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2020 Agenda

*last updated September 25 at 5:30 PM

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Time Session
9:00 - 10:00am Sponsored by Proterra: State and Federal Updates
Dr. Yvette Taylor, FTA Administrator and FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault

Join us for our Opening Session with FTA Administrator Yvette Taylor, PhD, and FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault, as they discuss the latest updates both at the Federal Transit Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation. It has already been a challenging year for transit systems across our state and next year may even be more challenging as budgets tighten up tremendously. You don't want to miss your opportunity to hear directly from our funders.
10:30 - 11:30am (FTMN) Communicating Through COVID


Alissa Kostyk, Marketing Manager; Stephanie Rank, Public Relations Coordinator; and Courtney Grigsby, Digital Marketing Coordinator, PSTA

The pandemic has forced transit agencies to change the way in which they communicate to their internal audience, media and external audiences. This session will explore the various forms of communicating through the pandemic, how operating procedures have changed, and provide creative suggestions for communicating to all your various audiences.
10:30 - 11:30am (FTPN) What's New in Transit Planning?


Brian Waterman, Senior Transportation Planner, HDR; Kohl Malo, Planner, Renaissance Planning; Richard Dreyer, Senior Associate and Sarah Goolsby, Project Manager, Tindale Oliver

Please join us for this session to learn more about interesting new projects recently completed by two of our Florida Transit Planning Network member organizations:

The Relationship Between Affordable Housing and Transit
With the influx of new residents to Florida, finding affordable housing in close proximity to employment centers is a challenge. Residents must often live some distance from their jobs, resulting in longer commutes, additional congestion and higher transportation costs. This session will present the results of a case study analysis of how transit agencies have identified ways transit helps to make cities more affordable and recommendations on how the transit planning process may be improved to address the important relationship between affordable housing and transit.

The Transit Development Plan and Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan Integration Guidebook
The TDP/TDSP Integration Guidebook examines ways to integrate and coordinate the efforts for Transit Development Plans (TDP) and Transportation Disadvantaged Services Plans (TDSP). However, in order to make the TDSP a more strategic plan for mobility development, like the TDP, TDSP policies and guidance may need to be revisited. The Guidebook provides direction for counties where the transit agency and the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) are the same agency, where they are two separate agencies, and rural counties with no transit agencies.
10:30 - 11:30am (FTSON) Florida Transit On the Lookout to Fight Human Trafficking
Annie Sovcik, Director of Busing on the Lookout, Truckers Against Trafficking and Paul Goyette, USF CUTR

An estimated 40 million people worldwide are exploited for commercial sex or forced labor. Human trafficking is happening every day across the United States, including in Florida. Traffickers take advantage of transit for their illicit activities, using transit centers as locations to recruit victims or using transit to move their victims. Victims also rely on transit as a means of escape. For these reasons, Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) developed industry-specific training materials for transit and the Florida Transit Safety Operations Network (FTSON) has designated anti-human trafficking awareness and education as a major priority area.

Participants in this session will learn about human trafficking, its intersections with transit, best practices for transit anti-human trafficking initiatives, how to utilize BOTL's free training materials, and how to access further education and engagement opportunities through FTSON. Participants will learn concrete actions they can take as transit managers to play an integral role in combating human trafficking in their communities.
1:30 - 2:45pm

Virtual Tradeshow

During our tradeshow hours, exhibiting companies will be available live on camera to discuss their latest innovations, help you with questions, or set up private conversations.
3:15 - 4:30pm CTC Essentials: Sponsored by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
This session will provide Transportation Disadvantaged Program information and updates including grant management, eligibility, invoicing, reporting, and quality assurance outcomes.
3:15 - 4:30pm FTA 101: Updates & Best Practices
Rob Sachnin, FTA Region IV; Brittany Lavender, Courtney Roberts, Gregory Chilik, and Holly Liles with FTA; Eron Thompson, JTA

FTA staff will provide important and time sensitive updates on regulatory and policy matters, best practices, a brief overview of FTA and the apportionment process, as well as application tips to help reduce comments and provide a more streamlined process towards application award.
3:15 - 4:30pm Lasting Lessons From the Pandemic (Sponsored by Creative Bus Sales)


Nicole Dufva, PSTA; Bruce Detweiler, LYNX; Tara Crawford, Broward County Transit; Ricky Walker, Gainesville RTS; Amanjeet Anne, Remix

The pandemic has been a public health disaster that has forced agencies to face a near impossible situation: cratering budgets, dramatically declining ridership, and new social distancing requirements that have spun the transportation ideal of “moving as many people in as little space as possible” on its head. In this panel presentation, we’d like to collect the silver lining moments of the pandemic. What are some permanent learning in transit planning that we were able to extract from a trying time?
Time Session
9:00 - 10:00am Sponsored by Engie: 30th Anniversary of the American's with Disabilites Act: Then, Now and the Future
Lex Frieden, UT Health and Baylor College of Medicine; Marshall Burns, Health and Human Services Texas; (invited) David Knight, United States Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section); Kristen Joyner, KJ Backpack

