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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2015 APTA Rail Conference is scheduled for June 21-24, at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Hosted by the Utah Transit Authority, this technical conference focuses on all rail transportation issues. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experience, and solutions. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share your best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.

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

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

Please note that this schedule (including locations) is subject to change.

Last Updated: June 23, 2015

 

Friday, June 19

A Multimodal Tour of the Mile-High City + California Zephyr to Salt Lake City - Day 1

8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The two-day tour continues on Saturday June 20, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 40 person limit
 
NOTE: Participants should arrange their travel to arrive in Denver on Thursday night June 18, and depart from Salt Lake City at the end of the Rail Conference.
 
While en route to the APTA Rail Conference in Salt Lake City, maximize your training and travel dollars by joining us first for a Multimodal Tour in Denver. The Mile High City has become a vibrant multimodal tapestry of rail passenger services, including intercity rail, commuter rail, light rail, and streetcars, all fully integrated at multimodal transit centers with an extensive network of local and regional commuter buses.

Friday, Denver:
We will start with presentations by the Regional Transit District (RTD) and Denver Regional Council of Governments describing regional transit initiatives, followed by field technical tours of RTD’s light rail lines and East Rail Line—the first all-new, electrified North American commuter rail line in over 30 years. Along the way, we’ll also see the privately-operated Platte Valley Trolley and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the landmark Union Station multimodal transportation center and transit-oriented development.

Saturday, Denver to Salt Lake City via Amtrak:
We’ll board Amtrak’s California Zephyr for a daylight trip over the Continental Divide through the Rocky Mountains and scenic Glenwood Canyon with discussions en route with Amtrak operating personnel.
The multimodal tour is conducted by Virginia Railway Express’ Tom Hickey, also the Immediate Past Chair of APTA’s Streetcar Subcommittee and Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee.

REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS?
Advance registration is required. Contact Tom Hickey at thickey@vre.org to reserve your place on the tour, and for details regarding Amtrak, lodging in Denver, and any other questions.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: Join Rail Colleagues in Utah and Make a Difference in Latin America

2 - 6 p.m.

(40 person limit)
The 2015 APTA Rail Conference theme of teamwork and partnerships extends to a community service project in which all conference registrants and guests are invited to participate. Coordinated by our host, Utah Transit Authority, the event will find volunteers at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Humanitarian Center organizing bundles of clothes to be packaged and shipped throughout Latin America. These shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, and housewares are distributed by such organizations as the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Community Services.

A bus will take volunteers from the Grand America Hotel to the Humanitarian Center. The bus will be ready for boarding at 2 p.m. and leave the hotel at 2:20 p.m. Participants will arrive back at the hotel by 6 p.m.
 

Saturday, June 20

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: UTA's Jordan River Service Center, 2264 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84109
 
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is proud to host the 23rd Annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, which features intense competition from the best rail operators and maintenance teams in North America. The operators’ competition begins at 7 a.m. and the maintainers’ competition is set to begin at 8 a.m. UTA is providing transportation to the rodeo site. Details are available at the host information desk in the APTA registration area In the Grand America Hotel.
 
This year there will be a special TEAM competition following lunch on Rodeo day for agencies that send both an Operator(s) and a Maintenance team.  
 
The rodeo competitors will be honored and the champions crowned at the International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 21, from 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. in the Imperial Ballroom A&B, First Floor, in the Grand America Hotel.

THANKS TO OUR RODEO MAINTENANCE EVENTS SPONSORS

• Alstom
• Educational Data Systems, Inc.
• Knorr Brake Corporation
• Penn Machine Company
• Siemens
• Wabtec/Wabco
• ZF Industries, LLC
 
see International Rail Rodeo for more information 
 
QUESTIONS?
Rodeo Registration: Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com
Rodeo Competition/Events: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.

A Multimodal Tour of the Mile-High City + California Zephyr to Salt Lake City - Day 2

8 - 11 a.m.

The two-day tour begins on Friday, June 19, 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 40 person limit
See tour and pre-registration information above.

Track 3: Rail System Safety Seminar

9 - 5 a.m.
Audubon, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, you will want to attend this interactive seminar to learn more about the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations. Attend this need-to-know event to hear about and share 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: The Rail System Safety Seminar is open to all. There is no cost or obligation other than to pre-register.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com by June 15. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. On-site registration is on a space-available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Sherry Brown at 202.496.4879 or sbrown@apta.com.

APTA Board of Directors

12 - 2 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, APTA, Phillip A. Washington
(buffet lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

Conference Registration Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Lanyards sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc. company logo 
 
Conference bags sponsored by Parsons Corporation company logo
 
Hotel Keys sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff  company logo

Host Information Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

1 - 5 p.m.
Riviera, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

The goal of this course is to teach transit professionals the legal background of ADA and paratransit requirements. The course is facilitated by industry professionals with extensive experience in paratransit services and the ADA.
 
Topics include:
 
  • ADA legal requirements that apply to public and private transportation related entities
  • 14 service provisions documented in 49 CFR Part 37, Subpart G
  • Requirements to determine if a public or private entity must provide complementary paratransit service
  • Criteria for complementary paratransit service
  • Requirements for existing and new transportation facilities
  • Compliance and enforcement responsibilities of FTA, DOT, and DOJ
  • Responsibilities and compliance procedures for public and private entities
  • Enforcement and investigation processes, including hearings, decisions, and notices
CEUs 0.4 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

AUDIENCE:
This course is intended for people who work at a transit agency or provide transit service, those who manage or operate paratransit services, and federal, state, and local representatives who work with the ADA community.
 
FEE: The course is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Please pre-register for the course by contacting NTI's Myrna Sirleaf at msirleaf@nti.rutgers.edu. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact NTI's Myrna Sirleaf at 848.932.6040 or msirleaf@nti.rutgers.edu
 
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Co-Chairs, Anna M. Barry & Joseph J. Giulietti

UTA RECEPTION: Olympic Cauldron Park: Celebrate the Spirit of Partnerships & Teamwork

7 - 9 p.m.

The Utah Transit Authority invites you to join your APTA Rail Conference colleagues from around the world to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and partnership at Utah’s Olympic Cauldron Park, site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. Fine food and fun, athletes and activities all are available at UTA’s reception. This party is dedicated to welcoming you to Utah and thanking the organizations that teamed up with UTA to provide incredible transit service during the games. This includes the TRAX Red Line, which will take you from the Grand America Hotel to the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium, site of Olympic Cauldron Park. We look forward to seeing you there.
 
Sponsored by Vix Technology (USA) Inc.
 
 

Sunday, June 21

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuscany, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.
Continental Breakfast sponsored by LTK Engineering Services

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Richard Brown, P.E.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

8 - 10 a.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Peter Gertler, AICP

Rail Safety Committee

8 - 11:30 a.m.
Audubon, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Dennis Bonney, CSSD

Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative Subcommittee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Riviera, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Christopher P. Boylan

Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Versailles, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Edward J. Rowe

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Provence, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Robert H. Prince, Jr.

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Paul C. Jablonski

HOST TOUR: Music and the Spoken Word – LDS Church Conference Center

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Music and the Spoken Word, featuring the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is the longest, uninterrupted radio show in the world. Broadcasting more than 4,400 times during the last 85 years, the program features inspiring prose and both modern and traditional arrangements of spiritual, patriotic, popular, classic, and contemporary music by the incomparable Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

You can be there, in the spectacular LDS Conference Center, for a live broadcast of this magnificent music. A special train will leave Courthouse station near the Grand America Hotel, at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, June 21. Getting off at City Center station, there will be a one-block walk to the Conference Center through beautiful Temple Square.
 

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Provence, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Chief Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr.

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Committee)

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Dave Gorshkov

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Committee) - Breakout 1

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Versailles, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Dave Gorshkov

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Committee) - Breakout 2

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Venice, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Dave Gorshkov

Modern Streetcar Design Guidelines Working Group

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, John Smatlak

Ventilation Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Justin M. Edenbaum, P.Eng, P.E.

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, J. Barry Barker

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Paul Grether, AICP
Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Riviera, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Donald A. Orseno

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

1 - 2:45 p.m.
Versailles, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, William R. Mooney, Sr.

Track 6: WORKSHOP: Daily Decisions, Lifetime Impact: Leadership Development for Mid-Managers  NEW!

1 - 4 p.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

(40 person limit)
 
This unique program, intended for mid-level managers, is founded on the tenets of “Heroic Leadership.” During thiscompany logo 3-hour workshop, attendees will focus on the art of leadership and how leaders develop an effective leadership paradigm. The session starts by defining “Heroic Leadership” in a modern organization while describing the leadership path all leaders must traverse to attain excellence. The program will then discuss the power of self-mastery to build trustworthy relationships. The session will finish with a focus on the value of self-discipline and how it contributes to creating enduring influence as a leader.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing to enter mid-management.

FEE:
The course is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Contact APTA’s Kamille Turner at kturner@apta.com by June 16 to pre-register for the workshop. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. On-site registration is based on space and materials availability.  

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Joe Niegoski at 202.496.4870 or jniegoski@apta.com.
 
