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 Program

The program of educational sessions is organized by six tracks of study:
 
Track 1: State of Good Repair, Capital Programs & Infrastructure Maintenance
Track 2: Systems Engineering, Innovation & Operations
Track 3: Vehicles, Mechanical Systems & Vehicle Maintenance
Track 4: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Track 5: Planning, Sustainability & Finance
Track 6: Organization & Workforce Development
 
Continuing Education
APTA is pleased to award credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced transportation professionals for the following organizations:
 
• American Institute of Architects (AIA)
• American Planning Association (APA)
• Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP)
• Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)
 
See Continuing Education for more information and the list of the specific sessions/credit hours offered.
 
Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change. ​​​​​​​​​
 
Last Updated: June 7​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Saturday, June 9

INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO COMPETITION

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

RODEO SITE: Regional Transportation District – Elati Light Rail Facility, 2701 S Elati Street, Englewood, CO 80110

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is proud to host the 26th 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, Hyatt Regency Denver at Convention Center 650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Details will be available at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Hyatt Regency.
 
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 RTD 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 10, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency.
 
THANKS TO OUR RODEO MAINTENANCE EVENTS SPONSORS
• Alstom
• EDSI
• Era-contact USA
• Dellner
• KLD Labs
• Knorr Brake
• Penn Machine Company
• Shaltbau
• Wabtec
• 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.
 

Track 4: SMS & Safety Seminar: Modern Approach to Safety & Safety Culture

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

If you have responsibility for operational safety or safety management systems at your respective agency or organization, you will want to attend this interactive seminar to learn more about the Modern Approach to Safety & Safety Culture. During the seminar, you will hear industry, research, institutional, and federal perspectives on safety culture. Best practices will be shared and the day-long seminar will wrap up with a roundtable and brainstorming session.

The seminar is sponsored by APTA’s Rail Safety Committee in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Rail Operational Safety Committee (AR070).

FEE: The Modern Approach to Safety & Safety Culture Seminar is open to all Rail Conference registrants at no additional charge. 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so please register early by clicking here. On-site registration is on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. 

QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Brian Alberts at balberts@apta.com.

Track 1: Rail Infrastructure Maintenance Summit

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mineral Hall A, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Facilitator, Narayana Sundaram

Ventilation & Fire Life Safety Technical Forum

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Granite, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Justin M. Edenbaum, P.Eng, P.E.

Conference Registration Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

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Host Information Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

4 - 5 p.m.
Agate A&B, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Michael J. Loehr, P.E.

Commuter & Intercity Rail Legislative Subcommittee

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Co-Chairs, Sam Smith & Karen J. Hedlund

BMBG Officers & Chairs AND Business Member Budget Committee

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Agate A&B, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Jeffrey Wharton

TRB Committee on Light Rail Transit (AP075)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Granite, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Prof. Graham Currie, Ph.D.

HOST RECEPTION: History Colorado Museum

8 - 10 p.m.

RTD invites all Rail Rodeo and Rail Conference registrants and their guests to the Host Reception at The History Colorado Center. Enjoy an evening of fun and explore the history of Colorado. Refreshments will be available on each of the three levels.

Shuttles will be provided to and from the reception and will depart every 15 minutes from 7:45 to 10:30 p.m. from across the street from the Hyatt Regency Denver at 15th and California.

Or if you prefer to walk, The History Colorado Center is located .08 miles/18 mins. from the hotel at 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO, 80203. Click here for additional information and walking map.

Reception compliments of Regional Transportation District (RTD)

 

Sunday, June 10

Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 3, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Ethan Kim

Commuter Rail PTC Subcommittee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Jeffrey D. Knueppel

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7:30 - 10 a.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Albrecht P. Engel, P.E.

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Business Member Legislative AND Procurement Committees

8 - 9 a.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chairs, Raymond J. Melleady & Natalie E. Cornell

Light Rail Technical Forum

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E.

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Cmte) - Breakout 1

8:15 - 10 a.m.
Agate A&B, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Michael Cairl

Communications Subcommittee (PS&C Cmte) - Breakout 2

8:15 - 10 a.m.
Agate C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Michael Cairl

All Member - APTA Strategic Plan Listening Session

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom A, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Come and lend your voice to the development of the next APTA Strategic Plan. All APTA members are welcome.

Security Affairs Committee

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Granite A&B, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr.

Federal Procedures & Regulations AND Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Rail Safety Committee

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Walter Heinrich

Business Member Programs Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Tony Kellen

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

9:30 - 10 a.m.
Granite A&B, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, James D. Spiller

Emerging Leaders Committee

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Mineral Hall A, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Richard W. Andreski

Capital Projects Subcommittee

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, David Couch, Sr.

Metropolitan Planning AND Transit Performance Management Subcommittees

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Co-chairs, Grace Gallucci, Todd Lang, Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E., Andrea Burnside, Louis D. Cripps, II, & Laura Zale  

Business Member Business Development Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, William F. Durham

Technology Workforce Development Subcommittee (R&T Cmte)

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, David A. Boate

Transit Wireless Communications Joint Council

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 3, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Jon T. Adams, P.E.

Legislative Committee

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Business Member Small Business Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Jose R. Bustamante, P.E.

P3 Real Estate Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Agate A&B, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Charles Di Maggio

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Timothy BorchersLunch sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Hugh A. Mose, P.E.

Research & Technology Committee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 3, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

Innovative Funding, Finance, and P3 Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Sharon Greene


Safety Coordinating Council

1 - 3 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Louis J. Brown, Jr., P.E.

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Shaun P. Morgen

Information Technology Committee

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 3, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

Diversity and Inclusion Council

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Land Use & Economic Development Subcommittee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Facilitator, Kimberly Slaughter

Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG)

2 - 5 p.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Nuria I. Fernandez

Rail Transit Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Nuria I. Fernandez

Track 6: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Change Champion Training

3 - 5 p.m.
Mineral Hall A, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

This is a workshop for anyone who’s tried to make a change – only to hear “we can’t do that, we’ve always done it this way!” In this class, you’ll learn techniques to gain support for changes and promote innovation at your workplace from any level of your organization. You’ll learn techniques to collaborate with colleagues, bosses, and employees so you can champion change and help the people in your organization move forward together as the industry evolves.

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.

Instructor
  • Sarah Camacho, Owner, Camacho Insights, Denver, CO

Systems Engineering Subcommittee (R&T Cmte)

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 3, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, David M. Springstead

Commuter Rail Committee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Jeffrey D. Knueppel, P.E.

Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Co-Chairs, Stephen Salin, AICP & James D. Parsons, AICP & Benjamin Limmer, AICP

Operations Control Center Technical Forum

4:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Lenord (Albert) Oliver & James Ross

Welcome to Denver Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hall A, Exhibit Level, Colorado Convention Center

(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 and APTA Business Member Activity Fund

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INTERNATIONAL RAIL RODEO AWARDS BANQUET

7:30 - 10 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

(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 2018 Rodeo champions!

TICKETS
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 no later than May 21.

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 Roadeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA no later than May 21.
 
TABLE/SEATING ASSIGNMENTS - *NEW*
Rail Conference Registrants AND Rodeo Participants
This year, table/seating assignments for the rodeo banquet will be pre-assigned by company. When you register on site, the banquet voucher(s) printed with your roadeo or conference registration badge must be exchanged for your actual banquet ticket(s)/table assignment(s) at the banquet ticket table in in the Rodeo or Conference registration area.

