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Tenth National GIS in Transit Conference
September 6-8, 2017 (Note that Labor Day is Sept 4)
Washington, DC

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference, taking place September 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC! Join us for comprehensive education, networking, and professional development. 

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Wednesday, September 6
 

7:30am

8:30am

Lead or Leading: Leadership Development for GIS/Transit Professionals (Half-Day)
Half-Day Workshop - 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Lead or Leading: Leadership Development for GIS/Transit Professionals
Instructor: Jonathan P. Brooks, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Houston, TX

Are you a transit planner, manager, or senior level staff interested in developing or enhancing your leadership skills and style? Or do you want professional development tools and information to pass to others in your organization? This workshop is for you. Participants’ will explore the role of leadership in their work and broaden their repertoire of leadership tools. The workshop will be interactive and provide evidence-based information.

Topics addressed include:
  • How, what, WHY
  • Promulgating Vision
  • Thinking about Myself
  • Warmth and Competence
  • Trust and Conflict
  • Managing Change

Target Audience: This workshop is intended for GIS/transit professionals whose responsibilities include leading others or contributing to team-based projects.

Pre-requisites: Desire to become a more effective leader, team member, and communicator.

Class Size: A limited number of individuals may register for this workshop.

Cost: There is an additional fee of $75 to attend this course.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan P. Brooks

Jonathan P. Brooks

Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Jonathan Brooks is an Assistant Research Scientist with Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Transit Mobility Program and offices in Houston, Texas. He is an active young professional researcher with a diverse background including driving Motorcoach in the private sector. He co... Read More →


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Park, Lobby Level - Hotel Side

8:30am

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation (Full Day)
Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor: Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, FL

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.

Specific topics include:
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Fleet, Equipment, and Warehouses: Assets of special interest
  • Software Solutions
  • Information Management and Decision Support Tools
  • Evaluation and Performance Measures
  • GASB34 Reporting
  • Life Cycle Costs

Target Audience:
This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.


Class Size: A limited number of individuals may register for this workshop.

Cost: There is an additional fee of $125 to attend this course.

Workshop Instructors
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

CEO, Data Transfer Solutions, Inc
Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. | During the past 20 years, Mr. Ibaugh has been a member... Read More →


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Farragut Square, Lower Level - Hotel Side

8:30am

Using GTFS Data in ArcGIS (Full Day)
Using GTFS Data in ArcGIS (Full Day)
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor: Melinda Morang, Product Engineer, Esri
Who does my transit system serve, and how well are these people served?  How easily can people access important destinations by transit?  This workshop will help you answer these questions using ArcGIS and your GTFS public transit data.  

We will cover:
  • How to display stops and routes in the map
  • How to determine the coverage of your transit system and enrich the coverage area with demographic information
  • How to calculate the frequency of transit service available to different areas of town and points of interest
  • How to create a GTFS-enabled network dataset for use with ArcGIS Network Analyst
  • How to use Network Analyst and your network dataset to calculate measures of transit accessibility
  • [Optional] How to generate a shapes.txt file for your GTFS dataset

By the end of the workshop, you will have created most of the components shown in this Story Map: http://arcg.is/2fSTomS.

Pre-requisites:

  1. Experience using ArcMap
  2. Basic knowledge of the Network Analyst extension is a plus, but not required


Requirements:

Laptop and software: Attendees must bring their own laptops to use for this workshop.

  • Permissions to install something on your laptop
  • ArcMap 10.1 or higher (10.3 or higher is recommended)
  • Network Analyst license
  • A Desktop Standard (ArcEditor) or Desktop Advanced (ArcInfo) level license is recommended.  You will be able to do most of the workflows with a Desktop Basic (ArcView) license, but not all.
  • Optional: ArcGIS Pro
  • Optional: An ArcGIS Online account (you can create a temporary free trial account if you don’t have one)


Data:

  • A GTFS dataset for the transit agency (or agencies) of your choice (or you can download one the day of)
  • A feature class of streets covering the area served by your GTFS dataset
  • Optional, but very helpful: A network dataset covering the area served by your GTFS dataset

Class Size: A limited number of individuals may register for this workshop.

Cost: There is an additional fee of $125 to attend this course.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Morang

Melinda Morang

Product Engineer, Esri
As a Product Engineer at Esri, Melinda Morang does software design and testing for Network Analyst in ArcGIS. She has developed a suite of python script tools for working with GTFS public transit data in ArcGIS.


