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American Public Transportation Association

 Schedule At a Glance

This page is an overview of the conference schedule.

See Program​ & Committee Meetings​ for details.

The program of educational sessions is organized by eight routes of study:

Route 1: Technology & Technical Forums
Route 2: Operations & Maintenance
Route 3: Accessibility & Mobility Management
Route 4: Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness
Route 5: Planning, Sustainability & Finance
Route 6: Capital Programs
Route 7: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Route 8: Policy, Management & Workforce Development

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change. ​​

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Saturday, May 6   Sunday, May 7   Monday, May 8   Tuesday, May 9   Wednesday, May 10   

Saturday, May 6

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Convention Reg. Desk 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.
    company logo
  • Host Information Desk

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
1 - 5 p.m.

Route 4: NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

Nevada 10, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort

Sunday, May 7

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Convention Reg. Desk 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Host Information Desk

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

Parking Lot 6, Outside Hotel, Grand Sierra Resort
1 - 3 p.m.

Route 8: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Cascade 1, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Route 8: This is APTA

McKinley, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
Getting involved, using APTA's resources
2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Route 3: Bus Safety Roundtable

Nevada 3, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
6 - 7 p.m.

Welcome to Reno Reception

Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
(tickets required)
Welcome Reception sponsored by Genfare & the Business Member Activity Fund
                                                          
company logo                               company logo 

Monday, May 8

6:45 - 8 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

Nevada Foyer & Room, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Convention Reg. Desk 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Host Information Desk

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Teton 1, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • TCRP Information Center

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Route 2: MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP

Tahoe, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
see Maintenance Managers Workshop or click on the Maintenance Managers Workshop icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker information

Breakfast sponsored by Prevost and NovaBus
 
company logo   company logo 
8:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Route 8: OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Verbal & Postural De-escalation Techniques, Behaviors of Concern & Avoiding Incidents

    Nevada 6-7, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Introduction to IntelligAIRE III

    Nevada 8-10, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Workshop sponsored by Thermo King Corporation
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Innovation

    Carson 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: Bus Operations and Service Quality...Can They Go Hand in Hand?

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 4: Paratransit & Mobility Best Practices

    Carson 3, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Highlighting best practices promoting accessible transportation and mobility.
  • Route 5: Complete Streets and Complete Trip: Improving Accessibility through Policy and Infrastructure

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Strategies for implementing complete streets policies and a complete trip approach
  • Route 8: Achieving Excellence: Processes, Tools, and Successes

    Crystal 5, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Learning from industry leaders – modeling their successes
  • Route 8: Understanding the Brooks Act

    Carson 4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    The Business Member Board Governors will raffle off a paid registration for a future APTA Conference at the end of this session!
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

BUS DISPLAY

Parking Lot 7, Outside Hotel, Grand Sierra Resort
(includes lunch from 12 - 2 p.m.; tickets required)
see Bus Display Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register
1 - 3:45 p.m.

Route 8: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Careers - Preparing for the Next Steps

Cascade 1, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 2: Customer Service Challenge

    Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    How would you respond in these situations?
  • Route 8: Emerging Leaders Graduation

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
2 - 4 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 2: Bus Operations: Managing Bus Operations from the OCC to Creating the Right Policies and Procedures

    Carson 4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: Buying New Buses? Electric? Hybrid? How Do You Decide What’s Best for Your Agency?

    Tahoe, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Session sponsored by Prevost and NovaBus
  • Route 4: Here to Stay: Automated Transit Shuttles and the Future of Mobility

    Carson 3, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Currently operating in a city near you.
  • Route 5: Navigating the Complete Trip: How Complete Streets Support Seamless Trips

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Strategies to access transit and provide a seamless, complete trip for all riders
  • Route 8: Balancing the Disparity

    Crystal 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Preparing our members for full compliance
2 - 4 p.m.

Route 2: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Electric Fan Engine Cooling System Operation, Diagnostics & Troubleshooting

Nevada 8-10, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
Workshop sponsored by Engineered Machined Products, Inc. 
Break sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS
 
4 - 5 p.m.

