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2019 Mobility Conference - Program

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

 

Saturday, May 18

Conference Registration Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

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Host Information Desk

1 - 5 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

City Showcase Tour

2:30 - 4 p.m.

(40-person limit)

Enjoy a guided, complimentary tour of Louisville! Departing from the Omni Hotel, at the 2nd & Liberty bus stop/north side of the building, the group will travel by bus to historic areas of interest such as the Falls of the Ohio Park—the origin for the city of Louisville, Muhammad Ali’s childhood home, Churchill Downs, and St. James Court—the country’s largest neighborhood of Victorian architecture. The tour also includes TARC’s headquarters at Union Station, as well as local tourist attractions such as the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Speed Art Museum, and many more!

Tour space is limited, so be sure sign up early on site at the host information table in the APTA registration area. 

Business Member Workforce Development Committee

4 - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Michael A. Allegra
 

Sunday, May 19

Business Member Legislative AND Business Member Procurement Committees

7 - 8 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chairs, Raymond J. Melleady & Natalie E. Cornell

Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee

7 - 8 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Co-Chairs, Marlene B. Connor & Stephen E. Schlickman, JD

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Standards Program Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Business Member Programs Committee

8 - 9 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Tony Kellen

Access Information Technology Subcommittee

8 - 9:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Priscilla Vargas

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center

COMPETITION DATE, TIMES, LOCATION & TRAVEL INFORMATION
The Roadeo, hosted by the Transit Authority of River City (TARC), will take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209. 
 
The roadeo shuttle will be available every 20 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, competition day, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. Maps and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Bus operators and mechanics from transit systems across North America participate in separate competitions, which showcase their skills in safe driving and vehicle maintenance. The Operator Competition includes events such as pre-trip inspection, judgment stops, turning, and clearing obstacles. The Maintenance Competition requires skills in the identification of defects in engine, transmission, brakes, multiplex, doors, and HVAC modules. Visit the International Bus Roadeo section of APTA’s website for more information.
 
ROADEO TRAINING WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCE SESSISONS
Not only are all the traditional conference sessions and activities open to the roadeo participants, but there are six training workshops scheduled exclusively for roadeo contestants.
 
The workshop topics are:
 
Operator Workshops:
~ Operator Crisis Awareness Training, Part 1
~ Operator Crisis Awareness Training, Part 2
~ First Observer Training
Maintenance Workshops:
~ ERA Electric Bus PM
~ Voith Oil Analysis
~ I/O Controls Troubleshooting
 
CUSTOMER SERVICE CHALLENGE
For the tenth year, the Customer Service Challenge joins the traditional Operator and Maintenance Competitions. The event, scheduled on Monday, May 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., allows bus operators to test their customer service skills in some distinctive customer interface scenarios.
 
QUESTIONS? Visit the International Bus Roadeo section on APTA’s website.
 
ROADEO REGISTRATION: Contact APTA’s Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com.
 
ROADEO COMPETITION/EVENTS: Contact APTA’s Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.
 
THANKS TO OUR ROADEO SPONSORS
~ Allison Transmission
~ Bendix
~ Cummins Inc.
~ Custom Training Aids, Inc.
~ era contact USA, LLC
~ Motor Coach Industries, Inc.
~ New Flyer of America
~ Nova Bus
~ Prevost
~ Proterra Inc.
~ Thermo King Corporation
~ TrackIT LLC
~ Vapor Bus International – Wabtec Company
~ Ricon Corporation – Wabtec Company
~ USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA
~ Voith Turbo Inc.

APTA Strategic Plan Listening Session

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

APTA is developing a new Strategic Plan for 2020-2023, which will re-purpose the association and help to define its priorities. The input of members is critical to shaping APTA’s future activities and focus, and is particularly important now as the mobility landscape experiences rapid and dynamic change. Come hear an update on the Strategic Plan and provide your input on how APTA can best serve its members and the public transportation industry in this new era of change.

Facilitator
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

Labor & Employee Relations Subcommittee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, LaShanda Dawkins, Esq.

Security Affairs Committee

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Ronald Pavlik, Jr.

Business Member Business Development Committee

9 - 10 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Francis "Buddy" Coleman

APTA Mobility Innovation Hub ~ NEW!

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Visit the APTA Mobility Innovation Hub, APTA's new interactive portal to cutting-edge service delivery initiatives, which is on display near the APTA registration area. This is the transit industry's resource center and laboratory, connecting you with innovation happening each week at transit agencies across the nation.

Please stop by and speak with APTA staff about tools and “how-to” information, and to share your own ideas. Sample products from the Mobility Innovation Hub website will be available.

Transit agencies are leveraging new technology and innovation to improve mobility. We all can learn and gain from one another!

Fare Collection Systems Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Lynn Brumfield

Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee

10 - 11 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, James D. Spiller

Clean Propulsion Committee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Mike Finnern

Information Technology Committee

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Manjit Kaur Sooch

Legislative Committee

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Diana C. Mendes, AICP

Business Member Small Business Committee

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Jose R. Bustamante, P.E.

Access Emerging Transportation Systems Subcommittee

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Marlene B. Connor

Procurement & Materials Management Committee

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Chair, Joe Z. Ramirez 

Mid-Size Operations Committee

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Donna DeMartino

Research & Technology Committee

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Jonathan H. McDonald, P.E.

EXPO Advisory Committee

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Ann Derby, CTSM

Education & Career Awareness Subcommittee

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Prof. Jesus (Jess) Guerra, Jr.

Diversity and Inclusion Council

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.

Access Training & Technical Assistance AND Access Accessible Transit & Paratransit Operations Subcommittees

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chairs, Kristen Joyner & David R. Rishel

Safety Coordinating Council

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Louis J. Brown, Jr., P.E.

Marketing & Communications Committee

1 - 3 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, JC Vannatta

Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

1 - 3 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 3, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Leaders who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting team members, and can give and receive feedback in a way that builds relationships with others. Join us to learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases your influence with them. During this interactive session we will explore ways to improve communications to increase connections with others, thus increasing your sense of community, your ability to collaborate, and your influence.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career. 

FEE: The course is open to Mobility 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 Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com

Instructor
  • Monica L. Simon, Principal, SIMON and SIMON Resources, Inc., Elkridge, MD

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Karen H. King

Environmental Management Systems Working Group

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Kerin Lester, PMP

Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG)

2 - 4 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Huelon A. Harrison

Access Committee

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Ron L. Brooks

Standards Development Oversight Council (SDOC)

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Allen C. Smith, III

Bus Safety Committee

2:30 - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Lisa Staes

Workforce Development Committee

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr.

FTA Triennial Review Workshop: Top-10 Findings

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 3, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

This session will include a brief introduction to FTA’s Office of Program Oversight and the top findings from FTA’s Triennial Review followed by an interactive workshop probing into the key drivers behind the top findings. Learn how you can be better prepared to avoid these common findings in your next Triennial Review. Hear about what typically leads reviews to identify these findings and the compliance challenges agencies often face meeting federal requirements. Audience participation will be encouraged throughout the workshop.

If you are registered for the Mobility Conference, there is no additional charge to attend this workshop.

Presenters
  • Scott Giering, Director, Office of Program Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Denise Bailey, Principal, Milligan & Company, LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Connected and Automotive Vehicle Committee

3:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Randy S. Clarke


Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Jerry Guaracino

Welcome to Louisville Reception

6 - 7 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

(tickets required)

All conference registrants and their guests are invited to mix and mingle at this lively welcoming reception hat is sure to set the tone for a week of learning and networking.

Reception sponsored by Genfare and the APTA Business Member Activity Fund
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Monday, May 20

“Meet the Primes/Agencies:” A Small Business Networking Breakfast

6:45 - 8 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Designed to help bus OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators, and major A&E firms strengthen their business relationships and find new DBE business partners, the breakfast provides an opportunity for APTA business members to talk about their companies and how to do business with them. 

