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American Public Transportation Association

 Program

APTA OFFERS PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALING

American Planning Association
Professional planners who are members of the American Planning Association’s professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), are required to earn a total of 32 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits every two years to maintain their AICP credentials. APTA plans to award AICP CM credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced planning officials.

For more information about the AICP CM program, visit www.planning.org/cm/.

The American Institute of Architects
Licensed architects, who are members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), need continuing education to maintain competency, to fulfill the continuing education requirements for AIA membership, and frequently to renew state licensure. AIA architect members are required to complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours of continuing education per year for membership renewal. APTA plans to award AIA LU hours for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced architects.

For more information about the AIA LU program, visit www.aia.org/education/.

 

Sunday, July 29

A Multimodal Tour

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

Metro Vancouver is a region on the move. In order to accommodate new growth and support objectives on climate action, health, economic development, and community resiliency, Metro Vancouver is transforming the built environment to increase mode share for cycling, walking, and public transit. TransLink’s multimodal tour will showcase examples of transportation infrastructure and services and provide delegates with insights on land use and development policies that help to reduce single occupied vehicle use and reduce the demand for parking. The tour will feature the regions busiest integrated transit service hubs, protected bike lanes, car & bike sharing, SeaBus / ferries, bike parking facilities, pedestrian walkways, and more!

 

APTA recommends tour participants arrive on Saturday, July 28. 

Please contact Daniel Boyle (1st Vice Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; President, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA) at dan@danboyleandassociates.com to sign up. Space will be limited.

Registration

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lower Lobby, Lower Lobby Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

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Sustainability & Transit-Oriented Development Tours

1 - 4 p.m.

TransLink is the first Canadian transit organization to achieve Platinum level status from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on Sustainability Commitment. TransLink's sustainability efforts are driven by its commitment to creating a better and more sustainable place to live for the people of the region. Please join us on TransLink’s Sustainability tour to learn about our sustainability practices and policies and initiatives happening now and those coming in the future, such as electric vehicles, fleet efficiencies, LEED buildings, and more.

Click here for the itinerary.


Please contact Elizabeth Lovinggood (APTA) at elovinggood@apta.com to sign up. Space will be limited.

Tour sponsored by VIA Architecture

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Tabletop Displays

3 - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
 

Monday, July 30

Networking Breakfast

7 - 8 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

 Breakfast sponsored by Clever Devices

Registration

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lower Lobby, Lower Lobby Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Tabletop Displays

7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8 - 8:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Introductory Remarks

  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • J. Barry Barker, Chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • Cyndi Harper, Chair, APTA Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; Manager of Route Planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

TransLink Host Forum

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Join TransLink and their regional partners for an informed discussion on the intersections of transit, housing and technology. Metro Vancouver is one of the most desired places to live in the world, but as the population is expected to grow by more than one million more people over the next 30 years, this puts added pressures on the transit system and housing. How can the region best leverage technological innovation to support vibrant, healthy communities? Hear from local industry experts on the challenges and opportunities ahead for Metro Vancouver.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

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Host Welcome
  • Rob Malli, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
Panel Discussion
  • Kevin Desmond, Chief Executive Officer, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing, Burnaby, BC

Homelessness and Transit

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Junior Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

In recent years, homelessness has emerged as one of the most pressing crises to hit communities - large and small - across the country.  The lack of sufficient affordable housing options, social services, and relevant policies are contributing to large increases in the homeless population seeking shelter in transit stations, buses and trains, and has created challenging quality of life problems in our systems.  Transit agencies are learning that they can’t put a dent on this intractable problem without changing their business practices and developing partnerships.  Learn from these agencies on how they are trying to improve conditions for transit customers and employees, and the homeless population.

Moderator
  • J. Barry Barker, Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Homelessness and Transit - Potential Solutions to this Growing Problem
  • Tim Chan, Acting Group Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
LA Metro’s Transit Homeless Action Plan
  • Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief, System Security & Law Enforcement Division, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
PARTNERSHIPS – The Key to Addressing the Challenges of Homelessness and Transit
  • Sgt. Wendy Hawthorne, Client Services Sergeant, Metro Vancouver Transit Police, New Westminster, BC
Agency Collaborations: Combining Efforts to Make a Safer Community
  • David Green, Operations Manager, St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission, St. Cloud, MN