You may be asking yourself, "What don't I know about the ADA?" This session is a fresh look at the ADA through the eyes of three unique individuals. Hear the REAL goal of utilizing the ADA in transit from one of the Founding Fathers of the bill; experience how the ADA is alive and functioning in transit for successful independence; and envision the future with Department of Justice insights for a barrier-free transit experience. You may leave saying, "Wow!, What I didn't know about ADA!"
10:30 - 11:30am (FTSON) Florida Transit Safety and Operations Network Quarterly MeetingPaul Goyette, USF CUTR and James Egbert, Manatee County Area Transit

The Florida Transit Safety and Operation Network provides resources and a platform for discussion of safety and operational challenges, opportunities, and initiatives impacting public transportation providers in Florida. This will be an informative session providing updates on the networks direction and current projects underway.
10:30 - 11:30am (ATSUN) Shared Mobility Session


Chris Campbell, Routematch by Uber; Emma DeJesus, PSTA; Patrick Murray, PSTA; Hannah Katz, Moovit

The shared mobility service model offers a new solution to one of the transit industry’s long-standing challenges: meeting demand amid limited resources. As more transit agencies begin to follow this model by seeking out partnerships with ride-sourcing companies such as Uber and Lyft, they will need the most current, objective, and innovative research and information. If you want to learn about best practices, lessons learned, and latest developments in shared use mobility in Florida, this session is a must!
10:30 - 11:30am Maintenance Consortium Meeting and Review of the FDOT Preventative Maintenance Standards Manual
Joe Cheney Jr, PSTA; Elvis Dovales, LYNX; and Randy Free and Todd O’Neal, Lively Paratransit Instructional Program; Tony Brandin, FDOT

The Florida Transit Maintenance Consortium (FTMC) is a collection of transit maintenance professionals from around the state and includes representatives from many public transportation agencies’ maintenance departments. The Florida Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Lively Paratransit Instructional Program, is pleased to introduce the Florida Association of Paratransit Technicians (FAPT). This maintenance consortium will allow for the exchange of information related to current issues, trends and programs affecting paratransit agencies across the state.

Please join FTMC and the FAPT for a joint meeting to discuss the roles of each group and how you can benefit from these two outstanding support organizations. We will also discuss updates to the Florida Department of Transportation Preventative Maintenance Standards Manual. This manual will be the guiding document for the maintenance portion of your agency's Triennial Review. It was developed to assist agencies in developing effective maintenance programs while meeting all FTA and FDOT regulatory guidance. Don’t miss this very informative meeting and your opportunity to ask questions about the manual and the review process.
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch and Listen Acoustic Set with Salted Vine (Sponsored by Coachcrafters)
Salted Vine is an acoustic duo comprised of Steve Ferrell (vocals, guitar) and Linda Chrapczynski (vocals, percussion). Since 2017, Salted Vine has been entertaining audiences throughout Central Florida. We hope you enjoy their renditions of songs by America, The Beatles, Eagles, Gin Blossoms, John Mayer and more.
1:30 - 2:30pm How to Protect Your Drivers and Passengers From COVID-19
Les Burres, Creative Bus; Brent Phillips, Alliance Bus; Sandra Schrock McClellan, CMI Enterprises; John Mienik, Freedman Seating

Roundtable discussion of how to best clean, sanitize and disinfect your buses and help create an environment where passengers feel safe getting back on the bus.
1:30 - 2:30pm TD Planners Virtual Roundtable: Sponsored by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
This session will provide an overall TD program update focused on TD Planners throughout the state. Topics will include Quarterly Reports, CTC Evaluations and CTC Designations. This session’s goal is to assist TD Planners with completing their TD Planning Grant Deliverables.
1:30 - 2:30pm Federal Transit Funding During (& After) COVID-19
Ed Redfern, Joel Rubin and Jayson White, The Bus Coalition

Ongoing negotiations in Washington promise to dramatically impact the future of public transit systems across the country. And for growing communities across Florida, continued federal economic stimulus, infrastructure investments, and FAST Act Reauthorization are particularly crucial to understand. The Bus Coalition staff will share the latest developments in DC, and how Florida Transit systems and bus service providers can get involved.
3:00 - 4:30pm

Virtual Tradeshow

During our tradeshow hours, exhibiting companies will be available live on camera to discuss their latest innovations, help you with questions, or set up private conversations.
Time Session
9:00 - 10:00am Sponsored by Ecolane: Federal Update from CTAA and APTA


