Arizona’s 34th Annual Statewide Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT

November 15–17, 2021

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Our TITLE SPONSOR, Transdev -- invites you to attend Arizona’s 34th Annual Statewide Transit Conference at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West- November 15 - 17, 2021.

Transdev

Our TITLE SPONSOR, Transdev - The Mobility Company would like to welcome you to Arizona’s 34th Annual Statewide Transit Conference at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West - November 15 - 17, 2021!

Because moving is essential to meet, work… or simply to live, at Transdev we empower freedom to move every day thanks to safe, reliable and innovative solutions that serve the common good.

We are actively involved in the energy transition and bridging the social divide. We connect and reconnect people and communities, the rural to the urban, providing solutions tailored to the needs of our customers and passengers.

We share and act for the collective, to contribute to the well-being of society and to create opportunities and progress. We care about people and the environment, in order to achieve reliable and sustainable mobility. We dare to take up challenges and step out of our comfort zone to always offer the best solutions and innovations in response to tomorrow’s challenges. We are proud to make 11 million people travel daily on average across 5 continents. We are people serving people. And mobility is what we do.

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AzTA and ADOT are thrilled to finally be holding an IN PERSON event! Although the virtual/zoom contact has been essential during the pandemic, we have dearly missed each and every one of you.

Our in-person event will follow all state and venue mandated guidelines at the time of the event. We are encouraging all attendees to take responsibility for their own personal safety when attending an in-person event. If you have not been vaccinated, please consider wearing a mask.

At our in-person event:

  • AzTA will provide hand sanitizer stations in all breakout rooms/ballroom/lobby.
  • AzTA will provide face masks upon request – courtesy of FTA.
  • For Sheraton hotel guests, housekeeping services will be provided every 3rd night/or request no housekeeping during your stay.

