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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

This page is a preliminary overview of the conference schedule and subject to change.

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

Route 1: Transforming Communities with Technological & Mobility Innovations
Route 2: Integrated, Coordinated Access & Mobility
Route 3: Planning, Operations & Maintenance
Route 4: Safety, Security, Risk Management & Emergency Preparedness
Route 5: Organizational & Workforce Development
Route 6: Management & Policy

Last Updated: May 2

 

Saturday, May 5

Route 2: NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

The goal of this course is to teach transit professionals the legal background of ADA and paratransit requirements. The course is facilitated by industry professionals with extensive experience in paratransit services and the ADA.

Topics include:

- ADA legal requirements that apply to public and private transportation related entities
- 14 service provisions documented in 49 CFR Part 37, Subpart G
- Requirements to determine if a public or private entity must provide complementary paratransit service
- Criteria for complementary paratransit service
- Requirements for existing and new transportation facilities
- Compliance and enforcement responsibilities of FTA, DOT, and DOJ
- Responsibilities and compliance procedures for public and private entities
- Enforcement and investigation processes, including hearings, decisions, and notices

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visit http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx 
to access TCRP-related documents
 
CEUs 0.4 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.

AUDIENCE:
This course is intended for people who work at a transit agency or provide transit service, those who manage or operate paratransit services, and federal, state, and local representatives who work with the ADA community. 
 
FEE: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space and materials available basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact NTI's Myrna Sirleaf at 848.932.6040 or msirleaf@nti.rutgers.edu.

 

Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

APTA Board of Directors

12:30 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, APTA, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.
(buffet lunch served at 12 p.m.) 

Conference Registration Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

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Host Information Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Stop by HART's “Chill Zone,” located in the APTA registration area in the Tampa Marriott Waterside, during the conference to relax and recharge. Dedicated phone chargers, comfortable couches, and hydration options will be available.

Downtown Partnership WALKING TOUR: Waterfront and Downtown Tampa

2 - 4 p.m.

Begin your conference experience by joining your colleagues on a complimentary, guided walking tour to various areas in downtown Tampa, featuring public art, architecture, history, and legends.

Tour participants should meet at 2 p.m. at the Dick Greco Plaza, across from the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.

Please sign up for the tour at the Host Information Desk at the Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor in the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.
 
Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. And, please bring water and wear sunscreen or a hat as temps will be in the high 80s.

EEO Task Force

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Meeting Room 4, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Aida R. Douglas

HART Welcome Reception

6 - 8 p.m.

Jackson’s Bistro, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602

All APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and Roadeo attendees are invited to attend HART’s kick-off reception for a fun-filled evening at one of downtown Tampa’s best waterfront restaurants, Jackson's Bistro. Within walking distance of the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while taking in the sweeping views of the city's waterfront and dynamic skyline with your transit colleagues from across the nation and abroad.

Pre-registration is requested by clicking here.  Note: Confirmation of your Roadeo/Conference registration (ie: your badge) is required.

QUESTIONS? See HART staff at the Host Information Desk at the Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, in the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. 

 

Sunday, May 6

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Hotel keys sponsored by RATP Dev USA

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Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Stop by HART's “Chill Zone,” located in the APTA registration area in the Tampa Marriott Waterside, during the conference to relax and recharge. Dedicated phone chargers, comfortable couches, and hydration options will be available.

Access Accessible Transit & Paratransit Operations Subcommittee

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, David R. Rishel


Mid-Size Operations Committee

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Donna DeMartino

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

COMPETITION DATE, TIMES, LOCATION & TRAVEL INFORMATION
The International Bus Roadeo will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), 3201 Scherer Drive St. Petersburg, FL 33716.

Shuttle service will be provided between the Tampa Marriott Waterside, Tampa Hilton, and Roadeo Site. The shuttle will be available every 20 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, competition day, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. View/download the shuttle schedule. Maps and directions also will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Bus operators and mechanics from transit systems across North America participate in separate competitions, which showcase their skills in safe driving and vehicle maintenance. The Operator Competition includes events such as pre-trip inspection, judgment stops, turning, and clearing obstacles. The Maintenance Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brakes, multiplex, doors, and HVAC modules. Visit the International Bus Roadeo section of APTA’s website for more information.
 
ROADEO TRAINING WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCE SESSISONS
Not only are all the traditional conference sessions and activities open to the roadeo participants, but there are six training workshops scheduled exclusively for roadeo contestants.
 
The workshop topics are:
 
TECHNICIANS: 
~ Thermo King IntelligAIRE III
~ Systematic Approach to Air System and Brake Maintenance and Troubleshooting
~ Introduction to Vansco MUX, Parker Dashboard, and Vansco System Components
 
OPERATORS:  
~  Managing Stress
~  Scheduling and Runcutting Basics
~  Distracted Driving and Fatigue Awareness for Transit Employees
 
CUSTOMER SERVICE CHALLENGE
For the twelfth year, the Customer Service Challenge joins the traditional Operator and Maintenance Competitions. The event, scheduled on Monday, May 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., allows bus operators to test their customer service skills in some distinctive customer interface scenarios.
 
QUESTIONS? Visit the International Bus Roadeo section on APTA’s website.
ROADEO REGISTRATION: Contact APTA’s Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com.
ROADEO COMPETITION/EVENTS: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.
 
THANKS TO OUR ROADEO SPONSORS
 
• Allison Transmission, Inc.
Altro Transflor
American Seating Company
BAE SYSTEMS
BYD Motors, Inc.
Clever Devices, Inc. 
• Cummins Inc.
• Custom Training Aids, Inc.
Engineered Machine Products, Inc. (EMP)
• I/O Controls Corporation
• LIFT-U Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
• Luminator
• Midwest Bus/Byk-Rak
• Mohawk Manufacturing and Supply Company
• Motor Coach Industries
• New Flyer
The R.C.A. Company
• Thermo King Corporation
• Trackit LLC
• USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA
• Vapor Bus International
• Voith Turbo Inc.
 

Labor and Employee Relations Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, LaShanda Dawkins, Esq.

Information Technology Committee

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Mike Finnern

State Association Subcommittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Jacklyn Montgomery

Education & Career Awareness Subcommittee

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr.

Access Emerging Transportation Systems Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Access Training & Technical Assistance Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Kristen Joyner

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, JC Vannatta

Route 5: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

1 - 3 p.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Connecting increases your influence in every situation

Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting team members, and can give and receive feedback in a way that builds relationships with others. Join us to learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. During this interactive session we will explore ways to improve communications to increase connections with others, thus increasing your sense of community, your ability to collaborate, and your influence.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career.

FEE: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com.
 
Instructor
  • Monica L. Simon, Principal, SIMON and SIMON Resources, Inc., Elkridge, MD

Organizational Development Subcommittee (Workforce Devel. Cmte.)

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Dr. Barbara K. Gannon

Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee

2 - 3 p.m.
Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Brenda R. Nnambi

Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee

2 - 3:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Co-Chairs, Benjamin Limmer, AICP & Ken Zatarain

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Karen H. King

ITS Passenger Transportation Systems & Services Committee

2 - 4 p.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Brendon Hemily, Ph.D.

