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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO will take place October 8-11, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA. Hosted by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit 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

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

 

 

Saturday, October 7

APTA Registration & Host Information - Convention Center

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

APTA Registration & Host Information - Hotel

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta

**Annual Meeting pre-registrants ONLY**

APTA Board of Directors with Business Meeting of the Membership at 12 - 12:15 p.m.

12 - 5 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, APTA, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.
(buffet lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

Capital Projects Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
A 706/707, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

4 - 5 p.m.
L 402/403, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
A 601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Co-Chairs, Samuel Eric Smith & Karen J. Hedlund

EEO Task Force (WD Cmte)

4:30 - 6 p.m.
L 401, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Aida B. Douglas

Workforce Development Committee Dutch-treat Dinner

6:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse
(meet in Marriott Marquis lobby at 6:15 p.m.)
 

Sunday, October 8

Member Services Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
L 402/403, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Todd Horsley

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Regency Ballroom VI, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Anna M. Barry

APTA Registration & Host Information - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

APTA Registration & Host Information - Hotel

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta

**Annual Meeting pre-registrants ONLY**

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
B 411, 4th Level, GWCC

Business Member Procurement & Legislative Committees

8 - 9 a.m.
Marquis Ballroom A, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Freddie C. Fuller, II

Fare Collection Systems - Programs & Planning Subcommittee

8 - 9 a.m.
Atrium Ballroom B, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Co-Chairs, Christina Belmont & Michael Veltri

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

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Atrium Ballroom A, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Light Rail Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.
Breakfast sponsored by LTK Engineering Services

Transit Performance Management Subcommittee (P&P Cmte)

8 - 9:30 a.m.
A 706/707, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Co-Chairs, Louis Cripps & Andrea Burnside & Laura Zale

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom 4, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Jerry Guaracino

Diversity Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Marquis Ballroom D, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Doran J. Barnes

Mid-Size Operations Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Marquis Ballroom B, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Facilitator, Donna DeMartino

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Jon T. Adams, P.E.

Labor and Employee Relations Subcommittee (WD Cmte)

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
A 703/704, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, LaShanda Dawkins, Esq.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

9 - 10 a.m.
A 705, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Business Member Programs Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Marquis Ballroom A, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Raquel Olivier

Fare Collection Systems Committee

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Atrium Ballroom B, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, J. James Capozzi

Transit & Paratransit Operations Subcommittee (Access Cmte)

9 - 10:30 a.m.
A 708, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, David R. Rishel

TECHNICAL TOUR: Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

(30 persons per tour)
(also on Sunday, 2 - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday 2 - 4:30 p.m.)

The bus tour will showcase the Atlanta Streetcar, the Atlanta BeltLine, and provide an overview of the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan. Sites will include the current streetcar route, VMF, and future expansion to the BeltLine corridor, as well as the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside and Westside Trails, Historic Fourth Ward Park, and other parks and sites along key segments of the BeltLine transportation corridor.
 
Tour participants should meet on the International Hall (lowest level) of the Marriott Marquis. The tour bus will depart from and return to the Courtland Street entrance of the Marriott Marquis on both Sunday and Wednesday.
 
Please sign up for the tour day/time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.
 

Operations Control Center Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Bart Kane

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom 3, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, William F. Durham

Business Member Small Business Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Marquis Ballroom A, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Eve Williams

Smartcard Security Working Group

10 - 11 a.m.
Atrium Ballroom A, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Thomas Parker

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
L 402/403, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom C, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Passenger Transportation Systems & Services Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Brendon Hemily, Ph.D.

Systems Engineering Subcommittee (R&T Cmte)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Baker, Conference Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, David M. Springstead

TECHNICAL TOUR: Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

(30 persons per tour)
(also on Sunday 2 - 4 p.m. and Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m.)

The tour will provide an overview of the development of the first segment of the Atlanta Streetcar as well as outline the development and investment that has grown along the route. Stops will include Woodruff Park, the Municipal Market, VMF, and the MLK Center and Historic District. Sites along the streetcar route include Historic Auburn Avenue, Georgia State University, downtown Atlanta, and Centennial Olympic Park. 
 
Tour participants should meet in the lobbies of the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency to meet the tour guides and walk to the Centennial Olympic Park stop to begin the tour. Look for the 'Atlanta Streetcar Tour' signs.

Please sign up for the tour day/time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Bus Operations Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom B, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee (WD Cmte)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
A 703/704, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr.

Business Member Business Development Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom A, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
A 601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Brenda R. Nnambi

Streetcar Subcommittee (RT Cmte)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Timothy Borchers
Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transportation Systems, Inc.

Research & Technology Committee

12 - 2 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Financial Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Atrium Ballroom B, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Dee Brookshire, MBA, CGFM

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom D, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Neil S. McFarlane

Small Operations Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom B, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Andrew Johnson

Training & Technical Assistance Subcommittee (Access Cmte)

12:30 - 2 p.m.
A 706/707, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Kristen Joyner

This is APTA

1 - 2:15 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom C, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta

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.
 
Presenter
  • Petra Mollet, Vice President - Strategic & International Programs, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Q&A Facilitators
  • Carrie Butler, General Manager, Transit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LexTran), Lexington, KY
  • Hugh A. Mose, P.E., Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Principal, Hugh A. Mose, P.E. – Transportation Consultant, State College, PA
  • Jannet Walker Ford, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Vice President & General Manager, Eastern Region, Americas, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Secretary, Member Services Committee; Vice Chair, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (MAX), Birmingham, AL

Organizational Development Subcommittee (WD Cmte)

1 - 2:30 p.m.
A 703/704, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Atrium Ballroom A, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, JC Vannatta

TECHNICAL TOUR: MARTA Brady Mobility (Paratransit) Facility

1 - 3 p.m.

(30 persons - 60 max. depending on interest)

The new MARTA Brady Mobility (Paratransit) facility, procured through design/build, accommodates the administrative functions, operations, and maintenance needs for MARTA’s entire fleet of Paratransit vehicles. It is a model of modern transit operations and maintenance design and technology. As a LEED Silver facility; it is safe, functional, easy to maintain, and significantly more energy efficient.
 
• With maintenance functions on the first floor and administration operations functions on the second floor in the same building, they each have separate and defined pedestrian circulation. Bus operator and maintenance staff circulation will occur with minimum cross conflicts, improving the overall safety of site operations while maximizing operational efficiency.
 
• Physically, the design creates a distinct landmark presence on Brady Avenue. MARTA is able to continue to execute their customer-focused mission from a facility that expresses longevity, durability, and forward-thinking design. Currently it houses a fleet of 210 paratransit vehicles on an 11-acre site, with a 78,200 square-foot facility.
 
• Included on the property is multi-bay wash building to include a chassis cleaning area; a service building that includes 4 fueling stations, above ground fuel storage tanks, and 5 vacuum stations for detailing the interior of the vehicles. On the first floor, the maintenance facility includes 15 full service maintenance bays with a separate tire shop, a maintenance training room, parts room, tool box storage area, maintenance offices, and other maintenance amenities that you cannot live without (once you see the facility). In addition, there are 2 locker rooms, a lunch room, and a fully equipped exercise room.
 
• On the second floor of the facility you have a complete administrative, operation and training facility that houses all functions of a paratransit operation to include reservations, radio dispatch, scheduling, window dispatch, customer ETA area, 2 training rooms, a large driver room, and several conference rooms for meetings and other activities.
 
