport in Helsinki will be more about apps than modes. The architect of Helsinki’s Regional Transport Plan and who launched this innovative scheme will discuss how embracing millennials’ indifference to the automobile lifestyle helped reconceive how public transport could and should be experienced in the next decade. Sonja Heikkilä has been profiled in The Guardian, Bloomberg, Time, and Business Insider. Come hear how in ten years’ time technology will be the linchpin to the new integrated mobility in the Finnish capital. The presentation will be followed by a round-table discussion among APTA's mobility management experst who will join the guest speaker onstage.

Sponsored by ARCADIS U.S., Inc.

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Presiding Officer
  • Marlene B. Connor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Chair, Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Director of Public Transportation Planning, Wendel, Holyoke, MA
Sponsor Recognition
  • T. Wayne Holcombe, Executive Director - Client Development Infrastructure, ARCADIS U.S., Inc., Houston, TX
Guest Speaker
  • Sonja Heikkilä, Architect of Helsinki Regional Transport Plan and Transportation Engineer, City of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Round-Table Discussants
  • Katherine A. Kortum, Ph.D., PE, Chair, International Board of Directors, Young Professionals in Transportation and Program Officer, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
  • Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM, Immediate Past Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Senior Deputy Administrator & Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Closing Remarks
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

EXPO Advisory Committee

12:45 - 2 p.m.
Room 342 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

12:45 - 2 p.m.
Room 342 DE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

FTA WORKSHOP & LISTENING SESSION: MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants (Section 5309) Program

1 - 5 p.m.
Room 351 AD, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss rating projects under the new MAP-21 evaluation process as described in the New and Small Starts Evaluation and Rating Process Final Rule and the August, 2013 Final Guidance. In addition, FTA will discuss questions regarding performance planning and environmental provisions as they relate to project development. Finally, FTA staff will engage participants in a listening session during which FTA will seek the industry’s thoughts about MAP-21 Section 5309 provisions that are subject to upcoming interim policy guidance and future rulemaking:

  • New and Small Start steps in the process
  • New and Small Starts congestion relief measure
  • Core capacity
  • Program of interrelated projects
  • Pilot program for expedited project delivery
  • Process for an expedited technical capacity review

The workshop and listening session is open to all Annual Meeting registrants. Please register separately for this workshop here.

TSI WORKSHOP: Safety Management Systems & MAP-21

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 351 EF, 4th Floor, GRB Convention Center

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act along with FTA's adoption of the Safety Management Systems (SMS) framework to guide System Safety principles will result in many changes to the public transportation industry. In this workshop, we will briefly safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. Specifically, we will discuss how SMS dovetails with the industry's current system safety practices and how this enhanced approach to safety -- including human factors, organizational structure and improved employer/employee relationships -- provides an exciting, comprehensive approach to organizational safety.

The workshop is open to all Annual Meeting registrants. No pre-registration is needed to attend the workshop.

Instructors
  • Donald Pike, Transit Safety & Security Specialist/Course Manager, Transportation Safety Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Steve Dallman, Transit Safety & Security Specialist/Course Manager, Transportation Safety Institute, Oklahoma City, OK

HOUSTON METRO TECHNICAL TOURS

2 - 4:30 p.m.
A repeat of Tours 1 - 4 offered on Tuesday, October 14, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Our host, Houston METRO, has arranged the following informative technical tours. Each tour is limited to 35 persons, so please sign up early on site at the host information booth in the APTA registration area, Plaza 3, 3rd Floor in the GRB Convention Center for the tour of your choice.

Shuttle buses for all four tours will depart at 2 p.m. from the GRB Convention Center, Hall A, curbside. The buses will have appropriate tour signage and Houston METRO representatives will be on site to assist tour participants.

See the Tuesday 2 p.m. HOUSTON TECHNCAL TOURS entry for tour details.

TOUR 1:  Arts in Transit
TOUR 2:  Houston TranStar – Emergency Management
TOUR 3:  METRORail Operating Facility
TOUR 4:  METROLift Operations Center
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