Presenters
  • Paul Callan, Creator, The Callan Course on Leadership & VP Training Consulting Services, PKL Services, Inc., Poway, CA
  • Patrick Gough, VP Human Resources, PKL Services, Inc., Poway, CA

Capital Projects Subcommittee (Rail Transit Committee)

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Connie E. Crawford

Committee on Public Safety

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Provence, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Chief John F. Tarbert, PhD, CSSD

Information Technology Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM

Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee (P&P Committee)

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Audubon, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Co-Chairs, D.J. Baxter & Karina Ricks & Lucy Galbraith

Track 6: This is APTA

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Getting involved, using APTA’s resources
Learn about your association and how to leverage to the fullest extent the membership benefits and resources available to you and your organization. Where do you start and how do you get involved? Come meet APTA’s leadership and staff in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation and networking. A brief presentation will be followed by time for Q&A with seasoned member representatives who can share their advice and secrets for your membership satisfaction. 
 
Presenter
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Guest Speakers
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Immediate Past Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Senior Vice President-Director, Americas Transit, AECOM, Arlington, VA
  • Eve Williams, Chair, Business Member Small Business Committee; President/Chief Executive Officer, Dikita Engineering, Dallas, TX
  • Keith T. Parker, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

3 - 4 p.m.
Riviera, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Light Rail Transit & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, John D. Wilkins

Rail Transit Committee

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Paul C. Jablonski

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Angela K. Miller

Systems Engineering Subcommittee

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Versailles, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, David M. Springstead

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee (P&P Committee)

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Audubon, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Kimberly Slaughter & Stephen Salin, AICP

Welcome to Salt Lake City Reception at Rail Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while examining the various displays in the showcase. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

Reception sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Members 
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INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AWARDS BANQUET

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom A&B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

(tickets required)
Join the Rail Rodeo participants and their friends and guests at the Awards Banquet to recognize the “best of the best” — APTA’s 2015 Rodeo champions!

TICKETS/SEATING
Rail Conference Registrants:
Tickets for the awards banquet are not included in the conference registration fee, but may be purchased in advance at a cost of $100 each by completing the “Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form and submitting it with your payment to APTA.

Pre-purchased tickets and seating assignments will be available on site when you register for the conference. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the APTA registration desk at a cost of $100.

Rodeo Participants: As part of the registration fee, each rodeo participant receives a banquet ticket and one ticket is included in the spouse/guest registration fee. Please complete the Rail Rodeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA. (Note: Purchasing tickets in advance helps insure that you will be able to sit together.)
Your tickets will be available on site when you register for the rodeo. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the APTA rodeo registration desk.
 
QUESTIONS?
Rail Conference Registrants
: Contact APTA’s Marcus Eng at 202.496.4874 or meng@apta.com.
Rodeo Participants: Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com.
 
Rail Rodeo Banquet co-sponsored by HNTB Corporation and APTA
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Monday, June 22

Commuter Rail Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Audubon, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Donald A. Orseno

Business Member Networking Breakfast

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

“It just keeps getting better!” That’s what business members are saying about the Monday morning business networking breakfast at the APTA Rail Conference. Designed to help rail OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators, and major A&E firms strengthen their business relationships and find new business partners, the breakfast provides an opportunity for APTA business members to talk about their companies and how to do business with them.

All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking opportunity. Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Transit agency procurement officials are also encouraged to come to the breakfast to promote their current procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements in the coming months.

To help you plan your networking activities, a brochure listing information about the networking breakfast participants will be prepared and sent out in advance of the breakfast. If you wish to be listed in the brochure, please complete the soon-to-be-available registration form below by May 23. The list of participating companies will be sent out on June 15.

FEE: There is no separate registration fee required to participate in the breakfast.

REGISTRATION: Breakfast Registration Form (APTA members only)

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Mariela Garcia-Colberg at 202.496.4833 or mgarciacolberg@apta.com.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

7 - 8:30 a.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom Reception, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Sponsored by RATP Dev America  company logo 

Business Member Resource Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuscany, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

TCRP Information Center

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Track 6: OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

As APTA’s Rail Conference begins, come hear an overview of events and our association’s initiatives. Find out how the components of APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan ― safety and security first, resource advocacy, workforce development, evolving lifestyles, and technological innovation ― can create a powerful impact in your organization and community. Join as we recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Celebrate the winners of APTA’s Rail Safety and Security Awards as well as the top awards announced at the Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet the previous evening. Enjoy a warm welcome as host Utah Transit Authority rolls out the red carpet for everyone and see why, “Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows.” In creating jobs, boosting the economy, strengthening infrastructure, and contributing to energy independence, public transportation offers choices for everyone with fresh solutions for growing, vibrant, and sustainable communities. This session will help open doors as you’re networking, sharing new ideas, and learning even more about providing quality rail customer service.
 
General Session sponsored by HDR  
  
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Presiding
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
President & CEO's Welcome
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Thomas R. Waldron, Global Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, New York, NY
Host Welcome
  • Michael A. Allegra, Member, APTA Executive Committee; President/CEO, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Welcomes
  • Hon. Gary R. Herbert, Governor, State of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Hon. Ralph E. Becker, President, National League of Cities Board of Directors & Mayor, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT
Host Welcome
  • H. David Burton, Chair, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Welcome
  • Hon. Greg Hughes, Speaker, Utah House of Representatives, Salt Lake City, UT
Remarks: State of the Association and Industry
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
APTA Chair’s Message and Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment – Part 1

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

(40 person limit)
Part 2 of the training course is on Monday afternoon from 3:45 – 5 p.m.
This program provides a unique training and educational opportunity for transit managers and supervisors who hold company logomid-level positions in transit organizations. It provides participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.

Topics include:
  • Leadership Skills — Success today requires mid-managers to be leaders more than managers. What does this mean and how does one “lead to succeed?”
  • Time Management — In doing more with less, how to manage one’s time to succeed.
  • Emotional Intelligence — An introduction as to why emotional intelligence or self leadership can be more important than the knowledge one has acquired.
CEUs 0.4 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

AUDIENCE:
Transit mid-managers and those preparing to enter mid-management.
 
FEE: The course is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

QUESTIONS?
Contact APTA's Joe Niegoski at 202.496.4870 or jniegoski@apta.com.
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Track 1: Positive Train Control Technology

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Technical considerations and practices for implementation at commuter railroads
Measured in billions of dollars, the impact of PTC on the Federal Railroad Administration-regulated rail industry is a challenge. Time is passing, issues remain, solutions are slow in emerging, yet commuter railroads are progressing in this mandated-deployment environment. Attend this session to catch up on the latest status of the diverse commuter PTC environment. 
 
Session sponsored by Atkins  
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Moderator
  • Robert G. Ayers, President, Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC, Richmond, VA
North County Transit District (NCTD) Positive Train Control (PTC)
  • Eric Roe, Deputy Chief Operations Officer, Rail Systems, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
Unraveling the Mystery of PTC Communications for Commuter Rail
  • Dr. David Thurston, Ph.D, PE, FIRSE, Vice President, Senior Technical Director, Atkins, Coraopolis, PA
PTC Shared Back Office
  • William Everett, Manager, Business Development, ARINC, Inc., Annapolis, MD
ACSES PTC – Smoothing The Rough Edges of Installation
  • Bill Wiedmann, MIRSE, Senior Project Manager, The Burns Group, Philadelphia, PA

Track 1: Rebirth & Resurgence of Streetcars in North America

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Colorful history, powerful future with technological advances
In 1923, 800 transit properties operated streetcars. By 1975, this had dwindled to five cities operating traditional streetcars. With continued resurgence since the late 1970s, many cities are planning, constructing, and operating streetcars. Modern streetcars and light rail systems have emerged, transitioning from 70 percent to 100 percent low floor and technological advances including alternative power supplies such as those that European systems have long embraced.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation  
 
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Moderator
  • Timothy Borchers, Vice Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Principal Consultant, Interfleet Technology Inc., Tampa, FL
The Rebirth of the Streetcar
  • James H. Graebner, Chair Emeritus, Streetcar Subcommittee; President, Lomarado Group, Denver, CO
100% Low Floor Streetcars…the New Normal
  • Olga Sisamon, Engineer, CAF USA, Inc., Washington, DC
State-of-the-Art in Light Rail Alternative Power Supplies
  • John Smatlak, Senior Consultant, Interfleet Technology Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine: Where Atlanta Comes Together
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Transit Director, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Track 3: Track Worker Safety

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Using innovative tools, approaches and programs to ensure safety
Recent National Transportation Safety Board recommendations (R-13-39, R-13-40) and subsequent Federal Transit Administration and Federal Railroad Administration safety advisories have called for redundant protection and other means of providing safe working conditions for roadway workers, whether along rail transit right-of-way or within the general railroad system. Join this session to learn about technologies being used by rail operators, and the innovative tools and techniques being implemented to protect track workers. Come hear about current initiatives and best practices in improving track worker safety.
 
Moderator
  • Dennis Bonney, CSSD, Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Director, HSE & Regulatory Compliance, Bombardier Transportation , Mississauga, ON
CPUC Has Approved LAMTA Newest Ranging Technology for the Safety of Track Workers
  • Peter M. Bartek, Vice President, Protran Technology, Newton, NJ
Rail Runs Through It: Maintaining Safety and Operations Around Construction Zones
  • Roberto Trevino, Executive Vice President of Planning, Engineering & Capital Programs, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Improving Track Worker Safety at MARTA - FTA Pilot/Demonstration Project Update
  • Mark E. J. Willer, Product Manager-Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation , Mississauga, ON
  • Abhay (A.J.) Joshi, PMP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Track 4: High-Speed Rail: How the U.S. is Building on International Success Stories

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Best practices from around the world
As the United States moves forward in implementing higher-performing passenger rail projects in corridors around the country, a wealth of experiences can be gained from the successful operations already in service. Receive updates on the California high-speed rail project, and the Northeast Corridor, while also learning about global best-practices.
 