The MARTA bus will depart from and return to the Courtland Street entrance of the Marriott Marquis.

Please sign up for the tour at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, William Mooney, Sr.

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
L 402/403, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Douglas Lecato

Emerging Transportation Systems Subcommittee (Access Cmte)

1:30 - 3 p.m.
A 708, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Business Member Board of Governors

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom A, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

TECHNICAL TOUR: MARTA Integrated Operations Center & Emergency Operations Center

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

(30 persons)

The Integrated Operations Center (IOC) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the hub of all MARTA Command, Control, and Communications Centers. Personnel from the passenger mode operations of Bus Communications, Mobility Dispatch, Rail and Police Dispatch make up the IOC. While the EOC consist of designated personnel from MARTA Police Security Operation Staff. Despite budget constraints, MARTA remains committed making safety critical infrastructure improvements a priority.
 
The IOC focuses on improving service MARTA provides to more than a half million riders of our system daily through close coordination, improved visibility and precise response. The facility was designed strategically to position MARTA for expansion, creating an integrated transit network with capacity to serve the entire Atlanta region.
 
Tour participants should gather by 1:30 p.m. at the main entrance of the Marriott Marquis, where they will be met by a MARTA volunteer. The group will walk to the MARTA Rail Peachtree Center station and travel to the Chamblee Station (Gold Line) and walk to the operations center to begin the tour at approx. 3:05 p.m. Once the tour ends at approx. 4:30 p.m., the group will walk back to the Chamblee Station where they can board a Gold Line Airport Train back to Peachtree Center and their hotels.
Please sign up for the tour at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Atrium Ballroom B, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Sharon Greene

Information Technology Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

TECHNICAL TOUR: Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development

2 - 4 p.m.

(30 persons per tour)
(also on Sunday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m.)

The tour will provide an overview of the development of the first segment of the Atlanta Streetcar as well as outline the development and investment that has grown along the route. Stops will include Woodruff Park, the Municipal Market, VMF, and the MLK Center and Historic District. Sites along the streetcar route include Historic Auburn Avenue, Georgia State University, downtown Atlanta, and Centennial Olympic Park. 
 
Tour participants should meet in the lobbies of the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency to meet the tour guides and walk to the Centennial Olympic Park stop to begin the tour. Look for the 'Atlanta Streetcar Tour' signs.

Please sign up for the tour day/time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

TECHNICAL TOUR: Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System

2 - 4:30 p.m.

(30 persons per tour)
(also on Sunday, 9:30 - 12 p.m. and Wednesday 2 - 4:30 p.m.)

The bus tour will showcase the Atlanta Streetcar, the Atlanta BeltLine, and provide an overview of the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan. Sites will include the current streetcar route, VMF, and future expansion to the BeltLine corridor, as well as the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside and Westside Trails, Historic Fourth Ward Park, and other parks and sites along key segments of the BeltLine transportation corridor.
 
Tour participants should meet on the International Hall (lowest level) of the Marriott Marquis. The tour bus will depart from and return to the Courtland Street entrance of the Marriott Marquis on both Sunday and Wednesday.

Please sign up on site for the tour day/time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Safety Coordinating Council

2 - 5 p.m.
L 508, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Gerry Ruggiero

TECHNICAL TOUR: Integrating Bicycle Infrastructure & Transit (Relay Bikes)

2 - 5 p.m.

(20 persons)

The biking tour will show off Atlanta’s new bikeshare system, the bicycling amenities throughout the MARTA system, and the city’s rapidly expanding bicycle infrastructure. Plus, we will ride along the NE BeltLine corridor, envisioning the transit that will eventually run alongside the existing multi-use path.

Bikes and helmets will be provided and all participants will be asked to sign a waiver.
 
The tour group will meet and depart from Hardy Ivy Park near the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s front entrance.

Please sign up for the tour at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
A 601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, John O. Adler, CPPO

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
L 402/403, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom B, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Karen H. King

Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee (P&P Cmte)

2:30 - 4 p.m.
A 705, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Co-Chairs, Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E. & Todd Lang & Grace Gallucci
Break sponsored by RS&H

State Affairs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 4, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Don Chartock

Access Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom D, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
L 506/507, Lobby Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Mike Finnern

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 2, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Neil S. McFarlane

Workforce Development Committee

3 - 5 p.m.
A 703/704, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

Transit Board Members Committee

3:45 - 5 p.m.
Marquis Ballroom C, Marquis Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Lester W. Bryant

Committee of Audit Professionals

4 - 5 p.m.
A 601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Larry G. Wallis, CPA, CIA

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

4 - 5 p.m.
A 706/707, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Doug Allen

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Cmte)

4 - 5 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 1, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Angela Miller

LGBT Task Force

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 3, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Co-Chairs, J. Barry Barker, Celia Kupersmith & Paul Larrousse

Policy & Planning Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom 4, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Kimberly Slaughter

Commuter Rail Committee

5 - 6 p.m.
A 706/707, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Doug Allen

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

5 - 6 p.m.
Regency Ballroom VI, Ballroom Level, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Chair, Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA

Procurement Steering Committee

5 - 6 p.m.
A 601, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew Johnson

Real Estate Subcommittee (P3 Cmte)

5 - 6 p.m.
A 708, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta
Chair, Charles Di Maggio
Break sponsored by Greystone Management Solutions

Welcome to Atlanta Reception

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Atrium Ballroom, Atrium Level, Marriott Marquis Atlanta

(tickets required)
All conference registrants and their guests are invited to mix and mingle at this lively welcoming reception that is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.
 
For registrants and guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, Omni, and Hotel Glenn, shuttle service will be provided from the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) to the Marriott Marquis from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. only. Please board the shuttle outside Hall B of the GWCC. No return service will be provided. All other conference hotels are within walking distance of the Marriott Marquis.

Reception sponsored by WSP USA
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American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Fundraiser and Scholarship Reception

8 - 11 p.m.

Location: Ventanas: 275 Baker Street, Atlanta GA

The APTF will hold a fundraiser and hosted reception to honor Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., APTA's incoming 2017-2018 Chair. All conference registrants are invited to join the 2017 APTF scholarship recipients, sponsors, and friends at an inspired event celebrating the future of transit.
 
Please bring a gift for the foundation; all donations will directly support the APTF’s mission to provide scholarships and engagement opportunities to the future leaders of the transit industry.
 
RSVP required. Please click here for more information about the reception and to RSVP.
 
Transportation: Two shuttle buses will run between the Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Center Ave NE), pick up at Courtland St. entrance-lower level of hotel, and Ventanas (approximately 1.0 mile) between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. to bring attendees to the reception. Return transportation will not be provided.

Reception sponsored by Genfare, WSP USA, Parsons Corporation, Alstom, Fran Hooper Consulting LLC, Clever Devices Ltd., HNTB Corporation, Motor Coach Industries, New Flyer of America, Michael Baker International, Iconic Consulting Group, Inc., Legacy Resource Group, KAI Texas, Inc., Kiewit, 360 Total Concept, Inc., and Pond & Company, Inc. 
 
