Futurist Greg Lindsay, top transit CXOs, and over 55 external speakers shed light on how technology is shaping the public transit landscape today – and well into the future.
ThinkTransit, the Trapeze Technology Conference, launches today, bringing together more than 400 industry professionals who are shaping the future of mobility and public transit.
Each year, Trapeze co-hosts the ThinkTransit Conference with a key transit agency in the region. This year, The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is proud to welcome delegates to Tampa, Florida. With a vision to invite, inspire and implement sustainable and innovative transportation, HART is a good match for a conference that encourages broad dialogue on innovation and advancement.
“Fueled by innovation, HART is leading the charge to become the region’s premier mobility manager through the integration of cutting-edge technology to optimize our customers’ riding experience,” says Benjamin T. Limmer, AICP, Chief Executive Officer of HART. “We are honored to be the host transportation agency for the 2019 Think Transit Conference.”
The conference kicks off with a forward-looking keynote from Greg Lindsay, urbanist, futurist, and journalist, on one of the most disruptive trends in transport today, Mobility-as-a-Service. Lindsay explores how MaaS is creating a seamless transport ecosystem that provides increased flexibility and convenience for the riding public.
This year’s ThinkTransit also brings to life inventive ideas for the future of public transit created by some of Trapeze’s most passionate transit advocates. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage and provide feedback on these ideas at the Incubation Avenue showcase. Focusing on the changing shape of the transit industry, the conference opens up new horizons for transit professionals on how public transit can take the lead in leveraging new technologies to rethink true mobility. ThinkTransit also brings back the Solution Center where attendees can see newly-launched solutions in action, all in the cloud.
“Trapeze invests heavily to pursue new technology and ideas spawned by the feedback our customers provide,” commented Kevin Bade, General Manager, Trapeze Group. “Some of our brightest minds will be sharing trailblazing transit concepts, and we’ll be soliciting insight from customers on how we can nurture and leverage these projects to address real pain points to better serve riders.”
Bade emphasizes the scope of knowledge available at ThinkTransit: it’s much more than a user conference – it’s a place where the leaders and transit enthusiasts at the intersection of mobility and technology operate.
“Public transit is the heartbeat of a city. It’s about so much more than moving people from one place to another. It’s about connecting families, communities, businesses,” says Bade. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide a venue for our customers who want an opportunity to expand their understanding of mobility in 2019 and beyond. These are the people on the frontlines of smart public transportation innovation.
ThinkTransit is not just about learning from Trapeze – it’s about learning from each other. With over 55 external speakers and more than 400 attendees, Transit professionals will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in many areas, from how agencies are improving communications and data ingestion within their systems to how to manage thousands of dispatch messages, and much more.
Attendees can take part in six new industry tracks that focus on the critical areas leading the charge in today’s transportation landscape: Dispatch; Scheduling, Planning, & Workforce Management; Passenger Experience & Fare Collection; Asset & Maintenance Management; Innovation Intersection; and Demand Response.
ThinkTransit’s signature hands-on training, meanwhile, is focused on new and fresh content for industry rookies, veterans, and everyone in between.
“With five hands-on tracks to choose from, including Enterprise Asset Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems attendees will be able to engage in deep conversations and learn best practices to share with colleagues back at the office,” says Steve Sawyer, COO, Trapeze Group. “Not only will these sessions provide insights people can use on a day-to-day basis, but attendees will also be able to learn from their colleagues about how they are navigating the rapidly changing transit landscape.”
The conference is taking place April 14 – 17, 2019, in Tampa, Florida, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. This is the 26th year Trapeze Group is bringing together industry leaders and innovative thinkers to share insights and build a more mobile tomorrow.
Trapeze Group works with public transit agencies and their communities to develop and deliver smarter, more effective public transit solutions. For more than 25 years we have been "here for the journey," evolving with our public transport customers around the world, helping them to move people from point A to Z and everywhere in between.