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Tuesday, October 23

8:00 am-4:00 pm Pre-Conference Training

NACTO Transit Street Design Guide Training :: Presented by the Capital District Transportation Committee

CDTCThe Transit Street Design Guide Training develops a strong rationale that cities cannot grow sustainably and equitably without a robust and efficient transit system, and that the most cost-effective way to integrate transit into the urban infrastructure is through on-street design interventions at all scales. The Training covers core themes, technical street and intersection design guidance, in-depth discussion of transit stations and stops, and illustrations of how design strategies cohere into effective and inviting transit streets.

The first half of the day provides an overview of the principles and case-making elements for designing streets for transit, and then dives deep into the NACTO Transit Street Design Guide. The training dives into contextual guidance, technical design details, and performance measures, drawn from the Guide and supported by case studies from NACTO member cities and their transit agencies.

During the second half of the day, participants apply the lessons learned in the morning to a hands-on design charrette. Attendees are broken into groups and encouraged to directly apply the toolkit in the Guide to a specific corridor or street section. They may be assigned roles within their groups by mode (e.g. transit operations, typical cross-sections, pedestrian & bicycle interactions), and may be assigned specific locations within a larger study area.

The training includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of the NACTO Transit Street Design Guide.

2:00-4:00 pm NYPTA Board of Directors Meeting

3:00-5:00 pm Conference & Expo Check-in

4:00-5:00 pm NYPTA Corporate Committee Meeting

4:00-5:00 pm PTLI Class of 2018 Wrap-Up Roundtable

5:00-7:00 pm Early-Arrival Reception

Wednesday, October 24

6:30 am Registration Desk Open

7:30-8:30 am NYPTA Legislative Committee Meeting

7:30-8:30 am NYPTA Maintenance Directors Network Meeting

7:30-8:30 am NYPTA Procurement Directors Network Meeting

7:30-11:50 am Transit Industry Expo

8:30-9:50 am Opening Session

screen shot 2015 08 06 at 4.18.02 pmStraphanger :: Taras Grescoe, Author
Moving to and from work, school, and play is something we all do every day. Award-winning author and globetrotting travel writer Taras Grescoe will share stories from his book, Straphanger, taking us on a journey through some of the world’s greatest cities — from Paris to Tokyo, and via NY, LA, and Vancouver, to Bogotá and Moscow — to look at what they are doing right, and wrong, with their transport systems. In a time of generational change, when people are looking for alternatives to car-centric planning, Grescoe will present some of the most interesting transportation alternatives he’s encountered in his years of traveling and discuss how those ideas can be applied to American cities. It’s an inspiring glimpse of how convenient, affordable and sustainable transport can make the cities we love into more livable places.

Moderator: Bill Carpenter, CEO, RTS

10:00-10:50 am Concurrent Sessions


Tolar Julie 01 PrintOrganizational Change – Reimagine RTS: Re-Thinking the Transit System in Rochester :: Julie Tolar, Director of Service Planning, RTS
The public transit system in Monroe County was designed decades ago when downtown Rochester was the center of our community from every perspective – economically, residentially and culturally. Since then, the demographics of the area have changed, the locations of employment centers have changed, and the number of available mobility options has changed. With the emergence of new transportation options such as bike sharing, car sharing, ride sharing and vanpools, it is no longer the case that public transit and the personal automobile are the community’s only options to reach their destinations. This has created a new reality for public transit. This presentation will discuss the Reimagine RTS planning process currently underway that is exploring changes to the RTS fixed-route transit system to better meet the changing needs of the Rochester region.

Moderator: Stephanie Belokopitsky, HR Manager, CDTA


Part I: Driving Electric Without Stopping to Charge :: John Hroncich, Business Development Director, BAE Systems

Operators are looking to integrate electric buses into their fleets quickly, but the infrastructure can be a bit overwhelming. An electric-range hybrid will provide electric travel without the need to stop and charge. Zero emission zones can get your operation on the path to all-electric.

Part II: Electric Bus Innovations :: David Warren, Director of Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer of America

Learn about New Flyer electric buses, along with garage and route charging.

Moderator: Rusty Korth, Vice President of Maintenance, RTS


Part I: First and Last Mile Mobility: Emerging TNC Partnerships with Transit Operators :: Craig Lader, Principal Planner, Westchester County DPW

This session will be an overview of the emerging partnerships between transit agencies, municipalities, how transportation network companies help overcome gaps in first mile/last mile connectivity, and the barriers to implementing such partnerships.