 

Monday, October 9

Innovation Lab

7 - 8:15 a.m.
B 310, 3rd Level, GWCC
Facilitator, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

APTA Registration - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

Host Information - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
B 411, 4th Level, GWCC

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Transformational Times for Transportation

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

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The public transit landscape is changing rapidly, as shifting demographics and rapidly evolving technology are converging to drive innovation and shape the future of the industry—a theme that will take center stage at the Opening General Session.
 
The session concludes with the Grand Opening of EXPO 2017.
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Opening General Session sponsored by AECOM
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Introduction and Remarks
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Host and Atlanta Welcomes
  • Keith T. Parker, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Robert L. Ashe, III, Chairman, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Remarks
  • Hon. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Vahid Ownjazayeri, P.E., Chief Growth Officer, Design and Consulting Services Group, AECOM, Boston, MA

Legal Affairs Committee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
B 407, 4th Level, GWCC
Chair, Marla L. Lien

EXPO 2017 OPEN

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

Automated Transit Technical Forum

12 - 1:30 p.m.
B 312, 3rd Level, GWCC
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E.
Lunch sponsored by Lea+Elliott, Inc.

Mobility Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
B 314, 3rd Level, GWCC
Chair, Gary C. Thomas

GENERAL SESSION: Opportunity Is Knocking: Forward Looking Solutions for Challenging Times

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

Prominent leaders speak out on the power of partnerships

company logoEmerging transportation, communication, energy technologies, changing public expectations, growing income disparity, and the need for renewed and resilient infrastructure are among the current forces that are influencing our future. Government and transit leaders throughout the nation and worldwide are dealing with these same trends, and working to shape policy in ways that will ensure prosperity, economic growth, and quality of life. Prominent leaders will discuss the importance of working together and building partnerships to create a forward-looking agenda that is both strong and compassionate.
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Invitation to 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Stephen G. Bland, Chief Executive Officer, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, Nashville, TN
Moderator
  • Flora M. Castillo, C.H.I.E., Board Member, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
Guest Speaker
  • Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., Founder and Director, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Panelists
  • Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA
  • Douglas Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Atlanta, GA
  • Dana L. Lemon, Member, State Transportation Board, Georgia Department of Transportation, McDonough, GA
  • Stephen G. Bland, Chief Executive Officer, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, Nashville, TN

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

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 38th Annual AdWheel Awards competition honoring the best in public transportation marketing and communications. Grand Awards will be presented in three categories: Best Effort to Increase Ridership or Sales; Best Effort to Highlight Transit Needs/Funding; and Best Educational Effort. The session will feature informative panel discussions with top leaders from the eleven Grand Award winners.
 
Host
  • Jennifer Jinadu-Wright, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Moderator
  • Morgan Lyons, Immediate Past Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Assistant Vice President, External Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Applying APTA's 2017 International Study Mission on Safety Culture, State of Good Repair, and Innovative Operations

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 401, 4th Level, GWCC

Insights, perspectives and observations from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo

company logoIn April 2017, APTA held an international study mission to Asia focusing on safety culture, state of good repair, and innovative operations. The study mission gave participants the opportunity to explore how public transportation operators in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo have continued to be on the cutting edge of innovation and maintain world-class transit performance and customer service. Hear about key takeaways from APTA transit agency and business members who participated in the study mission and how they are applying the lessons learned in their organizations.
 
Moderator
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Remarks
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Cleveland Ferguson, III, Vice President of Administration, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • James T. Gallagher, Chief Operations Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • David B. Huffaker, Deputy Executive Director, Operations Support Services, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Deborah Wathen Finn, President, The Wathen Group, LLC, Morristown, NJ
  • Jack Martinson, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice President/Customer Director, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., New York, NY
  • Lurae Stuart, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Standards Development Oversight Council; Senior Principal Technical Specialist, Transit & Rail Systems, WSP USA, Portland, OR

Executive Roundtable: Creating World Class Organizations - Leadership, Culture, Trust, Empowerment

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 406, 4th Level, GWCC

Learn how today’s visionary leaders are transforming the cultures of their organizations

company logoExecutive leaders recognize their pivotal roles in reinventing their organizations, defining a progressive culture, responding to evolving customer needs, and being champions for change to build and sustain a highly recognized and respected workforce. Join this executive roundtable session to learn how today’s visionary leaders lead the transformation of their organizations, provide the necessary leadership to take their organizations and industry to new heights, demonstrate trust and respect for their workforce, and be ever-present to forming a distinctive culture that is their recognized brand of success for their stakeholders, communities, and partners.
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Session sponsored by Lytx Inc.  company logo
 
Moderator
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Panelists
  • Eric R. Roecks, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer–US Advisory Services, WSP USA, Seattle, WA
  • Jerry R. Benson, Ph.D., President/CEO, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sue Dreier, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Corporation (Pierce Transit), Lakewood, WA
  • Kevin Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Marielle Villamaux, Deputy Chief Development Officer, Transdev Group, Issy Les Moulineaux , France

Federal Legislative Overview with U.S. Congress Staff

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 402, 4th Level, GWCC

Important transit legislative issues that may be debated in Congress during the year ahead

company logoCongress is now in the process of developing FY 2018 funding bills for federal transit programs authorized by the FAST Act, and the administration budget proposed to phase out the Capital Investment Program that provides the federal funding share for new starts, small starts, and core capacity projects. Congress and the Trump Administration have talked about advancing a major infrastructure investment bill, as well as a comprehensive tax reform bill that, at least in theory, could address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and the Mass Transit Account.  Separately, in response to discussions in the administration and Congress, APTA has developed recommendations on transit financing in an infrastructure bill and regulatory streamlining ideas for an administration that wants to reduce red tape and speed project delivery. These are just some of the issues that a panel of professional staff members from congressional committees that have jurisdiction over federal public transportation programs will discuss.
 
Moderator
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Legislative Committee; Mid-Atlantic Div. President & Nat'l Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
Panelists
  • Auke Mahar-Piersma, Minority Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer M. Deci, Majority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Homer Carlisle, Minority Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Host Forum: Georgia on My Mind

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 403, 4th Level, GWCC

Attend this forward-looking host forum to learn more about MARTA’s pivotal role in transforming transportation in Atlanta, a city with deep ties to the industry dating to the 19th century.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the host system for the Annual Meeting & EXPO, is conducting a host forum, “Georgia on My Mind,” that builds on Atlanta’s deep ties to the transportation industry when it served as a railroad hub in the 19th century. The creation of MARTA in the 1960s completed the vision of providing multimodal accessibility. This session will examine the past, present, and future of transportation in Georgia, detail the events that have encouraged the state to reexamine the value of public transportation from urban and rural perspectives and explore MARTA’s role in this effort. 
 
Moderator
  • Scott Haggard, Governmental Affairs Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Atlanta, GA
Panelists
  • Hon. Kevin Tanner, Representative, Georgia House of Representatives, Atlanta, GA
  • Hon. Brandon Beach, Chair, Senate Transportation Committee and Senator, Georgia State Senate, Atlanta, GA
  • Robert L. Ashe, III, Chairman, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Christopher Tomlinson, Board Member, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Roberta Abdul-Salaam, Secretary, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Robert Hiett, Past President, Georgia Transit Association, Griffin, GA

Integrated and Innovative Mobility Management

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 309, 3rd Level, GWCC

Transitioning from transit provider to mobility provider?

