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 Session Descriptions

Please note that this is a preliminary program and subject to change.

Last updated: April 26, 2013

SATURDAY, MAY 4

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

Diversity Council

8 - 9:30 a.m.

White River Ballroom C, First Floor

  • Chair, Peter Varga

 

Bus System Safety Seminar

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

White River Ballroom A-B, First Floor

If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, then you will want to attend the annual System Safety Seminar. The interactive seminar will focus on the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations and will provide an opportunity to share and learn about effective practices being developed and applied in our industry. The seminar is sponsored by APTA’s Bus Safety Management Program for the benefit of all management personnel.

Fee: There is no separate registration fee required.

Registration: Space is limited, so make your reservations early by emailing APTA’s Bill Grizard at bgrizard@apta.com

Questions? Contact APTA's Bill Grizard at 202.496.4878 or bgrizard@apta.com

 

WORKSHOP
Building Bridges: Transit & Human Services Transportation

12 - 4 p.m.

White River Ballroom D, First Floor 

Leveraging resources for better access to health care, jobs, social services, and opportunities

Attend this workshop to hear about using transportation resources in new ways with strong community partnerships. Often it is the public transit agency who first reaches out to explore integrating services with community/health and human services agency transportation programs, nonprofits, or brokerages. Through coordinating and scheduling, technology and staff, the available services can be provided to far more people. Discuss your experiences and learn more about partnering activities and support organizations such as the National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination.

 

Workshop Agenda

Facilitator: Mary A. Leary, Ph.D., vice president, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC

12 – 12:30 p.m.
Informal Networking and Box Lunch

12:30 1 p.m.
Introductions and Purpose of the Workshop

  • Mary A. Leary, Ph.D.

1 1:30 p.m.

Why Build Bridges…Weren’t They Already There?

  • Lauren Skiver, vice chair, APTA Access Committee, and chief executive officer, Delaware Transit Corporation, Wilmington, DE

1:30 2:15 p.m.
How to Build Bridges…What Are the Steps Needed, Who Are the Key Stakeholders, How Have Others Succeeded? 

  • Crystal Lyons, member, APTA Executive Committee, and president and CEO, Crystal Fortune Lyons, LLC

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.     Break

2:30 3 p.m.
Small Group Discussions: W
hat Bridges Do You Want to Build and with Whom?

Examples of community organizations with which to partner:

  • Medical Facilities
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Schools
  • Community Health Centers
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Aging Services Centers
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Housing Community
  • Veterans and Military Service Member Services
  • 211 Systems
  • Employment Centers/Major Employers
  • Retail Centers

Discussion questions:

  • What other groups should be listed?
  • What methods are the most useful for outreach?

3 3:30 p.m.
Group Discussion Based on Breakout-Group Reports

3:30 4 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
How Best Can We Succeed with Building Bridges?

  • Marlene B. Connor, chair, APTA Intergovernmental Issues Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Systems Management and Operations Subcommittee; and director of public transportation planning, Wendel, Amherst, NY

  • Rosemary B. Gerty, chair, APTA Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee, and division manager, regional accessibility, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

  • Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee; and national business development manager, Total Transit, Glendale, AZ

  • Ronald L. Brooks, vice president–paratransit & IntelliRide development, Veolia Transportation, Phoenix, AZ
  • National Center for Mobility Management spokesperson (invited)

Workshop sponsored by APTA and Easter Seals Project ACTION. 

Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program

APTA recognizes the public transportation industry’s need to develop managers and supervisors holding mid-level positions. This year at our major conferences, we are providing a variety of workshops, sessions, and learning opportunities specifically designed to advance the skills of professionals at this level.

 Look for the Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program logo throughout the program for events that may interest and benefit mid-level conference attendees.

 

PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP
Presenting with Power

1 – 5 p.m.  (25 person limit)

Room 314, Third Floor

Engaging your stakeholders, colleagues, and APTA audience members

One of the most powerful skills you can possess is the ability to give an effective presentation. This can assist you in many areas of your life and can lead to influencing key decision-makers, promotions, increased respect among peers, and improved self-confidence.  This workshop addresses speech anxiety, building your presentation, handling different

audiences, tips for using presentation aids, adding humor, and much, much more. Whether you are just beginning or you’ve been presenting for years, you will walk away from this workshop learning how to present with power. 

Certificate of Completion awarded upon completion of the workshop.

Fee: No additional cost for APTA members; $275 per person for non-members. APTA will invoice non-member registrants prior to the workshop.

Registration: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Jose Reyes at jreyes@apta.com  by April 26. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis.

Questions? Contact APTA's Jose Reyes at 202.496.4846 or jreyes@apta.com.

Instructor

  • Mike Polites, corporate trainer and senior lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IN

 

Conference Registration Desk

1 – 5 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

Host Information Desk

1 – 5 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

 

Business Member Business Development Committee

3 – 4:30 p.m.

White River Ballroom C, First Floor

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton 

Higher Education Subcommittee (HR Committee)

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Room 306, Third Floor

  • Chair, Dr. Jill Hough 

Human Resources Committee Dinner

6 p.m.

(Dutch-treat dinner; meet in the JW Marriott Lobby at 5:45 p.m.)

  • Chair, Mary Ann Collier

 

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Mid-Level Managers Welcome and Orientation Breakfast Meeting

7 – 8:45 a.m.  (45 person limit)

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

Maximizing your time, growing your network at the Bus & Paratransit Conference

Mid-level managers play vital roles in the transit industry. In addition to focusing on managerial and operational needs of their organizations, these individuals also need to broaden their skills and professional network.

APTA is pleased to offer this session for mid-level managers who may be new to an APTA conference or new to the transit industry.

Join us for an early morning breakfast meeting.  Be welcomed by the industry’s top leaders. Hear from fellow members and staff about maximizing your time at APTA meetings, conference sessions, and networking events.

Spend time with your peers addressing common challenges and exchanging best practices and solutions. Find out who else in the industry faces similar issues what they are doing to fix them.

Get some direction. Meet top executives. Broaden your network. Join us.

Fee: Attendance is free of charge to persons registered for the Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo.

Registration: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Jose Reyes at jreyes@apta.com by April 26. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis.

Questions? Contact APTA's Jose Reyes at 202.496.4046 or jreyes@apta.com

Moderator

  • Inez Evans, chief operations officer, Southwest Ohio Regional Trnasit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cicinnati, OH

Guest Speakers

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark NJ
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Vicki Porter, vice president of sales, Visual Marking Systems, Inc., Twinsburg, OH 

 

Small Operations Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

  • Chair, Jeanne Krieg

 

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room 314, Third Floor

 

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Allison Transmission Test Track
5100 10th Street (entrance on Cossell Road)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bus operators and mechanics from transit systems across North America participate in separate competitions, which showcase their skills in safe driving and vehicle maintenance. The Operator Competition includes events such as judgment stops, turning, and clearing obstacles. The Mechanic Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brake, and HVAC modules. The pre-trip inspection for operators and multiplex troubleshooting for mechanics are incorporated as scored events. 

COMPETITION DATE, TIMES, LOCATION & TRAVEL INFORMATION

The roadeo takes place on Sunday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allison Transmission Test Track, 5100 10th Street.
(entrance on Cossell Road) 

Total travel time from the JW Marriott to the roadeo site is 20 minutes. Shuttle service will be provided between the JW Marriott and the roadeo site. On Sunday, the service begins at

7:30 a.m. for spectators. Maps and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.

ROADEO TRAINING WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCE SESSISONS

Not only are all the traditional conference sessions and activities open to the roadeo participants, but there are six training workshops scheduled exclusively for roadeo contestants. The workshop topics are: Pedestrian Awareness, Operator Fatigue Awareness, Operator Assault Prevention, Vapor Bus Door Systems, MCI SmartWave, and Thermo King HVAC.

CUSTOMER SERVICE CHALLENGE

For the seventh year, the Customer Service Challenge joins the traditional Operator and Mechanic Competitions. The event, scheduled on Monday, May 6, from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., allows bus operators to test their customer service skills in some distinctive customer interface scenarios. 