Improving Speed & Reliability - Keeping Buses & Trains Moving

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Transit agencies are faced with declining operating speeds in increasingly congested environments. It is not just cars causing the congestion –pedestrians, bicyclists, ridesharing and delivery vehicles also contribute to the problem as everyone is vying for space in a limited right-of-way. Slower operating speeds result in unreliable and unattractive service and can lead to service reductions if resources are not available to add time to maintain headways.The “toolbox” of options to improve bus speed and reliability includes bus bulbs, restricted lanes, transit signal priority (TSP), queue bypass lanes, and stop consolidation. Has your organization implemented one or more of these tools?  How have you partnered with local transportation departments that control the right-of-way and how have these partnerships improved speed and reliability?  How is right-of-way, including curb space, prioritized in your community and how have you worked with other modal communities (i.e. pedestrian, bike and ridesharing) to develop inclusive solutions in constrained right-of-way?

Session sponsored by Optibus Inc. 

Moderator
  • Leslie Bienenfeld, Senior IT System Engineer & Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
Big Gains for a Small Price - Improving Broadway Bus Service
  • Douglas Monroe, Manager, Corridor Planning (Operations), Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Everything but the Kitchen Sink: KC Metro and SDOT’s Improvements in Speed & Reliability on Route 8
  • Owen Kehoe, PE, PTOE, Transportation Engineer, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Benjamin Smith, Senior Transportation Planner, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Improving Bus Speed and Reliability in the Portland Region with Enhanced Transit Concepts
  • Kate Lyman, Senior Planner, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
The Chip, or the Old Block: Metro Transit Launches Data-Driven Vehicle Blocking
  • Shaun Morrell, Manager of Scheduling and Systems Support, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

What's New and What's Next: Innovative Approaches to Improving Mobility

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Transit agencies are re-thinking the ways in which technology and new emerging services to improve mobility. As more private sector providers enter the mobility space, transit agencies are primed to create partnerships and determine how these new players can be complementary, and not competitive, with transit. What’s more, transit agencies are developing solutions to improve access to transit and solve the first/last mile issue on their own. Join this session to learn how transit agencies are collaborating with TNCs, developing apps for an improved customer experience and implementing sustainable approaches to provide transit service in this new mobility paradigm.

Moderator
  • Peter Varga, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Peter Varga, Grand Rapids, MI
MaaS through Account-based Ticketing
  • Ann Derby, CTSM, Chair, EXPO Advisory Committee; Director of Marketing & Events, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA
PSTA Mobility on Demand Programs
  • Bonnie J. Epstein, Senior Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
Transit Agencies as Mobility Integrators
  • Paul DesRocher, Manager, Planning Coordination, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Challenges and Opportunities to Introducing AV Technology in Transit Operations
  • Thomas Harrington, AICP, Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Bethesda, MD

Speaker Luncheon

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Lunch co-sponsored by HDR and APTA

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Transportation and Health
  • Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President, Public Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC

Driving the Value of Climate Action Plans & Resiliency Frameworks for Public Transit Agencies

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

With the threat of increased extreme weather events and sea level rise, public transportation infrastructure is becoming more and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The industry must adapt and become more resilient to remain viable and effective. Hear from these speakers to learn about different tools that help identify climate-related threats, organizational thinking around the issues, and specific technologies to implement adaptation and resiliency projects.

Moderator
  • Projjal K. Dutta, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sustainable Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters- Tool-based "Workshop"
  • Deborah W. Matherly, Principal Planner, Louis Berger, Columbia, SC
The Role of Public Transportation in Community Disaster Resiliency
  • Dorit Mason, Senior Manager, Emergency Management & Safety, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
How Transit Agencies Can Balance Resiliency and Sustainability
  • Ken J. Anderson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Transit Sector Leader, Buildings, RNL now Stantec, Arlington, VA
Integrating Climate Risk Management into Operations and Practice
  • Paul Faeth, Principal, Cadmus Group, Arlington, VA

Leveraging Unique Funding Sources for Sustainable Transit Projects

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Junior Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Sustainable transit projects have unique sources of funding that are not always available to traditional transit projects. Sources include Green Bonds, Sustainability Bonds, Volkswagen Settlement Funds, Lo-No grant funds, zero-emission bus voucher funds, utility partnerships, among others. These funding tools all help reduce out of pocket upfront project costs and can help make a sustainable transit project economical. Several case studies illustrate how transit agencies have successfully combined these financing tools with other sources of funding to implement successful and cost effective sustainable transit systems.

Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. 

Moderator
  • Andrew D. Brennan, Vice Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Sr. Director of Energy & Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
Funding STM Projects through Green Bonds Issued by the Québec Government
  • Annie Julien, Sustainable Development Corporate Advisor, Societe de transport de Montreal, Montreal, PQ
Unique Sources of Funding for Sustainable Transit Systems
  • Alan Westenskow, Director, Business Development, Proterra Inc., Greenville, CA
Innovative Utility Financing for Clean Transit
  • Dr. Holmes Hummel, Principal, Clean Energy Works, Washington, DC
Sustainable Facilities – Integrated Design and Active Ownership
  • Jeffrey A. Freeman, Sr. Project Coordinator, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Reversing & Managing Ridership Declines: Part I - Research

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Many transit agencies are facing declining ridership, especially on the bus side and there are a lot of theories behind why this is happening. This session will focus on what the industry research reveals about root causes, patterns and trends, as well as other unique factors that have affected transit usage, such as changes in how immigrant communities perceive transit. Knowing what is happening will help us figure out how we can buck the trend.

Moderator
  • James Drake, Principal Planner, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
Local Bus Performance and Declining Ridership – Reasons and Responses
  • Holly Chase, Senior Transit Planner, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
Moving Minds: the Next Generation of Real-Time Transit Information in San Francisco
  • Jason Lee, Project Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
APTA Report: Understanding Recent Ridership Changes
  • Art Guzzetti, Vice President - Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Roundtable Idea Exchanges

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Join us for an interactive roundtable conversation focused on different public transport trending topics. With over two dozen selected current topics, attendees will have the option of picking up to two topics to “sit in” for and contribute to a discussion facilitated by an industry expert. Each roundtable will begin with a short introduction to the topic from the facilitator, and then he or she will open it up for broader discussion with the whole table. Be part of the movement and what is slated to be an enthusiastic discussion over coffee with your peers!

TOPICS & FACILITATORS:

Table 1: Managing Changing Ridership Using Service Redeployment
  • Mary Lawrence, Manager, Ridership Analysis and Service Evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Table 2: Impacts of Through Routing
  • Jack Whisner, Transit Planner, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Table 3: Transit Service Evaluation Standards
  • Daniel Boyle, 1st Vice Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; President, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA
Table 4: Universal Design Guidelines
  • Tian A. Feng, FAIA, FCSI, District Architect, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
Table 5: Balancing Risks and Costs for Technology and Sustainability Goals
  • Lacy Bell, Corridor Operations Director (BRT), Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Table 6: Using Field Work to Verify Performance Data
  • Leslie Bienenfeld, Senior IT System Engineer & Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
Table 7: Upgrading Commuter Rail's Role in an Integrated Transit System
  • Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Vice President and Director of Planning, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., Houston, TX
Table 8: Stanford University Transportation Demand Management Program
  • Luis Anthony Divito, Transportation Operations, Stanford University, Parking & Transportation Department, Stanford, CA
Table 10: TOD & Displacement
  • Danielle Nicole DeVries, Assistant Transportation Planner, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
Table 11: Innovative Utility Financing for Clean Transit
  • Dr. Holmes Hummel, Principal, Clean Energy Works, Washington, DC
Table 12: Integrating New Technology for Improved On-Board Passenger Information
  • Jessica Garcia, Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Lucas Smith, Transit Planner, Transit Performance & Analysis, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency , San Francisco, CA
Table 13: How to Set Up a Utility Management System for Sustainability
  • Christina Jaworski, Senior Environmental Planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Daniel Lee, Sustainability Analyst, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Jeffrey A. Freeman, Sr. Project Coordinator, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Table 14: Developing a Low Carbon Fleet Strategy for the Future
  • Sarah Buckle, Director, Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Dom Repta, MES, Sustainability Strategist, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
Table 15: USGBC Rating System Offerings for Sustainable Transit
  • Lidia Berger, MEM, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, ENV S, Director, Technical Core, U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC
  • Nellie Cheng, Managing Director, GBCI Canada, Vancouver, BC
Table 16: Impacts of Organizational Structure on Scheduling Process
  • Andy Metz, Scheduling Implementation Manager, Remix, San Francisco, CA
Table 17: Mobility Hubs
  • Steve Durrant, FASLA, PLA, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, Inc., Portland, OR
Table 18: Where Can They Work Together? Private Mobility Services and Public Transit
  • Toshi Shepard-Ohta, Head of Business Development, Populus, San Francisco, CA

Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee Meeting

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Chair, Cyndi Harper

Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee Meeting

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Junior Ballroom D, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Co-Chairs, Dr. Emmanuel "Cris" Battad Liban, P.E. & Rachel Healy & Lawrence J. Murphy, P.E. & Mark Teschauer, ENV SP, AICP
 
Committee Agenda

Evening Reception

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Reception co-sponsored by WSP USA and APTA

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Tuesday, July 31

Networking Breakfast

7 - 8 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Registration

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lower Lobby, Lower Lobby Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Tabletop Displays

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Creating Collaboration to Advance Sustainability Goals

8:15 - 10 a.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Transit projects often involve a wide range of stakeholders, including government entities, transit agencies, MPOs, consultants, contractors, vendors, and suppliers, among others. How can these entities partner together to find innovative solutions to solve problems? Hear best practices for collaborating and working together to successfully advance sustainability objectives and implement multimodal projects.

Moderator
  • Bob Hastings, FAIA, Agency Architect, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
Meeting Rising Expectations and Building Consensus Around Transit and Mobility Infrastructure
  • Kokila Lochan, Senior Planner, VIA Architecture, Seattle, WA
Bringing the Communities and Businesses Together for Transportation Improvements
  • Ramond A. Robinson, Director of Transportation, Anne Arundel County , Annapolis, MD
  • Tanya Schaffer Asman, Bicycle Pedestrian Planner, Anne Arundel County , Annapolis, MD
Universal Accessibility: Public-Private Innovation Opens Doors for People with Disabilities
  • Nadia Krys, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Rob Church, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Ashish Sachdeva, Director, Hyperlight Systems, Vancouver, BC
Friends with Benefits: Seattle Transportation Benefit District’s Partnership with King County Metro
  • Benjamin Smith, Senior Transportation Planner, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Creating Collaborations to Advance Sustainability Goals
  • Steve Witter, Executive Director, Capital Projects and Construction Division, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR

Encouraging Active Transportation through Healthy & Connected Corridors

8:15 - 10 a.m.
Junior Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Residents and businesses thrive when neighborhoods are connected, job growth is preserved and encouraged, economic vitality is promoted, and quality of life is valued and enhanced. Having a sound complete streets policy accomplishes these goals and goes further by decreasing negative environmental impacts, promoting healthy living, and advancing the well‐being of residents. Join this session to learn how to prioritize transit and walkability in street design to spur sustainable, healthy and equitable outcomes.

Moderator
  • David Cooper, MPI., MCIP, RPP, Project Manager, Transit Network Management, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
Walking in LA: Steps Towards a 21st Century Civic Destination
  • Moshik Mah, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, Architect, HDR , Los Angeles, CA
  • Dr. Emmanuel "Cris" Battad Liban, P.E., Co-Chair, Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee; Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Buses Belong in Complete Streets Too!
  • Heather Sobush, Director of Planning, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
RTA’s Access to Transit Program: Building Pedestrian and Bicycle Access in the Chicago Region
  • Michael Horsting, AICP, Manager, Local Planning, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
Walking to Transit – the Original “Last Mile”
  • Matt Craig, Manager, System Planning, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC

Resiliency Planning: How to Handle Special Events, Natural Disasters & Other Unanticipated Situations

8:15 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

All special events, whether an exciting occasion such as a major sports championship for the hometown team or an unfortunate one like a hurricane or website hacking, have one thing in common – they put an immense strain on transit operations. How can an agency balance an influx of service and new riders for a one-time event while still maintaining operations on the regular system for daily riders? How do you cope with unexpectedly losing access to major resources, infrastructure or part of your city? How do you manage disruptions to key communications, data, planning and scheduling sources? How do you recover and get back to normal?

Moderator
  • Michael Abegg, 2nd Vice Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal, Minuteman West Consulting Group, Benicia, CA
A Tale of Two Cities: Responding To and Restoring Service After Hurricane Harvey
  • Gordon Robinson, PMP, Director of Planning, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Mary Lawrence, Manager, Ridership Analysis and Service Evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Re-railing Your Yard: How Not to Paint Yourself into a Corner and Bounce Back
  • Jessica Garcia, Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis: a Touchdown for Metro Transit
  • Dominick V. Pellegrin, Assistant Manager of Rail Operations, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Simultaneously Managing Super Bowl Transportation, Extreme Weather and an Electric Bus Demo
  • Matthew Rosenbloom-Jones, Planner, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), Burnsville, MN

A Multimodal Potpourri

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Come learn a little about a lot. This potpourri features sessions that didn’t fit neatly into one of the designated topic areas but are too good to pass up!

