Our Agenda
Day 1 - Tuesday 23rd October
8:00 Registration
9:00 Delegates meet in the main foyer for site visits
  Site Visits
  Begin your stay in Philadelphia by visiting key transportation sites in Philadelphia thanks to support from SEPTA. Leaving the hotel at 13:00, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow delegates and check out network developments first hand with our unique site visits.
12:30 Networking lunch
  INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP SESSIONS
The workshop sessions offer a perfect platform for interaction, debate, and sharing of best practice. Following the moderators' introductory presentation, delegates will sit on tables of no more than 10 led by specialist facilitators and will discuss the challenges presented on their tables. Each table will then feed their conclusions back to the whole group, so you can take practical information back to the office to improve your business.
13:45 Rapid deployment technology: ensuring projects are kept to schedule
• What technology is available to speed up projects?
• Using rapid deployment technology in transit infrastructure projects
• Ensuring project times and budgets are kept to a minimum
Optimizing fleet management
• Which data should you be collecting from your fleets?
• Developing a strategy to deal with unique vehicle requirements
• When should you replace vehicles?
14:45 Networking lunch
15:30 Testing PTC interoperability
• How to go beyond depot level testing
• Using simulation to speed up the testing process
• Planning and compatibility across regional rail networks
Building passenger infotainment systems
• Designing and developing onboard portals
• Generating ancillary revenue from passenger infotainment
• Monitoring equipment performance
16:30 Networking drinks reception
Day 2 - Wednesday 24th October
8:00 Registration
9:00 Opening address
  Room 1
  C-level plenary: Transit as a driver of America’s economic growth
As cities expand and populations grow, transit has the potential to play a crucial role in urban growth: having seamless transportation links across and between cities can vastly impact regional economic growth. Technology is central to this; transit agencies need to ensure they are investing in the right cutting edge technology to provide a strong alternative to private cars and encourage riders to view public transit as the easiest, most convenient transportation solution. This session will bring together C-level executives from across the North American transit industry to discuss the role of transit in rapidly growing cities and the importance of investing in cutting-edge technology to ensure public transportation remains an integral part of 21st century urban life.
9:10 Opening keynote presentation: How can transit catalyse regional economic growth?
9:25 A federal government perspective on investing in transit innovation
9:40 Safety first: what challenges need to be overcome for transit networks to be safer?
9:55 What does the future ecosystem look like for North American transit?
10:10 Ask the Leaders: Your chance to interact with our C-level panel and pose your questions on our interactive Q&A system. Delegates can vote for their favourite questions and get unparalleled industry insight.

