California Transit Association

Back to Oakland!

For the first time since 1999, the California Transit Association returns to the resurgent City of Oakland for our 51st Annual Fall Conference & Expo. Serving as our hosts will be the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, one of the pioneers among publicly owned and operated transit systems, and regarded by many as the birthplace of our Association.

The New York Times recently lauded Oakland as "a place where style, shopping and food have become major draws." Forbes declared Oakland one of the Top 20 Coolest Cities in the Country. See what others are saying about the Oakland renaissance.  Make plans now to join us this fall on "the sunny side of the Bay" for the West Coast's premier annual gathering of transit professionals.

The Fall Conference and Expo is our three-day signature event featuring dynamic presentations from industry experts on today’s pressing transit challenges and the novel solutions being implemented by innovative transit leaders.

Register today and make plans now to join us for our 51st Annual Fall Conference and Expo, taking place November 16-18, 2016 at the Oakland Convention Center.


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration

Exhibitor Registration


Expect an incredible learning experience through our educational breakout sessions, abundant opportunities to connect with transit colleagues and a robust exhibit of new products and services for the public transportation industry. Attended by nearly 700 transit professionals of all levels and more than 100 suppliers, this is the preeminent networking event of the season.

As part of your planning for the 2016 event, you can get a head start on taking advantage of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, affording prominent visibility and generating top-of-mind brand awareness. For more information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Amy Lai at, or by phone at (916) 446-4656, x 1017.


The 51st Annual Fall Conference program will focus on the trends that are transforming public transit, innovations and pilot programs being conducted by transit agencies around the state, sharing best-practices, and exploring what is working and what is not.

As always, our premier annual event features insightful keynotes, in-depth educational tracks, and opportunities to learn from thought leaders as we cover today’s most pressing transit issues and happenings.

Concurrent sessions will be offered through the following five educational tracks.  What’s NEW this year will be more group interaction!  Each concurrent track will offer at least one hands-on, interactive activity so attendees can “learn by doing.”

  • Fiscal, Planning, Policy & Compliance
  • Maintenance
  • Management & Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Operations

See the conference brochure.

Exceptional Value Over Three Days

Conference registration includes access to all educational sessions, speaker materials, networking meals, and receptions. Register by October 24, 2016 and save $50!

Member $375 $425
Non-Member $475 $525
Single Day - Member $200 $250
Single Day - Non-Member $300 $350

Small Operators Award Breakfast:  $40 Member, $50 Non-member

Cancellation Policy

Participants who wish to cancel their conference registration must contact the California Transit Association in writing via email to In the event of a cancellation, the following refund policy applies:

  • Cancellations received by October 19, 2016 will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received between October 20 and November 2, 2016 will receive a 50 percent refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after November 2, 2016.
  • Registered for the conference but can't make it? Ask about how to transfer your registration to another member of your organization.

Be Part of the Excitement

As a sponsor or exhibitor (or both!) be part of our 51st Annual Fall Conference & Expo in the resurgent City of Oakland. Exhibitors can showcase their products and services to key decision makers at our Expo and sponsors can increase their visibility throughout the conference. Learn more about how you can be part of the excitement.

Use this link to register today as a sponsor. Register today as an exhibitor using this link.  View this year's Expo map via this link.

For more information about exhibitor opportunities, contact Erin Meyer via email at, or by calling (916) 446-4656, x 1035.  For more information about sponsor opportunities,, contact Amy J. Lai via email at, or by calling (916) 446-4656, x 1017.

Registration and Sessions

Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Vendor Expo

Oakland Convention Center
550 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Hotel Accommodations

Conference registrants can reserve a guest room at the Oakland Marriott City Center under the California Transit Association room block for a special rate of $199 single/double occupancy. A limited number of per diem rate rooms are also available on a first come, first served basis.

Reserve your room by the cutoff date of Monday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Please note that the conference rate may sell out before this date, so be sure to book early!

UPDATE: The California Transit Association room block is almost sold out, with a limited number of rooms available from Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18.

As an alternative, we have secured a courtesy block of rooms at The Washington Inn, a boutique hotel across the street from the Oakland Marriott. Conference participants must mention “CTA 16” for the $149 rate, which is available through Sunday, October 30. In addition, the Courtyard Oakland Downtown and Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center are alternative hotels conveniently located near the conference venue.

We’re Here to Help!

Contact Erin Meyer, Association Special Projects Coordinator, (916) 446-4656, x 1035, or

Conference Program, Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities
Contact Amy J. Lai, CMP, Association Services Director, at (916) 446-4656, x 1017, or