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 Program Overview

The full conference program is now available. Please note that you will receive this program in printed form when you arrive at the conference.

This page is an overview of the conference schedule. Please note that the schedule is preliminary and subject to change. For more details, see:

Last updated: April 9, 2012

Saturday, May 5
8:30 a.m. –
5 p.m.

Bus System Safety Seminar

There is no separate registration fee required for this seminar, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
and 1 - 4 p.m.

(two sessions)

Presentation Skills Workshop: Tools, Techniques & Feedback for Success

This workshop is offered in two separate sessions, with a 25-person limit for each session. Pre-registration is requested, and on-site registration will be on a space-available basis. There is no additional cost for APTA members. Non-members will be charged $275 per person.

1 – 5 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk

2 – 5 p.m.

ADA Workshop: Strengthen Relationships with Your Customers Who Have Disabilities

This session is offered to persons registered for the conference at no additional charge. Please email your intent to attend to Jose Reyes at jreyes@apta.com by April 27. There is a 45 person limit and on-site registration will be on a space-available basis.

Sunday, May 6
7 - 8:45 a.m. Mid-level Managers Welcome & Orientation Breakfast Meeting
7:30 a.m. –
4:15 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 a.m. –
6 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

International Bus Roadeo Competition

1 – 2:30 p.m.

This is APTA: How do you get the most out of your membership?   NOTE NEW TIME

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Opening General Session:
Public Transportation Takes Us There

6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Welcome to Long Beach Reception

Monday, May 7

7 a.m. –
5:30 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk

7 – 8 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

To be included in the brochure listing breakfast participants, pre-register by April 13.

7 – 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfasts -- Conference / Roadeo

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Business Member Resource Room
TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. – 
12 p.m.
(lunch at the Bus Display)

National Transit Institute Training Course: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

There is no additional charge for this course, and pre-registration is NOT required. However, attendance is on a first-come, first-served, space-and-materials available basis, so register early on site. This event has a 40-person limit.

8:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Paratransit Operations: Improving Productivity & Customer Service
  • Using Technology to Cut Costs & Improve Service Life & Reliability
  • Strengthening Safety Culture Through Training
  • Collaborations, Consortia, and Partnerships: 1+1=100
  • Bus Rapid Transit: Rapidly Driving Economic Development

    8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    International Bus Roadeo Workshops

    • Operators Workshop:
      Advanced Mobility Device Securement Skills Development
    • Mechanics Workshop:
      Optimize Ramp Performance

    9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

    General Session
    Wired: How Your Customers Have Changed and What To Do About It

    10 – 11:30 a.m.

    FTA Workshop: What You Need to Know About FTA Civil Rights Compliance

    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    (includes lunch 12 – 2 p.m.)

    Bus Display

    2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    Customer Service Challenge

    2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    International Bus Roadeo Workshops

    • Operators Workshop:
      Musculoskeletal Disorder Awareness & Prevention
    • Mechanics Workshop:
      Fire Suppression Systems

    2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • Alternative Fuel & Propulsion Technologies: From Procurement Planning to Bus Maintenance Facility Design
    • Emergency Preparedness: "Who Turned Off the Lights?"
    • Innovative Service Delivery Techniques
    • Remedies for the Roadblocks to Fixed-Route Service
    • Green Goals & Initiatives

    2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    Interactive Presentations

    4 – 5:30 p.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • Small Operations: Best Practices = Big Results
    • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Peer-to-Peer Exchange
    • Fare Collection in the Real World
    • Engaging Diverse Communities in Service Delivery Plans

    5:30 – 7 p.m.

    Committee Meetings

    Tuesday, May 8

    7 – 8 a.m.

    Coffee Services -- Conference / Roadeo

    7 – 8 a.m.

    Committee Meetings

    7:30 a.m. –
    5:30 p.m.

    Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Business Member Resource Room
    TCRP Information Center

    8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

    Safety Roundabout:
    Standee Policies, Seatbelts & Route Hazard Analysis

    8:15 – 9:30 a.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • Integration & Coordination: Transit, Paratransit, Human Service Transportation & Regional Needs
    • Integrating Livability & Sustainability into Transportation Systems Management & Operations
    • Reviewing Best Practices for Maintenance Training & a Better Maintenance Environment
    • Wireless Communications
    • Taking the Bus to the Future

    8:30 – 10 a.m.

    International Bus Roadeo Workshops

    • Operators Workshop:
      How to Provide Great Customer Service While Being Human
    • Mechanics Workshop:
      Bus Side Window Maintenance & Glass Requirements

    9:45 – 11 a.m.

    Host Forum:
    "Lights, Camera, Long Beach!"

    10:30 a.m. –
    2 p.m.
    (includes lunch 12 – 2 p.m.)

    Bus Products & Services Showcase

    2 – 3 p.m.

    Safety Roundabout:
    Safety Culture Success Factors

    2 – 4 p.m.

    Technical Tours

    • CNG Station & Facility Modification -- In One Year!
    • The Benefits of Artwork in Transit Projects
    • The Similarities & Interdependence of Water Taxi Service & Buses
    2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

    Walk and Roll Wellness Event

    2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • Identifying Corridors for High Performance, High Quality Service 
    • ITS Technologies Coming of Age
    • Capitalizing on the News of Increasing Gas Prices
    • Attaining Mutual Benefits in Tolling, Road Pricing & Public-Private Partnerships

    3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

    Safety Roundabout:
    Distracted Driving: The Age of Information Overload

    4 – 5:30 p.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • The End of the Common Wheelchair: Service & Policy Implications of the New USDOT ADA Regulations 
    • Intermodal & Multimodal Facilities 
    • Mobile Technologies

    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

    Safety Roundabout:
    Re-defining "Pedestrian Awareness"

    7 – 9:30 p.m.
    (tickets required)

    International Bus Roadeo Awards Banquet

    Tickets may be pre-ordered during conference registration.

    Wednesday, May 9

    7 – 8 a.m.

    Coffee Service -- Conference

    8 a.m. –
    12:30 p.m.

    Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk

    8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Business Member Resource Room
    TCRP Information Center

    8:15 – 9:30 a.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • Transit Apps
    • Employee Development: High Dividends, Improved Morale
    • Is Your Bus System Operating in a State of Good Repair?
    • Getting the ROI from the APTA Peer Review Program
    • Safety & Public Information Round Table: “Big Stuff” on the Bus

    9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

    Educational Sessions

    • Current Issues & Challenges in Bus Transit Security
    • New Strategies & Tools for Service Planning
    • Safety & Security Success in the "Wheel World"
    • Centralized Vendor Managed Inventory
    • University Research Projects

    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

    Closing General Session:
    New Business Models for the Transit Industry

    12 p.m.

    Registration Opens for APTA's Mobility Management Conference

    May 9-10 at the Hilton Downtown Long Beach Hotel

    1:30 – 3 p.m.

    Committee Meetings

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