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American Public Transportation Association

 Program Overview

The 2012 APTA Rail Conference will be held on June 3 - 6, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion.

The full conference program is now available. Please note that you will receive this program in printed form when you arrive at the conference.

This page is an overview of the conference schedule. Please note that the schedule is preliminary and subject to change. For more details, see:

As of May 23, 2012

Saturday, June 2
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

International Rail Rodeo

DART’s Northwest Rail Operation Facility (NWROF) 9717 Abernathy Avenue Dallas, TX 75220

Spectator shuttles depart from the Hyatt every 30 minutes starting at 7:30 a.m.

8 a.m. (tee time)

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Benefit Golf Tournament

Advanced registration required by May 28.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rail System Safety Seminar

Reverchon A&B, Atrium Level

Pre-registration for the Rail System Safety Seminar is required by May 24. Please email APTA’s Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com or telephone 202-496-4879.

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A Multimodal tour of the DFW Metroplex
Part 1: Urban Rail

Each tour is limited to 45 people and advanced registration is required.

12 p.m - 6:30 p.m.

A Multimodal tour of the DFW Metroplex
Part 2: Commuter and Regional Rail

Each tour is limited to 45 people and advanced registration is required.

1 - 5 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk

Trinity A, Lobby Level

3 - 8:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7 - 10 p.m.

Evening at Gilley's

APTA Rail Conference registrants and guests are invited to join host Dallas Area Rapid Transit for dinner, music, dance lessons, mechanical bull riding, and much more at Gilley's Dallas. Come join in the fun at this down-home party that would make even the Ewing family proud. So, dust off those boots, pack your western wear, and join us for an evening of fun and entertainment.

There is no cost for registrants and guests, but please RSVP by May 29 by checking the box on the Rail Conference registration form.

Shuttle service will be provided every 15 minutes, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Gilley's, with a stop at Convention Center Station (for registrants not staying at the Hyatt.)

View the Evening at Gilley's brochure (pdf)

Sunday, June 3
7 - 8:45 a.m.

Mid-Level Managers Welcome & Orientation Breakfast Meeting

Gaston A&B, Atrium Level

Please contact Jose Reyes at jreyes@apta.com by May 21 if you plan to attend.

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Committee Meetings

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk

Trinity A, Lobby Level

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

Baker Room, Atrium Level

1 - 2 p.m.

Meet the APTA CEO

Bryan Beeman A, Atrium Level

2:30 - 4 p.m.

This is APTA

Bryan Beeman A, Atrium Level

4 - 5:15 p.m.

Host Forum: Regionalism through Tri-Party Coordination

Landmark Ballroom A&B, Lobby Level

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Dallas Reception at Rail Product & Services Showcase

Marsalis Hall, Exhibition Level

7:30 - 10 p.m.

International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet

Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level

Tickets may be purchased during the Rail Conference registration process for $75 each.

Monday, June 4
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

Landmark Ballroom D, Lobby Level

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk

Trinity A, Lobby Level

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Landmark Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

Baker Room, Atrium Level

Business Member Resource Room

Cockrell Room, Atrium Level

TCRP Information Center

Landmark Circle, Lobby Level

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening General Session

Landmark Ballroom A&B, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Major Transit Agencies Move to Driverless Operation - Reunion Ballroom B, Lobby Level
  • Traction Power - Reunion Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Rail Standards - Reunion Ballroom A, Lobby Level
  • Analyze This! Tools for Reducing Accidents & Minimizing Hazards - Landmark Ballroom D, Lobby Level
  • Technologies Supporting Rail Security…What Works? - Reunion Ballroom E, Lobby Level
  • How is the Rail Market Changing? - Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level
  • Integrating High-Speed Rail in Existing Corridors - Landmark Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Streamlining Project Development in a Multimodal Environment - Reunion Ballroom F, Lobby Level
12 - 3 p.m.

Products & Services Showcase (includes lunch)

Marsalis Hall, Exhibition Level

2 - 3 p.m.

Interactive Presentations

Marsalis Concourse, Exhibition Level

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Communications Systems - Reunion Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Rolling Stock Equipment Part 1: Fleet Asset Management & Practices - Reunion Ballroom F, Lobby Level
  • Fitness for Duty - Reunion Ballroom A, Lobby Level
  • Prioritizing Rail in the Region - Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level
  • Status of High-Speed & Intercity Rail ADA Accessibility - Landmark Ballroom A, Lobby Level
  • Buy America: What IS Reasonable for U.S. Workers AND Rail Systems? - Reunion Ballroom E, Lobby Level
  • Delivering Integrated Systems: Strategies for Success - Reunion Ballroom B, Lobby Level
  • Contracting: In-House or Outsourcing for Operations & Maintenance - Landmark Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Overcoming Labor-Management Challenges: Finding Common Ground Through Collaborative Projects - Landmark Ballroom D, Lobby Level
  • Safety Culture Job #1 for Policy & C-Level Leaders - Landmark Ballroom B, Lobby Level
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Tuesday, June 5
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk

Trinity A, Lobby Level

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Landmark Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Committee Meetings