• As technology develops and new challenges arise, how should transit agencies innovate and adapt?
• What should transit agencies be investing in to improve reliability and safety?
• Will real change happen without government support and funding?
• How are schemes like Buy America impacting on transit growth?
• How will increased digitalization affect the future of transit?
10:40 Networking coffee break
  Room 1 Room 2
  Data & Digitalization Ridership & Mobility
  EXTENDING ASSET LIFECYCLES
Transit agencies need to maintain their assets in a State of Good Repair; however, this needs to be done in as timely, cost-efficient and non-disruptive a manner as possible. Technology and data analysis allow transit agencies to do this by monitoring trends and predicting asset failures. This session will look at the process of switching to predictive maintenance, from data collection to workforce change management.
INNOVATION IN ONBOARD TECHNOLOGY
Riders not only want to have a safe and reliable service, but also a comfortable, enjoyable onboard experience. It is becoming increasingly important to stay connected and work on the move: transit agencies need to invest in entertainment systems and Wi-Fi in order to prove this. Finally, riders want to stay informed of service changes, and providing real-time updates via apps and passenger information systems is crucial to this.
11:25 Telematics systems: which data is most important?
• What types of information can be gathered from telematics systems?
• Choosing which data to collect from assets
• Calculating when telematics data should trigger maintenance projects
Fleet management: investing in smarter transit vehicles
• What opportunities are opened by the Internet of Things?
• Retrofitting technology on existing vehicles?
• How can smarter vehicles contribute to reliability, performance and safety?
Speaker invited: Doug Seger, Director Fleet Management, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
11:40 Using Big Data to prioritize repairs
• How can mathematical modelling techniques help understand Big Data?
• Techniques for analysing Big Data
• Scheduling maintenance projects to cause minimal disruption
Passenger Wi-Fi: monetization and reducing costs
• How long before passenger Wi-Fi sees a return on investment?
• Options for funding passenger Wi-Fi
• Monetizing Wi-Fi: building relationships with advertising companies
11:55 Saving costs with predictive maintenance techniques
• Predicting when assets will fail to reduce service disruption
• Using data to plan maintenance projects around peak service hours
• Spending money in the right places to maximize uptime
How technology can consolidate and streamline customer communications
• What channels are best for communicating with customers?
• Integrating transit scheduling data with Google and Apple
• Using mobile apps and social media to attract millennials
12:10 Deploying damage detection systems
• What are the indicators of damage?
• Identifying significant changes in data that point to damage
• Vehicle-based and wayside detection systems
Case study: Building real-time passenger information systems
• Upgrading IT network infrastructure to allow real-time information
• Onboard infotainment and generating advertising revenue
• Overcoming obstacles to ensure passenger information is accurate
12:25 Maintaining infrastructure in extreme weather conditions
• Environmental issues and how they affect maintenance
• How do material choices impact asset life cycles?
• Using technology to monitor asset conditions
CCTV and video analytics: keeping passengers safe
• The capabilities and uses of video analytics
• Reducing workload on security and management staff
• Capturing the full value of CCTV data
12:40 Panel discussion:
Achieving a State of Good Repair
• How can the costs of infrastructure maintenance be minimized?
• How is modern analytics technology impacting the way transit uses data?
• What methods are available for collecting data from ageing infrastructure?
• How do you plan maintenance for minimal disruption?
Panel discussion:
Smarter onboard technology
• What is the business case for investing in onboard technology?
• How do you ensure the security and safety of your passengers?
• Who ought to pay for passenger infotainment systems?
• Why provide riders with free Wi-Fi?
13:10 Networking lunch
  Room 1 Room 2
  Data and Digitalization Ridership and Mobility
14:10 INSTALLING WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE
Increasing the quality of transit communications systems brings with it a number of benefits, in terms of both improving rider experience and streamlining operations. However, deploying these systems brings with it a number of challenges and post-installation, networks still need to be kept secure. This session will look at how transit agencies can effectively deliver seamless connectivity to improve both safety and service.
CREATING EASY PASSENGER JOURNEYS
As urbanization creates strain on existing transport networks and new mobility players such as ride share and automated vehicles rise to challenge existing transport models, transit agencies need to adapt to keep pace with change. This session will explore how transit agencies can work together to enable a seamless service across multiple modes of transport and thus achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction.
14:25 Incorporating technological innovation into calls for tender
• The need to keep pace with a fast-changing technological landscape
• Working with suppliers to deliver innovation
• Which advanced solutions are best for your network?
What do riders want from their transit experience?
• Feedback from riders: why transit over a private car?
• What are the priorities for riders to enjoy their transit journeys?
• How has digitalization changed riders’ demands?
14:40 FirstNet: the impact of a shared interoperable communications network
• Testing and validation: ensuring FirstNet’s safety
• What opportunities are opened by greater bandwidth?
• What level of involvement will transit agencies have with FirstNet?
Developing advanced and intermodal ticketing systems
• Building a ticketing system across multiple agencies and transit modes
• Ticketing models: the advantages of account-based ticketing
• Ensuring smooth transitions from old to new ticketing systems
14:55 Delivering full 5G coverage across a transit network
• Methods of providing mobile coverage in tunnels
• Stations: challenges of mobile coverage in a dense environment
• Who ought to pay for Wi-Fi and mobile networks?
Using ridership data to plan ahead for busy events
• How can data and planning contribute to smoother operations?
• Calculating for extra demand during large scale cultural events
• Making efficient use of passenger data: who travels when?
15:10 How can GIS make transit more efficient?
• Transit Signal Priority: ensuring transit has right of way
• Improving predictions of when transit is expected
• Combining GIS and communications to alert riders to service changes
Meet Michelangelo: Uber’s machine learning platform
• How can machine learning create seamless transit links?
• Using artificial intelligence to predict human behaviour
• How can mathematical modelling support transit planning?
15:25 Ensuring safety and security of communications networks
• Overcoming obstacles in order to protect central LAN networks
• Ensuring cyber security solutions do not impact user friendliness
• Staff training to ensure maximum system safety
Transit On Demand: solving the first and last mile issue
• How solving the first/last mile problem can encourage uptake of transit
• Using flexible route services to save money and attract more passengers
• Delivering connectivity to passengers at a local and regional level
15:55 Panel discussion:
Investing in advanced commmunications systems
• What benefits do 5G networks bring to the transit industry?
• How can transit take advantage of improved communications networks?
• What basic security standards are needed to protect devices across a network?
• How can GIS and GPS make transit operations smoother?
Panel discussion:
Making transit seamless for riders
• What technology should transit agencies invest in to increase customer satisfaction?
• How should transit agencies be collecting feedback and data from riders?
• What makes riders choose one mode of transportation over another?
• How can transit use better understanding of riders to improve service?
16:25 Networking coffee break
  ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
These self-selecting sessions will bring audience members together from across the transit industry to work together towards a solution to the challenges they are facing.