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Today's public transit riders want more options for a convenient travel experience. Doing so requires transit agencies to think outside of the box and cultivate and collaborate with new partners in the world of shared mobility. New partnerships and governance models start with a vision for the authority and the customers they serve. Hear from several organizations about their innovative and integrated mobility management strategies with an eye towards customer service.
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Moderator
  • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Perspectives from King County Metro
  • Christina O'Claire, Assistant General Manager, Planning and Customer Service, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
The Future of Mobility in Jacksonville
  • Brad Thoburn, Vice President of Planning, Development and Innovation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Global Perspectives on Shared Mobility and Mobility as a Service
  • Jerome Pourbaix, Director, Regional Offices and Services, UITP (International Association of Public Transport), Brussels, Belgium

The Procurement Super Session

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 313, 3rd Level, GWCC

One hundred years of procurement industry experience!

Back by popular demand - 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 face a high profile procurement that is making you anxious? This is another opportunity to hear how some very seasoned and respected procurement officials have successfully navigated through tough situations that you may be facing.
 
Moderator
  • Patrick J. Scully, Chair, Business Member Nominations Committee; Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL
Panelists
  • 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, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Manager, Contracts and Procurement, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Cecelia Comito, Assistant Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Jacqueline Holland, Manager of Contracts for Business Support, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Cathy Hamilton-Kirkaldy, AVP, Professional Services, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Sustainability Committee

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
B 314, 3rd Level, GWCC
Chair, J. Barry Barker

APTA LGBT Task Force Reception

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Location: Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA

APTA's LGBT Task Force invites you to a reception!
Please join us in celebrating diversity and inclusion in our industry. LGBT professionals in transportation and allies are encouraged to join the second annual celebration. Alma Cocina is one block north of the Peachtree Center Transit Station, and only two blocks from APTA's headquarter hotels, the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency.

QUESTIONS?
Contact APTA's Darnell Grisby at dgrisby@apta.com.
 
 

Tuesday, October 10

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

7 - 8:15 a.m.
B 407, 4th Level, GWCC
Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP

APTA Registration - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

Host Information - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B 411, 4th Level, GWCC

PRESS - Passenger Rail Equipment Safety Standards

8 - 10 a.m.
B 312, 3rd Level, GWCC
Facilitator, Narayana Sundaram

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

(tickets required)
All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend the APTA Awards Ceremony and Breakfast to honor this year’s 10 organizational and individual honorees. The APTA Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding PublicTransportation System Achievement Award, Innovation Award, Outstanding PublicTransportation Manager Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Business MemberAward, Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award, Local DistinguishedService Award, and Hall of Fame Award.

2017 APTA AWARD WINNERS

Innovation
State Road & Tollway Authority, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award
Providing Four Million or Fewer Annual Passenger Trips
Knoxville Area Transit, Knoxville, TN

Providing More Than Four Million, Fewer Than 20 Million Annual Passenger Trips
Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Providing More Than 20 Million Passenger Trips
Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Local Distinguished Service Award
Kirk Dillard, Board Chairman, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Kasim Reed, Mayor, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award
Richard Ober, Board Chairman, Beaver County Transit Authority, Rochester, PA

Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award
Patrick Scully, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL

Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award
Arthur Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Hall of Fame
Robert Prince
 
Awards Breakfast co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA
Awards program book sponsored by Genfare

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Presiding
  • Jeanne Krieg, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, APTA Awards Committee; Immediate Past Chair, Small Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

EXPO 2017 OPEN

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

Your Chamber of Commerce Can Be Your Biggest Advocate

1 - 2:30 p.m.
B 403, 4th Level, GWCC

Local business leaders speak out on the value of public transportation

company logoBusiness voices in your community carry much influence in generating the support needed to advance public transportation. Across the country, local business leaders recognize that a high-quality public transportation system is a key strategy for making their regions appealing, competitive, and economically productive. Hear a group of Chamber of Commerce executives talk about their roles in promoting transit investment in their communities.
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Moderator
  • Leanne P. Redden, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Ralph Schultz, President & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville, TN
  • Dave Williams, Vice President, Infrastructure & Government Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta, GA
  • Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer, Indy Chamber, Indianapolis, IN
  • Abby Osborne, Vice President, Government Relations, Salt Lake Chamber, Salt Lake City, UT (invited)

Capital Programs - Major Projects

1 - 3 p.m.
B 402, 4th Level, GWCC

Major projects inspire us

This session covers extraordinary projects in the U.S. and overseas. Some are highly visible, such as the California high-speed rail program. Others are vitally important but less obvious during implementation, such as system upgrades. They all present challenges that require creative solutions. Come and hear their stories.
 
Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation   company logo
 
Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, P.E., Immediate Past Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
AC Transit OCC Relocation Project
  • Michael Hursh, General Manager, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Integrated Approach for Train Control and SCADA Systems Upgrade
  • David M. Springstead, AGM for Capital Development & Programs, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
United Kingdom Rail Electrification - Strategies, Magnitude & Challenges
  • Paul J. Frost, CEng MIMechE, Technical Lead, Rail and Transit, Atkins, Beltsville, MD
  • Ryan W. J. Scott, CEng MIET, Electrification Lead - California High-Speed Rail, Network Rail Consulting Inc., Washington, DC
California High-Speed Rail: Program Overview and Update
  • Sheila Dezarn, Deputy Director of Policy & Communications, WSP USA, Sacramento, CA
Two Mega Projects with Japan Railways: Shinkansen and Superconducting Maglev
  • Masahiro "Mark" Nakayama, General Manager, Washington DC Office, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC
  • Chris Brady, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Texas Central Partners, LLC, Dallas, TX

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Scholarship Awards – Generation Next: Building Leaders for the Future

1:15 - 3 p.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

Learn how the industry is helping to pave the way for tomorrow’s leaders by investing in today’s scholars and public transit professionals

company logoAs public transportation’s workforce continues to evolve, the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is actively working to engage and retain the next generation of leaders. Join us as we celebrate the 2017 APTF scholarship recipients and learn how our industry attracts and supports the workforce needed for the future.
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Presiding Officer
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA
Executive Leadership Remarks
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Leadership APTA Class of 2017 Scholarships: Presentation
  • Kimberly Fragola, MPA, Assistant General Manager-Operations, Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA), State College, PA
APTF Donald C. Hyde Memorial Essay Award: Presentation
  • London Lee, Quality Assurance Inspector, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Leading the Way: Small Operations Best Practices and Innovative Solutions

1:30 - 3 p.m.
B 313, 3rd Level, GWCC

Learn more about the "how to" in developing and managing your diverse initiatives

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Building upon the highly successful small operations sessions at the APTA conferences and meetings, this session focuses on new programs, ideas, and innovative solutions to transit's challenges and opportunities. Your peers will showcase the successes, lessons learned, and a "how-to" approach to embarking on new initiatives and programs.
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Session sponsored by Lytx Inc. company logo 
 
Moderator
  • David Cangany, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Member Services Committee; General Manager & CEO, South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo), South Bend, IN
Totally Electrifying - Three Years of Experience
  • Keith Moody, Interim Transit Director/General Manager, Clemson Area Transit, Clemson, SC
The New Paradigm: Distance Education for Technicians
  • Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr., Chair, Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee; Director, Transportation Workforce Institute, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
TAM: Target Setting is So Much More than Mere Compliance
  • Donna DeMartino, Secretary, Mid-Size Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA
P3 Project Screening Checklist for Small- and Medium-Sized P3 Initiatives
  • Nathan M. Macek, AICP, Vice President, Advisory Services/Director, Project Development & Finance, WSP USA, Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Gaylord Neely, Consultant, WSP USA, Denver, CO

Procurement Integrity

1:30 - 3 p.m.
B 406, 4th Level, GWCC

This session will help keep you and your organization out of procurement trouble.

