California Transit Association

2017 Conference Presentations

Use the links below to download PDF versions of presentations from the California Transit Association's 52nd Annual Fall Conference & Expo, held November 8-10, 2017 in Riverside. Links below represent all presentations that have been received.

Keynote Session

Wednesday, November 8

•  Keynote Presentation - Dennis Snow

Small Operators Awards Breakfast

•  The Autonomous Transportation Journey - Dick Alexander, Transdev

Concurrent Sessions

Fiscal Planning & Policy

Where Have the Riders Gone?
•  Conan Cheung, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
•  David Davenport, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District 
•  Danielle Harris, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
•  Johnny Dunning, Orange County Transportation Authority

Harnessing the Power of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses
Aida Douglas, Long Beach Transit
Phillip McCants, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 
Tashai R. Smith, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Funding Transportation Projects in the New Federal Era: Focus on Self-Funding, State, and Regional Measurers 
•  Rebecca Long, Metropolitan Transportation Commission 
•  Hunter Harvath, Monterey-Salinas Transit
•  Krik Trost, Sacramento Area Council of Governments 

How to Survive a Construction Project With Your Good Name Intact
•  Claudia Burgos, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 
•  Lauren Gradia, Marin Transit 
•  Eliza Perez, Riverside County Transportation Commission  


Fast Evolving Bus Systems: Are you Keeping Up with Technology? 
•  Sandra Bobek, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System 
•  Vince Chan. Gillig, LLC
•  Jignesh Patel, Lumenor Consulting Group 

Installations, Challenges, and Performance of the Near-Zero Engine
•  Kevin Cameron, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
•  Kevin Cook, Cummins Westport
•  Bill Habibe, Orange County Transportation Authority

Zero Emissions Implementation: Hydrogen and Battery Electric Buses
•  James Holtz, BYD
•  Matt Horton, Proterra
•  Colby Richardson, Green Power Motor Company, Inc
•  David Warren, New Flyer

Delivering a Complaint Transit Asset Management Plan
•  Andrew Choi, Long Beach Transit •  Shruti Hari, Metropolitan Transportation Commission


Beyond Measurers: Managing Organizational Change
•  Alva Carrasco, Sacramento Regional Transit District
•  Martin Gombert, Access Services

Creative Recruitment and Employee Development  
•  Lindsey Herman, First Transit        


#Trending-Connecting With Transit Riders in a Digital World
•  John Gordon, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
•  Jose Hernandez, Omnitrans
•  Devin Lars, Kurieo Media

Influencing Ridership: Communications and Campaigns for New and Existing Riders
•  Conan Cheung, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
•  Patrick Harbison, Patrick Harbison Public Relations
•  Alicia Trost, Bay Area Rapid Transit District 

Building Trust: Managing Community Perception and Public Participation 
•  Adrian Hyatt-Ward, HyattWard Advertising
•  Nicole Ramos, Omnitrans
•  Brad Weaver, Riverside Transit Agency  

Defining Crisis Communications
•  Valerie Martinez, VMA Communications 


Shared Mobility: Going Beyond Traditional Public Transportation 
•  Cat Kealey, TransLoc
•  Diana Kotler, Anaheim Transportation Network
•  Bonnie Epstein, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

The Future of Workplace Drug Testing, Federal Funding, and Legalized Marijuana
•  Robbie Sarles, RLS & Associates

Integrating Autonomous Vehicles in the Transportation Ecosystem 
•  Dick Alexander, Transdev
•  David DeRosa, AECOM
•  Don Swain, First Transit 

Solar Projects From Concept to Reality 
•  Fred Silver, CALSTART 

Information. Innovation. Inspiration.

The 53rd Annual Fall Conference & Expo 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.

Creating an enhanced learning environment, there will be at least one hands-on, interactive activity focused session during each track where attendees can “learn by doing.” Concurrent sessions will be offered through the following five educational tracks:

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

View the Conference Schedule               View the Conference Brochure

Join Us on the Waterfront

Located in the heart of sunny Southern California, Long Beach blends urban sophistication with the relaxed atmosphere of a beachside community and is quickly developing a reputation as The Urban Waterfront Playground™. Find out why this October!

Conference Program

Long Beach Convention Center
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Book Your Accommodations

Conference registrants can reserve a guest room at the Westin Long Beach or the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown.

Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

Call the Westin directly at (562) 436-3000 to reserve your stay. Please reference "California Transit Association Conference" upon making your reservation.

Courtyard Long Beach Downtown
500 East First Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

Call the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown directly at (562) 435-8511 to select your room and reserve your stay. Please reference "California Transit Association Conference" upon making your reservation.

Connect With an Influential Audience

With a dynamic conference program and wonderful networking opportunities, this EXPO will prove yet again, the place attendees want to be.

Expo Schedule            Expo Hall Map

Innovation Theater

The California Transit Association’s Innovation Theater is back as the place of learning set in a casual environment built to facilitate peer sharing, problem solving through technology, and collaboration. 

This is a unique opportunity to connect with industry professionals who will have insight and solutions to the latest challenges in the transit industry, and receive one-on-one attention during follow-up question-and-answer sessions.

More Information

Exceptional Value

Conference registration includes access to all educational sessions, speaker materials, networking meals, and receptions. Take advantage of early bird rates. Register before September 14 and save $50.

REGISTRATION FEES BEFORE July 20 July 20 - September 14 AFTER September 14
Member $375 $425 $475
Non-Member $475 $525 $575
Single Day - Member $200 $250 $300
Single Day - Non-Member $300 $350 $400

Small Operators Program and Awards Breakfast: $40 Member, $50 Non-member.

Registration fees will increase by $50 after September 14.

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 September 30 will receive a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 1.
  • Registered for the conference but can't make it? Ask about how to transfer your registration to another member of your organization.

We’re Here to Help

  • General Inquiries & Exhibitor Information: Mandy Puliz, Association Services Coordinator,
  • Membership & Innovation Theater: Kim Rothschild, Senior Director, Marketing & Business Development,
  • Conference Program, Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities: Janneh R. Johnson, Events & Education Director,

To contact us by phone, call (916) 446-4656.