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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2018 Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 23-26, 2018, at the Music City Center and Omni Nashville. Hosted by WeGo Public Transit (formerly the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority), APTA's major policy & management conference attracts public transportation leaders and managers from all sectors. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.

This program is preliminary and subject to change.

Last updated: August 16 ​​


 

Saturday, September 22

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommmittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom C, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Co-Chairs, Samuel E. Smith & Karen J. Hedlund

Conference Registration Desk

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Lanyards sponsored by Allison Transmission, Inc.

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Conference bag sponsored by Parsons Corporation 
 
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Host Information Desk

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

APTA Board of Directors with Business Meeting of the Membership at 12 - 12:15 p.m.

12 - 5 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom AB, Level 2, Omni Hotel

(buffet lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

Chair, APTA, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. 

EEO Task Force

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Music Row 4, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Aida B. Douglas
 

Sunday, September 23

Chip Card Security Working Group

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Mocking Bird 3, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Thomas Parker

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Legends Ballroom C, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Doug Allen

Membership Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom A, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Todd Horsley

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Legends Ballroom AB, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Albrecht P. Engel, P.E.

Business Member Legislative AND Procurement Committees

8 - 9 a.m.
Legends Ballroom D, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chairs, Raymond J. Melleady and Natalie E. Cornell

Fare Collection Systems - Programs & Planning Subcommittee

8 - 9 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom JK, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Co-Chairs, Christina Belmont & Michael Veltri

Federal Procedures & Regulations Legislative AND Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom F, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Light Rail Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.

Mid-Size Operations Committee

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Legends Ballroom FG, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Donna DeMartino

Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
213, Level 2, Music City Center

Access Accesible Transit & Paratransit Operations Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Music Row 6, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, David R. Rishel

Diversity and Inclusion Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Legends Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Doran J. Barnes

Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom B, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr.

Labor and Employee Relations Subcommittee

8:45 - 10 a.m.
Music Row 4, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, LaShanda Dawkins, Esq.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

9 - 10 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom G, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Business Member Business Development Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Legends Ballroom D, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Commuter Rail PTC Subcommittee

9 - 10 a.m.
Legends Ballroom C, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E.

Transit Board Members ADA Subcommittee

9 - 10 a.m.
Cumberland 3-4, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Douglas Lecato

Fare Collection Systems Committee

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom JK, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Lynn Brumfield

Capital Projects Subcommittee

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Broadway Ballroom A, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, William F. Durham

Transit Board Members Board Support Subcommittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Cumberland 1-2, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Roberta Boomer

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Legends Ballroom AB, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Systems Engineering Subcommittee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cumberland 5-6, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, David M. Springstead

Bus Operations Committee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom CD, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom JK, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Brenda R. Nnambi

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Timothy BorchersLunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Legends Ballroom C, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Rail Transit CEOs Committee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Legends Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Nuria I. Fernandez

Research & Technology Committee

12 - 2 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom H, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Access Training & Technical Assistance Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Music Row 6, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Kristen Joyner

Financial Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom JK, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Dee Brookshire, MBA, CGFM

Organizational Development Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom A, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom CD, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, JC Vannatta

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

2 - 3 p.m.
Cumberland 5-6, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Access Emerging Transportation Systems Subcommittee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Mocking Bird 1, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Legends Ballroom FG, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Karen H. King

Innovative Funding, Finance, and P3 Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom JK, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Sharon Greene

Rail Transit Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Legends Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Nuria I. Fernandez

Business Member Board of Governors

2 - 5 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom F, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

Safety Coordinating Council

2 - 5 p.m.
Cumberland 3-4, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Gerry Ruggiero

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Legends Ballroom D, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, John O. Adler, CPPO

Metropolitan Planning AND Transit Performance Management Subcommittees

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom G, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Co-Chairs, Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E., Todd Lang & Grace Gallucci AND Andrea Burnside, Louis Cripps & Laura Zale

State Affairs Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Don Chartock

Workforce Development Committee

3 - 5 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom H, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

Transit Board Members Committee

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Legends Ballroom AB, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Carol Herrera

Small Operations Committee

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Legends Ballroom FG, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Andrew Johnson

Access Committee

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom CD, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Committee of Audit Professionals

4 - 5 p.m.
Legends Ballroom D, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Larry G. Wallis, CPA, CIA

Information Technology Committee

4 - 5 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom JK, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

Commuter Rail Committee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Legends Ballroom C, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Doug Allen

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom B, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Gary Schafer

Planning, Policy and Program Develoment Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom E, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Kimberly Slaughter

P3 Real Estate Subcommittee

5 - 6 p.m.
Mocking Bird 2, Level 3, Omni Hotel
Chair, Charles Di Maggio

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

5 - 6 p.m.
Legends Ballroom AB, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Doran J. Barnes

Procurement Steering Committee

5 - 6 p.m.
Legends Ballroom D, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Co-Chairs, Natalie E. Cornell & Andrew Johnson

Welcome to Nashville Reception at Products & Services Showcase

6 - 8 p.m.
Hall A, Level 3, Music City Center

(tickets required)

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 Nova Bus and Prevost

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American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Fundraiser and Scholarship Reception

8 - 11 p.m.

