Program

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Please review the agenda, be sure you know which room you want to enter for your breakouts.
The Main Zoom Room will be utilized to start the day, Plenary Sessions 1, 2, 3 & 4, Bingo Lunch, and Wall of Fame Awards Lunch to close us out for the day. Additionally, WSTA Staff will be logged into the main room at all times, to respond to any questions you may have.

Please Note – No Sessions Will Be Recorded

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Day 1: Tuesday October 12

8:15am – WSTA Logs into Main Zoom Room

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The WSTA Main Zoom will be open. The Breakout rooms will not be live until the time listed on the agenda.

8:30am – Welcome Remarks & Special Instructions – Main Zoom Room

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Welcome and instructions for the day by Justin D. Leighton, Executive Director – Washington State Transit Association.

Welcome from John W. Clauson – Executive Director, Kitsap Transit & President of the Board, Washington State Transit Association

Welcome Remarks by Federal Transit Administrator Nuria Fernandez

8:45am – First Plenary Session – Main Zoom Room

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First Plenary Session – All
Participants

What’s Happening or not, in the Other Washington? An Update from our Federal Advocates
Executive staff from the nation’s leading federal transit advocates, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), and The Bus Coalition will provide updates on federal legislation and policy that has passed and is pending, including the conversation on Infrastructure, reauthorization, reconciliation, and what we should expect in the coming months to come. 

Moderator:
Jennifer Covino – President, Simon & Co, WSTA’s Federal Advocates

Panelist:
Scott Bogren – Executive Director, CTAA
Paul Skoutelas – President & CEO, APTA
Joel Rubin – Washington Advocate, The Bus Coalition

9:45am – Breakout Series 1 – 60min

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The Ever-Changing Employment and Labor Laws – Update by Summit Law
PERC, the Legislature, and the U.S. Supreme Court have all been active in the area of labor law. We’ll discuss key developments and new requirements that you need to know to manage a union-represented workforce lawfully.
Presenter: Shannon Phillips – Partner, Summit Law
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Consolidated Grant Management!
An overview of expectations for Consolidated grantees. Topics include civil rights, progress reporting, invoicing, asset management.
Panelist:
Marianna Hanefeld – Community Liaison, WSDOT
Jadine Cunningham – Business Planner, WSDOT
Alan Soicher – Capital Projects Planner, WSDOT
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From Oregon to Washington, What’s In store for the Future for; Drivers Training, Complete Streets and CTANW Member Services
This session will cover all the great initiatives the Community Transportation Association of the Northwest is working on. CTANW will be reviewing several projects and seeking your input.
Presenter: Angie Coulter – Executive Director, CTANW
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How to Navigate Federal Funding Opportunities
This session will support potential applicants in identifying and navigating U.S. Department of Transportation discretionary grant funding opportunities.
Speakers:
Jeff Denham – Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates
George B. Riccardo – Government Affairs Analyst, K&L Gates

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11:00am – Breakout Series 2 – 60min

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Working with the Board
Ever wonder what it’s like working for multiple bosses of a transit or nonprofit board? Join us for a fun and thoughtful panel as they discuss strategies and best practices for working with boards. Learn how to build professional and effective relationships with board members. Hear some helpful hints on bringing the board up to speed on fast emerging issues. Get tips to help you bridge diverse point of views and lead your board to great decisions for the organization and the community.
Moderator:
Nhan Nguyen – Community Liaison Lead, WSDOT
Panelist:
Amy Asher – General Manager, Mason Transit
Ken Mehin – General Manager, Grays Harbor Transit
Madelyn Carlson – CEO, People For People
Greg Wright – General Manager, Grant Transit
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Transit Planning in the Age of New Mobility
How have transit agencies forged effective partnerships with transportation network companies to provide on-demand services, first-last mile solutions, and meet other community mobility needs? What are the challenges and opportunities transit agencies face working with private mobility providers? Attend this session to learn the recipe for success.
Moderator:
Ricardo Gotla – TDM Program Supervisor, WSDOT
Panelist:
Mary Anderson – Transit Planner, Whatcom Transportation Authority
Sanjay Bhatt – Marketing & Public Information Director, Kitsap Transit
Garrett Brinker – Partnerships Principle, Via
Staci Sahoo – Director of Mobility Management, Hopelink
Casey Gifford – Innovative Mobility Senior Planner, King County Metro
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Community-Based Transportation Solutions using Volunteer Driver Programs
Volunteer Driver programs represent a low-cost, low-risk solution to challenges with transportation gaps in your community. Staff from the King County Mobility Coalition and CTANW will present information and resources to get you started on the road to creating a successful volunteer program that provides rides for those that need them in your community.
Moderator:
Marianna Hanefeld – WSDOT NW Region Community Liaison, RTAP Manager
Panelist:
Victor Londono Quintero – Mobility Program Supervisor, Hopelink
Bree Boyce – Program Manager, Mobility Coalitions, Hopelink
Angie Coulter – Executive Director, CTANW
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Alphabet Soup: From the ADA to the ROW
This presentation will cover the basics of using public rights of way (ROW) and how to work effectively with cities and counties in doing so. The presentation also will address how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to facilities in the public right of way and who has responsibility for ensuring ADA compliance.
Presenters:
Jessica A. Skelton – Partner, Pacifica Law Group
Kymberly K. Evanson – Partner, Pacifica Law Group

