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American Public Transportation Association

 Schedule At A Glance

This page is an overview of the conference schedule.

See Program & Committee Meetings for more details.

The program of educational sessions is organized by eight routes of study:

Route 1: Technology
Route 2: Operations & Maintenance
Route 3: Safety & Security
Route 4: Accessibility & Mobility Management
Route 5: Planning, Finance & Sustainability
Route 6: Capital Programs
Route 7: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Route 8: Workforce Development, Management & Policy

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

Last Updated: May 26, 2016

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Saturday, May 14   Sunday, May 15   Monday, May 16   Tuesday, May 17   Wednesday, May 18   

Saturday, May 14

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 8: WORKSHOP: Basics of Internal Operational Auditing

Independence, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
(30 person limit)
see Program for workshop details and registration information

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings


1 - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.
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    Hotel keys sponsored by AECOM
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    Padfolio sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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  • Host Information Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

1 - 5 p.m.

Route 3: Bus System Safety Seminar

Providence II-III, 1st Floor, The Westin Charlotte
see Program for seminar details and pre-registration information

1 - 5 p.m.

Route 4: NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

Harris, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
see Program for course details and registration information

2 - 4 p.m.

CATS TECHNICAL TOUR

A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center
  • LYNX Blue Line Light Rail System Alignment Tour
 see CATS Technical Tours for details

Sunday, May 15

7 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Committee Meetings


7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Host Information Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

see Program and/or International Bus Roadeo for details

9 - 10 a.m.

Route 8: FTA’s Office of Program Oversight: Updates and Trends

Grand Ballroom D, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
(CEOs and their designees only, please)

10 - 11 a.m.

Route 3: FTA's Office of System Safety: Implementing Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Grand Ballroom D, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
(CEOs and their designees only, please)

1 - 4 p.m.

Route 8: WORKSHOP: Daily Decisions, Lifetime Impact: Leadership Development for Mid-Level Managers

Harris, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
(40 person limit)

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ee Program for workshop details and registration information company logo
2 - 3:15 p.m.

Route 8: This is APTA

Grand Ballroom D, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
Getting involved, using APTA’s resources

2 - 4 p.m.

CATS TECHNICAL TOURS

A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Sprinter Enhanced Bus Alignment Tour

  • LYNX Blue Line Extension Tour


see CATS Technical Tours for details

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Route 8: OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

6 - 7 p.m.

Welcome to Charlotte Reception

Ballroom CD, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
(tickets required)

Monday, May 16

6:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

208 AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
see Breakfast
Registration
Form for details and to pre-register
 
The Networking Breakfast is supported by the Business Member Activity Fund.
 

  


7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings


7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Host Information Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    216 B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • TCRP Information Center

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8 - 9 a.m.

Coffee Service

Ballroom Prefunction 2, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Route 2: MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP

Grand Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte


Join us for the Maintenance Mangers Workshop (formerly Maintenance Monday) for a day dedicated to bus maintenance and bus technologies. Take advantage of a full day of learning and interaction with your maintenance manager peers and other associated transit professionals.

see Maintenance Managers Workshop or click on the Maintenance Managers Workshop icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker information
 
Continental Breakfast sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS
 





8:30 - 10 a.m.

Route 8: INFORMATION SESSION: APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration

Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
Business members, board members, and transit CEOs engage in association improvements and partnerships

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 2: ROADEO MAINTAINERS WORKSHOP: Electric Fan Engine Cooling System Operation, Diagnostics, and Troubleshooting

    217 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 Years of Progress and There’s Still More to Learn

    217 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

APTA Member Resource Room and SmartBar

214, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Mobile Applications

    213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Used by riders, potential riders, and employees, find out how smartphone apps benefit everyone

  • Route 3: Transit Safety and Security

    217 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    FTA & TSA discuss roles, responsibilities, and funding

  • Route 4: Using Non-traditional Modes to Meet ADA Demand

    213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Approaches to meeting ADA requirements, providing quality service, and managing costs