Bus Safety Committee

2 - 5 p.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Lisa Staes

Access Committee

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, John O. Adler, CPPO

Sustainability Committee

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, J. Barry Barker

Workforce Development Committee

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Paul J. Larrousse

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Jerry Guaracino

Welcome to Tampa Reception

6 - 7 p.m.
Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

(tickets required)

All conference registrants and their guests are invited to mix and mingle at this lively welcoming reception hat is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.
 
Reception co-sponsored by Genfare and the Business Member Activity Fund

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Monday, May 7

Business Member Networking Breakfast

6:45 - 8 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V-VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

“It just keeps getting better!” That’s what business members are saying about the Monday morning business networking breakfast at the APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference. Designed to help bus OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators, and major A&E firms strengthen their business relationships and find new business partners, the breakfast provides an opportunity for APTA business members to talk about their companies and how to do business with them.

All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking opportunity. Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Transit agency procurement officials are also encouraged to come to the breakfast to promote their current procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements in the coming months.
 
To help you plan your networking activities, a brochure listing information about the networking breakfast participants will be prepared and sent out on April 27 in advance of the breakfast.
 
FEE: There is no separate registration fee required to participate in the breakfast.
 
REGISTRATION: Online pre-registration is CLOSED. However, you may register the morning of the breakfast. Just bring your business card!
 
QUESTIONS? Contact Adam Martin at 202.496.4833 or amartin@apta.com.
 
Networking Breakfast supported by the Business Member Activity Fund.

 

Bus Operations Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Coffee Service

7 - 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Stop by HART's “Chill Zone,” located in the APTA registration area in the Tampa Marriott Waterside, during the conference to relax and recharge. Dedicated phone chargers, comfortable couches, and hydration options will be available.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bayshore Board Room, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Route 3: MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Join us for the Maintenance Managers Workshop for a day dedicated to bus maintenance and bus technologies. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with and learn from your maintenance manager peers and other associated transit professionals.

Sponsored by APTA’s Bus Technical Maintenance and Clean Propulsion & Support Technology Committees

FEE: If you are registered for the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there is no additional charge to attend the Maintenance Managers Workshop.

REGISTRATION:
Pre-registration is not required. Please arrive at the designated meeting room early as space may be limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Jeff Hiott at jhiott@apta.com.
 
see Maintenance Managers Workshop for session and speaker details
 
Note: The "Improving the Way you Maintain your Buses" session on Monday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m. is part of this Workshop.
 
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http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents 
 
Breakfast sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS
company logo 
 

 

Route 5: OPENING GENERAL SESSION

8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

As APTA’s 2018 Bus & Paratransit Conference begins, come hear an overview of APTA’s strategic direction, key initiatives, and partnerships. The session also features remarks from U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Florida state Sen. Jeffrey Brandes (R), and welcomes from conference hosts Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg.
 
As the keynote speaker, Gabe Klein will discuss how shifting trends are defining a new role for public transportation leaders as mobility managers who shape, plan, and oversee public and private transit services that are increasingly integrated into community and regional transportation networks. In this session, Klein will discuss issues ranging from internal innovation, external communication, and collaboration, to open data, collaboration, complete streets policies and more, which will include a question and answer component.
 
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http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents 
 
General Session sponsored by Proterra Inc.

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Presiding
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Sponsor Recognition
  • Matt Horton, Proterra Inc., Burlingame, CA
Remarks
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Host Welcomes
  • Jeffrey C. Seward, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
  • Brad J. Miller, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Hon. Jeff Brandes, (R), Member, Florida Senate, Tallahassee, FL
  • Hon. Kathy Castor, (D-FL 14th District), Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
Keynote Speaker
  • Gabe Klein, Special Venture Partner, Fontinalis Partners; Former Commissioner, Chicago and Washington, DC Departments of Transportation, Washington, DC

Route 3: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Managing Stress

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room 18-19, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center

Working in the transit industry is one of the most stressful jobs in today’s society. Traffic - passengers - more traffic – more passengers – supervisors – faulty equipment – all add stress to an already tense day. Few people really understand what stress is, or recognize what it does within our bodies. Even fewer people know how to control stress, live with it, and make it work for them. In this workshop, Dale Knutson will take both a humorous and serious, as well as interactive look at what stress is, what it does, and how you, as bus operators, supervisors, and managers, can control not only the stress – but how you react to the stress you are feeling. Mr. Knutson will talk about the physical signs of stress, as well as the mental signs of stress; both of which affect job performance as well as personal feelings. He will also discuss our system of values, and how that contributes to daily stress. Finally, you will be given specific things you can do to alleviate stress as you do your job; as well as how you can deal with the stressors at home. This workshop promises to be enjoyable, fast-paced, and interactive.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course. 

Trainer
  • Dale R. Knutson, TSSP, WS-CSE, Manager of Safety, Training, and Security, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, Birmingham, AL

Route 3: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Introduction to IntelligAIRE III

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room 20-21, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center

This workshop will cover operation and diagnoses using the Can DIAG program.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.
 

Workshop sponsored by Thermo King Corporation

Trainer
  • Steve Morris, Product Service Manager, Bus, Thermo King Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Route 2: Accessibility Session - Parts 1 & 2

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

PART 1: NEW TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Approaches to meeting ADA requirements, providing quality service and managing costs

Ever since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, the public transportation industry, and public and private sectors, have worked to provide accessible transit services and comparable paratransit services for the increasing number of customers, despite budget constraints and the rising costs of traditional ADA paratransit. Learn more about transit agencies that have taken progressive, visionary, and strategic approaches to provide a broad range of diverse transit services. The session includes an update on a current TCRP synthesis project examining new ADA service delivery models.
 

PART 2: ACCESSIBILITY AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Shaping customers' response to advanced technology

Partnerships continue to advance new autonomous driving pilots in this country. The session will feature two examples: Los Angeles County’s Access Services’ smaller-scale pilot, covering a few short routes in the Los Angeles area; and Keolis Transit’s launch of the first public self-driving autonomous shuttles in the downtown innovation district of Las Vegas.

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visit http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents

PART 1 Moderator
  • Christian T. Kent, Vice Chair, Access Committee; Principal, Christian T. Kent, Transit Management Consulting, Virginia Beach, VA
PART 1 Panelists
  • Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, APTA Awards Committee; Secretary, Member Services Committee; Board Member, Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium dba ClasTran, Birmingham, AL
  • Will Rodman, Vice President of Business Development, TSS Paratransit, Milton, MA
  • Kemly Jimenez Green, Manager of Customer Service and Paratransit, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
PART 2 Moderator
  • Marlene B. Connor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Immediate Past Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Chair, Access Emerging Transportation Systems Subcommittee; Chair, Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal/Manager, Marlene Connor Associates, LLC, Holyoke, MA
PART 2 Panelists
  • William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director of Information Technology, Access Services, El Monte, CA
  • Maurice Bell, Vice President of Mobility Solutions, Keolis Transit America, Los Angeles, CA

Route 3: BRT Planning and Prioritization

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Exploring strategies for prioritizing BRT in the region and effective stakeholder collaboration.

Smart planning and effective stakeholder collaboration are the foundation for a successful BRT project. Disparate responsibilities and priorities, however, are often hard to navigate. Join us to hear the prioritization strategies used and lessons learned from three different BRT projects.

