2018 Annual Conference - Richmond

Thank you to all those who joined us for the conference! Over 275 attendees came to network with colleagues, hear about new products and services, and learn how to enhance transit efforts across the Commonwealth. 

Conference presentations are available below. 

Conference photos are available here

2018 Annual Conference Program

Guardians of our Democracy

The Rev. Benjamin Campbell, Pastor Emeritus of Richmond Hill; founder
of RVA Rapid Transit; GRTC Board Member (Transcript of speech available here. Video available here

Roundtable Sessions 
2018 Transit Funding and Reforms: Jennifer DeBruhl, DRPT
Driver Recruitment—Expanding Our Reach: Tom Fox, Blacksburg Transit; John
Jones and Juwhan Lee, Charlottesville Area Transit; Steve Boney, Metrobus;
Raymond Mui, DASH
Developing a Culture of Safety in Your Agency: David Harmer, Virginia Transit
Liability Pool

Transit Champion Breakfast: A Transit Conversation with Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine; Recognition of Jeremiah Gardner for winning the International Bus Roadeo best bus operator in North America award (Photo)

General Session II: “Select-a-Mode—A Box of Chocolates”: Multimodal Connectivity Panel
Moderator: Michael Norvell, SIR
Next Generation—Park and Ride Lot Evolution: Diana Utz, FAMPO/
Bike Share Transit Connection: Jeremy Holmes, Ride Solutions
Employer-Provided Commuting Benefits: Randy Johnson, Edenred Commuter
Benefit Solutions
TDM and Transit Pilots: Patricia Happ, NVTC

Roundtable Sessions
Transit Talking Points for Decision-makers: Bob Schneider, PRTC Omniride; Brad Sheffield, JAUNT
Respect the Ride—Code of Conduct: Jawauna Greene, Metro; Tim Barham,
GRTC Transit Company
2018 Transit Funding and Reforms (repeat from Tuesday): Jennifer DeBruhl,
Mobility Innovation and Regional Issues: Gwo-Wei, FTA; Ann Dolecki, FTA
Region III 

General Session III: Updates on Policy, Legislation, and Funding
DRPT: Jennifer Mitchell, Director; Virginia Updates (funding, new prioritization)
CTAA: Scott Bogren; Federal Updates

Awards Luncheon (photo)

2017 Conference Agenda 

5/23 Shelley Row-- Go With Your Gut--Effective Decision-Making in an Over-Thinking World

5/23 Transform 66 with Transit--Kate Mattice NVTC

5/23 Metroway Tour Agenda

5/24 Michelle Poyourow, Jarrett Walker and Associates, Planning for Liberty...

5/24 Rob Puentes, Eno Center for Transportation

5/24 Bill Gibbons, Uber

5/24 Jeff Becker, Denver, CO Regional Transportation District, Dial-a-Ride First and Last Mile

5/24 David Klein, Moovit

5/24 Michelle Poyourow, Jarrett Walker and Associates, City Leadership in Transit Planning

5/24 Jennifer DeBruhl, DRPT; TAM (Transit Asset Management) 

5/24 Jennifer Mitchell, Director DRPT, DRPT Update

5/24 Andrew Brady, Senior Director APTA Government Affairs; Federal Updates

2016 Conference 

2016 Conference Agenda 

Online Evaluation and Vendor Game

5/24 John Martin, CEO of Southeastern Institute of Research "The State of Travel Study in VA"

5/24 Matt Caywood, CEO of TransitScreen, "Real-time Multimodal Transit Information in Public Spaces"

5/24 Lynn Spencer, Director of System Safety, FTA, "Recent Safety Rulemaking"

5/24 Chris Zimmerman, VP for ED, Smart Growth America, Creating TOD That's Effective and Equitable

5/24 Leigh Weber, Principal, Cybersecurity Analysis, LTD, "Who is at Risk?"

5/25 Erika Young, Director of Strategic Partnerships, "VTA Buses Mean Business"

5/25 Kate Mattice, Executive Director, NVTC, "Transit Means Business"

5/25 Mark Hickman, Senior Manager, Government and Community Affairs, Chamber RVA "Transit Means Business"

5/25 Brian Smith, Assistant to the President for Organizational Advancement, HRT "Transit Means Business

5/25 David Harmer, Virginia Transit Liability Pool Administrator, " Leadership and Management Vitality"

5/25 Paul Mackie, Mobility Lab, "Technology, TDM, and the Integrated Customer Experience"

5/25 Jennifer Mitchell, DRPT Director, "State Transit Update"

5/25 Tony Cho, FTA Region III, Director, Office of Program Management and Oversight, "Federal Fast Act Update"

5/25 Amy Inman,Senior Administrator, on behalf of Selena Cuffee-Glen, CAO of City of Richmond,
Overcoming Community Doubts and Fears re: BRT

