Michael Abegg

Michael Abegg has served as the Director of Schedules and Service Development for Golden Gate Transit since the fall of 2020. In this role he leads the team responsible for defining the Bridge District’s bus services, building timetables, blocks, crew schedules, rosters, and extra board plans, as well as being the Subject Matter Expert for a variety of District technology initiatives.

Prior to moving the Bridge District full-time in the summer of 2020, Mike was an independent consultant in transit scheduling, planning, vehicle procurement, and technology with clients including Sacramento RT, Solano County Transit, and Fairfield and Suisun Transit. He previously was the Planning & Operations Manager for Solano County Transit, a transit technology consultant to Metro North Railroad and the Chicago Transit Authority, a long-term Planning Manager for Minnesota Valley Transit, and a novice transit planner and analyst in Boston and New York City.

He has degrees from Boston University and Northwestern University, and for fun competes in triathlons and officiates swimming and triathlon.

Denis Agar

Denis Agar (he/him) is a transit planner at TransLink, Vancouver, BC’s regional transportation agency. As the planning lead on the Bus Stop Balancing project, he has completed 5 routes so far. Prior to that, he worked on launching 5 lines under the new RapidBus brand, and adapting the bus network to the launch of the new Evergreen SkyTrain Extension. Denis has an undergraduate degree in urban planning from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) and a Master’s in Sustainable Transportation from the University of Washington (Seattle).

Claudia Aliff

Claudia Aliff is a planner at SEPTA with a masters degree in urban planning and design from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in the transportation field internationally and is passionate about bringing best practices from around the world to the greater Philadelphia region. Her work at SEPTA includes Reimagining Regional Rail and other SEPTA Forward initiatives that aim to create a system of lifestyle services that are frequent, easy to use, and integrated.

Laura Azze-Singh

Laura Azze-Singh is a Principal Transportation Planner in the Operations Planning division at MTA New York City Transit. Laura has a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from Hunter College. Laura’s work in the Bus Service Planning group includes planning changes to bus routes in response to ridership, street network, and land use changes with the goal of bettering the customer experience by improving the accessibility, speed, and reliability of bus service.

Andy Batson, AICP

Andy Batson serves as the chief of the planning and project delivery division within the PennDOT Bureau of Public Transportation. In this role, Andy is responsible for leading statewide transit planning and technology projects, as well as delivering an annual capital program of more than $550 million. Andy previously served as the division chief for urban transportation, and prior to joining PennDOT, led a multimodal transportation planning group at a private consulting firm in Harrisburg, PA. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Lacy Bell

Lacy Bell is a transit planning professional focused on ensuring that capital investments support long-term operations and passenger needs. She has experience in bus & rail operations modeling, multi-modal traffic engineering including transit signal priority, O&M cost forecasting, and fare policy. She is currently serving as the Deputy Program Executive for Sound Transit’s Stride BRT over operations, systems, and start-up. Prior to relocating to Seattle in 2018, she worked for RTD in Denver where she managed a wide variety of projects while providing operations planning support for the FasTracks expansion program. She has both a BS and MS in Civil Engineering with a Transportation emphasis from Georgia Tech.

Lacy is honored to be the current Chair of the APTA Transit Operations Planning & Scheduling Subcommittee. She considers the Sustainability/Operations Planning Scheduling workshop to be one of her favorite weeks of the year and truly enjoys the peer exchange and learning that occurs.

Andrew Biesterveld

Biesterveld leads COTA’s new Infrastructure, Engineering and Maintenance Division, which will advance COTA’s strategic plan by focusing on capital projects and vehicles to grow mobility options for Central Ohio.

“As Central Ohio’s population continues to grow, our region’s mobility needs are changing and COTA wants to be an industry leader in cleaner and greener transportation,” Biesterveld said. “Our goal is to achieve a zero emission fixed route fleet by 2035 and we want to be net carbon neutral by 2045. By investing in sustainable mobility, we are improving the quality of life for our customers and our communities.”

Before his promotion to Chief Engineer & Mechanical Officer, Biesterveld served as Senior Director of Capital Projects and has nearly two decades of engineering and project management experience. He began his career as a Naval officer managing shipboard maintenance and operations and also spent 10 years at CSX Transportation. Biesterveld has overseen several facility upgrade projects at COTA and leads the organization’s sustainability and electrification efforts.

Rob Borowski

Rob Borowski is CapMetro’s first Sustainability Officer and has held the position for the past 9 years. He helped guide the agency toward nearly $20 million in grant funding for cleaner buses, lead the zero- emission bus program, and re-launch MetroBike- Austin’s shared bike system. Borowski directed CapMetro’s efforts to achieve a Gold-level recognition in American Public Transit Association’s Sustainability Commitment Program; and recently crafted CapMetro’s Sustainability Vision Plan which was recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration through its Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet initiative.

Borowski holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin; a master’s in environmental science from the University of Texas, San Antonio; and a bachelor’s in geology from Wayne State University. He is an Envision for Sustainable Infrastructure Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP) and Trainer.

Prior to CapMetro, Borowski was the Director for Sustainability for EnviroMedia Social Marketing (“Don’t Mess with Texas”) where he guided sustainability efforts for public sector and non-profit clients. He also worked as a program coordinator for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Clean Texas Program, as the Associate Director for the UT (University of Texas) Center for Sustainable Development, as Healthy Community Program Director for Texas Impact, and as H-E-B Groceries’ Manager of Environmental Affairs.

Rob is a Texas Master Naturalist, commutes to work by bike most days, and is delighted to live in a home that has produced 100% of its electricity from the sun since September 2020.

Daniel Boyle

Dan Boyle is the President of Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that he started in December 2000. He has attended this workshop since 1993 and now serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee. While Dan has published many studies, articles, and TCRP Synthesis reports, he has only one signed book in the California State Library. He co-authored “San Diego’s First Padres and ‘The Kid.'”

