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2015 GIS in Transit Conference (Washington, DC)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

8:30am-5:00pm                                              Farragut Square

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and ImplementationAllen Ibaugh, Data Transfer Solutions

8:30am-5:00pm                                                 McPherson Square

Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and PolicyKim H. McDonough, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Ed Wells, WMATA


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

9:00–10:00am                                                             Hamilton Ballroom

Welcome & Keynote AddressJeff Becker, presiding, Denver Regional Transit District

Connecting Cities and Citizens to Outsmart Traffic Together—Paige Fitzgerald, Waze


Coffee BreakAll conference sessions will break at this time, to allow participants to network, stretch their legs, and grab a beverage.

10:30am–12:00pm                                                      Farragut Square

SmartBus: GIS and On-board Bus Technologies (AVL, APC, AVA)Allen Ibaugh, Presiding, Data Transfer Solutions

Learn about recent innovations in the Smart Bus Program in NJ Transit, and GIS tools used to implement an automated bus announcement program by Metro Transit. We will also learn about new transit master plan for Bridgeport in Connecticut.

NJ Transit Smart Bus Program Operations Feedback and Quality ControlAaron Reisner, NJ Transit

Levering GIS to Implement an Automated Bus Announcement ProgramJason Podany, Metro Transit

Transit at the Edge: Taming the Data BeastMichelle Orfield, Stantec


10:30am–12:00pm                                                   McPherson Square

Washington DC: A Case Study in Enterprise GIS ImplementationEd Wells, presiding, WMATA

Presenters will discuss a variety of topics related to GIS at WMATA, including: the development of location reference framework, track linear referencing system, a web application that show a real-time bus and transit positions, concentrations of crime incidents on buses, and safety management maps.

Roles That GIS Play in Transit Enterprise IT to Support Transit Operations and ManagementMinhua Wang and Zhen Lo, WMATA

Using Enterprise GIS to Support Transit Asset ManagementMinhua Wang, Voliya Arakkal, and Shaning Yu, WMATA

Using Enterprise GIS to Support Transit OperationsMinhua Wang, and Shaning Yu, WMATA

Using Enterprise GIS to Support Transit Safety ManagementMinhua Wang, and Andrew Oldham, WMATA


10:30am–12:00pm                                                  Franklin Park

Visualizing Transit Opportunities through GIS InnovationsMartin Catalá, presiding, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

In this session, we will learn how using technology may influence travel behavior at local levels, and why we need novel isochrone maps. We will also learn about regression models created to forecast transit ridership.

Future of TDM TechnologyPrachi Vakharia, RideAmigos

Time Sensitive Isochrones Maps Using GTFSSumit Sen, IITB

Open Source Web Based Transit Demand Modeling (using GTFS)Catherine Lawson, University at Albany


12:00–1:00pm                                                 Hamilton Ballroom

Hosted Lunch and KeynoteTheresa McMillan, presiding, Federal Transit Administration


1:00–2:30pm                                                 Farragut Square

Transit Asset ManagementOleg Kotov, presiding, Arlington County (VA)

Presenters will discuss the GIS-driven, right-of-way vegetation management in Long Island Rail Road, and the augmentation of GIS Program in North rail New York. We will learn the differences between GIS as mapping and GIS as facilities management tool.

Metro North Railroad Enterprise GIS Program Yesterday Today and TomorrowXiaojing Wei, Metro-North Railroad

Dulles Corridor Metrorail ProjectAndrew Newsome, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Jonathan Heiss, Jacobs Engineering Group; and Alan Cunningham, Lea & Elliott

Transit Asset Management at LYNXAllen Ibaugh, Data Transfer Solutions


1:00–2:30pm                                                 McPherson Square

Data GeeksMartin Catalá, presiding, CUTR

This session is all about data. New nationally available datasets as well as visualizations of big data to support public transportation evaluation and analysis. The sessions will discuss datasets such as the Longitudinal Employment Household Dynamics (LEHD) and the EPA’s Smart Location database as well as discussion of the role of Big Data has on public transportation planning and examples of visualizations.

Connectivity Decision Based on GIS and Transportation DataNazrul Islam, FTA

Local Employment Dynamics—Transportation Planning and Analysis of Workers Commute—Earlene Dowell, U.S. Census Bureau

Big Data Visualization to Support Transportation Operations and PlanningNikola Ivanov, University of Maryland


1:00–2:30pm                                                                  Franklin Park

What Drives What? Exploring Transit and Land Use RelationshipsTeresa Townsend, presiding, Planning Communities

Presenters will discuss the land use, socioeconomic data for surrounding households and local business in the area surrounding express and local stations. We will learn about a transit supportive land use score, and about the property values along a bus rapid transit corridor.

