Mobility MATTERS! May 7, 2015 - Transportation Conference & Networking Reception

Connecting People to Life!

Thank you for participating!

Dear Friend of CMRT,

Our Transportation Conference on May 7, 2015 was a wonderful event for all who attended, and we want to thank everyone who made the day such a great success!  Our 35 session presenters; keynote speaker, Dr. Judy Shanley; Casula Award recipient, George Cardwell; and so many others contributed heartily to the day’s theme of “Mobility Matters! Connecting People to Life!”
Watch for our future events and join us in our efforts to connect people to independent and rewarding living through transportation.

All the best,

Steve Harrison, CMRT Executive Director

CMRT thanks the Title Sponsor for this conference: the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland.


10:10 AM - 11:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions I

Connecting People to Work: Who Rides the Bus? How Understanding Transit Demographics Can Improve Service

Charles Baber, Principal Transportation Planner, Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC)
Steve Holt, Director of Community Engagement, Citizens Planning & Housing Association of Baltimore

Empowering Individuals: Innovations in Wayfinding Systems for People with Disabilities

Aura Ganz, Ph.D., 5G Mobile Evolution Lab, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (accessible format)
James Shaffer, 5G Mobile Evolution Lab, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ed WellsGeographic Information System (GIS) Manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Linking Our Region: Addressing Transit Service Gaps & Transit Development 

Jeff Barnett, Chief of Transportation, Charles County Department of Community Services
Brian O'Malley, Executive Director, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance
Nicky Pires, Regional Transit Coordinator, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
Michael Walk, Director of Service Development, Maryland Transit Administration

11:45 PM - 1:15 PM  Luncheon and Keynote Plenary

Judy Shanley, Ph.D., Co-Director for the National Center for Mobility Management and Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition for Easter Seals 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  Concurrent Sessions II

Connecting People to Work: Next Stop: Increasing Ridership with Commuter Tools

Crystal House, Transit Communications Analyst, Arlington Transit (ART)
Will Kenlaw, Program Manager of Marketing, Advertising and Customer Service, Montgomery County Ride On
Tammy Walters, Mjach Designs

Empowering Individuals: Cost of Paratransit and the Benefits of Travel Training

Julie Dupree, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter Seals Transportation Group

Linking Our Region: Taxi Programs

Samuel Oji, Chief of Medicaid and Special Transportation Section, Montgomery County
David Trolio, Director of Senior Services and Community Transit, Cecil County

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM  Concurrent Sessions III

Connecting People to Work: Less (Parking) is More--How Employers Incentivize Transit Use

George Clark, Employer Outreach, Rideshare Coordinator, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
Adrienne Moretz, Community Relations Manager, TransIT Services of Frederick County
Antoinette Rucker, Senior Business Development Account Executive, SmartBenefits, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) 

Empowering Individuals: Self-Advocacy for Transit Riders

Michael Walk, Director of Service Development, Maryland Transit Administration
Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (accessible format)

Linking Our Region: Regionalizing Our Transit Fare System

Julie Dupree, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II, Easter Seals Transportation Group
Chuck Stigerwald, Manager of Service Planning and Quality Assurance, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)


Contact Christine Fogle, [email protected], (240) 581-5782

Event Sponsors

Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland Central Maryland Transportation Alliance Michael Baker Jones, Maresca, McQuade, P.A. Vehicles for Change