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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2015 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference is scheduled for May 3-6 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), this technical conference focuses on all bus transportation issues. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experience, and solutions. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share your best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.
 
The program of educational sessions is organized by seven routes of study:
 
  • Route 1: Technology
  • Route 2: Operations & Maintenance
  • Route 3: Safety & Security
  • Route 4: Accessibility & Mobility Management
  • Route 5: Planning, Finance & Sustainability
  • Route 6: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  • Route 7: Workforce Development, Management & Policy
 
 
Last Updated: May 27, 2015
 
 

Saturday, May 2

Diversity Council

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Dr. Valarie J. McCall

Route 3: Bus System Safety Seminar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, you will want to attend this interactive seminar to learn more about the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations. Attend this need-to-know event to hear about and share 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.

The Bus System Safety Seminar is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge. Pre-registration was requested. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Sherry Brown at 202.496.4879 or sbrown@apta.com.
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Conference Registration Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Lanyards sponsored by Maruti Fleet & Management, LLC
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Host Information Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 4: NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

1 - 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

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

Topics include:

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

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

AUDIENCE: This course is intended for people who work at a transit agency or provide transit service, those who manage or operate paratransit services, and federal, state, and local representatives who work with the ADA community.

FEE: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration was requested. On-site regisration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact NTI's Mirna Sirleaf at 848.932.6040 or msirleaf@nti.rutgers.edu
 
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Business Member Government Affairs Committee

4 - 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Cliff Henke

Human Resources Committee Dutch-treat Dinner

6 p.m. -
Hotel Lobby, 1st Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

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

Sunday, May 3

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Texas Ballroom D, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Bus Safety Committee

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Sue A. Stewart

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Business Member Programs Committee

8 - 9 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, John P. Bartosiewicz

Information Technology Committee & Emerging Technology Subcommittee

8 - 11:30 a.m.
Sundance 3, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chairs, William Tsuei & Angela Miller

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

COMPETITION DATE, TIMES, LOCATION & TRAVEL INFORMATION
The roadeo takes place on Sunday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Billy Bob’s Parking Lot, 201 Stockyards Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76164
 
Shuttle service will be provided between the Worthington Renaissance Hotel (only) and the roadeo site. The Roadeo shuttle will be available every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, competition day, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. Those staying in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel will need to use Molly the Trolley’s service to the Worthington Hotel to board the shuttle buses to the Roadeo site. Molly the Trolley will be available early to accommodate spectators, with service available every 10 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Maps and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.                 

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 pre-trip inspection, judgment stops, turning, and clearing obstacles. The Maintainer Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brakes, multiplex, doors, and HVAC modules.
 
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: National Transit Institute’s (NTI) four-part Operator Assaults course; Metro Transit Minneapolis’ Thriving and Surviving (fitness for duty, etc.); Voith Turbo’s Engine Oil Analysis; Thermo King’s IntelligAIRE III; and USSC’s Fire Suppression.
 
CUSTOMER SERVICE CHALLENGE
For the ninth year, the Customer Service Challenge joins the traditional Operator and Maintainer Competitions. The event, scheduled on Monday, May 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., allows bus operators to test their customer service skills in some distinctive customer interface scenarios.

QUESTIONS?
Roadeo Registration: Contact APTA’s Anitha Atkins at aatkins@apta.com.
Roadeo Competition/Events: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington or sbrewington@apta.com.

THANKS TO OUR ROADEO SPONSORS

  • Allison Transmission, Inc.
  • Bendix
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Fraser Gauge
  • GILLIG LLC
  • Metro Transit Minneapolis
  • Motor Coach Industries, Inc.
  • National Transit Institute (NTI)
  • New Flyer
  • Nova Bus
  • Thermo King Corporation
  • Trackit LLC
  • USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA
  • Vapor Bus International
  • Voith Turbo Inc.

 

Business Member Business Development Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Richard J. Simonetta

Procurement Steering Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Co-Chairs, Jeanne Krieg & Natalie E. Cornell

Workforce Development Subcommittee (HR Committee)

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon

Business Member Small Business Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Evalynn Williams

Labor Relations Subcommittee (HR Committee)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Kimberly Ulibarri

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Co-Chairs, Bonnie Hitch & Rosemary B. Gerty

Business Member Procurement Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Natalie E. Cornell

Mid-Size Operations Committee

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, W. Curtis Stitt

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sundance 3, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

12 - 1 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Higher Education Subcommittee (HR Committee)

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Dr. Jill Hough

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Co-Chairs, Patrisha Piras & Shelly Verrinder

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

1 - 2 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Wright C. Parkes

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Texas Ballroom I-J, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Jennifer Kalczuk
Break sponsored by Pavlov Advertising

Route 7: WORKSHOP: Daily Decisions, Lifetime Impact: Leadership Development for Mid-Managers  NEW!

1 - 4 p.m.
Sundance 2, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

(25 person limit)
This unique program, intended for mid-level managers, is founded on the tenets of “Heroic Leadership.”company logo 
During this 3-hour workshop, attendees will focus on the art of leadership and how leaders develop an effective leadership paradigm. The session starts by defining “Heroic Leadership” in a modern organization while describing the leadership path all leaders must traverse to attain excellence. The program will then discuss the power of self-mastery to build trustworthy relationships. The session will finish with a focus on the value of self-discipline and how it contributes to creating enduring influence as a leader.

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

FEE:
The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION:
 Pre-registration was requested. On-site regisration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Kamille Turner at 202.496.4846 at kturner@apta.com, or Joe Niegoski at jniegoski@apta.com.
 
Presenters
  • Paul Callan, Creator, The Callan Course on Leadership & VP Training Consulting Services, PKL Services, Inc., Poway, CA
  • Patrick Gough, VP Human Resources, PKL Services, Inc., Poway, CA

Route 7: This is APTA

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Texas Ballroom G-H, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Getting involved, using APTA’s resources

Learn about your association and how to leverage to the fullest extent the membership benefits and resources available to you and your organization. Where do you start and how do you get involved? Come meet APTA’s leadership and staff in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation and networking. A brief presentation will be followed by time for Q&A with seasoned member representatives who can share their advice and secrets for your membership satisfaction.

Presenter
  • Rosemary Sheridan, Vice President-Communications and Marketing, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Guest Speakers
  • Paul J. Ballard, President/CEO, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • Doran J. Barnes, Secretary/Treasurer, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Mary Ann Collier, Mary Ann Collier, Houston, TX

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Brad J. Miller

Business Member Board of Governors

2 - 4 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Patrick J. Scully

Human Resources Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Lydia C. Grose

ITS Passenger Transportation Systems & Services Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Sundance 3, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Greg Cook

Access Committee

2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Lauren Skiver

Route 7: GOVERNING: Transit Board Members as Impactful Leaders  NEW!

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Texas Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Learn about current trends in public transportation and expand your governance skills at this new program
Key to the success of public transportation systems is the leadership of their governing boards to set policy, help secure funding, and build community relationships. With ridership and public support on an upward trend, board members are leading by example. In Fort Worth, we invite you to explore how to exert your considerable influence in legislative affairs in this critical time for reauthorization.  