Route 8: GENERAL SESSION: FTA Update

Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
5:15 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Tuesday, May 9

7 - 8:45 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
Sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
company logo
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Convention Reg. Desk 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Host Information Desk

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Teton 1, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • TCRP Information Center

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
8 - 9:15 a.m.

Route 8: GENERAL SESSION: How Transit Agencies are Integrating Rideshare and Public Transportation

Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
News you can use
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 2: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Use of Force Continuum, Self-defense within the Guidelines of the Law

    Nevada 6-7, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Transmissions

    Nevada 8-10, Spa Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Workshop sponsored by Voith Turbo, Inc.
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 8: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Level Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

Cascade 1, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Route 2, Route 3: Lessons Learned from the 2017 International Study Mission on Safety Culture, State of Good Repair, and Innovative Operations

Crystal 5, Casino Level, Grand Sierra ResortBus CEOs insights, perspectives and observations
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1, Route 4: Technology in Demand Reponse

    Crystal 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: Case Studies for Planning, Operating, and Maintaining Zero Emission Buses

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 4: Meeting ADA Requirements and Managing the Costs of Paratransit Services

    Carson 3, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Innovative methods to meet ADA requirements, provide quality service, and contain or reduce paratransit costs
  • Route 8: Buy America: Conducting Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits for Rolling Stock Procurements

    Carson 4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 8: Career Pathways for Women in Transit

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Maximizing untapped talent and opportunities
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Route 7: BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) TUESDAY

Tahoe, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
see BRT Tuesday or click on the BRT Tuesday icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker information 
 
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

BUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Summit Pavillion, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
(includes lunch from 12 - 2 p.m.; tickets required)
see Showcase Reservations & Exhibitor Registration for details and to register
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: ITS

    Crystal 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 3, Route 4: Managing Safety and Special Needs Customers

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 4: Walk and Roll Wellness Event

    Carson 3, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Diversity & Inclusion: Connecting People, Embracing Differences
  • Route 5: Creating Transit Oriented and Livable Communities with Mobility Options

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Learn how to leverage creative tools and partnerships in support of building TOCs
  • Route 8: FTA Procurement Hot Topics

    Carson 4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1, Route 2: Operations

    Crystal 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: Small Operators - Best Practices

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 3: Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Transit Agency Implementation

    Crystal 5, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 5: Title VI Analysis and Community Engagement

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    See how to best implement Title VI regulations and innovate in engagement.
  • Route 8: How is Your Ridership Doing?

    Carson 3, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    New Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Transit Ridership
  • Route 8: Paying it Forward: Mentoring, Apprenticeships, and Internships

    Carson 4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    A ticket to success – providing real-world experience
7 - 9 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS BANQUET

Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
(tickets required)

Wednesday, May 10

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Data

    Crystal 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2, Route 3: Extreme Climate Conditions, Transit and Emergency Response

    Carson 4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2, Route 6: Bus Facilities: Planning for Today, Building for Tomorrow

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 4: New Mobility Ecosystems - Advancing Mobility Management

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Advancing integrated and innovative mobility management
  • Route 4: Separate Call and Control Centers for Paratransit Services

    Carson 3, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    When to inject them into your service model; when to lose them; do’s and don’ts; and lessons learned
    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) share’s the agency’s experience in developing a centralized call and control center

8 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Convention Reg. Desk 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Host Information Desk

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Teton 1, Mezzanine Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • TCRP Information Center

    Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Automation

    Crystal 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 2: Bus Operators are the Front Line Representatives - Let's Train and Protect Them

    Crystal 3-4, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
  • Route 5: Sustainability in Action

    Carson 1-2, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
    Learn how sustainability initiatives provide value to your agency
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Route 2, Route 8: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Reimagining Bus Service in Your Region

Reno Ballroom, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort
Finding the secret sauce
12:30 - 4 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Technical Tours

Our host, the Regional Transportation Commission, has arranged for the following informative technical tours on Wednesday (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) afternoon. Please sign up on site for the tour of your choice at the host information desk in the APTA registration area in the Grand Sierra Hotel.

TOUR 1: Tesla Gigafactor
TOUR 2: Bus Rapid Transit

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