Note: Banquet seating requests made May 22 through on site will be accommodated at alternate available tables if your organization's table(s) are full.

QUESTIONS?
Rail Conference Registrants:
Contact APTA’s Kwakuita Spence at 202.496.4845 orkspence@apta.com.
Rodeo Participants: Contact Heather Rachels at 202.496.4838 or hrachels@apta.com, or Cheryl Pyatt at 202.496.4875 or cpyatt@apta.com.
 
Rodeo Banquet sponsored by WSP USA
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Monday, June 11

Business Member Networking Breakfast

6:45 - 8 a.m.
Mineral Hall A-C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

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 (especially those seeking small business and DBE partnerships) 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 18.

NOTE: This event is for APTA members ONLY.
 
FEE: There is no registration fee required to participate in the breakfast.
 
REGISTRATION: Sign up here at no additional cost! 

QUESTIONS? Contact Adam Martin at (202) 496-4833 or amartin@apta.com. 

Networking Breakfast sponsored by the APTA Business Member Activity Fund

PRESS Policy & Planning Committee

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, James M. Derwinski

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

TCRP Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

APTA’s 2018 Rail Conference kicks off with a look at APTA’s strategic direction, key initiatives from APTA Chair Nathaniel Ford Sr. and APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas. company logo

Attendees will also hear a special welcome from Dave Genova, general manager, Regional Transportation District; RTD Chair Doug Tisdale; and J.J. Ament, CEO, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

The session also features remarks from keynote speaker Greg Williams, editor-in-chief, WIRED magazine, an authority on technology trends and the ways they impact organizations and society. Williams will discuss transformative trends such as big data, disruptive technology, and the Internet of Things, among others; address how these trends impact organizations and society; and challenge attendees to rethink operating models in ways that capitalize on the trends and prepare them for rapid change. As a journalist and novelist, Williams combines storytelling expertise with in-depth knowledge of technology and entrepreneurship to deliver entertaining and accessible insights.

General Session sponsored by AECOM

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Welcomes
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Sponsor Recognition
  • Carolyn Flowers, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Senior Vice President, Americas Transit Market Sector Leader, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA
Host and Denver Welcomes
  • David A. Genova, CSSD, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Doug Tisdale, Chair, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • J. J. Ament, Chief Executive Officer, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Denver, CO
Keynote Speaker
  • Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine, Washington, DC

Track 2: Authorized Channels: Connectivity & Electromagnetic Interference

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Look mom, no wires!

The world is turning wireless. Wireless applications are taking over everywhere. What are the implications in terms of spectrum availability and possible utility in transit? What are the coming issues to be resolved key among them cybersecurity? Speakers will address these questions and more.

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

Moderator
  • Jon Adams, P.E., Communications Systems Practice Lead, HDR, Phoenix, AZ
Site Selection for Electromagnetic Interference Survey Measurements
  • Paul Padegimas, Transportation Planner, Turner Engineering Corporation, San Diego, CA
Denver RTD Closes the Loop between Rail Operations and Maintenance
  • Mark Thompson, Senior Engineer/Supervisor, Rail Equipment, Regional Transportation District
  • Andreas Rakebrandt, Director, Business Development, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA

Track 2: PTC: Facing the Mirror

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

With the implementation deadline approaching, passenger railroads remain committed to implenting the single greatest change to the rail industry since the transcontinental railroad. Three railroads and the FRA share their experiences with the design, installation, testing, and other hurdles they have faced along the way and discuss some of the challenges yet to be addressed as the deadline for implementation approaches. For instance, what sort of teething problems can a system expect?

Session sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
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Moderator
  • James C. Cline, Jr., P.E., Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX
Metra
  • Bruce Marcheschi, Deputy Executive Director of Operations/Chief Operating Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Lessons Learned at Los Angeles Union Station
  • Michael Rodriguez, Senior Manager, Train Control Systems, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Los Angeles, CA
  • Emerald Mancilla, Train Control Systems Engineer I, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Pomona, CA
PTC and “Full Implementation”
  • Dr. Mark W. Hartong, Senior Scientific Technical Advisor, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
DCTA
  • James C. Cline, Jr., P.E., Denton County Transportation Authority, Lewisville, TX

Track 2: Streetcars & Light Rail: Boosting Performance & Smart Expansions

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Presenters will discuss various topics related to streetcars and light rail. These presentations will include a) comparative view of key characteristics of LRT systems based on performance benchmark framework of a recently formed consortium on light rail; b) trade-offs inherent in expanding a modern streetcar system from a starter line to a transit network; and c) issues related off-wire power distrubution system for both modes. Some of these systems are in the forefront of experimenting with state-of-the art issues. Hear about these, along with related challenges in expanding the system, increased ridership, mobility, economic developments, and emerging technologies that are bringing these systems into the modern mobility era.

Session sponsored by Transit Systems Engineering

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Moderator
  • Eric Sitiko, Vice Chair, Streetcar Subcommittee; Senior Project Manager Rail Transit, RATP Dev, Tucson, AZ
A Comparative View of North American Light Rail Systems
  • Colin K. Foley, Senior Research Associate, GOAL Project Manager, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, London, United Kingdom
Which Lane? Developing a Streetcar Extension “Best Lane” Analysis under Public Scrutiny
  • Christopher S. Kinzel, Traffic and Planning Section Manager, HDR, Kansas City, MO
Streetcars are Growing Up – Expanding from a Starter Line to a Transit Network
  • David Vozzolo, Immediate Past Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Vice President & Streetcar Program Director, HDR, Sarasota, FL
Progress in Light Rail / Streetcar Vehicle Off-Wire Technology
  • John D. Swanson, Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Vista, CA

Track 4: Enterprise Risk Management: A Safety Management System

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Safety Management Systems (SMS) are an important component to Enterprise Risk Management, as one of the central components of SMS is “Safety Risk Management.” Attend this session to learn about SMS from the technology, federal (FTA), and transit agency perspectives, and learn how you can better identify hazards and mitigate risks at your transit property.

 Moderator
  • Walter Heinrich, Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Senior Safety Consultant, K&J Safety Consulting, Walter Heinrich, Cypress, TX
Panelists
  • Dick Federle, Senior Manager, OTB Solutions Group, LLC, Seattle, WA
  • Paulina Orchard, Safety Management Systems Lead, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Sheldon C. Shaw, Manager of Safety, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mike Meader, Chief Safety and Security Officer, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Track 5: An International Perspective on Best Value

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

What role does best value play in the global market place? The procurement paradigm shifted decades ago as more complex procurements eclipsed the simplicity of low bids. Statutes and policies have evolved to support the purchase of more complex technologies, the need for greater expertise, additional analysis of risk, increased efficiency, better quality products and services and more competition. UNIFE, The Association of the European Rail Industry, and others will help provide an international perspective on best value.

Moderator
  • Nuria I. Fernandez, Vice Chair, APTA; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Committee; Chair, Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; General Manager/CEO, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
Panelists
  • Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE - the Association of the European Rail Industry, Brussels, Belgium
  • 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
  • Ted Lucas, JD, CPPO, Director, Procurement & Contracts, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Brandon Goad, Account Manager, Vix Technology (USA) Inc., Seattle, WA

Track 5: Station Area Access Planning

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Transit agencies are facing an increasing need to effectively improve access to stations for auto, bus, bicycling, and pedestrians. Navigating stakeholder challenging and evolving user agreements are vital for planning, developing, and constructing stations and station areas. Join us to learn about the strategies to reduce the negative effects during planning through Station Area Planning policies and collaboration methods. 

Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) 

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Moderator
  • James W. Carrington, AICP, Senior Planner, Access Planning & Policy Analysis, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Environmental Justice Issues in Passenger Rail: The Bad with the Good
  • Catherine LaFata, Senior Project Manager, HDR, Oakland, CA
The Caltrain Station Planning Toolbox
  • Elizabeth Scanlon, Director of Planning, Caltrain (Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board), San Carlos, CA
  • Nathan Conable, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers, Oakland, CA
From Collaboration to Consensus: How to Navigate Stakeholder Challenges
  • Natasha Velickovic, Principal, Transit and Rail, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), Boston, MA
First/Last Mile Solutions: Innovative Connections to Stations
  • Paul DesRocher, Manager, Planning Coordination, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Automated Transit Technical Forum

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Navin S. Sagar, P.E. & Eric Phillips

RAIL PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

12 - 3 p.m.
Hall A, Exhibit Level, Colorado Convention Center

(includes lunch from 12 - 1:30 p.m.; tickets required)

Many business members’ rail products and services are showcased at the 2018 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

GENERAL SESSION: Safety and Security Trends in an Uncertain World

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

APTA 2018 Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards; Enterprise Risk Management Discussion

The General Session begins with a celebration of safety and security in passenger rail as APTA features the winners of the 2018 Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards in a presentation hosted by APTA’s Immediate Past Chair, Doran J. Barnes.

Following this presentation, a panel of industry experts will address various aspects of enterprise risk management—a framework for identifying a broad spectrum of risks and opportunities, assessing them in terms of likelihood and magnitude, determining responses, and monitoring progress, all as strategies to help safeguard organizational value. Each panelist will address the topic from different perspectives, from terrorism to asset management.

2018 Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony
  • Doran J. Barnes, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Chair, Meetings Programming and Site Selection Committee; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panel Discussion Moderator
  • Grace Crunican, General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
Terrorism
  • Brian Michael Jenkins, Director, National Transportation Safety and Security Center, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), San Jose, CA
Cybersecurity
  • Michael A. Echols, CISSP, MBA, Executive Director/CEO, International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI), Kennedy Space Center, FL
Asset Management
  • David A. Genova, CSSD, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Risk Hazard Management
  • James Keane, Vice Chair, Risk Management Committee; General Manager, Operations Safety, Port Authority of NY & NJ, Jersey City, NJ

Track 3: Preventing Miscommunication with Your Signaling System

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Watching our existing signal systems evolve

Recent unfortunate events have placed signal systems in the spotlight. While new systems emerge, such as CBTC, existing systems must continue to evolve in the face of technological innovation. New thinking will help solve existing problems.

Moderator
  • Ethan Kim, Chair, Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum; Principal Systems Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Seattle, WA
APTA Signal Standards Program Overview
  • Robert A. MacDonald, Consultant, Transit Systems Engineering, Oakland, CA
APTA Track Circuit Monitoring Tool Applications
  • Frank Beeck, Founder & CEO, Rail-IT, LLC, Golden Valley, MN
Preventing LRV Stop Signal Overruns in Street Running Territories
  • Lee A. Castellion, PMP, BSEE, Senior Systems Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Denver, CO
  • Paul Padegimas, Transportation Planner, Turner Engineering Corporation, San Diego, CA

Track 1: Prioritizing Rail in the Region

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Identifying strategies for prioritizing rail projects

Smart planning and effective stakeholder collaboration are the foundation for a successful rail project. Disparate responsibilities and priorities, however, are often hard to navigate. Join us to hear lessons learned, project delivery methods, and the prioritization strategies used from four different rail projects.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

Moderator
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Justice/Title VI Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Planning and Implementing a Seamless Mobility System Across California
  • Kyle Gradinger, Acting Chief, Division of Rail & Mass Transportation, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA
Getting to the Redlands
  • Rob Klovsky, Southern California Transit Director - Vice President, HDR, Irvine, CA
  • Carrie Schindler, Director, Transit and Rail Programs, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, San Bernardino, CA
MBTA Green Line Extension - Project Recovery
  • John H. Dalton, Jr., Program Manager - Green Line Extension, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Project Recovery due to Guiding Goal Set by Transit Agency CEO
  • Kimberly Ong, P.E., Deputy Executive Officer & Deputy Project Director, Crenshaw/LAX LRT, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Track 2: Control Centers: Co-locating Bus & Rail

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Technology innovations & best practices in co-locating bus & rail

Hear from the experts about potential impacts of technological innovations of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Operations Control Centers (OCC) environment. In recent years there has been an on-going debate about co-locating bus and rail OCC. Some research has been done on this subject regarding cost/benefit anyalsis, human factors, labor issues, and lessons learned. LA Metro and HDR recently completed a benchmarking analysis of transit agency OCCs that have co-located. Based on this research, as well as additional cost and human factors analysis, Metro decided to plan for co-locating their bus and rail OCCs. During the course of this study, the focus has been on how OCCs can better serve customers and operators. This panel includes LA Metro, as well as a representative from MARTA's new OCC, and TriMet's established OCC. This provides a diverse set of opinions from two large and one smaller agency, one existing, one new, and one planned center, from three distinct areas of the country. Why is co-location an important question? The panel discussion will include: why co-locate; how the decision was made; how integration was accomplished; benefits & drawbacks; and lessons learned.

Moderator
  • Bart Kane, Vice President, Fariba Nation Consulting, Los Angeles, CA
Potential Impact of Augmented and Virtual Reality (VR) Technology in the Control Center
  • Mark Talbot, P.E., Principal Consultant, Macro a Division of Ross & Baruzzini, Cedar City, UT
  • Carl Stanton, Consultant, Macro a Division of Ross & Baruzzini, Chalfont, PA
Co-locating Bus and Rail Operations Centers: Pros and Cons
  • Tesse E. Rasmussen, P.E., Principal Consultant, InfraStrategies LLC, Irvine, CA
  • Julie Quinn, Founder, QuinnWilliams, LLC, Studio City, CA
  • Denise Longley, Deputy Executive Officer, Enterprise Transit Asset Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Gregory T. Edwards, Sr., Director, Integrated Operations Center, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Patrick Preusser, Executive Director, Transportation, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Ronald Ester, Secretary, Operations Control Center Technical Forum; Deputy Chief of Safety, Security, and Control Center Operations, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Track 2: The Tracks of Tomorrow, Today!

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

This session showcases novel and innovative approaches to the inspection, maintenance, and design of track and track components. As funding is always tight, demonstrated innovative technologies to inspect, maintain, and design track would go a long way towards increasing efficiency.

