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2020 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Conference & EXPO

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Shreveport Hilton Hotel and Convention Center

We invite you to join us at the 2020 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference to be held February 23-26, 2020 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Registration is NOW OPEN! We’re excited to share our lineup of topic tracks for our breakout sessions in Shreveport: CEO/GM Forum; Management and Leadership; Maintenance; Operations; Planning; Safety and Security; Technology and Innovation; and Tribal Transit.

As you plan your travel to Shreveport, keep in mind we’ll be in town for Mardi Gras weekend, with festivities on Friday (February 21st) and Saturday (February 22nd) before our events get started. The fun and family-friendly Krewe of Highland rolls on Sunday afternoon before our Opening Reception.


HOTEL

Hilton Shreveport 104 Market Street Shreveport , Louisiana 71101 United States Tel: 1.318.698‐0900

Group Reservation Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/SWTA2020AnnualConf

ROOM RATE: Sold Out


OVERFLOW HOTEL

TownePlace Suites Shreveport-Bossier City

1009 Gould Dr, Bossier City, LA 71111

Group Reservation Link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1578944188261&key=GRP&app=resvlink

ROOM RATE: $94/night


Convention Center Floor Plans: SWTA Meeting Rooms and Exhibit Halls


Schedule

Sunday, February 23
1:00 - 4:30

Registration, Convention Center, Terrace 2

2:00 - 3:30

SWTA Board Meeting, HILTON, Hilton Executive Board Room

3:30 - 5:00

NCMM Listening Session (by invitation only) HILTON, Meeting Rooms A&B

4:00 - 5:30

FTA AIM Workshop (by invitation only), Convention Center, Ballroom C

5:30 - 6:30


Opening Reception, Hilton, Market 10

Sponsored by Transdev

Monday, February 24
7:00 - 4:00

Registration, Convention Center, Terrace 2

7:30 - 8:00

Breakfast, Convention Center, Pre-function Ballroom B

8:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Opening General Session, Convention Center, Ballroom B

Transit Provides Freedom Through Social Responsibility

9:30 - 10:30

CEO’s Forum (Upper Management only, Badge Designation Required)

Marketing & Partnerships: Storytelling and Data

Management/Leadership: Do I Have to Do That? ADA Reasonable Modification

Planning: BRT and Change, it happens slowly at first, then all at once.

10:45 - 11:45

CEO’s Forum (Upper Management only, Badge Required)

Marketing& Partnerships: Successful Partnerships with Healthcare

Management/Leadership: Do I Have to Do That? ADA Reasonable Modification

Planning: After the Pilot is Over - What’s Next?

12:00 - 12:30
FTA Acting Administrator Williams
FTA Acting Administrator Williams

FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams

Ballroom B

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch: Ballroom B

Advocacy Update from SWTA, APTA & CTAA

Sponsored by: New Flyer & MCI


1:45 - 2:45

Technology & Innovation:The Future is Now - Unique Innovation in Service - Sponsored by Trapeze Group

Planning: Understanding Ridership in the SWTA Nation

Management/Leadership: Women Lead the Way in Community Mobility

3:00 - 4:00

Technology & Innovation: What are you trying to do with your Technology? Know the problem you are solving before you purchase. - Sponsored by Trapeze Group

Planning: Developing Microtransit in Low-Density, Low-Demand Service Areas

Management/Leadership: Using Privilege to Achieve Harmony in the Workplace

4:15 - 5:15

​General Session 2: Awards, SWTA Membership Meeting

Keynote:

Self-Driving Cars & Date Night, Ron L. Brooks


Sponsored by: American Logistics and AECOM

5:30 - 7:30

EXPO Opening and Reception! Expo Hall 1 & 2

See the latest technology and innovative products and services to make your transit system more SUCCESSFUL!