Dan holds a Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning and a B.A. in Urban Sociology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Sandy Brennan

Sandy Brennan is a project manager and senior transportation planner, with experience in transit operations, transit service planning, bus rapid transit, transit technology and tools. Sandy leads Foursquare ITP’s Transit Operations service area and focuses on how to improve efficiencies and integrating planning, data and tools into their day-to-day operational duties. At Foursquare ITP she played a key leadership role in Foursquare ITP’s planning and implementation support for BaltimoreLink, the complete system redesign for the city’s transit. She continues to support the Maryland Transit Administration in short- and mid-range planning efforts, scheduling, and performance monitoring. Prior to joining Foursquare ITP, Sandy worked for Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT).

Alexandra Brun

Alex Brun is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Environmental Programs where she contributes to the development of environmental regulations, policies, programs and guidance that enhance and integrate environmental decision-making in transportation planning, programming, and projects. Prior to joining FTA, Alex spent seven years as natural resources planner at the Maryland Department of the Environment, focusing on transportation conformity and national air quality standard implementation. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Adam Burger

Adam is a Senior Transportation Planner at the Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, CA. He currently leads VTA’s zero-emission bus transition planning and oversees the agency’s Innovation Program. His past assignments include planning bus rapid transit projects and redesigning VTA’s transit network. He has been riding VTA since he was in high school.

Joseph Calhoun

Joe Calhoun is the Deputy Director of Service Development at the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), where he has served on their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) as its Employment Subcommittee Coordinator since the committee’s creation in 2020. Joe previously served as MTA’s Title VI & ADA Coordinator, where he was responsible for the agency’s Title VI and ADA compliance programs and equity analyses. Joe represented the MTA on the inaugural cohort for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Diversity to Belonging Council. Cohort members were nominated by senior leadership and invited to voluntarily serve for six months to research, develop and submit recommendations for how we might better foster a sense of belonging for all who are called to serve at MDOT today and for generations to come. Joe is an alumnus of the APTA Emerging Leaders Program, Class of 2018. Joe holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and joined the public transportation industry after having served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala. Joe previously worked with the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, where he served in roles in service planning and compliance coordination.

Peter Cafiero

Peter Cafiero is the Managing Director, Intermodal Planning for Washington (DC) Metro since 2019. In this position he leads WMATA’s bus and rail service planning and scheduling.

Peter held a similar position for many years as NYC Transit’s Chief of Operations Planning.

Peter has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union in NYC and a Master’s degree in transportation planning from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Analy Castillo, Ph.D.

Analy is the Zero Emissions Technical Lead for Stantec. Transitioning to 100% zero-emission buses (ZEBs) is an unprecedented challenge for transit agencies. Analy is one of a few experts in ZEBs who can help. For over a decade, she has brought hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered buses to city streets.

Driven to improve air quality, Analy became passionate about environmental sustainability as uncontrolled growth in the cities of her native country, Guatemala, turned blue skies to gray. After moving to California, Analy found like-minded colleagues in UC Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy PhD Program where her ZEB research included the first hydrogen fuel cell pilot programs in Orange County.

Her research and publications have influenced policymakers and ZEB regulations. A model she developed for her thesis optimizing ZEB phasing is now being used by our transit team. This model, ZEBDecide, helps transit agencies determine their unique mix of battery and hydrogen fuel cell buses based on the terrain, routes, and infrastructure.

As a consultant, her expertise in the systems, operations, and planning impacts related to ZEBs makes her invaluable to clients. As a mother, Analy vows to continue advocating for zero-emission vehicles to help keep skies blue for her daughters.

Andrew Clay

Andrew Clay is a Project Manager-Sustainability, in the System Development Division for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Jacksonville, Florida. He has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University and Undergrad in Political Science/International Relations from Christopher Newport University. His current projects include JTA’s Climate Action Plan, Zero Emissions Transition Plan and Facility Decentralization and Fuel Diversification Master Plan. He has diverse planning experience in Transportation and Environmental Planning, Transit and Community Development.

Lonnie Coplen

Lonnie Coplen founded ARC in 2015 to advance the science and practice of affordable, resilient and rapidly renewable infrastructure. Lonnie’s executive, program and project management experience spans the public, private and non-profit and sectors in transportation, environmental, energy, industrial, residential and commercial practice areas. Her expertise includes engineering, planning and construction management, strategic planning, life cycle asset management, risk management and mitigation, at-risk construction, advocacy and education programs, policy development and implementation, and multi-media communications. Honors and awards include: CMAA Presidents Award (2012) and Letter of Appreciation, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation /Cooperative Threat Reduction (2012).

Daniel Costantino

Daniel Costantino is a principal, project manager, and transit network designer with Jarrett Walker + Associates in Portland, OR. His 15+ year career has focused on reconsidering how public transit networks are performing, and how routes and service patterns could change to improve the lives of current riders and the general public.
Daniel assists clients in understanding and interpreting transit system performance, how to plan and design coherent networks that maximize where people can go, and managing the public and policy-maker conversations that are integral to the success of transit plans. His clients have included local transit agencies, city and state governments, and private companies in the US and abroad.In the last five years, Daniel has helped clients manage whole-network redesign projects in Madison, Wisconsin; Monterey County, California; Kansas City, Missouri and Dublin, Ireland, among others. He also helped develop long-range regional transit plans for Tucson, Arizona and Josephine County, Oregon. Daniel’s background also includes assisting in mapping the California intercity bus network; emergency management planning in Oregon, and sustainable neighborhood development consulting in Morocco.Daniel is a native speaker and writer of English and French. He can also read and carry out working-level conversations in Spanish about transit, urban planning and salsa dura.

Steve Crosley

Steve manages the Transit Integration Program at King County Metro (Metro), which includes the Sound Transit Integration and Transit Hubs capital programs. He and his team are helping to deliver an integrated and seamless regional transit network together with Sound Transit (bus transfer interface with Sound Transit’s LRT, BRT, and Commuter Rail system expansion) as well as an enhanced customer experience at major on-street hubs and transit centers. Steve is also Metro’s special projects manager for the West Seattle Bridge closure – leading a team of subject matter experts to deliver safe, reliable, and convenient transit service during the major outage of Seattle’s busiest arterial and primary roadway connecting the West Seattle peninsula to the rest of the city. He is in his 5th year at Metro. He previously was a consultant for NelsonNygaard and Fehr & Peers, where he focused on transit planning for public and private sector clients. Between his private and public sector careers, he has over 16 years of planning and project management experience in transportation.