Citizens expect the government’s procurement process to be fair and equitable, open and transparent.  Most importantly, they expect procurement officials to be trustworthy. This session focuses on protecting the honor and integrity of transit's procurement programs and the professionals entrusted to administer them.
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Moderator
  • Victory J. Rich, CFCM, Contract Management Specialist, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Ted Lucas, JD, CPPO, Director, Procurement & Contracts, Sound Transit, Seattle
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Micah M. Miller, Regional Counsel, Region IV, Federal Transit Administration, Atlanta, GA

Technological Innovation

1:30 - 3 p.m.
B 309, 3rd Level, GWCC

Technological innovation is coming toward us at an increasing rate.

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Agencies are investigating the benefits of collision avoidance technology. What does it mean to transit? MARTA has an impressive program addressing advanced technology; and on the softer side, we need to carefully oversee how it all fits together under Configuration Management.
 
Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation   company logo
 
Moderator
  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Research & Technology Committee; Chair, Technology Standards Policy and Planning Committee; VP, Americas Rail & Transit Practice Leader - Systems, CH2M, San Francisco, CA
Safer Buses, Smarter Cities
  • Uri Tamir, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Mobileye, New York, NY
The Future of Smart Transit
  • Sarah Ming Hsi, Assistant General Manager, Technology/CIO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Configuration Management Coordination with Asset Management as Applied to Rail Transportation
  • Brian Donohue, Principal Consultant, Rail & Transit North America, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Broomfield, CO
Harnessing Technology to Create a Great Transit Rider Experience
  • Jonathan Simkin, CEO, Swiftly, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Transit Agency, Federal, and Research Perspectives on How to Reduce Fatalities & Injuries: An SMS Outlook

1:30 - 3 p.m.
B 401, 4th Level, GWCC

An important overview of Safety Management Systems-related initiatives taking place throughout the transit industry

company logoJoin this informative session to learn about research that has been conducted on operator safety, as well as the transit agency and federal perspectives on how to reduce injuries and fatalities. Representatives from the Center for Urban Transit Research (CUTR) will speak about a recent research project regarding successful practices and training initiatives to reduce accidents and incidents at transit agencies. MARTA and its contractor will provide a perspective on technologies to better warn train operators when trains are approaching in the right of way; and a second transit agency representative will talk about his/her agency's experience with SMS implementation. A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey representative will detail the agency’s experience with SMS implementation, safety reorganization within the SMS structure, and use of expert consultants in the restructuring. And, a representative from the FTA will discuss the SMS pilot program and ongoing SMS programs at the agency.  
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Session sponsored by Lytx Inc. company logo 
 
Moderator
  • Gerry Ruggiero, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Safety Coordinating Committee; Safety Manager, Jacobs , Boston, MA
Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies
  • Lisa Staes, Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
FTA SMS Programs and Initiatives
  • Michael Coplen, Chief, Safety Policy and Promotion Division, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Keeping Your Workforce Safe on the Track
  • Abhay "AJ" Joshi, PMP, LEED AP, Program Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Mark E. J. Willer, P.Eng., Product Manager-Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation , Mississauga, ON
PANYNJ: Reengineering for Safety Management System Excellence
  • James Keane, Vice Chair, Risk Management Committee; General Manager, Operations Safety, Port Authority of NY & NJ, Jersey City, NJ

Innovations in Planning and Implementing TOD

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 309, 3rd Level, GWCC

How transit hubs are attracting investment and increasing ridership

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Transit agencies are constantly exploring partnerships to increase ridership and revenue by providing access to quality transit services. There is a growing awareness about the benefits of TOD. However, there is more to be done to overcome barriers and obstacles to implementation. Hear from  several transit agencies and organizations on how they are meeting the challenges and encouraging more walkable, livable, and economically viable communities for all.
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Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, Chicago, IL
Austin’s Long Journey to Success with the Plaza Saltillo TOD
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, Vice President, Strategic Planning & Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
The Hartford Line TOD Action Plan
  • Maxwell Sokol, AICP, Lead Planner, WSP USA, New York, NY
Perspectives from the Atlanta Region
  • Amanda Rhein, Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Equitable TOD
  • Stephanie Gidigbi, Policy, Capacity, and Systems Change Director, SPARCC Initiative, & Senior Advisor, Urban Solutions, NRDC, Washington, DC

Innovative Funding, Finance and P3s

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 313, 3rd Level, GWCC

New ways to address transit operation and investment needs

company logoDemand for quality public transportation services continues to grow, as does the need to find creative ways to pay for them. Special assessments, tax-increment financing, private funding, philanthropical support, real estate, naming rights, and certificates of participation are only a few of the techniques that will be covered in this discussion.
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Moderator
  • Jeffrey D. Ensor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; TDD Chief of Staff and Director of Project Delivery & Finance Transit Development & Delivery, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Expanding Private Sector Participation through Unsolicited Proposals
  • Nadine Lee, P.E., Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco’s TransBay Terminal: Transit’s Largest TIF Ever
  • Sara DeBord, Chief Financial Officer, Transbay Joint Powers Authority, San Francisco, CA
Use of Public-Private Partnerships in Smaller Transit Projects
  • Nathan M. Macek, AICP, Vice President, Advisory Services/Director, Project Development & Finance, WSP USA, Washington, DC
  • Elizabeth Gaylord Neely, Consultant, WSP USA, Denver, CO
7 Quick Tips on Making or Saving Money for your Transit Agency
  • Paul Comfort, Esq., Vice President - Business Development, Trapeze Group, Columbia, MD

New Developments in High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Corridors

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 403, 4th Level, GWCC

Finding the way forward amidst challenges and oppotunities

company logoStates, regional authorities, and private companies continue to build new corridor services and improve existing ones. Projects continue to advance, despite challenging financial times. In this session, APTA will unveil its seminal work to establish a consistent methodology for quantifying the economic and social benefits of passenger rail investments. Other perspectives on market dynamics, new technologies, and the political landscape will make for an exciting and cutting-edge discussion.
 
