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 General Information for Attendees

Accessible Transportation

All of IndyGo's fixed-route buses are ADA accessible. In addition, IndyGo's paratransit service, called Open Door, is available for visitors.

Airport Transportation Options

IndyGo's fixed-route 8 has direct local service ($1.75 single ride) from the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to downtown Indianapolis with an eastbound stop across from the JW Marriott on West Street. Westbound trips on Route 8 are north of the JW Marriott on West Washington Street.

Business Members

APTA’s Business Members are hosting a networking and resource room in the JW Marriott during the conference for conversation and connections. In addition, a Business Member Networking Breakfast will be held on Monday, May 6.

Bus Roadeo Shuttle Service

The roadeo will take place on Sunday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allison Test Track,
5100 10th Street (entrance on Cossell Road).                   

Total travel time from the JW Marriott to the roadeo site is 20 minutes. Shuttle service will be provided between the JW Marriott and the roadeo site. On Sunday, the service begins at 7:30 a.m. for spectators. Shuttle information 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

Committee meetings are open to all interested APTA members. Members are encouraged to participate and become involved.

Continuing Education

APTA plans to award AICP CM credits for sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced planning officials.

Dress Code

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

Future Meeting Dates

Host Information Desk

IndyGo will have a general information desk in the APTA registration area in the JW Marriott. IndyGo 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.

Indianapolis Information

When you register for the conference, you’ll receive a complimentary transit pass good for all IndyGo services (local fixed-route and paratransit) during the conference. The passes are good from Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 10. 

JW Marriott Hotel Address

If you need to plan any travel via mapping apps, the hotel's address is:

10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

(on IndyGo's fixed-route 8)

Maintenance Monday 

NEW at the 2013 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference is a day dedicated to bus maintenance and bus technologies. Join your peers for offsite interactive discussions at IndyGo in the morning. Have lunch with your peers as you view the latest buses at the annual Bus Display. The afternoon will commence with a reporting out of key issues from the morning discussions concluding with a couple short technical presentations. The day will end with meetings for the Bus Technical Maintenance and Clean Propulsion Committees. The intent is to have a full day of learning and interaction with peers for maintenance managers and other associated transit professionals.

Mid-Level Managers Magnification Program

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

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.

Registration Desk

Admission to all scheduled activities requires a name badge. Please register and pick up your badge upon arrival. The registration desk in the JW Marriott will be open the following times:

Saturday, May 4 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6 7 a.m. – 5 a.m.
Tuesday, May 7 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Registrants’ tote bags compliments of Keolis America, Inc.




 Hotel key cards compliments of Trapeze Group.


Lanyards compliments of National Express Transit Corporation.


Social Networking

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

Speakers & Moderators

A room in the JW Marriott has been reserved daily, from Sunday through Wednesday, for moderators to meet informally with their speakers to go over last-minute details prior to the start of their sessions. In addition, Moderator/Speaker Guidelines and APTA's PowerPoint template are available from the link below.

Student Involvement

Encouraging student involvement is an important goal for APTA's conferences and meetings. Currently enrolled students can register free for this conference.

TCRP Information Center

For more information on the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), stop by the TCRP Information Center in the JW Marriott Monday through Wednesday. You may also visit the TCRP website at

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.

Transit Pass

When you register for the conference, you’ll receive a complimentary transit pass good for all IndyGo services (local fixed-route and paratransit) during the conference, good from Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 10.

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