Moderator
  • Dominic Spaethling, Vice President/Senior Project Manager, HNTB Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Coming to California: How California Learned from HSR International Success Stories
  • Jeff Morales, Chief Executive Officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
Global High-Speed Rail Update
  • Ignacio Barron de Angoiti, Director of Passenger/High Speed Department, Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC), Paris, France
Planning the Future for the Northeast Corridor
  • Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, NEC Future Team Leader, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Track 4: Performance Based Planning and Programming

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

An important link to transit asset management and state of good repair
Under MAP 21, Federal Transit Administration grantees must develop a Transit Asset Management Plan, including an asset inventory with condition assessments and an investment prioritization process. Performance based planning and programming (PBPP) involves the application of performance management within the planning ad programming processes of agencies to achieve desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. Development of long-range transportation plans, federally required Asset Management Plans, and regional and state-level programming documents are all elements of PBPP. This performance-based approach to planning and programming attempts to ensure that transportation decisions are made- both long-term and short-term- based on their ability to meet established goals. Hear from key FTA officials on the process and provisions of MAP 21. In addition, hear from practitioners on their regional approaches. 
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Moderator
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Immediate Past Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Senior Vice President-Director, Americas Transit, AECOM, Arlington, VA
Panelists
  • Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Scott, Director, Asset Management & Maintenance, Network Rail Consulting Ltd., London, London, United Kingdom
  • Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E., Chief Planning Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Paul Edwards, P.E., Senior Program Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 6: HOST FORUM: Frontlines 2015

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

The idea of building 70 miles of rail in seven years was only the beginning. This ambitious project finished under schedule & budget.
The original plan was to add 70 miles of rail in seven years. The FrontLines 2015 program was a group of five UTA rail projects that were all scheduled to be in operation by the year 2015. However, all were in service by 2013 and were built hundreds of millions of dollars under budget. The effort added those 70 miles to UTA’s then-existing 64-mile rail network. The projects were designed to provide Wasatch Front residents with transportation options and to enhance mobility for non-riders by decreasing traffic congestion. Projects for the FrontLine 2015 program included four light-rail projects and one high-speed commuter rail line.

UTA Chief Capital Development Officer Steve Meyer will lead a discussion with partners and team members in both the public and private sector to detail how UTA was able to complete so ambitious a project and to do so in the middle of a recession. Partnership and teamwork played key roles with government agencies and elected officials - both federal, state, and local - contractors and consultants, UTA’s own employee teams, and loyal riders all along the Wasatch Front.
 
Session sponsored by Parametrix Inc.  company logo
 
Moderator
  • Steve Meyer, Chief Capital Development Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Panelists
  • David R. Golden, Chairman, Utah Transportation Coalition, Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Hon. Ralph E. Becker, President, National League of Cities Board of Directors & Mayor, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Carlos Braceras, P.E., Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Linda Gehrke, Regional Administrator, Region 8, Federal Transit Administration, Lakewood, CO
  • Andrew S. Gruber, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Automated Transit Technical Forum

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Audubon, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Steven L. Perliss, P.E.

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

12 - 3 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

(includes lunch; tickets required)
Many business members’ rail products and services are showcased at the 2015 Rail Products & Services Showcase. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the rail products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of rail equipment and services.

see Exhibitor Information/Registration for details and to register
 

Track 6: GENERAL SESSION: A Dialogue with USDOT

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Join representatives of the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Railroad Administration in a conversation.
Join us for what promises to be a dynamic afternoon with the leadership of both the FTA and FRA. They will talk about SSP, SMS, PTC, and any other acronym you would like to discuss. Bring your questions for this interactive session.

Presiding
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Presenters
  • Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Sarah Feinberg, Acting Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Track 1: Energy, Environment & Rail

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Leadership in energy utilization and storage in the unique rail environment
Join the discussion on the efficient utilization of energy for railcar propulsion in combination with the use of onboard and wayside energy storage applications, potential benefits of joint use of energy storage by transit agencies and electric utilities, off-wire streetcar operation experience, integration plans for utilizing renewable energy for battery charging, and technologies to maximize round-trip charging efficiency and minimize long-term charge loss.  
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Moderator
  • David J. Teumim, President, Teumim Technical, LLC, Allentown, PA
Evaluating the Effects of Energy-Saving Technologies on U.S. Commuter Rail Systems
  • Giovanni C. Didomenico, Graduate Research Assistant, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Making BART Run with the Warm California Sun
  • Anthony Bruzzone, Associate Principal, Arup, San Francisco, CA
Comparing the Performance of a Battery-based versus a Hybrid Wayside Energy Storage System
  • Andrew Wilkins, Account Manager, Rail DC Wayside Power, ABB Inc., Pointe-Claire, QC

Track 1: Traction Power

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Safety considerations and electrical resource conservation
As technology evolves, traction power applications evolve as well. Efficiency and effectiveness of power systems is critical to modern electrical resource conservation. Safety considerations in system design, installation, and utilization remain as important considerations in all traction implementations.
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Moderator
  • Steve Bezner, Chief Engineer Traction Power, The Burns Group, Philadelphia, PA
Storm Hardening for DC Traction Power Systems, with a Focus on Urban and Sub-Surface Environments
  • Cara F. Levy, Electrical Engineer, STV Incorporated, New York, NY
Instrument Transformer Sizing for Metering and Protective Relays in Traction Power Substation Applications
  • Shyam Bista, Systems Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Denver, CO
Transfer Trip Methods and Systems
  • Joe Parker, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., Goldsboro, NC

Track 4: MAP-21 Core Capacity Program

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Implementation challenges and opportunities
Although MAP-21 introduced new capital investment grant program, it is just now taking off in implementation. MAP-21 specifies several eligibility parameters for projects seeking core capacity funding. According to the definition, a proposed core-capacity project must be a corridor-based project. In addition, MAP-21 specifies the proposed project corridor must be at or over capacity currently, or will be within five years. In addition, the proposed project must be a substantial, corridor-based capital investment in an existing fixed-guideway system that increases the capacity of a corridor by not less than 10 percent. Also, the proposed project does not include project elements designed to maintain a state of good repair.
 
Join a lively discussion on how project sponsors are addressing these items as well as FTA’s project justification criteria.
 
Moderator
  • Donald J. Emerson, Principal Consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA
FTA Perspective
  • Beth Day, Director, Capital Project Development, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Core Capacity Experience: Three Years Later
  • Michael McLaughlin, Vice President, Planning and Federal Affairs, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
Dallas Experience
  • Stephen Salin, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President, Capital Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Washington Metro: Impacts of Regional Growth and System Expansion on Downtown Transfer Stations
  • Jason Mumford, PE, AICP, Associate Vice President, Transportation, AECOM, Arlington, VA

Track 4: New Models for Public-Private Partnerships

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Developments from near and far
Projects are advancing using public-private partnerships under new and ever-evolving business models. Hear four case studies on finance, risk-sharing, and project delivery techniques.
 
Session sponsored by Atkins
 
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Moderator
  • Michael I. Schneider, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HDR Global Consulting Practice, HDR, Los Angeles, CA
New Starts and P3s: Streamlining Opportunities and Recommendations
  • Julie Kaye Skeen, Vice President - Denver Manager of Operations, Jacobs, Denver, CO
  • William Van Meter, Assistant General Manager, Planning, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Maryland Purple Line and Red Line P3s
  • Jeffrey D. Ensor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Public-Private Partnerships Committee; Director, Project Delivery and Finance, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Detroit's M1 Project
  • Tim Hoeffner, Director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI
Big Plans for Hyderabad Metro
  • N.V.S. Reddy, IRAS, Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd., Telangana, India

Track 6: APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Getting on track with the rail industry
Is rail the next frontier for small and disadvantaged businesses? This session will provide an overview of opportunities in the rail industry and what it takes to get on board. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), APTA members, and their DBE partners will discuss their paths to partnerships. 
 
Opening Remarks
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Moderator
  • C. Mikel Oglesby, Deputy Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL
Business Matchmaking, Another Kind of Successful Marriage
  • David C. Stieren, Technical Manager, Program Development, NIST Manufacturing Extention Partnership (MEP), Gaithersburg, MD
Examples of Success
  • Scott Sherin, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, ALSTOM Transportation Incorporated, West Henrietta, NY
  • Dan Acosta, Project Span Services, New York, NY
Examples of Succes
  • Jannet Walker, Vice President and Deputy Eastern Sector Manager, Rail and Transit Systems Division, Parsons Corporation, Jacksonville, FL
Examples of Success
  • Raquel Olivier, President, Olivier Incorporated, Dallas, TX
  • Huelon A. Harrison, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; 2nd Vice Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
Closing Remarks
  • Robert H. Prince, Jr., Vice President, AECOM, Boston, MA

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment – Part 2

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

See Part 1 entry above, 10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m., for course details and registration information            company logo 

 

Tuesday, June 23

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom Reception, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Business Member Resource Room

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuscany, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