All APTA business members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking fun! Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage.
 
Transit agency procurement officials are also encouraged to come to the breakfast to promote their current and future procurement opportunities and their anticipated procurement requirements in the coming months.
 
To help you plan your networking activities, a brochure listing information about the networking breakfast participants was prepared and sent out on May 15 in advance of the breakfast. Members wishing to be listed in the brochure, needed to complete the online registration/brochure participation form by May 10.
 
FEE: There is no separate registration fee required to participate in the breakfast.
 
REGISTRATION: Registration has closed. You may register at the breakfast on the morning of.
 
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Adam Martin at 202.496.4833 or amartin@apta.com.
 
The Networking Breakfast is supported by the Business Member Activity Fund.

Bus Operations Committee

7 - 8 a.m.
Wheat, Level 3, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Shawn M. Donaghy

Coffee Service

7 - 8:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Host Information Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nulu, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Standards Program Information Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP: Overview & Welcomes

7:30 - 8 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Join us for the Maintenance Managers Workshop for a day (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) dedicated to bus maintenance and bus technologies. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with and learn from your maintenance manager peers and other associated transit professionals.  

Sponsored by APTA’s Bus Technical Maintenance and Clean Propulsion Committees     
 
FEE: If you are registered for the Mobility Conference, there is no additional charge to attend the Maintenance Managers Workshop. 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is not required. Please arrive at the designated meeting room early as space may be limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.
QUESTIONS? Contact APTA's Lisa Jerram at ljerram@apta.com.
 
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Welcomes
  • Jerry Guaracino, Chair, Bus Technical Maintenance Committee; Assistant Chief Engineering Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Philadelphia, PA
  • Mike Finnern, Chair, Clean Propulsion Committee; Sr. Director, Customer Service, Proterra Inc., Greenville, SC

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP: Electric Bus Infrastructure and Your Garage

8 - 8:45 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Issues to Consider for Design and Operation of Electric Buses Including Safety
  • Jewels Carter, Manager, Fleet and Facilities Division, WSP USA, Houston, TX

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Leveraging Mobility Innovation to Enhance the Experience

8:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Blending Core Goals with Mobility Tools to Innovate and Improve Transit

Public transportation agency leaders have access to a great number of innovations designed to help them claim their space in an integrated mobility network. Managing and making the best use of these innovations, however, requires new ways of thinking and planning, including knowing what, how and when to change. Change can be good, but can also have unintended consequences, so leaders need to understand how change will impact their core business and their values. Jarrett Walker, one of the nation’s most potent thinkers on mobility, offers his insights on leveraging innovation to enhance the transportation experience.

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General Session sponsored by Proterra Inc.

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Presiding
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
Sponsor Recognition
  • Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra Inc., Burlingame, CA
Remarks
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Host Welcomes
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • Mayor Greg Fischer, City of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • J. Barry Barker, Barry Barker, Louisville, KY
  • Cleo Battle, Executive Vice President, Louisville Tourism, Louisville, KY
Keynote Speaker
  • Jarrett Walker, Ph.D., Blog Author, Human Transit.org; President and Principal Consultant, Jarrett Walker + Associates, Portland, OR

ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Operator Crisis Awareness Training, Part 1

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

(Part 2 of the workshop is scheduled on Monday, 2 - 4 p.m.)

This two-part workshop is designed to introduce the public employee to Crisis Awareness and the elements of Crises Intervention Training by introducing the Core Elements of (CIT) Training.

The two-part training includes:

- Mental Health (personal perspective)
- So, What is CIT?
- Assertive Training (knowing your own behaviors)
- De-Escalation
 

Part 1 of the workshop will explain operator assaults characteristics and primary factors that contribute to operator assaults. Additionally, this workshop will give a unique personal perspective of mental health using methods of strategic empathy to resolve passenger conflict with people living with mental illness, preventing escalation of conflicts that could lead to the operator being assaulted.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

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Presenter
  • Curtis Boyd, CIT/CAT Coordinator, Port Authority Police Department, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: era-contact Electric Bus Preventive Maintenance Inspection (PMI)

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

This workshop is designed to highlight the benefits of electric buses (E-buses) as they generate environmental and potential economic benefits. In the case of the Clemson Area Transit System (CATbus), it will be shown that E-buses are a better choice for the environment than the current diesel fleet and that maintaining and operating E-buses will provide the city of Clemson, SC with substantial savings.

Topics of discussion include:
 
- Example for How an E-bus PMI is Performed at CATbus
- Comparison of the PMI for Diesel versus Electric
- Older vs. Newer PMI Procedures
- "What you Never Have to do Again"
- Do's and Don'ts
- Basic Tools & Safety Equipment to Work on E-buses
- Economic and Environmental Benefits 

A group discussion with questions and answers will follow the presentation 

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

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Workshop sponsored by era-contact USA, LLC

Presenters
  • Keith Moody, General Manager, Clemson Area Transit, Clemson, SC
  • John Hart, Mechanic, Clemson Area Transit, Clemson, SC

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP: Presentations

9 - 10:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Addressing Recruitment Challenges for Maintenance
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
NREL Electric Bus Evaluations at Foothill Transit and County Connection
  • Leslie Eudy, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
Training Programs for Bus Maintenance
  • Obed Mejia, Senior Bus Equipment Maintenance Instructor, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mike Glaeser, Manager Bus Maintenance Training, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Landover, MD

APTA Mobility Innovation Hub ~ NEW!

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Visit the APTA Mobility Innovation Hub, APTA's new interactive portal to cutting-edge service delivery initiatives, which is on display near the APTA registration area. This is the transit industry's resource center and laboratory, connecting you with innovation happening each week at transit agencies across the nation.

Please stop by and speak with APTA staff about tools and “how-to” information, and to share your own ideas. Sample products from the Mobility Innovation Hub website will be available.

Transit agencies are leveraging new technology and innovation to improve mobility. We all can learn and gain from one another!  

Mobility Quick-Takes and Table-Top Discussions

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

The ever-expanding menu of mobility options and management strategies employed by transit agencies and transportation providers have led to safe, cost-efficient and equitable service for riders.

Join this session to learn how new mobility options that involve innovative fare payment methods, partnerships, and on-demand services contribute to improved accessibility to transit. Each presenter will offer a brief introduction followed by a deep-dive presentation and discussion in an engaging table-top format.

Session sponsored by Via Transportation, Inc. 
Facilitators
  • Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D., Co-Director, National Center for Mobility Management; Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition, Easterseals, Chicago, IL
  • Jarrett Walker, Ph.D., Blog Author, Human Transit.org; President and Principal Consultant, Jarrett Walker + Associates, Portland, OR
A Customer Focused Plan for Transit - Short and Long Term Visions to Change Transit in Louisville
  • Shawn Dikes, Senior Project Manager, HDR, Louisville, KY
  • Aida Copic, AICP, Director of Planning, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
A Mobility Partnership with Tollways and Transit
  • Lindsay Wood, Texas Transit & Rail Manager, WSP USA, Austin, TX
A Mobility Partnership with Tollways and Transit to Provide Equity in Access and Improve Ridership
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, Executive Vice President, Planning & Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Comparative Evaluation of Uber and Transit Travel Patterns and Markets in Cincinnati
  • Andy Kosinski, Fehr & Peers, Oakland, CA
Creating a Work Plan to Go from Transit Provider to Mobility Integrator
  • Kate Sylvester, Deputy Director, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Micro Transit Challenges and Opportunities
  • Kate Sargent, Senior Associate + Office Leader, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Oakland, CA
  • Johnny Dunning, Department Manager - Scheduling and Customer Advocacy, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
Enabling MaaS: Innovation in Action
  • Crissy Ditmore, Director of Strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., Columbia, MD
  • Carlos Cruz-Casas, P.E., Assistant Director, Dept of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL
Getting to the Bus Stop - PSTA's Direct Connect Program
  • Bonnie J. Epstein, Senior Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Terri Evard, Superintendent of Customer Service, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
Journey towards the 1st Autonomous Transportation Service
  • Bernard Schmidt, Vice President of Automation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

Opportunities, Challenges, and Impacts of Connected & Automated Transit Vehicles

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

It is now not a question of IF connected and automated vehicles will happen, but WHEN it will revolutionize mobility for communities. This panel will discuss transit policy and operational implications of this technology. Panelists will identify and focus on the short- and long- term considerations in deploying connected and automated vehicles in a transit environment, while also discussing different modes and applications of these types of transit vehicles and how they may one day successfully serve our cities and communities.

