For best rates on the conference and hotel, register by September 21. Scholarship applications open June 15 and close August 10. Sponsor and Exhibitor deadline for full benefits: August 17.
See the menu for daily conference program details, from Pre-Conference Events through Wednesday’s Regional Day. See this post for topics to be covered at the conference. Download the 2018 Conference at a Glance with all workshop titles.
Viewpoint: We must build the Pittsburgh region’s transportation future for all
Carly Dobbins-BuckladMay 11, 2018
“Self-driving cars are just one example of the shift taking place that will define the future of transportation. With an eye toward this future, the business community recognizes that a robust, well-maintained and well-connected transportation network is critical for economic competitiveness in the region.”
Pittsburgh forges a new future, remaking iconic steel town into a modern innovation factory
Taylor Soper January 25, 2018
“It has a combination of big city amenities with a small town feel, where networking is made easy with one or two degrees of separation. There’s enough weirdness and charm that some have even dubbed Pittsburgh the ‘Portland of the East.'”
Three U.S. Cities Reinventing the Modern Waterfront
Gina Ford November 13, 2017
“. . . $20 of private riverfront investment followed every public dollar spent on riverfront open-space improvements. This is the high end of what has been achieved in comparable cities, and speaks to the strong success of Pittsburgh’s riverfront revitalization.”
What Post-Industrial Cities Can Learn From Each Other
Linda Poon November 13, 2017
“The group agreed on four targets: creating job opportunities for people of all skill levels, transitioning to renewable energy sources, incorporating green infrastructure, and—at the urging of Essen, which is still mostly car-centric—changing the way people think about mobility.”
The best city for jobs? It’s Pittsburgh, according to a new report
Jeff Jeffrey September 13, 2017
“. . . despite having booming job markets, San Francisco and New York didn’t make the cut because of their relatively high cost of living. ‘People may be overlooking mid-sized cities like Pittsburgh . . .’”
Report | Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh’s Rise as a Global Innovation City
Scott Andes, Mitch Horowitz, Ryan Helwig, and Bruce Katz September 2017
“Today, the competitive advantage of the region is no longer its rivers and raw materials but its high-skilled workers, world-class research institutions, and technology-intense advanced manufacturing.”
Gallery of Pittsburgh images.East Liberty Bus (Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission); downtown Pittsburgh (Tony Webster); Open Streets (Shannon Kenyon); Incline railway and Gateway Center Subway Station (Port Authority of Allegheny County)
The only national conference that brings together leaders and practitioners from diverse sectors: government, transit, real estate, business, finance, environment and advocacy.
“I always like the inter-disciplinary approach. This conference is not just about rail as a means of transportation. It is about transportation, TOD, housing, health, equity, etc. This is most important to me as a policy maker!”
“I improved my knowledge base and got to see and hear about great transit from across the country. Enjoyed and learned something at every session I attended!”
“Speakers demonstrated critical thinking, which was refreshing compared to other planning conferences where people emphasize their own successes and expertise over the challenges and tensions of planning process.”
“I came back to my community excited, empowered, motivated, a bit overwhelmed and tired…in a good way!”
Rail~Volution is four days of energizing events that connect citizen activists, developers, nonprofit and business leaders, planners, local elected officials, community and housing advocates, transportation system operators and government officials from around the country.
Share your insights and expand your network in more than 75+ workshops and 20+ mobile workshops focusing on fun, energizing exchanges and creative problem solving, grounded in best practices.
Why Should I Attend?
The Rail~Volution conference has proven results.
At the Rail~Volution conference, you can increase your skills, knowledge and ability to effectively promote, plan and implement transit and development projects. Overwhelmingly, 95% of attendees surveyed agreed that their skills, capabilities and leadership grew as a result of the conference. Over 74% said Rail~Volution specifically helped them communicate more effectively about transit and planning issues with stakeholders. 1
At Rail~Volution you’ll connect to the people you need to know: You’ll be exposed to pioneers in the industry who are shaping the future of the livability movement, but you’ll also hear from the people who are making things happen today. More than half of attendees surveyed made connections to people that make a difference in their work.1
Whether an established expert or a new professional, attend Rail~Volution if you’re ready to grow professionally. Increase the quality of your work by broadening your knowledge and perspective..Engage your community with useful tools for advocates and elected officials. Expand your horizons by meeting new clients and practitioners and learning about different organizations. Energize your career by earning AICP certification maintenance credits. Shape the future with new contacts, skills, perspectives and resources.
Rail~Volution will give you the knowledge, direction and renewed passion for making places better by connecting people with transit.
1 Results from 2013 Wilder Research Evaluation
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