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American Public Transportation Association

 Session Descriptions

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated September 26, 2012

Saturday, September 29

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Diversity Council

Chair, Flora M. Castillo

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Business Member Business Development Committee

Co-chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Conference Registration Desk
Host Information Desk

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

10 – 11:30 a.m.

2012-13 APTA Board of Directors New Members’ Orientation

2011-12 Chair, Gary C. Thomas & 2012-13 Chair, Flora M. Castillo

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Business Member Programs Committee

Co-chairs, John P. Bartosiewicz & Jerome C. Premo

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Higher Education Subcommittee (HR Committee)

Chair, Dr. Jill Hough

12 – 4 p.m.

APTA Board of Directors Meeting

2011-12 Chair, Gary C. Thomas & 2012-13 Chair, Flora M. Castillo

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Business Member Liaison & Outreach Committee

Chair, Frank DiGiacomo

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Workforce Development Subcommittee (HR Committee)

Chair, Lydia C. Grose

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Business Member Procurement Committee

Chair, Robert I. Brownstein

3 – 4 p.m.

Safety Coordinating Committee

Chair, Matthew O. Tucker

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Labor Subcommittee (HR Committee)

Chair, Patrick Gough

4 – 5 p.m.

Business Member Government Affairs Committee

Chair, Cliff Henke

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Transit Board Members Program Subcommittee

Chair, Beverly S. Silas

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Commuter & Intercity Joint Legislative Subcommittee

Co-chairs, Stanley G. Feinsod & Joseph J. Giulietti

5 - 6 p.m.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

Chair, Marlene B. Connor

6 p.m.

(Dutch-treat dinner; meet in the Sheraton Lobby at 5:45 p.m.)

Human Resources Committee Dinner

Chair, Mary Ann Collier

 Sunday, September 30

Conference Registration Desk
Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mid-Level Managers Welcome and Orientation Breakfast Meeting NEW!

7 - 8:45 a.m. (50 person limit)

Maximizing your time, growing your network at the Annual Meeting

Mid-level managers play key roles in the transit industry. In addition to focusing on the needs of their organization, these individuals also need to broaden their skills and professional network. APTA is pleased to premier this pilot session for mid-level managers NEW to an APTA Annual Meeting. Join us for a morning breakfast meeting to help you make the best use of your time at this conference. Be welcomed by the industry’s top leaders. Hear from fellow members and APTA staff about maximizing your time at all APTA meetings, educational sessions, and networking events. Find out who else in the industry faced similar challenges and how they worked through them. Get some direction. Meet top executives. Broaden your network. Join us.

REGISTRATION  Please register for this event by contacting APTA's Jose Reyes at 202.496-4846 or

Welcome Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

7 – 8:45 a.m.

Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee/Federal Procedures & Relations Legislative Subcommittee

Chairs, Ronald L. Epstein & Christopher P. Boylan

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Member Services Committee

Chair, Steve Radomski, AIA, LEED AP

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Business Member Small Business Committee

Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

Chair, Richard Krisak

8 – 10 a.m.

Emerging Technology Committee

Chair, Angela Miller

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

Chair, Robert H. Prince Jr.

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Fare Systems & Programs Committee

Chair, Kevin M. Fehn

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

Acting Chair, Gavin Fraser, C.Eng

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Bus Safety Committee

Chair, Reginald A. Mason

9 – 11 a.m.

Legislative Committee

Chair, Jeffrey A. Nelson

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Mass Transit Security Coordinating Council

Chair, Michael P. DePallo

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

12th National LRT & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee

Chair, Richard Krisak

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Committee)

Chair, Dave Gorshkov

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

Chair, Michael I. Schneider

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

EXPO Advisory Committee

Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

Chair, David B. Kutrosky

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Financial Management Committee

Chair, Scott L. Schroeder

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Small Operations Committee

Chair, Jeanne Krieg

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mid-Size Operations Committee

Chair, Jeff Hamm

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Regulatory Activities Subcommittee (Access Committee)

Chair, Patrisha Piras

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Streetcar Subcommittee

Chair, James H. Graebner

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Automated Transit Technical Forum

Chair, Simon Zweighaft

12 – 2:30 p.m.

Research & Technology Committee

Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Older Adult Transportation Subcommittee (Access Committee)

Chair, Rosemary B. Gerty

12:30 – 2 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Technical Forum

Chair, James P. Burke

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

Chair, William R. Mooney Sr.

This is APTA

1 - 2:30 p.m.

Learn about your association and how to leverage to the fullest extent the membership benefits and resources available to you and your organization. Where do you start and how do you get involved? Come meet APTA’s leadership and staff in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation and networking. A brief presentation will be followed by time for Q&A with seasoned member representatives who can share their advice and secrets for your membership satisfaction.

Note For an in-depth tour of APTA’s website, be sure to attend the “Unlock the Treasures of APTA’s Website” session on Tuesday from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.


  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Q&A Facilitators

  • Paul J. Ballard, chief executive officer, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, Nashville, TN
  • Steve Radomski, AIA, LEED AP, chair, APTA Member Services Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and senior project manager, Eastern regional manager, Maintenance Design Group, Baltimore, MD
  • Janet S. Tarantino, secretary of the District, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Francisco, CA

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

1 – 3 p.m.

Marketing & Communications Committee

Chair, Richard Maxwell

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Bus Operations Committee

Chair, Claire Spielberg

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Capital Projects Subcommittee

Chair, Cosema E. ‘Connie’ Crawford

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Human Resources Committee

Chair, Mary Ann Collier

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

Co-chairs, Patricia A. Morris & Ronald Hopkins

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

Chair, Richard J. Wieczorek

2 – 5 p.m.

Business Member Board of Governors Election & General Meeting

Chair, Charles R. Wochele

2:30 – 4 p.m.

State Affairs Committee

Chair, Linda McMinimy

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Information Technology Committee

Chair, Angele K. Miller

A Conversation with the CEO, Michael Melaniphy NEW!

3 - 4 p.m.

Take this opportunity to meet informally with APTA’s new President & CEO, Michael P. Melaniphy, as he shares his vision for advancing your association’s agenda, and discusses your ideas of how APTA can work best for you.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Access Committee

Chair, Rick Ramacier

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Rail Transit Committee

Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

Chair, Donna DeMartino

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

Chair, Joel M. Volinski

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Transit Board Members Committee

Chair, Frederick L. Daniels Jr.

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Policy & Planning Committee

Vice Chair, David Vozzolo 

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

Chair, Karl Witbeck

Welcome to Seattle Reception at Products & Services Showcase

6 - 8 p.m.

Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while examining the various displays in the showcase. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

Reception sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

Stacy and Witbeck

Monday, October 1

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

7 – 8 a.m.

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

Chair, Randall Chrisman

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk
Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Opening General Session
Public Transportation Takes Us There

8 - 9:30 a.m.

