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March 5, 2013
Presentation Proposals Invited for 2013 GIS in Transit Conference

Des Plaines, Ill., Feb. 27, 2013—The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 2013 GIS in Transit Conference taking place October 16-17 at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. The jointly-organized conference is co-sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This conference is 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 conference will:

•       Provide GIS transit professionals an opportunity to learn from peers and industry experts (vendors, researchers, and practitioners)

•       Discuss emerging trends in geo-spatial analysis and transit informatics

•       Demonstrate the use of GIS data to improve transit efficiency and effectiveness

•       Provide a forum for public-private discussions about practical applications of new technologies

Presentation proposals are invited (until April 1, 2013) on a wide range of topics including:

•       Lessons learned using GIS to enhance service planning, analyze transit ridership, and improve transit performance

•       GIS tools and models for managing transit data; methods for collecting and maintaining data for transit scheduling and operations; standards and practices

•       GIS applications for the latest Census data

•       Use of GIS for Title VI and ADA complementary paratransit (for example, demographic analysis, accessibility standards, service analysis)

•       Data, data, data – Use of archived data for research

•       Implementing GIS within in a transit agency – Making the case for value added

•       Funding strategies for GIS initiatives

•       Ensuring consistent data integration – Incorporating GIS with other transit information systems (scheduling, dispatch, incident records)

•       Models for GIS transit applications

•       Opportunities for public-private partnerships to create practical applications of new technology

•       Access to GIS functionality for non-GIS professionals

•       Open source toolbox for GIS in transit

•       Cloud source data for planning and analysis

•       Interfaces between private data sources and public transit information

•       Third-party applications (apps) for transit

•       Using GTFS feeds to publish transit data

•       Role of social media in transit marketing and customer service

•       Examples of the use of GIS and transit informatics in successful non-traditional public outreach

•       State of the art for use of real-time/mobile technology for next bus and trip planning

•       Transit informatics to provide a link between public transit agencies and the riders (public)

•       Presentation of transit data; formatting spatial data to effectively communicate transit information, for example using GIS in schematic presentation

•       Transit data visualization

An abstract submission form and additional information is available on the conference website: http://transitgis.org/conference/2013-conferences/.

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