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
McPherson Square, Lower Level - Hotel Side

1:00pm

GTFS & GIS 101: Introduction to GTFS Data Feeds and How to Use Them (Half-Day)
GTFS & GIS 101: Introduction to GTFS Data Feeds and How to Use Them
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM (Half-Day)
Instructor: Sandy Davis, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Rockville, MD

Need to summarize, aggregate, or disaggregate transit data at the route, stop, or geographic level? This workshop will show you how to use General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data to conduct region-wide analyses for summarizing levels of service by day, time period, route, stop or geographic area. Seasoned transit professionals from Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning will guide participants through the process of using GTFS data for basic geographic transit analysis. Participants will learn how to extract stop, route, schedule data from GTFS feeds in Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access; create relationships between feed components to summarize information at different levels; and display the information spatially in GIS software. Presenters will also provide a brief primer on GTFS data for new users: What is GTFS? What is included in a GTFS feed? How do all of the feed components relate to one another and to the source agency’s schedule data?
 
Target Audience: Transit Agency Planners, Engineers, or Data Analysts; Transit/Transportation Planner Consultants; MPO Staff; Transit Agency Staff responsible for Title VI Reporting (transit service monitoring); Transit Agency Staff responsible for general transit monitoring or performance monitoring (non-FTA requirements); Transit Advocates; Transportation Researchers/Scholars
 
Pre-requisites: Basic understanding of transit data and transit terminology; basic understanding of MS Excel; basic understanding of ESRI ArcMap

Requirement: Each registered attendee should bring a laptop equipped with Excel and ArcGIS  software. 

Class Size: A limited number of individuals may register for this workshop.

Cost: There is an additional fee of $75 to attend this course.

Workshop Instructors
avatar for Sandy Davis

Sandy Davis

Senior Transportation Planner, Foursquare ITP
Sandy is a Senior Transportation Planner with solid experience in regional transportation operations, research and policy development with a specific focus on transit service planning and implementation, geographic information systems (GIS), community outreach, and qualitative an... Read More →


Wednesday September 6, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Park, Lobby Level - Hotel Side
 
Thursday, September 7
 

9:00am

Welcome & Keynote Address
Welcome to the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference!

The committee is working on the opening keynote details... stay tuned for the announcement!

Moderators
Thursday September 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

10:00am

Break with Exhibitors
Grab a cup of coffee and mingle with Transit GIS exhibitors!

Thursday September 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

10:30am

Advanced Development: TOD Real Estate, Analysis-Visualization, and GIS-Train Control
Learn about advanced techniques for modernizing real estate management and TODs, methods for data analysis and visualization during development review, and WMATA’s linking GIS with train control systems.

  • Is That My Parcel? Modernizing Real Estate and Transit Oriented Development using GIS
    Scott Sugar, Geospatial Technology Team Lead, HNTB, Atlanta, GA
    Richard S. Slaton, CCIM – Director of Real Estate, MARTA, Atlanta, GA
    Darin Welch- Geospatial Solutions Manager, HNTB, Chicago, IL 
  • Development Review - Data Storage, Analysis, and Visualization with PostgreSQL, ESRI Server, and Geocortex Essentials
    Krystal Phaneuf, GIS Specialist, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA
  • Development of Live Train Map – An Integration of GIS and Train Control System
    Minhua Wang, GIS Enterprise Architect, WMATA , Washington DC


Speakers
avatar for Krystal Phaneuf

Krystal Phaneuf

GIS Specialist, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority / AECOM
Krystal Phaneuf is a full time, onsite contractor at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. She manages multiple servers with both ESRI and Geoserver, PostgreSQL databases, and Geocortex web services. Her background is mostly environmental, but has enjoyed working with a... Read More →
avatar for Scott Sugar

Scott Sugar

Geospatial Technology Solutions Team Lead, HNTB
Scott is a Project Manager and the Geospatial Technology Solutions team lead with HNTB in Atlanta. After graduating from Appalachian State University with degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Physical Geography (GIS), he split his time managing an array of geospatial... Read More →
MW

Minhua Wang

GIS Enterprise Architect, WMATA
Minhua Wang currently serves as Enterprise GIS Architect at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and has overall responsibility for all WMATA GIS enterprise architectures. Dr. Whang ensures that GIS is deployed enterprise-wide in conformance with the overall WMATA I... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 2/3 - Almas Conference Center

10:30am

Leveraging Data: Modeling and Planning for Transit Mobility
Learn how to make sense of transit rider flows from origin-destination surveys, how open data from public/private entities enables better planning, and how to use travel demand models to make sense of large datasets during transit expansion project planning.

