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American Public Transportation Association

 Session Descriptions

Last Updated on August 10, 2011

All Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop sessions will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, WA, except technical tours where noted. APTA reserves the right to make program changes at any time.

A printable version (pdf) of the final program is also available.

Sunday, August 14

Optional Pre-Workshop Technical Tour

A Multimodal Tour of the Rose City
Portland, OR

Monday, August 15
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:25 a.m.

Welcome Session

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Ron Downing, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and director of planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA
  • Dow Constantine, executive, King County, WA
  • Richard Conlin, president, Seattle City Council, Seattle, WA
  • Joni Earl, chief executive officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
8:25 – 8:30 a.m.

Break

8:30-10 a.m.

Host Session I

Moderator:

  • Jim Moore, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and project manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Implementing the Regional Transit Long-Rang Plan: Variations on a Theme

  • Eric Chipps, senior transportation planner, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

End of Line Configurations: One Size Does Not Fit All

  • Brad Charkowske, light rail operations manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Expanding Sounder Service: D-to-M Street and On to Lakewood

  • Martin Young, manager, commuter rail operations manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Buses in a Multimodal Environment: Stepchild or Golden Child?

  • Dave Turissini, bus operations manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Bicycles and Transit – Making It Work

  • Rebecca Roush, program coordinator, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
10 – 10:10 a.m.

Break

10:10 – 11:40 a.m.

Host Session II

Moderator:

  • Mike Bergman, service planning manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Community Transit Offers Double Tall’s

  • Wade Mahala, manager of contracted services, Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA

Service Reductions and Automation

  • Kelly Hayden, director of operations planning and scheduling, Pierce Transit, Lakewood, WA

King County Metro

  • David Hull, supervisor of service planning, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Lunch

Lunch Speaker:

Speaking Truth to Power: Ideas for Transit Planners Or… How to Stop Apologizing for the Facts of Geometry

  • Jarrett Walker, principal consultant, McCormick Rankin Cagney Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia
1:10 – 2:40 p.m.

Scheduling for Efficiency and Effectiveness I

In today’s environment of transit funding shortfalls, transit agencies are often faced with the choice of finding ways to deliver existing service more efficiently or cutting service. Agencies are innovating in the way service is scheduled to deliver service more efficiently at less cost, or to deliver more service at the same cost. Some are starting with establishing baselines, others with setting up effectiveness standards. This session will focus on establishing scheduled running times, which reflect reality on the street and result in more reliable and effective service to the public.

Moderator:

  • Damon Blythe, 2nd vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Midvale, UT

Scheduling Innovations at MTA New York City Transit

  • Michael Glikin, senior director, bus schedules, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Establishing Running Times and Layovers: Basis and Practices at Tri-Met

  • Bryan Rose, service planner, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Tri-Met), Portland, OR

Scheduling Efficiency in the Tampa Bay Area: How We Cut Our Budget and Grew Ridership

  • Katharine Eagan, chief of service development, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL
  • Steve Feigenbaum, manager of service planning, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL

Transit Effectiveness Program – How BC Transit is Creating Standards to Compare Routes and Systems

  • Graeme Masterton, director, planning, BC Transit, Victoria, BC
2:40 – 2:50 p.m.

Break

2:50 – 4:20 p.m.

Redesigning Routes I: Resizing and Reallocating

Transit routes are redesigned to fit both user needs and today’s business realities. It’s often a matter of fitting long-term strategy to short-term reality. What decisions make for successful route optimization? What are the lessons from methods that don’t work? Come hear about "rightsizing" methods you can adopt that will fit your agency’s priorities.

Moderator:

  • John F. Calnan, manager, suburban service planning and schedules, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA

MARTA Transit Service Resizing Plan

  • Monique Forte, service planner III, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Tailoring Shuttle Bus Operations to Fit Community Needs

  • Chad Betts, project manager – bus operations, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

A Portfolio-Based Strategy for Transit Resource Allocation

  • Walter Cherwony P.E., vice president, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Strategic Service Changes: Westheimer Corridor

  • Jim Archer, manager, service evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
4:20 – 4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee – Planning Meeting

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
& Products and Services Showcase

 

The Great Hall at Union Station

401 S Jackson Street, Seattle, WA

 

Reception sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

Tuesday, August 16
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:25 a.m.

