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2021 TRANSform Conference & EXPO - Program

This page is an overview of the conference schedule and subject to change.

 

Saturday, November 6

Registration

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rail Transit Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance Working Group

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Michael Kunkle

Technology Workforce R&T Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Sheila Jordan

APTA Board of Directors Meeting w/ Business Meeting of the Membership

12 - 4:45 p.m.
Chair, APTA, Jeffrey A. Nelson
(lunch served at 11:30 a.m.) 
> Board of Directors Meeting, 12 - 4:30 p.m.
> Business Meeting of the Membership, 4:30 - 4:45 p.m.  

Capital Projects Subcommittee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Riccardo (Rich) M. Amodei

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

5 - 6 p.m.
Co-Chairs, Marlene B. Connor & Stephen E. Schlickman, JD

Commuter & Intercity Passenger Rail Legislative Subcommittee

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Chair, Vacant
 

Sunday, November 7

High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Committee

7 - 9 a.m.
Chair, Joseph J. Giulietti

Registration

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Business Member Small Business Committee

7:30 - 8 a.m.
Chair, Jose R. Bustamante, P.E.

Membership Committee

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Chair, Todd Horsley

Business Member Procurement Committee

8 - 9 a.m.
Chair, Natalie E. Cornell

Federal Procedures & Regulations AND Funding, Finance & Tax Policy Legislative Subcommittees

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Chairs, Christopher P. Boylan & Ronald L. Epstein

Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Chair, Allen Clinton Smith, III

Diversity and Inclusion Council

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA

Small Operations Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Allan Pollock

Business Member Business Development Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Charles DiMaggio

Business Member Programs Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Chair, Tony Kellen

Fare Collection Systems Committee

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Chair, Endya M. Freeman, CPA, MBA

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors

9 - 11 a.m.

Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Jerry Guaracino

Transit Board Administrators Subcommittee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Chair, Kathryn Jane Smith

Latinos in Transit Annual Membership Meeting

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
President, Alva Carrasco

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Dorval R. Carter, Jr.

P3 Real Estate Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Chair, Charles DiMaggio

Streetcar Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chair, Eric Sitiko

Bus Operations Committee

12 - 1 p.m.
Chair, Shawn M. Donaghy

Mobility Management Committee

12 - 1:15 p.m.
Chair, Jameson T. Auten

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee

12:15 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Matthew O. Tucker

Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee

1 - 1:45 p.m.
Chair, Doug Tisdale

Systems Engineering Committee

1 - 2 p.m.
Chair, Dale A. Brown, P.Eng.

Rail Transit Committee

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey A. Parker

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Chair, Amy L. Snyder

Safety Coordinating Council

1 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Louis J. Brown, Jr., P.E.

Leadership APTA Alumni Group

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Kimberly Slaughter

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Chair, Karen H. King

Business Member Legislative Subcommittee

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Chair, Raymond J. Melleady

Access Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Chair, Christian T. Kent

Track & Noise/Vibration Technical Forum

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Chair, Shaun P. Morgen

Transit Board Members Committee

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Kevin J. Holzendorf

Business Member Board of Governors

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Eve Williams

Information Technology Committee

3 - 4 p.m.
Chair, David Jackson

Mid-Size Operations Committee

3 - 4 p.m.
Chair, Dawn Distler

Rail Transit CEOs Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Jeffrey A. Parker

Workforce Development Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, LaShanda Dawkins, Esq.

Zero Emission Fleet Committee

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Chair, Mike Finnern
Sponsored by E-trans Energy, A Duke Energy Company

Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee

3 - 4:45 p.m.
Chair, Andrew D. Brennan

Commuter Rail Committee

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Chair, Matthew O. Tucker

Welcome Reception

6 - 7:30 p.m.

(tickets required)
Mix and mingle among your industry colleagues while enjoying light refreshments. This lively event is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

American Public Transportation Foundation Reception

7:30 - 10 p.m.