  • Transit Origin-Destination Survey Flow Analysis
    Jeremy Strauss, Transportation Planner, Foursquare Integrated Transportation PlanningRockville, MD 
  • Uber Movement: Open Data for Better Urban Planning
    Rik Williams, Research Scientist, Uber Technologies Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Travel Demand Modeling for Transit Expansion Projects: Making Sense of Large Data using GIS
    Nilesh Deshpande, AICP, Transportation Planner, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atlanta, GA
  • Using Data Driven Pages to Produce Route Sheets for Bus Transit Service
    Peter Hadley, Transportation Planner, Foursquare ITP, Rockville, MD

Speakers
avatar for Nilesh Deshpande, AICP

Nilesh Deshpande, AICP

Transportation Planner, WSP USA
Nilesh is a transportation planner with WSP USA in Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked on projects related to systems expansion and system level analysis for transit agencies, and has also worked on various transportation planning studies, area and regional level transportation plans... Read More →
avatar for Peter Hadley

Peter Hadley

Transportation Planner, Foursquare ITP
Peter Hadley is a Transportation Planner with eight years of experience in transportation planning, project management, urban redevelopment, and real estate consulting. | | I am interested in how new technologies will change the way we travel, especially with respect to public... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Strauss

Jeremy Strauss

Transportation Planner, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning
Jeremy Strauss is a Transportation Planner at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning in Rockville, Maryland. Foursquare provides innovative transportation solutions that are practical, focused, and implementable. Our work areas include regional planning, transit service pl... Read More →
avatar for Rik Williams

Rik Williams

Research Scientist, Uber Technologies Inc.
I'm a data scientist on Uber's Policy, Research & Economics Team, based in San Francisco. I'm interested in how ride-hailing services interface with public transportation and serve lower-density areas, and am always on the lookout for collaborations around these and other topics... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oasis - Almas Conference Center

10:30am

Transit’s Impact on Property: Value, Use, and Opportunity
Learn about the correlation between property value and frequency of transit services, how to assess transit’s impact on land use and rider/resident opportunity, and hear a case study of BRT’s impact on residential property value in Eugene, Oregon.

  • The Correlation between Property Values and Frequency of Service at Nearby Public Transit Stops
    Melinda Morang, Product Engineer, Esri, Redlands, CA
  • Assessing Transit Land Use Impacts and Opportunities
    Ian Carlton, Ph.D, Co-Founder, MapCraft.io, Portland, OR
  • Impacts of BRT Station Access on Residential Property Values:  Case Study of the Eugene EmX
    Victoria Perk, Ph.D, Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research/University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Morang

Melinda Morang

Product Engineer, Esri
As a Product Engineer at Esri, Melinda Morang does software design and testing for Network Analyst in ArcGIS. She has developed a suite of python script tools for working with GTFS public transit data in ArcGIS.
avatar for Ian Carlton, Ph.D

Ian Carlton, Ph.D

Co-Founder, MapCraft.io
Ian Carlton is co-founder of MapCraft.io and an urban development researcher whose work considers the context-specific relationships between real estate and transportation investments, especially transit-oriented development. MapCraft.io develops multi-user web apps for running i... Read More →
VP

Victoria Perk, Ph.D

Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research/USF
Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, and current Vice-Chair of TRB’s Transit Capacity & Quality of Service Committee. Current PhD Candidate in Economics at USF and will be graduating this fall. She has 20... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

12:00pm

Hosted Luncheon & Vendor Spark
Enjoy a hosted luncheon and hear highlights from each sponsor of the 2017 Transit GIS Conference. What sets one company apart from another? Why should you stop by their booth to learn more or see a demo? You won’t hear long-winded sales pitches during this session. Short but sweet is the name of the game!

Then enjoy dessert with our great exhibitors!

Thursday September 7, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

1:00pm

1:30pm

Apps to Evaluate Apps? Mobile Development, App Analysis, and Visualization
Learn about mobile app development for real-time information, NYC’s analysis of a transit app, and a technique to visualize and explore travel corridors using GPS trace data.