Schedule of Events

MONDAY November 15, 2021
9 AM - 5 PM Conference Registration
9 AM - 1 PM (Ballroom, Foyer & Porte-cochere) Vendor Booth/Vehicle Display Setup
12:30 - 4 PM (Agua Fria) Innovation & Education with your Conference Vendors SPONSORED BY: Schetky Bus & Van Sales - use this opportunity to meet vendors one-on-one. Hear about the latest in product innovation and get all your questions answered.
12:30 - 4 PM (Ballroom, Foyer & Porte-cochere) NEW THIS YEAR! Come early and check out the Vendor Expo & Vehicle Showcase along with the Innovation & Education Showcase!! Light snacks/refreshments/PRIZES for the EARLY BIRD attendees.
12:30 - 2 PM (Arroyo) Mobility Manager Meeting
2 - 4 PM ("G" & "H") Rural Transit Meet & Greet - Jill Dusenberry, ADOT Transit ManagerJoin ADOT Transit Program Managers, Mobility Managers, & 5310/5311 subrecipients from around the state for a meet & greet session prior to the Statewide Transit Conference
4 - 6 PM (Ballroom, Foyer & Porte-cochere) "Welcome Back" Happy Hour featuring Vendor Expo & Transit Vehicle Showcase - Enjoy Light hors d'oeuvres, drinks and catching up with your favorite friends in the transit world! SPONSORED BY: Schetky Bus & Van Sales
TUESDAY November 16, 2021
8 AM - 4 PM (Ballroom, Foyer & Porte-cochere) Vendor Expo & Transit Vehicle Showcase
8 AM - 4 PM Conference Registration
8 - 8:30 AM Breakfast SPONSORED BY: NATIONAL EXPRESS TRANSIT/TOTAL TRANSIT
8:30 - 10:30 AM (Ballroom) Welcome & General Session: AZ Division Administrator will provide an update on activity at the US DOT. Presenters: FTA Region IX Administrator, Ray Tellis & Karla Petty, FHWA Moderator: Jill Dusenberry, ADOT
8:30AM - 4 PM (Agua Fria) Innovation & Education with your Conference Vendors SPONSORED BY: Schetky Bus & Van Sales - use this opportunity to meet vendors one-on-one. Hear about the latest in product innovation and get all your questions answered.
10:30 - 11 AM AM Break SPONSORED BY: Uber/Routematch
11 AM - Noon ("G") Reauthorization & Federal Funding - Proposed Infrastructure Package, Reconciliation Package & the potential FY2022 Transportation Appropriations. Bob Holmes, Nexxus Consulting/Rich Sampson, SWTA SPONSORED BY: Mountain Line
11 AM - Noon ("H") Give It Your Best Shot – Vaccine Mandate Policy Presenters: Katrina Heineking, COO, Transdev; Tom Harris, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Transdev SPONSORED BY: TRANSDEV
11 AM - Noon (Arroyo) Valley Metro - Drones & MORE!!
11 AM - Noon (Madera) National RTAP: "I'm a Transit Manager, Now What?" Presented by: Marcy Jaffe, Consultant to National RTAP
Noon - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch SPONSORED BY: TBD
1:30 - 2:30 PM ("G") FTA/ADOT Partnership - Learn how FTA & ADOT work together to provide funding to subrecipients. Learn how FTA is funded & how ADOT receives funding to award to your agencies. Presenters - Arianna Valle, FTA General Engineer - AZ; Jill Dusenberry, ADOT
1:30 - 2:30 PM ("H") "A Conversation about the Future of Rail in Arizona" SPONSORED BY: Stacy & Witbeck
1:30 - 2:30 PM (Arroyo) TBD/MicroTransit: Integrating Operations Across All Modes of Transit Presenters: High Valley Transit, UT; Golden Empire Transit, CA; DelDOT, Delaware
1:30 - 2:30 PM (Madera) Risk Management/Insurance Best Practices - Presented by Rex Jorgensen, Alliance & Sam Short, Mountain Line
2:30 - 3 PM PM Break SPONSORED BY: HDR
3 - 4 PM ("G") Building What’s Next: MOMENTUM 2050 and the Extension of Proposition 400 Presented by: Audra Koester Thomas, Transportation Planning Program Manager (MAG)
3 - 4 PM ("H") On-Demand Transit From Rural to Suburban Communities: Leveraging the Power of Technology w/Mountain Line Transit Presented by: Kristoffer Vik Hansen, Co-Founder & CEO Spare; Estella Hollander, TDM-CP Mobility Planner, Mountain Line
3 - 4 PM (Arroyo) ADOT Roundtable: Join the ADOT Transit Team for a roundtable of topics to ADOT Subrecipients. Have a burning question join the roundtable! Presenters: Sara Allred and Shatawn Reed, ADOT
3 - 4 PM (Madera) Developing a Custom Ridership Tracking App for a Small/Medium Transit Agency Presented by: Douglas Rides
4 - 7 PM (Ballroom, Foyer & Porte-cochere) SPONSORED BY: CREATIVE BUS SALES "Transit Takeover Party" featuring Vendor Expo & Vehicle Showcase. This TRANSIT TAKEOVER PARTY celebrates Arizona’s transit community! Light hors d'oeuvres, drinks & entertainment for everyone to LET LOOSE!
WEDNESDAY November 17, 2021
8 AM - Noon Conference/Training Registration
8:30 - 9 AM Breakfast SPONSORED BY: TBD
9 AM - 3PM (Ballroom, Foyer & Porte-cochere) Vendor Expo & Transit Vehicle Showcase
9 AM - 3PM (Agua Fria) Innovation & Education with your Conference Vendors SPONSORED BY: Schetky Bus & Van Sales - use this opportunity to meet vendors one-on-one. Hear about the latest in product innovation and get all your questions answered.
9 - 10 AM ("G") National RTAP: Driver Recruitment/Retention - "Woosh, Where Did all the Drivers Go?" Presented by: Marcy Jaffe, Consultant to National RTAP
9 - 10 AM ("H") Innovative Approaches to Local Match Sources Presented by: Rich Sampson, SWTA
9 - 10 AM (Arroyo) Driving the Shift to Electric Transit Buses in Hot Weather Climates Presented by: Lauren Scoville, Proterra; Makenzie McGuffie, Valley Metro
9 - 10 AM (Madera) ADOT Civil Rights Presenter: Ahnaf Nur, ADOT Civil Rights Moderator - Brian Brinkley, ADOT State Safety Oversight
10 - 10:30 AM AM Break SPONSORED BY: KEOLIS
10:30 - 11:30 AM ("G") The Mida$ Touch: Sustainability Project$ Make the AZ Economy Go Round - Updates from around the state on current & future projects. Presenters: Eric Latto, Transit Services Coordinator, City of Tucson; Heather Dalmolin, CEO & GM - Mountain Line
10:30 - 11:30 AM ("H") What’s Next for Mobility in Urban & Rural Communities? SPONSORED BY: Uber/Routematch Presented by: Andrew Leach, Account Exec & Chris Margaronis, Sr. Account Exec, Uber Transit | Routematch by Uber
10:30 - 11:30 AM (Arroyo) Legislators are People Too -- Confidence 101 - Presented by John MacDonald, Policy AZ & Vinny Gallegos, Central Yavapai MPO
11:45 AM - 1 PM (Ballroom) "We Are Family!" Celebrating Transit Lunch - SPONSORED BY: TBD
1:30 - 4:30 PM ("G" & "H") Mobility Management: The Magic of Partnerships, Performance Metrics, and Sustainability Presented by: Judy Shanley, National Center for Mobility Management & Steven Workman, Director of Transport New Hampshire
1:30 - 4:30 PM (Arroyo) Please Register in advance (separate registration link below) for: Let's Roll with General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Hands-on Training Presented by: Marcy Jaffe, Consultant to National RTAP
THURSDAY November 18, 2021
8 AM - 5 PM PASS Training - Limited to 10 registrants. Please see separate Registration Link below
FRIDAY November 19, 2021
8 AM - 5 PM PASS Training - Limited to 10 registrants. Please see separate Registration Link below

PASS TRAINING REGISTRATION LINK - THURSDAY, November 18th - CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 10 REGISTRANTS (4 spots remaining).

PASS TRAINING REGISTRATION LINK - FRIDAY, November 19th - CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 10 REGISTRANTS (open).

Let’s Roll with General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Hands-on Training REGISTRATION LINK - Presented by: Marcy Jaffe, Consultant to National RTAP

  • This is an in-person/hands on training - please bring laptop to GTFS Hands-on Training.
  • After registering through link above, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You must use the online link below in order to book your room at the conference rate.

CLICK HERE TO Book your group rate for AzTA 2021 Annual Conference

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
860 N Riverview, Mesa, AZ 85201


Nightly Rate: $133 USD per night

Last Day to Book: Friday, October 22, 2021

At our in-person event:

  • AzTA will provide hand sanitizer stations in all breakout rooms/ballroom/lobby.
  • AzTA will provide face masks upon request – courtesy of FTA.
  • For Sheraton hotel guests, housekeeping services will be provided every 3rd night/or request no housekeeping during your stay.