Please join the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors for a hosted reception and fundraiser in the Hyatt Regency Orlando's Regency Lounge. The 2021 APTF scholarship recipients, sponsors, and friends will enjoy a festive and inspirational event celebrating the future leaders of the public transit industry.

Remember to bring a gift for the Foundation. All donations will directly support the APTF’s mission to provide scholarships and engagement opportunities to the future leaders of the industry.

Visit the APTF website to learn more and make a donation

Title Sponsor: APTA Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) 

Sponsors: AECOM, ALSTOM, Genfare, WSP, Jacobs, SYSTRA Consulting, Inc./SYSTRA Engineering, Inc.,  and  STV Incorporated 

 

Monday, November 8

Registration

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION w/ KEYNOTE

8:30 - 10 a.m.

This Opening Session will address the association’s initiatives to support the industry as it adapts to the dual challenges of preparing for tomorrow while delivering high-quality service for the present-day. These remarks will be followed by a thought-provoking keynote address from Dr. Cady Coleman.

Dr. Cady Coleman is a former NASA Astronaut and U.S. Air Force Colonel with more than 180 days in space, accumulated during two space shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station. On the ground at NASA, she served in a variety of roles within the Astronaut Office, including chief or robotics, lead for tile repair efforts after the Columbia accident, and lead astronaut for integration with NASA's commercial partners. Her work paved the way for commercial spaceflight collaborations that are now common. In her keynote, Dr. Coleman will draw from her time at NASA and in extreme "remote work" situations to discuss team building, leadership, and innovation.
 
Opening General Session sponsored by AECOM

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Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Cady Coleman, former NASA Astronaut and Air Force Colonel, STEM Advocate, Washington, DC

EXPO 2021

10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Federal Partners Update

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Attend this General Session to learn about our federal partners’ current initiatives and priorities. The session will begin with a fireside chat between FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez and FRA Deputy Administrator Amit Bose on the state of the industry, COVID-19 funding, Administration priorities, and IIJA opportunities. This will be followed by a panel discussion of top government officials discussing all aspects of safety.

Fireside Chat
Featured Speakers
  • Nuria I. Fernandez, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Amit Bose, Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC
Moderator
  • to be announced
Panelists
  • Stephen J. Gardner, President, AMTRAK, Washington, DC
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Cities, Real Estate, Downtowns & Building-Back-Better

3:30 - 5 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning; 1.5 Engineering

Trip patterns will continue to be impacted by the return of downtowns, the longevity of work-at-home trends, and the choices people and employers make about where they choose to live and work. Our panel will probe these and other real estate trends and their implications on public transportation, and discuss how the transit industry and its partners can work together to create communities and mobility networks that will be stronger, more sustainable, resilient, customer centric, and equitable.

Congress and the Year Ahead on Infrastructure Investment

3:30 - 5 p.m.

This session focuses on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Build Back Better Act, Transportation Appropriations, and implementation of critical infrastructure investment.

Speakers
  • Jackie Schmitz, Majority Senior Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Homer Carlisle, Senior Advisor on Infrastructure, Transportation and Transit Policy, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Nicole Christus, Professional Staff Member, Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate
  • Kara Fischer, Senior Counsel, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  • Andrew Neely, Deputy Policy Director, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC

Making an Organizational Commitment to Racial Equity Discussion Group

3:30 - 5 p.m.

April, 2021 the APTA Board of Directors adopted a Racial Equity Action Plan to support the industry and APTA members in making a transformational impact on racial equity. The Action Plan establishes five goals, one of which is to provide APTA members with a pathway for advancing racial equity. To that end, APTA is launching a two-year Racial Equity Commitment pilot program open to all APTA members. Join this discussion to hear more about how your organization can get involved and what the program entails.

