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  • Transit Operating Models of the Future

    Includes a Live Web Event on 05/20/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    As communities and regions devise plans and strategies for building-back-better and building better transit, this is also an opportune time for transit agencies to look at their operating models and consider new approaches to mobility and integration. Hear from the transit agency leaders and regional stakeholders who are at the forefront of these discussions.

    Why and how regions and their transit agencies are considering new ways to integrate

    As communities and regions devise plans and strategies for building-back-better and building better transit, this is also an opportune time for transit agencies to look at their operating models and consider new approaches to mobility and integration.  Too often, the ability of transit agencies to deliver on key goals such as regional mobility, equity, sustainability, and post-pandemic economic recovery are constrained by legacy organizational designs.  

    Federal COVID-19 relief has provided temporary breathing room for operating budgets, and infrastructure legislation could bring opportunities to close service and equity gaps, improve networks, and introduce new technologies including electric buses (and the required skill sets that must accompany these new and exciting opportunities).   

     Hear from the transit agency leaders and regional stakeholders who are at the forefront of these discussions.

    • Why might now be the right time to consider greater integration and future operating models? 
    • What types of new models are possible and how do they impact different stakeholders? 
    • What are the opportunities, and how do the potential benefits align to agency goals and missions? 
    • How can different approaches deliver better outcomes?   
    • What can we learn from the experiences of others who have confronted local questions and issues? 


    Moderator:

    Mike Parker, Americas Infrastructure Leader, EY, Philadelphia, PA

     

    Panelists Include:

    Richard Leary, APTA Executive Committee; CEO, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto, ON

    Christopher Tomlinson, Executive Director, Atlanta Region Transit-Link Authority, Atlanta, GA

    Jennifer DeBruhl, Vice-Chair, APTA State Affairs Committee; Chief of Public Transportation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA


    This APTAU webinar is presented by EY

  • Kaleidoscope: How to Set Up Courageous Conversations on Race, Racial Justice and Racial Equity – Part 1

    Join us for a compelling view into how two transit agencies have set up safe spaces for conversations on race, what the impacts have been to date as well as key take-aways for other agencies and organizations.

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    Join us for a compelling view into how two transit agencies have set up safe spaces for conversations on race, what the impacts have been to date as well as key take-aways for other agencies and organizations. Jacqueline Hopkins from SEPTA and KeAndra Cylear Dodds of LA Metro will discuss the practical challenges of implementing courageous conversations, what they have learned, what the relative value has been for their agencies and how they plan to build on these conversations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • PERSPECTIVES: A Focus on the Future of Transportation Sustainability

    Recorded On: 04/15/2021

    Join us to kick off Earth Day week early with a compelling conversation on the outlook for clean transportation technology, innovations in transportation sustainability, and the key role of public transportation.

    Join us to kick off Earth Day week early with a compelling conversation on the outlook for clean transportation technology, innovations in transportation sustainability, and the key role of public transportation.

    Host:

    • Janet Gonzalez Tudor, Chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; Transportation Operational Resiliency Director, HDR, Chicago, IL 

    Guest:

    • Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation at the US Department of Energy, Washington, DC 

  • Data Governance – Don't Drown in your Data Lake!

    Recorded On: 04/14/2021

    This webinar will cover a variety of lessons learned, best practices and innovations that our speakers have developed in their Data Governance Programs, Big Data Challenges, and Enterprise Data Management systems across one or many stakeholder organizations.

    This webinar will cover a variety of lessons learned, best practices and innovations that our speakers have developed in their Data Governance Programs, Big Data Challenges, and Enterprise Data Management systems across one or many stakeholder organizations. Transit agencies and experts will provide the information you need to set your data governance program in the best possible direction. Speakers will share the steps of conducting an assessment and share with you a set of typical results from taking this action. You may learn how easy it is to organize the assessment and hear results that encourage you to take action at your own agency.