Annette Darrow

Annette Darrow has served as a transit industry professional for over 30 years. While obtaining her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she took a job at UMASS Transit, where she learned many aspects of public-transit operations, including everything from driving to training, customer service, dispatching, and supervising. Her strong background, diverse set of experiences, and skills fuel her role as the Director of Service Planning at IndyGo. Annette is responsible for bus routing/scheduling/run cutting development, Bus Rapid Transit integration, CAD/AVL integration, operations performance management, and the implementation of transit amenities & pedestrian infrastructure throughout the Marion County service area. She has managed numerous studies and Comprehensive Operational Analyses (COAs), including the Marion County Transit Plan (MCTP), which was instrumental in IndyGo obtaining a dedicated, local funding source for public transit. It has enabled IndyGo to implement its most significant system redesign in 40 years, including the new fully electric Red Line BRT line.

Ron Downing

Ron Downing has nearly 40 years’ experience in transit operations and facility planning. He is Director of Planning for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation where he oversees a staff responsible for both short term and long term planning projects as well as day to day management of the District’s fare program and Title VI compliance. These projects include strategic planning, fare policy, capital planning, traffic engineering and analysis, NTD compliance and reporting, and property management for the Golden Gate Bridge and the District’s Golden Gate Transit bus and Golden Gate Ferry divisions. He has represented the Bridge District on a number of national and international panels, where the audiences are instantly familiar with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge but do not realize that the Bridge District also funds and operates an important transit system that contributes to traffic reduction both within San Francisco and along the U.S. 101 corridor.

Prior to GGBHTD, he worked for AC Transit in Oakland, the Metro system in Washington, DC, and did consulting on projects for transit systems in a number of cities including Boston, Dallas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a number of smaller cities.

In his non-work time, Ron enjoys traveling the world to see how transit operates in other cities, and in particular in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

James Drake

James Drake began his transit career with the Sacramento Regional Transit District in 2005 as a temp in the SacRT Facilities Department and was hired permanently as an Assistant Planner in 2006 where he has progressed to the position of Principal Planner. His work has focused on service changes, ridership analysis, fare collection, Title VI, public engagement, intergovernmental agreements, and bus stop construction. James holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis with a minor in history and additional continuing education work in accounting and environmental law. He is a former railroad museum volunteer and former trustee of the Regional Transit employee pension fund. He currently serves as the Second Vice Chair of APTA’s Transit and Operations Planning Subcommittee.

Nicole Dufva

Nicole Dufva is a Senior Planner for Sustainability at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in warm and sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. Nicole spearheaded the development of PSTA’s new Sustainable Strategic Plan that emphasizes the triple bottom line approach of environmental, economic, and social initiatives and created an organizational culture moving toward a greener, more equitable future, including an analysis of PSTA’s fare structure. With a background in public health and community engagement, Nicole is pursuing her Masters of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Florida. In her free time, she volunteers with youth leadership and community cooking and nutrition programs.

Tiffany Dubinsky

Tiffany Dubinsky is a Statewide Transit Planning Manager at the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). She has over a decade of experience in the industry, having previously served as Principal and Senior Transportation Planner at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and Regional Planner for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. Her responsibilities include innovation and transit technology, grants management, transit planning, and MPO coordination. Tiffany has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from James Madison University.

Shain Eversley

Shain Eversley is the Manager of Ridership Analysis at the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) of Harris County in Houston, TX. In addition to his his role at the transit authority, Shain has also worked as a Transportation Planner for the local MPO as well as in the private sector for various transportation companies. Shain has earned a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning and Management from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. He is a native of Georgetown, Guyana, grew up in Decatur, GA and now resides in the suburbs of Houston, TX. Shain and his wife, Ramona, have two daughters, Shai (3) and Shani (1).

Zachary Falk

Zachary Falk is a project manager and transportation planner, focusing on zero-emissions bus fleet transitions, with WSP’s Transit Technology team. He is currently serving as the Deputy Program Manager for MDOT MTA (Baltimore)’s fleet transition, where he facilitates coordination between agency staff, consultants, utility providers and vendors to support the Administration’s vehicle and infrastructure procurements, facility reconstructions, utility planning, staff/operations planning, grant applications, and lifecycle cost/legislative reporting.

He is also supporting transition planning and fleet management planning for WMATA, and is leading the transition plan for Fairfax County, Virginia. Zachary holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.

Mike Finneran

Mike is the Director of Customer Service for Proterra, a maker of all-electric city transit buses. Mike has worked in the field of advanced, clean propulsion for over 17 years and in public transportation for nearly 10 years. First in a technical role with Ford Motor Company where he was an engineer responsible for developing advanced engines and clean powertrains.

During his time at Ford, Mike worked on projects in Detroit, Chicago, Germany, Sweden, UK and Mexico. While at Ford, Mike was awarded a Henry Ford Technology award for the development of the world’s first Partial Zero Emissions V6 engine. As an engineering consultant, Mike worked on some of the earliest clean-propulsion buses on the road.

Desiring to move fully into the field of public transportation, Mike joined Proterra in 2009 as a Systems Engineer. Mike served as the project manager responsible for developing and launching the world’s first fast-charge, all-electric city transit buses in Pomona, CA in 2010. After several years in various engineering roles, Mike was asked to lead the Customer Service team. Here Mike’s job is to help customers deploy technologically advanced buses in the most successful way possible. Mike has grown the Customer Service team to scale with the company and has created processes, training, resources, and a skilled workforce to support the industry transition to clean propulsion. In 2016 Mike was recognized in Mass Transit Magazine with a Top 40 Under 40, The Best and Brightest award. Mike has been involved in APTA for over 7 years and is currently serving his second term as the Chair of the Clean Propulsion Committee.

Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Mike is a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. In his off time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and working hard not to be driven crazy by his two young daughters. He and his family enjoy camping, fishing and hiking. Mike also spends time building and racing cars in various endurance car racing series.