The success of our industry depends on our ability to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient public transportation system that meets the needs of all communities and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. Transportation issues are front and center in the country’s legislative agenda, but what lies ahead? Join us as we hear national leaders offer their insights on the challenges and opportunities we face. And don’t miss our traditional “exchange of the gavel” and bid farewell to our outgoing APTA chair and give a warm Seattle welcome to our incoming chair.

Welcome and Remarks

  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Sponsor Recognition

  • Thomas R. Waldron, member, APTA Board of Directors, and senior vice president and director-Americas Transit & Rail, AECOM, New York, NY

Host Welcomes

  • The Honorable Dow Constantine, King County Executive, Seattle, WA
  • Kevin Desmond, chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA


  • Gary C. Thomas, 2011-12 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Administrator Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Guest Speaker 

  • The Honorable Alan S. Boyd, first secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

General Session sponsored by AECOM. 


Host Forum
Partnership Strategy Moves Puget Sound Region Toward its Vision

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Transit agencies in the greater Seattle area have teamed up with many partners, including Washington state, cities and businesses, to achieve success in improving mobility throughout the Puget Sound region. These partners help transit agencies build support for their goals, leverage financial resources, remove barriers, and find new ways of working together. At this session, you will stories of how transit agencies are working with partners to create outstanding public transportation services that are becoming the choice of an ever-increasing number of people--who will help the region flourish for generations to come.


  • Harold S. Taniguchi, director, King County Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA


  • Kevin Desmond, chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Joni Earl, chief executive officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Paula Hammond, secretary of transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA
  • Kate Joncas, president and CEO, Downtown Seattle Association, Seattle, WA (invited)
  • DeLee Shoemaker, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

General Forum
Being Game Changers

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

How transit agencies are transforming the way they operate and organize to be more efficient, effective, and responsive to customers’ needs.

Come hear how transit agencies are successfully addressing major drivers for change – rapid shifts in funding, technology, demographics – and making themselves more relevant to their communities. Where are the opportunities for change? What innovative approaches to change have they taken? How have agencies sold the need for change, what partnerships have they formed and what new structures have they established?


  • Beverly A.Scott, Ph.D., member, APTA Boad of Directors, and general manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA


  • Robert G. Stanley, transportation consultant, Washington, DC
  • Alain Flausch, secretary general, International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Brussels, Belgium


  • Michael A. Allegra, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sandy Draggoo, chief executive officer/executive director, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Lansing, MI
  • Carolyn Flowers, chief executive officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • William L. Volk, managing director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL 

Transit Asset Management Recommended Practices

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Balancing state of good repair with available resources and need for expansion

Transit agencies vary in the introduction of a comprehensive asset management strategy to inform and guide agency decisions and resource allocation. Learn some recommended practices from agencies that have had success in integrating those practices with a new look at fixed assets. Topical areas covered in this session include: plan for implementing an asset management program in a resource constrained environment; the selection and role of technology; asset conditions assessment methods; asset breakdown structure; measuring the effectiveness of an asset management program and return on investment; and impact on operating and maintenance costs.


  • Susan Schruth, executive consultant, Hill International, Inc., Washington, DC


  • Jerry Rutledge, CPMM, manager, power and facilities, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA 
  • Paul Edwards, P.E., senior program manager, construction, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • David M. Springstead, senior director of engineering & development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • David C. Rose, Ph.D., vice president, strategic consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, NY

Session sponsored by Trapeze Group.

Creative Ridership Initiatives

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

New and innovative ways to attract and retain riders

Transit ridership is up across the country, but this increase didn’t just happen on its own. Sure a resurging economy and high gas prices played a role, but so did innovative ridership campaigns. Hear from transit agencies as they showcase successful strategies they are employing to attract and retain riders.


  • Carl G. Sedoryk, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager/cheif executive officer, Monterey Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA


  • Dee Leggett, vice president, communications & planning, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
  • Carol Cooper, senior transportation planner, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Drew Blevins, director, marketing, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Tim E. Healy, marketing & creative services manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Dan Dawson, vice president, marketing and communications, Captial Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Small Operations: Best Practices = Big Results

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

New, fresh, innovative ideas to help run and grow your systems more efficiently and creatively

As with mid-size and large transit systems, small operators are confronted with new business problems and opportunities on a regular basis. Learn how your colleagues are succeeding and improving their systems. Hear about best practices and case studies from your peers and gain the tools you need to reduce costs and manage operations.


  • Allan Pollock, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager/CEO, Salem-Keitzer Transit, Salem, OR


  • Andrew Johnson, general manager, Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System, Normal, IL
  • Maxine Wortham, board trustee, Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, Peoria, IL
  • Tracey Pettigrew, safety operations assistant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
  • Bruce Sackron, transportation services manager, Valley Regional Transit, Meridian, ID

Opening the Door to Public-Private Partnerships

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

What are the advantages and other considerations of adding private-sector partners?

New experiences are bringing further light to the benefits of public-private partnerships. This session will focus on methods to utilize PPPs to help project sponsors manage risk, expedite project delivery, and help in the management of both capital construction and service operation. Come learn about the new policy framework for PPPs, and new projects that are taking shape in North America and internationally.


  • Michael I. Schneider, chair, APTA Public-Private Partnerships Committee, and managing partner, InfraConsult LLC, Los Angeles, CA

Toronto PPP Update

  • Neil Peterson, executive advisor, CH2M HILL, Seattle, WA

Congestion Management in Los Angeles: Coming Soon!

  • Stephanie Wiggins, executive officer - congestion management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Long Island Bus Service Contracting Update

  • Richard Alexander, senior vice president, business development, Veolia Transportation, Lombard, IL

Comparing Design-Bid-Build to DBOM and DBFOM

  • P. Takis Salpeas, senior vice president, Parsons Corporation, Washington, DC

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

Chair, Bonnie D. Shepherd

Products & Services Showcase

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (includes lunch)

Many business members’ products and services are showcased at the 2012 Products & Services Showcase. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of public transportation equipment and services.

Please complete the Products & Services Showcase Reservation Form to reserve a booth at the showcase. If you are only exhibiting in the showcase, and not attending the entire conference, please use the Exhibitor Only

Registration Form. (Exhibitor Information)

Questions? Contact APTA’s Adam Martin at 202-496-4845 or

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

12 - 2:30 p.m.

(meet in East Lobby, Level Six, Convention Center at 12 p.m.)

Legal Affairs Committee

Chair, Robin M.Reitzes

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Procurement Steering Committee

Co-Chairs, Patrick A. Nowakowski & Patrict J. Scully

1 - 2 p.m.

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

Chair, Beth Vidaurri

Executive Suite: The Journey

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

The eye on the prize

Transit leaders know the benefits, power, and impact of our industry on the economy, our communities, job creation, and our future. These same leaders also know the journey they took to reach the executive suite to be able to lead and represent our industry on Capitol Hill, at the White House, in the board room, at town hall meetings, and in front of stakeholders and shareholders.

What is the drive to be part of the executive suite? How do you develop the skills, insight and abilities to be the recognized leader among many? How do you transition from being deputy to being in charge?

