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.

Below is the draft itinerary. For more detailed information, please view our Updated Conference Schedule under Files. This document has information on speakers and locations for each of the items below. Please check back for updates on training sessions, keynote speakers, and more.

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

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM  Association Membership Meetings




All Aboard Wisconsin


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 to Noon  Maintenance Committee

8:30 AM  Welcome from La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat, 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 AM to Noon  Operations/Paratransit Committee

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
  • Federal Transit Funding Update
  • Ideas Café – Driver Issues
  • Integrating Your Program with Local Planning

Noon – 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

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

  • Transportation Services Networks (i.e. Uber, Lyft)
  • Idea Café - Engaging local officials
  • Transit Advocacy
  • Family Care/ Medicaid
  • Customer Driven Service Part I

10:30 – 11:00 AM  Break

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

  • Travel Training/Trip Planning/ Bus Buddy Programs
  • Procurement Policies - Jean Meyer, MnDOT
  • Customer Driven Service Part II
  • Attracting Riders
  • Funding for Transit

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

Paul Lewis: Paul is the Vice President of Policy and Finance for the Eno Center for Transportation. His presentation is on Transit Technology Pilots from Around the U.S.: What Have We Learned? Microtransit, AV shuttles, first-mile/last-mile tests, dockless mobility - the transit space is buzzing with new and exciting ways to move people. These all involve complex partnerships with private firms, opportunity to provide enhanced mobility options, and a healthy dose of hype. This session will examine the data and case studies of the transit technology demonstrations and pilots, evaluating how they have performed and providing lessons learned for agencies.

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




First Transit

First Transit





Hoglund Bus Company






North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc.

North Central


Schmitty & Sons

Schmitty & Sons


Silver Level Sponsors

A & J Vans, Inc



Modine Manufacturing Company






Running Inc.

Running Inc

MN WI Public Transit Conference
Event Accommodations


The block at the Radisson is sold out. Here is a list of suggested alternatives, listed in order of distance from the La Crosse Center.

The Charmant Hotel - .1 miles

101 State St.


The Courtyard by Marriott - .3 miles

500 Front St.


Grandstay Hotel & Suites - .3 miles

525 Front St. N


HolidayInn & Suites - .3 miles

200 Pearl St.


Home2 Suites by Hilton - .3 miles

210 Jay St.


Hampton Inn & Suites - .4 miles

511 3rd St. N