Sessions

10-21-2020

  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Join us as we kick off our innovative two-day event with opening remarks from APTA and FTA leadership.

    speaker(s)
    Nuria I. Fernandez
    Paul P. Skoutelas
    K. Jane Williams
  • 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM (EDT)

    Keynote Address: Tony Seba

    Tony Seba is a world-renowned author, thought leader, educator, and entrepreneur. He predicts a future where automated fleets of electric vehicles replace personal cars, cities become more self-sufficient, and regions accumulate political power, all driven by disruptive advances in technology. He will discuss the role of public transportation in this future and how transit leaders can lead rather than react to disruptive change. Seba is the author of the best-selling book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation” and co-author of “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030." Seba teaches at Stanford and is also a co-founder of RethinkX, a think tank that focuses on technology disruption and its implications for society.

    Keynote address presented by WSP USA 

    speaker(s)
    Tony Seba
  • 12:20 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

    Break

  • 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM (EDT)

    How Can Transit Lead in a Disrupted Future?

    Keynote speaker Tony Seba projects a future where automated fleets of electric vehicles replace personal cars, cities become more self-sufficient, and regions accumulate political power, all driven by disruptive advances in technology. What is the role of public transportation in this future and how can transit leaders lead rather than react to disruptive change?

    Session presented by Proterra Inc. 

    speaker(s)
    Dorval R. Carter
    Leslie S. Richards
    Peter M. Rogoff
    Julie Timm
  • 01:30 PM - 01:40 PM (EDT)

    Break

  • 01:40 PM - 02:40 PM (EDT)

    What Will Cities Look Like in 2025?

    Social and economic trends over the past 25 years have strongly favored cities and metropolitan living. Cities have thrived in generating economic output, job creation, creativity and innovation, and as vibrant places of culture and entertainment.  To what degree will these long-term trends be affected by the pandemic, protests over policing, and other current disruptions? Will health concerns and cautions about urban density affect life and work decisions? How will transportation decisions made today affect the design and architecture of cities going forward? How will streets and street life change as a result?

    speaker(s)
    Alice N. Bravo
    Karina Ricks
    Andres Sevtsuk
    Marla Westervelt
  • 02:40 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)

    Breakout Discussions

    Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal breakout discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.

    Please join us for one of two breakout sessions:

  • Sub Session:


    02:40 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
    Meet the Speakers

    Want to hear more from our speakers? Join us for a live discussion with the speakers from the “What Will Cities Look Like in 2025?” session. Ask your questions, share your thoughts, and hear from your colleagues.

    02:40 PM - 03:00 PM (EDT)
    Small Group Discussions

    Are you feeling nostalgic for those chance encounters that you get at in-person events? Then join us here to get matched with other attendees at random to spark conversations and connections.

  • 03:00 PM - 03:10 PM (EDT)

    Break

  • 03:10 PM - 04:10 PM (EDT)

    How Do We Bring Back Riders and Broadly Position Public Transit in the Year Ahead?

    The pandemic has created challenges and opportunities for public transportation in positioning public transit for the future for riders and for stakeholders. How do we recapture riders? As we bring back service or need to reduce services, how do we prioritize services that are equitable and sustainable? How should our messaging change? What are the opportunities to position public transit with new stakeholders, such as health care organizations, to expand our advocacy?

    Session presented by BAE SYSTEMS

    speaker(s)
    Andy Byford
    Randy S. Clarke
    Inez Evans
    Katharine Kelleman
  • 04:10 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)

    Breakout Discussions

    Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal breakout discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.

    Please join us for one of two breakout sessions:

  • Sub Session:


    04:10 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
    Meet the Speakers

    Want to hear more from our speakers? Join us for a live discussion with the speakers from the “How Do We Bring Back Riders and Broadly Position Public Transit in the Year Ahead?” session. Ask your questions, share your thoughts, and hear from your colleagues.

    04:10 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)
    Small Group Discussions

    Are you feeling nostalgic for those chance encounters that you get at in-person events? Then join us here to get matched with other attendees at random to spark conversations and connections.

  • 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM (EDT)

    APTA Awards Celebration

    Join us as we recognize and honor the 2020 APTA Award winners. APTA has selected 13 outstanding individual and agency winners of the 2020 APTA Awards. After the awards are announced, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from each winner and congratulate them.
    The APTA Awards program recognizes excellence in the public transportation industry in North America. Known as the “best of the best,” award winners are outstanding role models of excellence, leadership, and innovation whose accomplishments have greatly advanced the industry.
    Awards Celebration presented by Genfare
    2020 AWARD WINNERS
    Innovation Award
    Golden Empire Transit, Bakersfield, CA
    Pace Suburban Bus, Arlington, Heights, IL
    Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award
    0 – 4 Million Rides
    Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, Livermore, CA
    4 – 20 Million Rides
    Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus, OH
    Over 20 Million Rides
    Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston TX
    Distinguished Service Award (Local & State)
    Sharon Bulova, Former Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax, VA
    Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member Award
    Sharon McBride, Board Secretary, Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, Peoria, IL
    Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member Award
    Freddie Fuller, II, Vice President, Jacobs, Arlington, VA
    Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award
    Nathaniel Ford, Sr, CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
    APTA Hall of Fame
    Barry Barker
    Paul Jablonski (posthumously)
    Celia Kupersmith
    Dr Beverly Scott

10-22-2020

  • 11:00 AM - 11:10 AM (EDT)

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Join us for the kickoff to another exciting day of in-depth and thought-provoking conversation.

    speaker(s)
    Jeffrey A. Nelson
  • 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)

    Keynote Address: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

    Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of African American Studies at Princeton University.  He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world.  He is the author of several important books on African American religion and philosophy, including An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, which has been described as “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century.”

