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Preliminary program as of September 13, 2013

Workshop Moderator: Jim Baker, chair, technology committee, Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications

Wednesday, November 13

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Lou Sanders, APTA
  • Welcome from USDOT, Jeff Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Administration and Robert Sheehan, ITS Joint Program Office
  • Welcome from Detroit DOT, Paul Toliver, Director, City of Detroit - Department of Transportation

9:00 a.m.

Using Technology to Enhance Transit Safety and Mobility: Current Developments and Towards the Future

  • Pedestrian Safety Warning System, Joe Calabrese, CEO-General Manager, GCRTA, Cleveland, OH
  • Using ITS Data for Planning and Operations at TriMet, Steve Callas, Manager, Service & Performance Analysis, TriMet, Portland, OR
  • Using APC Data for Estimating Boarding to Alighting Bus Passenger Flows, Mark McCord and Rabi Mishalani, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetidc Engineering, Ohio State University
  • New York MTA's Innovative BusTime System, Andrew Bata, Chief, Strategic Improvements and Best Practices

10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

11:00 a.m.

Connected Vehicle Program and Transit

  • USDOT Transit Connected Vehicle Safety Program and Transit Retrofit Project, Jeff Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration
  • Integrated Dynamic Transit Operations, Tom Timcho, IDTO Prototype Project Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Institutional, Data Management and Technical Challenges for Transit Connected Vehicles, Suzanne Sloan, Transportation Technology Policy Analyst, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center

12:15 p.m.


Sponsored by RouteMatch Software Inc.

Luncheon Speaker: Paul Toliver, Director, City of Detroit - Department of Transportation
The Role of ITS Technology in "The Hard Core" Urban Environment

1:45 p.m.

Seeing Technology in Action: The Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program

Introduction to the Transit-Connected Vehicle Field Visit, Zevi Barekit, UMTRI, University of Michigan

2:15 p.m.

Field Trip to Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Demonstration


5:30 p.m.

Return and Social Event

Thursday, November 14

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Passenger Transportation Systems and Services (PTSS) Committee / Public Transit Forum

  • Introduction to PTSS Committee
  • Overview of USDOT ITS Transit Program (other than Connected Vehicle-related), Jeff Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration and Robert Sheehan, ITS Joint Program Office
  • Introduction to Morning's Presentations and Discussions, Brendon Hemily, ITS America

9:00 a.m.

ITS Transit: Developments, Expenriences, Perspectives and Challenges

  • Dallas ICM and 511 System at DART, Ravi Gundimeda, Project Manager, Mobility Programs Development, DART-Dallas
  • Mobility Management Technologies for Creating Sustainable Operations and Accessibility, Todd Allen, DIrector of Government & Community Relations, RouteMatch Software
9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.

ITS Transit: Developments, Experiences, Perspectives and Challenges (ctd)

  • ITS Transit Practices and Benefits in a Small Agency, Jan Black, IT Manager, and Yvette Washington, Transportation Supervisor, AAATA, Ann Arbor, MI
  • ITS Transit Practices and Benefits in a Large Agency, Mel Evans, IT Manager, SMART, Troy MI
  • Challenges Facing the Transit Industry, Jeff Becker, Senior Manager of Service Development, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

11:00 a.m.

ITS Transit: Panel and Forum Discussion on Challenges for Transit Systems

  • ITS Transit: Perspectives and Challenges, Brendon Hemily, ITS America
  • Panel and Forum Discussion on Challenges and Moving Foward


The workshop provides an excellent forum to have a dialogue on challenges facing the transit industry with respect to ITS.  An introductory presentation will summarize several issues that have emerged in recent years and, and identify several questions to ask the panel and audience.  This will be followed by a Panel Discussion involving several of the transit managers who are presenting at the workshop to start the dialogue, and this will be then opened up to the entire audience.  A primary objective is to provide some guidance to the following year's PTSS committee activities (e.g. meetings, discussion papers, ITS Best Practices Workshops, etc.).

12:30 p.m. Adjourn
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