  • GoTime Mobile Application Development: A Solution for Accessible Real Time Travel Information
    Mark Haberle, GISP, PMP, Senior Project Manager, VHB, Watertown, MA
  • An Exploratory Analysis of Transit App in New York City
    Niloofar Ghahramani, Graduate Research Assistant, City College of New York, New York, NY
  • Visualization of Travel Corridors using Large-Scale GPS Traces
    Nikola Ivanov, PMP, Deputy Director, CATT Laboratory, College Park, MD

Speakers
avatar for Niloofar Ghahramani

Niloofar Ghahramani

Graduate Research Assistant, City College of New York
Niloofar Ghahramani is a doctoral student in Transportation Engineering at the City College of New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the City College... Read More →
avatar for Mark Haberle

Mark Haberle

Senior Project Manager, VHB
Mark is a Senior Project Manager at VHB working primarily on geospatial application development efforts within the Applied Technology group. He is tasked with managing full life cycle of enterprise GIS and applied technology deployments utilizing cutting-edge application technolo... Read More →
avatar for Nikola Ivanov

Nikola Ivanov

Deputy Director, CATT Laboratory
Nikola Ivanov manages operations and technical development, and oversees every aspect of software implementation from conception to deployment at the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab). | | Nikola has extensive experience with big data and i... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

1:30pm

Safe Transit? Accident Hot Spots, Youth, and Safe Stops
Learn about MTA’s mapping of accident hot spots, the relationship between transit and youths in Worcester, and how to measure the correlation between bus stop location and pedestrian safety.

  • Mapping Transit Accident Hot Spots using MTA Accident Mapping System
    Leo Fothergill, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD
  • The Impact of Public Transportation on Youth in Worcester
    Madilyn Jacobsen, Clark University, Claremont, CA
  • Using GIS to Measure the Impact of Bus Stop Location on Pedestrian Safety
    Brian Pessaro, Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, Tampa, FL

Speakers
avatar for Leo Fothergill, GISP

Leo Fothergill, GISP

GIS Project Manager, Maryland Transit Administration / AECOM
Mr. Leo Fothergill has over 15 years of experience in supporting safety, environmental, and transportation projects using geographic information systems (GIS) and database technology. He is experienced in providing applications, maps, spatial analysis, databases, data services a... Read More →
avatar for Madilyn Jacobsen

Madilyn Jacobsen

Student
Recent graduate of Clark University ('17), continuing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall for Masters of City and Regional Planning ('19). Areas of interest: youth mobility, effective public participation, applications of GIS for understanding social anxieties of transit.
avatar for Brian Pessaro

Brian Pessaro

Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research
Brian Pessaro has been a senior research associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research since 2009. His areas of research include bus rapid transit, vehicle assist and automation technology in transit, and transit performance monitoring. He is currently working on a re... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oasis - Almas Conference Center

1:30pm

Tough Cookies? Accessibility, Simplifying Data, TNC vs Paratransit
Learn how Metrolinx uses an accessibility toolkit, how DC makes complex information available to people, and explore juxtaposed data for TNC and paratransit.

  • Metrolinx Accessibility Toolkit
    Christopher Livett, Transportation Planning Analyst, Metrolinx, Toronto, ON - Canada
  • Making Complex City Transportation Performance Information Available and Useful for Residents and Commuters
    Stephanie Dock, AICP, Research Program Coordinator, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  • Juxtaposition of T.N.C. Performance Data Relative to Classic Paratransit
    Zev Naiditch, Masters Degree in M.I.S., General Manager, Transportation America, Miami, FL
  • Access all Areas: Measuring Accessibility to Jobs by Public Transit for Individuals with Physical Disability in Three Major Canadian Cities
    Emily Grise, Phd Student, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec Canada


Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Dock, AICP

Stephanie Dock, AICP

Research Program Coordinator, District Department of Transportation
Stephanie Dock leads the District Department of Transportation’s Research, Development, and Technology Transfer Program. The program helps the agency to be more innovative in everything from safety and development review to pervious pavements, traffic signals, and agency manag... Read More →
avatar for Chris Livett

Chris Livett

Transportation Planning Analyst, Metrolinx
Network accessibility/connectivity measures are a relatively new approach to understanding the effectiveness of transit networks. Metrolinx has developed a TransCAD-based connectivity toolkit enabling analysis of residents’ access to transit and destinations across the Greater... Read More →
avatar for Zev Naiditch

Zev Naiditch

General Manager, Transportation America
Originally from St. Paul Minnesota, Zev Naiditch has close to 20 years of Paratransit experience. He currently works as the Paratransit General Manager, in a program that performs approximately 6,000 trips per day. Holding a Masters Degree in Management Information Systems, he... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room 2/3 - Almas Conference Center

3:00pm

Break with Exhibitors
Have you tested out the latest and greatest products yet?

Thursday September 7, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

3:30pm

Better Links: Improving Services for Riders On-and-Off Transit
Learn about how to improve the rider experience via bus stop evaluation without sacrificing operational performance and how to use readily available data to link transit and trails, and lessons learned for using crowd sourced and third party data. 

