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American Public Transportation Association


The 2016 Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 11-14 in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and the L.A. Convention Center. Hosted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, APTA's major policy & management conference attracts public transportation leaders and managers from all sectors. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.
Sessions that directly address APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Goals have been identified throughout the program using the following icons:
The APTA Strategic Plan can be found here.
NOTE: This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
Last Updated: July 21, 2016

Saturday, September 10

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Golf Tournament

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

"Golfing for a Cause"

Shotgun Start: 7 a.m.
Location: DeBell Golf Club, 1500 E. Walnut Avenue, Burbank, CA 91501
Register Your Foursome(s) Today at! All proceeds from the tournament will further the APTF's mission to provide scholarships and engagement opportunities to deserving students and transit professionals - our future leaders.
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Brandon Roccio at broccio@apta or 202.496.4859.

Diversity Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Doran J. Barnes


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.

- Metro’s Sustainable Bus Facilities - Division 13 and El Monte Station | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 50 person limit

Come take a tour of Metro’s recently completed Division 13 bus operations and maintenance facility, followed by a Silver Line tour to our newest and largest bus passenger station, the El Monte Station. Both facilities are LEED Gold Certified and employ the latest and greatest in sustainable operations and construction strategies. Ride the Red or Purple line to Union Station, and walk across the street to Division 13, a 200 bus all-CNG operations and maintenance facility opened in February 2016. Learn about the design, construction, and operation of Metro’s first new bus operations facility in over 30 years with the project management team that designed and built it. After touring Division 13, hop on a Metro bus east on the Silver Line to our new El Monte Station, the largest bus station west of Chicago. After the tour, the bus will return to Union Station where you can enjoy the historic station and get on the Red or Purple Lines back to your hotel.

Meet in front of Metro Bus Division 13, 920 Vignes Street, Los Angeles

- Iconic Union Station: Past, Present and Future | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (also on Sunday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) | 40 person limit

Los Angeles Union Station, dubbed the last great American train station, is headed for some major improvements to better accommodate L.A. County’s rapidly growing transit system. Join Metro staff on a tour of iconic L.A. Union Station to witness its past, present , and future. Highlights of the tour will include historic station properties, as well as train track areas planned for future improvements as part of Metro’s Link Union Station (Link US) project to better accommodate Amtrak, Metrolink, and future high-speed rail services. The tour will also show station areas planned for development as envisioned by Metro’s Union Station Master Plan to transform the station into a 21st century, world-class transportation facility.

Meet in front of Union Station, 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles

- Where Magic Meets Metro - New Construction Projects at Universal City/Studio City Station & North Hollywood Station | 2 - 4 p.m. | 40 person limit

Grab your broomstick and fly through the Hollywood Hills to see Metro’s brand-new construction projects at Universal City/Studio City Station and North Hollywood Station! Ride the Red Line subway to the end of the line at the North Hollywood Station. The Project Manager will take you through the North Hollywood Underpass, an underground tunnel between the Metro Orange Line Depot and the Metro Red Line Station that improves pedestrian safety, speeds transit connections and reduces traffic congestion on the street. Get back on the Red Line for the short trip to Universal City/Studio City Station to tour the Universal Pedestrian Bridge that soars more than 20 feet above Lankershim Boulevard, connecting Metro Rail and bus patrons with the Universal Studios tram stop. This iconic bridge opened in early April 2016, to coincide with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and improve safety for transit riders visiting the park. After the tour, you’re free to take Universal’s free tram up to CityWalk or the theme park, or catch the Red Line back to Hollywood.

- Metro Art Moves! | 2 - 5 p.m. (also on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m.) | 50 person limit

Public art is incorporated into all Metro stations, weaving a multi-layered tapestry that mirrors L.A. County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures. Experience the transformative nature of art and learn how Metro Art commissions artists to create engaging and thought-provoking artworks to make the transit journey more inviting and pleasurable. Tour participants will hear how the art program strengthens Metro’s ties with the communities it serves, and adds to their distinct identity and artistic vibrancy through the creation of cultural landmarks.
Note: You may be interested in attending the Arts in Transit educational session on Tuesday, September 13, from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conference bags sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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Conference lanyards sponsored by AECOM
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Host Information Desk

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors

1 - 5 p.m.
Chair, APTA, Valarie J. McCall
(buffet lunch served at 12:30 p.m.; annual business meeting & election of officers begins at 1 p.m.)

NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

1 - 5 p.m.

The goal of this course is to teach transit professionals the legal background of ADA and paratransit requirements. The course is facilitated by industry professionals with extensive experience in paratransit services and the ADA.

Topics include:

• ADA legal requirements that apply to public and private transportation related entities
• 14 service provisions documented in 49 CFR Part 37, Subpart G
• Requirements to determine if a public or private entity must provide complementary paratransit service
• Criteria for complementary paratransit service
• Requirements for existing and new transportation facilities
• Compliance and enforcement responsibilities of FTA, DOT, and DOJ
• Responsibilities and compliance procedures for public and private entities
• Enforcement and investigation processes, including hearings, decisions, and notices

CEUs 0.4 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.
AUDIENCE: This course is intended for people who work at a transit agency or provide transit service, those who manage or operate paratransit services, and federal, state, and local representatives who work with the ADA community.
FEE: The course is open to all APTA Annual Meeting registrants at no additional charge.
REGISTRATION: On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis by coming to the room where the course is taking place.