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visit http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents 

Moderator
  • Mark E. Huffer, Project Director, HNTB Corporation, Raleigh, NC
16th Street NW, Washington DC Bus Lanes Project
  • Spring Worth, Secretary, BRT Council; Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
  • Adrienne Ameel, Transportation Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Herndon, VA
Madison BRT
  • Thaddeus Wozniak, P.E., Project Manager, CDM Smith, San Francisco, CA
  • Michael Bjork, Transit Engineer, CDM Smith, Seattle, WA
Enhancing Los Angeles' Metro Orange Line Busway
  • Tyler R. Bonstead, Vice President, STV Incorporated, Los Angeles, CA
  • Doreen Zhao, Planner, STV Incorporated, Los Angeles, CA

Route 3: Where Are All the Bus Operators?

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

It’s no secret that it’s hard to recruit bus operators. And, it’s even harder to retain them. Join this session to explore ways to communicate better and create a culture that helps attract and retain qualified bus operators.

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visit http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents 

Moderator
  • Dottie L. Watkins, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Bus Operations Committee; Chair, Bus Standards Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President, Bus Operations, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Improving Employee Communication with Mobile and Tablet Applications
  • David C. Fulton, Industry Solutions Manager, Scheduling, Planning & Operations, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON
Fantasy Football as a Transit Management Tool: Engaging Staff with Metrics at Des Moines DART
  • Timothy Sanderson, Chief Operating Officer, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority - DART, Des Moines, IA
Improving the Recruiting and Onboarding Process to Build a Sustainable Workforce
  • Samantha Einarson, Lean Administrator, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Corporation (Pierce Transit), Lakewood, WA
Trending Up: How Changing Metrics Can Change a Culture
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Route 4: Safety Culture, Reporting, and Data

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Safety culture, training, and confidential reporting are all essential components of an effective safety management system. During this session, the improvement of bus operator performance through understandable bus collision / incident reports will be discussed. Further, the building of an effective safety culture at a transit agency through monitoring data will be presented. Finally, a transit agency that is currently implementing SMS will discuss real world methods for improving safety, including employee reporting systems and data management.

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visit http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Bus-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents 

Moderator
  • Lisa Staes, Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Panelists
  • Paul Comfort, Esq., Vice President - Business Development, Trapeze Group, Columbia, MD
  • Louis G. Maiello, Vice Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Bus Training Operations, Transit Training Solutions (TTS), Ann Arbor, MI
  • Paul Goyette, Deputy Director, Lee County Transit (Lee Tran), Fort Myers, FL

Route 6: APTA/COMTO Assembly

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

The journey to the top: you have to go – to grow

Those who want to make it to the top should not expect to get there by remaining in place. The path to the top is often a winding journey, leading you up and down in different directions. Climbing to the executive suite – from the basement – in the same organization is like winning the lottery, and what are the odds of that? Successful industry leaders will share their journeys to the top.

Greetings
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Jill Chen Stober, Vice Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee; Manager, Service Performance & Analysis, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Panelists
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Robert H. Prince, Jr., Principal, Footprince, Jacksonville, FL
  • Billy Terry, Associate Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Closing Remarks
  • Freddie C. Fuller, II, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Business Member Budget Committee; Vice President, Electronic Payment Systems, Jacobs, Arlington, VA

BUS DISPLAY

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Old Water Street, Outside main entrance, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

(includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)

Buses will be on display for your inspection and manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer your questions. To highlight this event a complimentary lunch for all conference and roadeo registrants will be available during the display from 12 to 2 p.m.

see Bus Display Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register

Bus Display lunch co-sponsored by Nova Bus, Prevost, and APTA 
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Mobility Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Vice Chair, Jameson T. Auten

Route 5: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Leading with Dignity

1 - 3:45 p.m.
Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Transportation leaders are called upon to manage, in a microcosm, the complex issues facing society as a whole. Though leaders are taught to listen, to help solve problems, and to manage others as they move the organization forward, many feel ill-equipped to address the shift in workforce attitudes and complex issues that employees bring to the conversation.

This interactive workshop will provide attendees with an approach to engage employees from a stance of honoring dignity, as they address difficult employee issues and navigate the complex relationships and the “problems of living and working” that commonly arise in today’s workplace.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career.
 
FEE: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com
 
Instructor
  • Dr. Barbara K. Gannon, Chair, Organizational Development Subcommittee; Principal, GannonConsult, Gloucester, MA
  • Monica L. Simon, Principal, SIMON and SIMON Resources, Inc., Elkridge, MD
  • Robert H. Prince, Jr., Principal, Footprince, Jacksonville, FL

Route 1: TOD and Economic Development (with BRT in mind)

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Exploring strategies for leveraging BRT projects for economic development and revitalization.

Many cities are leveraging public transportation investments through bus transit projects to create opportunities for economic development and revitalization of downtown neighborhoods and districts. Join us in learning about how bus transit projects can enhance economic completeness and connect transit-dependent populations with improved employment and educational opportunities, retail, and services.

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Moderator
  • Brian Funk, Chief Deputy of Bus Operations, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Orlando - BRT as an Economic Development Tool
  • Laura M. Minns, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner/Transit, WSP USA, Orlando, FL
Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project - the First Gold Rated BRT in North America
  • David Leard, AICP, Senior Transit Project Manager, HDR, Chicago, IL
Pulse Bus Rapid Transit – Mobility Enhancement to Promote Economic Growth and Land Use Changes
  • Stephen F. McNally, Director of Engineering/Construction (GRTC BRT Project), Wendel , Richmond, VA
  • Ashley Lickliter, P.E., Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Richmond, VA

Route 3: Customer Service Challenge

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

How would you respond in these situations?

Join us as the industry's best bus operators compete in a test of customer service skills at this entertaining event. Come see who walks away with the title of transit's 'top ambassador!

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Host
  • Morgan Lyons, Immediate Past Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Vice President, External Relations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Route 3: Improving the Way You Maintain Your Buses

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Are you maintaining your buses the best you can?

Analyze the data that is already being collected in order to improve maintenance practices, optimize vehicle maintenance planning, and begin preventative maintenance. This session will explore how you can use the data you’re already collecting to improve your maintenance practices and create a better preventive maintenance plan.

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Note: This session is part of Monday morning's Maintenance Managers Workshop.

Session sponsored by era-contact USA, LLC

Moderator
  • Jerry Guaracino, Chair, Bus Technical Maintenance Committee; Assistant Chief Engineering Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
Eliminate the Paper, Analyze the Data – Implement a Rolling PM Application
  • Ken Mall, Managing Director, Workforce Consulting, Educational Data Systems, Inc., Dearborn, MI
Preventative Maintenance in Action
  • Darren Dickson, President, Genfare, Elk Grove Village, IL
Harnessing Data to Optimize Vehicle-Maintenance Planning
  • Pierre Giroux, Account Manager, GIRO Inc., Montreal, QC

Route 5: Emerging Leaders Graduation

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

The Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2018 has completed ATPA’s year-long national leadership development program. Since June 2017 this talented and driven class has participated in workshops and webinars, and has been mentored by industry leaders while they worked together to complete a comprehensive group project. Join us in listening to their reflections on their past year, hear highlights of their group presentations, and celebrate their success at the graduation.