TCRP Information Center

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Track 1: Noise & Vibration

8 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom D, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Assessing and reducing wheel/rail noise applied to real-world problems
Mitigation of noise and vibration with new technologies and techniques continues to evolve. Practical application of technologies, including the use of finite element modeling is evident in mitigation measures on operating rail systems, improvements in maintenance and rail defect detection, and rail grade crossing warning noise control. This session hosts many new and applied examples of the management of noise and vibration.
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Moderator
  • Ron Benson, Vice Chair, Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum; Deputy G.M. Rail System Infrastructure, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Rolling Noise Reduction of Metro Systems by Track-based Solutions.
  • Patrick Vanhonacker, President, Dynamic Engineering, St. Louis, MO
MTA “Purple Line” Transit System Noise Assessment
  • Dr. Ahmed El-Aassar, Ph.D., P.E., Noise and Air Quality Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Lemoyne, PA
Modeling Wayside Noise from Transit Vehicles Using 3-D Acoustical Software
  • Silas Bensing, Senior Consultant, Wilson, Ihrig & Associates, Inc., New York, NY
Noise and Roughness Measurements Before and Afater Grinding Embedded Track
  • Andrew Wong, Associate, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA
  • Gordon S. Bachinsky, President, Advanced Rail Management (Canada), Inc., Winnipeg, MB
Overview of the Updates to the FTA’s Noise and Vibration Guidance Manual
  • Lance D. Meister, Partner, Cross-Spectrum Acoustics LLC, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 6: Professional Services Procurement Best Practices

8 - 10 a.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Consultants qualified? Let the negotiation of price begin!
Whether for writing train vehicle specifications, designing bridges and rail line sections, or drafting scopes of work for a fare payment system, consultants play an important role in most every capital acquisitions. FTA requirements and many state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations require negotiation of price only after selection of the most qualified consultant. In this session, a panel of procurement and industry experts will explore best practices in selecting professional services consultants and negotiating consulting contracts.
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Moderator
  • Ted Lucas, JD, CPPO, Director, Procurement & Contracts, Sound Transit, Seattle
Panelists
  • Cathy Hamilton-Kirkaldy, Senior Manager Design and Construction, Contracting Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Eve Williams, Chair, Business Member Small Business Committee; President/Chief Executive Officer, Dikita Engineering, Dallas, TX
  • Adiele Nwankwo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atlanta, GA

Track 6: Rail Industry’s Front-Line Workforce: Developing New Staff, Replenishing the Ranks

8 - 10 a.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Breaking with tradition – taking bold steps
This interactive, round-table session brings together a cross section of leaders and innovators who are taking bold steps to address front-line workforce priorities in the rail industry. Discussion topics and case studies include: leveraging the power and impact of “home grown” training programs to develop the next generation of front-line workers; breaking old models to change organizational cultures; taking creative approaches to look at bench strength and knowledge retention; actively recruiting returning veterans; building on successes of innovative partnerships; and growing mentoring programs to add more value to internal training programs.
Engage in this conversation. Learn about new programs. Hear about risks, successes, and promising outcomes. Time permitting, assemble with your colleagues in small group conversations where you can bring your own challenges to the table. Come with your questions and your own best practices to share.
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Moderator
  • Michael D. Jones, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Secretary, Human Resources Committee; Chief Administrative Officer, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Panelists
  • Jack Clark, Executive Director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Dr. Lauren D. Semper Scott, Director, Rail Operations Quality Training, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Ken Mall, Managing Director, Workforce Consulting, Educational Data Systems, Inc., Dearborn, MI
  • Dilara B. Rodriguez, METRO University Program Manager; Training & Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Frederic Gill, HR Business Manager, MTA Metro-North Railroad, New York, NY

Track 1: SYSTEMS ASSURANCE TRIFECTA Session 1: Electrical Arcing, Smoke & Fire: Managing the Risk NEW!

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Where there is smoke, there are prevention measures
This session examines the causes and prevention of electrical arcing and ground faults that increase the risks due to tunnel smoke and fire. Case studies are provided, together with discussion of standards and the effects on risk reduction. Join this session for an overview of arcing conditions and how they can lead to a fire, plus information on known events, research, and resources relevant to this area.
 
The first of three in the new Systems Assurance Trifecta, this session grew from incidents occurring within our industry that involve electrical arcing events, which may impact the third rail, creating smoke conditions that must be addressed with adequate ventilation to assist trains in tunnels, and carrying out emergency response functions to properly evacuate customers. The next two sessions in the trifecta are the ventilation session (Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.) and the emergency preparedness session (Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.).
 
The Systems Assurance Trifecta highlights the importance of the knowledge provided from each of the three individual sessions to raise awareness of how weak signals and small cracks in the control measures of complex social-technical systems have the potential to create havoc on safety or mission-critical functions, how they can be identified, and present solutions.
 
Sponsored by HNTB Corporation
 
see Systems Assurance Trifecta for additional information
 
Moderator
  • James P. Harper, Chief Engineer, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
Grounding and Electrical Safety of Shore Power System Design
  • Dev Paul, Senior Program Director, AECOM, Oakland, CA
Low Level DC Fault Currents - Background and Update, TRB Project D-17
  • Edward J. Rowe, Chair, Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum; Senior Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA
CTA's Experience
  • James P. Harper, Chief Engineer, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
What Are Electrical Arc Faults, How do they Form, and What are the Fire Risks?
  • Joseph Peoples, Manager, Vehicle Fire Safety, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden-Fire Research, Youngsville, NC

Track 4: Environmental Considerations for Rail Project Development

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Learn the ins and outs of the revised environmental review process for major capital rail projects
Many changes in the environmental process have occurred over the past several years as a result of new Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Categorical Exclusions (CEs) and changes to the FTA Project Development process, including the elimination of stand-alone Alternatives Analysis requirements under MAP-21. Process changes have occurred in the industry and will be discussed in this session touching on early planning considerations that consolidate the overall analysis of alternatives, linking planning and NEPA, and specific experiences and streamlining that has been achieved through the use of the new FTA CEs. Early alternative considerations for 4(f) and 6(f) compliance will also be discussed.

Session sponsored by Parametrix Inc.
 
Moderator
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Planning for and Preparing Section 4(f) and 6(f) Evaluations for Transit Projects
  • Kammy Horne, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Manager of NEPA and Regulatory Planning, Americas Transportation, AECOM, Austin, TX
Linking Planning and NEPA with Local Planning Studies
  • Daryl R. Wendle, Principal Consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Mary DeLoretto, Senior Program Manager, Environmental, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Lauren Swift, Senior Environmental Planner, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Planning Service Networks with HCT to Maximize Benefits and Support
  • Alan T. Lehto, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Planning & Policy, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR

Track 4: Finance, Funding & Innovation

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Finding the resources to make public transportation happen
Each transit project and every service must have a funding plan. The current era of tight resources requires such plans to be more creative than ever. Often, it it’s the new idea that can make the difference.
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Moderator
  • David Leininger, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Financial Management Committee; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Filling the Gap: Funding Transit Infill Stations in the U.S.
  • Amanda Wall Vandegrift, Associate Consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
Service Integration between Transit and Uber
  • David Leininger, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Financial Management Committee; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Funding California’s Passenger Rail Services
  • Sharon Greene, Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; SVP., Director, Finance Market Sector, HDR/Sharon Greene + Associates, Irvine, CA
Generating Revenue from Real Estate
  • Charles Di Maggio, Chief Operating Officer & Counsel, Greystone Management Solutions, New York, NY

Track 5: Capital Projects that Address Programmatic Needs: Mobility, Resiliency, Shared Corridors

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Stories from New York, California, Oregon & Phoenix
This session provides updates on major rail programs including a multi-modal corridor in Portland, OR; a range of creative engineering solutions to prevent storm surge intrusions in the New York City subway; a comprehensive program to protect the BART system from earthquakes; and a preview of Valley Metro's two new light rail lines.

Session sponsored by Parametrix Inc.
 
Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger Group, Inc., Morristown, NJ
Portland to Milwaukie LRT Project: A Shared Transitway - Integrating LRT, Bus & Streetcar
  • Sean Batty, Operating Project Director, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Lower Manhattan Resiliency Initiative: Keeping Mother Nature Out of NYC Subways
  • David Henley, Vice President, Capital Planning & Budget, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
The BART Earthquake Safety Program - A Mid-Project Report
  • Thomas Horton, Group Manager, Earthquake Safety Program, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
Progress Update on Valley Metro's Central Mesa Extension and Northwest Extension
  • Richard Brown, P.E., Chair, Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum; Chief Engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Track 6: Commuter Rail Report

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

What’s new at commuter rail agencies around the country? Innovations, regulations, and more.
Come hear from commuter rail CEOs about what’s new and newsworthy at their properties.
 
Moderator
  • Charles A. Spitulnik, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Bruce Cardon, Commuter Rail General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Douglas Allen, Vice Chair, Commuter Rail Committee; Immediate Past Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice Chair, Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA
  • Carl Jackson, Rail Administrator, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
  • Walt Stringer, Senior Manager, Commuter Rail, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Track 6: Our Journey, Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Utah Transit Authority's Story
ADA 25As the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of this milestone, our industry has an opportunity to reflect on how mobility and accessible  transportation have expanded, as has freedom of movement. Fixed-route accessible accessibility, accessible pathways, integrated planning, universal design, and other movements of the past years have experienced public transportation providers to better serve people with disabilities and all riders.
 
During this session, our conference host, the Utah Transit Authority, shares its story of how the agency has addressed the opportunities  for increased mobility accessibility for people with disabilities. UTA will also discuss the importance of developing and maintaining trust between the agency and the disability community.
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Moderator
  • Cherryl Beveridge, Special Services General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Panelists
  • Mark Smith, Information Specialist, Access Utah Network, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Todd Claflin, Former Chair, Committee on Accessible Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sherry L. Repscher, ADA Consultant / Former ADA Compliance Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Alma P. Haskell, AICP, Grants Development Administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Janelle Robertson, Manager, Program Development, Major Projects, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 1: Networks

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Solutions for reliable, secure transmissions, collection, electrical connections
Something has to hold all the moving parts together. Whether wired or wireless, communications networks are essential to rail operations. Coupled with the proliferation of data- intensive applications and the increasing demands for operational systems integration, networks are an essential component of the system-wide environment. 
 
