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SWTA/TTA 2022 Joint Annual Conference

SWTA TTA Austin 2022
Join us in Austin!

​The South West Transit Association (SWTA) and Texas Transit Association (TTA) are excited to announce our 2022 Joint Annual Conference, Expo & Roadeo! Bringing together our members representing hundreds of transit providers in the 8-state SWTA Nation – especially Texas! – this event will serve as one of the largest public transit conferences in the nation and among the first in 2022!

Beyond the reach and connections possible through our expanded audience, we’re excited to bring this event to one of the most exciting places in Texas and the Southwest: Austin – the capital of Texas and the live music capital of the world! Aside from the one-of-a-kind attractions and facilities Austin has to showcase, we’re partnering with Capital Metro, the region’s transit system, to highlight their innovative and evolving mobility network, one that’s set for transformative growth through the Project Connect expansion program approved by Austin voters in 2020.

Our 2022 Joint Annual Conference, Expo & Roadeo will feature the industry-leading content you expect from TTA and SWTA: timely general sessions, invigorating speakers, in-depth breakout sessions and training, plenty of networking opportunities and a chance to kick up your heels with your friends and colleagues from across the transit industry. Some of the highlights will include:

  • Full Expo featuring vendors & vehicles spread across two days
  • Texas State Roadeo competition on Feb. 25 & 26 featuring 40- & 35-foot bus and cutaway/Body-on-Chassis divisions & Maintenance Teams – open to drivers from and beyond Texas!
  • Multiple General Sessions, including top federal transportation officials from Washington, D.C. and an intriguing keynote speaker
  • More than 20 breakout workshops & training sessions
  • TTA & SWTA Annual Awards presentation
  • Multiple networking & socializing opportunities, including an Evening with the Vendors done Texas style!
  • And much more…

Our host hotels – the Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott - Austin Convention Center – are offering standard rooms at $239 per night (plus taxes & fees), along with more premium rooms available. Reserve your room(s) here.

If you have ideas or questions about this exciting event, please feel to reach out to SWTA Executive Director Rich Sampson (sampson@swta.org; 225.270.0855) or TTA Executive Director Allen Hunter (allen@txtransit.org; (512) 900-0550)

Initial Workshop Session Topics

The following are our initial set of workshop/breakout session topics to be scheduled for Wednesday, February 23rd & Thursday, February 24th (see full conference agenda below). We will share details on presenters and speakers as we move closer to the conference.

Autonomous Vehicles Insurance Topics for Transit Providers
Bringing Operations In-House Integration of New Technology
Creative Approaches to Workers Comp/Health Insurance Savings Maintenance 101
Crisis Management in Practice Marketing/Promotion Strategies
DBEs: Challenges & Opportunities NEMT/Medicaid Transportation
Demanding Transit's Seat at the Planning Table PTASP Implementation & Building Safety Culture
Drug & Alcohol Testing Qualitative vs Quantitative Reporting (Part 2 from SWTA's 2021 Summer University Session)
eGrants management & TraMs Recruiting & Retaining Staff
Electric Buses – New Funding & New Products Training CDL Drivers
Elements of Successful Transit Boards Transit Legislation & Advocacy
Examples & Innovations in Facility Projects Tribal Transit Topics & Trends
Fares/Fareless Service Women in Transit
Improving Your Cybersecurity Protection Workplace Inclusivity in the Me Too Era
Innovative Service Models Off-Site Tours: Capital Metro & Texas State Capital

Schedule

Tuesday, February 22
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TxDOT Recipients Meeting & Training (by invitation only from TxDOT) – Convention Center

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open – Convention Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

SWTA Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation only) – Convention Center​

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Conference Golf Tournament – Top Golf [2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758] – purchase tickets during online conference registration

Join your peers and colleagues for some friendly competition with prizes, food & drinks! (Transportation provided from Convention Center)

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

​Opening Reception – Location TBA

Catch up with your friends and peers as we kick off the conference with appetizers and drinks.

Wednesday, February 23
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open – Convention Center

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

​Breakfast Buffet – Convention Center

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Session – Convention Center: Ballroom A

Opening remarks by TTA President & SWTA Chair & Welcome to Austin from leaders at Austin’s Capital Metro and other officials, including background on their Project Connect effort that’s transforming public transit in the Austin region.

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

​Workshop Sessions (see initial list of topics above) – Convention Center

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Break

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

TTA & SWTA Awards Luncheon and member meetings – Convention Center: Ballroom A

TTA & SWTA present their annual membership awards, followed by each association’s respective business meeting

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

​Workshop Sessions (see initial list of topics above) – Convention Center

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

​Workshop Sessions (see initial list of topics above) – Convention Center

5:00 p.m. - ?

Open Night: No conference events scheduled – enjoy all Austin has to offer!

Thursday, February 24
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open – Convention Center

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

​Breakfast Buffet – Convention Center

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Featured Presentation: Donna Griggs – CEO, Propel Change Global

Donna Griggs has been at the forefront of Transforming Organizations and Teams for over 30 years. Donna’s track record boasts overwhelming results in meeting goals in record time while increasing scalability, alignment, profitability, and employee engagement. Her engaging style, innovative concepts, and implementation skills have garnered industry recognition and acclaim.

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

​Workshop Sessions (see initial list of topics above) – Convention Center

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Break

11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Expo Trade Fair Opening & Luncheon – Convention Center: Halls 1 & 2

See the latest vehicles, products & services from our transit industry business partners along with lunch.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

​Off-Site Tours by Capital Metro – Tours will leave from the registration area at the Convention Center

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

​Workshop Sessions (see initial list of topics above) – Convention Center

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

​Workshop Sessions (see initial list of topics above) – Convention Center

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Evening with the Vendors at the Expo Trade Fair! – Convention Center: Halls 1 & 2

Try your hand at a range of table games (no cash value) to win fantastic prizes, while connecting with our vendors and exhibitors. Includes food stations & drink tickets.

Friday, February 25
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration Open – Convention Center

(Roadeo drivers, maintenance teams & judges may also register during this time)

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Up & At ‘Em Brunch & Bar + Closing Session – Convention Center: Halls 1 & 2

End your time in Austin on a high note: We’ll have a fun brunch and morning cocktails – think bloody Marys, mimosas & screwdrivers – with your last chance to mingle with our exhibitors & vendors, then will host a wrap-up session on the Expo floor featuring crucial content for the transit industry for the year ahead.

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

​TTA/SWTA Roadeo Registration & Pin Swap

Open for all drivers, maintenance teams & judges, who are invited to swap pins & other company swag.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Simulator & Competition Vehicles on Display – Convention Center

Drivers & judges can try their skills on our bus simulator and take a look at the actual driving competition vehicles from Capital Metro.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

​TTA/SWTA Roadeo Drivers’ & Judges’ Meetings and Training – Convention Center

Saturday, February 26
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

​TTA/SWTA Roadeo Competition – Capital Metro’s Leander Rail & Bus Station: Leander, TX

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

​TTA/SWTA Roadeo Pre-Banquet Reception – Convention Center

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

​TTA/SWTA Roadeo Awards Banquet – Convention Center: Ballroom A

Contact Information

Rich Sampson – SWTA
rsampson@swta.org

Allen Hunter – TTA
allen@txtransit.org

Downloads

2022 SWTA/TTA Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibitor/Vendor Kit
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