Presiding
  • Jill Chen Stober, Vice Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee; Manager, Service Performance & Analysis, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Guest Speakers
  • Thomas R. Waldron, Senior Vice President & Global Transit Director, HDR, New York, NY
  • Pierre Holloman, Assistant Transit Bureau Chief, Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington, VA

Route 5: Employees Are our Greatest Asset - Perspectives from Frontline Workers

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

The industry’s ultimate success of public transportation services, capital program implementation, critical initiatives and imperatives like developing a “system safety culture” are all “people-centered. Opportunities to tap the “hands-on” knowledge and experience of frontline employees, comprised of over 80% of public transportation’s workforce, also provides an invaluable perspective and insight, which adds an important voice to industry discussions. This will be a facilitated discussion with frontline maintenance, operators and stakeholders, covering a range of topics, including developing and implementing a “safety culture," and workforce development training programs and lessons learned; and best practices in the introduction of new equipment, technologies, and maintenance programs.

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Moderators
  • Christine C. Veeder, Ph.D., National Program Director, Jobs to Move America, New York, NY
  • John J. Schiavone, Program Director-Technical Training, Transportation Learning Center, Guilford, CT
Panelists
  • Louis Durant, III, Member, Local 1300, Amalgamated Transit Union, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Jeffrey Shaffer, Member, Local 1277, Amalgamated Transit Union, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Miriam Rodriguez, Warehouse Inventory Department, BYD Heavy Industries, Lancaster, CA
  • Chris Espinoza, Manager, Chassis Department, BYD Heavy Industries, Lancaster, CA
  • Blanchard Pinto, Production Team Lead, Proterra, Inc., Industry, CA

Route 6: Transit Procurement Hot Topics

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

What is a cardinal change? What is the latest Buy America Act requirements? Is cooperative purchasing permitted? What is the difference between a personal and organizational conflict of interest? Why does it take so long to award a contract? FTA Director of Acquisition Management James Harper and DART Chief Procurement Officer and APTA Procurement and Materials Management Committee Chair John Adler will take on any procurement question.

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Speakers
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • John O. Adler, CPPO, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Route 3: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Scheduling and Runcutting Basics

2 - 4 p.m.
Meeting Room 18-19, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center

Each day operators work a "run" that is made up of a number of trips following a route. If you’ve ever wondered how your run is constructed, are curious about the process, or are just interested in learning more, this workshop will help you better understand the principles of schedule making and runcutting.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course. 

Workshop sponsored by Trapeze Group

Instructor
  • David C. Fulton, Industry Solutions Manager, Scheduling, Planning & Operations, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON

Route 3: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Systematic Approach to Air System and Brake Maintenance & Troubleshooting

2 - 4 p.m.
Meeting Room 20-21, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center

Modern air brake and suspension systems present unique challenges in their daily operation. Schedules provide operators minimal down time for maintenance and repair. Identifying both present and pending problems is more important than ever in containing costs while maintaining a positive public image. An audience Q&A period will follow the discussion.
 
Topics of discussion include:
• Overview of pneumatic sub-systems
• Component identification
• Systematic approach to troubleshooting
• Identification of pending problems
• Preventative maintenance as a tool
• Training programs and instructional aids
• Shop equipment and tooling
• Record keeping
 
Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.
 

Workshop sponsored by Custom Training Aids

Trainer
  • Brian D. Markey, President, Custom Training Aids, Inc., La Verne, CA

Route 6: GENERAL SESSION: FTA Update

4 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

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
  • 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
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Speaker
  • Hon. K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Q&A Panelists
  • Henrika Buchanan, Acting Associate Administrator for Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Yvette G. Taylor, Ph.D., Regional Administrator, Region 4, Federal Transit Administration, Atlanta, GA
 

Tuesday, May 8

Bus Standards Policy & Planning Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Dottie L. Watkins

Coffee Service

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Stop by HART's “Chill Zone,” located in the APTA registration area in the Tampa Marriott Waterside, during the conference to relax and recharge. Dedicated phone chargers, comfortable couches, and hydration options will be available.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bayshore Board Room, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Route 4, Route 6: GENERAL SESSION: Big Data's Big Impact

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom F-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

How transit is leveraging big data to improve service

The General Session begins with a celebration of safety and security as APTA features the winners of the 2018 Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards in a presentation hosted by APTA Chair Nathaniel Ford.

Then learn more about big data’s role in our increasingly complex industry. Learn how both public and private sector organizations are gathering, using, and leveraging big data to improve service, deepen knowledge about riders and other stakeholders, strengthen operations, and integrate mobility options with diverse partners.

2018 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chair, APTA; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Moderator
  • William T. Thomsen, P.E., Member, APTA Executive Committee; President & CEO, Urban Engineers of New York, P.C., New York, NY
Panelists
  • Shannon Daberkow, Product Planning Manager, Data and Analytics, Urban Insights Associates, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., Arlington, VA
  • 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
  • Garrett Vandendries, Director, Business Intelligence, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Route 3: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Distracted Driving and Fatigue Awareness for Transit Employees

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room 18-19, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center

Curbing Transit Employee Distracted Driving
The first portion of the course is designed to raise awareness of distracted driving with the desired outcome of reducing the risk of distracted driving by public transportation professionals.
 
Topics include:
• Definition of the term “distracted”
• Risks of driving while distracted
• Typical distractions
• Tips for preventing distracted driving
• Regulations, laws, and company policies using wireless devices
 
Fatigue and Sleep Apnea Awareness for Transit Employees
The second portion of the course is designed to inform and guide transit operators and systems regarding the identification and treat-ment of individuals at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as general concepts about sleep and fatigue.
 
Topics include:
• Sleep states and stages
• Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
• Sleep strategies
• Circadian Rhythms
• Nutrition and exercise
• Over-the-counter drugs 

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Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

Trainer
  • Roberta Yegidis, Affiliate Faculty, Transit Safety and Workforce Development, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL

Route 3: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Introduction to Vansco MUX and Parker Dashboard Vansco System Components

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room 20-21, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center

This workshop will highlight the Vansco system layout, component operation, and system programming. The Parker dashboard, telltale functions, troubleshooting capabilities, touch-screen functions, and ladder logic will also be discussed.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.
 

Workshop sponsored by Motor Coach Industries

Trainer
  • Robert Remshifski, Technical Training Manager, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL

Route 5: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Level Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

This program provides a unique training and educational opportunity for transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-level positions in transit organizations. It provides participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.

Topics include:

• Leadership Skills — Success today requires mid-managers to be leaders more than managers. What does this mean and how does one “lead to succeed?”
• Time Management — In doing more with less, how to manage one’s time to succeed.
• Emotional Intelligence — An introduction as to why emotional intelligence or self-leadership can be more important than the knowledge one has acquired.
 
CEUs 0.4 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.
 
AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing to enter mid-management.
 
FEE: The course is open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com.
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY - NEW!

