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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2016 APTA Rail Conference will be June 19-22, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 North Third Street, Phoenix, AZ. Hosted by Valley Metro, this technical conference focuses on 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, Finance & Sustainability
Track 5: Capital Programs
Track 6: Policy, Management & Workforce Development
 

Continuing Education

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

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

  
Please note that this program subject to change.
 
Last Updated: June 20, 2016
 
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Saturday, June 18

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

5 a.m. - 4 p.m.

RODEO SITE: Valley Metro Rail Operations and Maintenance Center, 605 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Valley Metro is proud to host the 24th Annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, which features intense competition from the best rail operators and maintenance teams in North America and across the globe. The maintainers’ competition is set to begin at approximately 6 a.m. and the operators’ competition begins at approximately 7:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided to the Rodeo site. Details will be available at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

There will be a special combined team event following lunch on Rodeo day for agencies that send both an operator(s) and a maintenance team.
 
Families are encouraged to attend with their competitor. Valley Metro is creating family fun activities and materials for guests to enjoy before and during Rodeo day. Details will be provided in advance and at the host information desk in the APTA registration area.

The Rodeo competitors will be honored and the champions crowned at the International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 19, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

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

A Multimodal Tour of the Old Pueblo

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

(160 person limit)
Just 115 miles south of Phoenix in “the Old Pueblo” (as the City of Tucson is often-times known) lies Sun Link, one of the newest streetcar operations in the U.S. The Tucson streetcar is a modern single-line system nearly four miles in length connecting downtown Tucson with the Arizona Health Sciences Center, the University of Arizona campus, the 4th Avenue Entertainment District, the Tucson Convention Center, and the emerging Mercado District under development west of Interstate 10. Upon arrival in Tucson, you will be offered the opportunity to ride the full length of the streetcar line and visit the Sun Link integrated operations control and maintenance facility. You’ll also have free time to eat and shop along Tucson’s fabulous 4th Avenue Entertainment District (see www.fouthavenue.org for details).

The multimodal tour is conducted by Tom Hickey from Virginia Railway Express, Immediate Past Chair of the APTA Streetcar Subcommittee.

REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS? Advanced registration is required. Please contact Tom Hickey at thickey@vre.org to reserve your place on the tour or with any questions.   

The double-deck charter bus service from Sheraton Grand Hotel and back sponsored by LTK Engineering Services
 
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Track 3: Rail System Safety Seminar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ahwatukee, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, you will want to attend this interactive seminar to learn more about the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations. Attend this need-to-know event to hear about and share effective practices being developed and applied in our industry. The seminar is sponsored by APTA’s Rail Safety Management Program for the benefit of all management personnel.

FEE: The Rail System Safety Seminar is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION:
Space is limited, so make your reservations early by emailing APTA’s Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Sherry Brown at 202.496.4879 or sbrown@apta.com.
 

Procurement Steering Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew J. Johnson

Conference Registration Desk

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Lanyards sponsored by AECOM
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Hotel Keys sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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Host Information Desk

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

APTA Board of Directors

12 - 4 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

(buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
Chair, APTA, Valarie J. McCall

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Co-Chairs, Joseph J. Giulietti & Anna M. Barry

TRB Committee on Light Rail Transit (AP075)

5:45 - 7 p.m.
South Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Graham Currie

HOST RECEPTION: Valley Metro’s "All Star Night at the Park"

7 - 10 p.m.

Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street
Valley Metro and its partners are thrilled to host the 2016 APTA Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo and create a fun-filled, casual atmosphere at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for our host reception. Enjoy a variety of local dishes and beverages, take a tour of the ballpark, including the locker room and onto the field, and have plenty of time to connect with old friends and make new ones. Dress in your favorite ballpark attire – all attendees are encouraged to wear a shirt or jersey representing their favorite sports team. Casual (yes, shorts) and team-spirited attire is highly emphasized, considering location and weather.
 
Chase Field is only a four-block walk from the Sheraton Grand, however a complimentary shuttle will be offered at 6:50 and 7:15 p.m., with return trips at 8:45, 9:15, and 9:45 p.m.
 
Event Partners: Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., AECOM, Faiveley Transport North America, Transdev North America, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Arizona Transit Association
 
 

Sunday, June 19

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Regional Corridors Subcommittee

7 - 8 a.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Jennifer Bergener

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: PHX Sky Train®

7:30 - 10 a.m.

(also offered on Wednesday, June 15; 1 - 3 p.m. for Rail Rodeo registrants)
 
PHX Sky Train is an automated train that connects Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport terminals to Valley Metro Rail at the 44th Street/Washington station. This free service provides convenient connections between airport parking, terminals, the regional light rail system and downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Join City of Phoenix Aviation staff on a journey exploring the project history, funding, design and construction of this system.
 
We invite you to sign up early for the tour of your choice to reserve your spot and help Valley Metro plan the best tour. However, you may also sign up on site at the Host Information Desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
 

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.
Breakfast sponsored by LTK Engineering Services

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Richard Brown, P.E.

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Jon T. Adams, P.E.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

8 - 10 a.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Peter Gertler, AICP

VALLEY METRO TECHINCAL TOUR: Public Art Tour of East Valley

8 - 11 a.m.

This guided tour will present participants with an opportunity to see public art projects as an integral part of Valley Metro Rail stations and the overall passenger experience in the cities of Tempe and Mesa, Arizona. The tour will be led by MB Finnerty, Valley Metro Public Arts Administrator, who will describe the community-driven process to create the free-standing to embedded art pieces along the initial line and recent rail extension.

We invite you to sign up early for the tour of your choice to reserve your spot and help Valley Metro plan the best tour. However, you may also sign up on site at the Host Information Desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
 

Rail Safety Committee

8 - 11:30 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Dennis Bonney

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Chief James D. Spiller

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum / Subcommittee Breakouts

8:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Edward J. Rowe

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Chief Ronald A. Pavilk Jr.

Modern Streetcar Design Guidelines Working Group

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, John Smatlak

Legislative Committee

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, J. Barry Barker

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Paul Grether, AICP
Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Jennifer Mitchell

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Donald A. Orseno

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Jeffrey D. Ensor

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

1 - 2:45 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, William R. Mooney, Sr.

Valley Metro Father's Day Recognition

1 - 3 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Calling all dads to join us on Father’s Day for a cool ice cream treat to share our appreciation. Also enjoy a barbershop quartet and an arrangement of melodies from the good old days. Valley Metro thanks you for your service to our industry and attending this year’s Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo.

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

1 - 4 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

(40 person limit)
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In this compelling session led by the Callan Course on Leadership team, you will learn the tenets of heroic leadership. In the first segment you will learn how to develop a powerful leader’s paradigm built on trust, vision, action, and giving, and how you can effectively create, and then regenerate, excellence. The second segment helps you adapt your leadership to modern challenges like technology, information overload, and multi-generational workforces, and still build unified, high-performing teams.  

AUDIENCE:
Transit mid-manager and those preparing to enter mid-management.
 
FEE:
The course is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested by emailing APTA's Joe Niegoski at jniegoski@apta.com to register. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis. 

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

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Rail Operations & Maintenance Center and Mobility Center

1 - 4:30 p.m.

(also offered on Wednesday, June 22, 1 - 4:30 p.m.)
 
Tour of the Valley Metro Rail Operations & Maintenance Center (OMC) will showcase the hub of rail transportation and vehicle and systems maintenance. The OMC has the capacity and infrastructure to conduct heavy repair and overhaul work as well as routine maintenance. The facility includes several environmentally-friendly features including a solar plant that produces enough electricity to power 123 homes. The tour continues at the Valley Metro Mobility Center where in-person interviews and functional assessments for ADA eligibility and paratransit programs are conducted. The Mobility Center features an indoor assessment course, which simulates a public transit environment, including a full-size bus, street crossings, curbs, steps, ramps, and more. 
 
