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 Program

 Preliminary Program

 

Sunday, October 12

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hall B3

Registration

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Room 337

Systems Engineering Sub-Committee Meeting

David M. Springstead, chair, APTA Systems Engineering Committee, and senior director of engineering and development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

12 - 2 p.m.
Ballroom of the Americas F

 

Research and Technology Committee Meeting

Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Research and Technology Committee; and vice president, practice leader – transit & rail, Atkins,
San Francisco, CA

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom of the Americas F

Information Technology Committee Meeting

William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM, chair, APTA Information Technology Committee, and senior manager, information technology, Access Services, El Monte, CA

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ballroom of the Americas F

Communications Sub-Committee Meeting

Dave Gorshkove, CEO, Digital Grape Busines Services, Ltd., Lovedean, Hans

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Ballroom of the Americas F

 

Emerging Technology Committee Meeting

Angela K. Miller, chair, Emerging and Innovative Technology Subcommittee, vice chair Research and Technology Committee, and director, Cubic, Oceanside, CA

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Lanier Grand Ballroom

Welcome Reception

Monday, October 13

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hall B3

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

Opening General Session

 Welcome to the first ever TransITech conference hosted in conjunction with the APTA Annual EXPO.

Greetings:
Shyam K. Dunna, chair, APTA TransITech Committee, and president & CEO, nMomentum Corporation, Suwanee, GA

 Larry Yermak, strategic advisor, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., Sand Diego, CA

 Denise Wendler, CIO, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

Emerging Technology Roundtable

The challenge of incorporating emerging and innovative technologies into transit operations is significant.  Modern transit systems represent massive deployment of a wide range of technologies and are fertile ground for an equally wide range of new ideas. We will explore the work of the Emerging and Innovative Technology committee and the focus on wearable's, 3D printing, drones, propulsion technologies and their procurement challenges as part of this dynamic roundtable discussion.  Emerging technology has been featured this year as a topic at every major APTA conference, and we will also review some of the most exciting ideas featured during the sessions this year.

Angela K. Miller, chair, Emerging and Innovative Technology Subcommittee, vice chair Research and Technology Committee, and director, Cubic, Oceanside, CA

Louis D. Cripps, systems administrator, asset management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Jeff Maki, The Control Group, New York, NY

Alesia Cain, chief technology officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Norfolk, VA

Nathaniel Parker, chair, APTA Fare Collection Systems – Data and Information Management Subcommittee, and CEO, Globe Sherpa, Inc., Portland, OR

John Inglish, WAVE board member, Wave (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification),
Salt Lake City, UT 

Stephen Schlickman, executive director, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

 

EXPO/Lunch

Attendees may have lunch, then walk the EXPO floor.

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

Asset Management I

This session will provide a foundation for practitioners to understand transportation asset management and what it means for transit organizations. Topics include resources and tools available to support asset management and practical steps to implementation.

Moderator:
Patrick Astredo, deputy executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

State-of-the-Art Yard Management System
Ian Harriman, ITS consultant, BLIC North America Inc., Washington, DC

When Worlds Collide: Bridging the Operations to IT Drive to Improve Transit Asset Management  
Herbert Higginbotham, manager, Accenture, El Segundo, CA

Pracitical Applied Asset Management
Tim Quinn, president, ThingTech, Atlanta, GA

Comprehensive Information Technology Architecture as a Key to Success in Transit Asset Management
Ted Rhinehart, director, public sector strategy, Infor, Alpharetta, GA

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Rooms 371 CF

Intelligent Transportation Systems I

Intelligent Transportation Systems are now imbedded in transit operations providing gateways to improved systems operations, passenger information and most importantly, safety. Transit is emerging as a showcase for the latest in ITS applications.

Moderator:
Brendon Hemily,
principal, Brendon Hemily, Toronto, ON

Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies – Opportunities for Partnership for
ITE and APTA
Douglas Gettman, senior project manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Raleigh, NC

How Will Future Passengers Choose to Travel and Consume Data
David Jacobs, general manager emerging payments solutions, Vix Technology (USA) Inc.,
Seattle, WA  

Lessons Learned Implementing Virtualized Servers in Denver and Houston
Carl Commons, executive director of sales, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA

How will ITS Change this Decade?
Peter SerVAss, business development DoubleMap, LLC, Indianapolis, IN  

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

 

Electronic Payment Systems I

With the ever increasing choices in the Electronic Fare Payments options in the transit industry, understanding the full landscape of various Fare Technologies along with pros and cons of each, becomes critically important in determining the choices that transit authorities must make. This session explores some of these choices, what technologies are on the horizon, what has been implemented at some transit agencies, lessons learned and other important elements to consider in the selection of these technologies.

Moderator:
Edward Johnson, chief administrative officer, Metropolitan Area Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Thomas Parker, business development, Infineon Technologies, North America, Milpitas, CA

A Vision of Future Fare Collection: More Ways to Pay
Doug Thomas, general manager, Vix Technology (USA) Inc., Seattle, WA

Which Type of EPS Will Prevail?
Peter SerVass, business development DoubleMap, LLC, Indianapolis, IN

Lessons Learned from Real-World Experience for Evoloving Fare Payment Landscape
David deKozan, vice president, business development, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

Session sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Rooms 372 CF

 

Intelligent Transportation Systems II

A study in data management, this session will investigate practices in data which represent the fastest growing component of Intelligent Transportation Systems deployment.

