GIS in Transit Conference

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference, taking place September 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC! (Note that Labor Day is Sept 4)

Detailed Conference Schedule - check out the workshops, breakout sessions and more! 

Continuing Education for GIS and Planning Professionals - attending this conference earns Education Points toward GISP certification and re-certification and the conference has been approved for 46.5 AICP-CM credits

Click here for the approved CM session detail or download this table

Join your Transit GIS and Planning Peers in Washington DC !

More than 50 presenters from academia, the private sector and experts representing public transit agencies from all over the country will share their knowledge during the conference. Don't miss the important conversations, pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, comprehensive education, and opportunities to connect with experts, peers, and private sector sponsors, including Esri, DTS, GeoDecisions, and Planning Communities.

Remember, this conference is presented every two years, not annually, so make your plans to participate right away! Take some time to review the detailed conference agenda, abstracts, speaker profiles, and more at 

Who should attend? Transit planners, managers, researchers and GIS professionals who are interested in sharing ways to use geographic and spatial analysis in transit planning, operations, and marketing to increase efficiency and effectiveness. 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.    

Sponsorship Invitation

The conference takes place every two years and was ‘bursting at the seams’ in 2015. To address requests from both attendees and the vendor community, this year we’re expanding into Sphinx on K  (formerly Almas Conference Center), adjacent to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, in order to accommodate more participants and incorporate an exhibition. The exhibit spaces will be placed around the perimeter of the Grand Ballroom which is where the keynote address(es) will be delivered, where lunch will be served, and where one of the three conference breakout sessions will be situated. There will be ample opportunity to connect with the attendees and take part in the conference. Both tabletop and pop-up booths can be accommodated.

Sponsor Spark: In addition to plentiful dedicated exhibit time, take advantage of the opportunity to connect with all attendees on the main conference stage during the hosted luncheon on Thursday. You will have 1-2 minutes to highlight your organization and 'Spark' the interest of the attendees to stop by your booth after lunch and learn more about your solutions. (Included with exhibit fee!)

Thank you to our 2017 Conference Sponsors - hurry and reserve your opportunity!

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors



Registration & Venue  

Register now: Of course, you can still register and attend the conference!

On Wednesday, September 6, onsite registration will be in the Hamilton Ballroom Foyer at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel (1001 14th St NW (14th & K).

On Thursday and Friday, September 7 and 8, onsite registration will be in the Mezzanine Foyer of Sphinx on K (formerly Almas Conference Center at 1315 K Street, NW). 


The official conference hotel is the Hamilton Crowne Plaza – 1001 14th St NW (14th & K), Washington DC 20005.

Preconference workshops will be held at the hotel and the rest of the conference will take place within the adjacent Sphinx on K (formerly Almas Conference Center),  1315 K Street, NW .

Metro:  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).

  • Conference room rate: $159 single/double - with complimentary in-room internet access
  • Deadline for reservations: August 15, 2017, or until the reserved block is sold out. CALL TO CHECK AVAILABILITY
  • GIS in Transit Booking Link or call 1-877-622-1970 and reference GIS group code.

The conference will end at 2:30 PM on Friday to accommodate afternoon and evening departures.

Call for Presentations: The conference program was developed from a peer review of abstract submissions. Conference session topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Asset Management 
  • Service Planning
  • Transit Performance Measures
  • Real-time Analytics
  • Route Design
  • General Transit Feed Specification
  • Open Data
  • Transportation Spatial Database Design
  • Analysis of Fare Data 
  • Marketing and Customer Service
  • Network Modeling
  • Data and Systems Management 
  • Software Route & Trip Planning 
  • Transit Map Making 
  • Enterprise Data Models

Abstract Submission Form - Submission deadline has passed, although late submissions will be considered for additions to the program.

Revisit the 2015 event:

9th National GIS in Transit Conference
September 1-3, 2015
Washington, DC

2015 Conference Sponsors


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.

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