QUESTIONS? Contact NTI's Myrna Sirleaf at 848.932.6040 or
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Co-chair, APTA LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Procurement Steering Committee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew J. Johnson

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Joseph J. Giulietti & Anna M. Barry

Human Resources Dutch-treat Dinner

5:45 - 8:15 p.m.

(meet in hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m.)
Chair, Lydia C. Grose

Sunday, September 11

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Regional Corridors Subcommittee

7 - 8 a.m.
Chair, Jennifer Bergener

Member Services Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Business Member Procurement and Legislative Committees

8 - 9 a.m.
Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Freddie C. Fuller, II

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

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.

Transit Performance Management (P&P Committee)

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Co-Chairs, Louis D. Cripps, II & Andrea Burnside

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

8 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Peter Gertler, AICP

Fare Collection Systems Committee

8 - 10:15 a.m.
Chair, J. James Capozzi

Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Mid-Size Operations Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, W. Curtis Stitt

Small Operations Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Andrew J. Johnson

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Jon T. Adams, P.E.

Business Member Business Development Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Francis "Buddy" X. Coleman

Workforce Development Subcommittee (HR Committee)

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon & Mary Ann Collier

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, William R. Mooney, Sr.

Business Member Small Business Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Chair, Eve Williams

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Chair, J. Barry Barker


10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.

- Iconic Union Station: Past, Present and Future | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (also on Saturday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) | 40 person limit

Los Angeles Union Station, dubbed the last great American train station, is headed for some major improvements to better accommodate L.A. County’s rapidly growing transit system. Join Metro staff on a tour of iconic L.A. Union Station to witness its past, present ,and future. Highlights of the tour will include historic station properties, as well as train track areas planned for future improvements as part of Metro’s Link Union Station (Link US) project to better accommodate Amtrak, Metrolink, and future high-speed rail services. The tour will also show station areas planned for development as envisioned by Metro’s Union Station Master Plan to transform the station into a 21st century, world-class transportation facility.

Meet in front of Union Station, 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles

- Metro Regional Connector, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line Construction Projects | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 25 person limit

Los Angeles County’s rail renaissance is steadily adding 32 miles of new Metro Rail service in the next decade. Join Metro on a tour of two of the most important rail construction projects now underway: the Regional Connector Project that connects light rail lines through downtown Los Angeles, and the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, which will connect the Metro Expo Line, LAX, and Metro Green Line. Highlights of the bus tour include the Regional Connector project’s tunnel boring machine launch site at First and Alameda, and the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project’s excavation/tunnel boring machine launch site at Expo/Crenshaw Station. The alignment tour will also show the future 96th Street Station that will connect the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line to the future People Mover to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports.

Meet outside the front entrance of the JW Marriott. Metro will provide special round-trip bus service.

- From Delis to K-Town to the Walk of Fame: Metro's Red Line | 1 - 5 p.m. | 40 person limit

Get ready for a tour of Joint Development sites in some of LA’s most exciting, diverse and growing neighborhoods. The tour will begin at Westlake/MacArthur Park, one of the densest communities west of Chicago. It’s home to the famous Langer’s Deli and the MacArthur Park Apartments, an affordable housing project built over Metro’s subway. Next stop will be Wilshire/Vermont Station, home to a mixed-use, mixed-income housing project with a middle school built on top of the station. Situated in the compact and rapidly growing Koreatown (K-town) community, it’s a hub for millennials seeking an urban lifestyle. Last stop on the tour will hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Residences at W Hollywood, the 1600 VINE apartments, and Trader Joe’s in the heart of Hollywood. After the tour, you’re free to continue your own tour of Hollywood on foot or on the Red Line.

- Metro Art Moves! | 2 - 5 p.m. (also on Saturday, 2 - 5 p.m.) | 50 person limit

Public art is incorporated into all Metro stations, weaving a multi-layered tapestry that mirrors L.A. County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures. Experience the transformative nature of art and learn how Metro Art commissions artists to create engaging and thought-provoking artworks to make the transit journey more inviting and pleasurable. Tour participants will hear how the art program strengthens Metro’s ties with the communities it serves, and adds to their distinct identity and artistic vibrancy through the creation of cultural landmarks.
Note: You may be interested in attending the Arts in Transit educational session on Tuesday, September 13, from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Access Committee Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Bonnie Hitch

Bus Operations Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Higher Education Subcommittee (HR Committee)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Dr. Jill Hough

Business Member Programs Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Raquel Olivier

Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Brenda R. Nnambi

Streetcar Subcommittee (Rail Transit Committee)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chair, Paul Grether, AICP

Labor Relations Subcommittee (HR Committee)

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Kimberly Ulibarri

Research & Technology Committee

12 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.
Lunch co-sponsored by Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc.

Safety Coordinating Committee

12 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Gerry Ruggiero

Access Committee Regulatory Activities Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Shelly Verrinder & Patrisha Piras

EXPO Advisory Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Joe Gibson

Financial Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Dennis O. Anosike

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

This is APTA

1 - 2:15 p.m.

Getting involved, using APTA’s resources

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 ideas for your membership satisfaction.
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Michael J. Scanlon, Michael J. Scanlon, Brentwood, CA
  • Dr. Beverly A. Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates(People and Communities Matter), Albany, CA
  • Michael S. Townes, Vice Chair, Business Member Legislative Committee; Michael Townes, Hampton, VA

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

1 - 2:15 p.m.
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Morgan Lyons

Human Resources Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Lydia C. Grose

Information Technology Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Chair, William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Chair, Wright C. Parkes

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Carl G. Sedoryk

Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee (P&P Committee)

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E. & Todd Lang

State Affairs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Lisa M. Bacot

Business Member Board of Governors

2:30 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Patrick J. Scully
(election of officers & annual business meeting at 2:30 p.m., followed by the BMBG meeting at 3 p.m.)