Rich Fitzgerald

The county’s top elected official, Rich Fitzgerald is in his third and final term as County Executive. Widely recognized for his work ethic, Rich is one of the county’s biggest champions and is well known for bringing together people and organizations on regional issues. Under his leadership, the county has concentrated on economic development and job creation and boasts high-quality jobs, a diverse and growing economy, low cost of living, and an excellent quality of life.

The 2020 Census numbers have underscored the success of those efforts. For the first time in 60 years, the county’s population grew over the last decade. Just as importantly, the area is also becoming more diverse. There was substantial growth in the Hispanic and Asian populations in the county, and more people are identifying as multiracial. That increased diversity can also be attributed to multiyear efforts to ensure that this community is more welcoming. That diversity, along with the population growth, will continue to move this region forward.

He has also managed the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, working closely with the Health Department, and has provided consistent and reassuring messaging to county residents since the first case was reported in the county in March 2020. As a participant in the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine trial, he frequently speaks about his experience in the trial and his confidence in the vaccine and its role in the county’s and country’s recovery from the virus.

Born and raised in the City of Pittsburgh, Rich graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Squirrel Hill. They have eight children.

Flavie Gagnon

Flavie Gagnon is Product Manager – Planning and Scheduling at GIRO. She advises transit authorities and agencies on the best use of technology to manage their network-planning activities. Her in-depth industry knowledge stems from more than 15 years’ experience. She has managed public transport software implementation projects in several countries, acted as a senior consultant in network planning for bus and rail operations, and she also held the position of Head of Transit Planning at a leading Canadian transit agency, in the Montréal region.

Ms. Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.

Arthur N. Gaudet

Arthur N. Gaudet FCILT is President of Arthur N. Gaudet & Associates, Inc. With over 52 years in the transit industry, his career progressed from bus cleaner/fueler through operator, instructor, supervisor and dispatcher to General Manager. Transitioning to consulting in 1987, he has focused on service planning and scheduling from an operations and management perspective since the early 1990s. He developed the two-day Runcutter Course in service planning, scheduling, and runcutting. He is the author of Improving On-Time Performance in the Transit Industry: A Practical Guidebook (2019) and Managing the Scheduling Function: A Guide for Transit Executives (2021).

Nicole Geneau

Nicole Geneau leads development for Alphastruxure, a purpose built Joint Venture company between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group that was launched in 2019 to lead customers through their energy transitions by offering a turnkey solution to develop, build, finance, own, operate, maintain energy infrastructure with an Energy As A Service offer. Within the transportation space, Nicole’s team is currently delivering a microgrid-enabled smart energy bus depot in Montgomery County, MD that will provide power to charge on-site facilities and at least 70 battery electric buses.

Prior to AlphaStruxure, Nicole led Mortenson’s Integrated Energy Solutions business standing up new businesses in fleet electrification and renewable driven microgrids working with customers like the Chicago Transit Authority, Xcel Energy and various infrastructure developers.

Nicole also brings extensive industry experience as a leader in large-scale renewable energy development. She was previously Development Director for NextEra Energy Resources delivering over $2B in projects and prior to NextEra, Nicole managed a portfolio of investments in energy technologies working extensively with utilities and research institutions to foster innovation in the sector.

Nicole is a Sloan Fellow in Leadership & Innovation from MIT, a Fellow in Economics of Energy from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (University of Reading, UK) and has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

Breanna Lauren Gribble

Breanna Gribble, CHMM, ENV SP, WEDG, WELL AP, is STV’s first Resilience Manager with over 11 years of experience in a variety of facility and infrastructure improvement projects in the New York metropolitan area. She is fascinated by how cities form strategy to cope with the climate crisis, which was the focus of her graduate work at New York University. Her expertise includes hazardous materials investigation and management, sustainable design, and resilience. As a resource to her fellow architects and engineers, Gribble advises on the project-level for flood mitigation projects, disseminating current research and standards in the industry, hosts and facilitates internal educational events, and collaborates with project teams to apply best practices and integrate innovative technologies into design solutions. As a self-proclaimed “plan-gineer”, Gribble advocates for resilience thinking to be applied to all complex urban infrastructure challenges.

Michael Groh

Michael Groh is a Senior Transit Planner at Sam Schwartz with over ten years of experience in the industry. He specializes in modeling and scenario planning and to understand how battery electric buses and/or fuel cell electric buses could impact transit operations and budgets. He has supported bus fleet transition planning for numerous agencies, including SEPTA in Philadelphia to CTA in Chicago. Prior to joining Sam Schwartz, Michael Groh worked as a Senior Service Planner at Pace Suburban Bus.

Cyndi Harper

  • Senior Manager of Route Planning in Metro Transit’s Service Development division
  • I have been in the transit industry for more than 25 years, most of that time with Metro Transit
  • I have worked on several route/sector restructurings associated with new transitways, including Northstar, Green Line, Orange Line, and the A, C and now D arterial BRT projects.
  • Immediate past chair for APTA’s Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee
  • Originally from central Illinois, I am a graduate of Elmhurst College in suburban Chicago.
  • My husband is also in the transit industry, working with contracted operations, and as a result our vacations include a lot of riding transit in new places

Michael Heidkamp

I started as a bus operator in November of 1993. After a decade of operating, I became an instructor/CDL examiner, then, in 2007 the manager of our non-revenue fleet, along with the Way Department. In 2015 I moved back into operations as a Director of Service and Delivery. After 4 years in that role, I was promoted to Deputy Chief Operations Officer-Transportation, and then to my current role as the Chief Operating Officer for Transportation.

Herbert Higginbotham

Herbert brings over 20 years of professional experience and thought leadership in transit service and operations planning, market analysis, capital projects, asset management, fare management, and technology innovation. He has led a wide variety of transformational projects for large and small agencies across the country, as well as the Federal, State, and regional agencies that support them. He writes and speaks on a variety of topics related to the changing mobility landscape and strengthening operational practices. In addition, he works frequently with transit executives and boards on topics related to organizational governance, change management, and new mobility solutions.

