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?
Joseph Giulietti

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

Presentation: How the construction of the M1 Rail is driving social mobility and economic growth in the Motor City

  • How do you take advantage of the P3 model to create a catalyst for investment, economic development and urban renewal?
  • How do you work with local contractors from the beginning to best enable your disadvantaged businesses?
  • Making a down payment on the city’s future
Sommer Woods, Director of External Relations, M-1 Rail


Stream 2

Presentation: Why Transit Investment Is So Critical

  • Chicagoland’s Example of an American Legacy System
  • Today’s Challenges:  Funding and Ridership
  • Solving Our Own Problems While Advocating for Public Dollars


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?
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

Panel:  The Growth of App-Based Ride Services and Traffic, Travel and the Future of our Cities

  • What ridership drop-offs are cities seeing because of the convenience of TNC’s? How is this impacting support for Public Transit?
  • Where have TNCs and Transit successfully partnered in the past? What are plans for partnerships in the future?
  • What are the implications on city congestion? What boundary and taxation questions must be considered with TNCs to establish a more sustainable future?
  • How can cities, transit agencies, and TNCs share more actionable Information without compromising customer information?
Jason Gross, Vice President, Head of Mobile, Verifone Transportation Systems
Andrei Greenawalt, VP Public Policy, Via


last published: 22/Jun/17 13:25 GMT