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Preliminary program as of March 23, 2015

Workshop Moderator: Brendon Hemily

Thursday, April 9

8 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m.


8 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.


Welcome and Introduction

  • Lou Sanders, Director-Technical Services, APTA

Welcome and Status Report on Transit ITS Activities from USDOT

  • Jeff Spenser, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Robert (Bob) Sheehan, ITS Joint Program Officer, Research and Innovation Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

9:10 a.m.



On the Cutting Edge of Transit ITS: Benefits and Challenges

Presentations on cutting-edge Transit ITS developments.

Advanced Transit Technology: Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA) and Smart Travel Choices (STC)

  • Prakash Sah, California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA
  • Wei-bin Zhang, Research Engineer, California PATH, University of California Transportation Center, Richmond, CA

From ICM to Connected Vehicles; Perspectives on Opportunities, Benefits, and Challenges

  • Koorosh Olyai, Senior Principal, National Practice Leader - Transportation, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Dallas, TX

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.



Technology and Transit ITS to Enhance Service Quality

This session will explore various developments aimed at enhancing service quality in very different contexts.

TriMet's Transit-Only Bridge

  • Ken Zatarain, Co-Chair, APTA Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee, and Director, Service Delivery, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR

San Francisco's Transit Effectiveness Program

  • Sean Kennedy, Forward Program Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Denver RTD's Call-n-Ride Service for Low Density Areas

  • Jeff Becker, Senior Manager, Service Development, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

12:00 p.m.


1:30 p.m.


Technology to Enhance Service Reliability, Customer Convenience and Safety

Technology can serve to enhance customer convenience in various ways. This session will discuss the analysis of reliability based on ITS data, and the use of technology to improve accessibility for physically and intellectually challenged, safety, and customer convenience.

ITS Data: a Tool  for Analysis and Visualization of LRT Reliability

  • Steven Callas, Coordinator, Service and Performance Analysis, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet),
    Portland, OR

Technology to Enhance Accessibility

  • Mohammed Yousuf, Research Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC

On-Street Technology to Enhance Safety and Customer Convenience at TriMet

  • Young Park, Manager, Capital Projects, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, (TriMet), Portland, OR
2:45 p.m. Break

3 p.m.



Benefits and Challenges Related to Transit ITS: Different Perspectives

This session will explore the benefits and challenges related to the implementation of Transit ITS from the perspective of very different-sized agencies.

Longview, WA

  • Brad Windler, River Cities Transit, Vancouver, WA

Vancouver, WA

  • Bob Medcraft, Field Operations Manager, Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN), Vancouver, WA
  • Bob McMahan, Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN), Vancouver, WA

New York City

Andrew Bata, Chief Officer, Strategic Improvements and Best Practices, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

4:15 p.m.

Presentation Encore

Small group discussions with presenters to ask questions and explore together the applications and implications of technology.

5:15 p.m. End of Session

5:30 p.m.

Social Event
Friday, April 10
7:30 - 10 a.m. Registration

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast 
8 - 8:30 a.m. Passenger Transportation Systems and Service (PTSS) Committee Meeting 

8:45 a.m.


Using Transit ITS For Priority and Enhanced Reliability

ITS can serve to support operations management and provide priority to transit vehicles. This session will discuss some experiences and cutting-edge developments

10 Years of TSP at Pierce Transit; Evolution and Lessons Learned

  • Peter Stackpole, Senior Planner, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Corporation, Lakewood, WA

Transit Signal Priority in Portland; Experience and Challenges

  • Peter Koonce, Principal Engineer, Kittlelson & Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

Technology in King County's RapidRide Bus Rapid Transit; Deployment and Lessons Learned

  • John Toone, ITS Program Manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

Performance Measures and Empirical Evaluation of TSP Systems; What Works and What Doesn't

  • Miguel Andres Figliozzi, Portland State University, Portland, OR

10:20 a.m.


10:35 a.m.

Using Transit ITS for Priority and Enhanced Reliability: Discussion on Challenges for Transit Systems

This session will structure open and wide-ranging discussions among experts and participants to explore various key questions that the transit industry is struggling with.

Overview and Facilitator:

  •  Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., Toronto, ON
12 p.m. End of Workshop
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