Conference Program

The Mobility Conference addresses the critical priorities and challenges facing bus and paratransit systems and explores the changing environment in which systems operate in today's mobility landscape. Participate in specialty workshops, APTA's Bus Display, the Products and Services Showcase and technical tours. 


Full Program | Committee Meetings
 Saturday, April 22
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Registration
 Sunday, April 23
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM    Registration
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Welcome Reception
Join your colleagues over cocktails and light fare for a reception and networking opportunity to kick off the conference.
 Monday, April 24
6:45 AM - 8:00 AM    Meet the Primes/Agencies: A Small Business Networking Breakfast
A speed dating format designed to help bus OEMs, sub-suppliers, contract operators, public agencies, and major A&E firms strengthen their business relationships and find new S/DBE business partners. The breakfast provides an opportunity for APTA business members to talk about their companies and how to do business with them. Each business will have 3 minute “dating” opportunities to talk about their companies by visiting each designated table.
All APTA business members and procurement personnel from our public agency members are invited to come to the breakfast and join in the business-to-business networking fun! Small businesses and DBE firms are particularly encouraged to take advantage.

Transit agency procurement officials are encouraged to come to the breakfast (or send information) to promote their current and future procurement opportunities, including  their immediate anticipated procurement requirements.

FEE: There is no separate registration fee required to participate in the breakfast.

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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Registration
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM    Maintenance Managers Workshop
Join us for the full-day Maintenance Managers Workshop dedicated to bus maintenance managers and staff. This year’s workshop features four sessions devoted to zero emission bus maintenance issues. Final program is here. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with and learn from your maintenance manager peers and other transit professionals, as well as visit the bus display. 
FEE for Workshop ONLY: $650.00
(includes breakfast and lunch)

If you are registered for the Mobility Conference, you are welcome to attend this workshop as part of your conference registration. If you can, please RSVP with Tdisho Pendleton at so we can be sure to accommodate everyone. 

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8:15 AM - 9:45 AM    Opening General Session
Join your industry peers as we kick-off the mobility conference in Minneapolis.  Hear from APTA leadership and our host, Metro Transit, as they share all the exciting and relevant information you will learn and see over the next three days.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    C-Suite Executive Round Table: Workforce Challenges, Successes and Moving Forward
Executive and senior leaders face ongoing challenges to bring organizations together, help their staff realize their goals, provide platforms and opportunities for teamwork and success, and create organizational cultures of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Leaders work to craft strategies, new approaches, and strong partnerships with organized labor to improve employee retention, create career ladders, reduce workplace stress, and improve both customer and employee satisfaction.  Learn from these leaders as they give us insights as to how they overcame some tough odds, tried new approaches, and now have some great lessons to share.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Comparisons between Title VI and Environmental Justice Analyses in Project Development
The type of funding used to support a transit project impacts the type of analysis required during project development and implementation.  Title BI applies to both federal and local funding, while Environmental Justice analysis applies only to federal funding.   This session will discuss how requirements may differ when conducting analysis. 
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Creative Solutions to Scaling Up Your BEB Infrastructure
Transit agencies preparing to operate large fleets of battery electric buses (BEBs) must think differently about how to manage the charging infrastructure rollout, energy usage, resiliency and community engagement and collaboration.  In this session you’ll hear about how to think about and plan out your infrastructure rollout and facility modification so your project is sustainable, cost-effective, equitable and resilient for the long term.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Cybersecurity Risks and Solutions
As the wold becomes more digitalized and transit agencies are seen as targets of opportunity for cyber attcaks, transit agencies are looking for tools and solutions to mitigate cyber risk. The panelists will detail how to identify cyber security vunerabilities, make recommnedations on solutions and provide insight in to improving customers' expereinces. Join this session to learn how to prepare for the future in the digital age and employ cyber security risk management.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Speed Networking
An interactive speed dating format designed to help attendees strengthen their business relationships and meet other members with similar interests.
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    What’s New and What’s Next: Micro-mobility, Microtransit, MaaS, and Mobility Hubs
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Bus Display
Buses will be on display for your inspection and manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to discuss their products and answer your questions. .
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Bus Display Lunch
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Coordinated Service Across Community Mobility Programs: Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Innovations in Mobility Without Breaking the Bank
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Keys to Prioritizing Public Safety
Transit agencies throughout the country are impacted by the challenges associated with the societal siiues of passengers experiencing homelessness, menatl illness and chemical addiction. Panelists will provide attendees with applicale strategies for improving transit agencies' public safety programs. Join this session to exchange best practices on transit security.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Open Data Utilization for Informed Decision Making in Public Transit
The open data utilization is crucial for informed decision making in public transit. With the increasing use of technology in transportation, transit agencies need to utilize real-time data for informed decision-making. Experts from AC and Ito World will provide valuable knowledge on data governance challenges faced by transit agencies. Topics covered include using standards, innovative data collection methods, and techniques to enhance open data accessibility. Attendees will learn about challenges, such as data quality and security, and benefits, such as improved service reliability and enhanced passenger experiences. This session is a must-attend for anyone interested in improving the overall transit experience for riders.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Racial Equity and Public Transportation
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Sustaining Your ZEB Transition: From Pilot to 100% Zero Emission Fleet
Successful ZEB deployment strategies vary depending on how far agencies are in their transition. Pilot projects focus on understanding the technology. Early-stage deployment projects focus on introducing new operational and maintenance practices. Advanced projects should focus on institutionalizing best practices for sustaining the technology and workforce for the long term. Come to this session to hear from three agencies at each stage of development and how they approach transition planning, Low-No grant applications, infrastructure and fleet deployment, and workforce development.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    The Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony
The Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2023 has completed ATPA’s year-long national leadership development program. Since June 2022 this talented and driven class has participated in workshops and webinars, received mentoring from industry leaders, and worked together to complete comprehensive capstone projects on topical industry issues such as employee engagement and retention, customer experience, and transitions to zero-emission fleets. Join us to hear their reflections on their past year, receive highlights of their group presentations, and celebrate their success at the graduation.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    General Session: Federal Transit Administration Update
 Tuesday, April 25
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM    Registration
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM    General Session: We All Belong: Making Public Transportation Safe and Welcoming for Everyone and Featuring the APTA Safety and Security Awards
People's experience of safety, security, and comfort while riding public transit can vary drastically based on their external identities like gender, age, race and ethnicity, ability, LGBTQ+ status, religion, and more. This session will highlight anti-harassment campaigns and strategies by three trailblazing transit agencies and provide strategies for how you can do the same at your organization. Following this session, we invite you to attend the We All Belong Roundtable Discussion for an in-depth, interactive discussion with our presenters.  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Bus Rapid Transit (BRT Tuesday) Workshop
Spend a half-day learning about the latest innovative and cutting-edge bus rapid transit system initiatives and projects.  

