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 2019 Rail Conference Call for Papers, Presentations and Session Ideas

The call for Papers Presentations and Session Ideas is Closed. 

Thank you for your support of the 2019 Rail Conference. 

Notifications will start February 2019

APTA’s Rail Conference features sessions that address all passenger rail modes: commuter rail, heavy rail/subways, light rail, streetcars, and high-speed and intercity rail. It is the public transportation’s leading conference for professionals engaged in passenger rail. Most sessions are developed by drawing upon the expertise and experience of APTA industry professionals, so your input is critical to providing the most interesting and value-added meeting agenda.

APTA’s primary tool for developing the Conference sessions is through its “Call for Papers, Presentations and Session Ideas,” distributed to its Member organizations and Committees. These abstracts are brief summaries of proposed session topics and specific technical papers or presentations.

A successful conference demands fresh, innovative, cutting-edge ideas, case studies, and best practices that will motivate participants during—and beyond—the conference. Abstracts should address specific needs, challenges, trends, or issues you believe are most appropriate for discussion and/or which you are proposing to present.  It is important that the abstracts detail the topic’s importance and relevance to today’s passenger rail discussion and practice.  

We ask that each abstract/submission identify three main take-aways or messages the audience will learn from the proposed presentation or session.

View tracks and descriptions of suggested topics​

Guidelines for Abstracts

Below are guidelines to help you with your submission.

  • Submitters (authors and co-authors) must be an APTA member 
  • All abstracts must be submitted online through the APTA web site
  • Abstracts must be 2000 charaters or less (about a half page in length)
  • Selected authors must submit all requested materials by the designated deadlines. Late submissions​ will risk being removed from the program.

Planning Schedule

  • Abstracts due to APTA –  CLOSED as of 12/19/18
  • Author Notifications – starting February 2019
  • Presentations and technical papers due – Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Presentations and technical papers posted online – Early July, 2019

Submit Your Abstract




APTA staff is available to answer questions about the Call for Papers:

Saahir Brewington

Sr. Program Manager, Conference Programs & Services or (202) 496-4834

David Bruening

Senior Software Developer/Database Administrator or (202) 496-4825

Helene Brett

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

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