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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

The 2017 APTA Rail Conference will be June 11-14, at the Hilton Baltimore, 401 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD.  The Rail Conference focuses on the technical aspects of all rail transportation issues. Learn from experts in the industry as they share effective strategies, experiences, 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.
 
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, Sustainability & Finance
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 the program is subject to change.​
 

Saturday, June 10

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

RODEO SITE: Maryland Transit Administration – Cromwell Light Rail Facility, 7390 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, MD 21061

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is proud to host the 25th Annual APTA International Rail Rodeo, which features intense competition from the best rail operators and maintenance teams in North America and across the globe. The operators’ competition begins at approximately 7:30 a.m. and the maintainers’ competition is set to begin at approximately 10 a.m. Transportation will be provided to the Rodeo site from the host hotel, Hilton Baltimore 401 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Details will be available at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Baltimore.
There will be a special combined team event following lunch on Rodeo day for agencies that send both an operator and a maintenance team.
 
Families are encouraged to attend with their competitor and MTA is creating family fun activities and materials for guests to enjoy during Rodeo day. Details will be provided at the host information desk in the APTA registration area.

The Rodeo competitors will be honored and the champions crowned at the International Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 11, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Hilton Baltimore.

THANKS TO OUR RODEO MAINTENANCE EVENTS SPONSORS
• Alstom
• EDSI
• Era-contact USA
• Dellner
• KLD Labs
• Knorr Brake
• Penn Machine Company
• Shaltbau North America
• Wabtec/Wabco
• Voith Turbo
• ZF Industries

 
QUESTIONS?
Rodeo Registration:
Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com.  
Rodeo Competition/Events: Contact APTA’s Cheryl Pyatt at 202.496.4875 or cpyatt@apta.com.
 
see International Rail Rodeo for more information

Track 3: Rail System Safety Seminar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

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.
 

Track 2: Rail Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations Summit

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Conference Registration Desk

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Conference Padfolios sponsored by Battelle 
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Hotel Keys sponsored by Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. 
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Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.
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Charger Sticks sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
  
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Host Information Desk

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

APTA Board of Directors

12 - 5 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 2 & 3, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

(buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m.)
Chair, APTA, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Capital Projects Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

TECHNICAL TOUR: Baltimore Street Car Museum

2 - 4 p.m.

(35 person limit)
This tour is also scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This complimentary guided tour will take the group back to the early days of street cars in Baltimore. The tour will consist of a presentation of how the street cars worked in Baltimore and an actual ride on the street car on a stretch of track that is still operational. Transportation to and from Baltimore's Street Car Museum, 1901 Falls Rd Baltimore, MD 21211, will be provided by our host. Shuttle buses will depart from the Eutaw Street entrance of the Hilton Baltimore.
 
Please sign up for the tour at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Baltimore.
 

TECHNICAL TOUR: B&O Museum

2 - 4 p.m.

(70 person limit)
This tour is also scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This complementary guided tour of one of Baltimore's treasured museums will take the group to the early days of “simple” steam locomotives through all the innovations that allowed trains and their cargo to go faster and more efficiently, and stop more safely. It includes the examination of the technology that improved the way trains were built and repaired and why the caboose disappeared. Transportation to and from the B&O Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223, will be provided by our host. Shuttle buses will depart from the Eutaw Street entrance of the Hilton Baltimore.

Please sign up for the tour at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Baltimore.

Commuter & Intercity Passenger Rail Legislative Subcommittee

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Co-Chairs, Samuel Eric Smith & Karen J. Hedlund

TRB Committee on Light Rail Transit (AP075)

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Prof. Graham Currie, Ph.D.
 

Sunday, June 11

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Anna M. Barry

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Light Rail Transit Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Holiday Ballroom 1 & 2, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.
Breakfast sponsored by LTK Engineering Services, Inc.

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Poe, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Joseph Shaffer, P.E.

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Holiday Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Jon T. Adams, P.E.

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Douglass, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, James D. Spiller

Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Ethan Kim

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Doug Allen

Rail Safety Committee

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Johnson, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Walter Heinrich

Security Affairs Steering Committee/Committee on Public Safety

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Douglass, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr.

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Cmte) - Breakout 1

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Michael Cairl

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Cmte) - Breakout 2

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Brent, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Michael Cairl

Transit Performance Management Subcommittee/Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Co-chairs, Andrea Burnside, Louis D. Cripps, II, Laura Zale and Grace Gallucci, Todd Lang, Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E.

Ventilation & Fire Life Safety Technical Forum

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Holiday Ballroom 1 & 2, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Justin M. Edenbaum, P.Eng, P.E.

Rail Rodeo Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Poe, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Leslie Hickman

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Neil S. McFarlane

Real Estate Subcommittee (PPP Cmte)

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Douglass, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Charles Di Maggio

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Poe, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, William F. Durham

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 1 & 2, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Timothy Borchers
Lunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF)

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

EXPO Advisory Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Joe Gibson

Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Johnson, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST

Public-Private Partnerships Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Sharon Greene

Track 6: This is APTA

2 - 3:15 p.m.
Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Getting involved, using APTA's resources

Learn about your association and how to leverage to the fullest extent the membership benefits and resources available to you and your organization. Where do you start and how do you get involved? Come meet APTA’s leadership and staff in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to conversation and networking. A brief presentation will be followed by time for Q&A with seasoned member representatives who can share their advice and ideas for your membership satisfaction.
 
Presenter
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Q&A Facilitators
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Sr VP & National Director Transit and Rail, WSP USA, Newark, NJ
  • Steve Radomski, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager/Eastern Region Manager, HDR|Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Baltimore, MD
  • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Vice Chair, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Director of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA

Information Technology Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Co-Chairs, Shyam Kannan, LEED, AP & Lucy Galbraith, AICP

R&T Emerging Technology Subcommittee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Mike Nabhan

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 1 & 2, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Neil S. McFarlane

Track 6: WORKSHOP: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

3 - 5 p.m.
Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Today’s managers are challenged with a multigenerational workforce that spans a wide array of characteristics and needs. There is a vast amount of knowledge walking out the door into retirement and a massive young generation eager to learn. Technology and mass amounts of information are continually becoming fractured and further diversified.

How do you effectively capture, retain and mange a workforce in this ecosystem? This workshop will explain the opportunities that have arisen out of this chaos. We will look at the current metrics, the trending data and the proposed solutions to the future of managing this diverse workforce. We will examine how people learn, make decisions and interact in a world with a dwindling attention span.  

We will use case studies and solutions from other industries that engage workers to set a course for an effective organizational culture with proper knowledge management. The second segment helps you adapt your leadership to modern challenges like technology, information overload, and multi-generational workforces, and still build unified, high-performing teams.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career.
FEE: The course is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge. 
QUESTIONS?
Contact APTA's Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com.
 
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Facilitator
  • Ron Thiele, President, Xpan Interactive Ltd., Calgary, AB

Systems Engineering Subcommittee

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, David M. Springstead

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Co-Chairs, Alan T. Lehto & Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP

2017 Welcome Reception Only

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Key Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

(tickets required)
Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while examining the various displays in the showcase. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

Reception co-sponsored by LTK Engineering Services and APTA Business Member Activity Fund
                            
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INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AWARDS BANQUET

7:30 - 10 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 4-6, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

(tickets required)

Join the rail rodeo participants and their friends and guests at the awards banquet to recognize the best of the best – APTA’s 2017 Rodeo champions! 
 
TICKETS/SEATING
RAIL CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS
: Tickets for the awards banquet are not included in the conference registration fee, but may be purchased in advance at a cost of $150 each by completing the “Rail Rodeo Awards Banquet Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form and submitting it with your payment to APTA.
 
Pre-purchased tickets and seating assignments will be available on site when you register for the conference. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the APTA registration desk at a cost of $150.

