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 TransITech Call for Presentations Invitation

To: All APTA Members
From: Lou Sanders
Director, Technical Services
Date: November 4, 2011
Subject: Call for Presentations - APTA's 2012 TransITech Information Technology Conference, March 2012, Fort Worth, Texas

The American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2012 TransITech Conference will be held in March, at the Worthington Renaissance, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Once again we are co-locating with the APTA Fare Collection Workshop. There will be three joint general sessions with emphases on Information Technology and Fare Collection. The other session topics will be information technology based.

This year TransITech will be offering additional onsite workshops for technical training, including a session hosted by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation’s VOLPE Center on CyberSecurity

The following session topics are of extensive interest among our members for inclusion in the conference:

  • Maintaining a State of Good Repair for Technology Infrastructure
  • Tell the World What We Do – The State of Key Performance Indicators, Dashboards and Transparency in Transit Reporting
  • Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs – Oh My! Meeting Customer Expectations Using Social Networks
  • Stuck in Yesterday – Shedding the Burden of Legacy Technology
  • Creative Innovation – Crowdsourcing of Applications
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Gadgets, Devices and Increasing Mobility
  • APTA Standards Update for Transit Technology Mandates and Rule Making, What You Need to Know
  • Transit Trip Planners and Real-Time Information
  • Electronic Payment Systems
  • Transit CEO Expectations
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Wireless Communications

Submittals are encouraged for both presentations and roundtable discussions on the above topics.

Please visit www.apta.com for additional information on APTA’s TransITech 2012. Attached please find session descriptions along with a copy of the submittal form.

You and your colleagues are invited to submit abstracts online at http://www.apta.com/mc/fctt/ by December 16.

For assistance with the new online submission process, please contact David Bruening at dbruening@apta.com or (202) 496-4825. If you need assistance in creating a “MyAPTA” account, please contact Michael Hemsley at mhemsley@apta.com or (202) 496-4822. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, December 16.

Abstracts can be accepted only from members of APTA. If your organization is not a member, you can request more information about joining APTA by contacting Helene Brett at hbrett@apta.com or (202) 496-4837. APTA’s policy on diversity encourages women and minorities to participate in all of its activities.

Session moderators are also needed. If you are interested in moderating a session, please let us know by submitting the form mentioned above. If you have any questions, please contact either Lou Sanders at 202-496-4886, lsanders@apta.com, or Dee Naye Williams at 202-496-4899, dwilliams@apta.com.

Presentations will be limited to 15 to 20 minutes, and similar topics will be grouped together for one to two-hour sessions. We only require an abstract at this time. However, the development of a paper for distribution at TransITech is encouraged, and advanced visual aids and graphics are highly desirable.

The schedule is:

abstracts and submittal forms are due to APTA         December 16, 2011
accepted authors notified January 20, 2012

LS/dw

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