2018 MN/WI Public Transportation Conference & Expo

La Crosse, WI

MPTA’s 2018 Minnesota / Wisconsin Public Transportation Conference and Expo is Monday, October 15 through Wednesday, October 17 at the La Crosse Center, located at 300 Harborview Plaza in La Crosse, Wisconsin. There will be a block of rooms reserved at the Radisson Hotel, located at 200 Harborview Plaza.

Below is the draft itinerary. Please check back for updates on training sessions, keynote speakers, and more. Current possibilities for Breakout Session topics range from team-building to transit advocacy to autonomous vehicles. Don't miss out!

Vendor and sponsor information can be found here.

Monday, October 15

8:00 AM  Registration opens at the La Crosse Center registration area

10:00 AM  Training Session I - Safety & Security in Transit: Best Practices, Rules & Regulations, presented by TSA

Lunch Provided

1:00 PM  Training Session II - Transit Technology: Apps, Social Media & New Tech Developments, presented by:

Brendan Conway, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Milwaukee Co Transit

Denise Wandke, Director of Transportation, Milwaukee Co Transit

Dan Basile, Chief Operations Officer, Milwaukee Co Transit


2:30 PM  CEO Summit

4:00 PM  MPTA Membership Meeting

4:00 PM  WIPTA Membership Meeting

6:00 PM  Welcome Reception (includes food)


Tuesday, October 16

7:30 AM  Registration opens (includes breakfast)

8:30 AM  Welcome from the La Crosse mayor, Craig Rempp with MPTA and Lynn Gilles with WIPTA

9:00 - 10:00 AM  Keynote Speaker

Tim Clue: Tim engages and interacts with his audience in a way that is both humorous and inspiring. He has performed with comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and has performed for notables such as former President George H.W. Bush.


10 - 11:00 AM  Break in Expo area

11:00 - 12:00 PM  Concurrent Sessions (5)

  • Autonomous Buses/Alternative Fuels
  • Five-Year Transit System Plans in Greater Minnesota – SRF, AECOM, LSA, WSB & Associates
  • Federal Transit Funding Update – FTA Region V Kelley Brookins
  • Ideas Café – Driver Issues
  • Integrating Your Program with Local Planning presented by Nick Musson, Associate Transportation Planner, East Central Wisconsin Planning Commission

12:00 – 3:00 PM  Lunch and Vendor Expo

3:30 – 5:30 PM  La Crosse Queen Tour

6:30 PM  Reception (includes food)


Wednesday, October 17

7:30 AM  Registration opens (includes breakfast)

8:00 - 9:15 AM  General Session: FAST Act Reauthorization Coming Soon: 2020 presented by Rich Sampson, CTAA and APTA

9:30 - 10:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions (5)

  • Transportation Services Networks (i.e. Uber, Lyft)
  • Idea Café - Engaging local officials
  • Transit Advocacy – Rich Sampson, CTAA
  • Family Care/ Medicaid - Speaker: Charlene Norberg, ADRC/Aging Unit Director, ADRC of Eagle County
  • Procurement Policies

10:30 – 11:00 AM  Break

11:00 - 12:00 PM  Concurrent Sessions (5)

  • Travel Training/Trip Planning/ Bus Buddy Programs - Derek Muench, Director of Transit & Parking, City of Sheboygan
  • Safety and Security
  • Customer Service
  • Attracting Riders
  • To be determined

12:00 - 1:30 PM  Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Paul Lewis: Vice President, Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation: The Impact of Technology on the Future of Transit

To find more information on what's included in Vendor registration and what this year's Sponsor benefits are, please click here.


Gold Level Sponsors




Hoglund Bus Company






North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc.

North Central


Schmitty & Sons

Schmitty & Sons


Silver Level Sponsors

A & J Vans, Inc



Modine Manufacturing Company





MN WI Public Transit Conference
Event Accommodations

Radisson Hotel La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-784-6680
Fax: 608-782-6430

Rates: $135 - $145 for standard room
$199 - $209 for larger, river view rooms