RODEO PARTICIPANTS: As part of the registration fee, each rodeo participant receives a banquet ticket and one ticket is included in the spouse/guest registration fee. Please complete the Rail Rodeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA. (Note: Purchasing tickets in advance helps insure that you will be able to sit together.) 

Your tickets will be available on site when you register for the rodeo. Additional tickets may be purchased on site at the APTA rodeo registration desk.

QUESTIONS?
RAIL CONFERENCE REGISTRANTS:
Contact APTA’s Kwakuita Spence at 202.496.4845 or kspence@apta.com

RODEO PARTICIPANTS: Contact APTA’s Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com.
 
 

Monday, June 12

Business Member Networking Breakfast

6:45 - 8:15 a.m.
ABC East Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

“It just keeps getting better!” That’s what business members are saying about the business networking breakfast at the APTA Rail Conference. Designed to help rail OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators, and major A&E firms strengthen their business relationships and find new business partners, the breakfast provides an opportunity for APTA business members to talk about their companies and how to do business with them.

All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking opportunity. Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Transit agency procurement officials also attend the breakfast to promote their current procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements in the coming months.

To help you plan your networking activities, a brochure listing information about the networking breakfast participants were prepared and sent out on June 1 in advance of the breakfast. Members wishing to be listed in the brochure, must complete the online registration/brochure participation form by May 26.

Note: This event is for APTA members only.

FEE:
There is no registration fee required to participate in the breakfast.
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is closed, however you may register on site the morning of the breakfast. Just bring your business card! 
QUESTIONS? Contact Adam Martin at 202.496.4833 or amartin@apta.com
 
The Networking Breakfast is sponsored by the Business Member Activity Fund.
 

Commuter Rail Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Doug Allen

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Holiday Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Sponsored by WSP USA
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Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

TCRP Information Center

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

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

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Holiday Ballroom, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Join us as we start your experience of APTA’s 2017 Rail Conference sharing new ideas, learning about the association’s initiatives, and highlighting the winners of the Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards.

Maryland Transit Administration and the state of Maryland will share the importance of public transportation and the work they are doing to enhance their community. This exciting session will get you primed for a conference that emphasizes the five components of APTA’s Strategic Plan - safety and security first, resource advocacy, workforce development, evolving lifestyles, and technological innovation.

General Session sponsored by HDR
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Presiding
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
Sponsor Recognition
  • Thomas R. Waldron, Senior Vice President & Global Transit Director, HDR, New York, NY
Host Welcomes
  • Hon. Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor, City of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • R. Earl Lewis, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Hanover, MD
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Remarks
  • Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
2017 Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony
  • Doran J. Barnes, Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Track 1: Positive Train Control Implementation and Operation

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
University Ballroom 1-3, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

PTC, the elephant in the room

1.7 billion to date and where are we? What are the implications for system operations and help is on the way. Positive Train Control is a special challenge for commuter railroads funding not the least of the issues. What will PTC look like in the future.
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Session sponsored by VHB
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Moderator
  • William P. Everett, Manager, Business Development, Rockwell Collins (formerly ARINC, Inc.), Annapolis, MD
Meeting PTC Deadlines and Improving Rail Safety using Non-vital Solutions
  • Brian Allen, Staff Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Rochester, NY
  • Jun "Joseph" Lee, Senior Technical Project Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Everett, MA
Smart Tools for PTC – Accelerating Implementations with High Value LiDAR Datasets
  • Finbar Holland, Business Development Manager, Geomatic Technologies Pty Ltd, Southbank, VC, Australia
Train Control Communications and Operations Committee
  • Michael Newcomb, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO
PTC Implementation on South Shore Line
  • Kim Anderson, Principal Project Manager, Parsons Corporation, Michigan City, IN

Track 4: Making Projects Happen through Private Investments in Infrastructure

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
West Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

Understanding the relationship with private equity investors

It is certainly true that private capital is available for investment in infrastructure, and that private equity firms are looking for projects to invest in. The trick to makings deals real is creating revenue streams that will provide returns to investors. In this session, holders of private equity will give their perspectives on projects that will be the best candidates for private capital and attractive to investors.
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Moderator
  • Jeffrey D. Ensor, TDD Chief of Staff and Director of Project Delivery & Finance Transit Development & Delivery, Maryland Transit Administration, Riverdale, MD
Panelists
  • Sean Boyd, Project Development Director, Skanska Infrastructure Development, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Dingle, Senior Associate, Meridiam Infrastructure, New York, NY
  • Jessica Marquier, Project Director, Keolis North America Headquarters, Boston, MA

Track 4: Making Transit Station Access Easier

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Help your riders access transit stations with ease

With growing transit ridership and interest in multi-modal connectivity, increasing access to and from transit stations through first-last mile solutions, robust bicycle and pedestrian connections, and ADA compliance enhances the rider experience and increases ridership in an immediate time frame. Planning and funding for these projects can often have very high returns on investment that can pay for themselves in terms of increased fare revenues (and, therefore, lower operating subsidies), and can even be integrated into MPO long range planning processes. Hear from our speakers as they discuss their experiences in improving transit station access.
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Moderator
  • Michael Jelen, P.E., Vice President & Managing Director, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. , Vienna, VA
Panelists
  • Todd Lang, Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Director of Transportation Planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, MD
  • Shyam Kannan, LEED, AP, Co-Chair, Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee; Managing Director, Office of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Blanche "Bee" Buergler, Transit Capital Program Manager, Division of Transportation, Arlington County, Virginia, Arlington, VA
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Chair, Urban Design Working Group; North County Transit District

Track 4: Moving the Dial: Realizing the Benefits of Improving Asset Management Practices

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Attend this session to learn firsthand about the success factors and pitfalls to avoid when improving asset management practices - on route to meeting the federal requirements.

In this session, agencies will share their lessons learned in a lively information exchange. The session is structured to facilitate information exchange, networking, and discussion. This session will answer the following questions:

1.    What are your agency's Strategic Objectives for asset management?
  • What are your tactics for accomplishing them?
  • How does meeting the federal requirements fit
2.   What are your Top 3 Successes - Measured by Business Impact? 
3.   What are Your Barriers and How Are you Overcoming them? 
4.   What is Next?
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Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
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Moderator
  • Dr. David Rose, Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc., New York, NY
Panelists
  • Laura Zale, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Asset Management Engineer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Louis Cripps, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Holly Arnold, Director, Planning and Programming, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • David M. Springstead, AGM for Capital Development & Programs, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Track 5: Capital Projects - Big Case Studies

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Rail and transit projects are major infrastructure investments that transform a city or a region. Planning, environmental review, design and construction phases all present significant challenges, on top of developing a viable financial plan. Hear about some of the largest rail and transit projects of our day - in Baltimore, Boston, Honolulu and Zurich – and learn from the major problems they encountered and resolved. You may discover tactics that will help your projects succeed.
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Moderator
  • Connie E. Crawford, P.E., Immediate Past Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
The Baltimore Metro Retrofit - A Combined Train Control and Railcar Procurement
  • Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Chief Engineer & Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Tedd Snyder, Sr. System Engineer, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
The New Cross-City Tunnel in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
Tangible Reasons to Follow FTA's Guidelines for Capital Projects
  • Charles "Sam" Carnaggio, P.E., Project Director, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI

Track 6: An International Scan of Rail Best Practices: from Europe to Latin America to Asia

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
East Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

How are regions around the world ensuring the state of good repair of their rail systems, as well as modernization and further expansion? Hear what challenges rail is facing in Asia, Latin America, and Europe with funding, safety and security, procurement and maintenance practices, and operations, and how they are addressing those issues in innovative ways.
 
