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 Session Descriptions

The 2013 APTA Rail Conference will be held June 2-5 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. Hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, this technical conference focuses on all rail modes: urban, commuter, intercity and high-speed rail. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experience, and solutions. 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.

As part of APTA's commitment to developing the next generations of public transportation leadership, two new educational programs will be introduced in conjunction with the Rail Conference: Early Career Program and Mid-Level Management Progam. 

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

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

 

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

Last Updated June 18, 2013


Saturday, June 1 

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

SEPTA - Fern Rock Maintenance Facility 
5801 North 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141
 

SEPTA is proud to host the 21st Annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, which features intense competition from the best rail operators and maintenance teams in North America. In a break from tradition, the maintainers' competition takes place on Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The maintainers' written and safety test takes place on Saturday , June 1. The roadeo operators' competition is on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rodeo attendees should take SEPTA Regional Rail service from Market East Station to Fern Rock Station to the rodeo site. Return to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown using this same service. Rail schedule information to/from the rodeo is available at the host information desk and on site at the rodeo. 

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 2, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 

THANKS TO OUR RODEO MAINTENANCE EVENTS SPONSORS 

  • ALSTOM
  • Educational Data Systems, Inc.
  • Era-contact USA, LLC
  • Knorr Brake Corporation
  • Penn Machine Company
  • Wabtec/Wabco
  • ZF Industries, LLC 

QUESTIONS? Visit the International Rail Rodeo section at www.apta.com

REGISTRATION: Contact APTA’s Adam Martin at 202.496.4845 or amartin@apta.com.    

COMPETITION / EVENTS: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.  

 

TOUR: A Multimodal Tour of the Delaware Valley

8:20 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  (60 person limit) 

The Delaware Valley is extraordinary in the number and diversity of its rail transportation modes. Join us on Saturday before the rail conference sessions begin and become acquainted with the Philadelphia region from the passenger’s perspective. See how the different rail technologies work and work together to keep the region moving. Your hosts for this two-part guided tour will be the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit Corporation, and the Delaware River Port Authority’s Port Authority Transit Corporation.

PART 1: WEST SIDE
8:20 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 

The morning will be spent aboard SEPTA commuter rail, streetcar, light rail, light rapid rail, and rapid rail transit services though Philadelphia and the western suburbs. As some of these names suggest, you may have difficultly cataloging which mode is which, given some of the unique local applications of technology to passenger demand.  Along the way you will also experience five intermodal terminals plus the oldest streetcar crossing of an active Class 1 railroad main line. 

PART 2: EAST SIDE
1:30 - 6:30 p.m.
 

After another pass through Philadelphia, we will head across the Delaware River to see what the New Jersey part of the region has to offer. The afternoon will include more commuter rail and rapid rail transit (each distinct from what was encountered in the morning tour) plus a new diesel-powered light rail line. There are five intermodal terminals on the afternoon tours as well, including a tour of the Pennsauken Transit Center—a soon-to-open nexus for commuter rail, light rail, and bus transit serving the South Jersey market. 

Both Parts 1 & 2 of the Multimodal Tour of the Delaware Valley depart from the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 

REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS?
You are invited to join one or both groups led by CH2M Hill’s Tom Hickey. Advance registration is required. Please contact Mr. Hickey at tr.hickey@ch2m.com or 610.306.3066. 

 

Track 3

Rail System Safety Seminar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

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

FEE: There is no separate registration fee required.  

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email APTA’s Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com by May 24.
On-site registration will be on a space-available basis. 

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

 

 

Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program 

APTA recognizes the public transportation industry’s need to develop managers and supervisors holding mid-level positions. This year at our major conferences, we are providing a variety of workshops, sessions, and learning opportunities specifically designed to advance the skills of professionals at this level.  

Look for the Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program logo throughout the program for events that may interest and benefit mid-level conference attendees. 

 

Track 4 

MINETA NATIONAL POLICY SUMMIT
Transportation Finance: Catching Up with the Rest of the World

1 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

How can the U.S. strengthen its position as a world leader in transportation?


This workshop will examine America's current position in the transportation world. Panelists will address the acceptability of various transportation financing options; funding successes; public-private partnerships; equity in transportation; and transportation legislative strategies. The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) will present results from the latest national poll on transportation funding, along with trends from the last four years.

Opening Remarks

  • Rod Diridon Sr., member, APTA Board of Directors, and executive director, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA

Keynote Speaker

  • Administrator Peter M. Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Moderator

  • Steve Heminger, executive director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, CA

Panelists

  • Asha Agrawal, Ph.D., director, National Transportation Finance Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA
  • Julie A. Cunningham, president/CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Washington, DC
  • Mortimer Downey, former U.S. deputy secretary of transportation; first vice chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority;
    chairman, PB Consult; and president, Mort Downey Consulting LLC, Vienna, VA
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Bud Wright, executive director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC  
  •                      

Track 6

PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP: Present Like a Pro  NEW!                              

1 - 5 p.m.   (25 person limit)
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5      

Creating and delivering powerful presentations and building your brand 

As professionals we are always on. Our presence, communication behaviors, decorum, tact and service energy are vital for achieving the results we desire. Language, clarity, image and thoroughness play a key factor in every customer interaction. Every participant who attends this workshop will be more effective when working with, and presenting to, customers (internal and external), leaders and with each other. They will be better communicators, engaging, thorough and confident, and provide greater impact. Participants will walk away with a host of new presentation skills and, most importantly, a new-found confidence to use them. 

During this high-energy session participants will examine:P>

  • Methods to engage and connect with any audience
  • Ways to make their information stick
  • Tips for story telling
  • Ways to open and close their presentations in a memorable way
  • Strategies for developing, preparing and organizing their presentations
  • Ways to create an empowering learning and presentation environment and atmosphere
  • Pointers for developing a personal brand
  • Presentation skills including:  personal presence, poise and energy, gestures, movement, pausing, eye communication and vocal variety
  • Ways to deal more effectively with stage-fright (i.e., nervousness)
  • Methods to improve visual aid use   

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION awarded upon completion of the workshop. 

FEE: No additional cost for APTA members; $275 per person for non-members. APTA will invoice non-member registrants prior to the workshop. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Jose Reyes at jreyes@apta.com  by May 17. On-site registration will be on a space-available basis. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Jose Reyes at 202.496.4846 or jreyes@apta.com.  

  • Facilitator
    Jim Smith, guest lecturer, Temple University, and president and CEO, JIMPACT Enterprises Inc.,
    Marlton, NJ 

Jim Smith speaks, writes, consults and facilitates in the areas of personal power, professional trainer development, presentation and facilitation skills, diversity, customer service and leadership. He has addressed a breadth of national and international audiences. Mr. Smith is the author of the personal power book, “From Average to Awesome: Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life” and the co-author (with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield and others) of the leadership book, “The Masters of Success.” In addition, his first book on facilitating and speaking, “CRASH and LEARN: 600+ Road-Tested Tips to Keep Audiences Fired Up and Engaged!” is a bestseller.  His newest book, “The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You,” was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award. Prior to JIMPACT, Jim held corporate leadership positions for over 16 years with Simmons Associates, Core States Bank, the Vanguard Group of Investments, the Prudential AARP Operations, and the Bob Pike Group.

 

1 - 5 p.m
Foyer, Level 4

  • Conference Registration Desk
  • Host Information Desk 

 

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 4

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

  • Co-Chairs, Stanley G. Feinsod & Joseph J. Giulietti

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Room 407, Level 4

TRB Committee on Commuter Rail (AP070)

  • Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Room 408, Level 4

TRB Committee on Light Rail Transit (AP075)

  • Chair, Gregory L. Thompson

8:30 - 10 p.m.
Room 408, Level 4

TRB Committee on Passenger Rail Equipment & Systems Integration (AR020)

  • Chair, Eloy E. Martinez

 

7 - 10 p.m.
SEPTA Reception
for All Rail Conference, Rail Rodeo, and Showcase Participants at Philadelphia Art Museum's Great Stair Hall. 

SEPTA is hosting transit professionals from across the country and around the world when the APTA 2013 International Rail Rodeo and Rail Conference in Philadelphia. To help welcome conference attendees and congratulate the Rodeo contestants, you are invited to a Reception and Buffet Dinner in the Great Stair Hall at the world renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. Follow in the footsteps of that cinematic icon, Rocky Balboa, by running up the Art Museum steps, visit the Art of Golf Exhibition, admire the beautiful artwork in the galleries opened just for APTA, or take in the breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline. Enjoy an evening of dining, music, and the company of rail transit friends and colleagues on Saturday, June 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia and hope that you will join us at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

SEPTA will provide shuttle bus service from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the open Reception and Buffet Dinner (7-10 p.m.). Shuttle buses will depart from the hotel's main entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will operate every 15 minutes, for service to and from the Art Museum, until 11 p.m. Also, the museum's garage is remaining open during the reception and offering free parking to reception attendees.


Sunday, June 2 

Track 6

Mid-Level Managers Welcome and Orientation Breakfast Meeting

7 - 8:45 a.m.   (50 person limit) 
Liberty Ballroom, Level 3

Maximizing your time, growing your network at the Rail Conference 

Mid-level managers play vital roles in the transit industry. In addition to focusing on managerial and operational needs of their organizations, these individuals also need to broaden their skills and professional network.  

APTA is pleased to offer this session for mid-level managers who may be new to an APTA conference or new to the transit industry. Join us for an early morning breakfast meeting.  Be welcomed by the industry’s top leaders. Hear from fellow members and staff about maximizing your time at APTA meetings, conference sessions, and networking events. Spend time with your peers addressing common challenges and exchanging best practices and solutions. Find out who else in the industry faces similar issues and what they are doing to fix them.  

Get some direction. Meet top executives. Broaden your network. Join us. 

FEE: Attendance is free of charge to persons registered for the Rail Conference.   

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Jose Reyes at reyes@apta.com.
On-site registration will be on a space-available basis. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Jose Reyes at 202.496.4046 or jreyes@apta.com.  

Presiding

  • Lydia C. Grose, chair, APTA Workforce Development Subcommittee, and manager, civil engineering, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Speakers

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Melissa L. Boyles, federal contracting director, 4Sight Technologies, Inc., Boston, MA

 

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Host Information Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 406, Level 4

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to particpate and become involved. 

 

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

Legislative Committee and Authorization Task Force

  • Committee Chair, Jeffrey A. Nelson 
  • Task Force Co-Chairs, Randall Chrisman, Nuria I. Fernandez, Carolyn Flowers, Sharon Greene & Carl G. Sedoryk 

 

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

  • Chair, Richard Krisak 

Breakfast sponsored by CAF USA, Inc.

 

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

  • Chair, Richard Brown, P.E. 

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

Communications Subcommittee

  • Chair, Dave Gorshkov

8 - 11:15 a.m.
Rooms 408-409

Power, Signals and Communications Technical Forum 

  • Chair, Edward J. Rowe

8 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

Rail Safety Committee

  • Chair, David A. Genova

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Room 407, Level 4

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

  • Chair, Robert H. Prince Jr.

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballrom Salon D, Level 5

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

  • Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Room 407, Level 4

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

  • Chair, Michael P. DePallo  

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Modern Streetcar Design Guideline Working Group

9:45 – 11:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5

Ventilation Technical Forum

  • Chair, Daniel M. McKinney 

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons K&L, Level 5

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

  • Chair, Matthew O. Tucker

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

  • Chair, Michael I. Schneider 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Room 408, Level 4

EXPO Advisory Committee

  • Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Grand Ballrom Salon I, Level 5

Research & Technology Committee

  • Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Streetcar Subcommittee

  • Chair, James H. Graebner 

Lunch sponsored by Siemens Industry, Inc.