  • Improving Rider Experience and System Performance through Bus Stop Evaluation in York, Pennsylvania
    Mike Pritchard, Senior Transportation Planner, York County Planning Commission, York, PA
  • Using GIS and Widely Available Data to Link Public Trails with Public Transportation
    Sara Hendricks, AICP, Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, Tampa, FL
  • Practical Advice for Working with 3rd Party Data Providers
    Nikola Ivanov, PMP, Deputy Director, CATT Laboratory, College Park, MD

Speakers
avatar for Sara Hendricks, AICP

Sara Hendricks, AICP

Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research
Ms. Hendricks conducts research at the University of South Florida, Center for Urban Transportation Research in the areas of transportation demand management; bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure; and growth management policy. She holds a Master of Regional Planning de... Read More →
avatar for Nikola Ivanov

Nikola Ivanov

Deputy Director, CATT Laboratory
Nikola Ivanov manages operations and technical development, and oversees every aspect of software implementation from conception to deployment at the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab). | | Nikola has extensive experience with big data and i... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pritchard

Mike Pritchard

Senior Transportation Planner, York County Planning Commission
Mike Pritchard is a Senior Transportation Planner with the York County Planning Commission in York, Pennsylvania. As the staff for the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, YCPC’s work includes all transportation topics including TIP investments, corridor studies, long range transportation planning, and transit... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Oasis - Almas Conference Center

3:30pm

Putting Transit on the Map: National Transit Map Backend, Multi-Modal Performance Measurement, GTFS Implementation in Small/Rural Areas
Learn about the backend development of the National Transit Map using standards and open data, efforts to create effective multi-modal performance measures, and how small urban and rural areas can implement and then plan using GTFS.

  • Creating the National Transit Map How we are Leveraging Standards and Open Data for a New National Geospatial Asset
    Derald Dudley, Geographer, US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Washington, DC
  • An AADT for Transit? Modeling Ridership and Generating Multimodal Performance Measures from the U.S. DOT National Transit Map (GTFS) and Other Nationally-Available Data
    Logan Nash, Community Planner, US Department of Transportation Volpe Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Small Urban and Rural GTFS: From Zero to a Service Planning 
    Shuman Tan, Associate Transportation Researcher, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX 

Speakers
avatar for Derald Dudley

Derald Dudley

Geographer, US Department of Transportation/Bureau of Transportation Statistics
avatar for Logan Nash

Logan Nash

Community Planner, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
Logan Nash is a transportation and land-use planner who focuses on creative uses of data and technology in planning and operations, especially on public lands. His work at Volpe has included helping share open data on National Park Service transit schedules, understanding potenti... Read More →
avatar for Shuman Tan

Shuman Tan

Associate Transportation Researcher, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Shuman Tan is an associate transportation researcher with the Transit Mobility Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. She earned her Master’s of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University in 2013. Shuman’s research interests are in the areas of transit system perfor... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

3:30pm

Use Your Data: Applying Big Data, GIS/ITS/CAD, Fleet Bottlenecks
Learn to leverage big data to improve transit (performance, reliability, efficiency), hear about opportunities for GIS in the ITS and CAD world, and relieve transit bottlenecks using historical fleet data.

  • Leveraging Big Data to Improve Operational Performance, Reliability, and Efficiency
    Marshall Ballard, GISP, Senior Transportation Planner - GIS Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Jose, CA
  • Consolidation of Multiple Farebox Data Feeds at Long Beach Transit
    Kelly Chan, HDR, Inc., Redlands, CA


Speakers
KC

Kelly Chan

GIS Developer, HDR, Inc.
avatar for Marshall Ballard, GISP

Marshall Ballard, GISP

Senior Transportation Planner/GIS Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
A Senior Transportation Planner and the GIS Coordinator at the Valley Transportation Authority, he is at the intersection of transportation technology and transportation planning. Recently he helped enact an Open Data Policy, and he is currently focused on delivering a real time... Read More →



Thursday September 7, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 2/3 - Almas Conference Center

5:00pm

 
Friday, September 8
 

8:00am

Break with Exhibitors
Grab your coffee and chat with our exhibitors before the day's education kicks off!

Friday September 8, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

8:30am

A Thorough Tour of GTFS: Creating, Improving, Sharing, Finding
For over 10 years, public transit agencies have been sharing their schedules with Google and others using the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). This common format has enabled a wide range of apps, services, and businesses to be built around such data. Attendees will take a soup to nuts tour through the basics of GTFS, best practices, the mechanics of publishing, and how to work with other agencies’ feeds.