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Moderator
  • Michael J. Loehr, P.E., Chair, Business Member Workforce Development Committee; Global Technology Leader, Transit & Rail, Track & Civil, Jacobs, Henrico, VA
NYCT's Maintenance Innovation Using Research
  • Eric E. Magel, Principal Engineer, NRC-Automotive & Surface Transportation Research Centre, Lake Country, BC
FTA's Track Inspection/Track Asset Management Research and Demonstration
  • Jennifer Zahaczewski, Project Manager, ENSCO, Inc., Springfield, VA
  • Abhay "AJ" Joshi, PMP, LEED AP, Program Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign FTA Concrete Crosstie
  • J. Riley Edwards, P.E., Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Arthur de Oliveira Lima, Experimentation Engineer, RailTEC University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Track 6: Organizational Development Practices & Strategies: Domestic & International Perspectives

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Agencies across the country and around the globe are thinking outside the box and employing innovative practices to improve employee and organizational performance. This panel will share their experiences and lead audience conversations on best practices related to succession planning, cross-training to create multi-functional staff roles, and how mentoring and training can help to improve organizational culture.

Moderator
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Vice President, Transdev, and Chief Strategy Officer, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
Improving Employee and Organizational Performance
  • Nick LaRocco, PTC Program Manager, Vice President, Parsons Corporation, New York, NY
Use of Multi-functional Staff in Metro Systems Across the World
  • Alexander Barron, Associate Director and Metro Benchmarking Manager, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, London, United Kingdom
Survive and Thrive through Succession
  • Vernon G. Hartsock, PMP, Chief Engineer & Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
 

Tuesday, June 12

PRESS Mechanical Working Group

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, David C. Warner, P.E.

Coffee Service

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Conference Registration Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Host Information Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

TCRP Information Desk

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Track 1: Capital Programs: Mega Projects

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Considering a transit mega project? Join this session to learn the challenges faced in planning, designing, constructing, and financing these projects, as well as how to recover in a fiscally responsible manner.

Transit mega projects are transformational projects and will dramatically improve connectivity and travel experiences for the cities and communities they serve. The speakers will describe the significant challenges faced in planning, designing, constructing, and financing their mega projects. Some of these projects costs billions of dollars, and others have construction challenges and recovered in a fiscally responsible manner.

Session sponsored by Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell

Moderator
  • Michael Wetherell, P.E., Secretary, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Senior Vice President, McKissack & McKissack, New York, NY
Planning Transit Mega Projects - Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in the UK and Lessons Learned for North America
  • Stephen Pauling, Head of Rail Planning, Jacobs, Dallas, TX
London Bridge – Designing a Major Station for the Next Fifty Years
  • Andrew Hutton, FCILT, FIRO, Practice Lead, Stations & Commercial Development, North America, Network Rail Consulting Inc., Washington, DC
Introducing the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project
  • Katharine Eggleston, PE, LEED AP, Project Development Manager, Go Triangle, Research Triangle Park, NC

Track 1: Improving Asset Management Practices

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Lessons learned in meeting federal TAMP requirements

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. Agencies will share their lessons learned, new and old resources we should all be using for transit asset management, and information and communication strategies for better performance-based planning and programing.

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation

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Moderator
  • David Rose, Ph.D., Management Consulting, Business Line Director, Gannett Fleming, Inc., New York, NY
Panelists
  • Louis Cripps, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Manager Asset Management, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Laura Zale, Co-Chair, Transit Performance Management Subcommittee; Senior Asset Management Engineer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Paul Edwards, P.E., Corporate Quality Director, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
  • Holly Arnold, Director, Planning and Programming, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Track 3: Rail Activation Roundtable - Doing it the Right Way!

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

It is difficult to get something right on the first attempt, yet new starts require just that. Four systems share their experiences on the subject. Topics will include tools for planning budget and schedule for the activation phase, options for staffing or contracting for consultant services to manage commissioning, listing of high-risk items that can delay start of service, ideas for mitigating schedule over-runs without sacrificing safety, and other best practices.

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Moderator
  • Narayana Sundaram, Senior Director - Engineering and Commuter Rail Operations, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • Peter Brown, Director of Systems Engineering & Integration, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Henry J. Stopplecamp, P.E., Acting AGM, Capital Programs, RTD FasTracks, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Frank Alejandro, Sr., Senior Executive Officer, Operations, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Vicki L. Barron Sumann, Consultant, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Timothy H. McKay, Executive Vice President, Growth/Regional Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Track 4: Preventing Rail Suicides and Trespasser Strikes

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Join a conversation on prevention efforts and partnerships designed for prevention

Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. While suicide is a community issue, railroads and transit agencies are increasing their attention to this growing problem. Recently-released U.S. government statistics reveal that railroad grade crossing incidents and rail trespass casualties increased in 2017, as well. Join a discussion on efforts and partnerships agencies have designed for the prevention of suicides and trespasser strikes.

Moderator
  • Rebecca A. Zelt, WSO-CSSD, Vice Chair, Safety Coordinating Council; Superintendent of Rail Safety, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Mental Health Awareness & Trespass Prevention Strategies in Rail Transit
  • Hilary E. Konczal, CSSD-WSO, CSM, CST, Chair, Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; Chief Safety and Environmental Officer, Metra, Chicago, IL
Preventing Rail-Related Injuries and Fatalities through Public Education and Outreach
  • Mike McCoy, State Coordinator, Colorado Operation Lifesaver, Severance, CO
Remedial Actions to Prevent Suicides on Commuter and Metro Rail Systems
  • Patrick Sherry, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Professor, University of Denver and Consultant, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), San Jose, CA
Update on U.S. Rail Trespassing & Suicide: Research Findings & Needs
  • Joyce Rose, Principal Consultant - Transit & Rail Safety, WSP USA, Baltimore, MD

Track 5: How Fragile is Your Supply Chain?

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Whether it is bus or train parts or building maintenance supplies, public transit agencies depend on the supply chain for every critical activity. In this interactive session, industry and business experts will explore the latest trends in supply chain and materials management. Topics will include supply chain analytics and key performance indicators, strategic sourcing methods, master service agreements, supplier relations, warehouse management, 3PL, and other key supply chain concepts.

Moderator
  • Robert I. Brownstein, Vice President, AECOM, New York, NY
Panelists
  • Janice R. Thomas, CPPB, Vice Chair, Procurement & Materials Management DBE Subcommittee; Senior Division Director, Metra, Chicago, IL
  • Adam Nicholas, Assistant VP Procurement\SCM, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Ellen McCormack, Vice President, Purchasing & Supply Chain, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Track 6: Internships, Partnerships, Innovative Approaches

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Creating Partnerships: Learn how to attract and retain our future workforce!

Transit agencies are increasingly faced with the mass exodus of knowledge with the retirement of baby boomers. This creates the urgent task of attracting and retaining talented employees who can adapt to the demands of a fast-changing environment. To overcome these challenges, many transit agencies are partnering with local schools and non-profits to create programs that counteract the negative effects associated with these generational transformations. This session will explore innovative approaches and strategies Valley Metro, Maryland Transit Administration, and Metro Transit have successfully employed to help sustain their future workforce. It will provide insights into best practices and frameworks for partnerships which allow for specialized trainings and the promotion of distinct career pathways helping to empower, and advance future ambassadors of the industry.

Moderator
  • Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr., Chair, Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee; Director, Transportation Workforce Institute, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
Metro Transit Technician (MTT) Program
  • Ona V. Pradhan, Manager - Light Rail Training Division, Metro Transit- Hiawatha Light Rail, Minneapolis, MN
Internships in the Transit Industry - Developing Future Leaders
  • Wulf Grote, P.E., Director, Capital and Service Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Track 1: Capital Programs: Regional Activities

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

This session explores the steps that regional and high-speed rail networks are taking to greatly improve travel options within their regions.