Open Forum

Facilitator:

  • Steve Legler, assistant director of service development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
8:25 – 8:30 a.m.

Break

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Bus Rapid Transit – A Variety of Flavors and Operating Experiences

Many transit agencies throughout North America and other parts of the world have implemented service they are calling Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). There is a wide disparity in the amenities and the types of operation when these examples are compared. Speakers in this session will share how their agencies have successfully started and implemented BRT projects, and will explain what they have learned from the influences of international BRT implementations as well.

Moderator:

  • Ron Downing, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and director of planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA

Moving Towards BRT in the Twin Cities

  • Cyndi Harper, manager of route planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

RapidRide - Exceeding Expectations in Customer Satisfaction and Performance

  • Karen Rosenzweig, transit planner IV, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Fotini Georgiadou, project/program manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

SWIFT – Bus Rapid Transit

  • June DeVoll, manager of strategic planning & grants, Community Transit, Snohomish, WA

The Geary BRT Alternatives – Passing Lanes & the Influence of Bogota

  • Paul Bignardi, transportation planner IV, San Francisco, Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
10 – 10:10 a.m.

Break

10:10 – 11:40 a.m.

Technological Advances in Vehicles and Service Levels

Today’s transit agencies are purchasing new buses and rail cars with better passenger amenities and upgraded technology. Many of them have been able to leverage these new vehicles to attract new riders and keep existing ones. In this session, we will explore how new modes, new propulsion systems, and new driving technologies are changing how transit will look to our future riders.

Moderator:

  • John P. Aurelius, P.E., senior transportation planner, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Seattle, WA

You Must Be Crazy! Or not… The Burnaby Mountain Gondola Transit Project

  • Margaret Wittgens, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), Burnaby, BC

A Driver Assist System to Increase Transit Speed and Reliability

  • Michael Abegg, planning manager, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, Burnsville, MN

Link Transit Battery Electric Trolley Project

  • Greg Pezoldt, special projects coordinator, Link Transit, Wenatchee, WA

Hybrid Buses and Trolley Buses: The Next Generation

  • Paul Bignardi, transportation planner IV, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Lunch 

Lunch Speaker:

Transit Heritage

  • Alfred E. Fazio, P.E., general manager, services – River LINE Light Rail, Bombardier Transportation, Camden, NJ
1:10 – 2:25 p.m.

Expedited Service Strategies: Moving Beyond Vanilla

Call it express service. Call it skip-stop. Whatever you call it, bus, commuter rail, rail rapid transit, and light rail transit systems have all achieved service benefits and greater efficiencies by offering passengers a choice between traditional "all-stops-local" service and more expedited options. The result can yield more attractive service options for customers and reduced costs for transit operators, making more use of hidden capacity. The panelists have all put theory successfully into practice with rail and bus systems across the country. They are prepared to offer practical "lessons learned" on how your systems might be able to achieve similar economies.

Panelists:

  • T. R. Hickey, AICP, immediate past chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; vice chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee; and principal professional associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Abu Dhabi, UAE 
  • John F. Calnan, manager, surburban service planning and schedules, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • James Unites, deputy director, services and operations planning, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Alfred E. Fazio P.E., general manager, services – River LINE Light Rail, Bombardier Transportation, Camden, NJ
2:25 – 2:35 p.m.

Break

2:35 – 4:05 p.m.

Redesigning Routes II: Optimizing and Implementing

We continue the theme of route redesign with optimization strategies and mode shifts to accommodate additional customers while using fewer dollars, or in one case, keeping customers and finding ways to do it with fewer dollars!

Moderator:

  • Steve Legler, assistant director of service development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

2011 "Network Optimization" in Ottawa: Increasing Productivity, Saving $20 Million per Year, and Serving the Same Number of Customers

  • Pat Scrimgeur, manager, transit service design, OC Transpo/City of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

A Change in Accessibility and Convenience? Implementing BRT as a Replacement or Complement to Local Bus Service and its Impact on Transit Riders

  • Cheryl Thole, senior research associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Redesign of Salt Lake West Side Service Resulting from the Advent of Light Rail

  • Tyler Garcia, senior service planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Principle-based Service Reductions and Revisions: Getting the Most Out of Less

  • Karl Otterstrom, director of planning, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane, WA
4:05 – 4:15 p.m.

