Chicago
September 19-22, 2010

Theme - Regulating with a Purpose Accessible, Safe, and Sustainable Streets

   
2010 Conference Agenda & Presentations


Monday, September 20, 2010 – Bridging the Jurisdictional Comfort Zone


Our Day 1 theme is designed to explore the inter-jurisdictional nature of our transportation systems, with an invitation to our transportation planning, public transit, regulatory and airport counterparts. We will examine the complexity of the “taxi” mode, its regulatory gaps, and the relatively low levels of integration between the mode and its immediate public transport neighbors. Accessibility will play a key role in our Day 1 discussions. We will explore accessible taxi deployment models, business models, and funding sources and ask, “To what extent are long-standing approaches to transportation linked to a separation between agencies and licensing officers?” We want to make “room on the curb” for taxis, and foster discussions that will result in real opportunities for business development for the taxi industry. Through case studies we will learn from jurisdictions that are contracting taxis to provide subsidized demand-responsive transport services, and other creative ways of partnering with public transit.

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast: Honore Ballroom
8:00 - 2:00 pm Registration: Honore Foyer
8:00 - 5:00 pm

Exhibits: Honore Ballroom
IATR Associate member displays of in-vehicle technology will be available throughout the conference. Exhibits of accessible taxicabs will be on Wabash Avenue.

Exhibits of accessible vehicles by:

9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome to Chicago - Commissioner Norma I. Reyes, Conference Host
9:15 – 9:45 am

SESSION 1 – Developing Taxis Beyond the Comfort Zone
This session will explore perceived and real barriers that have been created between the modes over the years, why public transport and taxis have been developed separately, who the comfort zones protect, and how to move beyond the natural boundaries of a licensing-based service.

9:45 – 10:15 am

THIS SESSION WAS MOVED TO MONDAY FROM WEDNESDAY
SESSION 9 – Integrated Vehicle Technology with Focus on Credit Card and Trip Collection

10:15 – 10:45 am Coffee and Exhibit Break
10:00 – 12:00 pm Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau – Restaurant Concierge available to assist with dinner reservations for Monday “dine around” following Tour of Chicago.
10:45 – 12:00 pm
SESSION 2 –Comfort Zones As They Apply to Airport Ground Transportation
This session will explore the different ranges of relationships between airports, the taxi industry and the local community – both in terms of governance and business models. Through an examination of recent trends, there will be a focus on the different considerations that cities have with respect to regulating the taxi industry, and how this manifests itself when a city owns and operates an airport. This session will provoke regulators to consider the needs of passengers with disabilities at airports and think creatively about coordinating with airport ground transportation personnel to ensure taxicab service is available to passengers with disabilities.
 

Moderator: Norma Reyes

  • Ray Mundy (Director, Center for Transportation Studies and Barriger Endowed Professor of Transportation and Logistics, University of Missouri, St. Louis);
  • Marcos Fernandez (Assistant Commissioner, Landside Operations, Chicago Department of Aviation);
  • Eric Lipp (Executive Director, Open Doors Organization, Chicago, IL)
12:00 – 1:30 pm Luncheon: Red Lacquer Room
Keynote Speaker:
Marca Bristo (President and CEO, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago)
1:30 – 3:00 pm

SESSION 3 – Comfort Zones As They Apply to Accessible Taxis
Moderator: Norma Reyes
This session will focus on the program development, business rule, and operational challenges faced by providers like Chicago’s Pace Suburban Bus Service, when trying to incorporate taxis into the service mix. Payment processing solutions and fare structures are a good example of the kinds of challenges that arise when legislated meter rates are in place. Our speakers will use Paratransit operations as the context to explore structural issues which arise from the division between taxi licensing and public transport operations.

3:00 – 4:00 pm Exhibits and Vehicle Demonstrations on Wabash Avenue
4:00 – 5:00 pm:

SESSION 4 – Expanding Mobility Through the FTA New Freedom Program

5:30 – 7:00 pm Double Decker Bus Tour of Chicago
Pick up Palmer House Entrance on Monroe. Drop off will be on Rush Street, the heart of downtown Chicago’s best restaurant district.
7:00 pm Dine Around - Free evening to enjoy Chicago. Return transportation to the hotel is the responsibility of each delegate.
8:00 – 11:30 SGS Hospitality Suite
   


