Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions2018-12-07T13:06:15-04:00

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated September 7, 2012

Sunday, November 11

Combined Meetings:

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

APTA Streetcar Subcommittee & Light-Rail Circulator Systems Subcommittee AP075(1)

Conference Registration 
Host Information Desk

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom Reception C

Music & the Spoken Word

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir live TV & radio performance (Be seated by 9:15 a.m.)

This is an off-site event at Temple Square which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

Day 3 of TRB Rail Passenger Caucus

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Frontrunner to Ogden, LRT to Jordan River Service Center and return

Committee meeting

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

TRB International LRT Development Subcommittee AP075(3)

Technical Tours

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Be sure to take advantage of the various technical tours being provided by our host, the Utah Transit Authority.

Please sign up on site at the host information desk for tour(s) of your choice.

Light Rail & Streetcar Product Services & Showcase

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A & D

Back by popular demand! The manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants to the light rail and streetcar industry are coming together to display their products and showcase their services. We’ve sure you’ll enjoy walking the aisles and speaking with representatives of these companies to find out more about how they can help solve your particular problems or provide just what you need. As we envision an influx of new funding and new projects, our vendors will play a crucial role in our vision to expand light rail and streetcar services. Stop by and learn what new technologies are on the horizon. And, you won’t have to leave the room to attend the opening reception – it’s in the same room.

Opening Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom A & D

Come and enjoy the hospitality of our opening reception and meet old and new friends, and network with your transit industry peers while examining the displays in the show case. There’s no better way to keep up with what’s happening than the informal, relaxed ambiance of the opening reception – the official conference kickoff!

Monday, November 12

Conference Registration 
Host Information Desk 
TCRP Information Desk

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Imperial Ballroom Reception C

Moderators/Speakers & A/V Preview Room

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuscany Room

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. 
Imperial Ballroom Reception A – C

Opening General Session 

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
Imperial Ballroom B

This is where it all starts for the joint conference. We have included many perspectives on the light rail and streetcar industry around the country and come hear the innovative projects in the Salt Lake Valley, the future of our industry as seen by industry leaders at APTA and TRB, to around the nation look at light rail projects.


  • Richard Krisak, chair, APTA Light Rail Technical Forum; Chair, 12th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference; and Assistant General Manager Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority


  • Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Michael Allegra, general manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kathy Waters, vice president – member services, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

What’s New at UTA

  • UTA employee

Status of North American LRT & Streetcar Systems

  • John Schumann, senior planner, LTK Engineering Services, Portland, Oregon

What Happens When a Transit System Builds Light Rail, or Does Not?

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Imperial Ballroom A

This session considers the effects of a transit agency’s decision to invest in rail transit (light rail, heavy rail, or streetcar) on the transit agency’s operations and performance and the travel behavior of agency patrons.


  • Jeff Brown, associated professor, department of urban & regional planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Toronto’s St. Clair LRT – Success against Odds

  • Alexander Garcia, student, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Streetcar Implementation Policy Analysis Abstract

  • Jonathan Weidman, Atlanta Streetcar Development, LEED Green Associate, MARTA

Comparative Examination of New Start Light Rail Transit, Light Railway, & Bus Rapid Transit Services Opened from 2000

  • Lyndon Henry, technical consultant, Mobility Planning Associates, Austin, TX

Eastside Extension LRT: Mobility, Connectivity & Integrated Project Design in Los Angeles, CA

  • Monica Vilallobos, senior transportation planner, CDM, Los Angeles, CA

Proof-of-Payment (POP) Fare Collection: A North American Perspective

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom C & D

This session will review the state-of-practice in North America among transit operators employing PoP fare collection. With more than 30 years of experience, PoP is currently being used by 30 North American transit operators with the predominate use being for LRT operations. This session will compare practices of these 30 Operators including a focus on PoP experiences with one of the earliest practitioners, Calgary CTrain, and one of the most recent, Seattle Sound Transit LRT. Finally, there will be an update on the evolving PoP practices associated with the use of smart card electronic fare payment.


  • Toni Bates, assistant vice president/ senior planning manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Diego, CA

Off-Board Fare Payment Using Proof-of-Payment Verification: North American Experiences

  • Thomas Larwin, P.E., program manager, Lee Engineering, San Diego, CA

Tackling Fare Evasion on Calgary Transit’s C-Train System

  • Brian Whitelaw, coordinator, public safety & enforcement safety & security division, Calgary Transit, Calgary, AB, Canada

Seattle Sound Transit Experiences with Proof-of-Payment Fare Collection

  • Kenneth Cummins, chief security officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Smart Cards & Proof-of-Payment: A Marriage of Necessity

  • Ed Pollan, senior engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA

Light Rail & Streetcars in Urban & University Centers

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom A

Consideration of LRT and Streetcar opportunities in downtown and University areas. Presenting a panel offering a range of experiences with implementing LRT and Streetcars.