  • Route 5: Complete Streets and Complete Trip

    218 - 219, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Strengthening connections and access for all

  • Route 8: Advancing the Next Generation Workforce

    209B - 210B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Unleashing the impact and thought-power of the new workforce

  • Route 8: Cooperative Procurement

    213 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Leveraging resources

  • Route 8: The Power of Diversity: What it Means to Be an Inclusive Industry

    211 - 212, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

BUS DISPLAY

S Brevard St & E MLK Jr Blvd, Adjacent NASCAR HOF, NASCAR Hall of Fame
(includes lunch from 12 - 2 p.m.; tickets required)
see Program for details

1 - 3:45 p.m.

Route 8: WORKSHOP: Mid-Level Manager Careers: Preparing for the Next Steps

209A - 210A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

see
 Program for workshop details and registration information company logo




2 - 4 p.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 2: ROADEO MAINTAINERS WORKSHOP: Introduction to IntelligAIRE III

    217 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Bus Fires - Driver Basic Training

    217 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Software/Data

    211 - 212, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Examine the technology behind advances in our industry

  • Route 2: Customer Service Challenge

    Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    How would you respond in these situations?

  • Route 3: Cybersecurity

    209B - 210B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Current initiatives and protective measures

  • Route 3: Post Brussels: Your Emergency Preparedness Posture

    213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Examining your emergency management and security status

  • Route 3: Practical Strategies & Methods to Address Safety Management Systems & Risk Reduction

    217 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Will your plan be in compliance with the new National Safety Plan?

  • Route 4: FTA ADA Circular

    213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Accessibility requirements, good practices

  • Route 5, Route 8: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

    218 - 219, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Procurement policies, programs, strategies, best practices for health and the environment

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Route 8: GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Update

Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

Presenter: Hon. Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

5:15 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings


Tuesday, May 17

7 - 8:45 a.m.

Committee Meetings


7:30 - 9 a.m.

Coffee Service

Ballroom Prefunction 2, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Host Information Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    216 B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • TCRP Information Center

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Route 4: GENERAL SESSION: Breakthroughs & Building Blocks: A Round-Table Discussion on Mobility & Partnering

Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 7: BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TUESDAY

Grand Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, The Westin Charlotte
Join us for the third annual BRT Tuesday - a half-day dedicated to BRT professionals engaged in planning and project development. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and interact with your BRT peers and other associated transit professionals on a variety of topics related to BRT. 
 
see BRT Tuesday or click on the BRT Tuesday icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker information
 
Breakfast sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff





8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Route 3: SAFETY ROUNDABOUT: Training Programs that Work

213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
How good training can make a difference on the streets

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 2: ROADEO MAINTAINERS WORKSHOP: Test Taking Know How, Tips, and Training for ASE Certification

    217 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Building Employee Resiliency

    217 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 8: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

209A - 210A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
(40 person limit)

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ee Program for workshop details and registration informationcompany logo
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Onboard Technology

    218 - 219, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    How technology streamlines transit operations and stimulates great customer service

  • Route 4: Improving Mobility through Increased Coordination

    213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Enhancing integration and service among transit agencies, key stakeholders, and non-traditional partners

  • Route 8: APTA-COMTO Assembly

    Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Public transportation: a symbol of civil rights, all started on a bus

  • Route 8: Best Practices and Ridership Strategies

    217 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Strategies and solutions for addressing ridership trends

  • Route 8: Innovations in Recruitment, Development & Employee Engagement

    213 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    World-class best practices for transit organizations

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

APTA Member Resource Room and SmartBar

214, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Route 3: SAFETY ROUNDABOUT: Concealed and Open Carry Firearms Laws

213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
A diversity of laws and responses at transit agencies

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

BUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Hall C1, Exhibit Level, Charlotte Convention Center
(includes lunch from 12 - 2 p.m.; tickets required)
see Program for details

Lunch co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA
company logo

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 3: SAFETY ROUNDABOUT: Operator Assaults

213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
Protecting front line employees

1 - 3 p.m.