Part II: Regional Bikeshare: A Mobility Management Solution :: Lauren Bailey, Mobility Manager, CDTA

CDTA rolled out the Capital Region’s premiere bike-share program in 2017, CDPHP Cycle! Learn how CDTA has used bikeshare to unite the Capital Region, create a sustainable transportation option, and change the way the area views cycling.

Moderator: Michele Craig, Director of Transportation Administration, Broome County

11:00-11:50 am Transit Industry Expo

12:00-1:30 pm Transit Industry Luncheon – 2018 NYPTA Hall of Fame Induction and Public Transit Leadership Institute (PTLI) Graduation

Celebrate the achievements of latest class of Public Transit Leadership Institute graduates as they complete a year of learning to further their careers in the transit industry. The celebration continues as we honor leaders in the public transit industry who will be inducted into the NYPTA Hall of Fame:

Frank KobliskiFrank Kobliski
Former Executive Director
Gordon NevisonGordon Nevison
Former President
The Nevison Group 
Hilary RingHilary Ring
Former Deputy Senior Director
MTA Business Service Center
IMG 20180731 164936161Cynthia Ruiz
Former Transit Director
Dutchess County

The celebration continues as we recognize nine professionals who complete our year-long Leadership Institute:

Stephanie Belokopitsky, HR Manager, CDTA
Michele Craig, Director of Transportation Administration, Broome County
Christine Farrow, Manager, EEO/Diversity Development, NFTA
Joshua Gardner, Senior CAD/AVL System & Operations Systems Analyst, Centro
Lea Goodness, Manager of Maintenance Systems, RTS
Sharon Muir-Eddy, Manager of Operating Budget, RTS
Michael Williams, Senior Planner, CDTA
Douglas Teator, Project Manager, Creighton Manning
Daniel Thorp, Transit Supervisor, Broome County

Moderator: Bill Carpenter, CEO, RTS

1:40-2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions


scherzerCreating Innovative Mobility Management Solutions – Growing Ridership, Accessibility and Partnerships :: Jonathan Scherzer, Director of Marketing, CDTA

This session will cover the methodology behind bulk Universal Access ridership programs, growing fare payment options through technology and mobility advancements. We will review results that lead to improved system access along with building the partnerships to insure community relevance.

Microtransit Partnerships :: Stuart Powell, Business Development Associate, Transloc

Three New York transit agencies  have partnered with TransLoc to embrace and test microtransit in their communities. Microtransit enables public transit agencies to offer flexible, on-demand ridesharing through a mobile app that provides the responsiveness and convenience riders familiar with TNC services like Uber and Lyft have come to expect.

Moderator: Maggie Brooks, EVP of Customer and Community Engagement, RTS


Managing a Safe, Successful Transit Fleet :: Richard Newcombe, Strategic Account Director, Transit, SmartDrive Systems

Transit agencies must provide a great ride for passengers and also ensure their safety within defined regulations. Sophisticated and smart technologies mitigate risk and promote safe behavior, while also ensuring rider satisfaction.

Moderator: John Dembik, Superintendent Bus Maintenance, NFTA


Embracing or Weathering Transportation Changes - Mobility Management in Upstate New York :: Sheryl Gross-Glaser, Senior Program Associate, CTAA, NCMM Regional Liaison - FTA Region 2

This interactive session of mobility management professionals will address different structures that exist for regional and statewide mobility management networks, education, and problem solving. This will be explored through the context of emerging and existing transportation modes and the challenges of rural transportation coordination will also be covered.

Moderator: Dan Thorp, Transit Supervisor, Broome County


 2:40-3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions


Marketing – The Force That Grows Ridership :: Gary Marmer, Principal, ForceTen Marketing

There are a multitude of forces that constrain efforts to grow ridership. In order to increase ridership, transit organizations must deploy marketing content that compels potential new riders to choose your public transit solution as the best commuting choice. This session will teach participants how to create and present compelling content for outdoor, digital and other media platforms to result in significant increases in ridership and marketing ROI.

Moderator: Doug Teator, Project Manager, Creighton Manning


Part I: Introduction of Innovation on NYCT’s Subway Car Fleet :: John Santamaria, Acting VP and CMO, NYCT and Julie Green, VP, LTK Engineering Services

NYCT has a service-proven methodology of testing and implementing technical innovations across their large fleet of subway cars. This session will discuss the process and will include a description of innovations that will be implemented on new and legacy fleets.