Regional and high-speed rail networks are transforming geography around the world by turning what used to be day-long trips into commuter distances. This session explores the breathtaking steps that some regions are taking to greatly improve travel options.

Moderator
  • David Couch, Sr., Chair, Capital Projects Subcommittee; Program Officer Project Connect, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
High-Speed Trains in Switzerland: A Successful Example of Interconnection, without High-Speed Lines
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
Denver's Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility - A Design-Build Experience from the Designer’s Point of View
  • Nathan Reinard, Industrial Designer, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill, PA
Capital Improvement Program Development in Long-Range Integrated Strategic Planning
  • Michael Cornfield, Transportation Planner, AECOM, San Jose, CA

Track 2: Greener Pastures? Leveraging Existing Systems & the Potential Benefits of New Technologies

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Can't live with it! Can't live without it! What's coming in technology for transit

What are the implications of technological advancement in such critical systems as CBTC and fare collection? Take advantage of implementers experiences in the field as they share lessons learned.

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Moderator
  • David A. Boate, P.E., Vice President, Regional Transit & Rail Global Business Line Leader, NE & PA, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Newark, NJ
Delivering Innovation in CBTC, Driverless Operation, and Energy Management
  • Benjamin Jurjevich, Project Manager, BYD Motors, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Evolving Fare Collection: Renew or Replace?
  • Doug Thomas, Vice President of Business Development, Masabi, Boston, MA
Leveraging Existing Systems to Produce High-quality, Real-time Passenger Information for Rail Service
  • Daniel Bernstein, Transit Data Analyst, IBI Group, Seattle, WA

Track 3: Maintenance: Failure to Foresight

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Track and infrastructure maintenance has always been a challenge for the rail industry. Innovative methods of maintenance, including data management to accelerated maintenance methods will be presented and discussed. Additionally, this session will show how lessons learned from asset failure can be used to change maintenance strategies.

Session sponsored by Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd.
 
Moderator
  • Allen C. Smith, III, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee; Chair, Standards Development Oversight Council; Associate Vice President - Program Manager, HNTB Corporation, Washington, DC
Maintaining a Legacy Transit Railroad
  • John William Binsse, E.I.T., Senior Project Engineer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
Digital Asset Management: How Data Can Improve Asset Management Practices
  • Frederic Bana, West Coast Regional Director, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Lessons Learned from Washington Metro's SafeTrack Accelerated Maintenance Program
  • Laura Mason, Director Safe Track Program, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • William Baker, Project Engineer, Mott MacDonald, Pleasanton, CA

Track 4: Eyes in the Sky - The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) in Transit

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Drones have been around for years, used for many purposes, and have become more popular lately. Come hear how unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are being used in the transit environment to look for trespassers, check infrastructure, and enhance security.

Moderator
  • Onala (Tony) M. Atala, Vice President, AECOM, Mississauga, ON
Panelists
  • Sgt. Will Saunders, Jr., Police Sergeant, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Eric Sherrock, Program Manager, ENSCO, Inc., Springfield, VA
  • Mike Nabhan, Chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee; Asset Management Administrator/Report Developer, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Track 5: TOD Planning & Practices

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Rail transit is promoted as a tool for neighborhood revitalization, VMT reduction, and as a means to provide equitable access to jobs. Come learn about strategies for implementing TOC and TOD policies and how rail transit can be an incentive for economic development in urban areas.

Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)

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Moderator
  • Matthew Z. Sibul, P.E., Co-Chair, Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee; Director of Government Relations, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
Tools for Effective TOD Planning: Online Dashboard, Design Guidelines, and Metrics
  • Zachary Chissell, Manager of Project Development, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Reimagining Downtown Phoenix with Light Rail Investments
  • Wulf Grote, P.E., Director, Capital and Service Development, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Transportation / Land-Use Balance: Transit-Oriented-Community Strategies in Los Angeles
  • John C. Swartz, Transportation Planning Manager, AECOM, Los Angeles, CA

Track 6: Labor Management Think Tank 2018

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Relationships, Negotiations, Technologies, New Outreach, and Partnerships

Developing and sustaining healthy and respectful labor management relationships and workforce partnerships is a key goal for transit and labor leaders. The 2018 Labor Management Think Tank series looks at workforce investments from both parties that find common ground, address the impact of new and emerging technologies, sustain and advance older technologies, and recognize and respect organizational cultures and differences. It also explores new opportunities to build new partnerships to provide jobs and career paths for underserved populations.

Engage in conversations with a cross section of senior and executive leaders, hear about the challenges, and walk away with lessons learned from the success stories and best practices.

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Moderator
  • Patrice McElroy, Vice Chair, Labor and Employee Relations Subcommittee; Executive Officer, Talent Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists
  • Charles H. Beauvoir, Executive Officer, Project Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Andrew Gale, Senior Manager, Human Resources, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

GENERAL LUNCHEON: Federal Partners Share Perspectives & Priorities

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Attend this Luncheon General Session to network with colleagues and then learn about the FRA and FTA initiatives and priorities on a set of wide-ranging topics, including safety and security, PTC, infrastructure investments, regulatory reforms, and technology, among others.

Presiding Officer
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Speakers
  • Hon. Ronald L. Batory, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
  • Matthew Welbes, Executive Director, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Track 2: Passenger Equipment Innovation through Standards & Regulations

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Change is the key to continued success. This session showcases some innovative solutions to age old challenges, as well as providing an update on high-speed rail standards and regulation.

Moderator
  • Frank Banko, Vice President, WSP USA, Newark, NJ
ECP Passenger Brake System – Moving Forward to Industry Acceptance
  • Paul E. Jamieson, P.E., Principal Consultant, SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Inc., Greer, SC
  • Ronald Mark Truitt, Airbrake Engineer, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA
49 CFR Part 238 Equipment Rule Changes are on the Way!
  • Rudy Vazquez, Senior Director HSR Equipment Engineering, AMTRAK, Washington, DC
  • Narayana Sundaram, Senior Director - Engineering and Commuter Rail Operations, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
MBTA Vehicle Procurement for Red and Orange Lines
  • Steven Hicks, Chief Mechanical Officer - Rail, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Track 3: Unlimited Power! – Traction Power Innovation

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Traction power; we can’t go without it

No matter the level of automation and innovation we still have to get power to our trains, or at least store it for when we need it. These issues will be addressed in this session.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation 

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Moderator
  • Steve D. Bezner, Chief Engineer Traction Power, Burns Engineering Inc., Philadelphia, PA
OCS Constant Tensioning with Spring Tension Devices
  • Peter Hrovat, Manager - Overhead Engineering, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
Strategic Design Alternatives for Underground Medium Voltage Traction Power Cable
  • Aditya Shah, Sr. Manager - Substation Design, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cara Levy, New York Regional Manager / Senior Traction Power Engineer, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc., New York, NY
The Super Bowl Event - Unlocking the Potential of Traction Power Modeling to aid in Event Planning
  • Kevin Miller, P.E., Systems Engineer, LTK Engineering Services, Minneapolis, MN

Track 4: Security Enterprise Risk Management in Cybersecurity

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

With cyber threats progressing to the point where they can seriously undermine the day-to-day operations of a transit agency, every agency faces the same overwhelming question: How do we secure our operations? Join a conversation about the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity and how to incorporate cyber risks into existing risk management processes.