This new program is designed exclusively for transit agency board members. Please attend this session:

• Build the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for effective governance of a transit agency
• Learn more about APTA’s resources available to you
• Navigate the course to APTA leadership – every third APTA chair may be a board member
• Meet your peers from around the country over refreshments

For both newer and tenured transit board members, this session offers resources for excellence in governance. The session will be led by APTA leadership and staff.
You are invited to download APTA’s Transit Board Member Handbook, at http://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/2014-Transit-Board-Member-Handbook.pdf 
 
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Facilitator
  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Diversity Council; Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Vice Chair, APTA, APTA Finance Committee; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

Route 7: OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Texas Ballroom E-F, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

As APTA’s Bus & Paratransit Conference begins, come hear an overview of events and our association’s initiatives. Find out how the five main components of APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan - safety and security first, resource advocacy, workforce development, evolving lifestyles, and technological innovation - can make a positive impact in your organization and community. Join us to recognize the winners of the Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards. Enjoy a warm welcome as host Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) rolls out the red carpet for everyone and see why, “Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows.” In creating jobs, boosting the economy, strengthening infrastructure, and contributing to energy independence, public transportation offers key benefits and choices for everyone with fresh solutions for growing, livable, walkable, sustainable communities. This energizing kick-off to the conference will opening doors as you and your colleagues network, share new ideas, and learn even more about providing quality service.
Opening General Session sponsored by MV Transportation
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Presiding
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Sponsor Recognition
  • Brian Kibby, Chief Executive Officer, MV Transportation, Inc., Dallas, TX
Remarks
  • Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Host Welcome
  • Paul J. Ballard, President/CEO, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • Hon. Betsy Price, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
2015 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Welcome to Fort Worth Reception

6 - 7 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4-5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

(tickets required)
All conference registrants and their guests are invited to mix and mingle at this lively welcoming reception in the convention center that is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.
 

Monday, May 4

Bus Operations Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Sundance 2, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Jeffrey Gonneville

Business Member Networking Breakfast

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

“It just keeps getting better!” That’s what business members are saying about the Monday morning business networking breakfast at the APTA Bus & Paratransit 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, a brochure listing information about the networking breakfast participants will be prepared and sent out in advance of the breakfast. Members registered by April 28 will be included in the published list of participating companies. There is no separate registration fee required to participate in the breakfast. Members are welcome to register outside of the breakfast room at 7 a.m. on May 4. 
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Mariela Garcia-Colberg at mgarciacolberg@apta.com.

 
  

Mobility Management Committee

7 - 8:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Coffee Service

7 - 9 a.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 2: MAINTENANCE MONDAY

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Join us for the third annual Maintenance Monday event for 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.
Breakfast sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS
 
Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee break sponsored by SUTRAK Corporation
 
If you are registered for the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there is no additional charge to attend the Maintenance Monday events. The registration fee is $525 per person to attend ONLY the Maintenance Monday events. Pre-registration was required. On-site regisration is on a first-come, first-served basis, space-available basis.
 
QUESTIONS?
Registration: Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at the APTA registration desk or hrachels@apta.com
Program: Contact APTA's Jeff Hiott at at jhiott@apta.com.
 
see Maintenance Monday or click on the Maintenance Monday icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker information 
 
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Conference Registration Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Black Angus Boardroom, 15th Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Business Member Resource Room

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundance 5, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 1: Advanced Technology

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

So you thought the "flux capacitor" was fiction!
Evaluating new technology or new applications of existing technology is never-ending task. This session covers a broad range of issues from actual components to autonomous vehicles. They are coming to you soon, so join us for this interesting discourse among key practitioners.

 
Moderator
  • Jeffrey L. Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Autonomous Vehicle Technology and Transit
  • Jerome Lutin, Ph.D., P.E., Consultant, APTA Standards Program & Principal, Jerome M. Lutin, PhD, LLC, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Transit and the Connected Vehicle Program
  • Jeffrey L. Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
The Application of Nickel Carbon Capacitors for the Starting of Transit Buses
  • James O. Burke, President, Kold-Ban International, Ltd., Lake In The Hills, IL

Route 2: Small Operators' Innovations and Best Practices

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Texas Ballroom G-H, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

How systems with 100 or fewer vehicles leverage their opportunities

APTA’s small transit systems are featured as they highlight innovative practices covering a range of topics. Through short, individual presentations, learn how your colleagues are addressing challenges and opportunities.

Moderator
  • Andrew J. Johnson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Small Operations Committee; General Manager, Connect Transit, Normal, IL
The Access to Health Care Tsunami has Arrived...How Will Transit Respond to these Non-emergency Medicaid Transportation Service Requirements?
  • Edgar H. Benning, General Manager/CEO, Mass Transportation Authority, Flint, MI
Succession Planning – Not as Easy as it Sounds
  • Karl P. Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
Large Procurements, Small Staff
  • Isaac Thorne, Procurement Director, Connect Transit, Normal, IL

Route 3: Safety Culture

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Texas Ballroom I-J, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

We are familiar with the term. Now how do we "get" it?
Successful application of safety culture in our organizations remains contingent upon our ability to infuse it into all levels of the organization from the top down. One challenge for managers is identifying how safety is ingrained into the corporate strategic vision and how safety—as a core value—is to be ‘cultivated.' How do managers ensure that employees are truly engaged with the strategic goals and objectives? How can we apply safety culture toward the goal of reducing accidents and incidents? Gain insight on a way forward through the sharing of 'lessons learned.'
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   Moderator
  • Vijay Khawani, Vice Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Executive Officer, Corporate Safety, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Lessons Learned: Key Considerations and Real-World Learnings of a Large Transit Safety Culture Improvement Initiative
  • James Grant, Vice President, Behavioral Science Technology, Inc., Ojai, CA
  • Gary M. Webster, Retired CEO, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Safety Culture Initiatives at TriMet
  • Harry Saporta, CSP, PE, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Safety Coordinating Committee; Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
The Role of Safety Culture and Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Thomas B. Littleton, Associate Administrator for Transit Safety & Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Route 5: Complete Streets...Complete Trip

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Improving customer experience across all components of the transit trip

Transit trips involve more than the bus stop or bus itself, but encompass all of the movements from the travelers’ doorsteps to their destinations. Complete street policies can improve the accommodation of multiple modes and when integrated with a complete trip perspective, all components of a public transit customer’s journey can be made more seamless. This session will offer strategies for implementing complete street policies and a complete trip approach, making transit more attractive and productive.

Moderator
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Small Operations Committee; Co-Chair, Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; General Manager, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR
Civic Transit Corridors: Transit/City Partnerships for Smart Growth
  • Ken Zatarain, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Director, Service Delivery, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Complete Communication for Complete Streets
  • Joseph T. Iacobucci, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
Dedicated Bus Lanes in Houston to Achieve the Last Mile
  • John S. Kulpa, Ph.D., Transit Services Leader, RS&H, Miami, FL

Route 7: FTA Updates on Buy America

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Rehab and overhaul compliance, local content manufacturing and jobs
FTA staff will provide updates on Buy America and other current legislative issues.
 
Moderator
  • Robert I. Brownstein, Vice President, AECOM, New York, NY
Panelists
  • Cecelia Comito, Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Additional speakers to be announced
  • Richard Wong, Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Route 7: HOST FORUM: Fort Worth - City of Cowboys and Culture

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Texas Ballroom E-F, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Unpretentious, laid-back, charismatic city welcomes you
Join the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) for an informative and entertaining look at Fort Worth’s three premier tourist destinations: Sundance Square, the Historic Stockyards, and the Cultural District. The City of Cowboys and Culture welcomes visitors from around the world to experience the great American West as well as rich arts and culinary treasures. Fort Worth offers the #1 downtown in America and is located minutes from AT&T Stadium and DFW International Airport. As one visitor said, "Unpretentious, laid-back, and charismatic in all the right ways." A panel of Fort Worth leaders with unique perspectives on all Fort Worth has to offer will discuss their respective areas and why Fort Worth is where the West begins.
Session sponsored by McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. 
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Emcee
  • David Ahearn, Co-Founder, Four Day Weekend, Fort Worth, TX
Presenters
  • Paul J. Ballard, President/CEO, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • Scott Mahaffey, Chairman, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • John Cychol, Vice President of Meeting Sales, Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fort Worth, TX
  • Johnny Campbell, President and CEO, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX
  • Steve Murrin, Owner, Murrin Properties, Fort Worth, TX
  • Andrew Blake, Chair, Board of Directors, Cultural District Alliance, Fort Worth, TX

Route 2: ROADEO MAINTAINERS WORKSHOP: Voith - ATF Engine Oil Analysis

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Room 200, 2nd Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

I have an oil analysis report, but how do I use it?

