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 Schedule

APTA's 2011 Rail Conference is scheduled for June 12-15, 2011, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA.

The full conference printed program, which will be distributed at the conference, is now available online. Please note that the information in the program is as of May 31, and is subject to change.

This page is an overview of the conference schedule. Please note that APTA reserves the exclusive right to make program changes at any time. For more details, see:

Last updated June 8, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011
7 a.m. - 2 p.m. International Rail Rodeo
8:50 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Technical Tour

  • Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, ME
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. APTA Rail System Safety Seminar
(reservations required)
1 - 5 p.m. Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk
3 - 9:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
Sunday, June 12, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk
Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room
3 - 4 p.m. This is APTA -- Realizing the Full Potential of Membership
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Host Forum:
Transportation Reform in Massachusetts: On Track for Success
6 - 7 p.m. Welcome to Boston Reception
7- 9:30 p.m.

APTA International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet
(tickets required)  

Monday, June 13, 2011
7 - 8:15 a.m. Business Member Networking Breakfast
(advance registration suggested)
7 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings
7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room 
Business Member Resource Room
TCRP Information Center
8:30 - 10:15 a.m. Opening General Session:
Public Transportation Takes Us There
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • High-Speed Rail Update
  • Making the Case for Sustainable Operations
  • Rail Safety Improvement Act
  • Regional Rail System Development: Models for Commuter & Regional Rail Expansion
  • Risk Assessment
  • Security Program Lifecycle
  • Standards Program Overview
  • Street Railways and Transit Oriented Development
12 - 2 p.m. General Luncheon:
The Power of Rail as a Foundation for Economic Growth
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Building Partnerships for Mixed Income TOD
  • Crashworthiness – Integrating New Perspectives
  • Direct Fixation Track Structure & Infrastructure Inspection
  • Global Case Studies of Emerging High-Speed Rail Programs
  • Honolulu's Automated Light Metro
  • Positive Train Control Policy
  • Traction Power
4 - 4:45 p.m. FRA Forum
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • FRA Forum
  • Interaction of Operating Procedures and Tunnel Ventilation
  • Joint Development at Major Rail and Transit Terminals
  • Making the Business Case for Sustainability
  • Train Control
  • What?! A Standard LRV RFP?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rail Products & Services Showcase
(includes continental breakfast and lunch)  

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room
Business Member Resource Room 
TCRP Information Center
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Capital Project Updates

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • The Case for Interoperability
  • Contract Out or Perform In-House
  • Cyber Security -- Assessment and Mitigation
  • Emerging Streetcar Technologies (webcast session)
  • Moving Towards a State of Good Repair
  • Noise and Vibration Control at the Wheel/Rail Interface
9 - 10:30 a.m. Interactive Presentations
9 - 11:30 a.m.

Technical Tour

  • Everett Shops Subway Main Repair Facility
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Communications (webcast session)
  • Measuring Safety Performance
  • Social Media
  • Systems Engineering + Project Management = Capital Projects Success
  • Urban Track Standards
12 - 1:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
1 - 4:30 p.m.

Technical Tours

  • Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
  • Operations Control Center
  • Blue Line Maintenance Facility Orient Heights Carhouse
1:30 - 5:30 p.m. NTI TRAINING
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment
(sign up on-site at the APTA registration desk)
1:45 - 6 p.m.

Technical Tour

  • Living History: Lowell National Historic Park
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Bikes on Trains: Meeting the Increasing Demand
  • Commitment to Diversity
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements in Rail Vehicle Design and Operation
  • New Planning Partners in Sustainable Corridors
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Policy, Practice, Panacea?
  • Return on Investment for High-Speed Rail
  • Shared Use
  • Transit Labor Management Contracts – Models for Success
5:15 - 8:45 p.m. Harbor Cruise
6 - 7 p.m. COMTO Reception
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
7 - 8 a.m. Coffee Service
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Conference Registration Desk & Host Information Desk
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room 
Business Member Resource Room 
TCRP Information Center
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Corridor Planning in a Multimodal Environment
  • Fare Policy: Open Payment Systems and Regional Applications of Smartcards
  • Rail Security: What Progress Have We Made?
  • Revolutionizing Wayside Track Worker Safety
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. *cancelled* NTI TRAINING
Narrowbanding: Are You Prepared?
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Technical Tour

  • Everett Shops Subway Main Repair Facility
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Executive Round Table: Agency and Organized Labor Address Today's Challenges
  • FRA Waivers -- An Alternate Approach
  • Integrating Intercity and High-Speed Rail with Local Transit
  • New Approaches to Improving Rule Adherence
  • New Fare Collection Systems
  • Operations Control Centers
  • Quality Assurance Techniques to Improve System Accessibility
  • Where Will the Money Come From?
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Closing General Session:
Calling Out the Rail Critics: Facts Are On Our Side
12:30 - 5:30 p.m. NTI TRAINING
Transit Asset Management -- Part 1
(sign up on-site at the APTA registration desk)
1 - 2:30 p.m. Committee Meetings
1 - 5 p.m. What’s on the Horizon: New and Small Starts Workshop
(registration required)
1:30 - 4 p.m.

Technical Tours

  • Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
  • Blue Line Maintenance Facility Orient Heights Carhouse
  • Operations Control Center
1:30 - 5 p.m.

Self-Guided Tour

  • A Multimodal Tour of "Beantown"
Thursday, June 16, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. NTI TRAINING
Transit Asset Management -- Part 2
(sign up on-site at the APTA registration desk)

 

North American Section of Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) Annual General Meeting to be in conjunction with APTA Rail Conference.

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