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What not to miss at APTA 2017

In just a few days, transit industry folks from across the country will converge on Atlanta for this year’s APTA EXPO*. Between the EXPO floor (with over 800 exhibitors from across the globe), presentations, panels and learning sessions, there’s no shortage of events to attend. Here are a few of our top picks.


Technical Tour of MARTA

Get a feel for how the inhabitants of one of the south’s most vibrant cities move around on one of MARTA’s technical tours:

Atlanta Streetcar/BeltLine System | 30 persons per tour

  • Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4:30 p.m. (also on Wednesday 2 – 4: 30 p.m.)

Atlanta Streetcar Economic Development | 30 persons per tour

  • Sunday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. (also on Wednesday 2 – 4 p.m.)

MARTA Brady Mobility (Paratransit) Facility | 30 persons (60 max. depending on interest)

  • Sunday 1 – 3 p.m.

MARTA Integrated Operations Center & Emergency Operations Center | 30 persons

  • Sunday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Integrating Bicycle Infrastructure & Transit (Relay Bikes) | 20 persons

  • Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.


Smart Cities. Smart Mobility.*

Enjoy wonderful southern cooking as transit veteran Rahul Kumar moderates a panel of experts—Gabe Klein, Peter Hirshberg and TransLoc’s CEO Doug Kaufman—in a lively discussion about why smart city transformation is critical to the future of our cities and our people, and how flexible transit solutions are key to shaping this future.

Gabe Klein, Peter Hirshberg, Rahul Kumar, Doug Kaufman

Event Type: Panel

11:30am EST – 1:00pm EST

World of Coca-Cola – 121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, Georgia

Vehicle Technology: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transit

Free to all attendees to the Expo and the Annual Meeting

There’s no question as to why large investments are being made in the technology that supports autonomous vehicles; after all, they promise to fundamentally change the rules of the road.

But, the masses crave purely demand-driven mobility, not a promise of revolutionized driving—and autonomous vehicles are the first mode to fill that need. In this presentation, you’ll explore the innate dynamism of autonomous vehicles, including how technology can support its use cases in addition to the opportunities for AVs in public transportation, deployment strategies, real-world customer benefits, and the potential—yet avoidable—pitfalls.

Joshua Cohen, TransLoc Inc. & Cliff Henke, WSP USA

Event Type: Education Session

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Georgia World Congress Center | Operations Learning Zone – C112 Meeting Room in Hall C

EXPO Learning Zone

Lessons Learned from TransLoc’s MicroTransit Simulator

What happens when you start leveraging big data and market-tested algorithms to simulate microtransit demand? Find out during the Mobility Management Committee Meeting as TransLoc’s Director of Strategy and Partnerships presents insights gained from TransLoc’s MicroTransit Simulator.

Joshua Cohen, TransLoc Inc.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center

Room: B 314, 3rd Level

Mobility Management Committee Meeting

What is Agency-Owned Microtransit? An Educational Session for Transit Consultants*

2017 has been the year of microtransit for cities and transit agencies nationwide. But, how can transit consultants advocate for flexible, demand-driven transportation options? During this educational session, learn the three critical ingredients for launching a successful microtransit pilot, common use-cases, and how transit consultants can communicate the benefits of microtransit to clients.

Joel Bush

Event Type: Presentation

3:00pm EST – 4:00pm EST

World of Coca-Cola – Bottle Cap Suite, 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia


Your Chamber of Commerce Can Be Your Biggest Advocate

Requires annual meeting badge

Local business leaders speak on the value of public transportation.

1:00pm EST – 2:30pm EST

B 403, 4th Level, GWCC

What is Agency-Owned Microtransit?*

Within the last year, TransLoc has met with more than 100 transit agencies planning to implement city-owned microtransit pilots and has been awarded more microtransit pilots with public transit agencies than any other vendor. Join TransLoc as we discuss the major lessons we’ve learned while working with transit agencies of all sizes across  the country on how best to plan and deploy their own unique microtransit services.

Event Type: Educational Session

Session 1: 9:00am EST – 10:00am EST

Session 2: 1:00pm EST – 2:00pm EST

World of Coca-Cola – Bottle Cap Suite, 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia

Overview of Social Networks

It’s been a long time since you needed a college email address to join Facebook. Now, there are more social media networks than many of us can keep track of—but social media is definitely here to stay. During this TechKnowledge Experience presentation, technologists help you cut through the social media noise and become social media savvy in no time. This is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations.

3:05pm EST – 3:30pm EST

Event Type: TechKnowledge Experience


Mobility on Demand Workshop

Hear from leading cities on how to deploy mobility-on-demand in your own area.

Event Type: Workshop

1:00pm EST – 5:30pm EST

*TransLoc’s events marked with a star are not APTA-sponsored or affiliated