Moderator
  • Jack Martinson, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice President/Customer Director, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., New York, NY
Reinforcing the Attractiveness of the European Rail Sector
  • Philippe Citroen, Director General, UNIFE - the Association of the European Rail Industry, Brussels, Belgium
An Overview of Urban Rail Practices in Latin America
  • Constantin Dellis, Head of General Secretariat, ALAMYS, Santiago , Chile
Lessons Learned from the April 2017 APTA Study Mission to Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo on Safety Culture, State of Good Repair, and Innovative Operations
  • Tamar Allen, Chief Maintenance and Engineering Officer, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA

Track 6: Employees are our Greatest Asset – Perspectives from the Shop Floor

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Engage in a lively discussion of key factors that are important for effective labor-management collaboration.

The industry’s ultimate success of public transportation services, capital program implementation, critical initiatives and imperatives like developing a “system safety culture” are all “people-centered. Opportunities to tap the “hands-on” knowledge and experience of frontline employees, comprised of over 80% of public transportation’s workforce, also provides an invaluable perspective and insight, which adds an important voice to industry discussions. This will be a facilitated discussion with frontline maintenance, operators and stakeholders, covering a range of topics, including developing and implementing a “safety culture," and workforce development training programs and lessons learned; and best practices in the introduction of new equipment, technologies and maintenance programs.
 
Moderators
  • Madeline Janis, Esq., Executive Director, Jobs to Move America, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jack K. Clark, Executive Director, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
Panelists
  • Jerome Moore, Elevator Inspector and Member, TWU Local 234, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Douglas Schneider, Instructor, Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Member, ATU Local 268, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
  • Curtis Craft, Mechanic, ALSTOM Transportation Incorporated, Hornell, NY
  • Vincent Louque, Material Coordinator, Kinkisharyo International, LLC, El Segundo, CA

Track 6: HOST FORUM: The Four Cornerstones of Transit: The MTA Story

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Latrobe, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Learn how the MTA is transforming operations, planning, and service by focusing on the fundamental principles of transit. Hear from the agency's top leadership about:

- BaltimoreLink (The Complete Overhaul & Rebranding of Baltimore's Transit System)
- The Agency's Latest Capital Projects
- Baltimore's Stellar Safety & Security Record
- Cutting-Edge Customer Communications
- and much more...
 
Presenters
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • John D. Duncan, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Deputy Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Suhair Al Khatib, Deputy Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

12 - 3 p.m.
Key Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

(includes lunch from 12 - 1:30 p.m.; tickets required)
Many business members’ rail products and services are showcased at the 2017 Rail Products & Services Showcase. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the rail products and services on display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of rail equipment and services.

see Showcase Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register

Lunch sponsored by The Northeast Maglev, LLC
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Automated Transit Technical Forum

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E.

Track 6: GENERAL SESSION: Federal Partners Perspectives

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Join us in a robust discussion with the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration to discuss the future of rail transit in America. They will provide insight for next steps in dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, investing in workforce development, and new technologies. Matthew Welbes, Executive Director FTA, and Patrick Warren, Executive Director FRA, will answer questions and share their experiences on what we as an industry can do to work together.
 
Presiding
  • Leanne P. Redden, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Presenters
  • Matthew Welbes, Executive Director, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Patrick T. Warren, Executive Director, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC

Track 1: Innovation

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
University Ballroom 1-3, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

Conventional wisdom says that you must continue to move forward simply to keep pace. Embracing innovation is where we need to go to get beyond that. New approaches, thinking outside the well known box, willingness
to look beyond current practice will help us move forward.
 
Moderator
  • Louis Cripps, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Advanced Power Supply Substation Technology for Railway Energy Efficiency
  • Francois Maurin, HESOP Solution Manager, ALSTOM Transport Systems, Saint-Ouen Cedex, France
A Comprehensive Loop with Stochastic Approach to Maximize the Potential on Rail Network
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
Safety and Security of the Patrons
  • Govind R. Sulibhavi, Manager - Track & Structures Division, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Planning the Future of Control Centers
  • Carl Stanton, Consultant, Macro a Division of Ross & Baruzzini, Chalfont, PA
  • Mark Talbot, P.E., Lead Consultant, Macro a Division of Ross & Baruzzini, Chalfont, PA

Track 1: Track -- Forces, Noise, and Vibration

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
West Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

Static infrastructure is not as static as you might think. Journey from the wheelrail interface into the track structure to explore the forces imparted by passing vehicles, the way these forces manifest themselves, and potential mitigation strategies.
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Moderator
  • Dr. Yu Qian, Research Engineer, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Wheel-Rail Force Analysis under Light Rail Transit Loading Conditions
  • J. Riley Edwards, P.E., Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Overview of Conventional and New Generation Vibration Mitigation Solutions and their Measured Performance
  • Dr. Patrick Vanhonacker, President, D2S International, Heverlee, Belgium
Concrete Crossties Flexural Behavior Analysis under Light Rail Transit Loading Conditions
  • Alvaro Emilio Canga Ruiz, Graduate Research Assistant, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Utilizing Meta-Structures for Mitigating Low Frequency Ground-Borne Train Vibrations
  • Dr. Christopher Layman, Sales Associate, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA
Comparison of Ballast Mat Performance with Different Support Conditions
  • Dr. Yu Qian, Research Engineer, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Track 1: Traction Power

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Ruth, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

From the substation to the moving vehicle traction power is what makes it all go. Energy storage systems are moving forward in addition to improvement in traditional systems. Trolleys without wires. What will they think of next?
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Moderator
  • Steve D. Bezner, Chief Engineer Traction Power, Burns Engineering Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Energy Storage Substation - Commissioning, Optimization and Operating Experience
  • Thomas Heilig, P.E., Systems Engineering Director, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
WMATA Energy Storage Demonstration Project
  • Moustapha Ouattara, Assistant Chief Engineer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Ground Power Supply: An Integrated Wireless Solution for U.S. Streetcar Systems
  • Barbara M. Schroeder, P.E., Business Development Director, Systems & Infrastructure, ALSTOM Transportation Inc., New York, NY

Track 3: International Safety: Sharing Experiences & Innovations

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
East Ballroom, 1st Floor, Baltimore Marriott at Inner Harbor

One of the great attributes of public transportation is our commitment to continual improvement in safe operations through sharing our collective lessons learned, experiences, and our resources with one another. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from our international colleagues as they provide overviews on their latest safety experiences and activities.
 
Moderator
  • Dennis Bonney, Director, HSE & Regulatory Compliance, Bombardier Transportation, Mississauga, ON
Panelists
  • Yasutake Kojima, Director, New York Office, East Japan Railway Company, New York, NY
  • Jordi Picas Albers, Director, Metro Network Support Service, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

Track 4, Track 6: Expanding the Universe: Encouraging More M/W/S/DBE Firms to Participate in Procurements

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Learn what agencies can do to get more small and minority participation on contracts. Hear about how prime consultants and vehicle manufacturers select and nurture small companies. Understand what factors go into selecting teams for a pursuit and how agencies can encourage more diversity in those teams. DBE attendees can gain tips to for improving their business position.
 