This is a class on the basics of ATF transmission fluid analysis, but we will also discuss engine oils. The class will cover the standard tests that are used in fluid analysis, what they mean, and how to use them most effectively. We will discuss when, where, and how to take a sample so you get the most accurate results from a testing program. In addition to looking at individual tests results and their meaning, we will also discuss trend analysis of the results and their role in a predictive maintenance program.   

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

Workshop sponsored by Voith Turbo, Inc.

Trainer
  • Mark A. Bair, Senior Warranty Administrator/Certified Lubrication Specialist & Oil Monitoring Analyst I, Voith Turbo Inc., York, PA

Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Assault Awareness and Prevention for Transit Operators (Parts 1&2)

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Room 100, 1st Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

(Parts 3&4 are on Monday afternoon from 2 - 4 p.m.)

Assaults against bus operators are a real and growing problem in the public transportation industry. The goal of this National Transit Institute (NTI) course is to give bus operators, supervisors, and management in the transit industry the knowledge and skills needed to reduce the likelihood of assault incidents from occurring.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.
 
Workshop sponsored by National Transit Institute (NTI)
 
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Trainer
  • Richard Foerch, Senior Instructor, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Route 7: GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Update

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom E-F, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The USDOT’s senior leadership team will talk about how the Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation are preparing to meet the challenges of the next 30 years, dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, investing in workforce development and new technologies, and the FTA’s safety role.

Presiding
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Presenters
  • Carolyn Flowers, Senior Advisor, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Henrika Buchanan-Smith, Associate Administrator for Program Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Linda Ford, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Thomas B. Littleton, Associate Administrator for Transit Safety & Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Jamie Pfister, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Research and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Cecelia Comito, Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

BUS DISPLAY

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Commerce Street, Between E. 9th Street & E. 14th Street, Fort Worth Convention Center

(includes lunch from 12 - 2 p.m.; tickets required)

Buses will be on display on Commerce Street, behind the Convention Center, for your inspection and 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.

Route 7: WORKSHOP: Mid-Level Manager Careers: Preparing for the Next Steps

1 - 3:45 p.m.
Sundance 2, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

company logoMid-level managers in both public and private transportation organizations are the engines that keep the organization running. Specific skills brought mid-managers to the job…and the variety, complexity, and unpredictability of public transit holds their interest and builds valuable management skills. However, there is little time for contemplating the long term and preparing for the next step in your career. This session will provide a framework for cataloguing the skill, interest, and perspective needed to move into the ‘next job’ when you are ready. Join an interactive conversation that will lead to an understanding of getting to that next step.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career.

FEE: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration was not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Kamille Turner at 202.496.484 or kturner@atpa.com, or Joe Niegoski at jniegoski@apta.com.
Presenters
  • Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, Chair, Workforce Development Subcommittee; Principal, GannonConsult, Gloucester, MA
  • Lindsey C. Robertson, Director, GannonConsult, Arlington, VA

Route 1: Real-Time Information

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Always changing! Real-time information in real time

Riders want real-time information to make their experiences more enjoyable and operators need it to manage and improve operations. Find out how real-time information works from customer and agency perspectives; we will explore both sides of the issue in this session.

Moderator
  • William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM, Chair, Information Technology Committee; Chief Technology Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Strengthen Fleet Management with Advancements in Mobile Surveillance Technology
  • Tom Gardner, Director of Sales, Apollo Video Technology, Bothell, WA
The Impact of Real-Time Information on Bus Ridership in New York City
  • Candace Brakewood, Ph.D., Associate Professor, City College of New York, New York, NY
Technology Solutions: Keeping Passengers Connected with their Paratransit Services
  • Jonathon Lampert, III, IT Director of Business Engagement, First Transit, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Re-thinking the Approach to Real-time Information and Mobile Apps
  • Jake Sion, Director of Sales, Strategy & Development, Transit App, Montreal, QC
  • Thomas Starnes, President, StarTech, Inc., Hot Springs, AR

Route 2: Customer Service Challenge

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom E-F, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

How would you respond in these situations?

Join us as the industry's best bus operators compete in a test of customer service sills at this entertaining event. Come see who walks away with the title of transit's 'top ambassador.'

Route 7: Early Career Program Graduation

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

After a year-long program of workshops, briefings, webinars, and industry mentoring, the Early Career Program Class of 2015 will graduate. Join us in listening to their reflections on their past year. Highlights of the Early Career Program class projects will also be presented.
 
We plan to congratulate this class on their initiative, drive, talents, and in graduating. This will be the second class to graduate from the Early Career Program. We wish them much success as they move on to bright careers in public transportation.
 
Presiding
  • Richard W. Andreski, Co-Chair, Early Career Program Mentors 2015; Co-Chair, Early Career Program Task Force; Chief of Staff, Rail Operations, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
  • Jill Chen Stober, Co-Chair, Early Career Program Mentors 2015; Co-Chair, Early Career Program Task Force; Senior Transportation Planner, KFH Group, Incorporated, Bethesda, MD
Remarks
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Route 7: FTA Guidance on the Use of Options, Schedules, and Joint Procurements for Bus Purchases

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Collaborative procurement methods
If you buy buses, this is a "must attend" session. Recently, the FTA issued guidance on the use of some of the common collaborative procurement methods used to purchase buses. Hear directly from FTA senior staff on the correct ways to utilize joint procurements, state schedules, options, and other mechanisms so you can be sure to have a clean procurement.
Moderator
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
Panelists
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Cecelia Comito, Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • John O. Adler, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • David W. Kilmer, Executive Director, South Central Transit Authority, Lancaster, PA

Route 2: ROADEO MAINTAINERS WORKSHOP: Thermo King - IntelligAIRE III

2 - 4 p.m.
Room 200, 2nd Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

This workshop focuses on Thermo King IntelligAIRE III set-up, operation, and diagnostic procedures.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

Workshop sponsored by Thermo King Corporation

Trainer
  • Steve Morris, Product Service Manager, Bus, Thermo King Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Assault Awareness and Prevention for Transit Operators (Parts 3&4)

2 - 4 p.m.
Room 100, 1st Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

(Parts 1&2 are on Monday morning from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.)

Assaults against bus operators are a real and growing problem in the public transportation industry. The goal of this National Transit Institute course is to give bus operators, supervisors, and management in the transit industry the knowledge and skills needed to reduce the likelihood of assault incidents from occurring.  

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

Workshop sponsored by National Transit Institute (NTI)
 
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Trainer
  • Richard Foerch, Senior Instructor, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Route 4: ADA25 Part 1: Using Accessible Paths of Travel to Leverage Infrastructure Investments

2 - 4 p.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Join us for a two-part session in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Enhancing partnerships to maximize impacts of accessible communities
ADA 25 logoSince the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 (and even before that), transit agencies have invested millions of dollars in the building and maintenance of vehicles, stops and stations in order to make them accessible for customers with disabilities. Despite these investments, demand for ADA paratransit continues to increase. One of the reasons people with disabilities depend on paratransit is their inability to navigate within communities and neighborhoods that are inaccessible and nearby transit services which would otherwise be accessible. This session will focus on ways transit agencies and municipalities can work together to maximize the impact that accessible neighborhoods and communities can have on the usability of public transit for people with disabilities.
 
