California Transit Association

Small Operators Awards

The Small Operators 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.

Recent winners include:

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

2020 - Transit Frontline Workers
2019 - Michael Tree, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
2018 - Art Ida, City of Culver City
2017 - Alex Clifford, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District
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 Ashcraft, 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)

2020 - Culver CityBus
2019 - Torrance Transit System
2018 - Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
2017 - Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District
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

2020 - Monterey–Salinas Transit 
2019 - San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority
2018 - San Joaquin Regional Transit District
2017 - SunLine Transit Agency
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

2020 - Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor
2019 - Jim Mastin, Mendocino Transit Authority
2018 - Karen King, Golden Empire Transit District
2017 - Kevin Kane, Victor Valley Transit Authority
2016 - Congressman Sam Farr
2015 - Leslie T. Rogers, Federal Transit Administration
2014 - Jeffrey Webster, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency


Small Sized Operator Member Organizations

Antelope Valley Transit Authority

Macy Neshati
42210 6th St. West
Lancaster, CA 93534

City of Arcadia-Arcadia Transit

Philip Wray
P.O. Box 60021
Arcadia, CA 91066

City of Commerce

Claude McFerguson
5555 Jillson Street
Commerce, CA 90040

City of Culver City

Rolando Cruz
4343 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

City of Delano/Delano Area Rapid Transit

Viviana Zamora
P.O. Box 3010
Delano, CA 93216

City of Manteca, Public Works Department, Transit Division

Juan Portillo
220 Moffat Boulevard
Manteca, CA 95337

City of Modesto Transit Division

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

City of Petaluma

Jared Hall
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

Megan Weeks
919 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

City of Santa Clarita

Adrian Aguilar
28250 Constellation Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

City of Turlock

Wayne York
1418 N. Golden State Blvd.
Suite 1 Turlock, CA 95380

Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority

Jeanne Krieg
801 Wilbur Avenue
Antioch, CA 94509

Fairfield and Suisun Transit

Diane Feinstein
2000 Cadenasso Drive
Fairfield, CA 94533

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

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

Gold Coast Transit District

Steven Brown
1901 Auto Center Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036

Golden Empire Transit District

Karen King
1830 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301


Dana Pynn
13999 S. Western Avenue
Gardena, CA 90249

Humboldt Transit Authority

Greg Pratt
133 V Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Kings County Area Rural Transit

Angie Dow
629 Davis St
Hanford, CA 93230

Lake Transit Authority

Lisa Davey-Bates
367 N State Street, #204
Ukiah, CA 95482

Livermore/Amador Valley Transit Authority

Michael Tree
1362 Rutan Court Suite 100
Livermore, CA 94550

Marin Transit

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

Mendocino Transit Authority

Jacob King, Sr
241 Plant Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Montebello Bus Lines

Anthony Rodriguez
400 S. Taylor Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640

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 Maria Area Transit

Cindy Ransdell
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458

Santa Rosa CityBus

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

Simi Valley Transit

Ben Gonzales
2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Siskiyou County Transit

Angie Stumbaugh
190 Greenhorn Rd
Yreka, CA 96097

Solano County Transit (SolTrans)

Beth Kranda
311 Sacramento Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

Solano Transportation Authority

Ron Grassi
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 Authority

Adam Barth
912 11th Street, Suite 100
Modesto, CA 95354

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

Christine Chavez
369 W. 18th St.
Merced, CA 95340

Union City Transit

Steve Adams
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587


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

Ventura County Transportation Commission

Darren Kettle
751 E. Daily Drive, Suite 420
Camarillo, CA 93010

Victor Valley Transit Authority

Kevin Kane
17150 Smoke Tree Street
Hesperia, CA 92345

Visalia Transit

Angelina Soper
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

Jose Perez
350 Industrial Way
Woodland, CA 95776

Yuba-Sutter Transit

Keith Martin
2100 B Street
Marysville, CA 95901


As the state's foremost public transit gathering for agencies of all sizes, the California Transit Association conferences showcase leading experts to help elevate public transit service delivery throughout California.

At the 56th Annual Fall Conference & Expo, public transit professionals will learn and connect. Program offerings will follow the conference theme, Embracing Change: New Era. New Visionand include sessions covering a wide range of topics such as Fiscal, Planning, Policy & Compliance; Maintenance; Management & Leadership; Marketing & Communications; Operations; and more.

In addition to 25+ content-rich breakout sessions, we're thrilled to welcome Calvin Gladney, LEED AP, among our special keynote speakers. Gladney is President and CEO of Smart Growth America and is a nationally recognized thought leader on the equitable and sustainable revitalization of communities. 

View the agendas for in-person and virtual attendance. 

As always, there will be a full and fast-moving program filled with solution-driven breakout sessions and keynote addresses from top transportation leaders. We’ll also have a show-stopping Expo Hall featuring the latest trends, cutting-edge technologies, and new products driving the future of transit services.

View the many valuable Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities


We will be among the first to experience the $180 million renovation and expansion of the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento with its expanded exhibit hall, new ballroom, additional meeting rooms, and a new outdoor plaza.

The Association is pleased to offer conference participants special rate accommodations a nearby hotel:

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Room Rate: $195 per night, plus tax
Deadline to reserve a room at the discounted rate: Friday, October 8, 2021
Book your room online, or call: 1-800-325-3535 and mention California Transit Association


Registration for the 56th Annual Fall Conference & Expo is open.

Attend In-Person

Member Prices
Single Day - Tuesday Pass - $200
Single Day - Wednesday Pass - $200
Full Conference - $425

Non-Member Prices
Single Day - Tuesday Pass - $300
Single Day - Wednesday Pass - $300
Full Conference - $525


Member & Non-Member - $250

The event will take place at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center. Accommodations at special rates will be available at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, located across the street from the convention center.

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center

(Formerly the Sacramento Convention Center)
1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814


The California Transit Association is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all Conference participants and Association staff. All participants including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and staff, will be required to abide by a series of risk mitigation protocols.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
The Association is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of our community. During check-in, all Conference participants must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by providing their paper COVID-19 vaccination card or digital photo of their card via a mobile device.

*An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Mask Requirement
The Association is requiring all Conference participants to wear masks at all times other than when actively eating or drinking.

Additional Protocols
The Association will implement the additional risk mitigation protocols:

The Association will ensure the Conference is in full compliance with all applicable state and local government public health mandates.

The Association will ensure the Conference indoor activities and sessions will be held in rooms that allow participants to be seated in theater seating with a minimum of three feet apart.

All networking activities will occur in spaces large enough to accommodate social distancing.

The Association will provide ample outdoor space available for eating and drinking.

The Association will provide boxed or plated Conference meals to minimize points of contact with food.

Read our full COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Protocols.



Contact Maria Barajas, Association Services Director, at (916) 446-4656, x 31008 or

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Kim Rothschild, Senior Director, Business Development at (916) 446-4656, x 1492 or