Tampa, Florida will be the host city for the 16th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems and the theme for the conference is “Moving to the Future – Building on the Past”.

During the 1960s an innovative terminal design was proposed for the Tampa International Airport and a key component was the need for a reliable transit system that would shuttle passengers between satellite terminals and a central terminal building. When the system went into service in 1971, it was the first airport automated people mover and it marked the start of numerous applications and development of these driverless transit systems around the world. A second driverless monorail system was installed in the airport garage and the vehicles on the original shuttles were replaced in the 1990s. A new automated people mover is under construction linking the terminal area with a consolidated rental car complex and will open prior to the conference. Full automation of urban rail transit lines, autonomous transit vehicles, and other new technologies are among recent innovations.

This conference will be sixteenth of a series of successful conferences that began in 1985 in Miami, Florida. Since that time subsequent conferences have become the meeting place of professionals from around the world to share project experience, advanced technologies, and innovative ideas on the planning, design, implementation, and operations of automated people movers and automated transit systems. Conference attendees will include planners, engineers, APM and transit system owners and operators, government officials, system suppliers, prospective owners, educators, and students as they reflect on the past and look to the future.


Craig Elliott, A.M.ASCE,Chair
Lea+Elliott, Inc.
Craig Elliott serves as the Business Development / Project Engineer at Lea+Elliott out of their Dallas office. He has served as the Co-Chair of APM-ATS 2016 in Toronto, and is currently serving as the Chair of APM-ATS 2018.

Bill Sproule, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE,
Michigan Tech University
Bill Sproule has over 35 years experience in government, consulting, and university teaching and research in Canada and the United States. He joined the faculty at Michigan Tech in 1996 and is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Brian McKeehan, P.E., F.ASCE
Gresham, Smith and Partners
Brian Mckeehan serves as the Senior Aviation Project Manager at Gresham, Smith and Partners, He brings a wealth of experience in the architecture/engineering industry as an owner, contractor and consultant, having focused on planning, design and construction management for airport projects over the last two decades. He is the former President of Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE.

Kari Goetz
Tampa Airport
Kari Goetz serves as the Director of Marketing at Tampa International Airport. She has fifteen years of experience in marketing and public relations, management, development and execution, and community affairs spanning major non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.

Lawrence Smith, P.E., F.ASCE
T&DI Standards Council
Larry Smith has served as the Senior Director of Construction Management and Director of Facilities at Tampa International Airport, included the construction and operation of the world’s first Airport APM. He has also served as in the Aviation and Operations Departments of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Larry has served as the Chair of ASCE’s APM Standard Committee for many years, and currently serves as the Chair of T&DI’s Standard Council.

Murthy V. A. Bondada, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.ITE
Epic Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC
​Murthy Bondada is the Vice President of Transportation at EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC. He has vast experience in transportation engineering, most specially in the areas of moving walkways, bus, light and heavy rail, High Speed Rail (HSR), Maglev, Automated People Movers (APMs), Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), and Aerial Cable Transit (ACT). Murthy currently serves on the Board of Governors of Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE.


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