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American Public Transportation Association

 Webinar -- Virtual Conference on Accessible Transportation

Easter Seals Project ACTION Hosts Free Online Conference
in Partnership with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
 

A Four Day Webinar Series
August 3-6, 2009

Date

Time Session Title Speaker
Monday, August 3, 2009 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time Session 1: “Developing and Implementing Policies on Managing Oversized Wheelchairs, Segways and Service Animals” Donna Smith, Easter Seals Project ACTION
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time Session 2: “San Francisco Paratransit Taxi Debit Card System”

Annette Williams, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern time Session 3: “Planning Ahead: The Future of Coordination” Beverly Ward, BGW Associates, LLC
Thursday, August 6, 2009 2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern time Session 4: “Leadership During Times of Budget Constraints”
Dan Dirks, Dan Dirks, LLC

All of the sessions are Webinars and will require Internet access and a telephone connection to fully participate. Instructions for connecting via the Internet and dialing in for the audio portion will be provided to those who register.

About these events

Busy work schedules and limited resources often prevent middle-level managers from attending professional transportation industry conferences. National conferences are intended to increase learner knowledge and enhance professional networking.

While in-person participation may be the best method to obtain these outcomes, it should not be the sole method. To this end, ESPA will co-host an online conference that draws from accessible transportation presentations delivered at national conferences of the American Public Transportation Association and the Community Transportation Association of America.

Learners enrolled in the online conference will have the opportunity to ask questions during the presentation and will be encouraged by the ESPA facilitator to share ideas and best practices. In addition, ESPA will explore social networking strategies to encourage additional learner interaction following the online conference.

Session Descriptions

Session 1:

Developing and Implementing Policies on Managing Oversized Wheelchairs, Segways and Service Animals

Presenter Donna Smith will describe the process for developing policies that will impact transportation services to customers with disabilities in the areas of oversized wheelchairs, segways and service animals.  She will discuss the difference between policies and ADA requirements and how to establish an effective policy development group.

Resource materials for this session

These materials will be available approximately one week before the event.  Please check back at that time.

Session 2:

San Francisco Paratransit Taxi Debit Card System

San Francisco’s paratransit taxi system is transitioning to a new electronic debit card fare payment and monitoring system. The debit card system will allow paratransit taxi customers to pay for taxi trips using a swipe debit card, SF TaxiCard, instead of the previous paper-based scrip system. The debit card system also provides significant monitoring capabilities, such as the electronic tracking of all paratransit taxi trips, including such data points as passenger name, cab number, cab driver, origin, destination, date and time, and the meter fare amount. Learn how you can use this type of technology in your community.

Resource materials for this session

These materials will be available approximately one week before the event.  Please check back at that time.

Session 3:

Planning Ahead: The Future of Coordination

This session will look at the future of coordination in the context of the reauthorization of the federal transit and human services programs involved in coordination. The session will include discussion on the projected demographic changes, geographic variation and environmental impacts that also may influence future coordination. Don’t be surprised to be asked to complete a small homework assignment. Active participation is highly encouraged for this session.

Resource materials for this session

These materials will be available approximately one week before the event.  Please check back at that time.

Session 4:

Leadership During Times of Budget Constraints

When an organization is required to consider a reduction in force—whether related to budget reductions, reduced grant funding, reorganization, changes in service, etc.—it’s in the best interest of the organization to make the planning and implementation procedures work efficiently and effectively, while being humane and supportive to those affected.  To this end, learn from this respected leader who, during difficult times, had to make hard, objective and rational decisions to maintain his transit system’s most critical operational needs.

Resource materials for this session

These materials will be available approximately one week before the event.  Please check back at that time.

About the presenters

Donna Smith, training manager for Easter Seals Project ACTION, has 29 years experience as a professional in the field of disability advocacy. Twenty-four of those years have been spent as a training and technical assistance specialist on disability-related laws and issues, including six years specifically devoted to transportation issues. Her areas of knowledge include human service transportation coordination, ADA rights and responsibilities, coalition building, the transit experience from the customer's perspective, the increasing role of technology in transportation access, and the accessible pedestrian environment.

Annette Williams, Manager for Accessible Services at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, is responsible for accessibility to the San Francisco Muni’s fixed route system, including trolley and diesel bus, light rail, and historic streetcars services.  She also manages the contract for San Francisco paratransit services which provides 1.2 million paratransit trips a year to approximately 15,000 registered customers.  She has been in this position almost 20 years, and reports that even after all that time there is never a dull moment.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a Transit Accessibility Planner at SFMTA.

Beverly Ward, Ph.D., has more than 20 years’ experience working with human service, public, and research organizations. She has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees and panels, and has conducted numerous research projects for a variety of state and federal agencies, including the Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. DOT. The studies delved into the social impact of displacement, natural and other disasters, housing and transportation policies on people with disabilities, women, older adults, and low-income and minority communities; health conditions and access to care; and, public policies and investments in non-motorized transportation.

Dan Dirks, principal of Dan Dirks LLC, is the immediate past president of the Community Transportation Association of America’s board of directors. He retired in 2007 aftr 31 years with Detroit’s Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation. As general manager, he guided elimination of a $20 million deficit 18 months prior to schedule, and advanced a public/private financing partnership that allowed SMART to replace its entire fleet of 280 aged fixed-route buses in three years. He is also working with CTAA and a number of urban area transportation providers, consulting in areas ranging from operations, grants management and procurement to managing difficult political situations.

How to participate

Registration is open until July 28. You may participate in any combination of sessions that you choose.  Only one registration is required.  After you register, related information, including dial-in and Internet access, will be provided in a confirmation email.

If you and other members of your organization wish to participate, we encourage you to register once and to use one computer and phone line, inviting others to join you in the room. This will allow for maximum participation.

To give the presenters an opportunity to learn about the interests of participants, you are invited to send email to kross@easterseals.com stating areas of interest and/or questions prior to the conference. The presenters will review these comments and do their best to address these issues during the presentation. Please type “Online Conference Question” in the subject line and submit the questions no later than July 28.

If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Kristi Ross at 800-659-6428 or kross@easterseals.com.  

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