Paul Skoutelas, CEO, APTA and Scott Bogren, Director, CTAA

Leaders from the nation’s two premier associations for public transportation will join us for a detailed discussion on what is happening up in Washington DC. From the potential of further COVID-19 recovery funds to the possibility of a new Reauthorization package, there is so much happening in Washington right now, you won’t want to miss this session. This hour-long discussion will leave you with the most up-to-date summary of all of the Federal efforts to advance public transit across our nation.
10:30 - 11:30am (ATSUN) Autonomous Vehicle Session


Michael Feldman, JTA; Jennifer Foote, BEEP; Jacob Labutka, PSTA

New transit automation technologies can potentially improve safety by eliminating human error, reduce cost of travel and increase convenience of transportation services. As more and more transit providers continue testing and demonstrating passenger vehicles with high levels of automation, there is still high uncertainty regarding how these technologies will develop, when their acceptance in the marketplace will occur and what business models will be employed to incorporate transit AVs in our everyday life. Transportation professionals continue debating what impact AV technologies will have on travel demand and how traditional transportation planning approaches will have to be adjusted to accommodate widespread adoption of transit automation. If you want to learn about the latest developments in automated transit in Florida, including challenges, best practices and lessons learned from recent deployments, this is the session to attend.
10:30 - 11:30am (TMAARC) Planning for an Electric Bus Fleet
Alison Smyth, Engineering Consultant, Electric Utility Specialist, Center for Transportation and the Environment; Stephen Wachtler, USF CUTR; Tony Brandin, FDOT

The transit industry is rapidly deploying zero-emission buses as replacements for conventional, fossil fueled technologies. These buses have unique operating characteristics and fueling requirements. Proper planning is critical to ensure the benefits these buses offer are fully realized. This session will describe some of the important considerations that impact battery electric bus performance, including how to properly account for range variability and how to take advantage of electricity rate structures to ensure deployment success.
10:30 - 11:30am (RTAP) Small and Rural Transit Agencies Roundtable
Neil Rodriquez, National RTAP; and Stephanie Lewis, Roberta Yegidis, and Bill Mayer, CUTR

This session will feature a roundtable format to discuss a variety of challenges and successes met by small and rural transit agencies. Topics will include a discussion retention of employees during a slow return to the new normal, the impacts of COVID-19 on operator training, and ways the Florida RTAP program can address other focus areas as they arise. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their questions, stories, and issues to share with the moderators and their peers. A representative from National RTAP will be available to provide updates, discuss eLearning, and online products for National Transit and Technical Assistance Program.
12:00 - 2:00pm

Virtual Tradeshow

During our tradeshow hours, exhibiting companies will be available live on camera to discuss their latest innovations, help you with questions, or set up private conversations.
2:15 - 3:15pm Recruitment Processes During Extraordinary Times
William Hutchings and Lili Finke Ed.D, Palm Tran; Tellis Chandler, LYNX; Kelli O’Leary, JTA; Paula Humber, P&L Corporate Solutions

Centering on the human resources side, this panel discussion will center on the management of both the recruitment and onboarding procedures during challenging times. Familiar methods, such as face-to-face job interviews, need to be replaced with more innovative methods. Join us as a panel of human resources professionals share their experiences and “best practices” on how they restructured the application process, interviews, onboarding and orientation.
2:15 - 3:15pm The Surprising Places Discrimination Shows Up In the Workplace (Sponsored by Nations Bus Corp)
Mindy Price and Jessica Price, Direct Effect Solutions

This session describes the surprising places discrimination shows up in the workplace along with a conversation about diversity and inclusion. The session will discuss bias, equality and inclusion and provide ideas for actions to start taking immediately to influence change in your work environment.
2:15 - 3:15pm MPO and Transit Agency Coordination in the Planning Process


Jeff Kramer AICP, CUTR; Whit Blanton FAICP, Forward Pinellas; Cassandra Borchers AICP, PSTA; Mark Reichert, FDOT

MPOs and transit agencies are each responsible for their own planning processes and long range plans, but are required by federal and/or state law to take into account the other agencies planning decisions. Nevertheless, anecdotal reporting indicated that coordination between MPO and transit agency planning in Florida was inconsistent and could be improved. CUTR completed a study in 2019 benchmarking the current level of coordination between Florida MPOs and transit agencies, resulting in suggestions for improved practice. This panel will provide an overview of findings from that study and highlight the experience of planning coordination between Forward Pinellas and PSTA.
3:30 - 5:00pm FPTA Awards Ceremony
Murriah Dekle, Chair, FPTA and Wendy Ellis, FPTA Marketing Chair, Space Coast Advertising
FPTA is combining all Awards Ceremonies into one, streamlined session. The Marketing Awards, the FPTA Annual Awards, and the FPTA Hall of Fame will be presented to the entire Conference. Join us in celebrating all of the innovative ideas and campaigns that have happened this year, even during one of the most trying times in our history.
Time Event
5:30 - 7:30pm Sponsored by Luminator Technology Group: Happy Hour with the Groove Merchants (announcement of Leaderboard winners)
Harry and Lynn White, Luminator Technology Group
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