Tuesday, March 16

TIME (All times listed are in Eastern Time) EVENT
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Jeffrey A. Nelson, Chair, APTA; General Manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (metroLink)

Paul P.  Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Opening Session: Racial Equity Fundamental Concepts & First Steps

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks has been working to support individuals and groups to understand themselves, others, and systems of oppression for over 20 years. Her teaching, research, and community involvement is rooted in the values of Black Psychology, which uplifts the interconnectedness and resilience of people and rejects an individual and deficit approach. Her keynote address will help us understand the important role that the transit industry plays in creating a more just and equitable society.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Kira Hudson Banks, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University

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11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Networking Break
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Pathways to Financial Recovery

The financial impact of the pandemic has necessitated a variety of responses and contingency plans aimed at building a funding base for public transportation going forward.  The panel will discuss the immediate relief provided through the federal CARES Act and HEROES Act, and the financial strategies being considered by transit agencies for the months and years ahead.

Moderator: Sasha Page, IMG Rebel

Panelists:

  • Marisa Bono, VIA San Antonio
  • Dennis Anosike, CFO, WMATA
  • Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multi-Modal Transportation, North Carolina DOT

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Business Members – Small Business Academy

The Business Academy Mentoring Program is designed to assist in the enabling and support of small businesses, including DBE/MBE/SBE/WBE and other minority owned APTA small business member firms in successfully competing in the public transportation marketplace. This session is kicking off the program by providing proven methods of collaboration between mentors and mentees and would set the stage for future collaboration between APTA members under the new program. More specifically, the session looks to establish the appropriate collaboration framework so existing and future small businesses, APTA Business Members, are able to find partners best suited to assist them navigate through the different stages of the business cycle including growing and sustaining a practice as well as effective strategies for those businesses graduating from the set aside categories noted above.

Facilitator:  Jose Bustamante

Panelists:

  • Dominick Servedio, Executive Chairman – STV
  • Tony Thompson, Kwame Building Group (SBE/DBE)
  • Susan Sharp, President and Chief of Strategy, Sharp & Company (SBE/WBE/DBE)
  • Bill Thomsen, President & CEO, Urban Engineers of NY
  • Robert S. Bright, President, Talson Solutions, LLC (DBE/MBE/SBE)

Getting to Zero: Our Progress and the Path Forward

Are we at a tipping point for zero emission buses? The shift to electrify the transportation sector in the U.S. has huge momentum, and transit is already a leader in transitioning to bus electrification. We know that this transition goes beyond the bus. Electrification of a bus fleet has impacts all across a transit agency and indeed the bus industry. Join this session to hear from experienced voices about what we have learned thus far about electric bus and infrastructure deployment and what agencies and the industry overall need to do to continue the momentum toward zero emission.

Moderator:  Cliff Henke, Global ZEB/BRT Coordinator, WSP

Panelists:

  • Jennifer McNeill, P.Eng, Vice President, Sales & Marketing , New Flyer
  • Danny Ilioiu, ZEB Strategic Planning Manager , King County Metro
  • Michael Booth, AICP, Capital Projects Director, IndyGo

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12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Break
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Integrated Mobility Innovation Grantees Modernizing Fare Payments for All

This session highlights recent grantees of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) program and their work to advance new fare media and open and contactless fare systems. This session will address the impact of changing fare media, payment preferences, and the impact on ridership.

Moderator:  Christina Belmont, Senior Marketing Manager, Genfare

Panelists:

  • Mike Thompson, Chief Administration and Innovation Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District
  • Kirt Conrad, Executive Director/CEO, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority
  • Sophia Maletz, Sr. Fare Revenue Systems Analyst at TriMet, TriMet

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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CyberSecurity Concerns for Transit

In December 2020, the United States experienced its worst cyber-attack in reported history. Recent cyber incidents on public transit agencies in North America highlight the escalating risk of ransomware and attacks on our infrastructure and operations. Cybersecurity preparedness must become an immediate priority for all leaders in public transit. Put simply, now more than ever, we are in a race to anticipate and stay ahead of the latest attacks. This Session will raise awareness and provide information that transit employees need to protect their organizations and passengers.