Moderator
  • Louis D. Cripps, II, Administrator, Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
The Benefits of the Open Architecture Train Network
  • Ky Fu, Electrical Engineer, Rail Vehicles, CH2M HILL, New York, NY
Secure Communication-Based Train Control: Standards, Requirements, and Best Practices
  • Andrew Wai Yip Lee, Parsons Corporation, Markham, ON
Wireless Technologies for Smart Rail Projects
  • Alexander Clark, Director of Sales, Fluidmesh Networks, LLC, Buffalo Grove, IL

Track 1: Rolling Stock: Design, Interface Requirements & Standards

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom D, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

A broad look at state-of-the-art rolling stock design, operation, and related standards development
New rolling stock advances and new reliability programs help ensure state of good repair, energy efficiency, quality service, and innovative component systems. This session looks at important aspects of railcar design, standardization, operational maintenance, and integrated energy efficiency. 
 
Moderator
  • Gavin Fraser, C.Eng, Chair, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Vice President, Vehicle Engineering, CH2M HILL, Boston, MA
HVAC Energy Savings
  • Ing. Rene Beaulieu, HVAC Senior Expert, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, QC
ECP Standard Development and Testing Update - What You Need to Know?
  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., Principal Consultant, Interfleet Technology, Inc., Greer, SC
Rolling Stock Interface Requirements with Other Systems
  • Michael Weiss, Senior Project Manager - Vehicle Engineering, Parsons Corporation, Kingston, ON
Houston METRO III: The Next Generation LRV
  • Igan Erostarbe, Engineer, CAF USA, Inc., Washington, DC

Track 1: SYSTEMS ASSURANCE TRIFECTA Session 2: Fire Life Safety and Ventilation  NEW!

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

For upgrades, new tunnels, and transit centers
This session compares exiting strategies for new tunnels via stairs and cross-passages.  Included in this session is a case study of the Fire Life Safety aspects of creating a new transit center from 12 existing transit lines, six stations, multiple occupancies, and a listed historical property. Other presentations will address the standards and risk assessments to assess train fires and system-wide ventilation.
 
This is Session 2 of three sessions today in the Safety Assurance Trifecta: the first on electrical arcing, the second on ventilation, and the third on emergency preparation.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation 
 
see Systems Assurance Trifecta for more infomation
 
Moderator
  • Daniel M. McKinney, Tunnel Ventilation Group Manager, AECOM, Oakland, CA
Cross-Passages vs. Exit Stairs in Rail Tunnels
  • Justin M. Edenbaum, P.Eng, P.E., Chair, Ventilation Technical Forum; Mechanical Engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Toronto, ON
Systems Assurance and Design Criteria for Tunnel Ventilation System
  • Abhay (A.J.) Joshi, PMP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
NYC Fulton Center: A Fire & Life Safety Case Study
  • Kurt Schebel, Fire Protection Engineer, Arup, Boston, MA
Transit Vehicle Design Standards and Risk Analysis on Fire Development in Rapid Transit Vehicles
  • Adrian Milford, Project Engineer, Sereca Consulting Inc., Richmond, BC

Track 1: Track & Rail

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Rail and its fixation – the true foundation of rail systems
From direct fixation to urban track design, the challenge of maintaining and designing these systems is a key effort of significant importance within rail transportation. Technical details are addressed in this session that provide guidance on railbed, rail and fixation design, and methods for predicting and measuring track condition. 
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Moderator
  • Richard Brown, P.E., Chair, Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum; Chief Engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Mechanistic Design of Concrete Crossties for Rail Transit Loading Conditions
  • Matthew Csenge, Graduate Research Assistant, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • J. Riley Edwards, Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
An Evaluation of Rolling Contact Fatigue in Light Rail Transit Tracks
  • William Baker, Project Engineer, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Pleasanton, CA
Frog Selection for Transit Special Trackwork
  • Tommy Lee, Corporate Manager Engineering, voestalpine Nortrak Ltd., Richmond, BC
Drilled Rail Study
  • Drew Welch, National Account Manager - Railroad, SKF industrial Market, Strategic Industries, St. Louis, MO

Track 2: Operational Improvements = Customer Service Best Practices

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Better system performance through people-first programs, metrics & more from inside the office out to the grade crossings
If it is true that "we're only as good as our last rush hour," this session will examine the operations department and highlight best practices. While passengers typically are aware of only the agency's train operators, research, planning, training, technical, and public works staff all help the operations personnel to succeed in their day-to-day work that ultimately results in rides that are safe, reliable and efficient -- and with less travel time. Come learn more about priority systems and preemption at grade crossings that allow trains to proceed without stopping; assessments of customer satisfaction regarding service quality; and how the training department helps operations staff, and more.

Moderator
  • Duane Sayers, Director, Operations & Maintenance, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI
Passenger Environment Survey - Relationship with Customer Satisfaction
  • William Cooper, Performance Analyst, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Implementation of Transit Signal Priority (TSP) and Preemption at Grade Crossings
  • Brett Higgins, P.E., Traffic Engineer, Jacobs, Denver, CO
  • Shyam Bista, Systems Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Denver, CO
Continuous Improvement through Cultural Change
  • Todd W. Provost, Chair, Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee; Light Rail General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 4: Transit-Oriented Communities and Corridors

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Building livable communities with transit
Creating communities and corridors that are “transit oriented” should be a key goal of transit agencies. By design, transit oriented communities embrace transit oriented development and support higher levels of pedestrian, bicycling and transit uses. Transit oriented communities can be implemented with key partnerships among local governments, private developers, community stakeholders, and the transit agencies. The session focuses on how transit agencies are making this happen and serving the community, the corridor, and the region.
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Moderator
  • D.J. Baxter, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Redevelopment Agency Executive Director, Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT
Route 1, Northern Virginia: Anticipating Rail along a Suburban Arterial Corridor
  • Amy Inman, Planning and Mobility Programs Administrator, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA
Transit Friendly Complete Streets: Critical to TOD
  • David V. Sousa, ASLA, AICP, Senior Planner/Landscape Architect, CDM Smith, East Hartford, CT
Transit in Sustainable Communities: The South Florida Experience
  • Jaime Lopez, P.E., Senior Project Manager, RS&H, Miami, FL
Building Transit Oriented Communities through Collaborative and Context Sensitive Planning & Design
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Director, HDR, Chicago, IL

Track 5: Capital Project Case Studies – New Lines, New Facilities

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

A review of programs in Montreal, Kansas City, Chicago, and the Seattle area
This session will provide updates on non-coastal North American projects. Hear the perspective of six months of operation in Montreal's commuter rail project serving Mascouche. Learn about fitting a new maintenance facility in Kansas City, Missouri onto a sloped site. Experience the rehabilitation of the Chicago Red Line, which overcame numerous challenges, including a five-month schedule, significant community impacts, and construction down the median of an expressway. Adapt for your own, the collaborative, four-step escalation ladder used to drive decisions and develop community partnerships for the East Link Light Rail Extension in the Seattle-Bellevue, Washington area. 
 
Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Timothy H. McKay, Executive Vice President, Growth/Regional Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
From the Train de l’Est to the Mascouche Line
  • Stéphane Lapierre, Secretary, Commuter Rail Committee; Secretary, Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee; Vice President-Operations, Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT), Montreal, QC
Between a Rock and a Hard Place - How to Fit a Maintenance Facility on a Two-acre, Sloped Site
  • Mark A. Ellis, Central Region Manager, Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Katy, TX
The CTA Redline Dan Ryan Rehabilitation Project
  • Michael K. Breyer, P.E., Project Sponsor, Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Chicago, IL
  • Larry Goodvin, Project Sponsor - Rail Division, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Phoenix, AZ
Partnering for Success: Sound Transit and City of Bellevue, East Link Light Rail Extension
  • DeWitt Jensen, Corridor Design Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Kevin R. Collins, P.E., Vice President/Project Director, Transit & Rail, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA

Track 6: Engaging Customers through Social Media and New Technologies

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Mobilizing current & potential riders, and the community
With new communications strategies already working for your organization, join this session to share and learn about innovative ways that rail systems and others are engaging their customers and markets. Learn new, successful strategies to mobilize your customers through the use of social media and new technologies.
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Moderator
  • Alan C. Wulkan, Member, APTA Board of Directors; President, The Wulkan Group, Scottsdale, AZ
Panelists
  • Scott Wilkinson, President, AlphaVu, Washington, DC
  • Morgan Lyons, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Assistant Vice President, External Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Timothy Moore, Web Services Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Teresa Stepic, Vice President, Client Relations, DDC Public Affairs, Washington, DC

Track 6: Rail Transit Report

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

State of the North American rail industry
C-suite leaders discuss general trends and specific developments at their agencies. Want to know what’s on the horizon? This is where you will hear the latest.
Moderator
  • Jeffrey Wharton, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, EXPO Advisory Committee; 1st Vice Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Chair, Business Member International Business Development Subcommittee; President, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC
Panelists
  • Keith T. Parker, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee; General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Michael S. Harbour, Acting CEO, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Deputy General Manager Operations/Engineering, Maintenance and Construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Stephen R. Banta, Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Track 6: GENERAL LUNCHEON: The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway

12:15 - 2 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

company logoAmazon: Book of the Month (February 2014)
The Week: 18 Books to Read in 2014
NY Post: “Required reading….Makes today’s Yankees-Red Sox rivalry seem tame by comparison.”
Boston Globe: “Splendidly narrated.”
 