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Moderator
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand, AICP, CEO, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Panelists
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Treasurer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
  • Matthew O. Tucker, Executive Director, North County Transit District, Oceanside, CA

New Technologies and Issues in Fare Collection

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Transportation agencies of all sizes have the need to collect fares for their services. Moving from tokens and paper tickets to smart cards, mobile, and open payment – the fare payment technology landscape is always evolving. How do public transit agencies keep on top of the latest trends? How is procurement changing? How can fare payment systems promote equity and integration?
In this session you’ll hear from an all-agency panel — we’ll be talking pros and cons, challenges and benefits, and lessons learned from the experts in the industry.
 
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Speakers
  • Endya M. Freeman, CPA, MBA, Revenue Manager, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Gregory Elsborg, Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
  • Cassandra Ecker Borchers, AICP, Chief Development Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Sheri Dixon, Director of Revenue, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

Transit as a Central Strategy for Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Regions and the Nation

3:30 - 5 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning

Transportation is the economic sector with the largest output of greenhouse gas emissions, and is the place where the greatest opportunity for emissions reduction. Public transit is positioned to be a prime solution through a combination of strategies, including electrification, better land use, mode shift, and adoption of sustainable operating practices and climate action plans. Panelists will discuss strategies they have implemented, how they are measuring results and outcomes, and how your participation in FTA’s Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge can help make a difference.

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Committee of Audit Professionals

5 - 6 p.m.
Chair, Elizabeth Sullivan, CIA, CRMA, CCSA

Research & Technology Committee

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch
 

Tuesday, November 9

Rolling Stock Equipment Technical Forum

6:30 - 8 a.m.
Chair, Carl R Atencio

Procurement and Supply Chain Committee

7 - 8:15 a.m.
Chair, Ted Lucas, JD, CPPO

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
Chair, Michael A. Allegra, P.E.

Registration

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

APTA HONORS CEREMONY & BREAKFAST

7:45 - 10:30 a.m.

(tickets required)
Breakfast - 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Ceremony - 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate the achievements of the industry’s finest individuals and organizations

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of the industry’s finest individuals and organizations. We will honor the “best of the best” of the public transportation industry during the awards ceremony. The winners are outstanding role models of excellence, leadership, and innovation, whose accomplishments have greatly advanced public transportation.

Additionally, we will recognize this year’s APTF scholarship recipients; the graduating class of Leadership APTA; and the winners of the 2020-21 AdWheel Awards and 2020-21 Bus and Rail Safety, Security, and COVID-19 Response Awards. Don’t miss out on this celebration of excellence!
 
APTA Honors Breakfast Sponsored by Genfare

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EXPO 2021

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Inside the APTA Bus and Rail Safety, Security, and COVID-19 Response Excellence Awards

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Excellence Awards recognize bus and rail systems in North America for their outstanding safety and security programs and their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through the application of effective safety, security, and/or COVID-19 initiatives. The session will highlight how the Excellence Awards recognize exceptional safety, security, and COVID-19 response and innovation, as well as effective solutions that serve the transit industry by benchmarking successful programs for others to adopt and derive similar benefits.

Enhancing the Customer Experience through Quality, Real-Time and Open Data

1:30 - 3 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning

The digital world brings with it an abundance of data. How can we assure high-quality of data? How do we determine what should be made open? How can open architecture and integration make riding transit simpler and more cost-effective for transit agencies and riders? Our panel will discuss these and other possibilities to help determine how data can be the tool for improving network performance and service to the customer.  

Innovations in Mobility: Transformational Ideas from Across the Continent

1:30 - 3 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning; 1.5 Engineering

It's not easy for transit agencies to deploy new technologies or service models that save money or improve the passenger experience.  Creative start-ups can be overwhelmed by extensive procurement processes, and existing infrastructure may not easily accommodate a desired extension, update or integration. Drawing from the experiences of several transit systems that have launched creative technology pilots, and from key takeaways from APTA's Innovations in Mobility Webinar series, the panel will explore how agencies can move quickly when a great idea presents itself, while collecting data that informs decisions about whether to ultimately end the pilot or expand it.