Questions? Visit the International Bus Roadeo section.

Roadeo Registration: Contact APTA’s Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com.

Rodeo Competition/Events: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.

 

THANKS TO OUR ROADEO SPONSORS

Allison Transmission

AxleTech International

Cummins

Fraser Gauge

I/O Controls Corporation

Motor Coach Industries, Inc.

New Flyer

Thermo King Corporation

Vapor Bus International

Vigil Solutions

Voith Turbo, Inc.

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

8 – 10 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

  • Chair, Angela Miller

Business Member Procurement Committee

8 – 10 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

  • Chair, Patrick J. Scully

Bus Safety Committee

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 8, Third Floor

  • Chair, Reginald A. Mason 

Workforce Development Subcommittee (HR Committee)

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

  • Chair, Lydia C. Grose 

Authorization Task Force (Legislative Committee)

9 - 11 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 7, Third Floor

  • Co-Chairs, Randall Chrisman, Nuria I. Fernandez & Carolyn Flowers

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

  • Chair, Karl Witbeck 

Labor Relations Subcommittee (HR Committee)

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

  • Chair, Patrick Gough 

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 10, Third Floor

  • Chair, Rosemary B. Gerty 

Mid-Size Operations Committee

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Room 306, Third Floor

  • Chair, Jeff Hamm 

EXPO Advisory Committe

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

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Business Member Programs Committee

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

  • Chair, John P. Bartosiewicz

Research & Technology Committee

12 – 2:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

  • Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 10, Third Floor

  • Chair, Patrisha Piras 

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 – 3 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

  • Chair, Richard Maxwell

This is APTA

2 - 3:15 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 2, Third Floor

How do you get the most out of your membership? 

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 to 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 and secrets for your membership satisfaction. 

Presenter

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, APTA president & CEO

Q & A Facilitators

  • Joseph A. Calabrese, chief executive officer, general manager/secretary-treasurer,Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Hugh Mose, general manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA
  • Vicki Porter, director of sales, Visual Marking Systems, Inc., Twinsburg, OH 

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 7, Third Floor

  • Chair, Donna DeMartino

Human Resources Committee

2 – 4 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 8, Third Floor

  • Chair, Mary Ann Collier 

Business Member Board of Governors

2 – 4 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

  • Chair, Angela Iannuzziello

Access Committee

2 – 4 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 10, Third Floor

  • Chair, Rick Ramacier 

ITS Public Transit Forum

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

  • Chair, Greg Cook 

Communications Subcommittee (Power, Signals & Communications Committtee)

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Room 306, Third Floor

  • Chair, Dave Gorshkov

Systems Management & Operations Subcommittee (Policy & Planning Committee)

3 – 4:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

  • Co-chairs, Marlene B. Connor & Ronald J. Kilcoyne

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Hurricane Sandy: Managing the Disaster- Managing Resilience

4:30 – 6 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 5-6, Third Floor

The bus & paratransit industry’s premier event begins with a public transit update and a hearty welcome from our host. We’ll applaud the winners of the 2013 Bus Safety Awards, and share in a special conversation of transit system executives on one of the most devastating natural disasters to ever hit the United States -- Hurricane Sandy.

The panelists will explore their various emergency preparedness plans and how service was affected in the aftermath of the storm regarding vehicle replacement and facility repair – and how it was funded. Join us to understand the extent of the impact, how they were able to recover, and the challenges they faced to access needed resources. You’ll also hear firsthand recounts of how emergency plans take affect and the interaction with local, state, and federal entities. This special conversation will enlighten listeners, as well as honor the brave and hard work of our transit colleagues. It’s all about the people.

President & CEO’s Welcome

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Presiding

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ 

Presentation of the 2013 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards 

Host Welcome & Moderator

  • Michael A. Terry, president & CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN 

Panelists

  • Adminstrator Peter M. Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Joseph M. Casey, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Darryl Irick, president, MTA Bus Company, New York, NY 
  • James Weinstein, member, APTA Board of Directors, and executive director, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Welcome to Indianapolis Reception

6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

JW Grand Ballrooms 8-10, Third Floor

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

 

MONDAY, MAY 6

FTA Session with Administrator Peter Rogoff  NEW!
MAP-21 Safety Initiatives

7 - 8 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast 

7 – 8 a.m. 

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

 “It just keeps getting better!” That’s what business members are saying about the Monday morning business networking breakfast at the APTA bus conference. Designed to help bus OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators and major A&E firms strengthen their business relationships and find new business partners, the breakfast provides an opportunity for APTA business members to talk about their companies and how to do business with them.

All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking opportunity. Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Transit agency procurement officials are also encouraged to come to the breakfast to promote their current procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements in the coming months.

To help you plan your networking activities in advance, a brochure listing information about the companies participating in the breakfast
will be prepared and sent out before the breakfast. If you wish to be listed in the brochure, please complete the registration form below by April 12, 2013.

While pre-registration is not required to attend the breakfast, it will enhance the value of your participation and that of other companies that would like to meet you.

There is no charge to participate in the breakfast.

 

Conference Registration Desk

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

Host Information Desk

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

 

Maintenance Monday  NEW!

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Maintenance Monday is free to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants. Pre-registration is now closed but you can register on site in room 309-310 starting Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m.

NEW at the 2013 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference is a day dedicated to bus maintenance and bus technologies. Take advantage of a full day of learning and interaction with your maintenance manager peers and other associated transit professionals. The day will kick off with offsite interactive discussions at IndyGo in the morning. We will then return to the Bus and Paratransit Conference where you will have lunch with your transit peers as you view the latest buses at the annual Bus Display. After lunch APTA’s two bus technical committee meetings will be held. The day will wrap up with a reporting out of key issues from the morning discussions and conclude with a couple short technical presentations from APTA business members. 

AGENDA:

7:30 a.m. -- Depart for IndyGo Facilities

7:45 - 8 a.m. -- Breakfast, Sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS

8 - 11 a.m. – Breakout: Interactive Group Discussions

          8 - 8:15 a.m. -- Welcome from IndyGo

          8:15 - 9:30 a.m. -- First Topic

          9:30 - 9:45 a.m. – Break / Switch Topics

          9:45 – 11 a.m. -- Second Topic

         Topic A: Innovations in Maintenance Efficiencies

                        - use of technology

                        - enforcement / use of industry time standards

                        - creative management strategies / incentive programs

        Topic B: Mid-Life Overhaul / Restoration

                        - hybrid

                        - high tech systems

                        - future fleet planning

                        - training

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Bus Display & Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. – Bus Technical Maintenance Committee Meeting

2 - 3 p.m. – Clean Propulsion & Support Technolgy Committee Meeting  
     (Ten minute break)

3:10 – 4 p.m. -- Wrap Up from Morning Breakout Discussions

                         Technical Presentations:

                         1. Using On-board Technology to Safely & Efficiently Maintain Air Disc Brake     Systems

                            Chad Robinson, market development manager-bus and transit, MGM Brakes,
                            Charlotte, NC

                        2. Using Operational Data to Improve ROI

                            Kirk Shore, product manager, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY

Involving the Workforce in Sustainability Initiatives

8 - 9:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

Realizing the potential of employee engagement

In a time of increasing demands and scarce resources, come see how public and private sector are engaging employees, in particular operators and mechanics, to generate new ideas in energy and resource management. Hear how these ideas and “green teams” translate into real savings and operating efficiencies in the transit industry, as well as an outside perspective on this topic.

Moderator

  • Kevin Desmond, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; member; and general manager,
    King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Panelists

  • Greg Spratt, advisor - environmental sustainability, global health, safety and environmental. Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN
  • Rolando Cruz, executive director & vice president, maintenance and facilities, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
  • James Jones, executive director, facilities, Allison Transmission, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; co-chair, APTA Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; and general manager, Lane County Transit, Springfield, OR 

 

MAP-21 and Mobility Management: How the New Law Will Impact Transit

8 - 9:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

Big changes for both urban and rural areas

Mobility management is a strategic approach to service coordination and customer service that, when implemented, moves transit agencies away from their roles as fixed-route service operators and toward collaboration with other transportation providers. Transit agencies are increasingly looking to move from a top down operational model to a more user focused service model. The idea behind this approach is to create a full range of well synchronized mobility services within a community. By becoming "mobility managers" transit agencies can better serve the customer as well as discover new business models for operations that achieve a more efficient public transportation delivery system.