Soon to be a PBS American Experience documentary.
 
Join us for this very special session on the race to build America’s
 first subway. Boston Globe journalist and author Doug Most will describe the more colorful tales from his 2014 book "The Race Underground” and the competition between two brothers to complete the nation’s first subway. You know how the story ends, but join us for what the NY Times called a “sweeping narrative of 19th century intrigue.” Doug Most will be joined onstage by Boston and New York "personalities" defending their cities' honor: former CEO of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Bob Prince, and former Deputy Executive Director Corporate & Community Affairs of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chris Boylan.
 
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The author will be signing copies of his book following the session. 
 
General Luncheon sponsored by AECOM 
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Sponsor Recognition
  • Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng., F.E.C., Member, APTA Executive Committee; Immediate Past Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Chair, Business Member Nominations Committee; Vice President, Canada National Transit Market Sector Lead, AECOM, Markham, ON
Guest Speaker
  • Doug Most, Deputy Managing Editor, The Boston Globe, Boston, MA
Discussants
  • Robert H. Prince, Jr., Vice President, AECOM, Boston, MA
  • Christopher P. Boylan, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative Subcommittee; Director, Governmental & Strategic Partnerships, The General Contractors Association of NY, Inc., New York, NY
Invitation to 2016 Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo
  • Stephen R. Banta, Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

UTAH TRANSIT AUTHORITY TECHNICAL TOURS

1:45 - 11 p.m.

Utah Transit Authority has arranged the following informative technical tours on Tuesday, June 23 and/or Wednesday, June 24. Please sign up on site for the tours(s) of your choice.

TOUR 1: Jordan River Service Center (JRSC) – Operations
TOUR 2: Jordan River Service Center (JRSC) – Vehicle Maintenance and Shop
TOUR 3: Warm Springs Operations (heavy or commuter rail)
TOUR 4: Warm Springs Vehicle Maintenance and Shop (heavy or commuter rail)
TOUR 5: Sugar House Streetcar - TUESDAY ONLY
TOUR 6: Airport Line & Upcoming Salt Lake International Airport Reconstruction - WEDNESDAY ONLY
TOUR 7: Bike Share
TOUR 8: Transit Oriented Development/Sandy Civic Center - WEDNESDAY ONLY
TOUR 9: Transit Oriented Development/City Creek Center - WEDNESDAY ONLY
TOUR 10: Mountain Accord (has 11 p.m. end time) - TUESDAY ONLY

see UTA Technical Tours for specific tour details and days/times offered
 

Track 1: Rolling Stock: Crashworthiness & Refurbishment

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom D, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Meeting standards for crashworthiness and long-term maintenance
With the advent of new crashworthiness requirements, such as CEM, designers are looking at innovations to meet these new standards. Once designed, cars can be in service for decades, so approaches for extending asset life are outlined together with firsthand experiences. 
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Moderator
  • William Durham, Vice Chair, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Project Manager, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA
Execution of a Modern Operator's Cab Design for a Crash Energy Management-Equipped Commuter Car
  • Paul Larouche, Director, Product Management, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, QC
Asset Life Extension in Uncertain Times
  • Glen Johnstone, Head - Operations, Subway Infrastructure Dept., Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Extending the Useful Life of the MR-73 Cars
  • François Chamberland, Executive Director, Technical Services, Société de transport de Montréal, Montreal, QC

Track 3: Cyber Security

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

What everyone should know to help secure the organization's system
Offensive cyber operations can be launched by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Cyber attacks and fraud appear inevitable and can disrupt data and services, crippling networks and computers. The transit industry initiated projects to standardize the assessment and risk mitigation through release of an initial standard addressing control and communication strategies. What other methods are rail systems using to assess and mitigate cyber risks? This session will highlight how cyber security strategies and APTA’s standards and its Cyber Security Working Group will help to bolster cyber security in the rail environment. With growing cyber threats, join this session to learn new skills and tools for defending our data and communications.
 
Moderator
  • David J. Teumim, President, Teumim Technical, LLC, Allentown, PA
Control Security at SEPTA, including PTC Considerations
  • David J. Teumim, President, Teumim Technical, LLC, Allentown, PA
Sound Transit - SCADA Overview
  • Ted Ellis, Senior Systems Engineer - Supervisor, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA (invited)
Benefits of Vendor Involvement in APTA's CCSWG Working Group
  • John B. Moore, Senior Business Development Manager - Transportation Infrastructure, Phoenix Contact, Middletown, PA
Protecting Transportation with Cyber Security Best Practices
  • Lee Allen, Office of Security Policy & Industry Engagement, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA (invited)

Track 3: SYSTEMS ASSURANCE TRIFECTA Session 3: What Have We Learned about Emergency Preparedness? NEW!

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Lessons learned and best practices
While all rail agencies are fully engaged in emergency preparedness drills of various sizes and complexity, what themes and lessons learned are evolving that will help us in strengthening our emergency management plans? What are the best practices learned from unprecedented weather and emergencies? 
 
Session 3 of three in the new Systems Assurance Trifecta is based on incidents that occur within our industry that involve electrical arcing events, which may impact the third rail, creating smoke conditions that must be addressed with adequate ventilation to assist trains in tunnels, and carrying out emergency response functions to properly evacuate customers. Session 1 (Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.) addressed electrical systems designs of traction power and high- voltage systems―and ensuring safe grounding, bonding, and arc prevention―and ventilation systems and Session 2 (Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.) addresses tunnel ventilation systems.
 
The Systems Assurance Trifecta highlights the importance of the knowledge provided from each of the three individual sessions to raise awareness of how weak signals and small cracks in the control measures of complex social-technical systems have the potential to create havoc on safety or mission-critical functions, how they can be identified, and present solutions.
 
Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
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Moderator
  • Alexa Dupigny-Samuels, Emergency Management Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Winter 2015: MBTA's Resilience and Recovery from the Never-ending Blizzard
  • Randy Clarke, Senior Director of Security and Emergency Management, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
If You Build It, They Will Use It! A Dedicated Emergency Operations Center
  • Marla Blagg, Emergency Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
Creating and Implementing Effective Tabletops, Exercises, and Drills
  • Walter Heinrich, Director of Safety, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Storm Hardening for DC Traction Power Systems, with a Focus on Urban and Sub-surface Environments
  • Earl J. Fish, Associate, STV Incorporated, New York, NY (invited)

Track 4: High-Speed and Passenger Rail Projects

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Making progress corridor by corridor
Corridor projects are overcoming challenges and improving intercity projects one corridor at a time. Hear how plans are unfolding in four key corridors.
 
Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation
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Moderator
  • Melanie K. Johnson, P.E., Associate, Quandel Consultants, LLC, Beachwood, OH
Michigan Accelerated Rail Program: Successful 110MPH Operations
  • Tim Hoeffner, Director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI
High Speed Rail - The Texas Way
  • Erik Steavens, Director of Rail Transportation, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX
Northeast Maglev
  • Nazih K. Haddad, Executive Vice President, The Northeast Maglev, LLC, Washington, DC
Pacific Surfliner Project Update
  • Jennifer Bergener, Director, Rail Program & Facilities Engineering, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

Track 5: Big Transportation Infrastructure Projects Worldwide

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Transformative public transportation projects
Many of the largest infrastructure projects in the world are public transportation projects. The projects highlighted in this session will help transform their communities, bolster regional economies, and help position public transportation as a key for shaping communities and serving future generations. Speakers will describe the scope of these projects, identify their goals, provide updates on project status, describe how project issues have been addressed, and discuss how projects are being financed.
 
Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Nuria I. Fernandez, Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
Major Station Redevelopment in the United Kingdom
  • Nigel Ash, Managing Director, Network Rail Consulting Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Extending BART to San Jose
  • Carolyn M. Gonot, P.E., Chief SVRT Program Officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
Metrolinx Crosstown Project
  • Jack J. Collins, Chief Capital Officer, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON

Track 5: Evaluating Project Delivery Methods

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Matching a project with constructs such as DB (design-build), DBB (design-bid-build), DBOM (design-build-operate-maintain), CMGC (construction manager/general contractor), and others
As project budgets and schedules get tighter, more agencies are considering alternative delivery methods, such as Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Design-Build and CMGC, etc. What are the reasons for chosing one method over another on a project? A challenge is for design teams is understanding the tools and strategies to identify risks and manage changes - for they will come. In this session, speakers from rail agencies and businesses firms will discuss the alternative decision process and lessons learned during implementation.

Session sponsored by Atkins
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Moderator
  • Jeffrey LaMora, Manager of Light Rail Operations, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Ready, Set, Go...Now Change
  • Charles G. Culig, I-225 Project Manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Exploring Facility Project Delivery Methods: Pick Your Poison
  • Donald J. Leidy, Managing Principal, Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Denver, CO
Integrated Service Information and Management: The Future Plans for B Division at NYCT
  • Tom Colacioppo, CEM, CCM, Project Manager, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Track 6: PTC: Commuter Rails' Implementation Experience

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

The CEOs' perspective
The PTC implementation deadline looms, just months away. Technology, spectrum, and funding challenges are driving the timeline for this $3.65+ billion mandate for commuter rail operators.