This interactive executive round-table session focuses on the journey – the stories of public and private sector executive leaders who recently joined the Executive-Suite. What did it take? What were the sacrifices and ains? Was the E-Suite a strategic goal or not? How have these leaders now mentored those who are anxious to have their jobs?

Learn how their leadership, risk-taking, decisions, and commitment to continue their journey and reach their goals. Engage in conversation about your own story.


  • Phillip A. Washington, member, APTA Executive Committee, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Executive Panel Members

  • Elizabeth Presutti, AICP, general manager, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority-DART, Des Moines, IA
  • W. Curtis Stitt, president/chief executive officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Evalynn Willliams, member, APTA board of directors, and president/chief executive officer, Dikita Engineering, Dallas, TX
  • Lorenzo Reffreger, head of sales & marketing - systems North America, Bombardier Transportation, San Francisco, CA  

Bench Press Your Benchmarking: Best Practices in Performance Measure Development, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Can you really turn data into diamonds?

Join representatives of the Imperial College of London, the International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG) and newly formed American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG) to learn about how measurement of key performance indicators and benchmarking with peers is being used to improve performance and help decision makers think differently about their organization. Benchmarking is not merely a comparison of data or ranking of performance. The goal is to identify transferable best practices in operations and management, stimulate productive “why” questions and indentify lines of inquiry for managers to pursue. The Imperial College of London will present an overview of the art and science of the “data” and benchmarking, while participating transit agencies will share insights and outcomes of participating in a rigorous performance measurement and benchmarking program.


  • William Carpenter, president, American Bus Benchmarking Group; member, APTA Board of Directors; and chief executive officer, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Rochester, NY


  • Mark Trompet, bus benchmarking program manager, American Bus Benchmarking Group, and senior research associate, Railway and Strategy Centre, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Alex Barron, project manager, American Bus Benchmarking Group, and senior research associate, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Carl Desrosiers, member, International Bus Benchmarking Group, and chief executive officer, Societe de Transport de Montreal, QC
  • Mark Donaghy, member, American Bus Benchmarking Group; member, APTA Board of Directors; and executive director, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Dayton, OH
  • Jeff Hamm, member, American Bus Benchmarking Group; chair, APTA Mid-Size Operations Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and executive director/CEO, Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority, Vancouver, WA

Thinking Globally = Success Locally Round Table

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

How are APTA members engaged internationally and why should you consider it, too?

During this round-table discussion, learn from public and private sector peers about their international experiences. Why do they find it important to stay connected with transit players worldwide? How have they built these relationships? What resources have they utilized, what benefits are they gaining, and what challenges have they overcome? If you would like to know how global access can make you more successful locally and what tools are available to you, or even have something to share with others, then this is a must-attend discussion…the world is waiting.


  • Jeffrey Wharton, co-chair, APTA Business Member Business Development Committee; chair, APTA Business Member International Business Development Subcommittee; chair, APTA EXPO Advisory Committee; and president, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC

Private Sector Panelists

  • Francis "Buddy" X. Coleman, executive vice president, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY
  • Al Maloof, Ph.D., managing director, GJB Consulting LLC, Miami, FL
  • David L. Turney, vice chair, APTA Business Member Government Affairs Committee, and chairman & CEO, Emerald Enterprises International (EEI), Dallas, TX
  • Carol Hessler, director, international business development, Jacobs, Arlington, VA

Public Sector Panelists

  • Laurence W. Jackson, president and chief executive officer, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach, CA
  • Michael A. Allegra, ,member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Stephen R. Banta, chief executive officer, Valley Metro RPTA, Phoenix, AZ
  • Annette Williams, manager, Accessible Services Program, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

The Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Regional perspectives on advancing the partnership

This year marks the third anniversary of the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a groundbreaking agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. The partnership created a high-level, inter-agency program to better coordinate federal transportation, environmental protection, and housing and development investments that help support livable and sustainable communities. The partnership helps reshape, realign, and refocus plans and programs to achieve long-term, sustainable outcomes. This session will show how the federal partnership is achieving real results at the regional level. Hear from key federal officials on how they are making great strides in working together to advance sustainable and livable communities.


  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, vice chair, APTA Legislative Committee, and senior vice president, director of North America stategy, AECOM, Arlington, VA


  • Richard (Rick) F. Krochalis, regional administrator, Region 10, Federal Transit Administration, Seattle, WA
  • Dan Mathis, division administrator, Washington Division, Federal Highway Administration, Olympia, WA
  • Mary E. McBride, regional administrator, Region 10, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Seattle, WA
  • Michelle Pirzadeh, deputy regional administrator, Region 10, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle,WA

Value for Money

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Finding the ROI sweet spot

Dwindling federal and state resources. Local economies straining municipal funding partners. Ridership fluctuations that mirror gas prices. Public transportation agencies are under extraordinary financial pressure, trying to maintain service to ridership while offsetting the impacts of reduced funding.

Find out how agencies around the country and the world are identifying new operating savings and maximizing their return on investment. You might just find one that works for you.


  • Linda Watson, president/chief executive officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

The Value for Money Concept and its Application in the UK

  • Richard Batty, director, LeighFisher, Reston, VA

Using Public Input to Redesign Service Allocation Policies

  • Victor Obeso, manager, service development, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Service Efficiency and the GoPass 365 Program

  • Ray Amoruso, chief planning and development officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Norfolk, VA

VFML MBTA Service Delivery and Route Performance Indicators

  • Jonathan R. Davis, member, APTA Board of Directors, and acting general manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

How Many U.S. Jobs Will Your Transit Procurement Create?

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

The challenges and realities of Buy America

Much has been said about the importance of creating U.S. jobs and recently several procurements have been designed to do just that. But they created challenges as well. This session will engage the audience in a discussion about Buy America requirements, the realities of our market as well as the results of the new efforts to encourage job creation. And it will also look towards the future – what would be the ramifications of a mandated increase in Buy America percentages, is 100% Buy America achievable and is it worth it? This will be a thought-provoking and informative discussion for transit board members and staff that will give you new ideas to take home and a discussion that APTA business members won’t want to miss.


  • Jeffrey F. Boothe, member, APTA Board of Directors, and partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, DC


  • Paul Soubry, president & chief executive officer, New Flyer, Winnipeg, MB
  • Grace Crunican, member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA
  • Michael Cahill, president, Siemens Industry Inc., Rail Systems Division, Sacramento, CA 
  • Victor Ramirez, deputy executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.


A lively and entertaining extravaganza honoring the best in transit marketing and communications.

Join in the excitement as we honor the first place winners and announce the grand award winners in the 33rd Annual AdWheel Awards competition. Each year, the AdWheel Awards honor the best in public transportation and marketing and communications. Awards will be presented in five media categories: print, electronic, campaigns, special events, and social media.


  • Richard Maxwell, assistant vice president of marketing, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX 

Advances in Serving Older Adults & People with Disabilities 

4 - 5:30 p.m.

