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American Public Transportation Association

 Schedule at a Glance

This page is an overview of the conference schedule. 

See Program​ & Committee Meetings​ for details.
 
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, Sustainability & Finance
Track 5: Capital Programs
Track 6: Policy, Management & Workforce Development 

Continuing Education 

APTA is pleased to award credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced transportation professionals for the following organizations:
 
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP)
  • Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)

See Continuing Education for more information and the list of the specific sessions/credit hours offered.

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.​​
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Saturday, June 10   Sunday, June 11   Monday, June 12   Tuesday, June 13   Wednesday, June 14   

Saturday, June 10

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Track 3: Rail System Safety Seminar

Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Track 2: Rail Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations Summit

Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Padfolios sponsored by Battelle
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    Hotel Keys sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
    company logo
     
    Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.
    company logo

    Charge Sticks sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
    company logo 
  • Host Information Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
2 - 4 p.m.

Technical Tours

  • TECHNICAL TOUR: Baltimore Street Car Museum

    This tour is also scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.
    (35 person limit)
  • TECHNICAL TOUR: B&O Museum

    This tour is also scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.
    (70 person limit)

Sunday, June 11

7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Host Information Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
2 - 3:15 p.m.

Track 6: This is APTA

Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Getting involved, using APTA's resources
3 - 5 p.m.

Track 6: WORKSHOP: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Receptions

  • 2017 Welcome Reception Only

  • Welcome Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

    Key Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    (tickets required)
    Reception co-sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Member Activity fund
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7:30 - 10 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AWARDS BANQUET

Holiday Ballroom 4-6, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
(tickets required)

Monday, June 12

6:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

ABC East Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Holiday Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Sponsored by WSP USA
company logo
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Host Information Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
  • TCRP Information Center

    Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

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

Holiday Ballroom, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
General Session sponsored by HDR
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10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Positive Train Control Implementation and Operation

    University Ballroom 1-3, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
    PTC, the elephant in the room
    Session sponsored by VHB
    company logo 
  • Track 4: Making Projects Happen through Private Investments in Infrastructure

    West Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
    Understanding the relationship with private equity investors
  • Track 4: Making Transit Station Access Easier

    Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Help your riders access transit stations with ease
  • Track 4: Moving the Dial: Realizing the Benefits of Improving Asset Management Practices

    Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

    company logo

  • Track 5: Capital Projects - Big Case Studies

    Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 6: An International Scan of Rail Best Practices: from Europe to Latin America to Asia

    East Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
  • Track 6: Employees are our Greatest Asset – Perspectives from the Shop Floor

    Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
    Engage in a lively discussion of key factors that are important for effective labor-management collaboration.
  • Track 6: HOST FORUM: The Four Cornerstones of Transit: The MTA Story

    Latrobe, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
12 - 3 p.m.

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Key Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
(includes lunch from 12 - 1:30 p.m.; tickets required)
Lunch sponsored by The Northeast Maglev, LLC
company logo
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Track 6: GENERAL SESSION: Federal Partners Perspectives

Holiday Ballroom, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Innovation

    University Ballroom 1-3, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
  • Track 1: Track -- Forces, Noise, and Vibration

    West Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
  • Track 1: Traction Power

    Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 3: International Safety: Sharing Experiences & Innovations

    East Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor
  • Track 4, Track 6: Expanding the Universe: Encouraging More M/W/S/DBE Firms to Participate in Procurements

    Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 4: Transit-Oriented Development and Transit-Oriented Communities

    Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Learn the latest in planning for transit-oriented development

    Sponsored by HNTB Corporation 

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  • Track 5: Capital Projects - Small Case Studies

    Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Tuesday, June 13

7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Sponsored by WSP USA
company logo
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Host Information Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
  • TCRP Information Center

    Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1, Track 3: Technology & Safety

    Key Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 1: Systems Engineering

    Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 1: Traction Power Technology

    Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 2: Operations - Systemwide

    Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Track 4: Making the Case for Rail in the Region

    Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Make the case for investing in and prioritizing new rail corridors
  • Track 5: Progress in U.S. High-Speed and Intercity Corridors

    Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
    Four case studies
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Rail Vehicles: Cradle to Grave

    Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 1: Signal Systems

    Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 2: Operations - Planning

    Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 3: Security Infrastructure Interface

    Key Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 3: Transit Safety Management - Transit Safey & Industry Implemetation

    Key Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 4: Environmental Considerations in Rail Planning and Project Development

    Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    How to successfully implement NEPA reviews with different regulatory stakeholders
    Session sponsored by VHB
  • Track 5: High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail: A Global Update

    Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
    Projects from around the world
  • Track 6: Labor-Management Think Tank 2017: Continuing the Conversation

    Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Lunchs

  • 2017 General Luncheon

  • Track 6: GENERAL LUNCHEON: Appealing Directly to the Voters: How 2016 Became a Record Year for Transit Ballot Measures

    Holiday Ballroom, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
    An intelligence debrief for interested regions
    Lunch co-sponsored by AECOM and APTA
    company logo
2:30 - 4 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1, Track 3: Fire Life Safety Design - Challenges and Best Practices

    Key Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 1: Advanced Technology

    Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 2: Streetcars: New Systems with New Technologies

    Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Sponsored by SYSTRA Consulting, Inc.
     
  • Track 3: Cyber Security: Yes, Your Agency Does Face Cyber Threats!

    Key Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 4: Increasing the Core Capacity of Your System

    Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Increasing the number of passengers who can ride your rail system
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Track 6: Enhancing Rail Accessibility

    Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Strategies to promote accessibility, address industry trends, and advances in technology
4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1, Track 3: Safety Comes in Many Forms: A New Way to Slow Down, Crash Energy Management & You

    Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 1: Mobile Applications

    Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    What did we do before mobile apps?
  • Track 3: Safety Reporting Systems: Building an Effective Employee Reporting Program

    Key Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 4: Preparing Your System for Resiliency

    Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    How to prepare your system for extreme weather threats in the future
    Session sponsored by VHB
  • Track 5: Streetcars - Challenges of Construction in a City Environment, Costs & Mobility

    Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
     
  • Track 6: Career Pathways for Women in Transit

    Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Wednesday, June 14

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

8 - 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Sponsored by WSP USA
company logo
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Host Information Desk

    Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
  • TCRP Information Center

    Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 2: Maintenance - Consequenses of Not Planning

    Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
  • Track 4, Track 5: The Economic Power of Transit Hubs: Making the Rail - Real Estate Connection

    Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    People and business voting with their feet
  • Track 4: Good Planning Leads to Good Projects

    Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
    Listening session on the New Project Development Self-Assessment Program
     
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Track 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: GM’s Vision for the Future of Mobility

Holiday Ballroom 4-6, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
12 - 6 p.m.

Track 6: FTA Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum

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QUESTIONS? Contact Samm Bowman at 301.975.5978 or samm@nist.gov 
 
1 - 3 p.m.

Technical Tours

  • TECHNICAL TOUR: B&O Museum

    (70 person limit)
  • TECHNICAL TOUR: Baltimore Street Car Museum

    (35 person limit)
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • TECHNICAL TOUR: MTA's Light Rail Main Yard and Maintenance Facility North Ave.

    (35 person limit)
  • TECHNICAL TOUR: MTA's Metro Subway Main Yard and Maintenance Facility Wabash Ave.

    (35 person limit)
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