Join us for a candid conversation about the PTC implementation experience at railroads across the country, and catch up on the latest in industry efforts to support implementation.
 
Moderator
  • Anna M. Barry, Co-Chair, Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee; Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
Panelists
  • Donald A. Orseno, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Commuter Rail Committee; Chair, Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee; Executive Director & CEO, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • John Paul Zanaska, Director, Commuter Rail, Metro Transit - Northstar Commuter Rail, Big Lake, MN
  • Darrell J. Maxey, Senior Director, PTC, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Los Angeles, CA
  • Timothy H. McKay, Executive Vice President, Growth/Regional Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Bruce Cardon, Commuter Rail General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 1: Emerging Technology

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Advances and integration
The complexity of transit rail operations provides opportunity for a wide range of advanced technologies and innovative practices. From parking solutions to fleet management, there is room for new ideas and applications.
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Moderator
  • Angela Miller, Director, Global Customer Solutions, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
New Parking Technologies in the Rail Space
  • John F. McGee, Jr., Senior Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
Intelligent Wayside Solution for Fleet Management
  • Henry J. Wesling, Director, Engineering, Marketing & Product Planning, Bombardier Transportation-Rail Control Solutions, Pittsburgh, PA
Data, Data Everywhere: Key Steps to Integrating Systems for Improved Decision Making
  • Herbert Higginbotham, Manager, Accenture, El Segundo, CA
Ideas for Leveraging Emerging Technologies
  • Louis D. Cripps, II, Administrator, Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Transit Agency Light Rail Incident Response Before and After ICM Deployment: Strategies and Constraints
  • Lee Biernbaum, Economist, Volpe Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA

Track 3: Evolving from an Hours-of-Service to a Risk Based Model for Managing Fatigue

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

It’s just not about time away from work anymore.
This session will cover many variables that have an effect on fatigue, including new sleep science, influences from current research on biorhythms, and moving from a fatigue awareness to a fatigue management concept as a means of risk reduction.
 
Moderator
  • Cindy Terwilliger, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Kansas City, MO
WMATA Experience: Implementation of FRMS in Transit
  • Chad T. Krukowski, Deputy Chief/Safety, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Components of an Effective FRMS
  • Dr. Steven R. Hursh, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientist, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Identification of Fatigue Hazards in Rail and Transit
  • Grady C. Cothen, Jr., Transportation Policy Consultant & former Deputy Assciate Administrator for Safety Standards, Federal Railroad Administration, Cheverly, MD
More than Hours of Service: Multiple Layers of Defense for Fatigue Risk
  • Dr. Francine O. James, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Operational Fatigue & Performance Unit, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc., Baltimore, MD
 

Wednesday, June 24

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom Reception, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Track 1: Signal Systems

8 - 10 a.m.
Grand Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Conventional and CBTC systems: contracting, testing & training
While conventional signal systems remain the backbone of rail transit control technology, Communications Based Train Control, once a fledgling idea, has achieved acceptance as a coming mode of operation. Both implementations will be addressed in this session, which treats contracting, testing, and training in this demanding field.
 
Moderator
  • Robert A. MacDonald, Director, Engineering Services, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA
Golden Rules & Operational Considerations when Implementing a Brownfield CBTC Re-signaling Project
  • Mike Palmer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
An Integrated LRT Modeling Approach - the Calgary Solution
  • Dr. Allen Nie, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Pleasanton, CA
Feedback on CBTC Factory and Field Tests and Commissioning
  • Kenneth M.D. Diemunsch, Train Control Engineer, CH2M HILL, New York, NY
Signaling Contracts: “I know you think you understand what you thought I wrote, but I'm not sure..."
  • Pete Tomlin, Senior Project Manager - ATC, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Track 4: Streetcar/Urban Circulator Round Table

8 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Economic engines of the urban corridors
With the support of U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program, streetcars are moving forward as catalyst for economic development often in disadvantaged and economically depressed neighborhoods. In addition, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of ADA, panelists will discuss how the project is meeting the needs of persons with disabilities. Join  streetcar project sponsors to learn more about their impact as they connect people to jobs and economic opportunities.
 
Session sponsored by RATP Dev America
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Moderator
  • David Vozzolo, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President & Streetcar Program Director, HDR, Sarasota, FL
Panelists
  • D.J. Baxter, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Redevelopment Agency Executive Director, Salt Lake City Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ralph Davis, P.E., Deputy Director, Public Works, City of Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, MO
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Transit Director, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Louis Brusati, General Manager, RDMT-DC - RATP Group, Washington, DC
  • Paul Grether, AICP, Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Director of Rail Services, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH (invited)

Track 5: Systems Engineering Implementation Benefits: Capital Project Case Studies

8 - 10 a.m.
Venezia Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Systems engineering expertise can transform your capital project results
Adapting and applying systems engineering practices to capital projects has become a growing international trend across the transit industry. Systems practices mitigate risk, project delays, and cost overruns that typically arise during the construction phase of capital projects. Whether new operations or maintenance facilities, transit system upgrades or line extensions, these project issues occur as a result of increasing integration between traditionally standalone operational systems. Panelists will share their strategies for systems engineering implementation and benefits experienced by agencies and major capital programs.
 
Moderator
  • Anne O'Neil, P.E., CSEP, Systems Engineering Catalyst and Consultant, Anne O'Neil Consulting, New York, NY
Value Added of System Engineering to Transit and Rail Projects
  • Alireza Edraki, Vice President of Transit and Rail Systems - Canada Operation, Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, Audubon, PA
Organizational Change Management & Incremental Implementation of System Engineering
  • Dale A. Brown, Sr. Engineer, Atkins, Edison, NJ
Stakeholder Engagement and Organizational Change Management in Centralizing Service Management for the NYC Subway
  • Mikael Sheikh, Deputy Systems Engineering Officer, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • John G. Gaul, Vice President, 21st Century Service Delivery, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
A Systems Engineering Approach to Enhance and Support the Acceptance Process of RTD FasTracks
  • Timothy Stokes, P.E., Senior Principal, Parsons Corporation, Tysons, VA

Business Member Resource Room

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Belvedere, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Host Information Desk

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom Office North & South, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuscany, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

TCRP Information Center

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Ballroom Foyer, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

FORUM: Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

The Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum is designed to connect transit OEMs with smaller, qualified, and interested U.S. manufacturers. The Forum will include an introduction by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA); with panel discussions and presentations by OEMs and current transit suppliers, and question and answer periods.

As part of the Forum, time will be allocated for ten-minute introductory, private meetings between participating OEMs and prospective suppliers. Participating suppliers can include both current transit industry suppliers, and potential new suppliers. These are not intended to be deal negotiation meetings but private introductory meetings to discuss the basics of participating in OEM supply chains.
 
Participating suppliers may sign up for these one-on-one meetings when they arrive at the Forum on Wednesday, June 24.

FEE:
$25 per person, includes lunch             
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested at http://mep.org/mep/, however you may register on site via check.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact Dave Stieren, Technical Manager, at david.stieren@nist.gov or 301.975.3197; or Samm Bowman, Project Manager, at samm@nist.gov or 301.975.5978                                       

Track 2: Imaginative Ways to Maintain your System

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

From testing traction power infrastructure to preventing ice formation, from trainsets to the number of spares, planning and technology bolster reliability
Transit agencies are constantly working on imaginative ways to lower maintenance costs and improve performance. Some of these relate to using modern technology such thermal imaging for detecting anomalies in the traction power system. Others who experience adverse weather conditions resort to resolving issues related to icing on the contact wire. Vehicle maintenance work usually requires withdrawing one or more cars from the fleet and the balancing act of doing so without impacting a 100 percent pull-out for revenue service. Another question related to maintenance is that of life cycle asset replacement and one of many debates such as whether semi-permanent coupled cars are a friend or foe. Attend this need-to-know session to adapt new maintenance methods to your work.
 
Moderator
  • Kenneth Morford, Program Manager, Department of Chief Engineer, Vehicles, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Using Thermal Video Imagery for Early Detection of Traction Power Anomalies
  • Michael Lohman, Assistant Manager - Engineering, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Non-Icing System (NIS) Light Rail Vehicle Pantograph
  • Gilberto Olvera, P.E., Project Manager, STV Incorporated, Baltimore, MD
Vehicle Availability in Small Fleet Operations
  • Edward Byers, General Manager, Herzog Transit Services, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Vincent D. Pellegrin, Chief Operating Officer, Bus & Rail, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Semi-Permanently Coupled Cars – Friend or Foe
  • Mike Palmer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Track 5: Procuring Rail Vehicles

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Clickety-clack: getting rail cars on track
The soothing rocking of a rail car in motion is the only calming thing in rail. This session will help agency procurement leaders facing vehicle purchases understand what they need to consider and what the best practices are when buying any rail vehicles – from locomotives to streetcars.
 
Moderator
  • John O. Adler, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
The ABCs of Rail Procurement: What is "Best Value?"
  • Robert I. Brownstein, Vice President, AECOM, New York, NY
Using Life Cycle Cost as a Factor in Purchasing - The European Experience
  • Jacques Drouin, Senior Expert, Platform Management, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, QC
Top Dozen Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Next Vehicle Purchase
  • Raymond N. Carini, Jr., MSCE, Vice President - Middle Atlantic Region, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Track 6: Labor-Management Round Table

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Savoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Contract negotiations to common ground
This session takes a candid look at the realities, challenges, and outcomes of labor contract negotiations, work stoppages, impasses, and related local impacts, as well as common ground programs such as labor and management staff teams working together on employee development and training programs. Panel members will address the realities of building and rebuilding labor management relationships, building and sustaining trust, and managing risks. They will highlight the challenges, strategies, and compromises of contract discussions. They also will address common ground interests, such as employee development and training programs and how and why these can be successful even when relationships can be strained.
 
