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American Public Transportation Association

 Program Overview

The 2013 APTA Rail Conference will be held June 2-5 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. Hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, this technical conference focuses on all rail modes: urban, commuter, intercity and high-speed rail. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experience, and solutions. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share your best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.

As part of APTA's commitment to developing the next generations of public transportation leadership, two new educational programs will be introduced in conjunction with the Rail Conference: Early Career Program and Mid-Level Management Progam. 

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

  • Track 1: Technology & Technical Forums
  • Track 2: Operations
  • Track 3: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • Track 4: Planning, Sustainability & Finance
  • Track 5: Capital Programs
  • Track 6: Policy & Management

Visit Session Descriptions for session and speaker details.

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

Last Updated May 24, 2013

Saturday, June 1
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

International Rail Rodeo Competition

SEPTA - Fern Rock Maintenance Facility
5801 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19141 

NOTE: In a break from tradition, the maintainers' competition takes place on Friday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The maintainers' written and safety test takes place on Saturday, June 1. The roadeo operators' competition is on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Early Career Program Class of 2014
Thursday through Saturday, May 30-June 1

7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Benefit Golf Tournament

8:20 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

A Multimodal Tour of the Delaware Valley:
SEPTA, Amtrak, PATCO, NJ Transit, DelDOT

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TRACK 3 Rail System Safety Seminar
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

1 - 5 p.m.

TRACK 4 MINETA NATIONAL POLICY SUMMIT  NEW! 
Transportation Finance: Catching Up With the Rest of the World
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5

1 - 5 p.m.

Presentation Skills Workshop:
Present Like a Pro
NEW! 
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

All registrants are welcome.

This workshop is part of the new Mid-Level Managers Program

1 - 5 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk
Foyer, Level 4

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7 - 10 p.m.

SEPTA Reception for all Rail Conference, Rail Rodeo & Showcase Participants at Philadelphia Art Museum's Great Stair Hall 

Sunday, June 2
7 - 8:45 a.m.

Mid-Level Managers Welcome
& Orientation Breakfast Meeting
Liberty Ballroom, Level 3

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Committee Meetings

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk
Foyer, Level 4
Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Room 408, Level 4

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

This is APTA
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

4 - 5:15 p.m.

TRACK 2 SEPTA Host Forum
New Payment Technologies: The Future of Fare Technologies
Grand Ballroom Salon H, Level 5

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at Rail Product & Services Showcase  
5:30 - 6 p.m. - The Mummers - Quaker City String Band
Franklin Hall, Level 4

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet  
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5

You can purchase tickets online when you pre-register for the conference.

Monday, June 3
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast 
Independence Ballroom, Level 3

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk
Foyer, Level 4
Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Room 406, Level 4
Business Member Resource Room
Room 403, Level 4
TCRP Information Center
Foyer, Level 4 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 5
8:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening General Session
Public Transportation:  It's All About the People
Grand Ballroom Salons E-H, Level 5

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 

  • TRACK 1 Signal Systems
    Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5
  • TRACK 1 Modern Streetcar Guidelines & Streetcar Carbuilders Panel
    Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5
  • TRACK 1 Noise & Vibration Mitigation through Track Design and Rail Maintenance
    Grand Ballroom Salon K, Level 5
  • TRACK 3 Getting Your Rail Safety Program on the MAP!
    Grand Ballroom Salons E-H, Level 5
  • TRACK 3 Justifying Investments in Security Technology
    Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5
  • TRACK 4 Sustainable Station Area Planning & Partnerships
    Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Aligning Capital Projects with Agency Goals & Objectives
    Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 PTC: Commuter Rails' Implementation Experience
    Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 International Developments in High-Speed Rail 
    Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5
12 - 3 p.m.

Products & Services Showcase (includes lunch)
Franklin Hall, Level 4

2 - 3 p.m.

Interactive Presentations
Franklin Hall Foyer, Level 4

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 1 Technical Issues in Implementing Positive Train Control Technology
    Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5
  • TRACK 1 Vehicle Technology in Recent Procurements -- Rolling Stock Equipment
    Grand Ballroom Salon L, Level 5
  • TRACK 2 Street Smarts: Managing Rail Operations in Traffic
    Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5
  • TRACK 3 Elevating Safety to New Levels: Best Practices for Elevators & Escalators
    Grand Ballroom Salon K, Level 5
  • TRACK 3 What Are We Learning from Emergency Preparedness?
    Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5
  • TRACK 4 Prioritizing Rail in the Region/Alternatives Analysis
    Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 Accessible Rail Services: A Benefit for Everyone
    Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 Rail: The Mode of Opportunity (FRA session)
    Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 Peer Today, Manager Tomorrow:
    The Transition, The Journey
    Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5 
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Tuesday, June 4
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Registration & Host Information Desk
Foyer, Level 4
Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Room 406, Level 4
Business Member Resource Room
Room 403, Level 4
TCRP Information Center
Foyer, Level 4

7 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7 - 8:15 a.m.