GIS Based Impact Analysis of Express vs. Local Stations on Surrounding Land Uses in New York CitySubrina Rahman, City College of New York

How Transit Supportive Land Use Drives Transit System PerformanceSusanne Bell, TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority)

Profiling the Spatial Relationship of Land Use and Ridership on Transit Corridors using 3D GISJavier Pacheco-Raguz, TransLink

Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Residential Property ValuesVictoria Perk, CUTR


3:00–4:30pm                                                              Farragut Square

Safety and Emergency ManagementWilliam Wiggins, presiding, FTA

Presenters will discuss the use of GIS in disaster preparation, bus crash analysis, and web-based bus accident mapping and analysis application.

NYC Transit TMAP GIS Role in Disaster Prep and RecoveryDaniel McHugh, NYC Transit

The Use of GIS in Bus Crash Analysis for Capital MetroBoya Dai, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Bus Accident Mapping and Analysis ApplicationLeo Fothergill, AECOM/Maryland Transit Administration and Woon Kim, Maryland Transit Administration


3:00–4:30pm                                                        McPherson Square

New Spatial ToolsJeff Becker, presiding, Regional Transportation District

Presenters will demonstrate the integration of ArcGIS Online with at-grade light rail crossing points, and discuss the new tools for mobile field data collection. We will learn about technologies and data flow in a contemporary train tracking system, and there will be also demonstration on the analysis of the customer trips.

Integration of ArcGIS Online with Videos and PhotosMatthew O’Connell, Sabra, Wang, & Associates Inc.

Mobile EvolutionBrad Spittel, KCI Technologies, Inc., Geospatial Solutions

Train Tracking Behind the ScenesMuid Mufti, Integrated Utility Services Inc.

GIS In Paratransit Analysis of Service DeliveryJeff Becker, Regional Transportation District


3:00–4:30pm                                                               Franklin Park

Size Matters/Transit Planning for Rural Areas and Medium CitiesAnn Steedly, presiding, Planning Communities

Presenters will discuss the analysis used in planning the new fixed route in St. Tammany Parish, and a transit market related rural community classification system. We will learn about a proposed methodology to identify key bike-transit and walk-transit connectivity locations.

Planning a Fixed Route with Demand Response DataKevin Harrison, GCR Inc.

Identifying Transit Markets in Rural America: Development of a National Rural Community Classification SystemSmita Sharma, Texas A & M Transportation Institute

Multimodal Level of Service for Medium CitiesLuis David Galicia, Texas A&M Transportation Institute


4:30–5:30pm                                                                   Foyer

Networking Reception

Thursday, September 3, 2015

8:30–10:00am                                                           Farragut Square

Building Organizational Readiness and CollaborationJonathan Brooks, presiding, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

In this session, presenters will discuss their experience with creating GTFS for multiple agencies throughout Central Maryland, creating a GIS data portal for New River Valley, and the best practices for creating GIS training packages. Presenters will also discuss the US Geological Survey National Geospatial Program’ efforts to enhance transportation data and to make it more effective for use by partnering agencies.

Building Regional Connections and Inspiring Collaboration through GTFSMarcy Jaffe, National Rural Transit Assistance Program and Jaime McKay, Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT)

Lessons from Developing a Regional GIS Transit PortalErik Olsen, Blacksburg Transit/New River Valley MPO

Federal Agency Collaboration to Enhance Transportation Features to Support Nationally Consistent Geospatial Data and Derivative ProductsD. Brostuen, P. Matthys  USGS – National Geospatial Technical Operations Center


8:30–10:00am                                                         McPherson Square

Accessing the SystemJeff Becker, presiding, Denver Regional Transit District

Presenters will discuss walk-to and drive-to transit networks created with use of Network Analyst, and will discuss the methods to identify the differences in travel cost among geographic areas. We will learn about a metric that gauges transit-based access to destinations and is inclusive of work and non-work locations, and about the Access Score that may be used to calculate accessibility indices for healthy foods, fitness and recreation.

Regional Multimodal Transit AccessWilliam Gillespie, Chicago Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

Network Analysis of Travel Distance to Medical CareMichael Eberhart, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

You Can’t Get There If You Can’t Get There: The Distribution of Transit Based Access to Opportunities—Elizabeth Williams, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Defining Measureable Accessibility Metrics for Transit AgenciesMatthew Pettit, Citilabs


8:30–10:00am                                                                    Franklin Park

Where Should Your Transit Stop Go?Narzul Islam, presiding, FTA

Presenters will discuss a mathematical model that use cellular data and travel impedance matrix calculated from an Open GIS tool, and will demonstrate novel measures of continuous accessibility using travel time cubes. There will be a discussion on the spatial and temporal relationship between bikesharing and transit usage, and on the connectivity of the pedestrian network.