Location: Acme Feed and Seed, 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN

Please join the American Public Transportation Foundation Board of Directors at a fundraising reception to celebrate the foundation's 30th year. All conference registrants are invited to join the 2018 APTF scholarship recipients, sponsors, and friends at an inspired event celebrating the future of transit. Help us celebrate 30 years and the more than one million dollars in scholarships awarded to over 300 scholars.

Please bring a gift for the foundation; all donations will directly support the APTF’s mission to provide scholarships and engagement opportunities to the future leaders of the transit industry.
 
Event Sponsors:
AECOM, ALSTOM Transportation Incorporated, APTA Business Member Activity Fund, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier, Clever Devices Ltd., CRRC, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., First Transit, Footprince, Fran Hooper Consulting LLC, Genfare, Gillig LLC, Greystone Management Solutions, HNTB Corporation, INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc., Legacy Resource Group, New Flyer of America and Motor Coach Industries, Nova Bus/Prevost, Parsons Corporation, Proterra Inc., RATP Dev, STV Incorporated, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Transdev North America, WSP USA 
 

Monday, September 24

BRT Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
201, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, Dennis Hinebaugh

Coffee Service

7 - 8 a.m.
Grand Ballroom BC Foyer, Levey 4, Music City Center

Conference Registration Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
213, Level 2, Music City Center

Standards Program Information Desk

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

TCRP Information Center

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

8 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

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The public transportation landscape is changing rapidly as transit agencies and businesses must maintain—even increase—current levels of service and customer satisfaction. This Opening Session will address the association’s initiatives to support the industry as it adapts to the dual challenges of preparing for tomorrow while delivering high-quality service for the present-day.
 
These remarks will be followed by a thought-provoking keynote address from Daymond John, founder and CEO, FUBU and star of ABC's Shark Tank. John will discuss his own career path--the wins and the losses, the importance of developing an entrepreneurial spirit, and the value of innovation as strategies for success.
 
General Session sponsored by AECOM                                  

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Keynote speaker sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund
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Presiding Officer
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Remarks
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
Host and Nashville Welcome
  • Stephen G. Bland, Chief Executive Officer, WeGo Public Transit, Nashville, TN
  • Hon. David Briley, Mayor, City of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Sponsor Recognition
  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Senior Vice President, Americas Transit Market Sector Leader, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Keynote Sponsor Recogition
  • Jeffrey Wharton, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; President, Koehler-Bright Star LLC;, IMPulse NC LLC, Mount Olive, NC
Keynote Address
  • Daymond John, Founder/CEO, FUBU; Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Star of ABC's Shark Tank; CEO, The Shark Group, New York, NY

COMTO/APTA Forum

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center

DBEs to the Rescue! In many cases Disadvantaged, Small, and Minority Businesses (D/S/MBEs) can be the best line of defense in disaster and recovery efforts.

Hurricanes, floods, tornados, wild fires, earthquakes, and other disasters have left many communities devastated. Another misfortune is the omission of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) involvement in recovery planning and efforts. Many S/D/MBEs are local businesses and able to provide unique familiarity with the impacted residents and the geographical area. These companies know, and can find, what is needed. This session will help planners and procurement officials find them.

Envisioning the Workforce in the Mobility Landscape

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
209, Level 2, Music City Center

The public transportation industry is rapidly transforming from traditional modal systems of the past to one that is focused on an overall integrated mobility approach for the future. As the industry evolves, we must rethink how we approach and assess our workforce needs and prepare differently as our workforce adapts to this new reality. Join APTA and industry leaders as we consider how advancing technology, culture change, and a focus on overall mobility management will impact how we recruit, train, and develop the next transit workforce. This conversation will build on the discussions started at APTA’s April 2018 workforce summit, “The Changing Mobility Paradigm and Its Impact on Tomorrow’s Workforce.”

Moderator
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Vice Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Assistant Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Paul Comfort, Esq., Vice President - Business Development, Trapeze Group, Columbia, MD
  • Dr. Candace Blair Cronin, Center for Workforce Research & Performance (CWRP), ICF, Austin, TX (invited)
  • Brian C. Smith, Chief of Staff, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA

Making the Transition to Electric Buses: CEO Panel

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center

Electric buses are moving rapidly from a trial deployment phase to significant, large-scale commitments by transit agencies to electrify their fleets. What is driving this level of commitment? What do agencies see as the benefits to transit and to the broader community and how are they approaching the multi-pronged challenges of making this transition? In this roundtable discussion, transit agency CEOs from around the country who have implemented electric buses will talk about their electrification strategies, with a focus on the why and how of making the shift to electric buses. Topics for discussion include funding, impacts on operations, how to work with vendors, utilities and other stakeholders, and public acceptance. The session will feature a robust Q&A with the audience, and attendees will come away with ideas on what to consider when developing an electrification strategy.