  • Stephanie Eiler, vice president & principal project manager, CH2M HILL, Mendota Heights, MN

Introducing Streetcars into Historic Florence, Italy

  • Thierry Blevinal, senior project manager, RatpDev

Development of Sacramento’s Streetcar System Plan using Transportation, Land Use & Economic Development Performance Measures

  • Bob Grandy, principal, Fehr and Peers, Roseville, CA

Light Rail through a University Campus: the Purple Line & the University of Maryland

  • Monica Meade, supervising planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD

Applying a European “Urban Style LRT” Design Approach in North America – Recent Experience in Canada

  • Alan Jones, director, Steer Davies Gleave North America Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

LRV and Streetcar: The Evolution Continues

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom C & D

Starting with a synopsis of North American LRV and streetcar procurements since this group last convened, this session primarily reflects the high level of interest and activity in streetcar programs. It provides some guidance and suggestions on purchasing streetcars, then focuses on the evolving state-of-the-art and application of off-wire operating capability, including the first application of this approach in the US.


  • Tom Furmaniak, vice president, Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

North American LRV/Streetcar Procurements…Since We Last Met

  • Tom Furmaniak, vice president, Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Making Streetcar Procurement More Economical

  • Thomas Peacock, principal consultant, Interfleet Technology Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Developing Guidelines for Modern Streetcar Vehicles

  • John Smatlak, principal, RPR Consulting, Woodland Hills, CA

Practical Off-Wire Streetcar Operation

  • John Swanson, senior professional associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Diego, CA

The New Seattle Streetcar with Onboard Energy Storage

  • Ethan Melone, rail transit manager, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Dennis L. Porter, senior consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Portland, OR

General Luncheon

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
Imperial Ballroom B

“Strategy & Tactics to Achieve Rapid Network Implementation”

Tailoring Light Rail to Fit the Modern Multimodal Metropolis

2:00 p.m. – 3:30p.m. 
Imperial Ballroom A

Teaching an “Old Dog” new tricks!

Flexibility is a key attribute of light rail transit, allowing it to adapt operating practices in response to changes over time in the metropolitan areas it serves. Adaptations can be internal (such as service patterns, schedules) or external (such as multimodal connections). The speakers will describe examples of where light rail transit have eschewed traditional methods of operation to better suit changing travel patterns, thereby creating a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.


  • T. R. Hickey, AICP, manager, special transit & rail projects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA

Methods for Expediting Light Rail Transit Service & Warrants for Implementation

  • Victoria L. Harris, transportation planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA
  • T. R. Hickey, AICP, manager, special transit & rail projects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Philadelphia, PA

Light Rail to Airports – Lessons Learnt, Key Issues & Success Criteria

  • Andrew Sharp, director general, International Air Rail Organisation, London, United Kingdom

Phoenix: System-wide Network Integration

  • Wulf Grote, director, project development, Valley Metro Rail, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Corresponding Authors

  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, planning manager, Valley Metro Rail, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Deron Lozano, planner iii, Valley Metro Rail, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Hannah Ritchie, transportation planner I, HDR, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Investing in Capital Improvements – A Prescription for Sustaining Light Rail Service

  • John F. Calnan, manager, Suburban Service Planning and Schedules, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA

Community Decision-Making

2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. 
Imperial Ballroom C & D


  • Damon Blythe, rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Noise Vibration Issues of Modern Streetcars

  • Shankar Rajaram, consultant, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA

The Role of Technology in the Aesthetic Design of New LRT/ Streetcar Systems

  • John Fink, III, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., New York, NY

Honolulu Rail Transit Project – Light Metro vs. Light Rail

  • Harvey Berliner, chief project officer, HDR/InfraConsult LLC, Honolulu, HI

Baltimore Red Line Project Is a Model for Civic Engagement

  • Danyell Diggs, red line coordinator, City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

LRT, Streetcars & Transit-Oriented Developments

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom A

This session explores the relationship between Light Rail Transit investment and transit oriented development (TOD) through case studies of cities in the United States, Canada and Sweden.


  • Frank Loetterle, PhD, AICP, director- transit planning, Quandel Consultants, Minneapolis, MN

Light Railways and Busways as Key Driver for Sustainable Urban Development: The Swedish Experiences with Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

  • Todor Stojanovski, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Traffic & Logistics, Stockholm, Sweden

Planning Our Way through the Supply/Demand Puzzle: Light Rail as the Catalyst for Ottawa’s Transit Oriented Development

  • Dennis Gratton, manager, rail planning, City of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Portland Streetcar: A Catalyst for Economic Development

  • Rick Gustafson, chief operating officer, Portland Streetcar Inc., Portland, OR

Assessing Travel Behavior in Transit-Rich Communities in the Denver Metropolitan Area: Does Integration of Transit and the Community Fabric Matter?

