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  • Kaleidoscope: Launching a Racial Equity Commitment

    Includes a Live Web Event on 10/21/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    APTA's Diversity and Inclusion Officers will discuss the Racial Equity Commitment Pilot Program which is designed to provide APTA members with a tangible roadmap for launching, advancing, or improving their organization's commitment to racial equity.

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    APTA is rolling out a Racial Equity Commitment Pilot Program for all APTA members and you can get a sneak peek during this APTAU Kaleidoscope webinar, presented by Jacobs.

    Part of the Racial Equity Action Plan approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, the pilot program is a tangible roadmap for APTA members to begin, advance, or improve upon their commitment to racial equity in their organizations. 

    Join us for a conversation with APTA's Diversity and Inclusion Council Officers who will cover the basics of the pilot program and answer your questions.

    Moderator:

    • Essey Workie, Founder, Multi-Cultural Coaching, Arlington, VA

    Panelists:

    • David Stackrow, Chair, APTA Diversity and Inclusion Council; Board Treasurer, Capital District Transportation Authority, Albany, NY
    • Adelee Le Grand, First Vice Chair, APTA Diversity and Inclusion Council; CEO, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL
    • Lauren Skiver, Secretary, APTA Diversity and Inclusion Council; CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA
  • Kaleidoscope: Growing a Diverse and Empowered Transit Workforce

    Recorded On: 09/16/2021

    What does it mean to design a workforce development program and strategy with a social and racial equity lens? How are transit organizations integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DEI) practices into their own workforce programs and policies? Join this panel of experts to discuss new and evolving practices to recruit, develop, promote, retain and advance a more robust and diverse workforce.

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    What does it mean to design a workforce development program and strategy with a social and racial equity lens? How are transit organizations integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DEI) practices into their own workforce programs and policies? Join this panel of experts to discuss new and evolving practices to recruit, develop, promote, retain and advance a more robust and diverse workforce. Gain insight into efforts being undertaken to increase recruitment diversity, inclusive employee engagement and job mobility and succession planning practices, including effective models of mentoring, coaching and sponsorship

     Moderator:

    • Tanya Adams, National Chair of COMTO; Vice-President, Community Relations & Diversity; WSP USA

    Panelists:

    • Michael Collins, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
    • Sindy Mondesir, Chief People Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, Ohio
    • Donna Simmons, Executive Vice President of Administration/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX
  • Best Practices in Developing Climate Action Plans

    Recorded On: 09/09/2021

    This webinar will highlight how Climate Action Plans can be used to anticipate and track climate risks and opportunities. Attendees will get a glimpse of new guidelines and a template that can help in the journey.

    Transit agencies play a critical role in creating regions that are safer, stronger, cleaner, and more equitable. APTA and FTA want to help you take your efforts to the next level. Join us September 9, to learn how a Climate Action Plans can guide your operations in the era of climate change, allowing you to anticipate and track climate risks and opportunities. Attendees will hear about new guidelines and get access to a Climate Action Plan template that will benefit your organization and community. 

    Welcome and Context:

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

    Remarks from FTA / Climate Action Plan Template:

    • Mark Ferroni, Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

    Overview of Tools and Resources for Climate Action Planning:

    • Aliesa Adelman, Chair, APTA Standards Working Group on Climate Action Planning Guidelines; Director of Sustainability, Wendel Companies, Williamsville, NY

    Case Studies:

    • Andrew Brennan, Chair, APTA Committee on Planning, Policy and Program Development; Senior Director, Energy and Environment, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA
    • Tom Maguire, Director of Sustainable Streets, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, San Francisco, CA
    • Jane Sullivan, Grants and Government Affairs Director, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

    FTA Climate Action Plan Template:

    • Megan Blum, Director, Office of Environmental Programs, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

    Facilitated Conversation and Audience Q&A

  • CAN J1939 Fundamentals and Network Diagnosis with Digital Multimeter, CAN Software and Labscope

    In this three-part webinar series, you will learn the fundamentals of CAN J1939 network on a transit bus including operation, network layout, components, and common faults; as well as diagnostic procedures for CAN J1939 communication network using a digital multimeter, CAN Software and Labscope.

