Learning Zones

Take advantage of FOUR free Learning Zones conveniently located on the EXPO show floor. Learn about the latest innovations that will help you and your system operate more efficiently. Learning Zones are open to all attendees!

2021 Learning Zones Include:

  • Innovations Learning Zone (Booth #3287) – Discover groundbreaking products and technologies changing the way we look at the rider experience, sustainability, and the business of public transport.
  • Solutions Learning Zone (Booth #3987) – These application- and service-based presentations will open your eyes to awe-inspiring solutions for common challenges.
  • Procurement Learning Zone (Meeting Room #206A) – Determine strategies for more effective procurements that bring great value to transit agencies.
  • Hot Topics (I & II) Learning Zone (Booth #3261) – Learn about the latest public transportation developments, projects, and current and emerging trends and challenges from the U.S. and around the world.

Innovations Learning Zone Schedule

Discover groundbreaking products and technologies changing the way we look at the rider experience, sustainability, and the business of public transport. Find it in booth #3287.

Monday, November 8

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Zero emission buses should also be sustainable
Kim Leach, Market Development Manager, North America (Eastern)
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. DATA IN A BLINK OF AN EYE
ERIC GARZON, CO-FOUNDER, EEGEE, Inc.
1:50 - 2:20 p.m. How Simulation Training can Enhance Driver Performance
Robert Raheb, Subject Matter Specialist & Lead Transit Traine, FAAC Incorporated
2:50 - 3:30 p.m. Innovative, Specialty LED Lighting Products Engineered for the Transit Market
Jason Baright, CEO of G&G Industrial Lighting, supported by Bradley Rausch, Transit Consultant at ShorElectric
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. Integrating fixed routes and on-demand services
Claudia Preciado, Director of Remix Partnerships, North America + ANZ, Via Transportation, Inc.


Tuesday, November 9

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Holistic security architecture and threat detection for rolling stock
Marlem Calvo, Senior cybersecurity consultant, Knorr-Bremse RVS Competence Center for Product Cybersecurity, Knorr Brake Company, LLC 
10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Fare payments platforms: how they're different and how to procure for them
Jeff Nullmeyer, Senior Business Development Manager, Masabi
11:10 - 11:40 a.m.  Intelligent Rail Infrastructure  Remote Condition Monitoring
Michael McNulty, Associate Director – Railway Systems and Operations, Network Rail Consulting, Inc
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Safety Certifying New Train Control Technologies
Robert Hanczor, CEO, Piper Networks
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. FareGo ViTA: The Virtual Ticket Agent in every ticket vending machine, empowering total, real-time customer service through even the most remote TVM
Gerrit Hobbs, Training Manager, Scheidt & Bachmann, USA
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Presenting Positive Thermoplastic Solutions for Public Transportation and Rail
Karen Brock Amoah, VP Strategic Planning and Business Development, SIMONA AMERICA Group
Timo Grieser, Business Line Manager Mobility, SIMONA AMERICA Group

Solutions Learning Zone Schedule

These application- and service-based presentations will open your eyes to awe-inspiring solutions for common challenges. Find it in booth #3987.

Monday, November 8

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. From Curbs to Codes: Digital Infrastructure for Smarter Mobility
Ryan Winn, Transportation Planner, AECOM
Brian Reever, Global Digital Leader, AECOM
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Digital Transformation in Preventive Maintenance – Mobile apps for maintenance crew addresses skills shortage, increases efficiencies and enhances compliance
Al Martinez, Deputy Executive Officer, Los Angeles Metro and Prabu Ekambaram, CTO, Connixt, Inc.
1:50 - 2:20 p.m. How standards will set transit free
John P. Maglio, President, ETA Transit
2:50 - 3:30 p.m. SeatLink: Monitoring Passenger Occupancy and Seat Belt Status
Stan Brzezniak, Business Development Manager, Freedman Seating Co.
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. Protection Against Graffiti and Vandalism
Mike Schuch, Co-Founder & Principal, Graffiti Shield, Inc.


Tuesday, November 9

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Understanding best practices for charging your e-buses
Ryan Mackem,  Business Development Manager, Electromobility, INIT Innovations In Transportation
10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Next generation Passenger Information System Software Suite
Patrik Nilsson / Head of SW Development Center, Luminator Technology Group
11:10 - 11:40 a.m.  Delivering the Future of Mobility, Today
Jeff Zarr, Director, Sales Engineering, Moovit
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Scheduling to attract and retain drivers
Kevin Foreman, Optibus, LTD
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. Proterra
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Important steps in electrification and microgrid deployment for bus fleets
Trishan Peruma, Head of Business Development for North America, Viriciti LLC

Procurement Learning Zone Schedule

Determine strategies for more effective procurements that bring great value to transit agencies. Find it in Meeting Room #206A.

Monday, November 8

2:50 - 3:30 p.m. New developments: How did transit agency procurement change during the pandemic? Where is it going?
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. What’s different about technology procurement? Why it is not just another widget


Tuesday, November 9

11:10 - 11:40 a.m.  Procurement learning and success: Partnering with the private sector
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. DBE participations requirements – big changes ahead

Hot Topics I Zone Schedule

Learn about the latest public transportation developments, projects, and current and emerging trends and challenges from the U.S. and around the world. Find it in booth #3261.

Monday, November 8

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Cleaning and Disinfecting Buses, Trains and Stations in a post-COVID-19 world
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Safety-related Technology
1:50 - 2:20 p.m. Presentation on Bus Tech Maintenance training modules
2:50 - 3:30 p.m. Private Contracting of Public Transportation: A review of a UITP (International Association of Public Transport) study on the values and benefits
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. APTA’s new battery bus charger standard

Tuesday, November 9

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Electric Bus Resiliency and Microgrids
10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Working with your utility company
11:10 - 11:40 a.m.  Global transit projects and international trends: an overview by UITP, the International Association of Public Transport
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Grants General understanding of the universe of Grants. Help with applying for Grants and what is the best approach.
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. Rail & Bus- Safety, security, covid award winners


Hot Topics II Zone Schedule

Learn about the latest public transportation developments, projects, and current and emerging trends and challenges from the U.S. and around the world. Find it in booth #3261.

Monday, November 8

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Rail Operations best practices
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. On-Ramping Autonomous Air Taxis:  Science Fiction or Future Reality?
1:50 - 2:20 p.m. Rail Capital Projects
2:50 - 3:30 p.m. ZEB: new requirements on training, transition plan, working with utilities
3:50 - 4:20 p.m. Zero Emission Rail

Tuesday, November 9

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Technology Solutions for Improving Transit Board Management
10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Automated BRT and the Future of Transit
11:10 - 11:40 a.m.  Procurement learning and success:  Partnering with the private sector
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. The PX Curriculum: Connectivity, Information, Entertainment, and Feedback for the Ultimate Passenger Experience
1:50 - 2:10 p.m. Global Transit Projects and International Trends: an overview by UITP, the International Association of Public Transport
2:40 - 3:10 p.m. Perspectives on Procuring and Implementing Autonomous Transportation Programs