Moderator
  • Lacy Bell, Corridor Operations Director (BRT), Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Integrating Smart Transit Into Complete Streets
  • Robert P. Jones, Manager, Service Planning, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo, NY
If You Decide, Ride or Seeing Is Believing: in Defense of Field Work
  • Mary Lawrence, Manager, Ridership Analysis and Service Evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Planning as a Team: Highlights & Challenges from King County Metro's Partnerships with ST and SDOT
  • Katie Chalmers, Service Planning Supervisor, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
Being Transparent – This Shouldn’t be Spin
  • Angela Salehi, Manager, Capital Project Communications, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Mia Pears, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC

Harnessing Big Data for a Smarter Public Transportation System

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Junior Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

The rapid growth of “big data” presents transit agencies with real opportunities to improve performance and better understand the environmental aspects of their systems.  Learn how transit agencies are gathering, using, and leveraging big data to improve decision making, deepen knowledge about riders and other stakeholders, analyze sustainability data and ensure regulatory compliance in major capital projects, and integrate mobility options with diverse partners.

Moderator
  • Robert H. Borowski, Secretary, Sustainability Committee; Sustainability Officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Data (Actually!) Changed Shelter Priorities, Practice and Policy
  • Berry E. Farrington, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Measuring Transit Customers’ Travel Consistency: Metric of Customer Behavior Using Smart Card Data
  • Graeme Brown, Senior Planner, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
  • Abdul Shehata, Consultant - Advanced Analytics R&D, InfoStages Advisors, Vancouver, BC
Lessons Learned from Sustainability Compliance Tools at the California High-Speed Rail Authority
  • Mark Teschauer, ENV SP, AICP, Co-Chair, Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee; Sustainability Compliance Analyst, WSP USA, Sacramento, CA

Social and Economic Sustainability

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

How and why are economic, social, and health assessments used in sustainability? When and how are they implemented? How can it help my organization? Applying these key processes within the over-arching sustainability framework can assist organizations in thinking, communicating, planning, and designing creatively to help leadership realize a more effective feature. Thinking through a sustainability context to identify and evaluate opportunities associated with economic and social impacts is increasingly being used to prioritize which initiatives, programs, and processes best meet the triple bottom line. Hear from these speakers as they discuss initiatives from transit agencies to create more opportunities for workforce development, social justice, health assessment, community building and engagement, and economic development within their agency and in transportation projects.

 Session sponsored by Louis Berger 
Moderator
  • Rachel Healy, Co-Chair, Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee; Director, Sustainability, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Incorporating Social and Economic Elements to Achieve True Sustainability
  • Christina Jaworski, Senior Environmental Planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
Integrating Sustainability’s Economic and Health Assessments in Transit-Oriented Projects
  • Pamela Yonkin, ENV SP, Principal Economist, HDR, Boston, MA
  • Michael Musso, HDR, Sr. Project Manager / Risk Assessor, HDR, New York, NY
Dallas Area Rapid Transit - Telling Our Sustainability Story
  • Kay Shelton, Project Manager III, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Innovations in Sustainable Design: Living Building Challenge and Pro-Equity Capital Guidelines
  • Carrie M. Lee, Sustainability Program Manager, King County Metro Transit Division/Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

Speaker Luncheon

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre


Featured Speaker
  • Gil Kelley, FAICP, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Bus and Fleet: Energy Diversification and Operational Impacts

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Junior Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

With multiple ways to power transit, diesel, bio-diesel, propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), hybrid, electric, fuel cell, what’s a transit agency to do? What are the preliminary considerations for fuel diversification and the impacts to operations and maintenance? Hear agency perspectives to the discussion on fuel source diversification, especially as agencies are planning for or considering making a change, and what approaches agencies are developing for an integrated, clean, resilient, and flexible public transportation system.

