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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

Conference Registration Desk

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Host Registration Desk

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Capital Projects Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

APTA Board of Directors

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

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

4 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

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

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Samuel Eric Smith & Karen J. Hedlund

EEO Task Force (WD Committee)

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

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.
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Anna M. Barry

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Host Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Business Member Procurement & Legislative Committees

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

Fare Collection Systems - Programs & Planning Subcommittee

8 - 9 a.m.
Co-Chairs, Lynn Brumfield & Michael Veltri

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

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

Light Rail Technical Forum

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

Transit Performance Management Subcommittee (P&P Cmte)

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

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Jerry Guaracino

Diversity Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Labor and Employee Relations Subcommittee (WD Cmte)

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Kimberly Ulibarri

Mid-Size Operations Committee

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

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

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

Rail Infrastructure and Maintenance Summit

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Facilitator, Narayana Sundaram  

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Jennifer Mitchell

Business Member Programs Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Raquel Olivier

Fare Collection Systems Committee

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Chair, J. James Capozzi

Accessible Transportation & Paratransit Operations Subcommittee (Access Cmte)

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, David R. Rishel

TECHNICAL TOURS

9:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.

MARTA has arranged for the following informative technical tours on Sunday, October 8 and/or Wednesday, October 11.  Please sign up on site for the tour(s) of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Georgia World Congress Center.
 
NOTE: Please scroll down to Wednesday to view additional technical tours offered on Wednesday only.
 
Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System | 30 persons per tour
• Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 - 4:40 p.m. (also on 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.
 
The tour bus will depart from and return to the Marriott Marquis on Sunday and the Georgia World Congress Center on Wednesday. Exact departure points TBD.

Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development | 30 persons per tour
• Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m. (also on 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. 
 
The tour group will walk as a group to the Centennial Olympic Park stop to meet the guide and begin the tour. Exact departure location TBD.

MARTA Brady Mobility (Paratransit) Facility | 30 persons (60 max. depending on interest)
• Sunday 1 - 3 p.m.
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 Marriott Marquis. Exact departure location TBD.

Relay Bikes | 20 persons
• Sunday 1 - 3 p.m.
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.

MARTA Integrated Operations Center & Emergency Operations Center | 30 persons
• Sunday 3 - 4:30 p.m.
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.
 
The tour group will take MARTA Rail from the Peachtree Center Station. Exact departure point TBD.
 

Operations Control Center Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, Bart Kane

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, William F. Durham

Business Member Small Business Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Chair, Eve Williams

Smartcard Security Working Group

10 - 11 a.m.
Chair, Thomas Parker

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

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

Legislative Committee

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

Passenger Transportation Systems & Services Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Brendon Hemily, Ph.D.

Systems Engineering Subcommittee (R&T Cmte)

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, David M. Springstead

Bus Operations Committee

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

Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee (WD Cmte)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Prof. Jesus Guerra, Jr.

Business Member Business Development Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee

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

Streetcar Subcommittee (RT Cmte)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chair, Timothy Borchers
Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transportation Systems, Inc.

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Cmte)

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Patrisha Piras

Research & Technology Committee

12 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Financial Management Committee

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

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Neil S. McFarlane

Small Operations Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Andrew Johnson

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

1 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Douglas Lecato

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.
 
Presenter
  • to be announced
Q&A Facilitators
  • Carrie Butler, General Manager, Transit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LexTran), Lexington, KY
  • Hugh A. Mose, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Member Services Committee; Vice 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 President/General Manager of Eastern Region, Americas, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

Organizational Development Subcommittee (WD Cmte)

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Morgan Lyons

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, William Mooney, Sr.

Emerging Transportation Systems (Access Cmte)

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Business Member Board of Governors

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Information Technology Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

Safety Coordinating Council

2 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Gerry Ruggiero

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Chair, John O. Adler, CPPO

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Karen H. King

Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee (P&P Cmte)

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

State Affairs Committee

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

Access Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Neil S. McFarlane

Workforce Development Committee

3 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

Transit Board Members Committee

3:45 - 5 p.m.
Chair, David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA

Committee of Audit Professionals

4 - 5 p.m.

