Agenda

Tuesday 15 March

Registration opens -
Green line extension & future transport for Boston -
Speaker
Program Manager - Green Line Extension
MBTA
Q&A with John Dalton, Program Manager – Green Line Extension, MBTA -

Moderator: Chris Jackson, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Gazette Group

Speakers
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
Program Manager - Green Line Extension
MBTA
Networking Coffee Break -
Workshop by SOLiD: 5G for transportation -

Why 5G Matters for Transportation

• What does 5G offer?

• The need for convergence

• Case-studies

5G Technology

• Frequency Bands

• Upgrades

• New builds

System Considerations

• Design

• Implementation

• Maintenance and Monitoring

5G Checklist

Justin Bushee, VP of Business Development, Boingo Wireless Tony Wells, CEO, C Squared Systems Scott Deweese, SVP and General Manager, SOLiD Americas

Evening Drinks Reception -
Speakers VIP Dinner -
End of Day 1

Wednesday 16 March

Welcome Address -

Andy Salter, Managing Director, DVV Media International

Innovation & The Modern World Of Transit -

Moderator: Andy Salter, Managing Director, DVV Media International

Opening Keynote Presentation: Building a Better T -
Speaker
General Manager
MBTA
The Future of Public Transportation -

Hear from expert and transport “evangelist” about the future developments coming to cities and transportation within the next 10 years in America.

Speaker
Author
The Future of Public Transportation
Going Transformative - Train Centric Technology for Mass Transit -

A Train-Centric Revolution is upon us – made possible by the ever-growing list of advanced technologies that allow functionality, once relegated to legacy wayside systems, to be transformed by the Communication-Based Smart Trains. Around the world smart systems are being bundled and deployed with very little impact to existing equipment and streamlining the time and efforts demanded for greenfield projects. Robert’s presentation will focus on the benefits of this revolution for transportation agencies including: cost savings from lightweight sensors, maintenance free integration, improved operations during inclement weather, more reliable integration, connectivity with wayside equipment, and improved system safety for operations and perimeter security.

Speaker
CEO
Piper Networks
Working for riders, way behind the innovation frontier -

Karti Subramanian, Director Digital Ride, MBTA

The Latest Innovation Strategies and Partnerships at the Central Ohio Transit Authority -
Speaker
Sr. Director Product Management & Innovation
COTA
Q&A panel discussion: innovation and the modern world of transit -
Speakers
CEO
Piper Networks
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
Sr. Director Product Management & Innovation
COTA
Author
The Future of Public Transportation
Director Digital Ride
MBTA
Networking Coffee Break -
Post Pandemic Recovery
Increasing Operational Efficiency – New Ways Of Working Following The Pandemic -
  • Discuss ways in which operators can adjust to consumer demand and provide a more efficient service, ensuring services do not run at a loss at some parts of the day.
  • Assess strategies being used by transit operators to provide a more streamlined service, reducing expenditure when not necessarily required.
  • Understand the long term cost benefits of using automated technology.
  • Review ways to speed up project execution post pandemic through remote activity.
Speaker
CEO
TRA Consulting
Fare pilots and strategy during COVID -

Lynsey Heffernan, Assistant General Manager for Policy & Transit Planning

Leveraging Technology For Post-Pandemic Efficiencies -
  • The pandemic effect on stages of digital transformation in rail
  • Digital transformation throughout the pandemic: See how Keolis Commuter Services has transformed its document management and distribution process
  • Beyond the pandemic: Smart content and data sharing/interoperability for safer and more efficient operations
Speakers
Director of Service Delivery Innovation
Keolis Commuter Services
VP, Customer Operations
Comply365
Innovation + Digitisation = increasing efficiency during Peace, Corona and War times -

Zekeriya Polat, Co-Founder, VisionIT

Q&A panel discussion: post pandemic recovery -


Speakers
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
VP, Customer Operations
Comply365
Director of Service Delivery Innovation
Keolis Commuter Services
CEO
TRA Consulting
Founder
VisionIT
Networking Lunch -
Integrating Transit -
Speaker
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
New Transit in the shadows of the Washington Metro: Purple line light rail & FLASH BRT’s progress in Washington’s Maryland suburbs -

