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 Program

1​4th NATIONAL LIGHT RAIL & STREETCAR CONFERENCE

‘Resurgence & Renewal’

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

Last Updated: ​​​​March 11

 

Sunday, April 7

Host Information Desk

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Registration Desk

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 Conference bags sponsored by Dewberry
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Lanyards sponsored by Kinkisharyo USA

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TCRP Information Desk

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

TRB Information Desk

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

APTA Streetcar Subcommittee Meeting

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Timothy R. Borchers

TRB Light Rail Main Committee Mid-Year Meeting

3 - 5 p.m.
 Chair, Prof. Graham Currie

Welcome Reception and Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

(tickets required)

Enjoy the hospitality of our opening reception. Meet old and new friends and network with your transit industry peers while examining the displays in the showcase. We are sure you’ll enjoy walking the aisles and speaking with representatives of these companies to find out more about how they can help solve your particular problems or provide just what you need. Stop by and learn what new technologies are on the horizon while enjoying the informal, relaxed ambiance of the opening reception – the official conference kickoff.

Reception sponsored by 21st Century Rail and its Partners: AECOM & Kinkisharyo USA
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Monday, April 8

Continental Breakfast

7 - 7:30 a.m.

Host Information Desk

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

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

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

Registration Desk

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

TCRP Information Desk

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

TRB Information Desk

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

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

7:45 - 9 a.m.

This is where it all starts for the 14th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference. Join us to hear and discuss the many issues and perspectives on the ever-growing light rail and streetcar industry in the United States and around the world. At this session, we will hear from the Mayor of Jersey City and the Executive Director of NJ Transit. We are also pleased to hear from our industry leaders at APTA and TRB, and to learn the status of LRT and Streetcar projects in North America.

Presiding
  • Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., Chair, Light Rail Technical Forum; Chair, 14th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee; Senior Director, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
Welcomes
  • Hon. Steven M. Fulop, Mayor, City of Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ
  • Kevin S. Corbett, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Executive Director, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Neil J. Pedersen, Executive Director, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
Status of North American LRT & Streetcar Systems
  • Theodore Rosenbaum, Manager - Railway Operations & Asset Planning, LTK Engineering Services, Docklands, VC, Australia

Land Use and Place: How They Come Together

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Transportation infrastructure shapes our built environment, affecting land uses and land values. This can be planned, or not. Light rail and streetcars are both blamed and lauded for this. What does research show about the relationship between LRT and streetcars and land use? What are the most effective tools in facilitating changes, or in maintaining the status quo? How can land use planning support the goals of a rail transit project? Are there other factors that can change the equation? In this session we will look at the Hudson Bergen line from two different perspectives, take a trip to Basel in Switzerland and consider the challenges of running a tram system across two international borders, and finally hear some suggestions on methodologies for measuring the economic and land use benefits of light rail.

Moderator
  • Monica J. Meade, AICP, ENV SP, Senior Project Planner, RK&K, Baltimore, MD
Hudson Bergen Light Rail - New Jersey's Gold Coast Would Not Be the Same Without You
  • Jon A. Carnegie, AICP/PP, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
The Many Catchment Areas of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Line
  • Devajyoti Deka, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Research, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Methodological Considerations in Assessing the Urban Economic and Land-Use Impacts of Light Rail Development
  • Lyndon Henry, M.S., Transportation Planning Consultant, Mobility Planning Associates, Austin, TX
Tramway of Bâle Coming Back to France: Cooperation and Partnership, a Tri-National Network
  • Perceval Gailliard, Tramway Specialist, Service Technique des Remontées Mécaniques et des Transports Guidés (STRMTG), Saint Martin d'Heres, France
  • Sebastien Lopez, Director- Urbain Transport Expert, ISY Global, Schiltigheim, France

Transformational Technologies: The Coming Norms?

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

This session presents a range of technological developments applied to LRT and Streetcar systems around the world, with demonstrable benefits to operation and safety. The first presentation examines the application of recent innovations in TSP and IoT to a new streetcar network in Chicago operating in a mixed-traffic enviroment. The second presentation is focused on rail control and traction power systems. It examines the factors contributing to the selection of control systems and operating modes for a number of LRTs around the globe. The session will proceed with a review of recent progress in tramway safety standards and new technologies (such as Driver Assist). The last presentation will analyze the adoption, benefits, and lessons learned from the application of on-board energy storage and ground power supply wire-free technologies.

