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  • Transit Board Members Seminar Preliminary Program - Last updated July 12, 2011

All sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. Please note that this is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

* Sessions and events for both board members and support staff.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Procurement Decisions for Board Members*

Building business acumen through best practices

Attend this need-to-know workshop to learn more about crafting good procurement policies and how a supportive board can result in effective agency procurements. Optimize the procurement function at your agency by adopting policies that protect and support agencies and suppliers alike. Find out how fair procurements and open communication among procurement participants will facilitate appropriate pricing, healthy competition, legal compliance, and public acceptance of procurement decisions. Register in the Liberty Room at the start of the course. There is no additional fee for NTI course.

Presenters:

  • James "Jim" Harper Jr., director, Office of Acquisition Management and Procurement, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Paul J. Larrousse, vice chair, APTA Higher Education Subcommittee, and director, National Transit Institute at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

1 – 5 p.m.

Registration

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Transit Board Members Committee Meeting

Chair Alison A. Hewitt

You are welcome to attend this meeting, one of three convened each year: during this July seminar, in conjunction with the APTA Annual Meeting and EXPO in October, and the Legislative Conference in March.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Becoming and Being a Board Chair (and Beyond): A Dialogue

Join the conversation as board chairs discuss their paths to becoming chair, the challenges the role poses, and ways they have been successful.

Moderator:

  • Alison A. Hewitt, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and chair, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL

Panelists:

  • Crystal Lyons, vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and board chairman, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Lee Kemp, chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Catherine Hudgins, chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Jim Durrett, chairman, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Huelon A. Harrison, former chairman, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and principal, Legacy Resoure Group, Dallas, TX
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This is APTA: Maximizing Your Membership*

Getting involved in your association and national leadership

The American Public Transportation Association is widely recognized as the voice of the transit industry. This session will focus on the many resources available to you to help you realize the full potential of your membership. APTA’s success depends on participation and input from all its members.

Presenter:

  • William Millar, president, APTA

6 – 7 p.m.

Welcoming Reception*

Mix and mingle…renew friendships and meet new colleagues at this high-energy gathering that is sure to set the tone for a week of networking and learning more about public transportation and your own leadership style.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Today’s Presiding Officer:

  • Alison A. Hewitt, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and chair, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Opening General Session
Public Transportation Takes Us There*

Hear the warm welcome from New Jersey, NJ Transit, and APTA officials

The transit industry’s professional development opportunity exclusively for transit board members and board support staff begins with this session. Come join us as we review our industry priorities and start the seminar and workshop on the latest governance and business practices. Host New Jersey Transit Corporation will offer its hospitality. Whether it’s creating jobs, helping to lead the way towards energy independence, improving quality of life, or protecting the environment, public transportation plays a significant role in taking us there.

Welcomes:

  • Honorable Jeremiah Healy, mayor, Jersey City, NJ
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Program Planning Subcommittee, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark,NJ
  • Honorable James S. Simpson, chairman, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ, and commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transporation, Trenton, NJ
  • James Weinstein, member, APTA Executive Committee, and executive director, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Remarks:

  • Michael J. Scanlon, chair, APTA; general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District; and executive director, San Mateo County Transit District; and executive director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA
  • Rhodetta Seward, chair, APTA Board Support Subcommittee, and executive services director, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • William Millar, president, APTA

 

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

General Session
Communication Style Awareness in Daily Conversations*

Reacting to situations and leading by example.

Learn what your communication style is and how to better use communication skills in day-to-day situations. This session will offer interaction with board members and support staff as they improve communications and reset their expectations of one another in the transit environment.

Facilitators:

  • Randall Chrisman, immediate past chairman, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Nancy K. Johnson, director, board support, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Frederick L. Daniels Jr., secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Bernard Blanchet, borough councilor/board member, Sociéte de transport de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Sylvie Tremblay, secretary general and executive director of legal affairs, Sociéte de transport de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Board Members Luncheon by APTA Region

Enjoy this energetic discussion about legislative actions, funding, and more.