Two major new transit projects are taking shape in Washington’s Maryland suburbs that will connect with Washington’s Metro rail system but are being built by state and local government. The Purple Line (PL) is the State’s PPP light rail project that will connect urban areas in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and link with the Washington Metro system at four stations facilitating rail connections between the two systems. The PL is scheduled to open in 2026 after years of delays and ballooning costs. In the second project, Montgomery County has opened its FLASH BRT system that operates a 14-mile limited-stop articulated bus service on a major state highway with partial dedicated lanes that ends at a key Metro rail station; four other FLASH BRT route corridors are in development in the County along other major highways that will connect with the Washington’s Metro.

Speaker
Chairman
Washington Suburban Transit Committee
Planning & Implementing State-Wide Integrated Travel -

An 'Integrated Travel’ experience seeks to make riding by rail and bus simpler and more cost-effective, for transit providers and customers. This session will explore how Xentrans assisted the State of California in researching, planning and launching the California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP), which aims to enable contactless payments, automate customer discounts and standardize information for easy trip planning.

Speakers
CEO
Xentrans
Manager of Planning
Capitol Corridor
Creating the Connected Customer Experience -
Speaker
Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Engagement
MBTA
Q&A panel discussion: integrating transit -
Speakers
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
Chairman
Washington Suburban Transit Committee
CEO
Xentrans
Manager of Planning
Capitol Corridor
Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Engagement
MBTA
VP Mobility
Xentrans
Networking Coffee -
Connectivity and digitalization -

Moderator: Jim Baker, CEO, Xentrans

ATO (Automatic Train Operation) European standardisation and technical specification for the TSI (Technical Specifications for Interoperability) -

Where can Interoperable specifications for automated railroad operation have been developed for several years. The current status of the specification and an assessment of the upcoming milestones are presented. The results of the implemented pilot projects of SBB and DB-Cargo as well as the measured performance parameters are explained. Furthermore, the challenges and obstacles of the infrastructure, traffic management system and the Railway Undertaken for a current ATO deployment will be highlighted. An assessment of the possible areas of application and the different degrees of automation will be presented and the current risks of an implementation will be shown.

Speaker
Head of International Standardization ATO & CCS Onboard
Swiss Federal Railway, SBB AG
From infrastructure maintenance digitalization to predictive maintenance with AI. A realistic path -
  • Digitalization can increase maintenance efficiency with predictive and prescriptive approaches based on data.
  • Unfortunately, datasheets in Railway sector use to be weak in terms of quality and quantity, creating a barrier in order to apply AI technology.
  • Additional approaches based on physical simulations hybridation with AI/ML are possible in order to deploy a first generation of algorithem
Speaker
Chief Executive Officer
MainRail SL
The Latest Payment Initiatives At Translink -

The evolution of payment technologies has had a dramatic impact on Transportation service providers. The transition from ‘agency based ticket structures’ to ‘bring your own payment’ has created a significant opportunity for transit and transportation providers to lower costs, increase security, and improve the overall customer experience.

Speaker
Director - Revenue & Compass Operations
Translink
Q&A panel discussion: connectivity & digitalization -
  • What are the main challenges when it comes to accustomising staff to new systems?
  • How will increased levels of automation and AI benefit the transit industry operationally?
  • How can transit take advantage of improved communications networks?
  • What problems will arise out of increased connectivity for passengers and operators?
Speakers
CEO
Xentrans
Director - Revenue & Compass Operations
Translink
Head of International Standardization ATO & CCS Onboard
Swiss Federal Railway, SBB AG
Chief Executive Officer
MainRail SL
Networking Drinks Reception -

End of Day 2

Thursday 17 March

New Challenges & Modernization -

Moderator: Andy Salter, Managing Director, DVV Media International

The European OCORA Initiative -

SNCF will provide a presentation of the context, the goals and the first results of the OCORA initiative.