Audience members will choose the roundtable they are most interested in and join in the discussion. After 30 minutes the roundtables will end and delegates will have the opportunity move on to the next roundtable of choice and start a new conversation. Over the course of 2 hours, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in 3 separate roundtables and meet a host of new contacts.
  Room 1 Room 2
  Table 1 Table 1
  Evaluating data transmission systems Creating intermodal ticketing systems across your network
  Table 2 Table 2
  Choosing the right signalling system for your transit network Building infrastructure to support the transition to electric vehicles
  Table 3 Table 3
  What data should you be collecting? How can technology make your workforce more efficient?
17:40 Networking drinks reception end of day 1
Day 3 - Thursday 25th October
 8:30 Registration
  Room 1
  Alternative mobility models of the future
The public transportation landscape is rapidly evolving; new technological developments have the potential to completely transform the way people move from one place to another. While some developments are already in existence or at the point of launch, others are further away from commercial use in transit systems. This session will bring together presentations on potentially disruptive innovation which could revolutionize the transit industry, and will look at the logistical factors involved in bringing these projects to fruition.
9:30 Bringing Hyperloop closer to reality
9:45 Car tube – the urban transport mode of the future?
10:00 Autonomous pods: are bus-trains the solution to the first and last mile problem?
10:15 Will self-driving cars take over urban transit?
10:30 Panel discussion: What does the future hold for North American transit?
• How feasible are alternative modes of transportation?
• What infrastructure is needed for alternative mobility models to happen?
• Where should funding for radical transportation solutions come from?
• What should the role of the government be in creating policies around new modes of transport?
11:00 Networking coffee break
11:45 Interactive live poll: Disruptive technology in the transit sector
During this session, audience members will be able to vote on pre-selected questions through our interactive Q&A system and share their views with the rest of the room. Panelists will then discuss each question and the poll results in turn. This is a unique opportunity to get a sense of what your fellow transit executives think of how technology will disrupt and revolutionize North American transit.

• How will artificial intelligence and increasingly automated processes impact the transit ecosystem?
• What will mobility look like in 10 years’ time?
• Which technologies will disrupt transit in the immediate future?
• Are alternative mobility models an opportunity or a threat to the transit industry?
12:45 Networking lunch
  Room 1 Room 2
  Data and Digitalization Rideship and Mobility
  DEPLOYING ADVANCED SIGNALLING SYSTEMS
Signalling systems such as PTC and CBTC can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance reliability. With the deadline for PTC installation fast approaching, metros and railroads need to work together to overcome interoperability issues and to discuss how best to maintain signalling systems post-deployment. This session will look at the challenges and opportunities of digital signalling systems.
SMART CITIES AND THE FUTURE URBAN LANDSCAPE
Transportation is an integral part of a smart city: reducing the number of private cars and building smarter mass transit systems is essential to having a more connected urban landscape. This session will look at mobility as part of a smart city, from building environmentally friendly and sustainable transport systems to the role automated vehicles will play in the future.
13:45 PTC project management: staying on track to meet the deadline
• What progress has rail made to deploy PTC?
• Developing a recovery plan to ensure the PTC deadline is met
• Working with stakeholders, contractors and other railroads on project delivery
Sustainable approaches to urban mobility
• Growing urban populations and the expected future transport needs of cities
• Reducing car culture and supporting growth of all transit modes
• Improving reliability and connectivity of public transport
14:00 Testing signalling system interoperability
• Why is signalling interoperability such a major challenge?
• How to conduct tests on signalling systems outside of a depot
• The challenges of handling mixed traffic
Technology’s role in uniting and dividing communities
• Expanding suburban transit networks
• How will ridesharing and autonomous vehicles impact urban planning?
• Do parking garages in city centres have a future?
14:15 Enhanced CBTC systems for more complex rail environments
• How is CBTC evolving?
• CBTC for urban rail: grade crossings and traffic interaction
• Combining CBTC with legacy signalling systems
Smart City infrastructure and predictive analytics
• Using technology to assess building infrastructure
• Building safer roads: data as a tool to predict failures and reduce fatalities
• The effects of city infrastructure on urban transit systems
14:30 Optimizing maintenance of PTC systems
• Post-deployment: how to ensure PTC systems are well maintained
• Keeping down the costs of maintenance for PTC
• Using data to ensure ongoing safety and reliability of PTC systems
Evaluating alternative fuel sources as part of a sustainable transit system
• The importance of reducing transit’s carbon footprint
• Funding electric vehicle infrastructure and managing fleet transitions
• The impact of electric vehicles on ridership growth
14:45 Change management: using technology to train staff in new systems
• Challenges of training staff in new technology and systems
• Reducing costs and streamlining training processes
• Managing workforces to ensure smooth technological transitions
Phases of automation: how long before transit sees fully driverless vehicles?
• Safety first: building connected autonomous vehicle infrastructure
• Developing and testing vehicle AI systems
• Testing autonomous vehicles in a closed campus environment
15:00 Panel discussion:
Transitioning to new signalling systems
• What are the main challenges in accustomising staff to new systems?
• Will increased levels of automation benefit the transit industry?
• Post deployment, what additional benefits will PTC bring?
• How do you choose which signalling system is right for your network?
Panel discussion:
The evolution of urban infrastructure
• How should transit agencies adapt to enable Smart Cities?
• How can transit agencies work with local government to fight car culture?
• When will electric vehicles be fully deployed across North American cities?
• What does ‘smart’ transportation infrastructure look like?
15;30  End of SmartTransit

 

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