New business models to expand mobility options and reduce costs

Hear how Pacific Northwest agencies created programs that expand transportation options for ADA-complementary paratransit customers and older adults. King County Metro provides vehicles and operating funds to over 25 partner agencies that customize transportation services to meet individuals’ needs at 50-85 percent less cost than ADA-paratransit service. Metro partners with Hopelink, which offers mobility management, transportation brokerage, and Medicaid services. Tri-Met helped to create a non-profit organization that developed a network of 30 community partners providing multiple transportation services with volunteers and paid staff which greatly reduced the costs for the region’s transportation system. By concentrating on the "business" of public transportation, Spokane Transit consistently rpovides more paratransit tris per capita at a lower cost than other agencies, and recieves high marks for customer service.


  • Rick Ramacier, chair, APTA Access Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and general manager, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, Concord, CA

King County Metro Community Access Transportation

  • Don Okazaki, community access transportation program manager/transportation planner, accessible services, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Hopelink Transportation: Expanding Mobility Options through Partnerships

  • Francois Larrivee, director, transportation brokerage services, Hopelink, Bellevue, WA

Ride Connection

  • Olivia Clark, executive director, public affairs, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Julie Wilcke, chief operating officer, Ride Connection, Portland, OR

Spokane Transit Authority -- Focusing on the Business of Paratransit

  • E. Susan Meyer, chief executive director, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane, WA

Session sponsored by RouteMatch Software, Inc.

Planning Partnerships for Livable Communities

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Best practices

As communities, regions, and states look to improve their “sustainability” and “livability” through coordinated transportation, land use, housing and environmental programs, productive organizational partnerships among service providers and stakeholder interests are essential. With the transportation element, transit agencies need to be engaged with regional organizations in order for transit plans and programs to be fairly considered in funding decisions. The partnerships between public transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and elected officials and stakeholders working together to develop sustainable transportation long-range plans and short-range programs will be the focus of the session. In addition, panel members will discuss institutional arrangements, transit-oriented development, street design, economic development, urban circulators, and financing that support livable communities, and other sustainable outcomes, including the prominent challenges experienced, strategies used to overcome those challenges, and suggested areas of need for technical assistance and capacity-building.


  • Lee G. Gibson, co-chair, APTA Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and chief executive officer, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV


  • Paul N. Bay, P.E., transportation consultant, Redmond, WA
  • Allison Brooks, chief of staff, Reconnecting America, Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Oakland, CA
  • Charlie Howard, chair, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Policy Committee, and transportation planning director, Puget Sound Regional Council, Seattle, WA
  • Ron Posthuma, assistant director, Office of Regional Transportation Planning, King County Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

MAP-21 – Getting to Know the New Federal Authorizing Law!

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Still have questions?

Hear directly from the U.S. Senate and House staff members who developed the new public transportation and highway authorizing law; Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Committee staff from both sides of Capitol Hill and both parties will review the details of the new transit authorizing law and field questions from APTA members who operate transit service or provide goods and services to the industry. Understand the changes in the new law and how it will affect your operation or business. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from the people responsible for writing the new law.


  • Jeffrey A. Nelson, chair, APTA Legislative Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and general manger, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL


  • Homer Carlisle, professional staff member, Chairman Tim Johnson, Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC (invited)
  • Shannon Hines, professional staff member, Ranking Member Richard Shelby, Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC (invited)
  • Joyce Rose, staff director, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC (invited)
  • James. P. Kolb, staff director, Subcommittee on Highways & Transit, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC (invited)

Winning Approaches: Resources at Your Disposal through APTA

4 - 5:30 p.m.

You've heard about extreme couponing, right? Hear from successful transit professionals about the free and low-cost resources they use to leverage their investments in transit operations and infrastructure.

Your APTA membership gives you access to industry resources which are of extreme value. You can get involved and see the results at work, participate in programs that help guide the industry, or simply avail yourself of the benefits of other APTA-managed programs. These useful products and programs are immediately available to you and your organization. Come hear actual first-hand accounts of how your colleagues are using these tools to enhance the quality and effectiveness of public transportation delivery.


  • Christopher W. Jenks, director, cooperative research programs, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC

Peer Reviews

  • Greg Hull, director-safety, APTA
  • Michael Avery, rail manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA


  • Jeff Hiott, senior program manager-bus & standards programs, APTA
  • Gary Prince, program manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA


  • Rachelle Jezbera, senior program manager-TCRP, APTA
  • Paul J. Messina, TCRP ambassador emeritus, and system safety investigator, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, Jersey City, NJ
  • Molly K. Becker, TCRP ambassador emeritus, and director of communications & marketing, METRO Regional Transit Authority, Akron, OH

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards Program: “Harness the Change”

4 - 5:30 p.m.

What is your company’s approach to get more students interested in public transportation? Join us and hear directly from the 2012 scholarship winners!

In today’s ever-changing economy, the task of growing a talented and dedicated workforce is more challenging than ever in the transit industry. To meet this challenge the foundation is spotlighting the 2012 APTF scholarship recipients, our industry's emerging leaders.

Join us and hear some of the recipients share their journey into the transit industry and inform us about cutting-edge research and technologies they are developing. They will also share their ideas on how to recruit young professionals into the public transportation industry.


  • Bonnie D. Shepherd, chair, American Public Transportation Foundation, and vice president, Northeast transportation, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Rockville, MD


  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Networking Forum Moderator

  • Jacqueline K. Sheader, MBA, 2006, 07, 08 APTF scholarship recipient, and marketing manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority, State College, PA

Featuring 2012 APTF Scholarship Recipients 

  • Jamaal Schoby, Ph.D. in Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University
  • James Wong, Masters in Civil Engineering/Civil & Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Krystal Oldread, Masters in Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Lisa Troung, Masters in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Marie P. Louis, Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Sarah Fine, Masters in City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • Sean Santalla, Masters of Science in Planning, Florida State University

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved. 

5:30 - 6:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee

Co-chairs, Lee G. Gibson & Jennifer Mitchell

The Pleasure of Your Company is Requested at the American Public Transportation Foundation Gala 2012

7 - 9 p.m. (tickets required; cocktail attire)

Featuring The Jazz Unlimited Band -- The Pacific Northwest’s “PREMIER” Musical Experience

Join us, for an elegant evening of entertainment, food, music and fun to honor this year’s scholarship winners! The Board of Directors for the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) invites you to Gala 2012 celebrating the up-and-coming talent in our industry. Please support this event!

Seattle’s top jazz group JAZZ UNLIMITED BAND has worked with Microsoft and performs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation functions with a quartet of four that sound like five because the keyboardist also kicks bass.

The APTF is a 501c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the education and professional development of young professionals pursuing careers in public transportation. Proceeds from the gala benefit the APTF scholarship fund.

Tickets $100 per person. Please visit the APTF Website and complete the Gala 2012 Reception Reservation Form to purchase your Gala tickets. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the law. Tickets may be purchased online or on site until 2 p.m., Monday, October 1, at the APTA registration desk, located in the Convention Center.

