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2021 MN/WI Public Transit Conference

  • 4 Oct 2021
  • 6 Oct 2021
  • Duluth MN

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

Vendor information:

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Volunteers needed to help with Registration!  Contact: Margaret, 651-659-0804

Event Schedule

Receptions and Tours:

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

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 ManagementJudy 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
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

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM — Duluth Harbor Tour (Pre-Registration

6:30 PM —  First Transit Reception

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

 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM - Let’s Get Going with On-line Trip Planning &
       General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)! - Marcy
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
Wisconsin Assn of Mobility ManagersModerator

                                       FTA Update – FTA Staff

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

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

                    Transit Association Participation - Margaret
MPTA; Tom Wagener, WIPTA

                    Entry Level Driver Training Requirements - Matthew
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

Save the Date!  2022 WIPTA Conference - October 17-19, Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan WI


2021 Conference Attendees:

AEOA/Arrowhead Transit
Anoka County Transit/ TCAP
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Bad River Transit
Bay Area Rural Transit
Big Woods Transit
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Brown County Heartland Express
Central Community Transit
Central Transportation
City of Janesville Transit System
City of Madison - Metro Transit
City of Mankato
City of Mankato - Mankato Transit System
City of Moorhead - Transit
City of Morris Transit
City of Oshkosh - Go Transit
Clark County
DRB Consulting
Duluth Transit Authority
Eau Claire Transit Commission
Faribault - Martin County Transit Board
Fond du Lac Area Transit
Fond du Lac Reservation
GO Transit/City of Oshkosh
Goyke and Associates
Green Bay Metro
Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County
Janesville Transit
Janesville Transit System
Jefferson County ADRC
Metro Transit
Milwaukee County Department of Transportation
Milwaukee County Transit System
Minnesota RTAP
Miskwaabekong Transit
Northwoods Transit Connections
Ozaukee County Transit
Patrick Daoust
Paul Bunyan Transit
Prairie Five CAC, Inc.
Prairie Five RIDES
Rainbow Rider
Red Lake Nation Transit Program
Rolling Hills Transit
Rolling Hills Transit/Semcac
Shoreline Metro (City of Sheboygan)
SMART Transit
SmartLink Mobility Management
SouthWest Transit
Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program
Transit Alternatives
United Community Action Partnership
Wadena County-Friendly Rider
Wisconsin Public Transportation Association

Wisconsin Public Transportation Association

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Monona, WI 53713

(224) 357-6748

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