Lessons from COVID-19: Which COVID Policies Should be Preserved Post-Pandemic

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Join us for this important discussion session where panelists and attendees alike will share which transit agency policies and procedures implemented to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic are worth keeping. These have included such things as bus and rail barriers; rear door boarding; contactless fare payment systems; improvements to cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation; mask usage; testing capabilities; and vaccination drives and requirements. We will have a panel of experts present briefly on their experiences and then break out into discussion tables so that participants can share with one another what they have implemented at their own properties, and what they plan to do moving into the future.

We hope you’ll join us for this informative and collaborative session to share best practices in the transit industry.

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Post-Pandemic Landscape

1:30 - 3 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning

This session focuses on a forthcoming APTA report on public transit and the post-pandemic landscape. The session will cover the broad picture of what was learned during the pandemic and the future of public transit and their communities in a post-pandemic environment.

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Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

Presentation
  • Dr. Yonah Freemark, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute, Washington
Panel Q&A
  • Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Julie Timm, Chief Executive Officer, GRTC Transit System, Richmond, VA
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
  • E. Susan Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Spokane Transit Authority, Spokane, WA

What an Equitable Transit Service Looks Like: Putting Equity Into Action

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Transit agencies are reevaluating and reshaping their service with an equity lens in place. Join transit leaders to discuss what a commitment to delivering equitable service entails and how that is shaping service structures, delivery and access. Learn about the tools, practices, and policies that are effective in achieving equitable outcomes from comprehensive equity assessments to authentic community engagement and discuss the future of transit planning.

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Moderator
  • Inez Evans, President and CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN
Panelists
  • Monica Jones, Chief Equity Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
  • Sean L. Adgerson, Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Collina D. Beard, Director of Business Services, Lane Transit District, Eugene-Springfield, OR

What Can You Do To Stop a Cyber-Attack?

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Cyber-attacks are a significant problem. Defending your networks and infrastructure against a ransomware hack or service disruption is more critical than ever, but where do you begin? Federal government cyber experts will share best practices, cybersecurity requirements, and available resources.

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Speakers
  • Yolanda R. Williams, CISSP, Cybersecurity State Advisor and State Coordinator, Region IV, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Washington, DC
  • Richard W. Andreski, Bureau Chief, Public Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

CEOs Sharing Panel: Transit Agency Priorities and Challenges as we Emerge from the Pandemic

3:30 - 5 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning

The past 18 months have presented unimaginable challenges for transit agencies trying to navigate the pandemic. But now agency CEOs must focus on putting back the pieces to support their communities as the nation recovers. Over the past six months, APTA has led a series of small group discussions with transit agency CEOs to discuss the major issues they are confronting – how to bring back riders, how to address issues of equity, where to find workers, and how best to support their employees and communities. APTA Chair Jeff Nelson will lead a discussion with transit leaders to explore the issues that were raised in these sessions and are shaping their decisions as the nation moves forward.

Moderator
  • Jeffrey A. Nelson, CEO/Managing Director, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL
Panelists
  • Carrie Butler, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Jeanne Krieg, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, Antioch, CA
  • Randy S. Clarke, President & CEO, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Defining Workforce Needs to Support Bus Fleet Electrification

3:30 - 5 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Engineering

This interactive session will explore current and future opportunities to address workforce concerns as they relate to the electrification of the transit bus fleet. Session participants will identify where the needs are for current and future workers in the industry, what skills workers need to be successful, and how the lack of workers and skills could impact the industry. 

The expert panel of transit agency executives and APTA business members will discuss current success attracting adults and youth to the transit industry, identify career opportunities at all levels of the industry, and explain how agencies and OEMs working together can attract future workers to the industry.

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Speakers
  • Kirt Conrad, Chief Executive Officer, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Canton, OH
  • Additional speakers to be announced

From Volume to Value: Measuring and Communicating the Value of Transit Beyond Ridership – Part 1

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Part 2 is on Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CEUs: 1.5 Planning

The pandemic has shown communities across North America that transit is essential to keeping our economy moving and providing vital access each day to jobs, healthcare, education, and other basic needs. Traditionally, however, transit’s success has been quantified by how many passengers we carry rather than the true economic, social, and environmental benefits we provide to the broader community, both for those that use transit and those who do not. Join this compelling discussion on rethinking how transit’s value is measured and communicated to customers, the general public, and business and political leaders. What new metrics and practical tools are available and how are they being applied to tell a more comprehensive story?

