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2020 Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop - An APTA Virtual Event - Program

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

Please note we have identified sessions for continuing education credits available to certified planners. The Workshop offers a total of 11CM hours.

 

Thursday, July 30

Opening Session

11 - 11:15 a.m.

Start the day with a special welcome from APTA's leadership. This session will kick off APTA's first-ever virtual workshop and set the tone for an exciting two days focused on sustainability and multimodal planning.

Host for the Day
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA
Remarks
  • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Nuria I. Fernandez, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Washington, DC

Responding to COVID-19 - Part 1

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

Our inboxes have been filled lately with notices of webinars regarding transit’s response to COVID-19. This session is different. We’ll hear from service planners and schedulers who crafted the initial cutbacks and subsequent restoration of service. How did they develop and implement the plans and schedules in an environment that was changing daily? What lessons can they share from this unprecedented time?

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

 Session presented by GIRO Inc.
 
Moderator
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA
Panelists
  • Gordon Robinson, AICP, PMP, Managing Director of Operations, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Mia Pears, AICP, Manager, Transit Network Management, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC

Strengthen & Stretch Break

12 - 12:10 p.m.

Let's move!

This fun and interactive break will get you moving and help you refocus for the next set of sessions. A licensed fitness instructor will guide you through low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your body and mind.

Instructor
  • Braegan Padley, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Washington, DC

Responding to COVID-19 - Part 2

12:10 - 12:55 p.m.

Our inboxes have been filled lately with notices of webinars regarding transit’s response to COVID-19. This session is different. We’ll hear from service planners and schedulers who crafted the initial cutbacks and subsequent restoration of service. How did they develop and implement the plans and schedules in an environment that was changing daily? What lessons can they share from this unprecedented time?

 PLANNING CEUs: .75CM

Session presented by Proterra Inc. 
Moderator
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA
Speakers
  • Sarah Wyss, Deputy Director, Bus Planning, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY
  • Jim Archer, Director, Service Planning, Scheduling, and Evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro), Houston, TX

Tabletop Discussions - Sustainability

12:55 - 1:25 p.m.

Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal tabletop discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.
 
PLANNING CEUs: .50CM
 
Table S1 discussion presented by BAE SYSTEMS
 
TABLE S1: Cleaning the Air and Navigating a New World of Zero Emission Deployment
Facilitators
  • Greg Marx, BAE SYSTEMS, Endicott, NY
  • Daniel Lee, Sustainability Analyst, Strategy Planning & Program Management, Office of Sustainability, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Washington, DC
  • Catherine LaFata, AICP CTP, Transportation Equity Director, HDR, Boston, MA
TABLE S2: Integrating Equity into Transit Investment and Planning
Facilitators
  • Peter Varga, Principal Past APTA Chair, Peter Varga, Belmont, MI
  • Jacquelyne Grimshaw, Vice President, Government Affairs, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, IL
TABLE S3: Mobility Planning and Sustainability Outcomes
Facilitators
  • Julianna Horiuchi, Policy Assistant, Office of Performance Management & Innovation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • David E. Wohlwill, AICP, Program Manager, Long-Range Planning, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), Pittsburgh, PA
TABLE S4: Using Sustainability Metrics to Improve Agency Efficiency - Internal Focus
Facilitators
  • Meghan Schulz, Senior Sustainability Systems Manager, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mackenzie McGuffie, Electric Vehicle Project Manager, HDR, Phoenix, AZ

Equity in Action: Transforming the Future - Part 1

1:25 - 2:10 p.m.

As we manage the impacts to public transport during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential public transportation agencies rethink their approaches to prioritizing their service areas with network redesigns and technology offerings that meet demands of their customers.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Pamela Yonkin, ENV SP, Sustainability & Resiliency Director of Transportation, HDR, Boston, MA
Panelists
  • Q. Aniqua Zahra, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mary Buchanan, Research Manager, TransitCenter, Inc., New York, NY
  • Kevin Brian Walsh, Sernior Transit Planner, HDR, Charlotte, NC

Strengthen & Stretch Break

2:10 - 2:20 p.m.

