Pre-Conference Training Sessions: September 30, 2018, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
All registrations for the pre-conference sessions must be received by August 15, 2018.
Topics to be announced.
If you are not planning to attend conference pre-conference training sessions, there are many opportunities in Breckenridge and the surrounding area to explore. Visit our Things to Do page for more ideas.
Additional special events are being planned. Check back here after January 1 for more details.
Opening Reception and Trivia/Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 2nd, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us to kick-off the conference and network with new friends and old from around the country. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks (hosted & cash bar). Be sure to stop by the student winners' poster area to visit with our award winners.
We are excited to welcome first-time attendees of the conference. As a first-timer, you are eligible to participate in the "Trivia Contest and Scavenger Hunt" for prizes, including free registration to attend the 24th National Conference in 2020. The trivia/scavenger hunt provides an orientation to the conference, and a fun way to get to know other new attendees as well as those who have attended in the past. Additional details will be available. If you are a first-time attendee, be sure to designate that on the provided question in your registration form.
Keynote Address: Monday, October 1, 2018, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Details to follow.
Preliminary List of Break-Out Sessions
Topics for the conference will be organized by routes targeting content particularly relevant to rural public and tribal transportation, human service transportaiton, and intercity bus:. Route 1: Planning, Design, and Research
. Route 2: Policy, Funding and Finance
. Route 3: Special Topics on Rural Mobility
. Route 4: Rural and Tribal Transportation in Today's Operating Environment
. Route 5: Better Mobility Through Technology
Awards Luncheon: Monday, October 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Roger Tate is Smiling Award: The Transportation Research Board established this award to honor individuals who, like Roger Tate, have records of passionate, innovative, and unswerving commitment to improving transportation services in rural America. For 14 years, until his untimely death in 1996, Roger Tate kept the needs of rural transportation before the U.S. Department of Transportation leadership and others who could, and did, make a difference. For more information about the award or to make a nomination, please contact Jon Burkhardt at JonBurkhardt@comcast.net. Click here to download 2018 nomination procedures. The nomination deadline is July 15, 2018.
The Rural Mobility Champion Award: The Transportation Research Board’s Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Committee (AP055) has established the “Rural Mobility Champion Award” to honor individuals who have made significant achievements in improving transportation services in communities in rural America. This award is established in parallel with the Committee’s Roger Tate Is Smiling Award, which is awarded to individuals who are recognized for their contributions to rural transportation improvements on a national scale. For more information about the award or to make a nomination, please contact Jon Burkhardt at JonBurkhardt@comcast.net. Click here to download 2018 nomination procedures. The nomination deadline is July 15, 2016.
FTA Administrator's Award for Outstanding Rural Transit System. The awards luncheon on Monday will feature presentation of awards by FTA, awarding outstanding rural transit systems. At each national rural conference since 1984, the Federal Transit Administration has presented an award for outstanding public service to several rural transit systems recognizing their accomplishments. The 2016 Administrator’s Awards for Outstanding Service in Rural Public Transportation were:
. Durango Transit, Durango Colorado
. Barry County Transit, Hastings Michigan
. Tri-Valley Heartland Express, Crookston Minnesota
FTA regional offices will make nominations of those rural, tribal and intercity bus programs as candidates for the 2018 awards.
Student Award Presentations. Winners of the Student Paper Competition, both graduate students and undergraduate students, will be recognized and honored. This is the sixth conference in which student scholars have been honored for their contributions to research in rural public and intercity bus transportation. Click here for more information on this competition.
Vendor EXPO and Social Hour: Monday, October 1, 2018; 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a chance to visit with the vendors before heading off to dinner. Light hors d'oeuvres served with a cash bar in the vendor area.
Plenary Session: Tuesday, October 2, 2018; 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
National Perspectives on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation: Words from the Industry
Join this lively dialogue with leaders of our national associations. The focus of the session will include a brief update from each of our featured speakers on current transit issues at the national level affecting rural transit agencies, followed by an open dialogue with participants.
Special Evening Dinner Event: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Details to follow. Additional tickets for guests will be available at registration.
Town Hall Meeting: Hot Topics Affecting Transit in Rural America
Wednesday, October 3, 2018; 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
The Town Hall meeting is designed for conference attendees who wish to delve deeper into industry issues and topics, and will springboard from earlier sessions. Everyone in the room is invited to participate as a full member of the discussion. Topics related to operations challenges and solutions, marketing, collaboration strategies and technology are well suited to the format, but any and all ideas will be considered.
FTA States "Mini-Conference": Future of Transit Update
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 pm
Please join FTA staff for an update on what’s new with grant programs and requirements. Learn the latest information to help your state get the most out of the federal program. Bring your questions about rural and tribal programs. Box lunch served (advance reservations required).