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2019 SWTA & TTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference, EXPO and Roadeo

Where:

El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901 Texas State Roadeo: March 1-2, 2019 Annual Conference: March 4-6, 2019

Description:

SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference is excited to land in El Paso, TX this year. We will be joining TTA as they put on the Texas State Roadeo. The Roadeo will take place March 1-2, and the Annual Conference will take place March 4-6. 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 time with friends!

It’s time to El Paso Up!

Click HERE to watch a video giving you details as to why you should join us in El Paso!

Cost:

Conference-

EARLY BIRD Three-Day Conference Registration November 2 - November 26.

Click here to register EARLY for Annual Conference!

Meals included with conference:

Breakfast: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Lunch: Monday and Tuesday; Dinner: Tuesday

Roadeo:

- Team Creative Bus Texas State Roadeo open to all Texas transit providers. $225 per participant

- Maintenance Roadeo, $600 per team

Click here to register EARLY for Roadeo!

Hotels for El Paso: Three choices for you!

1. Doubletree by Hilton El Paso Downtown

600 N. El Paso Street - .4 miles or 8 minute walk to Convention Center

Rate: $114 (includes wifi, complimentary parking, and a shuttle to/from airport)

This hotel is a great choice for Texas Roadeo participants.

Click Here to Make Reservations at the Double Tree

Group Name: South West Transit Association

Rates good for these dates only: Arrival Date: 28-Feb-2019 Departure Date: 06-Mar-2019

2. Holiday Inn Express

409 E. Missouri Ave. - .5 mile or 11 minute walk to Convention Center

Rate: $96 (includes hot breakfast buffet, wifi, complimentary parking and a shuttle to/from airport)

This hotel is a good choice for Joint Conference and Expo participants.

Click Here to Make Reservations at Holiday Inn Express OR call (915) 544-3333 and mention the group name of SWTA.

3. Courtyard by MARRIOTT El Paso

610 N. Santa Fe St. - .2 miles or 4 minute walk to Convention Center

Rate: $139 (includes wifi in guestrooms –parking $10 per day)

This would be an great choice for Exhibitors and Joint Conference and Expo participants.

Click Here to Make Reservations at Courtyard by Marriott OR call (888) 236-2427 and use SWTA 2019 Conference as the conference code.

CALL for ABSTRACTS - 2019 Freedom Through Transit Conference

Do you have a topic, presentation, idea for a pressing Transit Topic?

Click on this link and provide specific information so that we can include you and/or your idea in our agenda.

Sponsors:

SWTA Has Great Prospects for Your Company!

If you are interested in sponsoring an event or a special project, see below for open opportunities. You will NOT register for a booth if you are a sponsor. We will create a special link for you that matches your sponsorship and many options include your booth and personnel costs.

EXCLUSIVE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (from $2K - $7K and include your booth)

ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES (from $100 - $1500)

Contact Kristen Joyner for details - kjoyner@swta.org, 615.390.6863

Exhibitors:

Register Early! Our show is first-come-first-serve for best spots in the room. We are one of the most affordable shows in the region!

- 10’ x 10’ Booth ($950 members/$1700 non-members)

- 20’ x 10’ Booth ($1750 members/$3400 non-members)

- Indoor Vehicle Only ($950 members/$1700 non-members)

- Additional Add-on Vehicle ($200 per vehicle- must be connected to booth or vehicle)

Schedule

Friday, March 1, 2019
4:00 -8:00

Texas State Roadeo - Registration, Testing and Briefings

Saturday, March 2, 2019
7:00 -4:00

Texas State Roadeo

6:00 -10:00

Banquet

Sunday, March 3, 2019
7:00

Golf Tournament

2:00 -5:00

​Registration

5:30 -7:00

Opening Reception

Monday, March 4, 2019
7:00

​Registration

7:30 -8:00

​Breakfast

8:00-5:00

Mix of General (G/S) and Breakout Sessions. (You can mix and match on site.)

G/S + Breakout: CEO Boot Camp: Peer Sessions designed for CEO’s, GM’s, Transit Directors

G/S + Breakout: Marketing/Advocacy: Building Partnerships, Public Engagement and Innovative Marketing

G/S + Breakout: Planning: Facility Project Management, First/Last Mile Options, Ridership & Service Planning

G/S + Breakout: Safety & Security: Driver Assaults, Safety Culture, Sexual Harassment, Making Lasting Improvements

G/S + Breakout: Operations: Reducing ADA Complaints, Dockless Bike & Scooter Policy

G/S + Breakout: Technology: Innovation Theater, Best Practices in MaaS, Autonomous Vehicles, How to Make Good Choices

5:00-7:00

​EXPO Opening Reception

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:00

​Registration

7:30-8:00

​Breakfast

8:00-11:00

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mix of General Sessions and Breakout Sessions

Workshop: Part 1 Maintenance Certification: 2 Days: Improve your understanding of transit Maintenance in today’s technology-driven environment. Includes TAM culture & planning.

Transit Board Members & CEO’s: Setting Your Agency’s Direction

Other Conference Session Offerings: Mixture of General Sessions and Peer Sessions

10:00-2:00

​EXPO

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
1:00-5:00

Workshop: Striving for Efficient and Effective Transit Performance: Half Day: Using performance data while balancing day-to-day operational performance

Workshop: Grant Writing and Management: Half Day: Basic best practices & how-to’s for writing and managing grants (TraMS included)

Workshop: Driven to Distraction by Personal Finance: Half Day: Budgeting, Planning for Emergencies & Tackling Debt

Workshop: Part 2 Maintenance Certification: 2 Days: Improve your understanding of transit Maintenance in today’s technology-driven environment. Includes TAM culture & planning.

Tour: Sun Metro Transit Center and System: Multiple locations. Led by Sun Metro and Stantec

6:00-9:00

​Tuesday Night Out Event

Wednesday, March 5, 2019
7:00

Registration

8:00-9:30

Advocacy Breakfast & Authorization Discussion

9:30-4:30

Workshop: Part 3 Maintenance Certification: 2 Days: Improve your understanding of transit Maintenance in today’s technology-driven environment. Includes TAM culture & planning.

Workshop: Tribal Transit: Includes: Grant management (TraMS included), planning, tribal culture, best practices and ideas

Workshop: USDOT Drug and Alcohol Program Management: Opioids, Marijuana Rules and Fit for Duty

Workshop: Facility Project Management & Procurement: Two Parts: A. Learn the Process of Building a Facility B. Procurement Processes

Meals included:

Breakfast: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Lunch: Monday and Tuesday

Dinner: Tuesday

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