Take your buffet lunch into a breakout room to join your group for an open discussion regarding what’s going on in your board rooms and with your legislators.

  • Region I: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island
  • Region II: Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, South Carolina
  • Region III: Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Region IV: Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Region V: Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri
  • Region VI: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii
  • Region VII: Canada

2:15 – 3 p.m.

APTA Chair & President’s Roundtable

Hear a legislative update and about key association initiatives

Join APTA’s chair and president for an open discussion on fully funded, multi-modal authorization of the federal surface transportation legislation, high-speed rail, operating funding, and key APTA initiatives including APTA’s new governance, bylaws, and committee structure. Find out how you can contribute your leadership skills on a national scale.

Presenters:

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

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Urban Development & Public Transportation

Coordinating urban and transportation investments - improving livability

Sparked by the synergy between housing, work, and transportation, community development is creating more livable communities through non-traditional collaboration between local and regional participants in policy development, planning, financing, and construction. This session will provide an overview of how the federal government, public transport agencies, communities, and the private sector can connect mixed-use development with public investments in transportation infrastructure, This bold, new role for public transportation supports equitable transit-oriented development, revitalizes communities, and spurs economic growth.

Moderator:

  • Rosa Navejar, vice chairman, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

Panelists:

  • Jeffrey F. Boothe, partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC
  • Justin Augustine, III, vice president, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Christopher Zimmerman, chairman, Arlington County Board, Arlington, VA
  • Tom Schulze, senior director of capital planning, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
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Supporting Documents:

4:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Hoboken Terminal Tour*

Featured in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, this facility is in the classic Beaux-Arts style of architecture. The $8.8 million restoration project was completed in 1999, including the terminal’s waiting room skylight, replicas of the original pendant lights, plaster walls, woodwork, copper windows, wood benches, terrazzo floor, and exterior copper roofing. Originally constructed in 1907, this building replaceed four terminal, including two that were destroyed by fire. Enjoy the activity in the main waiting room, the hub of commuter activities at Hoboken Terminal.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Reception at Hoboken Terminal*

All registrants and their guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail reception in this beautiful, restored vintage building with colleagues and hosts from New Jersey Transit Corporation.

Monday, July 25, 2011
 

Today’s Presiding Officer:

  • Crystal Lyons, vice chair, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; chair, APTA Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee; and board chairman, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX

8 – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Mobility Management for the 21st Century

A key role for public transportation in creating economic vitality

With more people using community and public transportation, riders and service providers see a need for more highly coordinated mobility options. Many agencies are embracing the concept of mobility management, a strategic approach to service coordination and customer service that moves away from fixed-route-only services toward collaboration with other transportation providers to create a full range of well synchronized mobility services. With this approach, transit resources are efficiently coordinated, enabling customers to make better decisions and improving customer service. Mobility management is part of APTA's TransitVision 2050 - a vision for an efficient, multi-modal transportation system as key to economic vitality. (Please see Mobility Management on APTA.com) 

This session will focus on the objectives of mobility management, TransitVision 2050,  responsibilities of mobility managers, coordination with diverse types of agencies, and implentation of mobility management concepts. TransitVision 2050 is available at www.apta.com (use the search box) or: http://www.apta.com/gap/transitvision/Pages/default.aspx

Moderator: 

  • Judy Telge, board member, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus, Christi, TX

Presenters:

  • Ronald L. Barnes, chair, APTA Mobility Management Committee, and senior advisor, Steer Davies Gleave North America, Vancouver, BC
  • Jon Burkardt, senior study director, Westat, Rockville, MD
  • Michael A. Sanders, transit administrator, transit and ridesharing, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

     

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Board Member’s Role in System Safety and Security

How to better support the successful development of security and safety programs

This distinguished panel will discuss the achievements that have been made in U.S. and international public transportation safety and security affairs. They will share their perspectives security and emergency preparedness, the challenges, vulnerabilities and threats, and measures that might be adapted for your system. Come hear their experiences and about the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations. Share and learn about effective practices being developed and applied in our industry such as safer equipment, more training, and better standards. Be sure to join us for this high-powered session!