Moderator
  • Ericka R. Mitchell, MSOD, Vice Chair, Labor Relations Subcommittee; Assistant Chief Employee Relations Officer, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
Panelists
  • Cherie Sprague, GPHR, SPHR, Senior HR Executive, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Michael K. Muhammad, Vice President, Diversity/Innovation/Labor Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Kimberly Ulibarri, Chair, Labor Relations Subcommittee; Manager, Labor Relations & Performance Improvement, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Mobility 2.0 – What International Best Practice Can Mean for U.S. Rail & Public Transportation

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom A&B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

What does it mean to be a truly world-class transit system? What can we learn about how rail infrastructure and operations are funded elsewhere? How are U.S. rail agencies using international best practice? Hear from international transportation representatives, the results of the recent APTA European study mission on innovative funding and financing, and how our conference host, UTA, and others have integrated ideas from around the world. 
 
Moderators
  • Michael A. Allegra, Member, APTA Executive Committee; President/CEO, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Petra Mollet, Chief of Staff, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Angela Iannuzziello, P.Eng., F.E.C., Member, APTA Executive Committee; Immediate Past Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Chair, Business Member Nominations Committee; Vice President, Canada National Transit Market Sector Lead, AECOM, Markham, ON
  • Laurent Dauby, Director, Knowledge & Membership Services Dept., UITP (International Association of Public Transport), Brussels, Belgium
  • Alexander Barron, Associate Director and Metro Benchmarking Manager, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, London, United Kingdom

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Provence, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Chair, Todd W. Provost

Track 3: Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer (OLAV) Training Session

1 - 5 p.m.
Tuscany, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

(15 person limit)
Every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Operation Lifesaver is offering this education program to promote safety and prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings on freight rail, passenger rail, and transit systems. Authorized volunteers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in fifty states, speaking to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders. At this OLAV training session, attendees will be trained in a face-to-face session with OLAV coaches and Operation Lifesaver state coordinators on how to make effective public safety presentations to a variety of audiences, so you can help keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within your community.

PREREQUISITE:
Before attending the OLAV training session, all registrants must complete the online Authorized Volunteer Education e-Learning Course.

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

REGISTRATION:
 Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited to 15 persons on a first-come, first-served basis. Members may arrive prior to the 1 p.m. start time and request to attend. 
Instructor
  • Wende Corcoran, Vice President, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Alexandria, VA

Track 4: FTA WORKSHOP & LISTENING SESSION: MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants (Section 5309) Program

1 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom B, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss the latest information about the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program planning and project development process under MAP-21. This will include a discussion of the requirements specified in the Final Rule and Policy Guidance published in 2013, as well as recently proposed interim policy guidance published for public comment in April 2015.
 
Topics include:
 
• Getting into and through the steps in CIG process
• New and Small Starts eligibility and evaluation criteria
• Core capacity eligibility and evaluation criteria
• Warrants (ways projects can qualify for automatic ratings)
• FTA technical assistance and oversight

FEE:
The workshop is available to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis.

QUESTIONS?
Contact APTA’s Rich Weaver at 202-496-4809 or rweaver@apta.com.
 

Track 4: NTI TRAINING: Environmental Justice – Part 1

1 - 5 p.m.
Murano Garden Salon, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Part 2 is on Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Envoy Room
This National Transit Institute training will instruct FTA’s grantees on how to effectively satisfy the requirements of Executive Order 12898, U.S. DOT Order 5610.2(a), and FTA Circular 4703.1 on Environmental Justice. It is intended to serve as guidance for practitioners, reviewers, and grantees on effective ways for integrating the consideration of Environmental Justice impacts throughout the transportation planning and project development/NEPA processes.

OBJECTIVES:
• Identify the difference between Title VI and Environmental Justice
• Discuss the importance of environmental justice and how it affects transportation decision-making
• Explore the changing environment of transportation, and how to consider environmental justice in transportation planning and project development
• Understand the compliance process for planning and implementing under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

CEUs 1.40
and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the two-day course.
 
AUDIENCE: Regional/Metropolitan Planning Organization, State Department of Transportation, and transit agency staff.
 
FEE: $600 per person for Consulting, Contractor, Non-Profit (USA only), Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency, payable directly to NTI // No charge for all others

REGISTRATION: Visit NTI's website, www.ntionline.com, to register for the course. Attendance on a first-come, first served, space-and-materials available basis. Please arrive on time for this course.

QUESTIONS?
Visit NTI’s website, www.ntionline.com and/or contact NTI’s Ginny Stern at 732.932.1700 or gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Instructors
  • Manolo González-Estay, Government Affairs - Public Communications Specialist II, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Ted J. Rieck, AICP, Principal, TJR Advisors, Overland Park, KS

Track 6: USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Academy Pilot Program - Part 1

1 - 5 p.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

(50 person limit)
Part 2 is on Thursday June 25, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Part 3 is on Friday June 26, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is offering training and technical assistance in the form of practical implementation tools for funding recipients of the FTA, FHWA, and FAA. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officers (DBELOs) and other program administrators responsible for implementing the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program are invited to participate in this three-day DBE Academy to better understand the DBE requirements through interactive group sessions, independent assessments, and program reviews.

Participants are encouraged to bring existing DBE program plans, goal methodologies, and their laptops! The DBE Academy instructors and participants will work together in small group settings to address areas of greatest concern and provide practical and targeted solutions. Participants will share effective practices and work together to examine DBE case studies. Instructors will facilitate meaningful dialogue and guidance.  Some of the topics that will be covered are: DBE Program Requirements (generally), DBE Certification—specifically Personal Net Worth (PNW) Assessments, Goal Setting, Good Faith Efforts, DBE Participation, Monitoring and Enforcement, and Counting DBE Participation. 

Participants will leave the DBE Academy inspired and confident in their ability to implement the DBE Program requirements, and will receive a certificate of completion on the last day of training.  
 
FEE: $150 per person covers the three-day Academy sessions, refreshment breaks, and Thursday lunch.  

REGISTRATION:
This is a pilot program and limited to the first 50 registrants; pre-registration is required
 
QUESTIONS?
Registration:
Contact APTA's Beverly Hill at 202.496.4315 or bhill@apta.com, or Marcus Eng at 202.496.4874 or meng@apta.com
Academy training content: Contact FTADBETraining@dot.gov              

UTAH TRANSIT AUTHORITY TECHNICAL TOURS

1:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Utah Transit Authority has arranged the following informative technical tours on Tuesday, June 23 and/or Wednesday, June 24. Please sign up on site for the tours(s) of your choice.

TOUR 1: Jordan River Service Center (JRSC) – Operations
TOUR 2: Jordan River Service Center (JRSC) – Vehicle Maintenance and Shop
TOUR 3: Warm Springs Operations (heavy or commuter rail)
TOUR 4: Warm Springs Vehicle Maintenance and Shop (heavy or commuter rail)
TOUR 5: Sugar House Streetcar - TUESDAY ONLY
TOUR 6: Airport Line & Upcoming Salt Lake International Airport Reconstruction - WEDNESDAY ONLY
TOUR 7: Bike Share
TOUR 8: Transit Oriented Development/Sandy Civic Center - WEDNESDAY ONLY
TOUR 9: Transit Oriented Development/City Creek Center - WEDNESDAY ONLY
see UTA Technical Tours for specific tour details and days/times offered

A Multimodal Tour of Wasatch Front

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

(80 person limit)
NOTE: You may choose to extend the three-hour tour to a five-hour tour, ending at 6:30 p.m. The later tour extends your Front Runner ride to Ogden and back. Along the way you’ll see communities, intermodal terminals, and the urban landscape.
 
The past 15 years have brought sweeping changes to Wasatch Front communities as the Utah Transit Authority introduced nearly 140 miles of new rail lines. UTA’s network of light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar services—fully integrated with the UTA bus system—carried over 79,000 weekday passenger trips in 2014. This Multimodal Tour offers the opportunity to experience all three types of UTA rail service from a “passenger’s eye” perspective. It encompasses the Red and Blue TRAX light rail lines, the new S-Line streetcar, and Front Runner commuter rail on a fast-paced, action-packed itinerary using regularly-scheduled services.

The multimodal tour is conducted by Virginia Railway Express’ Tom Hickey, Immediate Past Chair of APTA’s Streetcar Subcommittee and Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee.

REGISTRATION: Please register for the tour on site at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Grand America Hotel.

QUESTIONS? See tour details available at the host information desk or contact Tom Hickey at thickey@vre.org.
 

Thursday, June 25

Track 4: NTI TRAINING: Environmental Justice – Part 2

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Envoy, First Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Part 1 is on Wednesday, June 23, from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Murano Garden Salon
See Part 1 entry immediately above for course and registration information

Track 6: USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Academy Pilot Program – Part 2

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Part 1 is on Wednesday, June 24, from 1 - 5 p.m.; Part 3 is on Friday, June 26, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
See Part 1 entry immediately above for course and pre-registration information
 

Friday, June 26

Track 6: USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Academy Pilot Program – Part 3

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Milano, Third Floor, The Grand America Hotel

Part 1 is on Wednesday, June 24, from 1 - 5 p.m.; Part 2 is on Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
See Part 1 entry immediately above for course and pre-registration information
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