Transit State of Good Repair (SOGR) continues to dominate the surface transportation sector in the US. In June 2012, both the House and Senate voted to pass the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21/H.R.4348) legislation, the surface transportation authorization bill, which President Obama signed into law. MAP-21 improves the focus on SOGR and the asset management required to maintain transit systems. It provides significant funding increases specifically for improving SOGR of transit systems in the country.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is providing leadership and oversight to implement MAP-21. It is required to define “state of good repair” and establish related performance measures. Transit agencies are required to set annual SOGR targets through their asset management plans as well as asset management systems that include capital asset inventories and condition assessments, decision support tools, and investment priorities.

The emphasis on more acute asset management is increasing with the proliferation of investments in complex wireless communication, fare collection, operations control, vehicle maintenance, LED lighting technology and controls, and customer information systems. This emphasis is further enhanced with investment needs in core capacity and systems expansion in response to growing regional travel demand.

In order to discuss best practices and lessons learned with reference to the new MAP-21 requirements, Global Mass Transit will host its second conference on Transit State of Good Repair (SOGR) on March 14-15, 2013 at Hotel JW Marriott in Washington DC.

The mission of the conference is to explore SOGR as a strategy for managing and growing the transit asset base to achieve a high quality, reliable, safe, secure, efficient and customer-centric transit service that promotes community liveability and sustainability.

The conference aims to bring together diverse stakeholders to prepare for the implementation of the new MAP-21 SOGR Grant Program under which USD2.1 billion is to be distributed in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The speakers will include policymakers, transit agencies and operators, technology providers, specialist consultants, transit-related associations, and financiers such as private equity firms and banks.

KEY issues to be explored:

  • What are the requirements under MAP-21 that are relevant to SOGR?
  • What issues are being experienced in the implementation of SOGR programs in large, medium and small transit agencies?
  • What role can the systems engineering approach play in ensuring, improving, and leveraging data interoperability and management?
  • How can system effectiveness be improved with customer information systems and open fare collection systems?
  • How can contemporary asset management upgrades be implemented with system-wide applications such as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) (subway) and Positive Train Control (PTC) (surface rail)?
  • Which international best practices can be adopted in service reliability, tunnel access, and wireless communication systems?
  • What new approaches are possible to finance the required repair and upgradation of ageing transportation assets?
  • How can the performance of capital assets be improved and measured?
  • What are the requirements for developing an effective National Transit Asset Management System?

March 14, 2013

Time Session Topics
8:00 onwards REGISTRATION
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome Address Developments since March 2012
9:30 – 11:15 SOGR in MAP-21 -Transit Asset Management Planning
-Transit Asset Management Systems
-State of Good Repair Program
-Technical Assistance; Research and Standards
-Open discussion
11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 12:30 SOGR Program Showcase -Project 1 – Large Transit Agency – Challenges in Tunnel Access
-Project 2 – Medium Transit Agency – Vehicle Maintenance and Acquisition
-Project 3 – Small Transit Agency – General Purpose Transit, ADA and Human Service Transportation Coordination – Mobility Management
-Open discussion
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 3:00 Data Interoperability and Management Systems Engineering Strategy for SOGR
Service Oriented Computing and Architectures
Energy Efficient Lighting Control System
Discussion on lessons learned
3:00 – 3:15 BREAK
3:15 – 4:30 System Management Applications Customer Information Systems – Wi-Fi, Wi-Max and LTE Networks – Meeting Demand for Multimedia Applications
– Infrastructure and Implementation – Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells
– Neutral Host Management
Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) Systems
– Results of FTA Demonstration Program
– NYCT Deployment Project
– BART Deployment Project
Bus Systems
– On-Board Bus Systems
– Back Office Systems Integration
– Open Payment System Mobile Apps
Discussion on lessons learned
4:30 – 5:30 International Best Practices Olympics Service Reliability, TfL UK
Tunnel Access, RATP Paris, France
Wireless Communication Systems
Metro Distributed Antenna Systems, Seoul, South Korea
Rio Metro Radiating Cablel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5:30 END OF DAY 1


March 15, 2013

Time Session Topics
9:00 – 10:15 Programming SOGR Investments

Considerations in SOGR prioritization

  • – Life Cycle Analysis
  • – Access, Operations, Maintenance, and Safety,
  • – Prioritization Methods – Bests Practice in SOGR Capital Programming
Discussions on lessons learned
10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 12:00 Financing and Project Delivery Buy, Borrow or Lease or TIFIA Financing
Innovative Project Delivery Methods 
Procurement Challenges
Discussions on lessons learned
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 Performance Management Updates from FTA’s SOGR pilot projects
Leveraging legacy IT assets
Business Intelligence – Knowledge Management
Discussion on lessons learned
2:30 – 2:45 BREAK
2:45 – 4:00 National Transit Asset Management System MAP-21 Requirements
Lessons Learned from National Transit Database
4:00 – 4:45 Roundtable Discussion Asset Management Planning and supporting systems
Systems Engineering, Installation, Operations and Maintenance
Data Interoperability and Performance Management
4:45 – 5:00 Concluding Remarks
5:00 END OF DAY 2

The confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Senior representative from the FTA
  • Brian Cronin, Team Lead, Research and Demonstration, USDOT, RITA
  • Carol Kissal , Deputy GM/CFO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Kevin Borek, Chief Information Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • David Kubicek, Deputy General Manager Operations, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Paul Edwards, Senior Program Manager, Asset, Construction & Quality Management, Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
  • Jason Lurz, Director Metro Operations, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
  • Patrick Astredo, Director, Operations System Support, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA)
  • Richard Bertalan, Technology Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
  • Michael Monastero, Chief Engineering Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Senior representative from the St Louis Metro
  • Dianne Schwager, Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board
  • Tom Hawley, Director of Strategic Business Development, O’Neil & Associates
  • Steven Hadley, Philips Lighting
  • David Seltzer, Principal, Mercator Advisors LLC
  • Douglas Stevenson, Global Business Services , IBM
  • Bill Roberts , Spy Pond Partners
  • Polly Oknuief , Xerox/ACS
  • Lee Eilers, President, TwistHDM
  • P. Takis Salpeas, Senior Vice President, Parsons
  • Eric Bauer , Associate Director, Transportation Solutions, Trapeze Group
  • Frank Martin, Senior Vice President – Transportation, Atkins
  • Rick Laver, Director of Transit Asset Management, CH2MHill
  • Aaron James, Senior Program Director, CH2MHill
  • Gordon Linton, Principal, 200consult
  • Susan Sharp, Sharp & Co.
  • Edward Thomas, Global Mass Transit, Senior Advisor
  • Jamey Harvey, Director – Ecommerce Platforms, AOL

For speaking opportunities available, please contact:

Edward L. Thomas
Global Mass Transit
Tel: +1-301-646-3301

Namrta Bangia
Global Mass Transit
Mobile:+ 44 20 7097 5717

Who should attend

The event is expected to draw participation from executives, managers and decision-makers from:

  • Public transport authorities and operating companies
  • Policymaking and regulatory bodies
  • Technology and service provider firms
  • Equipment manufacturing companies
  • Financiers and venture capitalists
  • Industry consultants
  • Research and development organizations
  • Technical institutes

Among the public transport authorities and operating companies, the target audience includes:

  • Senior engineers
  • Maintenance professionals
  • IT managers
  • Finance executives
  • Operations control center managers
  • Supply chain managers
  • Capital planning and programming managers
  • Performance management professionals

Key benefits to participants

  • Understand the fundamental concepts relevant to SOGR.
  • Share ideas on recapitalization and maintenance issues.
  • Discuss best practices for asset management and preventive maintenance.
  • Explore innovative financing strategies for delivery of SOGR projects.
  • Understand issues related to measuring the condition of transit capital assets and prioritizing local transit reinvestment decisions.
  • Share ideas on evaluating and prioritizing investments for capital asset rehabilitation and replacements.
  • Network with transit agency managers and key industry players.
  • Participate in interactive discussions.

Sponsorship (Limited to four organizations)*

The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for organizations to showcase their products and services. The deliverables include:

  • Two delegate registrations (full conference)
  • Table space at the conference
  • Distribution of sponsor promotional material to each delegate
  • Logo presence at the conference
  • Acknowledgement on the conference website
  • A hyperlink to the organization’s website
  • Speaker slot (if relevant, subject to approval of organizers)

* Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, contact:
Yasmeen Chopra
Global Mass Transit
Mobile: +91-9555437913

Global Mass Transit is a leading provider of information and analysis on the global mass transit industry. It publishes the Global Mass Transit Report (a monthly newsletter) and Global Mass Transit Weekly (a weekly update). It also operates the website.

Global Mass Transit provides information on all key developments, trends and issues in the sector. It tracks major projects, contracts and investments. It profiles leading mass transit authorities/operators and discusses their strategies. It reports on regulatory initiatives and examines their implementation. It provides the latest available data and statistics. It also features the views and perspectives of experts and top industry players.

Our clients include leading global organizations such as Accenture, Acciona Infraestructuras, AECOM, Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT), Ansaldo STS, AnsaldoBreda SpA, Ashok Leyland, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation, CAF, Clever Devices, Confidex Limited, Corredor Insurgentes SA de CV (CISA), DB Stadtverkehr GmbH, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EvoBus GmbH (Daimler), GFI Genfare, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Halcrow, Harrington-Hughes & Associates Incorporated, Hoft & Wessel AG, HOK, HUBNER GmbH, IMG Consulting, INIT AG, IVU Traffic Technologies AG, KEOLIS, Knorr-Bremse SfS GmbH, Land Transport Authority Singapore, Luminator, Metropolitana Milanese SpA, Mobitec, NXP Semiconductors, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Poyry PLC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RATP, Ringrollers – a division of DCD DORBYL, Rogers Corporation, Selectron Systems AG, Serco, Siemens, SNC-Lavalin, Sojitz Corporation, Swissrail, Tait Radio, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited, Technatomy Corporation, TEMSA Europe NV, Thales Rail Signalling Solutions, Thetis SpA, Traktionssysteme Austria, Trapeze Group, Unipart Rail, VDV-Kernapplikations GmbH & Co. KG, Vossloh Espana, WorleyParsons, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, etc.