  • Wesley Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., Department of Civil Engineering University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Traffic Engineering Innovations for LRT & Streetcars

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom C & D

Interfacing light rail and streetcar alignments with traffic operations often poses challenges to design, construction and operations. Hear some examples of traffic engineering innovations that have been used to address these challenges. Topics include; improving safety and efficiency at intersections by combing LRT and a roundabout; using a combination of tools to address multiple modes in streetcar project; saving project time and costs by incorporating subsurface utility engineering for light rail projects, and using technology to address transit signal priority issues.


  • Jeff LaMora, rail service project administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Midvale, UT

Leveraging SUE data for Utility Safety on Light Rail Transit Projects

  • Thomas Swafford, utility coordination operations manager, Utility Mapping Services, Inc., Duluth, MN

Traffic Engineering Innovations for the Sugarhouse Streetcar Project

  • Lynn Jacobs

Modern Roundabout Makes Preferred Alignment Possible for TRAX Light Rail in Salt Lake City

  • Bill Baranowski, city traffic engineer, West Jordan City/RoundaboutsUSA, West Jordan, UT

Traffic Management at Hampton Roads

  • James Price, chief operating officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA

Evening “Open Forum”

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom B

  • MAP-21
    What it means for Light Rail and streetcar projects
  • Open Forum
    Bring your own 10 to 15 minute presentation regarding light rail or streetcars.

Tuesday, November 13


7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Imperial Ballroom Reception C

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. 
Imperial Ballroom Reception A – C

Growing Streetcar Lines from Urban Circulators to Metro LRT Systems

7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom A

In the early 20th Century, urban streetcar lines partnered with longer-distance interurban railways to form integrated metropolitan rail networks. Now in the early 21st Century, history is repeating itself as the dividing line between streetcars and light rail transit is becoming blurred. Four presenters will discuss the “how” and “why” of it from the perspective of different cities.


  • Jim Graebner, president, Lomarado Group, Denver, CO

Manchester UK Grows into a Metro LRT System

  • Mitch Stambler, head of strategy & planning, Toronto Transit commission, Toronto, ON, Canada

Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project – Lessons Learned

  • John Cullerton, senior program manager, Metro, Portland, OR

Economies of Scale in Operating Costs for LRT & Streetcars

  • Duncan Allen, associate, IBI Group, Boston, MA

Trackway Guidelines for Streetcar and Light Rail Circulator System Infrastructure

  • Lawrence G. Lovejoy, senior supervising engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pittsburgh PA

Right-of-Way Treatments to Enhance LRT & Streetcar Operations & Aesthetics

7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom C & D

The implementation of Light Rail/Tram systems into a congested urban environment brings many challenges. In addition to this complexity, new systems are often required to interface with existing transit infrastructure in major activity centers. Learn how these issues can be addressed through the inherent flexibility of the light rail mode, producing an effective transit project while at the same time enhancing the quality of life.


  • Rich Krisak, assistant general manager – Rail Operations & Development, MARTA, Atlanta, GA

Enhancing Neighborhoods through Streetcar Development in Paris, France

  • Mathieu Dunant, chief executive officer, Ratp Dev America, New York, NY

Cross Section of Best Practices in LRT & Streetcars Right-of-Way Aesthetics

  • Bruce Horowitz, principal, ESH Consult, Alexandria, VA
  • Mark Walbrun, vice president, CH2M Hill, Chicago, IL

Purple Line – Connecting the Nation’s Capital Transportation System

  • Gregory Benz, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD

Case Study: Bordeaux Tramway, France by Signes-paysage

  • Sibila Jaksic, architect & principal, Signes_paysages, Paris, France
  • Alain Cousseran, landscape architect & principal, Signes_architect et urbanisme, Paris, France

State of the Art Light Rail: Lessons from France

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Imperial Ballroom B

French Noveau Tram (Light Rail) is now considered World ‘State of the Art’ with design and planning approaches that contrast strongly with those in North America. The mobility and urban form of some 20 French suburbs and cities have been transformed in a remarkably short period by small noveau tramway systems that enhance the urban and suburban environments through which they run, carry up to 90,000 passengers per day on individual lines, carry up to 50 percent of total transit patronage in their regions, and have reversed declining bus patronage. This session of invited French experts is the second step in a wider research program trying to understand why and how this has been achieved.


  • Greg Thompson, professor emeritus transportation planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Spread of the Noveau Tramway Concept: An Overview

  • Tom E. Parkinson, electrical engineer and one of founding fathers of the modern North American light rail movement

Tramway Renaissance in France: Key Factors of Success

  • Christian Buisson, independent consultant, former operations manager, general manager and project manager of numerous French tram systems.

Urban Insertion of tramways: Efficiency & Revitalizations of City Centers

  • Dominique Bertrand, senior adviser in street design, Urban Transport CERTU

The French Tramways: The Results

  • Régis Hennion, metro & light rail director, Keolis Group

Technical Tours

11:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

  • Operations & Urban Development
  •  Construction & Facilities

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