Session sponsored by Parsons Corporation
 
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Moderator
  • Alireza Edraki, MASc, PEng, PMP, Sr. Program Director, Wabtec Corporation, Jacksonville, FL
Cybersecurity Monitoring in Modern Transit
  • Justin K. Smith, CISSP, Sr. Cybersecurity Engineering Manager, Rockwell Collins (formerly ARINC, Inc.), Annapolis, MD
Developing a Strong CSSI Policy
  • Allen W. Miller, Senior Manager, Commuter Rail, Contracted Services, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
  • Marisela Sandoval, Assistant General Counsel, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO
Cybersecurity Resistance - Why Are You Stuck?
  • Leigh Weber, CISSP, Specialist Leader, Cybersecurity Analysis, Ltd., Chicago, IL

Track 5: Good Planning Leads to Good Projects

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Tools for CIG project planning

This session will provide an overview of the FTA Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funding program and the issues, risks, and uncertainties that project sponsors and decision-makers need to consider. Attendees will also hear perspectives from one project in New York and about two tools available to APTA members for improving project planning and development for project sponsors in the CIG program.

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Moderator
  • James D. Parsons, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Vice President, Director National Transit Programs, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” How are Project Sponsors Dealing with Uncertainty in FTA Capital Investment Grant Process
  • David Vozzolo, Immediate Past Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Vice President & Streetcar Program Director, HDR, Sarasota, FL
Planning for the Brooklyn Queens Connector
  • Adam Giambrone, Director, Brooklyn Queens Connector, New York DOT, New York, NY

Track 5: Leveraging Big Data

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Using data to tell our story

Data is the new oil! Learn more about big data’s role in our increasingly complex industry. Hear how both public and private sector organizations are gathering, using, and leveraging big data to improve service, deepen knowledge about riders and other stakeholders, strengthen operations, and integrate mobility options with diverse partners.

Moderator
  • William T. Thomsen, P.E., Member, APTA Executive Committee; President/CEO, Urban Engineers of New York, P.C., New York, NY
Panelists
  • Scott Wilkinson, President, AlphaVu, Washington, DC
  • Debra Gilbert, Parsons Corporation, Irvine, CA
  • Rahul Sood, CTO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Track 4: State Safety Oversight Updates from FTA

4 - 5 p.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

State Safety Oversight (SSO) agencies must be fully certified by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) by April 15, 2019, according to MAP-21 and the final SSO rule. Attend this session to learn from agencies in states where SSOAs have been fully certified, and how they worked with the SSOA to become certified. Also, hear an update from the FTA regarding the certification process.

Opening Remarks
  • Angela Dluger, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Moderator
  • Gerry Ruggiero, Safety Manager, Jacobs, Boston, MA
Panelists
  • Patrick Nemons, Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Transit Safety and Oversight & FTA Chief Safety Officer, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Sheldon C. Shaw, Manager of Safety, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Pamela Fischhaber, Ph.D., P.E., WSO-CSS, Rail/Transit Safety Section Chief, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Denver, CO

Track 2: Brave New World: Changing the Operations Playbook

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Hear how different transit agencies prepare for unforeseen events and evaluate the value of operations technology to improve quality of operations.

In rail operations you have to constantly be alert and consider your alternatives due to unforeseen incidents. Presenters will discuss how you can use simulations for potential events and test operational responses to them. Hear how one agency assesses and evaluates the true value of operations technology; how technology is helping integration and providing up-to-the-minute information so that maintenance and operations staff can be more proactive and efficient in solving problems; and how London's Cross Rail project has used big data to improve quality of operations.

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Moderator
  • Brian Riley, Superintendent of Transportation, MTS Rail, San Diego, CA
TriMet Light Rail Simulation Study for Operational Playbook Development
  • Dennis Page, Rail Operations Analyst, LTK Engineering Services, White River Junction, VT
Denver Transit Operators' Integrated Transit Operations Planning system (TOPS)
  • Anne Y. Herzenberg, General Manager, Denver Transit Operators, Denver, CO
  • Brett Koenig, Industry Solutions Consultant, Trapeze Group, Fort Collins, CO
  • Susan S. Altshuler, Senior Associate, ACI, Boston, MA
Big Data to improve the Quality of Operations: Application to Crossrail in London
  • Giuliano Montanaro, MScience EPF, Founder/CEO, Alius Consulting GmbH, Zurich, Switzerland
Getting the Most Out of Your LRT Investment
  • Nathan Conable, AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers, Oakland, CA
  • Jason Kim, Transportation Planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA

Track 2: PTC: Challenge Accepted

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

PTC is the critical passenger rail topic of 2018 and there are needs to be addressed. How do you safeguard your system, both physically and virtually? How do you institute national interoperably? How do you design a mandate-compliant system from scratch? This session will address these questions and more.

Session sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc. 
 
Moderator
  • Alejandro Gonzalez-Ruiz, Ph.D., Principal Investigator - C&TC, Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO
Establishing Wireless Communications Security in Legacy PTC Systems
  • Philippe Ayrault, System Safety/System Assurance Manager, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY
AMTRAK
  • Christopher Jagodzinski, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA
TriMet
  • Darren Morris, Director Commuter Rail, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Wilsonville, OR

Track 3: Vehicle-Track Interaction

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Steel wheel meets steel rail: The most vital and complex interface in assuring the safe travel of rail passengers.From vibration to noise to component failure, this session looks at real-world applications related to this vital subject.

Moderator
  • Joseph Shaffer, P.E., Chair Emeritus, Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum; Director of Engineering, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH
Rail Deflection, Clip Vibration, and Clip Failures at Sound Transit
  • Thomas F. Bergen, Principal/Vice President, Wilson Ihrig, Bothell, WA
  • Dr. Hugh Saurenman, Ph.D., P.E., President, ATS Consulting, Pasadena, CA
Curve Noise and Friction Modifiers: A Case Study
  • Davey Mitchell, P.Eng., Technical Solutions Specialist, L.B. Foster Company, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
MBTA Green Line Friction Modifiers
  • Steven Hicks, Chief Mechanical Officer - Rail, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Track 5: Navigating the Environmental Process

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Insights from navigating the environmental process

Navigating the environmental process is a complex part of many transit projects — one that can help move the process forward, or derail the entire project. Ensuring diversity and equity throughout transit projects can be another challenge. Join us in learning about challenges associated with the environmental process; methods and tools to better understand projects, potential impacts, and the NEPA process; and lessons learned and best practices from two rail projects.

Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)

Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Senior Vice President, National Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB Corporation, Chicago, IL
Modernizing the NEPA Process via a Virtual GIS-based Platform
  • Kelly Lyles, CEP, Senior Advisor, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Lauren Molesworth, Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Navigating NEPA: Successfully Managing a Complex Environmental Process to Drive Projects Forward
  • Essek Petrie, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Multimodal Planner, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), Watertown, MA
Long Bridge: Key Agency and Stakeholder Coordination for Success!
  • Oscar J. Gonzalez, Program Manager, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Alexandria, VA
 

Wednesday, June 13

Coffee Service

7 - 8 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Host Information Desk

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Granite C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

TCRP Information Desk

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Track 1: The Art of Making Maintenance Manageable

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 4, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Technological improvements have brought about new challenges to preventative maintenance. Join a discussion on how you can improve efficiency within your agency's maintenance operations.

