APTA’s TRANSform Conference is the flagship event for public transportation professionals to engage in workshops, experience technical tours, and network with colleagues. Keynote speakers and educational sessions explore cutting-edge hot topics, including transformative technology, mental health awareness, community building, innovative funding, and finance, sustainability, safety and security, workforce development, worldwide mega projects, and more.

As APTA members, you are an integral part of the call for abstracts. This is an opportunity for you to be part of the educational program and share your expertise and skill set with your peers in the industry. Please refer to the submission topics listed below. Once submissions are reviewed by a committee of members and staff; staff will begin extending invitations to those who were selected based on their experience and partnerships that are aligned with the program.

Please Note: we are seeking individual speaker submissions ONLY at this time – not full panel ideas. Please craft your abstract around you and/or a partner presentation not a full panel of moderator and several speakers. Your submission will be paired with other similar submissions to curate a well-rounded session.

We appreciate your interest in participating at our upcoming event. If you have more questions about this process, please email abstracts@apta.com

Deadline to Submit: Friday, May 17, 2024, 11:59 pm ET

Program Topics:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Funding, Finance and Capital Projects
  • Innovation
  • Policy and Planning
  • Procurement
  • Project Delivery
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Workforce Development
  • Zero Emissions

Submit your interest using our online Abstract Submission Page

Submission Details:

  • You MUST be an APTA member in good standing to submit abstracts
  • Submit abstracts separately.
  • Do not submit duplicate abstracts under different topics. Select the topic closest to your main ideas.
  • Do not submit preselected full panel abstracts.
  • Be sure to add ALL proposed speakers (you and a partner, if it’s a joint presentation)
  • APTA will communicate with the submitter for all notifications and deadlines, who must then share the information as needed with their speaker(s)
  • Submissions should avoid being a sales pitch or overly commercial
  • All proposals must be submitted using the online form, to be considered
  • Be concise when submitting your abstract ideas (350 words max)
  • Submissions should reflect innovative, cutting-edge content
  • APTA will confirm if your submission has been accepted as a speaker on a panel or another opportunity
  • Submitters may submit multiple abstracts but will only have one opportunity to speak, if selected
  • After a careful review, all submitters will receive an official notification by email.
  • Submissions are not automatically accepted and APTA reserves the right to make all final decisions on speaker selections.
  • Decision notifications will be sent out around early to mid July.
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