Noon – 12:45pm – Lunch and Group Activity “BINGO”

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Bingo Lunch!
All Participants Welcome

Grab your lunch and play bingo with us! We have sent 5 bingo cards with the goodie bag. We will do as many games, up to 5, as time allows. You can win $25.00 – $50.00 gift cards.  This will be a casual and light affair, banter and chats encouraged.

12:00 – Grab your lunch and settle in

12:05 – A word from our sponsor – Voith

12:10 – BINGO

12:45 – Instructions on the rest of the day – Justin D. Leighton

12:45pm – Breakout Series 3 – 60min

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Rebuilding Ridership Post-Pandemic
While a post-pandemic world continues to be a moving target, riders are slowly returning to transit. What are they looking for and what are the opportunities to seize upon? This session will provide research summaries from three APTA-powered resources from different times throughout the pandemic. The sources of information include riders and transit organizations in the United States and abroad.
Speaker: Amy Snyder – Chief of Staff, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD)
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Human Services Transportation Today – A Statewide Plan Update
The Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan is nearing public and tribal review. We’ll do a shift-and-share to discuss key sections of the plan, getting you up to speed on important aspects, takeaways and strategies. You’ll also be able to discuss the plan contents with other interested stakeholders and have an opportunity to share comments.
Moderator:
Matthew Kenna – Transportation Planner, PTD, WSDOT
Panelists:
Kate Tollefson – Community Liaison, PTD, WSDOT
Marianna Hanefeld – Community Liaison, PTD, WSDOT
Stan Suchan – Project Dev. & Evaluation Manager, PTD, WSDOT
Colin Pippin-Timco – Community Engagement Supervisor, PTD, WSDOT
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Going Zero-Fare – How’s It Worked for Others & Is it Right for Us?
Before the pandemic agencies across the country began transiting to a zero-fare system, however, a trend was beginning to take root here in Washington State. And, most if not all transits in the state and across the country went zero-fare during the pandemic as one of their measures to keep customers and employees safe. Now, many agencies are opting to remain zero-fare. During this session, hear from some of Washington’s leading agencies on the issue, how they came to the conclusion to transition to zero-fare, how it’s been working, and what do they expect next. 
Panelist:
Ann Freeman-Manzanares – General Manager, Intercity Transit
Richard DeRock – General Manager, LINK Transit
Aly Hernandez – Intergovernmental Affairs Associate, Simon and Co.
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Making Microtransit Work in Rural and Suburban Areas
Is micro transit only for big cities? No! In this highly interactive “shift and share” session, local suburban and rural transit providers will share examples and anecdotes, highlighting new mobility solutions across a wide variety of use cases. From deploying dynamic first- and last-mile solutions as complements to fixed-route transit to creating demand-responsive dial-a-ride services that enhance the efficiency and passenger experience, this conversation will cover a lot of ground – much like the services our state’s suburban and rural transit agencies.
Moderator:
Don Chartock – Deputy Director, WSDOT
Panelists:
Mary Anderson – Transit Planner, Whatcom Transportation Authority
Keith Halls – Planning and Development Director, Ben Franklin Transit
Tom Schwetz – Director of Planning and Development, Lane Transit District
Duane Wakan – Senior Planner, Pierce Transit

1:45pm – Second Plenary Session – Main Zoom Room

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Second Plenary Session – All

Public Transits Role in Communities of Color

This session will move through a discussion of the importance of transit in communities of color across the United States, how racism has shaped public transit, the inequities that have historically been embedded in our transit systems, and some examples from agencies that are doing it better.

