WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: Gender + Generations in Transportation

7:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

(tickets required)

The facts are astounding. While women earn 20% of all engineering degrees, only 11% of engineers are women. Women represent 47% of the total workforce but comprise only 13% of the transportation industry. Since 2010, $13 million in federal funds have been targeted specifically at attracting young women to the STEM fields.

Gender + Generations will look at how the transportation industry can attract and retain the next generation of women in the workplace: Gen Edge. Gender + Generations examines the unique differences between women of each generation, and provides solutions for improved communication, collaboration, recruitment, retention and engagement. As each generation and gender brings their unique lens and experiences, it’s important for the transportation industry to highlight and harness the strengths every person brings to the table. How will the shift in gender diversity in the marketplace impact the transportation workplace? How does the youngest generation view transportation and how can you capitalize on it in the workplace? How can the transportation industry reach the youngest generation of girls and get them excited about pursuing a career in the field? Hannah Ubl will give you the tools you need to convert these forms of diversity into opportunities and how to continue breaking glass ceilings within the industry.

Ms. Ubl is a writer, researcher, consultant, generational expert, and a powerful voice for her Millennial generation. With a healthy blend of stories and statistics, she helps people gain a deeper understanding of one another. Her research has unearthed valuable tips and actionable solutions for multi-generational workplaces, and key strategies for marketing and reaching more generationally diverse client bases. BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company that wrote the best-selling business books, When Generations Collide: Why They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work, and the M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace.

Breakfast sponsored by Keolis

Presiding Officer

  • Stacy Cummings, Executive Director, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Sponsor Recognition

  • Vivienne King, CEO, KDR Gold Coast Pty Ltd., Keolis Downer Australia, Queensland, NSW, Australia

Guest Speaker

  • Hannah Ubl, Generational Expert, BridgeWorks LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Q & A

  • Hannah Ubl, Generational Expert, BridgeWorks LLC, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lisa Walden, Generation and Gender Consultant, BridgeWorks LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Moderator/Speaker & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Room 380 D, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

APTA Registration

7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Host Information Booth

7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plaza 3, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

FORUM: Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Room 362, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

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, October 15.

FEE $25 per person, includes lunch

Management and Integration of Current and New Technologies

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Room 310, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Is the growth of technology overwhelming your organization’s capabilities?

Technology tools and resources are key enablers to the business processes and operations and of virtually all transit agencies. As these resources continue to expand, the challenges then emerge as to how we can best integrate the current and growing technologies in strategic way that will be efficient and result in the best outcomes for operational efficiency and customer service improvements. Join us for this session that will feature valuable lessons learned and strategies for getting the most out of your technology investments.
Related TCRP Documents: R-84/Vol.8, S-91


  • Vincent D. Pellegrin, Chief Operating Officer, Bus & Rail, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN


  • Clair Fiet, Chief Information Officer, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Michael C. Hubbell, Vice President, Maintenance, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • William Tsuei, CPA, PMP, CSM, Chair, Information Technology Committee; Senior Manager, Information Technology, Access Services, El Monte, CA
  • Roberto Treviño, P.E., PMP, Vice President, Engineering and Capital Projects, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

The Transit Board Member’s Role in Procurement

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Room 361 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Business acumen in the board’s policy & oversight functions – and the perspective of business partners

Public transportation agency board members and commissioners shape the procurement environment and must protect the integrity of the process. What makes a good business climate from the perspectives of board members and businesses? What do transit boards and private organizations look for and expect in a business partner? Join this session to discuss these questions and contribute your challenges as the group creates lists of the Top 10 things that board and business members need to watch-out for and the Top 10 myths about doing business with one another. FYI … at, you may want to download the publications, Transit Procurement: A Guide for Transit Board Members, Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines, and Light Rail Vehicle RFP Procurement Guidelines (best use the search box.)
Universal Public Procurement Certification (UPPCC) Contact Hours: 1.5


  • Ronald J. Tober, Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Charlotte, NC


  • Dr. Valarie J. McCall, Chair, Transit Board Members Committee; Member, APTA Executive Committee; Member, Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Allen D. Watson, P.E., Vice Chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Paul Soubry, President & Chief Executive Officer, New Flyer, Winnipeg, MB
  • Natalie E. Cornell, Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Secretary, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Senior Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

You Are a Powerful Force: Public Transportation and Real Estate Values

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Room 360 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Creating wealth and tax revenue

Investment in the public transportation system can lead to higher real estate values in your community. This means that you create wealth and tax revenue from the service that you provide. New research shows the power of your reach and the influence that additional investment can bring.


