Conference Day 2 - June 28, 2017

Metro Day 2





Joshua Schank

Keynote Presentation: Flipping the P3 Script- How LA Metro is bringing P3 mainstream

  • Canadian progress vs. American roadblocks – Why is it difficult for American transit systems to adopt Public-Private Partnerships despite success in Canada? How do we overcome this?
  • The Unsolicited Proposal – How does it flip the script on private funding by encouraging innovation and enabling the market to show you where it sees value?
  • Borrowing at private rates - How do you ensure that the benefits ultimately outweigh the back end costs?
  • Fast and efficient- How does holding the private sector accountable accelerate projects in a cost efficient manner?
Panel discussion

Future of Cities- Building sustainable and robust transit systems for tomorrow’s Mega Cities

  • With 6 out of 10 people expected to live in urban areas by 2030 – how can today’s cities maximize the efficiency of their current footprint for future capacities while avoiding congestion?
  • What qualities are necessary for a system and network to be viable 30-50 years from now?
  • As autonomous vehicles become safer and more affordable how will they impact traditional systems?
  • Even with consumers using separate agencies- How do you create a seamless and personalized journey from the first to last mile?
Veronique Hakim

Keynote Presentation: How NYC Transit is leading the way for the modern American Transit system

  • An overview of the largest and most aggressive capital program to date for NYC Transit
  • How can you make systems and stations smarter and more resilient while facilitating major upgrades and expansions?
  • How is the MTA planning to achieve future projected operating efficiencies and implement key elements of the cost reduction initiatives?
  • How do you ensure that your current mobility solutions, and infrastructure are dynamic and viable 30 years from now?







Stream 1

How are Open API's driving transit innovation

  • Why are more and more systems producing Open APIs?
  • Why is the Open API seen as such a line of innovation?
  • How can open APIs can save your system time and money by outsourcing?
Stream 2

Reimagining the urban circulator in response to emerging autonomous vehicle tech

  • Measuring the effectiveness of existing and potential dedicated right of ways.Do you need fixed infrastructure when you can have virtual right of ways?
  • How can transit systems adopt autonomous vehicles and avoid disruption?
  • What does the autonomous journey look like in mass public transportation form?
Stream 3

The NYC streetcar: No longer a relic of the past

  • Why is NYC following the likes of San Diego, California, and Portland to implement its first streetcar system in nearly 70 years?
  • How will this 16-mile line reinvigorate this Brooklyn to Queens stretch that has long been ignored.
  • What engineering and delivery mechanisms must be overcome in a dense urban environment like New York City?
  • From Tax increment financing to P3- what funding models are appropriate?
Stream 2

Rebuilding and rebranding Baltimore in a year

  • From overseeing the construction of largest P3 Rail Project currently underway in America – the $5 billion+ Purple Light Rail Line project in the Washington DC suburbs while simultaneously directing a complete reboot and rebranding of the Baltimore Transit System-how do you prioritize your efforts?
  • How do you ensure State of Good Repair throughout modernization?
  • Why was it necessary for Maryland to separate from WMATA?
  • With the proposed Mag Lev Rail between Washington DC and Baltimore- will American high speed train travel finally be a reality?
Stream 3

The Atlanta Belt Line: An ambitious plan to bring a city together

  • As a city that has historically dealt with Population loss and division- how will the Beltline live up to its title as the most important urban planning project in decades?
  • How is this combination of urban walkable places and affordable light rail curated to neighbourhoods both rich and poor?
  • How will Atlanta maintain rent rates as the city grows?
Stream 2

The other IOT: The “Internet of Trains”

  • How to integrate ubiquitous connectivity and the ‘Internet of Things’ into rail
  • Understanding applicability of drones, connected devices and sensors in transit
  • Using intelligent management systems to capture and analyse vast quantities of big data
Stream 2

The evolution of platform safety solutions

  • What new applications are there for this technology?
  • Is there a more cost effective alternative to screen doors?
  • What safety improvements can be made on legacy systems?
Stream 3

How has Light Rail transformed Dallas?