We invite you to sign up early  to reserve your spot and help Valley Metro plan the best tour. However, you may also sign up on site at the Host Information Desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
 

Capital Projects Subcommittee (Rail Transit Committee)

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee

2 - 3:15 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Brenda R. Nnambi

Committee on Public Safety

2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, John F. Tarbert, PhD, CSSD

Information Technology Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM

Track 6: This is APTA

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Alhambra, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Getting involved, using APTA’s resources

Learn about your association and how to leverage to the fullest extent the membership benefits and resources available to you and your organization. Where do you start and how do you get involved? Come meet APTA’s leadership and staff in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation and networking. A brief presentation will be followed by time for Q&A with seasoned member representatives who can share their advice ideas for your membership satisfaction.
 
Presenter
  • Art Guzzetti, Vice President - Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Q&A Facilitators
  • Nancy K. Johnson, Director, Office of Board Support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Huelon A. Harrison, Member, APTA Board of Directors; 2nd Vice Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
  • Peter Gertler, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; Vice President, Global Strategic Consulting, HDR, Oakland, CA

Emerging Technology Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Angela K. Miller

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Keith T. Parker, AICP

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Wright C. Parkes

Systems Engineering Subcommittee (R&T Committee)

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, David M. Springstead

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee (P&P Committee)

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP



Welcome to Phoenix Reception at Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

(tickets required)
Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while examining the various displays in the showcase. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.
 
Reception co-sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Member Activity Fund
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INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AND SAFETY & SECURITY AWARDS BANQUET

7:30 - 10 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom A-C, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

(tickets required)
Join the rail rodeo participants and their friends and guests at the awards banquet to recognize the best of the best – APTA’s 2016 Rodeo champions! And, new this year, the 2016 Rail Safety & Security Awards will be presented at the banquet, so you'll want to be there to offer your congratulations to the winners.
 
TICKETS/SEATING
RAIL CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS:
Tickets for the awards banquet are not included in the conference registration fee, but may be purchased in advance at a cost of $100 each by completing the “Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form and submitting it with your payment to APTA. 

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

RODEO PARTICIPANTS: As part of the registration fee, each rodeo participant receives a banquet ticket and one ticket is included in the spouse/guest registration fee. Please complete the Rail Rodeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA. (Note: Purchasing tickets in advance helps insure that you will be able to sit together.) 

Your tickets will be available on site when you register for the rodeo. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the APTA rodeo registration desk.

QUESTIONS?
RAIL CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS:
Contact APTA’s Kwakuita Spence at 202.496.4845 or kspence@apta.com.  

RODEO PARTICIPANTS: Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com.
 
Banquet co-sponsored by HNTB Corporation and APTA
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Monday, June 20

Commuter Rail Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Donald A. Orseno

Continental Breakfast

7 - 8 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
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Business Member Resource Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ahwatukee A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

TCRP Information Center

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Encanto Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Track 6: INFORMATION SESSION: APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Business members, board members, and transit CEOs engage in association improvements and partnerships

In October, 2015, APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall established the Task Force on Member Collaboration. The goals: to improve the alignment and coordination between APTA’s key constituent member groups (APTA Transit CEOs, APTA Transit Board Members and APTA Business Members) and to strengthen cooperation with key external partners representing local government (the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Regional Councils).  This session will report the work of the task force, results achieved, and policy actions taken by the APTA Board of Directors based on that work, as well as recommendations that will carry into APTA’s new Revenue Task Force, its Task Force on Member Consensus, and the Task Force on Governance and Bylaws Review.
 
Presenters
  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity Council; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Petra Mollet, Chief of Staff, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

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

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

As APTA’s 2016 Rail Conference begins, come hear an overview of events and our association’s initiatives. Learn more about collaboration with cities, organizations, and among APTA members. Enjoy a warm welcome as host Valley Metro rolls out the red carpet for everyone and see why “Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows.” In creating jobs, helping develop vibrant communities, and boosting the economy, public transportation offers choices for everyone. Start your experience with this session that will open doors as you and your colleagues share new ideas and learn even more about providing quality service.
 
General Session sponsored by HDR
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Presiding
  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity Council; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Sponsor Recognition
  • Thomas R. Waldron, Global Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, New York, NY
Host Welcome
  • Hon. Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Hon. Ruben Gallego, (D-AZ), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Phoenix, AZ
  • Scott Smith, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Track 1: PTC Implementation and Operation

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

We now have relief from the original deadline, but the clock is running for systems to be ready for the newly mandated completion date. Positive Train Control is a special challenge for commuter railroads, with funding not the least of the issues. Lessons from the field and a means of assisting implementation and operation will be featured in this session.
 
Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
 
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Moderator
  • David N. Diaz, Vice President - Special Projects, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
Panelists
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Gigi Harrington, Deputy CEO, Chief Administrative Officer, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA
  • Raymond Suarez, Chief Operating Officer, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
  • Andrew Rawls, PTC Project Director, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • David A. Male, P.E., Senior Systems Manager, AECOM , New York, NY
  • William Everett, Manager, Business Development, ARINC, Inc., Annapolis, MD
  • Ruben D. Pena, Deputy Director - D.C. Office, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Washington, DC

Track 1: Track and Rail

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Track and rail are the bedrock of any rail system. Leaning how best to design, assess, and manage this infrastructure has a direct effect on overall system safety, reliability, and maintainability. This session will look at measurement of rail vertical and lateral profile using portable systems, provide further case histories on the use of slab track, and address the implications of wheel and rail profile on wear and safety.
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Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
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Moderator
  • Richard Brown, P.E., Chair, Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum; Chief Engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Planning for Success - Embedded Track Intersection Work
  • Chris Chaffee, Project Sponsor, Southwest District, Valley Transit Constructors, Phoenix, AZ
Embedded Track Construction Methods on the Northwest Extension Project - Phoenix, Arizona
  • Erik Yingling, Project Manager, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Mesa, AZ
Portable Track Geometry Measurement System: A Unique Derailment Investigation Tool
  • Narayana Sundaram, Senior Engineer, ENSCO, Inc., Springfield, VA
Floating Slab Track Design for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor
  • Michael J. Lehnen, PE, Assoc DBIA, Vice President, Mott MacDonald, San Jose, CA
  • Hugh Saurenman, Ph.D., P.E., President, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA

Track 2: Maintenance

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Transit agencies are constantly working on imaginative ways to lower maintenance costs and yet be effective in maintaining service delivery. Maintaining rolling stock and track work are major components of a rail transit system and are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions - such as snow and excessive heat. 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.
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Moderator
  • Steven Hicks, Chief Mechanical Officer - Rail, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
LRV Maintenance in Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Ken Raghunandan, LRV Maintenance Superintendent, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Snow! Winter Weather Rail Maintenance
  • Ryan Bauman, Project Engineer - Transit, HDR, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jacob Lynn Splan, MCMP, Engineering and Construction Planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
The Many Challenges of LRV Maintenance
  • Phil Eberl, General Superintendent of LRV Maintenance, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO

Track 3: Cybersecurity

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Current initiatives and protective measures

Offensive cyber operations can be launched by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Cyber attacks and fraud appear inevitable and can disrupt data and services, crippling networks and computers, and now crash automobiles. Are trains next? What other methods are rail systems using to assess and mitigate cyber risks? This session will highlight current vulnerabilities and discuss the cybersecurity strategies, which include APTA’s standards and Cybersecurity Working Groups that agencies should utilize to address the risk in their ever-changing IT & OT environment. With growing cyber threats, join this session to learn what you can do to protect your agency.
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Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Ronald Pace, Network Systems Engineer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Cybersecurity Defense: Addressing Today's Threats
  • Martin P. Schroeder, M.S.M.E., P.E., Senior Rail Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
  • DeLois B. Babiker, CEO, Intellectual Concepts LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Antwanye Ford, President & CEO, Enlightened, Washington, DC
Enterprise Cybersecurity Considerations & Strategies
  • Leigh Weber, CISSP, Principal, Cybersecurity Analysis, Ltd., Blue Bell, PA
Rail Cybersecurity Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Best Practices
  • John B. Moore, Senior Business Development Manager - Transportation Infrastructure, Phoenix Contact, Middletown, PA

Track 4: Advancing Transit in Regional Transportation Planning and Programming

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Under MAP-21 and reinforced in FAST Act, transit plays an important role in the development of the regional multimodal performance based transportation plan.  Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) involves the application of performance management within the planning ad programming processes of agencies to achieve desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. This performance-based approach to planning and programming attempts to ensure that transportation decisions are made, both long-term and short-term, based on their ability to meet established goals. Hear the latest information on the recent rule on metropolitan and state-wide transportation planning. In addition hear from practitioners on regional approaches and travel demand modeling techniques to prioritize corridors and make the case for high-capacity public transportation.
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Moderator
  • Lee G. Gibson, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
Panelists
  • Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Stephanie Shipp, AICP, Consultant, U.S. Advisory Services, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Tempe, AZ
  • Albert Santana, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Daryl R. Wendle, Principal Consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Seattle, WA

Track 6: HOST FORUM: Development Soars along Valley Metro Rail

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Alhambra, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Join conference host Valley Metro to hear this region’s story of successful Transit Oriented Development (TOD) with more than $8.8 billion in adjacent public and private sector development along the Valley Metro Rail line. These investments have attracted events of national and economic significance to the metro Phoenix region.
 