Moderator
  • Janice R. Thomas, CPPB, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee; Senior Division Director, Metra, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Eve Williams, 2nd Vice Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Chair, Business Member Small Business Committee; President/Chief Executive Officer, Dikita Engineering, Dallas, TX
  • Robert F. Nixon, President, Diversity Matters 2 US, LLC, Canisteo, NY
  • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Vice Chair, Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum; Director of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
  • Huelon A. Harrison, Member, APTA Board of Directors; 1st Vice Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX

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

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Learn the latest in planning for transit-oriented development

Agencies around the country have often sought to foster transit-oriented development (TOD) efforts that aim to concentrate housing and jobs around high-capacity transit stations. Recent initiatives, however, are beginning to focus on TOD as a method for community-building through the concept of transit-oriented communities. This can be a key strategy for connecting disadvantaged populations to jobs and essential services, and alleviating fiscal pressure on cash-strapped jurisdictions all while revitalizing economically stressed areas. Hear from these panelists as they discuss their experiences in TOD. Perspectives range from older, fairly well-established systems where some development has already grown around transit, to younger systems looking to capitalize on newly constructed lines. Topics of discussion will involve the partnerships and coordination necessary to plan for TOD, planning in station areas, and other challenges associated with ensuring a TOD's success from day one.
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Sponsored by HNTB Corporation
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Moderator
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
P3forPA: Public Private Partnerships at Rail Stations in the Keystone State
  • Toby Fauver, FAICP, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, PA
The Developing Role of the Modern Transit Agency Real Estate Department
  • Charles Di Maggio, Chair, P3 Real Estate Subcommittee; Chief Operating Officer & Counsel, Greystone Management Solutions, New York, NY
Northport Station TOD and Rail Station Study
  • Jim Frazier, PMP, Project Manager, Michael Baker International, Linthicum, MD

Track 5: Capital Projects - Small Case Studies

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Replacing rail transit infrastructure projects often brings innovative contracting and construction processes to minimize costs and outage duration. Often this requires the transit agency to strike a balance between innovation, constructability, maintenance and the length of time the riding public can endure the inconvenience of a service shut down. As with any project, cost is always an issue. So Value Engineering (VE) is introduced to the project as a strategy to determine if there are areas where project costs can be reduced. On top of all these there design revisions brought about to reflect stake holder concerns, safety and geometric concerns, aesthetic and pedestrian interactions. The panelists will share their experiences of how they were able to manage some of these challenges.
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Moderator
  • Riccardo (Rich) M. Amodei, Vice Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President & Northeast Regional Manager, STV Incorporated, New York, NY
Accelerated Design-Build Replacement of SEPTA’s Crum Creek Viaduct
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Robert L. Lund, Jr., P.E., Assistant General Manager, Engineering, Maintenance & Contruction Division, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
Striking a Balance between Innovation, Constructability and Maintenance to Cross the San Diego River
  • Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., P.E., Principal, Nathan Johnson, San Diego , CA
Value Management Reviews of Rail Transit Capital Programs
  • Teri M. Marsh, P.E., Rail Transit Engineer, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA
Converting BRT to LRT in the Nation's Capital, Ottawa, Canada
  • John Manconi, General Manager, Transportation Services Department, OC Transpo/City of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
 

Tuesday, June 13

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Sponsored by WSP USA
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Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

TCRP Information Center

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Track 1, Track 3: Technology & Safety

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Key Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Safety in our workplace and operating environments is based on effective practices. Evolving technology, however, is an extremely valuable tool and resource to mitigate the safety risk exposures that are always present. Please join us in this most interesting session to learn how technology innovations can enhance safety at your transit agency.
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Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Harry Saporta, CSP, PE, Executive Director, Safety & Security, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Guideway Instrusion Detection Systems for Rail Transit Systems
  • Jonathan D. Hulse, P.Eng., Engineering Director, Transport Systems, Parsons Corporation, Kingston, ON
Enhanced Employee Protection Warning System
  • Peter M. Bartek, Vice President, Protran Technology, Newton, NJ
Upgrading Your Roadway Worker Protection Using APTA’s Suite of RWP Standards
  • Christopher Wallgren, Vice President, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., New York, NY
Improving Track Worker Safety at MARTA - TrackSafe Deployment Update
  • Mark E. J. Willer, P.Eng., Product Manager-Technology Solutions, Bombardier Transportation , Mississauga, ON
  • Abhay "AJ" Joshi, PMP, LEED AP, Program Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Track 1: Systems Engineering

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Complex projects demand systems engineering solutions. Issues of interoperability, considerations of risk management and system integration require the application of techniques to improve the success of projects. Systems engineering is the key to improving prospects of success. Practitioners will share real world implementations in this session.

Moderator
  • David M. Springstead, AGM for Capital Development & Programs, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
How Major Cities Around the World are Sustaining Transit Services to the Growing Ridership
  • Yousef Kimiagar, MMSc., P.Eng., PMP, FIRSE, Vice President | Transit & Rail Systems Manager Canada, Gannett Fleming, Toronto, ON
Leveraging Early Phase Systems Practices to Explore Operational Needs, Capture all Key Requirements
  • Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Chief Engineer & Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Anne O'Neil, P.E., CSEP, System Catalyst and Strategist, Anne O'Neil Consultants LLC, Preston, CT
Systems Approach to Incorporating Organizational Change Management
  • Bridgette A. Beato, Chief Executive Officer, Lumenor Consulting Group, Roswell, GA
  • Jignesh Patel, President, Lumenor Consulting Group, Roswell, GA

Track 1: Traction Power Technology

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

The complexities of traction power technology are incorporated in this session. The broad range of important subjects all of which must work together to make things move are addressed. AC and DC issues as well as standardization are addressed.

Moderator
  • Ethan Kim, Chair, Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum; Principal Systems Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA
Repair and Aftermarket Support for Transit Power Electronics
  • Tom Connor, Account Manager, PSI Repair Services, Inc., Livonia, MI
An Innovative System for 25KV Traction Power Supply the 2x25KV++
  • Marc Friaud, Senior Power Supply & Catenary Engineer, Egis Rail, Lyon, France
Standardization of LRT DC Power Supply to Enhances Safety
  • Dev Paul, Senior Program Director, AECOM, Oakland, CA

Track 2: Operations - Systemwide

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

The benefits of integrated systemwide planning from a technological and process is sometimes understated. Some would go as far as to say this is self evident when planning to invest in a centralized operation control center. In Switzerland they operate a very dense rail network in the world and it is controlled from 100 locations. On a daily basis, they handle 8,000 passengers and 2,000 freight trains. Over the recent years, they have centralized the control work to four locations under one roof and have found improved ability for operations, dispatching, customer information, etc. Faced with steadily increasing ridership and service requirements and finding time to perform vital maintenance and construction tasks was a challenge facing SEPTA. Hear how with careful planning how they were able to optimize track outage on this very busy multimodal system.
 
Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation 
 
Moderator
  • Amanda Nightingale, Chair, Operating Practices Working Group; Superintendent of Training - Rail Section, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
Integrated Operations Planning in the Age of the Operations Control Center
  • Dr. Edwin Lohmann, Director of Delivery, Quintiq, Radnor, PA
SEPTA’s Optimizing Track Outage Planning on a Busy Multi-Modal System
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Kevin R Jurgelewicz, Manager-Planning, Project Coordination & Safety, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
New Control Centers in Switzerland: How to Operate the Most Dense Rail Network in the World
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland

Track 4: Making the Case for Rail in the Region

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Make the case for investing in and prioritizing new rail corridors

Operating in a regional planning context, public transportation agencies must demonstrate the value of rail against other transportation mode and initiatives. Hear from practitioners on how they make the case for high-capacity public transportation investments in their regions, including initiatives that link projects to regional planning goals, evaluate and improve transit's beneficial impacts during the planning process through travel demand models, manage engagement and outreach with the public, and realize effective project management and delivery.
 
Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Vice President/Central Region Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, Chicago, IL
Another Chapter in Regional HCT: Corridor-based BRT and Development Project
  • Alan T. Lehto, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Business Planning & Asset Management, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Weaving Light Rail into a Post-Industrial Waterfront Neighborhood
  • Steven Kolarz, Project Manager, RK&K, Baltimore, MD
Virginia Railway Express Travel Demand Model – Calibration, Application and Analysis
  • Christine Hoeffner, Manager of Project Development, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA

Track 5: Progress in U.S. High-Speed and Intercity Corridors

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Four case studies

Passenger rail projects continue to move forward in regions across the United States. Four projects profiled in this session provide a glimpse of some of the activity that is underway as America seeks to bolster its passenger rail network.
 
