MATBUS has posted a highlight video of the 2012 APTA Public Transportation & Universities Conference in Fargo, ND. The conference was hosted by MATBUS, SURTC, and NDSU and was the first APTA conference ever held in North Dakota. Watch the video below.
You can also find this and other MATBUS videos on their YouTube page.
The conference will address the special transportation needs of university communities and offers a rare opportunity to see how a successful university-transit partnership works. Learn how this partnership has evolved to boost ridership.
The conference agenda includes sessions on:
Future university trends
New business models
Safety and security, emergency preparedness and response
Case studies and more
The program also includes networking opportunities, a minor-league baseball game, a chance to explore Fargo’s revitalized and hip downtown, and a private screening at the historic Fargo Theatre.
Registration is open for the 2012 Public Transportation & Universities Conference. This conference, hosted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is scheduled for June 16-19, 2012 (Saturday-Tuesday), at the Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo, ND. North Dakota State University and Metro Area Transit (MATBUS) are co-hosting the event. The early fee deadline for registration is May 11.
The preliminary program has been posted. Visit the conference website for more information. The biennial Public Transportation & Universities Conference focuses on the unique needs of university communities and the population they serve.
SURTC will be represented at the upcoming 53rd Annual Transportation Research Forum in Tampa, FL. Del Peterson will present his Ride or Relocate study which highlighted senior transportation and housing options in North Dakota.
SURTC will be active in the upcoming Transportation Research Board’s 91st Annual Meeting, January 22-26 in Washington, DC. Director Jill Hough will be involved in the Rural and Intercity Bus Public Transportation Committee and the Rural and Intercity Bus Conference Planning Subcommittee, and researcher Jeremy Mattson will be giving three presentations at the conference, as shown here:
The Transportation Research Board has released a Final Program for the 19th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation, held October 24-27, 2010, in Burlington, Vermont. Most of the presentations from this conference are now available online and are linked to within this document. Click here to open the Final Program (pdf), and then click on the presenters names highlighted in blue to view the presentations.
SURTC was heavily involved in this conference. Director Jill Hough served as the Chair of the Conference Planning Committee, and researchers David Ripplinger, Del Peterson, and Jeremy Mattson gave presentations and moderated sessions. The following are links to the presentations (pdf documents) given by SURTC staff:
Small Urban & Rural Transit Center staff will be busy during the 19th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation being held October 24-27, 2010 in Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Jill Hough, Director of the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, is serving as chair of the conference that covers planning and design; policy, funding and finance; rural transportation in today’s operating environment; technology; and special issues.
Jeremy Mattson will present a paper on the mobility of older adults and people with disabilities in North Dakota. Del Peterson will moderate a session on commuter programs and present a paper on transit and residential choice. David Ripplinger will present papers on technology use by rural transit agencies and uses of Rural National Transit Database (Rural NTD) data as well as moderate the session on Rural NTD.
For more information check out the conference’s full program.
The 19th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation will be held October 24-27, 2010 in Burlington, Vermont. The conference includes information on planning and design; policy, funding and finance; rural transportation in today’s operating environment; technology; and special issues in rural transportation. Over thirty sessions, special events, and tours will expand the five routes. See the conference promotional flyer or visit the conference website at for more information.
The conference is sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, the Federal Transit Administration, and the National Rural Transit Assistance Program. The American Public Transportation Association, the American Bus Association, the Community Transportation Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center are cooperating organizations.
Jeremy Mattson and David Ripplinger will be presenting papers in a session on transit and paratransit services on March 13 at 8:45 am. Mattson will present a paper titled “An Assessment of Demand for Rural Intercity Transportation Services in a Changing Environment.” The paper, which is co-authored by Del Peterson, David Ripplinger, William Thomas, and Jill Hough, investigates the impacts of individual, mode, and trip characteristics on mode choice for rural intercity travel, with some attention given to the impacts of changing gasoline prices and changing demographics on mode choices.
Ripplinger will present a paper titled “Modeling Transit Technology Adoption,” which identifies and examines the use of transit technologies by rural transit agencies and investigates the relationship between firm and environmental factors that impact the adoption of these technologies.
Ripplinger is also chairing a session titled “Urban Highway, Transit, and Pedestrian Design” on March 12 at 3:15 pm and a session titled “Highways: Regional Economic Impacts” on March 13 at 10:30 am.