2017 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference

Exhibitors and Sponsors, Click HERE for Immediate Information


Meeting Location: Baton Rouge River Center 275 S. River Rd.│Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Host Hotel (SOLD OUT): Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center

201 Lafayette St.│Baton Rouge, LA 70801 Reserve: 800.955.6962 or LINK

Overflow Hotel: Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown

200 Convention St. | Baton Rouge, LA 70801 Call: 225.343.1515 and tell them it is for the “South West Transit Association.”

OR reference the code: SWT


The region’s most comprehensive conference! 8 states under 1 roof. Hear from notable industry leaders. See the latest technology. Know transit’s challenges and visionary solutions. Enjoy unique Cajun food, music and culture - it’s Mardi Gras y’all!


• Full conference - $300 for members, $400 for non-members • 2 Day option - $250 for members, $350 for non-members • 1 Day option -$150 for members, $250 for non-members

Who’s Coming:

Dr. Matt Mannino (Neuroscience Safety Expert) FTA Regional Administrators​, FTA Headquarters Personnel​, Experienced Successful Peers

Topics to Expect:

Dr. Matt Mannino – The Neuroscience of Safety • FTA Addresses Current Regulations: TAM, Safety TASP, Finances and more • Big Service Planning Projects in the SWTA Nation • Amazing Transit Technology Lightening Round • The Economic Benefit of Transit to a Community and to a State • Advocacy and a New Administration PLUS Peer to Peer interaction and training: SWTA Safety Workshop • NTI Transit Procurement for Senior Management • Performance Management • Public Involvement • Financing Available for Transit • Writing a Good RFP • Improving Transit Health • and more.

BE the Solution Awards

Click here to tell us about your efforts to educate your community and/or staff about Human Trafficking and Transit’s Role to Be the Solution.

Focused Training for Transit Departments

Safety, Procurement, Operations, Maintenance, HR/Human Capital, Finance, Government Affairs, Planning

TWO Special Workshops

#1 SWTA’s Safety Workshop - 2 days

Audience: Anyone tasked with developing a safety plan.

Overview: FTA’s priorities, pillars and policies are the focal point of this new SWTA workshop for transit providers desiring to get ahead of the regulations. Utilizing real transit examples, discussion, hands-on exercises, videos and peer-to-peer learning we will provide the foundation for understanding the Safety Management System (SMS) Approach, developing a system safety plan and creating a safety culture. You can expect real-world guidance as to what this means for a rural or small urban transit system and how to implement the safety goals of the FTA. Certificate of Completion will be provided.

#2 NTI Transit Procurement for Senior Management - 1 day

Audience: Non Procurement Managers and Transit Board Members

Overview: Tuesday’s workshop offers senior leadership a better understanding of the rationale, functions, and general process of third-party contracting for FTA grantees. Some of the themes are competence and training, teaming and partnering internally and externally, supporting advance planning of procurements, and adhering to pre-established procedures. Topics include: Principles of Procurement, The Procurement Process and Roles and Responsibilities

SWTA Has Great Prospects for Your Company!

For Sponsorship and Exhibitor information please click here.

Contact Kristen for Details -, 615.390.6863

Hotel Information

Our host hotel is sold-out! Our overflow hotel is “Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown.” It is right across the street from the Hilton. The rate is $125, call and tell them it’s for the “South West Transit Association.

225.343.1515 | 200 Convention St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801

See you in Baton Rouge!

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Deadline: BE the SOLUTION Awards

DEADLINE: February 1, 2017

We are reminding you about the connection between public transportation and human trafficking in America.

Transit has rolling billboards to educate the public and tailgate meetings to train the transit workforce. SWTA wants to know what your plans are to BE the SOLUTION. We want to celebrate your efforts at the Freedom Through Transit Conference in Baton Rouge, February 13-15. All efforts will be recognized but three transit providers and one business will be named the 2017 BE the SOLUTION winners.

You know SWTA is passionate about bringing awareness to the crime of human trafficking and giving hope to victims. We love celebrating the efforts of public transportation agencies as leaders in this fight because you can BE the SOLUTION.

So, get your thinking caps on. We have links to ideas and resources that are free or low cost, especially if you engage your community partners (one of the judging criteria). FYI: January 2017 is Human Trafficking Awareness month.

Link for free ads, driver cards, infographics, educational materials and more!