Moderator
  • Anna M. Barry, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee; Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
Expanding Rail Capacity through CREATE
  • Beth McCluskey, Director, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago, IL
Moving Forward in California
  • Frank A. Vacca, Chief Program Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA
Superconducting Maglev in the Northeast Corridor
  • Wayne Rogers, Chairman & CEO, The Northeast Maglev, LLC, Baltimore, MD
The Texas Central High-Speed Rail Bullet Train
  • Chris Brady, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Texas Central Partners, LLC, Dallas, TX

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

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

This program provides a unique training and educational opportunity for transit managers and supervisors who hold mid-level positions in transit organizations. It provides participants with skills necessary to lead, manage, and supervise from the middle of the organization.
 
Topics include:
• Leadership Skills — Success today requires mid-managers to be leaders more than managers. What does this mean and how does one “lead to succeed?”
• Time Management — In doing more with less, how to manage one’s time to succeed.
• Emotional Intelligence — An introduction as to why emotional intelligence or self-leadership can be more important than the knowledge one has acquired.
 
CEUs 0.4 and CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE awarded upon completion of the course.
 
AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing to enter mid-management.

FEE: The course is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge.
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com.
 
Instructor
  • Paul J. Larrousse, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, LGBT Task Force; Director, National Transit Institute Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Track 1: Rail Vehicles: Cradle to Grave

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

From design to obsolescence, this session touches it all. It goes through the entire life-cycle of a rail vehicle: starting with subsystem design and material selection, passing through a major overhaul and critical maintenance, and ending with structural obsolescence prediction.
 
Moderator
  • Kevin C. Carmody, P.E., Vehicle Systems Engineer, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA
Electromagnetic Field Modeling To Improve Railcar EMC Design
  • Eli Fernald, Senior Consulting Engineer, Eli Fernald Engineering Consulting, Brooklyn, NY
The Case for the Stainless Steel End Underframe
  • John A. Janiszewski, Senior Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
LRV Braking Functionality and Operator Vigilance System Improvements – Baltimore LRV Case Study
  • Glenn D. Gardner, Senior Systems Engineer (Transit & Rail), CH2M, Baltimore, MD
Best Practices for Maintaining Critical Traction Components Over the Lifetime of a Vehicle
  • Flavien Berthold, Product Manager, ABB Inc., Turgi, AG, Switzerland
Remaining Life Prediction for Rail Vehicles
  • Kevin C. Carmody, P.E., Vehicle Systems Engineer, STV Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA
  • Derek Maier, P.E., Senior Manager Equipment Engineering, AMTRAK, Wilmington, DE

Track 1: Signal Systems

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Signal systems implementations go far beyond track circuits. Conventional signal technology continues to evolve. Consider alternative detection of broken rails, new challenges for interoperability in the CBTC field and attention to detection of Loss of Shunt all impact system safety and require coordination with signal systems.
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Moderator
  • Robert A. MacDonald, Consultant, Transit Systems Engineering, Oakland, CA
Track Circuit Monitoring - A Tool to Detect and Alert Potentially Critical Loss of Shunt Conditions
  • Frank Beeck, Founder & CEO, Rail-IT, LLC, Golden Valley, MN
  • Tim Shoppa, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Axel Counters for Yard Routing and Yard Management
  • Dr. Janet Ungerer, Senior Systems Engineer, AECOM , Baltimore, MD
Evaluation of the Need for a Secondary Signaling System on CBTC Projects
  • Kenneth M.D. Diemunsch, Train Control Engineer, Parsons Corporation, New York, NY
CBTC on Work Cars
  • Mike Palmer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Track 2: Operations - Planning

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

One key ingredient to attracting and retaining ridership is your on-time performance. Learn how one agency went about addressing their historic low on-time performance. Does the quality of lighting in a facility have a major impact on functionality, including the health and happiness - and even the retention of staff and customers? One of the speakers thinks so and is prepared to share their knowledge. As public transit agencies make strides to upgrade their operations technology, they start to create data which feeds into a 'big data explosion'. Without a strategy to harness that data it will only serve as a 'rear-view mirror'. Using data/optimization tools can help you plan high-quality of service and other measures to ensure efficient service delivery. Learn from our panelists how to use this data as a predictive analysis tool to improve your scheduling of resources, tasks, timetables, etc.
 
Moderator
  • Lisa Woodruff, Secretary, Operations Control Center Technical Forum; Director, Operations Control Center, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Landover, MD
TriMet Light Rail Simulation Study for On-Time Performance Improvement
  • Dennis Page, Rail Operations Analyst, LTK Engineering Services, White River Junction, VT
  • John Griffiths, Rail Operations Planning Manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Lighting the Way: The Quality of Lighting Impact on Functionality
  • Rachel Fitzgerald, LC, IALD, MIES, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Lighting Design, RNL Design, Denver, CO
Leveraging Predictive Analytics to Turn Big Data into Operations Improvement
  • Pete Nelson, Solutions Architect, Quintiq, Radnor, PA
Use Data/Optimization Tools to Plan High-Quality Service, Factoring in Vehicle/Network Maintenance
  • Alexandre Savard, PMP, Senior Manager Rail, GIRO Inc., Montreal, QC

Track 3: Security Infrastructure Interface

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Key Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Public safety for our customers, employees, and environments is based on many interconnected elements, including infrastructure design, effective mitigations, and response practices, and methodologies for ensuring that our strategies conform to industry standards and government requirements. Ensure you are in attendance to learn more about these key elements.
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Moderator
  • Kevin P. Gaddis, Deputy Chief, Patrol Operations Bureau, Metro Transit Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Perception is Reality: Safety, Security and the User Experience
  • Rhonda Bell, Planner/Urban Design, RNL Design, Denver, CO
FTA Safety & Security Certification Process - Successfully Navigating Evolving Regulations
  • Yolanda Favors, Esq., Compliance Manager, SNC Lavalin Rail & Transit, Avondale Estates, GA
  • Timothy Borchers, Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Tampa, FL

Track 3: Transit Safety Management - Transit Safey & Industry Implemetation

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Key Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

The FTA is encouraging industry-wide adoption of safety management principles as an effective means in risk-based safety management practices. The first-hand experience shared by RTA’s who have been working to implement safety management in their organizations will provide you with important insights on how you can begin to work safety management principles in your own organizations. Learn how your agency can become proactive in managing safety by updating your programs to identify safety hazards, strengthen control of safety risks, put safety mitigations in place and correct safety problems before they occur. Our informative panel includes representatives of the FTA, transit systems and private industry that are or have been implementing safety management concepts.
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Moderator
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Paulina Orchard, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • John Ekblad, SMS Implementation Lead, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • John Gasparine, Maryland & Deleware Planning Manager, WSP USA, Baltimore, MD
  • Denise Madaras, Director of Training Evaluation Services, PTG International, Inc. (Learning Measured), Germantown, MD
  • Elmer Coppage, Jr., Deputy Director, Training and Development, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Track 4: Environmental Considerations in Rail Planning and Project Development

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

How to successfully implement NEPA reviews with different regulatory stakeholders

As a result of greater numbers of transit systems around the country expanding their rail systems, many more rail projects are now going through the NEPA review process. while expansion poses regulatory challenges through NEPA, it can provide the opportunity to protect critical environmental and cultural resources and engage members of the community on transit initiatives. Hear from presenters as they discuss their experiences with NEPA for rail system expansion projects, ranging from the challenges of working with different regulatory stakeholders, the nuances between different NEPA review processes, and other challenges associated with environmental review.
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Session sponsored by VHB 
 
Moderator
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Considerations in Environmental Justice: Lessons Learned for Success for All
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Legislative Committee; Mid-Atlantic Div. President & Nat'l Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
Perspectives on NEPA for Projects Large and Small
  • Jim Ashe, Manager, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Department of Capital Projects Management, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
South Central Light Rail Extension Multiple Agency Coordination during the Environment Review
  • Robert Forrest, Environmental Program Manager, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Planning to Deliver a New Midday Train Storage Facility in Washington, DC
  • Oscar J. Gonzalez, Project Manager, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA

Track 5: High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail: A Global Update

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Peale, 1st Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

Projects from around the world

High-speed and intercity passenger rail is on an unprecedented global scale of development globally. This session will update some of the new developments and provide a sense of the bullish activity worldwide.
 