Questions? Contact APTA’s Yvette Conley at 202-496-4868 or

Thanks to our corporate sponsors.

  • Parsons Brinckerhoff for bringing us the band!


  • Motor Coach Industries, Inc.


  • Gilbert Tweed Associates, Inc.
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • HDR Engineering, Inc.


  • CDM Smith
  • Legacy Resource Group
  • LTK Engineering, Inc.


  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Clever Devices Ltd. 
  • Mineta Transportation Institute
  • National Insurance Consultants, Inc.

Tuesday, October 2

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

7 – 8:30 a.m.

Mobility Management Committee

Chair, Ronald L. Barnes, CTEM

Coffee Service

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Conference Registration Desk
Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

General Session
APTA Business Members Present Rehana Moosajee

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Rehana Moosajee

APTA’s Business Members invite you to attend this general session. Our guest speaker, Councillor Rehana Moosajee, has led the transformation of Johannesburg’s transportation system and successfully met the massive transportation challenges that the 2010 World Cup games brought to that city. This effort included the development of Africa’s first Bus Rapid Transit system, Rea Vaya in 2009, a catalytic project that was also transformative, and has received a number of international awards. The successful launch of the Rea Vaya system in Johannesburg has been attributed to Ms. Moosajee’s passion for people-centered transport planning, faith in the goodness of humanity, her willingness to see opportunity where others see obstacles, and her perseverance. Her story about the transformation process is a remarkable study in tenacity, empowerment, and delivery, which will both inform and inspire the APTA audience.


  • Charles R. Wochele, chair, APTA Business Member Board of Governors; vice chair, APTA High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; member, APTA Executive Committee; and vice president, industry & government relations, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., West Henrietta, NY

Keynote Speaker

  • Rehana Moosajee

Host Session
Customer Information Technology Round Table

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

This session will offer a roundtable discussion of customer information and communication technology trends covering topics such as how transit agencies are adapting to changing communications technologies, the role of third party applications developers and the broader areas of opportunity—where all this is heading and how does it come together.


  • Kevin Desmond, chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA 


  • Brian Ferris, Ph.D., software engineer, Google Transit, Zurich, Switzerland
  • William L. Volk, managing director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
  • Tim McHugh, chief technology officer, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Dan Queally, deputy chief information officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY 

Session sponsored by Apollo Video Technology.

What Leadership in Sustainability Means to the Transit

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Going for gold

Looking to save money, improve service effectiveness, and better connect with the community? Wondering how energy efficiency, waste reduction, and public involvement could make a difference in your bottom line? In a time of increasing demands and scarce resources, come see how four high-flying agencies made strides by organizing around sustainability as a strategic goal and signing the APTA Sustainability Commitment. In addition, hear from a special guest speaker on how sustainability is paying back dividends for one of the largest IT corporations in the world.


  • Susannah Kerr Adler, vice chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, Leadership APTA Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and vice president/national director-transportation facilities, URS Corporation, Washington, DC


  • T.J. DiCaprio, senior director, carbon and energy, WW Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
  • Michael S. Harbour, general manager, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., deputy general manager, Operations/EM&C Divisions, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Joni Earl, chief executive officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Industry Engagement

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Collaboration across education, youth, and community programs to enhance public transit

Public transit agencies and organizations can benefit from leveraging innovative resources, including relationships with non-traditional partners, to support and enhance the transit services in communities. This session features three diverse case studies of programs, highlighting new opportunities for industry engagement at the national and local levels.


  • Kimberly Slaughter, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommitee, and senior vice president, service design & development, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX 

Accessible Transportation in Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities

  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., director, student engagement & mobility management, Easter Seals Transportation Group, Washington, DC

National Safe Place – Coordination with Transit Agencies

  • Laurie Jackson, EMBA, executive director, National Safe Place, Louisville, KY

The Transit Museum’s Program for Autistic Children

  • Gabrielle Shubert, director, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY


10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Once again, APTA and COMTO collaborate to support our DBEs, and develop implementable strategies to increase DBE involvement in the public transportation industry.

This summer APTA and COMTO members are having a series of discussions about successes and challenges in our industry’s DBE programs in an effort identify strategies to enhance DBE programs, help DBEs grow, and to strengthen the relationship between primes and their subcontractors. This session will engage the audience in discussing the various strategies, and the issues and implications regarding their implementation. Transit CEOs, board members and staff, and APTA business members are encouraged to join in what will certainly be a lively discussion.

Opening Remarks

  • Julie A. Cunningham, president/CEO, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), Washington, DC
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA

Discussion Leaders to be announced

Closing Comments

  • Robert H. Prince Jr., chair, COMTO, and vice president and industry liaison, AECOM, Boston, MA
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Session sponsored by ALSTOM Transportation Inc.

Best Practices in On-Track Safety Programs

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

How to effectively reduce ROW accidents and incidents

Whether your system includes streetcar, light rail, heavy rail, subway, or commuter rail, or some combination thereof, conducting work on the right-of-way is among your maintenance activities that carry the highest risk in terms of severity and the likelihood of an incident occurring. New research, regulation and APTA standards are directed at guiding and/or governing ROW maintenance practices and policies. Yet, what can we do as rail transit operations, to continue to improve our track worker safety programs? Join our panel as we investigate pre-work (i.e. training, hazard identification), on-site, and follow-up (i.e. safety audits, reporting of near misses) strategies and practices, all of which are aimed at getting employees home safely.


  • Hamid Qaasim, chief of safety, security & quality assurance, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA


  • Mark Lonergan, chief operating officer, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
  • Laynie Weaver, safety and emergency preparedness manager, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
  • Clay A. Bunting, assistant general superintendent-track maintenance and track production, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Sean M. Craig, assistant general counsel, CSX Transportation, Inc., Jacksonville, FL

What's Next for High-Speed Rail in the U.S.?

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

How can we make California the catalyst for a national program?

California is poised to become home to the nation's first true high-speed rail system with the signing of a law by Governor Jerry Brown authorizing the first leg of construction for a line that will eventually connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.

As an industry, how do we make this historic step a catalyst for developing true high-speed rail throughout the U.S.? This round-table discussion will help us understand how to make this more than “one small step for high-speed rail,” but one giant step for a national high-speed rail program, bringing together both local and national support for the program and international expertise.


  • David J. Carol, market leader, high speed rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Charlotte, NC


  • David L. Borger, P.E., senior vice president, National Transportation Group-Transit Facilities, STV Incorporated, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Carrie Pourvahidi, director of transit & rail - West Region, T.Y. Lin International, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Olivier Picq, transport planning director - Major International Projects Division, SNCF - French National Railway, Paris, France
  • Kimmo Oostermeijer, director, LeighFisher, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Kent Rowey, partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York, NY

Session sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Awards Luncheon

12 - 2 p.m. 

