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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Program/Agenda for the Safety Coordinating Council, Bus and Rail Safety Committees,
and Commuter Rail Safety and Security Subcommittee

 
December 4 - 7, 2017

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro)
1900 Main Street
Houston, TX

 
Monday, December 4
​1 - 4 p.m.

Registration Open - Springhill Suites by Marriott Downtown Houston (off lobby area)

​6 - 8 p.m.

Monday Evening Networking Event

MKT Bar Houston

1001 Austin Street

Houston, TX 77010

Tuesday, December 5
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration - Houston Metro Board Room
8:30  - 8:45 a.m.​ ​Safety Briefing and Brief Introductions
​8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Host Welcome and Presentation

Speakers

  • ​Introduction:  Randy Clarke, Vice President of Operations and Member Services, APTA
  • Thomas Lambert, President & CEO, Houston Metro
  • Tim Kelly, Executive VP, Public Safety & Customer Service, Houston Metro
  • Sean Cagan, Chief Safety Officer, Houston Metro
​9:45- 10:30 a.m.

Committee Activity Reports

  • Safety Coordinating Committee
    •  Chair, Gerard Ruggiero, Jacobs
  • Rail Safety Committee
    • Chair, Walter Heinrich, K&J Safety
  • Commuter Rail Safety & Security Committee
    • Chair, Hilary Konczal, Metra, Chicago
  • Bus Safety Committee
    • Chair, Lisa Staes, CUTR
​10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
​10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Safety Management Audit Program Update (Bus, Rail and Commuter Rail)

Speakers

  • Brian Alberts, Director - Safety, APTA
  • Randy Clarke, Vice President - Operations and Member Services, APTA
​11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

​Establishing a Fatigue Management Program based on TRACS Recommendations

Introduction: Gerard Ruggiero, Jacobs and Safety Coordinating Committee Chair

  • Joyce Rose, Principal Consultant - Transit & Rail Safety, WSP USA
​12 - 1 p.m.

​Lunch (on site)

Introduction: Walter Heinrich, K&J Safety and Rail Safety Committee Chair

Video and Presentation: Houston Metro Response to Hurricane Harvey

  • Sean Cagan, Chief Safety Officer, Houston Metro
​1 - 2:15 p.m.

FTA Updates - including Safety Rulemakings, SMS and SSO Certification

Introduction: Hilary Konczal, Chicago METRA and Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee Chair

  • Aloha Ley, Division Chief, FTA Office of System Safety
  • Patrick Nemons, Acting Director, FTA Office of Safety Review
​2:15 - 3 p.m.

FRA Updates - including Safety Rulemakings

Introduction: Hilary Konczal, Chicago METRA and Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee Chair

  • FRA Staff - Part 270 (tentative)Federal Railroad Administration
  • Part 270 System Safety Plan (SSP) Update
  • Drug and Alcohol Program and Other pertinent FRA issues to discuss
​3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
​3:15 - 4 p.m. International Study Mission to Asia
  • Randy Clarke, Vice President - Operations and Member Services, APTA
​4 - 4:​30 p.m.

Awards and Education

  • Brian Alberts and Polly Hanson, APTA - Safety and Security Award Program Review​
  • New application format (template) and Marketing the program
  • Application deadlines for upcoming Bus and Rail Awards Programs
​4:30 p.m. ​Wrap up from the Day and Q&A
​6:30 p.m.

​Group Dinner -  (expense on your own)

Blue by Massa's

1160 Smith Street

Houston, TX 77002

​Wednesday, December 6
​7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration Open - Houston Metro Board Room
           ​8:30 a.m. Safety Briefing
​8:30 - 10 a.m.

Technology and Safety Session

Moderator

  • Lisa Staes, Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Bus Safety Committee Chair

Panelists

  • Michael Scrudato, Munich Reinsurance, Inc. - ​Collision Avoidance Technology
  • Peter Bartek, Vice President, Protran Technology
  • Mark Freitas, Vice President of Product Development, SmartDrive Technology
  • Mark Willer, Bombardier and AJ Joshi, MARTA (tentative)
​10 - 10:15am ​Break
​10:15 - 11 a.m.

SMS and Safety-related Training

Introduction: Lisa Staes, Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Bus Safety Committee Chair

Speaker

  • Louis G. Maiello, Director, Training Services, Transit Training Solutions (TTS)
​11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

​SMS Session

Moderator

  • Walter Heinrich, Senior Safety Consultant, K&J Safety, and Rail Safety Committee Chair

Panelists

  • Lisa Staes, ​Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, CUTR - SMS Research  
  • Aloha Ley, Division Chief, FTA Office of System Safety 
  • Dale Knutson, Manager of Safety, Training, and Security, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA)
  • Linda Davis and Lawrence Engleman, Consultants on behalf of David Bagley, Head of Rail Safety, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS)
​12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (on site)

Introduction

  • Gerard Ruggiero, Jacobs and Safety Coordinating Committee Chair

Keynote Address

  • Christopher Hart, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Host Site Tours - Houston Metro
  • TranStar Operations Control Center
  • Rail Facility/Maintenance Tour
Dinner on Your Own
​Thursday, December 7
​8 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Houston METRO Board Room
8:30 a.m.​​ ​Safety Briefing
​8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) Presentation

Introduction

  • Gerald Ruggiero, Jacobs and Safety Coordinating Committee Chair

Speaker

  • Ruben Pena, TTCI
​9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Breakouts for Modes and Committee Meetings
  • ​Bus Safety Committee - Room TBD
  • Rail Safety Committee - Room TBD
  • Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee - Room TBD
10 - 10:15 a.m. Break
​10:15 - 11:15  a.m. Modal Caucuses Report Out and Roundtable Discussions
​11:15 - 11:30 a.m. ​2018 APTA Safety Events
  • Bus, Rail and Annual Conferences
  • Revenue Task Force
  • Meeting with Safety, Security and Risk Management in 2018/2019
​11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Seminar Wrap Up, Key Takeaways, and Adjourn
  
**** IN LIGHT OF HURRICANE HARVEY AND THE RECENT FLOODING EVENTS IN HOUSTON, WE ARE ASKING ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO SO, TO PLEASE BRING CLOTHING GOODS OR GIFT CARD TO THE SEMINAR TO DONATE TO LOCAL HOUSTON CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS.
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