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Upcoming Webinars

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Introducing APTAU and the Mobility Innovations Hub's new "Mobility Innovation Pilot of the Month" Webinars! 

​Today's mobility environment is enlivened by new service delivery models being implemented each month at transit agencies nationwide. APTA's "Mobility Innovation Pilot of the Month" programs highlight new approaches for providing mobility, sharing best practices, and transferring tangible tools and resources. 

Pilot Project Webinar #1: Pinellas Suncoast TransitAuthority’s TD Late Shift Program​

Wednesday, March 27, 2019:
2:00-2:45 PM EST

Launched in 2016, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s TD Last Shift program provides fully-subsidized ride hail and taxi trips to help low-income residents commuting to or from work during nighttime hours when bus service is unavailable.

This webinar will focus on the success and challenges of the program, what it takes to get an innovative idea started, and provide resources to assist others get their projects off and running.


  • David Zipper, DZ Strategies LLC, Washington, DC


  • Brad J. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Bonnie Jean Epstein, Senior Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL

Watch the Recording Here!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019:
2:00-2:45 PM EST

Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver is poised to become the first transit agency in the United States to sell tickets through a ride hail app. Users of the Uber app in Denver currently see transit options alongside ride hail and will soon be able to pay for a transit ticket through the Uber app itself. Costs of the new program are borne by the private partners (Uber and Masabi). 

This webinar will focus on the success and challenges of the program, what it takes to get an innovative idea started, and provide resources to assist others get their projects off and running.


  • David Zipper, DZ Strategies LLC, Washington, DC


  • David A. Genova, CSSD, General Manager and CEO, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO 
  • Tonya Anderson, PMP, CSPO, Product Manager, Electronic Fare Operations, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO

The APTAU 2019 "FutureView" Webinar Series

APTAU is pleased to announce its new, six-part marquee webinar series, FutureView, which brings together public transportation practitioners from all facets of our industry to analyze and address the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing public transportation today and into the future.

APTAU's in-house team of industry experts and renowned speakers from across the industry invite participants to join them in discussing such critical topics as travel behavior trends, mode loyalty, approaches to mobility as a service, public transit system vulnerabilities, emerging technologies, workforce development, strategies for building political support for public transportation and more.

Through the FutureView series, APTA members will share insights and best practices with their peers and discover strategies to better position their systems and businesses to capitalize on and define the changing mobility landscape. As an industry, we can write our own future. See what yours might look like with APTA’s FutureView!

Please refer to the information below on the first three webinars in the FutureView series and how you can register. Information on subsequent webinars will be shared with APTA members over the coming months.​

Webinar #1: Travel Behavior Trends: Competing for Mode Loyalty

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
3:00-4:15 PM EST​

Historically, commuters tended to follow the same travel patterns for much of their careers—once a train rider, always a train rider. Millennials, who now make up the largest group of Americans, are different. Comfortable with new technologies and following multiple job paths, they seek out a broad variety of travel options for each separate trip, with the aim of traveling as efficiently as possible. Our experts will discuss what we’re learning from the travel patterns of America’s Millennials, how this is impacting public transit, and what transportation companies must do to win over new generations.​


  • Matthew Dickens, Senior Policy Analyst​, American Public Transportation Association


  • Conan Cheung, Executive Officer, Operations, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County 
  • Matt Hogan, Partner, ALG Research ​

Download the Presentation Slides​.

Webinar #2: Effective MaaS Strategies: Subscription Services and the Holistic Approach

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
3:00-4:15 PM EST

How can public transit agencies build brand loyalty and a connection with the customer in an age of cord-cutting and bowling alone? Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is one of those new terms that seem so obvious and timely, but whose meaning and implications remain fuzzy at best. Technology is enabling riders to craft how they travel, with options no one would have even considered in the past. This presents challenges for the public transit industry, but also an opportunity to grow ridership through subscription services. Our team of experts will look at where Mobility as a Service is headed, how it may look in the future, and some of the ways in which public transportation agencies large and small will have to respond. How can our business processes and workforce prepare for MaaS?


  • ​  Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, FL
      Bio -- Mr. Ford.pdf


  •  ​“MaaS and Transit:  A Primer”​
      David Zipper, DZ Strategies LLC, Washington, DC
  •  “Operationalizing MaaS at the Metropolitan Level
      Daniel Rowe, Senior Transportation Planner, King County Metro Transit Division / Department of Transportation; Seattle, WA​
      Bio -- Mr. Rowe.pdf                                                                                                                                              


  •  ​​“Managing Urban Mobility Through the MaaS App”                                                                                                                                                                  Frank Kopas, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Moovit, San Francisco, CA

 ​​        This webinar is sponsored by:

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To register, please click the webinar title and follow the link.​​

Webinar #3: Building a Resilient Transit System: How to Keep the System Running When Disasters Strike​

(FORMALLY -- Vulnerabilities of High-Tech Systems: What Happends When the Lights Go Out?)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 
3:00-4:15 PM EST

With near total dependence on electric power for computers, smart phones, and communications, and the growing role of electricity to run our cars, buses, and trains, the impacts of a large-scale disaster are even more threatening today than they were in the past. How can public transit agencies communicate to provide news and information? How would we coordinate emergency services and responses? How would we move when the cell towers are down? Our team of experts will discuss resiliency, the steps major cities and agencies are taking to prepare for such inevitable events, and whether it might be time to create a new tabletop exercise to start us preparing in case.



