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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Last Update July 17, 2014

Sunday, August 10

2 – 5 p.m. 
Seville Foyer, Lobby Level

Registration

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Multimodal Tour of Chicago

Monday, August 11

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Seville Foyer, Lobby Level

Registration

7 – 8 a.m. 
Seville Foyer, Lobby Level

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Seville Room, Lobby Level

Welcome Session

Damon Blythe, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and deputy chief operations officer - rail operations, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Seville Room, Lobby Level

Host Session I

 Moderator: 
Lynnette H. Ciavarella, senior division director of strategic capital planning,
Metra, Chicago, IL  

Metra/CDOT:  
Chicago Union Station Master Plan
Jeffrey J. Sriver, director of transportation planning and services, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL 

Pace:  
I-90 Jane Addams Investment
Charlotte O’Donnell, AICP, senior planner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Alex Garcia, associate planner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Michael Groh, associate planner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

CTA:   
Dan Ryan Red Line Construction Service Alternatives
Elsa Gutierrez, general manager service planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL 

RTA:   
Interagency Signage
Joseph A. Moriarty, principal analyst, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Seville Room, Lobby Level

Host Session II

Moderator:
Michael P. Bolton, deputy executive director, strategic services, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Metra: 
GTFS Data for Passenger Information and Operations Control

Jeff Brantz, manager, schedules/services, Metra, Chicago, IL 

Dan Miodonski, transportation specialist, Metra, Chicago, IL 

Pace:  
ART in the Suburbs
Brandy Kellom, bus rapid transit project manager, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

CTA:   
CTA BRT Strategies and Implementation
Jennifer Henry, manager, strategic planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

RTA:   
Regional TSP Implementation
Kevin Stanciel, division manager, regional coordination, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL 

12 – 1:30 p.m.
King Arthur Room

Lunch

Past Chair lunch presentation

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Seville Room, Lobby Level

Last Mile Connections

Overcoming that “last mile” to an employment center that is greater than a reasonable walk from a train station or fixed bus route can often be the greatest challenge for commuters and agencies.  Different strategies have been developed by transit agencies and employers to bridge the gap working singularly or in collaboration including public or private shuttles, vans, and purchased transportation.  Presenters will provide real-world case studies of how operational, fiscal and/or political challenges were overcome and practical lessons learned

Moderator:
T. R. Hickey, 
chair, ATPA Streetcar Subcommittee, and chief development officer, Virginia Railway Express,
Alexandira, VA

Tri-Rail’s Last Mile Connections        
Marcin Gadek, operations compliance officer, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Joseph Quinty, transportation planning manager, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL                                  

Chicago Region Shuttle Bugs
Peter Fahrenwald, manager, regional planning, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

Hersh Singh, strategic analyst, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

Designing Shuttle Connection to Commuter Rail Using Census O & D Data
Hazel Scher, associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associations, Inc., Seattle, WA

Gretchen Johnson, associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associations, Inc., Boston, MA

Thomas Wittmann, P.E.,  Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associations, Inc.,
Seattle, WA

3 – 4:15 p.m.
Seville Room, Lobby Level

 

Restructuring Service around High Frequency Service (Part 1)

Implementation of new high-frequency transit service (heavy rail, LRT, BRT, express service) often requires modifications to connecting transit service. Presenters will share examples of planning and service implementation that focused on restructuring/rerouting of local service to meet new high-frequency transit, as well as examples of reallocation (cuts) of service that were needed to keep service lean and fresh following the implementation of the new high-frequency service.

Moderator:
Pat Scrimgeour,
manager, transit service planning and reporting, OC Transpo/City of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Light Rail Connects St. Paul and Minneapolis – Green Line and her Buses
John Dillery, senior transit planner, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Fairfax County Silver Line Bus Service Plan 
Nick Perfili, chief, Fairfax Connector Section, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Stephen Falbel, senior consultant, TranSystems Corporation, Montepiler, VT

RTD West Rail Line Service Plan and Route Restructuring
Eric Miller, senior rail service planner/scheduler, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Lacy Bell, planning project manager, Regional Transportaton District, Denver, CO

