GIS in Transit Conference

Tenth National GIS in Transit Conference
September 6-8, 2017
Washington, DC

The 10th Transit GIS Conference serves as a vital opportunity for transit agencies of all levels to learn fundamentals of GIS as well as discover cutting edge applications. Do not miss this unique conference that helps improve how transit agencies address challenges and devise solutions.
- Martin Catala, Director Advanced Geo-Spatial & Informatics Lab, Center for Urban Transportation Research

(Note that Labor Day is Sept 4)

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!

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.    

Those who should attend are 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. 

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, September 6, 2017: Preconference workshops

Thursday, September 7, 2017: Keynote, Exhibition, Breakout Sessions

Friday, September 8, 2017: Keynote, Exhibition, Breakout Sessions 

  • The conference will end by 3 PM on Friday to accommodate afternoon and evening departures.

Call for Presentations

The conference program is 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.

Exhibits & 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 the Almas Conference Center (adjacent to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza) in order to accommodate more participants and incorporate an exhibition. The twelve exhibit spaces will be placed around the perimeter of the Almas 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.

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2017 Conference Sponsors

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Registration & Venue

The conference program with keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops will be detailed in April. The general schedule is as follows:

Optional Workshops: September 6, 2017 (The conference will offer optional full-day workshops on Wednesday, September 6. The three workshops will be detailed soon. Note there is an additional registration fee to attend a workshop.) 

Conference & Exhibits: September 7-8, 2017 

For budgeting purposes:



The conference will take place at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza – Washington, DC 1001 14th St NW (14th & K), Washington DC 20005 and the adjacent Almas Conference Center.  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.
  • GIS in Transit Booking Link or call 1-877-622-1970 and reference GIS group code.

The conference will end by 3 PM on Friday to accommodate afternoon and evening departures.

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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