Moderator
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
Panelists
  • Dr. Adiele Nwankwo, Managing Partner, Cincar Consulting Group LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Additional speakers to be announced

Hot Topics in Safety and FTA Safety-related Initiatives

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Join us for this important session covering major issues in transit and rail safety. This includes the FTA’s Part 673 Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) rule for which 100% of bus and rail transit agencies are now in compliance. Two transit agency representatives will speak about their PTASPs, including how they drafted them, best practices, and moving forward with SMS implementation at their respective agencies. A representative from FTA will also speak about the PTASP rule, including compliance and technical assistance; and will provide an update on FTA’s major safety and security-related initiatives, including: COVID-19 vaccine access, the safety concerns and RWP/worker assaults request for information, and the enhanced transit safety and crime prevention initiative. Finally, a Transportation Research Board (TRB) contractor, involved in the project titled “TCRP SA-51 Transit Safety Risk Management Methodologies,” will speak on relevant findings regarding safety, SMS, and risk management.

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation 

Moderator
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr., P.E., Senior Engineering Manager, Jacobs, Orlando, FL
Panelists
  • Gail Lyssy, Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Safety & Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Ronald L. Ester, Jr., Chief Safety Officer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • James Wojciechowski, Assistant Chief Safety Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC
  • Joan German Hudson, Research Engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX

Smart Money – Successful Strategies for Capital Investment and Project Selection

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Join us for an engaging session on capital investment strategies including selecting and prioritizing the right projects. We will also provide an overview of FTA’s Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), giving attendees a great framework for what is and is not covered in this grant program. Whether your interest lies in New Starts, Small Starts, or Core Capacity, this is the session for you.

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Speakers
  • Peter M. Rogoff, Chief Executive Officer, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Leanne P. Redden, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Carmino N. Basile, Chief Executive Officer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
  • Kammy Horne, AICP, Senior Vice President of Development, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

Transit Ridership Trends and the Future of Ridership

3:30 - 5 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning

The pandemic has brought about major changes in ridership levels and trends – some temporary, some potentially longer lasting. Modes like commuter rail and commuter bus have seen a large reduction in ridership with a tepid recovery. Certain urban bus routes have maintained ridership and some services have seen a “flattening” out of traditional peak/nonpeak patterns. This session will highlight best practices on ridership growth during these times and as we transition to a post-pandemic world. It will also feature thoughts on how a city/region can drive ridership growth, as well as what fare policies will look like in the future to drive ridership growth and revenue for transit agencies.

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Speakers
  • Kevin S. Corbett, President & CEO, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
  • Miguel Velazquez, COO, Regional Transit Service, Inc., Rochester, NY
  • Leslie S. Richards, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Nadine Lee, P.E., President and CEO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Leadership APTA Alumni Reception

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

(tickets required)

You are cordially invited to join us for our annual Leadership APTA Alumni Reception. Welcome our Leadership APTA graduates. Reconnect with fellow classmates, alumni, and industry colleagues.
 
Sponsors: Bytemark, Inc., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., and The Solis Group
 
FEE: $125 per person
 
HOW TO PURCHASE: Please indicate and pay for your ticket(s) when you register for the conference online. If you've already registered for the conference, tickets may be purchased Tuesday evening at the door of the reception.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Joe Niegoski at 202-496-4870 or jniegoski@apta.com
 

Wednesday, November 10

Registration

7:30 - 11 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION w/ KEYNOTE

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Please join us as we kick off the last day of our event with a high energy keynote message from Chef Jeff Henderson.

