California Transit Association

2018 Conference Presentations

Use the links below to view versions of keynote and concurrent session presentations from the California Transit Association's 53rd Annual Fall Conference & Expo, held October 24-26, 2018 in Long Beach. Links below represent all presentations that have been received.


Seeking Opportunity in the Autonomy Economy
Jennifer Granholm, Former Michigan Governor

Fiscal Planning & Policy

The Times They Are A-Changin': Lessons Learned from Early ZEB Adopters
•  Doran Barnes, Foothill Transit
•  Donna DeMartino, San Joaquin Regional Transit District
•  Rudy Le Flore, SunLine Transit Agency/The Le Flore Group
•  Marc Manning, Los Angeles Metro
•  Carl Sedoryk, Monterey-Salinas Transit

The Safety Dance: Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Safety On-Board Buses
Jaime Becerra, North County Transit District
Lance Larson, Orange County Transportation Authority
Alex Z. Wiggins, Los Angeles Metro

Livin’ In the Future: Transit’s Evolution in a World of New, Emerging Modes
•  Ratna Amin, SPUR
•  Nolan Borgman, Los Angeles Metro
•  Stephanie Lotshaw, TransitCenter
•  Kate Toran, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
•  Jennifer Yeamans, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

Shiny Happy People: Building and Shaping Effective Teams
•  David Stumpo, Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium
•  Norm Hickling, Antelope Valley Transit Authority


Back to the Basics: Proven Procedures for Daily Critical Repairs
•  Halsey King, Fleet Maintenance Consultant
•  David Nanjo, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
•  Joseph Townsend, Orange County Transportation Authority

Building Infrastructure for Zero Emission Buses
•  Tony Cohen, Long Beach Transit
•  Tommy Edwards, SunLine Transit Agency
•  Mark Perry, Antelope Valley Transit Authority
•  William Zobel, Trillium CNG

BMP, Best Management Practices
•  Andrew Choi, Long Beach Transit
•  Paula Faust, City of Laguna Beach
•  Raymond Melleady, USSC Group
•  Dino Smith, Long Beach Transit

Technology and Its Impact on Fleet Repairs
•  Vikrant Aggarwal, Cummins, Inc.
•  Mark Anderson, Trackit, LLC
•  Bob Bach, LexX Technologies
•  G. Satish, Connixt


Women Leaders In a Male-Dominated Industry
•  Lisa Patton, Long Beach Transit

Succession Planning: Transforming Agency Personnel 
•  Michelle Caldwell, Foothill Transit
•  LaVerne David, Long Beach Transit


Marketing Strategies for Building New Ridership
•  Nydia Gonzalez, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
•  Stella Lin, Orange County Transportation Authority
•  Heather Menninger, AMMA Transit Planning

#Trending – Marketing for the Digital Age: Connecting to Existing and Future Riders
•  John Gordon, Los Angeles Metro
•  Nella McOsker, Strategies 360, Inc.
•  Lisa Rheinheimer, Monterey-Salinas Transit
•  Alicia Trost, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Improving Your Agency’s Image
•  Sherita Coffelt, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
•  Capt. Lisa Hinz, Sacramento Regional Transit District
•  Mark Olson, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System


Food for Thought: Regulatory Realities of New Mobility and AVs
•  Maurice Bell, Keolis
•  Tim Haile, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
•  Gregory Rodriguez, Best, Best and Krieger
•  Lima Saft, Caltrans District 11

On-Demand Solutions: A Movement of People and Services
•  Alva Carrasco, Sacramento Regional Transit District
•  Kevin Clausen-Quiroz, City of Anaheim Community & Economic Development Department
•  Kate Welsh, Via Transportation, Inc.

ZEB Regulations: Impact on Operations
•  Michael Austin, BYD

Mobility-as-a-Service: Integrated, Seamless, Connected
•  Kyle Gradinger, Caltrans, Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
•  Lisa Nisenson, GreaterPlaces

Information. Innovation. Inspiration.

The 54th 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, each educational track will include at least one hands-on, interactive activity focused session 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

Join Us on the Coast

Located on California’s scenic central coast, the city of Monterey and surrounding area have attracted artists since the late 19th century, and many celebrated painters and writers have lived and worked there. Notable attractions are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, and 17-Mile Drive.

The conference program takes place at two adjacent venues:

Monterey Conference Center
1 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

The Portola Hotel & Spa
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Book Your Accommodations

Conference registrants can reserve a guest room at the Portola Hotel & Spa under the California Transit Association room block at a rate of $239, plus tax, per night (standard room).

The Portola Hotel & Spa
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

Reserve your room by the cutoff date of Monday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please note that rooms available at the conference rate may sell out before this date, so be sure to book early!

Reserve Your Room

Connect With an Influential Audience

The 54th Annual Fall Conference & Expo is known for its dynamic conference program and wonderful networking opportunities.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration

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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.

Applications to present at the Innovation Theater are due August 5. Learn more about the Theater via the links below.

How to Apply           Innovation Theater Application

Exceptional Value

Conference registration includes access to all educational sessions, speaker materials, meals, and receptions. Take advantage of early bird rates.

REGISTRATION FEES By July 23 July 24 - October 9 After October 9
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.

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 15 will receive a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 15.
  • 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 Conference Information & Registration
Contact Maria Barajas, Association Services Manager, at (916) 446-4656, x 31008 or

Conference Program
Contact Erin Meyer, Events & Education Director, at (916) 446-4656, x 1035 or

Innovation Theater & Sponsorship Opportunities
Contact Kim Rothschild, Senior Director, Marketing & Business Development, at (916) 446-4656, x 1492 or