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Seville Room, Lobby Level

Calculating Running Time

Transit agencies employ a variety of techniques for setting running time, ranging from statistical methods to detailed review at the trip or segment level. Each approach has impacts on service efficiency, on-time performance, operator satisfaction, and planning/scheduling staff effectiveness. Presenters from two transit agencies will focus on the best practices they employ for setting running time and the outcomes of these practices

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

RTD I-225 Rail Line Running Time Calculation
Eric Miller, senior rail service planner/scheduler, Regional Transportation District,
Denver, CO

Lacy Bell, planning project manager, Regional Transportaton District, Denver, CO

Using Runtime Frequency Distributions to Optimize Trip Times / Performance
Eric Callison, operations analyst, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Toledo Room, 5th Floor
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, August 12

7 a.m.  – 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Balcony,
8th Floor

Registration

7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Balcony,
8th Floor

Transit Poster Display

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Balcony,
8th Floor

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor

Open Forum

Jim Moore, immediate past chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and service planner, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor

Planning Staff Cordination

In metropolitan areas around North America, how transit planning is handled and how planners coordinate their work varies widely. In some areas, long range and short range transit planning are in two completely separate agencies. In others, they are in the same agency. Some transit agencies have route, schedule and operations planning, and schedule production handled by different work groups. In others, they are all in the same work group. Several agencies will present on how their planning and scheduling processes are organized, and how coordination of these functions does or does not work effectively, and  lessons to be learned.

Moderator:
Paul Bignardi, AICP,
1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and principal  transportation planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Opening the Black Box to Shed Light on Translink’s Network Management Process
Peter Klitz, senior planner, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC

My Bus is Too Crowded
Katie Chalmers, transportation planner III, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

Land Use and the Transit Market
Kyle Burrows, associate transit planner, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Coordinated Transit Planning at King County Metro
Lisa Shafer, transportation planner III, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation,
Seattle, WA

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor

Public Outreach (Part 1)

Although each project is different, the process of public outreach and public meetings is an element of planning that is fairly standard. Successful public outreach and public meetings can be critical to achieve the goals of a transit project, but what are the elements and strategies that help to ensure success? Presenters will share triumphs and failures (or outright horror stories), discuss useful concepts, and illustrate lessons learned.

Moderator:
Cyndi Harper,
2nd vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and manager of route planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

PlanltMetro – Lessons from Three Year’s of Blogging about Transit Planning
Michael Eichler, senior planner, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Getting Real Feedback from Real Customers
Steve Patrinick, senior service planner, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

Tracy Manning, manager of route planning, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

How to Engage, Enlighten and Empower without Being Run Out of Town
Kim Walton, transportation planner III, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Public Outreach and Bus Stop Consolidation at WMATA
Jamie Cepler, bus operations specialist, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Empire Room, 7th Floor

Lunch / Local Chicago Transit Officials Panel 
 

Moderator:
Cyndi Harper, 2nd vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and manager of route planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Michael Connelly, vice president, planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Michael P. Bolton, deputy executive director, strategic services, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Lynnette, H. Ciavarella, senior division director, strategic capital planning, Metra, Chicago, IL

Jessica A. Hector-Hsu, division manager, strategic planning and policy, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor

Relationships between Planning and Operations

Relationships between service planning and operations can realize untold benefits. Not all service planners speak "operation," while operations staff may feel that planners are making service decisions without incorporating the realities of day-to-day operations. Presenters will share their best approaches to enhance the relationship between planning and operations.

Moderator:
Michael Abegg,
ITS project manager, CH2M Hill, Chicago, IL

Subway Service Improvements from Collaboration between Operations and Operations Planning at New York City Transit
Peter Cafiero, chief operations planning officer, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

John G. Gaul, vice president, service delivery, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Facilitating Subway Services Improvements – Use Real-Time Data Visualization
Alla Reddy,
senior director system and data research, MTA New York City Transit,
New York, NY

Boris Suchkov, principal transportation planner, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Building Effective Ties between Planning and Operations
Kristin Thompson, supervisor, service analysis, Metro Transit Minneapolis, MN

Operatings Planning: MTA Bus Operations
Mark Holmes, chief officer, operations planning, MTA Bus Company, New York, NY

Andrew Grahl, acting assistant chief officer. schedules, MTA Bus Company, New York, NY

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor

 

Public Outreach (Part 2)

Although each project is different, the process of public outreach and public meetings is an element of planning that is fairly standard. Successful public outreach and public meetings can be critical to achieve the goals of a transit project, but what are the elements and strategies that help to ensure success? Presenters will share triumphs and failures (or outright horror stories), that discuss useful concepts and illustrate lessons learned.