    Keynote address presented by WSP USA

    speaker(s)
    Eddie S. Glaude
  • 11:30 AM - 11:40 AM (EDT)

    Break

  • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM (EDT)

    How Can the Industry Put Social and Racial Equity and Inclusion at the Forefront?

    The disproportionate  impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black and brown communities and the continued tragic examples of long-standing racial injustice have further illuminated the monumental work remaining to create an inclusive society. Public transportation plays a critical role in this effort. How does the industry address social and racial inequity and systemic racism with intentionality? What kinds of hard questions do we need to be asking our agencies and organizations? How can, and should, the pursuit of social and racial equity shape decision-making within transit organizations? Join these prominent leaders in a compelling discussion on how to create truly transformational change through the lens of equity, inclusion and anti-racism.

    Session presented by TranSystems Corporation

    speaker(s)
    Alva Carrasco
    Freddie C. Fuller
    Eddie S. Glaude
    Adelee Marie Le Grand
  • 12:40 PM - 01:00 PM (EDT)

    Breakout Discussions

    Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal breakout discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.

    Please join us for one of two breakout sessions:

  • Sub Session:


    12:40 PM - 01:00 PM (EDT)
    Meet the Speakers

    Want to hear more from our speakers? Join us for a live discussion with the speakers from the “How Can the Industry Put Social and Racial Equity and Inclusion at the Forefront?” session. Ask your questions, share your thoughts, and hear from your colleagues.

    12:40 PM - 01:00 PM (EDT)
    Small Group Discussions

    Are you feeling nostalgic for those chance encounters that you get at in-person events? Then join us here to get matched with other attendees at random to spark conversations and connections.

  • 01:00 PM - 01:10 PM (EDT)

    Break

  • 01:10 PM - 02:10 PM (EDT)

    How Have Calls To Reform Policing Affected Transit Security?

    Recent events have led to conversations about race, equity, and police reform. Join this discussion as agencies examine how these conversations impact their approaches to public safety and the support they receive, from both transit police and local law enforcement, to ensure the safety and security of transit riders and employees.

    speaker(s)
    Ed Alvarez
    Marla Blagg
    Vera Bumpers
    Ronald Pavlik
    Alex Z. Wiggins
  • 02:10 PM - 02:30 PM (EDT)

    Breakout Discussions

    Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal breakout discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.

    Please join us for one of two breakout sessions:

  • Sub Session:


    02:10 PM - 02:30 PM (EDT)
    Meet the Speakers

    Want to hear more from our speakers? Join us for a live discussion with the speakers from the “How Have Calls To Reform Policing Affected Transit Security?” session. Ask your questions, share your thoughts, and hear from your colleagues.

    02:10 PM - 02:30 PM (EDT)
    Small Group Discussions

    Are you feeling nostalgic for those chance encounters that you get at in-person events? Then join us here to get matched with other attendees at random to spark conversations and connections.

  • 02:30 PM - 02:40 PM (EDT)

    Break

  • 02:40 PM - 03:40 PM (EDT)

    What Megatrend Should we be Paying Most Attention to Right Now?

    Over the last decade the technology megatrends of smartphone adoption and electrification had tremendous impacts on urban mobility. So did the demographic megatrend of affluent people increasingly choosing to live in urban areas. What will the next decade bring?

    Looking ahead, possible technology megatrends include automation, artificial intelligence, and enhanced connectivity through 5G. On the societal side, possibilities include a retreat from density or a preference for sharing assets instead of owning them. Overlayed on top are the overarching forces of climate change and political polarization. Which of these is most likely to define the coming decade? What impact will they have on transit? Are there steps agencies should take now to prepare?

    Session presented by Proterra Inc. 

    speaker(s)
    Nathaniel P. Ford
    Doug Kelsey
    Kari Edison Watkins
    Charles A. Zelle
  • 03:40 PM - 04:00 PM (EDT)

    Breakout Discussions

    Feeling inspired by a previous session? Looking to discuss a topic in depth? Join one of our informal breakout discussions; be ready to speak your mind and make connections -- these discussions will be highly interactive and bring attendees together to tackle some of the most salient issues in the industry.

    Please join us for one of two breakout sessions:

  • Sub Session:


    03:40 PM - 04:00 PM (EDT)
    Meet the Speakers

    Want to hear more from our speakers? Join us for a live discussion with the speakers from the “What Megatrend Should we be Paying Most Attention to Right Now?” session. Ask your questions, share your thoughts, and hear from your colleagues.

    03:40 PM - 04:00 PM (EDT)
    Small Group Discussions

    Are you feeling nostalgic for those chance encounters that you get at in-person events? Then join us here to get matched with other attendees at random to spark conversations and connections.

  • 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM (EDT)

    Closing Discussion

    After two days of critical conversations, we ask APTA leaders to reflect on what they heard and tell us what gives them the most hope for the future of transit.

    speaker(s)
    Nuria I. Fernandez
    Jeffrey A. Nelson
    Paul P. Skoutelas