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 Transit Technology & International Showcases

Experience quality educational sessions for all attendees, right on the show floor! Annual meeting attendees can maximize their learning opportunities firsthand by participating in sessions presented by EXPO 2011 exhibitors covering an array of topics related to technical, management and operations. Learn about the latest technology innovations that will help you and your system operate more efficiently.

Also during the EXPO, travel beyond New Orleans on the floor of the 2011 APTA EXPO by attending International Showcases and listening to the latest public transportation developments and business opportunities in countries outside of the United States. Guest speakers from the U.S. Commercial Service and transport authorities from countries including Mexico, Brazil, China, and India, will conduct presentations highlighting current and future development plans that U.S. companies interested in exporting products and services won’t want to miss.

Put the following sessions on your EXPO event schedule: (Schedule and sessions subject to change)

Monday, October 3

Transit Technology Showcase A

Real Time Passenger Information in the Greater Iowa City Area: Bongo
1 - 1:45 p.m.

Bongo is the first regional, real-time passenger information system in the USA, and provides real-time arrival and transit information for passengers of Iowa City, Coralville, and University of Iowa transit systems. Speakers will describe the benefits of the system and what it has done for the passengers and transit management.

  • Thomas Noyes, Director of Business Development, Next Bus, Inc., Alameda, CA

The Foothill Transit Electric Bus Development Story
2 - 2:45 p.m.

This session will help participants understand the electric bus development process from dream to grant to construction to revenue service.

  • Joshua Goldman, Director of Business Development, Proterra Inc., San Diego, CA

Induction Coils: Satisfying ADA Requirements for the Hearing Impaired
3 - 3:45 p.m.

Gain insight on technology being used to satisfy ADA requirements for transit. Hearing impaired disabilities have been nearly invisible and not received the attention the more visible disabilities attain. The implementation of Induction Coils successfully addresses these overlooked patrons by supplementing their hearing aid “T” coils. Application of this new technology on train platforms, cars, ticket, and rescue areas allows Agencies with both existing and new infrastructures to comply with the ADA and safeguard their patrons.

  • Ron Keepel, Principal Engineer, Communications, Zeier Associates, Trenton, NJ

Transit Technology Showcase B

How Integrated Payment and Information Systems Can Be the Key to Solving Tomorrow’s Urban Gridlock
1:15 - 2 p.m.

Learn how today's smart-enabled payment systems for mass transit can be leveraged for macro integration among all public and private modes in a city or region, including bus, rail, ferry, tolling, bicycles, taxis and private vehicles, to be part of the solution for better transport and urban planning.

  • Matt Cole, Director of Business Development, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

Safety Beyond Regulations – Key Learning From High Risk Operators
2:15 - 3 p.m.

Learn the fundamental issues related to transit organizations that manage operations with high exposure to serious accidents. This session will focus on methodologies for addressing the challenges and reducing potential for high severity events.

  • Jim Spigener, Vice President, BST Solutions, Ojai, CA

Low Maintenance Capacitor Based LED Emergency Lighting Systems
3:15 - 4 p.m.

This session will provide attendees with an overview of the advancement in both LED & Capacitive Storage technology and how it will benefit the rail industry with lower power consumption, long service life and reduced maintenance compared to conventional incandescent/fluorescent and battery technologies.

  • Marc Gagne, Director Business Development, TDG Transit Design Group, Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA

International Showcase

Small Business Could Mean Big Exports: U.S. Export-Import Bank’s National Export and Small Business Global Access Initiatives
1:45 -2:30 p.m.

As part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, the Small Business Global Access initiative was created by the U.S. Export-Import Bank to engage small and medium sized businesses in foreign sales. Learn how the NEI and Small Business Global Access financing tools can help increase your competitive edge in the global marketplace.

  • Thomas Cummings, Small Business Specialist, Export-Import Bank, New York, NY

U.S. Government Export Assistance Programs
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

The U.S. Government supports a number of programs and services designed to assist companies with the exporting of goods and services. From providing matchmaking services, to bringing trade mission international delegates directly to you, to finding ways to support small and medium-sized businesses with their export ambitions, representatives from U.S. Government agencies will address ways in which they can help you accomplish your exporting goals during this International Showcase presentation.


  • Rita Daguillard, Director, U.S. Federal Transit Administration Office of Research Management, Washington, DC


  • Thomas Cummings, Small Business Specialist, Export-Import Bank, New York, NY
  • Luz Araoz Hopewell, Acting Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration Office of International Trade, Washington, DC
  • Donald van de Werken, Director, U.S. International Trade Administration New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center, New Orleans, LA
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency Invited

    Tuesday, October 4

    Transit Technology Showcase A

    How iPads Are changing Public Transportation
    11 - 11:45 a.m.

    Come learn how iPads are changing the face of public transportation in Charleston, South Carolina. State of the art yet affordable, Apple and Slicker are making it easy to share vehicle location and route information with riders. Advertisers will be eager to reach the passengers with real time, geo-specific advertisements. Come see the future.

    • Tommy Dew, CEO, Slicker Interactive, Charleston, SC

    New Technology Resilient Wheels for Light Rail Vehicles
    2 - 2:45 p.m.

    The session will explore and compare the European design alternative to the Bochum Wheel and will showcase ride characteristics and costly tooling investments.

    • Frank Ursone, Executive VP & GM, UTCRAS, Morton, PA

    Integrated Fare Management
    3 – 3:45 p.m.

