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Conferences

Conferences can be expensive, but the networking and new knowledge that can be gained from them are often worth the cost. The same scholarship funds through state RTAP programs can usually be used to fund registration for a conference as well.  There are often state-level funding opportunities for conference travel and attendance. Many state RTAP programs limit the number of conferences that a single person can attend. For Tribes, regional and national organizations may be able to provide scholarships for this purpose. The following is a list of conferences that are often attended by rural and Tribal transit providers, and state RTAP managers. 

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) holds three meetings per year for members, including the Legislative Briefing, the Spring Meeting and the Annual Meeting.

American Public Transit Association Conferences (APTA) provides a wide range of transportation conferences suited to the needs of many different niches in the transportation industry. These include state programs, transit managers, legislative affairs, etc.

Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) EXPO is a large gathering of transit operators, drivers, managers, transportation organizations, state DOT representatives, and high-level transportation policy makers, and covers a large variety of transportation topics.

FTA Meetings and Conferences cover topics in FTA policy and regulations. They can be found in various places on the website.

Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference (every 2 years) focuses on new technology, and trends in rural and intercity bus transportation. 

National RTAP's Technical Assistance Conference (every 2 years) focuses on practical resources and learning for rural and tribal transit providers, state program managers, and other transportation practitioners. 

National Rural Transportation Conference focuses on connecting regional transportation planners, state DOT representatives, and partners to learn about and discuss rural and very small urban transportation topics. 

National Tribal Transportation Conference (NTTC) brings Tribal transit professionals and other partner groups together to discuss a variety of transportation topics, including technical topics, and legislation.

State Transit Association Conferences—These conferences are often put on in partnership with State DOTs, and cater to transit agencies, including drivers when a roadeo is held.

TRB Annual Meeting brings together thousands of transportation professionals from all aspects of the transportation industry, including policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. Topics covered are numerous and relate to all of these groups.