With the implementation of MAP-21 there will be some changes to section 5310 of the law, a program that addresses enhanced mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities. Under the new law and formula allocations, large urbanized areas (with populations of 200,000 or more) are positioned to serve as mobility managers. New projects must be included in locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plans. Learn about new mobility management centered governance models that support paratransit, fixed-route services and a multitude of other service providers, and how they are being implemented around the country and in Canada and the UK. Also hear about how large urbanized areas are taking on this new role as mobility managers, coordinating projects among transit systems, MPOs and nonprofit organizations.

Moderator

  • Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee; and national business development manager-public transportation, Total Transit, Glendale, AZ

Panelists

  • Fiona Blackley, principal consultant, MMM Group Ltd., Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Tom Hicks, CTSA manager, Monterey Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA 
  • Roscoe S. Brown Jr., flexible services director, Indianapolis Public Trnasportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN

The Many Faces of BRT

8 – 9:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 5-6, Third Floor

What mid-size operators should consider

This session will illustrate the many looks and features that the mode is taking at the mid-size operations level -- from fully featured to ‘on a shoe string.’ And, more importantly, the behind-the-scene reasons and key insights for those looks will be discussed.

Moderator

  • Jeff Hamm, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Mid-Size Operations Committee; and executive director/CEO,
    Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority, Vancouver, WA

Panelists

  • Dennis Hinebaugh, director, National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI) & administrator, National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Donna DeMartino, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee; and general manager/chief executive officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA
  • Kenneth P. Hamm, director of transportation, Department of Transportation/Fresno Area Express, Fresno, CA
  • Mark E. Huffer, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO

Integrating Express Transit Service into Toll Lanes

8 – 9:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

How can public transportation agencies gain financial rewards through new partnerships?

Many regions of North America have figured out successful ways to incorporate transit into toll-road projects. When done right, new transit facilities and services are part of corridor mobility strategies being financed in whole or in part through new toll roads. This session includes case study discussions of existing and planned new facilities and a discussion of policy trade-offs.

Moderator

  • Michael I. Schneider, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Public-Private Partnerships Committee; and senior vice president, HDR/InfraConsult, Los Angeles, CA 

Panelists

  • Ysela Llort, member, APTA Board of Directors, and director, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL
  • Alred H. Harf, executive director, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, Woodbridge, VA
  • Bruce A. Abel, assistant general manager, bus operations, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Koorosh Olyai, assistant vice president, Mobility Programs Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Charles Carlson, senior manager, small starts and BRT projects, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Advanced Vehicle Technology

8 – 9:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 8, Third Floor

The future is now

Bet you thought you would never hear about a supercapacitor at a bus conference. Well think again. Exotic battery technologies and other advances are also on the horizon. Now is the time to hear about them from the experts. 

Moderator

  • Robert G. Ayers, president, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC, Richmond, VA 

Saft Supercapacitors used to Improve Bus Reliability

  • Carl Postiglione, nickel capacitors sales manager, Saft, Valdosta, GA 

Vision and Technology for Tomorrow’s Bus Transit

  • Reuben Sarkar, senior director of business development, Proterra, Inc., Greenville, SC

Future Zero Emission All Electric Transit Bus

  • Macy Neshati, vice president, sales and marketing, Complete Coach Works, Riverside, CA 

NTI TRAINING
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  (40 person limit)

JW Grand Ballroom 2, Third Floor

This program provides a unique training and educational opportunity for transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-level positions in transit organizations. It provides participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.

Topics include:

Leadership Skills — Success today requires mid-managers to be leaders more than managers. What does this mean and how does one “lead to succeed?”

Time Management — In doing more with less, how to manage one’s time to succeed.

Emotional Intelligence — An introduction as to why emotional intelligence or self leadership can be more important than the knowledge one has acquired.

CEUs 0.4 and Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Audience: Transit mid-managers and those preparing to enter mid-management.

Fee: All conference registrants are invited to attend at no additional charge.

Registration: Pre-registration is NOT required. However, attendance is on a first-come, first-served, space-and-materials available basis.

Questions? Contact NTI's Barbara Van Dyke at 732.932.1700 or bvandyke@nti.rutgers.edu.

Instructor

  • Paul J. Larrousse, vice chair, APTA Higher Education Subcommittee, and director, National Transit Institute, New Brunswick, NJ 

 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room 314, Third Floor

Business Member Resource Room

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Room 312, Third Floor 

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom Foyer 

 

ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP
Pedestrian Awareness Training

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Rooms 201-202, Second Floor

Be prepared to avoid pedestrians

This in an interactive workshop to address the challenges faces by bus operators as they perform the difficult task of operating a transit vehicle. The course will cover the hazards of turns, provide insight and guidance on how to overcome “Un-attentional” Blindness, and give great feedback on how to prepare for the pedestrian.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer

  • James R. Grosso, manager of surface training & CDL testing, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 

ROADEO MECHANICS WORKSHOP
Vapor Door Systems

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Rooms 203-204, Second Floor

What’s new and how does it work?

The latest in door system design enhances door system functionality, improves passenger detection, and reduces dwell time by allowing passengers to exit quicker. New technology, including an innovative electric door actuator with a smart controller, provides precise motion control and extensive data logging capacity. A new passenger detection system replaces mechanical components and eliminates maintenance expenses. These, and other new door equipment and accessories, reduce maintenance costs and unnecessary wear on door system components. Bring your questions -- learn useful tips including basic preventive maintenance and troubleshooting from experienced technicians.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer

  • John P. Condon, vice president sales, North America, Vapor Bus International- A Wabtec Company, Buffalo Grove, IL

Session sponsored by Vapor Bus International. 

How Are We Protecting Our Transit Operators?

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

Aggressive behavior of customers is a growing concern…but we are taking steps to mitigate this problem

Throughout our history of providing transit service there has always been an on-going concern for protecting transit operators from the erratic and aggressive behavior of some customers. Whether these incidents are on the rise or we are becoming more informed as incidents arise, we bear the responsibility to bring measures into effect that will help to mitigate these incidents. What types of technology, bus deign, training and procedures are being introduced and are resulting in a positive benefit? Join us in this informative session and you will hear from transit practitioners and business representatives who have worked together to make a difference in providing a new level of security for transit operators.

Moderator

  • John R. Plante Sr., immediate past chair, APTA Risk Management Committee, and senior manager, emergency preparedness, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL  

Panelists

  • John R. Plante Sr.
  • Michael R. Liberi, chief surface transportation officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Eric Muntan, chief of safety and security, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL 
  • Lisa Staes,director, transit safety and workforce development programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 

Expanding the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities & Older Adults

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 8, Third Floor

“Living a more spontaneous life”

When passengers say they enjoy greater independence when they are able to ride fixed-route, scheduled transportation services rather than ADA-complementary paratransit, agencies seek outreach and training programs. This session will offer choices to agencies regarding training programs for operators and customer travel training to familiarize riders with services and help them make transitions.

Moderator

  • Rick Ramacier, member, APTA Baord of Directors; chair, APTA Access Committee; and general manager, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, Concord, CA 

Harnessing Technology to Deliver Online Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators’ Training

  • Jay A. Goodwill, P.E., CCTM, senior research associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 
  • Amber Reep,program manager, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 

Attracting Riders with Disabilities to Fixed-Route: It's More than Simple Access

  • Donna Smith, director of training, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC 

Creating New American Jobs Through Public Transportation Investments

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

Opportunities and new ideas

 As the nation continues to experience high unemployment rates, public transportation investments are can provide an area of opportunity to for the creation of new American jobs. Public transit agencies are developing new procurement evaluation methods which encourage the creation of new American businesses and jobs. In addition, a coalition of organizations has created a National Transportation Manufacturing Project including a “new model” for transit vehicle procurements for use by U.S. transit agencies.

