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 Program Overview

Final Program
(as of June 2, 2014)

The 2014 APTA Rail Conference June 15-18 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and Palais des congrès de Montréal. Co-hosted by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), this technical conference focuses on all rail modes: urban, commuter, intercity and high-speed rail. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experience, and solutions and join the discussions on best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another. 

Remember to bring your passport; best to also bring a copy of this program.

Please note that English is the official language of the conference.

The program of educational sessions is organized by six tracks of study:

  • TRACK 1: Technology & Technical Forums
  • TRACK 2: Operations
  • TRACK 3: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • TRACK 4: Planning, Sustainability & Finance
  • TRACK 5: Capital Programs
  • TRACK 6: Management & Policy

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated June 5, 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

International Rail Rodeo Competition

7:30 a.m  Shotgun
(bus departs the hotel at 6:40 a.m.)

 

22nd APTF Annual Benefit Golf Tournament   REGISTER TODAY!
Club De Golf De L’ iLe De Montréal, QC

The American Public Transportation Foundation’s annual golf tournament is one of its major fundraising activities; and we ask that you demonstrate your continued support and investment in our next generation of leaders.
 
Visit the APTF website to register for the golf tournament and learn about sponsorship opportunities. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Pamela Boswell at 202.496.4803 or pboswell@apta.com,
or Mariah Stanley at 202.496.4818 or mstanley@apta.com.

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TRACK 3: Rail System Safety Seminar

If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, then you will want to attend the annual System Safety Seminar. The interactive seminar will focus on the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations and will provide an opportunity to share and learn about effective practices being developed and applied in our industry. The seminar is sponsored by APTA’s Rail Safety Management Program for the benefit of all management personnel. 

FEE: There is no separate registration fee required.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so make your reservations early by emailing APTA’s Bill Grizard at bgrizard@apta.com.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Bill Grizard at 202.496.4878 or bgrizard@apta.com

 

1 - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

                Bags sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff.
               
Lanyards sponsored by HNTB Corporation.
                Conference app sponsored by LTK Engineering Services.

  • Host Information Desk
2 - 4 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors Meeting

7 - 10 p.m. 
(shuttle service begins at 6:40 p.m.)

 

EVENING RECEPTION: Montréal Oh la la!   JUST ADDED!

CDP Capital Center parquet,
1000, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
(business casual dress suggested)

You are invited to a reception offered by the hosts of APTA’s Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo, Agence métropolitaine de transport President and CEO Nicolas Girard and Société de transport de Montréal CEO Carl Desrosiers. Please join us at the CDP Capital Center parquet, for a cocktail buffet that will plunge you into Montréal’s festival atmosphere, featuring music, circus performances, and local flavors.

Plan now to attend the reception! Transportation between the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and the reception venue will be provided from 6:40 to 10 p.m.  Buses will depart from and return to the Mansfield Street entrance of the hotel.
 

Presented by Bombardier

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 15
6:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Mid-Level Managers Welcome
& Orientation Breakfast Meeting

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings 

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

LISTENING SESSION: APTA's Committee Structure

Come join in an open dialogue on APTA’s committees. APTA has an extensive committee structure allowing members to exchange information and collaborate on a wide range of policy, technical, and cross-cutting issues. The APTA Board of Directors is currently soliciting member feedback on APTA’s committee structure to ensure it is as efficient, effective, and as inclusive as possible.

12:45 - 2 p.m.

LISTENING SESSION: 2015-2019 APTA Strategic Plan

Join in an open discussion on APTA’s next five-year strategic plan. What should be APTA’s top areas of focus for 2015-2019?

2:30 - 4 p.m.

This is APTA
How
to get the most from your membership

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at Rail Product & Services Showcase 

Sponsored by IEC Holden Inc.


7:15 - 9:30 p.m.

International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet

Purchase your tickets online when you pre-register for the conference.

MONDAY, JUNE 16
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings 

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

 

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
  • Business Member Resource Room
  • TCRP Information Center
8:30 - 10 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION
America's Future is Riding on Public Transportation

      Sponsored by AECOM.

 

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

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSONS

TRACK 1: Communications-Based Train Control

       Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

TRACK 1: Fare Collection System Technologies: Architectures, Hardware & Mobile Apps

TRACK 3: When Mother Nature Strikes

TRACK 4: A Tale of Three Streetcar Cities

TRACK 6: Career Progression: Choices, Decisions, Outcomes

TRACK 6: Innovative Business Models in Rail Service

TRACK 6: HOST FORUM Montreal in the Era of Sustainable Mobility

12 - 3 p.m.