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Moderator
  • Lauren Skiver, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Access Committee; CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
Presenters
  • Curvie Hawkins, Jr., Assistant Vice President, Planning, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • Christian T. Kent, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Assistant General Manager, Access Services, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Route 4: ADA25 Part 2: Not Either/Or, But Both

2 - 4 p.m.

Join us for the second part of the two-part session in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Expanding travel options and reducing costs
company logoMany, if not most, people with disabilities can use accessible fixed-route transit for at least some trips. Other people with disabilities can use accessible fixed-route transit as long as they can use paratransit to travel between the transit system and their origin and/or destination. Best of all, when transit agencies can accommodate the integrated use of ADA paratransit and accessible fixed-route transit, more service can be provided at a lower overall cost.
Moderator
  • Christian T. Kent, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Assistant General Manager, Access Services, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Best Practices for "Both"
  • Cherryl Beveridge, Special Services General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
DART FLEX (Delaware)
  • Bonnie Hitch, Co-Chair, Access Committee Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee; ADA Compliance & Eligibility Manager, Delaware Transit Corporation, Dover, DE
Collaborative Opportunities for Service Delivery
  • Jameson T. Auten, Vice President of Regional Service Delivery, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
Developing a Method to Assess National Demand Response Level of Service
  • Dr. Ranjit Godavarthy, Ph.D., Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo, ND

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Mike Finnern
Break sponsored by SUTRAK Corporation

Route 7: GENERAL SESSION: A Bus Journey Across the Western Hemisphere

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom E-F, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

“The most motivational speaker for public transportation providers, of ALL sizes, to come along in a very long time.”
This session promises to motivate and inspire every transit professional. Join National Geographic’s Andrew Evans on his 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C. to Antarctica – by bus. An inveterate story teller and fearless rider, Evans will stimulate your imagination, leaving you with a new appreciation of transit service from the rider’s perspective.
 
General Session sponsored by Keolis
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Presiding
  • Doran J. Barnes, Secretary/Treasurer, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Sponsor Recognition
  • Sandi Hill, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Keolis Transit America, Los Angeles, CA
Guest Speaker
  • Andrew Evans, TV Host, Digital Nomad & Contributing Editor, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic, Washington, DC
Invitation to 2016 Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo
  • Lawrence J. Kopf, Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Chief Operations Planning Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

Sustainability Committee

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA
 

Tuesday, May 5

Systems Management & Operations Planning / Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittees (P&P Committee)

7 - 8 a.m.
Sundance 4, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Co-Chairs, Marlene B. Connor & Ronald J. Kilcoyne
Co-Chairs, D.J. Baxter, Lucy Galbraith & Karina Ricks

Coffee Service

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Black Angus Boardroom, 15th Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 6: BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TUESDAY

7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Texas Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Building on last year's success, join us for the second annual BRT Tuesday - a day dedicated to BRT professionals. Take advantage of this full day of learning and interaction with your BRT peers and other associated transit professionals on a variety of topics, including economic development, local and regional partnerships, and service integration. 
 
Breakfast sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff
 
If you are registered for the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there is no additional charge to attend the BRT Tuesday events. The registration fee is $525 per person to attend ONLY the BRT Tuesday events. Pre-registration was required. On-site regisration is on a first-come, first-served basis, space-available basis.

QUESTIONS?
Registration:
Contact APTA's Heather Rachels at the APTA registration desk or hrachels@apta.com.
Program: Contact APTA's Jeff Hiott at jhiott@apta.com, or Rich Weaver at rweaver@apta.com

see BRT TUESDAY or click on the BRT Tuesday icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker information 
 
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Business Member Resource Room

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundance 5, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 3: SAFETY ROUNDABOUT: Operator Recruitment, Training & Certification: Best Practices

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Is it time to evaluate a standard CDL curriculum, whether federally mandated or not, which is specific to the transit bus environment? Are we doing enough as an industry? What should a standard transit-specific curriculum entail? And let’s not forget about the many other “moving parts”, i.e. train-the-trainer programs, hiring and screening of new hires, wash-out procedures, re-training, etc. Hear about “lessons learned” and join the discussion.
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Facilitator
  • Jack Eckles, J.D., Director, Police, Security & Emergency Services, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
Discussion Leaders
  • Lee Sorenson, ARM-P, Manager, Risk Control Services, Bickmore , Sacramento, CA
  • Michael Flocchini, Training and Education Manager, AC Transit (Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District), Hayward, CA

Route 1: Emerging Technology

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Here is all the new stuff!

Clouds, virtualized servers, cross platform interfaces for isolation and integration. How can you pass this up? Find out how it all works from experienced practitioners.

Moderator
  • Thomas V. Noyes, Director of Sales and Marketing, NextBus, Inc., Emeryville, CA
Denver / Houston Case Studies: From Physical to Virtualized Servers
  • Bill McFarland, Director, Sales Engineering, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA
Leveraging Web and Cloud Technologies to Shape your Paratransit Operations According to your Needs
  • Sarah G. Boden, President, Transit Division, StrataGen Systems, Inc., Kirkland, WA
Bus 360 radar system to mitigate accidents with Cyclists and Pedestrians
  • Shannon Bailey, Vice President, Protran Technology, Sparta, NJ
Using Technology to Enhance Accessibility
  • Jane Matsumoto, Senior Manager, Transit and Tolling, North America, Accenture, New York, NY
A Modern Sketching Tool for Planning Bus Routes
  • Tiffany Chu, Chief Design Officer, Transitmix, San Francisco, CA

Route 2: ROADEO MAINTAINERS WORKSHOP: USSC - Water Mist Fire Suppression System

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Room 200, 2nd Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

This workshop will provide a detailed explanation of how water mist fire suppression systems are installed, how they operate, and how they are maintained. A hands-on demonstration of a water mist system detection and deployment will also be included. 

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of course.

Workshop sponsored by USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA

Trainer
  • Jeff Krueger, Director of Engineering & Quality, USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA, Exton, PA

Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Thriving and Surviving

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Room 100, 1st Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

Are you thriving or surviving? An interactive look at a transit employee’s lifestyle

As you know, the transportation industry is a 24-hour, 365-day business. Its bus drivers often work odd hours and work more than a 40 hour week. They tend not to get quality sleep. Drivers take breaks where fast food is the only option, and many times do not get the opportunity to exercise. To top it off, management expects bus drivers to treat their customers with dignity and respect and their families expect them to be positive and present for all family activities. As a result, bus operators can get stressed if they do not have the necessary tools in their “tool box” to help them survive on a daily bases. 
 
This workshop is about the transit employee’s well-being. It’s focused on self-wellness, customer service, and safety of the bus driver. You will learn how to recognize health risks, get good sleep, eat properly, and reduce your stress. By the end of this workshop you will be able to determine “What is Your Pickle?” You'll also learn how this presentation goes beyond just the classroom by opening the possibilities for a "Coach & Grow" concept that can be implemented at any transit property.
 
You'll receive excellent participant takeaways, which act as resources for coaching opportunities between management and the transit employee. These are handy reference tools to keep at the ready!    
 
Join this high-energy workshop to see if you are “thriving or just surviving" in your job. Remember...learning never ends! 

