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 Past Webinars & Webcasts

Below is a list of some of the past webcasts and webinars sponsored by APTA.

Accessibility & Aging

  • Accessible Transportation
    Easter Seals Project ACTION hosted this online conference in partnership with APTA and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). August 3-6, 2009.
  • Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population
    With expanding numbers of older people, how will transit meet the increasing demand for public transportation services? This webinar helps you to better identify the actions that public transportation providers can take to prepare. March 9, 2011.



  • HOT Lanes, Express Bus Service, and Public-Private Partnerships
    Many regions of North America have figured out successful ways to incorporate transit into toll-road projects. When done right, new transit facilities and services are part of corridor mobility strategies being financed in whole or in part though new toll roads. This session includes case study discussions of existing and planned new facilities and a discussion of policy trade-offs. Conference session from APTA's 2011 Bus & Paratransit Conference - May 23, 2011.

  • State of Good Repair
    Managing your assets can be tough. With weighing options to spend dollars now or later, gain the skills needed to extend the life of your assets and save money. Presenters will focus on how to make the decision between expansion and maintenance. Conference session from APTA's 2011 Bus & Paratransit Conference - May 23, 2011.

Economic Sustainability

  • Economic Sustainability Webinars (Audio/PowerPoint, Members Only)
    This monthly series of webinars is for board members and executives of APTA-member public transportation systems on the theme of an APTA strategic goal, economic sustainability, “to support members in the development of an economically sustainable financial structure for the industry that accommodates existing and future demands for growth.” - November 2011-June 2012

Fare Collection

  • Fare Collection 101
    This webcast is designed to provide agencies, both large and small, with an introduction to new technologies in fare collection, best practices to consider when upgrading fare collection equipment, and general project management requirements for implementing new technologies. Conference session from APTA's 2010 Fare Collection Workshop - March 29, 2010.
  • Fare Collection 102
    This webcast is a 3-hour whirlwind tour of the next generation of fare payment systems for public transit. Participants will learn briefly about contactless smart card payment systems, and in particular industry trends toward open architecture and use of open payment applications. Conference Session from APTA's 2011 Fare Collection Workshop - March 29, 2011.

Federal Funding

    Preparing to Receive Economic Stimulus Funds (Audio/PowerPoint)
    Federal Transit Administration key staff discuss possible provisions and ways to expedite the funding process. February 13, 2009

  • Spending your Economic Stimulus Funds (Audio/PowerPoint)
    This webinar features Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Associate Administrator for Program Management Susan Schruth and fellow FTA staff discussing the grant process, timing and reporting requirements unique to ARRA. March 27, 2009

Governance (APTA)

International Activities


  • Emerging Streetcar Technologies
    A subset of light rail with distinct characteristics, today’s streetcar is rolling through urban centers. With it has emerged (or reemerged) special technologies and applications. Come join this session to learn about new rolling stock and equipment ideas that are advancing the latest streetcar projects. Conference Session from APTA's 2011 Rail Conference - June 14, 2011
  • Fact or Myth: The Return on Investment of a National High-Speed and Intercity Rail Program
    This session summarizes case studies and examines the metrics behind the return on investment for national high speed (HS) and intercity (IC) rail programs from Europe and Asia. Conference Session from APTA's 2010 Rail Conference & Rodeo - June 9, 2010.

Safety & Security



  • Communications Systems
    What happened to the days when it was sufficient to go to a manufacturer and order a radio system? Competition for the diminishing available spectrum has changed all that. Now we worry about network connectivity and interoperability and know more about the Federal Communications Commission processes than we ever imagined. This is in the context of existing systems and ongoing operations. This panel will offer a range of relevant subject matter based on current experience. Conference Session from APTA's 2011 Rail Conference - June 14, 2011
  • ITS and Information Technology Merging Webcast
    This live webcast provides the opportunity to hear solutions and lessons on how successfully merging complex interfaces can benefit you. Conference Session from APTA's 2010 Bus & Paratransit Conference - May 4, 2010

Workforce Development

  • Conflict Management for New Supervisors
    This session discusses why conflict can be present and preferred modes of dealing with conflict. Time will be spent outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the five conflict-handling modes and identifying which is most effective in certain situations. We will distinguish between constructive conflict and damaging conflict, and outline the steps to conducting a collaborative agreement or a crucial conversation. Part of a series on Supervisory Skills Training for
    New Transit Operations and Maintenance Supervisors - June 22, 2011.
  • Effective Workplace Communication for New Supervisors
    This webinar focuses on how new supervisors can effectively communicate within the workplace. We will discuss how WMATA trains front line management staff to learn how to approach staff and listen effectively. Effective listening, an important part of communication, demonstrates showing respect for work colleagues. Adapting and following these steps and practices build and sustain working relationships at all levels. Part of a series on Supervisory Skills Training for
    New Transit Operations and Maintenance Supervisors - June 7, 2011.
  • Interpersonal Skills for New Supervisors
    This online session is an abridged version of OCTA’s Relationship Building module from their Supervisory Training Program. This module is aimed to help new supervisors achieve individual results characterized by mutual trust, respect, and sharing. In addition, this session will share insights about OCTA’s Supervisory Training Program. Part of a series on Supervisory Skills Training for New Transit Operations and Maintenance Supervisors - May 19, 2011.
  • Investing in the Future of Public Transportation: New Workers - New Perspectives
    This live webcast will bring together invited transit representatives, students, educational institutions, and key stakeholder groups from private/public sector to engage in dialogue about why fewer students are setting their sights on careers in public transportation, provide a fresh perspective of the challenges agencies/organizations will face in the years as the look of the industry changes. Live Webcast from Morgan State University - November 10, 2009
  • SMART Goals and Employee Development Plans for New Supervisors
    Do you find yourself putting off individual development discussions? Do you break into a sweat at goal setting time? No need to! Come chill out with us for an engaging discussion on setting goals that can drive both business performance and employee development. Part of a series on Supervisory Skills Training for New Transit Operations and Maintenance Supervisors - June 23, 2011
  • Supervisory Skills Training for New Transit Operations and Maintenance Supervisors (Video, Members Only)
    This unique webinar series is designed to help new transit operations and maintenance supervisors learn about some fundamental core competencies and related skills important for their success - May-June 2011
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