EXPO Opening Session

Monday, May 20
Join us at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11 for EXPO’s Opening session. We will serve a continental breakfast and give attendees a brief overview of what to expect in the week ahead at EXPO.

Pecha Kucha

Tuesday, May 21
An informal Evening of Crowd-sourced Presentations

Have you ever had an idea you wanted to share with your colleagues at EXPO, but it’s not quite enough for a workshop session? Or are you in the market for quick, innovative and fun ideas presented in smaller, snapshot doses? On Monday, May 20, our fifth crowd-sourced event at EXPO employs the Pecha Kucha format of a set number of slides with pre-set timing for each slide, with each presentation running no more than 7 minutes. We’ll take you out of the standard conference meeting room to a less formal setting with light hos d’oeuvres and beverages-for-purchase after the regular EXPO program has wrapped for the day. You’ll hear your counterparts from across the community and public transportation industry briefly share the attention-grabbing high notes of their latest innovations and strategies, hopefully bringing the funny at the same time. Have a fun, unique topic you’d like to share in the Pecha Kucha format? Humorists strongly invited to apply! Just send Rich Sampson a note at with your idea.

EXPO’S Big Night Out

Wednesday, May 22

Always something that attendees look forward to, this year’s Big Night Out is sure to be an event you will not want to miss. There will be great food, great music, and always a chance to network. We are still working on the details of the event, but you will not want to miss it. Thanks to EXPO 2019 sponsor Ecolane for their support of our Big Night Out on Wednesday, May 22. Back by popular demand this year the fabulous Pink Flamingos Band. Of course there will be plenty of food and drinks to go around. All of this in with the backdrop of Palm Springs’ beautiful San Jacinto mountain range.

Speed Networking with the Vendors

Tuesday, May 21

For many attendees, CTAA’s Community Transportation EXPO provides a prime, annual opportunity to see the latest and greatest in transit products and services. Time and again, attendees tell us that EXPO’s trade fair is where informed purchasing decisions are made. Our Speed Networking event will make these vital attendee-vendor connections and conversations both easier – and fun! This is your chance to talk directly to the vendors, get your questions answered, and learn about new products in a focused, one-on-one, 5-minute session. Here’s why we’re so excited about this new EXPO event:

  • If you decide you need to know more, you can schedule time during the EXPO trade fair hours to meet with that exhibitor.
  • If the product or service doesn’t meet your needs, you’ve only lost 5 minutes of your time.

Not only is this session free, but if you sign up when you register, you will receive $25 off of your EXPO registration fee. All you need to do is check the box on the registration form indicating you’d like to participate in the Speed Networking event. Once registered for the EXPO, you’ll receive easy instructions on how to complete your profile and when to expect your personalized schedule of 5-minute exhibitor conversations. Attendance at the event is limited, so sign up soon via the normal conference registration and select Speed Networking under additional items.

Thursday Afternoon Tours

Thursday, May 23

We have set aside Thursday afternoon as your time to get out of the convention center and see Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. You will be able to choose among tours of Sunline Transit, our host transit agency, the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, mid-century modern architecture, and other options.
Get out and see our host city. Whatever your interest, one of the CTAA EXPO Thursday tours is sure to right for you. More details about the tours in the near future. Some tours may require an additional fee for participation.


The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.