2020 Minnesota Public Transit Conference

Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Join Us! For a new hybrid event with participants attending both in-person and remotely!

We’re excited about supporting the Rochester Area and letting Minnesotans know how essential and safe transit service is in our state.

As transit systems and the transit industry work to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, we have some great sessions and training opportunities lined up that will focus on how to communicate the safety protocols being implemented by systems that make riding the bus safe and how to recover riders and clients. We will discuss the new environment we find ourselves in and how to continue to offer great transit service as well all learn to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future.

            The 2020 Minnesota Public Transit Conference provides great opportunities to network and reconnect with others in transit while learning about new products and services and getting important information that you need to manage in this unprecedented and quickly changing environment.

Interested in being a vendor or sponsor? Check out our expo page here!

Both online and in-person attendees can:

  • Network with transit professionals both online and in-person
  • Meet and learn more about vendors both online and in-person
  • Be a part of our break-out sessions
  • Support the Minnesota Public Transit Association
  • Participate in training sessions
  • Listen in on presentations regarding major transit topics
    And so much more!

Tentative Schedule

Monday, October 5th

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Training Session I Emergency Preparedness

                                                                                            Kelly Shawn, RLS

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Training Session II Communication and Outreach

                                                          Jill Brown, Jill Cahoon, AT Stoddard

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM – CEO Summit

4:00 PM – MPTA Annual Meeting

5:30 PM – Transit Awards

6:30 PM -  Welcome & Networking Reception

Tuesday, October 6th

8:30 AM – General Session/Breakfast

                        Federal Transit Funding and Policy Update 

                        APTA – Rich Weaver, CTAA – Scott Bogren, FTA – Kelley Brookins

10:00 AM – Break in Vendor Expo Area

11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon - 3 Breakout Sessions

                        Managing Staff in Turbulent Times

                        New Technology for Transit

                        Working With Local Governments/Community Leaders

12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM – Lunch and Vendor Expo  

          1:00 PM – Maintenance Break-Out Session 

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM – 3 Breakout Sessions                     

                        Safety for Operators, Staff and Riders

                        Customer Service – Getting Riders Back

                        Transit Funding 2021 – What are the options in Minnesota

Wednesday, October 7th

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – General Session/Breakfast

          Transit In Minnesota Update

                        Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher, MnDOT Invited

                        Charlie Zelle, Met Council  Invited

10:30 AM – Volunteer Driver & RTCC Update Session