Upcoming events

    • 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:  https://www.mpta-transit.org/event/2021-mnwi-public-transit-expo-vendors-and-sponsors

    Register Now!

    Volunteers needed to help with Registration!  Contact: Margaret, margaret@transportationalliance.com 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

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