Private Sector, Public Transit
You'll learn about:
Key challenges associated with a mix of public and private transit services
Public policy implications of privately operated transit
How to foster collaboration between the public and private sector to achieve broader mobility goals
How to develop flexible, innovative, and collaborative service approaches
Most people view transit service as a public sector responsibility. Yet the prevalence of privately operated services—ranging from corporate shuttles to major bus corridors—reveals a spectrum of mobility options and an equally complex array of business, financial, and policy implications. Learn about key challenges associated with a mix of public and private transit services, particularly in congested areas and constrained facilities, as well as a range of options for addressing these challenges.
Representatives of a leading transportation and environmental planning firm will lead a panel discussion designed to reveal the challenges and opportunities associated with transportation planning where both public and private sector interests have a role to play in transit operations. Case studies from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts will offer insights into the challenges of aligning goals and policies, determining regulatory authority, and addressing operational constraints.
Panelists, including representatives from state and county government, transit agencies, and transportation management associations (TMAs), will offer their insights and experience and engage in a discussion of how the public and private sectors can best co-exist to contribute to greater goals of improved mobility, reduced congestion, economic vitality, safety, and quality of life.
FHI will pose several questions to foster discussion from the panelists, including:
· What are the pros and cons of competition in the transit market?
· Should privately-operated transit services be regulated by the public sector?
· What regulatory, service, or administrative approaches would you take now that may not have been considered in the past?
· How do you see the private sector’s role in transportation evolving in your regions?
, NJ TRANSIT
Confirmed SpeakerJAMES M. GILLIGAN (Jim) Jim is the Director of Bus Service Planning for New Jersey Transit’s - northern New Jersey bus operations. He is responsible for the service planning & scheduling activities for NJT’s New York City commuter and local/suburban operations in Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic & Sussex Counties in Northern NJ. He is also responsible for NJT’s special event bus operations planning for mega events such as Super Bowl 48 in 2014. His recent work has included project management of several major investments studies including the Greater Newark-Elizabeth Bus System Study, the Northeast NJ Metro Mobility Study and the Bergen Bus Rapid Transit Study. Jim led the design and implementation of NJT’s first two Bus Rapid Transit demonstration projects known as the “GOBUS” along Springfield and Bloomfield Avenues in Essex County. Jim is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a BS degree in Transportation & Logistics Management. Jim has been with NJT since 1988. About NJ TRANSIT NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 938,500 weekday trips on 257 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. Contact Information: Phone: (973) 491-7763 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
, Westchester County Dept. of Transportati
, Mt. Vernon
Confirmed SpeakerNaomi Klein brings over 25 years of experience to the fields of city planning and transportation. In her current position as Director of Planning for the Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation, she is responsible for overseeing planning initiatives related to the Bee-Line Bus System. She has also held positions at Metro-North Railroad, the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. Naomi received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Ahillen is a Senior Planner at Fitzgerald & Halliday’s Manhattan office. He has used his expertise in public involvement and transportation planning to enhance the livability and economic vitality of urban areas across North America and Australia. His project experience includes transit studies, bike system design, economic development plans, and coastal resiliency plans. Michael holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a Master in Urban & Regional Planning degree from Portland State University.
, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Invited SpeakerRich Andreski, Bureau Chief for Public Transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is responsible for the statewide transit system that serves 84 million people annually on buses, trains, ferries and ridesharing & paratransit services. Currently, Rich is working to implement a multi-billion dollar capital program to rebuild aging infrastructure, introduce new rail service on the Hartford Line in 2018, and improve the overall customer experience through better scheduling, new fare technologies and facility improvements. Rich has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Rutgers University. He worked for NJ TRANSIT for the last 17 years, most recently as Director, Trans-Hudson Project Planning.
, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerChris Henry leads Fitzgerald & Halliday’s (FHI) Mobility Service Line. Based in New York City, he is a Senior Project Manager specializing in transportation planning with an emphasis on public transit operations, policy, and management. He has worked on projects across the country ranging from rural transit access plans to major alternatives analyses and multi-modal planning studies. He combines experience in bus service planning for short-term analyses with an understanding of stakeholder priorities and planning policy for strategic and longer-term investment. He has also led unique shuttle and circulator projects as well as ground-breaking work focusing on operating, policy and regulatory approaches to privately operated jitney bus services in northern New Jersey and New York City. Chris embraces car-free living in New York and is passionate about progressive street design to advance safety and utility for pedestrian, bicycle and transit mobility. Email: email@example.com // Tel: 917-933-7442
Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt
, 128 Business Council
Invited SpeakerMonica G. Tibbits-Nutt, AICP, LEED AP BD+C is the Executive Director of 128 Business Council. Her specialties include regional and transportation planning and urban design. She has worked in public sector transit at both the MBTA Advisory Board and as ED of TransitWorks. She received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Southern Indiana. Monica serves on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors and the Fiscal Management and Control Board that currently oversees the MBTA.