Access Committee

2:45 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Lauren Skiver

Rail Transit Committee

2:45 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

4 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Angela K. Miller

LGBT Task Force

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Co-chairs, J. Barry Barker, Celia Kupersmith & Paul J. Larrousse

Transit Board Members Committee

4 - 5:45 p.m.
Chair, David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA

Committee of Audit Professionals

4 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Helen Lew, CPA, CGFM

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Chair, Joel M. Volinski

Policy & Planning Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Lee G. Gibson

Welcome to Los Angeles Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

6 - 8 p.m.

(tickets required)
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.

Monday, September 12

Coffee Service

7 - 8 a.m.

Conference Registration Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

TCRP Information Center

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

8 - 9 a.m.

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. In this, we’ll learn more about our association's initiatives and strategic plan, as well as host Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s work. Together, let's congratulate APTA’s new and outgoing officers.

General Session sponsored by Proterra, Inc.
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Welcome and Remarks
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Ryan Popple, President & CEO, Proterra Inc., Burlingame, CA
Host Welcomes
  • Phillip A. Washington, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • John Fasana, Chair, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Chair's Remarks
  • Valarie J. McCall, Chair, APTA; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
Incoming Chair's Remarks
  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity Council; Chair, Access Services; and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

GENERAL SESSION: Your Brain is Good at Inclusion...Except When It's Not

9 - 10 a.m.

This presentation examines diversity and inclusion from the frameworks of human behavior and cognitive company logoneuroscience. It makes the case that “diversity” (i.e., human differences) is really not the problem. Rather, the real issue is closed-mindedness, or the hard-wired bias to be cautious and skeptical about people, places, and things with which we are unfamiliar.

Using the fields of cognitive neuroscience, socio-psychology, and communication (among others), Dr. Robbins explores the human need to be recognized, valued, and included – and what happens when that need is not met. He demonstrates how our brain views the world from an “insider vs. outsider” lens and how that can lead to the exclusion of others (and their ideas). He examines the concept of “noise” and how noisy mental models can lead to unconscious bias, unintentional intolerance, less productivity, and a negative impact on creativity and innovation.

Dr. Robbins ultimately makes the case, from a brain perspective, for how enhancing inclusion and creating environments where people feel valued are essential for optimizing individual and organizational performance. He brings this science-based content neatly packaged in real world relevance with a good dose of storytelling and laugh-out-loud humor.

Ideas you’ll come away with include:

• A better understanding of the work of diversity and inclusion from the perspectives of human behavior and cognitive neuroscience
• An understanding of how the brain’s natural functioning can lead to unconscious bias and prevent us from leveraging human differences
• A better understanding of how “diversity issues” are fundamentally about “insiderness” and “ outsiderness”
• An understanding of how “noise” can impact how we see and judge others
• A deeper commitment and simple, yet powerful actions to address issues of inclusion and diversity.
company logoA powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an uncanny ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated with his mother to the United States where they faced many challenges during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment. Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of leadership, inclusion & innovation, and the power of caring.  Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks and workshops are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior.

Dr. Robbins uniquely knows how to simultaneously challenge and motivate people with a dynamic use of storytelling, humor and extensive knowledge of pertinent issues and concepts. The inclusive power of his message are why organizations like NASA, Caterpillar, Disney, Boeing, Paypal, Microsoft, Gap Inc., Michelin, McDonald’s, HSBC Bank, Toyota, WestJet, Northrop Grumman, Kraft Foods, Transamerica, Autozone, AMC Theatres, The National Guard, Department of the Treasury, US Navy, Marathon Oil, and numerous others call on Dr. Robbins to inspire, educate and prepare their people for the exciting challenges of a 21st century world.

A thought leader and innovator, Dr. Robbins' unique concept of "Unintentional Intolerance" has captured wide acclaim from numerous audiences and organizations across the United States. His approach does NOT blame or point fingers. It uses neuroscience and the science of human behavior to challenge individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences.

His recently released “anti-training training” video training series called “What If? Factory” is already being heralded as a groundbreaking approach in corporate training. He describes its “laugh and learn” style as a mix of Saturday Night Love, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Big Bang Theory. His book, “What If? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue,” is used by numerous organizations and schools to invite people into deeper conversations about diversity, inclusion and the power of caring.

Dr. Robbins earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Calvin College, and his masters and doctorate in Communication Science from Michigan State University.  His background in communication, socio-psychology and cognitive neuroscience drive his work with individuals and organizations – the core of the work is about understanding human behavior and leveraging human differences in an ever-changing, dynamic world.
  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity Council; Chair, Access Services; and Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Guest Speaker
  • Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D., Chief "What If?" Officer, S.L. Robbins & Associates, Grand Rapids, MI

An Open Mind is a Terrible Thing to Close

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

Understanding others + increasing one’s ability to solve problems = better personal and organizational outcomes

company logoThis session examines an often overlooked and misunderstood attribute – one that when practiced and mastered can lead to better interpersonal and organizational outcomes.  This attribute, “open-mindedness,” is the ability (and willingness) to step out of one’s comfort zones and entertain multiple and sometimes dissonant ideas and perspectives. The opposite of open-mindedness ― closed or narrow-mindedness ― is the real problem we face when addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. In his presentation, Dr. Robbins illustrates how human beings have a great tendency to be closed-minded as a natural function of the brain. Using the fields of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive and socio-psychology, and communication (among others), Dr. Robbins shows how we tend to be closed or narrow-minded, and how that prevents us from truly understanding others and minimizes our ability to solve difficult problems. He will also show how we can become better at being open-minded, and how an open-minded and mindful approach to life, whether at work or home, can pay huge dividends as we navigate a 21st century world filled with many different perspectives, values and beliefs.                                                                 company logo