Let's move!

This fun and interactive break will get you moving and help you refocus for the next set of sessions. A licensed fitness instructor will guide you through low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your body and mind.

Instructor
  • Braegan Padley, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Washington, DC

Equity in Action: Transforming the Future - Part 2

2:20 - 3:05 p.m.

As we manage the impacts to public transport during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential public transportation agencies rethink their approaches to prioritizing their service areas with network redesigns and technology offerings that meet demands of their customers.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Pamela Yonkin, ENV SP, Sustainability & Resiliency Director of Transportation, HDR, Boston, MA
Panelists
  • Natalie Westberg, Transportation Planner, Service Planning, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
  • Maha Jahshan, Senior Communications and Public Engagement Planner, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
  • Jonathan Scheff, Data Scientist, Transit app, Montreal, QC
  • Heidy Persaud, Director of Transportation Equity, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, IL

Tabletop Discussions - Multimodal Planning

3:05 - 3:35 p.m.

Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal tabletop discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.
 
PLANNING CEUs: .50CM
 
TABLE MP1: Winning Back Ridership
Facilitators
  • Ronald J. Kilcoyne, Principal, Ron Kilcoyne, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Anna Gartsman, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
TABLE MP2: Collaboration with Cities
Facilitators
  • Cyndi Harper, Senior Manager, Route Planning, Service Development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Haley Peckett, AICP, Project Mamager, District Department of Transportation/Mass Transit Admin., Washington, DC
TABLE MP3: Transit Speed and Reliability
Facilitators
  • Lacy Bell, Principal - Seattle Office Lead, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Owen Kehoe, PE, PTOE, Lead Transportation Engineer, Speed and Reliability Program, King County Metro , Seattle, WA
TABLE MP4: Potpourri
Facilitator
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA

InReach - Strategies for Gathering Knowledge from the Front Lines - Part 1

3:35 - 4:20 p.m.

The need to understand how operations are going in the field has never been more important. Historically, transit planners have focused on public outreach to inform decision making but have often overlooked “InReach” as part of the planning process. This session includes four different perspectives on incorporating operator input into service planning projects and initiatives. These case studies will provide strategies that can be applied as we all look for ways to gather more information from the front lines to adapt service to ever changing conditions.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA
Panelists
  • Phillip St. Pierre, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), Jacksonville, FL
  • Keisha Farrell, Inreach Program Manager, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD

Strengthen & Stretch Break

4:20 - 4:30 p.m.

Let's move! 

This fun and interactive break will get you moving and help you refocus for the next set of sessions. A licensed fitness instructor will guide you through low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your body and mind.

Instructor
  • Braegan Padley, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Washington, DC

InReach - Strategies for Gathering Knowledge from the Front Lines - Part 2

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

The need to understand how operations are going in the field has never been more important. Historically, transit planners have focused on public outreach to inform decision making but have often overlooked “inReach” as part of the planning process. This session includes four different perspectives on incorporating operator input into service planning projects and initiatives. These case studies will provide strategies that can be applied as we all look for ways to gather more information from the front lines to adapt service to ever changing conditions.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator/Speaker
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA

Virtual Happy Hour (Moderated Debrief)

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

End the day with workshop leaders and your peers across North America. Whether you're on the West Coast, East Coast, or somewhere in between, its 5 o'clock somewhere, and it's always a good time to talk about sustainability and multimodal planning.

Moderator
  • Daniel K. Boyle, President, Dan Boyle & Associates LLC, Alexandria, VA
 

Friday, July 31

Opening Session

11 - 11:15 a.m.

Start day two with a special welcome from APTA leadership in sustainability as well as leaders of the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Before COVID-19, this workshop was scheduled to be held in Pittsburgh. Our host agency will kick things off with a welcome and updates from The Steel City.