Session Lead: Drew Dara-Abrams, Ph.D., Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen, San Francisco, CA 
  • Learning to Use GTFS
    Holly Krambeck, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank IBRD, Washington, DC
    Tatiana Peralta-Quiros, Transport Economist, World Bank IBRD, Washington, DC
  • GTFS Best Practices
    Aaron Antrim, Principal, Trillium Solutions, Inc., Portland, OR
    Sean Barbeau, Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D, University of South Florida, Center for Urban Transportation Research, Tampa, FL 
  • Publishing, Consuming, and Improving GTFS with the Transitland Platform
    Drew Dara-Abrams, Ph.D., Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen, San Francisco, CA
    Ian Rees, Software Engineer, Mapzen, San Francisco, CA 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Antrim

Aaron Antrim

Principal, Trillium Solutions, Inc.
I work on supporting transport data interoperability broadly -- developing and improving data specifications for multimodal transportation and infrastructure.
avatar for Drew Dara-Abrams

Drew Dara-Abrams

Head of Mobility Products, Mapzen
Drew Dara-Abrams is head of mobility products for Mapzen, an open, sustainable, and accessible mapping platform with offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. | | Dara-Abrams and his colleagues are responsible for a suite of open-source solutions... Read More →
avatar for Holly Krambeck

Holly Krambeck

Transport Specialist, World Bank IBRD
Holly Krambeck, Senior Transportation Economist with the World Bank, leads a diverse investment portfolio of urban and rural transport projects, as well as a series of initiatives for integrating innovative, low cost technologies for transport data collection and analysis into World Bank operations. She has led the creation of... Read More →
avatar for Sean Barbeau, Ph.D.

Sean Barbeau, Ph.D.

Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D, University of South Florida
Dr. Sean J. Barbeau (barbeau@cutr.usf.edu) is the Principal Mobile Software Architect for R&D at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. Dr. Barbeau has served as the PI for many projects researching and developing apps for mobile phones... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Peralta Quiros

Tatiana Peralta Quiros

Transport & Technology - Economist, World Bank
Tatiana Peralta-Quiros is Transport Economist working on the collection and use of innovative data & technology. She works with different teams to operationalize and pilot the use of digital data, data analytics, and innovative technology in transport projects. Tatiana works with... Read More →
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Ian Rees

Software Engineer, Mapzen
Ian Rees is a software engineer on the Mobility Team at Mapzen, where he helps build software for aggregating open transit data from around the world. | | Ian holds a Ph.D. in computational biology from Baylor College of Medicine.



Friday September 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Oasis - Almas Conference Center

8:30am

America’s Next Stop Model: Better Ridership Forecasting Using GIS, GTFS, and Public Data
On the heels of FTA’s STOPS Transit Ridership Model come new techniques to further improve transit project modeling by using commonly available resources.  Presentations explore the use of GTFS to code transit model networks, Census and GPS data to develop trip patterns, and Open Trip Planner to generate travel paths.  Detail will also be presented on how to incorporate transit network data into a full, state-wide transportation model and options for analyzing service and fare equity.

  • Using GTFS, Big Data
    Alex Rixey, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, Washington, DC
  • Data Science Approach to Forecasting Bus Ridership 
    Catherine Lawson, Associate Professor, University at Albany, Albany, NY
  • Incorporating Transit into a Statewide Model Using a Multi-resolution GIS Network Database
    Jonathan Avner, Senior Project Planner, Whitman Requardt & Associates, LLP, Austin, TX
  •  Title VI Service Equity Analysis
    Nazrul Islam, Community Planner, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Speakers
avatar for Alex Rixey, AICP

Alex Rixey, AICP

Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers
Alex Rixey, AICP, is a Senior Transportation Planner with Fehr & Peers DC. He has diverse, multimodal transportation and land use project experience at a variety of geographic scales, ranging from single development sites to citywide master plans. | Mr. Rixey has served as proj... Read More →
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Jonathan Avner

Senior Project Planner, Whitman Requardt & Associates, LLP
Jonathan Avner has been involved in the development and application of travel demand models at both the urban and statewide scale for almost 20 years. His experience has included projects across the United States from Hawaii to Washington DC and points further east helping clien... Read More →
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Catherine Lawson

Associate Professor, University at Albany
Dr. Catherine T.  Lawson is Chair of the Department of Geography and Planning, Director of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning.  In addition, she is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Department of Informatics, in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany... Read More →
avatar for M. Nazrul Islam, PhD, PE