 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

  • Chair, Bonnie D. Shepherd

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Room 409, Level 4

Procurement and Materials Management Committee

  • Chair, Charles F. Kalb Jr., P.E.

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Land Use and Economic Development Subcommittee

  • Co-Chairs, Lucy Galbraith, Sarah A. Kline & Karina Ricks

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Room 408, Level 4

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

  • Chair, William R. Mooney Sr.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Capital Projects Subcommittee

  • Chair, Cosema E. Crawford 

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

  • Chair, Karl Witbeck

 

This is APTA

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. 
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

Your best industry resource; how to get involved in leadership on a national scale 

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you as a member and cover everything you want to know about getting involved in your association to gain the full value of your membership. Find your unique path to work with colleagues from all over the U.S., Canada, and the world. 

Presenter

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Q&A Facilitators

  • Helen L. Callier, president, Bradlink LLC, Kingwood, TX
  • Joseph Alexander, president, Alexander Group, Alexandria, VA
  • Richard G. Shiffer, vice chair, APTA Member Services Committee, and principal, RNL Design,
    Denver, CO    

  

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to particpate and become involved. 

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 407, Level 4

Committee on Public Safety

  • Chair, Paul MacMillan

2 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

  • Chair, David B. Kutrosky 

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

  • Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto, Elizabeth Rao & Kimberly Slaughter

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5

Rail Transit Committee

  • Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

Emerging Technology Subcommittee

  • Chair, Angela Miller

 

Track 2

HOST FORUM: The Future of Fare Technologies

4 - 5:15 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon H, Level 5

This session focuses on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s implementation of a transformational fare collection system to better serve riders who together take more than 300 million trips per year. This new program will replace a legacy system of tokens, tickets, and paper transfers with a streamlined system that applies best practices from the broader consumer payments arena to a transit fare payment structure – the first of its kind for the industry. The features and options of the new payment system are designed to offer an extraordinary level of convenience, speed, and accuracy for customers. The panel will discuss questions such as: How will the technology work? What are the benefits to SEPTA customers?  What are the benefits to SEPTA?

Moderator

  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., deputy general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists

  • John F. McGee Jr., chief officer, new payment technologies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ronald G. Hopkins, co-chair, APTA Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee, and assistant general manager, operations, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Richard G. Burnfield, chief financial officer/treasurer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Steven C. Frazzini, vice president, fare payment solutions, ACS, A Xerox Company,
    Washington, DC 

 

Welcome to Philadelphia Reception at Rail Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 6 p.m.
Experience the Mummers NEW!

Mummers are a unique part of the way that Philadelphia rings in the new year. It's alomst impossible to describe their elaborate costumes, sets, and music, so SEPTA thought the best way to introduce us to this iconic cultural experience was with a live performance by one of the "winningest" string bands in the 100+ year hiestory of this local institution. Please join us prior to the start of the welcome reception and showcase and enjoy a spectacular performance by the Quaker City String Band.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Franklin Hall, Level 4

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

Reception sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Members.

 

  

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AWARDS BANQUET

7 - 9:30 p.m.  (tickets required) 
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5

Join the rail rodeo participants and their friends and guests at the awards banquet in the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown to recognize the 2013 International Rail 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 $75 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 $75. 

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. 

Your tickets will be available on site when you register for the rodeo, and final seating assignments will be available at the Rail Rodeo Reception and Swap Meet, Saturday evening, June 1. 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 Adam Martin at 202.496.4845 or amartin@apta.com.   


Monday, June 3 

Business Member Networking Breakfast

7 - 8:15 a.m. 
Independence Ballroom, Level 3

“It just keeps getting better!” That’s what business members are saying about the Monday morning business networking breakfast at the APTA Bus Conference. Designed to help rail original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), sub-suppliers, contract operators, and major architectural & engineering (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-businessnetworking opportunity. Small businesses and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) firms are particularly encouraged to take advantageof 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 in advance, a brochure listing information about the companies participating in the breakfast will be prepared and sent out before the breakfast. If you wish to be listed in the brochure, please complete the registration form below by May 10, 2013. While pre-registration is not required to attend the breakfast, it will enhance the value of your participation and that of other companies that would like to meet you. There is no charge to participate in the breakfast.  

 

7 – 8:15 a.m.
Room 407, Level 4

Operations Control Centers Technical Forum

  • Chair, Bart Kane

7 - 8:30 a.m.
Rooms 414-415, Level 4

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

  • Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng.

 

7 a.m. - 4 p.m

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Host Information Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 406, Level 4
  • Business Member Resource Room
    Room 403, Level 4
  • TCRP Information Center 
    Foyer, Level 4

 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

Commuter Rail Committee

  • Chair, Matthew O. Tucker

 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 5

Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

 

 

 

 

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

It's All About the People

 8:30 - 10:15 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salons E-H, Level 5 

As APTA’s 2013 Rail Conference begins, come hear an overview of events and a review of our industry’s priorities. We’ll hear the latest information from our federal partners and applaud the winners of the 21st Annual International Rail Rodeo. Let the host agency, SEPTA, roll out the red carpet for you and see why “It’s all about the people.” In creating jobs, boosting our economy, and providing for energy independence, public transportation offers innovative solutions to the challenges facing the U.S. and other countries. Join us for this energizing kick off to our conference. 

President's Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Presiding

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Welcomes

  • Honorable Michael Nutter, mayor, City of Philadelphia, PA
  • Joseph M. Casey, general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

21st Annual International Rail Rodeo Awards

  • Joseph M. Casey 

Sponsor Recognition

  • Elizabeth Rao, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and national public transit services chairperson, vice president, HNTB Corporation, Denver, CO

Addresses

  • Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC
  • Deputy Secretary John Porcari, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • Administrator Peter M. Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Rt. Hon. Simon Burns, MP, minister of state for transport, London, United Kingdom 

Keynote Speaker

  • Honorable Edward G. Rendell, co-chair, Building America's Future Educational Fund (BAF Ed Fund)

General Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation. 

 

 

Track 1

Signal Systems

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballrooom Salon J, Level 5

The next generation 

The operation of signal systems and the needs required for the next generation will be the topics for this session. Included will be issues related to the reliability of signal systems in daily operation, maintenance requirements, technical training, systems flexibility, integration with automated train maintenance centers, and Audio Frequency Track Circuits (AFTC).

Moderator

  • Robert A. MacDonald, director, engineering services, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA

Ensuring Reliable Shunting with DMUs -- DCTA's Experience with the Stadler GTW

  • Jarod V. Varner, vice president, transit operations, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX

CBTC Train Operation Over Failed Track Circuits

CBTC Update Scope Definition and Implementation

  • David Keevill, manager, systems engineering, Delcan Corporation, Kingston, ON

Lessons Learned from Europe to Resolve Capacty Issues Through Implementation of New Signal Systems

  • David Chabanon, replaced by Jonathan D. Huse, P.Eng, principal and director, engineering-rail and transit systems, Delcan Corporation, Vienna, VA

 

Track 1

Modern Streetcar Guidelines & Carbuilders' Panel

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Simplifing and reducing the cost of streetcar procurements through standardization 

After five years of sustained effort by the APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, APTA will present the Guideline for Modern Streetcar Vehicles. This session will feature a panel discussion on the anticipated benefits of the new standard to transit planners, operators and equipment suppliers involving representative of vehicle manufacturers active in the U.S. market. Among questions to be discussed are: "Why are streetcar projects so costly? Why does vehicle delivery take so long?” and “What can be done to streamline the process of getting new systems into revenue operation?"

Moderator

  • James H. Graebner, chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, and principal, Lomarado Group, Denver, CO

Panelists

  • John Smatlak, chair, APTA Modern Streetcar Design Guideline Working Group, and senior consultant, Interfleet Technology Inc.,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Joel McNeil, transportation sales, Brookville Equipment Corp., Brookville, PA
  • Jitendra S. Tomar, vice president, CAF USA, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Matthew Palilla, director, product development, United Streetcar, LLC, Clackamas, OR
  • Robin Stimson, vice president, strategic business development, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities, Rail Systems Division, Sacramento, CA

Session sponsored by Alstom

 

Track 1

Noise & Vibration Mitigation through Track Design & Rail Maintenance

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon K, Level 5

Come discuss lessening car-borne and wheel/rail noise & vibration 

This session will analyze diesel and electrical propulsion system noise; air handling units; wheel rail noise at higher speeds; and maintenance and design practices that mitigate air-borne noise and ground-borne vibration. Highlighted will be compliance with Federal Transit Administration noise guidelines.

Moderator

  • Richard Brown, P.E., chair, APTA Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum, and chief engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Factors to Consider in Creating a Transit Noise Mitigation Policy

  • Lance D. Meister, partner, Cross-Spectrum Acoustics LLC, Waltham, MA

Line Source Reponse for Geotechnical Data

  • Gary M. Glickman, associate principal, Wilson, Ihrig & Associates, Inc., New York, NY

Reduction of Rolling Noise at BART Using Rail & Wheel Vibration Dampers

  • Hugh Saurenman, Ph.D., P.E., president, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA

Wayside Noise & Vibration Test Program for the Stadler GTW 2/6 Diesel Multiple Unit

  • Timothy Johnson, senior consultant, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc., Burlington, MA  

 

Track 3

Getting Your Rail Safety Program on the MAP!

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salons E-H, Level 5

The five most important actions you should take now to ensure compliance with MAP-21 

The key areas of the MAP-21 authorization – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century – that pertain to safety will be discussed by a panel of experts. Roles and responsibilities of the Federal Transit Administration, state safety oversight agencies, and rail transit agencies have changed significantly. This session will look at the new regulatory structure Congress put into place and the planning, assessment, and restructuring that will be required of the rail transit operations to comply with the new criteria such as developing performance measures.

Moderator

  • Kenneth A. Korach, JD, president, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Presenter

Panelists

  • Dennis Bonney, CSSD, director, regulatory compliance, Bombardier Transportation, Mississauga, ON
  • David A. Genova, assistant general manager-safety, security & facilities, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • David L. Morgan, manager, Office of Fixed Guideway, Safety/Security Oversight, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Trenton, NJ 

 

Track 3

Justifying Investments in Security Technology

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

Information on the benefits and return on investments 

Most technology requires significant investment and we have certainly witnessed a steady growth of security technology being applied in our rail services and infrastructure. As part of the justification for these capital expenditures, rail agencies have had to demonstrate the benefits that are derived from these investments. Join us in this experience and information sharing session to learn more about the return on investments in security technology.

Moderator

  • William J. Zebrowski, senior director, information technology, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists  

  • Jim Stevens, director, technology services. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Thomas Nestel, chief of police, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Anthony Incorvati, business development, transportation, Axis Communications, Inc.,
    Chelmsford, MA
  • Mark Talbot, senior communications engineer, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA
  • Jim Kelly, deputy director, transit operations, San Fransico Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA 

  

Track 4

Sustainable Station Area Planning & Partnerships

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

Access to stations by driving, walking, and bicycling 

As we expand transit systems or plan new ones, station location and station area planning are complicated issues as traditional station areas are being revisited based on land costs and capacity constraints. The public now requires consideration of access beyond park and ride lots as more rail customers walk or bicycle. Accommodating the growing number of bicycles on rail vehicles and around stations is an increasing challenge. This session will explore station area and access planning.