Welcome
  • Hon. Ed Pastor, (D-AZ), Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Phoenix, AZ
Moderator
  • Hon. Steve Farley, Senator, District 9, State of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Panelists
  • Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor, City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
  • Lorenzo Perez, Principal, The Newton/Venue Projects, Phoenix, AZ
  • John Graham, President & CEO, Sunbelt Holdings, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Win Holden, Publisher, ARIZONA HIGHWAYS, Phoenix, AZ

Track 6: Maximizing Your Multigenerational Workforce

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

There are four generations working in today’s transit industry, with the next generation entering the workforce in the next five years. In the rail industry, where teamwork and respect for management directives is paramount, fundamental differences in the approach to work across age groups is causing problems. How can we ensure that we are attracting the next generation while keeping the current workforce engaged and trained to meet the evolving needs of the industry? This session will bring together public and private sector experts to discuss the importance of apprenticeships and internships, communication, training and development, and employee engagement best practices to bridge the gaps between the generations and maximize your current workforce while preparing for and recruiting the next generation of transit leaders.
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SPECIAL DRAWING! Recognizing the importance of maximizing public transportation’s multigenerational workforce, APTA’s Business Members are pleased to host this session. In addition to a great session there will be a drawing for one registration for the APTA 2016 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles or for an APTA conference in 2017, funded by the Business Member Activity Fund. So settle in for an informative session and make sure you're present to win the registration for an upcoming APTA conference.
 
Moderator
  • Denise Portnoy, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Partner, Spencer Fane, Kansas City, MO
Panelists
  • Prof. Jesus Guerra, Jr., Director, Transportation Workforce Institute, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
  • Xinge Wang, Deputy Director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Jack Clark, Executive Director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Penny Lynch, Director, Human Resources, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jeffrey Masisak, Acting Senior Director, Engineering & Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Track 6: The Power of Diversity

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Supporting our communities as an inclusive industry

Join APTA’s Diversity Council, transit agency and business members for a frank conversation about what the transit industry can and is doing to ensure full non-discrimination and the challenges and opportunities for greater diversity and inclusiveness in the industry. How can we best enhance inclusiveness at APTA, in the workplace and through local community and customer outreach?  Come take part in this important conversation and share your organization’s best practices and lessons learned.
 
Moderator
  • Doran J. Barnes, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity Council; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Panelists
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Co-chair, APTA LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Conan Cheung, Vice Chair, Diversity Council; Executive Officer - OMB, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Vice Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Director, HDR, Chicago, IL
  • Darnell Chadwick Grisby, MPP, Director - Policy Development and Research, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

12 - 3 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

(includes lunch from 12 - 1:30 p.m.; tickets required)
Many business members’ rail products and services are showcased at the 2016 Rail Products & Services Showcase. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the rail products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of rail equipment and services.
 
see Showcase Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register
 

Automated Transit Technical Forum

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E.

Track 6: GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Update

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

The USDOT’s senior leadership team will talk about how the Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation are preparing to meet the challenges of the next 30 years, dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, investing in workforce development and new technologies, and the FTA’s safety role.
 
Presiding
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
Presenter
  • Hon. Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Track 1: Emerging Technology

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Advancements in rail operations technology infrastructure

Improvements in rail system operations are dependent upon the adoption of emerging technologies. This session will address advances in information technology infrastructure in many forms and the need to maintain systems during times of crisis.
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Session sponsored by Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
 
Moderator
  • William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM, Chair, Information Technology Committee; Chief Technology Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Case Study: Enhancing Competitiveness with an ICT System Implementation at Deutsche Bahn Regio
  • Dr. Frank Scholz, Chief Information Officer, Deutsche Bahn AG, Hassia, BE, Germany
Latest in Customer Information Technology
  • Robert James, Director, Passenger Communication Technology, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
Phoenix Transit Signal Priority
  • Jay Yenerich, P.E., Manager of Design, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Track 1: Rolling Stock: Mechanicals, Commuter Rail Brakes, DMUs & LRV Crashworthiness

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

New & old commuter rail braking systems and expanding DMU service

Train brakes are a major safety element in any train, as is their maintenance. Test results and data analyses are pointing to proposed changes in the frequency of commuter brake system overhaul, while new brake systems such as ECP brakes are quickly becoming a reality due to efforts to standardize their design and performance. Other advances in commuter rail rolling stock are leading to expansion of DMU applications. This session will address braking system performance and new DMU applications.
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Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
 
Moderator
  • Martin P. Schroeder, M.S.M.E., P.E., Senior Rail Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
ECP Standard Development and Testing Update - One Step Closer to Reality
  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Greer, SC
COT&S Extension Process for Rail Transit Friction Brake Systems
  • Charles Turner, Engineering Specialist, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA
State of the Art in LRV Crashworthiness Standards
  • John D. Swanson, Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Oceanside, CA
DMU Implementation on Existing Commuter Rail Corridors: Opportunities, Challenges & Lessons Learned
  • Roma J. McKenzie-Campbell, PMP, Project Manager, AMTRAK, Boston, MA
  • Caroline Ducas, P.E., Senior Transit Planner, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), Boston, MA

Track 3: Safety Oversight and SMS: What You Need to Know

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

FTA architecture for the future of transit safety – roles, responsibilities, and relationships for the success of Safety Management Systems

Thomas Littleton, FTA's Associate Administrator, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, will make a unique solo appearance to address the newly released requirements on the National Transit Safety Plan and the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan. Since these new requirements affect all public transit providers, you will want to be in the audience to listen and ask questions about where this plan is leading us and the major impacts that will be faced implementing new reporting and performance metrics, State of Good Repair, among other criteria.
 
Moderator
  • Dennis Bonney, Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Director, HSE & Regulatory Compliance, Bombardier Transportation, Mississauga, ON
Presenter
  • Thomas B. Littleton, Associate Administrator for Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Track 5: Mega Capital Projects

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

With billions of dollars being spent on mega projects worldwide, there are exciting stories to be told and lessons to be learned. Some of these stories are from the perspective of the client and design team interaction with the O&M folks. Other presentations relate to a case study of capital prioritization and budget development best practices. Also learn how capital programs for rail infrastructure need to identify operational capacity improvements as part of the program. And last, hear how Crossrail in London dealt with strategies for waterproofing civil underground structures.
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Moderator
  • Vincent Gallagher, Jr., P.E., Senior Vice President, Hill International, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
MTA Capital Construction/LIRR East Side Access – How BIM Provides a Powerful Construction Management Tool
  • Damian J. Carey, C.Eng., Project Director, Jacobs , New York, NY
  • Lennart Andersson, Director of Virtual Design & Construction, LiRo Group, New York, NY
Delivering Mega Projects on a Live Railroad: the UK Perspective
  • Nigel Ash, Managing Director, Network Rail Consulting Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Fire and Water - The London Crossrail Experience
  • Mike King, Technical and Compliance Director, CH2M, London, United Kingdom
Honolulu Rail Transit Project U.S. First Fully Automated Rail Transit System
  • Charles Sam Carnaggio, P.E., Project Director, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI

Track 6: Implementing Title VI/Environmental Justice Requirements

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Federal regulations, through requirements in Title VI and Environmental Justice implementation, aim to prohibit discrimination and adverse human health and environmental impacts on the basis of race, color, national origin, and income. Understanding the best ways to comply with these regulations, however, can pose challenges and opportunities to transit agencies that receive federal funding. Hear from the speakers as they discuss these challenges and successes in implementing circulars from the Federal Transit Administration on both Title VI and Environmental Justice, engaging diverse communities in the public involvement process, and conducting fare and equity analyses.
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Moderator
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Panelists
  • Alan T. Lehto, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Planning & Policy, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Robert Forrest, Environmental Planner III, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Joseph Bowar, Interim Deputy Director, Facilities & Oversight Division, City of Phoenix Public Transit Department, Phoenix, AZ
  • John J. Haley, Jr., Director of Transit, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Track 6: Public Transportation’s “Pitch” Session

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

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.”
 
