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GIS in Transit Conference
September 1, 2015 - September 3, 2015
Is your agency looking for ways to improve public transit using GIS? Join URISA, the National Center for Transit Research, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for discussions and education. The conference, presented every two years, features important conversations, preconference workshops, comprehensive education, and opportunities to connect with experts, peers and private sector sponsors, including Esri, Gold Conference Sponsor.
2015 GIS in Transit Conference
September 1-3, 2015
Just Announced: The conference has applied for and expects to receive over 45 AICP CM credits for our professional planners.
Keynote Speakers (Wednesday, September 2)
- Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager for Waze will deliver the opening keynote address on Wednesday morning, September 2. Ms. Fitzgerald will discuss “Connecting Cities and Citizens to Outsmart Traffic Together”. The Connected Citizens Program is an ongoing partnership between Waze and various international government agencies to share publicly-available incident and road closure data.
- Later that day, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Therese McMillan will provide important information about national transit activities. Ms. McMillan joined FTA as Deputy Administrator in 2009.With the passage of a new surface transportation authorization, MAP-21, she has assumed a key role in guiding FTA’s implementation of transit-related provisions in the law and overseeing the development of critical guidance.
Workshops (Tuesday, September 1)
Attendees may choose to attend one of two optional preconference workshops, 8 hour deep-dives into these important topics:
- Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation
- Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy
Educational Sessions (Wednesday and Thursday, September 2-3)
There is an abundance of education on the schedule. Key topics being presented include:
- SmartBus: GIS and On-board Bus Technologies (AVL, APC, AVA)
- Visualizing Transit Opportunities through GIS Innovations
- Washington DC: A Case Study in Enterprise GIS Implementation
- Transit Asset Management What Drives What?
- Exploring Transit and Land Use Relationships
- New Spatial Tools
- Safety and Emergency Management
- Transit Planning for Rural Areas and Medium Cities
- Accessing the System
- Building Organizational Readiness and Collaboration
- Where Should Your Transit Stop Go?
- Bus Stop Management
- Mind the Gap – Using GIS to Determine Transit Needs
- Surveying the Transit Market
- Transit Approaching: Increasing High Frequency Travel
- Using GIS in Achieving Transit System Improvements
Conference Chair, Jeff Becker, Senior Manager of Service Development, for the Denver Regional Transportation District is looking forward to the conference. “Service planning and asset management—performance analysis, ridership reporting and forecasting, state-of-good-repair, inventory of ROW, stations and stops—are some of the hottest topics in transit today. Do you know how GIS supports these activities? The GIS in Transit Conference has attracted over 60 presentations on these topics. Come see how researchers and practitioners analyze and visualize data to support better transit.”
For details about the conference, including a link to secure reservations at the conference venue, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza (note that the room block closes August 17), visit http://www.urisa.org/education-events/gis-in-transit-conference