Learning ZoneEXPO 2017 is pulling out all the stops to produce a robust lineup of FREE education sessions to date. At SEVEN Learning Zones located throughout the Georgia World Congress Center, attendees will hear from both industry experts and EXPO exhibitors on an array of topics ranging from the latest in procurement, safety and security, fare collection systems and autonomous vehicles, to mobility management and livable and sustainable communities... and much more!

Attendees who want a more extensive educational programming in some of these general topic areas can attend APTA's Annual Meeting by registering here.

*Schedule is subject to change

Discover groundbreaking products and technologies emerging in public transportation. 
Monday, October 9
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Mobility in the Future: Connected, Shared, Autonomous 
David DeRosa, AECOM
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Innovations for Connected Vehicles and Battery-Electric Fleets
David Carr, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe Co.
Carlos Cardillo, PhD, Nevada Center for Applied Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Lyndon Schneider, Proterra
Lauren Cochran, Proterra
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Reliable Solar Power Solutions for Stops and Stations to Grow Ridership
Patrick Merrick, Tolar Manufacturing Company, Inc.
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Innovations in Fare Collection: Procurement, Mobile Ticketing Approaches, System Renewal or Replacement
Doug Thomas, Masabi Ltd.
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Advanced Phenolic Composite Heated and Fire Safety Compliant Flooring Systems
Jeffrey Kober, Milwaukee Composites, Inc.
Tuesday, October 10
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Electric Choices for Transit 
Marcus Jackson, BAE SYSTEMS
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Strategies for Successful Fare Collection
Eric Reese, Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc.
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.  Innovations in Intelligent Lighting 
Kaj Tammela, Teknoware, Inc.  
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Rugged, Compact Evolution-Friendly Lithium-Ion Batteries 
Martin Klein, XALT  Energy
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Is Ridesharing a Threat to Public Transit?
Brady Young, DoubleMap, Inc.
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Harnessing the Technology behind Driverless Cars
Valentin Scinteie, Kontron America, Inc.
Wednesday, October 11
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Reimagining Transit-Oriented PTC
Rick Carlson Jr., Metrom Rail
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. DEPARTURES Live App - Taking Real-time Departure Information to the Next Level
Stan Craft, INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc.
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Building the Operating System for City-Wide Mass Transportation 
Amos Haggiag, Optibus, Ltd.
These application- and service-based presentations will open your eyes to awe-insipring solutions for common challenges.
Monday, October 9
11 - 11:30 a.m. Thermoforming for the Rail Industry
Danielle Kienle, Brentwood Industries
1 - 1:30 p.m. How Mobile Bus and Train Washing Machines Can Solve Bottlenecks
Bruno Albanesi, Bitmec Wash Bots, Inc
2 - 2:30 p.m. Walk In, Walk Out Solutions for Fast Fare Collection, Platform Access
Mathijs Voorend, Thales RCS
3 - 3:30 p.m. Interactive Technology for Transit Settings
Jeff Blankenson, Peerless – AV
4 - 4:30 p.m. Bluetooth Validation: A Mobile Ticketing, Hands-Free Solution
Greg Valyer, Bytemark, Inc.
Tuesday, October 10
10 - 10:30 a.m. Rail Transit HVAC Energy Optimization
Jan Radtke, Liebherr Canada Ltd.
11 - 11:30 a.m. Integrating Simulator Training in Existing Bus Programs
Nigel Lindsey-King, FAAC Incorporated
1 - 1:30 p.m. Fuel Cell Electric Buses; A Solution to Meet Zero Emission Regulations for Transit Agencies
Monique Dunn, Ballard Power Systems, Inc.
2 - 2:30 p.m. Changing Driver Behaviors to Avoid Unsafe Actions
Jeffrey Cassell, Transit & Paratransit Company (TAPTCO)
3 - 3:30 p.m. DPF Maintenance: Avoid the Five Most Common Mistakes
Jeremy Anderson, FSX Equipment, Inc.
4 - 4:30 p.m.  The Most Effective Ways to Disinfect Fleets  
Frances Grinstead, CURIS Systems
Wednesday, October 11
10 - 10:30 a.m. Solutions for Improving Bicycle Transit
Micah Morrison, Dero Bike Racks
11 - 11:30 a.m. Eliminating the Effects of Vibration on Fasteners
Julie Pereyra,  Nord – Lock
1 - 1:30 p.m. The Deadly Blind Spot: Enhancing Driver Visibility
Justin Malcolm,  Safe Fleet/Seon
Learn about the latest public transportation developments, projects and business opportunities from around the world.
Monday, October 9
11 - 11:45 a.m. An Overview of International Transit Market Trends
Jerome Pourbaix and Andrew Bata, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) 
1 - 1:45 p.m. Public Transportation Projects in Canada 
Patrick Leclerc, Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
Tuesday, October 10
11 - 11:45 a.m. The Bus Transportation Market in Australia
Michael Apps, Bus Industry Confederation (BIC)
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Public Transportation Projects in Turkey
Berrin Erturk, U.S. Commercial Services, Turkey
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Public Transportation Projects in Brazil
Ebe Raso, U.S. Commercial Services, Brazil
Wednesday, October 11
10 - 10:45 a.m. An Overview of U.S. Department of Commerce Programs to Facilitate Entry into International Transportation Markets
Michael Waters, U.S. Commercial Services, Atlanta, GA
Hear presentations focused on current and emerging trends in workforce development.
Monday, October 9
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Training Consortia and Partnerships
Donna DeMartino, San Joaquin Regional Transit District