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Join your Bus & Paratransit Conference peers at a one-day workshop dedicated to mobility management. Take advantage of the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics, including the impact of innovative mobility options on public transportation agencies’ operations; and learn how they are working with traditional and new mobility providers to promote and integrate these services to enhance the rider experience.

see Mobility Management Tuesday, or conference app for detailed agenda and speaker information; or see sessions in this program labeled MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY

Sponsored by APTA's Mobility Management Committee with support from the National Center for Mobility Management 

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FEE: If you are registered for the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there is no additional charge to attend Mobility ManagementTuesday.

REGISTRATION:
Pre-registration is not required. Please arrive at the designated meeting room early as space is limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Zach Smith at zsmith@apta.com

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: Mobility on Demand for All: Facing the Equity Challenge

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Panel Session and Q&A

Transit agencies are confronting how best to compete or partner with the abundance of new transportation modes, while complying with civil rights, environmental justice, and accessibility requirements. Join us for an overview of mobility on demand (“MOD”) equity concerns and learn how transit agencies are assessing the benefits and burdens of these new technologies and implementing them to have the most positive effect and least adverse impact on protected populations.

Moderator
  • Sally Goodman, Title VI Program Administrator, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Shared Mobility and Equity
  • Adam Cohen, Research Associate, Innovative Mobility Research Group, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, Bakersfield, CA
AC Transit's Flex Service
  • Sally Goodman, Title VI Program Administrator, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Cap Metro's Pickup App - Partnership with Via
  • Chad Ballentine, Vice President, Demand Response and Innovative Mobility, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
PSTA Mobility on Demand Programs
  • Bonnie J. Epstein, Senior Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL

Route 1, Route 3: Zero-Emission Buses Are Ready...Are You Ready for Them? - PART 1

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Grand Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Zero-Emission buses are here, but do you know all that must be considered before operating them?

Battery electric buses have been operating successfully in service all over North America. How does this “new” bus technology fit in to your fleet and facilities? Part one of this two-part session will explore some basics as you consider introducing zero-emission buses into your fleet.

Session sponsored by BYD Motors, Inc. 

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Moderator
  • Marc A. Manning, Senior Director, Vehicle Engineering & Acquisition, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
The Electric Bus Transition Plan
  • Kam Shadan, M.S., P.E., Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Challenges Faced as Fleets Move toward All Electric, Replacing Current Diesel Vehicles
  • Bill McFarland, Senior Systems Engineer, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA
  • Ulrich Schmidt, Managing Director, INIT Plan, INIT AG, Chesapeake, VA
How Understanding your Data Will Improve Reliability and Reduce Costs for Electric Buses
  • Joel Torr, Director of Business Development US, ViriCiti LLC, Menlo Park, CA

Route 1: "Next Stop...The Future:" Automated Buses in Transit

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Panelists will discuss how automation is being implemented currently and discuss the future direction in automation for buses. From mini-shuttle “first-mile, last-mile” circulators to full-size bus automation, the current and planned deployments will be described and the issues associated with the deployments discussed.

There will also be a raffle for a $1,000 APTA conference registration, care of the APTA Business Member Activity Fund!

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Moderator
  • James P. LaRusch, Vice Chair, Business Member Programs Committee; Corporate Counsel, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA
Panelists
  • Tony Kellen, Chair, Business Member Programs Committee; Business Development, Wendel, Minneapolis, MN
  • Joanna Pinkerton, President and CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Robert James, Chief Engineer Emerging Mobility, HNTB Corporation, Parsippany, NJ
  • Joseph Holmes, Sales Director, EasyMile, Inc., Denver, CO

Route 1: Design with Bus Transit in Mind

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Bus transit is made successful through smart planning and design along the corridor. Good design is an important part of increasing ridership and recreating streets and grand boulevards with transit along with well-designed bus stops and shelters. Come learn about how to partner with cities on creating beautiful streets and grand boulevards, implementing Complete Streets and Universal Design policies, and integrating bike and pedestrian to improve bus speeds, reliability, and pedestrian safety.

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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
BRT – Designing More than a Roadway
  • Ryan Bauman, Project Manager - Transit, HDR, Minneapolis, MN
New Design Approaches for Better Bus Service and Pedestrian Safety in the South Bronx
  • Kyle Gebhart, Senior Project Manager, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY
Design and Education Recommendations for Accommodating Buses and Bicycles Together on City Streets
  • Scott Greene, Manager - Transportation Planning, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Andy Kosinski, Senior Transportation Engineer/Planner, Fehr & Peers, San Francisco, CA
The Complete Trip: USDOT Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI)
  • Hendrik Opsteiten, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Route 4: The Role of Transportation during Emergencies

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Come find out what resources are available to you during unfortunate disasters and other significant events and the role that transportation takes on during these events.

Transit agencies can play a significant role in emergency evacuations, particularly in transporting the carless and special needs populations. Join a conversation on the role of transit and transportation providers in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Hear what resources and tools FTA can offer during unfortunate disasters and other events.

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Moderator
  • Lisa Staes, Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
The Relationship between Transportation and Emergency Management
  • Stephen Berry, Deputy Director, Transit Safety & Workforce Development Program, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
HART – Hurricane Preparation, Evacuation and Recovery Incorporating Transit Expertise into Multi-Age
  • Colin Mulloy, WSO-CSSD, Director of Safety and Security, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
CATS Response in Times of Crisis - the City of Charlotte Civil Unrest
  • David Moskowitz, Interim Rail Safety Manager, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
Enabling Hybrid Buses to Act as Mobile Power
  • Blake Whitson, Engineering Consultant, Vehicle Simulation Specialist, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA

Route 6: Innovation in Transit Procurement

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Fare payment systems. CCTV systems. Mobile applications. Kiosks. More and more, transit procurement officers are called on to apply old methods to buy increasingly complex systems. Governing Magazine says, “Nobody loves government procurement” and Government Technology Magazines call the RFP “the enemy of innovation.” Is it time for innovation in transit procurement? A panel of procurement and innovation officers will explore the complex world of technology and share their ideas on how transit procurement can keep up.

Moderator
  • John O. Adler, CPPO, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management Committee; Vice President, Procurement, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • Ben Whitaker, Head of Innovation, Masabi Ltd., London, United Kingdom
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Darren Dickson, President, Genfare, Elk Grove Village, IL

BUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
West Hall, 3rd Floor, Tampa Convention Center

(includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)

Many business members’ bus products and services will be showcased. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the bus products and services on display. Expert personnel will be on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus and paratransit equipment and services.

see Showcase Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: Innovative Access & Mobility

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Quick Takes & Discussions

Exploring Partnerships with New and Traditional Mobility Partners

The emergence of app-based, on-demand mobility services has sparked the development of ‘mobility ecosystems’ among the transit industry, new mobility providers and traditional partners that increase the reliability of point-to-point service for customers. However, the industry is obliged to ensure equity and access for all riders as agencies find ways to increase service, while providing efficient rides at a low cost. Join this session to learn how new mobility options that involve innovative fare payment methods and on-demand service contribute to improved accessibility to transit with a rapid-fire presentation format and a deep-dive discussion to follow.