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    As transit buses have evolved, network communications have increased and become an integral part of the powertrain and the IO control system. Because more systems and nodes are added to the networks, communication traffic has increased which can be affected by any variances in the voltage levels, electrical noise, network layout, and connector issues. There has been an increase in the number of bus breakdowns associated with the network or system controllers, causing operational issues that can result in costly and lengthy breakdowns.

    In Part 1 of this webinar series, you will learn the fundamentals of CAN J1939 communication networks on a transit bus including operation, network layout, components, and common faults. Part 2 and Part 3 will cover diagnostic procedures for CAN J1939 communication network using a digital multimeter, CAN Software and Labscope. 

    At the completion of this webinar, you can expect to come away with:

    • Knowledge of J1939 network configurations and components
    • Knowledge of common J1939 failures
    • Use of DMM to diagnose J1939 network failures
    • Use of CAN software to monitor and diagnose J1939 network faults
    • Use of labscope to diagnose network faults
  • Kaleidoscope: How to Implement Equity Assessments for Transit

    Recorded On: 08/12/2021

    Join us for a compelling view into how businesses have set up safe spaces for conversations on race, what the impacts have been to date, and key take-aways for other businesses. Hear from businesses from a variety of sectors who will discuss the practical challenges of implementing courageous conversations, what they have learned, what the relative value has been for their businesses, and how they plan to build on these conversations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.​​

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    Join representatives from King County Metro and the Port Authority of Allegheny County to discuss how equity assessments are being used to reevaluate transit service, programs and policies. How is a comprehensive equity assessment put in place and used effectively, what should be measured both internally and externally and what is the future of planning with an equity lens?  

     Guests:

    • Fonda Dusé, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Melissa Gaughan, Transportation Analyst, King County Metro, Seattle, Washington


     

  • Measure Reductions of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Public Transportation with These Tools and Resources

    Recorded On: 07/27/2021

    The Federal Transit Administration’s “Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet” initiative positions public transportation as a central strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Practitioners will discuss strategies they have implemented, and how they are measuring results and outcomes.

    The Federal Transit Administration’s “Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet” initiative positions public transportation as a central strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   Practitioners will discuss strategies they have implemented, and how they are measuring results and outcomes.  

    Moderator:

    • Rob Borowski, Second Vice-Chair, APTA Committee on Sustainability; Sustainability Officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

    FTA Remarks:  

    • Mark Ferroni, Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning & Environment, Federal Transit Administration

    Overview of Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Public Transportation:  

    • Dr. Cris Liban, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    Case Studies:  

    • Amy Shatzkin, Deputy Director, Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
    • Nicole Dufva, Project Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FLdsff

    This is the first of a series of events that will support agencies in developing climate action plans or other strategies to reduce GHG emissions.

  • Safety & Security Certification: What We Know and What We Don’t!

    Recorded On: 07/20/2021

    During this webinar, we are going to discuss both FTA and FRA approaches to safety certifications, and the challenges and benefits associated with each. We will also discuss cybersecurity certification for related products and systems. And last but not least, we will discuss challenges for new products to be certified by authorities.

    Safety and security certification is an integral and necessary part of any new product/solution development and/or new project. 

    Certification is being conducted at two levels:

    1. The product/solution level
    2. The project level

    Attendees will hear presenters address different regulatory jurisdictions, regulations, standards and recommended practices related to safety and security certification and the various challenges that may arise at both the product/solution and project levels.
     
