2020 NEMT and Transit Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss

By January 2, 2020

When it comes to managing day-to-day operations of your non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) or paratransit service, sometimes you can feel like you’re alone on an island.

Each day you’re working hard to meet your regulations and compliance requirements while keeping your customers and employees happy and growing your business. With such demanding schedules, who has time to slow down, think about innovations or new ways of doing business?

Alone, it’s challenging, but NEMT and transit conferences are a great way to network, meet other professionals in the industry, check out new and innovative technologies, and remove the isolation you can sometimes feel as a business owner.

Most conferences have learning opportunities where you can expand your technical and professional skills. The networking opportunities are endless with chances to meet other transit professionals, industry suppliers, and related thought- leaders and decision-makers.

There are a lot of great transit conferences planned in 2020. We’ve compiled a list of some we think you’ll want to attend, and you may even get a chance to meet the CTS Software and TripMaster team at one of these events. From national conferences, to regional and statewide events, there’s plenty to do this year, so check out our list and add a few to your calendar!

Here are NEMT and Transit Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss in 2020:

National and Regional Transit Conferences

Association For Commuter Transportation International Conference (ACT)

Aug. 2-5, 2020

Denver, Colorado

The Association for Commuter Transportation International (ACT) hosts one of the largest professional gatherings for transportation demand management (TDM). More than 600 attendees from across the globe are expected to attend this year’s international conference, which lasts for four days. For more information, visit https://www.actweb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3323.

American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

The American Public Transportation Association hosts a number of conferences and events throughout the year. Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

  • APTA Mobility Conference
    • May 17-20, 2020
    • San Antonio, Texas
    • The APTA Mobility Conference focuses on the challenges bus and paratransit systems face today and unites industry professionals to discuss and explore priorities and transit’s modern mobility landscape. There are workshops planned, training courses and showcases for industry related products and services. For more information, visit https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/mobility-conference.
  • APTAtech
    • Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2020
    • Austin, Texas
    • APTAtech is new to the conference calendar. This event will take a look at how innovative technologies can be used to help the public better use public transit. Some of the topics covered will include IoT devices, transit security and safety, fare payment systems, AI, customer information, autonomous vehicles and more. The conference is specifically focused on the use of technology for mobility to increase and improve ridership, customer satisfaction, and conveniences for riders. For more information, visit https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/aptatech.
  • APTA TRANSform Conference and Expo 2020
    •  Oct. 11-14, 2020
    • Anaheim, California
    • APTA TRANSform is hailed as the world’s largest public transportation showcase. It only happens once every three years, and 2020 is the year for you to attend. The conference usually draws about 15,000 attendees and more than 800 exhibitors worldwide. It will showcase products, services, and technology related to public transportation. For more information, visit https://www.apta.com/conferences-events/transform.

Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)

May 31-June 4, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) annual conference is designed for community and public transportation professionals. Speakers and sessions will focus on innovative technology, strategies for communication, regulations, funding opportunities, and workforce development. There will also be a trade show featuring industry related products and services and the National Community Transportation Roadeo, a competition where drivers from across the U.S. compete to see who the best driver is, with a focus on passenger sensitivity and safe operations of vehicles. For more information, visit https://ctaa.org/expo-2020/.

Midwest/SE Transit Conference

Details the 2020 Midwest/SE Transit Conference haven’t been released yet, but the 2019 conference was in September in Kansas City, Missouri and was sponsored by Iowa Public Transit Association, Kansas Public Transit Association,  Missouri Public Transit Association, Nebraska Public Transit Association, and South West Transit Association. Check https://mopublictransit.org for updates.

National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)

November 9-11, 2020

Washington, DC

Details for the fall 2020 NAMD Conference aren’t yet available, but check out https://events.medicaiddirectors.org for updates.

National PACE Association (NPA)

Oct. 11-14, 2020 

San Diego, California

The National PACE Association (NPA) advances the efforts of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The 2020 NPA Annual Conference will feature educational sessions and networking roundtables about PACE and related issues. For more information, visit https://www.npaonline.org/education/conferences/meetings/2020-npa-annual-conference

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC)

The Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) had its first conference in 2019, which was dedicated exclusively to NEMT. There are no details yet for a 2020 conference but keep an eye on https://www.nemtac.org/copy-of-conference

for updates.