Moderator
  • Norman A. Forde, Chair, High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Program Subcommittee; Vice President, STV Incorporated, Baltimore, MD
Deutsche Bahn Experiences with First-mile / Last-mile Mobility Service Providers
  • Carsten Puls, President, Deutsche Bahn Engineering and Consulting USA, Inc., Tarrytown, NY
Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail (EIS) Study Findings with Focus on Potential San Antonio-Laredo-Monterrey, Mexico Cross-border Intercity HSR Service
  • Brian Hausknecht, Senior Program Manager, CH2M, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Emmanuel S. "Bruce" Horowitz, Principal, ESH Consult, Alexandria, VA
The Future of High-Speed Rail in Japan and America
  • Masahiro "Mark" Nakayama, General Manager, Washington, DC Office, Central Japan Railway Company, Washington, DC

Track 6: Labor-Management Think Tank 2017: Continuing the Conversation

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

This session is a conversation about building labor management relations among various internal and external stakeholders and partners. Based on conversations with APTA members, we know that many organizations are undergoing reorganizations that often lead to new partnership groups, new goals, new ways of doing business. Learn how organizations are working to achieve success – both internally and externally - to have clear communications, build trust and respect, address tough issues and challenges, find common ground, and work collaboratively so that internal and external labor and management stakeholders and relationships do find ways for success
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Discussion Leader
  • Thomas Warren, Assistant Vice President of Transportation Services, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Discussants
  • Steve Drayzen, Deputy General Manager-Labor Relations and Administration, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
  • Brian K. Williams, Esq., Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Gary R. Lee, Manager Railcar Maintenance, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

2017 General Luncheon

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Track 6: GENERAL LUNCHEON: Appealing Directly to the Voters: How 2016 Became a Record Year for Transit Ballot Measures

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

An intelligence debrief for interested regions

Voters approved over $170 billion in public transportation investments in 2016 in local elections around the country. This is a clear sign that the public understands the importance of boosting public transportation choices and service levels. Transit ballot measures were approved in 54 separate regions, in communities large and small. How did they do it? Hear from campaign champions in this roundtable discussion about messages that resonated, and the campaign tactics and strategies that made the difference.

Lunch co-sponsored by AECOM and APTA
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Sponsor Recognition
  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Senior Vice President, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Moderator
  • Scott Smith, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Discussants
  • Keith T. Parker, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
  • Grace Crunican, General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Peter M. Rogoff, Chief Executive Officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Richard Clarke, Chief Program Management Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Marnie O'Brien Primmer, Chair, National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA) and Founder and CEO, Connected Consulting, Irvine, CA

Track 1, Track 3: Fire Life Safety Design - Challenges and Best Practices

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

The design of a tunnel ventilation and fire life system is typically determined by various fire sceanrios, the physical environment and rail transit agency policy. Then there is athe human element of how the operations control room operator is able to handle these and other emergency situations simultaneously and what tools are at their disposal. As streets get more croded in dense city streets, road tunnels are being converted to rail. One of our speakers will address the challenges of designing a fire life safety system. Hear our speakers address these issues and their best practices.

Moderator
  • Justin M. Edenbaum, P.Eng, P.E., Chair, Ventilation and Fire Life Safety Working Group; Chair, Ventilation & Fire Life Safety Technical Forum; Founder, Never Gray, Toronto, ON
Design Fire Scenario-Physics and Policy
  • Kenneth J. Harris, P.E., Manager, West Infrastructure & Tunnel Systems, WSP USA, San Jose, CA
Converting Road Tunnels to Rail – An Evaluation of Cost-Effective Fire Life Safety Design
  • Kareem Grace, P.E., Supervising Electrical Engineer, WSP USA, Seattle, WA
Best Practices for the Design of the Control Room Operator's View of Tunnel Ventilation Systems
  • Melissa Duckham, Manager, Tunnel Ventilation & Mechanical Engineering, SNC-Lavalin, Inc., Vancouver, BC
  • Keith Brown, Director, Systems Interface Management and Rail Control Systems-Canada West, SNC-Lavalin Inc. , Vancouver, BC
Combining Safety, Operations & Emergency Management to Create Best Practices for Tunnel Ventilation Systems
  • Marla Blagg, Emergency Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA

Track 1: Advanced Technology

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Staying current means finding ways to deal with advances in technology. While this sometimes may be uncomfortable, we are often faced with the prospect of doing something in a different way. Advances in data, automation, and systems architecture are leading the list. Improvements in rail system operations are dependent upon the adoption of advanced technologies.
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Moderator
  • Martin P. Schroeder, M.S.M.E., P.E., Senior Rail Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
Integration of Track Circuit and GPS Data
  • Robert Robert James, Senior Project Manager, HNTB Corporation, Parsippany, NJ
Implications of Increasing Grade of Automation
  • David Keevill, P.Eng., Technical Director, Rail & Transit Systems, Parsons Corporation, Kingston, ON
Solving Connected Train Technology Obstacles with Open Architecture Computers
  • Valentin Scinteie, Eng., MBA, Business Development Manager, Transportation, Kontron America, Inc., Boisbriand, PQ

Track 2: Streetcars: New Systems with New Technologies

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Several new streetcar lines have been placed into operation in the period since the last Rail Conference in Phoenix in June, 2016. Not only are these systems in cities which have not had rail lines for many years, but they employ a variety of new technologies as well as unique system organization structures. This panel will look at four different lines in four different cites, that have begun operation in the past year, and which have featured new technologies, new suppliers, and new financing and organization structures.
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Sponsored by SYSTRA Consulting, Inc.
 
Moderator
  • James H. Graebner, Chair Emeritus, Streetcar Subcommittee; James H. Graebner, Denver, CO
State of the Art in Tramway Safety
  • John Smatlak, Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Los Angeles, CA
Dallas Oak Cliff: Brookville's First Delivery of a Modern Streetcar and the Use of Off-Wire Technology
  • Joel McNeil, Vice President of Business Development, Brookville Equipment Corp., Brookville, PA
Detroit Quicken Line: While Partially Funded by FTA, the Project is otherwise Built with Private Sources
  • Keith Jones, P.E., General Manager & Acting Director of Operations, DC Streetcar, RATP Dev , Washington, DC
  • Dan Lijana, Communications Officer, QLine Detroit, M-1 Rail, Detroit, MI
Kansas City Streetcar: A Current Modern Streetcar Line with High Ridership and the First Major Application of the "Block Rail" Technology
  • Tom Gerend, Executive Director, Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Kansas City, MO
  • Jason Waldron, P.E., Deputy Streetcar Project Manager, City of Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, MO

Track 3: Cyber Security: Yes, Your Agency Does Face Cyber Threats!

