The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the National Center for Transit Research and the Transportation Research Board are jointly sponsoring the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference.

And you are encouraged to share your research, projects and ideas with the informed audience that will gather Sept. 1-3 in Washington, D.C. Abstract submissions are invited until Monday, March 23. Including an abstract entry form, additional event information is available online.

Managing data to drive decision-making has never been more important, says Wendy Nelson, executive director of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). In order to improve service evaluation, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and overall system performance today and in the future, large data systems are capturing significant performance, operational and planning data in the transit industry, explains Nelson. At the core of many of these data are spatial elements that describe the location of relevant transit data, including transit boardings, customer location, activity centers, assets and transit service.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology provides a unique platform for organizing, evaluating and communicating data; transforming data into information. The Washington conference will gather experts from around the country on how GIS is being used every day to improve transit systems. The conference will provide a breadth of GIS experiences to showcase how agencies of all sizes and budgets are managing their GIS data, and improving transit service and ultimately customer service, says Nelson.

URISA is an independent, not-for-profit 501C(3) organization established in 1966. From webinars and workshops to multi-day conferences, URISA presents an assortment of educational programs, offers volunteer GIS expertise through its GISCorps program, and assists government agencies with benchmarking GIS maturity through its GIS Management Institute.