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American Public Transportation Association

 Schedule At a Glance

This page is an overview of the conference schedule.

See Program & Committee Meetings for details.

The program of educational sessions is organized by six routes of study:

Route 1: Transforming Communities with Mobility Innovations
Route 2: Integrated, Coordinated Access and Mobility
Route 3: Operations and Facilities 
Route 4: Funding, Financing, and Revenue
Route 5: Safety, Security, Risk Management, and Emergency Preparedness
Route 6: Organizational and Workforce Development​

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to change. ​​​​​​​​​​

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Saturday, May 5   Sunday, May 6   Monday, May 7   Tuesday, May 8   Wednesday, May 9   

Saturday, May 5

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 2: NTI TRAINING: Understanding ADA

Meeting Room 5-6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

1 - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

    Lanyards sponsored by GIRO Inc.

    company logo
     

  • Host Information Desk

    Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
2 - 4 p.m.

Downtown Partnership WALKING TOUR: Waterfront and Downtown Tampa

6 - 8 p.m.

HART Welcome Reception

Jackson’s Bistro, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602

Sunday, May 6

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

    Hotel keys sponsored by RATP Dev USA

    company logo
     

  • Host Information Desk

    Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO COMPETITION

The International Bus Roadeo will take place on Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), 3201 Scherer Drive St. Petersburg, FL 33716.

Shuttle service will be provided between the Tampa Marriott Waterside, Tampa Hilton, and Roadeo Site. View/download the shuttle schedule. Maps and directions also will be available at the roadeo and conference registration desks.

THANKS TO OUR ROADEO SPONSORS

• Allison Transmission, Inc.
• Altro Transflor
• American Seating Company
• BAE SYSTEMS
• BYD Motors, Inc.
• Clever Devices, Inc.
• Cummins Inc.
• Custom Training Aids, Inc.
• Engineered Machine Products, Inc. (EMP)
• I/O Controls Corporation
• LIFT-U Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
• Luminator
• Midwest Bus/Byk-Rak
• Mohawk Manufacturing and Supply Company
• Motor Coach Industries
• New Flyer
• The R.C.A. Company
• Thermo King Corporation
• Trackit LLC
• USSC Group/4ONE/FMNA
• Vapor Bus International
• Voith Turbo Inc.

1 - 3 p.m.

Route 5: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Connecting increases your influence in every situation
6 - 7 p.m.

Welcome to Tampa Reception

Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
(tickets required)

Reception co-sponsored by Genfare and the Business Member Activity Fund

company logo

Monday, May 7

6:45 - 8 a.m.

Business Member Networking Breakfast

Florida Ballroom V-VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

see Business Member Networking Breakfast for details

Networking Breakfast supported by the Business Member Activity Fund.

 
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Ballroom Foyer A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Host Information Desk

    Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Bayshore Board Room, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • TCRP Information Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Route 3: MAINTENANCE MANAGERS WORKSHOP

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

see Maintenance Managers Workshop for session and speaker details 

Breakfast sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS
company logo
8:15 - 9:45 a.m.

Route 5: OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

General Session sponsored by Proterra Inc.

company logo
 

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 3: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Managing Stress

    Meeting Room 18-19, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center
  • Route 3: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Introduction to IntelligAIRE III

    Meeting Room 20-21, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 2: Accessibility Session - Parts 1 & 2

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel


  • Route 3: BRT Planning and Prioritization

    Grand Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Exploring strategies for prioritizing BRT in the region and effective stakeholder collaboration.
  • Route 3: Where Are All the Bus Operators?

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 4: Safety Culture, Reporting, and Data

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 6: APTA/COMTO Assembly

    Grand Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    The journey to the top: you have to go – to grow
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

BUS DISPLAY

Old Water Street, Outside main entrance, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
(includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)

Bus Display lunch co-sponsored by Nova Bus, Prevost and APTA
company logo

1 - 3:45 p.m.

Route 5: Mid-Level Manager Workshop: Leading with Dignity

Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: TOD and Economic Development (with BRT in mind)

    Grand Ballroom C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Exploring strategies for leveraging BRT projects for economic development and revitalization.
  • Route 3: Customer Service Challenge

    Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    How would you respond in these situations?
  • Route 3: Improving the Way You Maintain Your Buses

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Are you maintaining your buses the best you can?

    Note: This session is part of Monday's Maintenance Managers Workshop. 

    Session sponsored by era-contact USA, LLC
  • Route 5: Emerging Leaders Graduation

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 5: Employees Are our Greatest Asset - Perspectives from Frontline Workers

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 6: Transit Procurement Hot Topics

    Grand Ballroom A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
2 - 4 p.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 3: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Scheduling and Runcutting Basics

    Meeting Room 18-19, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center
  • Route 3: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Systematic Approach to Air System and Brake Maintenance & Troubleshooting

    Meeting Room 20-21, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center
4 - 5 p.m.

