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  • 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

     

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

    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
  • 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

  • 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
  • PERSPECTIVES: Women in Transportation Leadership

    Recorded On: 03/04/2021

    In celebration of Women's History month, join APTA and WTS for a compelling conversation with women in transportation leadership. What have been their pathways to leadership, what are the key leadership principles they abide by and what key initiatives have they undertaken in an unprecedented and challenging year?

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    In celebration of Women's History month, join APTA and WTS for a compelling conversation with women in transportation leadership. What have been their pathways to leadership, what are the key leadership principles they abide by and what key initiatives have they undertaken in an unprecedented and challenging year?

    Moderator:

    • Paula Hammond, Chair, WTS International and Senior Vice President, National Transportation Market Leader, WSP USA, Seattle, WA

     Panelists:

    • Inez Evans, President and CEO, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo), Indianapolis, IN
    • Aurora Jackson, General Manager, Lane Transit District, Eugene-Springfield, OR
    • Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Richmond, VA

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  • FutureView: Defensive Operating and the "Point and Call" Method in Rail Operations

    During this webinar, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the importance of defensive driving in rail operations will be covered, along with the APTA Operating Practices Working Group’s (OPWG) “Defensive Rail Operations” recommended practices. The Japanese Railway Technical Research Institute / East Japan Railway Company will provide a historical background on over 100 years of pointing and calling within Japanese railways and discuss how this method has been effective in improving operator awareness.

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    During this webinar, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the importance of defensive driving in rail operations will be covered. Representatives of the Japanese Railway Technical Research Institute/East Japan Railway will provide historical background on more than 100 years of experience in pointing and calling within Japanese railways.

    Leaders of APTA's Operating Practices Working Group will discuss how "Point and Call" technology has been implemented at transit agencies across North America. 

    Moderator:
    Marie Benton, Director – Rail Programs, APTA, Washington, DC
     
    Presenters:

    • Noriko Onoma, Assistant Manager, Transport Safety Department, East Japan Railway, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    • Ayanori Sato, Assistant Researcher, the Safety Psychology Laboratory, Railway Technical Research Institute, Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan
    • Akiko Ito, Director, Washington DC Representative, the New York Office, East Japan Railway, Washington, DC
    • Brian Riley, Chair, APTA Rail Transit Operating Practices Working Group; Superintendent of Transportation – Rail Division, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
    • William McClellan, Senior Associate, Alternate Concepts, Inc., Boston, MA
    • Christopher Wallgren, Vice President, Transportation Resource Associates, Inc., New York, NY

    Presented by AECOM

  • PERSPECTIVES: A Focus on the Future of Transportation Sustainability

    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 

  • PERSPECTIVES: Cities Driving Sustainable Transportation and Equity

    Recorded On: 02/11/2021

    Hear how cities across America are driving sustainable transportation and equity and their visions for Building-Back-Better.

    Hear how cities across America are driving sustainable transportation and equity and their visions for Building-Back-Better. APTA’s CEO and the National League of Cities CEO will discuss the following:

    • What does Building-Back-Better look like?
    • In the post-pandemic recovery, what innovative measures are local leaders taking to ensure their communities become more economically-resilient, environmentally-friendly, and equitable?
    • How can the key role of public transportation be effectively leveraged?


    Host:

    • Paul P. Skoutelas, President and CEO, APTA, Washington, DC

    Guest:

    • Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities, Washington, DC