This session is designed to inform transit agency CEOs and procurement officials about new procurement initiatives that can enhance American job creation – how they work, how they can be practically applied and how they impact a procurement and economic incentives.

Moderator

  • Wright C. Parkes, vice chair, APTA Procurement & Materials Management Committee, and director, Procurement Department, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH 

Panelists

  • Richard J. Wieczorek, department manager, procurement, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA 
  • Madeline Janis, Esq., national policy director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Linda Nguyen, senior policy analyst, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Los Angeles CA (invited) 
  • David White, executive vice president, New Flyer, Winnipeg, MB 

BUS DISPLAY

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

White River State Park Visitors Center Parking Lot
801 W. Washington Street

Buses will be on display for your inspectionat the White River State Park Visitors Center parking lot located at 801 W. Washington Street. The lot is adjacent to the JW Marriott and a short 5-10 minute walk from the hotel.

Manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer your questions. To highlight this event a complimentary lunch for all conference and roadeo registrants will be available during the display from 12 to 2 p.m.

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

1 - 2 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

  • Co-chairs, Jeffrey Gonneville & George Karbowski 

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

2 - 3 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

  • Chair, Joshua Goldman

Social Media: How Captured Intelligence Can Drive Sales and Product Development

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor 

Social media and networking tools are here to stay and are being fully integrated into the fabric of our transit businesses and marketplace. 

This session will focus on how APTA member companies are using social media and networking tools across throughout their organizations to cultivate customer relationships, capture market intelligence, develop new products and services, generate leads, and drive sales – in addition to marketing and communications purposes.

Moderator

  • Helen L. Callier, president, Bradlink LLC, Kingwood, TX 

Panelists

  • Winsome Brown, AICP, AVP, U.S. Southeast transit/rail market segment manager, AECOM, Coral Gables, FL
  • Francis "Buddy" X. Coleman, executive vice president, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY
  • Helen L. Callier

Video-Based Safety and Security Solutions: Let’s Take a Closer Look

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

Where we’ve been and where we’re headed with regard to on-board camera technologies.

The increase in not just the use of video-based risk management systems, but also the range of applications for which they are designed, reflects our continual pursuit of safety for our employees, patrons, and general public. Through a variety of perspectives, representing the technology providers, users, and other stakeholders, this session examines how the power of on-board camera systems can be harnessed to develop and enhance true ‘safety culture.’ How do we move beyond simple surveillance and take proactive measures to improve safety? What is the role of executive management? And how do we effectively interface such technology with our current practices in a manner that all employees can understand and even appreciate?

Moderator

  • Michael C. York, deputy general manager, operations, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Effectiveness of Video-Based Driver Risk Management Systems on Bus Transit Safety

  • Michael Litschi, section manager, commuter rail, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

No More Blind Spots: Protecting Transit Operators Through Video

  • Jason Palmer, president, SmartDrive Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

The Role of Accountability in Developing a Safety-First Culture

  • Del Lisk, vice president, DRIVECAM, San Diego, CA

Using Video to Develop Preemptive Procedures so "This Won't Happen to You"

  • Kim Gaffey, transportation safety specialist, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH

Customer Service Challenge

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 5-6, Third Floor

Join us as the industry’s very best operators face-off in a contest to test their customer service skills at this exciting and entertaining event. Come one, come all to see who walks away with the title of transit’s ‘top ambassador!’

Host

  • Thomas J. Costello, member, APTA Board of Directors, and assistant managing director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP
Fatigue Awareness

2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Rooms 201-202, Second Floor

Combat fatigue at this interactive workshop

The Fatigue Awareness Program is an informative program to enlighten operators, supervisors, and others about the dangers, effects, and signs of fatigue. With an overview of what our bodies need and the countermeasures that can be taken to correct fatigue problems participants in this program will walk away with a new and better understanding of how this issue affects transit workers.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer

  • John Dahl, operations training supervisor, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR 

ROADEO MECHANICS WORKSHOP
MCI Bus Workshop

2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Rooms 203-204, Second Floor

Interactive demonstration of Smart-Wave

This workshop will showcase the Smart-Wave, which is the tire temp and pressure monitoring system used by MCI. This system is available for a wide selection of over-the-road equipment as both OEM and After Market. The workshop will have a simulator board set up to demonstrate all functions and trouble shooting of the Smart Wave system.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer

  • Steve Marion, technical solutions director, Eastern U.S., MCI Customer Solutions, Schaumburg, IL

Workshop sponsored by Motor Coach Industries.

 

Maintenance Monday Wrap Up

3:10 - 4 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

The session will begin with a reporting out of key issues from the morning’s interactive discussion session, concluding with two short technical presentations.

Using On-board Technology to Safely & Efficiently Maintain Air Disc Brake Systems

  • Chad Robinson, market development manager-bus and transit, MGM Brakes, Charlotte, NC

Using Operational Data to Improve ROI

  • Kirk Shore, product manager, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY

ITS and Demand Response

4 – 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 8, Third Floor

ITS isn’t just for the big players any more

Methods of using readily available technology are helping to ease the burdens of trip scheduling and coordination as well as customer notification and simplified fare collection. Given the high trip costs attached to this mode, any means of streamlining operations is money in the bank. Things are happening here. Come and find out if they will work for you.

Moderator

  • Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., principal, Brendon Hemily, Toronto, ON

Accessing Available Technologies for Automating Transportation Brokering

  • Arun Prem, member, APTA Board of Directors, and executive director, Full Access and Coordinated Transportation, Inc.,
    Oceanside, CA 

Emergency Rapid Response for Demand Response Transportation Systems

  • Leonard Anghelescu, associate product manager, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON

Mobile Computing Options for Demand Response Field Supervisor

  • Andrew McKechnie, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON

Subscription Optimizing: Achieving Repetitive Efficiency

  • Ton Yazici, director, product management and marketing, StrataGen Systems, Inc., Kirkland, WA

The Buddy System

4 - 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

Building ridership and support with strategic partnerships

Partnerships can stretch an organization’s budget, grow ridership, and increase support for transit. Discover how transit systems have effectively leveraged partnerships and made gains for their organizations.

Moderator

  • Richard Maxwell, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee; and assistant vice president of marketing, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

Panelists

  • Robert Baulsir Jr., general manager of administration, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, Nashville, TN
  • Susan B. Richards, president, SR Concepts, Charleston, SC
  • Samantha Cross, chair, APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee, and vice president, business development, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Indianapolis, IN
  • Rocky Donahue, deputy executive director, external affairs, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Bridget Brown, advocate for people with disabilities, Butterflies for Change, Darien, IL

Roundtable Discussion
Best Operating Practices in Serving Passengers Using Wheelchairs

4 - 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

How do passengers learn whether a vehicle will be able to transport them?

Come prepared to share your ideas in this discussion on implementing the U.S. DOT rule issued September 16, 2011, and guidance issued February 4, 2013, governing the accommodation of wheelchairs on transit vehicles. A range of complex topics will be introduced, such as setting customer policies, developing operating procedures, and communicating with riders who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Facilitators

  • Doug Cross, principal, Douglas J. Cross Transportation Consulting, Oakland, CA
  • Auturo Jackson, senior director, customer care & customized services, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Paula Haskin, director of flexible and contracted services, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Indianapolis, IN 

Human Trafficking in America

4 - 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

A Call to Action

As many as 27 million men, women and children – many of them right here in our own communities across America – are held against their will and trafficked into forced labor and prostitution. The sad fact is that the perpetrators of modern slavery are using our planes, trains, buses, ships, and trucks to do it. The U.S. Department of Transportation, APTA, and other key stakheholders have joined together as part of the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking Initiative. Please join us to learn about how transit agencies can help to combat human trafficking in our cities and communities across the country.

