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 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: State of Good Repair, Capital Programs & Infrastructure Maintenance
Track 2: Systems Engineering, Innovation & Operations
Track 3: Vehicles, Mechanical Systems & Vehicle Maintenance
Track 4: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Track 5: Planning, Sustainability & Finance
Track 6: Organization & Workforce Development​

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
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Saturday, June 9   Sunday, June 10   Monday, June 11   Tuesday, June 12   Wednesday, June 13   Thursday, June 14   

Saturday, June 9

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

RODEO SITE: Regional Transportation District – Elati Light Rail Facility, 2701 S E;ati Street, Englewood, CO 80110

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Track 4: SMS & Safety Seminar: Modern Approach to Safety & Safety Culture

Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

    Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

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  • Host Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
8 - 10 p.m.

HOST RECEPTION: History Colorado Museum

RTD invites all Rail Rodeo and Rail Conference registrants and their guests to enjoy an evening of fun and explore the history of Colorado. Refreshments will be available on each of the three levels.

Reception compliments of Regional Transportation District (RTD)

Click here for reception details, shuttle information, and walking map. 

Sunday, June 10

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

Committee Meetings

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

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Host Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

All Member - APTA Strategic Plan Listening Session

Centennial Ballroom A, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Come and lend your voice to the development of the next APTA Strategic Plan. All APTA members are welcome.
3 - 5 p.m.

Track 6: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Change Champion Training

Mineral Hall A, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Denver Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

Hall A, Exhibit Level, Colorado Convention Center
(tickets required)

Reception co-sponsored by LTK Engineering and APTA Business Member Activity Fund

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7:30 - 10 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AWARDS BANQUET

Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
(tickets required)

Rodeo Banquet sponsored by WSP USA

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Monday, June 11

6:45 - 8 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

Mineral Hall A-C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Sponsored by the APTA Business Member Activity Fund
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Host Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • TCRP Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

General Session sponsored by AECOM

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

Educational Sessions

  • Track 2: Authorized Channels: Connectivity & Electromagnetic Interference

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Look mom, no wires!
    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
  • Track 2: PTC: Facing the Mirror

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

    Session sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

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  • Track 2: Streetcars & Light Rail: Boosting Performance & Smart Expansions

    Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

    Session sponsored by Transit Systems Engineering

  • Track 4: Enterprise Risk Management: A Safety Management System

    Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 5: An International Perspective on Best Value

    Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 5: Station Area Access Planning

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

    Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)

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12 - 3 p.m.

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Hall A, Exhibit Level, Colorado Convention Center
(includes lunch from 12 - 1:30 p.m.; tickets required)
3 - 4:15 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Safety and Security Trends in an Uncertain World

Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
APTA 2018 Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards; Enterprise Risk Management Discussion
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Track 3: Preventing Miscommunication with Your Signaling System

Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Watching our existing signal systems evolve
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Prioritizing Rail in the Region

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Identifying strategies for prioritizing rail projects
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Track 2: Control Centers: Co-locating Bus & Rail

    Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Technology innovations & best practices in co-locating bus & rail
  • Track 2: The Tracks of Tomorrow, Today!

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 6: Organizational Development Practices & Strategies: Domestic & International Perspectives

    Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Tuesday, June 12

7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Host Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • TCRP Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Capital Programs: Mega Projects

    Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Considering a transit mega project? Join this session to learn the challenges faced in planning, designing, constructing, and financing these projects, as well as how to recover in a fiscally responsible manner.
    Session sponsored by Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell
  • Track 1: Improving Asset Management Practices

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Lessons learned in meeting federal TAMP requirements
    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
  • Track 3: Rail Activation Roundtable - Doing it the Right Way!

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 4: Preventing Rail Suicides and Trespasser Strikes

    Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Join a conversation on prevention efforts and partnerships designed for prevention
  • Track 5: How Fragile is Your Supply Chain?

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 6: Internships, Partnerships, Innovative Approaches

    Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Creating Partnerships: Learn how to attract and retain our future workforce!
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Capital Programs: Regional Activities

    Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    This session explores the steps that regional and high-speed rail networks are taking to greatly improve travel options within their regions.
  • Track 2: Greener Pastures? Leveraging Existing Systems & the Potential Benefits of New Technologies

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Can't live with it! Can't live without it! What's coming in technology for transit
  • Track 3: Maintenance: Failure to Foresight

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Session sponsored by Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd.
  • Track 4: Eyes in the Sky - The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) in Transit

    Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 5: TOD Planning & Practices

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
  • Track 6: Labor Management Think Tank 2018

    Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Relationships, Negotiations, Technologies, New Outreach, and Partnerships
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

GENERAL LUNCHEON: Federal Partners Share Perspectives & Priorities

Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 2: Passenger Equipment Innovation through Standards & Regulations

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 3: Unlimited Power! – Traction Power Innovation

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Traction power; we can’t go without it
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Track 4: Security Enterprise Risk Management in Cybersecurity

    Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

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  • Track 5: Good Planning Leads to Good Projects

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Tools for CIG project planning
  • Track 5: Leveraging Big Data

    Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Using data to tell our story
4 - 5 p.m.

Track 4: State Safety Oversight Updates from FTA

Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
4 - 5:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 2: Brave New World: Changing the Operations Playbook

    Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Hear how different transit agencies prepare for unforeseen events and evaluate the value of operations technology to improve quality of operations.
  • Track 2: PTC: Challenge Accepted

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Session sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
  • Track 3: Vehicle-Track Interaction

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 5: Navigating the Environmental Process

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Insights from navigating the environmental process
    Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Wednesday, June 13

7 - 8 a.m.

Coffee Service

Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Host Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • TCRP Information Desk

    Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
8 - 9:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: The Art of Making Maintenance Manageable

    Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Technological improvements have brought about new challenges to preventative maintenance. Join a discussion on how you can improve efficiency within your agency's maintenance operations.
  • Track 2: Progress on High-Speed and Intercity Corridors

    Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    It’s been a very good year!
  • Track 2: The March of Progress – What am I Signing Up for?

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Innovation case studies from the field
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
  • Track 5: Become a Lean, Mean, Procurement Machine

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Rail Procurement: Today and Tomorrow
    There will be a raffle for a $1,000 APTA conference registration, care of the APTA Business Member Activity Fund!
  • Track 5: Sustainability & Resiliency Strategies

    Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Strategies for meeting triple bottom line and implementing resiliency
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 2: A Matter of Perspective: On-Time Performance on the National Rail Network

    Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    Session sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
  • Track 2: Moving Mountains in Bits and Bytes

    Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    A field where nothing stays the same. Catch up with the latest.
  • Track 4: Advancements in Technology to Protect Against Threats and Prevent Accidents/Incidents

    Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Track 5: Innovative Funding, Finance, and Public-Private Partnerships

    Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
    New ways to address transit operation and capital investment needs…
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Innovative Strategies that Are Creating a Fast Track for Better Rail

Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
12 - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 3:30 p.m.

FTA Capital Projects Workshop

Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

HOST TECHNICAL TOURS

~ Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility Tour | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | 20-person limit
~ Mariposa Light Rail Facility Tour | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | 20-person limit

see Program for tour and pre-registration information 

Thursday, June 14

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

TECHNICAL TOUR: Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO

Round-trip chartered bus, departing Denver 7:30 a.m., and complimentary lunch provided.
(100-person limit)

Tour this expansive facility, rarely open to the public, and discover some of the emerging technologies that are advancing railway innovation. Click here for more info
 
see Program for tour details

Note: Advance registration is closed; the tour is full
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