Moderator
  • Lisa Jerram, Director - Bus, Paratransit, and Surface Transit, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Stephen G. Bland, Chief Executive Officer, WeGo Public Transit, Nashville, TN
  • Carrie Butler, General Manager, Transit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LexTran), Lexington, KY
  • Michael A. Terry, President & CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

The Future Is Now: Innovative Mobility Practices

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

Transit agencies are embracing and adapting to a shift in how best to meet the needs of customers through technology and partnerships with new mobility providers. Join this session to learn how agencies are fostering innovation in areas such as system integration, partnerships, innovative business models, equity of service delivery, as well as leveraging federal programs like the FTA’s MOD Sandbox grants to improve mobility.

Moderator
  • Jameson T. Auten, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Vice President of Regional Service Delivery & Innovations, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO (invited)
Panelists
  • Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center, Chicago, IL
  • Robert Antoniak, Chief Operating Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
  • James C. Cline, Jr., P.E., President, Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
  • Tiffany Homler Hawkins, Chief Administrative Officer, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL

Transit and TNCs: Mobility Partnerships and Revenue Opportunities

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
205, Level 2, Music City Center

Seeking optimal community benefits

Public transit agencies and Transport Network Companies (TNCs) are partnering in many ways, such as providing first mile-last mile connections, helping fill gaps in network services, and helping provide efficiencies with demand response services. Several regions have recently placed fees on TNC operations with a goal of managing impacts and directing new revenues to the support of local transit services. Our panel of practitioners will discuss their perspectives on these questions and will provide their thoughts on the best paths forward.

Moderator
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA
Panelists
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., Member, APTA Executive Committee; President, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Tilly Chang, Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority, San Francisco, CA
  • Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research, Uber Technologies Inc., San Francisco, CA (invited)
  • Corey Ershow, Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft, Inc., Washington, DC (invited)

PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hall A, Level 3, Music City Center

(tickets required)

Many business members’ products and services are showcased at the 2018 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.

>see Exhibitor Information/Registration for details and to register

Automated Transit Technical Forum

12 - 1:30 p.m.
201, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E.

Legal Affairs Committee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom A, Level 2, Omni Hotel
Chair, Anthony A. Anderson

LGBT Task Force

12 - 1:30 p.m.
203-A, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

Mobility Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
208, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, Gary C. Thomas

GENERAL SESSION: FTA Update

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

Attend this General Session to learn about FTA’s initiatives and priorities on a set of wide-ranging initiatives, including infrastructure investments, mobility management, workforce development, and technology, among other topics.

Co-Moderators
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Legislative Committee; Mid-Atlantic Division President, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
  • Leanne P. Redden, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Legislative Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Speaker
  • Hon. K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

AdWheel Awards Ceremony

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

What does it take to increase public transit ridership or educate the public on an important initiative? Join us as our 2018 AdWheel Grand Award winners showcase their success stories in both of these areas. We will showcase our eight winner as they participate in panel discussions that will delve deep into the strategies and tactics that helped them achieve their goals.

EFFORTS TO INCRESE RIDERSHIP OR SALES WINNERS 
Waco Transit System (TX) (under 4 million annual trips)
Delaware Transit Corporation (DE) (between 4 and 20 million annual trips)
TriMet (OR) (more than 20 million annual trips)
Motor Coach Industries (IL) (business member)

EDUCATIONAL EFFORT WINNERS 
GoTriangle (NC) (under 4 million annual trips)
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (MO) (between 4 and 20 million annual trips)
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA) (more than 20 million annual trips)
Transit App (QC) (business member)

Community Connections: Building Transit Oriented Communities

3:30 - 5 p.m.
207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center

Transit-rich areas are prime examples of the benefits of transit-oriented development. But how can transit agency staff collaborate with external stakeholders to implement strategies that energize the surrounding community and corridors?

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all example, demonstrations of transit-oriented communities are developing across the country. Join this session to learn how to leverage national and regional opportunities to maximize the successfulness of transit-oriented communities and forge new partnerships to deliver more of these projects.

Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Senior Vice President, National Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB Corporation, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Lucy Galbraith, AICP, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kelley Britt, Senior Transit Planner, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), Cleveland, OH
  • Daniel J. Baer, Vice President, WSP USA, New York, NY

Federal Legislative Overview with U.S. Congress Staff

3:30 - 5 p.m.
207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center

Important public transit and passenger rail legislative issues that will be debated in Congress during the year ahead

Congress is now in the process of finalizing FY 2019 funding for federal public transportation and intercity passenger rail programs authorized by the FAST Act, while the Trump Administration proposes to phase out Capital Investment Grants that provide critical federal funding for new start, core capacity, and small start projects. The Administration and Congress have discussed advancing a major infrastructure investment bill in the coming year that could significantly increase public transit investment and address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (including the Mass Transit Account). To date, APTA has provided recommendations to the Administration and Congress regarding public transit and passenger rail funding, financing, and regulatory reform that could be included in an infrastructure investment bill. In addition, APTA is in the process of developing recommendations for surface transportation reauthorization of the FAST Act in 2020. A panel of professional staff members from congressional committees with jurisdiction over federal public transportation policies will discuss these critical issues.