Moderator

  • Bryna Helfer, Ed.D., director of public engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Kristen Joyner, executive director, South West Transit Association, Fort Worth, TX
  • Robin O'Hara, director, TAP Customer Experience, Metro's Regional TAP Program, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Interactive Presentations

4 - 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 10, Third Floor

The formal presentations at the other sessions are replaced by informal demonstrations as you stop by each table. Enjoy participating in the informal exchanges that maximize your time with industry leaders.

Update of FTA's Hazard Analysis Guidelines

  • Kevin Chandler, program manager, Battelle, Columbus, OH

Implementation and Outcomes of Fare-Free Transit

  • Joel M. Volinski, director, National Center for Transit Research, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Smatphone Ticketing -- Removing Cash from Fare Collection

  • Josh Nicklin, marketing manager, Masabi, Ltd., London, United Kingdom

The Future of Mass Transit is Now: The Path to Electric Buses

  • Marc Gottschalk, chief business development officer & general counsel, Proterra Inc., Greenville, SC

Muir Woods Shuttle -- Innovative Solutuions to Unusually High Service Demands

  • David Rzepinski, general manager, Marin County Transit District, San Rafael, CA

MOBILEtickets -- Putting Mobile Ticketing and Open Payments in Motion

  • William McFarland, director of technical services, INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

Sustainability Committee

5:45 – 7 p.m.

White River Ballrooms G-H, First Floor

  • Chair, Kevin Desmond

 


TUESDAY, MAY 7

Bus Operations Committee

7 – 8 a.m.

Room 205, Second Floor

  • Chair, Claire Spielberg

Mobility Management Committee

7 – 8 a.m.

White River Ballrooms H-I, First Floor

  • Chair, Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM

Emergency Preparedness Technical Forum

7 – 8 a.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

  • Chair, James P. Burke

BRT Council

7 – 8 a.m.

Room 308, Third Floor

  • Facilitators, Jeff Hiott & Rich Weaver

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

 

HOST FORUM
Indy Connect – Central Indiana’s Transit Planning Initiative

8 – 9:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballrooms 5-6, Third Floor 

Over the past few years, Central Indiana has embarked on a visionary transit planning collaboration between IndyGo, the Indianapolis MPO, and Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA). With the support of the private sector, including the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indy Connect has elevated the discussion of mass transit to the forefront of public discussion and policy consideration. 

Join us as members from this initiative as they share the story of growing the discussion of transit expansion in the community. The discussion will include public and private sector insight into the genesis of the transit vision to the methodical approach to incorporating transit into the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

Presenters

  • Michael A. Terry, president & CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN 
  • Anna Tyszkiewicz, executive director, Indianapolis MPO, Indianapolis, IN 
  • Ehren Bingaman, executive director, Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, Indianapolis, IN 
  • Ron Gifford, executive vice president, public policy, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indianapolis, IN

 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Room 314, Third Floor

Business Member Resource Room

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Room 312, Third Floor

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom, Foyer

 

ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP
Operator Assault Prevention

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Rooms 201-202, Second Floor

You have the power of prevention

The operator assault prevention workshop will cover the different ways that bus operators can protect themselves while on duty. The workshop will also provide training to assist in operator awareness to prevent the change from victim to aggressor. 

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer

  • Michael Wilson, master instructor, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN

ROADEO MECHANICS WORKSHOP
I/O Controls Multiplex Control Systems and Ladder Logic

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Rooms 203-204, Second Floor

This workshop will demonstrate Multiplex Control systems versus point to point wiring. It will give an in depth review of CAN bus multiplex five wire "CAN Open" cable side by side with three wire shielded J1939 cable. There will be a demonstration of ”No-Tool” Troubleshooting techniques as well as a Troubleshooting Tools Demonstration, including the Real Time Logic Monitor ladder logic program.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer 

  •   Armando Jimenez, senior training instructor, I/O Controls Corporation, Azusa, CA

Workshop sponsored by I/O Controls Corporation.

SAFETY ROUNDABOUT
Optimal Bus Stop Placement from a Safety Perspective

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

Near-side, far-side, and other factors to consider when analyzing route hazards.

Safety is always a top concern as we expand or modify bus routes and consider bus stop placement. But are we truly diligent in our analysis of route hazards for new and existing routes, and does the analysis truly capture the complex dynamics and hazards in and around bus stops? Additionally, as the urban environment continues to evolve to enhance ‘walkability’ and embrace transit as a solution, are we truly prepared to handle the resulting increases in pedestrian volume near bus stops,  not to mention risky behaviors, i.e. intoxicated walking, use of earbuds, ‘distracted walking,’ etc.? We will evaluate the delicate balance involved when championing ‘walkability,’ while at the same time considering a system safety approach.

Facilitator 

  • Thomas M. Greufe, vice president, safety and risk management, National Express Group, Cave Creek, AZ 

Discussion Leaders

  • Sue A. Stewart, transit safety officer, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Louis G. Maiello, transit bus specialist, FAAC Incorporated, Ann Arbor, MI

Partnerships for Complete Streets/Complete Trip

9:45 – 11 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

 

First and last mile, and everything in between

Complete streets policies are increasing across the country. How are they being implemented and how do they affect the complete trip for the transit customer? Listen to perspectives on

first-and-last mile strategies, including pedestrian and biking options in support of the complete trip. Join your colleagues to hear the concepts of complete trip and the need to foster partnerships with the MPO, city, and public works department.

Moderator

  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; co-chair, APTA Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; and general manager, Lane County Transit, Springfield, OR

Panelists:

  • Richard Ravit, associate vice president, AECOM, New York, NY 
  • Ken Zatarain, director, service planning and scheduling, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Deron Lozano, system and service development manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Kim Irwin, MPH, executive director, Alliance for Health Promotion, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jamison Hutchins, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis, IN

Recruiting and Hiring Returning Veterans

9:45 – 11 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

Round-table Exchange -- America’s untapped workforce

America’s returning veterans represent an enormous set of highly skilled, respected, and dependable individuals. The public transportation industry has tremendous opportunity to tap into this pool of returning leaders and technical experts. The transit industry needs to lead by example – to reach out to our veterans and engage them in our industry. Hear from transit organizations who are leading the way in their veteran recruitment, outreach, hiring campaigns, and programs. Learn about APTA’s new partnership programs and outreach efforts to returning veterans. Engage in active information exchange. Hear from our industry leaders and engage in small group discussions. Learn from industry leaders, each other, and representatives assisting returning veterans.

Moderator

  • Alice Tolbert Cannon, vice president, external affairs, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

Round-table Discussion Leaders

  •  Anthony Harris, manger, recruiting, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Patrick 'Paddy' Gough, chair, APTA Labor Relations Subcommittee, and executive director of human resources & organizational development,Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Lonnie Mitchell, executive director, strategic workforce planning, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
    Los Angeles, CA 
  • Cherie Sprague, GPHR, SPHR, senior manager, human resources, Regional Transit District, Denver, CO 
  • Kristen Joyner, executive director, South West Transit Association, Fort Worth, TX 
  • Christine B. Rhoads, recruiting manager, First Transit, Inc., Cincinnati, OH 
  • Richard Maxwell, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee; and assistant vice president of marketing, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX 
  • Lisa Stern, economic empowerment executive vice president, Wounded Warrior Project, Washington, DC
  • Aleyda M. Meyers, sourcing director, MTA New York City Transit, Brooklyn, NY

Clean Fuels – Not a Short-Term Commitment

9:45 – 11 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor 

Finding the right propulsion for your fleet

Are you thinking about a new type of propulsion for your bus fleet? It’s a long-term commitment to introduce a new technology into your fleet…from deciding the right propulsion technology to upgrading your facility to accommodate the new fleet. This session will explore different propulsion types and what it takes to introduce to into your agency’s fleet.