Moderator:  Manjit Sooch, Director of Systems and Software Development, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit)

Panelists:

  • Steve Young, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, VIA Metropoliatan Transit
  • Michael Echols, CEO, Max Cybersecurity LLC
  • Nick Ihm, CSO, Bytemark

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Thinking Through Your ZEB Rollout and Infrastructure

So you’re making the commitment to zero emission buses? You’re not alone! Join this session learn from your transit agency peers about how they managed range and energy consumption of their electric bus fleets; how they are planning to expand their ZEB infrastructure, for both battery and hydrogen fuel cell buses; and what their plans are for long-term facility modernization within the context of bus electrification.

Moderator:  Lisa Jerram, Director, Bus Programs and Emerging Vehicle Technologies, APTA

Panelists:

  • Djothi Ficot, Energy Transition Lead, 2DI, SYSTRA
  • Alexandra Markiewicz, Manager of Bus Facility Modernization, MBTA
  • Joe Callaway, Director of Capital Projects, AC Transit

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1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Discussion Groups

  • FTA Update and Discussion: Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP)
  • Small Business Academy
  • Mobility Transit Asset Management
  • Keeping Accessibility in Mobility

Business Member Demos

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Public Private Partnerships for 21st Century Mobility

As mobility evolves, new opportunities for coordination between public agencies and the private sector continue to develop.  This discussion will review opportunities such as charging stations for electric vehicles, integrating microtransit and micromobility at mobility hubs, and the further evolution of ride-hail as a transit compliment.

Moderator:  Damian Carey, Jacobs

Panelists:

  • Nadine Lee, Chief of Staff, LA Metro
  • Gillian Gillett, Program Manager, California Integrated Mobility, Caltrans
  • Robert Villar, Assistant Director, Financial Services, Miami Dade Transit

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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Update on North American AV Transit Projects

This session will provide an update on the status of different AV projects in North America. We will hear from expert panelists discussing U.S. pilot projects and vehicles in development.

Moderator:  Val Scinteie, Director Business Development, Transportation, Kontron America, Inc.

Panelists:

  • Tara Lanigan, Head of Policy & Advocacy, May Mobility
  • Kimberly Williams, Chief Innovation Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
  • Bernard Schmidt, Vice President of Automation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Addressing Race and Equity in Transit

Join transit industry leaders to discuss how they are addressing equity and race within their own organizations and what impactful actions they are taking internally as well as in their communities. How are agencies creating employee and community engagement, what programs and policies are they reviewing and adapting and what does it truly mean for a transit agency to be fully coherent in their commitment to racial equity?

Moderator:  Flora Castillo, President, Pivot Strategies

Panelists:

  • Phil Washington, CEO, LA Metro
  • Leslie Richards, CEO, SEPTA
  • Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Board Chair, RTD

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Bus Operator Safety Training: APTA Standards and Best Practices

During this session, speakers will discuss the bus operator training survey, overview of the working group, and recommended practice efforts. This session will also discuss the Amalgamated Transit Union perspective on bus operator training as well as the North County Transit District’s training program. Overall, we encourage all transit agencies, contractors and business members to attend this important session to learn about the importance of bus operator training.

Moderator:  Gerry Ruggiero, AECOM, Safety Manager, AECOM

Panelists:

  • Steve Mentzer, TTS, Chair, Bus Operator Training WG , Transit Training Solutions
  • Jamaine Gibson, ATU, Workforce Development Coordinator, Amalgamated Transit Union
  • Janeé Weaver, NCTD, Compliance Officer , North County Transit District

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Cutting Edge Technologies in BRT

BRT systems are rolling out in communities across the country, and transit agencies are getting creative about how they can use technology to make this cutting-edge service even better. This session will cover various technologies that have been utilized in BRT systems, including automated vehicle technology and wayfinding technology, among others. Join us to learn more about some of the most cutting-edge BRT service in the country.

Moderator:  Dennis Hinebaugh, APTA BRT Committee Chair, , USF Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

Panelists:

  • David Johnson, Vice President, Planning & Strategy, KCATA
  • Lisa Rivers, Transit Manager, Connecticut DOT
  • Dennis Solensky, Transit Administrator, Connecticut DOT

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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Happy Hour / Debrief

Wednesday, March 17

TIME (All times listed are in Eastern Time) EVENT
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Opening Session Discussion/Panel with FTA

This panel discussion, lead by FTA Acting Administrator Nuria Fernandez, highlights the Biden-Harris Administration’s priorities on improving safety, with a focus on pandemic response; promoting equity; combating climate change; and supporting economic recovery.