The old adage 'if it ain't broke, don’t fix it' is not a mantra that is applicable in this age of new technology. Technological improvements has brought about new thinking in the performance of preventive maintenance, which is vital to the industry. This requires a paradigm shift in our thinking so as to promote efficiency in maintenance - whether it be the rail cars or the infrastructure. Our presenters will discuss how you can reduce downtime while maintaining safety, how CBTC is affecting rail maintenance programs, suggestions for eliminating tons of maintenance data on paper with a simple electronic app, the ever-increasing need for track access for maintenance work, and balancing the need for train operations.

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Moderator
  • Phil Eberl, Vice Chair-Maintainers, International Rail Rodeo Committee; General Superintendent of LRV Maintenance, Regional Transportation District, Englewood, CO
Reduce Downtime, while Increasing Safety
  • Ellen Linnenkamp, Vice President, Strukton Rail North America Inc, Bethesda, MD
Increasing Track Access: The Art of Making Something from Nothing
  • Gordon Williams, Associate Director – Rail Infrastructure and Development, North America, Network Rail Consulting Inc., Washington, DC
Eliminate the Paper, Analyze the Data – Implement a Mobile Rolling Stock Inspection App
  • Ken Mall, Managing Director, Workforce Consulting, Educational Data Systems, Inc., Dearborn, MI
How Communications-based Train Control (CBTC) is Affecting Transit Agency Rail Maintenance
  • Roma J. McKenzie-Campbell, PMP, Principal Project Manager, Parsons Corporation, Boston, MA

Track 2: Progress on High-Speed and Intercity Corridors

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

It’s been a very good year!

Florida’s Brightline project has successfully inaugurated its service, and already has opened its second segment. The Texas Central project continues to make significant progress. Project openings have occurred in Connecticut and Washington. Progress continues in California. New ideas are in play at AMTRAK. It’s been a good year so far for intercity passenger rail! Our panel of practitioners will provide an update.

Moderator
  • Peter Gertler, AICP, Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales and Advisory, HNTB Corporation, Oakland, CA
Brightline: Up and Running!
  • Olivier Picq, Chief Transportation Officer, Brightline Trains, Coral Gables, FL
  • Michael W. Lefevre, Director of Operations Control Center, Brightline Trains, Coral Gables, FL
The Texas Central High-Speed Rail Bullet Train
  • Travis Kelly, Vice President, External Affairs, Texas Central High-Speed Railway, LLC, Dallas, TX
AMTRAK National Report
  • Mariah C. Morales, Government Affairs Specialist, AMTRAK, Washington, DC

Track 2: The March of Progress – What am I Signing Up for?

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Innovation case studies from the field

How do we manage in the face of rapidly changing and evolving technology and innovative practices? Case studies from the field will shed some light on these complex issues.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

Moderator
  • Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Research & Technology Committee; Chair, Technology Standards Policy and Planning Committee; Secretary, Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum; Global Director Systems & U.S. National Practice Leader/Rail & Transit, Hatch Corporation, Oakland, CA
Exploring the Positive Correlation between Innovation and Private Sector Involvement
  • Amanda Vandegrift, Senior Consultant, InfraStrategies LLC, Atlanta, GA
Is the Rail Industry Catching Up Taking Advantage of the Innovations and Technology Advancements?
  • Yousef Kimiagar, MMSc., P.Eng., PMP, FIRSE, Vice President Transit & Rail Systems, Gannett Fleming, Toronto, ON
Metro Sao Paulo - Innovations in Systems and Operations
  • Carlos Eduardo Gomes da Silva, Assistant Operations Director, Metro de Sao Paolo (MSP), Sao Paolo-SP, Brazil

Track 5: Become a Lean, Mean, Procurement Machine

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Rail Procurement: Today and Tomorrow

Learn ways to optimize your procurement processes through teamwork, how to minimize costs on rail asset maintenance, and use technology to streamline the light rail vehicle (LRV) procurement process. Also, get an international perspective on procurement streamlining.

And, there will be a raffle for a $1,000 APTA conference registration, care of the APTA Business Member Activity Fund!

Moderator
  • 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
Improving Safety and Efficiency in the LRV Procurement Process
  • Steve Severson, Senior Consultant, OTB Solutions Group, LLC, Seattle, WA
Rolling Stock Procurement Best Practice
  • Momoko Tamaoki, Branch Chief, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sacramento, CA
Total Cost of Ownership as a Guideline in the Procurement of Rail Assets
  • Ian Hodkinson, Head of Technical Sales and Marketing - Transit Systems, Bombardier Transportation, Saint-Bruno , PQ
IRIS Certification, High Performance for Business Management
  • Bernard Kaufmann, IRIS General Manager, UNIFE - the Association of the European Rail Industry, Brussels, Belgium

Track 5: Sustainability & Resiliency Strategies

8 - 9:15 a.m.
Agate, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Strategies for meeting triple bottom line and implementing resiliency

Applying sustainability processes can assist organizations in thinking, communicating, planning, and designing creatively to help leadership realize a more effective future and to best meet the triple bottom line. In addition, transit systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise, increased hurricane storm surge, and flooding due to major rain events. Join us in learning about the value of applying sustainability principles and actions to an organization, hearing about climate resiliency tools and mitigation strategies, and sustainability features and systems implemented in one rail project.

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Moderator
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Associate Vice President, Transportation Cross Sector Development DirectorVice President, HDR, Chicago, IL
Inundation Studies: Incorporating Climate Change Risks
  • Ryan McAlpine, MDOT MTA Sustainability Program Coordinator, WSP USA, Baltimore, MD
  • Lauren Molesworth, Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Developing and Growing Sustainability Programs for a Transit Organization
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Associate Vice President, Transportation Cross Sector Development DirectorVice President, HDR, Chicago, IL
LA Metro Division 14 O&M Facility - Reshaping the Community and the Transportation Landscape
  • Donald J. Leidy, Facility Design Director, HDR|Maintenance Design Group, LLC, Denver, CO
  • Timothy Lindholm, Executive Officer, Capital Projects, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Track 2: A Matter of Perspective: On-Time Performance on the National Rail Network

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 5&6, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Safety being the exception, there is no other equally critical metric on a railroad or transit system than on-time-performance, (OTP). Although OTP has many different interpretations, it is undeniably a universally recognized and accepted key performance indicator used in defining the overall success of a railroad or transit agency and those contractors who perform the services. Achieving an acceptable level of OTP presents a daily challenge that requires the optimal performance of equipment and the infrastructure that supports the operations. Exacerbating this challenge, is on a multiple user rail corridor that blends a mix of passenger and freight trains - each schedule driven, each demanding track time, and each with their own performance metrics. Clearly in order for each user to attain success, a partnership that is based on mutual respect for each other’s rights to be on the corridor is of critical importance. This session will focus on what some railroads and commuter agencies are doing to promote these corridor partnerships and their resultant successes.

