2017 GIS in Transit Conference Approved for Nearly 50 AICP-CM Credits

Des Plaines, IL (June 30, 2017) – URISA, the National Center for Transit Research and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce that the 2017 National GIS in Transit Conference was approved for 46.5 AICP-CM credits. The conference, taking place September 6-8 in Washington, DC, features workshops, breakout sessions, keynote addresses and more.


Approved AICP-CM credits range from 8.5 for participation in full-day URISA workshops (Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation and Using GTFS Data in ArcGIS); 3.0 credits for the Leadership Development for GIS/Transit Professionals morning workshop and 4.0 credits for the GTFS & GIS 101 afternoon workshop. 1.5 credits have been approved for each of fifteen breakout sessions on topics ranging from Modeling and Planning for Transit Mobility to Minding the Gap? Designing Transit Services to Fill Gaps and Enhance Access.


The 2017 GIS in Transit Conference approved credits are detailed within the American Planning Association’s online AICP Certification Maintenance Activity Directory and within the attached table. The online  conference schedule also references the AICP-CM approved content. 


Transit GIS provides an easy and cost-effective way for professional planners to earn substantial CM credits. For details about the conference, visit http://www.urisa.org/transitgis


In addition, conference attendees also earn valuable education points for GIS Professional (GISP) certification through the GIS Certification Institute, of which URISA is a founding member.

2017 Conference Program Released

The National Center for Transit Research, URISA and theTransportation Research Board are pleased to share the program details for the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference*, taking place September 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

 Four preconference workshops (both full and half-day) will be featured:

  • Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation
  • Using GTFS Data in ArcGIS
  • Lead or Leading: Leadership Development for GIS/Transit Professionals
  • GTFS & GIS 101: Introduction to GTFS Data Feeds and How to Use Them

There are fifteen can’t-miss breakout sessions with nearly 60 speakers:

  •  Advanced Development: TOD Real Estate, Analysis-Visualization, and GIS-Train Control
  • Leveraging Data: Modeling and Planning for Transit Mobility
  • Transit’s Impact on Property: Value, Use, and Opportunity
  • Minding the Gap? Designing Transit Services to Fill Gaps and Enhance Access
  • Planning to Plan? Various Techniques for GIS-Enhanced Planning
  • Staying on Track? State of Good Repair and Railroad/Project Management
  • Apps to Evaluate Apps? Mobile Development, App Analysis, and Visualization
  • Safe Transit? Accident Hot Spots, Youth, and Safe Stops
  • Tough Cookies? Accessibility, Simplifying Data, TNC vs Paratransit
  • Better Links: Improving Services for Riders On-and-Off Transit
  • Putting Transit on the Map: National Transit Map Backend, Multi-Modal Performance Measurement, GTFS Implementation in Small/Rural Areas
  • Use Your Data: Applying Big Data, GIS/ITS/CAD, Fleet Bottlenecks
  • A Thorough Tour of GTFS: Creating, Improving, Sharing, Finding
  • America’s Next Stop Model: Better Ridership Forecasting Using GIS, GTFS, and Public Data
  • There’s an Index for that: Developing Effective Transit Using Geoanalytical Insights

Top that off with keynote speakers and an Exhibition featuring the companies that can help agencies work more effectively!

Of course, the educational content qualifies for GISP education points and we’ll have the total number of approved AICP CM credits shortly. (In 2015, the conference was approved for 41 AICP CM credits.) Early bird registration discounts are available until July 5.

Visit the conference website for complete information about the presentations and speakers, registration and venue, and sponsorship opportunities.

*Note that the GIS in Transit Conference is only offered every other year, so don’t miss the opportunity to attend in 2017.

National Employment Map

Using the Longitudinal Employment Household Dynamics (LEHD) data provided by census, Harvard University PhD student Robert Manduca created a web-based mapping application of all the employment locations in the U.S.  The website allows the user to visualize the location of employment including job categories.  I found this map to be both insightful and revealing to the employment patterns in my community.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did.