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

Workshop sponsored by Metro Transit Minneapolis
 
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Trainer
  • Dan Stoffer, Assistant Manager - DSO, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Route 7: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sundance 2, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

(40 person limit)

company logoThis 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: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Joe Niegoski at jniegoski@apta.com.
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Route 2: Maintenance Management & Workforce Development

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Keeping the 'best of the best' in your organization
Finding and retaining a maintenance workforce is becoming a challenge across the industry. Presenters will discuss some best practices in workforce development, from training to retention to staffing levels.
 
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Moderator
  • Jeffrey Gonneville, Chair, Bus Technical Maintenance Committee; Chief Mechanical Officer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Recruiting Rosie: Attracting and Retaining Women in Vehicle Maintenance
  • Susan E. Eddy, Senior Human Resource Analyst, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Use of Standard Operating Procedures for Training
  • John J. Schiavone, Program Director-Technical Training, Transportation Learning Center, Guilford, CT
Maintenance Technician Staffing Levels for Modern Public Transit Fleets
  • Brian Lester, Senior Consultant, Educational Data Systems, Inc, Dearborn, MI
Development of Key Performance Indicators and Measurable Benefits to Operations and Maintenance
  • Manjit Kaur Sooch, Director of Systems and Software Development, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA

Route 4: Mobility Management

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Strategies to achieve integrated mobility in your community

Mobility management involves partnerships, coordination of services, and adoption of a customer-focused approach to improve the reach, ease of use, and accessibility of the transportation network. As transportation providers work to better connect customers to essential services amid constrained resources, mobility management is an essential strategy for operators small and large. This session will share the latest mobility management approaches, implementation and funding strategies, and lessons learned to help transportation providers enhance service while realizing cost savings for themselves and their customers.

Moderator
  • Marlene B. Connor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Chair, Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal/Manager, Marlene Connor Associates, LLC, Holyoke, MA
Panelists
  • Henrika Buchanan-Smith, Associate Administrator for Program Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Tom Hicks, CTSA Manager, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
  • Randall G. Farwell, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
  • J. William Rodman, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Boston, MA
  • Arun Prem, Executive Director, Full Access and Coordinated Transportation, Inc., Oceanside, CA
  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Chicago, IL

Route 7: CEOs Report

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

State of the U.S. bus industry

Bus & paratransit CEOs from around the country will discuss industry trends and developments at their agencies.

Moderator
  • Patrick J. Scully, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL
Panelists
  • Paul J. Ballard, President/CEO, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • W. Curtis Stitt, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mid-Size Operations Committee; President/Chief Executive Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Carl G. Sedoryk, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
  • Kenneth McDonald, President/CEO, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA

Route 3: SAFETY ROUNDABOUT: My Bus, My Rules: Examining the Role of the Bus Operator in Code of Conduct Enforcement

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Fare disputes have been identified as the operator-passenger interaction most likely to precede an operator assault. But what about the interaction spurred by a passenger or group of passengers failing to comply with the agency’s code of conduct? If left unenforced by the operator, the unruly behavior can escalate and place other riders in danger or, at the very least, reduce service quality levels. On the other hand, in certain situations the operator must decide whether a verbal warning is worth the potential repercussions. Is it enough to train them to “use your discretion” when it comes to these tricky encounters? Hear from our industry peers about their policies and training practices, and share your own perspectives.

Facilitator
  • Alva Carrasco, Vice President, Transportation, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
Discussion Leaders
  • Tremell Brown, Vice President of Safety, Training & System Security, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Thomas M. Greufe, Vice President, Safety - Transit, National Express Group, Cave Creek, AZ

BUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hall A, 1st Floor, Fort Worth Convention Center

(includes lunch from 12 - 2 p.m.; tickets required)

Many business members’ bus products and services will be showcased in the Fort Worth Convention Center. 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  

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Route 3: SAFETY ROUNDABOUT: Mirrors, Mirrors on the Bus

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Objects are closer than they may appear...and this discussion will reveal there are many more factors to consider when installing, setting up, and utilizing left- and right-side mirrors than you may be aware of. In the ongoing challenge of mitigating bus-pedestrian and bus-bicycle collisions, there is no "one size fits all" approach. In practice anyway, it would appear that this statement also applies to the transit industry’s use of mirrors. From engineering/procurement to operator training to related operator ergonomics issues, what you see is not necessarily what you get. Let’s discuss industry best practices and share innovative solutions to the challenges we face.
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Facilitator
  • Christopher Antholzner, Senior Operations Manager, Cold Spring Station, Niagara Frontier Transit Metro System, Inc., Buffalo, NY
Discussion Leaders
  • Greg B. Brady, B.A., M.T., Manager, Transit Operations, Transportation Services, York Region Transit, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Steven A. Mentzer, Manager, Transit Simulations, L-3 D.P. Associates Inc., Saline, MI

Veterans Job Fair

1 - 4 p.m.

Employment Workshop:  1 - 2 p.m. - Sundance 4, 3rd Floor
Hiring Fair:  2 - 4 p.m. - Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor


Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Potential employees, who are U.S. Military Veteran’s, active duty personnel, or military spouses may pre-register or register on site to attend the workshop and job fair.
 
Public transportation has the potential to enhance the quality of life for all Americans, and perhaps none more so than our veterans returning from overseas duties, those already separated and military spouses. Transportation can help to connect with work, education, health care, and other important services. This job fair highlights career paths for U.S. Military Veterans in public transportation – both private and public sector positions – including management, operations, maintenance, engineering, manufacturing, and technology. APTA business members, regional public transportation systems, and other organizations will have representatives at the job fair to help chart pathways to new jobs and professions. 
 
This is the American Public Transportation Association’s third Hiring Fair. The job fair grew from APTA’s Military/Transportation Cooperative Initiative Task Force.
 
Veterans Job Fair sponsored by Xerox
 
Click here to pre-register for the workshop and fair.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Karen Harvey at 202.496.4801 or kharvey@apta.com.

Route 1: Data

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Data a la carte: Mega, Giga, Tera, Peta, Exa, Zetta, Yotta - What’s next for transit?

Data is the fastest moving issue at the moment. Data has been an issue for as long as we have had the capability to generate it, but now the intensity and potential value has increased to the point where we need to move to the next level of data management and utility.

Moderator
  • Robert G. Ayers, President, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC, Richmond, VA
Data, Data Everywhere: Key Steps to Integrating Systems for Improved Decision Making
  • Laura Fini, Senior Manager, Transit and Tolling, North America, Accenture, Toronto, ON
Trackside Solutions for Bus and Data Offloading: A Wireless Approach
  • Alberto Ventura, Marketing Manager, Fluidmesh Networks, LLC, Buffalo Grove, IL
Surfing the Data Tsunami: Agile Data/Information Strategies for Public Transportation
  • Laura M. Minns, AICP, Senior Project Manager, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

Route 2: Emerging Technologies of Alternative Propulsion

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Texas Ballroom G-H, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Explanations on many new technologies for power storage and battery propulsion

Technology is a dynamic aspect in the transit industry. From flywheels to what type of battery is best to charging an all-electric battery bus, these are just some of the technologies that are evolving as more experience is gained. These presentations will help shed light on technologies and better assist you when you are faced with the choice of what is best for your agency.

