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APTA 2012 Bus & Paratransit Conference & International Bus Roadeo
Conference Call for Papers

Route Descriptions and Educational Topics:

Route A – 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 are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Boarding and Securement Solutions for the Growing Diversity of Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices
  • Paratransit Operations: Improving Productivity and Customer Service
  • Remedies for the Roadblock to Riding Fixed-Route Service
  • Transportation Services for the Older Adult Market as Skills Change through Life
  • Integration and Coordination – Transit, Human Service Agency Providers & Regional Needs
  • Other – Abstracts on accessibility other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route B – General Management/Business Practices

Agencies and organizations are under constant pressure to do more with limited revenue and resources. In today’s economy, many have adopted new business models and processes. This educational route will showcase industry-wide best practices to improve daily operations. Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Dollars & Sense: Identifying New Revenue Sources
  • Green Initiatives and Goals for Transit Systems
  • Other – Abstracts on general management/business practices other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route C – Maintenance/Operations


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.

  • Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology
  • Emission Requirements
  • Using Technology to Assist in the Training/Retention of Bus Operators
  • Maintenance Training
  • Integrated Fare Management
  • Other – Abstracts on maintenance/operations other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route D – Marketing/Communications

Public Transportation is an essential value to all. This educational route will showcase effective ways to address and improve the way transit agencies and organizations tell our story, increase marketing and communication efforts and build new partnerships. Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Advertising on the Bus: How to Get Started, What are the Rules, and How do you Keep Everyone Happy?
  • Media Relations & Controlling the Message
  • Other – Abstracts on marketing/communications other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route E – Planning

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 are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Title VI/Environmental Justice Enhancements (i.e. Meaningful Public Engagement in Service Planning & Service Delivery)
  • Intermodal Facilities
  • Designing Transit Friendly Streets: On- Street Stops and Access from Surrounding Areas
  • Transit & MPO Partnerships for Livable and Sustainable Communities and Corridors (i.e. Bus Livability Project Development)
  • Other – Abstracts on planning other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route F – Procurement

This educational route aims to address effective ways to handle the purchasing, financing, and contracting of products, good and services. Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Alternative Financing
  • Buy America
  • Other – Abstracts on procurement other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route G – Safety & Security

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 are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Operator/Customer Safety
  • Getting the ROI from APTA Peer Review Program
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Other – Abstracts on safety and security other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route H – 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 are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Integrated Bus Technology
  • ITS and Information Technology
  • Spectrum and Wireless Communications
  • Fare Collection and Other Electronic Payment Systems
  • Other – Abstracts on technology other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.

Route I – 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 are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • How to Boast Employee Morale in Difficult Budget Times
  • Partnering with Training Consortiums
  • Other – Abstracts on workforce development other than the topics above may be submitted under the “other” category in this route.
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