Participate in this session to:

•  Understand why and how we tend to be closed or narrow-minded from a science perspective
•  Explore the benefits of open-mindedness as an inclusion and organizational performance issue
•  Develop and engage in strategies and techniques that will lead to more open-mindedness and subsequently greater inclusion and organizational performance.
  • Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D., Chief "What If?" Officer, S.L. Robbins & Associates, Grand Rapids, MI

Complete Streets and Complete Trip

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

Strengthening connections, access, and amenities

company logoA rider’s trip doesn’t begin or end with the transit ride, but rather when they leave their origin to walk to the stop and when they get off at their stop and walk to their destination. Not only does the experience on the transit vehicle matter, but the journey to it is just as important. Transit agencies are making significant investments in projects that create amenities along transit corridors to improve the rider’s experience to and from the transit stops and stations. Because these investments extend beyond the transit stop, agencies are meeting their goals to maintain and increase ridership as well as improving safety and access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Join this session to learn how transit agencies and their partners are implementing complete streets policies that focus on the complete trip, not just moving vehicles, and how these policies can promote safe walking, biking, and transit use.
  • to be announced
SANDAG’s Unified Safe Routes to Transit Strategy for the San Diego Region
  • Nathan Schmidt, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers , San Diego, CA
  • Christine Eary, AICP, Associate Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego, CA
Parklets as Transit Stops
  • Stephen Newhouse, Transportation Planner, Service Development and Planning, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA

Smart Cities: Reimagining Transportation

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

A round-table discussion of how forces such as big data, technology, new startups, and innovation are changing the ways cities operate

company logocompany logo Transportation agencies, municipalities, and businesses are creating vastly improved services, using communications and information technology to connect people to one another and their communities. Come hear from the transit CEO representing the winner of USDOT’s Smart City Challenge, the DOT commissioner in America’s largest city, and other leaders. Join the discussion about integrating intelligent technologies to manage assets, improve quality of life, and create new urban transportation that generates jobs, improves neighborhoods, and creates a greener life for everyone.
  • Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY
  • W. Curtis Stitt, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mid-Size Operations Committee; President/Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City, and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC
  • Neil Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC

The Procurement Super Session!

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

company logoThe time has come to finally execute this repeated request from past session audiences. A panel of procurement experts, with more than a hundred years of industry experience, will take questions from the audience. Is your organization facing a complex procurement scenario? Are you just starting out and need some professional assistance? Don’t’ know where to find an answer to a procurement question? Do you feel like your career is at risk because of a high profile procurement? This is a wonderful opportunity to hear how some very seasoned and respected procurement officials have successfully navigated through tough situations that you may be facing.

Note: To increase the chance of having your question addressed, please pre-submit it to Staff Advisor Beverly Hill at, by COB Friday, August 19, 2016.
  • C. Mikel Oglesby, Deputy Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL (invited)
  • Wright C. Parkes, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Director of Procurement, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
  • John O. Adler, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Richard J. Wieczorek, Chair, Standards Bus Procurement Guidelines Terms and Conditions; Department Manager, Procurement and Materials Management, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Steven S. Policar, Superintendent, Transit Fleet Contract Management Group, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Joe Zavala Ramirez, Manager, Contracts and Procurement, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ted Lucas, JD, CPPO, Director, Procurement & Contracts, Sound Transit, Seattle
  • Lisa DeGrace, Director, Contracts, Procurement

Trend Setting Initiatives: California on the Move

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

A laboratory for game-changing innovation

company logo California has been a springboard for a wealth of new and potentially trend setting ideas. This session will delve into several showcase topics, offering specific take-always from our visit to this region.


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

(includes lunch; tickets required)

Many business members’ Products and services are showcased at the 2016 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.

>see Exhibitor Information/Registration for details and to register

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Jennifer Mitchell

Legal Affairs Committee

12 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Marla L. Lien
(off-site location to be announced)

Sustainability Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

1 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Douglas Lecato


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Stay tuned for session and speaker details.

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Honoring top marketing and communications campaigns where you will also learn from some of the best communicators in the industry, as they detail their successful campaigns and the strategic importance of marketing and communications in public transportation.

Join in the excitement as we salute the Grand Award winners in the 37th Annual AdWheel Awards competition honoring the best in public transportation marketing and communications. Grand Awards will be presented in three categories: ​Best Campaign to Increase Ridership or Sales; Best Campaign to Highlight Transit Needs/Funding; and Best Educational Campaign. New for 2016 are informative panel discussions with top leaders from the eleven Grand Award winners.
  • Pauletta Tonilas, Chief Communications Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Morgan Lyons, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Assistant Vice President, External Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Early Career Program Graduation

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

company logoAfter a year-long program of workshops, briefings, webinars, and industry mentoring, the Early Career Program Class of 2016 will graduate. Join us in listening to their reflections on their past year. Highlights of the Early Career Program class projects will also be presented.  

Come congratulate this class on their initiative, drive, talents, and in graduating. This is the third class to graduate from the Early Career Program. We wish them much success as they move on to bright careers in public transportation.