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE (includes lunch) 

Exhibitor information & reservations available online.

2:30 - 4 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Update
Featuring U.S. Department of Transportation Officials

4:30 - 6 p.m.

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK 1: Positive Train Control (PTC) Technology

TRACK 1: Elevators & Escalators

TRACK 2: Technical Standards

TRACK 3: Developing Performance Metrics for Your MAP-21 Safety Plan

TRACK 3: International Security for Public Transport -- Do We All Face the Same Issues?

TRACK 4: Transit-Oriented Development, Joint Development & Value Capture

TRACK 5: Small Business Challenges with Evolving Project Delivery Methods

TRACK 5: Urban Rail in Canada: Keeping Pace with Growth

TRACK 6: Mid-Level Managers' Careers -- Preparing for Next Steps                       

TUESDAY, JUNE 17
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
  • Business Member Resource Room
  • TCRP Information Center
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK 2: Use of Technology & Performance Data to Enhance Customer Experience

TRACK 2: Finding Capacity  through Operations Planning

TRACK 2: Peer Reviews--What Are Transit Agencies Reviewing? What's Involved?

TRACK 3: Advances in Rail Corridor Safety Part I: Grade Crossings

TRACK 4: Access by Design

TRACK 4: Funding, Finance & Making the Business Case

TRACK 6: APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly: Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) 
Joint Venture Teams

TRACK 6: Commuter Rail Round-Up

TRACK 6: It's All About Advocacy: How to Engage the Public and Stakeholders

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

CAPITAL PROJECT UPDATES &
INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS FOR RAIL FACILITIES

8:30 a.m.  Final Steps of Houston METROs Journey to Deliver Light Rail to Houston

9 a.m. A Minuscule Country Builds the Longest Rail Tunnel of the World: Financing the Gotthard Base Tunnel

9:30 a.m. Delivering Mega Projects on a Live Rail System: The UK Perspective

10 a.m. Implementing ATC/CBTC on the Toronto Subway

10:30 a.m. The Train de l'Est: Challenges of the Northern Leg

11 a.m. Challenges and Solutions for a Complex Collaborative Project between ConnDOT and MTA Metro-North

11:30 a.m. Construction Challenges of the Green Line Extension through Cambridge, Somerville and Medford, MA

...continues at 2 p.m.

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

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK 1: Signal Systems

TRACK 1: Driverless / Automated Rail

TRACK 2: Managing Service Planning Challenges during Major Capital Projects

TRACK 2: Third-Party Outsourcing Considerations for Electronic Payment Systems

TRACK 4: Enhancing Intermodal Coordination & Cost Sharing between Partners

TRACK 6: CEOs Report - State of the North American Rail Transit Industry

TRACK 6: The Future of High-Speed Rail

TRACK 6: Front-Line Workforce Development Initiatives

12:15 - 2 p.m.

GENERAL LUNCHEON
Safety & Security Excellence Awards and
Commemoration: 100th Anniversary of Transit Safety Awards

   Sponsored by TranSystems Corporation.

 

2 - 5 p.m.

CAPITAL PROJECT UPDATES &
INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS FOR RAIL FACILITIES (continued)
2 p.m. From Unfunded to Completion: A $650 Million Renovation

2:30 p.m. Virginia Tech Intermodal Rail Station Design Studio Student Presentation

3 p.m. Planning and Design of the City of Poughkeepsie Transit Hub

3:30 p.m. Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail: More than a Construction Project

4 p.m. East Side Access Grand Central Terminal

4:30 p.m. CTA Fast-track Red Line Design Development and Construction
in High Traffic Corridor

2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK 1: Traction Power

TRACK 1: Rolling Stock, Railcars

TRACK 1: Track & Rail

       Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

TRACK 2: Maintenance & Testing Programs

TRACK 4: Urban Circulator Round Table

TRACK 5: Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Opportunities

       Session sponsored by SNC-Lavalin Inc.