Moderator:
Bill McFarland, director of technical services, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc.,
Chesapeake, VA

Transit Data Management and Utilization: Challenges and Opportunties
Santosh Mishra, senior transportation planner, TranSystem Corporation, Boston, MA

Advanced ITS Linking Tourism and Transit: 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg
David Wilcock, vice president/national director - rail adn transit, Michael Baker JR., Inc., Norwood, MA

International Standards Organization (ISO) ITS Standards Update
Koorosh Olyai, P.E., senior principal,  Stantec Consulting Dallas, TX

Using Back-Office Analytics to Break Down Data Silos
Ann Derby, director of marketing & events, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA 

4:30 - 6 p.m.
RoomS 332 AB

(ITS) Public Transit Forum Committee Meeting

Brendon, Hemily, staff advisor, APTA Intelligent Transortation Systems Committee, and principal, Brendon Hemily, Toronto, ON

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Rooms 342 AB

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council Committee Meeting

Karl Witbeck, chair, APTA Wireless Joint Council Committee, and principal - transportation, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday, October 14

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hall B3

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
371 Foyer

 

Continental Breakfast

8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

Asset Management II

Selection and implementation of appropriate tools are integral to a successful asset management program. It is necessary to understand agency processes and objectives when defining a scope of asset management implementation. This session provides a perspective drawn from agency practitioners.

Moderator:
Herbert Higginbotham, manager, Accenture, El Segundo, CA

Patrick Astredo, deputy executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Paul Edwards, senior program manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Robert Guptill, manager of systems integration, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Graham Stroud, MSc, CEng, MIRSE, MIET, project director & North American Rail/Transit Asset Management Practice Lead, Atkins, Edison, NJ

 

8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Rooms 371 CF

Transit CEO's Session - Using Technology to Attract Ridership

This session is back by popular demand and you will hear directly from the Transit CEOs on how technology has helped their Transit Systems attract more choice riders and how some of these technologies have helped provide more convenience and better customer experience to the ridership base.

You will hear what are the customer expectations in this new age of always-on, real-time options that are made possible by the advent of Smart Phones, GPS and other communication based Technologies. This is a must attend session for CEOs, Transit Executives and the vendor community to learn what’s working and what’s required to attract and retain transit riders.

Moderator:
Shyam K. Dunna, chair, APTA TransITech Committee, and president & CEO, nMomentum Corporation, Suwanee, GATBD

Keith T. Parker, AICP, general manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority,
Atlanta, GA

Stephen G. Bland, chief executive officer, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, Nashville, TN

Andy Byford, chief executive officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto. ON

Arthur (Art) T. Leahy, chief executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

8:30 - 11 a.m.
Room 351 F

Transit Connected Vehicle Stakeholder Steering Group Meeting

Sean Murphy, transportation program specialist, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Washington, DC

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Room 371 CF

 

Electronic Payment Systems II

This session continues to explore the various Fare Payment Technologies and provides additional insight for Transit Authorities to consider when making decisions regarding their choice of Fare Systems. The session also explores how Transit Agencies should look at internal process in setting up of these systems.

Moderator:
Mark Brager, director of business development, Strategic Mapping, Inc., Toronto, ON

Jordan Brock, vice president of global sales, Strategic Mapping, Inc., Toronto, ON

Revenue Accounting for a Transit Agency
Satish Reddy Avulabalayyagari, project manager, AST Corporation, Naperville, IL

The Profile of a Successful Mobile Ticketing Deployment
Joshua Robin, vice president - North America, Masabi Ltd., London, United Kingcom

Preliminary Strategic Analysis of Next-Generation Fare Payment Options for Public Transport
Timothy Weisenberger, electrnic payments program manager, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA

Mobile + Mobility: Redefining Transit Fare Systems Through NFC and Next Generation Mobile Solutions
Michael J. Wilson, managing director, public transportation Accenture, Toronto, ON

Session sponsored by Thales USA, Inc.

 

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

Rail and Bus Technology

Emerging technologies find their way into many aspects of transit operations and equipment. No mode of transit is immune to new ideas. Interesting applications are presented in this session with implications in bus and light rail fields.

Moderator:
James Fields,
Arup, Los Angeles, CA

Dynamic Simulations in Support of Installation of Light Rail Tracks on the Homer H.
Hadley Memorial
Charity Ketchum,
senior engineer II, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO

Ethernet without New Wiring
Bill McFarland,
director of technical services, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA

The First Four Years of Sao Paulo Metro Line 4: Lessons Learned on Transporting 700,000 People Per Day
Steve Clark,
principal, Arup, Houston, TX

Secure Your Fleet with Secure Bus Access
Joseph Saporita,
 senior vice president of business development, Clever Devices, Ltd.,
Woodbury, NY

12 - 1 p.m.