Moderator/Host
  • Andrew Brieschke, Director of Operations, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI

EXPO Advisory Committee

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Joe Gibson

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Transit Oriented Development Tour Showcasing Adaptive Reuse Projects

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Take part in a progressive tour of the latest in award-winning TOD and adaptive reuse projects in central and downtown Phoenix. These projects highlight the creative minds of planners, developers, and architects at the forefront of growth and development along the Valley Metro Rail line. This tour will demonstrate how in-fill developments are taking advantage of the opportunities along the light rail corridor, addressing urban sprawl and land use issues in the Phoenix area. Attendees will visit and sample the fare of Luhrs City Center’s Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor, Desoto Central Market and The Newton’s Southern Rail Restaurant, and Changing Hands Bookstore while delving into the history and the now modern spin of some of Phoenix’s most historic buildings. 
 
Note: There is a Transit-Oriented Development: Lessons Learned from New and Old Projects session scheduled on Wednesday from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. 
We invite you to sign up early to reserve your spot and help Valley Metro plan the best tour. However, you may also sign up on site at the Host Information Desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
 
Tour sponsored by HDR
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Tuesday, June 21

Business Member Networking Breakfast

6:45 - 8:15 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom D-E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

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

All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking opportunity. Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Transit agency procurement officials are also encouraged to come to the breakfast to promote their current procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements in the coming months.

To help you plan your networking activities, a brochure listing information about the networking breakfast participants will be prepared and sent out in advance of the breakfast. If you wish to be listed in the brochure, please complete the registration form below by May 27. The list of participating companies will be sent out on June 14.

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

REGISTRATION: Breakfast Registration Form (APTA members only).

QUESTIONS? Contact Fran Hooper at 202.309.5690 or fhooper@apta.com.
 
Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
 

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Business Member Resource Room

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ahwatukee A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund

Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Encanto Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Track 1: Noise & Vibration

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Noise and vibration mitigation continue to play an important role in any rail project

Controlling vibrations on bridges and aerial structures to meet stringent specifications are leading to the introduction of new mitigation measures, while noise in general continues to be an important consideration for any new or old rail project. Noise mitigation measures are expanding use of resilient wheels, rail or wheel profile optimization, and non-traditional methods. This session takes a look at interesting technologies new and old that are showing significant benefits.
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Session sponsored by Parametrix, Inc.
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Moderator
  • Shaun P. Morgen, Secretary, Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum; Transit Manager, Amsted RPS, Overland Park, KS
Implementing Vibration and Rail Gap Controls in Preliminary Design - Sound Transit Lynnwood Light Rail Extension
  • Yuhe Yang, Senior Consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Seattle, WA
Resilient Wheels
  • Todd Williams, Vice Chair-Maintainers, International Rail Rodeo Committee; Transit Engineer, Penn Machine Company , Blairsville, PA
Non-traditional Noise and Vibration Mitigation Measures that Work
  • Dr. Judith Rochat, Principal Associate, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA
Design, Installation & Testing of Track Systems With No Corrugation
  • Dr. Patrick Vanhonacker, president, D2S International, Heverlee, Belgium

Track 1: Traction Power

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Overhead systems and innovations

From the substation to the moving vehicle, traction power is what makes it all go. In this session, we will start in the substation looking for short circuits, follow the power to the vehicle -- looking alternatively at trolley poles or pantographs -- and give consideration to the poles that hold it all up.
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Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Steve Bezner, Chief Engineer Traction Power, Burns Engineering Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Short Circuit Testing of Traction Power Substations
  • Paul W. Forquer, P.E., Vice President, Powell Electrical Systems, Inc., North Canton, OH
Conversion of Overhead Contact Systems-Poles to Pantographs
  • Peter Hrovat, Senior Design Engineer, Electrical, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Poles and Foundations for Overhead Contact Systems - A Comparison of Advantages, Drawbacks and Costs
  • Mathew S. Donahue, P.E., OCS Engineer, HNTB Corporation, Chelmsford, MA
Power Supply for 60HZ AC Electrification Systems
  • Krishna K. Agarwal, Senior Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Track 3: Advanced Safety Management (SMS) and Safety Culture Principles

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

FTA rule making as authorized by MAP-21 and the FAST Act are mandating new requirements, such as Safety Management Systems (SMS). Also new initiatives to promote safety culture and management generally are proliferating. In this session our presenters will look holistically at regulatory requirements, building safety culture, and also show a European perspective on the issue.
 
Moderator
  • Walter Heinrich, Vice Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Director of Safety, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Safety Culture Improvement Initiatives
  • James Grant, Vice President, DEKRA Insight, Ojai, CA
  • Gary M. Webster, Retired CEO, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Using SMS Principles to Create Value for Your Agency
  • Andrea Jones, Project Manager, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Wilmington, DE
Managing Safety in Your Rail Workforce
  • Dave Fulton, Industry Solutions Manager, Scheduling, Planning & Operations, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON
International Perspective on Rail Safety, Culture, and Management
  • Laurent Dauby, Director, Rail Transport, UITP (International Association of Public Transport), Brussels, Belgium

Track 4, Track 5: Privately & Locally Funded Commuter & Intercity Rail

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Public-private partnerships are gaining traction in the development of passenger railroads in the U.S., with proposed new projects in Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, and the Northeast Corridor. In this session, you will hear about several groundbreaking projects, including how they were developed, why they are using a P3 delivery method, benefits, and challenges to implementation.

Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, Immediate Past Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
Private-Private Partnerships, A Win-Win
  • Jaime Lopez, P.E., Senior Project Manager, RS&H, Miami, FL
North Metro Commuter Rail - Conception to Implementation
  • Jane E. Donovan, P.E., Deputy Manager for North Metro, Jacobs, Westminster, CO
  • Jennifer Whiteside, Structural Engineering Manager, Jacobs, Westminster, CO
Texas Central Railway - Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail
  • Travis Kelly, Vice President, External Affairs, Texas Central High-Speed Railway, LLC, Dallas, TX
All Aboard Florida
  • Michael W. Lefevre, Manager of Operations Planning, All Aboard Florida, Coral Gables, FL

Track 4: Great Stations, Great Places

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

How the master plans for development around the stations creates communities

Successful mega transit facilities create value for transit agencies as well as surrounding property owners. They can transform neighborhoods, communities, and the region. Most importantly with coordinated intermodal services, great stations can provide a superior passenger experience. Hear perspectives on Union Stations, the transformative outcomes as a result of great planning, design, and partnerships.
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Moderator
  • Marc K. Soronson, Vice President, HDR, Phoenix, AZ
Denver Union Station
  • William Sirois, Senior Manager, Transit Oriented Communities, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
LA Union Station
  • Elizabeth Carvajal, Transportation Planning Manager, Metro Countywide Planning & Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Washington, DC Union Station
  • David Tuchmann, Vice President, Development, Akridge, Washington, DC
Miami Union Station
  • C. Mikel Oglesby, Deputy Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Track 5: Railcar Procurements: Can We Build Better Partnerships?