David Huffaker

David Huffaker joined Pittsburgh Regional Transit as the Chief Development Officer in September 2018. In that role, David oversees the Engineering and Technical Support functions, Planning, Scheduling, Contracted Services (ACCESS) and the Transit Oriented Communities Programs. He has a marvelous team of professionals working hard to deliver an improved customer experience for the people of Allegheny County.

He joined the Authority after a 15-year stint at Sound Transit, a regional provider of express bus, commuter rail and light rail in Seattle, Washington. David oversaw Operations Support Services, included Service Planning, Customer Service, Business Support, Asset Management and Facilities Maintenance. David has a degree in Economics and an MBA. David’s other work experience came through Microsoft, the Port of Seattle, and Price Waterhouse.

Katharine Kelleman

Katharine Kelleman has the pleasure to serve as chief executive officer of the public transit system serving the Pittsburgh region.

She is responsible for the operations of a 700-vehicle bus fleet and an 80-vehicle light rail system, which provide service to a total of more than 220,000 riders a day. She also oversees the organization’s capital and operating budgets; partners and builds relationships with regional stakeholders; and successfully develops and manages local and federally-funded projects that enhance and expand service across the Pittsburgh region.

Since joining the agency in 2018, Katharine has supported better communication with customers; advanced the development of a mobile fare payment application; championed the need for a long-range service plan; and fought to ensure stable, reliable and sustainable funding to support a growing system.

Before coming to Pittsburgh, Katharine served as the CEO at Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) in Tampa, Fla. She had previously worked in leadership roles for the Maryland Transit Administration and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and began her career in public transit as a transit planner in San Angelo, Texas.

Katharine received her Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her Master’s degree in public administration from San Angelo State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Public Transit Association.

Katharine lives in Mt. Lebanon with her husband and two sons.

Katherine Kortum

Katherine Kortum is a Senior Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board where she provides recommendations to Congress and the USDOT on transportation policy. She leads a Forum on sustainable mobility and automated vehicles, a self-supporting initiative to provide the research questions needed for better public policy, and is on the editorial board of TR News magazine. Katherine has chaired citizens’ advisory groups for both the Washington DC MPO and for the WMATA transit system, along with committees for ASCE, ITE, and WTS. She was a Robert Bosch fellow in Berlin, Germany, on shared and integrated mobility research projects, and during 2020 and 2021, she worked with the DC Department of Health overseeing logistics and processing for the District’s COVID-19 testing and vaccination response. She holds an MS and PhD in Transportation Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from the University of Illinois. She is a Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.

Catherine Kummer

Catherine Kummer serves as the first Sustainability, Resiliency and Governmental Affairs Officer for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) | City of Charlotte. She is responsible for the agency’s transition to zero carbon sources for fleet and facilities as per the City of Charlotte’s Strategic Energy Action Plan in addition to governmental affairs. Prior to this role she was a Climate Advisor, focused on transportation efforts, as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Climate Challenge worked to accelerate climate change actions in twenty-five cities around the United States. Catherine joined the Climate Challenge advising the City of Charlotte after spending close to a decade as the Senior Director of Green Innovation for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, NASCAR. A native North Carolinian, Catherine holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Sustainability from Wake Forest University and Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership from Harvard University.

Kerin Lester

Kerin Lester, a long-time resident of Atlanta, is the Program Manager for MARTA’s ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS), leading three Bus maintenance, three Heavy Rail maintenance, one Light Rail maintenance, and two Ancillary facilities to ISO 14001 certification over the last four years. Kerin holds a BS degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering and holds both PMP and Envision SP certifications. Kerin is the Co-Chair of the Sustainability’s EMS Subcommittee and was appointed in 2021 to the Sustainability Steering Committee.

Prior to joining MARTA, Kerin worked at Ga. Tech’s Institute of Paper Science and Technology as a Control Systems and Electronic Specialist; developed equipment and testing software for the CMTS and Cable Modem industries; and was the General Manager of new start-up after receiving a funding grant from the National Science Foundation to develop non-destructive ultrasonic test equipment for the paper and plastics industries.

Hannah Lyons-Galante

Hannah Lyons-Galante currently serves at the Climate Change Resiliency Specialist for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Her work focuses on conducting vulnerability assessments, providing guidance to engineers, and developing policies & procedures to get climate change adaptation efforts adopted throughout the organization. Prior to joining the MBTA, Hannah earned her Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her graduate work focused primarily on designing with trees and with water. This included developing designs at multiple scales – from community parks to large-scale urban development that could withstand sea level rise. During her summers spent interning in Boston and NYC, Hannah was involved with a wide variety of green infrastructure projects: Park design at Fresh Kills landfill, greenway planning, land use history research on an abandoned rail tunnel, and evaluating stormwater management systems, post-construction. All of these ultimately serve as climate adaptation strategies. In the years prior to earning her masters, Hannah taught high school science, conducted an open space mapping project with Mass Audubon, and published original research on tropical dry forests. With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College (BA 2012), Hannah aspires to help us adapt to our changing climate by bridging the worlds of ecology and design.

Jeffrey Macko

Jeffrey began working at the Greater Cleveland RTA in 2014 as an intern with a focus on bus stop placement, safety, spacing, and informational signage. Jeffrey began full-time in 2015 and has since successfully worked with multiple municipalities in the GCRTA service area to incorporate transit service and bus stops into redevelopment projects, roadway improvement projects, and other construction projects. In 2019, Jeffrey helped lead the RTA Bus Network Redesign study with consulting partner Jarrett Walker + Associates. Following the redesign study, Jeffrey and the RTA Service Management team led the implementation of the system redesign at GCRTA, which was implemented in June 2021.

Steve Mahowald

Steve started as an operator in 1973 for Metro Transit’s predecessor and 1978 moved to the Service Development Division where he has been involved in in numerous corridor studies and restructuring projects. Steve was the lead on Metro Transit’s first timed-transfer restructuring project as well as the lead transit planner on the transformation of downtown Minneapolis’ Marq2 express corridor which received $32 million of a $133 million Urban Partnership Agreement to reduce congestion and encourage transit usage in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

Recent projects include the Connecting Bus Network for Metro Transit’s Green Line (LRT) Extension to the southwest metro and working with Minneapolis Public Works staff to build consensus on the reuse of downtown layover spaces currently underutilized due to the pandemic.