Moderator

  • Joshua J. Goldman, chair, APTA Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee, and director of bBusiness dDevelopment, Proterra Inc., San Diego, CA

Alternate Fuel Vehicles and the Contemporary Facility

  • Sean Beachy, AIA, NCARB,architect, Wendel, Alexandria, VA
  • Stephen McNally, director of facilities, GRTC Transit System, Richmond, VA

Electrifying StarMetro

  • Ralph Wilder, superintendent-maintenance, StarMetro - City of Tallahassee, FL

The Future of Operationally and Environmentally Sustainable Bus Transit

  • Marc Gottschalk, chief business development officer & general counsel, Proterra Inc., Greenville, SC

Natural Gas for Public Transit: Timing is Everything

  • Johnn Somers, vice chair-fuels/infrastructure, APTA Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee, and vice president, business development public transit-North America, Clean Energy, Seal Beach, CA

Productivity and Service Quality in Paratransit Operations

9:45 – 11 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

Efficiency and effectiveness

Join this session to learn how agencies are meeting their compatible goals of keeping the quality of paratransit service high and increasing productivity. By conducting transportation operations analyses and developing new procedures for ADA verification, trip planning, scheduling, and dispatching, systems have more effectively directed services towards individual customer needs and stabilized their paratransit operational costs. Hear also about policies, organizational characteristics, and best practices to improve services for everyone.

Moderator

  • Lauren Skiver, vice chair, APTA Access Committee, and chief executive officer, Delaware Transit Corporation, Dover, DE 

Panelists

  • Ryan J. Larsen, president, IntelliRide Division, Veolia Transportation, Lombard, IL
  • Sharon Doyle, manager, Mobility Plus, York Region Transit, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Shelley Ayres, supervisor, scheduling & dispatch, Mobility Plus, York Region Transit, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Steve Chang, deputy executive director, operations, Access Services, El Monte, CA 

Procurement Hot Topics and New Issues from FTA

9:45 – 11 a.m.

JW Grand Ballrooms 7-8, Third Floor

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

There are always new issues to contend with in transit procurements. This session is designed to bring you up to date on a variety of issues that are impacting procurements and to help you avoid some of the problems that have been encountered. They include reports on FTA’s recent audits of transit vehicle manufacturer Buy America certifications, issues raised regarding buying buses off of other agency’s contract, FTA’s new policy on the application of Buy America on bus rebuilds and overhauls, procurement implications of MAP-21, the status of the FTA’s Procurement Best Practices Manual and APTA’s standard bus procurement guidelines.

This session is designed to bring transit agency and industry procurement staff up to date on the latest procurement issues and policies and how they impact your upcoming procurements.

Moderator

  • Richard J. Wieczorek, department manager, procurement, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA 

Panelists

  • James Harper Jr., director, Office of Acquisition Management & Procurement, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC  
  • Steven S. Policar, superintendent, Transit Fleet Contract Management Group, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Robert F. Nixon, president, Diversity Matters 2 US, LLC, Canisteo, NY 
  • Jim Bartel, consultant, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC, Middlebury, IN

BUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

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

Hall A, Indiana Convention Center

Many business members’ bus products and services will be showcased in Hall A of the Indiana Convention Center, a 5-10 minute walk via the skywalk on the 2nd Floor of the JW Marriott. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the bus products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus  and paratransit equipment and services. 

 

Lunch sponsored by SPX Genfare and APTA

SAFETY ROUNDABOUT
Risk Management for Small & Medium Operators

2 - 3 p.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

Jumping into a risk pool – swan dive or cannonball?

This roundabout will focus on general, auto, and management liability, with plenty of loss scenarios, loss rates and claim issues in the discussion. The purpose of the discussion is to identify a benchmarking methodology that will help you understand what your financing options are, and what might work best for you. 

Facilitator

  • Mark A. Emmons, secretary, APTA Risk Management Committee, and director of safety, training & security, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN

Discussion Leader

  • Kenneth Reed, ARM-P, AIC, loss control services manager, Ohio Transit Risk Pool, Wadsworth, OH 
  • James Napier, director, safety & security solutions, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Dayton, ON

TECHINCAL TOURS
IndyGo Headquarters Facility

Tour A:  2:10 – 3:45 p.m. (20 person limit

Tour B:  2:25 – 4 p.m. (20 person limit)

IndyGo’s headquarters is the epicenter of all operations, maintenance and administration – under 8.5 acres of roof. The tour will showcase the results of multiple grant-funded projects, including facility upgrades, overview of fleet including mid-life refurbished buses, and the state-of-the-art radio control room.

Sign up for the tour time of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the JW Marriott. Each tour is limited to 20 persons and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

At 2:10 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. promptly, tour participants will depart for the tour from the main entrance of the JW Marriott. The IndyGo tour representative will walk each group to the bus stop to board the appropriate bus. Be sure to wear your conference badge and have your complimentary transit pass since you’ll be riding buses in revenue service!

The facility tours, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., will each last approximately 1 hour, and buses will return to the JW Marriott around 3:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Walk and Roll Wellness Event 

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 10, Third Floor

Enjoy wellness with a twist!

All conference and bus roadeo registrants and guests are invited to participate in the third annual “Walk and Roll” wellness event. Join us as we take a healthy walk and stroll through beautiful downtown Indianapolis and unite for the accessible transportation needs to benefit people with disabilities within our communities. This event is accessible and all are encouraged to participate. 

The event, hosted by the American Public Transportation Association, Easter Seals Project Action, and IndyGo, is a twist on the usual wellness conference event. The “Walk and Roll” will be kicked off with opening remarks from an array of speakers who advocate for healthy accessible public transportation.

Following remarks, the speakers and audience are invited to walk and roll through downtown Indianapolis along a predetermined route. Accessible transportation will be available for those who require it along the route.

Questions? Contact APTA’s Pamela Boswell at 202.496.4803 or pboswell@apta.com

Remarks

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Mary A. Leary, Ph.D., vice president, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC

 

Work-Life Balance Across Generations

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

Walking your talk

Our daily lives are pulled in many directions. At the end of day, have you succeeded in providing the best customer services? Making deadlines? Meeting family and others expectations? This session takes an honest look at what it takes to find an acceptable level of work-life balance -- work, professional, home, family, and other needs and obligations. How do these questions get addressed and interpreted across cultures and generations? Engage in candid dialogue.

Moderator

  • Debra Alexander, assistant executive director, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI 

Panelists

  • Inez Evans, chief operations officer, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority SORTA/Metro, Cincinnati, OH 
  • Amber Reep, program manager, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Reginald A. Mason, member, APTA Executive Committee; chair, APTA Bus Safety Committee; and senior director of transit operations and safety, CH2M HILL, Baltimore, MD

Transit Technology Systems Engineering & Integration

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

Big words for a big subject

Our industry is awash in new technology, some we ask for and some we get whether we like it or not. Given the constraints we live with on a daily basis how can we best deal with the introduction of new technology and the evolution of existing technology. This panel which includes representatives from the academic, engineering, operating and manufacturing communities will explore the tools available in the form of Systems Engineering and Systems Integration. 

Moderator

  • David Springstead, senior director of engineering and development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA 

Refining and Improving Systems through Functional and Data Integration

  • Cameron Laird, product manager, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON 

Integration of Los Angeles County Access Services and Southern California 511

  • Mark Maloney, chief operations officer, Access Services, El Monte, CA 
  • Mauro Arteaga, associate engineer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Intermodal Trip Planning: Making Fixed Route Modalities Help Contain Costs for Paratransit Services

  • Ton Yazici, director, product management and marketing, StrataGen Systems, Inc., Kirkland, WA 

Technology’s Role in Increasing Trust in Your Transit Agency

  • Edward R. Batten, III, business development executive, TransLoc, Inc., Raleigh, NC 

Getting Everything to Flow

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballrooms 7-8, Third Floor

Best grant development procedures 

Submitting grant requests to U.S. DOT and managing grants is an important facet of running every public transportation system. Representatives from the Federal Transit Administration will have a conversation with transit systems about the grant process, lessons learned, compliance issues, deadlines, reviews, and general tips on how grants can be put to their intended use as expeditiously as possible. Everyone will come away with new ideas on how the grants process can work best for your organization. 

