About the Session & Training Routes

Select technical and training sessions from eight “routes” of study where you’ll hear experts in the industry share best practices and effective solutions. Follow the numbers throughout the program to make sure you’re following the right route!
Route 1:  Technology
Route 2:  Operations & Maintenance
Route 3:  Safety & Security
Route 4:  Accessibility & Mobility Management
Route 5:  Planning, Finance & Sustainability
Route 6:  Capital Programs
Route 7:  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Route 8:  Workforce Development, Management & Policy

APTA Registration Desk

Admission to all scheduled activities requires a name badge. Please register and pick up your badge upon arrival. The registration desk, located at Convention Reg. Desk 1-2, Casino Level, in the Grand Sierra Resort,  is open the following times:

Saturday, May 6         1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 7            7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 8           7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9          7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10   8 – 10:30 a.m.

Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

Accessible Transportation 

During the conference, RTC ACCESS is offering free ADA paratransit services for individuals with disabilities. Visitors who have a valid ADA paratransit ID from other paratransit systems are eligible to use RTC ACCESS during their visit. 

Airport to Hotel Transportation 

Click on the link to view details about Grand Sierra Resort’s complimentary shuttle service, RTC RIDE’s service, and driving instructions. 

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Tuesday

Join us for the fourth annual BRT Tuesday dedicated to BRT professionals. Take advantage of this day of learning and interaction with your BRT peers and other associated transit professionals. BRT Tuesday will be held in the Tahoe Room, Casino Level in the Grand Sierra Resort.
  • see BRT Tuesday or click on the BRT Tuesday icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker details

Bus Roadeo

The 2017 International Bus Roadeo is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Parking Lot 6 of the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E. 2nd Street, Reno, NV, 89595. Be sure to make the short walk to the roadeo site and cheer your team to victory! Competition start times and directions will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks. 

Cell Phones

As a courtesy to other attendees, please turn off cell phones and other personal mobile devices during committee meetings and business sessions.

Committee Meetings

All conference registrants are welcome and encouraged to attend any committee meetings that are listed in the conference program.

Complimentary Digital Bus Pass

Our host, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), in collaboration with their mobile ticketing provider, Token Transit, is providing free digital bus passes to all conference attendees. Visit the host information desk in the Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra to learn how to download your digital bus pass.

Conference Hotel

Grand Sierra Resort
2500 E. 2nd Street
Reno, NV 89595

Conference Name Badges

Name badges are required for all business sessions, committee meetings, meal functions, receptions, and technical tours. Please cooperate by wearing your badge at all times during the conference.

Conference Technical Papers

Each paid registrant will receive online access to the conference technical papers as part of the conference registration fee. This added member benefit, available after the conference, affords members universal access to some of the most important technical research advancing the industry presented at the conference.

Continuing Education

APTA plans to award credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced professionals. Click on the link to view the list of approved converence sessions for planners and procurement professionals.

Dress Code

The organizing committee encourages a business casual dress code at all events.

Future Roadeo/Conference Dates

May 5-8, 2018
Tampa, FL

May 6-9, 2018
Tampa, FL

Host Information Desk

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County will have a general information desk in the APTA registration area, Grand Salon, Casino Level, Grand Sierra Resort, on Thursday and Friday, May 4 & 5 (roadeo) and Saturday through Wednesday, May 6 – 10 (conference). Host staff will be available to answer questions you may have regarding local sites, restaurants, social, and cultural activities, and to provide transportation information and maps. The host information desk is open the same hours as the APTA registration desk.  

Maintenance Managers Workshop (formerly Maintenance Monday)

Join us for the Maintenance Managers Workshop (formerly Maintenance Monday) for a half-day dedicated to bus maintenance and bus technologies. Take advantage of a half-day of learning and interaction with your maintenance manager peers and other associated transit professionals. Monday’s  Maintenance Managers Workshop be held in the Tahoe Room, Casino Level in the Grand Sierra Resort .
Sponsored by APTA’s Bus Technical Maintenance Committee

Breakfast sponsored by Prevost and NovaBus    

  • see Maintenance Monday or click on the Maintenance Managers Workshop icon on the conference app home page for agenda and speaker details

Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program

APTA recognizes the public transportation industry’s need to develop managers and supervisors holding mid-level positions.

Again this year at our major conferences, we are providing a variety of workshops, sessions, and learning opportunities specifically designed to advance the skills of professionals at this level. 

Look for the Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program logo throughout the program for events that may interest and benefit mid-level conference registrants. 

The following training workshops may be of particular interest. Visit the program for details and registration information.
Route 8: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Managing a Multigenerational Workforce – Sunday, May 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Route 8: Mid-Level Manager Careers: Preparing for the Next Steps – Monday, May 8, 1 – 3:45 p.m.
Route 8: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Manager in Today’s Public Transportation Environment – Tuesday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

New APTA Members

Please welcome APTA’s newest members who are easily identified by the red ‘New Member’ ribbon on their badges.

Social Networking

Stay connected to attendees and access up-to-the-minute information at the Bus & Paratransit Conference through social media.

Speakers/Moderators & AV Preview Room

Teton 1, Mezzanine Level in the Grand Sierra Resort has been reserved daily from Monday through Wednesday. Moderators are encouraged to use this room to meet informally with their speakers to go over last-minute details prior to the start of their sessions, and to preview their PowerPoint presentations. The room is open the same time as the APTA registration desk..

Student Involvement & Registration

Encouraging student involvement is an important goal for APTA’s conferences and meetings. APTA’s workforce development initiatives have embraced the need to prepare the next generation of leaders within the public transportation industry. Faculty and students at local colleges and universities are invited to attend and are encouraged to participate in the conference programming.

Student registration is free and includes admission to:
+ all educational/technical sessions
+ the International Bus Roadeo
+ technical tours

To be eligible, the student must:
+ be currently enrolled in a college or university
+ complete the Conference Registration Form
+ present his or her current student ID when registering on site

TCRP Information Center

Each educational session with TCRP documents relevant to its content is noted in the program. To access these documents, either click on the link provided or visit http://www.tcrponline.org/SitePages/bus-conference.aspx.

For more information on the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), stop by the TCRP Information Center in the APTA registration area, Grand Salon, Casino Level in the Grand Sierra, Monday through Wednesday. You may also visit the TCRP website at www.tcrponline.org. ​​

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