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Not very long ago, when we heard or thought about a cyber security threat, we regarded this as either a futuristic issue, or something that would impact anything other than public transit. Unfortunately, times have changed dramatically and, yes, transit agencies are dealing with cyber threats. Ensure that your organization understands the cyber risks it faces and is prepared by attending this important session to learn about standards and resources available to you.
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Moderator
  • Capt. Robert Stanley, Executive Officer to MTA Police Chief, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Panelists
  • Lee Allen, Mass Transit & Passenger Rail Branch, Office of Security Policy & Industry Engagement, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA
  • Leigh Weber, CISSP, Principal, Cybersecurity Analysis, Ltd., Chicago, IL
  • Justin K. Smith, CISSP, Sr. Cybersecurity Engineering Manager, Rockwell Collins (formerly ARINC, Inc.), Annapolis, MD
  • Alireza Edraki, MASc, PEng, PMP, Vice President of Transit and Rail Systems, Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, Audubon, PA
  • Immanuel Triea, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CISSP-ISSAP, GICSP, GREM, Senior Director of Information Security, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Harrisburg, PA

Track 4: Increasing the Core Capacity of Your System

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Increasing the number of passengers who can ride your rail system

While the growing demand for transit across the country is a boon for the industry, increased ridership can mean crowded platforms, trains, and possible missed connections if the system does not expand its capacity to carry more passengers. Through the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Program, agencies are investing in corridor-based projects to increase core capacity. Hear from our speakers as they discuss their challenges and solutions for addressing core capacity, ranging from technical improvements in train control and station enhancements, to analytic methods that help identify additional improvements and impacts to program success.
 
Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation 
 
Moderator
  • Stephen Knobbe, Vice President, HNTB Corporation, Dallas, TX
MBTA Red and Orange Line Capacity Improvement Study
  • William McClellan, Consultant, Alternate Concepts, Inc., ACI, Boston, MA
  • Nick Willey, Rail Operations Analyst, LTK Engineering Services, White River Junction, VT
Keeping Up with Growth: BART’s Transbay Core Capacity Project
  • Donald J. Emerson, Principal Consultant, WSP USA, San Francisco, CA
CTA's Experience with Core Capacity
  • Stephen Hands, Senior Manager - Rail Strategic Planning, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Track 6: Enhancing Rail Accessibility

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Strategies to promote accessibility, address industry trends, and advances in technology

The public transit industry is experiencing the continuing expansion of and/or maintenance of the range of fixed guideway systems, including heavy, rapid, light, commuter, intercity, and high-speed rail. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the planning, design, operation, and other factors play a key role in assuring accessibility on vehicles and facilities. Learn from your peers how they are addressing the greater use of level-boarding, reducing gaps between vehicles and station platforms, and rail facilities.
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Moderator
  • David R. Rishel, Chair, Access Accessible Transportation & Paratransit Operations Subcommittee; Principal, Delta Services Group Inc., Newtown, PA
Presenters
  • Selene Faer Dalton-Kumins, Acting Associate Administrator for Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • John Day, Program Manager for Policy & Technical Assistance, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Priya Iyer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Manager, Office of Facilities Engineering, ADA & Sustainability, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Donald L. Kloehn, AI/PE, Director of ADA Compliance & Accessibility Services, Tindale Oliver, Baltimore, MD
  • Steven Deller, PE, ENV SP, Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill, PA

Track 1, Track 3: Safety Comes in Many Forms: A New Way to Slow Down, Crash Energy Management & You

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

There are many methods to increase passenger safety and this session explores a few such efforts. The session begins with an update on Electrically Controlled Pneumatic braking in passenger applications. Next, it explores rail vehicle crashworthiness standards: how they came to be, how it changes your vehicle design, how it can affect your bottom line, and identifying potential alternatives.
 
Moderator
  • Marcin Taraszkiewicz, Principal Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
ECP Passenger Brake System – Light at the Tunnel End
  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., Secretary, PRESS Mechanical Working Group; Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Greer, SC
  • Adam J. Eby, Mechanical Engineer, AMTRAK, Wilmington, DE
  • Brendan W. Crowley, Application Engineer, Knorr Brake Corporation, Westminster, MD
  • James T. Dewberry, Wabtec Corporation, Spartanburg, SC
Introducing New CEM Designs onto Legacy Systems
  • Christopher R. Walker, P.E., Staff Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Charlotte, NC
Saving Lives and Reducing Costs through Crashworthy Light Rail Vehicle Design
  • John D. Swanson, Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc. , Vista, CA
Evolution of U.S. Crashworthiness Standards for Heavy and Light Rail Vehicles
  • Marcin Taraszkiewicz, Principal Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD
Procurement of Rail Cars under FRA's Alternative Crashworthiness Compliance Approach
  • Marcin Taraszkiewicz, Principal Technologist, CH2M, Baltimore, MD

Track 1: Mobile Applications

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

What did we do before mobile apps?

In the wireless world mobile apps are king. Traveler information, system operations, security systems, fare collection and more are rapidly being deployed. The trick is how do you effectively manage this essential resource and take advantage of the benefits without getting lost in the shuffle.
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Moderator
  • Brian Jackson, Senior Transportation Program Analyst, Mobility Innovation, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Agency Uses of Mobile Apps
  • Robert Robert James, Senior Project Manager, HNTB Corporation, Parsippany, NJ
Real-time Passenger Information for Rail Transit - Lessons from Three System Implementations
  • Samuel Hickey, Transit Data Specialist, IBI Group, Seattle, WA
Fleet-wide Vehicle Security Camera System Implementation - What You See & Don't See
  • Carlos Ortega, Manager, Design Industrial Systems, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Track 3: Safety Reporting Systems: Building an Effective Employee Reporting Program

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Key Ballroom 6, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Effective safety reporting systems are both accurate in measuring the current state of safety and useful for making decisions to improve safety. The collection, analysis and reporting of safety data is an integral part of an effective safety management system. While incident-based safety reporting systems (accidents, injuries and fatalities) are essential for measuring and monitoring safety in the workplace, as a stand-alone reporting system they are not very effective for managing or preventing similar incidents because little is known or uncovered about the precursors to those events. Employee Safety Reporting (ESR) is one of several safety reporting sources that get at the foundation of operational safety data, collecting and analyzing risk-based data before an incident occurs. If done well, an effective ESR program can yield a goldmine of actionable safety data for managing risk and for making data-driven risk based decisions. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) will speak about their experiences with Employee Safety Reporting in the aviation industry. In addition, representatives from the transit industry and the Federal Transit Administration will discuss how this concept can be applied to transit and what agencies are doing to implement these systems at transit agencies throughout the country.
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Moderator
  • Michael Coplen, Chief, Safety Policy and Promotion Division, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Aloha Ley, Division Chief, Office of Safety Assurance and Risk Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Mike Blake, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Washington, DC
  • Ernesto Lasen, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

Track 4: Preparing Your System for Resiliency

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Key Ballroom 7, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

How to prepare your system for extreme weather threats in the future

With the threat of increased extreme weather events and sea level rise, public transportation infrastructure is becoming more and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The industry must adapt and become more resilient to remain viable and effective. Hear from these speakers to learn about different tools that help identify climate change threats, organizational thinking around the issues, and specific technologies to implement adaptation and resiliency projects.
  