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Moderator
  • Randy S. Clarke, Chair, Connected and Automated Vehicle Committee; President & CEO, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Panelists
  • Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer of America, St. Cloud, MN
  • Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra Inc., Burlingame, CA
  • Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Kimberly J. Williams, J.D., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Innovation Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX

Strategies to Improve Access to Healthcare and Lower the Cost of NEMT

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Medicaid Non-emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) serves the most vulnerable populations: individuals and families with low incomes, individuals with disabilities, and very-low-income seniors. This session will highlight research from TCRP Research Report 202 and emphasize reasons why coordination of NEMT and public transportation is so challenging, how public transit can lower the cost of providing NEMT for Medicaid, and strategies to successfully coordinate NEMT with public transportation.

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Speakers
  • Gail Bauhs, CCTM, Industry Solutions - NEMT, TripSpark Technologies, Mississauga, ON
  • Steve Yaffe, Proprietor, Yaffe Mobility Consulting LLC, Fort Mill, SC
  • Linda K. Cherrington, Research Scientist, Transit Mobility Program, Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX

Transit's Future Workforce: New Practices, Partners, and Innovations

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Transit industry workforce leaders are at the forefront of envisioning new ways to engage, develop and support today’s and tomorrow’s workforce as we concurrently confront new technologies, new mobility models, and engage with more partners. This interactive round-table session provides insights, examples, and new practices that address new models for employee communications and engagement, more ownership in addressing the impact of technology transformations, innovative approaches to new community partners to build the industry pipeline, and more creative means to prepare and support the industry’s workforce.

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Moderator
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Samantha Einarson, MBB, Lean and Change Management Administrator, Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Corporation (Pierce Transit), Lakewood, WA
  • Dr. Pamela M. Christian, Director, E3 Initiative/Human Capital & Development, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kelli O'Leary, Assistant Vice President – Engagement, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP: Electric Bus Procurement Specifications

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Guidance and Q&A
  • Jason Hanlin, Project Manager / Director of Technolgy Development, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP: Roundtable Discussions & Wrap Up

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Join your colleagues for small group discussions on key topics, with a knowledgeable facilitator at the table. Talk, listen and learn from each other about the issues affecting you the most.

•  Table 1:  Electric Bus Maintenance Facility Requirements
•  Table 2:  Recruitment Challenges  
•  Table 3:  Topic to be determined through member input
•  Table 4:  Topic to be determined through member input
 

BUS DISPLAY

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
4th & Jefferson Streets, Outside, Kentucky International Convention Center

(includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)

Buses will be on display for your inspection and manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer your questions. To highlight this event a complimentary lunch for all conference and roadeo registrants will be available during the display from 12 to 2 p.m.

see Bus Display Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register

Mobility Management Committee

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Jameson T. Auten

MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP: Bus Display/Lunch & Emerging Vehicle Technologies Session

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

12:30 - 2 p.m. - Lunch at APTA Bus Display (tickets required)
Kentucky International Convention Center, 4th & Jefferson Streets

2 - 3:30 p.m.  -  Emerging Vehicle Technologies (concurrent conference session)
Following the Bus Display, join other Mobility Conference attendees at this session where bus manufacturers will talk and take questions about their new technology offerings.

Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Change Champion Training

1 - 3:45 p.m.
Malt, Level 3, Omni Louisville Hotel

This is a workshop for anyone who’s tried to make a change – only to hear “we can’t do that, we’ve always done it this way!” In this class, you’ll learn techniques to gain support for changes and promote innovation at your workplace from any level of your organization. You’ll learn techniques to collaborate with colleagues, bosses, and employees so you can champion change and help the people in your organization move forward together as the industry evolves.

AUDIENCE: Transit mid-managers and those preparing for the next step in their career.

FEE: The course is open to all Rail 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 Lindsey Robertson at 202.496.4818 or lrobertson@apta.com.
 
Instructor
  • Sarah Camacho, Owner, Camacho Insights, Denver, CO

Building Better Bus Stops and Complete Streets

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Over half of U.S. transit journeys start at a bus stop. Yet most bus stops in the U.S. leave riders out in the cold. Many are just a signpost, with little service information or protections from the weather. Inconsistent sidewalk connections to neighborhoods make many stops inaccessible. However, in most communities, cities own the streets. Join this session to learn how transit agencies and their city partners can improve bus stops, implement complete streets policies that improve access to transit, and ways to enhance the overall experience of riders and the community.

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Moderator
  • Richard A. Weaver, Chair, National Complete Streets Coalition; and Director–Planning, Policy & Sustainability, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
From Sorry to Superb: Building Bus Stops Riders Want
  • Kirk Hovenkotter, Senior Program Associate, TransitCenter, Inc., New York, NY
How to Refresh BRT Passenger Facilities – RapidRide 2.0
  • Stephen Crosley, Transit Integration Program Manager, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
Improving ADA Accessibility to Transit
  • Amy McAbee Cummings, Deputy Executive Director/Director of Planning, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
Our Streets and Transit - A Complete Streets Approach
  • Ryan Bauman, Transit Section Manager, HDR, Minneapolis, MN
Developing a Complete Corridor to Revitalize Baltimore’s North Avenue
  • Zach Chissell, Manager of Project Development, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Customer Service Challenge

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

How would you respond in these situations?

Join us as the industry's best bus operators compete in a test of customer service skills at this lively event. Come see who walks away with the title of transit's 'top ambassador!'

Host
  • Morgan Lyons, Immediate Past Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee; Co-Chair, Marketing -- Advocacy Communications Task Force; Owner, Lyons Strategic, Arlington, TX

Emerging Leaders Graduation

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

The Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2019 has completed ATPA’s year-long national leadership development program. Since June 2018 this talented and driven class has participated in workshops and webinars, and has been mentored by industry leaders while they worked together to complete a comprehensive group project. Join us in listening to their reflections on their past year, hear highlights of their group presentations, and celebrate their success at the graduation.

Host
  • Richard W. Andreski, Chair, Emerging Leaders Committee; Chair, Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2019; Chair, Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2020; Bureau Chief, Public Transportation, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT

Emerging Vehicle Technologies

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 3, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

You’ve just seen the newest buses and technologies in the Bus Display, now come to hear the bus manufacturers explain and answer your questions on the new, emerging technologies being rolled out. Lower and zero emissions, electrification, connectivity and safety – anything that’s new and cutting edge will be discussed and your questions answered about how they will impact your operations and maintenance.

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Moderator
  • Jeff Hiott, Assistant Vice President - Technical Services and Innovation, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • John Manzi, Director of Business Development, Eastern Region, BYD Motors, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • David Warren, Director -Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer of America, St. Cloud, MN
  • Matt Horton, Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra Inc., Burlingame, CA
  • Ollie Nielsen, Director of Sales-Eastern Region, Alexander Dennis Inc., Tega Cay, SC

Integrated Mobility - Partners and Practices

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Transit agencies are embracing the new world of innovative and integrated mobility at a rapid pace. This space will keep evolving and will be determined by agencies and their willingness to adapt to market changes and whose ingenuity and innovation will keep reshaping services and options for customers. Join this session to learn how your agency can introduce new initiatives to your community to deliver more accessible, more integrated, and resilient transportation services.

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Session sponsored by Vix Technology (USA) Inc.