- Welcome and Introductions:  8 - 8:20 AM
- New BRT Projects: 8:20 - 10 AM
- Break: 10 - 10:15 AM
- Thinking Different: Bus Lane and Arterial BRT Approaches: 10:15 - 11:45 AM
- Wrap Up: 11:45 AM - 12 PM

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10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    Bus Operator Assault Prevention and Management: FTA/Transit Agency Programs, Technology and the Bus of the Future
This session will detail the growing problem of bus operator assaults, and methods to prevent and manage this trend. There will be a presentation from the FTA regarding programs implemented nationwide to prevent and handle transit worker assaults. Further, an APTA business member will discuss the use of an app that can assist operators and passengers in reporting assaults in real-time to dispatch as well as the authorities. A transit agency will discuss what they have done to deter assaults, including the implementation of comprehensive bus barriers. Finally, the “Bus of the Future” project will be discussed, including bus redesigns to improve operator safety and visibility. Join us for this important session to learn about resources to protect bus operators and how to engage in a safer operation. 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    Lessons Learned in Procuring Autonomous Vehicles
As more transit agencies deploy AV  vehicles and/or fleets, this session will explore procurement lessons learned from agencies/programs who are successfully procuring AV fleets for public transit use. 
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    Pathways for All - Accessible Wayfinding
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    Taming Hyper Inflation
Runaway inflation has been in the news for two years now and transit has not been immune to its devastating effects.  In addition, ongoing supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic continue to exacerbate the impact of inflation as well as supplier’s ability to produce and deliver – elevating the threat to the business environment.  This roundtable discussion will look at the impacts of these trends on transit suppliers, industry efforts to identify equitable solutions, and next steps in implementing those solutions.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM    We All Belong Roundtable Discussion
Please join us for an in-depth discussion with our presenters from this morning’s general session. This facilitated discussion is intended to be interactive, so please come with your questions and comments. This is a safe space to ask questions, share insights, and dive deep into this critical topic.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Learning from Workforce Challenges: Strategies, Solutions, Bragging Rights Workshop
Workforce leaders and practitioners in both public and private sectors face an endless sea of challenges -- recruitment, retention, building a workforce pipeline, promoting your brand, refining your organizational culture and much more. This hands-on session is focused on exchanging stories and challenges in small groups, bragging about your success stories, learning from each other, and sharing highlights with session attendees.
During this interactive workshop, you will have a chance to talk to your peers from public agencies and the private sector about your specific issues, solutions, and steps taken to achieve success. Discussions might address topics such as: apprenticeships and partnerships; filling open positions; workplace flexibility; upskilling and reskilling; new technology preparedness; and labor management relations. Leave this session with some valuable take-aways that you can use, adapt, and apply at your own organizations. 
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM    Products and Services Showcase
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Product & Services Showcase Lunch
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    LGBTQ+ Pride Employee Resource Groups: Best Practices and Resources in the Transit Industry
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Microtransit As An Equity Tool
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    New CEOs: Building the Foundation for Success
Holding the CEO's office can be fraught with challenges.  This session will engage panel and audience members in insightful conversations on must-take steps for success in the CEO's office, actionable takeaways, and pitfalls to avoid for  new transit CEOs and those who aspire to become a CEO. Discussion topics may include: establishing your vision, building your leadership team, setting expectations, establishing effective meeting and reporting systems, working with your board, and championing your message to those you serve.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Outcome-Oriented Procurement: Tactics for Innovative and Scalable Solutions
In this panel presentation, transit agencies and software startups will discuss how procurement can evolve to embrace new technology, as well as how specific areas of the industry are hurt more by outdated processes. Transit, Swiftly, and transit agency staff will share the latest data on procurement from agencies, discuss the limitations of custom solutions, outline how new methods can improve outcomes and save resources, and empower attendees to draft outcome-oriented RFIs and RFPs, in service of scalable solutions that will improve the rider experience across the industry.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM    The Nighttime Economy: Serving Workers, Patrons, Business, and Rising Demand