All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to the 2012 Annual APTA Awards Celebration to honor APTA's Outstanding Public Transportation Manager, Business Member, and Board Member award winners; Local Distinguished Service Award; Innovation Award; Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Awards; and the newest member of the Hall of Fame.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R.Villaraigosa, the recipient of the 2012 Local Distinguished Service Award, will be a featured speaker at this year's APTA Awards Ceremony.


  • Rosa Navejar, chair, APTA Awards Committee; secretary, APTA Transit Board Members Committee; member, APTA Executive Committee; and vice chair, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Fort Worth, TX

Presentation of Awards

  • APTA Awards Committee

Featured Speaker

  • Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles, CA

Luncheon and 2012 Awards Book sponsored by SPX Genfare.

SPX Genfare

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are open to all interested conference attendees. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Automated Transit Technical Forum

Chair, Simon Zweighaft

The Whole is Greater than the Sun of the Parts: Partnering in and Beyond Washington

2:15 - 3:34 p.m.

Why APTA’s partnerships and partners matter

APTA and the APTA membership are active partners with numerous other national and international

associations, ensuring thought leadership on behalf of the transit industry. Engage with some of APTA’s key association partners to understand what can be achieved by working together.


  • Michael J. Scanlon, general manager/chief executive officer, San Mateo County Transit District, and executive director, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA


  • Michael W. Roschlau, Ph.D., president & chief executive officer, Canadian Urban Transit Association, Toronto, ON
  • Wes Irvin, vice president, government relations, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, DC
  • Leslie Wollack, program director, Cneter for Federal Relations Infrastructure & Sustainability, National League of Cities, Washington, DC
  • Rob Johnson, executive director, Transportation Choices Coalition, Seattle, WA 

Olympic Games, World Cups, and Mega Events

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Transporting the masses

Ever wonder what all goes behind a host-city’s transport operations to get significant crowds to major, once-in-a-lifetime events? Hear from agencies who have recently been there, or who are getting ready to host a mega event. Find out some of the questions that are crucial to think about prior to such an event: would the existing system meet the demand or is the need for new infrastructure essential? How do the agencies keep their customers safe considering the security threats that these large events often stimulate? How do the transit providers connect with city officials and other transportation networks in order to have a cohesive host-city team? Discover how international and domestic transit agencies and operators face the considerable challenges that come along with being the host of the world’s largest celebrations.


  • Rehana Moosajee, transport councillor, and member, Mayoral Committee, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Howard Collins, chief operating officer, London Underground Limited, London, United Kingdom
  • Carolyn Flowers, chief executive officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • James Weinstein, member, APTA Board of Directors, and executive director, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
  • Representative from Brazil Ministry of Planning, Department of Logistics, Infrastructure, and Energy

Unlock the Treasures of APTA’s Website NEW!

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Explore the mysteries of the APTA web, but don't get caught in it. Learn how to successfully link your account to the website and mine the member resources available to you.

There is a wealth of information at your fingertips. Make sure you’re getting the most of your APTA membership by attending this informative session. Bring your questions and our web experts will provide answers with a tour of what’s available online.


  • Jeff Popovich, director-information technology, APTA
  • Helene M. Brett, director-membership, APTA
  • Clarissa Peterson, web manager, APTA

Transit in Your Future

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

The APTA Research and Technology Committee provides a gateway for new ideas and innovative practices into the APTA community.

In a recent effort to extend the reach of committee activities into the future the current APTA R&T Strategic Plan elaborates upon the coming challenges facing the industry and sets a course for committee action. This panel will discuss the implications of coming changes in the market, aging infrastructure, federal involvement, workforce issues, and a host of other issues affecting the future of our industry.


  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., chair, APTA Research & Technology Committee; member, APTA Board of Directors; and vice president, practice leader-transit & rail, Atkins, San Francisco, CA


  • Michael Hursh, chief operating officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Phillip Washington, member, APTA Executive Committee, and general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • J. Barry Barker, executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY
  • Keith T. Parker, president/chief executive officer, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX


GENERAL FORUM: Federal Transit Administration Priorities & Update -- FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff

2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Join Federal Transt Administrator Peter Rogoff and Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan for a discussion of the priorities and challenges facing the agency and industry, as well as a dialogue on the implementation of the transit provisions of MAP-21.


  • Administrator Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Deputy Administrator, Therese W. McMillan, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC


2:15 - 5:15 p.m.

King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit, the City of Seattle, and Amtak have arranged the following six informative technical tours. Please sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.

TOUR 1: RapidRide Corridor Tour (Ballard and Shoreline)

(40 person limit; estimated tour length is three hours)

Take a look at RapidRide – King County Metro’s bus rapid transit system. We will travel along one of the recently opened lines (the D Line) and have a chance to look up close at the passenger amenities that include uniquely designed shelters, real time bus arrival signs, and off board fare payment for smart cards. We will discuss various roadway improvements that have been implemented including transit signal priority, HOV and business access and transit (BAT) lanes, bus bulbs, and queue jumps. We will also travel along a future alignment (the E Line) where there has been significant investment by the City of Shoreline in sidewalks, BAT lanes, and other elements to create a pedestrian and transit friendly corridor, attractive to businesses and residents and encouraging economic development. Experience the RapidRide red and yellow bus with its branded elements and special features which include hybrid diesel-electric propulsion, three doors, low floors, stop announcements, LED lighting and free passenger Wi-Fi.

Meet the Metro Transit bus at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The tour will depart at 2 p.m.

TOUR 2: Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, Transit/Link Communications & Control Center, Atlantic/Central Operations Base

(Estimated tour length is two hours.)

Join Metro staff on a tour of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. The tour includes a bus ride through the 1.3-mile tunnel and a tour of behind- the-scenes facilities that support the tunnel. The Transit/Link Communications and Control Center houses the communications equipment that staff uses to interact with and monitor all Metro-operated buses running on surface and tunnel routes and Sound Transit’s LINK Light Rail services operated by Metro. The facility also serves as Transit’s Emergency Operations Center. The building, completed in 2007, received a LEED Gold rating. The tour will continue to the Metro’s Atlantic/Central Operating Base, which opened in September 2011. This state-of-the-art operating base also received a LEED Gold rating.

Meet the Metro Transit bus at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street between 7th & 8th Avenues at 2 p.m.

TOUR 3: Sound Transit Sounder South Line -- Lakewood Extension

(Estimated tour length is three hours.)

Take a narrative tour of Sound Transit’s new Sounder commuter rail extension from Tacoma to Lakewood, Washington. Learn about the challenges of planning and building a new railroad through an urban area with steep grades. Explore the multi-modal stations at Tacoma Dome and Lakewood.

Meet at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street between 7th and 8th Avenues at 2:15 p.m. for group transportation to Tacoma. 

TOUR 4: Sound Transit Link Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility

(60 person limit; estimated tour length is two hours.)

