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URISA/NCTR 2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference

NCTR and URISA are pleased to announce the 2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference.  The conference will be held September 13-15, 2011, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bay Front in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The GIS in Public Transportation Conference Committee is pleased to feature Mr. Tony Hanberg’s (Resource Systems Group, Inc.) poster presentation entitled “Affordable Bus Arrival Estimation for Small to Medium Sized Transit Providers.”

Affordable Bus Arrival Estimation Poster

Conference Site and Accommodations

Hilton St. Petersburg Bay Front

333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States 33701-4342

Telephone: 1-727-894-5000

The conference has negotiated a discounted room rate of $89. To receive this rate, please identify yourself as part of the 2011 GIS in Transit Conference when making your reservation.  A limited number of rooms are included in the conference room block, so don’t delay making your room reservations. Rooms will be available at the discounted rate until the inventory has sold out or until August 29, 2011, whichever comes first.  To make your room reservations online, please click here.

American Airlines and Avis Discount

URISA has partnered with American Airlines to provide our attendees a 5% discount for the GIS in Public Transportation Conference in St Petersburg (Tampa).  The valid travel dates for this discount are 9/9/2011 – 9/18/2011 (3 days before and after the conference).  You can easily access American’s fares and apply this discount by going to to book your flight. Place this Promotion Code 6791AJ in the promotion code box and your discount will be calculated automatically. This special discount is valid off any applicable published fares listed for American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection.

International originating guests will need to contact your local reservation number and refer to the Promotion Code 6791AJ.

You may also call 1-800-433-1790 to book your flights, please refer to the Promotion Code when you call. Please note there is a reservation service charge for all tickets issued by phone.

Please use URISA’s preferred partner, American Airlines, when you can because of the benefits provided to you as a traveler and to our organization for extended partner value.

Through this partnership with American Airlines, you may also take advantage of a discount at Avis.  Contact Avis at 1-800-331-1600 and refer to AWD# B136001 to reserve a car at a discounted rate.

Call for Presentations

The deadline to submit conference presentation proposals has passed .  However, if you are interested in presenting at the conference, please e-mail Pat Francis ( your proposed presentation for consideration by the conference committee.  For more details, please visit the  URISA website.

Conference Registration

Full conference registration (early rate): URISA member $275; Nonmember $300; Student $75

One day registration (early rate): $150

Pre-conference workshops (additional fee): $195

Conference Committee

Conference Chair
Martin Catala, GIS Manager, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida – Tampa, FL

Amber Reep, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida – Tampa, FL

  • Nathan Banks, TriMet – Portland, OR
  • Brian Bollas, GISP, Parsons Brinkerhoff – Tampa, FL
  • Elizabeth Donahue, Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago, IL
  • Greg Ferrara, North Carolina State University- Raleigh, NC
  • Larry Harman, GeoGraphics Laboratory – Bridgewater, MA
  • Dennis Hinebaugh, National Center for Transit Research – Tampa, FL
  • Allen Ibaugh, GISP, Data Transfer Solutions – Orlando, FL
  • Nancy McGuckin, Travel Behavior Analyst – California
  • William Walter, GISP, PBS&J – Tampa, FL
  • Ed Wells, GISP, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – Washington, DC

For questions please e-mail the conference chairs:

Martin Catala, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR),

Wendy Nelson, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA),

Amber Reep, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR),

*If you are interested in serving on the conference planning committee, please e-mail Martin Catala at

Conference Sponsors

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) is located at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.  NCTR strives to make public transportation and alternative forms of transportation, including managed lanes, safe, effective, efficient, desirable, and secure. The goals of NCTR are: to minimize traffic congestion, maximize mobility options, promote safety and security, improve the environment, and enhance community sustainability. This will be accomplished by conducting applied and advanced research, energetically disseminating the results, and expanding the workforce of transportation professionals through education and training to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.  The National Transit GIS Conference is one of the many efforts by NCTR to forward its goals.  For more about NCTR please visit:

About the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association – URISA is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas. Since 1963, URISA has been the professional home of choice for Public Sector GIS and IT Executives throughout the United States, Canada and other countries worldwide.

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