Overcoming common transit challenges in finance, planning and operations

Watch this webinar to hear from Judy Vaccaro- Fry, Joanna Huitt, and Lina Kulikowski as they highlight various challenges faced in transportation and how they’ve overcome those challenges.

This webinar will highlight challenges most often found in finance, planning, transportation and the operations departments. Our speakers will provide insight into how they solved those challenges for their agencies in each unique scenario.

Key learning points:

  • Explore using CAD/ AVL data to improve on-time performance
  • Understand the industry challenges in finance and how you can overcome working with multiple vendors to streamline your financial process
  • Explore current problems in planning and what you can do to improve your efficiency so you can focus back on your customers
  • Learn how to stop sharing multiple spreadsheets and focus on a central data repository for your reporting needs to increase your productivity


Judy Vaccaro

Judy Vaccaro-Fry, Chief Financial Officer, Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)

Judy Vaccaro-Fry began her transit career with the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in 2007. Her positions have included Contractor Oversight Officer, Contracts & Procurements, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison, Grants Administrator, and Director of Finance & Administration. She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2019 and continues to maintain grant oversight responsibility. Judy has been successful in the award of several grants from the Federal Transit Administration; notably a BUILD and two Low or Now Emission grant awards. State and local grant awards include five consecutive Transit & Intercity Rail Capital awards, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, and a LACMTA’s Call for Projects. As part of her Executive position, Judy serves on the following: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency’s (LACMTA) Bus Operator Subcommittee (BOS), LACMTA Transit Advisory Council (TAC), LA County’s Municipal Operator Association (LACMOA), Antelope Valley Edge’s (AV EDGE) Legislative and Transportation Committees, California Transit Association’s Committees: Finance and Management, Federal Legislative, Small Operators and Zero Emission Bus Taskforce, and American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Committees: Small Operators, Legislative and Workforce Development. Official appointment includes City of Palmdale’s Measure AV Tax Oversight Committee, and was elected President of the Antelope Valley College Foundation’s Board of Directors early 2022. Judy holds a certificate in Transit and Paratransit Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership; emphasis in Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration; emphasis in Government & Policy. Ms. Fry is a former adjunct professor at the University of Antelope Valley and her spare time includes playing games with her grandchildren over Facetime, researching historical events, watching live music, and assembling all shapes, sizes and types of puzzles.


Joanna Huitt, Senior Mobility Planner, Marin Transit

Joanna is a transportation professional with experience in planning. Her work is primarily focused on demand response and mobility management programs serving older adults and individuals with disabilities.


Lina KulikwoskiLina Kulikowski, Innovation and Business Transformation Manager, Broward County Transit

Lina is a transportation professional with a diverse experience in planning, engineering, technology, procurement, contract administration, and project management. She currently leads a team of professionals with the mission to foster a data-driven decision-making culture within the agency.





Is the webinar free?
Yes – there is no charge to watch the webinar, either live or on-demand.

When will the webinar take place?
The webinar will be taking place on 14 June 2023 at 17:00 BST

Can I watch the webinar later?
The webinar will be available to watch on-demand shortly after the live broadcast takes place.

What are the benefits of attending live?
During the live webinar, you will be able to pose questions to the speakers, which will then be answered during the live Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

How long will the webinar be?
The live webinar will last for up to one hour.

Who will be moderating?
Leah Hockley, Editor, Intelligent Transport.

What do I need to watch this webinar?
All you need is a computer with an internet connection. It is advised to use headphones where possible for your own comfort.