To browse and enjoy the data on this site please connect here http://www.robertmanduca.com/projects/jobs.html

2017 GIS in Transit Conference Abstract Submission Extended March 1


Mark Your Calendar!
10th National GIS in Transit Conference
September 6-8, 2017
(Labor Day is Sept 4)
Washington, DC 

Call for Abstracts March 1, 2017 Deadline (click here)

Exhibitor & Sponsor Information – coming soon

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference, taking place September 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC!


Tenth National GIS in Transit Conference
September 6-8, 2017
Washington, DC

(Note that Labor Day is Sept 4)

  • Abstract Submission Form – submission deadline March 1, 2017 (Extended)
  • Exhibitor & Sponsor Information – coming soon

The National Center for Transit Research, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and the Transportation Research Board are pleased to announce the 10th National GIS in Transit Conference, taking place September 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC!

Workshops: September 6, 2017
Conference & Exhibits: September 7-8, 2017
Venue: Hamilton Crowne Plaza & Almas Conference Center – Washington, DC

Managing data to drive decision making has never been more important.  As large data systems are capturing significant performance, operational and planning data in the transit industry.  These data can improve decision making, service evaluation, customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and overall system performance. At the core of many of these data are spatial elements, that describe the location of relevant transit data.  Transit boardings, customer location, activity centers, assets and transit service.  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides a unique platform for organizing, evaluating and communicating data; transforming data into information.  This conference will bring experts from around the country on how GIS is being used everyday to improve transit systems.  The conference will provide a breadth of GIS experiences to showcase how agencies of all sizes and budgets are managing its GIS data and improving transit service and ultimately customer service.

Registration & Venue

Registration details coming soon.

Preconference Workshops: The conference will offer preconference workshops on Wednesday, September 6. There is an additional registration fee to attend a workshop.

Venue: The conference will take place at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza – Washington, DC 1001 14th St NW (14th & K), Washington DC 20005 and the adjacent Almas Conference Center.  Take the Orange or Blue Line to the McPherson Square Station; exit the station using the 14th Street / Franklin Square Exit; walk North 1 block. The Hotel is only 4 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

  • Conference room rate: $159 single/double – with complimentary in-room internet access
  • Deadline for reservations: August 15, 2017, or until the reserved block is sold out.
  • GIS in Transit Booking Link or call 1-877-622-1970 and reference GIS group code.


Revisit the 2015 event:

9th National GIS in Transit Conference
September 1-3, 2015
Washington, DC


Welcome to the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at CUTR Transit GIS Clearinghouse Website

Welcome to the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) Transit GIS Clearinghouse website.

The purpose of the Clearinghouse website is to be a first stop for all things transit and GIS. The Clearinghouse will highlight the growing needs and opportunities available to transit GIS professionals and provide resources to assist transit agencies to become more efficient and responsive.

The Clearinghouse will provide four major areas of assistance:

Photo courtesy of www.seefloridago.com

Photo courtesy of www.seefloridago.com

1) Resources and Training: The Clearinghouse will host live net conferences, a bi-annual national transit GIS conference, and a transit GIS listserv, which will serve as a forum for professionals to share and consult with their peers and assist with GIS tasks and planning.  In addition, the Clearinghouse will provide a searchable inventory of reports and studies from such institutions as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies.

2) Data: To help control the costs of acquiring and managing data, the Clearinghouse will assist GIS newcomers by providing tutorials for accessing large datasets.

3) Techniques and Models: This section of the Clearinghouse will support GIS users by providing them with tools to conduct GIS analysis. Best practices for collecting, managing, and analyzing transit specific data will be made available. Some examples include data models for bus stop inventories and transit routes.

4) Analysis: The Clearinghouse will also create a series of white papers to examine the cutting edge and controversial issues surrounding transit GIS.  Some potential topics are as follows: identifying GIS standards for transit; transit planning using the new dataset from the Longitudinal Employment Household Dynamics from the  U.S. Census; integrating automatic passenger counters with transit planning; identification of bus rapid transit corridors; open source GIS mapping opportunities for transit GIS; and examining the legal issues surrounding remotely sensed data.

The website is designed and updated by the CUTR GIS team headed by Martin Catala and Martin Akerman. The GIS team consists of Jeanette Achillich and Christopher Cochran.

We hope the Clearinghouse website addresses your transit needs and we look forward to your suggestions/comments.