California Transit Association


2017 Conference Presentations

Use the links below to download PDF versions of presentations from the California Transit Association's 52nd Annual Fall Conference & Expo, held November 8-10, 2017 in Riverside. Links below represent all presentations that have been received.

Keynote Session

Wednesday, November 8

•  Keynote Presentation - Dennis Snow

Small Operators Awards Breakfast

•  The Autonomous Transportation Journey - Dick Alexander, Transdev

Concurrent Sessions

Fiscal Planning & Policy

Where Have the Riders Gone?
•  Conan Cheung, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
•  David Davenport, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District 
•  Danielle Harris, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
•  Johnny Dunning, Orange County Transportation Authority

Harnessing the Power of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses
Aida Douglas, Long Beach Transit
Phillip McCants, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 
Tashai R. Smith, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Funding Transportation Projects in the New Federal Era: Focus on Self-Funding, State, and Regional Measurers 
•  Rebecca Long, Metropolitan Transportation Commission 
•  Hunter Harvath, Monterey-Salinas Transit
•  Krik Trost, Sacramento Area Council of Governments 

How to Survive a Construction Project With Your Good Name Intact
•  Claudia Burgos, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 
•  Lauren Gradia, Marin Transit 
•  Eliza Perez, Riverside County Transportation Commission  


Fast Evolving Bus Systems: Are you Keeping Up with Technology? 
•  Sandra Bobek, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 
•  Vince Chan. Gillig, LLC
•  Jignesh Patel, Lumenor Consulting Group 

Installations, Challenges, and Performance of the Near-Zero Engine
•  Kevin Cameron, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
•  Kevin Cook, Cummins Westport
•  Bill Habibe, Orange County Transportation Authority

Zero Emissions Implementation: Hydrogen and Battery Electric Buses
•  James Holtz, BYD
•  Matt Horton, Proterra
•  Colby Richardson, Green Power Motor Company, Inc
•  David Warren, New Flyer

Delivering a Complaint Transit Asset Management Plan
•  Andrew Choi, Long Beach Transit •  Shruti Hari, Metropolitan Transportation Commission


Beyond Measurers: Managing Organizational Change
•  Alva Carrasco, Sacramento Regional Transit District
•  Martin Gombert, Access Services

Creative Recruitment and Employee Development  
•  Lindsey Herman, First Transit        


#Trending-Connecting With Transit Riders in a Digital World
•  John Gordon, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
•  Jose Hernandez, Omnitrans
•  Devin Lars, Kurieo Media

Influencing Ridership: Communications and Campaigns for New and Existing Riders
•  Conan Cheung, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
•  Patrick Harbison, Patrick Harbison Public Relations
•  Alicia Trost, Bay Area Rapid Transit District 

Building Trust: Managing Community Perception and Public Participation 
•  Adrian Hyatt-Ward, HyattWard Advertising
•  Nicole Ramos, Omnitrans
•  Brad Weaver, Riverside Transit Agency  

Defining Crisis Communications
•  Valerie Martinez, VMA Communications 


Shared Mobility: Going Beyond Traditional Public Transportation 
•  Cat Kealey, TransLoc
•  Diana Kotler, Anaheim Transportation Network
•  Bonnie Epstein, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

The Future of Workplace Drug Testing, Federal Funding, and Legalized Marijuana
•  Robbie Sarles, RLS & Associates

Integrating Autonomous Vehicles in the Transportation Ecosystem 
•  Dick Alexander, Transdev
•  David DeRosa, AECOM
•  Don Swain, First Transit 

Solar Projects From Concept to Reality 
•  Fred Silver, CALSTART