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American Public Transportation Association

 BRT Tuesday

Tuesday May 6, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join APTA at the 2014 APTA Bus & Paratransit conference for a day dedicated to BRT professionals. Take advantage of a full day of learning and interaction with your peers. The day will kick off with an interactive panel presentation. This will be followed up with Table Top presentations allowing for in depth discussions. After the morning discussions, we will have lunch with your transit peers at the APTA Product Showcase. We will reconvene in the afternoon for a wrap-up of the Table Top presentations and finish off with a presentation from FTA. The day will wrap up with a presentation and tour of Kansas City’s BRT Max service.

Registration Form (doc)


7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

BREAKFAST Sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
BRT Council Chair: Joe Calabrese (GCRTA)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Panel Session: Bolts and Nuts: Overcoming Policy, Engineering, and Public Challenges to BRT Projects

This interactive session features case studies from BRT projects that have been implemented or are in development. Practitioners from medium and large cities will discuss their experiences taking on challenges such as: discussing traffic impacts, communicating the benefits of BRT to an uninformed public, creating agency and political champions, and more. After a brief discussion of each project and their biggest challenges, the session will allow for Q&A and further knowledge sharing.

Panelists: Ted Orosz (NYMTA) and Joe Iacobucci (Sam Schwartz Engineering)
Presenters: Peter Varga (The Rapid), Susan Meyer (Spokane Transit), Laura Minns (Lynx)

                                          TABLE-TOP PRESENTATIONS

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

TABLE 1: Real World Magnetic Lane Guidance
Presenters: Jack Gonsalves (Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Robert Gregg (CUTR)

TABLE 2: International BRT Differences
Presenter: Cliff Henke (Parsons Brinckerhoff)

TABLE 3: The Latest Trans in Vehicle Design
Presenter: Paul Smith (New Flyer)

TABLE 4: Mind Your Language: Are we turning the public off with the words we use?
Presenter: Graham Carey (careyBRT)

10:20 – 10:50 a.m.

TABLE 1: The Latest Trends in Vehicle Design
Presenter: Paul Smith (New Flyer)

TABLE 2: International BRT Differences
Presenter: Cliff Henke (Parsons Brinckerhoff)

TABLE 3: LYNX LYMMO BRT Expansion: Expanding a mature BRT
Presenter: Laura Minns (Lynx)

TABLE 4: Mind Your Language: Are we turning the public off with the words we use?
Presenter: Graham Carey (careyBRT)

10:55 – 11:25 a.m.

TABLE 1: The Amp BRT Project
Presenter: Jim McAteer (NMTA)

TABLE 2: WAVE Induction Charging: New Possibility for BRT Vehicle Propulsion?
Presenter: Mike Allegra (UTA)

TABLE 3: BRT and Economic Development
Presenter: Victoria Perk (CUTR)

TABLE 4: Impact of Innovative Approaches to Community Outreach in BRT Planning
Presenters: Kate Sargent (Sam Schwartz Engineering) &
Joe Iacobucci (Sam Schwartz Engineering)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

LUNCH (at APTA Bus Products & Services Showcase)

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Wrap-up from morning table-top presentations

2 – 2:45 p.m.

MAP-21: Defining BRT
FTA will discuss the changes to the definition of BRT in MAP-21 and what those changes mean for eligibility for various FTA funding programs

Presenter: Maurice Foushee
Federal Transit Administration
Office of Planning and Environment

2:45-3:15 p.m.

KCATA BRT MAX presentation
Presenter: Dick Jarrold (KCATA)

3:30-4:30 p.m


KCATA BRT MAX Technical Tour
(70 person limit; be sure to sign for the tour on site at the Host Information Desk)

Join us for an exciting and informative ride on Kansas City’s Bus Rapid Transit MAX (Metro Area Express). In difficult economic times, when local funding is scarce and federal funding is hard to win, a low-cost/high-benefit BRT system may be the solution to your next transit upgrade. MAX marries unique design features with improved service and significant benefits for riders and the community. It integrates branding and artwork, while supporting the MetroCenter/Early Childhood Learning Center, green initiatives, land use development and economic development. MAX operates like rail, is faster than the local buses, and produces increased ridership for a low cost with no local tax increases.


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