Moving Forward from APTA's "Future of Mobility Summit"

3:30 - 5 p.m.
205, Level 2, Music City Center

From transit authority to mobility integrator

The Future of Mobility Summit, convened July 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C., generated new visions for how transit organizations must organize and adapt in the face of new technologies, new private start-ups, and changing travel behaviors. Hear U.S. and international perspectives on how public transportation organizations can best position themselves at the center of the changing mobility landscape.

Moderator
  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Senior Vice President, Americas Transit Market Sector Leader, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists
  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP (International Association of Public Transport), Brussels, Belgium
  • Martin Toehrleef, Head of Mobility Innovation, USTRA, Hanover, Germany
  • Phillip A. Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA (invited)
  • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mobility Management Committee; President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Matthew J. Cole, President, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

PTC: Nearing a Deadline

3:30 - 5 p.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

Attend this session to learn the latest on PTC implementation: what passenger rail agencies are doing and how - from technological and infrastructure innovations to operational decision making. This session will focus on best practices and industry progress, with ample time for questions and conversations.

Operations Control Center Technical Forum

4:30 - 6 p.m.
201, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, James Ross

Sustainability Committee

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
208, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, J. Barry Barker
 

Tuesday, September 25

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

7 - 8:15 a.m.
208, Level 2, Music City Center
Co-Chairs, Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP & Benjamin Limmer, AICP

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom BC Foyer, Levey 4, Music City Center

Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
213, Level 2, Music City Center

Standards Program Information Desk

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

GENERAL SESSION

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

Employment Engagement: CEO Perspective

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
209, Level 2, Music City Center

Session sponsored by North Highland

FTA Final Safety Rules Listening Session

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center

This listening session is designed as a dialogue between APTA members and FTA officials to discuss FTA’s safety initiatives, including FTA's recently published Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Final Rule and the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Final Rule. FTA will explain both Final Rules, and what is required of the transit industry to comply with the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Final Rule by July 20, 2020. The Agency Safety Plan Final Rule applies to both rail and bus transit operators in urban areas that provide approximately 97 percent of total transit trips taken in the U.S. on an annual basis. The Training Rule applies to State Safety Oversight employees and contractors who conduct safety audits and examinations of rail transit systems and to rail transit agency employees and contractors who are directly responsible for safety oversight. The training rule's effective date is August 20, 2018. FTA officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Innovative Infrastructure Development and Implementation in Canada

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
204, Level 2, Music City Center

Key findings and observations from APTA's 2018 Study Mission to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver

The Canadian Government is investing a significant amount in transit infrastructure to the tune of $22.3 billion U.S. dollars with additional investment from other levels of government and the private sector for an estimated $60.5 billion (U.S.) nationally between 2016 and 2028. These funds are largely dedicated to new capital projects as well as state of good repair, making this a very transformative period for the Canadian public transit industry.

The July 2018, APTA study mission to Canada gave participants the opportunity to explore how public transportation authorities in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver are pursuing major infrastructure projects and putting in place unique governance and partnership arrangements, innovative funding, financing and procurement models, and streamlined business processes. Hear about the primary takeaways and lessons learned from participants to the study mission and how they are applying key findings in their own organizations.

Strategic Planning for New Mobility

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

Across the country, new transportation modes are rapidly emerging and changing the mobility landscape. Managing such a sprawling and complex mobility network requires integrating the new with tried and true transit modes, while coordinating among multiple state, regional, county, and local jurisdictions, agencies, and departments. Join this session to explore how transit agencies are planning for the future, setting regional goals, and forming strategic partnerships that ultimately help customers meet their mobility needs.

Moderator
  • Joseph T. Iacobucci, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
Metro Vision 2028 Plan: Mobility to Transform L.A. County
  • Nadine Lee, P.E., Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Planning as a Team: Highlights & Challenges from King County Metro's Partnerships with Sound Transit & Seattle DOT
  • Christina O'Claire, Assistant General Manager, Planning and Customer Service, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Take Two (or Three)! Moving Miami Forward After False Starts
  • Javier Betancourt, AICP, Executive Director, Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL
Introducing New Mobility Solutions into Your Community
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Organizational Development Subcommittee; Vice President, Transdev, and Chief Strategy Officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

The Procurement Super Session!

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
205, Level 2, Music City Center

This is the session worth waiting for! Back by Popular Demand, FREE Procurement consultants!   Use this think tank of industry experts to answer your procurement questions. Contact APTA's Beverly Hill at bhill@apta.com - subject: SUPER SESSION QUESTION - to get your questions on the answer list.