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

4 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Doug Allen

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Cmte)

4 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Angela Miller

LGBT Task Force

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

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Mike Finnern

Policy & Planning Committee

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

Commuter Rail Committee

5 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Doug Allen

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

5 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Joel M. Volinski

Procurement Steering Committee

5 - 6 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew Johnson

Real Estate Subcommittee (PPP Cmte)

5 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Charles Di Maggio

Welcome to Atlanta Reception

6 - 7:30 p.m.

(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.

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

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to join APTA’s incoming Chair for a hosted reception and fundraiser. The 2017 APTF scholarship recipients, sponsors, and friends will enjoy an inspired event celebrating the future of transit.
 
Remember to 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.

Reception sponsored by Genfare, WSP USA, Clever Devices, Motor Coach Industries, and New Flyer.
 
 

Monday, October 9

Coffee Service

7 - 8 a.m.

Innovation Lab

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Facilitator, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Host Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Transformational Times for Transportation

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

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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.

Keynote speaker Joseph Coughlin, founder and director of MIT’s AgeLab, calls this trend “disruptive demographics,” the focus of his remarks at the session. The session also features remarks from APTA Chair Doran J. Barnes, executive director Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA; Vice Chair Nathaniel Ford Sr., chief executive officer, Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority; and Acting President & CEO Richard White.
 
The session concludes with the Grand Opening of EXPO 2017.

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, Chair, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Diversity Council; Vice Chair, APTA, APTA Finance Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Host and Atlanta Welcomes
  • Keith T. Parker, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager/CEO, 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 (invited)
Sponsor Recognition
  • Carolyn Flowers, Senior Vice President, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Keynote Speaker
  • Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., Founder and Director, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Legal Affairs Committee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Marla L. Lien

EXPO OPEN

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

Automated Transit Technical Forum

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E.
Lunch sponsored by Lea+Elliott, Inc.

Mobility Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Gary C. Thomas

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with U.S. Department of Transportation Leaders

2 - 3 p.m.

company logoJoin your colleagues for an interesting and informative session as USDOT leaders share the administration’s vision for infrastructure investment and financing, the public transportation industry, and priorities for the future. (Speakers invited.)
 

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

3:30 - 5 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 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.
 

Applying Lessons Learned from APTA's 2017 International Study Mission to Asia

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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.
 

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

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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.
 
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, 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 (invited)
  • Kevin Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC (invited)
  • 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.

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.
 

Host Forum: Georgia on my Mind

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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. 
 

Integrated and Innovative Mobility Management

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Transitioning from transit provider to mobility provider?

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.
 
Moderator
  • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX (invited)
Perspectives from King County Metro
  • Rob Gannon, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
The Future of Mobility in Jacksonville
  • Brad Thoburn, Vice President, Long-Range Planning & System Development, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

The Procurement Super Session

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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. 

Note: We will try to address any specific issues submitted by Friday, September 1, to APTA's Procurement Staff Advisor Beverly Hill at bhill@apta.com, Subject: Super Session.
 
Moderator
  • Patrick J. Scully, Member, APTA Executive Committee; 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
  • Ellen McCormack, Vice President, Purchasing & Supply Chain, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Nicholas Easley, Director of Flexible Contracting, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Jacqueline Holland, Manager of Contracts for Business Support, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Ivan Page, Executive Officer V/CM Construction, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA (invited)
  • Tina Yoke, Manager of Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA (invited)
  • Cathy Hamilton-Kirkaldy, AVP, Professional Services, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX (invited)

Sustainability Committee

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Chair, J. Barry Barker
 

Tuesday, October 10

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Host Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

PRESS - Passenger Rail Equipment Safety Standards

8 - 10 a.m.
Facilitator, Narayana Sundaram

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

(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.

Session co-sponsored by GENFARE and APTA

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EXPO OPEN

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

Capital Programs - Major Projects

1 - 3 p.m.

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.
 
Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, P.E., Immediate Past Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
California High-Speed Rail: Program Overview and Update
  • Dan Richard, Chair, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
AC Transit OCC Relocation Project
  • Michael Hass, Senior Project Manager, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
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, Traction Power/OCS Lead - California High-Speed Rail, Network Rail Consulting Inc., Sacramento, 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
Two Mega Projects with Japan Railways: Shinkansen and Superconducting Maglev
  • Masahiro "Mark" Nakayama, General Manager, Washington DC Office, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC

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

1:15 - 3 p.m.

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. the 2017 scholars will share their perspectives and insights.
 
Presiding Officer
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA

Leading the Way: Small Operations Best Practices and Innovative Solutions

1:30 - 3 p.m.

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.

Procurement Integrity

1:30 - 3 p.m.

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.
 
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
  • Janette M. Hunter, CFE, CPA, Founder and Managing Director, Global Innovations, U.S.A., Tucson, AZ (invited)

Technological Innovation

1:30 - 3 p.m.

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.
 
Moderator
  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Research & Technology 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.

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. And, a representative from the FTA will discuss the SMS pilot program and ongoing SMS programs at the agency.
 
Moderator
  • Gerry Ruggiero, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Safety Coordinating Committee; Health Safety & Environment Manager, Rail Safety Lead, 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 Inititives
  • Lynn Spencer, Director, Office of System Safety, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Keeping Your Workforce Safe on the Track
  • Abhay "A.J." Joshi, PMP, LEED AP, Program Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Mark E. J. Willer, Product Manager-Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation , Mississauga, ON
Presentation topic to be announced
  • James Keane, Vice Chair, Risk Management Committee; General Manager, Operations Safety, Port Authority of NY & NJ, Jersey City, NJ

Your Chamber of Commerce Can Be Your Biggest Advocate

1:30 - 3 p.m.

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.
 

High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Update

3:30 - 5 p.m.

There's progress to report!

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States, regional authorities, and private companies continue to build new corridor services and improve existing ones. Participants will focus on key project updates, which are advancing despite challenging financial times. Domestic and international updates will be provided.

Innovations in Planning and Implementing TOD

3:30 - 5 p.m.

How transit hubs are attracting investment and increasing ridership

Transit agencies are constantly exploring innovative ways to increase ridership and revenue by providing access to quality services. There is growing awareness about the benefits of TOD, but how do we overcome the barriers and obstacles to implementation? Join this session to hear what agencies are doing to meet the financial, regulatory, and construction challenges to implementing TOD, encouraging economic development, and creating more livable and sustainable communities.
 
Moderator
  • to be announced
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

Innovative Funding, Finance, and P3s

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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.
 

Leadership APTA: Celebrating its 20th Year

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Transit & Rail-Senior Vice President, CH2M, Washington, DC
Leadership APTA Class of 2017 - Executive Project Presentations Highlights

TEAM 1: Myth-busting Ridership Decline Causation Theories
  • Speaker to be announced
TEAM 2: Driving Transit Forward with Innovation Today and Tomorrow
  • Speaker to be announced
TEAM 3: In Transit We Trust - Leadership and Organizational Credibility
  • Speaker to be announced
TEAM 4: Workforce Transformation
  • Speaker to be announced
TEAM 5: Infrastructure Investment - Maintaining Current Assets while Investing for the Future
  • Speaker to be announced
Special Remarks
  • Yolanda Favors, Esq., Compliance Manager, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit, Avondale Estates, GA
Executive Leadership Remarks
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Diversity Council; Vice Chair, APTA, APTA Finance Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA; 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
  • Speaker to be announced
Leadership APTA Class of 2018 Introduction
  • Speaker to be announced
Closing Remarks
  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Transit & Rail-Senior Vice President, CH2M, Washington, DC

Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty, Managing Emergencies

3:30 - 5 p.m.

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.
 
Moderator
  • Timothy H. Kelly, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
MARTA: Dealing with the Collapse of a Bridge
  • Aston T. Greene, Lieutenant, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
FTA and the Resources Available During and After an Emergency
  • Speaker to be announced
FEMA and the Stafford Act: How and What
  • Speaker to be announced
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.

