2013 Oregon Transit Association Conference Recap

Here's a quick summary about the annual OTA conference that was held recently in Bend, Oregon:


During October 6-9, 2013, a group of more than 200 transportation professionals from throughout the state gathered at the Riverhouse conference center in Bend to learn about new topics in their fields, share their successes, and make connections with other professionals in the transportation industry.

The Oregon Transit Association’s annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference is a great opportunity for training and networking. The conference featured diverse sessions covering topics such as: transit population ridership trends; addressing the issue of distracted and fatigued drivers; non-emergency medical transportation brokerages; tips for working with the media; emergency preparedness; transportation economics; legislative updates; and much more.

A highlight of the conference was the 2013 Transportation Options Group of Oregon award for Outstanding Program of the Year which went to Roxanne Rolls of Salem Keizer Transit, Phil Warnock of Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, and Tracy Ellis of Lane Transit District for their efforts leading Valley Vanpool. The Valley Vanpool partnership helped eliminate 3 million vehicle miles in 2012 by connecting commuters with vanpools. For more information about Valley Vanpool routes, go to www.valleyvanpool.info.

The 2014 OTA conference will be Oct. 19-22 in Seaside. To learn more, visit www.oregontransit.com. We hope to see you there!