APTA-UITP Rail Conference - All 2021 Sessions

The APTA UITP Rail Conference is the one stop shop for all those involved in the rail sector!

As we look to the future following the pandemic, now is the time to focus on the next chapter for our sector. It is the perfect time to get up to speed with the latest developments, inside stories and innovations revolutionising the rail sector.  Whether you are working at the operational or strategic level you can benefit from the knowledge and best examples from national and international experts. Sessions will explore urban, commuter, high-speed, and intercity rail modes.  During the two-day virtual technical conference, you can join high-energy sessions on technology, operations, safety & security, planning, finance, capital projects, workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and more.

Take this unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders, participate in interactive live discussions, network with your peers, discover the latest products and services and gain a global perspective on the future of rail.

Purchasing this package will give you access to all recordings.  To access individual recordings, please see individual products.
  • Considerations for Brownfield Deployment of Platform Screen Doors and CBTC as Engineering Solutions for Efficient and Safe Operations

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    This session looks at lessons learned that can make the brownfield implementations of these technologies smoother in the future.

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    Platform screen doors and CBTC are two technologies that prove particularly challenging for an existing rail system to adopt. It is often like trying to fit a square peg into a round whole; it will not work unless the peg, the hole, or both undergo dramatic, expensive, inconvenient alterations. This session looks at lessons learned that can make the brownfield implementations of these technologies smoother in the future.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Bruce Chang, Construction Manager –SI&I, MTR Corporation Limited
    • Erik Stoothoff, Chief Engineer, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
    • Stu Hymowitz, Supervisor of Signal Engineering & ATC Program Manager, Port Authority Trans-Hudson
    • John Dempsey, Assistant Superintendent, Poer, Signals and Communications Division, PATH



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Connecting America’s Mega-Regions by Rail

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Practitioners will discuss ways these and other benefits will be realized through a trio of highly-anticipated projects – Link 21, Connect NEC 2035, and Cascadia Corridor.

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    Intercity passenger rail connects people, economic activity and improves equity and economic sustainability of megaregions.  When interconnected, the economic contribution to the nation multiplies still further. Practitioners will discuss ways these and other benefits will be realized through a trio of highly-anticipated projects – Link 21, Connect NEC 2035, and Cascadia Corridor. (sponsored by Ricardo)

    SPEAKERS:

    • Norman Forde, Vice President, Senior Fleet and Facilities Lead, WSP USA
    • Amy Scarton, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, State of Washington
    • Nicole Bucich, Director, Planning, NEC Commission
    • Peter Gertler, Senior Vice President and Program Manager, Link21, HNTB Corporation



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Current Issues with ADA Compliance and Transit Infrastructure

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Recent court decisions in New York and Chicago highlight the continued importance of integrating accessibility in facility renovation and within urban streetscapes. We will discuss these events and open the floor for group conversation about your perspectives and issues.

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    Recent court decisions in New York and Chicago highlight the continued importance of integrating accessibility in facility renovation and within urban streetscapes. We will discuss these events and open the floor for group conversation about your perspectives and issues.

    SPEAKER:

    • David Rishel, Principal, Delta Services Group Inc.



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Issues Pertaining to Safety Management Systems (SMS): Employee Safety Reporting and Fatigue Management/HOS

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Join us for this important session on Safety Management Systems (SMS)-related issues, including Employee Safety Reporting and Fatigue Mangement/Hours of Service (HOS). Two APTA Business Members will discuss these important topics and what they have done to work with transit agencies, including leading strategies, implementation plans, and facilitation of SRM workshops.

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    Join us for this important session on Safety Management Systems (SMS)-related issues, including Employee Safety Reporting and Fatigue Mangement/Hours of Service (HOS). Two APTA Business Members will discuss these important topics and what they have done to work with transit agencies, including leading strategies, implementation plans, and facilitation of SRM workshops. Further, a product will be discussed that has been validated by the FRA/US DOT to identify risks associated with fatigue and ways to mitigate that risk. Finally, our moderator, Vice Chair of the APTA Safety Coordinating Council, will speak about SRM-related issues at her large rail and bus transit property.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Rebecca Zelt, Managing Director, Safety & Security, King County Metro
    • Kevin Reilly, Principal Consultant, Hatch LTK
    • Kristi Urich, Product Director, Workforce Management, Trapeze Group
    • Steve Hursh, SAFTE-FAST



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • New Advancements for Asset Management and Maintenance

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Keeping track of and managing critical and valuable resources efficiently with modern business practices and tools is of key importance for transport operators. Focus on these techniques has been especially exacerbated with competing costs for managing the pandemic crisis and the recent period has allowed much reflection how to take advantage of new concepts.