Moderators
  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management; Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition, Easterseals, Chicago, IL
  • Richard A. Weaver, Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management; Chair, National Complete Streets Coalition; and Director–Planning, Policy & Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Use TNC to Provide Alternative Transportation Mode
Think Outside the Box: Working with Social Services to Provide Access to Healthcare
  • Tina H.T. Wu, AICP, Senior Technical Transit Planner, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
Transit Stop Level Accessibility to Maximize Community Mobility
  • Carol L. Ketcherside, AICP, Deputy Director, Planning & Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Microtransit and the Evolution of Paratransit
  • Sasha Pejcic, Managing Senior Associate Transportation, Transit Advisory Lead, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Dallas, TX
Building for a Rapidly Changing Future by Implementing a Shared Vision for Transit
  • Chester Knapp, Transportation Planner III, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Partnerships with Purpose: Reframing Emerging Mobility Partnerships to Reach Effective Solutions?
  • Dan Berez, Associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Boston, MA
Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Creating Effective PPPs between Transit Agencies and Ridesharing Services
  • Andy Kosinski, Senior Transportation Engineer/Planner, Fehr & Peers, San Francisco, CA
Pickup by CapMetro - On Demand Bus Service
  • Tony Lynch, Supervisor, Demand Response Planning, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Louis Pappas, Business Development Principal, Via Transportation, Inc., New York, NY
Group Discussion: Highlights from Table-Top Sessions
Facilitators:
  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management; Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition, Easterseals, Chicago, IL
  • Richard A. Weaver, Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management; Chair, National Complete Streets Coalition; and Director–Planning, Policy & Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: First/Last Mile Solutions

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Panel Session and Q&A

Communities are striving to leverage their transit investments and improve mobility residents by exploring additional first mile-last mile solutions. Join this session for a deep-dive discussion on strategies agencies and new mobility providers are doing to connect riders to transit.

Moderator
  • Christopher Cochran, AICP, Manager of Planning, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Connecting People to Transit
  • Thaddeus Wozniak, P.E., Project Manager, CDM Smith, San Francisco, CA
  • Michael Bjork, Transit Engineer, CDM Smith, Seattle, WA
Microtransit in Sacramento
  • Alva Carrasco, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
  • Cat Kealey, Business Development Executive, TransLoc Inc., Durham, NC
What Comes after Microtransit? Stepping Up from Microtransit to Transformation of the Entire Service
  • Guilhem Hammel, Senior Project Manager, GIRO Inc., Montréal, PQ

Route 1, Route 6: Fare Collection

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Matching new fare collection technology with evolving operating practices.

Fare collection is the most dynamic area in today’s list of operating elements in transit. A range of contactless systems presents opportunities and challenges. Matching fare systems with evolving operating practices presents additional challenges.

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Moderator
  • Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., Chair, Passenger Transportation Systems & Services Committee; Principal, Brendon Hemily, Toronto, ON
Seven-step Approach to Delivering Fare Collection Innovation for Bus
  • Zachary Ascher, Business Development Manager, North America, Masabi Ltd., London, United Kingdom
Title VI & EJ Challenges for Next Gen Fare Payment Methods

  • Sally Goodman, Title VI Program Administrator, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
SDKs and APIs: The Next Step for Mobile Ticketing
  • Jake Sion, Chief Operating Officer, Transit App, Montreal, QC

Route 3: Small Operators - Best Practices

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Grand Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Learn about best practices and other hot topics from the perspective of small transit operators.

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Moderator
  • Allan Pollock, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Small Operations Committee; Vice Chair, Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; General Manager/CEO, Salem-Keizer Transit, Salem, OR
Five Things You Need to Know about Depot Charging
  • Len Engel, Antelope Valley Transit Authority
Integrating New Technologies
  • Edward Archer, Link Transit (Chelan-Douglas Public Transportation Benefit Area), Wenatchee, WA
Innovations in Dispatching and Scheduling
  • Carissa 18045864936 Nichols, Operations Supervisor, Blacksburg Transit, Blacksburg, VA
Customer Service: An All-Hands Approach
  • Allan Pollock, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Small Operations Committee; Vice Chair, Small Operations Legislative Subcommittee; General Manager/CEO, Salem-Keizer Transit, Salem, OR

Route 4: The Use of Technology for Bus Transit Safety & Security

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

This session will focus on various technologies that are available to deter accidents and crimes, including integrated video management systems for surveillance and data management, and coverage of operators and passengers. In addition, pedestrian detection and collision warning technologies will be discussed. Finally, a representative from a transit agency will discuss bus cameras that assist with protecting against crime, while at the same time helping to prevent bus accidents.

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Moderator
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr., Vice Chair, Safety Coordinating Council; Senior Engineering Manager, Jacobs, Orlando, FL
Panelists
  • Matthew Siwek, Director of Sales, Apollo Video Technology, Bothell, WA
  • Jason Palmer, Chief Operations Officer, SmartDrive Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Anthony Incorvati, Business Development Manager, Critical Infrastructure & Transportation, Axis Communications Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief, System Security & Law Enforcement Division, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Route 5: Labor Management Think Tank

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Engage in conversations with a cross section of senior and executive leaders, hear about the challenges, and walk away with lessons learned from the success stories and best practices.

Invest in the relationships, respect the journey Developing and sustaining healthy and respectful labor management relationships and workforce partnerships is a key goal for transit and labor leaders. Our 2018 Labor Management Think Tank series looks at workforce investments from both parties that find common ground, address the impact of new and emerging technologies, sustain and advance older technologies, and recognize and respect organizational cultures and differences.

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Moderator
  • LaShanda Dawkins, Esq., Chair, Labor and Employee Relations Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Human Resources, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Panelists
  • Derik Calhoun, Director Of Transportation, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
  • James A. Bradford, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Tammy S. Barrow, Chief Employment and Labor Relations Officer/Assistant Vice President-EEO & Diversity, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Route 6: Diversity and Procurement -- Hand in Hand

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Inclusivity is a primary objective of every transit procurement. Procurement and diversity program professionals work hand in hand to achieve mutual inclusivity goals. At the same time, suppliers are often challenged to meet those goals. A panel of industry and transit procurement and diversity professionals will discuss how we can work together to expand opportunities for increasing diversity in our supply chain.

Moderator
  • Alvin Burns, Director, Procurement & Contracts Administration, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Panelists
  • Brenda R. Nnambi, Chair, Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee; Diversity & Small Business Development Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Rick Dees, Owner/Managing Partner, My Parts Express , Cincinnati, OH
  • Joe Gibson, Vice President, National Sales, New Flyer of America, Commerce, MI
  • Terry Livingston, Senior Director, Strategic Sales, Meritor, Inc. , Troy, MI

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: Autonomous Buses

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Panel Session and Q&A

Lead, Follow, or Get Left Behind

Transportation is currently undergoing a transformation. Now is the time to start preparing the right regulatory framework for automated buses and circulators to ensure they will service public policy goals. For example, potential changes to land-use and development might occur when automated bus or circulator service is implemented, which impacts curb parking, pedestrian facilities and building accessibility. Other issues that may arise to prepare for the onset of automated transit vehicles include equity, safety and other policy implications that have yet to be identified.

Join this panel session to hear about the challenges and opportunities in the planning and deployment of automated bus service.

