In May 2018, Transit Research Program Director Dennis Hinebaugh participated in transit automation conference sessions at both the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) meetings in Tampa. At the APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference, Dennis organized and moderated a session on transit automation entitled “Autonomous Buses – Lead, Follow, or Get Left Behind”. Similarly at the ASCE International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems, he organized and moderated a session entitled “The State and Impacts of Transit Automation”. Both sessions were very well attended and showcased the latest transit automation services and research work in the state of Florida and the U.S.
Dennis was also selected to the APTA Research and Technologies Committee where he will serve as the Subcommittee Chair for University Research, and serves as Chair of the APTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Committee which leads the discussion in transit automation services and research.