  •   Elizabeth Lovinggood, Program Manager, Sustainability & Planning, APTA

  • “Developing a Climate Resilience Plan: Key Questions to Move Infrastructure & Transit Agencies Forward”                                                        Thomas A. Wall, Sr. Infrastructure & Preparedness Analyst, Argonne National Laboratory
  • “MARTA’s Systems Approach to Power System Resiliency” ​
      Carlos Ortega, Director of Systems Engineering, MARTA

Previous Recorded Webinars

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently released new policy considerations for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system. Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicle 3.0 (AV 3.0) builds upon Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety (ADS 2.0) and expands the scope to all surface on-road transportation systems and was developed through the input from a diverse set of stakeholder engagements, throughout the Nation.  

Learn about AV 3.0 from the Federal Transit Administration. Discussants from transit agencies will also react to AV 3.0 based on their experiences with automated technology and the challenges and opportunities that these new technologies have brought to their agencies. Following the remarks, there will be time for discussion with the FTA and the panelists and an opportunity to provide comments on AV 3.0. ​

September 6, 2018

This webinar examined the impacts of technologies such as connected/autonomous vehicles and ridesharing services on transportation revenues. As these technologies change the way people travel, they are displacing traditional revenue streams for transportation programs. This webinar will address the current and anticipated impact of these emerging mobility technologies on transit fare revenue, parking revenue, traffic and parking fines, managed lane and toll revenues, license fees, and registration fees. Presenters will identify impacts on airports, land use and development, and equity considerations. This webinar is based on a similarly-titled workshop presented at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting in order to make content available to practitioners who were unable to attend in person.​

August 14, 2018 

This webinar examined legal issues that transit agencies may face when an infectious disease epidemic arises. Presenters will provide an overview of federal and state laws and available court decisions affecting transit agencies' responses to infectious disease outbreaks, including potential cohesiveness among transit agencies' procedures and federal and state guidance. Presenters will also discuss developments in infectious disease response that affects transit agencies, such as the CDC's recently revised Quarantinable Communicable Disease rule.​

June 14, 2018

Darnell Grisby, APTA Director of Policy Development and Research was joined by Glen Weisbrod, President of Economic Development Research Group, Inc. and Chandler Duncan, Principal of Metro Analytics, to discuss APTA’s new report, The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation. Click here to access the full report on: The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation​

June 5, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Research Report 197: Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency. This research explores the development of two tools for improving sustainability at transit agencies, the Sustainability Routemap and the S+ROI Calculator, which address transit sustainability through simplifying, translating, and implementing existing knowledge in new ways.

June 5, 2018

Public transit is in a maintenance crisis. Deferred maintenance, decreased reliability, and declining ridership are necessitating increases in budgets for rehabs and repairs. But the real overhaul needs to be in how public agencies conduct their asset management and maintenance programs. Eno’s new paper, “Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition,” found a consensus among public and private transit stakeholders that current rail maintenance practices are inadequate to meet today’s challenges. Agencies must start by creating a culture of prioritizing maintenance through effective asset management, and carefully explore alternatives with the private sector to bring more accountability and transparency. This webinar discussed the paper’s recommendations.
May 30, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that addressed several components related to the implementation of resiliency strategies for transportation organizations. Presenters discussed the strategic identification; collection sharing/repurposing; coordination; updating knowledge, information, and data needed for policy; and costs, risks, performance, and other forms of analysis that support resiliency efforts. They illustrated the types of evidence needed to build business cases and render decisions in the public sector, described the current state of the practice, and discussed practical examples that utilized these practices.

May 22, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that discusses how state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations may integrate performance and asset management into their decision-making processes. These organizations are considering changes to how they do business after the Federal Highway Administration finalized rules for performance and asset management in response to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The presenters discussed how to manage the changes and provide examples of what has worked and what has not for agencies that have undertaken the process.

May 15, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Research Report 195: Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and Personal Automobiles. 

This research explores how transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are affecting the use of public transit and personal automobiles in several regions by drawing on several sources, including one of the first uses of TNC trip origin-destination data. The webinar outlined key findings and insights from this research about how, when, and where TNCs are most frequently used, and the relationship between this use, public transit usage, and driving commutes. The presenters also provided a range of recommendations that may assist public transit agencies and other public entities attempting to engage with TNC services in large, midsized, and smaller urban areas.

May 7, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that featured research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Research Report 866: Return on Investment in Transportation Asset Management Systems and Practices.

This webinar discussed guidance and tools to support calculating the return on investment (ROI) for transportation agencies implementing new asset management systems or improving existing systems. The presenters described three case studies that were performed to calculate the ROI from implementing pavement, bridge, and maintenance management systems.