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

We've all read the newspaper headlines about railcars that are delivered late or they don't work the way the agency expected, or things that an agency failed to include in their specifications. This session will focus on what it takes to establish effective partnering between transit agencies, car builders, and consultants in order to deliver a railcar that meets everyone's needs -- the riders, the agency, and the car builder.
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Moderator
  • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Secretary, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Director of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
Presentation: How to Build a Reliable Subway Train? -- What We Did Right on the Latest Vehicle Procurement Project at TTC
  • Kam Kwok, Chief Vehicle Engineer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Panelists
  • Stephen Bonina, Executive Vice President, Stadler US Inc., Westfield, NJ
  • Doug Kelsey, Chief Operating Officer, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Jesus Montes, Director, Rail Vehicle Acquisition & Maintenance, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Robin Stimson, Vice President, Business Development, Siemens Industry, Inc. - Mobility Division, Sacramento, CA

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

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

(40 person limit)
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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.

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

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Joe Niegoski at 202.496.4870 or jniegoski@apta.com.
 
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Vice Chair, Higher Education Subcommittee; Co-chair, APTA LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Track 1: Rolling Stock: Materials, Design & Fire Protection

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

From near-real time remote sensors to standardized vehicle platforms & new on-board fire protection

Keeping rolling stock in a state of good repair, improving reliability and improving availability is key to efficient operation. New technologies to help provide near-real time information on system performance through remote sensors are now finding real-world applications. While maintenance is crucial to successful system design, standards are equally useful to help set vehicle platforms and best select materials for vehicle construction and fire suppression systems. This session puts it all together.
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Moderator
  • Gavin Fraser, C.Eng, Chair, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Vice President, Vehicle Engineering, CH2M, Boston, MA
Self-powered Wireless Preventive & Condition-based Maitenence Solutions for Rolling Stock & Track
  • Keith Abate, Sr., Director of Business Development, Perpetuum Ltd., Austin, TX
Smart Concepts – Making Rail Systems More Efficient by Using Innovative Onboard Fire Protection
  • Jonathan Redding, International Sales – Rail Systems, FOGTEC Fire Protection, Cologne NRW, Germany
Maximizing the Benefits of Product Platforms to Transit Agencies
  • Andre Thibault, Head of Mass Transit Platform Management, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno, PQ

Track 1: Signal Systems

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

A new take on signal systems

Signal systems implementations go far beyond track circuits. Integration with industrial grade crossings, alternative detection of broken rails, new challenges for interoperability in the communication-based train control (CBTC) field, and attention to detecting loss of shunt all impact system safety, and require coordination with signal systems.
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Moderator
  • Robert A. MacDonald, Director, Engineering Services, B&C Transit, Inc., Oakland, CA
Randall's Island Connector Grade Crossing
  • Anthony M. Falcone, Project Manager, HDR, New York, NY
Developing the Future CBTC System for New York City Transit
  • Kenneth M.D. Diemunsch, Train Control Engineer, CH2M, New York, NY
Loss of Shunt
  • Frank Beeck, Founder & CEO, Rail-IT, LLC, Golden Valley, MN

Track 3: NTSB’s Top Ten Most Wanted Safety List

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

What can be done to improve rail oversight?

Every day, millions of people use rail services to or from work, home, and other destinations. Yet oversight of rail transit is unreliable in some cases, increasing the risk of an accident. That's why it is critically important that rail transit systems be constantly monitored and improved to maintain and enhance safety, to catch small problems before they become big ones, and to provide extra layers of protection against disasters.  Investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board Rail Safety Division will be presenting on specific accidents investigations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere that led the agency to list Improving Rail Transit Oversight as one of its Top Ten Most Wanted safety improvements for 2016. Engage in discussion with top NTSB staff on the details of their investigations of the most significant accidents of the last decade that have shaped the most significant safety recommendations in the history of rail passenger industry.
 
Moderator
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Presenters
  • Georgetta Gregory, Chief, Railroad Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC
  • Ted Turpin, Accident Investigator, Railroad Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC
  • Joe Gordon, Accident Investigator, Railroad Division, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC

Track 4: Station Area Planning

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

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 timeframe. Planning and funding for these projects can often have very high returns on investment that can more than 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, from projects that creatively used financial incentives for multi-modal integration to those that discovered how ADA accessibility upgrades provide benefits to all users of their system.
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Moderator
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Chair, Urban Design Working Group; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Station and System Accessibility and ADA Compliance
  • Carol L. Ketcherside, AICP, Deputy Director, Planning & Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ron L. Brooks, Vice Chair, Access Committee; Manager of Accessible Transit Services, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Partnering for Passenger Enhancements
  • Jacob Lynn Splan, MCMP, Engineering and Construction Planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Washington Metro
  • Shyam Kannan, LEED, AP, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Managing Director, Office of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Track 5: Streetcars with a Different Twist

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Hear our presenters cover four different streetcar systems, each a bit different from the "norm" - in terms of either technology, function, or organization. Listen to the Dallas presenter talk about their off-wire technology. Also learn about the Seattle First Hill Streetcar System that uses off-wire to go downhill and OCS coming back uphill. And last, hear from New Orleans (the grandfather of them all) about how they are quietly expanding their system.
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Moderator
  • Paul Grether, AICP, Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Director of Rail Services, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Integrating Streetcar with Light Rail in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area
  • Wulf Grote, P.E., Director, Capital and Service Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Thomas (Alec) More, Transit Planner/Project Manager, HDR, Phoenix, AZ
Dallas Oak Cliff Line - Innovating Off-Wire Technology
  • John Rhone, Vice President, Capital Design and Construction, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Seattle's First Hill Line - Downhill Wireless and Uphill with OCS
  • Ethan Melone, Program Manager–Urban Rail, Parsons Corporation, Seattle, WA
New Orleans - Quietly Expanding the System
  • Justin T. Augustine, III, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Brendan J. Matthews, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

Track 6: Funding, Finance, and Partnering Strategies for Public Transportation

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Figuring out the possibilities for your region

Transit organizations - domestic and international - support their services and capital improvements through an increasingly diverse set of revenue sources and financing tools. This session will showcase new ideas, which may be transferable to your region.
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Moderator
  • Jeffrey D. Ensor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Public-Private Partnerships Committee; Director, Project Delivery and Finance, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Revenue Generation through Naming Rights
  • Paul C. Jablonski, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
Advancing PPPs in Virginia
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA
Leveraging Local Funding: The Sepulveda Pass Corridor Program
  • Michael I. Schneider, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HDR Global Consulting Practice, HDR, Los Angeles, CA
PPPs for State-of-Good-Repair Projects
  • Michael McLaughlin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Track 6: GENERAL LUNCHEON: Nearing the Breaking Point - Investment Needs at America’s Rail Systems

12 - 2:15 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Public transit agencies have long struggled with the revenue gaps that result when identified investment requirements outpace available funding. The cumulative effect is a quantified state-of-good repair backlog exceeding $86 billion, and becoming greater each year. At the same time, rail systems play an absolutely vital role in the health of regional economies, and forward-looking trends will place still greater demands on these systems. Our panel of transit system leaders will speak to the urgent need for federal and other investments in the rehabilitation and maintenance of America’s urban transit and passenger rail systems, and the vital need to keep these systems reliable, efficient, safe, and secure.
 
Lunch co-sponsored by Kiewit and APTA
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Introduction
  • Jake D. Speck, Rail Market Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Phoenix, AZ
Moderator
  • Nuria I. Fernandez, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
Panelists
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • John J. Haley, Jr., Director of Transit, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Mike Palmer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Invitation to 2017 Rail Conference and International Rail Rodeo
  • Sean Adgerson, Vice Chair, Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee; Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Core Operations, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Track 1, Track 2: Looking Beyond PTC, the New Role of Operation Control Centers at the Social-Technical Interface

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Will the evolution of technology be enough to satisfy social demands for greater safety, higher reliability, and more capacity and can the Operations Control Center deliver it? A moderated discussion will follow the presentation.
 