Session sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Moderator
  • Norman J. Jester, Jr., Vice President, Corporate Development, Herzog Transit Services, Inc., Big Canoe, GA
Towards a Passenger-focused, On-time Performance Metric for Commuter Rail
  • Theodore Rosenbaum, Principal Consultant, LTK Engineering Services, San Francisco, CA
If the Train is Unreliable, Why Not Just Change the Schedule?
  • Jason J. Maga, Director-Host Railroads, AMTRAK, Washington, DC
Prioritizing Performance
  • Edward Byers, General Manager, Herzog Transit Services, Inc., Miami, FL
Union Pacific
  • John J. Brennan, III, Senior Counsel, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Omaha, NE

Track 2: Moving Mountains in Bits and Bytes

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1&2, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

A field where nothing stays the same. Catch up with the latest.

Rail transit is subject to an unbounded range of technology deployments; keeping abreast of the latest issues is a challenge even for the largest operators. At this session, we have a number of interesting applications to share from operators and suppliers.

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Moderator
  • Mike Nabhan, Chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee; Asset Management Administrator/Report Developer, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Analysis of the Effectiveness of CESS for a DC Transit System
  • Steven Hicks, Chief Mechanical Officer - Rail, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
The Role of Rail in a MaaS Ecosystem: Strategies for Enhanced/More Integrated Data-driven Services
  • Alexandre Savard, PMP, Senior Manager Rail, GIRO Inc., Montreal, QC
The Challenges of Migrating to a Modern ITS System on Rail: Case Study-DART
  • Al Burger, Project Manager, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA

Track 4: Advancements in Technology to Protect Against Threats and Prevent Accidents/Incidents

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Mineral Hall F&G, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

Attend this session to learn about recent advancements in security and safety technology. Topics include video technology to protect your system, automation software, and rail right-of-way worker protection programs.

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http://www.apta.com/resources/tcrp/Pages/Rail-Conference-TCRP-Reports.aspx to access TCRP-related documents
 
Moderator
  • Ronald Edwards, TSSP, WSO-CSSD, Vice Chair, Rail Safety Committee; Principal and Senior System Safety and Security Engineer, ADS System Safety Consulting, LLC, Pineville, NC
Machine Learning Delivers Efficiency to Rail Operations
  • Matthew Siwek, Director of Sales, Apollo Video Technology, Bothell, WA
Automation and Advanced Analytics: What the Future Holds for Rail Agencies
  • Chet McHenry, Strategic Account Manager - Transit, SmartDrive Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
Protecting Roadway Workers with an Electronic Overlay – A Demonstration
  • Kevin Smith, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Miller Ingenuity, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Security Technologies for Surface Transportation Applications
  • Capt. Jim Bamberger, Branch Chief, Risk Analysis Division, Office of Intelligence & Analysis, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA

Track 5: Innovative Funding, Finance, and Public-Private Partnerships

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Mineral Hall D&E, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

New ways to address transit operation and capital investment needs…

Innovative funding and financing ideas keep coming from the transit industry. This session will focus on approaches for obtaining streams of money from real estate, creative financing, partnerships with the private sector, and more.

Moderator
  • Sharon Greene, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee; Vice Chair, Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Authorization Task Force; Managing Principal, InfraStrategies LLC, Irvine, CA
Panelists
  • Sasha N. Page, Principal, IMG Rebel, Washington, DC
  • Chris Waggett, Principal & CEO, D4 Urban LLC, Denver, CO
  • Heather McKillop, Vice Chair, Innovative Funding, Finance and P3 Committee; Chief Financial Officer, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Innovative Strategies that Are Creating a Fast Track for Better Rail

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

This general session features a close-up look at innovative solutions designed to accelerate the integration of new and advanced technologies into passenger rail operations.

Speakers will share their organizations’ initiatives to double the capacity of European rail systems, strengthen their reliability and service quality, increase cost-effectiveness, and generate economic growth and jobs — all to meet changing transportation needs and strengthen the European railway manufacturing industry. They will discuss public and private collaboration, which has a “multiplier effect” on bringing new passenger rail products to the marketplace, and on expanding opportunities for European industry.

Presiding Officer
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
Moderator
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Panelists
  • Keir Fitch, Head of Unit for Rail Safety and Interoperability; Director General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Carlo M. Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (EU), Brussels, Belgium
Invitation to 2019 Rail Conference
  • Lenord (Albert) Oliver, Chair, Operations Control Center Technical Forum; Head-Streetcar Transportation, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

Rail Conference Planning Subcommittee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 7, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Co-Chairs, Jane Garofalo & Angela Haynes

FTA Capital Projects Workshop

1 - 3:30 p.m.
Mineral Hall B&C, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver

The Federal Transit Administration will lead this interactive workshop to provide updates and seek industry feedback on matters affecting transit capital projects and programs. Topics for discussion will include the Administration’s Infrastructure Proposal and ideas for incorporating value capture and private contributions into transit capital projects, FTA risk assessments and oversight, Programs of Interrelated Projects, the Expedited Delivery Pilot Program, and recent and upcoming FTA activities, including updates on the competitive Capital Investment Grant program on capital project. 

Representatives of FTA’s Office of Planning and Office of Program Management will conduct the workshop.

There is no charge to attend the workshop.

PRESS Electrical Working Group

1 - 5 p.m.
Capitol Ballroom 1, Fourth Floor, Hyatt Regency Denver
Chair, Tammy Krause

HOST TECHNICAL TOURS

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

~ COMMUTER RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITY TOUR 
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | 20-person limit

Join us on a complimentary tour of the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility. The 230,000 square-foot facility can service up to 80 electric rail cars and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Operations Control Center that acts as the brain of the commuter-rail network governing train dispatch, radio communication systems, positive train control, and public announcement and security systems.

Round-trip transportation will be provided. Shuttle buses will depart from 15th and California, across the street from the Hyatt Regency.

NOTE: Pre-registration for this tour is required. We encourage you to sign up early as space is limited. If you wish to participate in the tour but did not pre-register, please check on space availability with the RTD staff at the Host Information Desk in the Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency.  
 

~ MARIPOSA LIGHT RAIL FACILITY TOUR
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | 20-person limit
 
Mariposa is the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) original light rail maintenance facility. On this complimentary tour, you will get an inside look at the Light Rail Operations Control Center and see the mid-life overhaul process currently being performed on one of RTD’s fleet of rail vehicles. The tour also includes a visit to the Security Control Center where state-of-the art equipment is being used to keep RTD passengers safe.
 
Round-trip transportation will be provided. Shuttle buses will depart from 15th and California, across the street from the Hyatt Regency.
 
NOTE: Pre-registration for this tour is required. We encourage you to sign up early as space is limited. If you wish to participate in the tour but did not pre-register, please check on space availability with the RTD staff at the Host Information Desk in the Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt Regency.
 

Thursday, June 14

TECHNICAL TOUR: Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, CO

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

(100-person limit)
Round-trip chartered bus, departing Denver 7:30 a.m., and complimentary lunch provided.

While at the Rail Conference, take the opportunity to visit the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) -- the nation's premier transportation research and testing organization. With cutting edge laboratories, 52 miles of test tracks, and a full-scale hazmat training center, TTCI's unrivaled capabilities are leading the way to a safer future for America's railroads. Tour this expansive facility, rarely open to the public, and discover some of the emerging technologies that are advancing railway innovation. Click here for more info.

Note: Advance registration is closed; the tour is full.

QUESTIONS: Contact APTA's Sherry Brown at (202) 496-4879 or sbrown@apta.com.

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