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Annual Meeting Educational Sessions: Second to None

APTA’s Annual Meeting is the flagship event for public transportation professionals. An unparalleled array of cutting-edge educational sessions and renowned keynote speakers explore hot topics including transformative technology, community building, safety, workforce development, worldwide mega projects, innovative funding and finance, and more. This year’s offerings include:

Envisioning the Workforce in the Mobility Landscape.
The public transportation industry is rapidly transforming from traditional modal systems to one that is focused on an integrated mobility approach. Join APTA and industry leaders as we consider how advancing technology, culture change and a focus on overall mobility management will impact how we recruit, train and develop the next public transit workforce. This conversation will build on the discussions started at APTA’s April 2018 workforce summit, The Changing Mobility Paradigm and Its Impact on Tomorrow’s Workforce.

The Future is Now: Innovative Mobility Practices.
Faced with new technologies and private-sector operators that have entered the transportation space, public transit agencies are thinking about how best to meet the needs of customers by developing new programs and services. Learn how agencies are fostering innovation in areas such as system integration, partnerships, innovative business models and equity of service delivery, as well as leveraging federal programs like FTA’s Mobility on Demand Sandbox grants to improve mobility.

Community Connections: Building Livable Communities with TOD.
Neighborhoods in downtown, public transit-rich areas are prime examples of the benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD). But how can agency staff collaborate with external stakeholders to implement TOD strategies that energize traditional neighborhoods, farther from downtown, that have faced deindustrialization, foreclosure and population loss? Join this session to learn how to leverage national and regional opportunities to maximize the success of TOD and forge new partnerships that bring these developments to scale.
Nashville's Music City Center is the site of the 2018 APTA Annual Meeting.
Photo courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
Innovative Infrastructure Development and Implementation in Canada. Key findings and observations from APTA’s 2018 Study Mission to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. The Canadian government is investing in transit infrastructure to the tune of $22.3 billion (U.S.), with additional investment from other levels of government and the private sector for an estimated $60.5 billion (U.S.) nationally between 2016 and 2028. The July 2018 APTA study mission to Canada gave participants the opportunity to explore how public transportation authorities in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver are pursuing major infrastructure projects and putting in place unique governance and partnership arrangements, innovative funding, financing and procurement models and streamlined business processes.

Strategic Planning for New Mobility.
Across the U.S., new transportation modes are rapidly emerging and changing the mobility landscape. Managing such a sprawling and complex mobility network requires integrating the new with tried and true public transit modes while coordinating among multiple state, regional, county and local jurisdictions, agencies and departments. Explore how transit agencies are planning for the future, setting regional goals and forming partnerships that help customers meet their mobility needs.

The Procurement Super Session!
Back by popular demand, FREE procurement consultants! Use this think tank of industry experts to answer your procurement questions. Contact APTA’s Beverly Hill — subject: SUPER SESSION QUESTION — to get your questions on the answer list.

The Transit Response to Homelessness.
While the circumstances of the homeless may not have changed for decades, the impacts have become more severe. What has changed is how public transit agencies see their response to this societal issue. Come and hear from agency personal about transit’s reply to this challenge and the partnerships and solutions needed as part of a new approach.

Curb Appeal: Balancing the Needs of All Curb Users.
A public transit agency’s needs can often be lost in the street design process. Parking, bus stops and lanes, bicycling, freight delivery and ride-hailing services compete for precious curb space. Still at the core of public transit ridership is convenience, affordability and ability to walk or bike on at least one end of a trip. Learn about various partnerships between transit agencies and shared-use mobility companies on first- and last-mile programs, how land use and technology can improve ridership and how agencies can be positioned to use these technological advancements to help implement complete streets that enable them to succeed.

Procuring Innovation in the Transit Industry.
The rapidly changing technology environment demands smart and innovative procurement. Big Data, the Cloud, Block-Chain, 3D printing, AI, P3s and other disrupters are changing the public transit industry and the way we conduct procurement. This is a two-part workshop. In part one, transit technology and innovation executives will discuss the rapidly evolving environment and the challenges of procuring innovation. In part two, transit and business procurement executives will brainstorm on bringing innovation to transit procurement while maintaining system integrity.

Transit’s Response to Trespasser Strikes and Intentional Deaths—A Roundtable Discussion.
Every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Forty-three percent of railroad fatalities were trespassers or suicides. Railroads and public transit agencies are increasing their attention to this growing problem. Join a conversation on preventive efforts and partnerships designed for the prevention of trespasser and vehicle strikes, as well as the intentional deaths that occur on the rails.

Advancing Transit Asset Management.
What happens beyond the Oct. 1, 2018, compliance deadline for FTA’s Transit Asset Management (TAM) Final Rule? What are the lessons learned from agencies the success factors and pitfalls to avoid? How can an agency ensure the TAM targets are incorporated throughout an organization and in regional decision making? Presentations will focus on best practices in meeting rising challenges in capital planning, reporting and asset management and creating a transit asset management program beyond compliance with the TAM Rule.

Embodying Diversity as a Leader.
As the workforce changes, what are best practices to promote the full inclusion of new leaders? Should our concept of “what a leader looks like” change? What should emerging leaders do to meet expectations?

Autonomy of a Security Breach and the Vulnerabilities of Big Data.
Entities experienced a 44.7 percent increase in security breaches since 2016. Breaches are no longer a matter of “if” but rather “when” and “how often.” Mobility as a Service, Big Data analytics, mobile ticketing, social media integration, IT outsourcing and other advancements enhance the customer experience and improve operational efficiency. With these advancements, however, come risks. This session will provide an overview of the current legal framework and practical advice on preparing for, and responding to, security breaches, including a critical discussion about securing data rights among agencies, vendors and ridership.

Capital Projects.
This session covers extraordinary public transit projects in the U.S. and overseas. Some are highly visible and others are vitally important but less obvious during implementation, such as system upgrades. They all present challenges that require creative solutions and commensurate risks. There are exciting stories to be told and lessons to be learned.

Future Proofing Transit—Advancing Climate Resiliency.
Public transportation infrastructure is becoming more and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The industry must adapt and become more resilient to remain viable and effective. Learn about different tools that help identify climate-related threats, organizational thinking and specific technologies to implement adaptation and resiliency projects.

Safety Management Systems (SMS): Information, Approaches and Best Practices.
SMS is a management process that allows public transit agencies to better analyze hazards and manage safety risk. Two agencies will discuss best practices for the implementation of SMS. In addition, a private engineering firm will present from the business member point of view as well as partnerships with transit agencies. Finally, FTA will discuss its programs and rules for the implementation of SMS, including the recently passed Agency Safety Plan final rule, which requires all urban rail and bus transit properties to have an SMS-based safety plan in place by 2020.


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