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South West Transit Association

state partnerships summer u 2024 (11 x 6 in)

2024 State & Tribal Partnerships Conference Agenda

Sunday 7/28

5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - Opening Reception

Join your fellow conference attendees for some complimentary drinks & appetizers and catch-up from your colleagues from – and beyond – the SWTA Nation!

Monday 7/29

8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. - Opening General Sesson

Introductory remarks from SWTA Chair Kendra McGeady and a welcome to Fort Worth from Trinity Metro President & CEO Richard W. Andreski.

9:45 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. - State & Local Funding Ideas

Public Transportation in communities is supported through a federal-state-local partnership.  Learn how transportation agencies are securing funding at the state and local levels to complement the rise in federal funding.  Panelists will discuss forward-looking funding and financing approaches to support ongoing operating and capital programs.

Moderator:   Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy and Mobility - American Public Transportation Association

State Snapshots:

Pennsylvania - Danielle Spila, Director, Bureau of Public Transportation - Pennsylvania Department of Public Transportation & Shawna Russell, Executive Director - Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association

Washington - Justin Leighton, Executive Director - Washington State Transit Association & Don Chartock, Deputy Director, Public Transportation - Washington State Department of Transportation

Colorado - Ann Rajewski, Executive Director, Executive Director - Colorado Association of Transit Agencies

Tennessee - Jason Spain, Executive Director - Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association

California - Michael Pimentel, Executive Director - California Transit Association

11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Trends in Ridership Recovery

What changes in rider demand are we seeing several years out from the pandemic?   How are transit providers attracting riders amid changes in the way people work and live?   A panel of practitioners will address these questions and more as they share their ideas and perspectives on building transit ridership.

Dinero' Washington, CEO - Sportran

(More speakers coming soon)

12:15 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. - Lunch & Safety Updates Presentation

Enjoy a buffet lunch and learn about important transit safety updates.

1:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. - AASHTO Public Transportation Council & State Transit Association Leaders Roundtable

The AASHTO Council on Public Transportation holds an in-person Summer Session, hosted by AASHTO Council leadership. During this meeting, AASHTO is joined by the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation and the Shared-Use Mobility Center for a conversation on state DOT’s role in supporting innovation in mobility services, topics to cover data management, microtransit, and more. Following this conversation, the Council on Public Transportation holds an update and discussion on the Council’s priorities and principles for Reauthorization and AASHTO’s Reauthorization Roadmap.


At the same time, state transit association leaders will gather separately to discuss key issues among state transit associations, including conferences, organizational management and advocacy.

Chair: Nicole Majeski, Secretary – Delaware DOT

Vice Chair: Jean Ruestman, Administrator, Office of Public Transportation – Michigan DOT

Rik Opstelten, Mobility Innovation Team – Federal Transit Administration

Todd Allen, Mobility Innovation Team – Federal Transit Administration

3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. - Updates on Flex Funding

Texas DOT staff moderate a discussion on the ways in which state DOTs work to coordinate and leverage flexible funding opportunities between FHWA and FTA programs to advance transit projects. The Texas, Missouri and Pennsylvania DOTs come together with the FTA staff to share best practices, case studies, and perspectives on leveraging the Flex Funds process to support transit and transportation programs.

Moderator: Mark Sprick, AICP, Director, Administration & Program Support, Public Transportation Division - Texas DOT

David Bartels, Director of Planning & Program Development - FTA Region VI

Danielle Spila, Director, Bureau of Public Transportation - Pennsylvania DOT

Christy Evers, Administrator of Transit, Multimodal Division – Transit, Missouri DOT

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - Interactive Tour of Fort Worth Central and Grapevine stations

Any interested conference attendees can join in a short walk over to Fort Worth Central Station, where Trinity Metro staff will provide details of their system and intermodal facility, which hosts multiple Trinity Metro bus routes, intercity bus carriers, TEX Rail to DFW Airport, Trinity Railway Express to Dallas, Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer & Texas Eagle routes. Additionally, Trinity Metro staff will also travel with any attendees interested on TEXRail to their Grapevine station, where transit-oriented development is flourishing. Note: no meals are provided during this event.

Tuesday 7/30

8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. - APTA State Affairs Commitee Meeting

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9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. - NEMT Updates & Challenges

This session will review the findings from a National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) sponsored survey on the state-by-state environment for using public transportation services for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT). The session will also present a sneak preview of an NCMM webpage that will be devoted to this topic, on which public transit agencies will be able to find an historic timeline of events impacting NEMT and a state-by state table of NEMT environments and innovations pertinent to the usage of using public transportation services for NEMT.

Will Rodman, Research Scientist - Texas Transit Institute

10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. - Vehicle Flexibility & Sustainability

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11:45 – 12:30 P.M. - Leadership Session featuring FTA Acting Administrator & APTA, AASHTO & CTAA Leaders

Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool will provide remarks on behalf of the Federal Transit Administration, followed by a buffet lunch for all attendees. We’ll then feature a lunchtime discussion moderated by Acting Administrator Vanterpool and leaders of APTA, AASHTO and CTAA.

1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. - Roundtable Discussion with FTA Staff

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3:15 – 4:30 P.M. - Next Steps & Report-Outs

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4:30 P.M. - Conference Adjourns

Conference sessions conclude for this event.

Begins at 5:00 P.M. - Optional Social Event at Fort Worth Stockyards (small additional fee)

Unwind with your fellow conference attendees at Second Rodeo Brewing ( in Fort Worth’s famed Stockayrds district. Attendees will receive 2 vouchers good for their choice of drinks and food. There’s no formal program at this optional social event.

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