California Transit Association

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Be Part of the Excitement…Sponsor and Exhibit in Riverside!

Make plans now to join us for our 52nd Annual Fall Conference and Expo presented by BYD, taking place November 8-10 in Riverside. A number of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available, affording prominent visibility and generating top-of-mind brand awareness.

What’s new?

  • Expanded EXPO Hours – Attendee evaluations revealed a desire to have more opportunities to network with vendors.  We have made the move-in time earlier to support the bus expo opening at lunch on Wednesday, November 8th and the full EXPO opening at 3:00 p.m. the same day.  View the Expo schedule-at-a-glance. View the Expo Hall map.
  • Innovation Theater – The California Transit Association’s new Innovation Theater is a place of learning set in a casual environment built to facilitate peer sharing, problem solving through technology, and collaboration. Participants will:
    • Experience 10 minute presentations on new technology and innovative products by a supplier and a transit agency
    • The latest upgrades and products that maximize today’s cutting-edge technology including apps, software, data capture and manipulation, open source resources, and beyond
    • See first-hand innovative products and solutions that enhance service and satisfaction at their transit agency
    • Exchange best practices with peers and learn about the latest in transit technology
  • Street Closure and Exclusive Opening for Bus Expo – The beautiful historic mission district of Riverside will be the backdrop to our outdoor bus expo.  We are closing 5th street to house the busses! This main throughway is the perfect location centered between the Mission Inn and the Riverside Convention Center. The networking lunch will kick-off the opening of the bus expo only, with the full expo hall and afternoon activities to follow conference concurrent sessions.

Increase your visibility! Showcase your products and services to key decision makers at the 52nd Annual Fall Conference & Expo. For more information, contact Events & Education Director Janneh Johnson via email at, or by calling (916) 446-4656, x 1017.

Register as a Sponsor                 Register as an Exhibitor


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.

We’re Here to Help!


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