Moderator

  • Marc K. Soronson, vice president, HDR ENGINEERING, INC., Phoenix, AZ

Active Transportation Connections to Transit -- How to Prioritize & Get Something Done

  • Alan T. Lehto, co-chair,APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and director of planning & policy, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

A Sustainable Multi-Modal Project for a Mature Urban Neighborhood

  • Steve Metz, P.E., principal consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Bellevue, WA
  • Sean Batty, ASLA, director, operating projects, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station: Incorporating Financial Feasibility intoStation Area Planning

  • Jennifer Mitchell, co-chair, APTA Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee, and manager, transit project development and finance -
    Strategic Consulting Group, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC

Parking: Problem or Solution

  • Lisa Salsberg, manager, strategic policy and systems planning, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON

Session sponsored by Urban Engineers, Inc. 

 

Track 5

Aligning Capital Projects with Agency Goals & Objectives

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon L, Level 5

Maximizing effectiveness 

Projects are developed in support of the rail agency’s mission, vision, and goals. When substantial capital investments are made, will the projects completed years from now be in line with what was asked for? Project success, especially for new technology projects, has varied considerably. This session will focus on systems, tools, and techniques that align project goals and objectives -- scope, requirements, verification, and more -- with the rail agency’s strategic goals and objectives, highlighting the "deliverability" of projects in today's financially constrained environment. 

Moderator

  • Claudia Elliott, immediate past chair, APTA Capital Projects Subcommittee, and vice president, LKG-CMC, Inc., Glendale, CA

Utilizing a Measured Level of Confidence for Final Acceptance

  • Erin P. Donovan, P.E., CMQ/OE, CQA, quality engineer, Delcan Corporation, Vienna, VA

Innovative Improvement-Driven Foundation for Denver's Tranist Expansion Program

  • Timothy Stokes, senior principal, Delcan Corporation, Vienna, VA

 

Track 6

PTC: Commuter Rails' Implementation Experience

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5 

An overview from commuter railroads 

Catch up on the latest in industry efforts toward implementing positive train control. Rail directors will discuss their projects, partnerships and progress. Join this session for candid conversations about the experiences at five very diverse railroads.

Moderator

  • Jay S. Westbrook, assistant vice president, passenger and commuter operations, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL

Panelists

  • James C. Cline Jr., P.E., president, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
  • Michael Monastero, chief engineering officer, communications and signals, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jay Walser, chief rail systems officer, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
  • Eileen Reilly, vice president, information technology and telecommunications, Alaska Railroad Corporation. Anchorage, AK

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

 

Track 6

International Developments in High-Speed Rail

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5 

New service models and expansions around the world

What impact will these growing systems have on the U.S. market? Spend 90 minutes and get caught up on 12 months of challenges, innovations, and improvements from around the world – and find out what lessons they hold for the U.S.

Moderator

  • Charles R. Wochele, member, APTA Executive Committee; chair APTA Business Member Board of Governors; and managing partner/owner, TransitConsult LLC, Rochester, NY

Panelists

  • Prof. Andrew McNaughton, FREng., technical director, High Speed Two LTD UK London, United Kingdom
  • Fabrice Morel, director, international development, Long Distance & High-Speed Passenger Division, SNCF - French National Railways, Paris, France
  • Honourable Tim Fischer, AC, former deputy prime minister of Australia, and member, Government of Australia HSR Advisory Committee, Victoria, Australia
  • Maria Jesus Fernandez, trade commissioner, Trade Commission of Spain, Chicago, IL

 

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Rooms 414-415, Level 4

Automated Transit Technical Forum

  • Chair, Simon Zweighaft 

Lunch sponsored by HDR ENGINEERING, INC.

 

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

12 - 3 p.m.  (includes lunch) 
Franklin Hall, Level 4  

Many business members’ rail products and services will be showcased at the 2013 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. 

Use the Rail Products & Services Showcase Reservation Form to reserve a booth at the showcase. If you only exhibiting in the showcase, and not attending the entire conference, use the Exhibitor Only Registration Form

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Adam Martin at 202.496.4845 or amartin@apta.com

Lunch sponsored by Michael Baker Jr., Inc. 

INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS

2 - 3 p.m. 
Franklin Hall Foyer, Level 4

The Interactive Presentations, located just outside the Rail Products & Services Showcase, offer a spectrum of new discussion topics in an informal setting. Enjoy participating in the informal exchanges that maximize your time with industry leaders. 

EMI -- RFI Interference from LRT Systems

  • Don Dali, vice president, deputy practice leader, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Sacramento, CA

A World of Connections, on Denver's Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Project

  • Walt Stringer, senior manager, commuter rail, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

TrackSafe: Enhancing Track Worker Safety -- Results from MARTA

  • Mark E.J. Willer, product manager-technology solutions, Bombardier Transportation, Mississauga, ON

Trolley Traction Power Substation Electrical Fire

  • Dev Paul, senior program director, AECOM, Oakland, CA

Railway Communications Systems Vulnerability and Resiliency in Post Hurricane Sandy, Global Climate

  • Warren S. Meyers, communications manager, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

A United Front: Linking Private Commuter Shuttles & Public Transit Agencies

  • Cliff Henke, chair, APTA Business Member Government Affairs Committee, and senior analyst,
    Parsons Brinckerhoff, Los Angeles, CA

All Hazards Protective Measures Update

  • Kevin Chandler, program manager, Battelle, Columbus, OH

Planning the Corridor Cities Transitway

  • Kyle A. Nembhard, transportation planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD 

Non-Traditional P3 Approach to Infrastructure Improvements for the Barclays Center

  • Stuart Lerner, vice president, Stantec Consulting Service Inc., New York, NY

Buy American Audits & TVM DBE Plans -- What's the Best Route?

  • Robert F. "Bob" Nixon, president, Diversity Matters 2 US, LLC, Canisteo, NY

Multi-Vendor Fare Management Solutions

  • Michael Wilson, senior executive/partner, Accenture, Toronto, ON

Recent State of Seoul's PT Ridership and Emergency Preparedness

  • Hang Jae Chung, manager, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporatoin SMRT, Seoul, South Korea

Safe Systems through Systems Engineering

  • Kenneth J. Harris, P.E., senior supervising engineer, principal professional associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sacramento, CA

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership

  • Vicki Porter, vice president of sales, Visual Marking Systems, Inc., Twinsburg, OH

Bridge Management in the 21st Century: Metro-North Railroad’s RailAdvise® System

  • Walter E. Bleser, II, P.E., railway technology manager, HNTB Corporation, Denver, CO

NFPA 130 Tunnel Ventilation-Zone Standards, and Impacts to Rail Operations and Signal-System Design

  • Stephen A. McEvoy, vice president, rail operations, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Chadds Ford, PA

 

Track 1

Technical Issues in Implementing PTC Technology

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Discussions on deployment 

While work continues on implementing positive train control systems, this session will offer discussions on the many technical issues that need resolution, including lessons learned in implementation and system test experience.

Moderator

  • Gordon Mott, program manager - PTC policy, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC  

Network Infrastructure for PTC

  • Sam Kirbria, rail solutions architect, Red Hat, McLean, VA

Update on I-ETMS

  • Frank Wilson, technical director & product line manager, positive train control systems, Wabtec, Railway Electronics, Wabtec Corporation, Cedar Rapids, IA

PTC Communications Archicture Alternatives

Back Office Shared Environment

  • Dennis Lengyel, vice president, surface transportation and security systems, ARINC, Inc., Annapolis, MD

 

Track 1

Vehicle Technology in Recent Procurements -- Rolling Stock Equipment

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon L, Level 5

Advancements in technical  and procurement trends 

This review of new railcar technologies for vehicles and subsystems will include lower weight, improved energy regeneration utilization, new designs to meet crashworthiness requirements, vehicle suspension design and its effect on ride, performance, and stability, plus new advancements on the horizon.

Moderator

  • Gavin Fraser, C.Eng., chair, APTA Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum, and senior director, vehicle eingineering, CH2M HILL, Boston, MA

WMATA 7000: The Leap Forward

  • Joseph E. Reynolds, senior program manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Metrolink's Tier 4 Procurement

  • Richard T. Tripoli, rail vehical capital programs administrator, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Toronto's New Streetcar 2013: Hands-on Experience

  • Jacques Drouin, senior expert, product management, Bombardier Transportation,
    Saint-Bruno, QC

SEPTA's Broad Street Line Propulsion Control Box Retrofit -- Post Installation, Realized & Hidden Benefits

  • William J. Brown Jr., senior project designer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 

 

Track 2

Street Smarts: Managing Rail Operations in Traffic

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Management techniques for helping street railways and automobiles share the road in an
urban e
nvironment. 

Streetcars and light rail transit have taken to the streets in many cities, introducing trackways and stations into urban streetscapes and often co-mingling traffic. How do transit operators and municipal traffic engineers work together to safely and successfully integrate street railways into an automobile-oriented environment and manage joint operational issues on an on-going basis? Practitioners from some of the largest streetcar and light rail cities in North America offer lessons-learned and best practices on how cities and transit operators work together.

Moderator:

  • T.R. Hickey, AICP, vice chair, APTA Streetcar Subcommittee, and senior manager, rail & transit (East Coast), CH2M HILL, Philadelphia, PA 

The Philadelphia Story

  • Steven R. D'Antonio, manager, city service planning, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Andrew Stober, chief of staff, Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities, City of Philadelphia, PA

Keeping a City Moving with 248 Streetcars in the Road

How Teamwork Tamed Traffic in the Wild West

  • David Couch Sr., senior vice president, capital programs, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Merging Light Rail Operations with Traffic in the Valley of the Sun

  • Richard Brown, P.E., chair, APTA Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum, and chief engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ 

 

Track 3

Elevating Safety to New Levels: Best Practices for Elevators & Escalators

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon K, Level 5

Increased passenger volumes, station designs, ADA requirements, and extended service hours are pressuring the operation and maintenance of elevators and escalators to new limits. Can they handle the load? 

Travel demand, peak service loads, continuous operating cycles, compressed maintenance windows and aging equipment are all factors bearing on use of escalators, elevators and travelators (moving walkways) for getting customers to and from platform level. Design, operation, maintenance and passenger behaviors all play a big part in keeping the equipment safe and in service. This session will focus on the key areas of new technologies, maintenance strategies, operational techniques, and design improvements that enhance the safety of the passengers using the equipment.

Moderator

  • John P. O'Grady, MA, CRSP, chief safety officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Elevators & Escalators: Raising the Bar on Safety & Maintenance Standards

  • Edward LaGuardia, chief engineering officer, bridges & buildings, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jerome Moore, elevator/escalator specialist, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Replacement of Decrepit Escalators at Stations

  • Akiko Ito, manager, Research & Development Center, Stations & Facilities Department, East Japan Railway Company,
    Saitama, Japan

Beasts of Burden -- Care and Feeding of Elevators & Escalators

  • Richard J. Wieczorek, department manager, procurement, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA 

 

Track 3

What Are We Learning from Emergency Preparedness?

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

Common themes learned from experience 

Virtually all transit agencies are fully engaged in emergency preparedness drills of various sizes and complexity. With all of this activity, what themes and lessons learned are evolving that will help us in strengthening our emergency management plans? What are the best practices that were learned from regional drills?

Moderator

  • James Fox, chief control center officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Post-Tropical Storm Irene -- Reconstruction of Metro-North's Port Jervis Line

  • Christopher K. Bennett, P.E., vice president, AECOM, New York, NY
  • William T. Ritz, chief engineer-capital engineering, MTA Metro-North Railroad, New York, NY

SEPTA on Edge -- Emergency Preparedness & Coordination

  • Scott A. Sauer, director, system safety and risk management, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Lessons Learned for Security Crisis Management

  • Patrick Nathan, director, security operations and readiness, SMRT Corporation, Ltd. Singapore

 

Track 4

Prioritizing Rail in the Region/Alternatives Analysis

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballrom Salon A, Level 5

Considering rail extensions and expansion 

This session will focus on the public transportation agencies’ planning process for future expansion of rail in a regional context. How do you prioritize corridors for consideration of new rail extension and expansion? How do transit agencies consider and analyze alternatives in order to get to the locally preferred alternative? How are transit agencies partnering with cities, MPOs, economic development interests, and others in the long-range planning and programming process? Hear from transit agencies in the U.S. and Canada on their planning processes and considerations for extending rail and creating regional systems.