Moderator
  • Erik Bigelow, Senior Project Manager, Technology Development, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA
Multi-Modal...What about Multi-Fuel? Energy Diversification and Operational Impacts
  • Carrie Butler, General Manager, Transit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LexTran), Lexington, KY
Electric Bus Pilot for Dummies: Lessons Learned by a Local Government
  • Circe Torruellas, City Wide Planner - DC Circulator, District Department of Transportation - Transit Delivery Administration, Washington, DC
  • Erik Belmont, Program Analyst, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
If This Fuel Cell Electric Bus Could Talk
  • Jane Sullivan, Grant Manager/Sustainability Planner, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL
  • Jaimie Levin, Senior Project Manager, Director of West Coast Operations, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Berkeley, CA
Planning for an All-Electric Transit Fleet: Sustainability, Resiliency and Cost Effectiveness
  • Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Director, Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Burlington, VT

Reversing & Managing Ridership Declines: Part II - Practitioners

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Understanding why ridership is declining is important, but it is only useful if we can successfully apply this information to reverse the trend. In light of changing markets, how have various transit agencies- the “practioners”- strategically looked at the services that they provide? Have any transit agencies scoped out a strategic vision to address these issues and more importantly have any reversed the decline in ridership that has been seen nationwide? Or are there other factors such as rider perception, including safety and security, that will need a different type of strategy to win riders back and retain the riders we have?

Moderator
  • Peter G. Cafiero, Chief Operations Planning Officer, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
Breaking the Loop: Ridership Outcomes from AC Transit’s COA
  • Michael Eshleman, Service Planning Manager, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Future of Flex: Transforming Low Frequency Coverage Routes to Effective Agency-Owned Microtransit
  • John Urgo, Transportation Planner, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Moving Toward a Core Network Focus in the Face of the Covergae Mentality
  • Heather Sobush, Director of Planning, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
Reimagining Transit in a Sunbelt City
  • Daniel Boyle, 1st Vice Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; President, Dan Boyle & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA
Pierce Transit's 2016 Comprehensive Local Fixed Route Redesign
  • Jason F. Kennedy, Planner Analyst, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Corporation (Pierce Transit), Lakewood, WA

Sustaining the Sustainability Momentum Internally and Externally

1:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

What does Sustainability really mean? How does it work? How can it help my agency/organization? Applying sustainability processes can assist organization in thinking, communicating, and planning and designing creatively to help leadership realize a more effective future. Thinking through a sustainability lens helps to identify and prioritize which initiatives, programs, and processes best meet the triple bottom line. Several case studies will illustrate how transit agencies have successfully implemented sustainability plans and programs and what approaches can be effective for incorporating a commitment to sustainability agency-wide and communicating an agency’s role as a leader in the region.

Moderator
  • Joseph T. Iacobucci, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
Creating Action Plans to Create Long-Term Commitments to Sustainability
  • Serena Mau, Sustainability Project Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Oakland, CA
  • Katherine Howe, Director, VIA Architecture, Oakland, CA
STM Third Sustainable Development Plan
  • Annie Julien, Sustainable Development Corporate Advisor, Societe de transport de Montreal, Montreal, PQ
Developing and Growing Sustainability Programs for Organizations
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Transportation Sustainability Director and Associate Vice President, HDR, Chicago, IL
Incorporating Sustainability into Individual Projects to Achieve Long-Term Goals
  • Andy C. Rodgers, Program Administrator - Transit, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Honolulu’s Developing Community-based Approach to Sustainable Mobility
  • Benjamin E Trevino, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI
  • Dr. Ryan Tam, Assistant Deputy Director of Planning, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI

Transit and Sustainability Jeoparody

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

This session is like a live Jeopardy game, although teams compete instead of single participants. Learn some very useful and interesting facts about sustainability issues and multimodal transit operations. To acknowledge the two distinct groups present at this workshop - questions on both topics are present in the Jeopardy categories. To compete you will have to reach across the aisle to build a team with very smart transit people and some knowledgeable sustainability folks. Sounds like transit agencies of the future. Of course to win you have to be lucky or crafty - or both. A valuable prize will be awarded to the winning team.