Moderator
  • Richard W. Andreski, Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee; Chair, Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2018; Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2017; Bureau Chief, Public Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
APTA ROI Study – Now the Seminal Resource for Corridor Studies
  • Charles H. Quandel, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, Quandel Consultants, LLC, Chicago, IL
Policy and Politics in Current Times
  • Peter A. Peyser, Jr., Principal, Peyser Associates LLC, Washington, DC
Amtrak National Report
  • Mariah C. Morales, Government Affairs Specialist, AMTRAK, Washington, DC
The Hyperloop is Real
  • Dan Katz, Director of Global Public Policy and North American Projects, Hyperloop One, Los Angeles, CA

Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty, Managing Emergencies

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 401, 4th Level, GWCC

Inclement weather, natural disasters, and security concerns

company logoIt is important to understand the urgency of preparedness in the advent of a catastrophic event. The numbers, types, and severity of emergencies have increased. Hear what resources and tools the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) can offer during disasters and other situations. Understand what resources the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can offer; and learn how transit properties can and have managed resources in the wake of unforeseen events.
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Session sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS 
 
Moderator
  • Thomas C. Lambert, Member, APTA Board of Directors; President & CEO, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Remarks
  • Hon. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
MARTA: Dealing with the Collapse of a Bridge
  • Aston T. Greene, III, MPA, CEM, Lieutenant, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Wanda Y. Dunham, Chief of Police/Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
FTA and the Resources Available During and After an Emergency
  • Christopher P. White, Program Manager/General Engineer, Federal Transit Administration, Atlanta, GA
Enabling Hybrid Buses to Act as Mobile Power Generators
  • Blake Whitson, Project Manager, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA
WMATA Drills and Exercises
  • Alexa Dupigny-Samuels, Emergency Management Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Zero-Emission Buses: Lessons Learned and Where to Get the Funding Needed to Put them in Service

3:30 - 5 p.m.
B 402, 4th Level, GWCC

Deployment of ZEBs ...Are you ready?

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Many agencies from the U.S. and around the world have successfully put zero-emission buses into service. This session will explore lessons learned, state of funding, and how to scale up for larger fleets for electric vehicles. Learn from these experts so you can decide if ZEBs are the right buses for your agency and your community.
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Moderator
  • Carrie Butler, General Manager, Transit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LexTran), Lexington, KY
Zero Emission Bus Deployment Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Around the World
  • Stephen J. Clermont, Director & Senior Project Manager, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA
  • Lauren Justice, Project Manager, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA
The Living Lab - Electric Buses
  • François Régembal, Group Technical, Operations and Safety Vice President, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
Successful Zero-Emission Bus Transition from Demonstration Program to Full Service Deployment
  • Salvador Llamas, Director of Maintenance, AC Transit (Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Current State of Public Transit Funding Options for Electric Vehicles and Charging Systems
  • Alan Westenskow, Director, Business Development, Proterra Inc., Greenville, CA

Leadership APTA: Celebrating its 20th Year

3:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

Class of 2017 leadership project presentations and graduation + welcoming the Class of 2018

company logoYou are invited to mark the 20th anniversary of the Leadership APTA program. Hear about the accomplishments and hallmark industry contributions of the Class of 2017. Learn from their executive project presentations. Witness their graduation ceremonies. Applaud their successes. Beginning last fall, class members participated in professional development workshops and forums, APTA meetings and events, site visits, executive roundtables and briefings, and online sessions. They met with executive transit industry leaders, university faculty, federal experts, and others to refine their executive leadership skills, discuss a wide range of executive leadership challenges, and leverage these experiences to become tomorrow’s senior and executive leaders. This session will also introduce the incoming Class of 2018. A celebratory reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.
 
Presiding Officer
Leadership APTA Program Year Highlights & Class Member Recognitions
  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Transit & Rail-Senior Vice President, CH2M, Washington, DC
Leadership APTA Class of 2017 - Executive Project Presentations Highlights

TEAM 1: Transit Ridership: Debunking the Myths
  • Holly Arnold, Deputy Director, Planning and Programming, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Joe Coker, Assistant Vice President Bus Maintenance, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Kimberly Fragola, MPA, Assistant General Manager-Operations, Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA), State College, PA
TEAM 2: Driving Transit Forward with Innovation Today and Tomorrow
  • Rukiya S. Thomas, Chief of Staff, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Sharmila Mukherjee, AICP, Senior Planning Manager/Vice President, WSP USA, San Francisco, CA
  • Chris Tucker, Director, Revenue Operations, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
TEAM 3: In Transit We Trust - Leadership and Organizational Credibility
  • Angel Pena, Managing Director, Department of Quality & Internal Compliance - Operations, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Melissa Wang, Executive Officer - Finance, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Heather L. Ferguson, Director of Budget, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
TEAM 4: Workforce Transformation
  • Dwain E. Crawley, Jr., Assistant Director Of Transportation, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
  • Gaylord Salisbury, II, Senior Manager Finance/Budget Officer, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
TEAM 5: Transit Funding and Financing Strategies to Enhance Economic Vitality
  • Erika Mazza, Deputy General Manager, Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Patrick J. Watz, P.E., Vice President, Transit Practice Leader, HNTB Corporation, Golden Valley, MN
  • Stephanie E. Laubenstein, Business Segment Director, New Flyer of America, St. Cloud, MN
Special Remarks
  • Yolanda Favors, Esq., Compliance Manager, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit, Avondale Estates, GA
Executive Leadership Remarks
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Leadership APTA Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
  • Derick Hallahan, P.E., Vice President/Director of Rail New York Metro, HNTB Corporation, New York, NY
Leadership APTA Class of 2018 Introduction
  • Gaylord Salisbury, II, Senior Manager Finance/Budget Officer, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
Closing Remarks
  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Transit & Rail-Senior Vice President, CH2M, Washington, DC

COMTO/APTA FORUM

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
B 406, 4th Level, GWCC

The award-winning documentary film "Free to Ride" is a lasting memory that you will want to take away from this conference!

You are invited to APTA’s premier screening of the documentary “Free to Ride.” The film profiles the power of civil rights and a community’s determination to provide access to jobs and other quality of life opportunities. This poignant story captures the relentless spirit of community members across Dayton, Ohio, who overcame a suburban contingency opposed to the expansion of public transit along a commercial corridor, and the system of checks and balances that allowed justice and reason to prevail. Following the screening, an equally committed panel will discuss the significance of this film in reminding us of our purpose as stewards of public transportation.
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Greetings
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Dwight A. Ferrell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; CEO & General Manager, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Panelists
  • Jameson T. Auten, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Vice President of Regional Service Delivery & Innovations, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
  • Mark Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Dayton, OH
  • Valarie J. McCall, Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
Closing Remarks
  • A. Bradley Mims, President and CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Washington, DC

Leadership APTA Reception

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
B 404, 4th Level, GWCC

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 11

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Climbing the Ladder, Building the Pipeline

7:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

(tickets required)
company logocompany logoWhat are young professionals looking for from the public transit industry to build and advance their careers? How can seasoned professionals help young professionals climb the career ladder and develop a pipeline of the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and doers? How do young women and young men view workplace needs and expectations differently? Kick start your day by attending this breakfast session, a lively, moderated panel discussion with young professionals who will share their perspectives about what it takes to attract, retain, nurture, and reward their career paths.
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In conjunction with WTS
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Breakfast sponsored by Atkins
 
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WTS Introduction
  • Diane Woodend Jones, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Chair, WTS International; Chairman of the Board and Principal, Lea+Elliott, Inc., Grand Prairie, TX
Sponsor Recognition
  • Ulisses Camilo, VP, Rail & Transit Sector Manager, Atkins, New York, NY
Moderator
  • Jannet Walker Ford, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Vice President & General Manager, Eastern Region, Americas, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
Panelists
  • Elizabeth O'Neill, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Interim General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Richard W. Andreski, Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee; Chair, Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2018; Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2017; Bureau Chief, Public Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
  • Alice Bravo, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL
  • Janet R. Gonzalez, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP, Vice Chair, Sustainability Committee; Transportation Sustainability Director and Associate Vice President, HDR , Chicago, IL
  • Nicholas C. Gowens, Vice Chair, Young Professionals in Transportation, Atlanta Chapter, and Marketing Coordinator, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Yvette G. Taylor, Ph.D., Regional Administrator, Region 4, Federal Transit Administration, Atlanta, GA
  • Malika Reed Wilkins, PhD, APR, Sr. Principal, Transportation Marketing Manager, Mobility Services Division, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Atlanta, GA

APTA Registration - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

Host Information - Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
B Hall Registration, 4th Level, GWCC

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
B 411, 4th Level, GWCC

FTA Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
C 205/206, 2nd Level, GWCC

A special event to connect transit OEMs and manufacturers interested in becoming suppliers to support a broader transportation supply base in the U.S.