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Entrepreneurship and the Public Transit Industry
Eve Williams, Dikita Engineering
Jonnie Thomas, Triunity Engineering & Management Inc.
Marvin Thomas, Triunity Engineering & Management Inc.
DeLois Babiker, Intellectual Concepts LLC
Hear presentations focused on current and emerging trends in livable and sustainable communities.
Monday, October 9
2 - 2:30 p.m. Public Transit as Mobility Manager: How to Cover the First & Last Mile
Arjan van Andel, GIRO Inc.
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. The Mode Choice on Car Free Earth Day
Andy Taylor, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
Tuesday, October 10
10 - 10:30 a.m. Civic Transit Corridors: Transit/City Partnerships
Ken Zatarain, WSP USA
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Cities Help Set the Table for Transit
David Bragdon, TransitCenter, Inc.
1 - 1:30 p.m. Design to Thrive; Why Design Matters
Ken Anderson, RNL Design
Kate MacKinnon, TriMet, Portland, OR
Wednesday, October 11
11 - 11:30 a.m. Mobility Ecosystems, Transit Shared Mobility Partnerships
Robert Antoniak, Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ
Determine strategies for more effective procurements that bring great value to transit agencies.
Monday, October 9
11 - 11:30 a.m. How to Overcome Common Procurement Oversight Deficiencies
James Harper, Federal Transit Administration
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Managing Successful DBE Programs
Brenda Nnambi, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
Janice Thomas, Metra, Chicago, IL
1 - 1:30 p.m. Preparing to Produce a New Fare System
Henry Rosen, WSP USA
J. James Capozzi, CAPTech, Inc.
2 - 2:30 p.m. Procuring and Negotiating for Non-Traditional Transportation Service Options
David Leininger, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Tuesday, October 10
9:30 - 10 a.m. FTA's Joint Procurement Clearinghouse (JPC)
James Harper, Federal Transit Administration
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines for Electric Buses
Jeff Hiott, APTA
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Leveraging Lessons Learned from FTA Sandbox Grant Program
David Leininger, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Wednesday, October 11
1 - 1:30 p.m. Is the Cloud Really Back Office Ready?
Boris Karsch, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.

These sessions cover critical operations challenges and trends in vehicle technology and safety and security.

Monday, October 9
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Vehicle Technology: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transportation (Part 1)  
Joshua Cohen, TransLoc Inc.
Cliff Henke, WSP USA

12:30 - 1 p.m. Safety and Security: Behavior Matters: SMS Principles for Managing Risky Behavior and Preventing Unsafe Habits
Steven A. Mentzer, Lytx, Inc.
3:30 - 4 p.m. Vehicle Technology: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transportation (Part 2)
Maurice Bell, Keolis Transit America
Tuesday, October 10
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Safety and Security: Bus and Rail Gold Award Winners, How to Achieve the Gold Standard 
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
LA Metro, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority
Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN 
Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit
Maryland Transit Administration
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Safety and Security: Fare Evasion Solutions
Mike O'Dea, Teleste, LLC
Alfredo Perez, Jr., Perez Consulting LLC
Wednesday, October 11
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Safety and Security: More than Just Security: Considerations and Uses for Video Surveillance Technology
Anthony Incovarti, Axis Communications, Inc.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

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