Moderator

  • Elizabeth Rao, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee, and national public transit services chairperson, vice president, HNTB Corporation, Denver, CO 

Regional Planning for Tri-Rail Coastal Service

  • William Cross, manager of planning & capital development, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Does Toronto Need a New Subway Line?

  • Karen Freund, associate vice president, transit market sector lead, HDR Corporation, Richmond Hill, ON

Prioritizing Rail in the Baltimore Region

  • Todd Lang, director of transportation planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, MD

Prioritizing Rail in the Philadelphia Region

  • Gregory R. Krykewycz, manager, Office of Transit, Bikes, and Pedestrians, Deleware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadlephia, PA

 

Track 6

Rail: The Mode of Opportunity

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5

Presented by the Federal Railroad Administration

This session will explore mobility challenges facing the United States and how rail is positioned to meet those challenges, as well as review recent rail investment accomplishments and explore what is on the horizon for passenger and freight rail in the years to come. It will also review highlights of the President’s FY2014 budget recommendations for rail and provide context for upcoming rail reauthorizations. 

Presenter

  • Paul Nissenbaum, associate administrator for railroad policy and development, Federal Railroad Adminstration, Washington, DC 

 

Track 6

Accessible Rail Services: A Benefit for Everyone

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

A “how-to” for practitioners and a primer on the minimums in the regulations and what accessibility can really mean 

Since the 1960s, many U.S. public transportation systems have been required to provide access to persons with disabilities. In the 1990s, the ADA exanded this scope to all public transportation. To help all rail systems offer high quality services for people with disabilities and older adults, this session will promote discussion on the attraction of accessibility and provide best-practice examples of station design, emergency planning, level boarding, between-car barriers, and more. Come learn more about the regulations, recent U.S. DOT guidance, accessibility and the work of the 305 Committee, and how other systems have complied.

Moderator

  • Richard A. Devylder, senior advisor for accessible transportation, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

DOT Regulations, Minimums, and the Expansion of What Accessibility Can Really Mean

  • Linda L. Martin, senior attorney advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Stations on the Right Track

  • Svetlana Grechka, P.E., engineer IV, Regional Transportation District, Lakewood, CO
  • Susan Johnson, RLA, stations discipline manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's (GCRTA) New East 55th Street Rapid Transit Station

  • Darryl K. Brogan, P.E., vice president, transportation services manager, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Richmond, VA
  • Donald E. Tereba, P.E., P.S., resident engineer, engineering and development, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

 

Track 6

Peer Today, Manager Tomorrow: The Transition, The Journey

3:30 - 5 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

Moving from peer to leader 

One day you are peers, the next day you are their manager, leader, and coach. Promotions from within are exciting and challenging, especially when you are now in charge of your work colleagues/friends. How do you now demonstrate the skills to manage and lead? How do you “let go” and move from doing to managing/leading? What is/was your 100-day plan for success? Join the conversation with mid-level managers who moved from peer to leader. Learn from their stories and engage in frank discussions.

Moderator

  • Joseph J. Erves, director of rail car maintenance, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Panelists

  • Deb Stenoien, superintendent, non-revenue vehicles, vehicle maintenance, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, planning manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • John Rohn, assistant vice president, ways, structures & amenities, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX 

 


Tuesday, June 4 

7 - 7:45 a.m.
Room 407, Level 4

Rail Safety Peer-to-Peer Exchange

  • Chair, David A. Genova

 

Track 6

BREAKFAST SESSION: Rail Engineering: What Are the Skills, Education, and Experience Our Industry Needs?  NEW!

7 - 8:15 a.m. 
Independence Ballrooms II-III, Level 3

Hosted by APTA’s business members, this breakfast round-table discussion is being held to obtain information from APTA members about the training and skills they are looking for in their rail engineering hiring decisions, and to begin a dialogue with the rail engineering academic community. As few U.S. colleges and universities offer rail and transit engineering programs, we want to start a conversation to help them understand the workforce needs that exist in the rail and public transit industry and the availability of good jobs that exist today and in the future.

The program will begin with brief opening remarks by rail industry leaders and then the action will be at tables around the room for the various engineering disciplines – signals and communications, power, infrastructure, vehicles, etc. Come and talk about what you are looking for when you are making hiring decisions so APTA can capture this information from members. After the round-table discussion, the university representatives attending the breakfast will make brief closing comments about what they heard, how the information could impact their programs, and how we can partner with them to help develop the industry's workforce fo the future.  

Moderator

  • Stephanie L. Pinson, president and chief operating officer, Gilbert Tweed Associates, Inc.,
    New York, NY

Industry Panelists

  • Peter A. Cannito Sr., consultant, LPC and Associates Inc., Havre de Grace, MD
  • Lisa A. Mancini, vice president, human resources, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL
  • Thomas R. Waldron, member, APTA Board of Directors, and senior vice president, Americas director-transit & rail, AECOM,
    New York, NY 

Academic Panelists

  • Leslie Myers McCarthy, Ph.D., P.E., assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
  • Ghazi Darkazalli, Ph.D., P.E., provost and vice president for academic affairs, Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland, FL
  • Dr. Allan M. Zarembski, PE, FASME, research professor and director, Railroad Engineering and SafetyProgram, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested. Please email your intent to attend to APTA's Fran Hooper at fhooper@apta.com.  On-site registration will be on a space-available basis. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Fran Hooper at 202.496.4876 or fhooper@apta.com

 

8 a.m. - 3 p.m

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Host Information Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 406, Level 4
  • Business Member Resource Room
    Room 403, Level 4
  • TCRP Information Center
    Foyer, Level 4

 

Track 1

Railcar Construction & Structural Research

8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Franklin Hall,5, Level 4

The best industry designs for crashworthiness 

Topics in this session will be related to component design for improved safety of a railcar in a crash such as interior components, seating and fuel tanks; methods of component assembly and design that improve long-term safety and provide more reliable equipment performance; new methods for simulating crashworthiness performance; and new passenger loading data affecting structural design.

Moderator

  • Eloy E. Martinez, senior vehicle consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Boston, MA

Modern Operator's Cab Design & Implementation for a CEM-Equipped Commuter Car

  • Daniel Palardy, director, architecture & standardisation, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, QC

On-Track Qualification and Acceptance Testing of Conventional & High-Speed Rail Passenger Equipment

  • Mark R. Nordling, assistant director, marketing and business development, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO

Changes in Rider Anthropometrics & the Effects on Railcar Design

 

Track 1

Energy, Environment & Rail

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Franklin Hall 6, Level 4 

Leadership in energy utilization and storage in the unique rail environment 

Join this 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.

Moderator

  • Andrew Gillespie, chief engineer, Engineering, Maintenance and Construction Division, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Energy Storage on Rail Vehicles

  • Nigel Jones, vehicle system engineer, CH2M HILL, Baltimore, MD

On-Board Energy Storage for Light Rail Vehicles

  • Jason Grohs, systems engineer, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

Wayside Energy Storage System Modeling

  • Todd Hollett, P. Eng., power supply & distribution engineer, Bombardier Transportation-Systems, Kingston, ON
    (for Dr. Salwa Fouda, III)

LEADER Energy Management for Commuter & Passenger Rail

  • William B. Sturtz, general manager, New York Air Brake LLC, Iriving, TX 

 

Track 1

Standards-Based Training Parnerships for Frontline Employees

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

Higher skills at lower cost

Transit is developing new industry-wide training solutions for the people who the make systems run. Working together in a national partnerships sponsored by APTA, Amalgamated Transit Union, and Transport Workers Union, experts from dozens of agencies and their local unions are developing quality training systems for transit’s frontline workforce. The Transportation Learning Center partnership is convening national training consortia for transit's rail technicians who maintain signals and elevators and escalators, with pending efforts for rail car and traction power technicians. Building on the national training standards adopted by APTA in 2010, these efforts are producing high-quality training materials for classroom and on-the-job learning, as well as frameworks for new apprenticeships and mentoring.

Moderator

  • Brian J. Turner, executive director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD

Standards-Based Technical Training

  • Chuck Hodell, Ph.D., associate director, Graduate Program in Instructional Systems Development (ISD), University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Elevator-Escalator Training Consortium

  • Edward LaGuardia, chief engineering officer, bridges & buildings, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority,
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Jerome Moore, elevator/escalator repairperson specialist, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Signals Training Consortium

  • Michael Monastero, chief engineering officer, communications and signals, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dennis Boston, international vice president, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Centreville, VA

Transit Rail Car Training Consortium

  • Kerry Kopp, rail training manager, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
  • Xinge Wang, director of research, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD 

 

Track 2

Why You Need to Know about Rail Standards

8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Franklin Hall 7, Level 4

Recommended practices and standards enhance safety, improve operations, and save costs 

When the National Transportation Safety Board investigated a rail incident, it discovered that the agency had used our industry standards – a more positive finding. When one agency was sued, it proved in court that it had followed industry standards and recommended practices – shoring up its legal position. Attend this session to learn more about using APTA’s Standards Program in procurement, design, and operations. How can rail agencies best document their uses of the Passenger Rail Equipment Safety Standards, including the standards and practices that help all aspects of the operation? Visit www.aptastandards.com and select the “Documents” and “Published Standards” tabs for more information.

Moderator

  • Raul V. Bravo, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Standards Development & Oversight Council; and president,
    Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc. Reston, VA

Standards – They Are Good for You and They Don’t Hurt

Developing an Industry Standard for Maintenance of Audio Frequency Track Circuits

  • Robert A. MacDonald, director, engineering services, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA
  • James R. Hoelscher, principal, Hoelscher Consulting LLC, Rochester, NY

Why a Standard for Wheel Set Assembly is Important for Commuter Railroads

ECP Brake Standardization

  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., principal consultant, Interfleet Technology, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Andrew F. Pressley, lead engineer, mechanical, Wabtec Passenger Transit, Spartanburg, SC

  

Track 3

Fare Evasion -- What's the Real Story?

8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Gran
d Ballroom Salons I-J, Level 5

Security measures to guard revenue 

Whether you have open or closed fare collection systems in place, there is always a degree of fare evasion and therefore revenue loss. Is fare evasion a significant problem for rail transit systems? What effective practical measures are proving to be successful? 

Moderator

  • Lauren Skiver, vice chair, APTA Access Committee, and chief executive officer, Delaware Transit Coporation, Wilmington, DE

Panelists

  • John F. McGee Jr., chief officer, new payment technologies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philiadelhia, PA
  • Thomas Nestel, chief of police, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mark Fuhrmann, deputy general manager, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lt. Michael Gettings, transit police, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH

 

Track 4

Incorporating Environmental Justice Principles in Plans & Projects

8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

Engaging populations along the rail corridor and station area 

In August 2012, FTA released guidance on incorporating environmental justice (EJ) principles in plans, projects and activities. The guidance includes information on how to engage minority, low-income, and native populations in the environmental process and all stages of project development to ensure the health and well being of all. This session will describe how rail agencies are involving EJ populations and engaging EJ principles in planning and service delivery. Hear how one transit agency is dealing with transit service standards and meeting Title VI objectives.

