Learning ZoneEXPO 2017 is pulling out all the stops to produce a robust lineup of FREE education sessions to date. At SIX Learning Zones located throughout the Georgia World Congress Center, attendees will hear from both industry experts and EXPO exhibitors on an array of topics ranging from the latest in fare collection systems and autonomous vehicles, to mobility management and green solutions… and much more!

No matter the stage of career or area of expertise, the Learning Zones are an invaluable opportunity for attendees to amp up their knowledge.

*Schedule is subject to change

Discover groundbreaking products and technologies emerging in public transportation. 
Monday, October 9
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Mobility in the Future: Connected, Shared, Autonomous 
David DeRosa and Veronica Siranosian, AECOM
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Innovations for Connected Vehicles and Battery-Electric Fleets
Evelyne McCleland, Proterra, Inc.
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Reliable Solar Power Solutions for Stops and Stations to Grow Ridership
Patrick Merrick, Tolar Manufacturing Company, Inc.
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Innovations in Fare Collection: Procurement, Mobile Ticketing Approaches, System Renewal or Replacement
James Gooch, Masabi
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Advanced Phenolic Composite Heated and Fire Safety Compliant Flooring Systems
Jeffrey Kober, Milwaukee Composites, Inc.
Tuesday, October 10
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Electric Choices for Transit 
John Hroncich, BAE Systems
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Strategies for Successful Fare Collection
John vonGoeler, Scheidt + Bachmann USA, Inc.
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.  Innovations Intelligent Lighting 
Kaj Tammela, Teknoware, Inc.  
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Rugged, Compact Evolution-Friendly Lithium-Ion Batteries 
Martin Klein, XALT  Energy, Inc.
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Is Ridesharing a Threat to Public Transit?
Brady Young, DoubleMap, Inc.
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Harnessing the Technology behind Driverless Cars
Valentin Scinteie, Kontron
Wednesday, October 11
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Reimagining Transit-Oriented PTC
Rick Carlson, Metrom Rail
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. DEPARTURES Live App - Taking Real-time Departure Information to the Next Level
Stan Craft, INIT
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Maximizing Demand Response Productivity by Leveraging Modern IT & Software Technologies 
Steve Berry, Strata Gen Systems, DDS/Wireless
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Autonomous Driving for Flexible Public Transportation 
Yossi Aloni, Optibus
These application- and service-based presentations will open your eyes to awe-insipring solutions for the common challenges.
Monday, October 9
11 - 11:30 a.m. Thermoforming for the Rail Industry
Anthony Viscariello, Brentwood Industries
1 - 1:30 p.m. How Mobile Bus and Train Washing Machines Can Solve Bottlenecks
Bruno Albanesi, Bitmec Wash Bots, Inc
2 - 2:30 p.m. Walk In, Walk Out Solutions for Fast Fare Collection, Platform Access
Carlotta Lorin, Thales RCS
3 - 3:30 p.m. Interactive Technology for Transit Settings
Earl Naegele, Peerless – AV
4 - 4:30 p.m. Bluetooth Validation: A Mobile Ticketing, Hands-Free Solution
Greg Valyer, Bytemark, Inc.
Tuesday, October 10
10 - 10:30 a.m. Rail Transit HVAC Energy Optimization
Jan Radtke, Liebherr Canada Ltd.
11 - 11:30 a.m. Integrating Simulator Training in Existing Bus Programs
Nigel Lindsey-King, FAAC Incorporated
1 - 1:30 p.m. Fuel Cell Electric Buses; A Solution to Meet Zero Emission Regulations for Transit Agencies
Monique Dunn, Ballard Power Systems
2 - 2:30 p.m. Changing Driver Behaviors to Avoid Unsafe Actions
Jeffrey Cassell, Transit & Paratransit Company (TAPTCO)
3 - 3:30 p.m. DPF Maintenance: Avoid the 5 Most Common Mistakes
Jeremy Anderson, FSX Equipment, Inc.
4 - 4:30 p.m.  The Most Effective Ways to Disinfect Fleets  
Jodi Woodson, Curis Systems
Wednesday, October 11
10 - 10:30 a.m. Solutions for Improving Bicycle Transit
Micah Morrison, Dero Bike Racks
11 - 11:30 a.m. Eliminating the Effects of Vibration on Fasteners
Julie Pereyra,  Nord – Lock, Inc.
1 - 1:30 p.m. The Deadly Blind Spot: Enhancing Driver Visibility
Lori Jetha,  Safe Fleet
2 - 2:30 p.m. Managing Service Changes on the Fly
Sarah Bayer, Clever Devices
Learn about the latest public transportation developments, projects and business opportunities from around the world.
Monday, October 9
11 - 11:45 a.m. An Overview of International Transit Market Trends
1 - 1:45 p.m. Public Transportation Projects in Canada 
2:15 - 3 p.m. Why a Staged Approach to Mobile Ticketing Reduces Risk, Speeds Up Deployment and Increases Adoption
Tuesday, October 10
11 - 11:45 a.m. The Bus Transportation Market in Australia
1:15 - 2 p.m. Public Transportation Projects in Turkey
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Public Transportation Projects in Brazil
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Fuel Cell Electric Buses; a Solution to Meet Zero Emission Regulations for Transit Agencies
Wednesday, October 11
10 - 10:45 a.m. How the U.S. Department of Commerce Can Facilitate Access to Overseas Markets
Hear sessions focused on current and emerging trends in workforce development.
Monday, October 9
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Training Consortia and Partnerships
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Entrepreneurship and the Public Transit Industry
Hear sessions focused on current and emerging trends in livable and sustainable communities.
Monday, October 9
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. First Mile, Last Mile Solutions
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. The Mode Choice on Car Free Earth Day
Tuesday, October 10
10 - 10:30 a.m. Civic Transit Corridors: Transit/City Partnerships
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Cities Help Set the Table for Transit
1 - 1:30 p.m. Design to Thrive; Why Design Matters
Wednesday, October 11
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Mobility Ecosystems, Transit Shared Mobility Partnerships
Determine strategies for more effective procurements that bring great value to transit agencies.
Monday, October 9
11 - 11:30 a.m. How to Overcome Common Procurement Oversight Deficiencies
1 - 1:30 p.m. Preparing to Produce a New Fare System
2 - 2:30 p.m. Procuring and Negotiating for Non-Traditional Transportation Service Options
Tuesday, October 10
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Standard Bus Procurement Guideline for Electric Buses
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Procurement Innovation
Wednesday, October 11
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Procurement Piggybacking
1 - 1:30 p.m. Is the Cloud Really Back Office Ready?

Another free addition to the Learning Zone lineup, these sessions will cover current and emerging trends in vehicle technology and safety and security.

Monday, October 9
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Vehicle Technology: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transportation (Part 1)  
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Vehicle Technology: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transportation (Part 2)
Tuesday, October 10
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Safety and Security: Bus and Rail Gold Award Winners, How to Achieve the Gold Standard 
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Safety and Security: Fare Evasion Solutions
Wednesday, October 11
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Safety and Security: More than Just Security: Considerations and Uses for Video Surveillance Technology

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