Part II: Inclusive Design :: Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L, University at Buffalo; Jeffrey Sweet, Equipment Engineer, NFTA; Andrew Gardner, Northeast Regional Transit Manager, Q’Straint

A panel from University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority, and Q’Straint will discuss successful collaborations in inclusive design research and service improvements for Bus & Paratransit Services in Western New York.

Moderator: Michael Williams, Senior Planner, CDTA


FTA Region 2 Operations and Program Management Round Table :: FTA Region II Staff: Darreyl Davis, Director, Office of Operations and Program Management; Veronica Pelt, Program Manager; Rosaria Luperena, Program Manager; Faye Ellison, Program Manager; Cyrenthia Ward, Community Planner

Discussion of Daily operations and program management interaction between FTA Region 2 staff and grant recipients. This session will discuss several topics including but not limited to:
• Triennial and State Management Reviews
• Funding Issues
• Inactive and fully disbursed grants
• Triennial review (PSR-FMO) Workshops
• Technical Assistance
• Budget Revisions

Moderator: Tom George, Director of Public Transit, NFTA

3:40-4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions


Active Violence and Emerging Threats to Transportation :: Dana Nelson, Security Consultant, Armoured One

In today’s world a violent attack can happen anywhere at any time. Terror attacks and assaults on public transit drivers occur daily. It’s important to be aware of and prepared for the unthinkable. Armoured One specializes in active violence training and how to best react to an emerging threat. Armoured One is made up of law enforcement, SWAT team leaders, Military Veterans, and business innovators. Every individual has spent their life helping and protecting people from the worst possible situations.

Moderator: Carm Basile, CEO, CDTA


Part I: The Vehicle Maintenance Disruption :: Jeff Mooers, Business Development Manager, Allison Transmission and Matt Shaw, Fleet Manager, RTS

This session will focus on how new technology is disrupting the way fleets maintain vehicles. Hear how fleets are preparing for the new opportunities this technology presents.

Part II: Plasma Systems for Removal of Soot :: John Erbland, CEO and Jack Schickler, Director of Engineering, Paradigm

Paradigm will present a new device which removes PM soot from diesel emissions. Saving in fuel and maintenance will result from using this new technology.

Moderator: Matt Shaw,Sr. Manager of RTS Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, RTS


Critical Issues Facing Small Transit Systems :: Bob Zerrillo, Policy Analyst, NYPTA; Scott Sopczyk, Transportation Director, Greater Glens Falls Transportation; Scot Vanderpool, General Manager, TCAT

Smaller transit systems face many of the same challenges as larger systems - including maintaining ridership, addressing aging infrastructure, and dealing with new travel options like TNCs - but with fewer resources. Come hear a panel of experts discuss these and other challenges and how they are being addressed to maximize transit mobility

Moderator: Bob Zerrillo, Policy Director, NYPTA

4:30-5:15 pm General Session

Dan SuraciExtending the Reach of Transit: Strategies & Tactics for Facilitating Bicycle Connections :: Dan Suraci, AICP, Senior Consultant, TransPro Consulting

The transportation landscape is changing rapidly, as customers are faced with an increasing suite of mobility options to choose from. Bicycles represent an ideal mode of transportation for short trips, particularly within the 1-3 mile transit station catchment area. Building and facilitating these connections is not only a strategy for increasing transit’s competitiveness amongst customers, but also enables more equitable connections with the potential to increase ridership. Bicycles can also be used as a tool for agencies to mitigate operational challenges such as a potential reduction in demand for automobile parking on transit property. This panel will focus on APTA’s recently published guide for Bicycle & Transit Integration providing a discussion of key considerations, strategies and tactics for integrating bicycles with transit service in rural and urban and rural areas alike. Discussion will include detailed case studies from transit agencies across North America on bicycle parking at transit, bicycles onboard transit vehicles, bike share integration, safe routes to transit, communications with customers and demand management.