While the number of transit commuters has declined since the pandemic, there is growing demand for transit and overall mobility in off-peak and late evening hours.   The nighttime economic adds vibrance to community living, and has taken a growing presence in the jobs market.   Panelists will discuss ways transit agencies can step-up efforts to address the needs to late-shift workers.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM    Hydrogen Fueling for your Fuel Cell Bus Fleet
Many transit agencies are evaluating the feasibility of integrating fuel cell electric buses into their fleets to meet their goal of reducing emissions. For those beginning on this pathway, identifying a hydrogen fueling option can be daunting. The choices include large or small fuel providers, industrial scale v modular solutions, delivery vs onsite generation, and the full rainbow of hydrogen types: green, blue, gray, pink, and yellow. In this session you’ll hear from experts in hydrogen fueling and integration with transit fleets on benefits and challenges of different hydrogen solutions.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM    Regional Planning - Enhancing Transit Service and Increasing Access
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM    Ridership & System Redesign Post Pandemic
Ridership is at the top of any transit discussion today.  The pandemic amplified on-going discussions about who most benefits from and needs public transportation, how to redesign transit networks to serve those most in need of transit, and how to grow ridership in a new era of the virtual office.  This session will focus on several innovative transit agency programs to aimed at navigating the evolving post-pandemic realities in their communities.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM    Safety Management Systems (SMS)/PTASP, Safety Committees and Safety Certification: FTA, Transit Agency and Business Member Examples
The session panel will discuss Safety Management Systems (SMS) overall, how transit agencies are implementing their PTSAPs, safety and security certification, and the creation and implementation of the Bi-partisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)-mandated Safety Committees. The FTA will also present on upcoming 2023 safety rulemakings and Safety Risk Management (SRM). We will also include presentations from two APTA business members, with the topics of “How to Build a Solid Safety Assurance Plan” and “Scalable Safety and Security Certification” being discussed. Finally, a bus-only transit agency will relay their experiences with SMS, Safety Committees, and PTASP implementation and explain how the FTA’s safety requirements can be implemented at all size transit agencies from large to small.
 Wednesday, April 26
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM    Closing General Session: Strategies for Decarbonizing the Transportation: Transit’s Central Role
The transportation sector collectively causes contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of the economy.   A partnership among the federal Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Housing and Urban Development has produced  “The U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization:  A Joint Strategy to Transform Transportation.”   Federal partners will describe the multi-modal, multi-sector and public-private partnership approach required to make big strides in reducing green-house gas emissions from transportation while advancing equity, environmental justice, safety, and economic growth.  The initiative has a strong focus on the significant impact land-use and affordability have on transport demand.   Complementing the remarks those remarks, local examples of transit agency initiatives to reduce ghg emissions will further illustrate public transportation’s central role..    
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Getting Equity Assessments Right: Ensuring Impactful Outcomes for the Underserved and Underrepresented
Conducting sound equity assessment of existing transit service and current and future transit needs requires a holistic and intentional approach. What is assessed and how it impacts both riders and non-riders alike is crucial, as well as how you engage your stakeholders and transit riders, especially from underserved and underrepresented communities. How are leading planners and practitioners combining community outreach with the right data-based measures to advance transit equity?
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Innovative Funding and Finance
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM    Transit on Demand - One Size Does Not Fit All
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM    ZEBRA Bus OEM Roundtable
In partnership with APTA, ZEBRA is hosting a roundtable event focused on zero-emission bus OEMs. This event is free to attend and open to all APTA member transit agencies, as well as ZEBRA members and prospects. Pre-register here. This event is for transit agencies only. 

CTE and ZEBRA will host a zero-emission bus happy hour on Tuesday, April 25, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Brit's PubThe happy hour is open to all ZEBRA members and attendees of APTA's Mobility Conference.  Please RSVP here

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