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 Schedule at a Glance

This page is an overview of the conference schedule. 

See Program & Committee Meetings for more details.
 
The program of educational sessions is organized by six tracks of study:
 
Track 1: Technology & Technical Forums
Track 2: Operations & Maintenance
Track 3: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Track 4: Planning, Finance & Sustainability
Track 5: Capital Programs
Track 6: Policy, Management & Workforce Development 

Continuing Education 

APTA is pleased to award credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced transportation professionals for the following organizations:
 
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP)
  • Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)

see Continuing Education for more information and the list of the specific sessions/credit hours offered

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

 

Last Updated: June 20, 2016​

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Saturday, June 18   Sunday, June 19   Monday, June 20   Tuesday, June 21   Wednesday, June 22   Thursday, June 23   

Saturday, June 18

5 a.m. - 4 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

see Program and/or International Rail Rodeo for details
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A Multimodal Tour of the Old Pueblo

(160 person limit)
see Program for tour information and pre-registration information
 
The double-deck charter bus service from Sheraton Grand Hotel and back sponsored by LTK Engineering Services  
 
company logo 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Track 3: Rail System Safety Seminar

Ahwatukee, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
If you have responsibilities for operations safety or safety management, you will want to attend this interactive seminar to learn more about the latest issues and resources impacting safety and emergency preparedness in transit operations. Attend this need-to-know event to hear about and share effective practices being developed and applied in our industry. The seminar is sponsored by APTA’s Rail Safety Management Program for the benefit of all management personnel.

FEE: The Rail System Safety Seminar is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so make your reservations early by emailing APTA’s Sherry Brown at sbrown@apta.com. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Sherry Brown at 202.496.4879 or sbrown@apta.com.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings


11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Lanyards sponsored by AECOM
     company logo
    Hotel Keys sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
    company logo 
     

  • Host Information Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

7 - 10 p.m.

HOST RECEPTION: Valley Metro’s "All Star Night at the Park"

Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street

Sunday, June 19

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

Committee Meetings


7:30 - 10 a.m.

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: PHX Sky Train®

(also offered on Wednesday, June 15; 1 - 3 p.m. for Rail Rodeo registrants)
 
see Program for tour and sign up details

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Host Information Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

8 - 11 a.m.

VALLEY METRO TECHINCAL TOUR: Public Art Tour of East Valley

see Program for tour and sign up details
 

1 - 3 p.m.

Valley Metro Father's Day Recognition

Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

1 - 4 p.m.

Track 6: WORKSHOP: Daily Decisions, Lifetime Impact: Leadership Development for Mid-Level Managers

Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
(40 person limit)
see Program for workshop details and registration information 
 
company logo 
 
1 - 4:30 p.m.

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Rail Operations & Maintenance Center and Mobility Center

see Program for tour and sign up details

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Track 6: This is APTA

Alhambra, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Getting involved, using APTA’s resources

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Phoenix Reception at Products & Services Showcase

Phoenix Ballroom, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand
(tickets required)
Reception co-sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Member Activity Fund
company logo 

7:30 - 10 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AND SAFETY & SECURITY AWARDS BANQUET

Valley of the Sun Ballroom A-C, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
(tickets required)
see Program for ticket/seating details   
    
Banquet co-sponsored by HNTB Corporation and APTA
company logo 

Monday, June 20

7 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Valley of the Sun Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Continental Breakfast sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
 company logo

7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings


7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Business Member Resource Room

    Ahwatukee A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Host Information Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • TCRP Information Center

    Encanto Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Track 6: INFORMATION SESSION: APTA Task Force on Member Collaboration

Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Business members, board members, and transit CEOs engage in association improvements and partnerships

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Track 6: OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
General Session sponsored by HDR
 company logo

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: PTC Implementation and Operation

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
     Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
     
    company logo 

  • Track 1: Track and Rail

    Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation
     company logo

  • Track 2: Maintenance

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 3: Cybersecurity

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Current initiatives and protective measures
    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

  • Track 4: Advancing Transit in Regional Transportation Planning and Programming

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: HOST FORUM: Development Soars along Valley Metro Rail

    Alhambra, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: Maximizing Your Multigenerational Workforce

    Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: The Power of Diversity

    Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Supporting our communities as an inclusive industry

12 - 3 p.m.

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Phoenix Ballroom, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand
(includes lunch from 12 - 1:30 p.m.; tickets required)
see Program for details
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Track 6: GENERAL SESSION: USDOT Update

Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Emerging Technology

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Advancements in rail operations technology infrastructure
    Session sponsored by Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Track 1: Rolling Stock: Mechanicals, Commuter Rail Brakes, DMUs & LRV Crashworthiness

    Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    New & old commuter rail braking systems and expanding DMU service
    Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

  • Track 3: Safety Oversight and SMS: What You Need to Know

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    FTA architecture for the future of transit safety – roles, responsibilities, and relationships for the success of Safety Management Systems

  • Track 5: Mega Capital Projects

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: Implementing Title VI/Environmental Justice Requirements

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: Public Transportation’s “Pitch” Session

    Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Advancing opportunities for young professionals in transportation

5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Committee Meetings


5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Transit Oriented Development Tour Showcasing Adaptive Reuse Projects

see Program for tour and sign up details

Tuesday, June 21

6:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

Valley of the Sun Ballroom D-E, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
see Program for details and to pre-register
 
Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
 


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Valley of the Sun Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Business Member Resource Room

    Ahwatukee A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Host Information Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand



  • Host Information Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand



  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • TCRP Information Center

    Encanto Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Noise & Vibration

    Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Noise and vibration mitigation continue to play an important role in any rail project
    Session sponsored by Parametrix, Inc.
    company logo 

  • Track 1: Traction Power

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Overhead systems and innovations
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

  • Track 3: Advanced Safety Management (SMS) and Safety Culture Principles

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 4, Track 5: Privately & Locally Funded Commuter & Intercity Rail

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 4: Great Stations, Great Places

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    How the master plans for development around the stations creates communities

  • Track 5: Railcar Procurements: Can We Build Better Partnerships?

    Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
(40 person limit)
see Program for workshop details and registration information
 
company logo 
 
 

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

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1: Rolling Stock: Materials, Design & Fire Protection

    Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    From near-real time remote sensors to standardized vehicle platforms & new on-board fire protection

  • Track 1: Signal Systems

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    A new take on signal systems

  • Track 3: NTSB’s Top Ten Most Wanted Safety List

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    What can be done to improve rail oversight?

  • Track 4: Station Area Planning

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Help your riders access transit stations with ease

  • Track 5: Streetcars with a Different Twist

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: Funding, Finance, and Partnering Strategies for Public Transportation

    Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Figuring out the possibilities for your region

12 - 2:15 p.m.

Track 6: GENERAL LUNCHEON: Nearing the Breaking Point - Investment Needs at America’s Rail Systems

Valley of the Sun Ballroom, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Lunch co-sponsored by Kiewit and APTA
company logo 

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1, Track 2: Looking Beyond PTC, the New Role of Operation Control Centers at the Social-Technical Interface

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 2, Track 3, Track 6: Emergency Management and Special Events Planning

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Exploring the many facets of emergency management programs
    Session sponsored by Parametrix, Inc.

  • Track 4: New and Improved Intercity & High-Speed Corridors

    Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Coming to a community near you…and soon

  • Track 4: State of Good Repair and Transit Asset Management

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 5: New Streetcar Systems: From Plans to Revenue Operations - Lessons Learned

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

2:30 - 5 p.m.

Track 6: WORKSHOP: Mid-Level Manager Careers: Preparing for the Next Steps

Maryvale, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
see Program for workshop details and registration information
 
company logo
 
 

4 - 5:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1, Track 3: Rail Technology

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Safety and integrating micro-processed technology into a 1980’s relay-based system
    Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

  • Track 2: Procurement of O&M Service Contracts

    Estrella, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Outsourcing is not always a question

  • Track 4: Environmental Considerations in Rail Planning and Project Development

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    How to successfully implement NEPA reviews with different regulatory stakeholders
    Session sponsored by Parametrix, Inc.

  • Track 4: International Lessons Learned in Intercity & High-Speed Rail and Application to the U.S.

    Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    High-speed rail and network integration

  • Track 6: Project/Contract Management and Dispute Resolution

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Planning early, planning well and handling disputes - something we all can benefit from

5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Committee Meetings


Wednesday, June 22

7 - 8 a.m.

Committee Meetings


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Valley of the Sun Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 2: Operations

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 4: Streetcars with a Shout

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Economic engines of urban corridors
    Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

8 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Business Member Resource Room

    Ahwatukee A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Host Information Desk

    Phoenix Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Ahwatukee B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • TCRP Information Center

    Encanto Foyer, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

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

Track 3: TSI COURSE: SMS Principles for Transit

Maryvale B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
The course runs 2.5 days, 21 hours; Wednesday & Thursday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
see Program for workshop details and registration information
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Track 6: FORUM: Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity

Phoenix Ballroom D&E, 3rd Level, Sheraton Grand

8:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Track 4: Core Capacity

Deer Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
Increasing the number of passengers who can ride your rail system

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Track 1, Track 5: Systems Engineering

    Encanto A, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Interoperability, complexity, risk management, and integration

  • Track 4, Track 5: Alternate Delivery for Capital Projects

    Encanto B, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 4: Transit-Oriented Development and Transit Oriented Communities

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    Learn the latest in planning for transit-oriented development

  • Track 6: Labor Relations Think Tank: Learning from Peers

    Paradise Valley, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    The success is about the investment in the journey

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Track 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: On Track for the Future

Valley of the Sun Ballroom A-C, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
The Closing General Session is sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund and APTA.
 

12 - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings


1 - 4:30 p.m.

VALLEY METRO TECHNICAL TOUR: Rail Operations & Maintenance Center and Mobility Center

(also offered on Sunday, June 19, 1 - 4:30 p.m.)

see Program for tour and sign up details
 

1 - 5 p.m.

Training Workshops

  • Track 4: FTA WORKSHOP: Capital Investment Grants Program

    Camelback, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand

  • Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Project Management for Transit Professionals - Part 1

    North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
    This is Part 1 of a two-part course. Part 2 is on Thursday, June 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    see Program for course details and registration information

Thursday, June 23

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Track 6: NTI TRAINING: Project Management for Transit Professionals - Part 2

North Mountain, 2nd Level, Sheraton Grand
This is Part 2 of a two-part course. Part 1 is on Wednesday, June 22, 1 - 5 p.m.

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