Session sponsored by VHB
 
Moderator
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Organizational Development Subcommittee; VP Transdev, Chief Strategy Officer in service to New Orleans RTA, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
MBTA's Winter Resiliency Improvement Program
  • Michael A Semeraro, III, Mott MacDonald, Iselin, NJ
Perspectives from New Orleans
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Organizational Development Subcommittee; VP Transdev, Chief Strategy Officer in service to New Orleans RTA, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA

Track 5: Streetcars - Challenges of Construction in a City Environment, Costs & Mobility

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

For a myriad of reasons, there has been a tremendous resurgence of streetcar development is the U.S. Some streetcar advocates and even critics often overlook the mobility benefits of a modern streetcar system and only focus on the economic benefits as the sole justification for the investment. The challenge is to construct streetcar systems in dense cities make it aesthetically appealing, and minimize costs. One such city was Oklahoma, where after several cost reduction measures and collaboration with their consultants they were able to bring cost per mile to under $20M. Now also hear how the City of New York is considering a 17 mile streetcar system between the Bronx and Queens at an estimated construction cost of some $1.7B.
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Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
 
Moderator
  • Paul Grether, AICP, Immediate Past Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Director of Rail Services, Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority(SORTA)/Metro, Cincinnati, OH
Streetcar Mobility Benefits - Beyond an Economic Development Catalyst
  • David Vozzolo, Immediate Past Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Vice President & Streetcar Program Director, HDR, Sarasota, FL
Oklahoma City Streetcar - Bringing Costs Back to $20M Per Mile
  • Mark L. Dorn, P.E., Senior Vice President, AECOM, Portland, OR
Challenges of Constructing a New Streetcar System in Brooklyn, New York
  • Adam Giambrone, Director, Brooklyn Queens Connector, New York DOT, New York, NY

Track 6: Career Pathways for Women in Transit

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Paca, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Women are still significantly underrepresented in many of the higher wage, higher skilled jobs in public transportation. This limited participation not only impacts women’s economic security, but also robs the transit industry of a valuable segment of the labor force. The session presenters will discuss how transportation systems can build capacity to support the equitable inclusion of women, from the front line to the C-suite. This interactive session will offer practical information, relevant tools and exercises for encouraging, preparing and retaining women in nontraditional jobs.
 
Presenters
  • Tia Brown, Project Manager, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Lauren Sugerman, Consultant, Chicago Women in Trades, Transportation Learning Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Jaibala Patel, Chief Financial Officer, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Operations Control Centers Technical Forum

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Carroll, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Bart Kane
 

Wednesday, June 14

Continental Breakfast

8 - 9 a.m.
Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Sponsored by WSP USA
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Conference Registration Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Host Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom South Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Calloway, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

TCRP Information Center

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom East Foyer, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Track 2: Maintenance - Consequenses of Not Planning

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom 9 & 10, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Transit agencies are constantly working on imaginative and innovative ways to lower maintenance costs and yet be effective in maintaining service delivery. Maintaining rolling stock and track work and other infrastructure are major components of a rail transit system is vulnerable to extreme weather conditions - such as snow and excessive heat. Have you thought of using modern technology such as drones with high resolution cameras to identify potential deficiencies? Some of these maintenance initiatives involve moving maintenance processes from paper to computerized maintenance management systems, analytical tools, and mobile devices. Only a few are embracing this transition. Come and hear why. Hear what our presenters have to say where one size does not fit all.
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Moderator
  • Eric E. Petersen, Vice Chair, Rail Transit Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance Working Group; Chief of Technical Training, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Decatur, GA
Inspecting Light Rail Transit Bridges with the Latest Technology
  • Richard Hovde, P.E., Bridge Operation Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Olympia, WA
  • Matthew T. Kumpula, PLS, Mobile Mapping and sUAS Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc., Portland, OR
Switching to Hi Rail Based Maintenance Access
  • Jennifer Ryan, P.E., Senior Rail Engineer, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA
Benefits of a New Rail Wheel Profile
  • Benjamin Holland, Manager of Vehicle Systems Engineering, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Hayward, CA
Automated Weld of Rails
  • Anthony Fazio, Director of Engineering and Design, Track, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA

Track 4, Track 5: The Economic Power of Transit Hubs: Making the Rail - Real Estate Connection

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom 11 & 12, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

People and business voting with their feet

Across the continent, transit stations are serving as a stimulus for the development of surrounding real estate. Both office buildings and apartments with access to transit are outshining those without, and corporate relocations to transit-rich areas are now a major trend. Transit mega-hubs forming in major metro markets have the promise of reshaping communities around transit. Get the inside info on new developments and how those experiences can be duplicated elsewhere.
 
Denver Union Station: A Transportation Model for Economic Development
  • David A. Genova, CSSD, Member, APTA Executive Committee; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Union Station’s Impact on Transportation and Commerce
  • Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, President & CEO, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, Washington, DC
Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects


  • Sasha N. Page, Principal, IMG Rebel, Washington, DC
Amtrak Master Development Strategies at Major Stations
  • Brian Taylor, AICP, ASLA, Infrastructure Planning Manager, Baltimore Penn Station and Vicinity, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA

Track 4: Good Planning Leads to Good Projects

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Key Ballroom 8, 2nd Floor, Hilton Baltimore

Listening session on the New Project Development Self-Assessment Program

The listening session will look at ways to self-assess corridor planning to advance into the next steps for project development. Hear from experienced professionals as they share lessons about examining and justifying high capacity corridors for transit, lessons learned that help agencies steer around pitfalls and succeed in the Project Development phase, and learn more about the new Project Development Self-Assessment and Readiness Review Program from the APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee.
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Facilitators
  • Alan T. Lehto, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Director of Business Planning & Asset Management, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • James D. Parsons, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President, Director National Transit Programs, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA

Track 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: GM’s Vision for the Future of Mobility

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Holiday Ballroom 4-6, 2nd Floor, East Building, Hilton Baltimore

There are many technological and service developments that have the potential to greatly change mobility as we know it. Mr. Kosak will discuss the coming transformational changes in transportation, how new mobility services might connect with rail transportation, how they may impact the future of transit operations and community planning, and how this emerging mobility ecosystem could enhance our quality of life.
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Presiding
  • David A. Genova, CSSD, Member, APTA Executive Committee; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Keynote Speaker
  • Peter B. Kosak, Executive Director, Global Urban Mobility, General Motors Corporation, Washington, DC

Track 6: FTA Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum

12 - 6 p.m.

A special event to connect transit OEMs and manufacturers interested in becoming suppliers to support a broader transportation supply base in the U.S.

This Forum represents an opportunity for manufacturers with capabilities that are potentially relevant for transit industries to grow and diversify into this emerging market.

The Forum is designed to bring large transit OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers in an effort to facilitate the use of a higher percentage of domestic suppliers in transit products and systems. The Forum will provide a venue for smaller manufacturers to learn what products are needed and find out more about investments they need to consider when entering the transit industry.

FEE:
$25 per person, includes lunch

REGISTRATION: Click here for more details and to register

QUESTIONS? Contact Samm Bowman at 301.975.5978 or samm@nist.gov
 

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Tubman, 3rd Floor, Hilton Baltimore
Chair, Sean L. Adgerson

TECHNICAL TOUR: B&O Museum

1 - 3 p.m.

(70 person limit)
This tour is also scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. See Saturday's entry above for tour details.

TECHNICAL TOUR: Baltimore Street Car Museum

1 - 3 p.m.

(35 person limit)
This tour is also scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. See Saturday's entry above for tour details.

TECHNICAL TOUR: MTA's Light Rail Main Yard and Maintenance Facility North Ave.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

(35 person limit)
Tour participants will enjoy a one hour guided tour of the facility to see how Light Rail Vehicles are maintained and operated on a daily basis. Transportation to MTA's Light Rail Maintenance and Operations Center will be provided by our host. Shuttle buses will depart from the Eutaw Street entrance of the Hilton Baltimore.
   
Note: This tour is also available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Please sign up for the tour time of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Baltimore.
 

TECHNICAL TOUR: MTA's Metro Subway Main Yard and Maintenance Facility Wabash Ave.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

(35 person limit)
Tour participants will enjoy a one hour guided tour of the facility to see how Metro Rail Cars are maintained and operated on a daily basis. Transportation to and from MTA's Metro Subway Maintenance and Operations Center will be provided. Shuttle buses will depart from the Eutaw Street entrance of the Hilton Baltimore.
  
Note: This tour is also available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Please sign up for the tour time of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Hilton Baltimore.
 
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