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 Session Descriptions

Last Updated on June 29, 2012

Sunday, July 29
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Multimodal Tour of Our Nation's Capital

Tour Leader:

  • T.R. Hickey, AICP, vice chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, and manager, special transit & rail projects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA

The combined Baltimore-Washington D.C. region is a tapestry of interwoven bus and rail services operated by state, regional and local agencies. Come out on Sunday before the workshop sessions begin for the unique experience of seeing the nation’s capital from a transit passenger’s perspective. The signature Multimodal Tour will encompass rail and bus operations and facilities operated by 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).

A special aspect of this tour will be a 90-minute spin through the monuments surrounding the National Mall on Automatic Balancing Wheeled Conveyances (Segways). Many transit properties are presently coping with how to address these devices aboard transit vehicles and in their facilities. This is an opportunity to experience first-hand how ABWCs can maneuver and integrate with a heavily trafficked pedestrian environment.

While there is never a charge for the Multimodal Tours, participants will need to rent a Segway and purchase an Amtrak ticket (estimated to be $45and $12, respectively). Meals and minor transit fares encountered en route will also be at the participant’s expense.

Advanced registration is required by July 20—the tour is limited to 40 participants. For further details and to register, contact Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Tom Hickey via email at hickey@pbworld.com or by telephone at 215-209-1266.

2 – 5 p.m.

Registration

Monday, July 30
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:25 a.m.

Welcome Session

  • Damon Blythe, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommitee, and rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Midvale, UT
  • Al Roshdieh, deputy director, Montgomery County DOT, Rockville, MD 
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Host Session I

Join us as we hear the latest from the Maryland Transit Administration. How are the Red and Purple Lines coming along? What about the proposed dedicated transitway in Montgomery County? What insights can they provide to transit providers that work within a regional planning environment? How are they getting more done with fewer dollars?

Moderator:

  • Patrick Keller, deputy chief administrative officer, statewide service development, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

View from the Top

  • Ralign Wells, administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Creating a Data Driven Organization

  • Mike Walk, chief performance officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Improving Commuter Rail OTP and Reliability with Schedule Overhaul

  • Simon Taylor, deputy chief admin officer, Maryland TransitAdministration, Baltimore, MD

Future of High Capacity Transit in Maryland

  • Henry Kay, executive director, transit development & delivery, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Development of Express Bus Service Plan for ICC

  • Glenn Saffran, Jr., deputy director, MARC Train, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
10:10 – 11:40 a.m.

Host Session II

We continue our survey of Maryland transit with a look into the work of Montgomery County Transit – Ride On. Montgomery Count is the most populous jurisdiction in Maryland and along with Prince Georges County constitutes ‘Suburban Maryland,’ i.e., the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Ride On is both the largest LOTS in Maryland, and the largest suburban operator in Metro DC. Come to this session to hear about how Montgomery County is handling regional growth. How are they assessing and planning for projected increases in bicycle use?

Moderator:

  • Steven Wells, deputy general manager/chief of operations, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD

Relationship to WMATA

Use of Bus Quality of Service Standards in Montgomery County Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

  • Gary Erenrich, Office of the DOT director/liaison to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD

Share & Share Alike: Car Sharing, Bikesharing, and Other Programs in Montgomery County to Promote Transit Use

  • Sande Brecher, assistant general manager/section chief, commuter services section, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD

Use of GIS-Referred Database for Management of Transit Passenger Facilities, Part 2, 6 Years Later

  • Stacy Coletta, manager, passenger facilities, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD

Integration of Title VI/Demographics/GIS Data

  • Deanna Archey, senior service planner, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD
11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Lunch

Lunch Speakers:

Survival Guide for When Knowledge Keepers Retire

  • John Levin, director of service development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Steve Legler, assistant director of service development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
1:10 – 2:40 p.m.

More Expectations, Fewer Resources:

Looking for Efficiencies I

The economy is recovering, so why are our belts still so tight? Since there is only so much low hanging fruit to be picked, when does looking for efficiencies become counterproductive? Are our state legislatures beginning to see the value in investing in our transportation infrastructures and operations? Hear lessons learned from other transit professionals on how to use the data you have to “right size” what you have and make the case when you have done more with less.

Moderator:

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

Establishing Credibility through Performance Comparisons

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

RT's Comprehensive Operational Analysis

  • James Drake, service planner, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA

Use of Passenger Count Data to Provide Cost-Benefit Analysis of Fixed-Route Cluster Operations - Helping Agencies Do More with Less

  • Dennis Fletcher M.E.S., director, transit solutions, GENIVAR, Markham, ON
  • Gera Taubkin, senior transit planner, GENIVAR, Markham, ON

Use of SmartTraveler in Improving Delivery of Customer Service with Fewer Resources

  • Howard Benn, assistant general manager/section chief, customer & operations support, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD
2:55 – 4:25 p.m.

Broadening Relationships for Planning

Relationships among planners from different jurisdictions at the city and regional levels can realize untold benefits. But not all planners speak “transit.” This session will discuss the best approaches to enhance these relationships and the best ways to educate fellow planners on the benefits that transit brings to a region. What goals should transit planners have for these relationships, and what should we bring to the table?

Moderator:

  • Damon Blythe, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Midvale, UT

Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure: Partnering for Transportation Improvements and Operating Efficiencies

  • Al Himes, senior planner customer facilities, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, Washington, DC

Innovative Early Public Outreach

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

Bus Rapid Transit on the El Camino Corridor: Working Together to Create a "Grand Boulevard"

  • Steven Fisher, senior transportation planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

Building a Multimodal System in a No-New-Taxes Environment

  • Timothy Reynolds, senior principal technical specialist, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Cincinnati, OH
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee Meeting

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront

Welcome Reception & Products and Services Showcase

Tuesday, July 31
7 – 11 a.m. & 1 – 3 p.m.

