Tuesday May 9, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tahoe, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort

​Route 6: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Join APTA at the 2017 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conferencefor a workshop dedicated to BRT professionals engaged in planning and projectdevelopment. Take advantage of anopportunity to learn and interact with your peers on a variety of topics relatedto BRT. 

FEE: The BRT Tuesday events are open to all Bus & Paratransit Conference registrants at no additional charge.
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please check on space and materials availability on site at the APTA registration desk. Space is limited so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA’s Jeff Hiott at jhiott@apta.com.

visit http://www.tcrponline.org/SitePages/bus-conference.aspx to access TCRP-related documents 


8 – 9:15 a.m.

APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference
Route 8: GENERAL SESSION: How Transit Agencies are Integrating Rideshare and Public Transportation
Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort

see Program for session details 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

BRT Project Updates from Around the United States

1. King County Metro BRT – Seattle, WA

Thaddeum Wozniak, P.E., Project Manager, CDM Smith, San Francisco, CA

2. C-Tran’s Vine – Vancouver, WA

Christopher Hemmer, Supervising Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Portland, OR

3. Albuquerque Rapid Transit – Albuquerque, NM

David Leard, Sr., Senior Management Consultant / Albuquerque Rapid Transit Program Manager,HDR, Albuquerque, NM

4. IndyGo Red Line – Indianapolis, IN

Ybette Maritza Ochoa, Civil Engineer, CDM Smith, Lisle, ILBhanu Kala, Project Manager, CDM Smith, Lansing, MI

5. Tulsa BRT – Tulsa, OK

Joseph T. Iacobucci, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NYKevin Clark, Director of Design, The Lakota Group, Chicago, IL

 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Table-Top Presentations and Discussions

1. Integrating Land Use with Enhanced Public Transportation
This discussion will talk about how to connect BRT to a form-based approach to development/redevelopment, plan for the positive physical impacts and inevitable evolving land uses associated with a new transit service, and shape the discussion about better place making within the public realm.

Table Facilitators:
Joseph T. Iacobucci, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, New York, NY
Kevin Clark, Director of Design, The Lakota Group, Chicago, IL ​

2. Advancing BRT Vehicle Design
Much has changed since the FTA’s BRT Working Group was convened in the early 2000s, however many challenges introducing more advanced designs remain. This discussion will examine the obstacles that remain, promising new developments and possible ways forward.

Table Facilitator:
Cliff Henke, Assistant Vice President, Senior Analyst, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Los Angeles, CA

3. Precision BRT Docking: A Practical Approach
BRT stations are ideally placed at locations that allow for simple and consistent docking maneuvers. This discussion will talk about design adjustments that can be made to help improve docking.

Table Facilitator:
Tristan Tate, Civil Engineer, CDM Smith, Chicago, IL

4. Taking the Lane – Economic Impacts of Lane Re-Purposing for Transit Projects
As communities grapple with the challenge of adding additional capacity to their existing roadway network, they are discovering that growing their way out of congestion is not possible. This discussion will explore key factors that have enabled successes and how to gain stakeholder support.

Table Facilitator:
Laura M. Minns, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner/Transit, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Orlando, FL

5. Level Boarding, What is it, and What is Right for Your Projects?
One of the main tenants of BRT is level boarding, but what is level boarding, is it the right solution for your agency, and how can it be accomplished in your system?

Table Facilitator:
Thaddeus Wozniak, P.E., Project Manager, CDM Smith, San Francisco, CA

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Group Discussion of Highlights from Table-Top Discussions
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (at Products and Services Showcase)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Interactive Session

Why Design Matters: The Customer Experience
A customer’s experience on transit is informed by a host of different factors. Issues such as inaccessibility, an uninviting pedestrian experience, and lack of perceived safety can lead to a sense of unease and discomfort. This Interactive Session will focus on the user’s experience at a BRT Station and along corridors and how certain design efforts are incorporated to enhance amenities such as lighting, wayfinding and art to improve pedestrian visibility, refuge, and safety at bus and BRT stops.

William Crowley, BRT Engineer, AECOM, Cleveland, OH
Philip M. Klinkon, AIA, NCARB, Pacific Region Transit Director, RNL Design, Los Angeles, CA
Jarl D. Jacobson, Transit Design Engineer, AECOM, Salt Lake City, UT

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Interactive Session

Part 1 – BRT Back to Basics: The Questions you Wish you’d Asked Sooner
BRT has developed significant interest as a means of improving operational efficiencies and providing transit riders more reliable service. Part 1 of this session focus on the most common questions being asked by agencies and lessons learned from their experiences.

Part 2 – BRT Now and the Future: Evolving Elements of the Future BRT
It has been over 15 years since some of the first BRT projects in the U.S. have launched. BRT elements have evolved in areas of technology, planning approach and public acceptance. Part 2 of this session will examine a broad array pf topics that are evolving and are expected and anticipates to change in future BRT designs.

Jack M. Gonsalves, National BRT Practice Leader, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Portland, OR
Christopher Hemmer, Supervising Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Portland, OR

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Wrap Up
3:45 – 4 p.m. Break
4 – 5 p.m. 
BRT Council Meeting
Chair, Joseph A. Calabrese
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