This webinar was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 16 at noon ET for Part 2 of our Rail Transit Defensive Operations webinar series. This webinar will focus on defensive rail operations in a heavy rail environment. A defensive operations program is an essential component of your agency’s safety management system and public transportation agency safety plan. Speakers from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) will share how they are working proactively to minimize incidents, accidents, and near misses. We will also hear from Transportation Resource Associates (TRA) on the importance of incorporating this practice into you safety management plan.

This web series is brought to you by members of our Operating Practices Working Group, and will cover how to incorporate defensive operations into your agency. Part 1 of the webinar series, which focused on defensive operations in a light rail environment was held on July 14. Click here to access that webinar’s recording and presentation slides.


Brian Riley
Superintendent of Transportation, Rail Division
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)

Brian Riley is the Superintendent of Transportation for the Rail Division of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Brian is also the MTS Mid-Coast Extension Start-Up Manager-Rail Activation Coordinator who provides direction on operating plans, train timetables, train consist configurations, operational characteristics, fleet equipment, and other operational requirements. In addition, Brian is responsible for drafting implementing and monitoring policy and procedures for Light Rail safety and operations, which complies with state and federal regulatory rules, procedures, and compliance.

Brian’s education includes, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Management, ENO Center for Transportation Leadership, San Diego State University, Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership Transit Safety Institute, Transit System Safety Program Certificate, The Railway Education Bureau, Basic & Advanced Principles of Track Maintenance. Currently, Brian serves at the Chair of the APTA Operating Practices Working Group (OPWG).


Christopher E. Wallgren
Vice President
Transportation Resource Associates, Inc. (TRA)

Chris Wallgren has worked in the transit industry for over 20 years, consulting nationwide for heavy rail, light rail, and bus transit agencies. Chris is a transit industry leader in the development, support, and performance of state safety oversight services.  He has supported the development and audit of SSO program standards and procedures for state safety oversight agencies and independent oversight boards for non-FTA fixed guideway systems, including automated peoplemover systems.  He is currently working with SSOAs and transit agencies to meet the expanded requirements for enhanced safety management systems (SMS) and the development of compliant Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans.

Additionally, Chris has served as the staff advisor to the APTA Rail Standards Operating Practices Working Group, which has developed 27 critical standards that deliver consistent approaches to operations at all U.S. rail transit properties.  He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Transportation Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and possesses multiple safety certifications related to rail transit safety.

  Roy Aguilera
Chief Transportation Officer
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Roy Aguilera is the Chief Transportation Officer for Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Roy is responsible for managing and overseeing over 1000 frontline employees at 47 stations, 4 yard and the 24-hour operational train and station operations, training, service delivery and Operations Control Center. He is the lead administer within Transportation for policies, procedures, implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities with a goal of providing safe and timely trips possible. He coordinates policy with other departments, outside agencies and oversees the transmission of information and instructions and allocate the District’s resources accordingly.

Roy currently serves at the 2nd Vice Chair, APTA Operating Practices Working Group (OPWG). The APTA OPWG promotes the exchange of information and research on the development, technological advances, and management of rail, rapid transit projects, and systems; and provides a forum for discussing industry developments in rail safety and security, operating systems, rail system productivity and efficiency, training. Roy completed APTA Leadership 2011, SMS Principles for Transit 2019, NTI Accident Investigation, FEMA NIMS Training

Gregory Robinson
General Superintendent, Rail Transportation
Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)

Greg Robinson is responsible for the Metrorail & Metromover Operation Control Center and Rail Transportation activities.  He directs and monitors the day-to-day operation of both Metrorail and Metromover passenger transportation systems to ensure safe and efficient operation. He also establishes standards, rules and guidelines for employee conduct and job proficiency through the development and implementation of training, rule and procedural compliance, personnel performance levels and expectations.  He is responsible for a staff of 143 employees and a division budget of $22 million.  Mr. Robinson has extensive knowledge of Rail Transit failure management strategies and applications, and emergency incident management.

Greg has over 30 years in operations and management which includes over 27 years in rail transportation and 8 years in aerospace engineering.  He has extensive experience in Transit’s compliance with legislation, rules and regulations of federal, state, and local agencies which govern the overall operation.  Previous positions include Chief Supervisor Rail Traffic Control, Rail Traffic Controller and Lead Test Engineer with McDonnel Douglas Astronautics.

Mr. Robinson received his BS degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Florida A&M University.  He is involved in the transportation industry and is an active member of the  APTA Operating Practices Working Group (OPWG).  He is currently the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)-Miami Chapter, 2nd Vice President.

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