Known around the world as "Chef Jeff", Jeff Henderson is an award-winning American chef, New York Times bestselling author, philanthropist, TV personality, and acclaimed international speaker. Jeff started his illustrious culinary career in the unlikeliest of places - federal prison. While serving nearly ten years, he discovered a passion for cooking. Using prison as a catalyst for self-transformation, after his release in 1996 he worked his way up from a dishwasher to the first African American Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace. Following the publishing of his bestselling memoir, cookbooks, and self-help story, Chef Jeff travels the world teaching his life-changing lessons and working with at-risk young people through his non-profit.
 
General Session Sponsored by BYD Motors, Inc.
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Keynote Address: "If You Can See It, You Can Be It"
  • "Chef Jeff" Henderson, Award-Winning Celebrity Chef, Best-Selling Author, Entreprenour, Motivational Speaker, Newport Beach, CA

EXPO 2021

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Becoming an Equity-Fluent Leader

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Your organization is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is putting the operational elements in place. As a leader, whether you are a CEO, senior executive, or transit board member, how do you provide consistent vision and direction and remain congruent with the DEI values of your organization? What do you do to educate yourself on historical and current equity challenges and to connect to what DEI means to your team, your customers, and your stakeholders? What does authentic engagement truly look like?

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Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

Fireside Chat
Moderator
  • Flora M. Castillo, C.H.I.E., President, Pivot Strategies, LLC, Ventnor, NJ
Panelists
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Jannet M. Walker-Ford, Senior Vice President & National Transit & Rail Business Line Leader, WSP USA, Jacksonville, FL
  • Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Board Director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Designing and Building Resiliency into our Transit Infrastructure Networks

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Planning; 1.5 Engineering

Transit facilities, equipment, and networks must be planned, designed, and built to be resilient and able to withstand extreme weather events. Panelists will share their forward-looking planning and practices to address system vulnerabilities associated with the increased frequency of extreme heat, rising sea levels, storm surge, high winds, flooding, earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes.

Now Hiring! Successful Approaches to Your Transit Worker Shortage

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

The COVID-19 landscape has taken a toll on an already constrained labor market, especially on our frontline workforce. From employee incentives, modifying service and re-vamping internal processes, agencies are pulling out all the stops to bring in and retain one of transit’s most critical assets – its workforce. Please join us as we hear from our agency peers on successful approaches to workforce hiring and retention challenges that are impacting our industry.

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Speakers
  • LaShanda Dawkins, Esq., Assistant General Manager, Human Resources, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Patrice McElroy, Acting Chief Human Capital and Development Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Andrew Aiello, General Manager, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK), Ft. Wright, KY
  • Gary Howard, Director - Rail Transportation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro), Houston, TX

Reimagining Transit Public Safety and Security

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Transit CEOs are thinking critically about transit public safety and security. Working with their Boards of Directors, employees, and the community, agencies have begun reshaping what transit public safety and security looks like. These reimagined initiatives move away from enforcement when it can be averted and employ transit ambassadors, mental health clinicians, crisis interventionists, and advocates for the unsheltered to ensure that transit systems serve their communities in an equitable way.

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Speakers
  • Darryl Jamail, Senior Director of Public Safety & Emergency Management, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Marla Blagg, Executive Director of Safety and Security, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Matt Walling, Interim Chief of Police/Deputy Chief, Field Operations, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Seizing the Moment: New Opportunities to Advance High-Performance Rail

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Engineering

The United States is on the verge of a historic investment in passenger rail corridors. How can the transportation community seize the moment to deliver projects expeditiously and translate plans into actions? Our panel will describe how these new opportunities will translate into projects that bring economic growth, improved equity, and sustainability.

The Evolution of Zero-Emission Technology and How to Manage It

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Engineering

The transit industry continues to embrace battery and fuel cell buses, deploying them at a record pace and embracing a future of zero-emission fleets.  How do you successfully navigate through this multi-year transition even as the battery and fuel cell bus technologies will keep evolving? How do you make smart decisions, avoid being paralyzed by options, and make steady progress? There’s no one formula, but in this session you’ll hear from experts on how they are thinking about and planning the ZEB transition, taking into consideration how battery and fuel cell buses and their infrastructure options may progress – all with an eye toward maintaining service and avoiding stranded assets.