Moderator

  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, vice chair, APTA Legislative Committee; immediate past chair, APTA Policy & Planning Committee; and senior vice president, Metro DC/MD District general manager, AECOM, Arlington, VA 

Panelists

  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, planning manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Mariia V, Zimmerman, principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Arlington, VA
  • Jane Meconi, public involvement manager, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadlephia, PA
  • Russ Adams, executive director, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, Minneapolis, MN 

 

Track 5

Project Management at Commuter, Intercity & Urban Rail Agencies

8:30 - 10 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salons K-L, Level 5

Data agencies use to stay on task / on budget 

Rail agencies need to deliver capital projects that satisfy operating needs while maintaining budgets and schedules. Managers need to keep tabs on other internal projects as well. This session will identify methods to clarify operating needs, establish appropriate budgets and schedules, and identify appropriate metrics and effective monitoring programs to ensure that as projects are developed, they stay on task, avoid scope creep, and are finished on time and on budget with high-quality products.

Moderator

  • Cosema "Connie" E. Crawford, chair, APTA Capital Projects Subcommittee, and senior vice president, U.S. engineering, The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Morristown, NJ

Effectiveness of Risk Assessments for Capital Projects

  • John S. Holak Jr., director of transit & passenger rail, Urban Engineers, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Improve Your Agency's Project Delivery with Project Management Certification

  • Matthew W. Pollack, PE, PMP, vice president, AECOM/Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Consultants, Atlanta, GA

Successfully Navigating Project Politics through Strategic Outreach & Computer Visualization

  • Jeanine Viscount, vice president, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Seattle, WA
  • Eric Beckman, project director, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Project Portfolio Management -- Montreal Approach

  • Francine Belzile, corporate advisor, project portfolio, Societe de Transport de Montreal, Montreal, QC 

 

Track 5

Capital Project Updates

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. AND 2:30 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Revitalizing and building communities; project design & benefits; political, community & business issues 

Presented at half-hour intervals throughout the morning, projects are in the stages of planning, design, construction, or operation

8:30 a.m. 
Tour de FasTracks -- Denver RTD's West Rail Line

  • Austin Jenkins, assistant general manager, rail operations, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO
  • James Starling, project manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

9 a.m.
Transforming Transit in the Toronto Region

  • Greg Percy, vice president, capital infrastructure, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON

9:30 a.m.
Silver Line to Dulles International Airport

  • Patrick A. Nowakowski, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Standards Development and Oversight Council; and executive director, Dulles Rail Project, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Vienna, VA

10 a.m.
Cincinnati Streetcar

  • Terry Garcia Crews, member, APTA Board of Directors, and CEO & general manager, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
  • Paul Grether, manager of rail services, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
  • Brad Thomas, board membver, Southwest Ohio Regioal Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH 

10:30 a.m.
New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project

  • Ralph Trepal, senior project manager, CDM Smith, Cambridge, MA
  • John E,. Bernick, P.E. supervising engineer, state design-facilities, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

11 a.m.

The Challenges of Improving High-Speed Rail in Pennsylvania: The Keystone Corridor

  • Richard Robyak, vice president, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Harrisburg, PA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., deputy general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jennie Granger, executive assistant, Bureau of Public Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, PA
  • Marilyn Jamison, senior director, major project partnership, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA

11:30 a.m. 
SEPTA Ryers Station Rehabilitation Project

  • Robert Lund, P.E., assistant general manager engineering, maintenance and construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • David J. Sands, P.E., F.ASCE, deputy practice leader-rail, Urban Engineers, Inc.,
    Philadelphia, PA

2:30 p.m.

TEXRail, A Commuter Train from Fort Worth to DFW Airport

  • Richard L. Ruddell, member, APTA Board of Directors, and president/executive director, 
    Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX 

3 p.m. 
Delivering San Diego Coastal LOSSAN, Highway, Light Rail, Bike/Pedestrian & Lagoon Improvements

  • William Prey, P.E., principal engineer & LOSSAN Corridor director, San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego, CA

3:30 p.m.
The Wave Streetcar, Fort Lauderdale

  • William Cross, manager of planning & capital development, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompany Beach, FL

4 p.m.
New Orleans Historic City, Modern Public Transportation Challenges

  • Rickey Green, control systems specialist, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Brendan J. Matthews, chief maintenance officer/rail expansion program manager, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

4:30 p.m.
MTA New York's Second Avenue Subway

  • William Goodrich, senior vice president and program executive, Second Avenue Subway Project, MTA Capital Construction,
    New York, NY

 

Track 6

Prompt Payment Best Practice 

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5 

Continuing the APTA-COMTO conversation 

At the APTA-COMTO DBE Assembly at the Annual Meeting in Seattle, the issue of prompt payment to DBEs came to the top of the list. In continuing our discussion, this session will focus on several aspects about the prompt payment issue: what do agencies do to insure that they are paying their business partners on time, what do primes do to make sure that they pay their DBEs – and all subs – on time, and what additional things can agencies do to make sure that DBE’s are getting paid? This round-table discussion will also include the issue of DBEs being included in a winning proposal but not getting the work. Audience participation will be a central part of this session.

Moderator

  • Natalie E. Cornell, vice president, LECIP, Inc., Des Plaines, IL

Panelists

  • Lester Woods Jr., external civil rights director, Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, MO
  • Leotis Sanders, vice president, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity Programs, and DBE/EEO/Title VI/ADA public agency compliance, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Brian Stein, senior project manager, Transportation Business Group, CH2M HILL, New York, NY
  • Gregory A. Jenifer, president/chief executive officer, Armand Resource Group, Inc., Teanck, NJ

 

Track 1

Cutting Edge Technology & Tools

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Franklin Hall 5, Level 4 

Technology and innovation – all rail modes 

The promise of new technology – lower costs, efficient operations, greater control – applies to all aspects of providing rail services. In this session, panelists will examine new-to-the-world or new-to-public-transportation technologies to discuss their applications, potential benefits, and issues encountered in working with them.

Moderator

  • Angela K. Miller, chair, APTA Information Technology Committee, and founder, ecology IT, Oceanside, CA

Catenary Safety Monitoring System

  • Paul V. Campbell, director of sales and marketing, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC

Simulating the Effects of PTC Systems on Railroad Operations

  • Ted Jones, head of software solutions, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Lebanon, NH

Analytics and Big Data -- Rail Public Transportation is a Leader

  • Lyndon Henry, technical consultant, Light Rail Now, RAILWAY AGE, Austin, TX

Application of Lean Principles in the Approach to Maintenance

  • William Brunet, director of sales and business development, Bombardier Transportation, Horsham, PA

Research on Next Generation User-Operated Ticket Machines

  • Akiko Ito, chief researcher, Frontier Service Development Laboratory, R&D Center, East Japan Railway Company, Saitama, Japan

 

Track 1

Track & Rail

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Franklin Hall 6, Level 4

Practices for all track conditions 

Attend this session to learn more about practices related to wheel/rail interface optimization for various track conditions and track mainteannce effects on vibration. All types of track systems will be considered – on grade, aerial structures, subways, light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, and high-speed rail.

Moderator

  • Richard Brown, P.E., chair, APTA Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum, and chief engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Innovative Ecotrack Design Keeps TriMet on the Cutting Edge of Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Steve Metz, P.E., principal consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Bellevue, WA
  • Sean Batty, ASLA, director, operating projects, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

Track with a Twist -- Building While Maintaining Service (The Babylon Train Wash Facility)

  • Brian W. King, P.E., senior associate/manager-maintenance facilities, transit and railroad, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

Tools to Aid Maintenance Departments Optimize Track Maintenance

  • Hugh Saurenman, Ph.D., P.E., president, ATS Consutling, Pasadena, CA

Effects on Rail Grinding and Track Tamping on Ground-Borne Vibration

  • Andre Van Leuven, vice president, Dynamic Engineering, St. Louis, MO 

 Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

 

Track 1

Quality Training Enhances Your State of Good Repair

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

Hear perspectives from blue-collar employees

Quality training brings added value to State of Good Repair (SOGR) efforts. The importance of training cannot be overstated -- it provides transit agencies with more reliable, safer equipment and workplace habits, resulting in better SOGR. The training also contributes to reducing workplace and passenger injuries, and liability risks. 

This discussion addresses labor-management efforts to develop, design, and implement a new, joint system for certifying and qualifying the skills of transit rail vehicle technicians (subject of a current Transit Cooperative Research Project study).

Facilitator

  • Brian J. Turner, executive director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD

 

Track 3

TSA Baseline Assessments -- How Are We Using & Benefiting from These?

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons I-J, Level 5 

Hear from agencies using the Baseline Assessment Program 

All U.S. transit systems are subject to security assessments through the Transportation Security Administration’s Baseline Assessment Program. Join us for this informative session to discover what this program is and what benefits are resulting for transit agencies through their participation in the Baseline Assessment Program.

Moderator

  • Christopher T. McKay, branch manager, Mass Transit & Passenger Rail Branch, Surface Division, Office of Security, Policy & Industry Engagement, Transportatoin Security Administration, Arlington, VA 

Panelists

  • Cathryn Flandinastaff analyst, Couterterrorism/ Vulnerability Mitigation Division, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY 
  • Lewis P. Best, deputy chief, MBTA Transit Police, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA 
  • John Wenke, captain, tarnsit police, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 

 

Track 4

Managing the Environmental Process in High Capacity Corridors

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

Changes in the NEPA process for high-speed and all rail modes 

This session will review new approaches for high capacity corridors and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA.) Speakers will focus on new approaches, highlighting examples such as the Federal Railroad Administration’s Northeast Corridor Future AA/Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement process, and FTA’s and FHWA’s final rule on expanding the list of categorical exclusions.

Moderator

  • Andrew J. Brennan, chair, APTA Environmental Subcommittee, and director of environmental affairs, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Panelists

  • Kammy Horne, AICP, multimodal planning manager, Phoenix / director of transit business development, Mountain Region, URS Corporation, Phoenix, AZ
  • Daryl R. Wendle, senior planner, Parametrix, Inc., Bellevue, WA
  • Molly MacQueen, vice president, national environmental planning manager, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA
  • Colleen Vaughn, environmental protection specialist, Office of Passenger and Freight Programs, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC 

 

Track 4

Planning for the Optimal High-Speed Rail City Pairs in the U.S.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5 

A tale of two cities

Given the significant investment that it takes to establish a high-speed rail corridor in the U.S., it is critical to the success of the program that the correct city pairs are selected. What lessons can be learned from our international colleagues in determining which city pairs are best when considering population densities, optimal distances between city pairs, connectivity, economic benefits, and relieving traffic congestion?

Moderator

  • Margarita D. Gagliardi, vice president of transit planning, Urban Engineers of New York, P.C., New York, NY

Panelists

  • Fabrice Morel, director, international development, Long Distance & High-Speed Passenger Division, SNCF - French National Railway, Paris, France
  • Robert D. Yaro, president, Regional Plan Association, New York, NY, and professor of practice, city and regional planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, PA
  • Taku Kawaguchi, manager, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC
  • Prof. Andrew McNaughton, FREng., technical director, High Speed Two LTD UK, London, United Kingdom 

 

Track 5

Safe Systems through Systems Engineering

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons K-L, Level 5 

Increasing safety and operational efficiency, lowering life-cycle costs 

As a national priority, transit system safety requires well designed and executed plans. Requirements for compliance grow as new construction, rehabilitation, and replacement of obsolete legacy systems incorporate new, sophisticated technology. Changing local, state, and federal requirements increase the level of complexity. When a systems approach is properly applied to a project or program, an agency’s ability to improve system safety performance and meet safety certification requirements can be greatly enhanced. A systems approach can increase the likelihood of successfully delivering a project, i.e., achieving performance goals & objectives and meeting customer requirements. Increased safety, operational efficiency and lower life-cycle costs are tangible benefits of a systems approach.