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    Keeping track of and managing critical and valuable resources efficiently with modern business practices and tools is of key importance for transport operators. Focus on these techniques has been especially exacerbated with competing costs for managing the pandemic crisis and the recent period has allowed much reflection how to take advantage of new concepts.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Laura Zale, Manager of Asset Management, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
    • Steve Gonzalez, Director – Major Peoject Unit, KONE
    • Andrew L. Mitchem, Associate Vice President, New York and New Jersey, Network Rail Consulting, Inc.
    • Johannes Emmelheinz, CEO Mobility Customer Services, Siemens



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change on Rail

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Since the transportation sector accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, public transit has both an obligation and an opportunity to address the issue in meaningful and measurable ways. Here, we will discuss some of the projects that agencies have undertaken to increase their resiliency to these emerging threats and what we need to do to prepare for what is to come.

    Global climate change represents an increasingly serious environmental, economic, health, and social challenge. Since the transportation sector accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, public transit has both an obligation and an opportunity to address the issue in meaningful and measurable ways. Here, we will discuss some of the projects that agencies have undertaken to increase their resiliency to these emerging threats and what we need to do to prepare for what is to come.

    SPEAKER:

    • Hannah Lyons-Gallante, Climate Resiliency Specialist, MBTA
    • Philippe Citroen, Director General, UNIFE
    • Projjal Dutta, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, NYS MTA
    • Cris B. Liban, D.Env., P.E., Chief Sustainability Officer, LA Metro



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Real Estate Trends and What they Mean for Transit

    Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    Since the transportation sector accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, public transit has both an obligation and an opportunity to address the issue in meaningful and measurable ways. Here, we will discuss some of the projects that agencies have undertaken to increase their resiliency to these emerging threats and what we need to do to prepare for what is to come.

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    Trip patterns on rail systems will continue to be impacted by the return of downtowns, the longevity of work-at-home trends, and the choices people and employers make about where they choose to live and work. Our panel will probe these and other real estate trends and their implications on public transportation.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Lucy Galbraith, Director, Transit Oriented Development, Metro Transit
    • Erik Hansen, Vice President, Government Relations, US Travel Association
    • Adie Tomer, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    • David Dixon, Vice President, Stantec Urban Places Fellow
    • Leona Agouridis, Executive Director, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • The Challenges of Bringing Riders Back to Transit

    Recorded On: 06/09/2021

    This session will share best practices and emerging trends regarding service delivery and restoring trust.

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    As people get vaccinated and are ready to return to work and pre-pandemic life, who will ride mass transit? Returning to transit as cities reopen and people return to a trace of pre-pandemic life, the question remains will public transit be able to dispel the suggestion that that large numbers of people using mass transit and passenger rail is a risk. This session will share best practices and emerging trends regarding service delivery and restoring trust.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Ronnie Hakim, Senior Vice President and National Transit and Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB
    • Leslie Richards, General Manager, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
    • Randy Clarke, General Manager, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • Alex Wiggins, CEO, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
    • Andy Byford, Commissioner, Transport for London



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Cybersecurity Considerations for Rail Operational Technologies

    Recorded On: 06/09/2021

    This session will be showcasing two major operational technology implementations and how cybersecurity was woven into the project using the industry leading frameworks.

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    As rail systems incorporate more and more connected safety systems like PTC, CBTC, and maintenance indicators with IoT based technology, they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. These threats have the potential to bring entire rail systems to a standstill and undermining the safety built into our systems. This session will be showcasing two major operational technology implementations and how cybersecurity was woven into the project using the industry leading frameworks.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Tariq Habib, Chief Information Security Officer, MTA NY
    • Joel Waugh, Director, Cybersecurity Risk Management (DCISO & Authorizing, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
    • Anish Gandhi, Executive Director – PTC, Metro North Railroad



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.

  • Grade Crossing Safety and Right of Way Worker Protection: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

    Recorded On: 06/09/2021

    During this session we will learn about transit rail grade crossing issues and how they were dealt with in Illinois by the Illinois DOT, including signage, gates, lights, pavement markings, and sidewalk treatments as well as policies and procedures. Further, hear from an APTA Business Member regarding Right of Way worker protection technologies, including those that protect at rail grade crossings.

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    During this session we will learn about transit rail grade crossing issues and how they were dealt with in Illinois by the Illinois DOT, including signage, gates, lights, pavement markings, and sidewalk treatments as well as policies and procedures. Further, hear from an APTA Business Member regarding Right of Way worker protection technologies, including those that protect at rail grade crossings. IL DOT and Protran will discuss best practices and lessons learned and there will be time for Q&A at the end.

    SPEAKERS:

    • Lou Brown, Senior Engineering Manager, Jacobs
    • Josh Katz, Chief Safety Regulations Manager, Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Jaime Maguire, Director, Safety Solutions Division, Protran



    This session is part of the full 2021 APTA-UITP Rail Conference Virtual Event available in APTAU Learning.