This year, our host agency for the Sustainability/Operations Planning and Scheduling workshop is Pittsburgh Regional Transit.  Below is the list of tours and a workshop that will be offered as part of the workshop program.  Advance registration is required due to the capacity limits.  Conference registrants will be notified when the tours/workshop registration is open.

Online preregistration will end Friday, August 5th at 5:00 pm. Onsite sign-ups are automatically waitlisted, and any unfilled seats from this preregistration will be at a first come first served basis.

For onsite inquiries, see the PRT host table next to APTA’s registration desk during the event registration hours.


Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, August 7

LRT Tour to South Hills Village Rail Center/Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Leave from Downtown Pittsburgh (Steel Plaza Station) and ride the LRT system through to South Hills Village. At South Hills Village, tour participants will visit the LRV maintenance and storage facility and the Operations Control Center. Tour participants will have the option of boarding a bus to visit the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum or returning to Downtown on the LRT system (on a regularly scheduled train). The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has an extensive collection of beautifully restored vintage trolleys, many of which operate on its four-mile line. After the Trolley Museum visit, participants will board a bus to return to Downtown.

Estimated time for LRT to South Hills Village, touring South Hills Village and return is 2.5 to 3 hours. Estimated time for riding LRT to South Hills Village, touring South Hills Village, bus to Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, visiting the museum and returning to Pittsburgh is 5.5 hours.

Busway Tour – TOD Emphasis 

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Ride the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway to view East Liberty’s state-of-the-art multimodal transit center and mixed-use transit-oriented development and existing and planned TOD at other stations as well as a new station currently under construction. See Pennsylvania’s first Transit Revitalization Investment District project.


Improving On-Time Performance in the Transit Industry Workshop by Arthur Gaudet

2:00 – 4:00 pm

A holistic approach to on-time performance starts with looking at data collection, moving toward meaningful analysis.  Systems may just report monthly totals and calculations without considering that they are not meaningful representations of quality (OTP) to the customer.  Failure to discard anomalous data (days of blizzards, hurricanes, other Force Majeure events) can result in reporting OTP that is technically correct but not truly representative of reasonable expectations.   A formal policy that only looks at days where it is reasonably possible to operate, noting those anomalous days, presents a better picture of reasonable service to the public.  An example of data not reflecting true customer experience can occur with frequent service.  On a ten-minute headway, if all buses are 10-minutes late, the statistics say that OTP is zero percent.  To the passenger, however, OTP is 100%, since there is a bus (even if not the bus) every 10-minutes.  Presentation focus is to consider all elements, including IT and Maintenance, to avoid systems shooting themselves in the foot by reporting statistics poorer than the actual customer experience.

The workshop will cover five “Musts”:  Sufficient and Accurate Running Time; Sufficient Recovery Time; Enough Operators; Enough Buses; and Enough Supervision (trained and empowered to adjust & restore service). Arthur will share various solutions and know-hows around these five “Musts” including creative blocking that can generate buses for maintenance; adding deadhead which increases the tangible runcut cost but also, generates net savings in fleet availability, spare ratio; and service restoration techniques etc.

Wednesday, August 10

Multimodal LRT, Duquesne Incline, and Bus to Station Square and Mount Washington with Pittsburgh History (FULL)

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Ride an LRV to Station Square and Duquesne Incline up Mt. Washington for a great view of Downtown Pittsburgh. Return to Downtown on a bus. PRT and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation representatives will provide existing and historical narrative on public transit, other transportation systems, TOD and Pittsburgh. This trip will need to be limited to 14 participants due to the limited capacity of the incline.

LRT /TOD Planning Tour

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Board LRV in Downtown Pittsburgh and ride PRT’s LRT system to Castle Shannon. Alight Castle Shannon, Mt. Lebanon, and South Hills Junction to view existing communities developed along the rail line and plans for Transit Oriented Development. Tour participants will learn about challenges posted by recent and future development. The return trip to Downtown would utilize the currently out-of-service Allentown Line.

Busway Tour – Infrastructure, Operations & Service Emphasis

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Ride the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway and West Busways to view their guideways, stations and other facilities.  Stops would be made at Penn Station, Wilkinsburg, and Swissvale on the East Busway and Carnegie on the West Busway to view stations and observe operations.

Eco-Innovation District/Downtown & Uptown BRT Corridor Tour (FULL)

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Walking tour through Downtown and Uptown of corridor being planned for Pittsburgh’s first on-street BRT system and the Uptown EcoInnovation District.

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