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Speakers
  • Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
  • Doran J. Barnes, Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Kellen Schefter, Director, Electric Transportation, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, DC
  • Jeff Hiott, Vice President - Imagination, Research, & Industry Benchmarking, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CEUs: 1.15 Planning

Affordable housing is integral to the planning of transit corridors. E-TOD builds equitable communities, maximizes ridership, and serves our core market. The pandemic has made clear who are the essential workers and what are the essential destinations. As we build back better, transit agencies will be more focused on expanding communities for these persons and places. Our panel will present case studies on building transit-oriented communities with equity as an essential outcome.

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Moderator
  • Jeffrey A. Parker, General Manager/CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Panelists
  • Collie Greenwood, Chief of Bus Operations, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
  • Additional speakers to be announced

From Volume to Value: Measuring and Communicating the Value of Transit Beyond Ridership – Part 2

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Part 1 is on Tuesday, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
CEUs: 1.15 Planning

The pandemic has shown communities across North America that transit is essential to keeping our economy moving and providing vital access each day to jobs, healthcare, education, and other basic needs. Traditionally, however, transit’s success has been quantified by how many passengers we carry rather than the true economic, social, and environmental benefits we provide to the broader community, both for those that use transit and those who do not. Join this compelling discussion on rethinking how transit’s value is measured and communicated to customers, the general public, and business and political leaders. What new metrics and practical tools are available and how are they being applied to tell a more comprehensive story?

Presenter
  • Mark R. Aesch, Chief Executive Officer, TransPro Consulting, Spring Hill, FL
Moderator
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Treasurer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
Panelists
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Robbie Makinen, President & CEO, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO
  • Caitlin Vargas, Board Member, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR
  • Kevin J. Holzendorf, Immediate Past Chair - Board of Directors, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Carmino N. Basile, Chief Executive Officer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Passenger Rail Shared-Corridor Best Practices

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CEUs: 1.5 Engineering

Commuter and passenger rail authorities are always looking to grow the footprint for passenger rail. One of the key facets of growth is working with host railroads, especially freight railroads. This session will highlight some of the best practices to work with freight and other host railroads to encourage faster realization of capital projects to increase capacity.

Speakers
  • Michael McLaughlin, Chief of Rail Transportation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA
  • Luis D. Carrasquero, Sr Manager, Train Control On-Board Systems, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), Pomona, CA
  • Ray Lang, Senior Director - National State Relations, AMTRAK, Chicago, IL

Sustainable State & Local Transit Funding and Innovative Financing Post-Pandemic

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CEUs: 1.15 Planning

Many state and local governments see the months ahead as an opportune time to consider new, forward-looking strategies to help assure the ongoing financial health of public transportation. VMT fees, delivery fees, special transit taxes and low-cost capital programs to accelerate project delivery are a few of the ideas to be highlighted in this session. Come hear how these approaches can be replicated in your own community.

Session sponsored by E-trans Energy, A Duke Energy Company
 

Transit’s Response to the Societal Issue of Homelessness

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CEUs: 1.15 Planning

It has been reported that homelessness is present across transit systems. Transit agencies have reported an increase in persons experiencing homelessness during the pandemic and are exploring solutions to address their needs. Agencies are engaging their employees and regional stakeholders and partnering with social service and charitable organizations to develop strategies to provide support to those who need them.

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Speakers
  • Kenneth A, Divers, Assistant Director of Transportation, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Flora M. Castillo, C.H.I.E., President, Pivot Strategies, LLC, Ventnor, NJ
  • James Andrew Cook, Assistant Chief of Police, AMTRAK, Washington, DC
  • Laura J. Grams, South Central Transit Lead, HDR , Houston, TX

EXPO Advisory Committee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Chair, Ann Derby, PMP, CTSM