APTA is looking for cutting-edge ideas, case studies and best practices that touch upon the critical issues and opportunities facing transportation services provided on campuses and in university communities. This is the only venue to address the unique transportation needs of university communities and the populations they serve. 

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 online only

Additionally, we would like to see you in action. Please email a short video or link of you presenting to dwilliams@apta.com The video should  be no longer than 5 minutes in length.

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:   Friday January 5, 2018

Planning Schedule

Abstracts due to APTA – January 5 2018

Presenter notifications – Starting the week of January 29, 2018

Presentations and bios due to APTA – May 18, 2018

Presentations posted online – July 2, 2018 


Descriptions of Suggested Topics

1.  Partnership Structuring in Finance

We are looking for presentations that address the range of financial and business arrangements for university/transportation partnerships, the trend in universities and colleges operating direct on-campus transportation services and case studies detailing how transit agencies and universities have leveraged federal, state and local funding sources for capital investment would be of value.

APTA is interested in showcasing best practices for long-term partnerships and for universities and transit agencies seeking to establish these relationships. Also, what are the latest innovations in universities and colleges operating direct on-campus transportation services? Are there specific opportunities and challenges faced by universities and colleges operating direct on-campus transportation services?

2.  Communication and Marketing to Students

 We are looking to highlight innovative and creative strategies for attracting students to use public transportation services on college and university campuses. Are there initiatives involving transit agencies, universities, and students to increase ridership, e.g. marketing campaigns, promotions, and outreach?

3.  Technology

Let’s review how technology has changed how we do things in the transit industry. University transit services are on the cutting edge of innovations that are at work on a daily basis. The following are suggested topics: emerging technology; mobile applications; real-time information; smartphones; use of social media and wireless (WiFi); and others.

4.  Planning and Sustainability

Universities and transit agencies are teaming up to achieve success in creating , accessible, and livable communities and transit services. Your abstract submittal should include some of the following topics: sustainability programs; paratransit services; accessibility/mobility management services on campus; service planning’ pedestrian/biking; parking; electric buses and others.

5.  Student Engagement

Students on college and university campuses have been proactive in defining and advocating for effective and efficient transit services. In addition to student government associations’ passing referenda to fund transit services, students have a much broader role including serving on transit agency boards and  advisory committees. Submitted topics may include: soliciting student feedback and managing the complaint process. We are looking to address the critical role of student managers and operators making the service work on a daily basis.

6.  Safety and Security – Emergency Preparedness

Safety and security on college and university campuses continue to be key priorities. Transit systems also play a key role in emergency preparedness for their campus and the community they serv. This session will address the best practices and range of these programs. 

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:

  • Successful Mitigation/Intervention in University Parking Policies
  • Effective Policies to Curb Negative Interactions with Bicyclists
  • When the Money dries Up
  • Building the Next Generation of Transit’s Workforce
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