Speaker:
Darnell Grisby – Member of the California Transportation Commission

3:00pm – Day 1 Closing Remarks

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Day 1 Trivia Answers
  1. Pure water has a pH level of around? 
    Answer: Seven.
  2. Groups of lions are known as what? 
    Answer: Prides.
  3. Name the world’s largest ocean. 
    Answer: Pacific.
  4. What’s the hardest rock? 
    Answer: A diamond.
  5. How many phases of the moon are there? 
    Answer: Eight.
  6. How many bones do sharks have in their bodies? 
    Answer: None!
  7. Which kind of flower bulbs were once exchanged as a form of currency? 
    Answer: Tulips.
  8. Where were the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights stored during World War II? 
    Answer: Fort Knox.
  9. Name the world’s biggest island. 
    Answer: Greenland.
  10. Which mammal doesn’t have vocal cords? 
    Answer: Giraffe.
Day 1 Trivia and Bingo Winners

Bingo:
Tim Wagner, Sound Transit
Angie Peters, Valley Transit
Kathryn (Katie) Wall, Ben Franklin Transit
Jesse Kinney, Valley Transit
Alex Soldano, Sound Transit
John Clauson, Kitsap Transit

Trivia
Robyn Goldring – Island Transit
Marshall Krier – Mason Transit
Stephanie Guettinger – Grant Transit

Day 2: Wednesday October 13

8:15am – WSTA Logs into Main Zoom Room

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8:30am – Welcome Remarks & Special Instructions – Main Zoom Room

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Welcome and special instructions for the day by Justin D. Leighton, Executive Director – Washington State Transit Association.

8:45pm – Third Plenary Session – Main Zoom Room

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Third Plenary Session – All

Zero Emission Bus Programs – An Out of State Perspective!

From Hydrogen to Battery Electric Buses, the Zero Emission transition is in full swing. Agencies large and small are beginning the transition. This Plenary Session will bring the experts of SunLine Transit (Palm Springs) & Foothill Transit with a 3rd agency pending on their journey, good and bad, to transition their fleets. Panelists will provide an overview of their ZEB program and be prepared to answer the attendee’s questions.  

Moderator:
Justin D. Leighton – Executive Director, WSTA

Panelist:
Lauren Skiver – CEO/General Manager, SunLine Transit Agency
Roland Cordero – Dir. of Maintenance & Vehicle Technology, Foothills Transit
Josh Baker – General Manager, Alexandria Transit Co.

