CTAA’s annual Small Urban Network (SUN) Conference – now heading into its fifth year – allows chief executives and leaders at small-urban transit agencies a chance to gather with their peers to network, share ideas and solutions and shape CTAA policy strategy impacting small urban systems in a collegial, retreat-like setting. Past SUN Conference attendees have noted they enjoy this event in particular due to its focused agenda and because nearly all its participants are their fellow transit managers and executives.
After our past SUN Conferences in Denver, Asheville and Flagstaff, Athens continues our trend of bringing this event to small cities, where attendees can experience the examples and ideas of their peers in action. In addition to the bustling college town atmosphere cultivated by the University of Georgia that launched the careers of music acts like R.E.M., the B-52s and Widespread Panic, Athens boasts among the highest per capita transit usage rates in the nation. Athens Transit System Director and SUN co-founder Butch McDuffie is excited to host this year’s conference and highlight the ways transit has become an indispensable part of Athens’ identity.
The TAM Roundtable for bus operators will bring together practitioners from transit agencies across the country who are directly involved in asset management. The event is designed for smaller tier I and tier II agencies that do not operate rail and will focus on more fundamental issues related to TAM implementation. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for your agency to share lessons learned through your asset management process, and gain valuable insights from your peers. Multimodal operators may register but may be better served by the Multimodal Roundtable Event.
The goals of this course are to introduce transit-planning professionals to the Federal Transit Administration’s Simplified Trips-on-Project Software (STOPS) package, learn the fundamentals of its components and local implementation, and recognize the information that can be drawn from its ridership forecasts to inform decisions on transit plans, projects, and services.
- Hands-on pre-course application of STOPS to prepare and examine project-level ridership forecasts
- An overview of the design of STOPS to simplify transit ridership forecasting for local agencies through calibration against nationwide ridership experience and reliance on readily available data inputs
- Presentation of the individual component models in STOPS and their functions
- Detailed discussion of the assembly of required, and optional, input datasets
- Step-by-step illustrations of refined calibration of STOPS to local conditions in individual metro areas
- Two workshops based on STOPS-based ridership forecasts for current transit projects to highlight the information available in the forecasts to understand transportation problems, the performance of alternative improvements, and the likely ridership response to those improvements
Note that, while STOPS provides all travel-forecasting information required of project sponsors seeking funding from FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, the course does not deal with the CIG program itself. Inquiries about the program and its general requirements should be directed to an FTA regional office.
This course is intended for transit-planning professionals who have a basic understanding of travel forecasting methods and who are using, or considering, STOPS as a platform for ridership forecasting in support of transit system planning and/or the development of individual transit project, including bus rapid transit, streetcar, light rail, and commuter rail. Implementation and applications of the STOPS package require basic familiarity with such travel forecasting concepts as transit path-building, zone-to-zone travel impedances, trip tables, mode choice models, and model calibration. The course deals with these concepts in terms of their implementation within STOPS but cannot provide an introduction to their basics.
- $550 for Contractors, Consultants, and Non-USA Transportation or Government Agencies.
- Free for all others.
Barbara Van Dyke