/2017 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Reno, NV May 7-10, 2017

2017 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Reno, NV May 7-10, 2017

2017 APTA Bus & Paratransit Conference and International Bus Roadeo To Be Held In Reno, NV May 7-10, 2017

2019-04-22T15:38:16-04:00May 2, 2017|
Public transportation industry experts from across the country will meet in Reno, NV May 7-10, 2017, for the Bus & Paratransit Conference which will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort.  Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and hosted by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, Nevada), this conference will focus on technology, operations & maintenance, safety & security, accessibility & mobility management, workforce development, bus rapid transit, capital programs and planning, finance & sustainability. A bus display and a bus and paratransit products and services showcase are also scheduled and are open to the media. (See below)

The 2017 International Bus Roadeo, which will be held on Sunday, May 7, at The Grand Sierra from 8 a.m. –  3p.m., highlights the best bus operators and bus maintenance teams in North America.  Local bus roadeo competitions are held in North America to select the competitors in this prestigious competition.  Additionally, the finals for the Customer Service Challenge will be held at the Grand Sierra on Monday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. The winners for both the International Bus Roadeo and the Customer Service Challenge will be announced at an awards dinner on Tuesday, May 9, at the Grand Sierra from 7-9:00 p.m.

What: International Bus Roadeo

What: 2017 Bus & Paratransit Conference

Where: Grand Sierra Resort

              Parking Lot 6

Where:  Grand Sierra Resort 

               2500 E. 2nd Street


When:    May 7, 2017


Time:     8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

When:    May 7-10, 2017


*** Registration for the media is FREE! To register onsite, bring your media credentials.***

Events:  Some conference events are highlighted below.


Monday, May 8

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Casino Level
Reno Ballroom

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows


-Doran J. Barnes, Chair, APTA; Executive Director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA​


-Richard A. White, Acting President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Host Welcome

Lee Gibson, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission, Reno, NV

Mayor Hillary Schieve, City of Reno

Mayor Geno Martini, City of Sparks

U.S. Representative Mark E. Amodei, Nevada (2nd District)

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) 

2017 Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards Ceremony

-Doran J. Barnes



10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Casino Level
Carson 3

Paratransit & Mobility Best Practices
Accessible public transportation is best served through a family of services and mobility management options.  From paratransit, fixed-route services, accessible taxis, vanpools, and other modes, transit agencies continue to embrace best practices, tailored to local settings and community needs. This session highlights best practices on ADA safety training for second-tier transit providers, trends in eligibility certification processes and integrating fixed route and paratransit technology.


10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Casino Level
Carson 1-2

Complete Streets and Complete Trips: Improving Accessibility through Policy and Infrastructure
Transit agencies are working with communities and other stakeholders to implement complete streets policies that provide safe access to transit and foster the complete trip for all users. In addition to providing safety and access for all users, Complete Streets design treatments take into account accommodations for disabled persons as required by the ADA. Join this session to learn how new trip planning technology and integrated mobility options that include walking, bike sharing, and car sharing can benefit all users.


11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parking Lot 6, Outside Hotel
Grand Sierra Resort


Bus Display (Media: Good Visual Opportunity)
Different types of transit buses will be on display for inspection and manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer questions.

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Casino Level
Reno Ballroom

Customer Service Challenge
Join us as the industry’s best bus operators compete in a test of customer service skills at this entertaining event. Come see who walks away with the title of transit’s ‘top ambassador.’


2 – 4 p.m.
Casino Level
Carson 3

Here to Stay: Automated Transit Shuttles and the Future of Mobility
Both auto makers and large tech firms have invested heavily in a mobility future that anticipates a high presence of automated vehicles. Ford Motor Corp. Chairman Bill Ford has spoken of his visions of transit shuttles. Bolstered by current trends, such shuttles are destined to be part of the transit world. Several pilot projects are now in operation, with more to follow. Hear the descriptions of how automated shuttles are entering the real world of transit operations.