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.
 
Moderator
  • to be announced
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
The Living Lab - Electric Buses
  • François Régembal, Group Technical, Operations and Safety Vice President, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
Current State of Public Transit Funding Options for Electric Vehicles and Charging Systems
  • Alan Westenskow, Director, Business Development, Proterra Inc., Greenville, CA
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

COMTO/APTA FORUM

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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.
 
Moderator
  • Dwight A. Ferrell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; CEO & General Manager, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Panelists
  • Beverly S. Silas, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX (invited)
  • Jameson T. Auten, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Chief, 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, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH (invited)

Leadership APTA Reception

5:30 - 6:30 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 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.

(tickets required)
In conjunction with WTS

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.
 
Breakfast sponsored by Atkins
 
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Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Host Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

EXPO OPEN

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Advancing Performance Based Planning and Programming

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Making the case for transit in regional decision making

Under 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.
 
Moderator
  • to be announced
The Benefits of MPO/Transit Collaboration
  • Todd Lang, Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Director of Transportation Planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, MD (invited)
Perspectives from Denver RTD
  • Louis Cripps, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

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

9:30 - 11 a.m.

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
  • Walter Heinrich, Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Senior Safety Consultant, Walter Heinrich, Cypress, TX (invited)

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

9:30 - 11 a.m.

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
Creating a Win-Win Procurement for Large Fare Collection Systems
  • Edward Baldzicki, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Conduent (formerly Xerox), Germantown, MD
Preparing to Support Your Back Office?
  • Boris Karsch, Vice President, Strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
Don't Forget Maintenance!
  • J. James Capozzi, Chair, Fare Collection Systems Committee; President, CAPtech, Inc., N. White Plains, NY
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

Capital Programs - Managing Risks & Lessons Learned

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

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.
 
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 Project Director, Westside Purple Line Extension Project, WSP USA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael McKenna, Executive Officer; LACMTA Project Management, Westside Purple Line Extension, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Early Returns: Findings of the Before and After Study for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
  • Paul D. Elman, P.E., 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
  • Matthew R. Crow, Senior Director of Project Engineering (Tunnels), 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
  • Lecia Stewart, President, The Stewart Group, Vancouver, BC

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Is Opportunity Knocking? Intergovernmental Solutions for Challenging Times

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

Prominent national association 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 nationwide forces that will influence our future. All national associations are dealing with these same trends, and working to shape public policy in ways that will ensure American prosperity, economic growth, and quality of life. Prominent national leaders will discuss the importance of working together in a forward-looking agenda that will position America to be both strong and compassionate, and the importance of a federal-state-local partnership.
 

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

12:45 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Ryland N. McClendon

TECHNICAL TOURS

1 - 4:40 p.m.

MARTA has arranged for the following informative technical tours on Wednesday, October 11 and/or Sunday, October 8. Please sign up on site for the tour of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Georgia World Congress Center.
 
NOTE: Please scroll up to Sunday to view additional technical tours offered on Sunday only.
 
Transit Oriented Development Projects | 20 persons
• Wednesday, 1 - 3 p.m.

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.
The tour group will take MARTA Rail from a station TBD.

State Road and Tollway Authority Operations & Maintenance Facility | 50 persons
• Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 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. 
Participants will board a Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) bus at a location TBD to begin the tour.

TrackSafe and Autonomous Track Inspection | 60 persons
• Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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. 

The tour group will take MARTA Rail from a station TBD.   

Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development | 30 persons per tour
• Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m. (also on Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 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 will walk to the Centennial Olympic Park stop to meet the guide and begin the tour. Exact departure location TBD.

Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System | 30 persons per tour
• Wednesday 2 - 4:30 p.m. (also on Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 - 4:40 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. 
The tour bus will depart from and return to the Marriott Marquis on Sunday and the Georgia World Congress Center on Wednesday. Exact departure points TBD.

EXPO Advisory Committee

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Joe Gibson
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