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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2017 APTA Rail Conference will be June 11-14, at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD.  The Rail Conference focuses on the technical aspects of all rail transportation issues. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experiences, and solutions. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share your best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.
 
The program of educational sessions is organized by six tracks of study:
 
Track 1: Technology & Technical Forums
Track 2: Operations & Maintenance
Track 3: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Track 4: Planning, Sustainability & Finance
Track 5: Capital Programs
Track 6: Policy, Management & Workforce Development
 

Continuing Education

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

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

  
Please note that the program is subject to change.​
 

Saturday, June 10

International Rail Rodeo Competition

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rail System Safety Seminar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chair, Dennis Bonney

Rail Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Procurement Steering Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew Johnson
Presenter
  • Paul Hamelin, President, GIRO Inc., Montreal, QC

Procurement Steering Committee

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

Conference Registration Desk

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conference Padfolios sponsored by Battelle
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Hotel keys sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
 
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Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.
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Board of Directors Meeting

12 - 5 p.m.
Chair, APTA, Doran J. Barnes

Capital Projects Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

APTA/TRB LRT & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee

3 - 5 p.m.
Chair, Paul Grether, AICP

Commuter & Intercity Passenger Rail Legislative Subcommittee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Samuel Eric Smith & Karen J. Hedlund

TRB Committee on Light Rail Transit

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.
 

Sunday, June 11

High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Regional Corridors Subcommittee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Anna M. Barry

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.

Rail Safety Committee

8 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Dennis Bonney

Power, Signals and Communications Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Edward J. Rowe

Security Standards Policy & Planning Subcommittee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, James D. Spiller

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

Rail Rodeo Committee Debriefing

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, Leslie Hickman

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Chair, Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr.
Presenters
  • Laura Zale, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • David Arthur Burrows, Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  • Louis D. Cripps, II, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager, Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Holly Arnold, Deputy Director, Planning and Programming, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Communications Subcommittee Breakout 1

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Communications Subcommittee Breakout 2

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Ventilation Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Chair, Justin M. Edenbaum, P.Eng, P.E.

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Doug Allen

Real Estate Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chair, Paul Grether, AICP

APTF

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Jennifer Mitchell

EXPO Advisory Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Joe Gibson

Public Private Partnerships Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

1 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, William Mooney, Sr.

DBE Subcommittee

2 - 3:15 p.m.
Chair, Doug Allen

This is APTA

2 - 3:15 p.m.

Committee on Public Safety

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Information Technology Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Chair, William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM

R&T Emerging Technology Subcommittee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Angela Miller

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

Revenue Task Force

3 - 5 p.m.

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Chair, John O. Adler, CPPO

Systems Engineering Subcommittee

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Co-Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP

Welcome Reception at the Product & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Reception co-sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA
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International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet

7:30 - 10 p.m.
 

Monday, June 12

Commuter Rail Committee Meeting

7 - 8 a.m.
Chair, Doug Allen

Business Member Networking Breakfast

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

8 - 10:15 a.m.

General Session sponsored by HDR
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An International Scan of Rail Best Practices: from Europe to Latin America to Asia

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

Capital Projects - Big Case Studies

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

Rail and transit projects are major infrastructure investments that transform a city or a region.  Planning, environmental review, design and construction phases all present significant challenges, on top of developing a viable financial plan.  Hear about some of the largest rail and transit projects of our day - in Baltimore, Boston, Honolulu and Zurich – and learn from the major problems they encountered and resolved.  You may discover tactics that will help your projects succeed.

Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, Immediate Past Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
Presenters
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Tedd Snyder, Sr. System Engineer, CH2M, Herndon, VA
  • Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Deputy Director, Engineering and Construction, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Charles Sam Carnaggio, P.E., Project Director, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI

Employees are our Greatest Asset – Perspectives from the Shop Floor

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

Engage in a lively discussion of key factors that are important for effective labor-management collaboration.

