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 About This Conference

Students in front of a NDSU sign, wearing matching yellow Tshirts, with a NDSU Impact bus parked in the street next to them.Welcome to the only conference to address the special transportation needs of university communities created for you! APTA’s 2012 Public Transportation and Universities Conference, co-hosted by North Dakota State University and the Fargo Metropolitan Area Transit System (MAT) is a rare opportunity to see how transportation in a small urban environment has developed over recent years, and how the university-transit partnership works.

MAT, the local public transportation system, is comprised of the Cities of Fargo, ND, and Moorhead, MN transit agencies. Public transportation has been in this region for decades, but vital partnerships with the local universities, including North Dakota State University, started in 2001 with a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. These services have grown exponentially, boosting over 2 million riders annually, making university transit an integral part of the public transportation system. Learn first-hand how this exciting partnership have evolved.

If you are a university, provide transportation to a university, operate in a university community setting, are considering offering transit services to university students, or sell products and services to such a system, then you should plan to attend this conference!

If you are a partner in a transportation and university community, and interested in promoting planning, transit-oriented development and transportation management demand strategies, then this conference is for you!

During this conference, meet others facing the same opportunities and challenges as you. Explore partnerships and networking opportunities with university, transportation professionals, students and leading experts on university community transportation issues. The conference agenda provides multi – track sessions on partnerships, emerging technologies, future university trends and new business models, safety, security, emergency preparedness and response, marketing your services for success, transportation safety and security, financing university transportation services, case studies and more. There are also interactive sessions specifically geared to universities and their transit partners interested in initiating new university transportation services, and those with new programs already underway.

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