Strategies and Priorities to Achieve Investment Success

Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Room: Pasadena (Renaissance)

Local, state, regional and national experts share both first-hand experience and synthesized approaches to producing increased investment in mobility options along a range of sources, programs and opportunities. The session will prioritize arguments, tactics and partnerships that have found support among elected officials, program offices and private industry sectors, as well as nonprofit organizations and foundations.


  • Rich Sampson, Community Transportation Association (Moderator)
  • Jeff Meilbeck, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Julie Brown, Rogue Valley Transit District
  • Justin Leighton, Washington State Transit Association


Exploring the Basics of Transit Finance, Partnerships, and Sustainability

Wednesday, May 22, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Room: Pasadena (Renaissance)

Whether you're brand new to the community transit environment, or trying to do something new in a long-standing transit service, this session helps you explore the basics of how we finance, arrange and sustain transit operations in our communities. We'll talk about the fundamentals of transit finance, the need and importance of local partnerships to make things possible, and will stress elements like how to find the "local match" for federal transit grants, when and how "in kind" contributions can make a difference in your operation's funding, and how we respond to such things as launching a new service, sustaining a transit service, and responding to financial downturns or other challenging disruptions.


  • Chris Zeilinger, Community Transportation Association of America (Moderator)
  • Amy St. Peter, Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Amy Rast, Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Jeremy Johnson-Miller, Iowa Department of Transportation

INVESTMENT: Intermediate

Building Financially Sustainable Partnerships: Practical Applications

Thursday, May 23, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Room: Pasadena (Renaissance)

Effective transit is not a solitary adventure. If you're a transit industry leader with even a little bit of experience, you know this is true. In this session, you'll sharpen your skills at defining your partnerships with your state DOT, building financially sustaining partnerships you need for your organization's long-term survival, and creating supportive partnerships within your community. This is guaranteed to be a stimulating, challenging session, and you're certain to take home a host of new insights and ideas.


  • Chris Zeilinger, Community Transportation Association of America
  • Paige West, Rogue Valley Transportation District


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.