Dynamic Public Transit Accessibility: Comparing the Effects of Infrastructure (Dis)investments Over TimeSteven Farber, University of Toronto Scarborough

Bikesharing Effect on Transit Ridership: A Time Series Analysis of the Capital Bikeshare ProgramChao Liu, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education

Connecting Communities Through Walkable Station AreasJamie Carrington, WMATA


10:30am–12:00pm                                                    Farragut Square

Bus Stop ManagementOleg Kotov, presiding, Arlington County (VA)

Presenters will discuss the best practices in managing bus stops database, development of station typology, and use of comprehensive spatial overlay analysis. We will learn about the experimental approach for aggregating the data from multiple agencies and sources, and about the importance of bus stop accessibility.

Bus Stop Asset ManagementAndy Ferry, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Active Transportation Strategic PlanAlex Rixey, Fehr & Peers

Using Onestop IDs as a Crosswalk Between Transit Agencies and Data SourcesDrew Dara Abrams, Mapzen

Using GIS to Prioritize Investment in Bus StopsTodd Hansen, Texas A&M Transportation Institute


10:30am–12:00pm                                             McPherson Square

Surveying the Transit MarketEd Wells, presiding, WMATA

During this session, we will learn how researchers measured the public preferences for alternative commute incentives; which GIS methods used the researchers from the University of Minnesota and from Long Island Rail Road.

Communicating Commuter and Employer Preferences: Case Study of HoustonJonathan Brooks, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Visualization and Analysis of Trip Origin and Destination Data in GISYilun Xu, Parking and TransportationServices at University of Minnesota

Integrating Origin and Destination (OD) Study into GIS in support of LIRR Services and Network Improvements — Pyung ho Kim, Long Island Rail Road


10:30am–12:00pm                                              Franklin Park

Mind the Gap—Using GIS to Determine Transit NeedsLinda Cherrington, presiding, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Presenters propose a methodology for identifying public transit gaps between the socially driven demand for transit and the supply provided by transit agencies, and propose a regional model used for transit service planning. We will learn about the Sugar Access tool for prioritization through accessibility analysis, and about a new direct ridership model that use ordinary least square regression and GWR.

Applying a Time Continuous Schedule Based Transit Analysis to Determine Transport GapsSteven Farber, University of Toronto Scarborough

Using GIS to Perform a Comprehensive Transit Need AnalysisAdam Recchia, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning

Creating a Project Prioritization Tool for Transit AgenciesMatthew Pettit, Citilabs

Exploring Factors Affecting Metrorail Ridership in Washington DCChao Liu, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education



LunchNot hosted today; take advantage of hotel restaurants or the multitude of restaurants in the immediate vicinity

1:00–2:30pm                                                        McPherson Square

Transit Approaching: Increasing High Frequency TravelSteve Andrle, presiding, Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Presenters will discuss the socio-economic and transportation characteristics of people living within walking distance of the Frequent Transit Network in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. We will learn about the transit Index, and about the strategic planning software system.

A Tale of Two Regions Spatial Socioeconomic Analysis of the Frequent Transit Network in Metro Vancouver British ColumbiaJavier Pacheco-Raguz, TransLink

Combining Model Outputs with Transit Propensity to Develop High Capacity Transit CorridorsJessica Alvarez, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning

Analysis of Ridership Data and Use for Transit PlanningPeter Mott, PTV Group

1:00–2:30pm                                                        Franklin Park

Using GIS in Achieving Transit System ImprovementsNikola Ivanov, presiding, University of Maryland

In this session, we will learn about the custom geoprocessing models created to estimate impacts on the resources along the transportation corridors, and about the Service Development Plan in Regional Transit Service in Rochester, NY. Presenters will discuss the GIS metrics employed at a number of institutions to move the ridership to and from the most frequent requested destinations.

Using a Custom Geoprocessing Model to Estimate Impacts of New and Modified Transit ServicesJill Cahoon, AECOM

Service Planning at RTS: How GIS is Used to Improve the SystemJulie Tolar, Regional Transit Service

  Optimizing Transit for Institutions Using GISNathaniel Foster, VHB


2:45–3:30pm                                                          Farragut Square

Closing Session


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