  • Light Rail launched in 1996 in Dallas only planning for 53 miles of rail- they now have 90+
  • Why has an auto heavy city like Dallas responded so well to DART?
  • How do you establish lines which complement the city and drive growth?
Stream 2


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Stream 3

Expanding your Light Rail network

  • Finding the public transportation niche in drivable cities.
  • Offering a safe efficient and higher quality of public transport
  • Planning routes with stakeholders and community involvement




Panel discussion

The evolution of modern American Light Rail from 1981 to present

  • What political and infrastructural hurdles do you face when implementing new rail systems?
  • What are the keys to creating a cost-conscious build from the start, including the advantages of building on existing freight rail rights of way?
  • What lessons have been learned during the startup period between new system/new route construction and initial operations?
  • What is your long-term maintenance plan as your system ages?
  • How have you handled or are prepared to handle ridership growth? What are your expansion plans?




Stream 1

Improving safety, reliability and efficiency on your network by ensuring optimum performance of Train Control and legacy systems

  • How do you maintain safety and reliability when integrating new technology into your network?
  • Developing futureproof networks while managing the cost and complexity of projects
  • How can we deliver higher capacity and meet the growing needs of our networks?
  • How do you handle the widening knowledge gap with newer hires as veteran workforce retires?
Stream 2

Dealing with external and internal stakeholders

  • Managing stakeholder relationships to ensure rapid project development.
  • How do you adopt new technologies and new ways of working to deliver the project on time?
  • What are the main points to meeting key stakeholders needs and expectations on time?
Stream 3

What is the future for procurement standardization in Rapid transit projects?

  • Lessons in standardization and interface management
  • How do you prioritize funds to ensure critical procurement needs can be met?
  • Working to maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders
  • How can you harness innovation to improve performance and life-cycle costs?
Stream 2

How can Transit systems and ridesharing services complement each other to address customer needs in the first and last mile?

  • The modern customer expects a seamless journey from door step to their ultimate location- Are private ridesharing services the answer?
  • How do transit systems identify the gaps and people in their network that will benefit from greater station access without cannibalizing ridership?
  • What preconditions- from marketing campaigns, to trip data- must be in place at the onset of these agreements to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership, not just a promotional stunt? Do transit systems have multiple processes in place to obtain necessary data?  
  • Public transit systems are risking much more in these partnerships than the low fixed cost of ridesharing companies. When partnerships do not work out, how do transit authorities protect their network and ensure customers are not stranded?
Stream 1

The American March to Positive Train Control

  • With the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 being an unfunded mandate and 2018 around the corner – transit agencies are faced with the challenges of ensuring their organizations are ready to maintain/operate these new systems. What are some of the organizational or process changes they need to consider with this new system?
  • How does PTC help trains avoid collision, derailments? What are common misconceptions? What scenarios does PTC not currently protect?
  • For operators to field engineers- How do you build efficient training programs when many systems are still learning and building the technology?
  • PTC is not just another signalling system- From an asset management standpoint what alignment and understanding is necessary for effective PTC operation and maintainability of operations?
  • What are the technical, operational and legal challenges of interoperability between two railroads who need to operate on the same set of tracks?
Stream 3

Understanding the importance of your track infrastructure to help optimize costs, improve safety and boost efficiency

  • Modern tracks- Boosting performance at a minimised cost of ownership
  • How do you ensure the viability and efficiency of newly established routes and right of ways?
  • Rollout of next generation track solutions
Stream 2


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Stream 1

Wayside energy storage: Taking regenerative braking savings to the next level

  • With regenerative braking now more commonplace-why are trains still losing energy?
  • Building a next gen battery storage network to capture this lost energy.
  • Are supercapacitors a viable option for your system?
  • Reintegrating energy into your regional grid to create a “Smart Grid”
Stream 2

Modern transit and the attacks on the digital metropolis

  • Where are the weakest parts of your systems?
  • How do you learn from the practice of other industries to successfully protect urban rail networks?
  • Segregating your networks to slow down system breaches.
  • How do you Invest in long-term cyber security measures to analyze machine behavior so we can pre-empt attacks?
Stream 3

Tunneling for dense urban infrastructure development

  • How do you create the appropriate timelines and adjust for the unexpected?
  • How do you maintain flow of travel and transit during large tunneling projects?
  • What guidelines are necessary to reduce disruption in the surrounding urban area from the tunnel boring machines?
Stream 1

Examining new power sources for transit

  • As the world goes green are you able to decarbonize your infrastructure?
  • What energy systems are appropriate for your transit system?
  • What is the viability of new and alternative sources of power like hydrogen, Algae, Solar Panels, Potential Energy etc.?
Stream 2


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last published: 19/May/17 16:35 GMT