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Moderator
  • Pauletta Tonilas, Secretary, Marketing & Communications Committee; Assistant General Manager, Communications, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO
Partnering with TNC’s for Subsidized Demand Response Service – Lessons Learned
  • Tim McCormick, Manager of Planning and Performance, Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, CA
PSTA’s FTA Mobility On Demand Sandbox Pilot: Moving from Scheduled to On-Demand Paratransit Service
  • Bonnie J. Epstein, Senior Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Justin Bergener, Owner, Goin, Seattle, WA
Working Towards Inclusive & Integrated Demand Response
  • Brandon Policicchio, Chief Customer & Business Development Officer, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Dayton, OH

APTA Mobility Innovation Hub ~ NEW!

2 - 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Visit the APTA Mobility Innovation Hub, APTA's new interactive portal to cutting-edge service delivery initiatives, which is on display near the APTA registration area. This is the transit industry's resource center and laboratory, connecting you with innovation happening each week at transit agencies across the nation.

Please stop by and speak with APTA staff about tools and “how-to” information, and to share your own ideas. Sample products from the Mobility Innovation Hub website will be available.

Transit agencies are leveraging new technology and innovation to improve mobility. We all can learn and gain from one another!  

ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Operator Crisis Awareness Training, Part 2

2 - 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

(Part 1 of the workshop is scheduled on Monday, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.)

Part 2 of the workshop presents the attendees with the opportunity to learn and enhance their skill of assertive training through understanding and awareness of their own behaviors and attitudes when encountering patrons living with mental illness. Participants will better understand the principals of de-escalation, and how to apply these principals to avoid escalating conflict with people living with mental illness.

This workshop is highly participative. Participants will be actively interacting with the facilitator, drawing upon their own experiences and training, and contributing to the discussions.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

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Presenter
  • Curtis Boyd, CIT/CAT Coordinator, Port Authority Police Department, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Voith Oil Analysis

2 - 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

"I have an oil analysis report, but how do I use it?" This is a workshop on the basics of ATF fluid analysis as related to transit buses. The training will cover the standard tests that are used in fluid analysis, what they mean, and how to use them most effectively. We will discuss when, where, and how to take a sample so you get the most accurate results from a testing program. In addition to looking at individual test results and their meaning, trend analysis of the results and their role in predictive maintenance program will also be discussed. And if time allows, we may also discuss some of the tests related to engine oils as well.

 
Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.
 
Workshop sponsored by Voith Turbo Inc.
 
Presenter
  • Mark A. Bair, Certified Lubrication Specialist & Oil Monitoring Analyst I; Member, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers; Senior Warranty Administrator, Voith Turbo Inc., York, PA

GENERAL SESSION: FTA Update

4 - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

This General Session focuses on FTA’s priorities regarding a set of wide-ranging initiatives, including infrastructure investments, mobility management, workforce development, and technology, among other topics.

Presiding
  • Diana C. Mendes, AICP, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Legislative Committee; Mid-Atlantic Division President, HNTB Corporation, Arlington, VA
Speakers
  • Matthew Welbes, Executive Director, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Vincent Valdes, Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Sustainability Committee

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP
 

Tuesday, May 21

Coffee Service

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Conference Registration Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Host Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nulu, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Standards Program Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

GENERAL SESSION: 2019 APTA Bus Safety & Security Awards Ceremony

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Join us as we congratulate this year's Bus Safety and Security Gold Award and Certificate of Merit winners.

The winning systems were chosen based on four criteria: project effectiveness; benefits accrued directly from the positive impact of the program; innovativeness; and project transferability that allows other systems to replicate the success.

Some of the winners partnered with the Transportation Security Administration to increase security awareness, one agency created a program to reduce employee injuries, one agency started implementing Safety Management System (SMS) before it is federally mandated, and another agency used new technologies to create a safer work environment. One Gold Award winner even created an amateur radio service so they can always have connectivity with first responders during an emergency.

Come celebrate the "best of the best!"

Presiding
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr., CPA, Chair, APTA; Immediate Past Chair, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY

GENERAL SESSION: Managing the Curb

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

How Public Transit Agencies and Other Providers Are Managing the Crowded Corridor

City and neighborhood streets are increasingly crowded, from curb to curb. How can all providers collaborate to create a safe, seamless, and reliable mobility network? What’s the impact on paratransit and accessibility? What’s the role of autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies? How can integrated payment processes support all providers? Our panel of experts will focus on these and other questions in a wide-ranging conversation about the challenges and opportunities of sharing the road.

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Moderator
  • David D. Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Planning and Urban Design Leader, Urban Places, Stantec, Boston, MA
Panelists
  • Andrew Johnson, Secretary, Mid-Size Operations Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
  • Catherine Prince, Mobility Project Manager, Transportation and Mobility Department, City of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Jim McAteer, AICP, President/Owner, Transit Insight, Nashville, TN
  • Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E., Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Washington, DC

TRAINING WORKSHOP: Roadmap to Succession

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Clifton, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

According to a 2014 report from the Transportation Learning Center, the transit industry will need to hire and train one new worker every minute in the ten-year period (from 2012- 2022) in order to fulfill growth demand and replacement needs. Yet, how many agencies have a viable succession plan? The talent management process can help managers know where their talent is, and where it is not. Employees can be better placed across the organization, and agencies can improve their talent pipeline.

This interactive training will help participants consider how their agencies can better place employees to help improve their talent pipeline and reduce risk. Participants will gain an understanding of the talent management cycle, how it increases engagement, and how to build a better succession plan through talent assessment.

Workshop sponsored by APTA's Workforce Development Committee

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Facilitators
  • Julie A. Espy, MA, SPHR, Manager, Learning & Development, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA
  • Maggie McJilton, Executive Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: First Observer Training

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

The First Observer Plus Program provides transportation professionals with: the knowledge needed to recognize suspicious activity, possibly related to terrorism; guidance in assessing what they see; and a method for reporting those observations.

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

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Presenters
  • Andrea Di Spirito, Transportation Security Specialist, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA
  • Anthony A. Easterling, Transportation Security Specialist, Transportation Security Administration, Arlington, VA

ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Electric Bus PM and I/O Controls Troubleshooting

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Electric Bus PM - An introduction to electric bus preventive maintenance procedures highlighting the do's and don'ts, as well as key differences between electric and conventional powered coaches.

I/O Troubleshooting - The I/O system layout, module functions, and ladder logic will be covered. 

Certificate of Attendance awarded upon completion of the course.

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Presenter
  • Robert Remshifski, Technical Training Manager, Motor Coach Industries, Des Plaines, IL

Interactive Presentations

9:30 - 10 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

These highly interactive tabletop discussions are a new format that will offer registrants an opportunity to learn from a spectrum of discussion topics in an informal setting. Enjoy participating in these informal exchanges that maximize your time with industry leaders.

Tools and Workflows to Monitor and Improve Real-time Passenger Information Quality
  • Nicholas Hart, Transit Data Analyst, IBI Group, Boston, MA
Case Study: How MV Transportation Used Next Generation Scheduling to Improve Operational Excellence
  • Gil Peleg, Director of Operations, Optibus Inc., San Francisco, CA
Making Headways: Managing the Transit Scheduling Workforce in a Time of Change
  • Michael J. Walk, Texas Transportation Institute, Austin, TX
Maintenance Skills Gap
  • J. James Capozzi, Fare Collection Systems Specialist, WSP USA, N. White Plains, NY
Drain the Paratransit Swamp: Reduce Dependence and the Cost per Ride by Re-Orienting Mobility Subsidy Programs & Simplifying Reporting
  • Steve Yaffe, Proprietor, Yaffe Mobility Consulting LLC, Fort Mill, SC
Moovit Case Study: Providing Independence to Individuals with Disabilities
  • Brian Swanson, Director of Pre-Sales, Moovit, San Francisco, CA

Improving Bus Security and Reducing Bus Operator Assaults

10 - 11 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Not a week goes by that we don’t hear stories about bus operators and other transit workers being yelled at, spit on, or punched. The security of employees and passengers is a number one priority. This session will help you find resources and information about preventing attacks on transit workers and improving bus security.