Game Show Hosts:
  • Paul Bignardi, AICP, Immediate Past Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Transportation Sustainability Director and Associate Vice President, HDR, Chicago, IL

Sustainability Committee Meeting

5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Junior Ballroom D, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Chair, Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP
 
Committee Agenda 
 

Wednesday, August 1

Registration

7 - 10 a.m.
Lower Lobby, Lower Lobby Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Tabletop Displays

7 - 10 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Continental Breakfast

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Back in the Saddle: Integrating Bikes and Transit to Make the Complete Trip

8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Junior Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

In today’s changing transportation landscape, agencies need to look beyond conventional transit services and prioritize mobility from the customer’s perspective to remain both competitive and responsive to demand. Cycling extends the catchment area of transit stops far beyond walking range; and, transit can complement cycling by overcoming long distances, physical barriers and bad weather. Transit agencies across the country are making improvements to both stations and vehicles to accommodate bikes and APTA recently completed a recommended practice to provide practical steps in doing so. Join this session to learn how agencies are integrating bikes and transit at stations, onboard vehicles, and facilitating the bicycle’s role as a feeder to transit and catalyst for improved ridership.

Moderator
  • Stacy M. Cook, Senior Associate Transportation Planner, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Bicycle & Transit Integration: A National Transit Agency Practicum for Building Bicycle Connections
  • Dan Suraci, AICP, Senior Consultant, Transpro, Tampa, FL
TransLink Bikes! Delivering our regional cycling vision
  • Derek Yau, P.Eng., Transportation Engineer, Cycling Projects, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC
Accommodating 5,500 Daily Bicyclists: Caltrain’s New Bicycle Parking Management Plan
  • Melissa Jones, Senior Planner, San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), San Carlos, CA
BicycleLink: Incorporating Bicycles into MDOT MTA's Transit Services
  • Patrick J. McMahon, Senior Planner, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Evaluating Sustainability for Projects and Programs

8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Sustainability rating systems provide an understandable way to communicate sustainability whether it is within an agency or project, to design and construction professionals, or to the general public. Currently there are a number of national and international rating system efforts within the sustainable transportation community, such as Envision, GRESB, and ISO 14001:2015, that vary in scope and complexity. How should project teams and owners decide which rating system is best suited to your project or your client’s needs? What are the defining features of the standards out there? Hear from these speakers as they discuss their experiences with sustainability rating systems.

Moderator
  • Councillor Heather Deal, City Council Member, City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
ISO 14001:2015 – How the 2015 Standard Update Can Benefit Sustainability
  • Jamie D. Brinkley, Sustainability Planner, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
USGBC Rating System Offerings for Sustainable Transit
  • Lidia Berger, MEM, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, ENV S, Director, Technical Core, U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, DC
Envision and GRESB Infrastructure - How Do They Stack Up?
  • Veronica Owens, WSP USA, Glastonbury, CT
  • Helen Brennek, Project Manager, WSP USA, Glastonbury, CT
What to Measure in Environmental Sustainability
  • Donna Bartel, Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Coast Mountain Bus Company Ltd., Burnaby

Life Without Diesel: Operations Planning for Emerging Vehicle Technologies

8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

If your agency is using alternative fuel vehicles such as electric, hybrid or CNG buses, this can pose new challenges when it comes to operations planning and impacts on infrastructure. Electric buses result in many new planning and scheduling challenges now that the vehicle and not just the operator need a break. For example, what are the impacts of in-field (rapid charge) as compared to bus yard/garage (usually overnight) charging of battery electric buses? Does the need for longer guaranteed layovers result in increased operating expenses? What is the drain on electrical infrastructure from charging 100+ vehicles overnight at the same operating base? Are there similar or different challenges that must be addressed when using other alternative fuel vehicles such as CNG or hybrids?

Session sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS

Moderator
  • Paul Bignardi, AICP, Immediate Past Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
Electric Bus Fleet Growing Pains - Addressing Issues with Transitioning to an Electric Bus Fleet
  • David Carr, Facilities and Fleet Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
Tying ZEB Service Planning to Equity Goals and Funding
  • Michael Eshleman, Service Planning Manager, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
Going Green, RTD's New Electric, Free Mall Shuttles
  • R. Cooper Langdon, Service Planner/Scheduler I, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

Clean Energy: Reducing Public Transportation's Carbon Footprint

10:15 - 11:40 a.m.
Junior Ballroom C, 3rd Floor, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Many transit agencies are reducing their carbon footprint through additional investment and innovative partnerships. Several case studies illustrate how transit agencies are achieving green energy goals through power purchase agreements with utilities, renewable energy sources, community choice aggregation, and energy management systems, among other strategies.