Moderator
  • Amer Shalaby, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
New Technologies to Support Streetcar Operation in Dense Urban Environments
  • John Krause, Executive Director, Chicago Streetcar Renaissance, Chicago, IL
Holistic Review of the Conventional and Modern Train Control and Traction Power Systems
  • Yousef Kimiagar, P.Eng., PMP, FIRSE, Secretary, Research & Technology Committee; Vice President Transit & Rail Systems, Gannett Fleming, Toronto, ON
State of the Art in Tramway Vehicle Safety Technology
  • John C. Smatlak, Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Los Angeles, CA
Wire-Free Technology: Integrating Performance, Efficiency, and Flexibility
  • Jim Varney, Director, Sales and Business Development, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., New York, NY

Improving Operations: More, Better, Faster...

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

Where streetcars and light rail vehicles share city streets with car traffic, congestion is a fact of life for transit agencies. Some cities are considering extensions into more congested areas; others have suffered through years of inefficient operations already. This session will explore some of the aspects of street and transit network design cities take into consideration as they plan extensions, analyze a wealth of data from a pilot project, or adjust their operating patterns to ease strain on the system. A broader perspective will also be offered on the potential results of these decisions, based on a wide survey of light rail operations in North America.

Moderator
  • Theodore Rosenbaum, Manager - Railway Operations & Asset Planning, LTK Engineering Services, Docklands, VC, Australia
High-Capacity, Reliable, Off-Wire Streetcar: Can It Be Done?
  • Haley Peckett, AICP, Transportation Planner, Systems Planning, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
King Street Transit Pilot - Testing a New Form of Streetcar Priority in Toronto, Canada
  • David Kuperman, MS, RPP, Manager, Surface Transit Projects, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
The L Line: Reinventing RTD’s Original Light Rail Line to Improve System Operations
  • Theodore Rosenbaum, Manager - Railway Operations & Asset Planning, LTK Engineering Services, Docklands, VC, Australia
The Impact of Light Rail Characteristics on Operations
  • Colin Keller Foley, Light Rail Benchmarking Project Manager, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, London, United Kingdom

Rolling Stock: Wheels of Change

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

Starting with a synopsis of North American LRV and streetcar procurements over the last three years, this session provides an update of the latest advances and applications in off-wire technology, discusses different strategies and lessons learned in overhauling LRVs, presents the latest advancements in 100% low floor vehicle technology applications, and concludes with a presentation that provides an overview of the operational and infrastructure factors that influence vehicle design on a legacy light rail system, how some will change, and the potential vehicle solution that will result.

Moderator
  • Steven C. Apanian, P.E., Vice President, North Central Region and Streecar Practice Leader, LTK Engineering Services, Minneapolis, MN
North American LRV/Streetcar Procurements…since we last met
  • Steven C. Apanian, P.E., Vice President, North Central Region and Streecar Practice Leader, LTK Engineering Services, Minneapolis, MN
Continued Advances in LRV/Streetcar Off-Wire Technology
  • John D. Swanson, C.Eng., Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Vista, CA
LRV Overhauls - Strategies and Lessons Learned
  • Marcin N. Taraszkiewicz, Principal Technologist, Jacobs, Baltimore, MD
The Development of Next Generation Vehicles: State of the Art in 100% Low-floor LRVs
  • Anbo Wang, Ph.D., R&D Engineer, CRRC MA Corporation, Quincy, MA
Increasing Capacity on a Very Mature Light Rail System
  • Christopher Pacher, Vice President, New England & Eastern Canada Region, LTK Engineering Services, Boston, MA

GENERAL LUNCHEON w/ Featured Speaker

12:45 - 2 p.m.
Presiding
  • Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., Chair, Light Rail Technical Forum; Chair, 14th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee; Senior Director, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
Featured Speaker
  • Andy Byford, President, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Operations: Fine-Tuning the Details

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

The importance of applying lessons learned in operating light rail or streetcar systems as we modify and upgrade them and build new ones cannot be overstated. Evolving ridership patterns; demands for better, faster, more reliable service; safely interacting with urban street traffic, pedestrians and bikes; new technologies; controlling or lowering capital and operating costs; and new ways of doing business are some of the factors that influence our planning moving forward. This session provides several examples of how such experience is being applied to light rail and streetcar systems domestically and in Europe and Australia.

Moderator
  • Timothy R. Borchers, Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Principal, National Transit Services LLC, Tampa, FL
Traffic Management to Achieve Priority for Streetcars and LRT
  • Scott A. Elaurant, Ph.D., CP.Eng., Senior Transport Planner, Jacobs (Australia), Adelaide, SA, Australia
Designing Attractive and Relevant Cycle Layouts Beside and Across Tram Lanes to Increase Safety
  • Perceval Gailliard, Tramway Specialist, Service Technique des Remontées Mécaniques et des Transports Guidés (STRMTG), Saint Martin d'Heres, France
LRT Network Development: Case Studies from Europe Development
  • Stephen Luke, MICE C.Eng. B.Eng MSc, LRT Practice Leader(Europe), Mott MacDonald, Altrincham, United Kingdom
From Urban Light Rail to Regional Light Rail: Making the Leap
  • John G. Allen, Ph.D., Independent Transportation Consultant, Chicago, IL

