California Transit Association


2019 Conference Presentations

Use the links below to view PDF versions of concurrent session presentations from the California Transit Association's 54th Annual Fall Conference & Expo, held November 13-15, 2019 in Monterey. Links below represent all presentations that have been received.

Fiscal Planning & Policy

Pulling Out All the Stops
•  Rachel Ede, Santa Rosa CityBus
•  Linda Morris, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
•  Stephen Tu, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Storytelling With Data
Linda Morris, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District


Real-Life Experiences with Battery Electric Buses
•  Bobby Hill, BYD
•  Donna DeMartino, San Joaquin Regional Transit District
•  Jerry Estrada, Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
•  Mike Finnern, Proterra

Real-Life Experiences with Hydrogen Fuel Cell
•  John Drayton, WSP
•  Tommy Edwards, SunLine Transit Agency
•  Kim Okafor, Trillium
•  David Warren, New Flyer

Building ZEB Infrastructure for Battery Electric Fleets
•  John Drayton, WSP
•  Wendell Krell, California Energy Commission

Building ZEB Infrastructure for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Fleets
•  Al Cioffi, Plug Power
•  Bill Habibe, Orange County Transportation Authority
•  Chris Kretz, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
•  Lauren Skiver, SunLine Transit Agency


Critical Leadership Skills Transit Managers and Supervisors Need Today
•  Combined Presentation

Tackling the Ridership Challenge Through Bold and Innovative Leadership 
•  Lisa Rheinheimer, Monterey-Salinas Transit
•  Jofil Borja, Sacramento Regional Transit District

Say “Know” to Brain Drain and Yes to Succession Planning 
•  Teri Fisher, Insight Strategies
•  Nat Rojanasathira, City of Monterey
•  Ashlien Savage, Foothill Transit


Customer Retention Strategies and Tactics
•  Hendy Satya, Foothill Transit
•  Dr. Brian Taylor, UCLA

Effective Communication Tools and Techniques
•  Doran Barnes, Foothill Transit
•  Hillary Blackerby, Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
•  Steve Sisneros, Omnitrans

The Internal Customer Experience
•  Kelly Halcon, Monterey-Salinas Transit
•  Janice Kuhn, Omnitrans
•  Brittney B. Sowell, SunLine Transit Agency

Customer Service Via Social Media
•  Beverly Greene, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
•  Gabrielle Mejia, Foothill Transit


California Microtransit Projects
•  Rashidi Barnes, First Transit Group
•  Johnny Dunning, Orange County Transportation Authority
•  Joshua Fogelson, LADOT
•  Toan Tran, San Joaquin Regional Transit District
•  Christy Wegener, SamTrans

Getting Real About Recruiting Bus Operators
•  Julie Espy, Orange County Transportation Authority

Essential. Reinvention

Our 55th Annual Fall Conference & Expo program will provide content-rich sessions in a virtual format.

As our world changes, this year’s conference will acknowledge and address the most pressing social and technological trends transforming public transit as well as the calls for racial justice that we know must be embedded in our industry’s work going forward. As always, we will highlight innovations in transit service delivery and pilot programs being conducted by transit agencies around the state to share best-practices and explore what is working and what is not. Specific topics for this year’s keynote presentations and concurrent sessions include:

  • The Future of Transit

  • Racial Justice & Transportation Equity

  • ZEB

  • Hydrogen

  • Funding Sources

  • Labor Management

  • Emergency Response

  • Community Outreach & Engagement

  • Fare Policy

  • .....and much more


9:00 am –10:00 am      General Session

10:45 am – 11:45 am   Five Concurrent Sessions

11:45 am –12:45 pm    Expo

12:45 pm –1:45 pm      Five Concurrent Sessions

9:00 am –10:00 am      Keynote

10:30 am–11:30 am     Five Concurrent Sessions

11:30 am–1:30 pm       Expo & Prize Drawing

1:30 pm–2:30 pm         Five Concurrent Sessions

*Subject to change

Connect With an Influential Audience

The 55th Annual Fall Conference & Expo is known for its dynamic conference program and wonderful networking opportunities.

Great opportunities are available to have your company name front and center before and during the virtual conference. There will be both online and printed spotlights to recognize your sponsorship, including a mailed welcome kit that will be sent to each attendee.

View Prospectus           Sponsor Registration


Exceptional Value

All conference registration includes access to all educational sessions and speaker materials.

Registration Fees

Member              $200

Non-Member       $250

Registration fees increase by $50 on October 19.

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 will receive a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 19.
  • 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 Director, at (916) 446-4656, x 31008 or

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