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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

Mid-Year Safety Seminar​

 
​​​​Please note that the program is preliminary and subject to change.​
 
Last Updated: Nov. 21

 
 

Tuesday, November 27

Registration Open

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Introduction and Host Welcome

1 - 1:20 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Welcome
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Host Remarks
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Host Property Introduction and Brief Introductions Around the Room

1:20 - 1:35 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Host
  • Patrick Lavin, Chief Safety Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Safety Briefing and Housekeeping

1:35 - 1:45 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Committee Activity Reports

1:45 - 2 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

~ Safety Coordinating Council - Chair, Lou Brown, Jacobs
~ Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee - Chair, Hilary Konczal, Chicago Metra
~ Rail Safety Committee - Chair, Walter Heinrich, K&J Safety
~ Bus Safety Committee - Chair, Lisa Staes, CUTR

FTA Presentation and Discussion: The Role of the Chief Safety Officer in a Safety Management System Environment

2 - 3 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

FTA update and discussion on the role of the Chief Safety Officer in a Safety Management System (SMS) environment, as well as the newly published Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP).

Introduction
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr., P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Safety Coordinating Council; Senior Engineering Manager, Jacobs, Orlando, FL
Presenters
  • Candace Key, Attorney Advisor, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Adrianne R. Malasky, Sr. Program Analyst, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Break

3 - 3:15 p.m.

WMATA Discussion of Operator Assaults and Peer Review

3:15 - 4 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Lisa Staes, Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Presenters
  • Patrick Lavin, Chief Safety Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Kevin P. Gaddis, Deputy Chief, Patrol Operations Bureau, Metro Transit Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC

Fatigue Management Discussion

4 - 4:45 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Topics of Interest:
~ How agencies are managing Fatigue Management: Policies in place
~ Standards in place and those being developed
~ Commuter Rail Regulation: Need for a bus hours of service regulation (by FTA?)

Facilitator
  • Joyce Rose, Principal Consultant - Transit & Rail Safety, WSP USA, Baltimore, MD

Wrap Up

4:45 p.m. -
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Welcome Reception

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom East, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

A Joint Reception For All Attendees of APTA's Industry Leadership Week's Events

All registrants and their guests are invited to mix, mingle, and connect with old and new colleagues at this opening welcome reception, which will be sure to set the tone for a busy week of activities.

 

Wednesday, November 28

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Registration Open

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom Foyer, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Safety Briefing and Housekeeping

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Safety, Security, and Technology

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Walter Heinrich, Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Senior Safety Consultant, K&J Safety Consulting, Walter Heinrich, Cypress, TX
Presenters
  • Julie Stevens, Director of Customer Success, SmartDrive Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Clare A. Epstein, COO-IndustrySafe, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., Fairfield, CT
  • Clay Bunting, Deputy Director – Safety and Measurement Technology Applications, Protran Technology, a division of Harsco Rail, Newton, NJ
  • Capt. Jim Bamberger, Branch Chief, Risk Analysis Division, Office of Intelligence & Analysis, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA

Break

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Safety Culture, Employee Reporting, and SMS

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Lisa Staes, Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Presenters
  • Patrick Sherry, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Professor, University of Denver and Consultant, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), San Jose, CA
  • James Fox, Chief Control Center Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Timothy T. Tyran, Chief Safety Officer, Acting, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Kevin Reilly, Systems Assurance Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Lunch with Featured Speaker

12 - 1:15 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West A, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Introduction
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr., P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Safety Coordinating Council; Senior Engineering Manager, Jacobs, Orlando, FL
Featured Address
  • David L. Mayer, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, Washington, DC

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Host Site Tour

1:15 - 4 p.m.

WMATA will provide a tour of the Operations Control Center at its Carmen Turner Facility in Landover, Maryland

Group Dinner

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

(Dutch treat/on your own)

Location: CIRCA at Chinatown, 781 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Thursday, November 29

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Safety Briefing

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Trespasser Strikes, Grade Crossing, and Suicide Prevention

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Presenters
  • Joyce Rose, Principal Consultant - Transit & Rail Safety, WSP USA, Baltimore, MD
  • Patrick Sherry, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Professor, University of Denver and Consultant, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), San Jose, CA
  • Sarah Kline, Principal, SK Solutions; National Transit Safety Education Consultant, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Alexandria, VA

Break

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

FRA Updates

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

FRA updates, including Safety Rulemaking

Moderator
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Presenters
  • Larry Day, Passenger Railroad Safety Specialist, Federal Railroad Administration, Ontario, CA
  • Dr. Starr Kidda, Engineering Psychologist, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Amanda K. Emo, Fatigue Program Manager, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

2019 Safety and Security Awards

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West B, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Safety and Security Award review, including updated application form and marketing the program, as well as the deadlines for upcoming Bus and Rail Awards.

Presenters
  • Brian Alberts, Director - Safety, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Polly Hanson, Director - Security, Risk and Emergency Management, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Lunch with Featured Speaker

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom West A, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

Lunch sponsored by Protran  Technology, a division of Harsco Rail

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 Presiding
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Clay Bunting, Deputy Director – Safety and Measurement Technology Applications, Protran Technology, a division of Harsco Rail, Newton, NJ
Featured Address
  • Hon. Robert L. Sumwalt, III, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, DC

Break Out for Modes and Committee Meetings

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

~ Rail Safety Committee - Meeting Rooms 8-9, Meeting Room Level
~ Bus Safety Committee -  Meeting Rooms 12-14, Meeting Room Level
~ Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee - Meeting Room 5, Meeting Room Level

Break

2:45 - 3 p.m.

Modal Caucuses Report Out and Roundtable Discussion

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom East, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

2019 APTA Safety Events and Seminar Wrap Up

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Renaissance Ballroom East, Ballroom Level, Renaissance Washington, DC

APTA Mobility/Bus, Rail, and Annual Meetings
   ~ Mobility (Bus & Paratransit) Conference: May 19 -22, 2019 in Louisville, KY
   ~ Rail Conference: June 23 -26, 2019 in Toronto, ON, Canada
   ~ Annual Meeting: October 13 -16, 2019 in New York, NY
2019 Risk Management Conference: February 25 -28, 2019 in New Orleans, LA

Seminar Wrap Up, Key Takeaways and Adjourn

Capitol Hill Reception (optional)

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria

Meet and greet lawmakers and their staffs as we close the seminar with a Capitol Hill reception that will provide a chance to talk transit in a relaxed setting.

Directions to the Reception

Take Metrorail to the Capitol South Metro Station (Orange/Blue/Silver lines). Metrorail provides easy access to the Longworth House Office Building.

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