    Moderator:

    • Ahsan Baig, Chief Information Officer, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA

    Panelists:

    • Manjit Sooch, Chair, APTA Research and Technology Committee; Director of Systems and Software Development, AC Transit (Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
    • Karen A. Winger, AICP, CCTM, TDM-CP, Transit Division Director, Transportation, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation, Lawrenceville, GA
    • Dr. Brendon Hemily, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Transit Analytics Lab (TAL), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    • Joseph Yawn, Transportation Technology Administrator, Mobility Services Group, Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, GA
  • APTA Workshop on the Congressional Earmark Process

    Recorded On: 04/06/2021

    APTA Legislative Consultants will give an update on the Congressional Earmark Process.

    For the first time in years, constituents may request “earmarked” Congressional spending for specific purposes. On Tuesday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m., APTA will host a Workshop to discuss the new federal earmark processes.

    All earmark requests must originate from Members of Congress. If you are interested in a transit earmark, APTA encourages you to work directly with your Representatives as soon as possible to identify potential projects for inclusion in surface transportation legislation or the transportation appropriations bill.

    Both the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Committee on Appropriations have announced Congressional earmark processes for their respective bills. To date, neither Senate Democrats nor Republicans have outlined their processes for considering earmarks.

    Introductions:

    • Dorval R. Carter, Jr., Chair, Legislative Committee
    • Erika Mazza, Vice Chair, Legislative Committee
    • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA

    Panelists:

    • Randi Reid, Principal, Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid
    • James Reid, Principal, Capitol Hill Policy Group
    • Dan Renberg, Partner, Arent Fox, LLP

     

  • Bus Technical Maintenance: Air System Troubleshooting

    Recorded On: 04/01/2021

    This webinar will cover common air system troubleshooting issues. It will cover in detail the operation, components, circuit specifications and key maintenance techniques.

    The air system can be challenging to even the most experienced technicians. However, with proper training, time required for servicing and repair will decrease which leads to lowering the out of service time and increasing the productive deployment of the vehicle. Direct maintenance costs will be significantly reduced while building technician confidence. 

    This webinar is the third in the series in which Air System Troubleshooting will be discussed in detail. 

    Moderator:

    • Obed Mejia, Senior Bus Equipment Maintenance Instructor, LA Metro, Los Angeles, CA

     Presenters:

    • Brian Markey, President, Custom Training Aids Inc., La Verne, CA
    • Frank Forde, Equipment Maintenance Instructor, LA Metro, Los Angeles, CA
    • John Brundage, Transit and Rail Vehicle Specialist, Jacobs, Boston, MA
  • Zero Emission Bus Planning and Deployment: Session 2

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/31/2021

    This APTAU CEU Academy two-part series provides training on zero emission bus (ZEB) deployments. This second session focuses on ZEB and infrastructure procurement and deployment, including topics such as developing technical specifications, infrastructure installation, and performance monitoring. Registration fees: Member - $49 / Non-members $99

    This APTAU CEU Academy two-part series provides training on zero emission bus (ZEB) deployments, based on the best practices identified in the Guidebook for Deploying Zero Emission Transit Buses, funded through the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

    This second session focuses on ZEB procurement and deployment.  Participants will come away with an understanding of aspects of the bus and infrastructure technical specifications that are different from conventional vehicle procurements; considerations for charging or hydrogen fueling infrastructure installation; and how to monitor and manage ZEB performance once buses are in service.

    The series is geared towards transit agency planners, project managers, bus operations staff, and bus maintenance staff who are either preparing to deploy ZEBs; deploying their first fleet of ZEBs; or beginning to explore the next phase of ZEB deployment.

    Training instructors are from the Center for Transportation and the Environment, the authors of the 2020 TRB Guidebook for Deploying Zero Emission Transit Buses.  Attendees will be given a short “homework assignment” to complete before the training. 

    The session will be interactive with audience Q&A. Attendees will also hear from at least one transit agency in each session for a real world demonstration of the concepts being taught in the training.

    Participants may receive either 1.5 CEU planner credits or 1.5 CEU engineering credits for this session.

