Taking Back the Streets:  Prioritizing Transit Through City Partnerships

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
3:00-4:15 PM EST

Worsening traffic has put a stranglehold on cities and the ability of people to move about freely and safely. Public transportation is the most space-efficient way to move people in a city—but buses can’t work if they’re stuck in traffic! It’s more important than ever that cities and transit agencies work together to make sure bus riders enjoy a fast, convenient commute.

Strategies such as consolidated bus stops, flexible routes, bus-on-shoulder, traffic signal priority, tactical transit, road pricing and dedicated transit lanes have improved the speed and the overall experience of the bus ride. Big breakthroughs have occurred in New York, Toronto and San Francisco, where car-restricted transitways have been established in key travel corridors, providing benefits to bicyclists and pedestrians in addition to bus riders. Smaller cities such as Reno have designed streets to support more frequent, reliable and efficient bus service.

City and transit officials will highlight new policies and practices to govern priority uses of streets, sidewalks and curb management. And it’s a prequel to the seminal event “Mobility on the Mainstage: Cities, Transit and the New Mobility” to be held May 20 in San Antonio.

Moderator:

  • Tom Maguire, Director of Sustainable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA

Presenters:

  • Janet Jenkins, Assistant Commissioner, Transit Development, New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY
  • Laurence Lui, Senior Planner, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON
  • Amy Cummings, Interim Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
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“2020’s Hottest Transit Trends”

Thursday, January 16, 2020
3:00-4:15 PM EST

2019 featured resounding public transportation funding victories, increased transit ridership, reinvigorated and upgraded systems, and pilots for new microtransit and micromobility services in communities across North America.

This year, 2020, is poised to be a year of continued success. Please join APTA President and CEO Paul Skoutelas and APTA staff as they discuss the hot issues and trends facing the public transportation industry throughout the coming year.

Moderator:

  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA

Speakers:

  • Pamela L. Boswell, Vice President – Workforce Development & Educational Services, APTA
  • Darnell Grisby, Director – Policy Development & Research, APTA
  • Art Guzzetti, Vice President – Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy, APTA
  • Ward McCarragher, Vice President – Government Affairs & Advocacy, APTA
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“Data Activism: Leveraging Advocates to Improve Public Transit”

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
3:00-4:15 PM EST

A new generation of transit advocates is redefining public engagement for public transit agencies. Armed with programming and coding skills, open data from their local transit agencies, and the desire to see things done better, these data activists are bringing outside-the-box thinking to the public transportation industry.

Our team of experts will discuss how to leverage these interested and extremely knowledgeable advocates to make improvements and build political support for better public transportation in our communities.

Moderator:

  • Matthew Dickens, Senior Policy Analyst​, American Public Transportation Association

Speakers:

  • Ari Ofsevit, Board Member, TransitMatters
  • Jim Aloisi, Board Member, TransitMatters
  • Joseph Aiello, Chairman, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board
  • Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Vice Chair, MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board

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“Increasing Bus Electrification in the Transit Industry – Workforce Implications”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
3:00-4:15 PM EST

Join the conversation as APTAU engages transit experts on the increasing workforce implications and challenges regarding bus electrification. How do we recruit, up-skill, and support the industry’s workforce who operate and sustain our electric bus fleets? Learn what academics and agencies are doing to prepare both the workers of today and tomorrow. Hear how leaders ensure their employees’ safety and success when operating and sustaining an electrified fleet and related infrastructure. Hear from experts who take a look into the future to help us prepare for what’s to come.

Moderator:

  • Pam Boswell, Vice President, Workforce Development and Educational Services, APTA, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • Jess Guerra, Chair, Education and Career Awareness Subcommittee, APTA; Director, Transportation Workforce Institute, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ferdinand Risco, Chair, Workforce Development Committee, APTA; Executive Director, TARC, Louisville, KY
  • Brian Funk, Chief Deputy of Bus Operations, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Stephanie Laubenstein, Director, Sales and Business Development, New Flyer, St. Cloud, MN
  • Donna DeMartino, Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Regional Transit District, Stockton, CA

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“Technology Trends: Where Is Public Transportation Headed?”

