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October 1, 2013
Interest Level High for 2013 GIS in Transit Conference

Des Plaines, Ill., Sept. 25, 2013—URISA, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) are pleased to announce that pre-conference registration counts for the 2013 GIS in Transit Conference have already exceeded the 2011 conference by more than 50%. The conference is taking place October 16-17 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. There is still time to register and participate in this unique educational opportunity. Visit the conference website for program details and additional information.

GIS in Transit is a unique conference specifically designed for transit planners, managers, researchers and GIS industry experts who are interested in sharing ways to use geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The opening session, chaired by Linda K. Cherrington, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, will certainly be a conference highlight, featuring:

  • Geographic Information Systems in Transit - A Federal Perspective
Therese W. McMillan, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Using GTFS for Transit Scenario Modeling
Kevin Webb, Conveyal
  • Google Transit with Real-time Feed
Brian Ferris, Google

Ms. Cherrington noted, “The opening session will be outstanding…learning about the Federal perspective on GIS in Transit, exploring the latest in GTFS scenario planning, and then delving into real-time information in Google Transit. We’ll all be fortunate to learn from true experts with relevant and current information.” 
 
More than 60 presenters are scheduled to address these important topics in 17 breakout sessions:

  • Innovative Transit Mapping and Design
  • Title VI and Paratransit
  • Collecting, Presenting, and Managing Geospatial Transit Data
  • Delivering Agency Geographic Information Systems: Transit Geographic Information Systems Tools
  • Spatial Analysis for Replanning Service Networks and Areas
  • Bus On-Board Spatial Data Collection for Service Planning, Performance Analysis, and Origin– Destination (O-D) Trip Definition
  • Visualizations in Transit Planning
  • Public Transit Modeling
  • Better Spatial Tools and Concepts for Evaluating
  • Transit Coverage Level of Service: Commute Trips, Connectivity, and Continuous Accessibility
  • Transit Agency Geographic Information Systems Innovations and Applications
  • Transit Geographic Information Systems on the Web: Expanding Their Reach
  • Geographic Information Systems Tools and Analysis for Bus Stop Management
  • Web Mapping and the Cloud
  • Public Transit Performance Measures
  • Geographic Information Systems Tools and Analysis for Transit Facility Location

A poster session will also provide the opportunity for dialogue between conference participants and presenters on featured GIS applications. The conference thanks Esri, DTS and Cyclomedia for their early commitment as conference sponsors. Visit the conference website regularly for program details and additional information.

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