    Integrated Fare Management is a next generation solution for automatic fare collection and management to enable a single payment across multiple transportation modes. This session will examine the decreasing capital and operating costs for transport providers, providing an enhanced customer experience for riders, and achieving simplicity and interoperability across the entire value chain.

    • David E. Pickeral, JD, Global Development Executive, Intelligent Transportation Systems, IBM, Boca Raton, FL

    Transit Technology Showcase B

    Improve Your Bottom Line with Behavior-based Fuel Management Solutions
    11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    With fuel as one of the largest fleet operating costs, rising prices increase the urgency of managing the driver’s impact on fuel economy. To help agencies address this bottom-line concern, this session will showcase new and innovative fuel management tools to improve fuel efficiency and fleet performance.

    • Dave Riordan, VP of Client Services, DriveCam, San Diego, CA

    BYD Motors, INC Presentation
    2:15 – 3 p.m.

    • Micheal Austin, Vice President, BYD Motors, INC, Arlington Heights, IL

    Optimizing Transit’s Effectiveness in Lean Budget Times
    3:15 – 4 p.m.

    Using various real-world examples, participants will explore a comprehensive plan of strategies and analytical techniques that can be employed to improve service reliability, reduce travel time, improve the customer experience and improve service effectiveness and efficiency.

    • Lauren Isaac, Consultant, Parson Brinckerhoff, Arcadia, CA

    International Showcase

    8th World Congress & Trade Exhibition on High-Speed Rail
    11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    The 8th World Congress & Trade Exhibition on High-Speed Rail, co-hosted and organized by APTA and the International Union of Railways (UIC), will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 11-13, 2012. Join the organizers of the World Congress at this International Showcase session to learn more about the event, including program content information and opportunities for exhibiting and sponsorships.

    • Hervé Aubert, Deputy Director, Communications, International Union of Railways, Paris, France
    • Ignacio Barrón de Angoíti, Director, Passenger and High Speed Department; International Union of Railways, Paris, France
    • Peter Gertler, Senior Vice President, High-Speed Rail Services Chair, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA
    • Johan Haarhuis, Managing Director, Europoint, The Netherlands

    U.S. Commercial Service - Mexico
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Discover the latest passenger transportation projects in Mexico and how you can take advantage of the business opportunities available currently and in the future.

    • Alicia Herrera, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Mexico City, Mexico

    Public Transportation Business Opportunities in China
    1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

    The People’s Republic of China is continually expanding its transport network in efforts to keep its 1.3 billion citizens moving. Learn from a transportation representative from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing about China’s growing public transportation developments and how you can be a part of this growth. Also learn about the challenges of working in China and the appropriate business practices needed to ensure success.

    • Landon Loomis, Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

    U.S. Commercial Service - Brazil
    3:15 – 4 p.m.

    As the host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expanding its public transportation services to better serve the many visitors and citizens participating in these events. Learn how you can be a competitive player in the many projects throughout the country.

    • Ebe Raso, Business Development Specialist, Transportation Equipment and Services, U.S. Consulate / U.S. Commercial Service Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil

    Wednesday, October 4

    Transit Technology Showcase A

    Moving Beyond Mobile CCTV with Advanced Security Applications
    10 - 10:45 a.m.

    Deploying mobile surveillance systems on fleet vehicles allows transit agencies to play a vital role in protecting our communities. Today’s challenge is how to effectively adapt to additional security technologies and integrate these systems with platforms that enable proactive monitoring, rapid incident response and better decision-making based on real-time information. This session will explore the latest advances in video surveillance and communications technologies and how they can benefit your organization.

    • Keith Winchester, Director, North America Mobile Solutions, March Networks, Ottawa, Ontario

    New Ways of Providing Customers with Real Time Information
    11 - 11:45 a.m.

    Real-time traveler information requires accurate schedules and vehicle location information. In the past this information could only be provided as an extension of CAD/AVL systems. Today, it can be provided as add-on to systems, even if no real-time vehicle hardware is installed. Learn how agencies can install display systems and advanced internet services, including subscription services to alerts for specific routes, disturbances, modes of transportation.

    • Arjan van Andel, Director of Sales, ITS North America, Trapeze ITS, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Transit Technology Showcase B

    Achieving Consensus: Addressing Noise Issues When Planning for Mass Transit
    10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

    Come learn how audio visual simulations can demonstrate multiple transit technologies in various settings and offer realistic replications of the indoor or outdoor sound impact, and at varying distances and types of ground surfaces.

    • Ahmed El-Aassar, Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

    Best Practices for Applying PSIM in Your Transit Operation
    11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Transit agencies have been quick to adopt security technologies. But the resulting flood of data can obscure the big picture. Understand and articulate the key trends and challenges impacting today’s transit security command centers.

    • Tom LaBarbera, Sector Vice President, Transportation, NICE Systems, Rutherford, NJ 

    International Showcase

    Public Transit Projects and Needs in Canada
    10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

    According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, Canada is the number one trading partner of the U.S. in terms of exports and imports of goods this year. This number has rapidly grown since 2010, and is expected to continue to increase during 2012. APTA’s sister association in Canada, the Canadian Urban Transit Association, will address business opportunities and needs within Canada’s public transit industry so that you can learn how to be a part of this business exchange.


    • Michael W. Roschlau, President/Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Urban Transit Association, Toronto, ON
    • John King, Chair, Canadian Urban Transit Association, Toronto, ON
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