 

Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Rooms 371 CF

 

Security Technology and Applications

Anyone paying the least attention to what is going on in the world around will know that the necessity to focus on security in transportation is growing exponentially. Unfortunate though it may be transit is a target and we need to find ways to mitigate the risks.

Moderator:
Jeffrey L. Spencer,
ITS team leader, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Demonstration of a Technology Based Subway Security and Emergency Management Solution
Herb Nitz,
director, technology engineering, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Technology Advances in Onboard Security
John Recesso,
strategic business development manager, Sony Electronics Inc., Atkinson, NH

Control and Communications Security Standards and How they are Used by MARTA
David Teumim,
president, Teumim Technical, LLC, Allentown, PA

Joy Thompson, vice president, transit services, enGenius Consultant Services, Suwanee, GA

Cyber-Physical Security Infrastructure (CPSI) Protection
Lloyd Uliana,
business development engineer, Bosch Security Systems, Inc., Lancaster, PA

Darnell Washington,

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

Twitter, Facebook and Blogs, Meeting Customer Expectations Using Social Networks

Moderator:
Dominique Deckers,
marketing communications manager, GIRO, Inc., Montreal, QC

DCTA Leverages Social Media for Heart of Dallas Bowl Compaign Win
Kristina Brevard,
vice president strategic planning & development, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX

The Power of Social Media: How the Transportation Industry is Shaping up for the Future
Amitava Ganguly,
practice director, AST Corporation, Naperville, IL

Gouri Borkar, practice manager, CRM & CX applications, AST Corporation, Chicago, IL

Big Data + Social Media = Social Media Analytics
Ming Hsi,
chief information officer, Metopolitan Area Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

EXPO

Wednesday, October 15

7 – 10 a.m.
Hall B3

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
371 Foyer

 

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

Wireless Communications 

The world is wireless now. How is wireless communications manifesting itself in transit and what are the issues to be faced as we go forward. Hear the latest from experienced practitioners.

Moderator:
Amy Miller,
managing director of marketing and sales operations, Clever Devices Ltd.,
Woodbury NY

Wirless Communications for the California High Speed Railway, and Update, Or, Vision
hits Reality
Lee Castellion,
communications lead, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA

David Turner, president, Turner Engineering Corporation, Venice, CA

How do Your Get the Most out of Your Wireless Connection?
Peter Servass,
business development DoubleMap, LLC, Indianapolis, IN  

Urban Wireless Network Technology Trends
Steve Mazur,
business development director, Digi International, Herndon, VA

Track Side Wireless Network for Mass Transport
Cosimo Malesci,
founder and vice president sales and marketing, Fluidmesh Networks, LLC, Buffalo Grove, IL

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Rooms 371 CF

Transit Safety

Safety is everybody’s business and safety finds its way into every aspect of transit operations and equipment. The range of applications is indicated by the diversity of subjects in this session.

Moderator:
Mike Davis,
assistant director of customer services, METRO Regional Transit Authority, Akron, OH

Advanced Safety * Maintenance Technologies for air Disc Brake Equipped Transit Buses
Thomas Wallace,
vice president electronic braking/GM transit, MGM Brakes, Charlotte, NC

Exposure-Based Risk for High Speed Trains Operating in Freight Corridors at Different
Track Sperati
Steve Clark,
principal, Arup, Houston, TX

David Fletcher, senior consultant, Western Management and Consulting LLC, Albuquerque, NM

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Room 330 A
APTA/IEEE Overhead Contact Systems Committee Meeting

10:15 a.m.  - 12 p.m.
Rooms 371 ABDE

 

Transit CIO's Session - Mobile Payment Systems 

This session brings to you the discussions from the recently held Mobile Payments Summit in Austin, Texas. The C-level executives from various Transit Agencies will share the roadmap of deployment of the Mobile Payment Systems at their respective Agencies. The discussion will include lessons learned, what their future plans are as well as the receptiveness of these technologies in the rider community.

Moderator:
Denise Wendler,
CIO, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

David Leininger, executive vice president, chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit,
Dallas, TX

Gary Miskell, chief information officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

Jane Schroter, PMP, IT projects management officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Boris Matakovic, chief information officer, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, Chesterton, IN

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rooms 371 CF

Information Technology/Big Data Roundtable

It is all about DATA. How do we get. What do we do with it when we have it? How can it help us in our respective roles as transit practitioners? Hear it from those on the front line of DATA.

Moderator:
Gerry Akkerman, director, business technology planning, South Coast British Columbia Transportation authority, Surrey, BC

The Four Habits of Highly Effective Data
David Laidig,
systems engineering manager, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Development of Key Performance Indicators and Measurable Benefits to Operations
Manjit Sooch,
enterprise software engineer, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA

Critical Legal Issues on Open Data Sharing for Transit
Jeffrey L. Spencer, ITS team leader, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Transit Dashboard – Exploring Transit Data Business Intelligence Practice
Lloyd Sullivan,
section manager, project management & business intelligence, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

Abe Kololli, deputy chief – I.S. manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Big Data, Not Big Brother
Phil Silver,
director business development, Urban Insights Associates, San Diego, CA

 

12 - 3 p.m.

EXPO/Lunch

APTA reserves the right to revise the program at any time.

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