Moderator
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC (invited)

The Transit Response to Homelessness

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center

While the circumstances of homeless may not have changed for decades, the impacts have become more severe. What has changed is how transit agencies see their response to this societal issue. Transit properties are increasing their outreach and partnerships with local governments, nonprofits, and other subject matter experts to find innovative solutions to an issue that impacts public safety for passengers and employees.

Come and hear from our panelists about transit’s reply to this challenge, and the partnerships and solutions needed as part of a new approach.

Moderator
  • Lacy Bell, Corridor Operations Director (BRT), Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
LA Metro's Homeless Action Plan and Outreach Model
  • Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief, System Security & Law Enforcement Division, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Transit Agency Practices in Interacting with People Who Are Homeless
  • Daniel Boyle, 1st Vice Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; President, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Additional speakers to be announced

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

(tickets required)


All Annual Meeting registrants are invited to attend the APTA Awards Ceremony and Lunch to honor this year’s 14 organizational and individual recipients. The APTA Awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award, Innovation Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award, Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award, Local Distinguished Service Award, State Distinguished Service Award, and Hall of Fame Award.

Lunch co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA. Awards book sponsored by Genfare.

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Building a High-Impact Transit Board-CEO Governing Team

2 - 3:30 p.m.
204, Level 2, Music City Center

Experience has taught that the long-term operational success and growth of a transit authority heavily depends on the strong leadership of a well-developed, highly capable governing board working in close partnership with a really board-savvy CEO. This session will first describe significant developments in the rapidly evolving field of transit governance and examine the keys to building the kind of high-impact board-CEO governing team that is capable of providing the strong leadership these challenging times demand. Then the session will take an in-depth look at the real-life experience of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA, Albany, NY) in building such a high-impact governing team.

Moderator
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
Panelists
  • Doug Eadie, President & CEO, Doug Eadie & Company, Clearwater, FL
  • Carmino N. Basile, Chief Executive Officer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Curb Appeal: Complete Streets and Curb Management

2 - 3:30 p.m.
209, Level 2, Music City Center

Essential components of mobility management

A transit agency’s needs can often be lost in the street design process. Today, parking, bus stops and lanes, bicycling, freight delivery, and ride-hailing services compete for precious curb space. Still at the core of transit ridership is convenience, affordability, and ability to walk or bike on at least one end of a trip. In the future, the demand for curb space will increase exponentially, but who will manage this?

Join this session to learn about various partnerships between transit agencies and shared-use mobility companies on first/last mile programs, how land-use and technology can improve ridership, and how public transit agencies can be positioned to use these technological advancements to help implement complete streets that enable them to succeed.

Moderator
  • to be announced
Data-driven Street Design: How to Build Streets Where Transit Succeeds
  • Tiffany Chu, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Remix, San Francisco, CA
First/Last Mile: Expanding the Transit-shed with New Mobility & Active Transportation
  • Natalie Lozano, Vice President, Alta Planning + Design, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Topic TBA
  • Russ Brooks, Director of Smart Cities, Transportation For America, Washington, DC

FRA Listening Session

2 - 3:30 p.m.
205, Level 2, Music City Center

This listening session is designed as a dialogue between APTA members and FRA officials to discuss FRA’s initiatives regarding passenger rail: safety; PTC; investments; and technical assistance, among many other topics. FRA officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Procuring Innovation in the Transit Industry PART 1: Challenges in Procuring NEED NOW Technology

2 - 3:30 p.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

The rapidly changing technology environment demands smart and innovative procurement. Big Data, the Cloud, Block-Chain, 3D printing, AI, P3s, and other disrupters are changing the transit industry and the way we conduct procurement.

This is a two-part workshop. In part one, a panel of transit technology and innovation executives will discuss the rapidly evolving transit environment and the challenges of procuring innovation. In part two, a panel of transit and business procurement executives will brainstorm on bringing innovation to transit procurement while maintaining system integrity.

Moderator
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
Roadblocks to Buying Technology
  • William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director of Information Technology, Access Services, El Monte, CA
As an Example: Fare Collection
  • Lars Rembold, Project Manager, Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH, Moenchengladbach, Germany
Technology Procurements: Common Derailments and How to Avoid Them
  • Maximillian J. Bodoin, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Boston, MA
What Makes Us Say, "PASS?"
  • Darren Dickson, President, Genfare, Elk Grove Village, IL (invited)

Transit Ballot Measures: Positioning for Future Success

2 - 3:30 p.m.
207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center

Educating the electorate one building block at a time

Public transportation continues to be a popular issue with the public, reflected by the over 72% success rate of transit ballot measures over the past two decades. Each transit election brings new lessons on the public education campaigns that inform the electorate of the economic, social, and community benefits that come with investments in public transportation, and the ways to counter misinformation campaigns of transit critics. Our panel will provide fresh insight into the dynamics of transit elections

Moderator
  • to be announced
Panelists
  • Stephen G. Bland, Chief Executive Officer, WeGo Public Transit, Nashville, TN
  • Pauletta Tonilas, Secretary, Marketing & Communications Committee; Chief Communications Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dave Williams, Vice President, Infrastructure & Government Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta, GA
  • Laura Koprowski, Vice President of Government Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

Transit's Response to Trespasser Strikes and Intentional Deaths - A Roundtable Discussion

2 - 3:30 p.m.
207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center

Every three hours in the United States a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Rail properties look to reduce injuries and fatalities with public education and outreach. A federal data analysis has found that suicide or intentional death in the U.S. has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, with increases in every age group except older adults. Forty-three percent of railroad fatalities were trespassers or suicides. While suicide is a societal issue, railroads and transit agencies are increasing their attention to this growing problem.

