2018 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference


Denver, CO - March 5-7, 2018

Conference and EXPO: Denver Convention Center - 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Host Hotel & Wednesday Training: Hilton Garden Inn, 1400 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202

Missing this opportunity would be unBEARable
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The SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference is excited to land in Denver, Colorado. The mile-high city, March 5-7, 2018. Join us for the region’s most comprehensive conference! 8 states under 1 roof. Hear from notable industry leaders. See the latest transit technology. Know transit’s challenges and visionary solutions. Enjoy the mountain air!


- Full 3-Day Conference Registration: $350 (members)/$450 (non-members)
- One-Day Conference Registration: $200 (Monday/Tuesday), $100 (half-day Wednesday)
- Maintenance Certification Course: $350
- Exhibitors/Sponsors: Click HERE for more information

FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams to speak at the SWTA Freedom Through Transit Conference:
As the second-highest ranking official within the agency, Jane Williams helps lead the Federal Transit Administration, an organization with over 500 employees that provides more than $12 billion annually to support and expand public transit in the U.S. SWTA is excited to welcome the Deputy Administrator to the SWTA Nation!

Keynote Speaker, Kent Julian - From DREAM to DO: SWTA members’ commitment to Freedom Through Transit moves people from DREAM to DO. It opens opportunities for continued education, it empowers people to advance in their careers, and it allows individuals to engage in life. Learn More

Maintenance Certification Course: This 2-day Maintenance course is brand new and is for Technicians, Floor Supervisors, New Shops and those Contracting Services. Instructor - Halsey King, Bus Fleet Maintenance Consultant. Learn More

Specialized FTA Grantee Training: Join FTA Region 8 as they conduct a 3.5-hour training session designed specifically for tribal transit or small urban/rural transit providers. Ask questions, hear updates, and have specialized attention on the areas you need answers. Learn More

Expect the Best:

FTA Living Room, All four Regional Administrators from Regions 6, 7, 8, 9 – Monday afternoon Certifications – Maintenance, Mid-Management and Advanced Wheelchair Securement

For CEO’s – CEO Boot Camp:

  • The Great AV Debate: How is it going to affect transit in my area?
  • Funding for the Future of Transit
  • Workforce Development & Management Challenges
  • Declining Ridership
  • DBE Goals – Why and How in my Neck of the Woods?
  • Safety Leadership

General Sessions:

  • A Political and Practical Conversation About Infrastructure Investment
  • What Messages and Advocacy are Needed Now?
  • Disaster Preparation: Infrastructure and Planning, Lessons Learned throughout the SWTA Nation
  • Technology for the New Era of Transit


FTA Technical Assistance for Tribal, Rural and Small Urban

Awards Contest - Be The Solution: Public Transit’s Role to End Human Trafficking

TOURS - RTD and Greely-Evan Transit


Due to ever-increasing costs associated with doing transit business, SWTA has created a way for you to earn a REBATE for simply learning about products and services while attending the 2018 Annual Freedom Through Transit Conference.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 1, 2018. Learn More

BE the SOLUTION Awards: Human Trafficking Awareness

Transit has rolling billboards to educate the public and tailgate meetings to train the transit workforce. SWTA wants to know what your plans are to BE the SOLUTION. We want to celebrate your efforts at the Freedom Through Transit Conference in Denver, March 5-7. All efforts will be recognized but three transit providers and one business will be named 2018 BE the SOLUTION winners.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2018. Learn More

Great Denver Hotel!

Hooray!! We have a new hotel for sleeping rooms, right next door (469 feet, to be exact) to the host hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, 1400 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202.

Please use the links below to set up your stay in Denver. Both hotels are $180 per night, the government rate.

Homewood: Homewood Suites Denver Convention Center 550 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

Hampton: Hampton Inn Denver Convention Center 550 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

New hotel added

The Curtis: The Curtis Hotel Room Block 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202. This hotel is within walking distance and has a room rate of $169.

Getting to Downtown Denver via Transit

SWTA Has Great Prospects for Your Company!For Sponsorship and Exhibitor information please click here.

Contact Kristen for details -, 615.390.6863


Sunday, March 4, 2018
7:00 - 7:00

Full Descriptions of ALL Sessions can be found at the bottom of this page in pdf format.


Ski Trip: Meet in Hilton Garden Inn Lobby at 7:00 AM

Sponsored by Liquid Spring


Registration: Denver Convention Center (DCC) Room 210


Opening Reception: Hilton Garden Inn

Monday, March 5, 2018

Registration: DCC Room 210


​Breakfast: DCC Room 205


Opening Session: Keynote Speaker


Breakout Sessions
Safety: Zen and Defensive Driving Training
Procurement / Technology: Transit Specs: Successful RFP Outcomes
Mobility / Planning: Freedom finds a way!