Break

4:15 – 5 p.m.

Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee – Business Meeting and Election

5:15 – 9 p.m.

Technical Tour

Sounder/Tacoma Link Operations and Maintenance Tour

Attendees can take the Sounder from King Street Station to Tacoma for a tour of the Tacoma Link light rail facility. We will have a dinner stop at a restaurant located on the Tacoma Link line while in Tacoma.  Attendees are responsible for their own dinner. Return on ST Express Route 594.  This tour will depart at 5:15 from the hotel lobby.

Wednesday, August 17
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:25 a.m.

Open Forum

Facilitator:

  • Ron Downing, chair, APTA Multimodal Planning Operations Subcommittee, and director of planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA
8:25 – 8:30 a.m.

Break

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Facilities: Building Capacity and Integration

In the last year many transit authorities used federal stimulus dollars to construct new passenger or maintenance facilities, or modify existing ones. This session will examine how existing and new facilities are being used to increase system capacity and improve riders’ experiences with local transit.

Moderator:

  • Cyndi Harper, manager of route planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Third Avenue Skip-Stop Operations: Now a Rainbow of Frequent, Efficient Service

  • Owen Kehoe, transportation engineer, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Making the Grade: Taking Campus Mobility beyond Pass-Fail

  • Philip Muse, AIA, project architect, Wendel Companies, Alexandria, VA
  • Ronald Reekes, AIA, regional manager, Wendel Companies, Richmond, VA

From Concept to Delivery - Lessons Learned from Streetcar Projects

  • Gina Macchiaroli, transportation engineer, HDR Engineering, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
9:45 – 9:55 a.m.

Break

9:55 – 11:25 a.m.

Scheduling for Efficiency and Effectiveness II

Efficiency can mean redrawing routes or increasing headways, but it can also include looking at how routes are run, when service should be temporarily reduced, and how software plays a part in the analysis of your service options. This session will drill down into how each of these options can be integrated into your own planning strategies.

Moderator:

  • Jim Archer, manager, service evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Do We Have to Go All the Way? Short-turns and Route Efficiency

  • Dan Boyle, president, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA

Reducing Service to Meet Demand during Holiday and Other Low-demand Periods: Opportunities and Pitfalls of Modifying Service Levels

  • Paul Casey, senior transit programs analyst/planner, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, CA
  • Richard Farrell Newton, senior transit programs analyst scheduling, Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, CA

MTA Bus Company’s Transition Into HASTUS

  • Mark Holmes, director, schedules, MTA Bus Company, New York, NY

Ferryboat Scheduling 101

  • Ray Deardorf, planning director, Washington State Ferries, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA
11:25 – 11:45

Closing Session

  • Ron Downing, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and director of planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1 – 5 p.m.

Technical Tours

 

Transit Values Exercise

Community Transit staff will conduct a transit values exercise in the hotel. Community Transit recently used this exercise to gauge public attitudes towards transit and the values citizens have when tough decisions on service reductions have to be made. This will take about 90 minutes to complete and is perfect for attendees who cannot devote an entire afternoon to technical tours.  This exercise will begin at 1 p.m. in the Emerald 3 Room.

SWIFT Tour

Participants will take ST Express Route 510 to Everett where they will be met by Community Transit staff for a ride on SWIFT. Return from the SWIFT terminal will be on King County Metro Route 301.  This tour will leave the hotel lobby at 1:45 p.m.

Joint Tunnel Operations

King County Metro Transit staff will conduct a tour on the inside operations of joint operations within the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Also scheduled is a visit to the Operations Control Center. Once completed, visitors will have a Rainbow of Colors Tour of 3rd Avenue which is a surface walking tour of the recent improvements King County Metro Transit made to 3rd Avenue.  This tour will depart the hotel lobby at 1 p.m. and has a limited capacity.  Be sure to sign up early at the registration desk.

RapidRide A Line

Participants will take Central Link to the Tukwila International Blvd. Station with King County Metro Transit staff for a guided tour of the A Line.  Selected stops will be visited to see features that are a part of the RapidRide line.  Return to Seattle will be via SeaTac/Airport Station and Link, or participants can take a self-guided tour to the Federal Way Transit Center where they can return to Seattle on ST Express Route 578.  Participants will depart the hotel lobby for this tour at 1:15 p.m.

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