First and Last Mile

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Improving first and last mile services and customer amenities

company logoConvenient access to transit is fast becoming the top criterion in deciding where to live, work, and play. Transit agencies across the country are implementing new approaches to access stops in order to solve the first and last mile problem and extend the reach of transit to more customers.
Join this session to hear examples of what the transit agency’s role should be among new mobility providers, how to coordinate with local jurisdictions to close transit access gaps, and how to integrate new technologies and identify the safest routes to access transit.
  • to be announced
On-Demand Transit Solution for First and Last Mile Customers - "FLEX"
  • Gary Miskell, Chief Information Officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
County-wide Strategic First/Last Mile Planning and Implementation in Los Angeles
  • Jeremy Klop, Principal, Fehr & Peers , Los Angeles, CA
Which Role to Play in the Mobility of the Future?
  • Arjan van Andel, Director, Business Development, GIRO Inc., Annapolis, MD
First/Last Mile - The Utah Transit Authority's Innovative Approach to Planning and Implementation
  • Jennifer McGrath, Strategic Planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Integrating Innovation into Your Organization

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

What does it really mean to be a chief innovation officer?

company logoGet an inside view from officials who work across organizational silos to chart new directions for agencies and businesses. Gain a greater understanding of their focus on radical or breakthrough innovation, creating strategies, business opportunities, new technologies, new capabilities, new business models, and new industry structures.

State of Good Repair, Transit Asset Management – Prioritize for Quality Service

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

company logoIn 2013, the Federal Transit Administration estimated that more than 40 percent of buses and 25 percent of rail transit assets were in marginal or poor condition. Estimates from the National State of Good Repair Assessment identified an $86 billion backlog in deferred maintenance and replacement needs, a backlog that continues to grow. While the challenge is great, transit performance management practices provide an opportunity for agencies to better communicate their transit asset management needs to state and regional entities and receive the funding necessary to address state of good repair challenges. Under MAP-21, Federal Transit Administration grantees must develop performance measures around transit asset management and a Transit Asset Management Plan to bring systems into a state of good repair. Hear from these speakers as they discuss the challenges associated with bringing systems into a state of good repair and meeting recently released federal requirements.
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Senior Vice President, Nat'l Transit/Rail Practice Leader, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
FTA Update on Final Rule
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Transit Asset Management Organizations
  • Herbert Higginbotham, Transit and Tolling Services, Accenture, El Segundo, CA
TAM Planning for Small and Medium Sized Operators
  • Richard Laver, Director, Transit Asset Management, CH2M, Herndon, VA

Transforming Lives and Communities: The Power of Transportation Investment

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

company logoJOBS, economic development, and equitable and shared prosperity for underutilized and underserved communities have become growing considerations in the planning and implementation of transportation projects. Greater resiliency, more sustainable communities, and adherence to triple-bottom-line outcomes are ultimate goals. Join leaders from transit agencies, labor, business, philanthropy, and  community-based organizations as they share their perspectives and “real-world” experience on how transportation investment can be a catalyst for growth, access and transformation for the 21st century and beyond.
  • Dr. Beverly A. Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates(People and Communities Matter), Albany, CA

Workforce Development

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

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Mobility Management Committee

5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Tuesday, September 13

Coffee Service

7 - 8 a.m.

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee (P&P Committee)

7 - 8 a.m.
Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP

GENERAL SESSION: 2016 Political Overview with Paul Begala & Mike Murphy

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Known for their independence in political ideology and willingness to move beyond the frame of right versus left, Paul Begala and Mike Murphy will dissect the issues of the day, including an up-to-the-minute analysis of politics in America and the upcoming Presidential election.

Sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund
company logoPaul Begala is a commentator for CNN, where he is part of the political team that won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. In the 2012 campaign, he was a senior adviser for the pro-Obama Super PAC, making Begala one of the few people to play a critical role in electing two different presidents. After helping engineer Bill Clinton's presidential campaign with his partner, James Carville, Begala served as counselor to the President, one of Clinton's closest aides. He has consulted for political campaigns across the country and around the world, including advising politicians in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Former President Bill Clinton described his longtime friend and former aide as, "a witty dynamo from Sugar Land, Texas...who brought energy, focus and credibility to our efforts." He helped his friend John F. Kennedy, Jr. launch the political magazine George and wrote the "Capitol Hillbilly" column. He has authored several New York Times best-selling political books. Begala is an affiliated professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He taught at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia. Along with James Carville and GOP strategist Karl Rove, he was a recently inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants' Hall of Fame. Begala received his bachelor's degree in Government and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the student body president.
company logoMike Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns. Murphy has been called a “media master” by FORTUNE magazine, the GOP’s “hottest media consultant” by Newsweek and the leader of a “new breed” of campaign consultants by Congressional Quarterly. Murphy served as senior strategist for both John McCain’s first campaign for President in 2000 and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s historic election as Governor of California. He has served as political consultant to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush since 1998, and as advisor to political leaders in several foreign countries an well as a dozen U.S. Senators and Governors. He also advises several Fortune 500 companies and many trade associations. Murphy frequently writes a column for TIME magazine as well as providing regular commentary on the Meet the Press roundtable. Murphy was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a non-resident fellow at Harvard University's JFK School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and is a Fellow at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics. Murphy also works as a writer/producer in the entertainment industry.
  • Patrick J. Scully, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL
Guest Speakers
  • Paul Begala, Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN, Washington, DC
  • Mike Murphy, Political Strategist, Contributing Editor, TIME, and Political Analyst, NBC News Los Angeles, Universal City, CA
Invitation to 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO
  • Joe Gibson, Chair, EXPO Advisory Committee; Vice President, National Sales, New Flyer, Commerce, MI
  • Keith T. Parker, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Participate in a conversation with representatives of the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Railroad Administration

This promises to be a dynamic session with the leadership of the FTA and FRA. They will talk about safety management systems, state of good repair, transit asset management, positive train control, and any other topic you would like to discuss. Bring your questions for this interactive session. 
  • to be announced
  • Hon. Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Sarah Feinberg, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC (invited)

Agency Board Governance Models Positively Affecting Operations & Capital Planning

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

Stay tuned for session and speaker details.

