Friday, February 16

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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CATS Technical Tour

Come learn about Chatham Area Transit’s all-electric micro-transit vehicles, ferry services and integrated strategic planning programs.

Meet on River Street, across from the hotel

5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM, Welcome Reception

It’s networking time! Join your colleagues for cocktails, light fare and relaxed conversation.

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Saturday, February 17

All times Eastern Standard Time

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7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Opening Session

Remarks:

  • Faye DiMassimo, CEO, Chatham Area Transit Authority
  • Dawn Distler, Chief Executive Officer, METRO Regional Transit Authority
  • Hon. Van R. Johnson, II, Mayor, City of Savannah, GA
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA
  • Michele Wong Krause, Chair, APTA; and Past Chair, DART Board of Directors, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Ridership: Is it “Normal Yet?

The session will commence with a presentation by FTA on ridership post-pandemic and how FTA plans to use ridership in its program reviews. This will be followed by a discussion on the steps some agencies are successfully implementing to build ridership beyond 2019 levels.

Presenter:

  • Jeffrey Roux, Division Chief, Systems Planning and Analysis, Federal Transit Administration

Speakers:

  • Richard Andreski, President & CEO, Trinity Metro
  • Coree Cuff Lonergan, Director, Broward County Transportation Department
  • Julie Kirschbaum, Director of Transit, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni)
  • Frank White, III, President & CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA)
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM The ZEB Quandary: Hydrogen, Electric or Both?

This session will feature a spirited discussion on the merits of the two competing technologies for zero-emission buses – hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery. What are the factors leading to procurement decisions and what has been the experience to date?

Moderator:

  • Debra Johnson, General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District – Denver

Speakers:

  • Doran Barnes, Past Chair, APTA; and Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Transit
  • Richard Davey, Jr., President, New York City Transit , Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  • Jessica Mefford-Miller, CEO, Valley Metro
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM FTA Focus on Bus Manufacturing

The Honorable Nuria Fernandez, FTA Administrator, will provide an update on the initiatives at the FTA to support new ways of conducting bus procurements and the transition to zero emission technologies.

Speaker:

  • Hon. Nuria Fernandez, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration

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12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Keynote Lunch: Are Cities Getting “Smarter”?

Have “Smart City” promises translated into tangible progress? What has worked and what hasn’t? Jeffrey Tumlin, Director of Transportation Services, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and a futurist, discusses what might a city look like in 2040 and the implications of these changes on transit services and on transit labor?

Introduction:

  • Jay Fox, Executive Director, Utah Transit Authority

Speaker:

  • Jeffrey Tumlin, Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Break
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM Navigating an NTSB Investigation

An NTSB investigation can be a harrowing experience. This panel will provide valuable insights and strategies in preparing for an investigation, maintaining public trust, and ensuring successful outcomes during an NTSB investigation.

Moderator:

  • Dorval Carter, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; and President, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

Speakers:

  • Leslie Richards, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Michelle Bouchard, Executive Director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board)
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Capital Costs: Is it Possible to Rein in The Cost of Projects?

Can anything be done to address the seemingly uncontrollable increase in project costs? This panel will review national data on project costs and focus on specific strategies some agencies have employed to cap increases.

Presenter and Moderator:

  • Peter Rogoff, Managing Partner, Contorta Group

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Carolyn Gonot, General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Phillip Eng, General Manager and CEO, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Kevin Quinn, CEO, TransLink
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CEO Wellness and Healing:  A Drum Circle

Temakha Maakheru is a modern medicine woman who uses music and drum circles to enable participants to connect with one another and their hidden Ginger Baker.

Facilitator:

  • Temakha Maakheru
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CEO Dinner presented by HW Lochner

Sunday, February 18

All times Eastern Standard Time

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7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Deputies Breakfast
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM CEOs Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Deputies Session: Defining an often-Undefined Position

Staking out a defined role as Deputy, Chief of Staff or COO is often challenging and entirely dependent on the CEO’s needs and goals for the position and personal leadership style.  How can one best find their own space as the Number 2 and achieve quantifiable, independent outcomes?

Many CEOs do not have fixed ideas on how their Number 2 can best support the CEO or the agency.  Should the CEO and Number simply split up responsibilities?  Should other staff report to the Deputy?  How can the CEO and Number 2 avoid stepping over each other and make the most efficient and effective use of the top two agency leaders?

Speakers:

  • India Birdsong Terry, General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
  • Michelle Bouchard, Executive Director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board)
  • Shawn Donaghy, CEO, C-TRAN
  • Debra Johnson, General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District – Denver
  • Nadine Lee, President & CEO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Labor Update

The Greg Dash Show

Speaker:

  • Greg Dash, President, John A. Dash & Associates
9:15 AM – 9:30a.m. Break
9:30AM – 10:30 AM Bus Manufacturing Task Force — Procurement Refresh to Enhance Competition

Dorval Carter, Chair of APTA’s Bus Manufacturing Task Force, and other bus task force members discuss recommendations for strengthening competition and the financial viability of bus manufacturing.

Moderator:

  • Dorval Carter, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; and President, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

Speakers:

  • Richard Davey, Jr., President, New York City Transit , Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Stephanie Laubenstein, Director, Sales & Business Development, New Flyer and MCI (NFI Group)
  • Bill Fay, Vice President of Sales, Gillig
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Women are the Future!

Explore the transformative influence of women in executive leadership. Join us in examining the multifaceted ways in which female leaders are shaping the landscape of transit and fostering positive change within their organizations and communities.

Moderator:

  • Dawn Distler, Chief Executive Officer, METRO Regional Transit Authority

Speakers:

  • India Birdsong Terry, General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
  • Nadine Lee, President & CEO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Erin Rogers, CEO and General Manager, Omnitrans
  • MJ Maynard, Vice Chair, APTA Board of Directors; and Chief Executive Officer, RTC Southern Nevada
  • Charlotte Shaw, Executive Director/CEO, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (MAX)
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Managing the World’s Largest Ships

Managing a bus terminal is tough, but how about the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in our hemisphere? Christopher Novack, Director Engineering and Facilities Maintenance, Port of Savannah/Georgia Port Authority, discusses how the Port of Savannah manages, markets and develops the 4th largest port in the US.

Introduction:

  • Faye DiMassimo, CEO, Chatham Area Transit Authority

Keynote Speaker:

  • Christopher Novack, Director of Engineering and Facilities Maintenance, Georgia Ports Authority

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1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM CEOs Discussion: Closed Session

This is a closed session for transit agency CEOs exclusively.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Deputies Discussion: What’s On Your Mind?

In this informal conversation, we’ll discuss ways you can make the most of your APTA membership as you continue your transit industry journey.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45PM – 3:30 PM CEO Journey – Positioning for Success

What are the factors that position a transit agency CEO for success in today’s fast-paced, social-media focused world, and supports a lasting relationship with one’s Board of Directors?

Moderator:

  • Doran Barnes, Past Chair, APTA; and Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Transit

Speakers:

  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)
  • Leslie Richards, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Darrell Johnson, CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
  • Lona Hankins, CEO, Regional Transit Authority – New Orleans
  • Amy Hill, General Manager & CEO, South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo)
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Open Mic: Setting APTA/Industry Priorities

Join us for an open discussion on the major opportunities and threats over next 3 to 5 years.

Moderator:

  • Dawn Distler, Chief Executive Officer, METRO Regional Transit Authority
4:00 PM Closing
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