This forum represents an opportunity for manufacturers with capabilities that are potentially relevant for transit industries to grow and diversify into this emerging market.

The forum is designed to bring large transit OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers in an effort to facilitate the use of a higher percentage of domestic suppliers in transit products and systems. The forum will provide a venue for smaller manufacturers to learn what products are needed and find out more about investments they need to consider when entering the transit industry.

FEE: $25 per person, includes lunch

REGISTRATION: Contact Samm Bowman at samm@nist.gov

QUESTIONS? Contact Samm Bowman at samm@nist.gov
 

EXPO 2017 OPEN

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Advancing Performance Based Planning and Programming

9:30 - 11 a.m.
B 313, 3rd Level, GWCC

Making the case for transit in regional decision making

company logoUnder MAP-21, and reinforced in the FAST Act, transit plays an increasing 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 an opportunity to shape plans and program processes to achieve desired outcomes for a truly sustainable multimodal transportation systems. Collaboration with MPOs and state DOTs helps ensure that transportation decisions are made both in the long and short term. Hear how collaboration is helping to meet transit asset management and State of Good Repair targets, and how sharing of data is helping to achieve mutual goals.
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Moderator
  • Lee G. Gibson, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
FTA Update
  • Sherry Riklin, Deputy Associate Adminstrator, Office of Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
The Benefits of MPO/Transit Collaboration
  • Todd Lang, Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Director of Transportation Planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, MD
Perspectives from Denver RTD
  • Louis Cripps, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
MARTA/ARC Partnership
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Cain Williamson, Mobility Services Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Atlanta, GA

FTA State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) Certification and Best Practices

9:30 - 11 a.m.
B 309, 3rd Level, GWCC

Become SSO certified from FTA and learn from best practices at peer agencies

company logoThis session will discuss the Federal Transit Administration’s State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program final rule that became effective on April 15, 2016, which gave states three years to have their SSO Agencies become fully certified. Further, if a state does not become certified by the deadline, it risks losing all its Chapter 53 funding for transit. A State Safety Oversight Agency representative will speak about its recent certification by the FTA and how it got to that point. In addition, transit agency representatives will talk about their SSOs becoming certified and being partners in the process. Finally, FTA staff will discuss the ongoing SSO certification process and what other states need to do in order to become fully certified.
 
Moderator
  • Ronald Edwards, TSSP, WSO-CSSD, Vice Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Principal and Senior System Safety and Security Engineer, ADS System Safety Consulting, LLC, Baltimore, MD
Remarks
  • Hon. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Patrick Nemons, Acting Director, Office of Safety Review, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Joseph A. Calabrese, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Brian Kummerer, SSO Program Manager/Safety Coordinator, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus, OH

Procurement – What Happened to the Good Old Ways? They Are No Longer Good!

9:30 - 11 a.m.
B 401, 4th Level, GWCC

New fare systems is a case in point

Today’s procurement processes must shift much closer to the speed of technology development. A new version is on the way to the store before you can get your new personal device home. The same thing is happening within our agencies. Technology is practically obsolete before we have even processed the procurement. Come here some new ideas on getting what is needed – WHEN – it is needed.
 
Moderator
  • Joe Zavala Ramirez, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Manager, Contracts and Procurement, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Preparing to Support Your Back Office?
  • Boris Karsch, Vice President, Strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
Making a New System Work for Your Organization
  • David Leininger, Immediate Past Chair, Financial Management Committee; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Transit System Overhauls

9:30 - 11 a.m.
B 402, 4th Level, GWCC

Best practices and lessons learned to meet the demands of commuters today

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In 2014, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) overhauled its total system for the first time in 34 years to address 21st century commuting patterns. Following the JTA’s success, a number of other agencies also redesigned outdated route networks. Agencies throughout the country are taking note, as population shifts and changing work patterns demand a new way of doing business. As transit agencies consider ways to grow ridership and increase satisfaction among existing customers, providing an efficient system that is fast, reliable, and safe is paramount. Learn best practices from transportation executives who have led the way in planning, outreach, and implementation of total system redesigns.
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Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation  company logo 
 
Moderator
  • Brad Thoburn, Vice President of Planning, Development and Innovation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Panelists
  • Michael O. Helta, Acting Deputy Director of Planning, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Gary Hewitt, Transit Planning Manager, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Isaac Thorne, General Manager, Connect Transit, Normal, IL

Capital Programs - Managing Risks & Lessons Learned

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
B 406, 4th Level, GWCC

These are lessons we can all learn

The key to successful project development and execution is managing risk and applying lessons learned. The presenters will discuss how they applied these principles to major capital projects, the issues they encountered, and the solutions adopted.
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Moderator
  • David Couch, Sr., Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Project Delivery Director, Caltrain Modernization Program, San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), San Carlos, CA
Managing Third Party Risks to Your Project
  • Kam F. Shadan, M.S., P.E., Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc., San Bruno, CA
Los Angeles Westside Purple Line Extension Project Update - Challenges and Lessons Learned
  • Ashok K. Kothari, P.E., Senior Vice President, WSP USA, Los Angeles, CA
Early Returns: Findings of the Before and After Study for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
  • Paul D. Elman, P.E., Vice President and Regional Transit Director, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Reston, VA
Risk Evolution from Planning to Construction on the LA Metro Crenshaw LAX Light Rail Transit Project
  • Kimberly Ong, P.E., Deputy Executive Officer & Deputy Project Director, Crenshaw/LAX LRT, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Matt Gallagher, Senior Director of Construction, Crenshaw/LAX LRT, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
An Approach to Extending P3 Transit Projects - Lessons Learned
  • Ron J. Aitken, Vice President, Strategic Transit Development, Mott MacDonald, Vancouver, BC
  • Lecia Stewart, President, The Stewart Group, Vancouver, BC

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with USDOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom, 5th Level, GWCC

company logoJoin your colleagues for an interesting and informative session as U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao discusses the administration’s priorities for the future of public transportation. One of the issues Secretary Chao will address is the administration’s principles for developing an infrastructure initiative by the end of this year. Following Secretary Chao’s remarks, APTA Chair Nathaniel Ford will adjourn the 2017 Annual Meeting.
 
Introduction
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Recognition
  • Pamela Owunta, MSW, Director, Dress for Success, Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Elaine Armstrong, Co-host, The Good Works Show and Vice President, Marketing, Goodwill of North Georgia, Decatur, GA
Remarks
  • Hon. Elaine L. Chao, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

EXPO Advisory Committee

12:45 - 2 p.m.
B 314, 3rd Level, GWCC
Chair, Joe Gibson

TECHNICAL TOUR: State Road and Tollway Authority Xpress South Operations & Maintenance Facility

1 - 3:15 p.m.