Route 1: FTA LISTENING SESSION: Low and No Emission Bus Component Assessment Program

209A - 210A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Route 4: WALK & ROLL WELLNESS EVENT

213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
Celebrate good health, diversity, inclusion, and support accessible public transportation
see Program for the Walk and Roll Wellness Event details and route map


1:30 - 3 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1, Route 8: Technological Change

    211 - 212, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    What does the next generation of technologies have in store for the transit industry? How to plan the business end.

  • Route 3: Essential Ingredients in Establishing a Sustainable Safety-First Culture

    217 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    How do we define a common path forward in developing a Safety-First Culture that meshes the expectations of the Boardroom with those of the Lunchroom?

  • Route 5: Regional Transportation Planning

    213 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Think outside of the jurisdictional box to creatively engage stakeholders and reach new customers

  • Route 5: Reimagining Your Agency's Transit Services

    218 - 219, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Improving operations, revitalizing communities

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 2: How New Software & Technology is Changing Operations, Training, & Supervision

    213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Route 3: De-escalation Training and Best Practices

    218 - 219, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Empowering employees to defuse violent situations

  • Route 4: Paratransit Cost Containment Strategies

    213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Innovative methods to contain, control, or reduce paratransit costs

  • Route 5: Creating Accessible, Sustainable & Transit-Oriented Communities

    213 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    New approaches and strategies for building livable communities

  • Route 6: Bus Testing: Performance Standards, Bus Model Scoring System & Pass/Fail Standards

    211 - 212, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Testing requirements explained – bring your questions

  • Route 8: Labor Relations Think Tank: Learning from Peers and Experts

    209B - 210B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    The success is about the investment in the journey

5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Committee Meetings


7 - 9:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS BANQUET

Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
(tickets required)
see Program for ticket/seating details  


Wednesday, May 18

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Ballroom Prefunction 2, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Business Practices

    218B - 219B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Strategies & experiences with new technology

  • Route 4: Paratransit & Mobility Best Practices

    218A - 219A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Best practices promoting accessible transportation and mobility

  • Route 5: Sustainability & Resiliency in Action

    213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Prepare for the future while improving quality of life and operational expenses in the here and now

  • Route 6: Lowering the Cost and Minimizing the Complications of Your Next Bus Procurement

    213 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Using the industry-developed Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines can save your agency time and money.

  • Route 8: WORKSHOP: Building a Positive, Productive Work Culture among Front-Line Employees

    213 A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Training that improves productivity, customer satisfaction, and workplace safety

8 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Host Information Desk

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    216 B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center

  • TCRP Information Center

    A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center

10 - 11:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: ITS Technologies

    218A - 219A, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    How advanced applications of intelligent transportation systems are providing innovative services
  • Route 2: Better Communication and Oversight = Higher Quality of Service in Operations

    217 BC, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Improving bus operations through front-line employees and contractors

  • Route 5: Implementing Title VI/Environmental Justice Requirements

    213 D, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    See what’s new in federal Title VI and environmental justice regulations and how to best implement program requirements.

  • Route 8: Public Transportation’s “Pitch” Session

    218B - 219B, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
    Advancing opportunities for young professionals in transportation

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

Route 8: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Ten Transcendent Trends Reshaping the Future of Transportation

Ballroom AB, Ballroom Level, Charlotte Convention Center
Presenter: John W. Martin, CEO, GenerationsMatter, and CEO and President, Southeastern Institute of Research, company logoRichmond, VA
 
Keynote speaker sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund. 



12:45 - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings


2 - 4 p.m.

CATS TECHNICAL TOURS

A Concourse, Street Level, Charlotte Convention Center
  • LYNX Blue Line Light Rail System Alignment Tour
  • Sprinter Enhanced Bus Alignment Tour
  • LYNX Blue Line Extension Tour

see CATS Technical Tours for details


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