Moderator
  • Margaret Cederoth, AICP, LEED AP, Sustainability Director, WSP USA, Sacramento, CA
Powering Transit with Wholesale Renewable Energy
  • Holly Gordon, Sustainability, Group Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Oakland, CA
Strategy for Energy and the Environment in JR East
  • Motoshi Itadani, Strategy for Energy and the Environment, East Japan Railway Company, Tokyo, Japan
Achieving Green Energy Goals through Community Choice Aggregation
  • April Chan, Chief Officer, Planning, Grants & Transportation Authority, San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), San Carlos, CA
  • Heather Unger, LEED AP, ENV SP, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Louis Berger, Morristown, NJ
Carbon Neutral Light Rail – We Will Make Link Light Rail Services Carbon Neutral by 2019
  • Amy Shatzkin, Vice Chair, Sustainability Committee; Sustainability Manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

Innovative Partnerships Between Transit Agencies & Vendors

10:15 - 11:40 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C-D, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Transit agencies and consultants or vendors often pair up to resolve an issue using software or technology. In this session you will hear from both sides of the partnership- the transit agency that benefits from a product and the vendor who create and support the software, technology, etc. The team presentations will demonstrate what the problem was and how the new product has made their system more effective and productive.

Moderator
  • Lawrence Deeter, Planner, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Integrating Planning and Scheduling - via Technology
  • Andy Metz, Scheduling Implementation Manager, Remix, San Francisco, CA
On-Demand App Based TNC Style Transit - A Pilot Program between Capital Metro and Via, Inc.
  • Tony Lynch, Supervisor, Demand Response Planning, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Louis Pappas, Business Development Principal, Via Transportation, Inc., New York, NY
Multimodal Collaboration through Data Sharing
  • Fred Combs, Planning and Technology Manager, Transit Authority of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LexTran), Lexington, KY
Partner Today, Develop Tomorrow – The Benefits of Endorsing a Proven Mobile App Provider
  • Jacob Labutka, Transit Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Sophie Le Blanc, Business Development Manager, Transit App, Montreal, QC

Closing Session

11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A-B, Grand Ballroom Level, North Tower, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Closing Remarks
  • J. Barry Barker, Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • Cyndi Harper, Chair, Multimodal Operations Planning Subcommittee; Manager of Route Planning, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Multimodal Technical Tours

1 - 4 p.m.

Our host, TransLink, has arranged the following informative technical tours on Wednesday, August 1. Please sign up on site for the tour(s) of your choice at the TransLink information desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

Space will be limited.

  • Expo Line and Operations & Maintenance
    • This tour will showcase the Expo Line and Operations & Maintenance of the SkyTrain rapid transit system in Metro Vancouver region. The SkyTrain is the oldest and one of the longest full-automated, driverless, rapid transit systems in the world, and it started with the Expo Line. Opened in 1986, the Expo Line has grown to 29 km of guideway and now stretches from Waterfront Station to King George Station transporting customers from Surrey and surrounding communities to downtown Vancouver in under 40 minutes. During peak times, trains operate every 2-4 minutes, and the closest headway that can be continuously operated is 75 seconds.ing the terminal to move with the tides throughout the day.
  • Seabus
    • Board the SeaBus and experience the crossing of Burrard Inlet that 17,000 customers make on the average weekday. The passenger-only ferry connects downtown Vancouver with the North Shore and travels at a speed of approximately 12 knots. The double-ended design of the vessel eliminates turn-arounds upon departure, improving safety and reducing travel time. Its passenger terminals are very unique; they both float on water, enabling the terminal to move with the tides throughout the day.
  • Millennium Line Evergreen Extension
    • Join us as we travel the Evergreen Extension along the Millennium Line where we will stop and walk through some of the key stations highlighting West Coast architecture and fully-integrated transit connections. The 11-km extension is a combination of elevated, at-grade, and tunneled track with six new stations serving three municipalities (Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Port Moody). The SkyTrain can operate with speeds up to 80 km/h on this extension, offering fast, frequent, and direct service between Coquitlam and Vancouver.
  • Hamilton Transit Centre
    • See the Hamilton Transit Centre, TransLink’s new transit bus operations and maintenance centre located in Richmond, B.C. The facility serves three primary functions: bus dispatch, bus service (fuel and wash), and bus maintenance. Expected to receive LEED Silver rating, the facility design incorporates energy efficiency measures and many sustainability features including radiant floor heating, the use of recycled pine beetlewood, LED lighting and a heat reflective roof.
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