SWTA 2016 Freedom Through Transit Conference

SWTA 2016 Freedom Through Transit Conference

February 1-3, 2016

Meet you in Mesa, Arizona - just a light rail ride from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. You don’t want to miss SWTA’s Freedom Through Transit Conference and EXPO or Golf Tournament.

Registration now open.

Attendees - On Site Registration

Exhibitors - Booths are assigned first come, first served. SOLD OUT

Sponsors - Get recognized by the conference attendees and exhibitors. Talk to Kristen today (, but do not register. You will be provided a unique link for your tailored sponsorship.

Host Hotel: is sold out - Mesa Marriott, 200 North Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

Overflow Hotel Options:

1. Fairfield Inn & Suites Phoenix Mesa, 1405 S Westwood, Mesa, AZ. Call them directly for the South West Transit Association Group Rate, $139 (480.668.8000, Use the Name: SOUTHWEST)

2. The Mezona Hotel, Located in downtown Mesa one light rail stop away from the conference hotel. CLICK HERE

3. Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville, this is a new hotel. This hotel does involve some walking. The Downtown Buzz connects downtown Mesa with Riverview Park. The hotel is on the edge of Riverview Park. Here is a link to the hotel and the bus route and schedule for your reference to see how that would work with the conference timing. This hotel is also accessed by connecting to Route 96 (Dobson Road) and the light rail station at Sycamore. Hotel, CLICK HERE Valley Metro Schedules, CLICK HERE

4. Residence Inn Downtown Tempe, light rail and the Route 30 (University) bus serves this location. CLICK HERE

5. Tempe Mission Palms, light rail and the Route 30 (University) bus serves this location. CLICK HERE

What to expect:

Hear from industry leaders. See the latest technology and products. Know transit’s current status, straight from FTA and DOT. Laugh with our guest presenter and comedian, Josh Blue. See agenda below for specific topics.

Who is coming?

FTA Headquarters is providing leadership staff to provide vision, guidance and hands-on help for all areas of your transit business.

Therese McMillan, Acting FTA Administrator, will address how the FAST Act affects the SWTA Nation.

James Harper Jr, FTA Director of Procurement, will provide definitive information for your next procurement.

Cecelia Comito, FTA Assistant Chief Counsel, General Law will address Buy America.

Selene Faer Dalton-Kumins, FTA Director, Office of Program Oversight, Transit Safety & Oversight will address Triennial Reviews in a new way to help you succeed.

Josh Blue, winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy. Join SWTA as we host this presenter who will shed some comedic light on less lighthearted transit topics. Josh continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities, one laugh at a time.

Golfers love Phoenix in winter! Join us for SWTA Golf.

Talking Stick Golf Club a Ben Crenshaw designed course
Arnold Palmer managed
9998 East Indian Bend Road • Scottsdale, AZ 85256 gives this course 4 out of 5 stars

January 31, 2016
9:00 a.m. Shotgun
North Course

Getting There

No need to rent a car! Ride the NEW Valley Metro light rail extension to Mesa, from the airport to the hotel, it takes about 45 minutes! See light rail and driving instructions HERE. Look for great flight deals through

Conference Center/Hotel Map HERE

Many Thanks to our Hosts: City of Mesa, Valley Metro, ADOT and AzTA

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