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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: $94 - Reserve your room today.

Deadline for Group Rate - February 6, 2020

Schedule

Sunday, February 23
1:00 - 4:30

Registration, Convention Center, Terrace 2

2:00 - 4:00

SWTA Board Meeting, location Room 205

5:30 - 6:30

Opening Reception, Hilton, Market 104

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 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 - 1:15

Lunch: Advocacy Update from SWTA, APTA & CTAA

Awards and SWTA Membership meeting

1:30 - 2:30

Technology & Innovation:The Future is Now - Unique Innovation in Service

Planning: Understanding Ridership in the SWTA Nation

Management/Leadership: Women Lead the Way in Community Mobility

HR: Hiring Workshop

2:45 - 3:45

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

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

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

HR: Hiring Workshop

4:00 - 5:00

​General Session 2, Keynote:

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

5:30 - 7:30

EXPO Opening and Reception!

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

Tuesday, February 25
7:00 - 4:00

Registration, Convention Center

7:30 - 8:00

Breakfast, Convention Center

8:00 - 9:00

General Session 3: Convention Center

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

9:15 - 4:40

NTI 2-Day Procurement for Small Systems Workshop, class size is limited.

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

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

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

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

2:15 - 3:15

​Operations: Drug & Alcohol Program Updates

Safety & Security: Cyber Security, Trespassing Awareness & Theft

Technology: Tour of Sportran’s Administrative Operations

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

Maintenance: Tour of Sportran’s Maintenance Facility

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, class size is limited.

4:00

ADJOURN

Contact Information

Rich Sampson
rsampson@swta.org

Kary Hughes
khughes@swta.org

Downloads

2020 Preliminary Agenda

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