For the first time ever, the national Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is holding the 2016 Community Transportation EXPOin Portland this year (May 23-27).  This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the Oregon public transportation community who wouldn’t normally be able to attend such a national conference elsewhere. However, even without high travel costs, registration fees for the EXPO could be challenging for many agencies.

After receiving many scholarship inquiries to attend the CTAA Expo, and realizing that Oregon’s total available training funds wouldn’t be sufficient to provide assistance for both the Expo and the annual Oregon Public Transportation Conference, the OTA Board of Directors and our partner ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division have made the decision to forego the Oregon Public Transportation Conference this year.

Given the depth and breadth of quality topics and speakers, and the location of the conference, OTA and ODOT Rail and Public Transit Division (and after consultation with the Public Transportation Advisory Committee), have decided to concentrate all training scholarships for 2016 on supporting and encouraging attendance at the CTAA EXPO.

Please note, that this will only be a one-time situation and the Oregon Public Transportation Conference will be back on October 1-4, 2017 at a new location, the Pendleton Conference Center, in Pendleton.

The EXPO offers unique options including:

  • Seventeen intensive training/certification programs
  • Seven breakout session tracks
  • Several mobile workshops
  • Nationally recognized speakers
  • Over 100 vendors

Conference details:

  • Two scholarships per agency are available at 80 percent reimbursement, with exceptions being considered on a case-by-case basis (see attached scholarship application form).
  • Timing is of the utmost importance; early bird registration closes April 21with many registrationoptions to consider (see attached form).  Scholarship applications received after this date may not be funded.

Bus Roadeo details:

The CTAA National Bus Roadeo and Oregon Bus Roadeo will be held simultaneously on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center.  All Oregon drivers are welcome to register and participate. Only oneregistration is required for both National and Oregon (see Roadeo Rules and Guidelines). 

There are a limited number of scholarships available for Oregon drivers.  Scholarships will cover the registration fee, lodging, and mileage.  Contact Cassie Mance for more information.

For additional information, contact:

Cassie Mance, Training Coordinator
Rail and Public Transit Division