South West Transit Association (SWTA)

Feb 23-26 , 2020

Shreveport, Louisiana

The 2020 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference will focus on the transit industry including several special sessions about management and leadership, operations, tech and innovation, planning, and safety and security. For more information, visit https://www.swta.org/news_events/details/2020-swta-freedom-through-transit-conference-expo.

Tri-State Transit Conference

Sept. 9-11, 2020 

Woodstock, Vermont

Hosted by Vermont Public Transit Association, the Tri-State Transit Conference rotates between New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. The conference is designed to be an interactive forum where industry participants discuss everything related to public transit. For more information, visit http://www.tri-stateconference.com.

Statewide Transit Conferences

Arizona Transit Association (AzTA)

Arizona Statewide Transit Conference

April 13-15, 2020

Flagstaff, Arizona


California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CALTACT)

2020 CALACT Spring Conference & Expo

April 21-24, 2020

Indian Wells, California


California Transit Association (CTA)

55th Annual Fall Conference and Expo

Nov. 18-20, 2020

Ontario, California


Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA)

Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA)

2020 FPTA Annual Conference

Oct. 4-6, 2020

St. Petersburg Beach, Florida


Georgia Transit Association (GTA)

Details about a 2020 conference aren’t available, but visit https://www.gatransit.org/page/EducationandEvents for updates.

Illinois Public Transportation Association (IPTA)

Details about a 2020 conference aren’t available, but visit https://www.ipta-net.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=IPTA&WebCode=EventList&FromSearchControl=Yes for updates.

Indiana Transportation Association Inc. (ITA)

There are no details about a 2020 conference for ITA, but check https://www.indianatransportationassociation.com/events for updates.

Iowa Public Transit Association (IPTA)


June 24-27, 2020

Dubuque, Iowa


Kansas Public Transit Association (KPTA)

The Kansas Public Transit Association participates in the Midwest/SW Transit conference mentioned above.

Kentucky Public Transit Association (KPTA)

Kentuckians for Better Transportation KBT Conference

January 15-17, 2020

Lexington, Kentucky


Louisiana Public Transit Association (LPTA)

2020 Louisiana Transportation Conference

March 1-4, 2020

Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Michigan Public Transit Association (MPTA)

For a list of MPTA conferences and events, visit https://www.mptaonline.org/conferences-training

Minnesota Transportation Conference (MTC)

March 3-4, 2020

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA)


Sept. 8-10, 2020

St. Louis, Missouri


New Hampshire Transit Association (NHTA)

NHTA participates in the previously mentioned Tri-State Transit Conference

New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA)

2020 Fall Conference and Expo

October 27-29, 2020

Albany, New York


New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA)

2020 NM Transit Road-eo, Conference and Expo

Road-eo: April 19, 2020

Conference and Expo: April 20-21, 2020

Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico


North Carolina Public Transit Association (NCPTA)

2020 NCPTA Annual Conference & Expo, Roadeo & Golf Tournament

June 5-10, 2020

Concord, North Carolina


Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA)

Ohio Needs Transit Conference and Expo

April 20-22, 2020

Columbus, Ohio


Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA)

2020 Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference and Expo

May 5-8, 2020

Lawton, Oklahoma


Oregon Transit Association (OTA)

2020 Oregon Public Transportation Conference

Oct. 25-28, 2020

Seaside, Oregon


Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA)

2020 Spring Conference and Expo

April 20-23, 2020

Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA)

2020 TPTA Conference and Expo

Oct. 26-29, 2020

Franklin, Tennessee


Texas Transit Association (TTA)

2020 TTA State Conference and Roadeo

April 3-8, 2020

McAllen, Texas


Transportation Association of Maryland Inc. (TAM)

Sep 15-17, 2020

Stevensville, Maryland


Virginia Transit Association (VTA)

There are no 2020 conference details yet, but check https://vatransit.com/index.php for updates

Washington State Transit Association (WSTA)

44th Washington State Public Transportation Conference Vendor Expo and State Roadeo (in conjunction with the National State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference is a cooperative effort of APTA, CTAA, and AASHTO)

Aug. 22-25, 2020

Spokane, Washington


West Virginia Public Transit Association Inc. (WVPTA)

Details about a 2020 conference aren’t available, but check for updates at https://wvtransit.com/events-calendar/.

Wisconsin Public Transportation Association (WIPTA)

WIPTA Fall Conference

Oct. 5-7, 2020

Sheboygan, Wisconsin