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 Session Descriptions

2010 Transportation & University Communities Conference
4/10/2010 - 4/13/2010
Classic Center

Athens, Georgia

collapse Date : 4/10/2010 ‎(4)
4/10/2010 1:00 PM4/10/2010 5:00 PM
4/10/2010 3:00 PM4/10/2010 4:00 PM
4/10/2010 5:00 PM4/10/2010 6:00 PM
All conference registrants and their guests are invited to join us this evening for a chance to meet and network with your fellow registrants. The reception will be held at the Athens Classic Center.
4/10/2010 6:15 PM
Our co-hosts, Athens Transit and the University of Georgia Campus Transit System will be happy to provide you with information on things to see and do in the area, including restaurants, shows, and much more.
collapse Date : 4/11/2010 ‎(8)
4/11/2010 8:00 AM4/11/2010 4:00 PM
4/11/2010 9:15 AM4/11/2010 10:15 AM
New and nearly new university and transportation officials and students are invited to attend a pre-conference meeting where the discussion will center on experiences and expectations for you as you participate in the only conference created to address the needs of transportation within university communities.
4/11/2010 10:30 AM4/11/2010 11:45 AM

Join APTA and our co-hosts for the opening session of the 2010 Transportation and University Communities Conference, the public transportation’s venue for addressing the special transportation needs of university communities.



Mayor Heidi Davison, Athens, GA


Butch McDuffie,

Director, Athens Transit

Athens Multi-Modal Transportation Center

Athens, GA

4/11/2010 12:00 PM4/11/2010 1:45 PM
Feature Keynote Luncheon Speaker
  • Professor Catherine Ross, Ph.D.
    Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth and Regional Developent

Dr. Catherine L. Ross is an internationally recognized expert on transportation and urban planning solutions and the editor of Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness (Island Press, 2009). She is the director of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) and in July 2009 was selected to advise the Obama Administration on the first-ever White House Office of Urban Affairs.


4/11/2010 2:00 PM4/11/2010 3:30 PM
Join us for an informative session highlighting case studies from small, medium and large transportation and university communities covering various modes of transportation and their partnership experiences. You will learn how transit agencies have developed successful partnerships including lessons and challenges they faced along the way.
K.E. Butch McDuffie,
director, Athens Transit System, Multi Model Center, Athens, GA
Ron Hamlin, manager, University of Georgia Campus Transit System, Athens, GA
4/11/2010 3:45 PM4/11/2010 5:00 PM
Providing easy university access for faculty, staff and students is one of the fastest growing challenges for administrators.
A recent Transportation Research Board study of almost 100 transportation providers serving college and university communities across the country highlights some of the efforts undertaken to address the wide range of transportation issues in the campus environment.
Join us as the report authors and an institutional parter discuss these and other strategies that are currently being used by transportation providers serving universities and colleges.
Steve Spade
, director, Chapel Hill Transit
Chapel Hill, NC
Jason Schrieber, principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Boston, MA
Tara Krueger, associate project manager,
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates,
Boston, MA
4/11/2010 6:00 PM4/11/2010 7:30 PM

Join your colleagues for dinner and an evening of networking and information exchange in a fun and informal setting.

4/11/2010 7:30 PM
Enjoy exciting downtown Athens for the evening and attend one of the many shows.
collapse Date : 4/12/2010 ‎(10)
4/12/2010 8:30 AM4/12/2010 10:00 AM
This special session will look specifically at how H1N1 was dealt with in various campus communities and what can be done to prepare for the next pandemic. Hear lessons learned and best practices from industry peers and experts.
Renee Haider, associate director, National Transit Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Stephanie Dopson,
technical specialty unit lead - H1N1 Response, US Pacific Jurisdiction, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, GA
Steve Harris, director, University of Georgia Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Ron Forehand, Ph.D., medical director, University of Georgia, Health Services
Chris Kozub, associate director, National Transit Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

4/12/2010 10:15 AM4/12/2010 11:45 AM

Public transportation in small university towns will often have very unique and very interesting experiences from larger systems. 


Demographics, economic factors, and geographic location can all contribute to the day-to-day successes and challenges of a small town university community. This session will discuss topics such as what factors dictate ridership in small university towns, economic considerations, influence of university characteristics on the overall community, and the influence of Student Government Association’s on the decision making process.


Jill Hough,
program director, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND


Krystal Oldread,
field trip supervisor and master of regional planning candidate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


Dee Jay Wilde, external vice president, Student Government Association, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


Nathan Kuntz, physical facilities designer, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK


Robert Patton, director of operations, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL



4/12/2010 10:15 AM4/12/2010 11:45 AM
Developing and maintaining strong programs for university transportation safety and security is a reality that is one of the most challenging elements of transit operations.  This session will look at safety and emergency response issues such as university safety and emergency response programs, new technologies to enhance safety and security, and partnerships with local law enforcement.
Jeffrey Logan,
general manager, Cobb County Transit, Marietta, GA
Karen E. Philbrick,
Ph.D. director of Research, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, CA
Jarrod Clark, products manager, Trapeze Group, Mississauga, ON Canada
James Williamson, chief of police, University of Georgia Police Department, Athens, GA
Julie Bommelman, transit administrator, City of Fargo, Fargo, ND
4/12/2010 10:15 AM4/12/2010 11:45 AM
A university environment is unique to any other market.  Understanding the future trends that face universities is critical to planning future transit service to meet the transportation needs of the university population.  This session will look at topics that will effect future transportation in university communities.  
Al Babinicz,
executive director, Clemson Area Transit, Clemson, SC
Jude Kiah,
director, Go West Transit, Macomb, IL
Diana Noble, assistant manager for transportation services, UMass Transit, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
C. Max Solie, service manager, student staff, UMass Transit, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Julie Bond, project manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
4/12/2010 10:15 AM4/12/2010 11:45 AM
Establishing new service is as exciting as it is challenging. From planning to partnering to funding you have to ask yourself: Are your program objectives well defined? How do you get started and who is involved? What is the transit agency/university dynamic?  What are the best funding schemes? And most importantly…how is it done right? This session will look at what it takes to get new service started and the lessons learned along the way to help you and your investment be successful.
Douglas Robinson,
chief transit planner, Regional Transit System , Gainesville, FL
Timothy Lett, senior vice president, McDonald Transit Associates, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Tim Akers, city planner, City of Oxford Planning Commission, Oxford, MS
Brian Shaw, senior planner, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Chicago, IL
Janice Crow, general manager, Gainesville-Hall Area Transit 
Phillippa Lewis Moss, director, Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center, Gainesville, GA

4/12/2010 12:00 PM4/12/2010 2:30 PM
The Classic Center is the site of this year’s Product Showcase and Networking Luncheon.  The Showcase features displays highlighting the latest and greatest in products and services from APTA’s Business Members, as well as a chance to visit with friends and colleagues.
4/12/2010 3:00 PM4/12/2010 5:00 PM
Athens Transit and the University of Georgia, Athens will provide guided tours for all conference participants. 
Tours include:
  • Athens Transit Multimodal Transportation Center, an award winning, state of the art, passenger waiting - transfer center and administrative offices.
  • The recently renovated University of Georgia Campus and the Athens Transit maintenance and operations facilities.

Participants will be able to take advantage of both tours. All tours will begin and end at the Multi Modal Center.

4/12/2010 5:30 PM
Join your hosts and colleagues at an evening reception before making your way to your evening activities. Conference participants may sign up for one of several local restaurants to dine and relax at. Participants will go as a group or on your own.
4/12/2010 8:15 AM4/12/2010 9:15 AM
4/12/2010 8:30 AM4/12/2010 4:00 PM
collapse Date : 4/13/2010 ‎(6)
4/13/2010 7:15 AM4/13/2010 8:15 AM
4/13/2010 7:30 AM4/13/2010 11:00 AM
4/13/2010 8:30 AM4/13/2010 10:00 AM
Marketing plans are the link to selling your services and programs to the community you serve. Whether you are planning to roll out a sustainable program, develop new ridership increase strategies, introduce new technologies, or inform the public of accessible services - you need a marketing strategy and a good one. This session will look at some of the creative and successful ways transit agencies and universities market their services.
Jeffrey Nelson,
general manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL
Mitch Skyer,
president, Solstice Transportation Group, Norcross, GA
Donna Chen, community relations manager, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Lisa Haynes, assistant vice president of Pew Campus and Regional Centers, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Erin Babson, operations manager of Pew Campus and Regional Centers, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
4/13/2010 8:30 AM4/13/2010 10:00 AM
Universal Access programs offer students and faculty practical choices for their transportation needs.  This session will look how strong relationships are creating successful programs, moving out of CMAQ (Cogestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program) grant period , and how to structure routes, contracts and service to meet the various needs of transit agencies and universities.
John Wilson,
general manager, City Transit Management Company, Inc. (Citibus), Lubbock, TX
Betsy Kachmar,
assistant general manager, Citilink, Fort Wayne, IN
Chris Mandrell, Management Assistant
City Transit Management Company, Inc. (Citibus), Lubbock, TX
Elizabeth James, public transportation division manager & ADA compliance officer, Greensboro Transit Authority, Greensboro, NC
A.J. Garcia, associated student alternative transportation coordinator and student, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
4/13/2010 8:30 AM4/13/2010 10:00 AM
How does your university measure up on the “Green Scale?” While so many in America are going “Green” – what does it really take to have an effective sustainability program? This session will explore such topics as how to become an environmental steward, green vehicles, how to effectively promote your green initiatives and gain valuable support from the community, and the latest in green technology.
Nancy Wilson
, director, ASUM Office of Transportation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Dr. James Durand, adjunct professor,

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA


Mark Hairr, research program director, Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
Josh Cohen, director of business development, TransLoc Inc., Raleigh, NC
Blanca Juarez, supervisor, University of Texas Austin Parking and Transportation, Austin, TX
Jeri Baker, assistant director, University of Texas Austin Parking and Transportation, Austin, TX
4/13/2010 10:15 AM4/13/2010 11:45 AM
Join us as we close out the 2010 Transportation and University Communities Conference with the Federal Transit Administration's Region 4 Administrator, Dr. Yvette G. Taylor. Dr. Taylor will discuss what's hot in authorization, successful government partnering opportunities, green jobs and so much more.
K.E. Butch McDuffie,
director, Athens Transit System, Multi Model Center, Athens, GA
Michael Baltes, 
Director of the Office of Technology, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Washington, DC
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