(50 persons per tour)
(also on Wednesday at 2 - 4:15 p.m.)

The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) recently opened a new Operations & Maintenance Facility that serves as the south hub and base of operations for 13 of 27 Xpress commuter coach transit routes. Opened in March 2017, the new, 38,000-square-foot facility was designed and constructed to provide much-needed operational space for the growing bus fleet and sustainable and energy-efficient upgrades throughout the entire facility. The Maintenance Building features 12 bays (six drive through and six pull in), which include such amenities as in-ground lifts and an engine dynamometer and brake tester. State-of-the-art LED lighting and technology throughout the facility and a touchless bus wash which recycles 70% of the water used demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. An adjacent 3-bay fueling island features an efficient fluid distribution system and 20,000-gallon underground tank for diesel fuel.
 
The facility also features a separate Administrative Building, which houses a high-tech dispatch command center with a video wall, modern office design and upgraded lounge and training areas for staff and drivers. Rounding out the footprint is secured parking for 98 commuter transit buses and 125 employee vehicles. Overall, the new Operations & Maintenance Facility expands SRTA’s capabilities as a transit operator and represents a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and preparing Xpress for future growth.
 
The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Xpress bus will depart from the Georgia World Congress Center's bus loading zone outside Bldg. C (Northside Drive).

Please sign up for the tour time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

TECHNICAL TOUR: Transit Oriented Development Projects

1 - 4 p.m.

(20 persons)

This tour will showcase projects undertaken through MARTA’s Transit Oriented Development initiative, including those complete, under construction, and planned -- Dunwoody, Arts Center, Five Points, Edgewood/Candler Park, and Avondale Stations. Creative incidental uses implemented to active underutilized property will also be highlighted.
 
Participants should gather at 1 p.m. near the host information desk, B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the GWCC, where they will be met by a MARTA volunteer. The group will travel via MARTA Rail to the Dunwoody Station (Red Line). The tour will end at 4 p.m. at the MARTA Rail Avondale Station (Blue Line).
Please sign up for the tour at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Mobility on Demand Workshop

1 - 5:30 p.m.
B 313, 3rd Level, GWCC

How to Deploy MOD: Lessons from Leading Cities

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The Mobility on Demand (MOD) ecosystem has evolved significantly over the past several years. This workshop will feature presentations on the latest MOD deployments and include interactive discussion on ways to improve MOD implementation. Participants will address questions such as how can MOD be integrated within existing transportation systems, what common challenges have MOD deployments faced, and how can successful MOD partnerships be cultivated across the country?

Presented by ITS America and the Shared-Use Mobility Center, in collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration and in partnership with NCMM and APTA.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

TECHNICAL TOUR: TrackSafe and Autonomous Track Inspection Demonstration|

1:15 - 4:30 p.m.

(60 persons)


Tour participants will enjoy a first-hand demonstration and presentation of two innovative products being developed through a collaborative partnership between the FTA Office of Research, Innovation & Demonstration, MARTA, and the private sector. The first product being showcased is a cutting-edge wayside worker safety system developed by Bombardier, Inc. named TrackSafe. We will perform a live demonstration of TrackSafe at the south end of the platform at North Springs Station.
 
In addition, participants will see a line of products in development by ENSCO Rail, Inc.  MARTA and ENSCO, who are collaboratively exploring solutions to provide autonomous track inspection during normal revenue service while delivering data to track maintenance teams in real time. The projects were funded by FTA’s Safety Research and Demonstration Program, which provides technical and financial support for transit agencies to pursue innovative approaches to eliminate or mitigate safety hazards by demonstrating technologies and safer designs. A train will be dedicated to transport tour participants to and from MARTA Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station. Please join us to learn more about these two leading-edge initiatives currently underway at MARTA.
 
Tour participants should meet between 12:45 - 1:15 p.m. at GWCC Bldg. A's main entrance; look for the 'TrackSafe-ATIS Tour' sign; walk to MARTA'S GWCC/CNN/Phillips/Dome Station Eastbound platform to embark on a special dedicated train at 1:30 p.m. 

Please sign up for the tour at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

TECHNICAL TOUR: Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development

2 - 4 p.m.

(30 persons per tour)
(also on Sunday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.)

The tour will provide an overview of the development of the first segment of the Atlanta Streetcar as well as outline the development and investment that has grown along the route. Stops will include Woodruff Park, the Municipal Market, VMF, and the MLK Center and Historic District. Sites along the streetcar route include Historic Auburn Avenue, Georgia State University, downtown Atlanta, and Centennial Olympic Park. 
 
Tour participants should meet in the lobbies of the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency to meet the tour guides and walk to the Centennial Olympic Park stop to begin the tour. Look for the 'Atlanta Streetcar Tour' signs.

Please sign up for the tour day/time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

TECHNICAL TOUR: State Road and Tollway Authority Xpress South Operations & Maintenance Facility

2 - 4:15 p.m.

(50 persons per tour)
(also on Wednesday 1 - 3:15 p.m.)

The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) recently opened a new Operations & Maintenance Facility that serves as the south hub and base of operations for 13 of 27 Xpress commuter coach transit routes. Opened in March 2017, the new, 38,000-square-foot facility was designed and constructed to provide much-needed operational space for the growing bus fleet and sustainable and energy-efficient upgrades throughout the entire facility. The Maintenance Building features 12 bays (six drive through and six pull in), which include such amenities as in-ground lifts and an engine dynamometer and brake tester. State-of-the-art LED lighting and technology throughout the facility and a touchless bus wash which recycles 70% of the water used demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. An adjacent 3-bay fueling island features an efficient fluid distribution system and 20,000-gallon underground tank for diesel fuel.
 
The facility also features a separate Administrative Building, which houses a high-tech dispatch command center with a video wall, modern office design and upgraded lounge and training areas for staff and drivers. Rounding out the footprint is secured parking for 98 commuter transit buses and 125 employee vehicles. Overall, the new Operations & Maintenance Facility expands SRTA’s capabilities as a transit operator and represents a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and preparing Xpress for future growth.
 
The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Xpress bus will depart from the Georgia World Congress Center's bus loading zone outside Bldg. C (Northside Drive).

Please sign up for the tour time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

TECHNICAL TOUR: Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System

2 - 4:30 p.m.

(30 persons per tour)
(also on Sunday, 9:30 - 12 p.m. and 2 - 4:30 p.m.)

The bus tour will showcase the Atlanta Streetcar, the Atlanta BeltLine, and provide an overview of the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan. Sites will include the current streetcar route, VMF, and future expansion to the BeltLine corridor, as well as the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside and Westside Trails, Historic Fourth Ward Park, and other parks and sites along key segments of the BeltLine transportation corridor.
 
Tour participants should meet on the International Hall (lowest level) of the Marriott Marquis. The tour bus will depart from and return to the Courtland Street entrance of the Marriott Marquis on both Sunday and Wednesday.
 
Please sign up for the tour day/time of your choice at the host information desks in the APTA registration areas, Lobby Foyer, Lobby Level in the Marriott Marquis and B Hall Registration, 4th Level in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
B 312, 3rd Level, GWCC
Chair, Ryland N. McClendon
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