State of Good Repair: The Endless Cycle

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

The State of Good Repair (SOGR) in any asset condition-driven service is a never-ending process of maintenance, renewal, and replacement. This process is especially important in public transportation where the availability of these assets have a direct impact on the day-to-day activities of the public and serve as an economic engine for cities and local communities. Quality is key and the condition of transit rolling stock and infrastructure, and the process in which these assets are maintained is the foundation of SOGR. In a time of growing transportation choices, such as ride sharing and TNCs, maximizing asset availability, increasing system safety, and providing the riding public with an experience that both builds their satisfaction and loyalty, is more important than ever. The focus of this session is to present what methods and tools, from a hardware, software, and process management perspective, are being employed by the industry to maintain their state of good repair.

Moderator
  • Thomas O'Brien, Director of Business Development, KLD Labs, Inc., Hauppauge, NY
Overcoming Challenges for Developing and Implementing a Transit Asset Management System
  • Manjit Singh Khalsa, P.E., Senior Systems Engineer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
Comply with Transit Asset Management Final Rule: Tips and Tools
  • Brett Koenig, Industry Solutions Consultant, Enterprise Asset Management, Trapeze Group, Fort Collins, CO
Effects of Track Condition on Light Rail Vehicle Force Density Measurements
  • Scott Edwards, Senior Associate, Cross-Spectrum Acoustics Inc., Burlington, MA
Meeting the Challenge of State of Good Repair: The MBTA Green Line LRV Fleet in Transition
  • Kimberly Woollard, Deputy Director, Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance Division & Engineering, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Newton, MA

Infrastructure Challenges: Modernizing Old, Building New

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Explore the challenges of renovating multiple legacy LRT stations, inspecting a tunnel while maintaining service, using a collaborative approach to design a new maintenance facility with community support, and learn new techniques for identifying and avoiding utility conflicts.

Moderator
  • Michael B. Eidlin, Vice Chair, Light Rail Technical Forum; Vice President, KKCS , Seattle, WA
LA Metro Division 14 Operations and Maintenance Facility: Shaping the Community and the Transportation Landscape
  • Donald J. Leidy, Facility Design Director, HDR|Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Denver, CO
Honolulu Area Rapid Transit (HART) Utility Risk Management
  • Philip J. Meis, P.E., Vice President/Principal Engineer, Utility Mapping Services, Inc., Montana City, MT
Light Rail Surface Station Design: Bringing the Nation’s Oldest and Most Heavily Used Light Rail Network into the 21st Century
  • David O. Nelson, Senior Consultant, Jacobs, Boston, MA
Planning and Execution of a Major Light Rail Transit Tunnel Inspection: Owner and Inspector Perspective
  • Matthew Harlan, P.E., Bridge Inspection and Preservation Practice Lead, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Matthew Baccitich, Engineer III, TriMet - Ruby Junction, Gresham, OR

International Light Rail/Streetcar Perspectives: Lessons from Afar

4 - 5:30 p.m.

This session highlights important lessons gleaned from international experiences with LRT and streetcar systems. Safety, planning, and implementation issues are a particular focus of discussion.

Moderator
  • Jeffrey Brown, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Safety Management in Spanish Light Rail Systems
  • Margarita Novales, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of A Coruna, A Coruna, Spain
Traffic Safety on Changing Network of the Streetcar System in Budapest
  • Klara Macsinka, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Szent István University, Göd, Hungary
Strategic Planning and Implementation Practice for Long-term Sustainable Growth: An Introduction of the Medium-capacity Modes in Tianjin, China
  • Wubin Chao, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Tram Lane Safety
  • Ian Hopkins, Principal Advisor, Network Planning, Yarra Trams, Keolis Downer Australia, Melbourne, VC, Australia

Open Forum

7 - 9 p.m.

The Open Forum is an opportunity to speak and listed to a variety of light rail and streetcar topics. Several speakers who were unable to fit into the daytime program have been invited to present, but there is still an opportunity for others to take the 'open mike.' 