Featured Speaker:  Nuria I. Fernandez, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Networking Break
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Virtual Training Innovations to Support our Workforce 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way we work, transit agencies and organizations continue to innovate when it comes to workforce training and development. During this session we will discuss how organizations are using new and evolving technology, often with very little funding, to continue to offer enriching training and development opportunities to their employees. Learn about some of the challenges they have faced and how are they creating innovative solutions to keep employees engaged and informed.

Moderator:  Samantha Einarson, Lean and Change Management Administrator, Pierce Transit

Panelists:

  • Tamika Gunn White, Sr., Organizational Development Manager, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • Julie Espy, Manager, Learning & Development, Orange County Transportation Authority

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Updates from TSA and FTA on Federal Transportation Mask Mandate and Transit Agency Best Practices

From the start of the pandemic, public transportation systems have worked tirelessly to keep riders safe from infection from the coronavirus. Mask-wearing is one of several proven measures that can reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Wearing facemasks on public transit is a lifesaving measure that the industry supports. On January 21, 2021, the President issued an Executive Order entitled “Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.” The CDC then issued an order “Requirement for persons to wear masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs” on January 29, 2021. The TSA issued a Security Directive outlining the implementation of the CDC order. These actions reflect the shared responsibility of transit systems and riders to take appropriate actions to get through this pandemic. This session will feature industry experts and federal officials as they discuss best practices for carrying out this important public safety initiative.

Moderator: Polly Hanson, Senior Director of Security, Risk and Emergency Management, APTA

Speakers:

  • Sonya Proctor, Assistant Administrator for Surface Operations, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Henrika Buchanan, Associate Administrator and Chief Safety Officer, Office of Safety & Oversight, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Kate Roetzer, Federal Relations Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Zero Emission Bus: Real World Performance, Real World Data

As we see more transit systems unveil zero emission buses, questions percolate up about performance. Attend this session to learn more about how transit agencies are tracking and collecting data on the performance of their ZEBs. Hear about best practices regarding data and reporting tools as well as the various metrics systems are using to create a useful picture of how these services are operating.

Moderator:  Lauren Cochran Scoville, Senior Director, Proterra

Panelists:

  • Dustin Strandberg, Fleet and Facilities Manager, Victor Valley Transit Authority
  • Salvador Llamas, Chief Operating Officer, AC Transit
  • Nathan Atherstone, Senior Consultant, TransTrak Systems, Inc.

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12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Break
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Ramping to a New Normal In Public Transportation Ridership

What can we infer from current travel, demographic and workplace trends?  How will remote work trends evolve?  How will psychology affect post-pandemic travel behavior?  How can new approaches to transit marketing and transit rewards bring back riders faster?  How and when might a “new normal” establish itself?  The discussion will probe these and other questions, as panelists build on the work of APTA’s Mobility Recovery and Restoration Task Force and ponder metrics beyond ridership for measuring transit’s value.

Moderator:  Mark Heavey, Director, Marketing and Advertising, New York MTA

Panelists:

  • Jameson Auten, Deputy General Manager, Kansas City ATA, and Chair APTA Committee on Mobility Management
  • Mick Spiers, CEO, Umo
  • Susan Shaheen, University of California – Berkeley

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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Update on International AV Transit Projects

There are many AV pilot projects happening around the world. Hear from our expert panelists sharing their overseas AV pilot projects as well as their successes and challenges.

Moderator:  William Tsuei, Director of Information Technology, Access Services

Panelists:

  • Jean Baptiste Boneu, Head of BtoB Marketing & New Mobility, RATP Dev
  • Olav Madland, CEO , Applied Autonomy
  • Hitoshi Kanai, Japanese Fellow, ITS Joint Program Office, US Department of Transportation

Innovative Financing of Zero Emission Bus & Infrastructure

Agencies are ramping up their commitments to zero emission bus adoption. This commitment brings additional upfront costs, both for the buses and for the infrastructure. The FTA’s Low-No Grant Program has been a vital funding source for the transition to zero emission buses, but agencies should also look to new partners or innovative financing mechanisms. Attend this session to hear about electric utility programs, charging-as-a-service, and other potential funding and financing innovations.