2015 VTA Conference Presentations

5/20/15  William Harrell, CEO of HRT on HRT’s Connect Hampton Roads program: Connect Hampton Roads

5/20/15 Presentation from Keith Parker, CEO of MARTA on The Need for Public Support: Keith Parker MARTA Presentation

5/20/15 Howard Jennings, Mobility Lab Arlington County Commuter Services,  ”TDM Best Practices”: TDM Best Practices

5/21/15 Steve Pittard, DRPT, on Virginia’s Transit Funding: Steve Pittard, DRPT Funding Trends

5/21/15 Steven Higashide, TransitCenter “For Riders’ Sake: New Technology and Urban Mobility Options”:   Steven Higashide, For Riders’ Sake

5/21/15 Kevin Webb, Conveyal, Open Source TDM Information Tools in Arlington and Beyond: Open Source TDM Information Tools in Arlington and Beyond

5/21/15 Marlene Connor, Marlene Connor Associates LLC,  on Integrated Mobility: MarleneConnor.IntegratedMobility

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VML article written by Kelley Coyner, Lisa Guthrie, and John Martin
Transit: the future may be riding on it


NVTC’s first annual forum


2013 Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations and Handouts

(PowerPoint presentations and handouts will be added as they are received.)


 Real-Time Technology and Operations-no PowerPoint presentations used

 Real-Time Technology and Social Media- Kristine Bouweiri, Reston Limousine:

 Public Open Data Feeds – Michael Elepano, Redmon Group, Inc.

 Social Media Best Practices – Ellen Kamilakis, Fairfax County DOT
 ITS Planning: Fairfax Connector Bus System – Christin Wegener, Fairfax County DOT

 The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Transit Systems, Daryl Russell, Bankers Insurance

 Handout - Employer Penalities
 Handout – Model Exchange Notice for Employers that Offer Health Plans
 Handout – DOL Issues Model Exchange Notice and Sets Compliance Deadline
 Handout - Proposed Rule Released on Minimum Value and Affordability
 Handout – FAQs on Annual Limits, Nondiscrimination, Clinical Trials & Transparency Reporting
 Handout – ACA Mandates: Different Measures of Affordability
 Handout – Health Care Reform: 2014 Compliance Checklist
 Handout – Pay or Play Penalty Identifying Full time Employees


 Roundtable Sessions:

 Customer Service:  How Transit Systems are Assessing and Measuring
 Maintenance, Operations and Sustainability of Facilities
 Alternative Fuel Options for your Operations
 Transit/Land Use/TOD: Strategies for Transit at the Table
 Outreach:  When to Red-do Routes; Connecting with the Community for Buy-In:

 Tomorrow’s Fleet Facility:  Efficiency, Sustainability and New Innovations – Ken Anderson and Steve Radomski
 Better Data. Better Decisions – Mary Sue O’Melia

 Breakout Session:  Using Technology for Safety and Training

 New Trends for Mobile Transit Video – James Geary, Apollo Video Technology
 Security Video for Claim Mitigation and Investigation – David Harmer, VA Transit Liability Pool
 Simulation Technology – Louis Maiello, FAAC
 Alexandria Transit Company: Safety and Technology – Lorenza Myers, DASH

 Breakout Session:  Best Practices: Communications and Community Outreach

 Communications and Outreach – Ellen Kamilakis and Christin Wegener, Fairfax County DOT
 Effectively Reaching Customers and Stakeholders – Jennifer Green, WMATA

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2012 Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations

 Dulles Rail Tour Orientation, Marcia McAllister, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
 APTA Update – Brian Tynan, APTA
 DRPT Update -

 FTA Update - Brigid Hynes-Cherin, FTA
 New Payment Technologies in Transit -

 The EZ Way to Open Source Transit Data -

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2011 Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations

 DRPT Update - Thelma Drake, VA DRPT
 Building Community Support for Transit - Tom Shrout, Avvantt Partners, LLC
 Panel: Challenges of EPA-Regulated Engines - Kelley MacKinnon, ART (moderator)
 FTA Update - Tony Cho, Federal Transit Administration

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2010 Annual Conference PowerPoint Presentations

Federal Update: Sustainability, State of Good Repair and Livability Discretionary Grant Programs - Reggie Lovelace, Deputy Regional Administrator; Tony Cho, Community Planner, FTA; Ryan Long, Planner, FTA
 DRPT Update - Hon. Thelma Drake, Director, DRPT and Corey Hill, Chief of Public Transportation
 Best Practices in Communicating with Bus Operators - Joel Volinski, Director, CUTR
 Lessons Learned in Transit Efficiencies, Cost Reductions, and Revenue Generation- Joel Volinski, Director, CUTR
 Non-traditional Marketing to Spark Ridership (Click here for extended version) – Pulsar Advertising)
 Digital Signage for Commuters - Redmon Group

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