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Metrolink Safety Summit 2022

September 21, 2022

Jennifer Mitchell Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator,
Toks Omishakin California State Transportation Agency Secretary
and Master of Ceremonies Conan Nolan

Jennifer Mitchell
Keynote Speaker
Jennifer Mitchell
Deputy Administrator | FRA
Toks Omishakin
Keynote Speaker
Toks Omishakin
Agency Secretary | CalSTA
Conan Nolan
Master of Ceremonies
Conan Nolan
NBC4 Chief Political Reporter
Ara Najarian
Speaker
Ara Najarian
Metrolink Chair
Larry McCallon
Speaker
Larry McCallon
Metrolink Vice Chair
Kathryn Barger
Moderator
Kathryn Barger
LA County Supervisor
Metrolink Board Member

September is Rail Safety Month in the State of California. As safety is Metrolink’s foundational value, the agency will host a Railroad Trespassing and Suicide Prevention Summit on Wednesday, September 21, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

Metrolink will celebrate its milestone 30th anniversary in October - marking 30 years of Partnering to Save Lives.  The Railroad Trespassing and Suicide Prevention Summit will bring together transportation leaders, government officials, rail industry, and mental health professionals to share knowledge and best practices on improving safety along the railroad. The Summit will feature panel discussions on the latest technology innovations that reduce incidents and how mental health influences rail safety and security.

Summit Partners and Sponsors

Federal Railroad Administration FRA
CA Public Commission
DiDi Hirsch
KNBC 4 Los Angeles
Los Angeles county Sheriff
Operation Lifesaver

If you are interested in being a Partner in Safety sponsor or exhibitor contact us at
[email protected] or call 213-238-2750 by September 5th.  

 

Complimentary Registration

Book a Room at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport

use Group Code RTS

Book A ROOM HERE

The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport is conveniently located on Hollywood Way in Burbank directly across the street from the Hollywood Burbank Airport and a short distance from two Metrolink stations.

Metrolink's Burbank Airport – North (AV Line)
3600 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank CA 91505

  • Complimentary on-demand shuttle service between the station and the airport is available by calling (818) 729-2245. Additional free shuttle to the hotel entrance.

  • Our rideshare partner Rally can also help you to complete your journey. Rally is the creator of bus rideshare, bringing the benefits of charter bus travel to individuals. 

Metrolink’s Burbank Airport – South (VC Line)
3750 W. Empire Ave., Burbank CA 91505

  • Free shuttle to the hotel is available in the airport terminal a short walk from the station platform. Follow signs to terminal.

  • Our rideshare partner Rally can also help you to complete your journey. Rally is the creator of bus rideshare, bringing the benefits of charter bus travel to individuals. 

  • Metro’s on-demand rideshare service, Metro Micro, offers on-demand rideshare service. It is a safe and convenient option designed for local trips around town, as well as first/last mile connection to Metro and Metrolink stations within the service zone. Rides are just $1. Learn more about Metro Micro at net/micro.

SAFETY SUMMIT AGENDA

September 21, 2022
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 843-6000



8:00 AM

REGISTRATION / BREAKFAST

Burbank Ballroom

9:00 AM

OPENING REMARKS

  • Conan Nolan ǀ Master of Ceremonies, NBC4 Chief Political Reporter

  • Ara Najarian ǀ Chairman, Metrolink Board, Metrolink Board

  • Darren Kettle ǀ Chief Executive Officer, Metrolink Executive Officer, Metrolink

9:15 AM

MORNING SESSION ONE

Telling the Story: The Power of Community Partnerships

Burbank Ballroom

Panelists:

  • Alicia Trost ǀ Chief Communications Officer, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
  • Sandri Kramer | Director of Community Relations & Special Projects Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

10:15 AM

MORNING SESSION TWO

Suicide Prevention and Education: What to Look For; How to Help

Glendale Ballroom


Moderator:

  • Kathryn Barger ǀ LA County Supervisor

Speakers:

  • Patrick Sherry ǀ Executive Director, National Center for Intermodal Transportation

  • Nancy Sheehan ǀ Executive Director, California Operation Lifesaver

  • Scott Gabree | Engineering Research Psychologist

  • Dr. Shala Blue | Engineering Psychologist

  • Mary Riemer | Interim Chief Customer Experience Officer

11:30 AM

MORNING SESSION THREE

It’s Not your Grandparents’ Railroad Anymore – Strategies Beyond the Crossing Guards

Glendale Ballroom


Moderator:

  • Frank Frey ǀ General Engineer, FRA

Panelists:

  • Andrew Clapham ǀ Network Rail

  • Elizabeth Lun ǀ Assistant Director Design, SCORE

  • Danielle Libring (Railpros)

12:30 PM

LUNCH PROGRAM KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Burbank Ballroom

  • The Honorable Jennifer Mitchell ǀ Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator

1:45 PM

AFTERNOON SESSION ONE

Rail Technology as a Tool for the 21st Century

Glendale Ballroom


Speaker:

  • Jairo Rodriguez ǀ PTC Equipment Engineer, Metrolink

  • Jerone Hurst | Director, Train Control and Communications

  • Mitchell Holguin | Client Manager; World Wide Technology

2:45 PM

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • The Honorable Toks Omishakin ǀ California State Transportation Agency Secretary

3:30 PM

AFTERNOON SESSION TWO

Law Enforcement – the Frontline to Trespasser Prevention

Glendale Ballroom


Moderator:

  • Michail Grizkewitsch ǀ Transportation Specialist, FRA

Panelists:

  • Nicholas Oldendorf ǀ San Bernardino PD

  • Lt. Richard HOffman ǀ LASD Metrolink Bureau Captain

  • Captain Chris Wagner | Riverside Police Department

4:00 PM

AFTERNOON SESSION THREE

Follow the Money – Competing for the Latest FRA Grants

Glendale Ballroom


Moderator:

  • Michail Grizkewitsch ǀ Transportation Specialist, FRA

Panelists:

  • FRA Grants Team

4:25 PM

CLOSING REMARKS

Burbank Ballroom