On July 30 several MCDOT employees spoke at the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop in Baltimore. The conference serves to promote and advance the work of the country’s transportation planners and schedulers by allowing them to meet and share their work.
This year’s conference was hosted by the Maryland Transit Administration as well as Montgomery County Transit – Ride On. Representatives from both organizations welcomed the conference attendees. Montgomery County was represented by MCDOT's Deputy Director, Al Roshdieh, while Ralign Wells spoke for Baltimore and the Maryland Transit Authority. Mr. Roshdieh provided key facts about Montgomery County and provided a historical background on the development of the Ride On transit system.
Host Session II was all about Montgomery County. Members of the department discussed what they are doing to improve our county’s public transportation system, and the role that public transportation plays in land use development and commuter services. The session description included the following comment: “Montgomery County is the most populous jurisdiction in Maryland and along with Prince Georges County constitutes ‘Suburban Maryland,’ i.e., the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Ride On is both the largest local operated transit system in Maryland and the largest suburban operator in Metro DC.” Steven Wells, Chief of Ride On's operations, moderated the session and provided a summary of Ride On’s service, facilities, and ridership.
The following MCDOT staff members spoke at the conference:
• Gary Erenrich (Director’s Office/Liaison to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Rockville, MD), Use of Bus Quality of Service Standards in Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.
• Sande Brecher (Transit Services/Section Chief, Commuter Services Section), Share and Share Alike: Car Sharing, Bikesharing to Promote Transit Use.
• Stacy Coletta (Transit Services/Manager, Passenger Facilities), Use of GIS-Referred Database for Management of Transit Passenger Facilities.
• Deanna Archey (Transit Services/Senior Service Planner), Integration of Title VI/Demographics/GIS Data
• Howard Benn, (Transit Services/Section Chief, Customer & Operations Support) Moderated the Facilities Planning discussion and spoke on the Use of SmartTraveler in Improving Delivery.
For more information about the conference, visit APTA's website.