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Moderator
  • Ronald Pavlik, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Security Affairs Committee; Vice Chair, Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee; Chief of Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Protecting One of Passenger Transit's Most Precious Assets - Bus Operators
  • John P. Condon, Vice President Sales, North America, Vapor Bus International-A Wabtec Company, Buffalo Grove, IL
Bus Operator Assaults- An Industry Perspective
  • Ronald Pavlik, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Security Affairs Committee; Vice Chair, Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee; Chief of Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
Keeping Your Passengers and Operators Safe from Unauthorized Use
  • Michael Kuzmich, Regional Director, Business Development, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY

Supporting Transit Asset Management Programs

10 - 11 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

A plan is not a plan without an efficient supply chain

Developing and managing Transit Asset Management Plans may require new policies, processes, and technology. Materials management plays a critical role in achieving any plan in place.

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Moderator
  • Debra R. Avila, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chief Vendor/Contract Management Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Panelists
  • Justin M. Barclay, Transit Asset Management Program Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Jerry D. Reynolds, Assistant Vice President, Materials Management Division, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX

Enterprise Risk Management, SMS, and Safety Culture: Information Sharing and Best Practices

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 3, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Join this important session to learn more about Enterprise Risk Management, Safety Management Systems (SMS), and Safety Culture and how these concepts are being applied throughout the transit industry. Hear from a successful transit agency about how SMS/Enterprise Risk Management is being applied there; find out more regarding the linkage between SMS and Transit Asset Management; discover how a SMS gap analysis was conducted for a small transit provider; and finally learn what is currently being done at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in regards to SMS and the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan final rule, which requires all urban rail and bus transit properties to have a SMS-based safety plan in place by July 20, 2020.

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Moderator
  • Michael C. Marks, Superintendent of Safety, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
Panelists
  • Cleveland Ferguson, III, Senior Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
  • Jean Smith, Implementation Lead, EAM, Trapeze Group, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Robert Kogan, Vice President, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Paulina Orchard, SMS Lead, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Equity in Action: Reaching Underserved Populations

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Increasing inequality has been well documented. Many agencies struggle to both engage with vulnerable populations in the planning and design of transit services and to serve low income populations in the region. This session will highlight three agencies and their efforts to leverage partnerships to reach both populations. Attendees will learn methods for engaging target audiences, an income-based approach to all transit fares, and about how to address equity issues when implementing a major restructure of bus service.

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Session sponsored by Transloc Inc. 

Moderator
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Inclusive Transportation Planning
  • Teddy Krolik, Chief of Engagement, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Network Restructuring- Working for the Greater Good
  • Todd Hemingson, AICP, Executive Vice President, Planning & Development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
TARC Community Outreach
  • Aida Copic, AICP, Director of Planning, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY

Exploring Mobility Innovation - One Pilot Project at a Time!

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Testing new models for service delivery

Today’s mobility environment is enlivened by new service delivery models being deployed and tested at transit agencies nationwide. New partners bring new opportunities to serve travel behaviors in an on-demand world. Two roundtable discussions will share new approaches others can build upon.

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Presiding
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Immediate Past Chair, APTA; Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Council; Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
Mobility Roundtable
  • John M. Lewis, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC
  • Jessica N. Mefford-Miller, Executive Director, Metro Transit, Bi-State Development Agency (dba Metro), St. Louis, MO
  • Henry Li, Member, APTA Board of Directors; General Manager/CEO, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
Mobility Innovation Pilot of the Month
  • David Zipper, Resident Fellow, The German Marshall Fund; Principal, DZ Strategies LLC, Washington, DC
  • David A. Genova, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit CEOs Committee; Vice Chair, Rail Transit Committee; General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

APTA Mobility Innovation Hub ~ NEW!

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Visit the APTA Mobility Innovation Hub, APTA's new interactive portal to cutting-edge service delivery initiatives, which is on display near the APTA registration area. This is the transit industry's resource center and laboratory, connecting you with innovation happening each week at transit agencies across the nation.

Please stop by and speak with APTA staff about tools and “how-to” information, and to share your own ideas. Sample products from the Mobility Innovation Hub website will be available.

Transit agencies are leveraging new technology and innovation to improve mobility. We all can learn and gain from one another!  

BRT TUESDAY: Community Outreach During BRT Project Development & Construction

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

As part of the project development and construction of new BRT service, development of transportation alternatives and extensive community outreach are significant and vital components to achieve consensus for the BRT corridors. The audience will hear firsthand from industry professionals on how to develop and implement innovative ways for an effective and productive outreach program, how to address challenges to advance project development and construction, and how to gain public support from project stakeholders and the community during construction. The emphasis for the session will be on information exchange.

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Moderator
  • Kammy Horne, AICP, Co-Chair, Environmental Subcommittee; Senior Vice President of Development, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
Panelists
  • Amy McAbee Cummings, Deputy Executive Director/Director of Planning, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
  • Arturo Herrera, Jr., Manager of Strategic Planning, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
  • Chelsa Johnson, Environmental Lead, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

TRAINING WORKSHOP: Getting Real about Recruiting Bus Operators

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Clifton, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Currently there is an epidemic of bus driver shortages within the public transportation industry. This chronic shortage is affecting the efficiency and quality of service provided by U.S. transit agencies. Facing lower unemployment rates, a robust economy, and competition from TNCs, schools, and other major employers, we have many hurdles to overcome.

This world-café style interactive session will feature industry stories and facilitate collaborative dialogue, idea synthesis, shared best practices, and recommendations.

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Facilitator
  • Julie A. Espy, MA, SPHR, Manager, Learning & Development, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange, CA

MOBILITY PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Halls A-B, Upper Concourse, Kentucky International Convention Center

(includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)

Many business members’ bus products and services will be showcased. Registrants can view the products and obtain information relating to the bus products and services on display. Expert personnel will be on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus and paratransit equipment and services.

see Showcase Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register

BRT TUESDAY: BRT, TOD and Economic Development

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

All across the U.S. interest in bus rapid transit is booming as a smart, more affordable transit option. New studies show compelling evidence that BRT — often with a price tag far lower than other transit investments — can provide ample economic benefits for cities large and small. This session will highlight how agencies planned for BRT service to impact the region’s jobs, residency, and overall business growth and planned TOD on the BRT corridor or station. In addition, attendees will learn BRT is being utilized as an economic development tool.

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Moderator
  • Mark E. Huffer, Project Director, HNTB Corporation, Raleigh, NC
Panelists
  • Ron H. Reekes, CSL Public Transportation, Wendel , Richmond, VA
  • Justin Stuehrenberg, P.E., Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN
  • Matt Selhorst, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, HDR, Columbus, OH
  • Michael J. Loges, Sr. Eonomic Development Project Manager, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

Challenges Facing Small Businesses in Transit: A Transit CEO Perspective

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

As the transit industry evolves, small businesses are facing new challenges, including tougher insurance and indemnification requirements. Small businesses accounted for almost 50% of the private workforce in 2015, according to the Small Business Administration. Panelists will discuss key issues facing small businesses in the 21st Century from the public agency perspective.

To that end, the discussion will focus on the following key topics:
 
~ Shrinking American workforce
~ Diversity and inclusion at the federal, state and local levels
~ Implications of alternative-delivery methods on small businesses
~ Implications of the new mobility ecosystem on small businesses~
~ Ways to create a sustainable friendly business environment for the creation of small businesses
 
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At the end of the session there will be a raffle drawing for a complimentary registration to a future APTA conference -- compliments of the Business Member Activity Fund.  You must be present to win!