The industry’s ultimate success of public transportation services, capital program implementation, critical initiatives and imperatives like developing a “system safety culture” are all “people-centered.Opportunities to tap the “hands-on” knowledge and experience of frontline employees, comprised of over 80% of public transportation’s workforce, also provides an invaluable perspective and insight, which adds an important voice to industry discussions. This will be a facilitated discussion with frontline maintenance, operators and stakeholders, covering a range of topics, including:

  1. developing and implementing a “safety culture:”
  2. workforce developmenttraining programs and lessons learned; and best practices in the introduction of new equipment, technologies and maintenance programs.

Making Projects Happen through Private Investments in Infrastructure

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

It is certainly true that private capital is available for investment in infrastructure, and that private equity firms are looking for projects to invest in. The trick to makings deals real is creating revenue streams that will provide returns to investors. In this session, holders of private equity will give their perspectives on projects that will be the best candidates for private capital and attractive to investors.

Moderator
  • Jeffrey D. Ensor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Public-Private Partnerships Committee; TDD Chief of Staff and Director of Project Delivery & Finance Transit Development & Delivery, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Making Transit Station Access Easier

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

Help your riders access transit stations with ease.

With growing transit ridership and interest in multi-modal connectivity, increasing access to and from transit stations through first-last mile solutions, robust bicycle and pedestrian connections, and ADA compliance enhances the rider experience and increases ridership in an immediate time-frame. Planning and funding for these projects can often have very high returns on investment that can pay for themselves in terms of increased fare revenues (and, therefore, lower operating subsidies), and can even be integrated into MPO long range planning processes. Hear from our speakers as they discuss their experiences in improving transit station access.

Presenters
  • Elizabeth Carvajal, Transportation Planning Manager, Metro Countywide Planning & Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Shyam Kannan, LEED, AP, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Managing Director, Office of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC (invited)

Moving the Dial: Realizing the Benefits of Improving Asset Management Practices

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

Attend this session to learn first-hand about the success factors and pitfalls to avoid when improving asset management practices - on route to meeting the federal requirements.

In this session, agencies will share their lessons learned in a lively information exchange. The session is structured to facilitate information exchange, networking, and discussion. This session will answer the following questions:

1.    What are your agency's Strategic Objectives for asset management?
  • What are your tactics for accomplishing them?
  • How does meeting the federal requirements fit
2.   What are your Top 3 Successes - Measured by Business Impact? 
3.   What are Your Barriers and How Are you Overcoming them? 
4.   What is Next?
Moderator
  • Dr. David Rose, Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc., New York, NY
Presenters
  • Laura Zale, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • David Arthur Burrows, Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  • Louis D. Cripps, II, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager, Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Holly Arnold, Deputy Director, Planning and Programming, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Positive Train Control Implementation and Operation

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

PTC the elephant in the room

1.7 billion to date and where are we? What are the implications for system operations and help is on the way. Positive Train Control is a special challenge for commuter railroads funding not the least of the issues. What will PTC look like in the future.
Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
Moderator
  • William Everett, Manager, Business Development, Rockwell Collins (formerly ARINC, Inc.), Annapolis, MD
Presenters
  • Finbar Holland, Business Development Manager, Geomatic Technologies Pty Ltd, Southbank, VC, Australia
  • Brian Allen, Staff Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Rochester, NY

Product & Services Showcase with Lunch

12 - 3 p.m.

Lunch sponsored by the Northeast Maglev, LLC
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Automated Transit Technical Forum

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E.

International Safety: Sharing Experiences & Innovations

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

One of the great attributes of public transportation is our commitment to continual improvement in safe operations through sharing our collective lessons learned, experiences, and our resources with one another. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from our international colleagues as they provide overviews on their latest safety experiences and activities.