Join a conversation on preventive efforts and partnerships designed for the prevention of trespasser and vehicle strikes, as well as the intentional deaths that occur on the rails.

Moderator
  • Joyce Rose, Principal Consultant - Transit & Rail Safety, WSP USA, Baltimore, MD
Mental Health Awareness & Trespass Prevention Strategies in Rail Transit
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Preventing Rail-related Injuries and Fatalities through Public Education and Outreach
  • Sarah Kline, National Transit Safety Education Consultant, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Alexandria, VA
Remedial Actions to Prevent Suicides on Commuter and Metro Rail Systems
  • Patrick Sherry, Ph.D., Professor, University of Denver and Consultant, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), San Jose, CA

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Scholarship Awards: Celebrating 30 Years

3 - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

Learn how the industry is helping to pave the way for tomorrow’s leaders by investing in today’s scholars and public transit professionals

Since it’s inception in 1988, the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) has awarded more than 1.2 million dollars in scholarships to over 300 scholars. Join us as we recognize the 2018 APTF scholarship recipients and celebrate 30 years of supporting and engaging the next generation of transit leaders.

Presiding Officer
  • Hugh A. Mose, P.E., Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation; Principal, Hugh A. Mose, P.E. – Transportation Consultant, State College, PA
Executive Leadership Remarks
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
APTF Donald C. Hyde Memorial Essay Award Presentation
  • Abubakr Ziedan, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Advancing Transit Asset Management

4 - 5:30 p.m.
209, Level 2, Music City Center

What happens after the October 1, 2018, compliance final rule deadline for completing the Transit Asset Management Plan? What are the lessons learned from agencies, and the success factors and pitfalls to avoid? How can an agency ensure the TAM targets are incorporated throughout an organization and are shared with stakeholders in the regional transportation decision making process? Communication and coordination across departments at all levels is critical. Presentations will focus on best practices in meeting rising challenges in capital planning, reporting, asset management, and building a culture for transit asset management as good business practice.

Moderator
  • Louis Cripps, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Creating a TAM Culture Bridging Asset Management and Agency Mission
  • Robert J. Tuccillo, Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
NCTD’s Strategy for Asset Management
  • Matthew O. Tucker, Executive Director, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
Agency-Driven Transit Asset Management
  • Herbert Higginbotham, National Director, Transit & Shared Mobility, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Telling Our Story with our TAMs
  • Donna DeMartino, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mid-Size Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA

Battery Electric Buses: Meeting the Infrastructure Challenge

4 - 5:30 p.m.
205, Level 2, Music City Center

Electric buses are poised to make a major breakthrough in adoption across the U.S. However, transitioning fleets to electric buses presents major infrastructure challenges for transit agencies – including understanding the infrastructure options, developing a charging strategy that works with service needs, planning for new power demand (and costs), and working effectively with new stakeholders like electric utilities. Session attendees will hear ideas on how to approach this challenge, with insights from transit agency and OEM experiences, and the perspective from the utility industry. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and will come away with ideas on how to think about electric bus infrastructure, how to approach utility collaboration, and pitfalls to avoid and strategies for success.

Executive Presence Matters: How Do You Embody Diversity and Inclusion as a Leader?

4 - 5:30 p.m.
207-AB, Level 2, Music City Center

As the workforce changes, what are best practices to promote the full inclusion of new leaders. Should our concept of “what a leader looks like” change? What should emerging leaders do to meet expectations?

Moderator
  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Senior Vice President, Americas Transit Market Sector Leader, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists
  • Dawn Distler, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director of Transit, Knoxville Area Transit (KAT), Knoxville, TN
  • Dr. Shelton Goode, Executive Director Diversity and Inclusion, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Diane Woodend Jones, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Chairman of the Board and Principal, Lea+Elliott, Inc., Grand Prairie, TX

High Performance Intercity Rail Project Delivery

4 - 5:30 p.m.
207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center

Business models leading to successful outcomes

High performance passenger rail projects are advancing using a variety of financial models with varying degrees of public money and private investment. Panelists will summarize key elements of current projects, and engage in a facilitated discussion to include the audience.