Moderator
  • Jose R. Bustamante, P.E., Chair, Business Member Small Business Committee; Vice President, T&I National Business Development, STV Incorporated, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • James T. Gallagher, Chief Operations Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Randy S. Clarke, Chair, Connected and Automated Vehicle Committee; President & CEO, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, AICP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Vice Chair, Mobility Management Committee; Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA

Diversity and Inclusion Policies in Kentucky: The Effects and Counter-effects for the Travel and Mobility Industry

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Hear from several Diversity and Inclusion Officers in the Kentucky travel and mobility industry on the effects of state laws and staying compliant with federal regulations, as well as how they are achieving diversity and inclusion in their fields.

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Moderator
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Kellie Watson, General Counsel and Metro Council Liaison, Office of Mayor Greg Fischer, City of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Carolyn Tandy, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Texas Roadhouse, Louisville, KY
  • Tammy Henderson, Diversity and Inclusion, Brown-Forman, Louisville, KY
  • James K. Sackor, General Manager, First Transit, Inc., Louisville, KY
  • Brenda Allen, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Corporate Culture, Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville, KY

Sustainability, Setting the Stage for a Resilience Framework in Transit

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

There is a general understanding within the transit industry that action must be taken to reduce impacts of extreme weather events and operational disruptions. Sustainability efforts addressing mitigation and adaptation serve as a foundation for creating a resilience framework that accounts for regional patterns and the myriad of governance structures at transit agencies. In this presentation and panel discussion, we will look at current developments in sustainability planning for transit from a global, national, regional, and local perspective. The panelists will then explore sustainability tools developed to assist agencies in implementing climate and sustainability actions by highlighting the big takeaways from applicable research and experience.

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Moderator
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, STP, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Sustainability Committee; Associate Vice President, Transportation Cross Sector Development Director, HDR, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Mark Finnicum, Chief Operation Officer, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, Canton, OH
  • Dr. Emmanuel "Cris" Battad Liban, PE. ENV SP, Co-Chair, Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee; Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Transit's Response to People Who Are Homeless

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

In recent years, homelessness has emerged as one of the most pressing crises to hit communities - large and small - across the country. The lack of sufficient affordable housing options, social services, and relevant policies, as well as the opioid crisis, are contributing to large increases in the homeless population seeking shelter in transit stations, buses, and trains, and has created challenging quality of life problems in our systems. Transit agencies are learning to seek solutions to this issue through the development of partnerships and new business practices. Learn how transit agencies are trying to improve conditions for transit customers, employees, and the homeless population.

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Moderator
  • J. Barry Barker, Barry Barker, Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Natalie Harris, Executive Director, Coalition for the Homeless, Louisville, KY
  • Lacy Bell, Corridor Operations Director (BRT), Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief, System Security & Law Enforcement Division, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA

Thought Leadership: The New Mobility Workforce

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Our industry is at a crossroads. The public transportation industry is rapidly transforming from the traditional modal system of the past to one that is focused on an overall mobility approach for the future. As the industry evolves, we must prepare our workforce as they adapt to this new reality. Join industry leaders as we discuss how advancing technology, culture change, and a focus on overall mobility will impact how we recruit, train, and develop the transit workforce. What new knowledge, skills, talents, and experiences do we need to plan for and consider? What new and different jobs may emerge?

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Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Planning, Policy and Program Development Committee; Vice Chair, Leadership APTA Committee; Senior Vice President, National Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB Corporation, Chicago, IL
Panelists
  • Chad Ballentine, Vice President, Demand Response and Innovative Mobility, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Jana Demas, Managing Director of Employee Services, King County Metro , Seattle, WA

BRT TUESDAY: FTA Update

2 - 2:30 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Hear the latest information on BRT under FTA’s Capital Investment Grant Program, including a discussion on BRT eligibility, statistics on BRT projects funded and underway, planning, and lessons learned.

Introduction
  • Dennis Hinebaugh, Chair, BRT Committee; Director, Transit Research Program, Director, National BRT Institute, Florida Automated Vehicle Summit, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Speaker
  • Peter Mazurek, Capital Project Development Division Chief, Office of Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

APTA Mobility Innovation Hub ~ NEW!

2 - 5 p.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Visit the APTA Mobility Innovation Hub, APTA's new interactive portal to cutting-edge service delivery initiatives, which is on display near the APTA registration area. This is the transit industry's resource center and laboratory, connecting you with innovation happening each week at transit agencies across the nation.

Please stop by and speak with APTA staff about tools and “how-to” information, and to share your own ideas. Sample products from the Mobility Innovation Hub website will be available.

Transit agencies are leveraging new technology and innovation to improve mobility. We all can learn and gain from one another!  

Interactive Presentations

2:30 - 3 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

These highly interactive tabletop discussions are a new format that will offer registrants an opportunity to learn from a spectrum of discussion topics in an informal setting. Enjoy participating in these informal exchanges that maximize your time with industry leaders.

Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan's Role in Advancing Technology, Mobility and Access
  • Christopher Rosenberg, Finance Manager, Transportation Planning Organization, Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL
Case Study: Implementation of Mobility as a Service for TARC, Louisville KY
  • Sumithra Jagannath, President, ZED Digital, Columbus, OH
The Integration of Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use
  • Jared Bendifallah, Student, Transportation Planning, University of Southern California , Los Angeles, CA
What’s Driving the Zero Emissions Bus?
  • Merlin Maley, AIA, LEED AP, BD&C, NCARB, Western Region Transit Director, Principal, Stantec , Denver, CO
Improving Agency Sustainability through Environmental Management
  • Kerin Lester, PMP, Chair, Environmental Management Systems Working Group ; Environmental Management System Program Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA
Case Study: How York Region Transit (YRT) is Cultivating a Safer Environment Using Real-Time Transfer Information Displays
  • Bridgette Holzapfel, Director, Business Development, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA

BRT TUESDAY: Quick-Takes and Table-Top Discussions

2:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Join us for an interactive conversation focused on different BRT trending topics from the APTA Standards BRT Program. Topics will be introduced with a rapid-fire presentation format and a deep-dive discussion in an engaging table-top format.

Facilitator
  • Dennis Hinebaugh, Chair, BRT Committee; Director, Transit Research Program, Director, National BRT Institute, Florida Automated Vehicle Summit, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
BRT Branding, Imaging, & Marketing
  • Spring Worth, Secretary, BRT Committee; Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
  • Joseph Calabrese, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Transit System Development Advisor, AECOM, Orange, CA
BRT Service Design
  • Lacy Bell, Corridor Operations Director (BRT), Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
BRT Stations and Stops
  • Mark E. Huffer, Project Director, HNTB Corporation, Raleigh, NC
  • Stephen Crosley, Transit Integration Program Manager, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
BRT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Roberto Trevino, P.E., Executive Vice President, Planning, Engineering & Construction, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
Running Ways
  • William Crowley, Sr., Senior Transportation Engineer, AECOM, Cleveland, OH

FTA Procurement Hot Topics

3 - 4 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Issues for your attention when receiving federal funding

Attend this session to hear the status of current federal procurement initiatives; find out which agency(ies) may have best practice strategies in place, and if there are issues popping up that others can avoid.

Moderator
  • Michael Ratchford, Director of Purchasing, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Speaker
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Moving the Dial on Transit Asset Mangagement

3 - 4 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 4, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

In this session, panelists will discuss how to move their transit asset management programs forward, past the federally required TAM Plan. The audience will hear from both the federal and local perspectives on how agencies are using TAM plans as a prioritization plan for the agency and linking it to regional decision making and how it can improve the performance of the system for the customers they serve. Hear firsthand from an FTA representative, an agency CEO, an asset manager, and a subject matter expert on how the industry is improving its practices and their discussion of the key questions of interest to other agencies across the country.

