Arizona’s 31st Annual Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT

April 8 – 13, 2018

Arizona’s 31st Annual Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT

Arizona’s 31st Annual Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT

Thank you to Conference Title Sponsor NATIONAL EXPRESS TRANSIT!


Join AzTA and ADOT for the 31st Annual Transit Conference at the Tucson University Park Hotel in Tucson.  On Sunday, April 8th, the conference kicks off with the signature, “AzTA Golf with Friends” event at Omni National Golf Resort and followed by a Welcome Reception with Exhibitor and Vehicle Displays. 

Thank you to ACI for sponsoring three exciting Keynote Focus conversations! 

Connected Vehicle Technology: Transit Applications in Maricopa County

Faisal Saleem, ITS Branch Manager & MCDOT SMARTDrive Program Manager, MCDOT
Jennifer Toth, Transportation Director / County Engineer, MCDOT
Larry Head, Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering and Director of the Transportation Research Institute, University of Arizona
Jay Yenerich, Manager of Design, Valley Metro

This session will focus on the connected vehicle enabled transit applications that advance the transit priority technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) through the connected vehicles initiative is advancing the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology to improve public safety and surface transportation mobility. The Arizona Connected Vehicle Consortium, which includes the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the University of Arizona (UA), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), together with private partners, are moving this initiative forward to develop and demonstrate advanced ITS applications that integrate vehicles together with Systematically Managed ARTerial (SMART) roadway systems in Maricopa County. MCDOT SMARTDrive Program focuses on connecting the vehicle to infrastructure deployed on the roadway and making more effective use of technology in actual driving conditions. One of the applications developed is the transit signal priority which is being tested and demonstrated at the SMARTDrive Test Bed in Anthem in a multi-modal environment.

A Community Conversation - First Mile Last Mile Campaign with the City of Phoenix & Lyft

Megan Neal, Transit Project Manager/Management Assistant II, City of Phoenix Public Transit
Drena Kusari, General Manager, Lyft
Kristin Sheff, Southwest Marketing Manager, Lyft

Low density, low ridership areas and route segments can be a challenge for transit systems. These areas can include lifeline communities or low density employment centers. Fixed route service is not always the best option for service delivery to these markets. Today many communities are looking at various traditional and non-traditional services to serve the periphery areas of the city and are developing alternative solutions.

Say Hello to Waymo

Ellie Casson, Head of Local Policy, Waymo

Waymo is a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. From its beginnings as the Google self-driving car project, Waymo has been working to make America’s roads safer and increase mobility for the millions of people who cannot drive. Waymo’s ultimate goal is to help millions of people get safely from door to door at the push of a button. Join us to hear directly from Ellie Casson, Waymo’s Head of Local Policy, about the company’s history, efforts in Arizona and plans for the future.

SNEAK PEAK at the breakout sessions:

• Creative Recruitment Strategies for a Challenging Job Market - First Transit
• Tucson TOD Highlights - City of Tucson Transit
• “Respect the Ride” Code of Conduct - Valley Metro
• Micro Transit - ASU School of Sustainability
• It’s a Jungle out there! The Wild World of Servicing Customers with Disabilities using SERVICE ANIMALS
• A Holistic Approach to Transit Planning - FMPO, NAIPTA, City of Flagstaff
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Banner Occupational Health
• Regional Commuter and Intercity Passenger Rail in Arizona - MAG & ADOT
• More to come ...

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... Join us at this year’s P3 After Party sponsored by Creative Bus Sales! A fun evening that will include dinner, drinks, prizes, music… and premier transit vehicles!

This is the premier transit conference for Arizona. Don’t miss the action!