Moderator
  • David J. Klinikowski, Vice Chair-Regulatory/Government, Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee; Director, Bus Research and Testing Center, The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, University Park, PA
Implementation of Flywheel Technology in Buses
  • John Connor, Vice President, Business Development, GKN Land Systems, Auburn Hills, MI
Facilitating Public Transit Fleet Electrification through the Use of Wireless En-route Charging
  • Wesley Smith, Chief Development Officer & Co-Founder, WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification), Salt Lake City, UT
Lithium Energy Storage Options in Heavy Duty Vehicles
  • Tim McCartney, Controls Engineer, Proterra Inc., Greenville, SC
  • Seamus McGrath, Manager, Battery and Charging Systems, Proterra Inc., Greenville, SC
Demonstration Results of Iron-Phosphate Battery-Electric Buses
  • Len Engel, Director Operations & Maintenance, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Lancaster, CA

Route 4: Walk and Roll Wellness Event

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Sundance 1, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

company logoEveryone is invited to participate in and celebrate the Walk and Roll Wellness Event – walking or using one’s wheelchair through Fort Worth – the City of Cowboys and Culture. Our growing number participants unite in support of accessible transportation that benefits people with disabilities in our communities.

Hosted by the American Public Transportation Association, Easter Seals, Inc., and Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), begins with a meet-up for opening remarks, then we’ll go outside to Walk and Roll. 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
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Paul J. Ballard, President/CEO, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • Carol Wright, Assistant Vice President, Mobility & Transportation, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Washington, DC
  • C. Marie Maus, Assistant Director, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Washington, DC

Route 7: Procuring Revenue-Generating Contracts

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Texas Ballroom I-J, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Shaking the money tree
There are many revenue generating opportunities available to transit properties. Some, like bus wraps, advertising on right of way, and asset naming rights produce long-term revenue streams. Others, like Wi-Fi and video/information systems produce revenue to offset capital costs. A panel of procurement professionals and revenue generating contractors will discuss revenue generating opportunities and best practices in sourcing, negotiating, and administering revenue-generating contracts.
 
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Moderator
  • John O. Adler, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • Russell Gottesman, Founder, Commuter Advertising, Inc., Dayton, OH
  • Kyl Cantor, Chief Operating Officer, The Superlative Group, Inc., Westlake, OH
  • Richard Ament, Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Outfront Media, New York, NY

Route 7: Route Optimization Initiative: New System. New Routes. New Way.

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Jacksonville’s case study on managing transformational change
Improving service delivery and the customer experience were the objectives of the JTA’s Route Optimization Initiative. Join Jacksonville Transportation Authority representatives as they share information about its comprehensive system overhaul: restructuring and renaming all routes, eliminating 30 percent of bus stops, replacing 2,900 bus stop signs, improving ADA access, implementing real-time passenger information, and enhancing branding, route supervision, and customer service. Bring your cross-functional teams (planning, operations, marketing communications, and others) to learn more about keys to successfully managing transformational change.
 
Presiding
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Moderator
  • Conchita Robinson, President, C Robinson Associates, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Panelists
  • Brad Thoburn, Vice President, Long-Range Planning & System Development, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Lisa C. Darnall, Vice President, Transit Operations, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Jacquie Gibbs, Vice President, External Affairs, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) Technical Tours

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Our host, The T, has arranged for the following informative technical tours on both Tuesday (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) afternoons. Please sign up on site for the day/tour of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

TOUR 1-A: The T’s Intermodal Transportation Center
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  (40 person limit)

The T’s Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) is the main bus transfer facility and also serves the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) Commuter Rail, AMTRAK, and Greyhound. The tour will showcase the design of the space, including The T’s Customer Service Center.

Meet inside the ITC at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Take Molly the Trolley from the Omni Fort Worth Hotel stop by Starbucks. Molly will take you to the ITC at 1001 Jones Street. You may return to the Omni via Molly the Trolley or take the short walk back, west on 9th street and south on Houston Street.

TOUR 2-A: The T’s Headquarters, CNG Fueling Station & Bus Maintenance Facility
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  (40 person limit)

The T’s headquarters is the center of all bus operations, maintenance and administration. The tour will showcase the facility including the state-of the-art CNG fueling station and bus maintenance shop.

Meet in front of the Omni Fort Worth Hotel at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. A T bus will take you to the T’s headquarters facility at 1600 E. Lancaster and return you to Omni at the conclusion of the tour.

TOUR 3-A: Bike Share Tour of Downtown Fort Worth
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  (20 person limit)

The Fort Worth Bike Share program, with its first bike tour of the city, was created by The T in 2012 and is now managed by a non-profit organization. The tour of downtown will begin at the Fort Worth Bike Share T&P North Station near the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Tour participants will visit the Fort Worth Water Gardens, The T’s Intermodal Transportation Center, Kennedy Memorial, and Sundance Square before returning to the T&P North Station.

NOTE: A waiver of liability will be required. Bikes & helmets will be provided at no charge.

Meet at the Fort Worth Bike Share T&P North Station at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The station, located at 220 West Lancaster Avenue, is a short distance from the Omni Hotel. Walk south from the hotel to Lancaster Avenue and turn right (west) to arrive at the station.  

Route 7: Workforce Development Round Table: Priorities, Strategies, Successes

3 - 5 p.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

New research, data, innovations & best practices to create culture change and fill industry needs
This interactive, round-table session brings together a cross section of industry leaders and innovators
who are takingcompany logo bold steps to address high-profile workforce priorities including new workforce research, strategies for knowledge retention and retirements, successes and benefits in wellness programs, innovative partnerships and new routes, benefits in changing organizational cultures, and strategic programs to address high priority workforce gaps and  needs. Engage in this conversation. Learn about new programs. Hear about risks, successes, and promising outcomes. Time permitting, assemble with your colleagues in small group conversations where you can bring your own challenges to the table. Come with your questions and your own best practices to share.
 
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Moderator
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., MBA, Vice Chair, Workforce Development Subcommittee; Executive Director, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Identifying Future Transit and Transportation Workforce Needs
  • Jack Clark, Executive Director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
Knowledge Management in the Transit Industry
  • Brian Lester, Senior Consultant, Educational Data Systems, Inc, Dearborn, MI
HRA/Bioscreening in the Workplace
  • Melanie Kroeker, PHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President of Human Resources, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
Meeting the Future Transit Challenges: Extending Public-Private Cooperation to Workforce Development
  • Bill Gordon Lambert, M.Plg., M.PA, MCIP, Senior Manager, Transit Planning, AECOM , Burnaby, BC
King County Metro Transit: Building a Mindset of Customer-focused Continuous Improvement
  • Christine Anderson, Assistant General Manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

BRT Council

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Texas Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

Route 1: Bus Turning Warning Technologies: Test Findings

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

FTA and TriMet evaluation
FTA sponsored a demonstration test and evaluation of various bus turning warning technologies. The demonstration was conducted by the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) from March through September of 2014. This session presents the findings from the evaluation, including public and bus operator perceptions and acceptance of the technologies, pedestrian behaviors, TriMet’s experiences, and a benefit-cost analysis.
 
Presenters
  • Harry Saporta, CSP, PE, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Safety Coordinating Committee; Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Dr. Kelley Klaver Pecheux, Associate Director of Transportation, Applied Engineering Management Corporation, Herndon, VA

Route 5: How Implementing Asset Management Can Benefit Your Agency

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom G-H, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Learn what are the key elements to successfully applying an asset management program
Practitioners will outline the critical components of a transit asset management plan (e.g. inventorying and mapping, data collection, performance modeling, financial), as well as how TAMPs can become a business model, a decision support system, and a management approach , which can be used across an agency to deliver corporate goals and objectives. Presenters will share experiences from a range of perspectives.
 
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Moderator
  • Paul Edwards, P.E., Senior Program Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Panelists
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Charles Austin, Supervisor, State of Good Repair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Sharon Montez, Managing Director of Capital Programs, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

Route 7: Best Value Procurement Negotiations

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Texas Ballroom I-J, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The A to Z of contract negotiations
Whether it’s a P3, sole-source software agreement, or performance-based service contract, complex government requirements call for skilled negotiations.