Outside of Metro Transit, Steve taught a transit planning class for several years as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey graduate school of planning. He also served nearly twenty years on various City of Bloomington commissions—including six years on the Planning Commission and eight years on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Alexandra Markiewicz

As Manager of the Bus Facility Modernization Program at the MBTA, Alexandra Markiewicz focuses on developing a strategy for delivering new, modern MBTA bus maintenance facilities to support the agency’s transition to battery electric buses. At the MBTA, Alexandra has previously led a planning efforts service improvements and multimodal access to transit in the Boston region. Prior to her work for the MBTA, she focused on national and international transportation research projects at the US DOT Volpe Center. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of the Arts in History from University of Chicago and a Master of Urban Planning from University of Michigan.

Ian Martin

Ian Martin is an Associate Staff Analyst in the Rail Network Planning & Operations Improvement group, in the Division of Operations Planning at MTA New York City Transit. His work includes conducting data-driven analyses of rail operations, maintaining content for onboard signage systems, preparing rail network microsimulations, and leading inter-departmental coordination efforts for 24/7 subway service outages.

Ian is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with master’s degrees in Transportation Engineering and City and Regional Planning, and previously worked as a planning intern with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Prior to coming to the world of public transit, he spent two years working in the consumer electronics industry after graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Jerl “Levi” McCollum

J. Levi McCollum is a Certified Public Manager and the planning director at Palm Tran, Palm Beach County’s public transit system. Driven by a love of mobility and maps, Levi has experience leading transit planning departments in implementing robust and adaptive mobility opportunities. In 2019, the American Public Transportation Association, public transit’s preeminent professional organization, recognized him as an emerging leader in the field. He has graduate-level academic training in urban geography, sustainable transportation, and international development. Levi’s singular professional pursuit is to build a more sustainable urban future.

Doug Monroe

Doug Monroe is the Manager of Corridor Planning at the Regional Transportation District in Denver. He is responsible for leading major corridor planning efforts throughout the District for mid- to long-range projects. Doug’s work includes analyzing system performance and recommending and implementing changes to improve the operation, speed, capacity, and reliability of the RTD transit system. Prior to joining the Planning Department, Doug was in the Service Planning & Scheduling Division. His projects have included developing and implementing bus and rail service plans for the W Line, planning bus service changes for the opening of the G Line, and implementing bus lane projects with the City and County of Denver.

Doug is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Planning and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.

Holly Montalban

Holly Montalban is Director of Marketing at Proterra, a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission transit buses and EV technology for commercial applications. Previously, Holly managed U.S. marketing for Mercedes-Benz Energy, a Daimler company developing stationary battery storage systems and second-life EV battery solutions. Prior to Mercedes-Benz Energy, Holly held marketing positions at Engie Storage, a subsidiary of Engie, focused on battery storage systems for commercial and industrial applications. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from Santa Clara University.

Linda Morris

Linda Morris recently joined the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) for Miami-Dade County as the Chief of Service Planning, Scheduling and Amenities. She has over 20 years of transportation and urban planning experience in California, the United Kingdom and now Miami. She joined Miami-Dade County in 2020 and was tasked with implementing the Better Bus Network; an overdue re-imagined bus network for the County, which will create a high-frequency grid network of routes and greater accessibility in high-demand areas.

Prior to joining the Miami team, she was a Senior Planner at the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in Oakland, California, where she managed the Transbay Express service from the East Bay to San Francisco, and led the multi-agency operational transition into the Salesforce Transit Center in Downtown San Francisco. She also led the pilot and implementation of a double decker bus fleet to support the express bus ridership.

Linda graduated from the London School of Economics with a B.A. in Geography and is a certified APA planner (AICP). She’s also a keen urban cyclist, currently adjusting to cycling in the Miami weather.

Larry Murphy

Mr. Murphy is a Vice President at Jacobs and a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of experience. He has managed and designed a wide range of transportation projects, including transit, highway reconstruction, and multi-modal facilities. He is the Vice-Chair of APTA’s Sustainability Committee. Larry lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Jeffrey A. Nelson

Jeff Nelson is a seasoned public transportation leader who specializes in urban design, land use planning and economic development. During his over 35 years at MetroLINK (Rock Island County Mass Transit; “Metro”), his strategic focus has been on implementing cutting edge programs with an emphasis on economic growth, environmental sustainability, enhanced technologies, and workforce development – separating MetroLINK from other transit districts of comparable size. Under his guidance MetroLINK was awarded the American Public Transportation Association “Outstanding Public Transportation System Award”. Other notable leadership recognition’s include the Federal Transportation Administration’s “State Leadership Award”, numerous APTA “AdWheel” Awards, the NAACP Business Image Award, Quad City Chamber of Commerce Multi Modal Award (twice), and various community and civic sustainability awards for excellence in environmental planning.

Nelson has a unique ability to artfully maneuver through a multitude of environments and leverage a variety of resources to meet economic development expectations. Recognized as a progressive leader of exceptional skill and foresight, he brings strong vision and leadership in the disciplines of sustainability, community growth, infrastructure and planning, creative public/pri¬vate partnerships, and economic development. Nelson was an early adopter of alternative fuels, implementing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit buses into the Metro fixed route fleet in 2002. Since that time the Metro CNG fleet has expanded to make up the majority of the fleet, and in 2018 Metro introduced zero emission buses to the fleet, which will encompass 30% of the fleet in 2021. His experience in creating sustainable communities using transportation investment as a catalyst for future development include transit multimodal facilities in the downtowns of Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island. Additional projects include the construction of a state-of-the-art 150,000 square foot “Operations and Maintenance Center” built to LEED Gold standards for the purpose of supporting a sustainable bus fleet and an energized workforce, as well as the planning, development, and construction of a $30 million public -private historic redevelopment in downtown Moline. This multi-use property, otherwise known as the “Q” Multi Modal Station, consists of a 105 room “Element” brand hotel, with retail and restaurant space that will serve as the passenger rail hub for the Moline to Chicago passenger rail corridor.