Route 6: GENERAL SESSION: FTA Update

Grand Ballroom E-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
5:15 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

Tuesday, May 8

7 - 8:45 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 9 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Ballroom Foyer A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Host Information Desk

    Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Bayshore Board Room, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • TCRP Information Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
8 - 9:15 a.m.

Route 4, Route 6: GENERAL SESSION: Big Data's Big Impact

Grand Ballroom F-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
How transit is leveraging big data to improve service

Join us to recognize the winners of the 2018 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards.

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Roadeo Workshops

  • Route 3: ROADEO OPERATORS WORKSHOP: Distracted Driving and Fatigue Awareness for Transit Employees

    Meeting Room 18-19, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center
  • Route 3: ROADEO TECHNICIANS WORKSHOP: Introduction to Vansco MUX and Parker Dashboard Vansco System Components

    Meeting Room 20-21, 1st Floor, Tampa Convention Center
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Route 5: NTI TRAINING: Leading as a Mid-Level Manager in Today's Public Transportation Environment

Meeting Room 12, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY - NEW!

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel

see Mobility Management Tuesday for session and speaker details

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: Mobility on Demand for All: Facing the Equity Challenge

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Panel Session and Q&A
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1, Route 3: Zero-Emission Buses Are Ready...Are You Ready for Them? - PART 1

    Grand Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Zero-Emission buses are here, but do you know all that must be considered before operating them?

    Session sponsored by BYD Motors, Inc.
     

  • Route 1: "Next Stop...The Future:" Automated Buses in Transit

    Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    There will also be a raffle for a $1,000 APTA conference registration, care of the APTA Business Member Activity Fund!
  • Route 1: Design with Bus Transit in Mind

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 4: The Role of Transportation during Emergencies

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Come find out what resources are available to you during unfortunate disasters and other significant events and the role that transportation takes on during these events.
  • Route 6: Innovation in Transit Procurement

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

BUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

West Hall, 3rd Floor, Tampa Convention Center
(includes lunch from 12-2 p.m.; tickets required)
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: Innovative Access & Mobility

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Quick Takes & Discussions
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: First/Last Mile Solutions

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Panel Session and Q&A
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1, Route 6: Fare Collection

    Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Matching new fare collection technology with evolving operating practices.
  • Route 3: Small Operators - Best Practices

    Grand Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 4: The Use of Technology for Bus Transit Safety & Security

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 5: Labor Management Think Tank

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Engage in conversations with a cross section of senior and executive leaders, hear about the challenges, and walk away with lessons learned from the success stories and best practices.
  • Route 6: Diversity and Procurement -- Hand in Hand

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Route 1, Route 2: MOBILITY MANAGEMENT TUESDAY: Autonomous Buses

Il Terrazzo, Lobby Level, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Panel Session and Q&A
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Technological Innovation

    Florida Ballroom VI, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Moving forward with new and evolving technology.
  • Route 1: Zero-Emission Buses Are Ready...Are You Ready for Them? - PART 2

    Grand Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Zero-Emission buses are here, but do you know all that must be considered before operating them?
  • Route 4: Human Trafficking and Personal Security in Public Transportation

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 5: Internship and Apprenticeship Programs: Strategies, Stories & Successes

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Innovative Partnerships: Learn how to attract and retain our future workforce!


  • Route 6: Delivering on the Promise of Diversity and Inclusion

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Organizational diversity goals cannot be met with more percentages and pie charts.
7 - 9 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL BUS ROADEO AWARDS BANQUET

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
(tickets required)

see Program for ticket and seating/table information
 

Wednesday, May 9

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Coffee Service

Grand Ballroom Foyer A-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1: Information Technology

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Integration of information technology and system operations.
  • Route 2, Route 6: Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) Listening Session

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 3: Managing State of Good Repair, Improving Performance

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Lessons learned from meeting federal TAM requirements


8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Host Information Desk

    Convention Registration Desk, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Bayshore Board Room, 3rd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • TCRP Information Desk

    Grand Ballroom Foyer E-G, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Route 1, Route 3: Building a Better Bus System

    Florida Ballroom IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
  • Route 1: Automated and Connected Vehicles

    Florida Ballroom I-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Automated and connected vehicles are in your future.
  • Route 3, Route 4: New Ways for Enhancing Bus Safety and Operations

    Florida Ballroom V, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
    Riders, Operators, and Pedestrians
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Route 6: CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: It’s All About the Ride: Strategies for Sustaining and Building Ridership

Grand Ballroom F-J, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
12:30 - 4 p.m.

Committee Meetings

2 - 4 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOUR: HART Technologies Tour

3:15 - 5:15 p.m.

HOST TOUR: Bay Spirit II Harbor Tour

(100-person limit)
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