CEO Bootcamp
Maintenance Certification Course
NTI Mid-Manager Certification Course


Breakout Sessions
Safety: SMS Pillar 4: Marketing Safety
Procurement / Technology:
Transit Procurement Hot Tips
Mobility / Planning: Improving Transportation to Healthcare
Public Engagement / Advocacy: Advocacy to Elected Officials: The 411

Continued CEO Bootcamp
Continued: Maintenance Certification Course
Continued: NTI Mid-Manager Course


Lunch: Human Trafficking Presentation & Member Meeting


Breakout Sessions
Safety: Do Safety Posters Really Work? Make Safety a Team Sport!
Procurement / Technology: Future of Mobility
Mobility / Planning: Alternative MOD for Low Ridership
Public Engagement / Advocacy: Public Outreach: Innovations in Public Participation

BUSTANG! Interregional and Rural Regional Bus Options
Continued: Maintenance Certification Course
Continued: NTI Mid-Manager Course


Breakout Sessions
Safety: Crisis Management and Emergency Procedures for Transit Operations
Procurement / Technology: Technology that Supports Freedom Through Transit
Mobility / Planning: T is for Transit: Getting Developers on Board with Transit Joint Developments
Public Engagement / Advocacy: Communicating the Value of Transit Visually

Continued: Maintenance Certification Course
Continued: NTI Mid-Manager Course


Special Guest: K. Jane Williams, FTA Deputy Administrator

FTA Living Room Session


Opening EXPO Reception

Tuesday, March 6, 2018



EXPO & Breakfast


General Session
A Political and Practical Conversation About Infrastructure Investment


General Session
Advocacy: The Great Equalizer


Continued: Maintenance Certification Course


EXPO & Lunch


General Session
Disaster Preparation: Infrastructure and Planning, Lessons Learned throughout the SWTA Nation


General Session
Creating Civil Discourse


Continued: Maintenance Certification Course

6:00 PM-9:00 PM


Live at Jack’s in the Denver Pavillions
500 16th St #320, Denver, CO 80202

Live music, food stations, casino games, prizes and opportunity to make Connections!

Sponsored By: MTM/Ride Right

Wednesday, March 7, 2018



ADVOCACY Breakfast


Advanced Mobility Device Securement Certification
FTA Grantee Training: Tribal
FTA Grantee Training: Small and Medium Systems


Many Thanks to our Sponsors!
You make this event possible.

Presenting Sponsors:

Signature Sponsors:
First Transit
New Flyer/MCI
RouteMatch Software

Gold Sponsors:
BYD Motors, Inc.
Gillig Buses
Herzog Transit Services Inc.
MV Transit
National Express Transit
Stantec (formerly RNL)
Transit Marketing Group

Bronze Sponsors:
KFH Group

Official Media Sponsor:
Mass Transit

Expo Table Sponsors:
Cobbs Allen
Connexionz Ltd.
Kelderman Air Suspensions
Kidde Technologies
NS Wash Systems
TripSpark Technologies

Friends of SWTA:
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)
National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
Transit Cooperative Assistance Program (TCRP)

Local Hosts:
Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)

Local Partners:
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA)

Exhibitors for the EXPO
March 5-6
Exhibitor/Sponsor Booth Number
ACC /Spheros 52
Alexander Dennis Inc. R
Alliance Bus Group J & K
Altro Transflor 64
American Seating Company 21
AMF-Bruns of America 50
AngelTrax (IVS, Inc.) 54
ARBOC Specialty Vehicles 8
BAE Systems 53
Braun Corporation H
Bridgestone Americas TireOperations 22
Bus Stuf, Inc. 2
BYD Motors, Inc. 70,71
CMI 77
Cobbs Allen 37
Complete Coach Works 16
Connexionz Ltd 38
Creative Bus Sales 80 and A-F
CWI 55
Daktronics 68
Davey Coach Sales, Inc. 27 and I
Delerrok 63
Diamond Mfg., Inc. 60
DoubleMap, Inc. 79
Ecolane USA, Inc. 67
Enterprise Rideshare 76
ETA Transit Services 78
First Transit AA
Freedman Seating Company N
Gerflor USA 11
Gillig Corporation S
Hanover Displays 58
Houck Transit Advertising 14
Huitt-Zollars, Inc. 28
I/O Controls 40
INIT, Inc. 62
InterMotive Vehicle Controls 15
Kelderman Air Suspensions 61
Keolis Transit America, Inc. 49
Kidde Technologies 60A
LIFT-U, Division of HoganMfg., Inc. (HMI) 44-45
LiquidSpring LLC 72
March Networks 31
Mass Transit Magazine DD
MGM Brakes 6
Midwest Bus Corp/Byk-Rak, LLC 32
Mobile Climate Control 33
MOR/Ryde International 10
Mountain Commercial Graphics 26
National RTAP CC
National Transit Institute(NTI) BB
New Flyer of America/MCI 56 and L/M
Nor-Cal Vans P
North Dakota State University 17
Nova Bus O
NS Wash Systems 46
Paramount Claims 25
ParaPlan Software 69
Powerex 29
Productive Solutions 74
Proterra, Inc. Q
Q’Straint/Sure-Lok 04-05
RATP Dev 73
REI 19
Remix Software, Inc. 9
Ride Right LLC and MTM, Inc. 12
Rosco Vision Systems 39
RouteMatch Software 51
S & A Systems, Inc. 24
Safe Fleet/Seon 7
Siemens Industry, Inc. 35-36
Swiftly 30
Syncromatics 43
The R.C.A. Rubber Company 41
Tolar Mfg. Co., Inc. 23
Trackit 47
Trans/Air Manufacturing 57
Transit Marketing Group 13
TransIT Solutions 3
Transit Works 38A
TransTrack Systems, LLC 59
TripSpark Technologies 20
TSO Mobile 65
Urban Solar 34
USSC Group 66
Voith Turbo Inc. 48
WaySine LLC 42


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