Presentations include:
 
1. MTA Purple Line: The Longest LRV in America!
2. Tax Allocated Districts (TAD) as an Alternative Funding Source - Lessons from Atlanta
3. Lyon T3/Rhônexpress: A Shared Line between Urban Streetcar and LRT Systems
4. Operations Data Acquisition and Display
5: Jerusalem Light Rail System: Green Transit Across the Green Line 
 
Moderator
  • Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., Chair, Light Rail Technical Forum; Chair, 14th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference Planning Committee; Senior Director, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
MTA Purple Line: The Longest LRV in America!
  • Murphy Madison, Project Services Manager, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Washington, DC
Tax Allocated Districts (TAD) as an Alternative Funding Source - Lessons from Atlanta
  • Speaker to be announced
Lyon T3/Rhônexpress: A Shared Line between Urban Streetcar and LRT Systems
  • Dominique Bertrand, Senior Advisor, Cerema, Lyon, France
Operations Data Acquisition and Display
  • Stanley G. Feinsod, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Development Manager, Transit Systems Engineering, Emeryville, CA
Jerusalem Light Rail System: Green Transit Across the Green Line
  • Kevin Dwarka, Ph.D., Land Use and Economic Consultant, New York, NY
 

Tuesday, April 9

Continental Breakfast

7 - 7:30 a.m.

Host Information Desk

7 - 11:15 a.m.

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 - 11:15 a.m.

Registration Desk

7 - 11:15 a.m.

TCRP Information Desk

7 - 11:15 a.m.

TRB Information Desk

7 - 11:15 a.m.

Planning, Policy & Regulations: Getting the Stars to Align

7:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Using examples from around the globe, this session explores the life cycle of thorough planning, development of well-founded policies, and unexpected outcomes and responses to unforeseen results.

Moderator
  • John F. McGee, Jr., Senior Director, Revenue Systems & Technology, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
A Global Transformation of Revenue Compliance on Light Rail and Tram Systems
  • Prof. Graham Currie, Ph.D., Chair, TRB LRT Committee; Professor of Public Transport, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Global Light Rail P3: Contexts and Observations
  • Stephen Luke, MICE C.Eng. B.Eng MSc, LRT Practice Leader(Europe), Mott MacDonald, Altrincham, United Kingdom
St. Clair Streetcar: Post-Implementation Analysis of Performance vs. City-building and Planning Objectives at Project Construction
  • Mark Mis, Manager, Service Planning, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Safety: Mixing Trains, Traffic, Bikes & Pedestrians...Safely

7:45 - 9:15 a.m.

This session addresses the safety approach of mixing light rail and streetcar system operations with vehicle traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians from the points of view of data collection and analysis, and evaluation and implementation of mitigation solutions to develop safer systems. Presentations include perspectives from practice, both in the United States and Europe.

Moderator
  • Pamela Fischhaber, Ph.D., P.E., WSO-CSS, Rail/Transit Safety Section Chief, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Denver, CO
Grade Crossing Safety, Traveler Delay, and Evaluation of Grade Separation at Multi-Mode Shared Rail Crossings
  • Jeremy J. Wyndham, P.E., Manager, Transportation Planning/Traffic Engineering/Environmental Services, Jacobs, Dallas, TX
Automated Warning Announcements for Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossings
  • Darryl D. Puckett, Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX
Pedestrians vs. Tramway Accidents: Current Issues and Expected Solutions
  • Christian Jean-Marc SAUTEL, Senior Advisor, Cerema, LYON, France
Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Interaction with Streetcars in Barcelona
  • Jose I. Farran, P.E., Principal, Adavant Consulting, San Francisco, CA

Light Rail & Streetcar Developments Down-Under

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Australasia has a booming light rail sector and also includes the world largest system; Melbourne. This session overviews the renewal progress and plans for the legacy streetcar system in Melbourne and also tours new LRT systems throughout the country.

Moderator
  • Prof. Graham Currie, Ph.D., Chair, TRB LRT Committee; Professor of Public Transport, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Modernizing our Approach to Modernizing Melbourne's Tram Network
  • Ian Hopkins, Principal Advisor, Network Planning, Yarra Trams, Keolis Downer Australia, Melbourne, VC, Australia
The Growth of Light Rail in Australia: Recent Success and Lessons Learnt
  • Rene Lalande, Staff, Transdev Australasia, Saint-Bruno, QC

TECHNICAL TOUR: Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Facility

1 - 5 p.m.

Tour the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Facility, which has the operations control center and the maintenance shop. The tour will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tour participants will be transported to the light rail facility via Coach USA buses in groups of 50. Each group will be divided into two further groups and be toured through the operations control center and the maintenance shop. At the end of the tour, the group will board the buses and return to the Hyatt Regency by 5 p.m.

~ Operations Control Center Tour Guide:  Phil Maccioli, President, 21st Century Rail Corporation  (201.206.8395)
~ Maintenance Shop Tour Guide:  Bill Covino, Senior Vice President, 21st Century Rail Corporation  (201.705.4319)
 
Note: No safety gear is required. However, formal and proper dress attire is required. Participants will be required to adhere to rules and instructions set by the guides to avoid the risk of injury.
 
Please sign up for the tour on site at the Host Information Desk.
 
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