Moderator:

  • Mortimer L. Downey, III, former deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; second vice chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC; senior advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and president, Mort Downey Consulting LLC, Vienna, VA

Panelists:

  • Deborah Hersman, chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC 
  • Brian Michael Jenkins, director, National Transportation Security Center of Excellence, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA
  • Christopher Trucillo, Police Chief, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

12 – 12:45 p.m.

Break

1 – 4:30 p.m.

World Trade Center Tour with Box Lunch Onboard*

Board the buses in front of the hotel at 12:45 p.m. amd receive your box lunch. Bus participants will travel from the hotel to gather at 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan and travel to the 45th floor where there is a panoramic view of the World Trade Center Memorial site. Port Authority representatives will discuss the project. From this location, groups of 20 will be taken to the top of the PATH Station where they will get a close view of the construction site. Sign up for the tour by noon on Sunday at the host desk in the APTA registration area. Space is limited.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
 

Today’s Presiding Officer:

  • Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee, and treasurer, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Guiding the Development of our Most Precious Asset: People

The board’s leadership in human resources

Come hear an eye-opening discussion of trends and programs such as APTA’s Workforce Development Program, labor trends such as labor-management negotiations, retention, succession planning, benefits packages, and transit agency partnerships.

Moderator:

  • Bernard Blanchet, borough councilor/board member, Societé de transport de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Panelists:

  • Mary Ann Collier, chair, Human Resources Committee, APTA, and director of operations, Swayzer Engineering, Inc., Dallas, TX
  • Susan Metzger, Ph. D., board member, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
  • Russ Powers, municipal councilor, City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
  • Thomas P. Hock, Esq., chief executive officer, Professional Transit Management Ltd, Cincinnati, OH
  • Barbara K. Gannon, Psy.D., vice chair, APTA Workforce Development Subcommittee, and executive vice president, Center for Transportation Leadership, Eno Transportation Foundation Inc., Washington, DC

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

New Paradigms: A Forward Look at New Business Models, Revenue Sources, and Technologies

Leading changes in the way we do business

Enhancing transit services and increasing revenue are long-term growth strategies. Attend this session to focus on new resources. From the inventor and project designer, you’ll hear about a system for faster and lower cost container shipment that reduces freight traffic on our highways, helps improve air quality, and fosters better utilization of existing mass transit and especially rail systems. From a former FTA Administrator and transit board member, you’ll learn more about innovations in bankcard fare systems and more. The CEO of a fast-growing trasnsit will discuss new, self-propelled light rail vehicles that operate on existing freight corridoes. And you'll learn more about the benefits of systems engineering and holisitic system planning from the largest public transportation system in the U.S. Join this discussion to learn about new technology, resources, and revenue sources.

Moderator:

  • John Danish, board member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Panelists:

  • David Alba, project designer, GRID/ECSTC Systems, Sky Storage Systems Inc., Azusa, CA
  • Gary C. Thomas, vice chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Gordon Linton, former Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, former board member, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and senior advisor 200consult, Rockville, MD
  • Anne O'Neil, P.E., CSEP,chief systems engineer, capital program management, MTA New York City, New York, NY

12 – 2 p.m.

Closing Luncheon
Open Forum with Transit CEOs and Board Chairs*
Involvement that sustains excellent ongoing relationships

Enjoy the board members pairing with their CEOs to discuss trust-building, performance-measuring, and other aspects of good governance for public transportation systems. How have you built a good working relationship with your chief executive officer? How does the board support staff role work best in your organization?

Moderator:

  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, chair, APTA Transit Board Members Program Planning Subcommittee, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Panelists:

  • Gary Cumbie, chair, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX
  • Chris Orlando, chair, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
  • Richard "Dick" Ruddell, president/executive director, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX
  • Matthew Tucker, executive director, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
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