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

Baker Room, Atrium Level

Business Member Resource Room

Cockrell Room, Atrium Level

TCRP Information Center

Landmark Circle, Lobby Level

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Capital Project Updates

Landmark Ballroom D, Lobby Level

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Signal Systems - Reunion Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Energy, Environment & Rail - Cumberland L, Exhibition Level
  • Rolling Stock Equipment Part 2: Vehicle Technology & Procurement - Reunion Ballroom F, Lobby Level
  • Maintenance Practices for Reliability - Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level
  • Cyber Security & Hacking: Should Rail Systems be Concerned? - Reunion Ballroom B, Lobby Level
  • Engaging Diverse Communities in the Planning Process - Sanger A&B, Atrium Level
  • Alternative Delivery - Reunion Ballroom E, Lobby Level
  • Positive Train Control — Institutional Approaches - Reunion Ballroom A, Lobby Level
  • DBE & Small Business Programs Compliance — How Are We Doing? - Pegasus Ballroom, Lobby Level

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Implementing the PTC Technology — Technical Issues - Reunion Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Track & Rail Research - Cumberland L, Exhibition Level
  • Rail Service During Special Events & Extreme Weather - Reunion Ballroom A, Lobby Level
  • How Attention to ‘Broken Windows’ & ‘All Hazards’ Sets the Foundationfor Rail Security - Reunion Ballroom E, Lobby Level
  • Why Do Good Employees Sometimes Violate Key Operating Rules? - Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level
  • Managing PPP Transactions for the Public Interest - Pegasus Ballroom, Lobby Level
  • Mobility Management for Sustainable Communities - Sanger A&B, Atrium Level
  • Life Cycle Approaches to Delivering Integrated Systems - Reunion Ballroom B, Lobby Level
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

General Forum

Reunion Ballroom F, Lobby Level

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

General Luncheon: What's Next? Game Changers for Rail Service

Landmark Ballroom A-C, Lobby Level

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Fare Collection Architectures for Mobile Phones - Cumberland L, Exhibition Level
  • Rail Operating Practices - Reunion Ballroom A, Lobby Level
  • Grade Crossing Safety — A Continuing Pursuit - Reunion Ballroom G&H, Lobby Level
  • Moving from BRT to LRT - Reunion Ballroom B, Lobby Level
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Crashworthiness Research, Standards Application & Structural Behavior - Reunion Ballroom F, Lobby Level
  • Emerging Technology - Reunion Ballroom C, Lobby Level
  • Path of Travel: Effective Approaches for Accessibility in Rail Stations & Intermodal Facilities - Pegasus Ballroom, Lobby Level
  • Current Issues & Challenges in Rail Security - Reunion Ballroom E, Lobby Level
  • High-Performance Corridors - Landmark Ballroom D, Lobby Level
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Urban Circulator & Streetcar Peer Round Table - Reverchon A&B, Atrium Level
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

DART Technical Tours

Sign up on-site (and early) for the tours of your choice at the DART host information desk in the APTA registration area.

2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

National Transit Institute Course
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

Moreno A&B, Atrium Level

All conference registrants are invited to attend at no additional charge. Pre-registration for the course is not necessary. Attendance is on a first-come, first served, space-and-materials available basis, limited to 40 participants.

Wednesday, June 6
8 - 9 a.m.

Coffee Service

Landmark Ballroom Foyer, Lobby Level

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk

Trinity A, Lobby Level

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

Baker Room, Atrium Level

Business Member Resource Room

Cockrell Room, Atrium Level

TCRP Information Center

Landmark Circle, Lobby Level

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Noise and Vibration Mitigation: Track Infrastructure - Landmark Ballroom F, Lobby Level
  • Asset Management Best Practices - Landmark Ballroom D, Lobby Level
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Streetcars - Pegasus Ballroom B, Lobby Level
  • Integrating Regional Fare Systems - Cumberland L, Exhibition Level
  • Federal Safety Regulations - Reunion Ballroom H, Lobby Level
  • Station Area Planning - Reunion Ballroom E, Lobby Level
  • Keeping Customers in Touch While They’re in Transit - Sanger A&B, Atrium Level
  • Passenger-Freight Success Stories - Reunion Ballroom G, Lobby Level
  • Training Partnership Programs for the Rail Industry’s Next Generation Workforce - Landmark Ballroom C, Lobby Level

10:45 - 12 p.m.

Closing General Session: The Role of the Rail System, Suppliers & Counsel in an NTSB Accident Investigation

Landmark Ballroom A&B, Lobby Level

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 5 p.m.

National Transit Institute (Day 1)
Risk Assessment for Transit Capital Projects

Reverchon A&B, Atrium Level

Fee for contractors and consultants: $300. Tuition waived for federal, state and local government employees who work in transportation or related areas. Pre-registration has closed, and on-site registration will be limited to a space-and-materials-available basis. This course is limited to 35 persons.

1 - 5 p.m.

FTA New and Small Starts Workshop

Cotton Bowl, Atrium Level

Fee: $75 for those not registered for the Rail Conference. Attendance is limited, so please sign up early at the APTA registration desk in in the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

DART Technical Tours

Sign up on-site (and early) for the tours of your choice at the DART host information desk in the APTA registration area.

Thursday, June 7
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

National Transit Institute (Day 2)
Risk Assessment for Transit Capital Projects

See description on previous day.


APTA reserves the right to revise the Rail Conference schedule.

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