Moderator

  • David Springstead, chair, APTA Systems Engineering Subcommittee, and senior director of engineering & development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Panelists

  • Linda Martinez, manager, systems engineering, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Little Falls, NJ
  • Kenneth A. Korach, president, Transportation Researh Associates, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Graham Stroud, MSc, CEng., MIET, MIRSE, project director & North American lead for asset management practice, Atkins, Edison, NJ
  • Michael A. Salvato, executive program manager, enterprise asset management, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

 

Track 6

Contracting for Services -- New Business Models

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Franklin Hall 12, Level 4

What else might work for your agency? 

The contracting paradigm is shifting. When you think about it, some rail agencies are, in their own right, public-private partnerships. When observed through this lens, join us at this session to consider how to maximize the partnership. If your agency is using contractors for management, operations, or maintenance, how do you know you’re you getting the most out of your contracting arrangement? Discover new models that are taking hold around the world, and explore whether your agency could benefit from a fresh look.

Moderator

  • Richard J. Simonetta, vice chair, APTA Business Member International Business Development Subcommittee, and business development, rail & transit, The Burns Group, Powell, OH

Panelists

  • David C. Wilcock, P.E., vice president-rail and transit, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Norwood, MA
  • Florence Forzy-Raffard, public affairs director, Keolis, Paris, France
  • Stanley G. Feinsod, chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Legislative Subcommittee; co-chair, APTA Commuter Rail & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee; and senior business development advisor, Ratp Dev America, San Francisco, CA
  • Michel Quidort, director, institutional relations, Transdev, Issy les Moulineau, France
  • Tim Buxton, international business development director, Rail Division, FirstGroup plc, London, United Kingdom
  • James Stoetzel, senior railroad consultant, Keolis Rail Services America LLC, Georgetown, MA 

Session sponsored by Ratp Dev America

 

  

 

Track 6 

Managing Stakeholder Success: "Customer Care" for Elected Officials

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Franklin Hall 7, Level 4

Developing political and collaborative skills 

Political appointees and/or elected officials with little transit experience are often key players in intricate transit decisions or are placed in leadership roles, such as members of the board at public transportation agencies. As a leader/manager, how do you ensure their success, and that of the agency’s operations and services? How do you keep these leaders involved and knowledgeable? How do you map out your responsibilities and theirs? How do you educate, find the balance, and make this a win-win situation? Learn from the experts. Engage in a conversation on engaging officials with managers, deputies, and executives. 

Moderator

  • Michael J. Scanlon, general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District, and executive director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA

Panelists

  • Michael Miles, vice president, government relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Tom Nolan, member, APTA Board of Directors, and chairman, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Andrea M. Packer, chief communications officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Regina A. Sullivan, managing director, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Frances M. Jones, assistant general manager, governmental affairs, region/community relations, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jennifer Kalczuk, vice chair, APTA Marketing & Communications Committee, and external relations manager, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

 

Track 3

GENERAL LUNCHEON: Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards  NEW!

12:15 - 2:15 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salons E-H, Level 5

A first for APTA’s Rail Conference, this recognition of exemplary achievement in safety management and building a safety-oriented culture will offer models for rail agencies to continue developing their programs. A core industry value, safety drives programs for riders, employees, and the public. Come hear the stories showcased today of commuter rail, heavy rail, and light rail practices, solutions, and their impact. The winners' stories will help renew your agency’s efforts in safety initiatives, employee training, customer awareness, rolling stock and track maintenance, facility design and maintenance, emergency preparedness, and more. 

Welcoming Remarks

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Host

  • Phillip A. Washington, member, APTA Executive Committee, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO 

Sponsor Recognition

  • Julie D'Orazio, vice president, northeast transit market sector leader, AECOM, New York, NY

Keynote Speaker 

  • Rina Cutler, board member, SEPTA, and deputy mayor, transportation and utilities, City of Philadelphia, PA

Award Winners Recognition

Invitation to 2014 Rail Conference

  • Dominique Lemay, vice chair, APTA Rail Conference Planning Committee, and executive director Metro Network, Societe de Transport de Montreal, QC

General Luncheon sponsored by AECOM and APTA. 

 

Track 1

Fleet Asset Management -- Rolling Stock Equipment

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Franklin Hall 6, Level 4

Best practices 

With a large fleet of aging railcars in use by agencies comes the challenge of achieving and maintaining a state of good repair for rolling stock. This session will explore approaches to maintenance modeling, prediction, and remediation measures, the pros and cons of different maintenance approaches, methods to stretch budgets and asset life, models for continuous maintenance programs, optimization of operation, and managing the obsolescence of parts and equipment.

Moderator

  • Jeffrey Gonneville, co-chair, APTA Bus Technical Maintenance Committee, and chief mechanical officer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Everett, MA

Fix Your Own Circuit Boards -- 30 Years of Success at SEPTA's Electronic Repair Shop

  • William J. Brown Jr., senior project designer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Challenges of Matching Maintenance Programs to an Aging Rolling Stock Fleet

  • Michael Weiss, senior project manager-vehicle engineering, Delcan Corporation, Markham, ON

PATH Car Maintenance Industrial Engineering Study

  • Gene Sansone, senior consultant, CH2M HILL, New York, NY
  • Janice Li, P.E., principal project manager, CH2M HILL, New York, NY
  • Thomas H. Rowbottom, superintendent, Car Equipment Division, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Harrison, NJ

FTA Guide to Railcar Maintenance Management Practices

  • Tagan Blake, consultant, transit effectiveness and management, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA
  • Tamar Allen, chief mechanical officer, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA

Stretching Your Budget and Your Assets with a Reliability-Centered Maintenance Program

  • Robert Giacobbe, managing director, global lead for service & operations strategy, Accenture, Atlanta, GA 

 

Track 4

Integrating World-Class High-Speed Rail Equipment Design into the U.S. Market

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Is it feasible?

As Amtrak and the State of California look to procure high speed train sets capable of operating up to 220 mph the U.S. has the opportunity to benefit from world class technology and integrate it into the U.S. market. The session will examine what it will take to integrate such designs and look at the unique features and challenges that U.S. high-speed rail presents to the equipment designer.

Moderator

  • Larry Kelterborn, president, Interfleet Technology Inc., Burlington, ON

Panelists

  • Andrew M. Wood, chief, next generation integration, high-speed rail, NEC infrastructure & investment development business, Amtrak, Philadelpia, PA
  • Robert C. Lauby, P.E., deputy associate administrator for regulatory & legislative operations, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Frank Banko, manager, Rail Vehicle Division, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Newark, NJ
  • Armin Kick, director, high-speed rail development, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities, Rail Systems Division, Sacramento, CA
  • Guillaume Mehlman, Ph.D., president, Alstom Transportation, Inc., New York, NY
  • Real Chamberland, vice president, Engineering and Development Office, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, QC
  • Masashi Ishizuka, associate officer, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe, Japan

 

Track 4

Funding, Financing & Revenue

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

How to pay for it 

Innovative approaches to developing new revenue streams, funding opportunities, and financing programs are top priorities for rail CEOs. Attend this session to hear from rail executives about their programs and the regulatory and political constraints that may make implementing innovative approaches more difficult. A new APTA resource – Center for Funding, Finance, and Revenue – is a web page to shine a political and policy spotlight on the sources of funding, best practices, and political issues concerning the new funding and finance landscape.

Moderator

  • Michael I. Schneider, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Public-Private Partnerships Committee; and senior vice president, HDR/InfraConsult, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists

  • Arthur T. Leahy, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Bus Standards Policy & Planning Committee; and chief executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Phillip A. Washington, member, APTA Executive Committee, and general manager,
    Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Darnell Chadwick Grisby, MPP, director-policy development and research, APTA
  • Richard Peltz, American Intercity Rail Network for the 21st Century (AIRNet-21), New York, NY
  • Rolando R. Amaya, P.E., consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
  • Bennett Johnson, III, founder and CEO, Oceans Ventures, Chicago, IL
     

 

NTI TRAINING
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.  (35 person limit)
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

This program provides a unique training and educational opportunity for transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-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. 

FEE: All conference registrants are invited to attend at no additional charge. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration for the course is not necessary. 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.   

Contact NTI's Barbara Van Dyke at 732.932.1700 or bvandyke@nti.rutgers.edu.        

  • Instructor
    Joan Martin, senior instructor, National Transit Institute, New Brunswick, NJ

 

SEPTA TECHNICAL TOURS

2:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

SEPTA is offering these three tours on Tuesday afternoon, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Sign up on site at the host information desk in the Foyer, Level 4 in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for the tour(s)/day(s) of your choice.

TOUR 1
Multi-Modal Transportation and Maintenance Operations at SEPTA's 69th Street Transportation Center
 

Tour participants will receive a guided tour of this transportation hub including three rail modes and city and suburban bus operations. The tour will include a ride on SEPTA’s Norristown High-Speed Line and a tour of the rail shops responsible for the maintenance of the fleets operated from this major transit hub. Tour participants will gain an understanding of the multi-modal concept, the diverse options and modes of the geographic area served, and the impact on the customer experience.

The 69th Street Transportation and Maintenance complex is one of the most unique locations in North America, not only due to its age and architecture, but also because of its location and its multi-modality. Suburban and city bus routes, two suburban trolley lines, one high-speed suburban line, and one heavy rail line all operate from this terminal location. Further, all the shops and yards required to support these modes all coexist in this one location. Approximately 20,000 customers a day use this terminal; the local community and region recognize the importance of this facility to this area as evidenced by the investment of federal, state, and local funding in the transportation and maintenance operations in the last decade to the 69th Street complex and the fleet that operate from and to this location. 

The tour will begin with the participants meeting SEPTA tour leaders in the main lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown promptly at 2:30 p.m. (on Tuesday, June 4) and 1:30 p.m. (on Wednesday, June 5). The group will travel to 69th Street on SEPTA’s Market Frankford Line and tour the 69th Street Grand Hall, the North, South, and West Terminals. The group will then board a Norristown High-Speed Line train and ride to Bryn Mawr. Upon return to the 69th Terminal, the group will then walk to the Market-Frankford and Media/Sharon Hill Line (MSHL) shops for a tour of those rail maintenance shops. Following the shop tours, the group will board the Market Frankford Line for the return to the Marriott Hotel.

 

TOUR 2
Hyundai Rotem’s Regional Rail Car Manufacturing Facilities
 

SEPTA has acquired 120 state-of-the-art, new Silverliner V (SLV) electric multiple-unit (EMU) regional rail cars for the SEPTA Regional Rail commuter service via a contract with rail car supplier United Transit Systems (UTS), a consortium of Hyundai-Rotem (South Korea) and Sojitz Corporationof America. This tour will offer a look at the Philadelphia-based assembly plant where SEPTA’s SLV Rail Cars were manufactured, from production carshell to finished rail car. 

Manufacturing a commuter rail car is a complex and time consuming process. Tour participants will be afforded a tour of this rail car manufacturing facility and experience the opportunity to witness all that is involved in producing a state-of-the-art commuter rail car. 

The Hyundai-Rotem facility in Philadelphia, PA is a 290,000 square foot building that became operational in January 2009 and began outfitting SEPTA’s SLV Rail Cars in May 2009. This facility is also manufacturing commuter rail cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and will be the location of final assembly for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver. The site’s proximity to the Port of Philadelphia, the network of rail lines, and interstate highways made it a very appealing choice for the location of this new rail car facility. 