OCORA is an ETCS based ATP CCS, enhanced by ATO, GNSS based train localization, FRMCS,… The approach is focusing on an open architecture based on functional modularity and open interfaces.

Speaker
OCORA Project Manager
SNCF
New York City Transit Subway Service Visualization -
  • What technologies are available that can effectivley collect and distribute information?
  • How can the service visualization enhance operations and overall service to the customer?
  • Understand the ways in which the software can increase saftey, as well as operational efficiency and passenger comfort.
Speaker
Former Deputy Chief, Data Research and Development
NYCTA
MTA’s Use of Real Time Data for Operations-Oriented Decision-Making -
Speaker
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Transit Administration
Advances in distributed sensing for rail applications -

An introduction to the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) and Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) concepts with relevance in rail applications, and a comprehensive description of what can be detected when applying relevant DFOS methods to rail.

Speaker
Executive Director
Fiber Optic Sensing Association
Q&A panel discussion: new challenges & modernization -
Speakers
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
OCORA Project Manager
SNCF
Former Deputy Chief, Data Research and Development
NYCTA
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Transit Administration
Executive Director
Fiber Optic Sensing Association
CMO
Asite
Networking Coffee Break -
Meeting the cybersecurity challenge

Andy Salter, Managing Director, DVV Media International

Cybersecurity measures at MBTA -

Scott Margolis, Chief Information Security Officer, MBTA

Case Study: Cyber Security Supply Chain – How can the cyber security supply chain work better with the transit industry? -

Successful cyber-attacks on our transportation systems have a debilitating effect on the economy and public safety. They are on the increase and pose a threat to critical operations such as bus operations, system operations, and fare management. Many transit agencies are ill prepared of the inevitable back. Scott Belcher, Mineta Transportation Research Associate, will speak about MTI’s recently released study entitled Aligning the Transit Industry and Their Vendors in the Face of Increasing Cyber Risk: Recommendations for Identifying and Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges and provide insights into the nature, threat, and public policies that surround cybersecurity and how your vendors can help provide additional protection.

Speaker
President & CEO
ITS America
The FTA cybersecurity assessment guide & TSA mandates for small and medium sized authorities -

Chelsey Waterman, COO, MetroLINK

The Increased Need for Cyber Security and the Growing Threat of Cyber-Attacks -
  • How has the threat of cyber-attacks developed over recent years with the constant modernization of data and technological capabilities?
  • In a world that relies heavily on digital assets, how damaging could a severe cyber-attack potentially be?
  • How are transport authorities dealing with increased cyber security threats?
Speaker
Cyber Security Analyst
Denver RTD
Q&A panel discussion: meeting the cybersecurity challenge -
Speakers
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
President & CEO
ITS America
Cyber Security Analyst
Denver RTD
Chief Information Security Officer
MBTA
Chief Operations Officer
MetroLINK
Cybersecurity Solutions Architect,
FoxGuard Solutions
Networking lunch -
Deploying technology to improve operations and safety
Speaker
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
POSS R7 Remote Monitoring for wayside components -
Speaker
Managing Consultant
Strukton Power Inc
Latest Technology to Prevent Trespassing Incidents -

Rail trespassing – intentional and unintentional is still the primary cause of fatalities on North American railroads.

This session will look at the newest technologies being implemented and created to prevent trespassing incidents on railroads and prevent fatalities.

Speaker
Managing Partner
WR Allen Associates
Reducing fatalities: Innovative methods to help reduce fatal collisions -
Speaker
Chief Safety & Security Officer
Brightline
Q&A Panel Discussion -
Speakers
Editor-in-Chief
Railway Gazette International
Managing Partner
WR Allen Associates
Chief Safety & Security Officer
Brightline
Managing Consultant
Strukton Power Inc
Director, North America
XOVIS USA
Engineering Systems Director
BAI Communications
End of Day 3