  • Jeffrey F. Boothe, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC


  • Cassie Stinson, Stakeholder, BoyerMiller, Houston, TX
  • Diann Lewter, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Top Actions to Mitigate Distracted Driving

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Room 340, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Results from two pilot projects

Public transportation continues to be one of the safest modes of travel in the U.S. and safety is a high priority for the industry. While much has been done to increase the safety of public transit operations, high consequence accidents and fatalities can and do occur due to fatigue, distraction or “lack of situational awareness”. This session will describe findings from two industry projects and programs with positive results in using tools and techniques to keep employee attention on the task at hand.


  • Robert Smith, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator & CEO, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD (invited)


  • Prof. Raja Parasuraman, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Program in Human Factors & Applied Cognition and Director, Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology & Cognition (CENTEC), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Mitun Seguin, Director of Marketing, Transdev North America, Silver Spring, MD
  • Donald Saunders, Rail Advisor, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
  • Ronald W. Robusto, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Safety and Compliance, Rail Division, Transdev North America, Elkton, MD
  • Ronald J. Hartman, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Division, Transdev North America, Silver Spring, MD

Executive Round Table: Advancing our Front-Line Workforce

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Room 370 ABDE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Stories, successes, programs, and plans to support our future

Transit executives in the public and private sector recognize the critical need to focus on the developmental needs of their front-line workforce. Hear from our industry’s top leaders as they talk about the challenges and successes in their own organizations as they advance an array of new workforce development programs for their front-line employees.

Many of these front-line workers are the ambassadors for our organizations. They need a robust toolkit of skills and abilities – safety and security, communications, negotiations, operations, and maintenance, plus ongoing knowledge and dexterity in emerging and advanced technologies.

This executive session highlights innovative projects including a consortium for training courseware development; engaging front-line workers in process improvements and efficiencies; innovative collaborations and partnerships with industry and academia; and programs and resources for those new to the workforce as well as those in career transitions including high school graduates and military veterans.
Related TCRP Documents: R-142, R-162, R-169, R-170

Session sponsored by TranSystems Corporation


  • Lydia C. Grose, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Human Resources Committee; Director of Engineering & Design Civil Engineering, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA

Executive Leaders

  • Carmino N. Basile, Chief Executive Officer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Kevin Desmond, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Heather Stafford Smith, Human Resources Director, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Deputy General Manager Operations/Engineering, Maintenance and Construction, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Thomas C. Lambert, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Lynn M. Bowersox, Assistant General Manager, Customer Service and Communications, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Beverly A. Scott, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager/CEO, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Art in Transit

9:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Room 320, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

High-quality art and design elevates the transit experience

Veteran transit art administrators representing various-sized agencies from across the country will present case studies that bring APTA’s Best Practices for Integrating Art into Capital Projects to life. Hear about the development and implementation of integrated artworks such as the iconic Sky Reflector-Net by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup at the new Fulton Center in New York and If You Were Here You’d Be Home by Janet Zweig for St. Louis Metro’s Maplewood-Manchester station in Maplewood, Mo. Learn how Charlotte Area Transit System treated six miles of retaining walls in their Blue Line Light Rail extension working with artist Carolyn Braaksma, and TriMet in Portland (OR) integrated Lynn Basa’s art into glass mosaic shelter columns on the upcoming Portland to Milwaukie line. See what an impact art makes on the new Expo Line in Los Angeles with a series of outdoor galleries spanning more than 15 miles. All examples show the benefits of successfully integrating art in to the transportation environment and demonstrate how high quality art and design can elevate the experience of our transit customers.

Following the case studies, conference host Houston METRO, will share highlights from its recent public art installations that celebrate the city’s diverse culture.


