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Meet the Urban Engineers Participating in this Year’s APTA Conference
Publication Date
June 9th 2014

Urban  is thrilled to be participating in this year’s American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference. Our engineering experts are involved in an array of activities, including these presentations: 


SESSION (6/17) Technology – Emerging Technologies, Implementation Case Studies

Speaker: John DiValentino, Jr., PE, LEED® AP
Title: Deputy Director, Facilities Construction Management
Recent Public Transportation Project:Amtrak’s 30th Street Station West Plaza and Parking Deck Renovations, Philadelphia, PA


Plywood & Plexiglass: The Use of Technology to Enhance Customer Experience Using new technology to connect with customers is crucial to maintaining a meaningful product or service in any industry, including public transportation. Early in the construction of Amtrak’s 30th Street Station West Plaza and Parking Deck Renovation project in Philadelphia, PA, a need to inform the 10,000+ daily customers of the disruption to their normal station navigation became evident. Learn about the state-of-the-art, multi-channel, digital communication strategies that were received favorably by customers, stakeholders, and Amtrak officials.


SESSION (6/17) Capital Project Updates and Innovative Architectural Designs for Rail Facilities

Speaker: Greg May, PE, LEED® AP BD+ C
Title: Manager, Rail and Transit Facility Construction
Recent Public Transportation Project:Component Change-Out Shop, New Haven, CT


Challenges and Solutions for a Complex, Collaborative Project between ConnDOT and MTA Metro-North The Component Change Out Shop is a $200 million, 300,000-sf, mixed-use facility being jointly undertaken by ConnDOT and MTA’s Metro-North Railroad. The project is required to address maintenance shop capacity needs spurred by the purchase of 405 new Kawasaki M-8 cars by the State of Connecticut, and growth in work force associated with service increases on the New Haven and Shoreline East lines, as well as proposed increases along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield corridor

The collaborative approach between two agencies involved the close coordination and cooperation of numerous stakeholders. In addition to providing an overview of the project, this presentation will examine the strategies used to address the complex demands of a multi-agency, mixed-used project in an active rail yard.


SESSION (6/17) Capital Project Updates and Innovative Architectural Designs for Rail Facilities

Speaker: Paul Dionisio, P.E., F.ASCE 
Title: Project Manager
Recent Public Transportation Project: Transit Hub, City of Poughkeepsie


Planning and Design of the City of Poughkeepsie Bus Transit Hub The Hudson River Corridor is a densely populated region, home to numerous historic cities in need of revitalization. To bolster business and improve mobility throughout the corridor, the Poughkeepsie- Dutchess County Transportation Council identified an opportunity to revamp a bus transit hub in the City of Poughkeepsie, which is the most key node of bus transit services in the Hudson Corridor, with links to Metro-North’s Hudson Line and Harlem Line. The hub also accommodates numerous bus services including various City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County Loop routes serving shoppers, students, commuters and tourists, plus intercity buses.