Moderator
  • Dennis Bonney, Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Director, HSE & Regulatory Compliance, Bombardier Transportation, Mississauga, ON
Presenters
  • Yasutake Kojima, Director, New York Office, East Japan Railway Company, New York, NY
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

Capital Projects - Small Case Studies

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Replacing rail transit infrastructure projects often brings innovative contracting and construction processes to minimize costs and outage duration. Often this requires the transit agency to strike a balance between innovation, constructability, maintenance and the length of time the riding public can endure the inconvenience of a service shut down. As with any project, cost is always an issue. So Value Engineering (VE) is introduced to the project as a strategy to determine if there are areas where project costs can be reduced. On top of all these there design revisions brought about to reflect stake holder concerns, safety and geometric concerns, aesthetic and pedestrian interactions. The panelists will share their experiences of how they were able to manage some of these challenges.

Moderator
  • Riccardo (Rich) M. Amodei, Vice Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President & Northeast Regional Manager for Transportation and Infrastructure, STV Incorporated, New York, NY
Presenters
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Robert L. Lund, Jr., Assistant General Manager, Engineering, Maintenance & Contruction Division, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Pete d''Ablaing, Senior Transportation Engineer, San Diego Association of Governments, San Diego, CA
  • Teri M. Marsh, Engineer III, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA
  • Andrew Haines, Jacobs Engineering, Baltimore, MD

Federal Procurement Updates

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Innovation

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Conventional wisdom says that you must continue to move forward simply to keep pace. Embracing innovation is where we need to go to get beyond that. New approaches, thinking outside the well known box, willingness
to look beyond current practice will help us move forward.

Moderator
  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Research & Technology Committee; VP, Americas Rail & Transit Practice Leader - Systems, CH2M, San Francisco, CA
Presenters
  • Barbara M. Schroeder, P.E., Business Development Director, Systems & Infrastructure, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., New York, NY
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

MTA Host Session

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Track: Forces, Noise, and Vibration

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Static infrastructure is not as static as you might think. Journey from the WheelRail Interface into the track structure to explore the forces imparted by passing vehicles, the way these forces manifest themselves, and potential mitigation strategies.

Moderator
  • Dr. Yu Qian, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Presenters
  • Aaron Cook, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana
  • Dr. Patrick Vanhonacker, president, D2S International, Heverlee, Belgium
  • Alvaro Emilio Canga Ruiz, Graduate Research Assistant, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Dr. Christopher Layman, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA

Traction Power

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

From the substation to the moving vehicle traction power is what makes it all go. Energy storage systems are moving forward in addition to improvement in traditional systems. Trolleys without wires. What will they think of next?

Moderator
  • Steve Bezner, Chief Engineer Traction Power, Burns Engineering Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Transit-Oriented Development and Transit Oriented Communities

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Agencies around the country have often sought to foster transit-oriented development (TOD) efforts that aim to concentrate housing and jobs around high-capacity transit stations. Recent initiatives, however, are beginning to focus on TOD as a method for community-building through the concept of transit-oriented communities. This can be a key strategy for connecting disadvantaged populations to jobs and essential services, and alleviating fiscal pressure on cash-strapped jurisdictions all while revitalizing economically stressed areas. Hear from these panelists as they discuss their experiences in TOD. Perspectives range from older, fairly well-established systems where some development has already grown around transit, to younger systems looking to capitalize on newly constructed lines. Topics of discussion will involve the partnerships and coordination necessary to plan for TOD, planning in station areas, and other challenges associated with ensuring a TOD's success from day one.

 

Tuesday, June 13

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Encouraging Competition

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Enhancing Rail Accessibility

8:30 - 10 a.m.

The public transit industry is experiencing the continuing expansion of and/or maintenance of the range of fixed guideway systems, including heavy, rapid, light, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail.In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the planning, design, operation, and other factors play a key role in assuring accessibility on vehicles and facilities.Learn from your peers how they are addressing the greater use of level-boarding, reducing gaps between vehicles and station platforms, and rail facilities.