Moderator:  Joel Torr, Head of Business Development , Electriphi

Panelists:

  • Fabio Mantovani, Vice President, E-Mobility, New York Power Authority
  • Chelle Izzi, Head of Mobility, NextERA Energy Resources
  • Kimberly Okafor, Strategic Business Development Manager, Trillium

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1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Discussion Groups

  • Data Management and Analytics for Zero Emissions Buses (ZEB)
  • Healthcare and Transit – Working Together

Business Member Demos

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Managing Special Events that Impact Transit, Planned and Unplanned

Special events can affect transit agency operations in a myriad of ways. The ability of a transit agency to assess special event activities in advance allows for the identification of security and emergency management issues and the development of contingencies. Spontaneous and unscheduled incidents can impact transit service and effect the coordination and communication critical to ensuring that events run smoothly. As we have recently seen, special events can provide a target-rich opportunity for individuals or groups intent on committing criminal and/or terrorist acts. Attend this session to hear how transit agencies have put contingencies in place for major incidents, both planned and unplanned.

Moderator:  Neil Crosier , Superintendent, Transit Security & Emergency Management, King County Metro

Panelists:

  • Ronald Pavlik , Chief of Police, WMATA
  • Jon Santana, Director Rail Ops, Field Ops, OCC
    Transportation, TriMet
  • Elizabeth Presutti, CEO , Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

COVID-19 Vehicle & Facilities Cleaning, Disinfecting and other Viral Mitigation Strategies

During this session, speakers will discuss vehicle and facility cleaning, disinfecting and other viral mitigation strategies, including social distancing (i.e. rear boarding and blocking out seats), HVAC cleaning/ventilation, use of bus shields, mask requirements, and other strategies. This session will also discuss some of the major disinfecting efforts transit agencies have taken throughout the year, including the use of APTA’s Cleaning and Disinfecting White Paper here. Further, panel members will also juxtapose this with “over disinfecting” occurring at some transit agencies on their buses and equipment (and how this may actually be eroding some systems). Finally, the session will introduce best practices across the industry and cite CDC, EPA and other federal, state and local guidance. Overall, we encourage all transit agencies, contractors and business members to attend this important session to learn about operating in the most safe and effective way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator:  Brian Alberts, APTA, Director of Safety, APTA

Panelists:

  • Daniel Lang, HATCH LTK, Manager, Safety Assurance, HATCH LTK
  • Jerry Guaracino, WMATA, Chief Engineer, WMATA
  • Teresa Cole, Keolis Transit America, VP, Safety & Risk, Keolis
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Sustainability Strategies and Metrics for Regions

This technical session emphasizes quantitative metrics in sustainability strategies. It will highlight agencies’ sustainability achievements through the lens of three pillar of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic. Topics include emission reduction through low/no emission fleets, waste management, energy efficient buildings. Plus, this session will highlights APTA’s Sustainability Commitment Program and recent awardees.

Moderator:  Janet Gonzalez Tudor, Chair, APTA Sustainability Committee, HDR

Panelists:

  • Carly Macias, Senior Transportation Planner, apexdesign/ Prev RTD Denver
  • Kerin Lester, Environmental Management System Program Manager, MARTA
  • Cris Liban, Chief Sustainability Officer, LA Metro

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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Mobility-as-a-Service: Emerging Ideas and Applications

The pandemic provides new opportunities to integrate the digital, physical and operational elements of mobility services. New technology tools continue to emerge. While transit ridership has declined overall during the pandemic, many bus routes have retained ridership levels and have been the primary transportation mode for essential transportation workers. Bicycle usage has increased exponentially. This session will discuss Mobility-as-a-Service trends both amid the pandemic and looking forward. The discussion will address how operational, physical and digital integration can lead to better trip options and a better customer experience while panelists give you the scoop on specific new tools and resources.

Panelists:

  • Adelee Le Grand, CEO, HART
  • Bill Nesper, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists
  • Katherine Kortum, Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board
  • Sharmila Mukherjee, Executive Vice President- Planning and Development at Capital Metro, Capital Metro Austin

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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New Developments with Data and Connected Buses

The modern-day bus has an enormous amount of potential for technology. Join us for this session all about new and innovative ways transit agencies are using data and connected bus technology to improve rider experiences. This session will cover ways transit agencies use open data and open source software to make integrated service information readily accessible to riders, use of real time bus load information to help riders plan their trips in the pandemic, and ways in which agencies are approaching outfitting their vehicles with sensors and hardware.

