California Transit Association

Small Operator Awards

The Small Operator Awards are presented annually during our Fall Conference & Expo. The Transit Professional of the Year Award honors an outstanding individual who has provided strong leadership and vision.  The Transit Agency of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding program or service that demonstrates innovative concepts, effective problem-solving techniques, or promotes a positive image of transit in the community.  Two new honors, the Transit Innovation Award and the Distinguished Service Award, were added in 2014.

Nominations are now being solicited for the 2017 awards. Get more information.

Recent winners include:

Transit Professional of the Year Award (formerly the Transit Leadership Award)

2016 - Len Engel, Antelope Valley Transit Authority
2015 - Dustin Strandberg, Victor Valley Transit Authority
2014 - Mona Babauta, Solano County Transit (SolTrans)
2013 - Carl Sedoryk, Monterey-Salinas Transit
2012 - Kevin Kane, Victor Valley Transit Authority
2011 - Bruce Richard, Mendocino Transit Authority
2010 - Joe Meer, Morongo Basin Transit Authority
2009 - Terry Bassett, Yolo County Transportation District
2008 - Michael Bair, San Bernardino Association of Governments
2007 - Dave Ashcroft, Transportation Consultant
2006 - Leslie White, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District
2005 - Jim Ditch, Long Beach Transit
2004 - Frank Lichtanski, Monterey-Salinas Transit
2003 - Jim McElroy, Unitrans, and Virendra “Vic” K. Sood, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority

Transit Agency of the Year Award (formerly the Transit Excellence Award)

2016 - Thousand Oaks Transit
2015 - Valley Transportation Services
2014 - Gold Coast Transit
2013 - Placer County Transit
2012 - Marin County Transit District and Antelope Valley Transit Authority
2011 - Unitrans
2010 - Western Contra Costa Transit Authority
2009 - City of Visalia
2008 - Santa Rosa CityBus
2007 - Monterey-Salinas Transit and Sunline Transit Agency
2006 - City of Lompoc and City of San Luis Obispo
2005 - City of Elk Grove
2004 - Visalia City Coach
2003 - Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority and Merced County Transit

Transit Innovation Award

2016 - Victor Valley Transit Needles CarShare Program
2015 - Golden Empire Transit District and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium
2014 - SunLine Transit Agency

Distinguished Service Award

2016 - Congressman Sam Farr
2015 - Leslie T. Rogers, Federal Transit Administration
2014 - Jeffrey Webster, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

Per California Transit Association bylaws, a "small sized operator" is defined as follows:

"Small sized operators" shall be those member transit systems that had total 1990-91 revenues or total 1990-91 expenses as determined annually by the Executive Director for the purpose of setting dues, of less than $10,000,000, or new members designated as "small sized operators" by resolution of the Executive Committee."

Small Sized Operator Member Organizations

Access Services

Shelly Verrinder
PO BOX 5728
El Monte, CA 91734

Anaheim Transportation Network

Diana Kotler
1354 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Antelope Valley Transit Authority

Len Engel
42210 6th St. West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Arcata Mad River Transit System

Doby Class
736 F Street
Arcata, CA 95521

City of Arcadia-Arcadia Transit

Philip Wray
Po Box 60021
Arcadia, CA 91066

City of Commerce

Claude McFerguson
5555 Jillson Street
Commerce, CA 90040

City of Culver City

Art Ida
4343 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

City of Elk Grove, Transit Services

Jean Foletta
8401 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758

City of Folsom-Folsom Stage Line

Marie McKeeth
50 Natoma Street
Folsom, CA 95630

City of Lodi

Paula Fernandez
221 W. Pine Street
Lodi, CA 95240

City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Corinne Ralph
100 S Main Street, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

City of Modesto Transit Division

Adam Barth
P.O. Box 642
Modesto, CA 95353

City of Petaluma

Joseph Rye
555 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954

City of Redondo Beach - Transit Division

Joyce Rooney
415 Diamond Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

City of San Luis Obispo

Gamaliel Anguiano
919 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority

Jeanne Krieg
801 Wilbur Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509

El Dorado County Transit Authority

Mindy Jackson
6565 Commerce Way
Diamond Springs, CA 95619

Fairfield and Suisun Transit

Nathaniel Atherstone
2000 Cadenasso Drive
Fairfield, CA 94533

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

Moses Stites
2035 Tulare St., Ste. 201
Fresno, CA 93721

Gardena Municipal Bus Lines

Joseph Loh
13999 S. Western Avenue
Gardena, CA 90249

Gold Coast Transit

Steven Brown
301 E 3rd Street
Oxnard, CA 93030

Golden Empire Transit District

Karen King
1830 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Humboldt Transit Authority

Greg Pratt
133 V Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Kings County Area Rural Transit