9:45am – Breakout Series 4 – 60min

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Steering the Future of Public Transportation Grants
WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division wants to hear your feedback about our grant programs! Join us for this session where we’ll discuss a major grant program initiative that involves making changes to the scoring criteria that we use to rank Consolidated Grant applications. WSDOT staff are working to adjust the current scoring criteria to be compatible with our new Grants Management System and would like to know what you think of our proposal.
Panelist:
Evan Olsen – Grants Analyst Lead, PTD, WSDOT
Susan Garber Yonts – Grants Analyst, PTD, WSDOT
Allyson Ruppenthal – Grants Analyst, PTD, WSDOT
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Introduction to Data Standards: What you need to know for the road ahead
Data standards provide a common language to create more accessible information for people using a variety of transportation modes. This session will explain how the world increasingly runs on data, with examples of three data-related efforts intended to help transit riders and pedestrians of all abilities have the information they need to utilize the transportation network in a way that works for them.
Moderator:
Stan Suchan – Practical Solutions Manager, WSDOT
Panelist:
Thomas Craig – System Development Lead, CalAct
Dr. Anat Caspi – Dir., Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at UW
Mark Hallenbeck – Dir., WA. State Transportation Center (TRAC) at UW
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CTR: What’s Now, What’s Next?
Big changes are coming to the Statewide CTR Program. In their 2021 legislative session, the Legislature mandated WSDOT, the TDM Technical Committee (a.k.a. CTR Board) and TDM Executive Board to develop a report on updates to the CTR Program. What’s the vision for CTR in the 21st century? What will the CTR Program emphasize in the coming years — equity in urban areas, access in rural communities, non-commute trips? Come to this workshop to learn more and help decide the future of CTR.
Moderator:
Ricardo Gotla – TDM Program Supervisor, WSDOT
Panelist
Bryce Yadon – Principle, Bryce Yadon Consulting
Anna Zivarts – Director, Disability Mobility Initiative
Abbey Brown – Technical Lead, Clean Fuel Standard, Dept. of Ecology
Staci Sahoo – Director, Mobility Management, Hopelink
Jan Ollivier – Director of Transportation, People For People
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Zero Emission Transition in Washington State – What we have Learned, What is Next
This morning we heard from out-of-state leaders on their zero-emission bus programs.  Now, let’s turn inward to our own state to learn and ask questions from some of the leading agencies in this technology. The expert panel has been working in the transit industry for years and is at different stages in its transition to ZEB technology. From one of the first in the state to begin battery-electric buses to an agency that is just now in the beginning stages, you will hear a wide breadth of experience, failures, pitfalls, and successes to help you in your journey to zero-emission technology.
Moderator:
Justin D. Leighton – Executive Director, WSTA
Panelist:
Richard DeRock – General Manager, LINK Transit
Tom Hingson – Director, Everett Transit
Les Reardanz – General Manager, Whatcom Transportation Authority

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11:00am – Breakout Series 5 – 60min

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Site Visit Foresight: Identifying Common Deficiencies and How to Prevent Them
PTD oversight and monitoring staff will be recap results from the site visits performed during the 2019-2021 biennium and look forward to next biennium. Our guests from Sound Transit and WSDOT’s OEO will assist with DBE and ADA questions. Session objectives:

  • To explain WSDOT’s oversight process including our transition from in-person to virtual visits during the pandemic.
  • To summarize 19-21 results in the areas of financial management, civil rights, procurement, and the drug and alcohol program.
  • To share tips and tricks for preparing for (and sailing through) a site visit.
  • To share program oversight plans for the new biennium.

Presenters:
Steven Meyeroff – FTA Compliance Administrator, WSDOT
Matthew Cramer – Community Liaison, WSDOT
Brenda Nnambi – Diversity & Small Business Development Manager, Sound Transit
Larry Watkinson, Deputy Director, Equal Opportunity Office, WSDOT

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One night only: Free GTFS transit data! – Learn how WSDOT wants to help you reach and support more riders
Community transportation providers and small urban, rural, and tribal transits, we have exciting news! WSDOT recently awarded a grant to Trillium Solutions to help make your schedule and service area data more widely available using General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) and GTFS-flex at *no cost* to you. Over the past 15 years, GTFS and GTFS-flex data have made transit trips more accessible than ever before, and the capabilities of GTFS will only continue to grow. Join us to learn about how GTFS data can help you better serve your riders, and hear about the experience and benefits of working with Trillium from a panel of your peers. All riders, not just those living in large urban areas, deserve the benefits of GTFS and GTFS-flex. Let us help!
Moderator:
Michael Wandler – Data Analyst, WSDOT
Panelist:
Chris Perry – General Manager, Trillium Solutions
Aaron Antrim – Founder/CEO, Trillium Solutions
Scott Carte – GIS and Modeling Manager, Thurston Regional Planning Council
Staci Sahoo – Director, Mobility Management, Hopelink
Thomas Craig – System Development Lead, CalAct

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Major Plans for Microtransit
In January, C-TRAN is replacing its Connector with five zones featuring on-demand, point-to-point, shared-vehicle service. Learn how the agency is putting this microtransit plan into place, and what success will look like for the new service.
Speaker: Taylor Eidt – Senior Planner, C-TRAN