APTA/COMTO Assembly - Gentrification: A Moving Target for Equitable Service Provision

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

Same population levels, different demographic

company logo How do we address the demographic shifts in our urban cores and maintain service equity for the transit dependent, low income riders, being pushed out of cities by rising housing costs due to incoming residents with much higher incomes? Can the population levels remain the same and yet leave out those who need transit the most? It is time to review this situation happening all across the country.
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Executive Director, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Brenda R. Nnambi, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee; Diversity & Small Business Development Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Linda Ford, Associate Administrator for Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Katharine Eagan, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
  • Michael K. Muhammad, Vice President, Diversity/Innovation/Labor Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Arts in Transit

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

Creating place and pride

Public transportation projects from Los Angeles, Portland, and more will be highlighted as they help revitalize communities through art and design. 

Note: You may be interested in attending the Metro Art Moves! Technical Tour offered on both Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Changing Dynamics of Small, Urban & Rural Systems

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

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Mega Projects Worldwide

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

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 serve 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 the projects are financed.

On the Right Path: Transit/Bike Partnerships Round Table

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

company logoWith a new emphasis on non-motorized access to transit station stops and facilities, forging transit/bike partnerships can help solve the “first mile” and “last mile” issues. Across the country in cities large and small, bike share programs are being planned and implemented as part of a multimodal regional system. Securing funds to grow, design, and operate the system has become increasingly important. Hear various perspectives from transit agencies, a bike share manufacturer, and a bike share operator on collaborative efforts to bring new mobility options to communities, designing programs to avoid potential conflicts, and the importance of reexamining the definition of the shared ride to include bike share as a transit mode.
  • to be announced
UTA's Program
  • Jennifer McGrath, Strategic Planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ben Bolte, Founder and Director, GREENbike, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Robert Burns, Trek/B-Cycle, Waterloo, WI
A Metro Partnership
  • Laura Cornejo, Director of Community Planning, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Accommodating Buses and Bicycles Together on Urban Streets
  • Andy Kosinski, Senior Transportation Engineer/Planner, Fehr & Peers, San Francisco, CA (invited)

Public Transportation "Pitch" Session

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

Advancing opportunities for young professionals in transportation

APTA invites young transportation professionals and local graduate students from transportation-related programs for an opportunity to promote enlightened “pitches” on innovation and technology. Speakers will have 5-7 minutes each to teach, inspire, and present a new idea before a panel of judges. This is public transportation’s version of the critically-acclaimed, business-themed show, “Shark Tank.”


12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

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

Lunch co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA
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  • Paul P. Skoutelas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Awards Committee; Senior Vice President & National Director and Market Leader, Transit and Rail, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pittsburgh, PA

ADA Session - Transit Board Members & Access Committee Members

3 - 4:30 p.m.

company logo Stay tuned for session and speaker details.

Creative Finance & Public-Private Partners

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Investment and project delivery strategies to advance public transportation and infrastructure

company logoThis comprehensive discussion of finance and project delivery approaches will engage your thinking regarding transportation projects of all sizes in an era of uncertain public funding. These world-class panelists will advise on strategies to make the most of alternative project delivery tools and partnerships, federal credit programs, and incentives to stimulate transportation and infrastructure investment.

Safety Management Systems

3 - 4:30 p.m.

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Update on the Federal DBE Program

3 - 4:30 p.m.

company logoThis session will provide a program update on recent changes, discussion of new initiatives, and an interactive exchange between DBE Program Administrators and Policy Officials.

Note: To increase your chance of having your question or issue on the agenda to be addressed, please forward it to APTA's Beverly Hill at no later than Monday, August 8, 2016.

Advancing Transit: Perspectives on Multimodal Long Range and Strategic Planning

3 - 5 p.m.

company logoUnder MAP-21 and reinforced in FAST Act, transit plays an important role in the development of a robust regional multimodal transportation plan.  With the introduction of Performance-based Planning and Programming (PBPP) at the regional level, transit agencies now have the opportunity to shape planning and programming processes to achieve desired outcomes for a truly sustainable multimodal transportation system. This collaborative 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. Hear the latest information on the recent rule on metropolitan and state wide transportation planning and how practitioners from around the country are advancing collaborative decision making to build integrated transportation systems.
  • Lee G. Gibson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
Final Rule on Statewide and Metropolitan Planning
  • Sherry Riklin, Deputy Associate Adminstrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
On the Right Path – Collaborative Efforts on a Multimodal Statewide Plan
  • G.J. LaBonty, Manager of Program Development, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Multi-agency Transit Coordination in Seattle
  • Wesley A. King, Transit Expansion Program Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
The Denver Regional Transportation District Strategic Plan
  • Brian T. Welch, AICP, Senior Manager, Planning Technical Services, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Creating Communities through Station Design & TOD Round Table

3 - 5 p.m.

Learn how TOD and station design support and encourage development.

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Transit agencies continue to evolve their approach to transit-oriented development. TOD efforts are increasingly expected to deliver affordable housing, support community and economic development, and grow ridership. A key component of a successful transit-oriented development is how well a transit station is integrated within the surrounding community. 