  • Sandra Bloodworth, Director, Arts & Design, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY


  • Pallas Lombardi, Program Manager, Art-in-Transit, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Mary Priester, Manager, Public Art Programs, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Maya Emsden, Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Houston’s Art in Transit Program: Preview to Technical Tour

  • Cindy Siegel, Board Member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Re-thinking Urban Mobility

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Big ideas from the test lab of Helsinki

Imagine your transit app integrated with Zipcar, Uber, and the local bikeshare dock. Add an on-demand minibus service that lets riders decide on a start and end point. Mix them all together and you get a tool that flexes to the rider’s timing and destination, and lets them pay for it all in the app. By 2025, public transport in Helsinki will be more about apps than modes. The architect of Helsinki’s Regional Transport Plan and who launched this innovative scheme will discuss how embracing millennials’ indifference to the automobile lifestyle helped reconceive how public transport could and should be experienced in the next decade. Sonja Heikkilä has been profiled in The Guardian, Bloomberg, Time, and Business Insider. Come hear how in ten years’ time technology will be the linchpin to the new integrated mobility in the Finnish capital. The presentation will be followed by a round-table discussion among APTA’s mobility management experst who will join the guest speaker onstage.

Sponsored by ARCADIS U.S., Inc.

Presiding Officer

  • Marlene B. Connor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Chair, Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Director of Public Transportation Planning, Wendel, Holyoke, MA

Sponsor Recognition

  • T. Wayne Holcombe, Executive Director – Client Development Infrastructure, ARCADIS U.S., Inc., Houston, TX

Guest Speaker

  • Sonja Heikkilä, Architect of Helsinki Regional Transport Plan and Transportation Engineer, City of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Round-Table Discussants

  • Katherine A. Kortum, Ph.D., PE, Chair, International Board of Directors, Young Professionals in Transportation and Program Officer, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
  • Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM, Immediate Past Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Senior Deputy Administrator & Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Closing Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

EXPO Advisory Committee

12:45 – 2 p.m.
Room 342 AB, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

12:45 – 2 p.m.
Room 342 DE, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Co-Chairs, Gwen Johnson & Thomas C. Lambert

FTA WORKSHOP & LISTENING SESSION: MAP-21 Capital Investment Grants (Section 5309) Program

1 – 5 p.m.
Room 351 AD, 3rd Floor, GRB Convention Center

Key Federal Transit Administration staff will discuss rating projects under the new MAP-21 evaluation process as described in the New and Small Starts Evaluation and Rating Process Final Rule and the August, 2013 Final Guidance. In addition, FTA will discuss questions regarding performance planning and environmental provisions as they relate to project development. Finally, FTA staff will engage participants in a listening session during which FTA will seek the industry’s thoughts about MAP-21 Section 5309 provisions that are subject to upcoming interim policy guidance and future rulemaking:

  • New and Small Start steps in the process
  • New and Small Starts congestion relief measure
  • Core capacity
  • Program of interrelated projects
  • Pilot program for expedited project delivery
  • Process for an expedited technical capacity review

The workshop and listening session is open to all Annual Meeting registrants.

TSI WORKSHOP: Safety Management Systems & MAP-21

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Room 351 EF, 4th Floor, GRB Convention Center

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act along with FTA’s adoption of the Safety Management Systems (SMS) framework to guide System Safety principles will result in many changes to the public transportation industry. In this workshop, we will briefly safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. Specifically, we will discuss how SMS dovetails with the industry’s current system safety practices and how this enhanced approach to safety — including human factors, organizational structure and improved employer/employee relationships — provides an exciting, comprehensive approach to organizational safety.

The workshop is open to all Annual Meeting registrants. No pre-registration is needed to attend the workshop.


  • Donald Pike, Transit Safety & Security Specialist/Course Manager, Transportation Safety Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Steve Dallman, Transit Safety & Security Specialist/Course Manager, Transportation Safety Institute, Oklahoma City, OK


2 – 4:30 p.m.

A repeat of Tours 1 – 4 offered on Tuesday, October 14, 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Our host, Houston METRO, has arranged the following informative technical tours. Each tour is limited to 35 persons, so please sign up early on site at the host information booth in the APTA registration area, Plaza 3, 3rd Floor in the GRB Convention Center for the tour of your choice.

Shuttle buses for all four tours will depart at 2 p.m. from the GRB Convention Center, Hall A, curbside. The buses will have appropriate tour signage and Houston METRO representatives will be on site to assist tour participants.

See the Tuesday 2 p.m. HOUSTON TECHNCAL TOURS entry for tour details.

TOUR 1:  Arts in Transit
TOUR 2:  Houston TranStar – Emergency Management
TOUR 3:  METRORail Operating Facility
TOUR 4:  METROLift Operations Center
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