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American Public Transportation Association

 2014 Public Transportation & Universities Conference Call for Presentations

APTA is looking for  fresh, innovative, cutting-edge ideas, case studies and best practices addressing the special transportation needs of university communities.  We hope these presentations will motivate participants beyond the conference.  When submitting your abstract, your first paragraph should address the need, issue, challenge and opportunity you are proposing to present, and why it is important to advancing the quality of transportation services provided on college, university, community college and other campuses. 


We hope you will join your peers planning to attend the only conference created to address the wide range of transportation issues in the  campus environment! ,


Guidelines for Abstracts

Below are guidelines that will help you with your submission:

Abstracts must be 200 words or less (about a half page in length)

All Abstracts must be submitted electronically (

Selected presenters must submit a bio, presentation by the designated deadline. 

Although we suggest that you submit based on the topics identified, we also encourage submission of abstracts on topics that are not listed. 


Deadline:  Monday, January 20, 2014

 Planning Schedule

Abstracts due to APTA - January 20, 2014

Presenter notifications - February 1, 2014

Presentations and bios due to APTA - March 1, 2014

Presentations posted online - April 2014


Descriptions of Suggested Topics

1.  Sustainability

What does it really mean to have an effective sustainability program?  Share examples of  how to become an environmental steward, how to promote "green" initiatives, integrate thse elements into your fleet and using the latest technology.

Case Studies

Integrating complete streets, bicyles, pedestrian and other transportation demand options

Environmentally sustainable practices


 2.  The Economic Benefits of Transit for University Communities

 Public transportation plays a major role in providing economic sustainability on the national, state, regional and local levels.  Investment in the industry creates jobs and boosts economic growth.  How do university transit services contribute to the economic sustainability of communities?

Examples of the linkages between transportation, land use and development to form livable communities

Service planning

Funding, financing and revenue


3.  Marketing for Success

What innovative approaches have you used to market your university bus service?  Have you developed successful campaigns targeting students, faculty, staff and the community?  Marketing plans are the linkage to "selling" your services and programs.  Share creative and sucessful appproaches transit providers, universities, students and local businesses promote and market their services.

Case studies

Marketing new technologies

Using social media

Ridership development strategies

Developing successful marketing campaigns through partnerships 


 4. University - Transit Collaboration

We want to hear from you about your exciting and innovative collaboration within your campus university system. 

 Tell the story of your partnerships, including identifying the need for service; building constituencies; and deveoping mutually beneficial agreements and plans for service.


5.  Late Night Service/Escort/Safe Ride Services 

Providing safety and security on campus, especially at night, has been a major selling point for expanded transit services on university campuses.  University officials, campus transit providers and student organizations have established a range of late night, escort, safe ride, etc.  There are varyiing views and perspectives on the need for these services. We want to learn the opportunities and challenges you've experienced in providing these services.


6.  Technology

New technology is always exciting for transit providers and riders -  and has changed how we do things in providing transit services.Share examples of new and emerging technology options available to streamline operations and provided enhanced services.


Emerging technology

Mobile applications

Real-Time information

Use of social media


 7.  Topics for Networking Roundtable Discussions

 The conference program includes a series of roundtable discussions on various topics.  Presentations are invited to address the following topics:

  • Student Perspectives on Transit Services
  • Transit/University Financial Arrangements
  • Multi-modal Approaches to Transportation
  • Transit Access for Community Colleges
  • Addressing Successful Ridership Trends - What's Next?
  • Employee Use of Technology (cell phones, ITS, etc.)
  • University Transit Services Expanding to City/Municipal/Regional Systems
  • Driver Safety
  • ADA Service on Campus
  • Workforce Development/Career Opportunities in Transit
  • Development of Route Structures
  • Bus Stop Environment, Amenities and Accessibility


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