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

Playing Games: Transit Values Exercise
Roland Behee, strategic planning unit manager, Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA

Metrobus Line by Annual Report – Ready for the Next Budget Cycle
Albert Himes, assistant planning manager – bus route development, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Sam Stepney, planning manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

“Pushy” Engagement – Metro’s in-your-face Approach to Public Involvement
Scott Giering, senior planner, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Using the Web to Engage the Community on Transit Network Design Trade-offs

Matt Craig, manager systems planning, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC

4:50 - 5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor

Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommitee Meeting

Damon Blythe, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and deputy chief operations officer - rail operations, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA

 

Wednesday, August 13

7 – 10 a.m.
Exchange Foyer, 11th Floor

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Exchange Foyer, 11th Floor

Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Exchange Room, 11th Floor

Open Forum

Paul Bignardi, AICP, 1st vice chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and principal transportation planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

8:45 – 10 a.m.
Exchange Room, 11th Floor

 

Borrowing Successful Ideas from Other Areas

Has your agency borrowed well-proven concepts from other areas and applied them to your home area? Did you have trouble convincing local stakeholders they were ideas worth implementing in your area? Presenters will be exploring the challenges of transferring good, proven ideas to new markets, and the modifications required to make them fit.

Moderator:
Ronald Downing,
director of planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA

Bring a Proven Concept to Market: Bus Operations on Shoulders
Seth Morgan, senior planner, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

Michael P. Bolton, deputy executive director, strategic services, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL

The Importance of Peer Agencies in the Development of Service Standards
Thomas More, transportation/transit planner, HDR, Phoenix, AZ

Finding the Untapped Market
Dan Boyle, president, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Exchange Room, 11th Floor

Restructuring Service around High-Frequency Service (Part 2)

Implementation of new high-frequency transit service (heavy rail, LRT, BRT, express service) often requires modifications to connecting transit service. Presenters will share examples of planning and service implementation that focused on restructuring / rerouting of local service to meet new high frequency transit, as well as examples of reallocation (cuts) of service that were needed to keep service lean and fresh following the implementation of the new high-frequency service

Moderator:
Jim Moore, immediate past chair, APTAMultimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and service planner, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Impact Analysis on Corridor Overlay vs. Single Route Service in Planning
Joseph Alsop, senior service planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

BRT Implementation in Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Anil Yazici, research associate, University Transportation Research Center, Region 2, The City College of New, York, New York, NY

Dr. Camille Kamga, director, University Transportation Research Center, Region 2, The City College of New York, New York, NY

Getting the Maximum Network Benefits from Your New High Capacity Line
Ken Zatarain, chair, APTA Environmental Justice/Title II Subcommittee, and director, service planning and scheduling, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Exchange Room, 11th Floor

 

Closing

Damon Blythe, chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee, and deputy chief operations officer - rail operations, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA

1 - 5 p.m.
Off Site

Technical Tours

 

Lake-Cook Shuttle Bug Tour

In a partnership between the Lake-Cook TMA, Pace, Metra, and the RTA, a successful network of shuttles are operated from north suburban Metra stations to major employers in the Lake-Cook Road corridor, completing the “last-mile” connection for reverse commuters from Chicago as well as employees living to the north along the Metra lines (Milwaukee District – North Line and Union Pacific – North Line).  Participants will ride Metra to the Lake-Cook station, and have an opportunity to discuss how the Shuttle Bug network was developed and operates with representatives of the TMA, Pace, and Metra, while viewing several of the employer locations on a special trip of one of the Shuttle Bugs, provided for the tour by Pace.  

The tour will depart from Union Station on Milwaukee District – North at 1:35pm and return at 4:22pm.  Tour is limited to 22 participants.