Nelson has served on a variety of community boards and committees throughout his professional career. Currently he is the Chairman of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab, a Board Trustee for Two Rivers YMCA, 2nd Vice President of the Illinois Public Transportation Association, Chair of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers, serves on the Moline Planning Commission, the Moline Police and Fire Commission, and is a Board Member for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce Regional Opportunities Council.

Nelson holds a B.S. in Political Science from Western Illinois University, a M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University, and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Business “Creating Collaborative Solutions” program.

Ellie Newman

Ellie joined Port Authority in 2019 from Allegheny County, where she served as a data analyst and analytics coordinator for several years. In her role as Section Manager of Service Development she determines service planning priorities, evaluates service performance, and manages the agency’s Title VI and open data programs. Ellie holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ralf Nielsen

Ralf specializes in integrating sustainability into the design, construction, and management of the built environment. At TransLink, he works across business functions to create value, manage risk, and move the organization and the region towards a more sustainable future. To do this, he leverages his diverse sector experience including transportation, real estate, government, and manufacturing. His team is responsible for sustainability strategy, climate mitigation and adaptation, accountability reporting and achieving TransLink’s goal of creating a net-zero and climate resilient public transportation system. In his 26-year career in Canada and the United States he’s held progressively senior roles where climate and sustainability intersect with business strategy and risk management. In 2016 he was recognized for his sustainability leadership by becoming an honouree of Canada’s Clean 50. He owes his big picture, and optimistic view to growing up on the Canadian prairies, past clients, and education in Physics and Industrial Design.

Jennifer Ninete

As a Senior Sustainability Consultant with HDR, Jennifer works on a variety of water and transportation sustainability-related projects. She is HDR’s primary knowledge manager for the Envision® sustainable infrastructure framework, including co-presenting ENV SP trainings, facilitating Envision feasibility studies and working on Envision projects. Having worked on more than 35 Envision projects, including most of HDR’s 21 verified projects, she has gained a thorough understanding of the framework from assessment and alignment to integration to verification. Jennifer also develops and manages HDR’s internal Envision project facilitation and documentation management tools, and leads an Envision webinar series to educate and inform HDR ENV SPs about best practices and lessons learned. She is an ISI approved trainer and verifier, as well as participating in ISI’s Training & Credentialing Committee and being a member of the Envision Review Board – the primary Envision decision-making body.

Mark Patzloff

Mark Patzloff is a Business Systems Analyst with the Scheduling team at Metro Transit (MN).

His major responsibilities are data quality and reliability of the HASTUS scheduling platform
and communicating information to downstream stakeholders. He acts as project manager/department lead for periodic HASTUS releases, new software modules, system upgrades, vendor engagement and training issues.

Mark spent time in the Windy City with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in strategic planning and scheduling before returning to his home state of Minnesota. Before buses and trains, he spent fifteen years in the airline industry. Mark completed graduate studies in business and public policy.

Senna Phillips

Senna Phillips is a transportation planner at MTA New York City Transit with a B.S in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University. Her work focuses on bringing data- and equity-driven approaches to bus service planning to improve customer experience. Her current projects include working with NYCDOT on implementing bus priority measures to improve bus reliability and speeds throughout the five boroughs, planning replacement shuttle bus service during 24/7 subway construction outages, and assisting with developing Bus Network Redesign plans for Brooklyn, NY.

Prior to joining MTA New York City Transit, Senna worked as a transportation planner at Arup in San Francisco, CA.

Steven Povich

Steven Povich is the Director of Fare Policy & Analytics at the MBTA. In this role, he oversees the creation, implementation, and analysis of short, medium, and long term fare policy, including prices, passes, and programs. As part of this role, Steven manages the MBTA’s fare-free bus program on 3 routes in partnership with the City of Boston.

Before the MBTA, Steven worked at transportation start ups and in finance. Steven has a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Antoinette Quagliata, LEED AP, ENV SP

Antoinette Quagliata, LEED AP, ENV SP is Manager, Sustainability Services with Dewberry. An environmental management professional working at the intersection of sustainability and mobility innovation, she has played a leading role in sustainability initiatives nationwide and brings valuable insight to her role as a senior project manager.

Before joining Dewberry, Antoinette’s experience includes more than a decade at the Federal Transit Administration, providing her with insight into strategic policy and federal programs that helps clients reach their goals to develop, prioritize, implement, and measure sustainability projects and policies. She is a certified Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Sustainability Professional and holds a master’s degree environmental management from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University.

Chuck Ray

Chuck covers the mobility market in North America and the evolution of electric vehicles and the electricity grid. He supports a team of energy systems engineers, information technology developers, and fleet electrification experts at MGL and leads client engagement exercises in fleet transition planning and charging infrastructure optimization. With more than a decade of experience in utility programs and mobility transformation from positions at E Source, Enernoc, RMI, and EV.energy, Chuck remains committed to customer value and operational reliability. BS Engineering, University of Texas; MBA Technology, University of Colorado.

Hans-Michael Ruthe

Hans-Michael Ruthe is the Senior Manager of Service Planning at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority. His background includes long range regional transportation planning, goods movement, and legislative policy. He was born and raised in Irving, Texas; currently lives in Dallas with his family; and is interested in transportation policy, funding, and maximizing bus ridership in fast-growing metropolitan areas.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Lisa Kay Schweyer

Lisa Kay Schweyer serves as Program Manager for the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Traffic21 Institute, which houses the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, where she is also an adjunct instructor. She also currently serves as a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Transportation Demand Management. She started her transportation career in 2003, helping commuters find and employers learn about transportation options as she managed the regional ridesharing CommuteInfo program. Her previous work experience includes association management, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. She has been volunteering and involved with non-profits since childhood. Since 2004, Lisa Kay has served as a Standards for Excellence Peer Reviewer with the Pennsylvania Association of NonProfit. She was elected to serve on the Association for Commuter Transportation Board of Directors for 2020 – 2024. She is also involved in her community as trained member of the City of Pittsburgh’s Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer for the Friends of Phillips Park, and Friends of Carrick Library. In 2020, she was awarded a Women of Achievement Award by the Pittsburgh Chapter of Cribs for Kids. In 2019, Lisa Kay was awarded the President’s Award for Extraordinary Service by the Association for Commuter Transportation. In 2016, she received the Superstars of Transit: Distinguished Service Award for Community Service from the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association. In 2011, her article on volunteer management was published in “The Nonprofit Toolkit: An Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership, Management and Excellence – Practical Advice and Best Practices from CharityChannel.”