Visit Sound Transit’s state-of-the art light rail operations and maintenance facility. The tour starts with a 30-minute presentation on the key features and history of Central Link, followed by a one-hour technical tour of the facility. The tour will focus on some of the innovative technology being used for vehicle repairs and maintenance. Sound Transit buses will take passengers directly back to the Washington State Convention Center following the tour. 

Meet at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street between 7th & 8th Avenues at 2:15 p.m. for transportation to the facility.

TOUR 5: City of Seattle South Lake Union Sreetcar and South Lake Union Development

(Estimated tour length is two and one-half hours.)

Join City of Seattle staff on a tour of the Seattle Streetcar and adjacent urban development. The tour starts with a ride on the South Lake Union Line from Westlake Center to the Discovery Center at Denny and Westlake. At the Discovery Center, meet with representatives from local developer, Vulcan Real Estate, to hear about their bold vision for revitalizing nearly 60 acres in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Then travel to the Seattle Streetcar barn for a tour of the streetcar’s operations and maintenance facility.

Meet at the Washington State Convention Center on Pike Street between 7th & 8th Avenues at 2:15 p.m. to walk as a group to Westlake Center.

TOUR 6: Amtrak Maintenance of Equipment (MOE) Facility

(Estimated tour length is three hours.)

A major upgrade to Amtrak’s Seattle facility was achieved this summer with the completion of the Maintenance of Equipment (MOE) building. This state-of-the-art building supports Amtrak operations and maintenance agreements in the Pacific Northwest for the Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Amtrak Cascades, and Sounder commuter trains.  Amtrak Cascades is operated by Amtrak in partnership with the Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation.

The new facilities and updated grounds will dramatically improve the capacity, efficiency and working conditions for the personnel that perform inspections, testing and maintenance of the Amtrak Cascades trains that were manufactured by Talgo, Inc. Amtrak mechanics, electricians and cleaners perform the maintenance under the management of Talgo. The new maintenance facility is an enclosed structure over two tracks, 680’ in length, allowing two Cascades trainsets to be completely inside the facility while undergoing maintenance. 

U.S. Access Board Public Meeting on Ramps & Updates to the ADA Vehicle Guidelines

2:15 - 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Access Board is reopening the public comment period and having a public information meeting at APTA's Annual Meeting to gather more input on specific sections of the proposed Transportation Vehicle Rule affecting buses, over-the-road buses, and vans. The proposed 1:6 maximum ramp slope used for entering vehicles and the floor space needed to access the main aisle and fare collection device from the top of the ramp will be discussed.

Waterborne Transit Operations Committee Tour and Meeting

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Tour hosted by Washington State Ferries

Committee meeting chaired by James P. Swindler

Tour participants should arrive at Colman Dock by 2:30 p.m. (a 20-minute walk from the conference site) for a quick tour of the terminal prior to boarding the vessel for the hour trip to Bainbridge Island. Upon arrival, there will be a quick walking tour of the Bainbridge Terminal (including showing how buses are integrated into the terminal). The vessel will depart Bainbridge Island at 3:50 p.m. and arrive back in Seattle at approximately 4:20 p.m. The committee meeting will be conducted during this time.

Reservations: Tour space is limited and open to APTA Waterborne Transit Operations Committee members. Committee members must RSVP to APTA KellyAnne Gallagher no later than September 7. After September 7, any unreserved space will be available to Annual Meeting registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations & questions? Contact APTA’s KellyAnne Gallagher at 202.496.4895 or      


4 - 5 p.m.

Transit Natural Gas Coalition Meeting

Chair, Richard L. Ruddell

Forging Transit / Bicycle Partnerships

4 – 5:30 p.m.

How bicycle programs benefit transit

With a new emphasis on non-motorized access to transit station stops and facilities, forging transit, local government and bicycle partnerships can help solve the “first mile” and “last mile” issues. Proponents of both public transportation and bicycle transportation share a desire to create livable and sustainable communities. However, without a full understanding of the issues facing each mode, professionals and advocates working to improve systems and facilities for transit users and cyclists are often pitted against one another.

Improving relationships between public transportation systems, municipalities, bicycle transportation professionals and advocacy groups can help achieve mutual goals of improving communities and moving trips for single occupant vehicles to more efficient and clean modes of transportation.

To improve transit agency professionals’ understanding of bicycle programs and their benefits to transit, this session will focus on the key bicycle program elements that need to be included in transit agency planning for access, operations, and facility design.


  • Martin J. Thies, chair, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA


  • Thomas Brennan, senior associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Eileen Kadesh, senior transportation planner, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Rebecca Roush, bicycle program coordinator, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Scott Mizee, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, senior designer, Alta Planning + Design, Portland, OR

Alternative Funding and Finance Strategies / Solutions for Challenging Times

4 – 5:30 p.m.

How ambitious regional visions can become reality.

With demand for more and higher quality public transportation on the rise across America, regions are rightfully developing grand plans to build transit systems for the future. In these tight fiscal times, many regions are stepping to the plate with bold new ways of thinking. Tax-increment financing, developer fees, toll-revenues, airport passenger-facility charges, special districts, and public-private partnerships are just the beginning. How can regions face up to these funding challenges? Do these challenges require a new way of thinking? You are invited to listen and participate.


  • Mary N. Clayton, vice president, North Carolina area manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Charlotte, NC


  • Chris Bertram, assistant secretary for budget, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • Gary C. Thomas, 2011-12 chair, APTA, and president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Deborah S. Lipman, manager, government affairs, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington, DC
  • James H. Richardson, III, senior vice president, Real Estate Services, Forest City Commerical Group, Forest City Enterprises, Cleveland, OH
  • David Yale, executive officer, Countywide Planning and Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA 

Leadership APTA -- Celebrating Tomorrow's Leaders

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Class of 2012 Leadership Project Presentations and Graduation; Class of 2013 Welcome

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2012. This session features the Leadership APTA Class of 2012 project presentations and the Leadership APTA graduation ceremonies. This session also introduces members of the incoming Class of 2013. A celebratory reception will follow this program.

Beginning last fall, graduating class members participated in a variety of workshops, professional development forums, APTA meetings and events, site visits, executive round-table sessions with industry leaders, and online sessions. As part of the overall program, class members met and spoke first hand with transit industry leaders, university faculty, and other experts to help Class of 2012 members learn from these experts and their experiences. Class members worked hard to refine their leadership skills and leverage their many experiences to become tomorrow’s best-of-the-best among the transit industry’s leadership. This session features representatives from the five class project teams. Project teams presentations and related papers will be posted to the APTA web site soon after the Annual Meeting.


