URISA, the National Center for Transit Research and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) are jointly presenting the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference. It is being held Sept. 1-3 in Washington, DC.

"Service planning and asset management — performance analysis, ridership reporting and forecasting, state-of-good-repair, inventory of ROW, stations and stops—are some of the hottest topics in transit today,” says Jeff Becker, conference chair and senior manager of service development for the Denver Regional Transportation District. “The GIS in Transit Conference has attracted over 60 presentations on these topics.”

The conference will include conversations, pre-conference workshops, education, and networking opportunities. The featured keynote speaker is Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program manager for Waze. Fitzgerald will discuss "Connecting Cities and Citizens to Outsmart Traffic Together."  The Connected Citizens Program is an ongoing partnership between Waze and various international government agencies to share publicly-available incident and road closure data so government officials can address reported incidents and drivers have a real-time knowledge of what’s happening on the roads during their commute.

Pre-conference workshops on Sept. 1 include “Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation” and “Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy.”

 Key topics being presented include:

  • SmartBus: GIS and On-board Bus Technologies (AVL, APC, AVA)
  • Visualizing Transit Opportunities through GIS Innovations
  • Washington DC: A Case Study in Enterprise GIS Implementation
  • Transit Asset Management What Drives What?
  • Exploring Transit and Land Use Relationships
  • New Spatial Tools
  • Safety and Emergency Management
  • Transit Planning for Rural Areas and Medium Cities
  • Accessing the System
  • Building Organizational Readiness and Collaboration
  • Where Should Your Transit Stop Go?
  • Bus Stop Management
  • Mind the Gap – Using GIS to Determine Transit Needs
  • Surveying the Transit Market
  • Transit Approaching: Increasing High Frequency Travel
  • Using GIS in Achieving Transit System Improvements

The GIS in Transit Conference will take place entirely at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. The cutoff date for discounted conference rates for lodging is Aug. 10. The deadline for early registration discounts is July 13.