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 Routes & Topics

APTA 2018 Bus & Paratransit Conference
Call for Presentations

Topics that directly address APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Goals have been identified below using the following icons:


Routes and Educational Topics:

  • 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, Emergency Preparedness
  • Route 6 - Organizational and Workforce Development

Route 1 -  Transforming Communities with Mobility Innovations

The role of public transportation infrastructure in strengthening communities.  Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics: 

  • Transit’s Role in Developing “Smart Cities” and Connected Communities (from policy to practice)
  • ITS and Connected Vehicles
  • First Mile, Last Mile Strategies (transit/bike access)
  • Bus-Centered TOD and Land-Development Strategies
  • Systems Engineering
  • Design with Bus Transit in Mind: Bus Stops, Sidewalks, Escalators/Elevators, Crosswalks, Park and Rides, Complete Streets
  • Transit Centers of the Future and Shared Mobility Integration
  • Clean(er) Technologies Policy
  • Capital Programs: Tell Your Story
  • Partnership Building: MPOs, Government Agencies, Community Groups, Utility Providers

Route 2 -  Integrated, Coordinated Access and Mobility​

The role of public transportation service in improving individuals' quality life. Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Ridership  
  • Mobility as a Service
  • Technology’s Role in Service Performance and Delivery
  • Ridesharing, TNC's, Microtransit Strategies
  • Transit “Deserts”
  • Transit’s Role in Supporting Access to Healthcare, Education, Employment
  • Route Optimization
  • Demographics and Travel Patterns
  • Impact of Policy on Local and State Partnerships
  • Expanding Access (apps, websites, travel training, social services transportation)
  • Social Media in Reaching and Serving Riders
  • Integrating ADA Requirements, Practices System-wide
  • Legacy Systems and ADA
  • Universal Design Practices
  • Paratransit Best Practices
  • Title VI and Fares
  • Coordinating BRT and Fixed Route Service

Route 3 - Operations and Facilities 

Best practices associated with improving operations and facilities.  Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics:

  • Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • New Rules of Procurement
  • Corridor-Based BRT (Small Starts projects)
  • Dedicated-Route BRT (New Starts projects)
  • Sustainability Programs and Practices
  • Data Collection, Analytics, Key Performance Indicators
  • Role of Big Data
  • Performance Metrics
  • 3-D Printing and its Role in Maintenance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Innovations in Dispatching and Scheduling
  • Drones and Remote Sensing
  • Balancing SGR Needs with System Expansion
  • Energy, Resource, Waste Management

Route 4 - Funding, Financing and Revenue

Planning and paying for public transit and emerging mobility options.  Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics: 

  • P3s and Mid- and Small-Sized Agencies
  • VMT Models and Strategies
  • “Green Bonds”
  • Building Grassroots Campaigns
  • Community-Based Advocacy, Coalition-Building
  • Innovations in Fare Collection and Ticketing
  • Balancing SGR Needs with System Expansion
  • Non-Fare Revenue
  • Innovative Revenue Strategies (naming rights, advertising, etc)

Route 5 - Safety, Security, Risk Management, Emergency Preparedness

How public transit systems safeguard assets, systems, and riders.  Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics: 

  • Building a Safety-First Culture
  • Role of Riders in a Safety-First Culture
  • State Safety Oversight Programs
  • SMS
  • Protecting Operators
  • Emergency Preparedness Drills
  • Strengthening Data Security
  • Cybersecurity Threats and Responses
  • Partnerships with Municipal and State Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Security Challenges and Major Events
  • Transit’s Role in Stopping Human Trafficking
  • Preventing Loss, Reducing Cost, Managing Claims
  • Risk Management Insurance

Route 6 - Organizational and Workforce Development

Developing resources for a 21st  century organization.  Abstracts are invited that address any of the following topics: 

  • Succession Planning
  • Innovative Models: Leadership/Management, Business, Governance, Partnerships
  • Workforce Sustainability: Impact of technology innovations on future workforce; knowledge sharing and transfer; internships, apprenticeships, certifications; frontline training and development
  • Organized Labor and Management​: Building/Sustaining Relationships
  • Organizational Development Practices
  • Educational Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline

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