Conference Venue:

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20004 USA
Tel: 1-202-393-2000
Fax: 1-202-626-6991

Reservations Toll Free: 877-212-5752 (US/CA)
Reservations Local Phone: 202-393-2000
Event reference: Global Mass Transit

For registration and sponsorship opportunities:

Yasmeen Chopra
Global Mass Transit
Mobile: +91-9555437913


For speaking opportunities:

Edward L. Thomas
Global Mass Transit
Tel: +1-301-646-3301

Namrta Bangia
Global Mass Transit
Mobile:+ 44 20 7097 5717


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Conference on

Transit State of Good Repair

March 7-8, 2012, Washington DC, USA

Global Mass Transit organised its first conference on “Transit State of Good Repair” in March 2012 at The Willard Intercontinental in Washington DC. The conference was attended by over 125 senior-level executives from over 65 leading organisations.

The participating organisations included: 200consult, AATA, ABB, Accenture, AECOM, Agence metropolitaine de transport (AMT), ALCATEL-LUCENT, Angarai, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Anil Verma Associates, Apollo Video Technology, Atkins Engineering, Avail Technologies, BC Rapid Transit, Bombardier Transportation, CH2MHill, Calgary Transit (Canada), CDM Smith, Citrus Connection, Chicago Transit Authority, Clever Devices, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Daniel Construction, ENSCO, FTA, Fluor Enterprises, GETS Global Signaling, GMV, Goldman Sachs, Harris, Hill International, InfraConsult, KLD Labs, LAKETRAN, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (LA MTA), Land Transport Authority (Singapore), Lea+Elliott, London Underground UK, Longview Transit Management, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), MTA Long Island Rail Road (New York), Maschinenfabrik Liezen, March Networks, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company, MEC Transportation, Metrolinx, Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation Authority (MARTA), Metro Transit, MSI Global Pte Ltd, New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit), New York City Transit (NYCT), New Orleans Regional Transit (NORTA), O’Neil & Associates, Orgo-Thermit, Parsons, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Penn Machine Company, Philips Lighting, Rio Metro RTD, RouteMatch Software, Radio Engineering Industries (REI), RTD- Denver, Scheidt & Bachmann, SEPSA NA, Sharon Greene + Associates, Siemens, Sound Transit, SporTran, Sumitomo Corporation of America, Schwartz Engineering, Spartan Solutions, The GBS Group, Trapeze Group, Triangle Transit, URS Corporation, Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Valley Regional Transit, Vehicle Service Group, Ventyx, WABTEC, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Xentrans.

The speakers at our first conference included:

  • Justine Augustine, CEO, New Orleans Regional Transit (NORTA)
  • Jim Baker, CEO, Xentrans
  • Scott Baker, NTI Course Manager, AECOM
  • Eric Bauer, Product Manager, Trapeze EAM
  • Flora Castillo, Board Member, New Jersey Transit (NJT)
  • Michael Connelly, Program Manager, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • Paul Edwards, Capital Program Manager, Utah Transit Authority
  • Kuldeep Gharatya, Head, Systems for Capital Programs, London Underground
  • Robert Giacobbe, Senior Executive, Accenture
  • Kerry Hamill, Department Manager, Government and Community Relations, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • Rhonda Jalbert, Capital Infrastructure Project Manager, Valley Regional Transit, Meridian, Idaho
  • Aaron James, Director – Office of Engineering, FTA
  • Carol Kissal , CFO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Wolfgang Kumpfhuber, International Sales Manager Railway Technology, MFL
  • Phil Lamont, GM, Rail Car Heavy Maintenance, Chicago Transit Authority
  • Richard Laver, Senior Consultant, CH2MHILL
  • Gordon Linton, former FTA Administrator and Principal Owner, 200consult
  • Frank Martin, Atkins Engineering
  • Bill McShane, Director of Sales, Philips Lighting
  • Mysore Nagraja, Co-Founder, Spartan Solutions
  • Paula Okunieff, Manager, Consystec
  • Robert Peskin, Senior Consultant, AECOM
  • Howard Roberts, VP, Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • Bruce Robinson, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Program Management, USDOT – Federal Transit Administration
  • Dave Rose, Vice President, Strategic Consulting, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Michael Schneider, Principal Owner, InfraConsult
  • David Springstead, Senior Director of Engineering & Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation Authority (MARTA)
  • Edward Thomas, Senior Consultant, Global Mass Transit
  • Luis Vassallo, Business Solutions Consultant – Supply Chain, Ventyx – an ABB company