By the NUMBERS - sex trade focused:

  • Two million children are exploited into the sex trade, world-wide, every year. At least 100,000 AMERICAN children are being exploited through pornography or prostitution every year in the United States. (UNICEF, December 14, 2005)

  • The top 5 recruitment sites for sex traffickers are malls, BUS STOPS, parks, playgrounds and schools. (Child Sex Trafficking at a Glance, Polaris Project)
  • From a Polaris Project report: “One teenage girl was forced to bring in $500 per night, seven days a week. The trafficker had three other controlled females. Based on these numbers, it is estimated that the trafficker made $632,000 in one year from four young girls.”
  • There is HOPE, the public responds in 2015:21,947 calls, 1535 webforms, 1275 emails and 1472 texts were generated reporting sex and labor trafficking events in the United States. (National Human Trafficking Resource Center)
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EXHIBITOR and SPONSOR Information for the 2017 Show

EXPO 2017!


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 sponsor. We will create a special link for you that matches your sponsorship and many options include your booth and personnel costs.



Contact Kristen Joyner for details -, 615.390.6863

Exhibitors - WE ARE SOLD OUT

Booth costs

SWTA Member - Booth (Includes 2 Team Member) - $750.00
SWTA Member - Double Booth (Includes 2 Team Member) - $1500.00
Non-Member - Booth (Includes 2 Team Member) - $1500.00
Non-Member - Double Booth (Includes 2 Team Member) - $3000.00
SWTA Member - Vehicle ONLY. No Exhibit Booth, $750 (Add vehicle to a booth in options above, $100.) (Includes 2 Team Member) - $750.00
Non-Member - Vehicle ONLY. No Exhibit Booth, $1500 (Add vehicle to a booth in options above, $100) (Includes 2 Team Member) - $1500.00
Full Conference Access Pass - $300.00

Once you begin your registration
You can ADD a gift certificate/card to your order.
You can choose to sponsor a hole for the golf tournament.


Conference: February 13-15, 2017
EXPO: February 13-14, 2017
Move In: February 13, 10:00 a.m.
Move Out: February 14, 2:00 p.m.
Vehicle Line up: February 13, 12:30 p.m., 2250 Florida Blvd. Line up around the back of the building on Convention St.

Click HERE to see EXPO Floor Plan

Hotel Information

Host Hotel (SOLD OUT):
Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center

201 Lafayette St.│Baton Rouge, LA 70801 | 800.955.6962

Overflow Hotel:
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown

200 Convention St. | Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Call: 225.343.1515 and tell them it is for the “South West Transit Association.”

Conference Location

Sunday, February 12, 2017: Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Monday & Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017: Baton Rouge River Center
275 S. River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Hilton Baton Rouge River Center
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801


See Flyer below for Sunday, February 12, 2017 Golf Tournament at Santa Maria Golf Course. Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m.

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Call for Presentation Abstracts: 2017 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference

Dear Transportation Professionals:

We invite you to join us at the 2017 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference to be held February 13-15, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Conference Planning Committee is now accepting applications for proposed conference presentations. If you have a presentation you would like to share at this year’s conference, please complete the following form.

DEADLINE for submission is October 28, 2016; however, submissions will be accepted until the agenda is finalized. Priority will be given to proposed presentations that were submitted prior to the deadline.

Presentation proposals must be categorized in one of the following areas:

• Advocacy • Marketing

• Planning

• Operations

• Maintenance

• Rail

• Procurement

• HR/Human Capital

• Finance

• Performance Measures

• Technology

• Safety/Security

• Regulatory Issues:Transit Asset Management (TAM), Transportation Agency Safety Plan (TASP) and others

• Tribal Transit Issues

Presentations may be delivered in the form of panel, interactive, workshop, lecture experiences, etc. Please provide your preferred presentation style in your description.

To help maximize the number and diversity of presenters and perspectives, each individual or group of individuals is limited to three proposal submissions. Reviewers will consider your first three completed proposals as determined by time of submission. In most cases, only the two highest-ranked proposals will be selected for the conference program.

Notification of Conference Planning Committee decisions will be made by November 18, 2016.

Presenter registration fees are as follows:

• SWTA typically does not provide a stipend. If a stipend is required please indicate that in your description.
• Speakers receive a $25 discount on registration. Code provided with your confirmation to speak.

Abstract proposal can be submitted online using the linked form above.

You will be notified when your submission has been approved and for what date(s) and time(s).

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact:

Kristen Joyner
Executive Director
South West Transit Association (SWTA)

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