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Moderator
  • Benjamin Limmer, AICP, Co-Chair, Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; Chief Executive Officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL
Panelists
  • Justin M. Barclay, Transit Asset Management Program Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Mshadoini Smith, Ph.D., Transit Asset Management Program Manager, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • Nathan Domme, Transit Planner, WSP USA, Glastonbury, CT

Save While Engaging Employees - Tactics to Increase Fiscal "Health" and Employee Engagement

3 - 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

With workforce development and employee engagement at the forefront of our industry, many agencies are struggling with the "how to." Significant efforts are employed to not only attract the best and brightest, but also to maintain the agency's talent. This session is designed to give you specific tactics to enhance employee engagement, while saving your agency significant dollars. Turnover drains agencies, both financially and creatively. Learn how to SAVE your talent and your dollars.

Participants will leave the session armed with a blueprint for enhanced fiscal health and proven tools to further engage employees.

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Moderator
  • Janna Woodfork, Director of Employee Engagement, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Ferdinand L. Risco, Jr., Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Workforce Development Committee; Chair, Bus & Paratransit Conference Planning Subcommittee; Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
  • Cloe Guidry-Reed, MBA, Principal, EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, Duluth, GA
  • Todd V. Mason, MS Ed., CLF, Territory Sales Leader - West, U.S., Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company, Long Beach, CA
  • Kaye Bealer, Founder and CEO, The Fiscal Firm, Dallas, TX

Electric Bus Deployment: Soup to Nuts

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 3, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Putting electric buses into your bus service requires careful planning and consideration of impacts across your operations – where and how much charging infrastructure to deploy, how to manage energy use, impacts on maintenance and facilities, training of drivers and mechanics, and more. This panel will give you guidance and best practices – what to do and what to avoid – for a successful deployment, whether you’re just getting started or thinking about scaling up your electric bus fleet.

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Moderator
  • Lisa Jerram, Director - Bus, Paratransit, and Surface Transit, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Panelists
  • David Carr, Facilities and Fleet Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
  • Lauren K. Cochran, Secretary, Connected and Automated Vehicle Committee; Regional Sales Director, Central US, Proterra Inc., Burlingame, CA
  • Dan Raudebaugh, Executive Director, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Atlanta, GA
  • Young Park, Senior Project Manager, Bus Electrification, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR

Small Operators - Best Practices

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Small operators have the same successes and the same challenges as larger transit systems, but the path is sometime a little different. This session will review best practices and other hot topics from the perspective of small transit operators.

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Moderator
  • Jill Barnett, Assistant General Manager, Lextran, Lexington, KY
Panelists
  • Diana Kotler, Executive Director, Anaheim Resort Transportation , Anaheim, CA
  • Donna Bowers, Director of Operations, Rock Region METRO, North Little Rock, AR
  • Chelsey Hohensee, Operations Manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL
  • Mario Marrero, Chief Operations Officer, Greater New Haven Transit District, Hamden, CT

Using Data to Achieve Positive Safety Outcomes

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Join us for this important session to learn about how transit agencies and business members are utilizing data to achieve positive safety outcomes. Hear case studies from three agencies – the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA), King County Metro, and York Region Transit (YRT); and learn how these agencies have utilized data collected from accidents and incidents, as well as root cause analyses to improve safety performance. Hear how technologies, such as video and in-cab alerts, are protecting operators and passengers alike. As data collection and analysis is a cornerstone of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and safety risk management, this session will help you learn how to protect riders and operators on your transit system through the use of data.

Session sponsored by Transloc Inc.

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Moderator
  • Lisa Staes, Chair, Bus Safety Committee; Director, Transit Safety and Workforce Development Programs, Center for Urban Transportation Research/College of Engineering, Tampa, FL
Panelists
  • Ann Derby, CTSM, Chair, EXPO Advisory Committee; Director of Marketing & Events, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc., Chesapeake, VA
  • Grantley Martelly, Managing Director, Transit Safety & Security, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
  • Jason Palmer, Chief Operations Officer, SmartDrive Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Harold Wyatt, Rail Car Maintenance Supervisor, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, GA

Emerging Wayfinding Hackathon

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Clifton, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

New approaches for addressing wayfinding challenges

New information techniques and technologies are enhancing the ability to access public transportation by people with disabilities. These enhancements could improve information and mobility for the entire system. This session highlights wayfinding improvements, new technologies, and strategies being developed that individuals with disabilities can use to navigate to, from, and within transit systems. The hackathon provides an opportunity for the audience to demonstrate their approaches for addressing wayfinding challenges. Attendees will learn about the state of wayfinding and provide feedback that will help guide future innovation.

Moderator
  • Marlene B. Connor, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Access Emerging Transportation Systems Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Issues Legislative Subcommittee; Co-Chair, Systems Management & Operations Planning Subcommittee; Principal/Manager, Marlene Connor Associates, LLC, Holyoke, MA
Panelists
  • Dr. Nirit Glazer, CEO, LookingBus, Palo Alto, CA
  • Randy Frazier, Chief Technology Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
  • Frank Kopas, VP, Worldwide Sales, Moovit, San Francisco, CA
  • Paul W. Schroeder, Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Aira, Washington, DC

BRT Committee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wheat, Level 3, Omni Louisville Hotel
Chair, Dennis Hinebaugh

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS CEREMONY ~ NEW!

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

(doors open at 6 p.m.; no tickets required)

Come celebrate the industry’s top bus operators and maintainers at the International Bus Roadeo Awards Ceremony. All Mobility Conference registrants and guests are invited to join the Bus Roadeo contestants and guests to find out who will walk away as the evening’s big winners! And, be sure to also attend the Roadeo Awards Reception immediately following the ceremony.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS RECEPTION ~ NEW!

7:30 - 9 p.m.
Commonwealth 6-8 & Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

(tickets required)

The celebration of our industry’s bus operators and maintainers continues immediately after the awards ceremony at a lively and entertaining reception. Join us at this relaxed, fun event featuring numerous, food stations, refreshments and cash bar, and more!

TICKETS
Mobility Conference Registrants

Tickets for the Awards Reception are not included in the conference registration fee, but may be purchased in advance at a cost of $150 each by completing the “Bus Roadeo Awards Reception Tickets” portion of the Meeting Registration Form and submitting it with your payment to APTA. Tickets also will be sold on site at the APTA registration desk.

Roadeo Participants
As part of the registration fee, each roadeo participant receives a reception ticket, and one ticket is included in the spouse/guest registration fee. Please complete the Bus Roadeo Registration Form and submit it with your payment to APTA.
 
QUESTIONS?
Mobility Conference Registrants:
Contact APTA’s Kwakuita Spence at 202.496.4845 or kspence@apta.com.
Roadeo Participants: Contact Anitha Atkins at 202.496.4839 or aatkins@apta.com; or Saahir Brewington at 202.496.4834 or sbrewington@apta.com.
 

Wednesday, May 22

Coffee Service

8 - 9 a.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Buying a Bus, or a Computer on Wheels?

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

No matter how you categorize today’s buses, it’s not an off-the-shelf proposition

Circumstances change during the span between agency bus acquisitions. Innovation continues to outpace statutes, policies, and old procurement practices; safety and security equipment and practices evolve; sustainability and environment goals are put in place; and transit staff may even change, making it impractical to rely on past solicitation documents and internal processes.

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Session sponsored by Vix Technology (USA) Inc.

Moderator
  • Michael Ratchford, Director of Purchasing, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Joe Gibson, Vice President, National Sales, New Flyer of America, Commerce, MI
  • William S. Haber, Vehicle Procurement Administrator, King County Metro , Seattle, WA

Lessons Learned from Bus Service Innovations

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Transit agencies are rethinking how they offer and operate their bus service – from data-driven improvements to full-scale revamps to out of the box ideas like “zero fare." In this session, you will hear from your peers about various strategies they’ve deployed to innovate or streamline operations or to address ridership issues. You’ll hear the lessons learned, both the good and the bad, so you can leverage what other agencies are doing in your own service.