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:45 – 8:25 a.m.

Open Forum:

Facilitator:

  • Daniel Boyle, president, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA
8:30 – 10 a.m.

More Expectations, Fewer Resources: Looking for Efficiencies II

Join us for a second session on looking for efficiencies in our agencies and learning to do more with less. As the economy begins its recovery, should we look to new tools for planning and service delivery, or should we continue to optimize what we have now? When does a restructuring make sense?

Moderator:

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

Metro Vancouver's Service Optimization Initiative: Using Evidence-Based Planning to Meet the Transit Needs of a Growing Region

  • Peter Klitz, senior planner, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), Burnaby, BC

More Expectations, Fewer Resources: Increasing Ridership by Concentrating Resources Where it Matters

  • Damon Blythe, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and rail service project administrator, Utah Transit authority, Midvale, UT

Bellevue Redmond Connections Service Restructure, October 2011

  • Jack Whisner, transit planner, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

What if We Start Over? Rethinking a Transit Network

  • Daniel Boyle, president, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Title VI Panel: Anticipating the New Circular’s Effects on Service Planning

Service planning will no doubt be affected by the implementation of the new Title VI circular released by USDOT last fall. This session will focus on the sharing of ideas and analysis surrounding the release of this circular. How will agencies integrate into their work programs considerations from this circular to ensure there are no disparate impacts to limited English proficient persons, minority, or low-income populations? What are our requirements for submitting a Title VI Program and collecting data under these clarified rules?

Moderator:

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

Representatives from the Federal Transit Administration

Panelists:

  • John Levin, director of service development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Alec Stephens, diversity technical advisor, Diversity Programs Office, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Deanna Archey, senior service planner, Montgomery County Transit – Ride On, Rockville, MD
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Operations Scheduling

In this session we will discuss innovative and advanced concepts in the field of operations scheduling. How are exceptions to your schedules determined and executed? What non-traditional approaches to scheduling do you use to expedite and optimize your services? Bring your questions to ask of our speakers as we all learn new techniques and lessons from other agencies.

Moderator:

  • John Calnan, manager, suburban service planning and schedules, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Improving Scheduling Efficiency

  • Jack Whisner, transit planner, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Running Time Analyzer - Designing On-Time Performance (OTP)

  • Beck Pak, PE, PMP, director of bus operations scheduling, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, Washington, DC

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Corridor: Planning for a Rail Passenger Revival

  • Jeffrey Schultz, senior principal technical specialist, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Glastonbury, CT

"San Francisco's Positve Experience with All-Door Boarding"

  • John Pappas, transit operations consultant, Jacobs, Walnut Creek, CA
2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Facilities Planning

Planning for facilities is as much a part of transit as getting operational service on the street. Presentations in this session speak to planning for both new and existing facilities, and evaluating service structures in different environments. What are the major drivers for planners an agency that needs to consider when developing new facility requirements? Come to this session to get answers to your questions on facilities planning challenges.

Moderator:

  • Howard Benn, assistant general manager, customer & operations support, Montgomery County Transit, Rockville, MD

Operational Strategies to Prepare the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel for Pay on Entry

  • Irin Limargo, lead transportation engineer, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Evaluating Ridership and Prioritizing Transit Service Investments in a Suburban Environment

  • Manuel Soto, senior associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Seattle, WA

Service and Operations Planning for Ottawa's New Light Rail Line

  • Pat Scrimgeour, manager, transit service planning and reporting, OC Transpo/City of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Wednesday, August 1
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Innovations in Vehicles, Service Planning and Scheduling

Today’s transit agencies are purchasing new vehicles 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 look at the new driving technologies that are changing how transit will look to our future riders. We will take a look at innovative technologies in vehicles, operations and techniques. In short, we are looking at the forces that will affect tomorrow’s transit.

Moderator:

  • Paul Bignardi, AICP, 2nd vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee and transportation planner IV, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

The Transit Connected Vehicle Program: What Planners Need to Know

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

Planning for a New Trolley Bus Fleet

  • Jack Whisner, transit planner, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Right-Sizing Transit through Flexible Transit Operations: An Update on the Pace Bus Call-n-Ride Program

  • Seth Morgan, associate planner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Charlotte O’Donnell, seniorplanner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Back to the Future: Matching Supply and Demand through Vehicles

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

Trolley Bus Fleet

  • Paul Bignardi, AICP, 2nd vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee and transportation planner IV, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Transportation Planning for Special Events and Natural Disasters

The East Coast experienced a one-hundred year earthquake this year in close proximity to a hurricane and several planned large events. What can we learn from our connections with the emergency management community to be prepared for these situations? What planning processes do you have in place within your transit agencies to deal with both the expected and unexpected? What advance preparations can be made, and what plans actually worked? What are the best approaches to shutting a system down if necessary and then bringing it back on line?

Moderator:

  • T.R. Hickey, AICP, vice chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, and manager, special transit & rail projects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA

Shutdown: MTA NYCT's Extreme Weather Strategy for Safety and Recovery

  • Shoshana Cooper, director, operations analysis, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Public Transportation for Super Bowl 2012

  • Annette Darrow, manager of planning & scheduling, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN

DART's Special Event Program

  • Jennifer Jones, project manager, rail planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Holiday Service Decisions Using APC Analysis

  • Mark Cassel, senior operations planner, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Tonya Flint, GIS planning analyst, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
11:20 – 11:40 a.m.

Closing Session

  • Damon Blythe, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Midvale, UT
11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1 – 5 p.m.

Technical Tours

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