Facility attributes include: 

•           267,000 sq. ft - Production
•           23,000 sq. ft. - Office
•           Rail accessibility capability via CSX Rail connection
•           Ceiling Height: 26’ – 35’
•           Column Spacing: 4 bays/tracks for car outfitting
•           Warehouse for sub-assemblies
•           Water Test Station
•           Dynamic Test Track
•           Weigh Station
•           Static Test and Final Checkout area 

The tour will begin with the participants meeting SEPTA tour leaders in the main lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown promptly at 2:30 p.m. (on Tuesday, June 4) and 1:30 p.m. (on Wednesday, June 5). Bus transportation will be provided by SEPTA to the Hyundai-Rotem Facility in Philadelphia. The group will tour the facility for approximately ninety (90) minutes, including a question and answer period at conclusion of facility tour. Bus transportation will again be provided by SEPTA for return to the Marriott Hotel.

 

TOUR 3
SEPTA’s Control Center Operations
 

SEPTA is unique in the transit industry offering all modes of public transportation including bus, subway, light rail, commuter rail, and paratransit services. The tour will provide attendees an opportunity to visit SEPTA’s state-of-the-art Control Center where the vehicles for each of these modes are dispatched and managed on a daily basis. 

SEPTA’s Control Center tour will consist of an overview of seven separate areas: 

1.         Bus Operations, which manages the daily operation of over 1200 buses, operating on 119 routes. 

2.         Police Dispatch, which provides communication for SEPTA’s 260 uniformed Police Department, plus communication with Philadelphia Police and Suburban Municipality Police. 

3.         Rail Transit (Subway/Elevated, Light Rail), which provides communication and control for twoSubway/Elevated Lines and eight Light Rail Lines. 

4.         Paratransit Dispatch providing dispatching service for privately contracted operators, offering door to door Paratransit service for elderly and disabled riders. 

5.         Power Dispatch providing power dispatching for all electrified rail lines.  

6.         Railroad Dispatch providing communication and control for ten of SEPTA’s 13 commuter rail lines(the other three are dispatched and controlled by AMTRAK). Also dispatches CSX and NS freight trains. 

7.         Command Center, which is SEPTA’s centralized incident command center, and provides necessary support to Incident Commanders located in the field.   

The tour will begin with the participants meeting SEPTA tour leaders in the lobby of SEPTA’s headquarters at 1234 Market Street, directly across from the Market Street entrance of the Marriott Hotel at 2:30 p.m. (on Tuesday, June 4) and 1:30 p.m. (on Wednesday, June 5).  Participants will then be escorted to the 19th Floor of SEPTA headquarters to begin their tour of the Control Center, which will last approximately ninety (90) minutes. Upon conclusion of the tour, participants will be escorted back to the lobby of SEPTA headquarters for return to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 

 

Track 1

Traction Power

3 - 4:30 p.m. 
Franklin Hall 5, Level 4

Advanced control and power systems 

Attend this session to learn more about new ideas, practices, systems applications, and problem-solving regarding new traction power relay protection schemes; ground fault detection and isolation; advanced energy storage systems; internet SCADA systems; total traction power control by microprocessors; system thermal considerations; other new or emerging technologies for the general traction power industry; and IEEE Traction Power and Contact System Standards.

Moderator

  • Edward J. Rowe, chair, APTA Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum, and senior consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA

Restoring Power to a Vast Transportation Sysem After a Substation Failure

  • David T. Montvydas, manager of power engineering, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Steven D. Bezner, P.E., chief engineer, URS Corporation, Rockville, MD

Innovative Traction Electrification Design for the Portland Streetcar Loop Project

  • Kinh Pham, P.E., managing principal & director, Elcon Associates, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Kai Looijenga, senior systems engineer, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

A New Traction Power System Simulator

  • Daniel Truesdell, manager of software development, Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, Valley Forge, PA

Destructive Arcing of Insulated Joints in DC Electrified Railway

  • Brandon S. Swartley, P.E., vice president, traction power sector manager, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Philadelphia, PA 

 

Track 1

Converting to Driverless Technology

3 - 4:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salons K-L, Level 5

Come discuss the technical, economic, and social breakthroughs 

Driverless or Unattended Train Operations (UTOs) for fixed guideway systems have been installed around the world in over 25 cities since the 1980s. UTOs are now the norm for new grade-separated systems, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. An emerging trend is converting systems that currently operate using on-board operators to driverless operations. Nuremburg, Germany converted to driverless operations in 2008. This past year, Paris Metro converted its Line 1, a major urban route with over 700,000 daily passengers. Come learn about planned and new automated systems and related technical issues.

Moderator

  • Simon Zweighaft, chair, APTA Automated Transit Technical Forum, and senior vice president, HDR/InfraConsult, Honolulu, HI

Panelists

  • Mathieu Dunant, vice president, Africa & America, Ratp Dev America, New York, NY
  • Yee Boon Cheow, director, rail systems, Land Transport Authority, Singapore
  • Francois-Xavier Beau, Siemens Industry Inc., Rail Automation, New York, NY
  • Antonio Munoz, product owner CITYFLO 650, Bombardier Transportation-Propulsion and Controls, Pittsburgh, PA

Session sponsored by Ratp Dev America

 

Track 2

ROI on Rail Peer Reviews

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons I-J, Level 5 

A win-win for transit agencies and the industry at-large 

By drawing upon the knowledge and experience of our dynamic industry, the APTA Peer Review Program is truly a process of “industry helping industry” where all parties benefit from the sharing of information, experience, and knowledge. Whether focused on critical incidents, pre-revenue testing, training, maintenance and technical issues, marketing, or planning, peer-group recommendations empower the transit agency to maximize efficiency, increase quality of services, and improve the bottom line. Hear from transit agency executives who have seen these benefits firsthand and learn more about how the program can benefit you. 

Moderator

  • John P. O'Grady, chief safety officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Panelists

  • Krishniah N. Murthy, executive director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • James Fox, chief control center officer, Southeasern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Austin Jenkins, assistant general manager rail operatons, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO
  • Mike W. Richard, vice president, operations, BC Rapid Transit Company, Burnaby, BC, Canada

 

Track 3

Confidential Close-Call Reporting

3 - 4:30 p.m. 
Franklin Hall 11, Level 4

Examining the precursor events that contribute later to catastrophic consequences 

Successful application of safety programs are built upon rules and structured approaches to performing work tasks. Can a close-call reporting system provide a defined benefit?  What is the impact on the organization’s safety culture? Join this discussion of responsibilities, new programs, and practices. 

Moderator

  • Terrence J. Spratt, manager, rail training, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

How to Create a Culture of Reliability -- Preventing Serious & Catastrophic Injury

  • Timothy Hoover, vice president, Behavioral Science Technology, Inc., Ojai, CA

FRA's "Clear Signal for Action" Program

  • Michael Coplen, director, Human Factors Program, culture & safety performance studies, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

FTA Report on Confidential Close Call Reporting Systems

  • Rick Inclima, director of safety, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees,
    Washington, DC

NJTransit's Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS)

  • Jeff Kovacs, deputy general manager-safety & training, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ 

 

Track 4

Transit Oriented Development or Development Oriented Transit?

3 - 4:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

TOD for commuter rail in the exurbs, LRT in mature neighborhoods, and more 

This session will showcase TOD efforts for commuter rail stations that are not necessarily in urbanized areas as well as TODs in established neighborhoods and urban environments. The design challenges in mature, urbanized areas, given engineering and operational criteria, will be contrasted with the experiences for commuter rail stations in suburbs and exurbs.

Moderator

  • Sarah Kline, co-chair, APTA Land Use and Economic Development Subcommittee, and policy director, Reconnecting America, Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Washington, DC

Contrasting TODs in the Philadelphia Region: Temple Regional Rail & Paoli Intermodal Center

  • Byron Comati, director, strategic planning and analysis, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Natalia O. Bobak, senior program manager, railroad facilities, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Suburban to Urban -- LRT as a City Shaper & Regional Connector

  • Ashley Curtis, associate, Steer Davies Gleave, Toronto, ON

Columbia Pike Streetcar Project: Optimizing Rail Transit Along an Urban Arterial Street

  • Stephen Del Giudice, transit bureau chief, Department of Environmental Services, Transportation Division, Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington, VA 

Creating Transit Friendly Communities in New Jersey

  • Vivian E. Baker, assistant director, transit friendly land use & development, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ  

 

3 - 5 p.m. Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Fair -- Franklin Hall 8-10, Level 4


Wednesday, June 5 

7 - 11 a.m.

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
    Room 406, Level 4

8 - 9 a.m.

  • Coffee Service
    Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 5

 8:30 - 11 a.m. 

  • Conference Registration Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Host Information Desk
    Foyer, Level 4
  • Business Member Resource Room
    Room 403, Level 4
  • TCRP Information Center
    Foyer, Level 4

 

Track 3

Preventing Platform, Pedestrian & Trespasser Fatalities

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5

What needs to be done to eliminate incidents along the rail corridor? 

Successful application of safety countermeasures in our rail systems remains contingent upon our ability to detect and deter dangerous behavior. From suicides to accidents and mishaps, let’s take a fresh look. For example, hoodies, earbuds, and electronic devices create an environment that isolates the world around the user. What are the best programs rail agencies have now?

Moderator

  • Kenneth Sundberg, safety manager, Parsons Corporation, New York, NY

Intrusion Detection and Prevention Technologies Available to Rail Transit

  • David Keevill, manager, systems engineering, Delcan Corporation, Kingston, ON

Adding High-Speed & Commuter Rail to a Short Line Railroad

  • Hamid Qaasim, chief of safety, security & quality assurance, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Vivan Papen, senior systems safety & assurance specialist, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

New Sensor-Based Technology to Increase Pedestrian, Platform, and Transit Safety

  • John G. Green, senior business development manager, BEA/Sensorio Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Implementing MAP-21's Public Transportation Safety Program: The Role of Sfaety Education and Public Outreach

  • Joyce Rose, president & chief executive officer, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Alexandria, VA

Sponsored by Transitvue Communications Systems & Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

 

Track 6

State of Good Repair for Infrastructure and All Systems

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

Practices in use now to achieve and maintain SGR 

To provide safe, reliable rail services, we agree that systems must be in a state of good repair.  Funding, planning, and even definitions of what that means will be the themes for this discussion. Topics will include investment, capitalization, finance, maintenance, asset management practices, research, technology, and more.

Moderator

  • Susan Schruth, vice president, Hill International, Inc., Washington, DC

Asset Management

  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., deputy general manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lauren Zale, senior asset management analyst, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Perspectives from a Growing System

  • Paul Edwards, P.E., senior program manager, construction, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Optimizing Transit: Putting Your Asset Management System to Work for You

Transit Asset Management at the MBTA: History, Present, and Future

  • Robert Guptill, manager of sysems integration, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

 

Track 1

Communications Systems

9 - 10:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

Moving forward in new technical and operational situations 

Lessons learned will be the topic in this session as communications systems pose technical and operational challenges. Featured will be how systems continue working in changing scenarios, including new requirements, standards, users, and market environments. Discussions will include narrowbanding for land mobile systems (two-way radios used most often in communicating with fleet vehicles) mandated by the Federal Communications Commission to change from 25 kHz radio channels to narrowband 12.5 kHz channels by January 1, 2013. Join his session to hear the latest about attacks on global positioning systems (GPS) and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC).