Awarding negotiated contracts, whether competitive or sole source, requires both professional skills and advance planning. In this session, topics will include: principles and best practices for negotiating in a competitive and sole source environment; planning and strategizing a negotiation; structuring a negotiation team; thinking on your feet during negotiations; and incorporating negotiation results in an effective contract.
 
John Adler has more than 40 years of experience in public sector procurement and is co-author of two NIGP textbooks, Capital Acquisitions and Contracting for Construction Services.
 
Moderator
  • Wright C. Parkes, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Director of Procurement, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Panelists
  • Richard J. Wieczorek, Department Manager, Procurement, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Eugenia Pinheiro, Contracts Manager, OMNITRANS, San Bernardino, CA
  • Joe Zavala Ramirez, Manager, Contracts and Procurement, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • John Shackelford, Chief Procurement Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS BANQUET

7 - 9:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom E-F, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

(tickets required)
Join the Bus Roadeo participants and their friends and guests at the Awards Banquet to recognize the “best of the best” —" APTA’s 2015 Roadeo champions!
 
TICKET EXCHANGE/SEATING
Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants
For each ticket purchased, you receive an awards banquet coupon, which is filed with your bus conference registration packet. Each coupon must be exchanged for a valid ticket at the banquet invitation exchange desk in the APTA registration area in the Omni Hotel from 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2 through 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 5. 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.

If you prearranged for your awards banquet coupon(s) to be filed with your roadeo team’s registration, each coupon has been exchanged for a valid banquet ticket and a seating assignment made at the time your team registered for the roadeo and conferenced. Please contact your roadeo team representative for your ticket(s) and seating assignment(s).

Roadeo Participants
Roadeo teams must take their banquet invitations and exchange them for assigned seating at the APTA Roadeo registration desk in the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, beginning 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30 through 9 a.m. Saturday, May 2; and at the banquet invitation exchange desk in the APTA registration area in the Omni Hotel from 1 p.m. Saturday through 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 5. 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.

 

 
 

Wednesday, May 6

Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee (P&P Committee)

7 - 8 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Co-Chairs, Benjamin Limmer, AICP & Ken Zatarain & Patrisha Piras

Coffee Service

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 1: ITS

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

ITS applications evolve with advancing technology

Refinements in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications continue to evolve. As new technology emerges, more capable ITS systems move forward as well. Given the ITS investment in public transportation, attend this session to keep abreast of the latest developments.

Moderator
  • Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., Principal, Brendon Hemily, Toronto, ON
Video Boarding and Alighting Counts
  • Phil Dupler, Transportation Planner, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
Mobile Ticketing Keeps NICE Bus Moving
  • Joshua Robin, Vice President - North America, Masabi Ltd., London, United kingdom
Practical Uses of AVL Data to Improve Transit On-Time Performance and Reliability
  • Victor Stover, AICP, Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Seattle, WA
What's Next for Transit Technology?
  • Alex Gibson, Product Manager, TransLoc Inc., Durham, NC

Route 2: Real-World Practical Data on Performance of Alternative Propulsion Vehicles

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

You’ve heard a lot about alternative propulsion, now get some real data to help you make your next decision.
Fuel costs and environmental factors are all good reasons to move to an alternative, but when transit agencies are stretched to the limits and under extreme pressure to deliver expanded services with shrinking resources, how much risk is advisable? Presenters will address efficiency issues with real-world, in-service data to provide a better understanding to the transit operator.
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Moderator
  • Mike Finnern, Chair, Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee; Customer Service Director, Proterra Inc., Greenville, SC
Investigating Performance Improvements and True Costs of Alternative Fuel Buses in Florida
  • Alexander Kolpakov, Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Hybrid Bus Fuel Efficiency - An In-depth Look with Real World Transit Data
  • Bart W. Mancini, P.E., Sr. Principal Systems Engineer, BAE SYSTEMS, Endicott, NY
Case Study – Class 4 Hybrid Bus Long-Term Performance Test
  • Larry Zepp, Chief Technologist, Crosspoint Kinetics, Indianapolis, IN
  • Andrew Papson, Project Manager, CALSTART, Pasadena, CA

Route 5: Planning Green Infrastructure & Sustainable Design

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 1-2, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Explore the possibilities of utilizing green infrastructure to eliminate cost and decrease environmental degradation
Green infrastructure & sustainable design offers a unique opportunity to utilize and integrate nature in capital projects. Green infrastructure can offer many benefits, such as reducing storm water runoff, preventing pollutant concentration, diminishing heating and cooling of buildings, minimizing artificial lighting, and decreasing water usage & GHG emissions. These design elements can prevent flooding, and at the same time, be esthetically pleasing. With the proper amount of planning, any project can use nature to its advantage and allow for more sustainable project operations. This session will include presentations from transit agencies and consultants that have successfully integrated sustainable design elements into transit projects and maintenance facilities. Sustainable design & green infrastructure elements can offer economic savings, environmental impact reductions, and socially beneficial green spaces making it a truly sustainable addition to any project.  
 
 
Moderator
  • Janet R. Gonzalez, ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C, Transportation Sustainability Director, HDR , Chicago, IL
Integrating Sustainable Design Strategies into Transit Facilities
  • Mark A. Ellis, Central Region Manager, Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Katy, TX
  • Ken J. Anderson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Eastern Region Transit Director, Associate Principal, RNL Design, McLean, VA
Sustainable Facilities in Action: The Red Rose Transit Authority Administration and Maintenance Facility
  • Joshua D. Banyas, P.E., Electrical Engineer, CDM Smith, Pittsburgh, PA
  • David W. Kilmer, Executive Director, South Central Transit Authority, Lancaster, PA
A Taste of the Green Apple: New York City Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure Program
  • Virginia Roach, P.E., Vice President, CDM Smith, Boston, MA
A Ray of Sunshine: SunLine Transit’s New Administration Building
  • Tommy D. Edwards, Director of Maintenance, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA

Route 7: Labor-Management Relations

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom I-J, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

From contract negotiations to common-ground programs
This session takes a candid look at the realities, challenges, and outcomes of labor contract negotiations,
workcompany logo stoppages, impasses, and related local impacts, as well as common ground programs such as labor and management staff teams working together on employee development and training programs. Panel members will address the realities of building and rebuilding labor management relationships, building and sustaining trust, and managing risks. They will highlight the challenges, strategies, and compromises of contract discussions. They also will address common ground interests, such as employee development and training programs and how and why these can be successful even when relationships can be strained.
 
Session sponsored by McDonald Transit Associates, Inc.
Moderator
  • Kimberly Ulibarri, Chair, Labor Relations Subcommittee; Manager, Labor Relations & Performance Improvement, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Panelists
  • Kelli Shields, Human Resources Manager, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
  • Marcus Peoples, Vice President, Human Resources, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Kristen M. Treadway, Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

Route 7: Meeting the New DBE/ACDBE Requirements – Completing the New USDOT Personal Net Worth Statement...A Hands-on Workshop

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Learn how to complete this statement to achieve certification
The USDOT has amended the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements and Airport Concession DBE (ACDBE), effective October 2014, to improve and standardize a new uniformed personal net worth statement (PNR) This is a “hands-on” workshop to show participants how to complete the PNR, understand the requirements, and avoid any pitfalls that could delay certification. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a "mock" PNR and discuss the line-item differences from the prior U.S. Small Business Administration Form 413.
 
Moderator
  • Gregory A. Jenifer, President/Chief Executive Officer, Armand Resource Group, Inc., Teaneck, NJ
Presenter
  • Robert I. Fernandez, CPA, President, Fernandez & Company, P.C., Fort Worth, TX

Route 7: The Next Infectious Disease Outbreak: Is Your Organization Ready?