  • John M. Lewis Jr., chair, Leadership APTA; member, APTA Board of Directors, and chief executive officer, LYNX – Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

Leadership APTA Graduating Class of 2012 Leadership Projects Presentation Highlights

Transit Organizational Structure -- Positioning Agencies for the Future

  • Michael B. Daney, senior transit operations specialist, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
  • Tracy Reed, deputy project director, University Link, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Innovative Funding Sources for Transit

  • Alma P. Haskell, AICP, grants development administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Jennifer Mitchell, co-chair, APTA Metrpolitan Planning Subcommittee, and principal consultant, strategic consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC 

Harnessing the Power of Social Media -- What You Need to Know to Make it Work for Your Organization

  • Lynnette H. Ciavarella, senior division director, strategic capital planning/grant development, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • Deb Stenoien, superintendent, non-revenue vehicles, vehicle maintenance, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Crisis Management from the Inside Out

  • Kammy Horne, AICP, multimodal planning manager, Phoenix/director of transit business development, Mountain Region, URS Corporation, Phoenix, AZ
  • Alvin R. Livingston, P.E., program manager, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA

Talent Management – A Comprehensive Approach to Developing Mid-Level Management Talent to Address your Organization's Emerging Staff Challenges

  • Marcus B. Arnold, AICP, associate/transportation planner II, HDR Engineering, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Owen P. O'Neil, director of planning, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Allentown, PA 

Leadership APTA Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremonies


  • John M. Lewis Jr.
  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA
  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Presentation and Graduation of the Class of 2012

  • Christine Anderson, graduate, Leadership APTA Class of 2011, and special projects manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Presentation and Introduction of the Class of 2013

  • Michael D. Jones Jr., graduate, Leadership APTA Class of 2012, and senior manager, HR operations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Closing Remarks

  • John M. Lewis Jr.  

Leadership APTA Reception

5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Join past, present, and future members of Leadership APTA classes and learn about alumni experiences in the program and what Leadership APTA has meant to their careers in public transportation. Share some refreshments and good company as you reconnect with friends and get to know the next generation of leaders within public transportation and APTA.


  • HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • H.W. Lochner, Inc.
  • Nova Bus
  • Veolia Transportation

Wednesday, October 3

Powerful Women – Reflections on Power, Leadership, and Effecting Change

7:30 - 9 a.m.

This year’s APTA/WTS breakfast will be one you’ll remember forever! Featuring a panel of women leaders from transit industry and other industries, the session will focus on how women lead, how they can affect change, and how they use their power. Join us to hear a group of remarkable women tell their story.


  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE, 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ

Sponsor Recognition

  • Lynn Brumfield, director of accounts and programs, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA


  • Marcia Ferranto, president & CEO, WTS International and WTS Foundation, Washington, DC


  • Doris E. McMillon, president & chief strategic officer, McMillon Communications, Inc., Fort Washington, MD


  • Flora M. Castillo, CHIE  
  • Martha Choe, chief administrative officer, foundation operations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • Greer Johnson Gillis, P.E., assistant vice president/area manager, Washington, DC, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, DC
  • Therese W. McMillan, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Rehana Moosajee, transport councillor, and member, Mayoral Committee, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., member, APTA Board of Directors, and general manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Invitation to 2013 APTA Annual Meeting

  • Rebekah Scheinfeld, chief planning officer, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Breakfast sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.


Conference Registration Desk
Host Information Desk

7:30 - 11 a.m. 

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
TCRP Information Center

8 - 11 a.m. 

Fare Policy for Regional Integration

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Setting a “fair” policy today for a successful future

Establishing an agency-appropriate fare policy is critical to sustaining the system's operational effectiveness. In today’s environment many local agencies are integrating with metropolitan transit agencies. While this strategy expands transit services, it presents a challenge when determining fare policy. Many factors need to be considered such as flat rate or variable, distance or time based, fare media and transfers. This session will look at the factors to consider when developing a fare policy involving multiple agencies and multiple modes.


  • Kevin M. Fehn, chair, APTA Fare Systems and Programs Committee, and senior solutions architect, ACS Transport Solutions/Xerox, North Babylon, NY


  • John F. McGee Jr, chief officer, new payment technologies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • John Swanson, director of business development, Fare Logistics, Victoria, BC
  • Mitch York, CEO, CooCoo, Huntington, NY 

Infrastructure Projects 2012

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Where and how investment in transit infrastructure is happening

Whether it is maintaining state of good repair or creating new services, there are some exciting capital projects taking place across the country and the globe. Top transit professionals will discuss how they have built the case for investment in infrastructure in their communities, what challenges they have overcome to obtain and maintain support financially and politically and what is next.


  •  Bruce T. Jones, general counsel, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT


  • Dr. Jean-Claude Ziv, professor, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), Paris, France
  • Joel Ramos, director, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Roberto R. Roy, minister for canal affairs, and chairman, Board of Directors, Panama Canal Authority, Panama City, Panama

Non-Farebox Revenue

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Thinking outside the farebox to increase revenue

Every transit agency is tasked with finding new ways to bring in revenue beyond the farebox. Discover winning strategies and opportunities for growing non-fare revenues. Hear from experts as they share success stories of maximizing non-farebox revenue.


  • David A. Lee, general manager, Connecticut Transit HNS Management, Inc., Hartford, CT


  • Randy Weaver, chief operating officer, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Rochester, NY
  • Michael P. Bolton, deputy executive director, strategic services, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Olaf Kinard, director of marketing and communications, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Michael Miller, director, business development & corporate sales, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

What’s on the Horizon for Joint Development and TOD

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

With the passage of MAP-21, joint development and transit-oriented development are in the spotlight.

Hear the highlights of the FTA Proposed Joint Development Circular. Learn about the guidance FTA proposes on the use of FTA funds or FTA-funded real property for joint development projects, including defining the term “joint development” and applicable requirements for determining which project activities are eligible for FTA funding. In addition, hear from project sponsors on how they are moving forward on joint development and transit oriented-development projects.


  • Mariia V. Zimmerman, principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Arlington, VA


  • Katherine Mattice, deputy associate administrator for budget & policy/deputy chief financial officer, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Jillian Detweiler, director of real estate, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Timothy H. McKay, executive vice president, growth/regional development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX


Closing General Session
Creating a Company for Your Future Featuring the World Famous Pike Place Fishmongers

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

What does it take to keep your employees? What does it take for them to decide your company is where they want to build their future?

Employees love to “boss watch,” so when they watch you, what do they see? This in-depth sessions is designed to help leaders inspire, through their example, a culture of trust, support, accountability, energy, and creativity. Participants will examine their leadership styles, their impact on relationships, and their role in developing a culture of success. In this presentation, we will explore the possibility of creating a place for people to build their future.

This high energy presentation will not only leave the audience laughing out loud (and occasionally shrieking with delight) but will also provide something far more profound and lasting: powerful insights to generate success in their workplace.


  • Michael P. Melaniphy, president & CEO, APTA


  • John Yokoyama, owner, Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle, WA
  • Jim Bergquist, consultant/coach, bizFutures Consulting, Bellingham, WA
  • The Fishmongers

The World Famous Pike Place Fishmongers


FTA Listening Session on Major Capital Investments

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide updates on new provisions under MAP-21 affecting new and small starts. In addition, FTA will provide information on environmental streamlining and performance-based planning.

Pre-registration for the listening session is not required.

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