TRACK 6 BREAKFAST SESSION
Rail Engineering: What Are the Skills, Education & Experience Our Industry Needs? 
NEW! 
Independence Ballroom II-III, Level 3

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Coffee Service
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 5
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

TRACK 5 Capital Project Updates
Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 1 Railcar Construction & Structural Research
    Franklin Hall 5, Level 4
  • TRACK 1 Energy, Environment and Rail
    Franklin Hall 6, Level 4
  • TRACK 1 Standards-Based Training Partnerships for Frontline Employees
    Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5
  • TRACK 2 What You Need to Know about Rail Standards
    Franklin Hall 7, Level 4 
  • TRACK 3 Fare Evasion: What's the Real Story?
    Grand Ballroom Salons I-J, Level 5
  • TRACK 4 Incorporating Environmental Justice Principles in Plans & Projects
    Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Project Management at Commuter, Intercity & Urban Rail Agencies
    Grand Ballrrom Salons K-L, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Capital Project Updates (continued)
    Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 Prompt Payment Best Practices
    Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5 
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 1 Cutting Edge Technology & Tools
    Franklin Hall 5, Level 4
  • TRACK 1 Quality Training Enhances Your State of Good Repair
    Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5
  • TRACK 1 Track & Rail
    Franklin Hall 6, Level 4
  • TRACK 3 Transportation Security Administration Baseline Assessments -- How Are We Using & Benefiting from These?
    Grand Ballroom Salons I-J, Level 5
  • TRACK 4 Managing the Environmental Process in High Capacity Corridors
    Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5
  • TRACK 4 Planning for the Optimal High-Speed Rail City Pairs in the U.S.
    Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Safe Systems through Systems Engineering
    Grand Ballroom Salons K-L, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Capital Project Updates (continued)
    Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 Contracting for Services: New Business Models 
    Franklin Hall 12, Level 4
  • TRACK 6 Managing Stakeholder Success: 
    'Customer Care' for Appointed & Elected Officials
    Franklin Hall 7, Level 4
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

TRACK 3 GENERAL LUNCHEON
Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards
NEW! 
Grand Ballroom Salons E-H, Level 5

A first for APTA's Rail Conference, the safety awards program will recognize exemplary achievement in safety management and building a safety-oriented organizational culture.

Keynote Speaker: Rina Cutler, board member, SEPTA, and deputy mayor, transportation & utilities, City of Philadelphia, PA

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 1 Fleet Asset Management - Rolling Stock Equipment
    Franklin Hall 6, Level 4
  • TRACK 4 Funding, Financing & Revenue
    Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5
  • TRACK 4 Integrating World-Class High-Speed Rail Equipment Design into the U.S. Market
    Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Capital Project Updates (continued)
    Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

National Transit Institute (NTI) Course
Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

SEPTA Technical Tours

  • Multi-Modal Transportation & Maintenance Operations at SEPTA’s 69th Street Transportation Center
  • SEPTA’s Control Center Operations
  • Hyundai Rotem's Regional Rail Car Manufacturing Facilities 
3 - 4:30 p.m

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 1 Traction Power
    Franklin Hall, Level 4
  • TRACK 1 Converting to Driverless Technology
    Grand Ballroom Salons K-L, Level 5
  • TRACK 2 ROI on Rail Peer Reviews
    Grand Ballroom Salons I-J, Level 5
  • TRACK 3 Confidential Close-Call Reporting
    Franklin Hall 11, Level 4
  • TRACK 4 Transit Oriented Development or Development Oriented Transit?
    Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5
3 - 5 p.m.

U.S. Military Veteran's Job Fair: Hiring Our Heroes
Franklin Hall 8-10, Level 4

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Wednesday, June 5
7 - 11 a.m Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room
Room 406, Level 4
8 - 9 a.m. Coffee Service
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 5
8:30 - 11 a.m. 

Registration & Host Information Desk
Foyer, Level 4
Business Member Resource Room
Room 403, Level 4
TCRP Information Center
Foyer, Level 4

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 3 Preventing Platform, Pedestrian & Trespasser Fatalities
    Grand Ballroom Salon I, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 State of Good Repair for Infrastructure and All Systems 
    Grand Ballroom Salon C, Level 5
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • TRACK 1 Communications Systems
    Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5
  • TRACK 2 Measuring Operational Efficienty & Effectiveness
    Grand Ballroom Salon J, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 Alternative Delivery
    Grand Ballroom Salon K, Level 5
  • TRACK 5 New Developments in the Northeast Corridor: Governance, Infrastructure Renewal, Capacity Expansion & Finance
    Grand Ballroom Salon L, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 The Prices Go UP and the Prices Go Down (Fuel Pricing)
     
    Grand Ballroom Salon D, Level 5
  • TRACK 6 Work-Life Balance Across Generations
    Grand Ballroom Salon A, Level 5
10:45 - 12 p.m.

Closing General Session
Hurricane Sandy: Managing the Disaster – Managing Resilience
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5

12:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 5 p.m.

National Transit Institute Course: Asset Management -- Part 1
Rooms 411-412, Level 4

  • Part 2 is on Thursday, June 6 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1:30 - 4 p.m.

TRACK 2 WORKSHOP: Seamless Intermodal Transfers
Grand Ballroom Salons E-F, Level 5

1:30 - 4 p.m.

TRACK 3 WORKSHOP: All Aboard!  NEW!
FRA’s New Clear Signal for Action Program for Passenger Railroads

Grand Ballroom Salon B, Level 5

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

SEPTA Technical Tours

  • Multi-Modal Transportation & Maintenance Operations at SEPTA’s 69th Street Transportation Center
  • SEPTA’s Control Center Operations
  • Hyundai Rotem's Regional Rail Car Manufacturing Facilities 

APTA reserves the right to revise its Rail Conference schedule at any time.

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