Host for the Day
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, MBA, ENV SP, PROSCI, STP, Director, Transport Advisory Services, HDR, Chicago, IL
Remarks
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), Pittsburgh, PA
Presentation
  • David E. Wohlwill, AICP, Program Manager, Long-Range Planning, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), Pittsburgh, PA

Should Transit be Free? - Part 1

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

As we manage the impacts to public transit during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential agencies reevaluate their ridership-based revenue structure. Is this a sustainable approach long-term, and should agencies set fare policy based on equity and affordability goals?

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Advisor, Olivier Incorporated, Pearland, TX
Panelists
  • Cristina Barone, AICP, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA
  • Amy K. Silbermann, Chief Development Officer, Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), Pittsburgh, PA

Strengthen & Stretch Break

12 - 12:10 p.m.

Let's move!

This fun and interactive break will get you moving and help you refocus for the next set of sessions. A licensed fitness instructor will guide you through low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your body and mind.

Instructor
  • Braegan Padley, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Washington, DC

Should Transit be Free? - Part 2

12:10 - 12:55 p.m.

As we manage the impacts to public transit during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential agencies reevaluate their ridership-based revenue structure. Is this a sustainable approach long-term, and should agencies set fare policy based on equity and affordability goals?

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Kimberly Slaughter, Advisor, Olivier Incorporated, Pearland, TX
Panelists
  • Stephanie Lotshaw, Program Director, Improving Agency Practice, TransitCenter, Inc., New York, NY
  • Jim Archer, Director, Service Planning, Scheduling, and Evaluation, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro), Houston, TX

Tabletop Discussions - Multimodal Planning

12:55 - 1:25 p.m.

Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal tabletop discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.
 
PLANNING CEUs: .50CM
 
TABLE MP5: Ridership/Fare Collection/Performance Data
Facilitators
  • Gordon Robinson, AICP, PMP, Managing Director of Operations, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Eric F. Svenson, Data Analyst, Service Planning, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo, NY
TABLE MP6: Innovative Mobility/Microtransit
Facilitators
  • Ronald Downing, Director of Planning, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, San Rafael, CA
  • Daniel Shockley, Senior Planner, San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), San Carlos, CA
TABLE MP7: Tactical Transit Lanes
Facilitators
  • Leslie Bienenfeld, Manager of Special Events and Construction, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni), San Francisco, CA
  • Peter Casellini, AICP, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
TABLE MP8: Rail Service Planning
Facilitators
  • Paul Bignardi, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Kate Lyman, Senior Planner and Project Manager, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR

After the Reimagining - Part 1

1:25 - 2:10 p.m.

The Houston Metro bus network reimagining inspired many similar efforts across the country, and the results are coming in. We will hear reimagining results from two mid-sized agencies, along with use of location-based data and community input regarding what makes a transit option competitive to guide a reimagining effort. The board member, who more or less started it all, will reflect on when a redesign or a traditional Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) is the best choice to improve bus service.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Lacy Bell, Principal - Seattle Office Lead, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA
Panelists
  • James Drake, Principal Planner, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento, CA
  • Adrienne Torres, Director of Planning and Scheduling, GRTC Transit System, Richmond, VA
  • Scudder Wagg, Senior Associate, Jarrett Walker + Associates, Arlington, VA

Strengthen & Stretch Break

2:10 - 2:20 p.m.

Let's move! 

This fun and interactive break will get you moving and help you refocus for the next set of sessions. A licensed fitness instructor will guide you through low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your body and mind.

Instructor
  • Braegan Padley, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Washington, DC

After the Reimagining - Part 2

2:20 - 3:05 p.m.

