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The deadline for consideration of your presentation proposal is now closed. Please join us in Monterey, California in October 2014.

Call for presentations will re-open in September 2013.


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The workshops and panels are organized around five topical routes. Presentations proposed for each route should address innovations in one of three areas: innovation in the customer experience, innovation in organizational and/or program sustainability, or innovation in economic development and community sustainability. Target market segments of particular interest for this conference within each of the routes include mobility management, rural/community transportation, intercity transit, national parks, tribal, and veterans transportation. The routes are as follows:


Route 1: Planning, Design and Research

The Planning and Design route focuses on research and best practice with specific interest in new and innovative approaches, proven best practice, or recently-completed research on rural and tribal transit and intercity bus transportation planning. Examples for topics in this route might include, but are not limited to:

needs assessment and demand modeling;
public and stakeholder involvement, or service design;
exemplary experience with coordinated public transit-human service plans;
creative planning partnerships; for example, working with local emergency agencies, regional planning approaches,
new tribal/county partnerships, tribal/state partnerships, tribal/casino
intercity bus/state partnerships; intercity bus coordination between states
next generation human services/transportation coordination plans
the transportation impact of exurbs stretching into formerly rural communities;
transit planning within tribal government:; and
planning for connections with intercity bus.


Route 2: Policy, Funding and Finance

The Policy, Funding and Finance route focuses on federal, state and local funding issues of rural and intercity bus transportation. This route includes topics on environmental justice, Civil Rights, ADA, public involvement, charter, the transit funding environment in the absence of earmarks, public/private funding strategies and more. Examples of topics for this route include, but are not limited to:

civil rights and environmental justice
funding utilization within states,
tribal set-aside funding, New Freedom, Job Access-Reverse Commute, intercity bus set-aside;
uses of State Medicaid funding;
new partnerships for local match;
Medicaid funding;
cost allocation;
program reporting innovations; and
funding partnerships with intercity bus companies.


Route 3: Special Topics on Rural Mobility

The Special Topics on Rural Mobility route addresses the changing face of rural transportation through changes in demographics, economic development efforts, “aging out” of transit managers, innovation and best practice. Examples of topics for this route might include but are not limited to:

customer needs and markets in rural communities: casino, resort, national parks, university and college students, commuters, retirement communities, veterans, regional health facilities, migrant farm workers, etc.;
innovative approaches to tribal transportation services;
serving minority populations in rural communities;
addressing language barriers for passengers, drivers, and dispatchers;
succession planning and workforce development in rural transit: recruiting and developing new managers, mentoring programs;
models for partnerships with educational institutions for workforce development; and
serving intercity travel needs of the rural customer.


Route 4: Rural Transportation in Today’s Operating Environment

The Operations route focuses on challenges and day-to-day best practices for rural and tribal transit managers, state transit program managers, and community planners. Examples of topics for this route might include but are not limited to:

human resource management including workforce development, succession planning, mentoring, recruitment, retention, credentialing and training, performance evaluation;
driver distractions
innovative approaches to escalating fuel prices:
marketing to meet diverse customer needs;
mobility management;
innovations in passenger assistance;
drug and alcohol testing and compliance;
emergency planning partnerships and investments;
emergency evacuation planning for special populations, and
best practices in rural transit/intercity bus operating partnerships.


Route 5: Technology Solutions to Improve Service

Technology solutions to improve service will focus on new developments in providing information, both pre-trip and en route, to passengers, those with special needs, with special destinations, or with challenging connections. Technology solutions for trip planning, fare collection, billing and reporting, vehicle maintenance and tracking and other activities of operating rural and intercity bus service are of interest. Examples of potential topics for this track might include but are not limited to:

narrow banding
cost effectiveness of alternative fuel technologies
how data exchange can improve service for passengers;
technology solutions for cost allocation;
technology solutions for safety and security;
technology solutions and innovations in transport of riders using wheelchairs and mobility devices;
technology innovations for intercity travel;
live technology demos of rural transit applications; and
technology development partnerships: state consortiums, regional consortiums, private sector partnerships (e.g. Google)


The conference planning committee currently is working to identify presentations of interest to our audience of rural transit and human service transportation managers, rural and regional planners, rural intercity bus operators, State DOT and human service staff, and others with an interest in rural transportation.


If you have been accepted as a speaker for this conference, please visit the TRB Information for Authors web page.

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