April 25, 2018

This webinar provided an update on the development of TAM standards and recommended practices as well as APTA’s Transit Performance Management Subcommittee activities and priorities. It will also review the deliverables and highlight the technical assistance resources available to assist in implementation ahead of the October 2018 TAM Plan deadline.

***This webinar is an encore of the Feb 22nd FTA presentation and does not feature any new content, if you participated in Feb this is a duplicate.***

March 22, 2018

Learn more about how some global cities are testing and deploying “Mobility-as-a-Service” as a means to facilitate customer information, schedules, and payment. This webinar will detail MaaS pilot programs, their lessons learned, and provide insights for US transit agencies, including its effect on ridership, data security, and equity in the broader transportation network.​

March 12, 2018

TRB conducted that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Web-Only Document 70: Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters, Volume 1: A Guide, Volume 2: Research Overview, and Volume 3: Literature Review and Case Studies.

This research provides "how to" steps to help transit agencies and others improve their resilience. Transit agencies across the U.S. face a multitude of threats from extreme weather and natural disasters. Ensuring that transit infrastructure and services are resilient to these threats is critical. This webinar included presentations by several transit agencies featured in the guide. The presenters provided first-hand accounts of their experiences and lessons learned as they implemented resilience strategies and projects.

November 16, 2017
This webinar discussed the changes in the way public transit agencies will approach operating policy with the introduction of connected vehicles (CV) and automated vehicles (AV) over the next few decades.  The results of the decisions transit operators make may affect employees, agency management structure, and transit patrons. This webinar will focus on key issues in areas such as AV technology evolution, safety considerations, workforce development, agency operating policies, and laws and regulations. The panelists will also present an action plan for resolving many of these issues.

July 19 2017
This webinar presented the findings from TCRP Synthesis 126: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies. Presented by Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), this session will discuss current practices and training initiatives, including bus operator training and retraining programs that have been effective in reducing accidents and incidents at transit agencies. The webinar will also focus on other system approaches that have been implemented to address safety hazards, including various technology applications, infrastructure modifications, and programs and initiatives such as driver incentive programs and close call/near miss reporting.

June 8, 2017
People who are homeless often utilize public transit vehicles or facilities as shelters to stay out of the weather and to be safe. For various reasons, many transit passengers do not feel comfortable when near people who are homeless. Transit agencies attempt to manage this population and its impacts to preserve the quality of the transit environment.  

June 7, 2017
Presenters discussed the best practices of value capture (VC) and public-private partnerships (P3s) in transportation funding. Value capture, the public recovery of a portion of increased property value created from public infrastructure investment, has been successful in several U.S. cities, and the presenters will review these case studies. Public-private partnerships can also be used by transit agencies to improve existing services as well as deliver new services and facilities, and presenters will demonstrate an interactive tool for identifying, evaluating, and screening opportunities for small- and medium-sized P3 initiatives.
This webinar is eligible for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits from the American Institute of Certified Planners.​

February 16, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 185: Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they improve bus operator workstation design, integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices, and involve all stakeholders in the design and build process.

January 26, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 185: Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they improve bus operator workstation design, integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices, and involve all stakeholders in the design and build process.​

January 11, 2017
This webinar provides guidance for reporting non-rail mode data to the National Transit Database (NTD) Safety & Security Reporting module. This webinar is specifically geared to reporting Rail mode data including Alaska Railroad (AR), Cable Car (CC), Commuter Rail (CR), Heavy Rail (HR), Hybrid Rail (YR), Incline Plane (IP), Light Rail (LR), Monorail/Automated Guideway (MG), and Streetcar (SR). This session will provide detailed steps for navigating the Safety & Security Report package, the 2017 reporting timeline, generating, editing and completing all reports/forms and an overview of available reports.

December 02, 2016
This webinar offers highlights of TCRP Report 163: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities. The Strategy Guide is a comprehensive resource that can help public transit agencies fulfill the primary goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) by making mainstream fixed-route bus and rail systems accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

June 28, 2016
While public transportation systems in the United States have a commendable safety record overall, there have been a number of recent events that highlight the need to improve safety culture and safety performance. As such, research is needed to take a comprehensive and multifaceted look at addressing safety culture for public transportation systems.

June 06, 2016
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 169: Developing Best-Practice Guidelines for Improving Bus Operator Health and Retention describes approaches that transit organizations in the United States and Canada have taken to address health problems faced by transit employees. This webinar will walk through the components of Part I: A Transit Workplace Health Protection and Promotion Practitioner’s Guide and discuss how to use the PowerPoint presentation, Making the Case for Transit Workplace Health Protection and Promotion, and the Excel worksheet, Transit Operator Workplace Health Protection and Promotion Planning, Evaluation, and ROI Template. Participants will be asked about their experiences with using the report and its tools, and explore establishing an ongoing dialogue on transit workplace health protection and promotion. Presented by Robin Mary Gillespie, Transportation Learning Center.

May 05, 2016
This webinar provides public transportation managers and labor union leaders with methods to use to establish, manage, and improve labor–management partnerships. The methods are based on the research and resulting toolkit documented in TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 181: Labor-Management Partnerships for Public Transportation.​

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