Moderator
  • Dennis Hinebaugh, Chair, BRT Council; Director, National Bus Rapid Transit Institute (NBRTI) and Director of Administrator, National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
LYNX Autonomous Vehicle Mobility Initiative
  • Doug Jamison, Senior ITS Developer, LYNX - Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando, FL
Florida’s Babcock Ranch: A Living Lab for Automation 2.0
  • Richard Alexander, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Innovation, Transdev North America, Lombard, IL
Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C)
  • Brad Thoburn, Vice President of Planning, Development and Innovation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Navya Autonomous Shuttle
  • MJ Maynard, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Deputy General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Maurice Bell, Vice President of Mobility Solutions, Keolis Transit America, Los Angeles, CA

Route 1: Technological Innovation

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Moving forward with new and evolving technology.

Moving quickly, new and evolving technology presents a challenge to managers and operators. Expectations from both passengers and staff keep the pressure on to adopt and integrate the latest in day-to-day operations.

Moderator
  • William Tsuei, PMP, CPA, CSM, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Director of Information Technology, Access Services, El Monte, CA
HART HyperLINK
  • Gregory Brackin, Director of Operation Support-ADA Officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Jacksonville's JTA First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit Technology Delivery
  • Michelle Mecca, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
  • Bursey J. Armstrong, Sr., Project Manager, Technology and Innovation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Providing Transit Stop Information to the Blind and Visually Impaired with GIS and Geofencing
  • Richard (Cory) Whittaker, Manager, Geographic Services, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Modifying the Traditional Delivery Model and Meeting Passenger Expectations for DR Service
  • Jeff Zarr, Industry Solutions Manager, Demand Response, Trapeze Group, Cedar Rapids, IA

Route 1: Zero-Emission Buses Are Ready...Are You Ready for Them? - PART 2

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Zero-Emission buses are here, but do you know all that must be considered before operating them?

Battery electric buses have been operating successfully in service all over North America. How does this “new” bus technology fit in to your fleet and facilities? Part two of this two-part session will explore what you need to consider for your facilities and alternatives for how to charge your new fleet of electric buses.

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Moderator
  • Marc A. Manning, Senior Director, Vehicle Engineering & Acquisition, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
The Impact of BEBs on Bus Maintenance Facilities
  • Paul Kaufmann, Senior Engineering Operations Manager, STV Incorporated, Duluth, GA
Executing Battery Electric Bus and Wireless Charging into your Fleet
  • Edward Archer, Link Transit (Chelan-Douglas Public Transportation Benefit Area), Wenatchee, WA
Site Impacts of Incorporating On-site Depot BEB Charging with Diesel-CNG Nightly Service Cycle
  • Jewels Carter, Manager, Bus/Public Works Facilities, WSP USA, Houston, TX

Route 4: Human Trafficking and Personal Security in Public Transportation

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

As many as 20 million men, women, and children are held against their will and trafficked into forced labor and prostitution. Resources are available to transportation stakeholders regarding training and education, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis. Women have shared their experiences with sexual harassment with the #MeToo movement. Come hear how government agencies are partnering with transportation stakeholders across the country on human trafficking awareness initiatives and how transit agencies have dynamic programs to combat sexual harassment and promote personal security in a transit environment.

Moderator
  • David Moskowitz, Interim Rail Safety Manager, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
Role of Transit in Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Kristen Joyner, Chair, Access Training & Technical Assistance Subcommittee; Executive Director, South West Transit Association, Fort Worth, TX
Human Trafficking Awareness and Major Events
  • Chief John M. Harrington, Chief of Police, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Metro's Off-Limits Campaign to Address Sexual Harassment
  • Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief, System Security & Law Enforcement Division, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Personal Security and Partnerships
  • Chief George R. Nader, Deputy Chief, Metro Transit Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Route 5: Internship and Apprenticeship Programs: Strategies, Stories & Successes

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Innovative Partnerships: Learn how to attract and retain our future workforce!

Transit agencies are increasingly faced with the mass exodus of knowledge with the retirement of baby boomers. This creates the urgent task of attracting and retaining talented employees who can adapt to the demands of a fast-changing environment. To overcome these challenges, many transit agencies are partnering with local schools and non-profits to create programs that counteract the negative effects associated with these generational transformations.

This session will explore innovative approaches and strategies Valley Metro, Maryland Transit Authority, and Metro Transit have successfully employed to help sustain their future workforce. It will provide insights into best practices and frameworks for partnerships that allow for specialized training and the promotion of distinct career pathways to empower and advance future ambassadors of the industry.

Moderator
  • Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr., Chair, Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee; Director, Transportation Workforce Institute, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
Internships in the Transit Industry - Developing Future Leaders
  • Carol L. Ketcherside, AICP, Deputy Director, Planning & Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Upward Mobility and Apprenticeship Program for Better Bus Maintenance
  • David Varner, Director, Bus Maintenance, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Metro Transit Technician (MTT) Program
  • Gary Courtney, Workforce Manager, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN

Route 6: Delivering on the Promise of Diversity and Inclusion

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Organizational diversity goals cannot be met with more percentages and pie charts.

Hear from future-facing organizations that are being intentional about creating an inclusive culture, reevaluating the kind of ally they can be in their community and exploring the many different aspects of diversity, beyond race and gender, that make up their workforce. Join in an interactive conversation with your peers on what you can do in your own organization to make diversity and inclusion a reality.

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Moderator
  • Debbie Alexander, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Principal, Eight22, LLC, Nokomis, FL
Panelists
  • Michael Hursh, General Manager, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Vice Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Assistant Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • 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

BRT Council

5 - 6 p.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, Dennis Hinebaugh

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS BANQUET

7 - 9 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

(tickets required)

Join the Bus Roadeo participants and their friends and guests at the Awards Banquet to recognize the "best of the best" -- APTA's 2018 Roadeo champions!

TICKETS
Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants
Tickets for the Awards Banquet are not included in the conference registration fee, but may be
purchased in advance at a cost of $150 each by completing the “Bus Roadeo Awards Banquet Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form and submitting it with your payment to APTA no later than April 20.
 
Roadeo Participants
As part of the registration fee, each roadeo participant receives a banquet ticket and one ticket is included in the spouse/guest registration fee. Please complete the Bus Roadeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA no later than April 20.

TABLE/SEATING ASSIGNMENTS - *NEW*
 
Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants AND Roadeo Participants
This year, table/seating assignments for the roadeo banquet will be pre-assigned by company.
When you register on site, the banquet voucher(s) printed with your roadeo or conference registration badge must be exchanged for your actual banquet ticket(s)/table assignment(s) at the banquet ticket table in in the Roadeo or Conference registration area.
 
Note: Banquet seating requests made April 21 through on site will be accommodated at alternate available tables if your organization's table(s) are full.
 
QUESTIONS?
Bus & Paratransit Conference Registrants: Contact APTA’s Kwakuita Spence at 202.496.4845 or kspence@apta.com.
Roadeo Participants: Contact Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com; or Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.
 
 

Wednesday, May 9

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Route 1: Information Technology

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Integration of information technology and system operations.

The key to efficient and effective management is careful attention to information technology. There is more to it than just hardware and software. Integration with operations and other critical system elements is essential. Let’s learn from the practitioners.