Making the Case for Rail in the Region

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Make the case for investing in and prioritizing new rail corridors

Operating in a regional planning context, public transportation agencies must demonstrate the value of rail against other transportation mode and initiatives. Hear from practitioners on how they make the case for high-capacity public transportation investments in their regions, including initiatives that link projects to regional planning goals, evaluate and improve transit's beneficial impacts during the planning process through travel demand models, manage engagement and outreach with the public, and realize effective project management and delivery.

Presenters
  • Alan T. Lehto, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Planning & Policy, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Steven Kolarz, Project Manager, RK&K, Baltimore, MD
  • Christine Hoeffner, Manager of Project Development, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA

Operations-Systemwide

8:30 - 10 a.m.

The benefits of integrated systemwide planning from a technological and process is sometimes understated. Some would go as far as to say this is self evident when planning to invest in a centralized operation control center. In Switzerland they operate a very dense rail network in the world and it is controlled from 100 locations. On a daily basis, they handle 8,000 passengers and 2,000 freight trains. Over the recent years, they have centralized the control work to four locations under one roof and have found improved ability for operations, dispatching, customer information, etc. Faced with steadily increasing ridership and service requirements and finding time to perform vital maintenance and construction tasks was a challenge facing SEPTA. Hear how with careful planning how they were able to optimize track outage on this very busy multi-modal system.

Moderator
  • Amanda Nightingale, Vice Chair, Operating Practices Working Group; Assistant Superintendent, Organizational Development and Training - Rail Section, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
Presenters
  • Kevin R Jurgelewicz, Sr., Manager-Planning, Project Coordination & Safety, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

Progress in U.S. High-Speed and Intercity Corridors

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Four case studies

Passenger rail projects continue to move forward in regions across the United States. Four projects profiled in this session provide a glimpse of some of the activity that is underway as America seeks to bolster its passenger rail network.

Moderator
  • Melanie K. Johnson, P.E., Associate, Quandel Consultants, LLC, Beachwood, OH
Presenters
  • Beth McCluskey, Executive Director, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL
  • Jeff Morales, Chief Executive Officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
  • Robert W. Kiernan, Senior Director, The Northeast Maglev, LLC, Baltimore, MD

Systems Engineering

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Complex projects demand systems engineering solutions. Issues of interoperability, considerations of risk management and system integration require the application of techniques to improve the success of projects. Systems engineering is the key to improving prospects of success. Practitioners will share real world implementations in this session.

Technology & Safety Programs

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Safety in our workplace and operating environments is based on effective practices. Evolving technology, however, is an extremely valuable tool and resource to mitigate the safety risk exposures that are always present. Please join us in this most interesting session to learn how technology innovations can enhance safety at your transit agency!
Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
Moderator
  • Harry Saporta, CSP, PE, Executive Director, Safety & Security, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Presenters
  • Jonathan D. Hulse, P.Eng., Principal and Director, Engineering-Rail and Transit Systems, Parsons Corporation, Kingston, ON (invited)
  • Peter M. Bartek, Vice President, Protran Technology, Newton, NJ (invited)
  • Christopher Wallgren, Vice President, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., New York, NY (invited)
  • Mark E. J. Willer, Product Manager-Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation , Mississauga, ON (invited)

Traction Power Technology

8:30 - 10 a.m.

The complexities of traction power technology are incorporated in this session. The broad range of important subjects all of which must work together to make things move are addressed. AC and DC issues as well as standardization are addressed.
Moderator
  • Ethan Kim, Principal Systems Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA

Environmental Considerations in Rail Planning and Project Development

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

As a result of greater numbers of transit systems around the country expanding their rail systems, many more rail projects are now going through the NEPA review process. while expansion poses regulatory challenges through NEPA, it can provide the opportunity to protect critical environmental and cultural resources and engage members of the community on transit initiatives. Hear from presenters as they discuss their experiences with NEPA for rail system expansion projects, ranging from the challenges of working with different regulatory stakeholders, the nuances between different NEPA review processes, and other challenges associated with environmental review.

Moderator
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Presenter
  • Robert Forrest, Environmental Program Manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail: A Global Update

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

Projects from around the world. High-speed and intercity passenger rail is on an unprecedented global scale of development globally. This session will update some of the new developments and provide a sense of the bullish activity worldwide.