Moderator
  • Bart Kane, Chair, Operations Control Centers Technical Forum; Vice President, AECOM, Dallas, TX
Planning the Shift to a Multimodal Operations Control Center
  • Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Operations, OC Transpo/City of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Track 2, Track 3, Track 6: Emergency Management and Special Events Planning

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Exploring the many facets of emergency management programs

Mass transit agencies need to address the multifaceted challenges related to enhancing security, and effectively communicating with passengers and stakeholders pre and post events. This session will examine the various aspects of emergency management, particularly the various coordination when planning a special event and recovering from a natural disaster. Attend this session to share the best practices and lessons learned being developed and applied in our industry as our emergency management programs evolve.
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Session sponsored by Parametrix, Inc. 
 
Moderator
  • John F. Tarbert, PhD, CSSD, Chair, Committee on Public Safety; Acting Assistant General Manager,Safety, Security & Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Developing Operational, Security-Emergency Management, and Communications Plans for Mega Events
  • Adrian Ruiz, Director of Safety and Security, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Hillary Foose, Chair, Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee; Director, Communication & Marketing, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ray Abraham, Chief Transportation Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • Maria Hyatt, Public Transit Department Director, City of Phoenix Public Transit Department, Phoenix, AZ
When a Tree Falls: Rail Design Issues on Alignments with Tall Trees and Increased Storms
  • Brad Phillips, Senior Consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Puyallup, WA
  • Nicholas C.J. Boyd, Manager of Emergency Management, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston, MA (invited)

Track 4: New and Improved Intercity & High-Speed Corridors

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Coming to a community near you…and soon

The panelists bring a wealth of experience to share with you concerning how to plan for, develop, and implement new and improved high-speed and higher-speed passenger rail service on a corridor near you. They will discuss their experiences in developing these corridors, in transitioning management of intercity operations from Amtrak to a regional agency, and in negotiating with corridor owners about acquisition of rights to own or use their corridors – all from a practical perspective. They’ve all been there – and are doing it now. Come learn from professionals who are now in the trenches and have valuable insights to share.

Moderator
  • Charles A. Spitulnik, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Darrell Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Marla L. Lien, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Legal Affairs Committee; Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Denver, CO
  • Philip G. Pasterak, P.E., Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, IL
  • Eddie McFalls, P.E., NCDOT Strategic Initiatives Consultant (AECOM), North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, NC

Track 4: State of Good Repair and Transit Asset Management

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

In 2013, the Federal Transit Administration estimated that more than 40 percent of buses and 25 percent of rail transit assets were in marginal or poor condition. Estimates from the National State of Good Repair Assessment identified an $86 billion backlog in deferred maintenance and replacement needs, a backlog that continues to grow. While the challenge is great, performance management practices provide an opportunity for agencies to better communicate their asset management needs to state and regional entities and receive the funding necessary to address state of good repair challenges. Under MAP-21, Federal Transit Administration grantees must develop performance measures around transit asset management and a Transit Asset Management Plan to bring systems into a state of good repair. Hear from these speakers as they discuss the challenges associated with bringing systems into a state of good repair and with meeting Federal requirements.
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Moderator
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Senior Vice President / Director, DCS Americas Transit/Rail, AECOM, Arlington, VA
Panelists
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Bernadette Lambert, Program Manager, Silicon Valley Extension, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA
  • Michael McLaughlin, Deputy Chief of Staff, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Steve Meyer, Chief Capital Development Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mike Nabhan, Asset Management Administrator/Report Developer, Regional Transportation District, Denver , CO

Track 5: New Streetcar Systems: From Plans to Revenue Operations - Lessons Learned

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Hear our panel discuss the lessons learned and challenges when designing a new streetcar system. The challenges of switching project players from designers and engineers to operating people. The dichotomy of different economic and financial goals of the designer and operator. The hampering effect of applying a "one size fits all" and issues related to designing a facility without knowing the specifications of the vehicle. A bulk of this session will be open to a moderated Q&A period so you can tap into the experiences of the panel members.
 
Moderator
  • James H. Graebner, Chair Emeritus, Streetcar Subcommittee; President, Lomarado Group, Denver, CO
Tucson, AZ Project Streetcar System
  • Steve Bethel, Managing Director, Tucson Sun Link Streetcar, RATP Dev America, Tucson, AZ
Washington, DC Streetcar System
  • Timothy Borchers, Vice Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Tampa, FL
Kansas City, MO Streetcar System - the Newest in the USA
  • Tom Gerend, Executive Director, Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Kansas City, MO
Lessons Learned from Federally Funded Streetcar Projects
  • David Moroney, Director, Office of Capital Project Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Track 6: WORKSHOP: Mid-Level Manager Careers: Preparing for the Next Steps

2:30 - 5 p.m.
Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

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Mid-level managers in both public and private transportation organizations are the engines that keep the organization running. Specific skills brought mid-managers to the job…and the variety, complexity, and unpredictability of public transit holds their interest and builds valuable management skills. However, there is little time for contemplating the long term and preparing for the
next step in your career. This session will provide a framework for cataloguing the skill, interest, and perspective needed to move into the ‘next job’ when you are ready. Join an interactive conversation that will lead to an understanding of getting to that next step.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career.

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Joe Niegoski at 202.496.4870 or jniegoski@apta.com.
 
Presenters
  • Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, Chair, Workforce Development Subcommittee; Principal, GannonConsult, Gloucester, MA
  • Lindsey C. Robertson, Senior Program Manager - Workforce Development, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Track 1, Track 3: Rail Technology

4 - 5:15 p.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Safety and integrating micro-processed technology into a 1980’s relay-based system

Rail systems are complex technological systems requiring attention to detail at all levels. Public safety is dependent upon the recognition of potential issues, whether the fully integrated expansion of critical systems or the protection of the public and system employees. This session will address these vital issues.
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Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Karl Witbeck, Principal - Transportation, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, AZ
Inserting a New Metro Line into an Existing Line
  • Donald Wiles, Senior Associate, Lea+Elliott, Inc., Dulles, VA
Radar-based Dynamic Exit Gate Detection at Grade Crossings
  • Jason Barber, Operations Manager - Transportation Group, LTK Engineering Services, Denver, CO
Track Worker and On Track Equipment Safety - Best Practices Using Advance Warning Technology
  • Peter M. Bartek, Vice President, Protran Technology, Newton, NJ

Track 2: Procurement of O&M Service Contracts

4 - 5:15 p.m.
Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Outsourcing is not always a question

Many transit agencies are finding it cost and operationally effective to procure private contractors to operate and maintain all, or part of their operations, for various reasons. Meeting capital projects schedules & funding, expanding organizational expertise, jump-starting major operational changes, and developing turn-key operations for permanent staff hand-offs are just a few of the reasons. No one size fits all in deciding what, when, and how to outsource. This session will examine different outsourcing models and some of the benefits and challenges involved.
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Moderator
  • Robert I. Brownstein, Vice President, AECOM, New York, NY
Outsourcing Different Types of Services
  • Michael Minnaugh, General Counsel, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Outsourcing a Startup Streetcar
  • Wright C. Parkes, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Director of Procurement, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Outsourcing Solutions: A Provider’s View
  • David T. Braun, Vice President of Business Development, Transdev North America, Cincinnati, OH

Track 4: Environmental Considerations in Rail Planning and Project Development

4 - 5:15 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

How to successfully implement NEPA reviews with different regulatory stakeholders

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 process, and other challenges associated with environmental review.
 
Session sponsored by Parametrix, Inc.
 
Moderator
  • Mark Walbrun, P.E., VP, Practice Leader - Rail & Transit, East, Mott MacDonald, Chicago, IL
Environmental Review of Transit and Rail Projects by FHWA and State Departments of Transportation
  • Kammy Horne, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Manager of NEPA and Regulatory Planning, Americas Transportation, AECOM, Austin, TX
Light Rail in an Interstate Right of Way: How Does FHWA's Involvement Affect NEPA Led by FTA?
  • Michelle Ginder, Light Rail Development Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Daryl R. Wendle, Principal Consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Seattle, WA
Early Coordination with State DOTs in Environmental Reviews
  • Robert Forrest, Environmental Planner III, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Track 4: International Lessons Learned in Intercity & High-Speed Rail and Application to the U.S.

