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 Pre-workshop Technical Tour

A Multimodal Tour of Our Nation's Capital

Optional Pre-workshop Technical Tour
Sunday, July 29, 2012

The American Public Transportation Association has scheduled its annual Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop in Baltimore on Monday, July 30, through Wednesday, August 1, 2012. In keeping with over a decade of tradition, a multimodal technical tour is being offered prior to the Workshop on Sunday, July 29.

About the Tour

The combined Baltimore-Washington D.C. region is a tapestry of interwoven bus and rail services tailored to meet the needs of travelers at the inter-city, regional, metropolitan and community level. The Multimodal Tour of Our Nation’s Capital offers transportation professionals the unique opportunity to experience these services from a passenger’s perspective.

This year’s signature tour will encompass the operations and facilities of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), National Rail Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), Baltimore City Department of Transportation and District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Representatives of each agency have been invited to answer questions and share "lessons learned" of how such a harmonious blending of services is achieved on a daily basis.

A special addition to this year’s tour will be a 90-minute run through the monuments surrounding the National Mall on Automatic Balancing Wheeled Conveyances (i.e.: Segways). Many properties are formulating their response to requests to accommodate ABWCs aboard vehicles and within transit facilities. This is an opportunity to better understand the capabilities and limitations of ABWCs within the confines of a heavily trafficked pedestrian environment.

How to Participate

While there is never a charge for a Multimodal Tour, participants will be responsible for ABWC rentals and Amtrak fares (estimated to be $45 and $12, respectively) as well as meals and miscellaneous transit fares en route. The Multimodal Tour of Our Nation’s Capital will begin in Downtown Baltimore at 7:45 am (see preliminary itinerary on the flyer) but arrangements can be made to intercept the tour en route.

Participation is limited to 40 people (family members are welcomed—workshop registration is not required). Contact Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Tom Hickey at HICKEY@BWORLD.COM or 267-283-7533 to reserve your place or for further details.

Special Notes Regarding the Segway Session

  • Basic Segway training and orientation will be conducted at the start of your session.
  • Rental units come with bag, helmet and lock.
  • A valid credit card, ID and security deposit is required. Renters are responsible for all damage to the equipment.
  • Renters must be age 16 or older. Segways are not recommended for women who are pregnant or persons over 260 pounds (contact Tom Hickey for further guidance about these restrictions).
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