Moderator
  • Dottie L. Watkins, Chair, Bus Standards Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President, Bus Operations, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
Schedule Adherence Playbook
  • Zach Chissell, Manager of Project Development, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Joe Davis, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Operations Support, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Circulator: A Toolbox of Innovation
  • Spring Worth, Secretary, BRT Committee; Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
Using Public Communication to Prioritize, Plan, and Evaluate
  • Robert P. Jones, Manager, Service Planning, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo, NY

The Role of Transit and Mobility Management in an Era of New and Expanded Shared Mobility Options

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Provide Your Input to a TRB Special Study

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is conducting a major study to examine what steps transit agencies can take to assure that new mobility services such as transportation network companies, carsharing, bike-sharing, scooter-sharing, and micro-transit can be complimentary to, rather than competitive with, public transit. The TRB study will also examine the role transit agencies can play in becoming mobility managers and integrating the ever-growing suite of options into a “Mobility as a Service” business model. This interactive conversation will raise the knowledge level of panelists and audience alike.

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Moderator
  • Gary C. Thomas, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Immediate Past Chair, Mobility Management Committee; President/Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • Carlos Cruz-Casas, P.E., Assistant Director, Dept of Transportation & Public Works, Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL
  • Corinne Ralph, Chief of Transit Programs, City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation (LADOT), Los Angeles, CA
  • Sharon Feigon, Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center, Chicago, IL

Conference Registration Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Host Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2nd Floor Prefunction, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Nulu, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Standards Program Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

TCRP Information Desk

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

APTA Mobility Innovation Hub ~ NEW!

8:30 - 11 a.m.
Commonwealth Foyer, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Visit the APTA Mobility Innovation Hub, APTA's new interactive portal to cutting-edge service delivery initiatives, which is on display near the APTA registration area. This is the transit industry's resource center and laboratory, connecting you with innovation happening each week at transit agencies across the nation.

Please stop by and speak with APTA staff about tools and “how-to” information, and to share your own ideas. Sample products from the Mobility Innovation Hub website will be available.

Transit agencies are leveraging new technology and innovation to improve mobility. We all can learn and gain from one another! 

21st Century Security Concerns - Cyber Security in Transit

10 - 11 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Cyber risk management information is important to surface transportation operators because cyber security threats are real, and they can have real consequences for an organization’s operations and profitability. Hear cyber security concerns and security best practices. 

Session sponsored by Vix Technology (USA) Inc.  

Moderator
  • Alesia Cain, Chief Information Officer & Chief Technology Officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Hampton, VA
Public Transit, Addressing Cyber Risk to Safety and Reliability
  • Jim McKenney, Technical Director, NCC Group, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Why Should I Trust "The Cloud?"
  • Nick Halden, Head of Solutions - Americas, Vix Technology (USA) Inc., Seattle, WA
How To Bring Your Security Systems into the 21st Century
  • Shawn Enides, Transportation Business Development Manager, Genetec, Inc., Montreal, QC

Applying Technology with the Customer in Mind

10 - 11 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

It can be tempting to fall for the allure of new technologies just because they’re new. This session will explore how to selectively deploy technology solutions that are truly focused on improving the transit customer experience in terms of improving communications, performance, and safety.

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Session sponsored by Transloc Inc.

Moderator
  • Tyler Means, AICP, Senior Project Manager, TransLoc Inc., Durham, NC
The Experience is Everything - Technology that Puts Customers First
  • Andre Young, Senior Strategic Accounts Manager, Clever Devices Ltd., Woodbury, NY
JTA MOVE Plan to Develop an Integrated Transportation Network
  • Kevin Salzer, MSP, AICP, Transportation Innovation Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
MDOT MTA Capital Project Dashboard
  • Jacob Dunkle, Assistant Manager, Capital Programming, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
Small but Mighty: How "Micro-projects" Will Win the War on Declining Ridership
  • Laramie Bowron, Customer Success Manager, Swiftly, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Electric Companies 101: Understanding and Working Effectively with Your Electric Company to Deploy Electric Buses

10 - 11 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 8, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Battery electric bus charging infrastructure requires transit agencies to integrate a totally new fueling structure. A critical partner in this effort is the electric company. However, historically, electric companies and bus transit agencies have not worked together closely. For many transit agencies, electric company business models and tariff structures are not well understood. In this session, you will hear from electric companies themselves about how they operate, what their perspective is on the electric bus market, and how transit agencies and electric companies can work effectively to support electric bus deployments.

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Moderator
  • Geoffrey Hobin, Director of Grants & Capital Programs, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY
Panelists
  • Simon Horton, Transportation Electrification Project Management, New Development Planning, Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA
  • Brad Norman, Electric Transportation Market Specialist, Georgia Power, Atlanta, GA
  • Cole Willis, Strategic Accounts Executive, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Indianapolis, IN
  • David Huff, Director, Advanced Meter Initiatives, LG&E and KU, Louisville, KY

Internal Casting for Bus Acquisitions Experts

10 - 11 a.m.
Olmsted Ballroom 6-7, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

There are more mechanics in your organization than you think

Who needs to be in the room when you develop bus procurement specifications and evaluate bus proposals? Proposal evaluations have become more challenging and complex for procurement staff and selection panels. Now more than ever, there is a need to “get it really right" because of the time and resource investments in a bus acquisition. How do you achieve “best value?” Session attendees will gain insight to various evaluation considerations and rating methods.

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Moderator
  • Huelon A. Harrison, Member, APTA Executive Committee; Chair, Business Member Board of Governors; Principal, Legacy Resource Group, Dallas, TX
Panelists
  • James Harper, Jr., Director, Office of Acquisition Management, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
  • David Varner, Director, Bus Maintenance, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • Jose Barreda, Manager, Bus Maintenance, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

New Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Transit Ridership

10 - 11 a.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 1-2, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

Next practices for an on-demand society

Transit agencies are figuring out the new trends in travel behavior. New service delivery approaches, creative marketing ideas, and innovative ways for serving community mobility needs are being implemented across the country. This roundtable will explore how factors such as bus-network redesign, fare policy, trip speed and frequency, rider amenities, housing policy, University agreements, and changes in trip patterns all blend into a comprehensive service strategy.

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Moderator
  • Arthur L. Guzzetti, Vice President – Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Roundtable Discussion
  • Lee G. Gibson, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
  • Donna Bowers, Director of Operations, Rock Region METRO, North Little Rock, AR
  • Joseph Raquel, Director of Planning, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA
  • Doug Arseneault, Public Affairs Administrator, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Celebrating & Developing Champions

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Commonwealth Ballroom 4-5, Level 2, Omni Louisville Hotel

This session features award-winning, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and world-class trainer Tom Van Berg who will provide a peek behind the curtain of the horse-racing industry in the United States to show how champions are identified and nurtured. They will share an inspiring story of how discipline, luck, and skill lead to developing champions and how attendees can use these skills at their organizations to nurture a championship culture.

Session sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund
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Presiding
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Keynote Speakers
  • Pat Day, Award-Winning Jockey and Member, Racing Hall of Fame, Louisville, KY
  • Tom Van Berg, Owner/Trainer, Van Berg Racing Stables, LLC, Louisville, KY
Invitation to 2020 Mobility Conference
  • Tremell Brown, Vice President of Safety, Training & System Security, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX

TARC Technical Tour

1 - 2:30 p.m.

(40-person limit)

Participate in a behind-the-scenes look at the technical side of TARC’s everyday operations. Departing from the Omni Hotel, at the 2nd & Liberty bus stop/north side of the building, the group will travel by bus to TARC’s 29th Street Campus for a brief view of the state-of-the-art maintenance facility and the Nia Center location. You will then travel to Union Station—TARC’s headquarters, for a guided tour of its main campus including the historic administration building—built in 1891, the Radio Operations Center, and Training Facility. Join TARC representatives for a full campus presentation and learn about some exciting projects just around the corner.

Tour space is limited, so be sure sign up early on site at the host information table in the APTA registration area.