Fall 2018 - Atlanta

Centennial Olympic Park and Ferris Wheel

Centennial Olympic Park and Ferris Wheel

Transit Finance Learning Exchange Workshop
MARTA - Atlanta, Georgia

The Pluses and Minuses of Going Green
Oct 21-23, 2018

The theme of the Fall workshop is "The Pluses and Minuses of Going Green".
The workshop will be in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 21-23. The business meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct 21, at 4:30 pm. All meetings will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center.



Sunday, October 21, 2018

4:30 – 5:30 Business Meeting at Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. All agencies are required to send a representative to the business meeting. Informal dress code. (REVISED 10/20 to read 4:30)

Monday, October 22, 2018

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Workshop Day One at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Business casual dress code.

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • Going Green – Electric and Other Zero Emission Rolling Stock - DART and Foothill Transit will discuss their efforts in procuring green vehicles and issues related to their service records.
  • Going Green - Facilities - Houston Metro and MARTA will discuss their agencies efforts in upgrading their facilities with more energy efficient lighting.
  • Lunch
  • Views from the Auditors - Brad Schelle and John Weber from Crowe LLP will talk about what they look for and issues they have found in transit agency financials.
  • Going Green – Financing Projects with Green Bonds - A representative from Moody’s will be on hand to discuss their take on the issuance of green bonds to fund climate and environmental projects.
  • Needs & Leads - Always one of the most popular TFLEx sessions, Needs & Leads is a facilitated discussion of learning & development needs and good business practices shared by each attending agency
  • Monday Night Dinner

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Workshop Day Two at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Business casual dress code.

  • Continental Breakfast
  • MARTA Projects - Staff from MARTA present information on projects unique to Atlanta
  • Lunch
  • Fare Collection Update - Members share updates on current fare collection projects with a Q & A session included.
  • Transit 101 – Review of Module 1 – Benefits and History of Transit
  • Overall Workshop Evaluation


Electric Bus Program History - Lesson Learned and Future Plans
presented by Foothill Transit

Topics include Electric bus milestones, current services, charging stations, range capability, in-depot charging, bus operations, energy management, electric double-deck buses, and lessons learned.


Mobile Fare Payment System
presented by Foothill Transit

Topics include: Benefits of Mobile Ticketing, challenges with common mobile payment solutions, a proposal from vendor leads to RFI, innovative method, benefits, and implementation plan.

Presentation available upon request.

Lighting as a Service
presented by Metro Houston

The agency creates an agreement for replacement and maintenance of lighting.
Topics include: Project objectives, project overview, cost summary, and background.


Energy Saving Performance Contract
presented by MARTA

Public agencies can procure energy and water savings, renewable energy solutions and facility improvements with no up-front capital costs.
Topics include: Case for change, the tax-exempt capital lease process, energy system survey, investment grade audit results, measures considered by not implemented, energy and water conservation measures adopted, investment grade audit results, financial and environmental impacts, and project accomplishments.


Decoding MARTA’s Recent Ridership Trends
Presented by MARTA

Overview of ridership in Atlanta. Topics includes: Lower ridership as a nation-wide trend, factors impacting ridership, demographic and modes.


MARTA's Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Program
Presented by MARTA

MARTA has a total of (12) twelve stations that are in some phase of the TOD process. This presentation is an overview of that program, including goals and typology.