4 – 5 p.m.
Casino Level
Reno Ballroom

Hear how the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation are preparing to meet the challenges of the next 30 years, dealing with aging infrastructure and growing demand, investing in workforce development and new technologies, and the FTA’s safety role.


Tuesday, May 9

8 – 9:15 a.m.
Casino Level
Reno Ballroom

GENERAL SESSION: How Transit Agencies are Integrating Rideshare and Public Transportation
Responding to the proliferation of commuting options brought on by various innovations of the sharing economy (car share, rideshare, and bikeshare, among others), transit agencies around the country are reevaluating how they can best support mobility in their cities and suburbs. The discussion will focus on these cutting-edge ideas.


9:30 – 11 a.m.
Casino Level
Crystal 5

Lessons Learned from the 2017 International Study Mission on Safety Culture, State of Good Repair, and Innovative Operations
In April 2017, APTA held an international study mission focusing on safety culture, state of good repair, and innovative operations in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo. The study mission gave participants the opportunity to explore strategies public transportation operators have taken to continue to be on the cutting edge of innovation and provide top-notch transit performance and customer service. Hear key takeaways from bus transit agencies CEOs who participated in the study mission.


9:30 – 11 a.m.
Casino Level
Carson 1-2

Career Pathways for Women in Transit
Women are still significantly underrepresented in many of the higher wage, higher skilled jobs in public transportation. This limited participation not only impacts women’s economic security, but also robs the transit industry of a valuable segment of the labor force. Representatives from the Transportation Learning Center will discuss how transportation systems can build capacity to support the equitable inclusion of women. 

This interactive session will offer practical information and relevant tools and exercises for encouraging, preparing, and retaining women in nontraditional jobs.


10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Casino Level
Summit Pavilion

Bus Products & Services Showcase
Many business members’ bus products and services will be showcased in the Grand Sierra’s Summit Pavilion. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of bus and paratransit equipment and services.



1:30 – 3 p.m.
Casino Level
Carson 3

Walk and Roll Wellness Event
This special event celebrates good health and supports accessible transportation for people with disabilities. After remarks, everyone is invited to participate in and celebrate the Walk and Roll Wellness Event – walking or using one’s wheelchair through Reno near the hotel.



1:30 – 3 p.m.
Casino Level
Carson 4

FTA Procurement Hot Topics
The long awaited New Procurement Best Practices Guide! 4220.1G! Buy America Act! Hear the latest procurement news from the FTA. This session is a must attend for anyone with procurement responsibilities. 



3:30 – 5 p.m.
Casino Level
Carson 1-2

Title VI Analysis and Community Engagement
Federal regulations in Title VI aim to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. Understanding the best ways to implement these, however, can pose challenges and opportunities to transit agencies that receive federal funding. Hear from speakers as they discuss challenges in equity analysis, fare considerations, and innovative engagement techniques that reach wider audiences.



Wednesday, May 10

8 – 9:30 a.m.
Casino Level
Carson 4


Extreme Climate Conditions, Transit and Emergency Response
It´s not just the mailman who delivers during rain, sleet, hail, and snow, transit is out there during these and many other extreme climate conditions. What are the safety and operational factors you need to consider? What special training and technology is needed? And when are the safety risks too significant to continue service?  Find out the answers to these and many more questions by attending this session to learn from our panel of industry experts whose agencies have been tested to the limits and are prepared to share their experiences and lessons learned.



11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Casino Level
Reno Ballroom

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Reimagining Bus Service in Your Region
Many transit systems have decided that now is the time to rethink their established bus route network and to start from scratch. Transit agencies are engaging their communities in efforts to re-imagine their bus systems in line with new employment centers and growth patterns.

This interactive discussion will be an opportunity to learn how other regions have put their systems under the microscope and discovered adjustments that not only have given things a new look, but have resulted in more efficient and effective service.


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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.  More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.​​​

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