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

What your organization needs to know before the next outbreak

Ebola, SARS, and avian flu have all captured headlines and impacted public transportation in recent years. No one can predict when the next infectious disease will occur, but public transit systems should always be prepared. From operations to communications to human resources, an infectious disease outbreak affects an entire organization. This session will share best practices and lessons learned from public transportation agencies that have dealt with infectious disease outbreaks firsthand.

Moderator
  • Morgan Lyons, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Assistant Vice President, External Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • John Hoeft, General Counsel, Transdev North America, Dallas, TX
  • Michael C. Hubbell, Vice President, Maintenance, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Jack Eckles, J.D., Director, Police, Security & Emergency Services, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

Business Member Resource Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Sundance 5, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Conference Registration Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Host Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Black Angus Boardroom, 15th Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

TCRP Information Center

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Texas Ballroom Prefunction, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

 

Route 3: Protecting Operators & Other Employees

10 - 11:15 a.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 4, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

How training, technology, and policy influence employee safety
Whether assault incidents are on the rise or we are becoming more informed and better prepared to respond to them, we bear the responsibility to bring measures into effect that will help to mitigate these incidents and keep our front-line employees safe. 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 and for the riding public. Inspired by TCRP Synthesis 93 (Practices to Protect Bus Operators from Passenger Assault) we’ll focus the discussion on three critical areas: technology and equipment; personnel, policing and training; and agency policies and legislation.
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Moderator
  • Garry Brandenburg, Safety Director, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), Fort Worth, TX
How to Move Your Transit Agency’s Mobile Video Surveillance into the Fast Lane
  • Mike Meader, National Manager of Transportation Solutions, NICE Systems, Morrison, CO
Understanding Indicators of Violence and De-Escalation Techniques
  • Bret E. Brooks, Chief Operating Officer, Gray Ram Tactical, LLC, Higginsville, MO
Best Practices with Training, Preventing Assualts
  • Lisa Staes, Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Presentation topic to be announced
  • Michael R. Liberi, Chief Surface Transportation Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA (invited)

Route 4: Can Ridesharing Provide More Shared Rides for Less?

10 - 11:15 a.m.
Texas Ballroom I-J, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Assessing the role of ridesharing services in paratransit service delivery – point/counterpoint
company logoAs the cost of ADA paratransit and other demand-response transportation services continues to rise, transit agencies are looking for new ways to do more with less. Meanwhile, companies like Uber and Lyft are using emerging technologies and innovative business practices to deliver retail transportation that performs well in terms of both cost and customer satisfaction. The real question becomes: “Is there a role for ridesharing services in the delivery of ADA paratransit and other demand-response transportation programs?” Participants in this session will have the opportunity to discuss what they see as the potential advantages, drawbacks and challenges for the inclusion of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the demand response transportation delivery system.
 
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Moderator
  • Ron L. Brooks, Vice Chair, Access Committee; Manager of Accessible Transit Services, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Panelists
  • Shelly Verrinder, Secretary, Access Committee; Co-Chair, Access Committee Regulatory Activities Subcommittee; Executive Director, Access Services, El Monte, CA
  • Ryan J. Larsen, President, IntelliRide Division, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
  • Craig Hughes, CEO, Total Transit, Glendale, AZ

Route 7: The Nuts and Bolts of Service Contracts

10 - 11:15 a.m.
Texas Ballroom G-H, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The Great Procurement Dilemma: How to get the service you need
Operation, maintenance, and services contracts are often the most complex and challenging contracts for transit procurement professionals. These contracts range from grounds and facility maintenance to full scale paratransit, bus and commuter rail operation, and maintenance. Many of these contracts involve complicated requirements, balancing many risks, high costs, and intense public scrutiny. A panel of business and procurement experts will discuss best practices in procuring transit industry service contracts.
 
Session sponsored by McDonald Transit Associates, Inc.
 
Moderator
  • Robert I. Brownstein, Vice President, AECOM, New York, NY
Panelists
  • J. William Rodman, Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Boston, MA
  • Joe Zavala Ramirez, Manager, Contracts and Procurement, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Al Burns, Director, Procurement & Contracts Administration Dept., Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
  • John O. Adler, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Route 5: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Linking Transit, Land Use & Development

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Texas Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Land use factors, especially accessibility and connectivity, are essential ingredients for transit-oriented communities (TOC) and are key to the long-term success of all public transit systems. Findings from the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s Project H-47 are presented in Creating Transit Supportive Land Use Decisions: Effective Interactions Guidebook on the connections among transit, land use planning, and development decision-making. This guidebook shows what transit agencies can do to become more meaningful participants in land use decision making plus when and how it is worthwhile for them to get involved. The guidebook equips transit agencies to be more effective actors in the land use planning process to foster transit-friendly development. Hear perspectives from speakers discussing the spectrum of land use decisions that impact transit, review the preconditions for success, share lessons learned from successful transit agencies, and help you to develop strategies for more effective interaction “at the table."
 
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Presiding
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Lucy Galbraith, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Presenter
  • Brian McMahon, Sustainability and Planning/PlaceMaking, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
Discussants
  • Owen P. O'Neil, Executive Director, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA), Allentown, PA
  • Alexander Garcia, Senior Planner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Julia Ryan, Senior Planner, Transportation Planning, Planning and Development, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Chair, Lawrence J. Kopf

Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) Technical Tours

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

A repeat of the technical tours offered Tuesday (2:30 - 4:30 pm.) afternoon. Please sign up on site for the day/tour of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.  

See tour details in the Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Technical Tours entry above.

TOUR 1-B: The T’s Intermodal Transportation Center
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  (40 person limit)

TOUR 2-B: The T’s Headquarters, CNG Fueling Station, and Bus Maintenance Facility
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  (40 person limit)

TOUR 3-B: Bike Share Tour of Downtown Fort Worth
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  (20 person limit)

Route 5: NTI TRAINING: Title VI and Public Transit (Part 1)

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Sundance 6, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Part 1 of a two-part course. Part 2 is on Thursday, May 7, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This course will help practitioners appreciate the importance of transit equity considerations during the day-to-day life of transit planning, management, and operations. It is designed to provide accurate information on a variety of equity considerations an agency is exposed to on a daily basis.

OBJECTIVES: Understand the historical background of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the environmental justice movement; understand the federal laws, regulations, and guidance of Title VI, environmental justice, NEPA and LEP; and receive resources to address these requirements.
 
GOALS: Use this course, subsequent case studies, and exercises as planning tools to identify potential impacts of proposed actions on low-income and minority populations, as well as other disadvantaged groups (e.g., elderly, disabled, youth). Understand how equity issues in transportation planning and operations will lead to better service, planning, and delivery. Apply course content to help ensure equitable distribution of public transportation resources; thus, public transportation providers and users will benefit.
 
CEUs 1.0 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.
 
AUDIENCE: This course is intended for Regional/Metropolitan Planning Organization, State Department of Transportation, and transit agency staff.
 
FEE: The course is $600 for consulting, contractor, non-profit (USA only), non-USA transportation or government agency, other staff. Free for all others.  
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration was requested. On-site regisration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact NTI's Ginny Stern at 732.932.1700 or gstern@nti.rutgers.edu.

 
Instructor
  • Aida B. Douglas, Instructor, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
 

Thursday, May 7

Route 5: NTI TRAINING: Title VI and Public Transit (Part 2)

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundance 4, 3rd Floor, Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Part 2 of a two-part course. Part 1 is on Wednesday, May 6, 1:30 - 5 p.m.
See Part 1 entry (Wednesday, 1:30-5p.m.) for course and registration information
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