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GIS in Transit Conference

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are jointly presenting the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference, on September 1-3, 2015, in Washington, DC.
Managing data to drive decision making has never been more important.  As large data systems are capturing significant performance, operational and planning data in the transit industry.  These data can improve decision making, service evaluation, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and overall system performance. At the core of many of these data are spatial elements, that describe the location of relevant transit data.  Transit boardings, customer location, activity centers, assets and transit service.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides a unique platform for organizing, evaluating and communicating data; transforming data into information.  This conference will bring experts from around the country on how GIS is being used everyday to improve transit systems.  The conference will provide a breadth of GIS experiences to showcase how agencies of all sizes and budgets are managing its GIS data and improving transit service and ultimately customer service.    

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

This year, we are able to incorporate a limited number of exhibit booths in the conference foyer to allow attendees to connect with technology solutions providers during the event. (This was a popular attendee request after our last conference.) So don't delay as a maximum of ten opportunities are available.

Preliminary Schedule

(Note that Labor Day is September 7 this year)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Optional full-day pre-conference workshops/courses will be presented on Tuesday, September 1 and an additional fee ($195) will be required to attend:

  • Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation
    Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets.  Specific topics include: 
    • Strategy and Planning 
    • Data Collection Methods 
    • Fleet, Equipment, and Warehouse assets 
    • Software Solutions 
    • Information Management and Decision Support Tools 
    • Evaluation and Performance Measures 
    • GASB34 Reporting 
    • Life Cycle Costs  
  • Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy
    As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between access to public records as a foundation of a free society, citizen expectations of confidentiality, and protection of public security.  What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws? What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns? Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data? What about liability for data errors? This workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame.  Specific topics include:
    • State and federal Freedom of Information laws
    • State and federal informational privacy laws
    • Secrecy and homeland security protections
    • Balancing public access, privacy, and secrecy
    • Data sales vs. data access
    • Protecting ownership and minimizing liability
    • Policy and technical considerations

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

  • Welcome & Keynote Address
  • Exhibits
  • Conference Lunch    
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Poster Session & Exhibitor Reception

Thursday, September 3, 2015

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibits   
  • Closing Keynote 

Follow this conference on Twitter: #TransitGIS

Registration & Venue

A full conference registration includes access to all sessions, conference proceedings, and meals/networking events. A one-day registration includes the proceedings, access to the educational sessions and events for that day only. Note the significant discounts are available for early registration in addition to team registration discounts.

Registration Fee Schedule

  Early rate
(by June 30)
Regular rate
(beginning July 1)
Full Conference $375 $475 $500
Student $100 $125 $150
One-Day Registration
(September 2 or September 3)
$175 $225 $250

Students will be required to provide proof of full-time student status. Optional full-day pre-conference workshops/courses will be presented on Tuesday, September 1 and an additional fee ($195) is required to attend:

  • Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation 
  • Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy

Team Discounts: Save money by registering multiple staff members at a substantial discount. If registering 2-5 individuals from the same organization at the same location, each additional registration after the first will be $300; if registering 6 or more individuals from the same organization, each additional registration after the first will be $275. All team registrations must be for the full conference and must be submitted together along with payment to receive the discount on or before August 3, 2015.


Cancellation & Refund Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing  at URISA Headquarters on or before August 3, 2015, in order to receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee.  No refunds after August 3, 2015. Remember to contact your hotel directly if you need to cancel your accommodations.


The conference will take place entirely at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, an ideally located at 1001 14th St NW (14th & K), Washington DC 20005. Take the Orange or Blue Line to the McPherson Square Station; exit the station using the 14th Street / Franklin Square Exit; walk North 1 block. The Hotel is only 4 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Sleeping room rate: $189 (includes complimentary internet for IHG Rewards Club members - there is no fee to join so be sure to sign up before the conference to take advantage)

Reserve your room by August 10, 2015 via this online form or by calling  the Reservations Phone #:  1-877-622-1970 and mentioning the URH group code.

Call for Abstracts - Late Submissions

Share your research, projects and ideas with this informed audience. Abstract submissions were due April 20 but we may be able to consider late submissions. A committee of industry experts will review submissions, which will provide a base for a comprehensive and important  educational program. Note that all accepted presenters must register and pay the conference registration fee.

Submit via this Abstract Submission Form. (Avoid using punctuation other than periods and commas... the form is sometimes temperamental.)

Organization Sponsors

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is located  at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.  NCTR strives to make public transportation and alternative forms of transportation, including managed lanes, safe, effective, efficient, desirable and secure.  The goals of NCTR are: to minimize traffic congestion, maximize mobility options, promote safety and security, improve the environment, and enhance community sustainability.  This will be accomplished by conducting applied and advanced research, energetically disseminating the results, and expanding the workforce of transportation professionals through education and training to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.  The National Transit GIS Conference is one of the many efforts by NCTR to forward its goals.  For more about NCTR please visit

The Mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research.  In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practive and policy by researchers and practitioners: stimulates research and offers research management services that promote technical excellence; provide expert advice on transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research broadly and encouraged their implementation.  TRB is one of siz major divisions of the National Research Council - a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.  The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals intersted in the development of transportation.  Visit for more information.

About the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association - URISA is a nonprofit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.  It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas.  Since 1963, URISA has been the professional home of choice for Public Sector GIS and IT Executives throughout the United States, Canada and other countries worldwide.

GIS in Transit Conference - October 16-17, 2013 -Washington, DC

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Thank you to our 2013 Conference Sponsors

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Conference History


Blue Marble
Connected Nation
eGIS Associates, Inc.
Geo Planning Services
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
Spatial Focus
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters
Valtus Imagery Services