Speakers will explore how transit-oriented developments transform communities while maintaining equity, as well as how the transit station itself provides a foundation for growth and facilitates development.
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Vice Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Director, HDR, Chicago, IL
Community Oriented Transit - Adding Value
  • Steve Wilensky, Director of Urban and Transit Planning, RNL Design, Denver, CO
Agency Approaches to Affordable and Equitable TOD
  • Thatcher Imboden, Senior TOD Analyst, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
TOD/Rail Planning in Formerly Suburban Southern California
  • Stephen Fox, Senior Regional Planner, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles, CA
Connecting to Transit Betterments with Commercial Development
  • Jenna Hornstock, Deputy Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
JR Central Towers: Past, Present and Future of a High Speed Rail-Oriented Development
  • Masahiro Nakayama, General Manager, Washington DC Office, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC
Planning for the Future of Los Angeles Union Station: The Union Station Master Plan (USMP)
  • Elizabeth Carvajal, Transportation Planning Manager, Metro Countywide Planning & Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Mobility & Technology

3 - 5 p.m.

company logocompany logo There are a number of new technologies that have come on to the stage and transformed our industry. This means customers have more choices than ever and are better able to complete their trips more efficiently. As technology and innovation progress, how do you choose the right technologies to complement your system? Join this session to hear speakers share which new innovations to champion, how to leverage new technologies to improve mobility for customers, and how to prepare and plan for future changes to the industry.
  • to be announced
Taming Ten Terrors of Today's Technology
  • Robin O'Hara, Deputy Executive Officer for Regional TAP Program, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Implications of Driverless Vehicles on Public Transportation Agencies and Planning
  • Cliff Henke, Assistant Vice President, Senior Analyst, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lauren Isaac, Consultant, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Oakland, CA
Creepy vs. Cool: Bringing Your Riders the Technology Innovations They Actually Want
  • Michael J. Wilson, Managing Director, North America Public Transportation Lead, Accenture, Toronto, ON
Multi-Modal Application: Connected Community & Mobility Management
  • Bob Youakim, Co-CEO, Passport Parking, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Are Uber & Transit Friends, Enemies or Both?
  • Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center, Chicago, IL
Connectivity: Now a Virtually Seamless Reality through Integrated Mobility/Disruptive Technologies
  • Eric Reese, Regional Manager, Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc., Burlington, MA

Leadership APTA: Celebrating Tomorrow's Leaders

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Class of 2016 leadership project presentations and graduation + welcoming the class of 2017

company logoYou are invited to mark the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2016 by hearing its project presentations and witnessing its graduation ceremonies. Beginning last fall, class members participated in workshops, professional development forums, APTA meetings and events, site visits, executive round-table sessions with industry leaders, and online sessions. They met with transit industry leaders, university faculty, and other experts to learn more about our industry, refine their leadership skills, and leverage their experiences to become tomorrow’s leaders. This session will also introduce the incoming Class of 2017. A celebratory reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

How does your organization attract students to a career in public transportation? Come hear new ideas from the APTF scholarship winners.

company logoWhile growing a talented, dedicated workforce is more challenging than ever in the public transportation industry, the Foundation is spotlighting the 2016 APTF scholarship recipients, our industry's emerging leaders. Join us and learn about their journeys, their research, how they use technology, and their ideas on recruiting young professionals.

Leadership APTA Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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 refreshments and good company as you reconnect with friends and get to know the next generation of leaders within the public transportation industry and APTA.

Wednesday, September 14

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: "Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom"

7:30 - 9 a.m.

(tickets required)
Transportation Women Tell Their Stories

company logocompany logocompany logoJoin this breakfast session to hear women whose compelling leadership stories are featured in this Boots on the Ground book authored by Grace Crunican and Liz Levin. Witness their perseverance, preparation, and choices. Learn from their journeys and professional careers. These stories have staying power for everyone. These inspiring stories of transportation visionaries and implementers – seers and do-ers – will motivate the next generation.
  • Grace Crunican, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Levin, President, Liz Levin & Company, Boston, MA
  • Dana C. Hook, P.E., Vice President, CDM Smith, Carlsbad, CA
  • Shirley A. DeLibero, Shirley A. DeLibero , Milton, MA
  • Mary E. Peters, Board Member, HDR, Inc., and Principal, Mary E. Peters Consulting Group, LLC, Peoria, AZ

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 - 10 a.m.

Host Information Desk

7:30 - 10 a.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 - 10 a.m.

TCRP Information Center

7:30 - 10 a.m.

Getting to Innovation with Technology

9:30 - 11 a.m.

company logoStay tuned for session and speaker details.

High-Speed & Intercity Rail

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Planning, engineering, funding, and partnerships that lead to success

Join this session that will focus on the latest California and U.S. developments, as well as regional rail integration here and abroad.

Mobility Management Strategies for Integrated Mobility

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Explore new approaches to promote customer-centered mobility strategies for all transit users

company logocompany logoToday’s riders expect public transit agencies to deliver a more convenient and personal travel experience. Doing so requires operators to cultivate a broader view of partners, and embrace their role as a provider of customer-focused outcomes in addition to a bus or a train trip. And while these new transportation partnerships and models offer convenience and ease of use for the customer, one of the most exciting opportunities that accompany these new approaches to transportation is in their potential to meet the needs of customers of all abilities.
Join this session to hear panelists identify ways to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of transit through partnerships with new mobility services that improve access to transit for all riders.
  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S., AVP Education & Youth Transition and Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management, Easter Seals, Chicago, IL
TNCs and ADA Paratransit - “Silver Bullet or Fool’s Gold”
  • Andre Colaiace, Director of Governmental Services, Access Services, El Monte, CA
FTA Overview of FAST Act Provisions on Improving Access and Mobility
  • Marianne Stock, Chief of Rural and Targeted Programs Office, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Uber/SEPTA Partnership
  • Speaker to be announced

Sustainable Facilities

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Stay tuned for session and speaker details.