TRACK 5: Systems Engineering

       Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

              

TRACK 6: Research, Standards & Innovations: Moving the Industry Forward

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

STM and AMT TECHNICAL TOURS

  • STM's Youville Workshops & Underground Fire Prevention Training Centre (2:30 - 5 p.m.) (50 person limit)
  • STM's New Control Centre and Metro Operating Systems (2:30 - 5:30 p.m.) (50 person limit)
  • AMT's Rolling Stock and Commuter Train Maintenance Centre (2:30 - 5:30 p.m.) (100 person limit)

Register on site at the host information desk in the APTA registration area. Saturday and Sunday registration is at the hotel; Monday through Wednesday registration is at the convention center.

2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

National Transit Institute (NTI) Training:
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

4:30 - 6 p.m.

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK1: CIO Round Table - Chief Information Officers

TRACK 1: Ventilation & Fire Protection

TARCK 3: Policing Models to Support Your Rail Agency

TRACK 4: Environmental Planning

TRACK 6: Mirror, Mirror - Transatlantic Passenger/Freight Envy

TRACK 6: High-Speed Rail: North American Projects

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
7 -  8:15 a.m. Committee Meetings
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
  • Business Member Resource Room
  • TCRP Information Center
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK 1: Emerging Trends in Streetcar Development

TRACK 1: Emerging Technology

TRACK 1: Noise & Vibration - From Theory to Practice

TRACK 4: Transit Asset Prioritization, State of Good Repair &
Performance-Based Planning Processes
           

9 - 10:30 a.m.

CONCURRENT EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

TRACK 3: Advances in Rail Corridor Safety Part II: Right-of-Way Worker Protection

TRACK 4: Prioritizing Rail in the Region

TRACK 5: Alternative Delivery Approaches: Selection & Implementation Experience

TRACK 6: To Tweet or Not to Tweet. That is the Question.

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
Rail -- The 21st Century's Economic Powerhouse

12:30 - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 5 p.m.

Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer (OLAV) Training for APTA Members

FEE: The training is available to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited to 15 persons on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your reservations early.

Pre-Registration required

1 - 5 p.m.

Improving Rail Transit Safety at Platform/Train and Platform/Guidway Interface

A workshop offered by Oregon State University to gather information on the Transit Cooperative Research Program's TCRP A-40 Project.

FEE: The workshop is available to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited to 40 persons on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your reservations by contacting Dr. Kate Hunter-Zaworski at hunterz@engr.orst.edu

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Charles Joseph at 202.496.4805 or cjoseph@apta.com.

1 - 5 p.m.

FTA's MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants (Section 5309) Program Workshop
and Listening Session

FEE: The workshop and listening session is available to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registation is requested and can be done here. Attendees may also register on site. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Rich Weaver at 202.496.4809 or rweaver@apta.com

1:15 - 5:30 p.m.

 

Un voyage multimodal de Montréal (A Multimodal Tour of Montréal)
(80 person limit)

From electric and diesel commuter rail lines to the rubber-tired subway that introduced the term “Metro” to North American, and the marvels of the Underground City connecting all together, Montréal offers the traveling professional a multimodal feast!  Come join us for the latest in the series of signature Multimodal Tours, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee Chair Tom Hickey offers the opportunity to see rail transit in Montréal from a “passenger’s eye” perspective. The tour will encompass several Metro lines and portions of the electric Deux-Montagnes and diesel Saint-Jérôme commuter rail lines, multimodal terminals and, of course, the Underground City. 

Join APTA Streetcar Subcommittee Chair Tom Hickey for an incomparable 4½-hour loop through transit and the urban landscape, starting and finishing at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.

Register on site at the host desk in the APTA registration area. Saturday and Sunday registration is at the hotel; Monday through Wednesday registration is at the convention center.

QUESTIONS? See details at the host information desk or contact VRE's Tom Hickey at thickey@vre.org.

1:30- 5:30 p.m.

STM and AMT TECHNICAL TOURS 

  • STM's Youville Workshops & Underground Fire Prevention Training Centre (1:30-4 p.m.) (50 person limit)
  • STM's New Control Centre and Metro Operating Systems (1:30-4:30 p.m.) (50 person limit)
  • AMT's New Commuter Train Line: Train de l'Est (1:30-5:30 p.m.; tour departs at
    1 p.m.) (100 person limit)

Register on site at the host information desk in the APTA registration area. Saturday and Sunday registration is at the hotel; Monday through Wednesday registration is at the convention center. 


APTA reserves the right to revise its Rail Conference schedule at any time.

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