Moderator
  • Karen J. Hedlund, Co-Chair, Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee; Vice President, WSP USA, New York, NY
Panelists
  • Peter Cipriano, Special Assistant to the Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Mitch Warren, Executive Director, Northeast Corridor Commission , Washington, DC
  • Brian P. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA (invited)
  • Russell Roberts, Vice President Government Affairs, All Aboard Florida, Miami, FL
  • Lori Willox, Chief Financial Officer, Texas Central High-Speed Railway, LLC, Dallas, TX

Procuring Innovation in the Transit Industry PART 2: The Search for New Models for Procuring New Technologies

4 - 5:30 p.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

The rapidly changing technology environment demands smart and innovative procurement. Big Data, the Cloud, Block-Chain, 3D printing, AI, P3s and other disrupters are changing the transit industry and the way we conduct procurement.

This is a two-part workshop. In part one, a panel of transit technology and innovation executives will discuss the rapidly evolving transit environment and the challenges of procuring innovation. In part two, a panel of transit and business procurement executives will brainstorm on bringing innovation to transit procurement while maintaining system integrity.

Moderator
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
A Technologist View on the Journey to MaaS
  • Tony Tom, Chief Business Development Officer, moovel North America, LLC, Portland, OR
Los Angeles Metro and the Future of Procurement Innovation
  • Rani Narula-Woods, Sr. Director, Special Projects, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Your Dime - We're Listening!
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
The Willingness to Change
  • John O. Adler, CPPO, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Leadership APTA: Progressive Leaders, Extraordinary Thinkers

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

Celebrating the Class of 2018; Welcoming the Class of 2019

Join us to recognize the accomplishments and industry contributions of the Leadership APTA Class of 2018, the 21st graduating class of the Leadership APTA program. Listen to highlights of the past year. Learn from their executive project presentations. Witness their graduation ceremonies. Celebrate their successes. These graduates are completing an exceptional year of executive leadership growth and development.

Beginning last fall, class members participated in several executive forums and briefings, roundtable sessions, professional development workshops, APTA meetings and events, site visits, and online sessions. Over the year, class members met with several industry executive leaders, university faculty, federal experts, and others to hone their executive leadership skills, engage in conversation on a wide range of executive leadership challenges, and leverage these experiences to become our industry’s senior and executive leaders.

This session also will introduce and welcome the incoming Leadership APTA Class of 2019.

A celebratory reception immediately follows the graduation program at 6:15 p.m.

Presiding Officer
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Leadership APTA Reception

6:15 - 7:15p.m.
201, Level 2, Music City Center

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.

Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion Reception

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Broadway Ballroom CD, Level 2, Omni Hotel

Join your industry colleagues at a reception celebrating diversity and inclusion in the public transportation industry.

Sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund

 

Wednesday, September 26

Conference Registration Desk

7 - 10 a.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Host Information Desk

7 - 10 a.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 - 10 a.m.
213, Level 2, Music City Center

Standards Program Information Desk

7 - 10 a.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

TCRP Information Center

7 - 10 a.m.
Registration Area 2, Level 2, Music City Center

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

(tickets required)

Breakfast sponsored by Proterra Inc.

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Anatomy of a Cyber Security Breach and the Vulnerabilities of Big Data

9:30 - 11 a.m.
209, Level 2, Music City Center

Entities experienced a 44.7 percent increase in security breaches from 2016. Breaches are no longer a matter of "if" but rather "when" and "how often." The public transportation industry is undergoing a major technological transformation. Mobility as a Service, big data analytics, mobile ticketing, social media integration, IT outsourcing, and other advancements enhance the customer experience and improve operational efficiency. With these advancements, however, come risks.

This session will provide an overview of the current legal framework and practical advice on preparing for, and responding to, cyber security breaches, and include a critical discussion about securing data rights among agencies, vendors, and ridership.

Moderator
  • Rebecca A. Zelt, WSO-CSSD, Secretary, Safety Coordinating Council; Superintendent of Rail Safety, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
The Inevitable Looms: The Anatomy of a Security Breach
  • Maximillian J. Bodoin, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Boston, MA
Critical Infrastructure and Security Sensitive Information
  • Marisela Sandoval, Assistant General Counsel, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO
Securing Your Transit Fleet from Cyber Intrusion
  • Phil Silver, Senior Director, Conduent, Germantown, MD

Future Proofing Transit – Advancing Climate Resiliency

9:30 - 11 a.m.
204, Level 2, Music City Center

Public transportation infrastructure is becoming more and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The industry must adapt and become more resilient to remain viable and effective. Hear from these speakers to learn about different tools that help identify climate-related threats, organizational thinking around the issues, and specific technologies to implement adaptation and resiliency projects. Presentations will focus on master and facility planning, tools and resources useful in identifying vulnerabilities, undertaking resilience efforts, and moving toward implementation.

