Study Mission 2017

Study Mission 20172018-12-07T13:09:30-04:00
APTA INTERNATIONAL STUDY MISSION – MARCH 29 TO APRIL 7, 2017
SAFETY CULTURE, STATE OF GOOD REPAIR, INNOVATIVE OPERATIONS
HONG KONG, SINGAPORE AND TOKYO
 
APTA invites you to join a select group of APTA members to take part in a study mission focusing on safety culture, state of good repair and innovative operations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. This study mission is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore strategies in three countries that have continued to stay on the cutting edge of public transportation innovations. The participants in the mission will meet in Hong Kong on March 29, 2017, and conclude their program in Tokyo on April 7, 2017.
 
The U.S. transit industry is in the midst of a generational shift in how safety programs and regulations are impacting and influencing service delivery to our customers. Both FTA and FRA have received and are implementing significant new regulatory authorities which are transitioning the industry from a system safety to a safety management systems (SMS) approach. This model emphasizes safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance and safety promotion. This study mission will focus on how internationally leading transit operators in these three Asian cities have developed a comprehensive risk management approach that prioritizes safety in every decision they make. These operators have highly developed asset management programs, capital planning for State of Good Repair programs and mature safety cultures that engage and empower employees.
 
This study mission will be a unique learning opportunity that promotes information-sharing and education for participating members. It will help participants learn best practices and innovative techniques to use as they implement programs to address the new SMS and Asset Management requirements. The mission will consist of guided site visits, in-depth stakeholder round tables with top executives and several debriefing sessions.
 
The study mission will start in Hong Kong with a focus on building a robust safety management system and taking a risk management approach to planning and operations. Participants will get an insight into innovative solutions for maintaining, rebuilding and expanding transit systems, especially in a near capacity operating environment. Next the group will travel to Singapore to study a high-performance safety culture in planning and maintenance, fully autonomous rail operations and integrated customer service technology for bus and rail. The mission will continue on to Tokyo to view world class maintenance and operations centers for metro, commuter and high-speed rail as well as station management. Participants will ride the Shinkansen to visit top training facilities for the Japanese public transportation work force and will explore Japan’s largest bus depot.
 
The cost of the study mission will be $7,500 per person (single) which includes local and intercity transportation in and between countries, and hotel accommodations with daily breakfast. Several meals are also being planned during the study mission. Participants will be responsible for the cost and arrangement for their own travel to and from Asia (arriving in Hong Kong and departing from Tokyo). Rita Evans of Direct Travel is available to assist with travel arrangements for mission participants upon request (revans@dt.com; 410-363-1361). Participants should plan to arrive at the designated hotel in Hong Kong no later than 3:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 29, and depart Tokyo no sooner than Saturday, April 8. A program booklet with system and city profiles, as well as the mission itinerary, will be provided prior to departure. Participants will be asked to participate in pre-tour conference calls to review the study mission framework and discuss key questions and desired take-aways.
 
The size of the study mission is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. To request a space on the study mission, the reservation form below should be completed and returned to APTA no later than 12 noon on Thursday, December 29, 2016, with a deposit of $4,500. Participants will be notified by January 9, 2017, on the status of their application. The balance of cost for participation will be due by COB January 27, 2017, after which time the deposit is non-refundable (unless the mission is cancelled or over-subscribed). More registration forms are available upon request.
 
Applicants must 1) be APTA members, 2) commit to participate in the entire duration of the trip, and 3) must be the CEO/senior executive of a transit agency or the direct report to a senior executive with responsibility for operations, safety and/or state of good repair/asset management, be a transit board member; or be a senior-level executive of a business member organization with expertise and responsibilities in the relevant topics of the study mission. Review of qualified applicants will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 
APTA is committed to diversity. We seek to assemble a mission representative of that diversity including public and private sector participants from various modes and in accordance with APTA’s diversity policy. While consideration will be given to early applicants, it will not guarantee acceptance. If over-subscribed, preference will be given to one applicant per APTA member organization.
 
Applications and questions regarding the study mission can be directed to Petra Mollet, Vice President-Strategic and International Programs, at (202) 496-4852 or pmollet@apta.com.
 
Please Note: All participants on the trip will be required to have a passport valid at least six months past the travel dates. If you have a passport, please check the current expiration date meets this requirement. If you do not have a passport, please apply for one in the near future. The turnaround time can sometimes be lengthy.
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