Moderator

  • Michael A. Sanders, transit administrator, transit & ridesharing, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

Panelists

  • Marisol Simon, regional administrator, Region 5, Federal Transit Administration, Chicago, IL 
  • Sandy Draggoo, chief executive officer/executive director, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI
  • Ronald L. Epstein, chair, APTA Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee, and chief financial officer, New York State Department of Transportation, Albany, NY
  • Betsy Kachmar, assistant general manager, Fort Wayne Public Transportation Corporation/Citilink, Fort Wayne, IN

Implementing Title VI and Environmental Justice

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 2, Third Floor

Delivering equitable transit

All public transit systems are required to incorporate Title VI non-discrimination and environmental justice principles into their transit service planning and transportation decision-making processes as well project specific environmental reviews. This is particularly important in light of recent updates and requirements outlined in the FTA’s s Title VI and Environmental Justice Circulars. The session focuses on the important distinctions between Title VI and environmental justice and how transit agencies are implementing new service standards, public engagement, and other important provisions of the circulars.

Moderator

  • J. Barry Barker, executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY 

Panelists 

  • Carol R. Wright, senior director, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, DC
  • Deron Lozano, system and service development manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ 
  • Ken Zatarain, director, service planning and scheduling, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Patrisha Piras, co-chair, APTA Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; chair, APTA Access Committee Regulatory Activities Subcommittee; and principal/director, Pat Piras Consulting, San Lorenzo, CA 

MAP-21: Changes to the Bus Testing Regulation

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

FTA Listening Session

Join representatives from the FTA and the Bus Testing Center in Altoona to discuss MAP-21 changes to the Bus Testing Regulation as they seek feedback for the proposed Pass/Fail provision. 

Moderator

  • David J. Klinikowski, director, Bus Research and Testing Center, The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute,
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Panelists

  • Representatives from the Federal Transit Administration 

NTI TRAINING
Overview of Transit Procurement for Senior Leadership

2:15 – 6 p.m. (40 person limit)

JW Grand Ballroom 9, Third Floor

This seminar provides transit professionals a better understanding of the rationale, functions, and general process of third-party contracting for FTA grantees. It provides an overview of major elements of an acceptable procurement program and is designed to be presented in a conference setting. Some of the themes of the seminar are competence and training, teaming and partnering internally and externally, supporting advance planning of procurements, and adhering to pre-established procedures.

Topics include:

  • Principles of Procurement
  • The Procurement Process
  • Roles and Responsibilities

CEUs 0.4 AND CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

Audience: Non-procurement transit professionals and board members.

Fee: All conference registrants are invited to attend at no additional charge. 

Registration: Pre-registration is NOT required. However, attendance is on a first-come, first-served, space-and-materials available basis.

Questions? Contact NTI's Barbara Van Dyke at 732.932.1700 or bvandyke@nti.rutgers.edu

Instructors

  • Paul J. Larrousse, vice chair, APTA Higher Education Subcommittee, and director, National Transit Institute, New Brunswick, NJ
  • James Harper Jr., director, Office of Acquisition Management & Procurement, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

TECHINCAL TOUR
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hall of Fame & Grounds

2:25 – 6 p.m.  (40 person limit)

Visit one of the most celebrated auto raceways in the world. The guided tour includes the Hall of Fame Museum, the track, Gasoline Alley, and the Pagoda, which is one of the most recognizable structures at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in worldwide motorsports. Housed in the new Pagoda are state-of-the-art facilities for race control, safety, timing and scoring, radio broadcasts, and more.

Sign up for the tour at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the JW Marriott. The tour is limited to 40 persons and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. This is sure to be a popular tour, so sign up early!

At 2:25 p.m. promptly, tour participants will depart for the tour from the main entrance of the JW Marriott. The IndyGo tour representative will walk the group to the appropriate bus stop to board the shuttle buses.

The tour will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. approximately, and buses will return to the JW Marriott around 6 p.m.

SAFETY ROUNDABOUT
Moving Forward with Vehicle Safety

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

Where to we "stand" on the forthcoming FTA standards? 

As part of its MAP-21-mandated enhanced role, FTA is charged with developing minimum safety performance standards for transit vehicles not regulated by other agencies. The provision comes at a time when bus transportation providers in many metropolitan areas are adapting their services to accommodate more commuter-oriented routes, often blurring the line between “transit” and “over the road” operations. Join us for this roundtable discussion which is a continuation of last year’s focus on seatbelts and standee policies, now with an emphasis on how to interpret, prepare for, and ultimately comply with the new standards and regulations governing transit vehicle safety. 

Facilitator

  • Raymond Rod Lopez, CSSD, director of safety & regulatory compliance, OMNITRANS, San Bernardino, CA 

Discussion Leaders

  • Donna DeMartino, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; and general manager/
    chief executive officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA
  • Lisa Staes, director, transit safety and workforce development programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Edward Bart, program manager, Florida Transit Research Inspection Procurement Services Program, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

The Future of Wireless

4 – 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

Wireless is here and becoming more pervasive

How can it help us and maybe how can it hurt us. There are many aspects to this technology from backroom dealings for spectrum availability to passenger expectations for wireless access on transit vehicles. Presented in layman’s terms, we will investigate a range of topics with a panel of industry practitioners including leading suppliers, systems integrators and operators.

Moderator

  • William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM,director of information technology
    OMNITRANS, San Bernardino, CA

Mobile Data Devices – Here Now, and Endless Possibilities for the Future

  • Tim Quinn, executive vice president, RouteMatch Software, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Transit Signal Priority System Deployment using Wireless WiFi Mesh Network in South Suburban Chicago

  • Taqhiuddin Mohammed, senior transit ITS engineer, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL 

Making Sure Transit is Part of the Next Wave of Wireless Technology for Safety & Mobility

  • Rob Zimmer, principal investigator/project manager, Battelle, Columbus, OH

Clever Devices’ VoIP Solution

  • Dean Soucy, vice president, engineering, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY

Transit and MPO Partners in Performance-Based Planning

4 - 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 2, Third Floor

Outcome based approaches to transit decision making

Transit agencies make funding decisions all the time; however, MAP-21 is putting a new emphasis on the use of performance measures to drive that decision-making. Good capital programming utilizes asset data to drive decision-making and ensures that the agency’s investments contribute towards an agency’s goals. Speakers will discuss how agencies can approach performance-based decision-making, including incorporating performance measures into their asset management plans. The session will incorporate discussions on the MAP-21 performance management requirements and how it relates to an agency’s asset management efforts.

Moderator

  • Lee G. Gibson, member, APTA Board of Directors; co-chair, APTA Metropolitan Planning Committee; and chief executive officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV

Panelists

  • Sherry Riklin, deputy associate administrator-planning and environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC Lance A. Neumann, chairman, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Cambridge, MA
  • David C. Rose, Ph.D., vice president, strategic consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, NY
  • Rolando Cruz, executive director & vice president, maintenance and facilities, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA

Small Operations: Best Practices, Case Studies & New Programs

4 – 5:30 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

Learn more about the ‘how-to” in developing and managing your initiatives

Building upon the small operations’ session at APTA conferences and meetings, this session focuses on new ideas from a ‘how to’ approach. Your peers will share the successes, lessons learned, and the “ropes to skip and the ropes to know,” in embarking on new initiatives.

Moderator

  • Jeanne Krieg, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Small Operations Committee; co-chair, APTA Procurement Steering Committee; and chief executive officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA

Panelists

  • Lynn C. McLean, director of maintenance, Mass Transportation Authority, Flint, MI
  • Karl Gnadt, director, market development, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
  • Kenneth Housden, general manager, Fort Wayne Transportation Corporation/Citilink, Fort Wayne, IN

SAFETY ROUNDABOUT
Fare Disputes that Make ‘No Cents’

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Rooms 304-305, Third Floor

Do the fare policy and the fare collection method combine to escalate fare disputes into operator assaults?

For many years, fare disputes have been the tripping point for disputes between customer vs. operator and even customer vs. customer. Is the number of assaults on operators significantly lower in fare-free zones or when using electronic media instead of cash? Do cameras at the farebox make a difference in lowering fare disputes and physical altercations? What strategies in training and supervision can we employ to keep operators and passengers safe? To attend this roundabout, participants need to bring exact change.