Moderator: Greg Kilmer, Commissioner, Broome County

4:30-6:30 pm Transit Industry Expo & Reception

Thursday, October 25

6:30am-12:00 pm Registration Desk Open

8:00-9:00 am Transit Industry Breakfast

karas nydotGoodmanStackrow Dave 2017 V2State and Federal Transit Policy Updates :: Paul Karas, Commissioner, NYSDOT; Steve Goodman, Region 2 Administrator, FTA; David Stackrow, Chair, APTA

Hear the latest news from the leaders at the forefront of our State and National  governments developing and overseeing transportation policy

 Moderator: Bill Carpenter, CEO, RTS

9:00-10:15 am General Session

Adelee LeGrandDiversity and Inclusion: Creating a Culture of Equality :: Adelee Le Grand, AICP, Vice President of Transit Planning and Chief Strategy Officer, Transdev North America

  • The transit industry is constantly changing. It’s critical that transit leaders at all levels understand the needs and demands of their employees, customers, suppliers and communities which are becoming increasingly diverse. Transit agencies play a vital role in sustaining growth within their communities! Therefore, transit professionals must be able to manage diverse work teams and create inclusive work environments. But how? This high-impact engaging  discussion will discuss how leaders can effectively address challenges transit organizations face in response to  calls for greater diversity, inclusion and equality. This presentation will focus on today’s climate and the  responsibility leaders have inside and outside the walls of the organization. Specifically:
  • What does it mean to have an inclusive transit organization? 
  • How can a leader ensure s/he is properly prepared and trained to manage a diverse work team and create an inclusive work environment? 
  • What are the key strategies to manage diversity, increase inclusion, and create a culture based on equality and respect?

Moderator: Bill Carpenter, CEO, RTS

10:25-11:15 am Concurrent Sessions


gouldelwoodThe RTS WAY: Optimizing Employees' Life Cycle Experience by Creating a Culture of Diversity & Inclusion :: Amy Gould, Executive Vice President of People, Renee Elwood, Manager of Wellness & Benefits, RTS

Enjoy this intimate discussion surrounding current strategies around diversity and inclusion and how they impact systems of recruiting, onboarding, developing, recognition, and succession planning.

Moderator: Sharon Muir-Eddy, Manager of Operating Budget, RTS


Public Transportation Safety Board Update ::  NYSDOT PTSB Representatives

Hear the latest from the NYSDOT's Public Transportation Safety Board (PTSB) officials on requirements for Bus Accident Investigation Training For Identifying Safety Hazards (BAITFISH), System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) Guidelines and Bus Inspections.

Moderator: Lea Goodness, Manager of Quality Service, RTS


Part I: Building a Business Model for MaaS :: Dwight Mengel, Chief Transportation Manager, Tompkins County

Tompkins County and a consortium of mobility service partners are developing a business model for mobility-as-a-service in 2018-2019 in preparation for planning a MaaS pilotproject in 2020. Learn more about the MaaS concepts and how to use the business model canvas.

Part II: Mobility Best Practices :: Lauren Bailey, Mobility Manager, CDTA

Transportation Authorities are evolving beyond just bus service to become mobility managers for their regions. This includes an emphasis on alternative transportation such as bike share and car share. This session will focus on the best practices to take a vision of mobility management and put it into practice, with a discussion of current projects at CDTA and around the state.

Moderator: Josh Gardner, Senior CAD/AVL System & Operations Systems Analyst, Centro

11:25am-12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions


Inclusion and Equality: Driving from Awareness to Action ::  Adelee Le Grand, AICP, Vice President of Transit Planning and Chief Strategy Officer, Transdev North America

Work, workers, and the workplace are undergoing dramatic transformations. Research suggests that by 2030 workers in the transit industry will be older and younger at the same time, and a more inclusive workplace is a necessity. This session will detail the leadership skills necessary to shape the transit workforce of the future. Additionally, it will provide practical strategies transit leaders should employ if they expect to achieve greater inclusion and equality. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Describe diversity trends impacting their workforce and workplace;
  2. Outline decisions made every day in the transit world and their impact on the workplace culture;
  3. Identify skills, strategies, and new leadership competencies necessary to achieve higher performance, more inclusiveness, and greater equality.

Moderator: Christine Farrow, Manager, EEO/Diversity Development, NFTA


Managing Bus Rapid Transit Projects in the Region :: Ross Farrell, Director of Planning, Capital District Transportation Authority; Darnell Tyson, PE, Deputy Commissioner, Suffolk County Department of Public Works

Discussion of bus rapid transit projects that are currently being funded by the FTA. The session will provide an overview CDTA’s two BRT projects, Washington Western and Albany River Corridor and Suffolk County’s Nicholls Road BRT project. A project overview will be discussed along with lessons learned during the stages of project phases. The participants will provide their insights into BRT project development and implementation.

Moderator: Mike Williams, Senior Planner, CDTA