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 Program/Presentations

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

Last updated: April 22, 2014

Sunday, March 16

12 - 5 p.m.

3rd Floor Registration Counter

Registration 

Bags sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

5 - 6:15 p.m.

Belle Chasse

Fare Collection Systems Committee Meeting
and Election of New Officers

Monday, March 17

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

3rd Floor Registration Counter

Registration

Bags sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

7 - 8 a.m.

3rd Floor Court Assembly

Continental Breakfast

8 - 8:20 a.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

OPENING SESSION

Welcome

  • J. James Capozzi, 1st vice chair, APTA Fare Collection Systems Committee, and vice president, CAPtech, Inc., N. White Plains, NY

APTA - Meeting Our Members Changing Needs

8:20 - 10 a.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

The Tutorials!

If you are considering any type of changes in your fare collection system, this is the place to start! The case study agencies and leadership champions will share the lessons they have learned along the way in deciding on and procuring a system, overcoming the inevitable unforeseen challenges, and rolling out a new system. Their experiences are your new best practice tutorial, minus their bumps and bruises.

Moderator:

  • Shyam K. Dunna, AGM/CIO technology, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:

  • David Leininger, vice chair, APTA Financial Management Committee, and chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • William Spraul, chief operating officer, transit services, San Diego MTS, San Diego, CA

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

Making the Executive Decision

This session continues the previous case study discussion providing a more in-depth perspective on many of the issues that must be considered, explored, analyzed, discussed, resolved, and weighed before making major decisions that an agency will have to live with for years to come. These veteran executives share their recent experiences, and decision-making and implementation processes leading up to their new systems. They will provide their seasoned perspectives as they reflect on the challenges every system must grapple with.

Moderator:

  • Shyam K. Dunna, AGM/CIO technology, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:

  • David Leininger, vice chair, APTA Financial Management Committee, and chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • William Spraul, chief operating officer, transit services, San Diego MTS, San Diego, CA

12 - 1:15 p.m.

Versailles Ballroom

Lunch

Host Welcome

  • Justin T. Augustine, III, chief executive offficer, Regional Transit Authority,
    New Orleans, LA 

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

Let’s Talk Money - Real Money!

Will U.S. coinage change in the future? The Secretary of the U.S. Treasury was given “authority to conduct research and development from or otherwise work in conjunction with entities within or outside of the federal government" – including APTA members! Will this impact your property? This is an opportunity for you to better understand this national effort and share your perspectives on an issue that impacts one of the fundamental ways in which we collect fares.

Moderator:

  • Alex Litchfield, chair, APTA Fare Collection Systems Bylaws Subcommittee, and
    business development manager, transit & parking, MEI, Inc., Malvern, PA

Presenter:

  • Jon Cameron, director, Office of Coin Studies, United States Mint

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Jasperwood

Session 1:
The Journey to Innovation: Paying the Fare By Any Other Name)

Where are we going with all of this technology? Panelists will discuss the technology, the facts, and maybe a couple of guesses about where it all goes next. 

  • Mobile Ticketing
  • Contactless Smart Cards
  • Magnetic/Radio-frequency identification
  • Other

Moderator:

  • Jamie Schug, CPFO, chief financial officer, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Des Moines, IA

Panelists:

  • Micah Bergdale, CEO, Bytemark, Inc., New York, NY
  • Joshua Robin, vice president of business development - North America, Masabi Ltd.,
    London, UK
  • Nat Parker, chair, APTA Fare Collection Systems Data & Information Management Subcommittee, and CEO, GlobeSherpa, Inc., Portland, OR
  • Daniel Terryn, head of system integration & services, Scheidt & Bachman USA, Inc., Burlington, MA
  • Michael Wilson, managing director public transportation, Accenture, Toronto, ON

3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Belle Chasse

Session 2:
Revenue Auditing

Every organization needs reliable, documented control, and management of its revenue. This session will serve as an update on current best practices in the industry.

Moderator:

  • Raquel Olivier, president, Olivier Incorporated, Dallas, TX

Panelists:

  • Jeffrey S. Vosler, finance director, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Saundra Freeman, chief financial officer, Triangle Transit, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Rhyan Van Horn, manager of revenue processing & merchant services,
    Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland OR

5 - 6 p.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

Presenters' Encore

Did you have a question that didn’t get answered? This is your chance to speak with today’s presenters.

6 - 7 p.m.

Jefferson

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by

 

Tuesday, March 18

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

3rd Floor Registration Counter

Registration

Bags sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. 

7:30 - 8 am

3rd Floor Court Assembly

Continental Breakfast

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

GENERAL SESSION
FTA Presentation: STOP! Before you Plan - Analyze!

Don’t make the costly and time consuming mistake of checking the FTA rules AFTER you have invested resources. An Equity Analysis should be one of your first steps when considering changes in your fares and/or fare system. Explaining and being able to defend changes will be an important element in the event of a challenge and in preparing for your Triennial Review. Be ready.

Presenters:

  • Linda Ford, director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Bonnie Graves, senior attorney-advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Jasperwood

Session 1:
The Five P’s for Change
Plan – Plan – Plan – Plan – Plan

Invariably there will be some glitches! But with improved training and communication, your organization can plan for a smooth transition.