Title VI, Environmental Justice, and Social Equity in Transit

9:30 - 11 a.m.

company logo The American economy and quality of life depends on public transportation to connect communities with employment, education, healthcare, and other essential services. Through federal programs and other agency initiatives, the industry is proactively working to expand economic opportunity, socioeconomic mobility, and community health while limiting further disparate impact. Hear from these industry leaders as they discuss policy initiatives and decision-making tools that realize these goals, ranging from reduced-fare programs to tools that inform the Title VI and Environmental Justice analysis and engagement processes.
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA (invited)
Accelerating Title VI Analysis during the Planning Process
  • Tiffany Chu, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Remix, San Francisco, CA
The MBTA Youth Pass Pilot - Addressing Equity through Innovative Partnerships
  • Ian Thistle, Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Dr. Laurel Paget-Seekins, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Customized Transit Planning Using Real Data: Equity, Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • Dr. Ashley Brown Burns, Ph.D., Senior Associate/ Consultant, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

Understanding the Complexities of a Comprehensive Payment System Serving the 21st Century

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Looking for a simple fare collection procurement? Try a museum.

company logoToday’s transition to an updated electronic payment system, serving not only traditional public transit fare collection requirements but also accommodating multi-party ridesharing services and non-transportation transactions is a multifaceted endeavor requiring dissection, identification, and processing of layers of interconnected operational, financial, security, public, and overall organizational considerations. What is difficult to even state, is yet harder to accomplish. If an agency wants to achieve a comprehensive set of functionality, incorporating best of class vendors for backend systems, mobile ticketing and payment, and retail merchant distribution platforms, the agency will find there is no vendor currently capable of delivering a single source solution. This session will help attendees understand the level of effort required and the planning necessary to move into the “now” world of collecting transit fares and other payments associated with the broad range of new services the rider expects the agency to provide in the near future.


9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.

- Southern California Regional Rail (Metrolink) | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 40 person limit

Positive Train Control (PTC), along with Crash Energy Management (CEM) technology and new Tier 4 locomotives, are life-saving and emissions-reduction initiatives implemented by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) to make travel by rail even safer and cleaner. These innovations and Metrolink CEM equipment will be on display at Los Angeles Union Station for this technical tour. Sit at the controls of a locomotive simulator using PTC predictive collision avoidance technology, and then tour the rail cars using CEM technology, including redesigned seats and work tables, and advanced energy absorbtion zones at each end of the cars. Tour participants will have the opportunity to interact with Metrolink staff responsible for the implementation of these key safety enhancements and initiatives. Metrolink is proud to be the first commuter rail agency to enable PTC on all rail lines by 2015.

- LAND TO SEA: Metro Blue Line to Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | 50-75 person limit

Los Angeles County Transportation network connects to the nation’s largest seaport complex – the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Join Metro and Long Beach Transit on a ride of its Blue Line to Long Beach for a boat tour of these two highly important ports – where over 40% of the international goods are received and then distributed throughout the United States.

Meet outside the front entrance of the JW Marriott. Long Beach Transit will provide shuttle service from the Blue Line to the Port.

- LAND TO SEA: Long Beach Transit’s Multimodal Operations on the Waterfront | 11 a.m. - 2p.m. | 50 person limit

Zero emission buses to harbor-jetting boats – it’s just another day in Long Beach. Join Long Beach Transit staff on a tour of Long Beach’s electric downtown and coastline via LBT’s battery-electric bus fleet and AquaLink water taxis. The tour will focus on innovative bus technology and partnerships associated with LBT’s water taxi system, all of which contribute to the economic success of the city by attracting tourists and conventioneers. Highlights of the tour include brief bus stops at the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific and the internationally-acclaimed Queen Mary. The AquaLink will then cruise along the nine-mile Long Beach coast, providing participants with stunning and unique views of the city.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Transformational Leadership

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

Ten years ago, 2006, smart phones didn’t exist. Flat-screen TVs were new and very expensive.  In the next five to ten years, the pace of change will only increase. This session will feature senior executives focusing on new, forward thinking and the dynamics of leading large and small organizations to grow and streamline. These top managers adapt and create, foster a positive work culture where staff thrives, lead in customer service, innovate, instill values, listen, watch the market, offer resources. Come hear these master communicators discuss excellence in performance. Learn where they are taking their organizations next – and how.

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

12:45 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Glen Becerra

FTA WORKSHOP: Capital Investment Grants Program

1:30 - 5 p.m.

Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program including recent changes made in the FAST Act and the details of the Final Interim Policy Guidance published in August 2015. An overview of FY16 CIG appropriations and the FY17 CIG budget recommendations will also be provided. Additionally, the workshop will include a discussion of trends being seen in the CIG program.

Some of the topics include:

• New and Small Starts
• Core Capacity
• Warrants (qualifying for automatic ratings)
• Program of Interrelated Projects
• Expedited Delivery Pilot Program
• Transit Oriented Development Pilot Program

FEE: The workshop is available to all Annual Meeting registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Online pre-registration will open soon.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Mark Teschauer at 202.496.4873 or
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