4 - 5:15 p.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

High-speed rail and network integration

Enjoy a passenger rail study tour. This session will provide an opportunity to learn how speed-rail programs have been initiated and integrated into existing conventional intercity and urban transit networks, including urban, commuter, and regional rail systems. Discussions will include how various European countries planned and developed these systems incrementally and the improvements being made today to make passenger rail a viable and competitive mobility option in a variety of corridors. Current programming and planning by California will provide a North American example of network integration strategies.
 
Moderator
  • Kenneth G. Sislak, Associate Vice President, Manager of Rail/Transit Planning, AECOM, Cleveland, OH
Introducing High-Speed Rail in Spain
  • Eduardo Romo Urroz, President, Fundacion Caminos de Hierro para la Invertigacion y la Ingenieria Ferroviaria, 41007 Sevilla, Spain
Deutsche Bahn Network Integration
  • Dr. Marc André Klemenz, Head International Projects, Region America & Teamleader Tansport and Operational Consulting, Region Germany South, DB International GmbH, Munich, Germany
The Swiss Path to an Integrated Passenger Rail Network
  • Martin Ritter, President & CEO, Stadler US Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
Integrating High-Speed Rail and Regional Rail Services in California
  • Chad Edison, Deputy Secretary, Passenger Rail, California State Transportation Agency, Sacramento, CA

Track 6: Project/Contract Management and Dispute Resolution

4 - 5:15 p.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Planning early, planning well and handling disputes - something we all can benefit from

Managing projects and contracts is difficult enough, but adding poor planning to the mix causes even larger problems. Getting planning done right early in the process, adapting or planning for uncertainties, and managing contract disputes are crucial elements of a successful project. This session provides guidance on these elements, in addition to working with dispute resolution boards to help mitigate disputes before they happen.
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Moderator
  • James Fraser, Head of Capital Programming, Engineering Construction & Expansion, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Uncertainty Analysis in Transportation Capital Investment Planning and Execution
  • Carlos M. Alvarado, Senior Financial Analyst, CH2M, New York, NY
You Were Just Assigned a Large System Project, Time to Plan It
  • Tom Colacioppo, CSEP, CCM, Project Manager, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
Dispute Review Boards and their Application – Could they Help Your Project?
  • Brian J. Larkin, P.E., Principal, Larkin & Associates, San Francisco, CA
Operations Experiences
  • Michelle Bouchard, Chief Operating Officer, Rail, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA

Business Member Board of Governors

5:15 - 7 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Patrick J. Scully

Operations Control Centers Technical Forum

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Arcadia, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Bart Kane
 

Wednesday, June 22

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Valley of the Sun Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Track 2: Operations

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

If it is true that "we are as good as your last rush hour," this session will examine the operations department and highlight best practices. Passengers typically are aware of only the agency's train operators. Our presenters will be talking about how sanding equipment helps keep rail safer and more efficient so that trains can operate even when rails are coated with dead leaves, which would normally make it slippery and reduce braking efficiency. Another key issue for service delivery is stagnant or declining budgets and ever-increasing costs. Listen to our presenters who will discuss how using software tools they can utilize existing resources more effectively and optimize the deployment of two key drivers: crew and vehicles. Use of powerful algorithms and better decision-support tools can significantly improve service synchronization while minimizing resource requirements. While key performance index (KPIs) are needed, our presenters show how best to use them and interpret them in order to make them valuable for service delivery.
 
Moderator
  • Amanda Nightingale, Vice Chair, Operating Practices Working Group; Assistant Superintendent, Organizational Development and Training - Rail Section, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
Custom Sanding Apparatus Equals Safer and More Efficient Methods for Virginia Railway Express
  • Austin Longshore, PE, PMP, Engineer IV, Vehicle Specialist, STV, Incorporated, Fairfax, VA
Passenger Rail Vehicle/Staff Deployment Optimization: Best Practices and Next Steps
  • Lawrence Rosenshein, Chief Sales Officer, IVU Traffic Technologies Inc., San Francisco, CA
Improving Service Quality with Multimodal Synchronization
  • Alexandre Savard, Senior Account Manager/Mobility Strategy Manager, GIRO Inc., Montreal, QC
Train Service Performance - Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
  • Mike Palmer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Track 4: Streetcars with a Shout

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Economic engines of urban corridors

Across the country, streetcars are moving forward as catalyst for economic development often in disadvantaged and economically depressed neighborhoods. Transit agencies and cities are creating and improving their partnerships to ensure streetcars connect people to essential services. Hear about the concrete benefits of streetcars and the communities they serve.
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Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Matthew W. Pollack, PE, PMP, Vice President, Southeast Division, HNTB Corporation, Atlanta, GA
Closing the Loop- Transit Agency/City Partnerships for Streetcar Planning and Operations
  • Ken Zatarain, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Director of Service Delivery, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) , Portland, OR
Rapid Streetcar – Changing the National Streetcar Conversation
  • Gina Thomas, Transportation Engineer, HDR, Seattle, WA
The Rise and Economic Benefit of the Streetcar in Kansas City
  • Jason Waldron, Deputy Streetcar Project Manager, City of Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, MO
Economic Benefits of Tucson’s SunLink
  • Shellie Ginn, Transportation Project Manager, Department of Transportation, City of Tucson Transit Services Division, Tucson, AZ

Business Member Resource Room

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Ahwatukee A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund

Conference Registration Desk

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Host Information Desk

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

TCRP Information Center

8 - 10:30 a.m.
Encanto Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Track 3: TSI COURSE: SMS Principles for Transit

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Maryvale B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

The course runs 2.5 days, 21 hours; Wednesday & Thursday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This course, offered by the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) includes an introduction to principles and four key pillars of a Safety Management System (SMS): policy, risk, assurance, and promotion.

Building upon traditional transit system safety, participants will learn about the SMS framework which includes executive leadership and accountability for safety, creating a positive safety culture, preventive risk analysis, and building an employee non-punitive safety reporting program. At the end of this course, participants will have a greater awareness of critical safety practices which are available through SMS integration with transit system safety; including practical applications and exercises to begin SMS implementation.  

Course elements include:
 
· Introduction to SMS
· FTA SMS Framework
· Evolution in Safety Thinking
· Safety Management Policy
· Safety Risk Management
· Safety Assurance
· Safety Promotion
· Employee Safety Reporting System
· Getting Started with SMS Implementation
· Pretest, group exercises, and final exam
 
This course meets the FTA Interim Training Rule mandate and has replaced the course listed in the rule, “SMS for Rail Operations.” 
 
Note: In order to receive credit for completing this course, attendees must attend all three days/sessions and pass a final exam.
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Safety Managers and Supervisors, Operations and Maintenance Managers/Supervisors, Operator Trainers, Risk Managers, Senior Transit Directors/Administrators, Collision Investigators, FTA-State Safety Oversight personnel (SSO), Internal Safety Auditors, Human Resource Managers, Board of Directors and City Council Members with transit oversight.

FEE: $55 per person

REGISTRATION: Click here to register for the course.

TRAINING CONTACT/QUESTIONS? Contact Donald Pike, TSI Course Manager, Office of the Secretary, USDOT, Transportation Safety Institute, at Donald.pike@dot.gov or iPhone 405.613.3014.

Track 6: FORUM: Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phoenix Ballroom D&E, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

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

As part of the Forum, time will be allocated for ten-minute introductory, private meetings between participating OEMs and prospective suppliers. Participating suppliers can include both current transit industry suppliers, and potential new suppliers. These are not intended to be deal negotiation meetings but private introductory meetings to discuss the basics of participating in OEM supply chains. 

Participating suppliers may sign up for these one-on-one meetings when they arrive at the Forum on Wednesday, June 22.

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

Track 4: Core Capacity

8:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

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.
 
Moderator
  • Donald J. Emerson, Principal Consultant, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA
BART's Transbay Core Capacity Project
  • Duncan Watry, Principal Planner, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Donald J. Emerson, Principal Consultant, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Francisco, CA
Planning for Railroad Capacity Over the Potomac River at Long Bridge
  • Oscar J. Gonzalez, Project Manager, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA
Planning for a Core Capacity Grant: The Essential Early Steps
  • Anne Louise Rice, Assistant Director, Grants, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Los Angeles, CA
The DART Perspective
  • Stephen Salin, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President, Capital Planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Track 1, Track 5: Systems Engineering

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Interoperability, complexity, risk management, and integration

Rail system projects generally require a high degree of complexity. 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.
 
