Learning Zones

Take advantage of FIVE free Learning Zones conveniently located on or near 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 #3261) – 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 Zones (Booth #489 and Booth #3987) – Learn about the latest public transportation developments, projects, and current and emerging trends and challenges from the U.S. and around the world.

Time Sessions Zone & Booth
11:00 - 11:30 AM Zero emission buses should also be sustainable

Kim Leach, Market Development Manager, North America (Eastern)
Innovation | #3287
11:00 - 11:30 AM From Curbs to Codes: Digital Infrastructure for Smarter Mobility

Ryan Winn, Transportation Planner, AECOM
Brian Reever, Global Digital Leader, AECOM
Solutions | #3261
11:00 - 11:30 AM Cleaning and Disinfecting Buses, Trains, and Stations in a post-COVID-19 World

Brian Alberts
Aleah Cutshall, CURIS
Amie Sedlock, GOJO Industries
Hot Topic I | #489
11:00 - 11:30 AM Rail Operations best practices

Allen C. Smith III, Charlotte Area Transit System
Hot Topic II | #3987

Eric Carzon, Co-Founder, EEGEE, Inc.
Innovation | #3287
1:00 - 1:30 PM Digital Transformation in Preventative Maintenance - Mobile apps for maintenance crew addresses skills shortage, increases efficiencies and enhances compliance

Al Martinez, Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles Metro
Prabu Ekambaram, CTO, Connixt, Inc.
Solutions | #3261
1:00 - 1:30 PM Safety-related Technology

Jodi Godfrey, CUTR
Jamie Maguire, Protran
Dan Huber, Bosch
Hot Topic I | #489
1:00 - 1:30 PM On-Ramping Autonomous Air Taxis: Science Fiction or Future Reality?

Shawn Bullard, Duetto Group
Hot Topic II | #3987
1:50 - 2:20 PM How Simulation Training Can Enhance Driver Performance

Robert Raheb, Subject Matter Specialist & Lead Transit Trainee, FAC Incorporated
Innovation | #3287
1:50 - 2:20 PM How standards will set transit free

John P. Maglio, President, ETA
Solutions | #3261
1:50 - 2:20 PM Electric Bus Resiliency and Microgrids Hot Topic I | #489
1:50 - 2:20 PM Rail Capital Projects Hot Topic II | #3987
2:50 - 3:30 PM New EMI Silent Lighting Technology and Electromagnetic Interference in Transit

Jason Baright, CEO, G&G Industrial Lighting
Supported by Bradley Rausch, Transit Consultant, ShorElectric
Innovation | #3287
2:50 - 3:30 PM SeatLink: Monitoring Passenger Occupancy and Seat Belt Status

Stan Brzezniak, Business Development Manager, Freedman Seating Co.
Solutions | #3261
2:50 - 3:30 PM New Developments: How did transit agency procurement change during the pandemic? Where is it going?

Ted Lucas, Sound Transit
Kimberly J. Williams, J.D., RideMetro
Raymond Melleady, United Safety & Survivability Corporation, Exton
Procurement | #206A
2:50 - 3:30 PM Private Contracting of Public Transportation: A Review of a UITP (International Association of Public Transport) study on the values and benefits Hot Topic I | #489
3:50 - 4:20 PM Integrating fixed routes and on-demand services

Claudia Preciado, Director of Remix Partnerships, North America + ANZ, Via Transportation, Inc.
Innovation | #3287
3:50 - 4:20 PM Protection Against Graffiti and Vandalism

Mike Schuch, Co-Founder & Principal, Graffiti Shield, Inc.
Solutions | 3261
3:50 - 4:20 PM What's different about technology procurement? Why it is not just another widget Procurement | #206A
3:50 - 4:20 PM APTA's new battery bus charger standard Hot Topic I | #489

Time Sessions Zone & Booth
9:30 - 10:00 AM 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
Innovation | #3287
9:30 - 10:00 AM Understanding best practices for charging your e-buses

Ryan Mackem, Business Development Manager, Electromobility, INIT Innovations In Transportation
Solutions | #3261
9:30 - 10:00 AM Electric Bus Resiliency and Microgrids Hot Topic I | #489
10:20 - 10:50 AM Fare payment platforms: how they're different and ho to procure for them

Jeff Nullmeyer, Senior Business Development Manager, Masabi
Innovation | #3287
10:20 - 10:50 AM Next Generation Passenger Information System Software Suite

Patrik Nilsson, Head of SW Development Center, Luminator Technology Group
Solutions | #3261
10:20 - 10:50 AM Automated BRT and the Future of Transit Hot Topic II | #3987
11:10 - 11:40 AM Intelligent Rail Infrastructure - Remote Condition Monitoring

Michael McNulty, Associate Director - Railway Systems and Operations, Network Rail Consulting, Inc.
Innovation | #3287
11:10 - 11:40 AM Delivering the Future of Mobility, Today

Jeff Zarr, Director, Sales Engineering, Moovit
Solutions | #3261
11:10 - 11:40 AM Procurement learning and success: Partnering with the private sector

Jack Martinson, Halosil
Christopher Pacher, Harch LTK
Ted Lucas, Sound Transit
Procurement | #206A
11:10 - 11:40 AM Global transit projects and international trends: an overview by UTIP, the International Association of Public Transportation Hot Topic I | #489
1:00 - 1:30 PM Safety Certifying New Train Control Technologies

Robert Hanczor, CEO, Piper Networks
Innovation | #3287
1:00 - 1:30 PM Scheduling to attract and retain drivers

Kevin Foreman, Optibus, LTD
Solutions | #3261
1:00 - 1:30 PM General understanding of the universe of Grants. Help with applying for Grants and what is the best approach Hot Topic I | #489
1:00 - 1:30 PM The PX Curriculum: Connectivity, Information, Entertainment, and Feedback for the Ultimate Passenger Experience

Mischa Wanek-Libman, Mass Transit Magazine
Ross Colvin, Icomera
Ali Gardezi, Icomera
Adriana Hemzacek, Icomera
Gabriel Lopez-Bernal, Icomera
Hot Topic II | #3987
1:50 - 2:20 PM 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
Innovation | #3287

Lauren Cochran Scoville, Vice President of Sales, Proterra
Alan Westenskow, Director of Business Development, Proterra
Solutions | #3261
2:30 - 3:00 PM 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
Innovation | #3287
2:30 - 3:00 PM Important steps in electrification and microgrid deployment for bus fleets

Trishan Peruma, Head of Business Development for North America, Viriciti LLC
Solutions | #3261
2:40 - 3:10 PM Perspectives on Procuring and Implementing Autonomous Transportation Programs Hot Topic II | #3987