Moderator
  • Norman A. Forde, Chair, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Program Subcommittee; Vice President, STV Incorporated, Baltimore, MD
Presenters
  • Dr. Marc André Klemenz, Head International Projects, Region America & Teamleader Tansport and Operational Consulting, Region Germany South, DB International GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • Brian Hausknecht, Senior Program Manager, CH2M, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Emmanuel S. "Bruce" Horowitz, Principal, ESH Consult, Alexandria, VA

Labor Management Think Tank 2017: Continuing the Conversations

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

Developing successful and respectful labor management partnerships and relationships is a goal for transit and labor leaders. Achieving this goal can be a long journey, taking a lot of hard work, long hours, give-and-take, and often months of difficult negotiations. Arriving at healthy and successful labor management relationships is about the investment in the journey. Engage in conversations with a cross section of senior and executive leaders from the public and private sector. Listen to the success stories, hear about the challenges and tough stories. Walk away with insights on how to arrive closer to the goal.

Operations Planning

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

One key ingredient to attracting and retaining ridership is your on-time performance. Learn how one agency went about addressing their historic low on-time performance. Does the quality of lighting in a facility have a major impact on functionality, including the health and happiness - and even the retention of staff and customers? One of the speakers thinks so and is prepared to share their knowledge. As public transit agencies make strides to upgrade their operations technology, they start to create data which feeds into a 'big data explosion'. Without a strategy to harness that data it will only serve as a 'rear-view mirror'. Using data/optimization tools can help you plan high-quality of service and other measures to ensure efficient service delivery. Learn from our panelists how to use this data as a predictive analysis tool to improve your scheduling of resources, tasks, timetables, etc.

Moderator
  • Lisa Woodruff, Director, Operations Control Center, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Landover, MD
Presenters
  • Dennis Page, Rail Operations Analyst, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
  • Rachel Fitzgerald, LC, IALD, MIES, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Lighting Design, RNL Design, Denver, CO
  • Pete Nelson, Solutions Architect, Quintiq, Radnor, PA
  • Alexandre Savard, Senior Account Manager/Mobility Strategy Manager, GIRO Inc., Montreal, QC

Rail Vehicles: Cradle to Grave

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

From design to obsolescence, this session touches it all. It goes through the entire life-cycle of a rail vehicle: starting with subsystem design and material selection, passing through a major overhaul and critical maintenance, and ending with structural obsolescence prediction.

Moderator
  • Kevin C. Carmody, PE, Vehicle Systems Engineer, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA
Presenters
  • David Turner, President, Turner Engineering Corporation, Venice, CA
  • John A. Janiszewski, Senior Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
  • Glenn D. Gardner, Senior Systems Engineer (Transit & Rail), CH2M, Baltimore, MD
  • Flavien Berthold, Product Manager, ABB Inc., Turgi, AG, Switzerland

Security Infrastructure Interface

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

Public safety for our customers, employees, and environments is based on many interconnected elements, including infrastructure design, effective mitigations, and response practices, and methodologies for ensuring that our strategies conform to industry standards and government requirements. Ensure you are in attendance to learn more about these key elements.

Moderator
  • John F. Tarbert, PhD, CSSD, Transit Police Chief, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO (invited)
Presenters
  • Philip M. Klinkon, AIA, NCARB, Pacific Region Transit Director, RNL Design, Los Angeles, CA (invited)
  • Marla Blagg, Emergency Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA (invited)
  • Yolanda Favors, Esq., Compliance Manager, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit, Avondale Estates, GA (invited)

Signal Systems

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

Signal systems implementations go far beyond track circuits. Conventional signal technology continues to evolve. Consider alternative detection of broken rails, new challenges for interoperability in the CBTC field and attention to detection of Loss of Shunt all impact system safety and require coordination with signal systems.
Moderator
  • Robert A. MacDonald, Director, Engineering Services, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA

Transit Safety Management - Transit Safey & Industry Implemetation

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

The FTA is encouraging industry-wide adoption of safety management principles as an effective means in risk-based safety management practices. The first-hand experience shared by RTA’s who have been working to implement safety management in their organizations will provide you with important insights on how you can
begin to work safety management principles in your own organizations. Learn how your agency can become proactive in managing safety by updating your programs to identify safety hazards, strengthen control of safety risks, put safety mitigations in place and correct safety problems before they occur. Our informative panel includes representatives of the FTA, transit systems and private industry that are or have been implementing safety management concepts.Moderator
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL (invited)
Presenter
  • John Gasparine, Senior Supervising Planner, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD

GENERAL LUNCHEON

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Lunch co-sponsored by AECOM and APTA
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"Best Value" and Trade Analysis

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Advanced Technology

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Staying current means finding ways to deal with advances in technology. While this sometimes may be uncomfortable, we are often faced with the prospect of doing something in a different way. Advances in data, automation, and systems architecture are leading the list. Improvements in rail system operations are dependent upon the adoption of advanced technologies.

Career Pathways for Women in Transit

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Women are still significantly underrepresented in many of the higher wage, higher skilled jobs in public transportation. This limited participation not only impacts women’s economic security, but also robs the transit industry of a valuable segment of the labor force. The Transportation Learning Center will discuss how transportation systems can build capacity to support the equitable inclusion of women. This interactive session will offer practical information, relevant tools and exercises for encouraging, preparing and retaining women in nontraditional jobs.

Presenters
  • Tia Brown, Project Manager, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Jaibala Patel, Acting Deputy CFO of Budgets, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ

Fire Life Safety Design - Challenges and Best Practices

2:30 - 4 p.m.

The design of a tunnel ventilation and fire life system is typically determined by various fire sceanrios, the physical environment and rail transit agency policy. Then there is athe human element of how the operations control room operator is able to handle these and other emergency situations simultaneously and what tools are at their disposal. As streets get more croded in dense city streets, road tunnels are being converted to rail. One of our speakers will address the challenges of designing a fire life safety system. Hear our speakers address these issues and their best practices.

Increasing Core Capacity of Your System

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Increasing the number of passengers who can ride your rail system.

While the growing demand for transit across the country is a boon for the industry, increased ridership can mean crowded platforms, trains, and possible missed connections if the system does not expand its capacity to carry more passengers. Through the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Program, agencies are investing in corridor-based projects to increase core capacity. Hear from our speakers as they discuss their challenges and solutions for addressing core capacity, ranging from technical improvements in train control and station enhancements, to analytic methods that help identify additional improvements and impacts to program success.

Presenter
  • Nick Willey, LTK Engineering Services, White River Junction, VT

Streetcars: New Systems with New Technologies

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Several new streetcar lines have been placed into operation in the period since the last Rail Conference in Phoenix in June, 2016. Not only are these systems in cities which have not had rail lines for many years, but they employ a variety of new technologies as well as unique system organization structures. This panel will look at four different lines in four different cites, that have begun operation in the past year, and which have featured new technologies, new suppliers, and new financing and organization structures.
Sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
 
Moderator
  • James H. Graebner, Chair Emeritus, Streetcar Subcommittee; President, Lomarado Group, Denver, CO

Track 3: Cyber Security: Yes, Your Agency Does Face Cyber Threats!!

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Not very long ago, when we heard or thought about cyber security threats, re regarded this as either a futuristic issue, or something that would impact anything other than public transit. Unfortunately, time have changed dramatically and, yes, transit agencies are dealing with cyber threats. Ensure that your organization understands the cyber risks we face and is prepared by attending this important session to learn about standards and resources available to you.Presenters
  • Lee Allen, Office of Security Policy & Industry Engagement, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA (invited)
  • Leigh Weber, CISSP, Principal, Cybersecurity Analysis, Ltd., Chicago, IL (invited)
  • David J. Teumim, President, Teumim Technical, LLC, Allentown, PA (invited)

TSA Cyber Security

2:30 - 4 p.m.