Angie Dow
629 Davis St
Hanford, CA 93230

Livermore/Amador Valley Transit Authority

Michael Tree
1362 Rutan Court Suite 100
Livermore, CA 94550

Marin Transit

Nancy Whelan
711 Grand Ave, Ste. 110
Suite 110 San Rafael, CA 94901

Mendocino Transit Authority

Dan Baxter
241 Plant Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Morongo Basin Transit Authority

Joe Meer
62405 Verbena Rd.
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Napa Valley Transportation Authority

Kate Miller
625 Burnell Street
Napa, CA 94559

Norwalk Transit System

James C. Parker
12700 Norwalk Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

Placer County Transit/Tahoe Area Regional Transit

Will Garner
3091 County Center Drive Suite 220
Auburn, CA 95603

Redding Area Bus Authority

Chuck Aukland
777 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001

Roseville Alternative Transportation Division

Mike Dour
316 Vernon St.Suite 150
Roseville, CA 95678

San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority

Geoff Straw
179 Cross Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District

Jerry Estrada
550 Olive Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Clarita Transit

Adrian Aguilar
28250 Constellation Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Santa Rosa CityBus

Rachel Ede
100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 6
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Simi Valley Transit

Sandra Hernandez
2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Siskiyou County Transit

Melissa Cummins
190 Greenhorn Road
Yreka, CA 96097

Solano County Transit (SolTrans)

Beth Kranda
311 Sacramento Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

Solano Transportation Authority

Elizabeth Niedziela
One Harbor Center, Suite 130
Suisun City, CA 94585

Sonoma County Transit

Bryan Albee
355 West Robles Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Stanislaus Regional Transit

Eunice Lovi
1010 10th Street, Suite 4204
Modesto, CA 95354

SunLine Transit Agency

Lauren Skiver
32-505 Harry Oliver Trail
Thousand Palms, CA 92276

Tahoe Transportation District

Carl Hasty
128 Market Street, P.O. Box 5310
Stateline, NV 89449

Thousand Oaks Transit

Mike Houser
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Torrance Transit System

Kim Turner
20500 Madrona Avenue
Torrance, CA 90503

Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County

Richard Green
369 W. 18th St.
Merced, CA 95340

Union City Transit

Wilson Lee
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587


Jeff Flynn
One Shields Avenue
5 South Hall Davis, CA 95616

Victor Valley Transit Authority

Kevin Kane
17150 Smoke Tree Street
Hesperia, CA 92345

Visalia Transit

Monty Cox
425 E Oak Avenue Suite 201
Visalia, CA 93291

Western Contra Costa Transit Authority

Charles Anderson
601 Walter Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564

Yolo County Transportation District

Terry Bassett
350 Industrial Way
Woodland, CA 95776

Yuba-Sutter Transit

Keith Martin
2100 B Street
Marysville, CA 95901

The 52nd 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.

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

Centrally located as the hub of California’s Inland Empire, Riverside is quickly developing a reputation as “The Most Hospitable Place in America.” Find out why this November!

Conference Program

Riverside Convention Center
3637 5th St
Riverside, CA 92501

Hotel Accommodations (two locations)

Conference registrants can reserve a guest room at the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center or the historic Mission Inn Hotel under the California Transit Association room block. Please see below for the special rates offered to conference attendees.

*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 Sunday, October 15 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!

Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

$130 per night + tax & fees (Standard Room)

Call the Marriott directly at (951) 784-8000 to reserve your stay. Please reference "California Transit Association Conference" upon making your reservation.

The Mission Inn Hotel
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

$149 per night + tax & fees (Deluxe Room)
$159 per night + tax & fees (Raincross Room)
$169 per night + tax & fees (Glenwood Room)
$189 per night + tax & fees (Junior Suite Room)

Call the Mission Inn directly at (951) 784-0300 to select your room and reserve your stay. Please reference "California Transit Association Conference" upon making your reservation.

Shuttle Service from Ontario International Airport

Super Shuttle (800) 258-3826

Exceptional Value Over Three Days

Conference registration includes access to all educational sessions, speaker materials, networking meals, and receptions. Take advantage of early bird rates. Register by August 15, 2017 and save $50! Registration fees will increase an addtional $50 after October 15.

REGISTRATION FEES Before August 15 August 15-October 15 After October 15
Member $375 $425 $475
Non-Member $475 $525 $575
Single Day - Member $200 $250 $300
Single Day - Non-Member $300 $350 $400

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 18, 2017 will receive a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 18, 2017.
  • 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…Sponsor and Exhibit in Riverside!

Sponsors and exhibitors may register for the 52nd Fall Conference & Expo at the Riverside Convention Center. With a dynamic conference program and wonderful networking opportunities, this Expo will prove yet again, the place attendees want to be! Learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

New for 2017

The Innovation Theater is an exciting opportunity to showcase today's cutting-edge technology – a place of learning set in a casual environment designed to facilitate peer sharing, problem solving, and collaboration. Learn more about the Innovation Theater and how your organization can participate.

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

Conference Program, Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Contact Janneh R. Johnson, Events & Education Director, at (916) 446-4656, x 1017, or