2021 MN/WI Public Transit Conference

Location
Duluth, MN

Join us at the Duluth Event and Convention Center for networking, training, learning, and more!

  • Catch up with friends and colleagues in-person in beautiful Duluth
  • Learn about the new products and services for your system being offered by vendors and sponsors
  • Participate in important training sessions and get the latest updates you need
  • Join sessions on tribal transit that are being added to the conference this year
  • Listen in on breakout sessions remotely if you prefer

 

In Person Attendee Rates:

In Person:

  • $275 Full Registration, October 4-7
  • $250 Three Days, October 4-6
  • $200 Two Days, Monday & Tuesday October 4-5
  • $200 Two Days, Tuesday & Wednesday October 5-6
  • $200 Two Days, Wednesday & Thursday October 6-7
  • $75 One Day, Monday October 4 Only
  • $150 One Day, Tuesday October 5 Only
  • $150 One Day, Wednesday October 6 Only
  • $150 Tribal Sessions, Thursday October 7

*$25 cancellation fee

No Refunds After September 24

Virtual Participation:

  • $75 Virtual One Day, Monday October 4
  • $150 Virtual One Day, Wednesday October 6
  • $150 Virtual Tribal Sessions, Thursday October 7

Receptions and Tours:

  • $25 Vista Harbor Tour, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. (Limited to first 50 tour registrants - *Conference Attendees Only)

Event Schedule

Monday, October 4, 2021  Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)

8:00 AM — Registration Opens

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Operations/Paratransit Committee

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Training Session I - Safety and Security with TSA: Brooke Boesch, Transportation Security Inspector

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM — Training Session II - Mobility Management: Judy Shanley, Ph.D, Easterseals Director, Nat Ctr for Mobility Management (NCMM)

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM — Transit System CEO Summit

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM — MPTA/WIPTA Annual Meetings

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM — Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 5, 2021  Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)

7:30 AM — Registration Opens

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM — Maintenance Committee

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM — General Session / Welcome / Keynote Speakers

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson - Welcome

Federal Transit Funding Update - Art Guzzetti, APTA; Scott Bogren, CTAA; Kelley Brookins, FTA

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM — Break in Expo Hall

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Break-Out Sessions                           

                                       Recovering From COVID - Scott Bogren, CTAA

                                         Vehicle Maintenance: Bus Air Conditioning - George M Zimucha, Mobile Climate Control

                                       Micro/Macro Transit - Jeremy Eves, Pantonium, Matt Fyten, SouthWest Transit, Patty Kiewitz, Green Bay Metro Transit,                                                                           Matthew Deery, Via

                                      Transit System Planning  - Lisa Raduenz, MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation; Jeff Sponcia, Milwaukee County Transit System

12:00 PM to 2:30 PM — Lunch In Expo Hall

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM — Tours of Duluth Transit Authority

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM — Duluth Harbor Tour (Pre-Registration Required)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021  Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)

7:30 AM — Registration Opens

8:30 AM to 9:15 AM — General Session - Minnesota and Wisconsin Agency Updates

Tori Nill, MnDOT; Ian Ritz, WisDOT; Nick Thompson, Metropolitan Council

 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM - Let’s Get Going with On-line Trip Planning & General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)! - Marcy Jaffe, Transnnovation, Inc.

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM — Break-Out Sessions                              

                                       Alternative Fuels/Electric Buses - Tony Kellen, Wendel; Ron McCorkel, Milwaukee County Transit System

                                       Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Idea Café - Bobbi Craig, Wisconsin Assn of Mobility Managers, Moderator

                                       FTA Update – FTA Staff

                                       Customer Service/Marketing - Jill Brown, PR Consultant; Kristina Hoffman, Milwaukee County Transit System

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM — Break

 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Break-Out Sessions                                       

                                        Better Bus Project - Chris Belden, Director of Planning & Grants and David Clark, Director of Marketing, Duluth Transit Authority

                                        Transit Association Participation - Margaret Donahoe, MPTA; Tom Wagener, WIPTA

                                        Entry Level Driver Training Requirements - Matthew Marrin, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin (FMCSA)

                                        Transit Technology/Software - Kirby Becker MnDOT OTAT, Elliott McFadden, MnDOT OTAT , Chuck Morris, MnDOT OTAT

                                         Drug and Alcohol Training - Michael Redington, US DOT Volpe Center

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM — Lunch with Keynote Speaker - Diversity and Equity in Transit: Alonzo Kelly

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM — Tribal Transit Training Opening FTA Region

3:00 PM – Break

3:15 PM – Tribal Transit Training 2

Speaker:  Kristen Joyner

 6:00 PM – National RTAP Reception

Thursday, October 7, 2021   Radisson Hotel (505 W. Superior St.) Duluth

7:30 AM – Breakfast

8:00 AM - National RTAP Update

8:45 AM — Tribal Transit Training 2 - FTA Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Program

10:15 AM — Break

10:30 AM — Tribal Transit Training 3 - Procurement

12:15 PM — Lunch - Robin Phillips, Executive Director, National RTAP

1:30 PM — Tribal Transit Training 4

3:00 PM — Break

3:15 PM — Tribal Transit Training 5

4:30 PM — Tribal Transit Training 6

 

Event Accommodations

DECC

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Our room block at the Holiday Inn is full.

Radisson Hotel

To make reservations call 1-800-333-3333 and give group name: MN/WI Public Transit Association. Online at radissonamericas.com/duluthmn and enter Promo Code: PUBLIC. Room cost: $129 plus taxes. Reservations must be made by September 3, 2021.

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