Paul P. Skoutelas

Paul P. Skoutelas is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His entire career has been in public transportation, serving in both the public and private sectors.

Skoutelas is a champion for the power of public transportation to create personal and economic opportunities for all and to connect and build thriving communities. He testifies often before Congress and is a frequent speaker on public transportation issues as APTA leads the industry’s transformation in the new mobility era.

Prior to joining APTA in 2018, Skoutelas served as senior vice president for WSP USA, one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering firms and national director of WSP USA’s Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center. He also was chief executive officer at the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, Florida.

Skoutelas serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Transportation Research Board, Mineta Transportation Institute, ENO Center for Transportation, Transportation Learning Center and the Alliance to Save Energy’s 50×50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Executive Advisory Board on Smart Mobility and Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility 21 Advisory Council.

He is also a long-time member of WTS International and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

Skoutelas received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed professional engineer.

Skoutelas and his wife, Denise, are residents of Washington DC, and he commutes to work on Washington’s Metro system and the DC Circulator.

Hope Ann Smith

Hope Ann Smith is a transit planner who specializes in bus service planning and OTP improvement. She started her career as a bus driver and has worked her way through the ranks in the transportation industry over the last 10 years. She made impactful contributions to the NICE Bus team that improved the service on-time performance by approximately 20% in a shortened time frame. Her experience in the field as both a bus operator and a service quality manager has given her a well-rounded perspective on efficient service planning. Hope is self-motivated individual that prides herself on putting forth her best effort to achieve long-lasting results.

Heather Sobush

Heather Sobush is the Director of Planning at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) which is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Including the six years she has been at PSTA, Heather has more than 20 years of transportation and transit planning experience.

At PSTA, Heather leads a team of planners in the development of long and short-range plans, innovative projects, amenity partnerships, premium transit studies, and the agency’s first strategic plan focused on all aspects of sustainability.

Christof Spieler

Christof Spieler, PE, AICP, LEED AP is Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars. His recent work includes better bus in Boston, reimagining regional rail in Philadelphia, bus network redesign in Fort Worth, a rail station in Austin, and alternate visions for a Houston freeway. He teaches at Rice University and served on the Houston METRO board from 2010 to 2018, where he spearheaded the redesign of the local bus network. Spieler holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Rice. His book ‘Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US and Canadian Transit’ was published in 2021 by Island Press.

Scott Traum

Scott Traum is a transit data and policy analyst that is currently a Senior Performance Analyst in WMATA’s Office of Operations Budget, Performance and Planning. He specializes in data analysis of bus performance and works to improve bus service in the DC region, especially for those in vulnerable communities that depend on transit the most. Scott uses data to create tools that can help WMATA’s bus operations personnel visualize performance, identify areas for improvement, and develop solutions to improve bus service.

Scott helped lead the team that developed the Equity Toolkit: a virtual library of standards, datasets, and guidance that helps Metro factor equity into projects, reporting, and decision-making, all with the goal of making its service more equitable. The tool has allowed Metro to view equity through a lens that goes beyond Title VI and provides staff with the ability to use data to drive the agency’s most crucial policy decisions that affect customers that have historically faced injustice.

Prior to joining WMATA, Scott attended Syracuse University where he received a master’s in public administration with a focus on local government and urban economics. Scott has been a resident of Washington DC for over 10 years.

Dayna Wasley

Dayna is the Transit Business Development Manager at The Mobility House and is responsible for helping transit agencies electrify their fleets through the deployment of innovative charging and energy solutions. Dayna has been working in the public transit industry for more than five years. Prior to The Mobility House, Dayna worked as a transportation planner at AECOM where she developed infrastructure and mobility solutions that created more livable, equitable, accessible, and sustainable communities across the country. She was recognized as part of Mass Transit Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list in 2021 for her contributions to the public transit industry. Dayna graduated from Northern Arizona University where she studied community planning and professional writing.

Emma West

Emma West is an Energy and Sustainability Program Analyst at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) focused on the delivery of clean technology and sustainability initiatives. During her time at WMATA she developed the agency’s first Energy Action Plan, managed utility supply contract awards (over $100 million value), and launched WMATA’s Enterprise Energy Monitoring Software (EEMS). Currently, Emma provides project management support for WMATA’s first on-site solar carport installation.

When Emma isn’t working on projects to decarbonize transit, she enjoys exploring local running and biking the trails in Washington, DC.

David Wohlwill

David Wohlwill is the Program Manager of Long-Range Planning at Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT). He has managed project and corridor planning and environmental studies, including the First Avenue Light Rail Transit Station, Stage II Light Rail Transit system, Eastern Corridor Transit studies, North Shore Connector and the Downtown – Uptown – Oakland Bus Rapid Transit project and has served as the Deputy Project Manager for NEXTransit, PRT’s Long-Range Plan. David has also developed grant applications requesting state and federal funding for capital projects, including for the McKeesport Transportation Center modernization project and PRT’s electric bus initiative.

Prior to working at PRT, David worked for the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany performing planning and programming for the Buffalo, Hudson Valley, and New York City areas.

David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of California – Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Alissa Zimmer

Alissa Zimmer works for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the Office of Performance Management and Innovation as the Manager of Performance and Reporting. She works primarily on spatial data methods and performance measure development, with a particular focus on the impact of transportation on equity and the environment. In this role, she led the design of the measurement system for the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, as well as the development of novel measures of transit improvement impacts. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Northeastern University.
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