 

Pace Bus-on-Shoulders Tour

In 2011, through a joint partnership with the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, Pace Suburban Bus and RTA, Pace has operated premium bus-on-shoulders express service on certain sections of I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) between downtown Chicago and various southwest suburban communities. When traffic speeds are slow, Pace express buses may use the inside shoulder of I-55 designed for shoulder-riding. Since its introduction, the bus-on-shoulders has seen a significant increase in ridership warranting further expansion in late August 2014.  Participants will ride an in-service Pace express bus from Downtown Chicago to Plainfield, IL and back again.

Please meet in the hotel lobby at 12:30p.m. as the bus will depart at 12:35p.m. The bus will return us to the Union Station area at approximately 4p.m., and participants will need to make their own arrangements to return to the hotel from there (via local CTA transit, Divvy bike share, or a half-hour walk). Tour is limited to 35 participants.

 

Chicago Transit Authority Loop Elevated Tour

Since its opening on October 12, 1897, the Loop Elevated has been one of the key components of Chicago’s rail rapid transit system. Built to link the rail lines of three of the private elevated railroad companies which preceded today’s Chicago Transit Authority, the “Union Loop” was an immediate success. To this day, the Loop Elevated serves not only as the destination for many CTA passengers, but also as a key transfer point for passengers travelling to their final destinations. Today, the Loop “L” is used by five of CTA’s eight rail lines, and offers free transfers between seven of the eight CTA rail lines. The Loop Elevated has seen many changes over the course of its nearly 117 years, including various track alignments and operating arrangements, modifications to and replacements of stations, track and signal upgrades, etc. Join us on our own train, which will circulate around the Loop while the history of the “L” is recounted by two of CTA’s staff who are recognized as the foremost experts on the subject.

 

Chicago Transit Authority Communication/Power Control Center Tour

The Chicago Transit Authority operates rail and bus service in the Chicago metropolitan area, which provides rides to 1.68 million passengers on an average weekday.  CTA trains make about 2,250 trips each day over 224 route miles of track and 145 stations.  CTA buses operate over 127 routes and 1,354 route miles, making approximately 19,000 trips per day. 

 

Keeping track of all this activity is CTA’s Communication/Power Control Center (CPC).  CTA’s skilled staff of controllers and managers monitors the progress of both trains and buses, and intervenes when necessary to keep both rail and bus traffic moving during both normal and unusual situations.  CPC personnel also are called upon to remove and restore power to the electrified third rail for planned and unplanned track outages.  The CPC is the primary contact point between the CTA and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, which coordinates the dispatch of personnel from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments.  It goes without saying that there is really no such thing as a “normal” day at the CPC.

 

You are invited to take a look at CTA’s Control Center, to see how our professional and experienced staff keep public transit in Chicago on the move every day.  Due to space restrictions, participation in the tour of the Control Center is limited to ten people.  Meet in hotel lobby at 1:00 PM for special CTA bus for this tour.  Note: return from tour will be by regular CTA bus/rail routes which will require a 1/2-mile walk to nearest bus stop/’L station.

 

  

Metra Consolidated Control Facility Tour

Metra’s Consolidated Control Facility (CCF), located in Chicago at 15th and Canal, is the focal point for management of Metra operated trains. It includes the computer aided dispatch system for train operations on the Metra system (including the Metra Contract Carrier Dispatch) as well as police dispatch and signal system control.  The Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), which coordinates passenger and rail freight operations throughout the Chicago region, is housed within this facility. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the CCF facility and learn how CCF and CTCO operate.  The tour will include an overview of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, a $3.8B program of projects to improve the flow of the busiest rail terminal in the nation that accommodates one quarter of the nation’s freight rail volume and over seven hundred passenger trains each weekday.    The tour is limited to 20 participants.  Meet in hotel lobby at 1:00 PM for special CTA bus for this tour.  Note: return from tour will be by regular CTA bus/rail routes which will require a 1/2-mile walk to nearest bus stop.

 

  

Behind the Scenes at Union Station

Explore daily operations at Chicago’s historic Union Station, among the nation’s busiest railroad terminals, to observe the challenges it faces and opportunities. The City of Chicago, Amtrak, and Metra have been key partners in developing a Master Plan for the station (http://www.unionstationmp.com/), which is now in Stage 2 of its development.  This tour will show participants both the transportation aspects of the station and some of the development opportunities in the station.

The tour is limited to 30 participants. 

 

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