Moderator
  • David M. Springstead, Senior Director of Engineering & Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Systems Engineering vs. Program Management
  • Alireza Edraki, MASc, PEng, PMP, Vice President of Transit and Rail Systems, Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, Audubon, PA
Three Dimensional Modeling for Underground Rail Projects
  • Lisa Karwoski, Project Engineer, Mott MacDonald, Pleasanton, CA

Track 4, Track 5: Alternate Delivery for Capital Projects

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

The upward trends in adopting the P3 model for delivering rail transit projects has drawn the focus more towards financial weight in the scope of the project. But wait, there is more. Hear our presenters from Denver (the first U.S. rail P3 project) discuss the business methodology, working relationships, technical, and associated regulatory challenges to opening the East Corridor. Sound Transit has relied heavily on alternative delivery methods to deliver billions of dollars to capital projects annually using legislative authority developed in 1990, which sunsets every 6 years. Hear their story about how successive renewals have brought many stakeholders into the process of crafting, revising, and implementing renewal of the legal authority.
  
Moderator
  • Sharon Greene, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; Senior Vice President, Director, Finance Market Sector, HDR , Irvine, CA
Infrastructure and Systems in P3 – Right Balance/Right Timing
  • Yousef Kimiagar, MMSc., P.Eng., PMP, Senior Program Director, Parsons Corporation, Markham, ON
Opening RTD-Denver's New Commuter Rail (East Corridor)
  • Walt Stringer, Senior Manager, Commuter Rail, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Securing & Implementing Legislative Authority for Alternative Delivery of Projects at Sound Transit
  • Chad Brown, Construction Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Howard Hillinger, Principal Consultant, Parametrix, Inc., Seattle, WA

Track 4: Transit-Oriented Development and Transit Oriented Communities

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Learn the latest in planning for transit-oriented development

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 distressed areas. Hear from these panelists as they discuss their experiences in TOD, with perspectives ranging 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 FTA’s Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program, the partnerships and coordination necessary to plan for TOD, and other challenges associated with ensuring a TOD’s success starting at day one.
 
Note: Valley Metro is hosting a Transit Oriented Development Tour (Showcasing Adaptive Reuse Projects) on Monday, June 19 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
 
Moderator
  • Shyam Kannan, LEED, AP, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Managing Director, Office of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Transit Oriented Development Trends along Valley Metro Rail
  • Abhishek Dayal, AICP, Manager, Capital Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Building a Better MARTA
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
TOD at UTA: Past Experience and Future Plans
  • Steve Meyer, Chief Capital Development Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Track 6: Labor Relations Think Tank: Learning from Peers

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

The success is about the investment in the journey

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, requiring 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, and hear about the challenges and lessons learned. Walk away with insights on how to arrive closer to the goal.
 
Moderator
  • Kimberly Ulibarri, Chair, Labor Relations Subcommittee; Senior Organizational Effectiveness/Labor Relations Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Panelists
  • Denise Portnoy, JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Partner, Spencer Fane, Kansas City, MO
  • Scott H. Baker, Senior Consulting Manager, Transportation Strategic Planning Services, AECOM, Arlington, VA
  • Joseph J. Erves, Senior Director of Operations, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Patrice McElroy, Human Resources Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA

Track 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: On Track for the Future

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Ballroom A-C, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

company logoWhile concerns grow about infrastructure, funding, and state of good repair, our keynote speaker will offer practical steps managers can take to achieve their visions, such as improving customer satisfaction, productivity, or operations. Key components of his overview will feature technological upgrades, demographic changes, and sustainability. Ideas for staying ahead include reviewing the organization’s “R&D,” an innovation position on staff (with no operational responsibilities to supersede), and identifying elements of the organization’s culture that may now be getting in the way. Join this session to hear more about our industry’s future opportunities and moving towards them now. 
 
Michael Rogers is a technology pioneer, author, and journalist, who recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times Company. His consultancy, Practical Futurist, has worked with organizations ranging from NBC Universal and FedEx to Boeing, GE, and the Department of Defense. Rogers studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University, and his first job was at Rolling Stone. He went on to co-found Outside magazine and then launched Newsweek’s technology column. As vice president of the Washington Post Company’s new media division, he earned several patents and won awards for his on-line coverage of September 11. He is a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology.
 
The Closing General Session is sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund and APTA.
Presiding
  • Patrick J. Scully, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL
Presenter
  • Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist, M. Rogers LLC, Windsor, CT

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Ahwatukee, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Chair, Hillary Foose

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Rail Operations & Maintenance Center and Mobility Center

1 - 4:30 p.m.

(also offered on Sunday, June 19, 1 - 4:30 p.m.) 
Tour of the Valley Metro Rail Operations & Maintenance Center (OMC) will showcase the hub of rail transportation and vehicle and systems maintenance. The OMC has the capacity and infrastructure to conduct heavy repair and overhaul work as well as routine maintenance. The facility includes several environmentally-friendly features including a solar plant that produces enough electricity to power 123 homes. The tour continues at the Valley Metro Mobility Center where in-person interviews and functional assessments for ADA eligibility and paratransit programs are conducted. The Mobility Center features an indoor assessment course, which simulates a public transit environment, including a full-size bus, street crossings, curbs, steps, ramps, and more. 

We invite you to sign up early to reserve your spot and help Valley Metro plan the best tour. However, you may also sign up on site at the Host Information Desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
 

Track 4: FTA WORKSHOP: Capital Investment Grants Program

1 - 5 p.m.
Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program including recent changes made in the FAST Act and the details of the Final Interim Policy Guidance published in August 2015. An overview of FY16 CIG appropriations and the FY17 CIG budget recommendations will also be provided. Additionally, the workshop will include a discussion of trends being seen in the CIG program.

Some of the topics include:

• New and Small Starts
• Core Capacity
• Warrants (qualifying for automatic ratings)
• Program of Interrelated Projects
• Expedited Delivery Pilot Program
• Transit Oriented Development Pilot Program

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is requested and space is limited. Make your reservations early by completing the Workshop Registration Form. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Mark Teschauer at 202.496.4873 or mteschauer@apta.com.
            

 

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Project Management for Transit Professionals - Part 1

1 - 5 p.m.
North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

This is Part 1 of a two-part course. Part 2 is on Thursday, June 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The goal of this course is to help transit professionals appreciate the importance of analyzing, leading, and managing the complexities of transit projects by providing them with the tools to foster success.
 
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

• describe the major components of a well-defined project
• explain the functionality of each phase of the project lifecycle and associated deliverables
• create a Project Management Plan (PMP), including a Statement of Work (SOW) and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
• identify methods to obtain reasonable project estimates to develop a realistic project schedule
• use Earned Value to control and report a projects status and evaluate the impact of potential changes on the PMP
• recognize the relationship between leadership and teamwork development, as well as the importance of communicating to all stakeholders

Note: This course will not provide information on the administration of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) grants. Information on ARRA grants is available from the FTA website at www.fta.dot.gov.

AUDIENCE: This is an introductory course intended for transit professionals whose current and/or future responsibilities include planning, managing, and executing all phases of a projects lifecycle. Priority will be given to ARRA grantees, but seating is usually available for others. Recommended for ARRA Grantees unfamiliar with managing high profile projects.

CEUs 1.0 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

FEE: The course if open to all Rail Conference registrants from public transportation agencies at no additional charge. The fee is $600 for non-profit (USA only), contractor, consulting, non-USA transportation or government agency staff. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact NTI’s Barbara Van Dyke at bvandyke@nti.rutgers.edu or 848.932.6647.
 
Instructor
  • Robert S. Jaffe, Ph.D., CSEP, President, Consensus Systems Technologies Corp. (ConSystec), Shenorock, NY
 

Thursday, June 23

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Project Management for Transit Professionals - Part 2

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

This is Part 2 of a two-part course. Part 1 is on Wednesday, June 22, 1 - 5 p.m.

See Part 1 entry immediately above for course and registration information
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