Moderator

  • William Everett, manager, business development, ARINC, Inc., Annapolis, MD

Optimal Communication Backbone Desgn for a Typical LRT Urban Transportation Case

  • Djoko M. Corovic, P.Eng., senior project engineer - rail systems, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Mississauga, ON

City of Calgary's West LRT Project -- Integration of West LRT Communications Systems into the Existing Operations Control Center

  • Shakti Sarai, senior technical associate, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Calgary, AB

Serial-to-Ethernet Devices, an Expensive Upgrade

Transit Agency Implementation of, or Migration to, Digital Trunked Radio

  • Jonathan D. Hulse, P.Eng., principal and director, engineering-rail and transit systems, Delcan Corporation,
    Kingston, ON 

 Sponsored by Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

 

Track 2

Measuring Operational Efficiency & Effectiveness

9 - 10:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5

Metrics for performance & best customer services 

When commuter railroads use key performance indicators that are not in the National Transit Database data, they create new metrics. And as the Federal Transit Administration encourages before and after studies for new projects, the rail transit industry is developing metrics as well. This session will be offer a roundtable discussion, touching on the best ways to measure rail operation efficiency; on-time-performance; measurement for operational control; customer-centered thinking; schedule adjustments from the rail control center effectively; and overall rail operations management.

Moderator

  • Shelley Xie, director, Office of Rail Operations Scheduling, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

An Approach to Predicting Passenger Operation Performance from Commuter System Performance

  • Bo Chang, Ph.D., principal systems engineer, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc., Melbourne, FL

Rail On-Time Performance at WMATA

  • Yvonne M. Carney, senior performance analyst, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Improving Subway Monitoriing and Control Capability at NYC Transit

  • Thomas A. Calandrella, senior director, advanced service initiatives, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Operations Transparency (OT): Providing Meaningful Visibility Across Your Organization

 

Track 5

Alternative Delivery

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon K, Level 5 

Experiences, relationships, and contracts 

This session will highlight ways to deliver systems based on agency needs, local requirements, federal input, and the owner’s role in alternative delivery implementation. Come hear about experiences with alternate delivery contracts, relationships with local governments and contractors, and environmental clearances.

Moderator

  • Ulisses Camilio, PTG Train & transit systems sector manager, Parsons Corporation, New York, NY

City of Calgary's West LRT Project -- Use of Design-Build for Fast Track Delivery

  • Russell Delmar, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Calgary, AB
  • Craig Harper, manager, facilities, Calgary Transit, Calgary, AB

A New Beginning for the Crenshaw Corridor Through Use of Innovative Procurement Strategies

  • Robert Ball, deputy executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
    Los Angeles, CA

Project Delivery Methods on RTD's FastTracks Program

  • Richard F. Clarke, assistant general manager, capital programs, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Alternate Project Delivery Execution -- Perspectives from the Inside

 Sponsored by Parsons Corporation

 

Track 5

New Developments in the Northeast Corridor: Governance, Infrastructure Renewal, Capacity Expansion & Finance

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroo Salon L, Level 5

Timely ideas for the future of the mega-region

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line is the backbone of the world's most prolific regional economy. The Northeast Corridor connects the mega-region with intercity rail passenger service and is the host railroad for commuter rail services involving nine states. Several noteworthy plans have emerged. Among them is the work of the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission. The Commission was established by Congress to develop coordinated strategies for improving the Northeast's core rail network in recognition of the inherent challenges of planning, financing, and implementing major infrastructure improvements that cross multiple jurisdictions. This session will include a status report of the Commission's work and updates on other key studies.

Moderator

  • Joan McDonald, secretary of transportation, State of New York Albany, NY

Panelists

  • Mitch Warren, executive director, Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission, Washington, DC
  • Paul Nissenbaum, associate administrator for railroad policy & development, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Andrew J. Gallaway, chief, Northeast Corridor planning and performance, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA
  • Byron Comati, director, strategic planning and analysis, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Phiadelphia, PA

 

Track 6

The Prices Go UP and the Prices Go Down

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Lessons learned in fuel price risk management

As the cost of energy has consumed more and more of the budget and with growing volatility in energy markets, finding a way to bring some degree of budget certainty is an important consideration for transit managers. This session will inform you about the different fuel purchasing strategies available, how you can implement an effective fuel risk management program, and the lessons that transit agencies have learned in the process.

Moderator

  • Anna M. Barry, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation Newington, CT

Panelists

  • David Friedman, director, energy & fuels, Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, VA
  • John O. Adler, vice president, procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • C. Paul Finnerty, vice president, operations, GO Transit, a Division of Metrolinx, Toronto, ON
  • Frank P. Gormley, CPA, director, operating budgets, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

 

Track 6

Work-Life Balance Across Generations

9 - 10:30 a.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5

Before you go the extra mile 

Transit agencies are dedicated to providing customers with safe, dependable, reliable, and efficient transportation services. To achieve high customer satisfaction and quality service, many agency staff frequently go the extra mile and burn the candle at both ends. In doing so, they may need to stop and ask, “Am I being fair to myself, my family, and my employer?”  

This session takes an honest look at what it takes to find an acceptable level of work-life balance – work, professional, home, family, and other obligations. How are these questions addressed and interpreted across cultures and generations? Engage in candid dialogue with seasoned leaders who will share insights, tips, and lessons learned. Benefit from open discussions with panel and audience members.

Moderator

  • Lydia C. Grose, chair, APTA Workforce Development Subcommittee, and manager, civil engineering, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists

  • Deborah Y. Chin, program manager, systems, Department of Capital Program Management, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • April Maguigad, manager, rail operations, Rail Services Administration, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA
  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Research & Technology Committee; and vice president, practice leader-transit & rail, Atkins, San Francisco, CA 

 

Track 6

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
Hurricane Sandy: Managing the Disaster - Managing Resilience

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5

Hurricane Sandy brought one of the most devastating natural disasters to ever hit the northeast U.S. This special forum will enable us to hear first hand from the leadership of those transit systems that were most impacted by the storm and its aftermath. Please join us to understand the extent of the impact; how they were able to recover, and the challenges they faced to access needed resources.

Moderator

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA 

Sponsor Recognition

  • Matthew Byrne, vice president, services, Bombardier Transportation North America, Mississauga, ON

Panelists

  • Joseph Leader, acting senior vice president, subways, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • Kevin Tomlinson, chief engineer, MTA Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica, NY
  • Stephen B. Kingsberry, director/general manager, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Jersey City, NJ
  • John E. Kennard, director, MTA Metro-North Railroad, New York, NY

Closing Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Closing General Session sponsored by Bombardier Transportation 

 

 

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

  • Co-Chairs, Ronald G. Hopkins & Patricia A. Morris

 

NTI TRAINING: Transit Asset Management – Part 1

1 - 5 p.m.  (35 person limit)
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

Part 2 is on Thursday, June 6, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Transit asset management represents a strategic approach to an agency’s business processes for resource allocation and utilization with the objective of better decision-making based upon quality information and well-defined objectives. The key principles of asset management represent a perspective that a department can adopt in looking at its current procedures and seeing how better decisions on infrastructure can be made with better information. This course is for mid- and senior-level managers who are involved in the day-to-day operation using transit assets including rolling stock, guideway, and facilities to perform their duties in operations, maintenance, facilities, infrastructure, and financial areas, as well as executive management.   

The goal of this course is to support the use of asset management in transit agencies through information dissemination. Participants completing the course will be able to:  

•           Define and understand transit asset management and key principles
•           Recognize the benefits of transit asset management and how it can help their rail system
•           Reference FTA policies on protecting assets
•           Establish key performance indicators
•           Provide strategies to develop and implement an asset management program   

CEUs 1.0 AND CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of both days of the course. 

FEE: Fee is waived for federal, state, and local government employees who work in transportation or related areas. Fee is $150 per person for contractors and consultants payable directly to NTI.  

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.  

Contact NTI’s Myrna Sirleaf at 732.932.1700 or mmoore@rutgers.edu

Instructors

  • Scott H. Baker, senior consulting manager, AECOM, Arlington, VA
  • Robert L. Peskin, Ph.D., senior consulting manager, transportation, AECOM, Arlington, VA

 

Track 2

WORKSHOP
Seamless Intermodal Transfers

1:30 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5 

Making connections – bus, rail transit, commuter rail, intercity & high-speed rail, car share, and even bike share

How are agencies creating seamless transfers and connections between modes? And how are cities partnering with the private sector to deliver passengers to their final destinations? Can existing systems simply pick up passengers at the station or will the routes and schedules require adaptations? And what can we learn from other countries' mastery of the seamless connections?

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) study on how locating high-speed rail stations can best work with other public transportation systems will be previewed as well.

Moderator

  • David B. Kutrosky, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Rail Committee; and managing director, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Oakland, CA 

Panelists

  • Naoto Kimura, director of international affairs, Corporate Planning Headquarters, Tokyo Metro, Tokyo, Japan
  • Stanley G. Feinsod, director, MTI National High-Speed Rail Connectivity Center, and instructor, Mineta Transportation Institute,
    San Francisco, CA
  • Don A. Sepulveda, P.E., executive officer, regional rail, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • John H. McCarthy, project manager, Jacobs, St. Louis, MO
  • James L. Prost, AICP, principal, Vantage Point Development Advisors, Annapolis, MD
  • Janet Campbell-Lorenc, project manager, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Little Falls, NJ

 

Track 3

WORKSHOP
All Aboard! FRA’s new Clear Signal for Action Program for Passenger Railroads

1:30 – 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

Pilot projects with AMTRAK and Class 1 railroads show a reduction in accidents of over 50 percent. Can even better performance be achieved in passenger rail?

Clear Signal for Action (CSA) is the Federal Railroad Administration’s risk reduction method for addressing accidents due to the human factors, the largest category of accidents in the railroad industry. FRA has partnered with Volpe over the last 10 years to develop this program.  CSA integrates three components used in other industries to proactively improve safety: peer-to-peer feedback, continuous improvement measures, and safety-leadership development. In three multi-year demonstrations at Amtrak and freight railroads, CSA has reduced accidents and improved safety culture, including a 76 percent reduction in injuries for baggage handlers, a 79 percent reduction in train engineer de-certifications, and a 62 percent reduction in yard derailments. With these consistent and impressive findings, the FRA plans to customize CSA to account for the unique challenges of passenger railroad operations. Since the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires each commuter railroad to have a risk reduction program and promote positive safety culture, this CSA program could help inform the development of commuter railroads’ System Safety Plans (SSP), as is currently required under the new regulation. Subsequently, the FRA is seeking support and guidance from inside and outside the passenger rail industry to maximize the chances that this will be a win–win program in all respects.

Moderator

  • Mary Beth Hines, safety measurement and analysis, Volpe National Transportation Systems Cambridge, MA

Panelists

  • Michael Coplen, R&D human factors, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Joyce Ranney, human factors, Volpe National Transportation Systems, Cambridge, MA
  • Daniel J. Knote, Office of Railroad Safety, Federal Railroad Administration, Riverhead, NY
  • Michael Zuschlag, human factors, Volpe National Transportation Systems, Cambridge, MA
  • John Dunn, UTU local chairman, Union Pacific Railroad Company, San Antonio, TX
  • Michael Byars, locomotive engineer, Union Pacific Railroad Company, San Antonio, TX
  • Donald Wingler, Safe-2-Safer facilitator, Amtrak, Chicago, IL

SEPTA TECHNICAL TOURS

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

A repeat of the three tours offered Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. 

Sign up on site at the host information desk in the Foyer, Level 4 in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for the tour(s)/day(s) of your choice. 

TOUR 1
Multi-Modal Transportation and Maintenance Operations at SEPTA's 69th Street Transportation Center 

TOUR 2
Hyundai Rotem’s Regional Rail Car Manufacturing Facilities 

TOUR 3
SEPTA’s Control Center Operations

 

 

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