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Moderator
  • Diane Hamilton, Director Technology Support Services, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Paperless Pre-trip Maintenance Management
  • Alex Fay, Vice President of Business Development, Syncromatics Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Benchmarking Performance: Shared Insights from a Collaborative Approach
  • Lindsey K. Morse, AICP, Senior Research Associate, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, London, United Kingdom
  • Mark Trompet, Associate Director and Head of Bus Benchmarking, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, London, United Kingdom
Cyber Security Framework for AC Transit - Risks and Strategies
  • Mike Carvalho, Enterprise Network Engineer, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA

Route 2, Route 6: Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) Listening Session

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

This Listening Session is sponsored by the National Center for Mobility Management and Federal Transit Administration. Federal agencies participating in the CCAM are interested in hearing from the field about how well transportation coordination is working, and how federal agencies can encourage and facilitate human services transportation coordination. Participants in this session will hear an update on the CCAM Strategic Plan process, and have an opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion on transportation coordination issues.

Welcome
  • Flora M. Castillo, C.H.I.E., Board Member, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
Speakers
  • Kimberly Sledge, Director of Transit Programs, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Marianne Stock, Chief of Rural and Targeted Programs Office, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Route 3: Managing State of Good Repair, Improving Performance

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Lessons learned from meeting federal TAM requirements

In this session, panelists will identify the lessons they have learned to improve their asset management process. The audience will hear firsthand from asset managers on how they are improving their practices; they will share success factors and pitfalls to avoid, and discuss the key questions of interest to other agencies across the country.The emphasis for the session will be on information exchange.

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Moderator
  • David Rose, Ph.D., Management Consulting, Business Line Director, Gannett Fleming, Inc., New York, NY
Panelists
  • Samet Gursel, Equipment Engineer and Planner, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Donna DeMartino, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mid-Size Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA
  • Cyndy Zambella, Director of Budget and Grants, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
  • Henry Lukasik, Director of Maintenance, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL

Conference Registration Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Host Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Stop by HART's “Chill Zone,” located in the APTA registration area in the Tampa Marriott Waterside, during the conference to relax and recharge. Dedicated phone chargers, comfortable couches, and hydration options will be available,

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Bayshore Board Room, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Route 1, Route 3: Building a Better Bus System

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

How are public transit agencies improving their bus systems to accommodate and adapt to shifting ridership patterns, changing demographics, new employment centers, and other community-based opportunities and challenges? Attend this session to learn about best practices and lessons learned from the transit leaders who are driving innovation and re-shaping the future of their bus systems.

Moderator
  • Jeffrey C. Seward, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Panelists
  • Phillip St. Pierre, Manager of Scheduling Services, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
  • Michael O. Helta, Chief Innovation Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Kurt Luhrsen, Vice President, Service Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Route 1: Automated and Connected Vehicles

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Automated and connected vehicles are in your future.

New paradigms in personal travel are moving quickly into the public transportation space. As operators of traditional systems, we need to understand how they can be integrated into our operations and be prepared to accommodate the advanced technology that underlies their operation.

Moderator
  • David A. Boate, P.E., Vice President, Regional Transit & Rail Global Business Line Leader, NE & PA, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Newark, NJ
Are Self-driving Buses a Threat to Public Transit?
  • Brady Young, Business Development, DoubleMap, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Driver Assist System (DAS) Technology to Support Bus on Shoulder (BoS) Operations
  • Tyre Fant, IT Administrator, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), Burnsville, MN
Issues and impact of Connected Automated Vehicles on Transit
  • Koorosh Olyai, P.E., Senior Principal - Transportation, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Dallas, TX

Route 3, Route 4: New Ways for Enhancing Bus Safety and Operations

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Riders, Operators, and Pedestrians

New research and emerging technologies have brought forward new ideas for work stations, operator vision and enhanced bus operations to improve outcomes of accident reduction, operator health, and mitigation of assaults. Approaches for addressing these various questions will be discussed.

Moderator
  • Donna DeMartino, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Mid-Size Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA
Panelists
  • Russell Anderson, Supervising Maintenance Instructor, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Chris Quinlan, Regional Sales Manager-West, Rosco Collision Avoidance, Inc., Jamaica, NY
  • Ed Watt, Director of Special Projects, Amalgamated Transit Union, Silver Spring, MD
  • Brian Sherlock, Safety Specialist, Amalgamated Transit Union, Silver Spring, MD

Route 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: It’s All About the Ride: Strategies for Sustaining and Building Ridership

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom F-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

Join this General Session for a lively discussion with bus agency leaders and a community and economic development executive to explore ridership and conduct a constructive dialog around serving, sustaining, and building ridership. Panelists will discuss such strategies as partnerships, service improvements, fleet innovations, and more to contribute to a nuanced understanding to this complex topic.

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Moderator
  • Carol Wise, Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • Brad J. Miller, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Hunter Harvath, Assistant General Manager, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Monterey, CA
  • Lorraine M. Snorden, Deputy Executive Director, Strategic Services, Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Mark Sharpe, Executive Director, Tampa !p, Tampa, FL
Invitation to 2019 Bus & Paratransit Conference
  • J. Barry Barker, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY

Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Chair, J. Barry Barker

TECHNICAL TOUR: HART Technologies Tour

2 - 4 p.m.

HART will host a technology tour of its facilities and vehicles, including a bus tour of HART's Streetcar Barn, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) facility, and HyperLINK service at University Area Transit Center (UATC).

The pick-up point for this tour is the Dick Greco Plaza bus bay, across from the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.
 
Please sign up for this tour at the Host Information Desk at the Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor in the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.
 
Note: Closed-toe shoes are required.  And be sure to bring water and wear sunscreen as temps will be in the high 80s.
 

HOST TOUR: Bay Spirit II Harbor Tour

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

(100-person limit)
An extension of the Florida Aquarium, this 55-minute long wildlife excursion will take you through the largest and busiest port in the southern United Sates, Port Tampa Bay. Aboard the Bay Spirit II, the 72- foot catamaran that seats 100 passengers, you will be guided through the port by a Florida Aquarium experienced naturalist. The guide will give you a view of the extensive ecosystem of Tampa Bay and numerous animal species that call this port, and habitat, home. Bay Spirit II abides by the Dolphin SMART program guidelines, keeping a safe and non-disturbing distance from the impressive mammals, while still giving you a close enough look to be amazed!
 
On a tour of the Tampa Bay port, you will most certainly see the amazing Atlantic bottlenose dolphin closer than ever. The cruise line claims that a dolphin is seen 85-90% of the time. With over 400 dolphins within the bay, this isn’t hard to believe! You will also see numerous bird species, an occasional manatee, or even a few sea turtles – so don’t forget to bring your camera! Click here for the flyer
 
Participants should meet at Dick Greco Plaza, across from the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, no later than 3:20 p.m. to take either the 3:30 p.m. Streetcar or a HART bus to the Florida Aquarium. Registrants may also make their way to the Aquarium on foot, but must arrive no later than 3:50 p.m.
 
Please sign up for this tour at HART’s host information desk, Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor in the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.  
 
Note: This tour is not accessible. Participants in wheelchairs must be able to walk from the sidewalk to the deck of the boat. Comfortable shoes and sunscreen are a must, and hats and water are recommended as the temps will be in the high 80s.
 
Tour compliments of HART.
 
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