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
3:00-4:15 PM EST

The lightning speed at which computers, the internet, and smart-phone technologies are changing our world often seems in contrast to the public transportation systems riders have used and depended on for more than a century—buses, cars, subways, and railroads. But plenty of new technology will be adopted by the transit industry in coming years. Our team of experts will separate reality from fantasy and discuss how the public transportation industry will lead in the technological space. What are the new technologies we are likely to see and how and why will people travel? Most importantly, what will be the impact of these changes on our cities, rural America, and our quality of life?

Moderator:

  • Mr. Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., Independent Consultant in Public Transportation, Toronto, Canada

Speakers:

  • “The Still-Uncertain Future of Mobility”
  • Mr. Steve LeVine, Axios Future Editor, Arlington, VA
  • “Three Predictions about the Future of Public Transit”
    Mr.  Amos Haggiag, CEO and Co-Founder, Optibus, San Francisco, CA

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“Building a Resilient Transit System:  How to Keep the System Running when Disasters Strike”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
3:00-4:15 PM EST

With a near total dependence on electric power for computers, smart phones, and communications, and the growing role of electricity to run our cars, buses, and trains, the impacts of a large-scale blackout are even more threatening today than they were in the past. In this scenario, how could public transit agencies communicate to provide news and information? How would we coordinate emergency services and responses? How would we move when the cell towers are down? Our team of experts will discuss experiences gleaned from recent hurricanes and other disasters, the steps major cities and agencies are taking to prepare for such inevitable events, and whether it might be time to create a new tabletop exercise to start us preparing in case.

Moderator:

  •   Elizabeth Lovinggood, Program Manager, Sustainability & Planning, APTA

Speakers:

  • “Developing a Climate Resilience Plan: Key Questions to Move Infrastructure & Transit Agencies Forward
    Thomas A. Wall, Sr. Infrastructure & Preparedness Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory
  •  ​”Houston Metro: Resilience in Critical Transportation Systems”
      Timothy Kelly, Executive Vice President, Operations, Public Safety & Customer Service, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County ​
  • “MARTA’s Systems Approach to Power System Resiliency” ​
      Carlos Ortega, Director of Systems Engineering, MARTA
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“Effective MaaS Strategies: Subscription Services and the Holistic Approach”

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

3:00-4:15 PM EST

How can public transit agencies build brand loyalty and a connection with the customer in an age of cord-cutting and bowling alone? Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is one of those new terms that seem so obvious and timely, but whose meaning and implications remain fuzzy at best. Technology is enabling riders to craft how they travel, with options no one would have even considered in the past. This presents challenges for the public transit industry, but also an opportunity to grow ridership through subscription services. Our team of experts will look at where Mobility as a Service is headed, how it may look in the future, and some of the ways in which public transportation agencies large and small will have to respond. How can our business processes and workforce prepare for MaaS?

Moderator:

  • ​  Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
    Bio — Mr. Ford.pdf

Speakers:

  •  ​“MaaS and Transit:  A Primer”​
      David Zipper, DZ Strategies LLC, Washington, DC
  •  “Operationalizing MaaS at the Metropolitan Level”
      Daniel Rowe, Senior Transportation Planner, King County Metro Transit Division / Department of Transportation; Seattle, WA​
    Bio — Mr. Rowe.pdf  

​Discussant:

  •  ​​“Managing Urban Mobility Through the MaaS App”                                                                                                                                                                  Frank Kopas, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Moovit, San Francisco, CA

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“Travel Behavior Trends: Competing for Mode Loyalty”

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

3:00-4:15 PM EST​

Historically, commuters tended to follow the same travel patterns for much of their careers—once a train rider, always a train rider. Millennials, who now make up the largest group of Americans, are different. Comfortable with new technologies and following multiple job paths, they seek out a broad variety of travel options for each separate trip, with the aim of traveling as efficiently as possible. Our experts will discuss what we’re learning from the travel patterns of America’s Millennials, how this is impacting public transit, and what transportation companies must do to win over new generations.​

Moderator:

  • Matthew Dickens, Senior Policy Analyst​, American Public Transportation Association

Speakers:

  • Conan Cheung, Executive Officer, Operations, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Matt Hogan, Partner, ALG Research ​

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