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APTA 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference
Conference Call for Presentation Ideas and Abstracts

Route Descriptions and Educational Topics:

  • Route 1 - Technology
  • Route 2 - Operations & Maintenance
  • Route 3 - Accessibility
  • Route 4 - Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • Route 5 -Planning, Sustainability & Finance
  • Route 6 - Capital Programs
  • Route 7 - Policy, Management & Workforce Development


 Route 1 -  Technology

 Technology has changed how we do things in the transit industry. Innovations are at work daily. This educational route will showcase new and emerging technology options available to streamline operations and provide enhanced services to transit riders. Emerging technologies and current issues in critical fields will be addressed. Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Emerging technology
  • Mobile applications
  • Real-time Information
  • Smart-phones
  • Interface of new technology with older platforms
  • Wireless - CAD/AVL, maintenance data, customer WiFi, security, onboard payment systems, mobile ticketing
  • Use of social media
  • Other topics on technology


Route 2 - Operations & Maintenance 

Across the country the maintenance and operations of any transit system – large or small is what gives it credibility. Providing safe, efficient, and quality service for our most important commodity, “the transit rider” is a common factor that is ever changing for the maintenance and operations of any system. This educational route will explore the many vital areas of the maintenance and operations a of transit agency. Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Bus standards & recommended practices
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) operations and maintenance
  • Metrics, Performance Measures
  • Dispatching, Scheduling
  • Intermodal Transfers - meeting the trains
  • Fare Technologies, implementation case studies
  • Operations Planning
  • Route deviation and limited-stop express experience
  • Procurement
  • Outsourcing maintenance and vehicle leasing
  • Other topics in the operations and maintenance areas are encouraged


Route 3 - Accessibility

Accessible public transportation is essential for independent living and community integration. This educational route will address effective ways to coordinate and improve accessibility and the efficiency of human service transportation delivery by showcasing new and innovative methods by transit operators, agencies and organizations. Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics::

  • Accessibility of information, such as web sites
  • Ways to coordinate and improve accessibility, e.g., at bus stops
  • Coordinating with human services transportation
  • Integrating accessibility throughout the transit organization
  • Wheelchair securement
  • Serving passesngers using wheelchairs over 600lbs., 30x48"
  • Using fixed-route transit for some trips vs. taking all trips on paratransit
  • Offering free fares for ADA paratransit customers when they ride fixed-route services
  • Passenger rights & responsibilities under the ADA
  • Educational and outreach programs
  • Offering "reasonable modifications" on paratransit services
  • How to meet ADA requirements, provide quality service, and better manage the costs
  • Paratransit eligibility assessment
  • Other topics on accessibility for people with disabilities, older adults, and everyone are encouraged


 Route 4 - Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness

Although public transportation remains among the safest modes of transportation, agencies, operators and riders are all key stakeholders in maintaining its safety. This educational route will provide real-world examples and recommended practices in developing a safety-first culture. Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • State safety oversight
  • Protecting operators
  • Emergency preparedness drills
  • Fare collection security
  • Cyber security
  • Transit police
  • Other topics on bus/paratransit safety, security and emergency preparedness are encouraged


Route 5 - Planning, Sustainability & Finance

 Transit agencies are teaming up with local partners, cities, and businesses, to achieve success in creating accessible, sustainable, and livable communities throughout the nation. This educational route will provide updates and showcase key examples of the linkages between transportation, land use, and development to form livable communities. Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics:  

  • Working with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)
  • Title VI analysis for fares
  • Service planning
  • Funding, financing & revenue
  • Intermodal transfers
  • Creating accessible, sustainable, and livable communities
  • Sustainability programs
  • Rider and nonrider surveys
  • Public engagement plans
  • Complete streets and complete trip
  • Creative financing for technology
  • Other topics in planning, sustainability, and finance are encouraged


Route 6 - Capital Programs

 We want to hear from you about your exciting and innovative Capital Projects.  Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics: 

  • Tell the story of your capital project, agency-business teamwork
  • Systems engineering
  • Other topics related to capital projects and programs are encouraged


Route 7 - Policy, Management & Workforce Development

Attracting, developing and retaining a quality workforce continues to remain a key issue within the transit industry. This educational route aims to address effective ways to improve career training and development opportunities and organizational cultures. This route will also showcase the efforts being made by agencies and organizations to support a workforce capable of meeting the evolving demands of the industry, and the evolving expectations of customers. Abstracts and presentation ideas are invited that address any of the following topics: 


  • Succession planning: the aging workforce; job security; delegating; managing up
  • Knowledge Transfer: Shortage of industry/technical experts; wearing too many hats
  • Mobility management and managers
  • Business practices, best practices
  • Doing more with less
  • Workforce development, training
  • Human resource programs
  • Wellness programs
  • Workers compensation
  • Other policy, management, and workforce development topics are encouraged




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