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American Public Transportation Association

 2017 Bus & Paratransit Conference Call for Abstracts

APTA is looking for fresh, innovative, cutting-edge ideas, case studies, and best practices that touch on APTA's Strategic Goals - Safety & Security, Resource Advocacy, Workforce Development, Demographic Shifts, and Technological Innovation. 

When writing your abstract, it should address what need, problem, or issue you are proposing to present and why it is important to public transportation. Each submission must identify three main take-aways or messages the audience will learn. 

We hope you will join those who are already planning to attend this premier event for the bus and paratransit industry professionals and help them learn the best practices they need to improve their transit agencies and organizations.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Below are guidelines that will help you with your submission.

  • Submitters (authors and co-authors) must be an APTA member 
  • All abstracts must be submitted online through the APTA website
  • Abstracts must be 300 words or less (about a half page in length)
  • Selected authors must submit all requested materials by the designated deadline. Late submissions will risk being removed from the program.
  • We highly suggest you submit based on the topics identified, but we also accept abstracts on topics that are not listed. If you have a topic that does not fall within one of the suggested categories​, please select "other" when submitting your abstract

Planning Schedule

  • Abstracts due to APTA - Friday, November 4, 2016
  • Author notifications – Starting mid-January 2017
  • Presentations and technical papers due -  Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Presentations and technical papers posted online – Friday, May 26, 2017

Submit Your Abstracts




The following APTA staff is available to answer any of your questions about the Call for Abstracts

Cheryl Pyatt

Sr. Program Manager, Conference Programs & Services or (202) 496-4875

David Bruening

Database Administrator, Technical Issues or (202) 496-4825

Helene Brett

Director of Membership, Membership Questions or (202) 496-4837

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