Research to Practice Transit Symposium, October 12-14, 2021: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Symposium will take place October 12-14, 2021 (from 12 pm to 5 pm, ET) online with optional in-person field visits to agencies in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida. This free event brings together transit experts to discuss the latest in public transportation research around the world. The central theme for this year’s symposium is translating transit research into practice. As the transit industry strives to Build Back Better after COVID-19, the symposium will provide a platform where transit experts can share insights on how evidence-based research has been or can be translated into practice. In addition to discussions on transit research and practice in the U.S., a group of international speakers will be invited to share transit insights from non-US contexts. Researchers and practitioners will also have the opportunity to present at the Symposium by submitting an abstract below.

The Symposium will focus on the following topics:

  • Enhancing Transit Operations
  • Climate Change Resilience
  • Building Back Better
  • Spatial Mismatch of Workplace and Housing
  • Equity in Transit Operations
  • Digital Future and Connectivity
  • Transit Finance – COVID Impacts (Long-term), Zero Fare
  • Travel Trends after COVID
  • Transit’s Digital Future and Connectivity

***The deadline to submit your abstracts is August 31, 2021***

Online and In-Person Event: The Symposium will take place online with optional in-person field visits to agencies in Gainesville and Jacksonville. Attendees can come to Gainesville, Florida to the University of Florida campus for in-person site visits to Gainesville’s Regional Transit System (RTS) and/or to Jacksonville for in-person visits to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and North Florida’s Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). If you plan to attend in-person there will be additional opportunities to network with other transit researchers and professionals.

This year’s event is built on the great success of the Interstate Transit Research Symposium held online in December 2020. The Interstate Transit Research Symposium featured many well-known experts in the field and drew hundreds of participants. The Symposium is convened by a partnership between APTA, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), University of Florida Transportation Institute, and the T-SCORE University Transportation Center.

Questions? Contact the following:

Chad Riding
Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transit
(916) 562-1762 (cell)
chad.riding@dot.ca.gov

Dr. Lily Elefteriadou
Professor & Director/University of Florida Transportation Institute
Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
(352) 294-7802
elefter@ce.ufl.edu

Dr. Xiang ‘Jacob’ Yan
Research Assistant Professor
University of Florida Transportation Institute
Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering
xiangyan@ufl.edu