FREEDOM Drivers Project

Human Trafficking Mobile Museum - in the EXPO Hall
Human Trafficking Awareness Mobile Museum - in the EXPO Hall

The Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) is a mobile exhibit designed to educate the public on therealities of sex trafficking and actions steps they can take to help combat it.

SWTA members are invited to tour the FDP in the Expo hall.

For more on the FDP download this report.

Tuesday, February 25
7:00 - 4:00

Registration, Convention Center

7:30 - 8:00

Breakfast, Convention Center, Ballroom B

8:00 - 9:00

General Session 3: Convention Center, Ballroom B

Next Steps to Combat Human Trafficking: A Survivor’s Perspective

9:15 - 4:40

NTI 2-Day Procurement for Small Systems Workshop (DAY 1)

9:15 - 10:15

Operations: Deploying ZERO-Emissions Infrastructure

Safety & Security: Building a Proactive Safety Culture

Technology & Innovation: On-Demand Shared Mobility in Communities of All Sizes - Sponsored by Trapeze Group

SWTA Maintenance Forum Part 1: New methods, ideas & technologies to make transit bus maintenance safer, more efficient and cost effective

10:30 - 11:30

Operations: Trauma Informed De-Escalation Techniques to Address Behavior

Safety & Security: BRT Safety & Signal Priority Technology

Technology & Innovation: Realizing Micro-mobility - Sponsored by Trapeze Group

SWTA Maintenance Forum Part 2: New methods, ideas & technologies to make transit bus maintenance safer, more efficient and cost effective

11:30 - 2:00

EXPO and Lunch, Convention Center EXPO Hall 1 & 2

See the latest technology and innovative products and services to make your transit system more SUCCESSFUL!

FREEDOM Driver Project

Human Trafficking Awareness Mobile Museum
Human Trafficking Awareness Mobile Museum

The Freedom Drivers

Project (FDP) is a mobile exhibit designed to educate the public on the
realities of sex trafficking and actions steps they can take to help combat it.
SWTA members are invited to tour the FDP in the Expo hall. For more on the FDP download this report.

2:15 - 3:15

​Operations: Drug & Alcohol Program Compliance and Updates

Safety & Security: Cyber Security, Trespassing Awareness & Theft

Technology: Tour of Sportran’s Administrative Operations - Sponsored by Trapeze Group

Maintenance: Tour of Sportran’s Maintenance Facility

3:30 - 4:30

​Operations: How to Save $$$ and Still have a Compliant FTA Drug & Alcohol Program (This session will be offered again during the Tribal Transit Workshop on Wednesday.)

Safety & Security: Updates in Rail Safety

Technology: Tour of Sportran’s Administrative Operations - Sponsored by Liquid Spring

Maintenance: Tour of Sportran’s Maintenance Facility - Sponsored by Proterra

6:00 - 10:00

MARDI GRAS Party: music by Professor Porkchop and his Band

(Transportation starts at 5:45) Transportation sponsored by Proterra & Liquid Spring

Location: 601 Spring Street Shreveport, LA 71101

Wednesday, February 26
7:00 - 9:00

​Registration

7:30 - 9:00

Breakfast & General Session 4:

FTA Regional Administrator’s Living Room Session

9:00 - 4:00

WORKSHOPS:

Tribal Transit Forum - TRaMS for tribal transit systems; Saving money on your Drug& Alcohol program; Creating a culture of safety; Managing a tribal transit program, DBE and Title VI requirements and more.

Finance Workshop - Managing Your Dollars with Sense & Allocating Costs - Using Excel and Access Tools for Two-Variable Cost Allocation. (Participants are asked to bring a laptop with them if possible, for hands-on experience.)

NTI 2-Day Procurement for Small Systems Workshop (DAY 2)

4:00

ADJOURN

Contact Information

Rich Sampson
rsampson@swta.org

Kary Hughes
khughes@swta.org

Downloads

Exhibitor List AND EXPO Floorplan
Schedule at a Glance

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SPONSORS AND EXHIBITOR INFORMATION - CLICK HERE!
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