Moderator
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Sr. Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Encouraging Climate Resiliency in Small Transit Agencies
  • Beth Rodehorst, Senior Manager, ICF, Portland, OR
Future Proofing Facilities for resiliency and Future Technologies
  • Merlin Maley, AIA, LEED AP, BD&C, NCARB, Western Region Transit Director, Principal, RNL now Stantec, Denver, CO
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Infrastructure Innovations from Planning to Funding to Delivery

9:30 - 11 a.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

Risk assessments are vital for testing the health of a potential project and deciding whether to pursue the project in its present form. Complex and transformational rail projects just don't happen overnight without long-term commitments from all stake holders to see them through the planning, funding, design and delivery phases. These projects are varied such as designing a maintenance facility on a postage size parcel of land on the Expo Light Rail Line in Southern California to the multi-billion dollar South Coast Rail project in the regions of Massachusetts. Come and hear how your agency can apply simple, proven processes to identify and achieve significant benefits, regardless at what point the project stands.

Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, P.E., Immediate Past Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
Optimizing Risk Assessments of Capital Projects
  • Michael Wetherell, Secretary, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, McKissack & McKissack, New York, NY
Operations & Maintenance Facility: Shaping the Community and the Transportation Landscape
  • Donald J. Leidy, Facility Design Director, HDR|Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Denver, CO
Transformation through Connectivity: Strong Program Management Steers Complex Rail Project through Multiple Phases
  • Richard Carey, Director of Transit & Rail - New England, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), Boston, MA
Network Rail - UK’s National Rail Operator: Lessons Learned about Delivering Big Projects Directly Transferable to the North American Rail Network
  • Robbie Burns, Senior Vice President, Project and Program Management, Network Rail Consulting Ltd., London, United Kingdom

Measuring Public Transportation's Value

9:30 - 11 a.m.
205, Level 2, Music City Center

A holistic set of benefits beyond ridership

Ridership is certainly a metric used to measure public transportation’s output. However, there are many additional metrics that can be used to measure its value. Access to jobs and opportunity; laying the foundation for vibrant and economically strong communities; providing an alternative to congested roads, and providing the backbone to a mobility ecosystem with multiple options are all additional measures. Our panel will describe how these various attributes brings about an outcome that is much bigger than the sum of the parts.

Safety Management Systems (SMS): Information, Approaches and Best Practices

9:30 - 11 a.m.
207-CD, Level 2, Music City Center

Join this important session to learn more about Safety Management Systems (SMS). SMS is a management process that allows transit agencies to better analyze hazards and manage safety risk. Through this session, two transit agencies will discuss best practices for the implementation of SMS. In addition, a private engineering firm will present on SMS from the business member point-of-view as well as partnerships with transit agencies. Finally, the Federal Transit Administration will discuss its programs and rules for the implementation of SMS, including the recently passed Agency Safety Plan final rule, which requires all urban rail and bus transit properties to have a SMS-based safety plan in place by 2020.

Moderator
  • Sean Cagan, Chief Safety Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Panelists
  • Grantley Martelly, Managing Director, Transit Safety & Security, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Greg Kildare, Chief Risk, Safety & Asset Management Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kevin Reilly, Staff Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Discovering Transit’s Value Messages in Big Data

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom BC, Level 4, Music City Center

Data’s role in revealing transit’s value and strengthening transit’s case for funding

The transit industry has come a long way in its use of data to inform decision-making, and to evaluate programs and operations. The next big step is to understand the direct correlation between transit services and broader public benefits, such as health, economic prosperity, education, and opportunity. This discussion will uncover new perspectives that either pull on heartstrings, or which make a compelling economic case.

Moderator
  • William T. Thomsen, P.E., Member, APTA Executive Committee; President & CEO, Urban Engineers of New York, P.C., New York, NY
Presentation
  • Speaker to be announced
Panel Discussion
  • Flora M. Castillo, C.H.I.E., Board Member, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
  • John M. Nations, President & CEO, Bi-State Development Agency, St. Louis, MO
  • Rob Gannon, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY (invited)
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC (invited)

Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
201, Level 2, Music City Center
Chair, Jason M. Minser

FTA Capital Projects Workshop

1:30 - 4 p.m.
202, Level 2, Music City Center

The Federal Transit Administration will lead this interactive workshop to provide updates and seek industry feedback on matters affecting transit capital projects and programs. Topics for discussion will include the Administration’s Infrastructure Proposal and ideas for incorporating value capture and private contributions into transit capital projects, FTA risk assessments and oversight, Programs of Interrelated Projects, the Expedited Delivery Pilot Program, and recent and upcoming FTA activities, including updates on capital projects.

Representatives of FTA’s Office of Planning and Office of Program Management will conduct the workshop.

FEE There is no additional fee to attend this training workshop.

REGISTRATION Pre-registration is requested. Please check the appropriate box on the online Annual Meeting Registration Form to register for the workshop.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Elizabeth Lovinggood at elovinggood@apta.com or 202.496.4878.

FTA Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training for Transit Executives

1:30 - 4 p.m.
208, Level 2, Music City Center

(50 person limit)

Workshop details to follow. 

FEE There is no additional fee to attend this training workshop.

REGISTRATION Pre-registration is closed as attendance has reached capacity.

QUESTIONS and/or TO BE WAIT LISTED Contact APTA's Brian Alberts at balberts@apta.com or 202.496.4885; or Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com or 202.496.4879. 

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