M. Nazrul Islam, PhD, PE

Transportation Specialist, Federal Transit Administration
Dr. Nazrul Islam is a transportation specialist for the Federal Transit Administration. He is working at FTA’s Office of Planning and Environment for the last nine years. | Prior to joining FTA, Dr. Islam worked for a consulting firm for more than thirteen years, specializi... Read More →



Friday September 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

8:30am

There’s an Index for that: Developing Effective Transit Using Geoanalytical Insights
There are a number of factors at play in designing the most effective and efficient transit projects and networks.  This session discusses indexes and measures of transit directness, competitiveness, and market area development.  It explores how these analytical techniques can help transit agencies better plan future network changes for the communities they serve.

  • Making the Case for Transit: The Transit Competitiveness Index
    William Walter, GISP, Director/Geospatial Consulting, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Austin, TX
  • Using GIS Analysis to Develop Transit Market Areas
    Kyle Burrows, Transit Planner, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
  • Evaluation and Application of Transit Network Directness Using Geographic Information Systems
    Young-Jae Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies (TUIS), Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Burrows

Kyle Burrows

Transit Planner, Metro Transit
Kyle has been a Transit Planner with Metro Transit since 2013. In addition to his regular route planning portfolio, his focus is on regional transit policy, long range network planning, and applying new planning and analysis tools to policy and decision-making.
avatar for William Walter, GISP

William Walter, GISP

Director, Geospatial Consulting, Cambridge Systematics, Inc
With more than 20 years providing GIS consulting services, I like to help clients make the most of their investments in spatial technology by making the information actionable. The most successful mapping system is not truly leveraged until it is Integrated with other business s... Read More →
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Young-Jae Lee, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies (TUIS)
Dr. Young-Jae Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BS and MS at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, and another MS and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he researched optimizing a solution for a transit network design problem... Read More →



Friday September 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Meeting Room 2/3 - Almas Conference Center

10:00am

Break with Exhibitors
Mid-morning coffee break with exhibitors!

Friday September 8, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

10:30am

Minding the Gap? Designing Transit Services to Fill Gaps and Enhance Access
Learn analytical methods for alleviating first mile/last mile access gaps using GIS and complementary software and how to use interactive isochrones to facilitate a conversation to design better transit systems. 

  • Solving the First Mile/Last Mile Knowledge Gap with GIS & Remix
    Jacob Labutka, MCRP, Transit Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, St. Petersburg, FL   
  • Interactive Isochrone Mapping and Conversations about Transit System Design
    Scudder Wagg, AICP, Senior Associate, Jarrett Walker & Associates, Richmond, VA
  • Picture This Engaging Bus Riders Using Photo Mapping
    Edward Miller, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
  • Preparing Transit for Sea Level Rise and Extreme Weather in Portland, Maine
    Joel Anders, AICP, Transportation Planner, WSP, Boston, MA

Speakers
avatar for Joel Anders, AICP

Joel Anders, AICP

Transportation Planner, WSP
I'm a Civil Engineer by training but a Planner at heart who's interested in day-to-day operational improvements, pie-in-the-sky long-range planning, and complementary solutions for transit service that also improve conditions for active transportation users. Outside of transporta... Read More →
avatar for Scudder Wagg, AICP

Scudder Wagg, AICP

Senior Associate, Jarrett Walker & Associates
Scudder Wagg is a consultant in public transit and multimodal transportation planning. His focus is on transit network redesign, facilitating conversations about multimodal planning issues, and applying innovative mapping tools to enrich conversations about planning issues. He ha... Read More →
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Jacob Labutka, MCRP

Transit Planner, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
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Edward Miller

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
I partner with municipal and regional planners, public health professionals, and engaged citizens to foster student engagement and active learning using real projects in the local community. I currently serve as the Principal Investigator in a collaborative Photomapping project... Read More →



Friday September 8, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 2/3 - Almas Conference Center

10:30am

Planning to Plan? Various Techniques for GIS-Enhanced Planning
Learn how to use Open Trip Planner to enable riders to plan inter-modal trips, how to get down to planning stops in a deviated fixed route operating environment, how to mine cellphone data to analyze feeder routes, and how to apply GIS spatial tools to understand system capacity constraints.