Moderator:

  • Marie Desty M. Chua, chair, APTA Fare Collection Systems Programs Subcommittee, senior director, Business Services, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists:

  • Joseph Maritato, manager, revenue collection, Port Authority of Allegheny County,
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jeffrey D. Young, Ontario regional manager/senior systems consultant,
    LTK Engineering Services, Mississauga, ON 
  • Charles (Chuck) Sawyer, supervisor, research and technology, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Brittany Petersen, IBI Group, Seattle, WA
  • John Batey, engineering specialist, STV, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Belle Chasse

Session 2:
Public Engagement

Involving the public in the discussion process of system changes doesn’t have to be painful. 
Find out how others have navigated this federal requirement.

Moderator:

  • Gregory A. Jenifer, president/chief executive officer, 
    Armand Resource Group, Inc., Teaneck, NJ 

Panelists:

  • Johnell Bell, director of diversity & transit equity, Office of the General Manager,
    Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, Portland, OR
  • Linda Ford, director, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Belle Chasse

Session 1:
Payment, Let Me Count the Ways (Understanding The Evolving Commerce Ecosystem)

Moderator:

  • Raymell Shannon, manager - Breeze Products/Automated Fare Collection,
    Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:

  • David DeKozan, vice president, business development,
    Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Larry Breen, business development director, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON
  • Andrew Berthaume, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center,
  • Sarah Boden, president, StrataGen Systems, Inc., Kirkland, WA

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Jasperwood

Session 2: 

Data Validation

Moderator:

  • Melisa Rousey, finance manager, Embark, Oklahoma City, OK

Panelists:

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

Lunch  

Red Carpet Rollouts - Bus Lines, Train Lines – and Now Video Story Lines? 

A successful roll-out includes a strong education component. See how transit properties are teaching their riders how to navigate system changes.

Introduction:

  • Kim R. Green, president, SPX GENFARE, Elk Grove, IL

2 - 5 p.m.

Versailles Ballroom

Project Updates

Want to hear what other transit properties are doing as they prepare to execute new fare system; or didn’t get all of your questions answered during a session? This is the opportunity to have a more in-depth discussion with transit property presenters and those in the planning and implementation stages of new fare systems.

Moderator: 

  • J. James Capozzi, 1st vice chair, APTA Fare Collection Systems Committee, and vice president, CAPtech, Inc., N. White Plains, NY

Project Update Presenters:

  • Michael Veltri, manager - Smartcard Program, Port Authority of Allegheny County,
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Doug A. Bermudez, manager, EASY Card & Transit Services Centers,
    Miami-Dade Transit, Miami, FL
  • Brian Brooke, research policy & business development manager,
    Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Raymell Shannon, manager - Breeze Products/Automated Fare Collection,
    Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Patrice B. Mercadel, director, marketing & communications, Regional Transit Authority, New Orleans, LA
  • Terry Dudley, manager of procurement, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Endya M. Freeman, CPA, revenue manager, Jacksonville Regional Transprtation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Marcia Williams, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, South Beach, FL 
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Break

Sponsored by Diginome, Inc.

5 - 6 p.m.

Jasperwood

Presenters' Encore

Did you have a question that didn’t get answered? This is your chance to speak with today’s presenters.

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

User Groups Round Tables
 
Connect and collaborate with other properties that use your system

SCHEIDT & BACHMANN
Discussion Leader:

  • Mike Veltri, manager - Smartcard Program, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

SPX GENFARE
Discussion Leader:

  • Jeffrey Vosler, finance director, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

CUBIC
Discussion Leader:

  • Larry Jackson, director, Office of the Treasury, Maryland Transit Administration,
    Baltimore, MD  
Wednesday, March 19

7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Napoleon Ballroom Foyer 

Registration

 Bags sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. 

7:30 - 8 a.m.

3rd Floor Court Assembly

Continental Breakfast

8 - 10 a.m.

Napoleon Ballroom

Around the World of Fare Collection Systems

Presentations of innovative activities around the globe

Moderator:

  • Freddie C. Fuller, II, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Business Member Government Affairs Committee; and senior account executive, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., Arlington, VA 

BRITAIN

  • Bill McFarland, director of technical services, INIT, Innovations in Transportation, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

JAMAICA

  • Kirk Finnikin, deputy managing director operations, Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Twickenham Park, Jamaica

JAPAN

CANADA

  • Sushil Rajendran, director of service operations, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., Concord, CA
  • Pauline Downey, senior project engineer - customer services, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA  

10 - 11:45 a.m.

Jasperwood

Session 1:

Lessons Learned in Procuring a New Fare System, or What we Wish we Had Included

Moderator:

  • Jason Jewell, accounting operations manager, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

Panelists:

  • David Leininger, vice chair, APTA Financial Management Committee, and chief financial officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Patrick Marron, senior systems consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Newark, NJ
  • Jane Matsumoto, Accenture, New York, NY

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Belle Chasse 

Session 2:
Security Innovations Against Fare Evasions

Best practices for monitoring fare evasions and protecting your revenue stream.

Moderator:

  • Renee Matthews, CPA, director of special projects, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Panelists:

  • Pete Comps, CH2MHILL, Chicago, IL
  • Massimo Rolle, senior systems consultant, LTK Engineering Services, Washington, DC
12 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Technical/System Tour

Come see and experience the Regional Transit system that captures the character of New Orleans.  The St. Charles Streetcars are such a part of New Orleans’ charm that they have their own manufacturing facility.  Participants will tour the facility and meet the craftsmen that maintain the historic cars.  Two other stops include the newly installed Loyola/Union Passenger Terminal street car line and the Cross Tie Replacement Project.   

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