    Moderator:

    • Ali Edraki, MASc, GPLLM, PEng, PMP, Sr. Director-Program Management at Wabtec Corporation, Melbourne, FL

    Speakers:

    • Nicole DuPuis, Director, Transit Technology and Innovation, APTA, Washington, DC
    • Kevin Jones, Chair, APTA Safety and Security Certification Work Group; Senior Associate/Project Manager/Safety and Security Consultant, ADS System Safety Consulting LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Kyle Malo, Sr. Director of Cybersecurity and CISO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
    • Mark Sabri, MAsc, PEng, PE, Senior Director-Project Engineering, Wabtec Corporation, Jacksonville, FL
    • Ryan McKinley, President, Vital Assurance Ltd., Columbus, OH
    • Gardner Tabon, Chair, APTA Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee; EVP and Chief Safety Officer, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

    There are different regulations and guidelines from FTA and FRA, each of which reference industry standards and recommended practices such as AREMA, IEEE, ML-STD, CENELEC, etc. All stakeholders involved in new product/solution development and implementation of new projects need to have a deep understanding of the various regulatory requirements for certification.

  • Kaleidoscope: How to Set Up Courageous Conversations on Race, Racial Justice and Racial Equity – Part 3

    Recorded On: 07/15/2021

    Join us for a compelling view into how businesses have set up safe spaces for conversations on race, what the impacts have been to date, and key take-aways for other businesses. Hear from businesses from a variety of sectors who will discuss the practical challenges of implementing courageous conversations, what they have learned, what the relative value has been for their businesses, and how they plan to build on these conversations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.​​

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    Join us for a compelling view into how businesses have set up safe spaces for conversations on race, what the impacts have been to date, and key take-aways for other businesses. Hear from businesses from a variety of sectors who will discuss the practical challenges of implementing courageous conversations, what they have learned, what the relative value has been for their businesses, and how they plan to build on these conversations to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Moderator:

    • Dwayne Sampson, Founder and President/CEO, Transportation Diversity Council

     Guests:

    • Toyin Ogunfolaju, Infrastructure & Social-Economic Inclusion Leader, Jacobs
    • Nora Kamal, Organizational Development Manager, PROTERRA


       

    • FutureView: Accelerating the Development of Automated Bus Technologies in Transit

      Recorded On: 06/24/2021

      Lessons and best practices from each automated bus pilot project will be shared among agencies to promote faster learning and adoption of safety protocols and operational insights. These pilots are designed to shape the future of commuter bus transportation.

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      A group of transit and transportation agencies has formed the Automated Bus Consortium (ABC), a collaboration investigating the feasibility of implementing automated bus pilots across the United States. The Consortium is a first-of-its-kind approach to accelerate the deployment of automated transit technologies, and will combine the purchasing power and collaborative decision-making of these agencies.
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      The presentation will include an overview from AECOM and selected Consortium members on the program, review of pilot projects, current activities, and next steps.

      Panelists:

      • Jean Ruestman, Administrator, Michigan Department of Transportation, Office of Passenger Transportation, Lansing, MI
      • Kimberly Williams, APTA Vice Chair, Procurement and Supply Chain Committee; Chief Innovation Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, TX
      • Darryl Spencer, Sr. Assistant Vice President, Engineering, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
      • Chelsey Hohensee, Manager of Operations, Rock Island Metropolitan Mass Transit District, Moline, IL
      • Daryl Taavola, Vice President, ABC Program Manager, AECOM, Minneapolis, MN
      • Paul Avery, Sr. Emerging Technology Specialist, ABC Automation Lead, AECOM, Austin, TX

      Moderator:

      • Lisa Jerram, Director-Bus Programs & Emerging Vehicle Technologies, APTA


      This APTAU webinar series is free for APTA members and is presented by AECOM.

    • Kaleidoscope: How to Set Up Courageous Conversations on Race, Racial Justice and Racial Equity – Part 2

      Recorded On: 06/17/2021

      Join us for a compelling view into how smaller transit agencies have set up safe spaces for conversation 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 smaller transit agencies have set up safe spaces for conversation on race, what the impacts have been to date as well as key take-aways for other agencies and organizations. Lauren Skiver (SunLine Transit Agency), Collina Beard (Lane Transit District) and Amy Snyder (Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District) 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.