Moderator:  Chloe Spano, VP Business Development & Innovation, Cityway

Panelists:

  • Logan Nash, Deputy Director of Transit Technology, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Katie Monroe, Partnerships, Transit app
  • Mike Nabhan, Manager, Asset Performance, Denver RTD

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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Happy Hour / Debrief

Thursday, March 18

TIME (All times listed are in Eastern Time) EVENT
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Opening Session Panel: “Visions of Recovery”

What do we mean when we say “Build-Back-Better?” What is the vision we would like to realize? What challenges and opportunities have arisen from the pandemic, and what might we learn from history? How can the transit industry and its partners work together in creating communities and mobility networks that will be stronger, more sustainable, more resilient, more customer centric, and more equitable? Our panel of visionaries will discuss ideas the transit industry can build upon going forward.

Moderator:  Jessica Mefford-Miller, Executive Director, Metro St. Louis, MO

Speakers/Panelists:

  • The Honorable Quinton Lucas, Mayor, City of Kansas City; Vice Chair – Transit, US Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Committee, Kansas City, MO (invited)
  • Dr. Peter D. Norton, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Alain Mercier, Chair, Canadian Urban Transit Association; Réseau de transport de la Capitale, Quebec, CA
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Networking Break
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Redesigning Bus Networks to Meet Service, Community and Social Equity Goals

Shifts in travel patterns have triggered a movement of resources toward core transit routes.  Redesign of route networks has occurred with a heightened sensitivity to equity and to the needs of the essential workforce.  This discussion will focus on lessons transit agencies have learned over time as they adjusted to changes in demography, land use, economics, technology and mobility options, as well as the evolution from hub-and-spoke designs and changes in the peak travel period.  Panelists will also explore open questions about the post-pandemic recovery that could shape bus networks of the future.

Moderator: Dawn Distler, CEO, METRO Regional Transportation Authority, Akron, OH

Panelists:

  • Inez Evans, President & CEO, Indianapolis Public Transit Corporation (IndyGO)
  • Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker and Associates
  • Todd Hemingson, HDR (new TCRP report “Redesigning Transit Network for the New Mobility Future”)

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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Bus Innovation: Success Stories from the Pandemic

Agencies are increasingly looking to innovative bus projects that can provide fast, high quality service with a moderate price tag. Successful projects require multiple levels of management, stakeholder engagement, public outreach and compliance with Federal Transit Administration requirements. The time of covid adds an additional wrinkle to the process. Come to this session to hear about how innovative bus and BRT projects around the country are being successfully planned and advanced, from project design, community outreach, safety and security compliance and more.

Moderator:  Mark Huffer, Project Director; BRT National Practice Leader, HNTB Corporation

Panelists:

  • Laura Minns, AICP, Sr. Consultant Planning/Transit , WSP USA
  • Abhishek Dayal, AICP, Director of Project Management Office, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • Miguel Aceves, Senior Engineering Manager, AECOM
  • William Crowley, PE, Design Manager, AECOM
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Break
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

The Changing Face of Fare Policy

Can fare payments be a strategic tool of transit agencies, helping them achieve goals around equity, multi-modal travel, and on-time performance?    Our panel will discuss current questions in fare policy, including fare capping, low-income fares, the consideration of zero-fare services, and practices for serving persons unbanked, underbanked communities, or without smart phones.  Discussion will also highlight flexible tickets for part-time telecommuters, and ticket packages that integrate parking and transit payments

Moderator:  Endya Freeman, CPA; Chair, APTA Revenue Systems Collection Committee; Revenue Manager, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Panelists:

  • Patrick Harris, Assistant Vice President – Government Affairs and Communications, Central Ohio Transportation Authority
  • Elliott McFadden, Greater Minnesota Shared Mobility Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minneapolis, MN
  • Elba Higueros, Policy Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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Momentum in Mobility

Keeping accessibility in the mobility management discussion promotes great opportunities for innovation by transit agencies. This session highlights transit agencies that are offering a continuum of integrated and innovative approaches for mobility management services.

Moderator:  Marlene Connor, Principal, Marlene Connor Associates, LLC

Presenter:

  • Tammy Haenftling, Assistant Vice President, Management Administration, Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Best Practices in Zero Emission Bus Training

The transit workforce of the future will need to understand how to operate and maintain a new technology in zero emission buses. For many bus agencies, existing knowledge around high voltage maintenance practices, “refueling” using charging infrastructure, and troubleshooting electric drive systems is new and unfamiliar. Join this session to learn from organizations with training programs intended to help transit agencies who don’t want to “reinvent the wheel” around zero emission bus training.

