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For conference questions, contact Sharilyn Howell or call 360-705-7922

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310 Maple Park Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98504

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P.O. Box 47387
Olympia, WA 98504

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Public Transportation Conference

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The excitement is building

Register for the 40th Annual Public Transportation Conference in Wenatchee, WA

Keynote speaker Shelley Row looks forward to seeing you
We are very pleased to welcome renowned author and consultant Shelley Row as a keynote speaker at this year's conference. In this short video, Shelley invites you to attend and gives you a preview of some of the conference highlights you can expect.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

Title VI statement to public
It is the Washington State Department of Transportation’s policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his or her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity. For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator at (360) 705-7082 .




Conference updates 

Conference format and tracks
The conference gets underway Sunday, Sept. 18, with the annual Roadeo and awards banquet , hosted by the Washington State Transit Association . On Monday, we'll have the vendor expo —hosted by the Community Transportation Association of the Northwest —and the first day of conference sessions . We'll have more sessions Tuesday, followed by the Wall of Fame banquet. We'll wrap up Wednesday with our final sessions.

Our four conference tracks:

  • Technology and innovation
  • Diversity
  • Hands-on learning
  • Policymaking

Cancellation deadline: Friday, Sept. 2
If you are unable to attend the conference and have already registered, refunds for registration cancellations will be available until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Cancellation notifications must be sent via email to Sharilyn Howell. You may also transfer your registration to a substitute attendee. If someone else from your organization will attend the conference in your place, please notify us with the name of the attendee.

Registration rates
Registration:  $325
Student registration: $150
One-day registration for Sept. 20:  $160
Roadeo awards banquet, Sept. 18: please visit the WSTA Roadeo website  for more information.
Wall of Fame banquet, Sept. 20:  $30

Meals at the conference
The following meals are included in the conference registration:

  • Monday - breakfast and lunch
  • Tuesday - breakfast, lunch, and Wall of Fame dinner banquet
  • Wednesday - breakfast and lunch

Make your hotel reservations now
There are rooms available at the government rate for the conference at four nearby hotels. Please be sure to specify that you are with the conference to receive the discounted rate.

  • Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel
    201 N. Wenatchee Ave. Reservations: 509-662-0782 - ask for Public Transportation Conference block
    Location: Next to convention center
    Room rates: $89 single; $109 double (block rate ends Aug. 16)
    Free airport shuttle
  • Comfort Inn
    815 N. Wenatchee Ave. Reservations: 509-662-1700 - ask for WSDOT Public Transportation Conference
    Location: 0.64 miles from convention center
    Room rates: $89 single or double (block rate ends Sept. 12)
  • Best Western Chieftain Inn
    1017 N. Wenatchee Ave. Reservations: 509-665-8585 - ask for WSDOT Public Trans Conference block
    Location: 0.85 miles from convention center
    Room rates: $89 single; $99 double
  • Red Lion Hotel
    1225 N. Wenatchee Ave.
    Reservations: 509-663-0711 - ask for Public Transportation Conference
    Location: 1.05 miles from convention center
    Room rates: $89 single; $99 double (block rate ends Aug. 20)
    Free airport shuttle

2015 WSTA Conference
The  Washington State Transit Association  hosted the 2015 Washington State Public Transportation Conference  Aug. 23-26 in Vancouver, Wash. The symposium brought hundreds of people together to shape 21st century transportation, celebrate accomplishments and learn.