    Moderator:

    • Lisa Jerram, Director of Bus Programs and Emerging Vehicle Technologies, APTA

    Presenters:

    • Amy Posner, Engineering Consultant, CTE
    • Kylie McCord, Senior Engineering Consultant, CTE
    • Erik Bigelow, Senior Engineering Consultant and Director of Midwest Operations, CTE
    • Rolando Cruz, Chief Transportation Officer, Culver City
    • Andrew Murphy, Director of Vehicle Maintenance, Capital Metro

    Registration fees:  Members $49 / Non-members $99

  • Zero Emission Bus Planning and Deployment: Session 1

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/24/2021

    This APTAU CEU Academy two-part series provides training on zero emission bus (ZEB) deployments. This first session focuses on the planning stage with an overview of ZEB technology; review of the critical differences between planning for ZEBs and conventionally fueled buses; and how to determine the right bus and infrastructure technology for your specific needs. Registration fees: Members $49 / Non-members $99

    This APTAU CEU Academy two-part series provides training on zero emission bus (ZEB) deployments, based on the best practices identified in the Guidebook for Deploying Zero Emission Transit Buses, funded through the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

    This first session focuses on the planning stage.  Participants will come away with an understanding of the unique needs for upfront planning for ZEBs compared to conventionally-fueled vehicles; how to evaluate your service needs; and the approach for vehicle and infrastructure selection.

    The series is geared towards transit agency planners, project managers, bus operations staff, and bus maintenance staff who are either preparing to deploy ZEBs; deploying their first fleet of ZEBs; or beginning to explore the next phase of ZEB deployment.

    Training instructors are from the Center for Transportation and the Environment, the authors of the 2020 TRB Guidebook for Deploying Zero Emission Transit Buses.  Attendees will be asked to review specific guidebook chapters before the training. 

    The session will be interactive with audience Q&A. Attendees will also hear from at least one transit agency in each session for a real world demonstration of the concepts being taught in the training.

    Participants may receive either 1.5 CEU planner credits or 1.5 CEU engineering credits for this session.

    Moderator:

    • Lisa Jerram, Director of Bus Programs and Emerging Vehicle Technologies, APTA

    Presenters:

    • Amy Posner, Engineering Consultant, CTE
    • Matt Boothe, Propulsion Systems Specialist, CTE
    • Jason Hanlin, Senior Engineering Consultant, Director of Technology Development, CTE
    • Salvador Llamas, Chief Operating Officer, AC Transit
    • Ralph Wilder, Senior Maintenance & Facilities Manager, Spokane Transit

    Registration fees:  Members $49 / Non-members $99

  • Equity in Transit

    These inspiring and informative sessions from APTA conferences are a must watch for anyone committed to racial equity in the transit industry.

    APTA promotes an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the unique attributes and perspectives of its individual members, allowing each and every person to make their fullest contribution to the industry. APTA defines diversity as the inclusion of differences and similarities from all categories of members and covers such areas as disability, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, race and geographic origin, size of transit property or business member organization, all of which contribute to the fulfillment of APTA’s mission. These inspiring and informative sessions are a must watch for anyone committed to racial equity in the transit industry.

  • Public Transit Funding under the American Rescue Plan Act

    The American Rescue Plan Act provides $30.5 billion of emergency public transit funding. This webinar will highlight the funding distribution and requirements of the bill.

    President Biden, the House, and Senate have passed into law the APTA-supported $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and public transit will receive more COVID-19 relief funding than any other mode of transportation.
     
    The President signed the bill on Thursday, March 11. Join APTA less than 24 hours later for a webinar breaking down the $30.5 billion for public transit, including how new transit funding will be split among formula, emergency relief, and capital investment grants; and the key requirements of the American Rescue Plan and how they differ from the 2020 relief acts.

    Moderator: 

    Jeff Nelson, Chair, APTA; General Manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink), Moline, IL

    Panelists:

    • Paul Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA, Washington, DC
    • Ward McCarragher, Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy, APTA, Washington, DC
    • Nicole Christus, Senior Legislative Representative, Government Affairs and Advocacy, APTA, Washington, DC