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Early Bird Registration ends July 15, 2018

The 2018 MPTA Conference, held September 19 – September 21, is a gathering of transit professionals, stakeholders, elected officials and interested citizens to discuss opportunities to shape policy, develop networks, and collaborate to share knowledge and create new ideas for transit in Missouri.

The 2018 keynote speakers include:

  • Charlotte DiBartolomeo, M.A.C.T., CEO of Red Kite Project, discussing Putting a Face on Transit Operations.” DiBartolomeo, earned a Master’s in Conflict Transformation with a specialty in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont. She has studied post-war development in Sarajevo, Bosnia and has served as an NGO delegate to the United Nations at the 2003 Economics Conference for Women. She has trained in the transportation industry for eight years, presented at APTA’s Sustainability Conference in 2012 and has been published numerous times in Metro Magazine
  • Community Transportation Association of America Executive Director Scott Bogren discussing “Strategic Advocacy for Transit”. Bogren has been writing about and covering the community and public transportation industry for nearly three decades. His experience with CTAA includes being Editor-in-Chief of Community Transportation magazine; crafting the Association’s various legislative, policy and regulatory positions on Capitol Hill; and shaping CTAA’s communications, training and leadership activities.
  • Chris Keefover, Field Intelligence Officer, Kansas & Western Missouri, Office of Intelligence and Analysis / Field Intelligence, Kansas City International Airport, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discussing “Homeland Security and Transit.” Keefover has 20 years of combined operational experience conducting aerial intelligence collections and providing support to law enforcement investigations.  Keefover has supported Combined Joint Special Operations Forces, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the US Northern Command and has briefed to the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Missouri’s public transit providers provide more than 62 million rides across the state each year,” said Kimdberly Cella, Missouri Public Transit Executive Director.  “It is the sole means by which many Missourians can get to work, school and doctor appointments as well as gain access to goods, services and entertainment.  Without transit, some simply could not get by.  That said, the benefits extend far beyond getting people to and from destinations. Transit also creates jobs, stimulates local economies, attracts investment, reduces the number of single-occupancy cars on the roads, and contributes to the financial well-being of the state.  Whether an individual uses transit or not, Missouri needs transit. “

Special Thanks to our sponsors including:

Gold – BYD
Silver – City of Columbia and Citizens for Modern Transit
Bronze – Central States Bus Sales & Logisticare


  • Angeltrax
  • BAE Systems
  • Ecolane
  • Engraph Software
  • Freedman Seating
  • Gerflor USA
  • Master’s Transportation
  • Mobile Climate Control
  • MORryde International
  • Rosco, Inc.
  • Safe Fleet Bus & Rail
  • Safety Vision
  • Southern Bus and Mobility

To register for the conference, click here.