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2018 Transit Trainers Showcase
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This two day conference is intended to attract transit trainers to be participants to see different training programs from our respective transit agencies showcased. There will be workshops during the two days where transit agency trainers will showcase their best training program.

5/2/2018 to 5/3/2018
When: May 2-3, 2018
8:00 - 5:00
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel - SeaTac
17338 International Blvd
Seattle, WA  98188
United States
Contact: Laura Juell
(360) 786-5049

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wednesday MAY 2

7:00am – 8:00am

Breakfast and Registration (breakfast included in registration)


8:00am – 8:45am


Welcome & Group Introductions - WSTIP President Diane O’Regan, C-Tran with Moderator Chris DeVoll - Come meet and network with your fellow transit trainers!


9:00am – 9:45am


iTransit/NW/Connexionz Project – Dick Fondahn, Valley Transit

The iTransitNW project is collaboration between the FTA, Connexionz Ltd, and Valley Transit to create a website and mobile device app that is focused on the needs of transit riders. The website has an advanced user-interface and buses with GPS trackers are displayed in real-time on a moving map with very accurate arrival predications. This Joint Procurement includes 18 transit agencies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho and is intended to be a proof-of-concept project to demonstrate how one website can import and display rider information for all public transit providers in the Pacific Northwest

10am – 10:30/11am


2017 Mobility Summit Project - Maggie Kaminoff, Link Transit

In 2016, Link Transit Mobility Coordinator organized a summit to focus on community transportation and service needs.   Participants included a variety of service providers from local law enforcement, city planners, senior, youth and disabilities services, and various transportation services.  The group identified two priorities and two potential solutions for identified gaps in services.  From that summit, a Mobility Council was created.  Now focused on increasing access to services in our region, the Council is creating a data survey (to include current data available) and a strategic plan to address the needs identified at the Mobility Summit. 


The presentation will cover the “how and what” of both events and update the audience on successes so far and projected future outcomes. 

11:00am – 12:00pm


Disaster Preparedness Transit Style - Dave Finnell, Intercity Transit

Disaster Preparedness Training makes sense at any organization, but what does that mean for transit? Your employees should know how your agency fits into the larger picture during disaster events and your expectations of them to help fulfill this responsibility. Also, how can your employees prepare themselves and their families to relieve some of the stress associated with emergency response? Dave will share what worked and what didn’t work for Intercity Transit and their Disaster Preparedness training.


12:15pm – 1:15pm


Lunch (included in registration)


1:30pm – 2:30pm


Update on CDL and Medical Card Certifications - Tracey Christianson, WSTIP

Tracey Christianson will provide an update on CDL requirements and medical card certifications.


2:45pm – 3:45pm


Transit Operator Trainer Academy and Certification Program and What We Can Learn from CUTR – Roberta Yegidis, CUTR, Joanne Kerrigan, and Chris DeVoll, WSTIP

WSTIP is pursuing a cooperative program with its transit agencies and WSDOT to develop a coach operator trainer’s certification program for Washington State. The discussion will include eligibility, course curriculum, frequency of training, locations, and certification. In this session WSTIP will be co-presenting and facilitating with the Center for Urban Transportation Research, CUTR, that currently works with the Florida State DOT to coordinate training and certification for Florida State coach operators. This will be a participatory session gathering input and exchanging information for the establishment of the program.


4:00pm – 4:45pm


Open Networking


5:00pm – 7:00pm

Dinner (sponsored by WSTIP)

Networking Open Forum Questions and Answer – Facilitated by Chris DeVoll


Thursday, May 3


7:00am – 8:00am


Breakfast (included in registration)


8:00am – 9:30am


Refresher Training/ODC Training Group Discussion – Interactive, Jan Simonsen, Pullman Transit - Refresher training using the Operator Development Course: Safety Best Practices.

A presentation and discussion on using outside material in refresher training, including an overview of the CUTR/NTI Survey: Successful Training to Reduce Bus Accidents.


9:45am – 11:15am


Training and Presentation Tools, Techniques & Tips for Transit Trainers, Linda Howell, WSDOT and Larry Delgado, Pierce Transit

Linda and Larry will share best practices in presenting to adult learners, with an introduction to organizational and training software, including Prezi, GoToTraining, and Articulate 360


11:30am – 12:30pm


Mental Resiliency - Chris DeVoll

Stress is an inevitable force that we all must deal with every day. How you view it will determine how you deal with it. Do you see stress as a detriment, or as a call to change the way you view something or someone? Traditional solutions focus on better techniques for dealing with stress with limited results. In this session you will be called on to question how you view stress in both your personal and professional life. You will be prodded out of your traditional viewpoints and asked to consider a new idea. Can you allow stress to move you in a positive direction? Consider how a connection to a purpose can be the solution.


12:30pm – 1:30pm


Lunch (included in registration)


1:45pm – 2:30pm


Defense from the Seated Position – Mike Severino, Pierce Transit

Pierce Transit's Operator Self-Protection Program applies a unique and innovative strategy for protecting front-line employees. The program employs a wide variety of policies, emergency

procedures, self-defense tactics, and communication initiatives to provide operators with the tools and knowledge they need to handle customer confrontations. Discover how Pierce Transit

partnered with its union and local law enforcement to structure this comprehensive security program. Examine Pierce Transit's Use of Force Policy and explore the defensive tactics taught to Pierce

Transit operators.


2:45pm– 3:30pm


Update on all things Collision Avoidance and WSTIP’s role, Joanne Kerrigan

Chris DeVoll presented last year at the Showcase on the IDEA grant that WSTIP received from the FTA to equip buses in our state with collision avoidance warning systems. What has happened since that final report? Joanne will cover not only what WSTIP is doing now to help break down barriers for agencies who want to harness technology but also what is happening around the country.



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