Moderator:  Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency

Panelists:

  • Kirt Conrad, Executive Director/CEO, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority
  • Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency
  • John Schiavone, Transportation Learning Center
  • Tom Apalenek, Sr.. Principal Systems Engineer, BAE Systems

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1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Discussion Groups

  • New Technologies for Mobility Management: Building a Mobility Management Eligibility Database
  • Zero Emission Bus Training Roundtable
  • Free Fares and Transit Equity

Business Member Demos

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

The Transit Workforce and the Vaccine Roll-out

Public transit employees’ safety is a critical component in providing reliable transportation to many workers with essentials jobs that communities depend on daily. With more vaccines becoming available for distribution, public transit agencies work with their local officials to prioritize their employees for vaccination and develop related plans. During this session, you will hear examples from critical stakeholders in how agencies are managing the process, protocols and procedures they are putting in place, and how agencies are partnering with organizations to assist with vaccine distribution.

Moderator:  Shawn Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, C-TRAN – Clark County PTBA

Panelists:

  • Moniek Pointer, Manager, Emergency & Homeland Security Preparedness, Emergency Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Gardner Tabon, WSO-CSE, EVP, Chief Safety Officer, Capital Metro Transportation Authority

Systems Thinking: Designing a Project Organization for Success

Systems Engineering should be considered a means by which transit agencies can successfully deliver projects and meet agency and customer needs. Learn about best practices related to project organization design and systems engineering. This presentation will address organization design and functionality aspects related to execution of large transit projects in the US and Canada. The risks of getting this wrong at the outset of a proposal, where teams are often formed, is significant and can cause the project to fail or to greatly diminish profits for the suppliers and performance for the asset operators and asset owners. Solutions are presented in the light of lessons learned.

Panelists:

  • Dale Brown, P.Eng., Director – Systems Engineering , Hatch Rail & Transit
  • Bridgette Beato, CEO , Lumenor Consulting Group

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Embracing the Changing Mobility Ecosystem: Case Studies in Mobility-On-Demand (MOD) and Microtransit

As transit systems continue to reassess and redefine their service, many are implementing Mobility on Demand and microtransit services. Hear from several transit agencies and experts on the various MOD and microtransit services that are being offered in communities throughout the country, as well as how implementation of these services differ from traditional fixed route transit, and how riders are responding to these new options.

Moderator:  Marlene Connor, Co-Chair, APTA Mobility Management Standards, Marlene Connor Associates

Panelists:

  • Gary Rosenfeld, CEO , Memphis Area Transit Authority
  • Bonnie Epstein, Director of Mobility Services, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • Brian Welch, Sr Manager, Planning Technical Services, Denver RTD

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.

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3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Cities, Streets, Transit and the New Mobility

Public transportation will build-back service hand-in-hand with the priorities of cities and regions.  Transit-friendly trends underway prior to the pandemic, such as dedicated bus lanes, slow streets, and repurposed street space, have accelerated in many places.  How can such enhancements be extended through community partnerships?  How might that extend to grand visions of parks, boulevards and vibrant public places with transit playing a key role?  This discussion will cover these and other topics while highlighting new policies and practices to govern priority uses for streets, sidewalks and the curb.

Moderator: MJ Maynard; CEO, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

Panelists:

  • Corinne Kisner, Executive Director, National Association of City Transportation Officials
  • Fred Kent, Founder, Project for Public Spaces
  • Charlie Hales, HDR (former mayor of Portland, OR)

This session will provide .75 PLANNING  continuing education units.


The Role of Public Transit in Providing Access to Social Services

In the wake of the pandemic, many transit systems have stepped into the non-traditional roles of supporting the communities they serve by providing access to social services. Transportation and transit agencies can play a significant role in serving as a component of the social safety net, serving populations and communities in need with improved access to social services. In order to help populations affected by COVID-19 hardships, some transit agency providers have connected with local organizations to deliver food in order to increase food access. Others have initiated programs to deliver mobile wifi access in their communities. Attend this session to hear about ways that transit agencies have stepped outside of the box to serve their communities in new ways in the face of the pandemic’s new challenges.

Moderator:  Elba Higueros, Chief Policy Officer, LA Metro

Panelists:

  • Dr. Jill Hough, Deputy Director, Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM), Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University
  • Alicia Walker, Assistant Vice President of Bus Operations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Closing
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