RTA Transit Innovations Series - schedule of all events

Series Partners: 



Past Events

Videos of past sessions can be viewed on RTA's YouTube channel here.

Session 1: Express Lanes and Transit  
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 

Guest speakers:

495 Express Lanes and transit
- Larry Cloyed, Express Lanes Coordinator, Virginia Department of Transportation  (presentation, sample video)

Tampa Bay Bus Toll Lanes concept
- Joe Waggoner, CEO, Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority  (presentation, sample video)

Media:  release, advisory, coverage via WRAL (link not available)


References:  Northern Virginia 495 Express Lanes

References:  Tampa, Florida proposed regional bus toll lanes (BTL) network

Session 2: Research on Land Use and Tradeoffs
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 

Watch the Ciscos WebEx videoconference online here.


Session 3: Urban Bus Rapid Transit
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Event patrons:  
HNTB North Carolina, PC
Sam Schwartz Engineering

Guest speakers:

  • Joe Calabrese, CEO and general manager, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
  • Joe Iacobucci, director of transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, former manager, Strategic Planning and Policy, Chicago Transit Authority

- Full presentation

- Session video

Media Release


Session 4: Busways and System Approaches
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Event Advocate: McCormick Taylor 
Event Patron: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Guest speakers:

  • Wendy Stern, Assistant General Manager, Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Rick Kiegel, Project Manager, Corridor Cities Transitway

Videoconference speakers appearing via Cisco WebEx:

  • Keith Dove, Transportation and Regulation Manager, Luton Borough Council, England
  • Dave Perry, Assistant Project Manager, Luton-Dunstable Busway, Luton Borough Council, England
  • Dave Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Transport, Luton Borough Council, England

- Full  presentation deck* 

* Does not include final Luton busway presentation.  Draft Luton busway presentation can be downloaded here.

Session 5: Arterial Treatments to Keep Transit Moving

Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:30 am 

Guest speakers:
  • Joe Hummer, Ph.D., PE, Department Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University
  • Michael Brown, PE, AICP, Transportation Engineer, Professional Planner, MetroAnalytics, Bountiful, Utah

 - Full presentation deck

 - Media release, media coverage

 - Session video (to be posted later)

Session 6: Circulator Innovations and the Last Mile 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:30 pm  (11:30 am PDT)

Guest speakers:
  • Seth Hollar, Ph.D., Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • Marshall Brain, Director of Engineering Entrepreneurs Program,  North Carolina State University
Videoconference speaker appearing via Cisco WebEx:
  • Kyle Griffith, Vice President, Great Western Pacific, Inc. and Project Director, Seattle Great Wheel and proposed Seattle Union Street Gondola

EcoPRT:  draft final presentation; sample videos:  1, 2, 3

Union Street Gondola:  four page fact sheet and draft presentation concept


References:  EcoPrtSeattle Union Street Gondola


Upcoming Sessions


Session 7: BRT, Economic Development, Walkability, and Urban Design

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 3 pm EDT  (1 pm MDT)

Videoconference speakers appearing via Cisco WebEx:

  • Dr. Reid Ewing, University of Utah
  • Dr. Arthur Nelson, University of Utah

             About the RTA Transit Innovations Series 

Series notes:  Schedule and presenting organizations subject to change.  Other sessions may be added. Some speakers will be in person, while others will appear via Cisco WebEx videoconference.  


New 495 Express Lanes (inner 4 lanes) and the I-495 general purpose lanes (outer 8 lanes) near Tysons Corner, VA.  Photo courtesy Virginia DOT.

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