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Zero Emission Buses: Five Pitfalls to Avoid and a WA Case Study
Today is a great time to start making plans for a clean, sustainable bus fleet. Industry Experts predict that by 2030, 40% of the world’s buses will be electric. Across the country, transit agencies are turning toward the future, eager to find the best answer for a new energy technology that can stand the test of time, combat climate change, all while adequately powering their fleets. Discussions of fleet transitions span the gamut from bus requirements, utility demands, facility needs, and en-route charging requirements. This presentation will walk through five of the most essential pitfalls for systems to avoid in making the transition to zero emission technology, namely, battery-electric buses. It will also include a deep-dive with Sound Transit, who has been supported by WSP in developing its ZEB plan for bus rapid transit operations in the 522 and 405 corridors. 
Presenters:
Peter Stackpole – Supervising Planner, WSP
Cliff Henke – Global Coordinator, ZEB and BRT, WSP
Lance MacNiven – National Lead, Zero Emission Vehicle and Fleet Transition Planning, WSP
Jamie Brinkley, Senior Sustainability Planner, Sound Transit

Noon – 12:45pm – Lunch with Wall of Fame Awards

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12:00 – Grab your lunch and take 10 minutes to settle in
12:10 – A Word From Our Sponsor, BYD 
12:20 – Brian Lagerberg – Director, WSDOT Public Transportation Division
12:30 – Jef Lucero – Transportation Planner, WSDOT Public Transportation Division
12:35 – Wall of Fame Videos
12:45 – Close and next steps for the rest of the day by Justin D. Leighton

12:45pm – Breakout Series 6 -60min

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Managing Your Grants in WSDOT’s Grant Management System & DES Bus Contracts
Come take a tour of the new system we deployed earlier this year! We’ll cover the process for applying for funding opportunities, as well as how to submit quarterly progress reports, claim reimbursements, and other documents required for compliance and site visits. This is an optimal time for grantees who’ve been using the new system to ask questions or provide feedback on their user experience. We expect migration of new and existing grants to be completed in 2022, so a few more future training sessions on GMS and specific grant topics are on the way! In the meantime, join us at the conference to catch up on where we stand today. We also expect this audience to be interested in knowing more about the new DES bus contracts, so we have invited members from DES to join us to answer your questions.
Presenters:
Cherryl Steben – Funding Analyst/GMS Support, PTD, WSDOT
Lori Barnhart – Business Planner/GMS Support, PTD, WSDOT
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Site Visits: WSDOT’s Process and How to Avoid Common Findings at Your Organization
WSDOT’s drug and alcohol team will present the process that WSDOT and FTA use to evaluate drug and alcohol testing program compliance, including process flow and common findings. Recommended for agencies who receive FTA sections 5307, 5311 or 5339 funding.
Presenters:
Linda Howell – Community Liaison, PTD, WSDOT
Steven Meyeroff – FTA Compliance Administrator, WSDOT
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Using Human-Centered Design to Navigate Ambiguity in a Time of Crisis
Human-centered design empowers teams to involve vulnerable populations to solve problems in their communities. These methods create extremely useful solutions by focusing on users and their specific needs. This session will highlight how Twin Transit and Community in Motion used human-centered design to incubate two projects during the pandemic as part of the national 2021 Community Mobility Design Challenge.
Moderator:
Matthew Cramer – Community Liaison, WSDOT
Panelist:
Joe Clark – Executive Director of Transit Services, Twin Transit
Andrea Culletto – Community Relations Director, Twin Transit
Bill Baumann – Mobility Coordinator, Community in Motion
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Videography on a Shoestring Budget
Anyone can create compelling, professional videos on a limited budget. Learn how to find the best training resources and equipment to help tell your agency’s story.
Presenter:
Eric Florip – Assistant Manager of Customer Experience & Communication, C-TRAN

1:45pm – Fourth Plenary Session – Main Zoom Room

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4th Plenary Session – All

The future of work is Human

We are living in extraordinary times.  As the world gets more digitalized, it also gets more complicated.  Learning can happen faster today than at any time in history, and this is both exciting and critically important to get right.  The idea of “lifelong learning” has been around for a generation, but we haven’t ever really put it into practice to make this idea a reality.  Today, not only do we have the tools and technology to bring this idea to life, workers will not survive the future without the ability to learn new skills continually. The most important skills we will need are human skills.  

Keynote by: Jaime Casap – Education Evangelist: youtube.com/jaimecasap

3:00pm – Conference Closing Remarks

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Closing Remarks and Special Presentation by Justin D. Leighton on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Transit Association.