The Houston Metro bus network reimagining inspired many similar efforts across the country, and the results are coming in. We will hear reimagining results from two mid-sized agencies, along with use of location-based data and community input regarding what makes a transit option competitive to guide a reimagining effort. The board member, who more or less started it all, will reflect on when a redesign or a traditional Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) is the best choice to improve bus service.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Moderator
  • Lacy Bell, Principal - Seattle Office Lead, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA
Panelists
  • Caroline Koch Vanasse, Transportation Planner, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston, MA
  • Anna Gartsman, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Christof Spieler, PE, AICP, LEED AP, Director of Planning, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., Houston, TX

Tabletop Discussions - Sustainability

3:05 - 3:35 p.m.

Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal tabletop discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.
 
PLANNING CEUs: .50CM
 
Table S6 discussion presented by WSP USA
 
TABLE S5: Using Sustainability Metrics to Improve Agency Efficiency - External Focus
Facilitators
  • Matt von Wahlde, Senior Vice President, Geonetics, BSC Group, Inc., Boston, MA
  • Negar Khalili, ENV SP, Environmental Engineer - Acoustics, Vibration, Greenhouse Gases, Air Quality, WSP, Sacramento, CA
TABLE S6: How to Plan for a Changing Climate
Facilitators
  • Christy Shelton, Principal, Cascadia Consulting Group, Seattle, WA
  • Hannah Lyons-Galante, Climate Resiliency Specialist, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
  • Annika Ragsdale, ENV SP, Consultant, Advisory Services, U.S., WSP, Sacramento, CA
TABLE S7: Transforming the Status Quo
Facilitators
  • Dave Biggs, Chief Engagement Officer, MetroQuest, Vancouver, BC
  • Benjamin E. Trevino, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI
TABLE S8: Communicating Sustainable Transit Agency Action Effectively
Facilitators
  • Dr. Emmanuel "Cris" Battad Liban, PE. ENV SP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
  • Alexander (Xan) Traversa, Planner III - Environmental, Sustainability and TOD, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL

Sustainable Capital Programming - Part 1

3:35 - 4:20 p.m.

As we manage the impacts to public transportation agencies during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential they evaluate the positive impact of sustainable agency-wide, sustainability-focused capital initiatives. Revisiting sustainable capital programs can lead to a focus on additional long-term saving impacts.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Session presented by BAE SYSTEMS

Moderator
  • Amy Shatzkin, APTA Sustainability Committee Chair; Deputy Director, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Panelists
  • Becky W. Chen, PE, PMP, Project Manager & Mechanical Engineer, Fleet Engineering, Transit, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Donna Bartel, Senior Sustainability Advisor, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), Surrey, BC
  • Mark Teschauer, AICP, ENV SP, WSP, Washington, DC

Strengthen & Stretch Break

4:20 - 4:30 p.m.

Let's move!

This fun and interactive break will get you moving and help you refocus for the next set of sessions. A licensed fitness instructor will guide you through low-impact exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your body and mind.

Instructor
  • Braegan Padley, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Washington, DC

Sustainable Capital Programming - Part 2

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

As we manage the impacts to public transportation agencies during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential they evaluate the positive impact of sustainable agency-wide, sustainability-focused capital initiatives. Revisiting sustainable capital programs can lead to a focus on additional long-term saving impacts.

PLANNING CEUs: .75CM 

Session presented by BAE SYSTEMS

Moderator
  • Lawrence J. Murphy, P.E., Senior Director | Buildings, Infrastructure & Advance Facilities, Jacobs, Wethersfield, CT
Panelists
  • Denis Martynowych, AIA, LEED BD+C & O+M, ENV SP, Senior Sustainability Planner and Designer / Sustainability Liaison for East and South Corridor Transit Expansion Projects, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Meghan Schulz, Senior Sustainability Systems Manager, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA

Virtual Happy Hour (Moderated Debrief)

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

End the day with workshop leaders and your peers across North America. Whether you're on the West Coast, East Coast, or somewhere in between, its 5 o'clock somewhere, and it's always a good time to talk about sustainability and multimodal planning.

Moderator
  • Janet R. Gonzalez Tudor, MBA, ENV SP, PROSCI, STP, Director, Transport Advisory Services, HDR, Chicago, IL