High Performamce Procurement

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Mobile Applications

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

What did we do before mobile apps?

In the wireless world mobile apps are king. Traveler information, system operations, security systems, fare collection and more are rapidly being deployed. The trick is how do you effectively manage this essential resource and take advantage of the benefits without getting lost in the shuffle.

Presenters
  • Robert James, Senior Project Manager, HNTB Corporation, Parsippany, NJ
  • James Schmid, PE, PMP, Senior Project Manager, HNTB Corporation, Atlanta, GA
  • Samuel Hickey, Transportation Engineer, IBI Group, Seattle, WA
  • G. Lawrence Trenga, Executive Consultant, Macro a Division of Ross & Baruzzini, Chalfont, PA

Preparing Your System for Resiliency

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

How to prepare your system for extreme weather threats in the future

With the threat of increased extreme weather events and sea level rise, public transportation infrastructure is becoming more and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The industry must adapt and become more resilient to remain viable and effective. Hear from these speakers to learn about different tools that help identify climate change threats, organizational thinking around the issues, and specific technologies to implement adaptation and resiliency projects.

Presenters
  • Erik Scheier, Senior Project Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Joseph A Simenic, Program Director, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Jersey City, NJ

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

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

There are many methods to increase passenger safety and this session explores a few such efforts. The session begins with an update on Electrically Controlled Pneumatic braking in passenger applications. Next, it explores rail vehicle crashworthiness standards: how they came to be, how it changes your vehicle design, how it can affect your bottom line, and identifying potential alternatives.

Moderator
  • Marcin Taraszkiewicz, CH2M, New York, NY
Presenters
  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Greer, SC
  • Martin P. Schroeder, M.S.M.E., P.E., Senior Rail Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
  • Christopher R. Walker, Staff Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
  • John D. Swanson, Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Oceanside, CA

Safety Reporting Systems: Building an Effective Employee Reporting Program

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Effective safety reporting systems are both accurate in measuring the current state of safety and useful for making decisions to improve safety. The collection, analysis and reporting of safety data is an integral part of an effective
safety management system. While incident-based safety reporting systems (accidents, injuries and fatalities) are essential for measuring and monitoring safety in the workplace, as a stand-alone reporting system they are not very
effective for managing or preventing similar incidents because little is known or uncovered about the precursors to those events. Employee Safety Reporting (ESR) is one of several safety reporting sources that get at the foundation of operational safety data, collecting and analyzing risk-based data before an incident occurs.  If done well, an effective ESR program can yield a goldmine of actionable safety data for managing risk and for making data-driven risk based decisions.  Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) will speak about their experiences with Employee Safety Reporting in the aviation industry. In addition, representatives from the transit industry and the Federal Transit Administration will discuss how this concept can be applied to transit and what agencies are doing to implement these systems at transit agencies throughout the country.Presenter
  • Michael Coplen, Director, Human Factors Program, Culture & Safety Performance Studies, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Streetcars - Challenges of Construction in a City Environment, Costs and Mobility

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

For a myriad of reasons, there has been a tremendous resurgence of streetcar development is the US. Some streetcar advocates and even critics often overlook the mobility benefits of a modern streetcar system and only focus on the economic benefits as the sole justification for the investment. The challenge is to construct streetcar systems in dense cities make it aesthetically appealing, and minimize costs. One such city was Oklahoma, where after several cost reduction measures and collaboration with their consultants they were able to bring cost per mile to under $20M. Now also hear how the City of New York is considering a 17 mile streetcar system between the Bronx and Queens at an estimated construction cost of some $1.7B.
Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
Moderator
  • Paul Grether, AICP, Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Director of Rail Services, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Presenters
  • David Vozzolo, Immediate Past Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President & Streetcar Program Director, HDR, Sarasota, FL
  • Mark L. Dorn, P.E., Vice President, Rail Transit Design, AECOM, Portland, OR

OCC Technical Forum

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Chair, Bart Kane
 

Wednesday, June 14

Continental Breakfast

8 - 9 a.m.

Sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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Conference Registration Desk

8 - 10:30 a.m.

NTI TRAINING: Mid-Level Manager Course

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Consequenses of Not Planning for Maintenance

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Transit agencies are constantly working on imaginative and innovative ways to lower maintenance costs and yet be effective in maintaining service delivery. Maintaining rolling stock and track work and other infrastructure are major components of a rail transit system is vulnerable to extreme weather conditions - such as snow and excessive heat. Have you thought of using modern technology such as drones with high resolution cameras to identify potential deficiencies? Some of these maintenance initiatives involve moving maintenance processes from paper to computerized maintenance management systems, analytical tools, and mobile devices. Only a few are embracing this transition. Come and hear why. Hear what our presenters have to say where one size does not fit all.

Moderator
  • Scott Laps,, Chair, Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance Working Group; National Account Manager, Visual Marking Systems, Inc., Twinsburg, OH
Presenters
  • Richard Hovde, Bridge Operation Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Olympia, WA
  • Jennifer Ryan, PE, Senior Rail Engineer, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
  • Benjamin Holland, Manager of Vehicle Systems Engineering, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Hayward, CA
  • Anthony Fazio, Director of Engineering and Design, Track, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA

Good Planning Leads to Good Projects

9 - 10:30 a.m.

The listening session will look at ways to self-assess corridor planning to advance into the next steps for project development. Hear from experienced professionals as they share lessons about examining and justifying high capacity corridors for transit, lessons learned that help agencies steer around pitfalls and succeed in the Project Development phase, and learn more about the new Project Development Self-Assessment and Readiness Review Program from the APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee.

Presenters
  • Alan T. Lehto, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Planning & Policy, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Donald J. Emerson, Vice President/Co-Manager, Project Strategy and Grants Service Area, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA
  • James D. Parsons, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President, Director National Transit Programs, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA
  • Stephen Salin, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President, Capital Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Public Transportation Pitch Session

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Advancing opportunities for young professionals in transportation APTA invites young transportation professionals and local graduate students from transportation-related programs for an opportunity to promote enlightened “pitches” on innovation and technology. Speakers will have 5-7 minutes each to teach, inspire, and present a new idea before a panel of judges. This is public transportation’s version of the critically-acclaimed, business-themed show, “Shark Tank.”

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

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

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Sean Adgerson

Maryland MTA Techcnical Tour - B&O Museum

1 - 3 p.m.

This tour consist transportation to and from one of Baltimore's most treasured musuems.  This guided tour will take the group to the early days of “simple” steam locomotives through all the innovations that allowed trains and their cargo to go faster and more efficiently, and stop more safely. It includes the examination of the technology that improved the way trains were built and repaired and why the caboose disappeared.

This tour is $10 per person.
 

Maryland MTA Technical Tour - Baltimore Street Car Museum

1 - 3 p.m.

This tour consist transportation to and from Baltimore's Street Car Musuem. This guided tour will take the group back to the early days of street cars in Baltimore. The tour will consist of a presentation of how the street cars worked in Baltimore and an actual ride on the street car on a stretch of track that is still operational.

Maryland MTA Technical Tour - Light Rail Main Yard & Maintenance Facility North Ave.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

This tour consists of transportation to MTA's Light Rail Maintenance and Operations Center.  Tour participants will enjoy an 1 hour guided tour of the facility to see how Light Rail Vehicles are maintained and operated on a daily basis.

Maryland MTA Technical Tour - Metro Subway Main Yard and Maintenance Facility Wabash Ave.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

 This tour consists of transportation to and from MTA's Metro Subway Maintenance and Operations Center.  Tour participants will enjoy an 1 hour guided tour of the facility to see how Metro Rail Cars are maintained and operated on a daily basis.
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