  • Inter-modal Trip Planning using Open Trip Planner
    Marshall Ballard, GISP, Senior Transportation Planner/GIS Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Jose, CA
  • Stop-Level Planning Analysis in a Deviated Fixed Route Flag-Stop System
    Jill Cahoon, GISP, Senior Transit Planner/GIS Professional, AECOM, Hooksett, NH
  • A Data-Mining Approach for Feeder Bus Network Design and Scheduling with Cellphone Data and Open GIS Tool
    Yaojun Wang, Research Assistant/Ph.D Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • Spatial Tools for Understanding Transit Capacity Constraints
    Jieping Li, Manager, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, Central Transportation Planning Staff, Boston, MA

Speakers
avatar for Marshall Ballard, GISP

Marshall Ballard, GISP

Senior Transportation Planner/GIS Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
A Senior Transportation Planner and the GIS Coordinator at the Valley Transportation Authority, he is at the intersection of transportation technology and transportation planning. Recently he helped enact an Open Data Policy, and he is currently focused on delivering a real time... Read More →
avatar for Jill Cahoon, GISP

Jill Cahoon, GISP

Senior Transit Planner, AECOM
I'm a Senior Transit Planner and GIS Analyst with AECOM. I split my time between doing transit studies for rural, tribal, and small urban communities (as well as the occasional large city) and serving as a GIS Analyst for larger rail projects. I've worked as a consultant on trans... Read More →
avatar for Jieping Li

Jieping Li

Senior Transportation Planner, Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization
Jieping Li is a senior transportation planner at the Central Transportation Planning Staff for the Boston Region MPO. She utilizes the regional travel demand model and GIS techniques to assess the impacts of regionally significant transportation projects and land-use changes on t... Read More →
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Yaojun Wang

Research Assistant/Ph.D Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



Friday September 8, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

10:30am

Staying on Track? State of Good Repair and Railroad/Project Management
Learn about the role of GIS in managing transit state of good repair by integrating with enterprise systems, how DelDOT uses their railroad program management system, the application of enterprise project management tools in transit and the use of multi-agency collaborative decision making tools.

  • Roles That GIS Plays in Transit State of Good Repair – GIS Integrations with Enterprise Asset Management System
    Minhua Wang, GIS Enterprise Architect, WMATA , Washington DC
  • Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Railroad Program Management System (RPM)
    Jason Wheatley, GISP, Geospatial Technologies Manager, Century Engineering, Inc., Hunt Valley, MD
  • ProTrack Plus An Enterprise Project Management Solution
    Jose Colon, PMP, CPM, Chief Information Officer, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
  •  Multiagency Collaboration Success Stories
    Nikola Ivanov, PMP, Deputy Director, CATT Lab, College Park, MD

Speakers
avatar for Jose Colon, PMP, CPM

Jose Colon, PMP, CPM

Chief Information Officer, DC Department of Transportation
José Colón, CIO, has played an integral role in developing IT solutions to assist the District Department of Transportation in its wide range of responsibilities for the last 13 years. He brings over 20 years of state and local government experience and has served in many capac... Read More →
avatar for Jason Wheatley, GISP

Jason Wheatley, GISP

Geospatial Technologies Manager, Century Engineering, Inc.
Leader of a superb team of spatial technology professionals solving complex business problems with "non-traditional" GIS tools. All in the name of efficiency, effectiveness and maximum ROIs. Focus on doing more, with less.
avatar for Nikola Ivanov

Nikola Ivanov

Deputy Director, CATT Laboratory
Nikola Ivanov manages operations and technical development, and oversees every aspect of software implementation from conception to deployment at the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab). | | Nikola has extensive experience with big data and i... Read More →
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Minhua Wang

GIS Enterprise Architect, WMATA
Minhua Wang currently serves as Enterprise GIS Architect at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and has overall responsibility for all WMATA GIS enterprise architectures. Dr. Whang ensures that GIS is deployed enterprise-wide in conformance with the overall WMATA I... Read More →



Friday September 8, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oasis - Almas Conference Center

12:00pm

Food Truck-a-Palooza (non-hosted lunch)
Lunch is on your own today... you should head out the front door for your choice of food truck fare. Easy and inexpensive. Then head back in for dessert with our exhibitors before they tear down for the day.

Friday September 8, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Dessert Break with Exhibitors
Enjoy some sweets before heading in to the closing session. Thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors for their generous support!

Friday September 8, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center

1:30pm

Closing Keynote Address: The National Transit Map

Speaker: Daniel Morgan, Chief Data Officer and Acting Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Transportation

The conference committee is thrilled to announce Dan Morgan as our closing keynote speaker. Learn about the National Transit Map.

Moderators
Friday September 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sphinx Ballroom - Almas Conference Center