Tuesday, September 21, 2010 – Building the “Ideal” Taxi System

The program on Day 2 will explore and debate the key regulatory reforms and ingredients for a successful system, including an analysis of the role of the following factors: driver and passenger safety; clean, fuel efficient and accessible vehicles; technology and payment systems; driver licensing standards and enforcement; airport logistics; and cash flow (rate of fare vs. lease rates, driver earnings and rate of return on owner investments). The topic of medallion or permit value systems will be explored and debated, including discussions on: whether a closed system – with a fixed number of transferable permits carrying property interest value – is in the best interests of furthering the viability of the ideal taxi system; developing an understanding of medallion financing, auction methods and benefits – including a survey of the success or failure of certain cities; and the impact the vested interests created by medallion asset ownership can have on the success of the transportation system, the city and affected industries, such as hospitality and tourism.
While the medallion system has its fans and critics, the goal of this session is to develop both a thorough and global understanding of the interrelationship between a taxi system’s success or failure, and whether a closed system makes sense for the affected regulator. If a regulator who is against the system leaves rethinking their position, or a regulator who is contemplating developing such a system or conducting an auction learns how to do so (or scraps the idea of doing so), this session will have been a success. This is certainly a timely topic for many governments that are facing budget crises and are looking for revenue raising measures; and this session is expected to involve the debate of divergent perspectives and the opportunity to play “devil’s advocate.”

 

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast: Honore Ballroom
8:00 - 2:00 pm Registration: Honore Foyer
8:00 - 4:00 pm Exhibits in Honore Ballroom
Exhibits of Accessible Taxicabs on Wabash Avenue
8:45 – 8:55 am Toronto 2011 IATR Conference Promotion and Video
9:00 – 10:30 am SESSION 5 – Closed Systems and Medallion/Permit Auctions
9:00 – 9:30 am
Overview & IATR Survey Results
The overview will present the various factors that affect or may impact medallion sales prices and financing, and place such systems into context by identifying the ideal goals of a regulatory system. Also, IATR survey results will be presented which explain the various regulatory approaches taken by participating jurisdictions.

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Professor Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
IATR President
Distinguished Lecturer,
City University of NY,
Transportation Research Center
9:30 - 10:15 am

Case Study – San Francisco – Taxi Medallion Sales Pilot Program
Having recently researched, analyzed and implemented a medallion auction, this presentation will focus on the policy considerations, regulatory hurdles and logistics of conceiving, planning and implementing an auction. Christiane Hayashi, has presided over the transition of taxi regulation from the San Francisco Taxi Commission to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Within 18 months of that transition the SFMTA accomplished the reform of the San Francisco taxi industry by moving from a waiting list-based taxi medallion system towards a system of "modified" transferability, with buyers limited to working taxi drivers, sellers limited to those qualified by retirement age or disability, lenders screened for responsibility and favorable lending terms, and a medallion sales price fixed by regulation. This presentation will include an outline of San Francisco's Taxi Medallion Sales Pilot Program, reflections on what made the program possible, and the lessons learned from the experience.

  • Christiane Hayashi (Deputy Director of Taxis, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)
10:15 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:15 am

Case Study – Australia – Medallions “Down Under” – An Overview and Introduction to the Australian Taxi System

11:15 – 12:15 pm SESSION 6 – Open Systems and Deregulation
11:15 – 12:15 pm

Case Study – Ireland – Liberalization of the Taxi System
Having recently completed the deregulation of for-hire ground transportation services in Ireland, the liberalization of permitting and the open system experience will be explored in detail.

1:30 - 2:30 pm SESSION 7 – Hybrid Systems – Franchises, Privatization and Other Innovative Approaches to Permitting and Regulation
12:15 – 1:30 pm Luncheon: Terrace Overlooking Lobby
1:30pm-2:00pm

Taxi Service in Southern California’s Coachella Valley:
From Independent Taxicab Operations to Franchises

  • Mike Jones (Supervisor, Taxi Administration, SunLine Regulatory, Thousand Palms, CA)
  • Naomi Nightingale (Director, Taxi Administration, SunLine Regulatory, Thousand Palms, CA)

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
2:00pm-2:30pm

Franchises- Selection Criteria Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars
(TransAD)

  • Abdulla Sultan Al Sabbagh (Advisor, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Masood Mohamed Hashim (Acting General Manager, TransAd, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

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2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm

SESSION 8 – Open vs Closed Systems – Regulatory Debate
Panel Discussion & Debate: The gloves will come off as various stakeholders and regulators face-off to debate the virtues and/or detriment of medallion systems, with the goal of increasing understanding of the various viewpoints so that regulators can make informed policy decisions or explore new and innovative ideas for structuring or restructuring their permitting systems.
Moderator: Matthew W. Daus
Panelists:


Pro-Closed System (Pro-Medallion)

  • Richard Antonacci (Executive Vice President, Capital One Bank)
  • Mark Cohen (Director, Licensing Division Boston Police Department)
  • Blair Davies (CEO, Taxi Council of Queensland)
  • Joe Mora (Director, Passenger Transportation Regulatory Division, Miami-Dade County)
  • Terry Spencer (Manager of Registrations and Traffic, Transport Control Department, Bermuda)

Pro-Open System (Anti-Medallion)

  • Karen Cameron (An Tua Nua Consulting Services; IATR Director, Membership Services, St. Catharines, ON)
  • Ricardo Cervantes (Deputy Director, Licenses & Consumer Services, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kathleen Doyle (Commissioner, Commission for Taxi Regulation, Ireland)
  • Mike Jones (Supervisor, Taxi Administration, SunLine Regulatory, Thousand Palms, CA)
  • Naomi Nightingale (Director, Taxi Administration, SunLine Regulatory, Thousand Palms, CA)

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION
5:00 – 5:30 pm Transportation to Tuesday Night Event – Buses depart promptly at 5:00 and 5:15.
5:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner at Adobo Grill
8:00 – 10:00 pm Second City Improv Performance – Tickets for the Second City performance have been generously sponsored by our Platinum Sponsor Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT)
10:00 – 11:00 pm Transportation back to Hilton Palmer House. Two departures will be scheduled – one promptly following the performance….and one later.
10:30 - ? SGS Hospitality Suite
 



Wednesday, September 22, 2010 – Safety, Operational, and Legislative Issues


Day 3 is always the day that IATR reserves to address operational and enforcement issues. Distracted driving is a serious public safety concern, both for professional drivers and the regulators that strive to keep them safe. Administrator David Strickland of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will speak about his initiatives on this topic. Day 3 also features our 2nd Annual International Driver Recognition Awards Ceremony. Our business sessions will include an update from NIOSH on research into safety cameras and shields, and technical advice on spec’ing safety equipment.

8:00 - 10:00 am Driver Recognition Ceremony and Awards Breakfast: Honore Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: David L. Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation
8:00 - 12:00 pm Exhibits in Honore Ballroom
Exhibits of Taxicabs on Wabash Avenue
10:00 – 10:30 am

THIS SESSION WAS MOVED TO MONDAY FROM WEDNESDAY
SESSION 9 – Integrated Vehicle Technology with Focus on Credit Card and Trip Collection

 

SESSION 9 – DEMONSTRATION – VOICE INTERACTIVE DISPATCH SOLUTION

10:30 – 11:30 am

SESSION 10 – A Progress Report on NIOSH Taxi Security Camera Research

11:30 – 12:00 pm Closing Remarks – Q&A
 

 



2010 Conference video gallery


SESSION 5


Matthew Daus - Closed Systems and Medallion/Permit Auctions
IATR 2010 SESSION 5 - Part 1

IATR 2010 SESSION 5 - Part 2
IATR 2010 SESSION 5 - Part 3
IATR 2010 SESSION 5 -- Part 4

Christiane Hayashi - Taxi Medallion Sales Pilot Program
IATR 2010 San Francisco - Part 1

IATR 2010 San Francisco - Part 2
IATR 2010 San Francisco - Part 3

Blair Davies - An Introduction to the Taxi System
IATR 2010 Australia - Part 1

IATR 2010 Australia - Part 2
IATR 2010 Australia - Part 3
IATR 2010 Australia - Part 4

SESSION 6
Kathleen Doyle - Open Systems and Deregulation
IATR 2010 SESSION 6 - Part 1

IATR 2010 SESSION 6 - Part 2
IATR 2010 SESSION 6 - Part 3
IATR 2010 SESSION 6 - Part 4

SESSION 7

Mike Jones & Naomi Nightingale
California's Coachella Valley: From Independent Taxicab Operations to Franchise
IATR 2010 - Part 1

IATR 2010 - Part 2
IATR 2010 - Part 3

Franchises- Selection Criteria Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars (TransAD)
IATR 2010 - Part 1

IATR 2010 - Part 2
IATR 2010 - Part 3

SESSION 8

Open vs Closed Systems -- Regulatory Debate
IATR 2010 SESSION 8 - Part 1

IATR 2010 SESSION 8 - Part 2
IATR 2010 SESSION 8 - Part 3
IATR 2010 SESSION 8 - Part 4
IATR 2010 SESSION 8 - Part 5