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Monday, October 15, 2012, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


Keynote Address


Providing Meaningful Mobility Connections:

Lessons Learned


John Inglish CEO Utah Transit Authority


John M. Inglish

Chief Executive Officer,

Utah Transit Authority

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John Inglish has worked in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. His career has included working at the state, regional and local levels of government in Utah. He served over ten years as General Manager for the Utah Transit Authority and, in 2010, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UTA. Mr. Inglish is internationally recognized for his transit expertise and his ability to make transit projects a reality. Under his leadership, UTA has garnered national and worldwide recognition for its transportation systems.



October 14, 2012, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Training Sessions


Cost Allocation for Rural Transit Agencies

Rich Garrity, RLS & Associates

This course is designed to teach transit managers and planners a service-based methodology for allocation transit costs to various services provided by the organization. Designed for individuals with little or no accounting background, this course will describe transit “cost allocation” issues; distinguish between financial-based and service-based cost allocation issues; build a service based on a cost allocation model based on actual system financial data; and explain scenarios where a cost allocation model could be applied.



State Management Review Roundtable Discussion

Facilitator: Peter Schauer, Peter Schauer Associates

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the history of the SMP program and the experiences of States as it relates to the review process. This workshop is an opportunity to hear other States explain their experiences with the FTA SMP review process and how findings were addressed. The relationship between the SMP and the individual States and FTA Regional offices will be discussed with emphasis on the process of approval and update of the State Management Plan and approval and closeout of SMP findings by the FTA Regional offices. Specific areas of expertise by invited state experts will focus on each area of the SMP where findings seem to be regularly generated and best practices will be shared. The experiences shared will include how States introduce the SMP to their “front offices” and experiences of how “front offices” react to findings. Methods to insure sub-grantee compliance with FTA requirements such as site visits and methods of sub-grantee oversight will be central to this workshop. Who should attend: This workshop will especially benefit any state official responsible for FTA compliance. Ideas and concepts discussed will assist not only in the compliance of FTA programs but an effort will be made to focus on the relationship between compliance and customer focused passenger transit services. Financial staff as well as program staff will find this workshop helpful. Sub-grantees and others may find the discussion beneficial in operating direct passenger transit services.




Some of the sessions planned for this year's conference include:

Mobility Management Trends in Rural America

Targeting, Planning, Promoting and Evaluating Rural Public and Intercity Bus Services

Successful Planning and Implementing New and Restructured Intercity Bus Service

New Perspectives in Planning and Designing National Park Service Transportation

Tribal Transit: Bringing It All Together and Making It Work

Transit Workforce Development in Today's Rural Environment

Innovations in Rural Transit Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness

Operating at Your Best: Improving Transit Operator Performance

Customer Information and Training to Enhance the Transit Experience

Operations Logistics in the Face of Service Disruption and Other Emergencies

Rural Transit Change and Innovation: Transit Operations in Trying Times

...And many more on topics of policy, finance, technology and special topics.


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Awards Luncheon: Monday, October 15, 12:00 - 1:30 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@Westat.com. Click here to download 2012 nomination procedures. For information about the 2010 award winner, click here.

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Monday, October 15, 2012; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Vendor EXPO and Social Hour

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.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012; 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

National Perspectives on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation: Words from the Industry

Join this lively dialogue with leaders of our national associations: Dale Marsico, Executive Director of the Community Transportation Association; Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association; and Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association.




Tuesday, October 16, 2012; 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Special Topic Roundtables

Special Topic Roundtables are scheduled throughout the conference to provide the opportunity to connect and share with others on specific topics. They are informal but facilitated to provide the opportunity for a lively dialogue exchange among peers and partners.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012; 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

FTA Administrator's Award for Outstanding Rural Transit System: The awards luncheon on Tuesday will feature FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff 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. Click here to download nomination procedures.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

"Tuesday Night Fever"

Come dine and dance the night away! "Utah Jive" will be providing a disco experience you will not forget! Have photos taken with your peers in the "photobooth" or pose in front of the green screen and create memories of your visit to Salt Lake City! Prizes will be awarded from the vendors. Also, test your bus roadeo skills in the small scale cone course with a radio control bus! Cash bar available.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting: Future of Rural America: And What Are We Going To Do About It?

This traditional conference closing plenary session is an actively-facilitated program focusing on concerning demographic and economic trends for the future of rural America. This year’s Town Hall Meeting session will feature engaging content experts that can speak to the trends, but who can also help identify a call to action agenda for our industry. The Town Hall Meeting will result in the identification of a potentially actionable research and political agenda for our industry and our industry partners.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon

MAP-21 Update

Please join FTA for an update on the changes in rural and intercity bus transportation programs in the recently-passed reauthorization.




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