Facilitator

  • Michael C. York, deputy general manager, operations, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH 

Discussion Leaders

  • Raymond Rod Lopez, CSSD, director of safety & regulatory compliance, OMNITRANS, San Bernardino, CA
  • Tremell E. Brown, manager, Training & Development Unit, Operations Division, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX 

Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee

5:45 - 7 p.m.

Room 308, Third Floor

  • Co-chairs, James P. Burke & Patrisha Piras

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS BANQUET

7 – 9:30 p.m.  (tickets required)

JW Grand Ballrooms 5-6, Third Floor

Join the Bus Roadeo participants and their friends and guests at the Awards Banquet to recognize the “best of the best” – APTA’s 2013 Roadeo Champions!

TICKETS
Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants

Tickets for the Awards Banquet are not included in the conference registration fee, but may be purchased in advance at a cost of $75 each by completing the “Bus Roadeo Awards Banquet Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form and submitting it with your payment to APTA. 

Roadeo Participants

As part of the registration fee, each roadeo participant receives a banquet ticket and one ticket is included in the spouse/guest registration fee. Please complete the Bus Roadeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA.

SEATING
Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants

If you wish to sit with your roadeo team members, please indicate this by checking the “File my

invitation(s) with my Roadeo Team’s Registration Packet” box in the “Bus Roadeo Awards Banquet Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form. This will assure that you will be assigned seating at your team’s table(s). If you do not check this box, your invitation will be filed with your bus conference registration packet and you will most likely NOT be seated with your Roadeo team.

Invitations filed with your bus conference registration packet must be exchanged for a valid ticket at the banquet invitation exchange desk in the APTA registration area in the JW Marriott from 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4 through 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. At that time you may select your table on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to sit with guests and friends, you must exchange all invitations at the same time.

Roadeo Participants

Roadeo teams must take their banquet invitations and exchange them for assigned seating at the APTA Roadeo registration desk in the JW Marriott from 4 p.m., Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m., and through 12 p.m.,Tuesday, May 7, at the banquet invitation exchange desk in the APTA registration area. The entire team, and any bus conference registrants whose tickets are filed with the team, will be given a choice of seats together on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions?

Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants

Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com. 

Roadeo Participants

Contact Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com; or Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

Host Information Desk

7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Rooms 309-310, Third Floor

BRT: Implementation, New Technologies…and Lessons Learned

8 – 9:45 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 2, Third Floor

Bus Rapid Transit -- Learning from the past and advancing to the future

What has been learned and how can you ensure your choice with BRT is the right choice for you.  Listen to two agencies as they discuss their systems road to successful BRT service and what it took to get there.  There will also be a discussion of a forgotten concept that, when applied can help provide the successful service you’re looking for.

Moderator

  • Dennis Hinebaugh, director, National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI) & administrator, National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Pre-signalling: A Forgotten Technique in the BRT Toolbox

  • Graham N. Carey, P.E., AICP,AECOM, Oakland, CA

Orlando’s Downtown Circulator – 15 Years of BRT and Lessons Learned

  • Laura M. Minns, AICP,senior planner, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

BRT Operational Considerations in Congested Urban Environments

  • Stephen Goodreau,Public Transportation Division, CDM Smith, Cleveland, OH

Establishing Bus Rapid Transit as a New Class of Service at RTD

  • Nadine Lee, P.E.,project manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

 

Impact of Absenteeism and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Abuse

8 – 9:30 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

Managing your staff & providing quality service

Transit industry employees take pride in providing great service to our customers. We work as a team to meet deadlines, goals, and exceed expectations. We strive to the best, Yet, how do transit managers lead, manage, and plan when the team begins to breaks down - employees do not show up for work, repeatedly call in sick or abuse benefits. Do managers know and understand the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) law? Do you know and live up to your responsibilities? Do you lead by example? Engage in candid dialogue with seasoned leaders.

Moderator

  • Michael D. Jones Jr., senior program manager, HR operations/labor relations officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Panelists

  • Deborah Dawson, assistant general manager of human resources, training and labor relations, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Ruth Bellm, human resources manager, Springfield Mass Transit District, Springfield, IL
  • Rachel A. O’Driscoll, human resources officer and assistant general counsel, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Phlease Crichlow, IPMA-CP, MSHRM, interim vice president of human resources, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Indianapolis, IN 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Room 314, Third Floor

Business Member Resource Room

8 a.m. - 12 p..m

Room 312,  Third Floor

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

JW Grand Ballroom Foyer

High-Performing ADA Paratransit In-Person Assessment Centers

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 3, Third Floor

Designs & operations to facilitate accurate assessments

Join this session to learn more about the physical design and layout of ADA paratransit eligibility assessment centers. Whether a small, medium, or large operation, what elements are needed to help facilitate accurate assessments of applicants’ functional abilities?  What are the space requirements? What should be included inside and outside to simulate a transit service environment? Everything from plastic snow banks to virtual bus rides will be discussed at this
first-of-its-kind APTA session.

Moderator

  • Rosemary B. Gerty, chair, APTA Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee, and division manager, regional accessibility, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

Paratransit Eligibility: An Evolving Process at DART

  • Tammy Haenftling, assistant vice president, paratransit management services, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

RTA ADA Assessment Centers: Covering Northeastern Illinois

  • Anne LeFevre, manager, ADA paratransit certification, Regional Transportatin Authority, Chicago, IL

SamTrans Paratransit Eligibility Center

  • Tina Dubost, accessibility coordinator, San Mateo County Transit District, San Carlos, CA

Valley Metro Mobility Center

  • Scott Wisner, customer service manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

COTA Mobility Services Assessment Center

  • Kelly A. Stephenson, manager of mobility services, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH 

Transit Solutions for Livable & Sustainable Communities

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 1, Third Floor

It’s all about the people

How is transit playing a role in building livable and sustainable communities? What partnerships are being formed? Hear both international and U.S. perspectives and solutions that help integrate land use and transit decision making for better community outcomes.  Hear how green design can promote this effort.

Moderator

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, APTA Leadership APTA Committee; and president/national director-transportation facilities, URS Corporation, Washington, DC

Panelists

  • Michael Apps, executive director, Bus Industry Confederation, Kingston, Australia 
  • Tammara Tracy, principal planner, Division of Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis, IN

  • David C. Duchscherer, P.E., principal, director of public transportation, Wendel, Amherst, NY
  • Aliesa Adelman, sustainable design coordinator, Wendel, Amherst, NY 

Emergency Preparedness and All Hazards. What Has Changed and What Lessons Have We Learned? 

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

JW Grand Ballroom 4, Third Floor

Emergency preparedness continues to be critically important in protecting people & assets and is paramount in recovering from catastrophic incidents.

Natural disasters have been increasing in recent years and have impacted transit agencies, cities and entire regions. We are responsible for proactively protecting ourselves from these situations, with the recovery efforts and aftermath from their severe devastation. How have directives and guidance changed in recent years that we can utilize and implement to address this issue? Join us with this interactive session to explore the recent changes in the federal government’s guidance on emergency preparedness and all hazards and explore what transit agencies are doing to bolster their emergency preparedness and ensure resiliency when disaster strikes.

Moderator

  • Michael A. Birch, interim vice president of operations/chief operating officer, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN 

Panelists

  • Michael A. Birch
  • Kevin Chandler, program manager, Battelle, Columbus, OH
  • Additional panelists to be announced 

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
Ladies and Gentlemen...Start Your Engines!

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

JW Grand Ballrooms 7-8, Third Floor

Join us along with four-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti, as he discusses the dedication, team building, performance, and excellence involved in the sport of motor racing. Individuals win races...teams win championships. The Indianapolis 500 is the Greatest Spectacle in Racing...and the the month of May belongs to IndyCar racing at the Brickyard!

Presiding

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Sponsor Representative

  • Ryan J. Larsen, president, IntelliRide Division, Veolia Transportation, Lombard, IL

Gues Speaker

  • Dario Franchitti

 

Photo Credit: Jim Haines 

Closing General Session sponsored by Veolia Transportation.

 

 

  
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