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EXPO 2017: Discover Detroit

Mobility Rising: Detroit 2017

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EXPO's Big Night Out - Thursday, June 15

Always something that attendees look forward to, this year's Big Night Out will be an event you will not want to miss. EXPO attendees will take over the historic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

Henry Ford believed that everyday objects created by ordinary people tell us about new ways to solve problems and make life better. To show it, he amassed a vast collection of artifacts documenting the genius of the American people-and then created a nine-acre showcase in Dearborn, just outside of Detroit, Michigan; in which to share it. Today, Henry Ford Museum is a remarkable destination that lets you experience the breakthroughs big and small that have made our world what it is today.

Looking for inspiring things to do? From race cars to freedom rides, modular houses to microprocessors, the wide-ranging exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum bring you face to face with real things that have the power to inspire, inform and engage you in ways no image or description can do on its own.

Of course in addition to the exhibits there will also be great food and plenty of music in the Motown tradition.

Pecha Kucha Tuesday, June 13 - An informal Evening of Crowd-sourced Presentations

Have you ever had an idea you wanted to share with your colleagues at EXPO, but it's not quite enough for a workshop session? Or are you in the market for quick, innovative and fun ideas presented in smaller, snapshot doses? On Tuesday, June 13, our third crowd-sourced event at EXPO employs the Pecha Kucha format of a set number of slides with pre-set timing for each slide, with each presentation running no more than 7 minutes.

We'll take you out of the standard conference meeting room to a less formal setting with light hos d'oeuvres and beverages-for-purchase after the regular EXPO program has wrapped for the day. You'll hear your counterparts from across the community and public transportation industry briefly share the attention-grabbing high notes of their latest innovations and strategies, hopefully bringing the funny at the same time. Have a fun, unique topic you'd like to share in the Pecha Kucha format? Humorists strongly invited to apply! Just send Rich Sampson a note at with your idea.

EXPO Tours: Experience Detroit for Yourself

For the first time this year, EXPO presents attendees a trio of day-long, off-site tours to experience Mobility Rising in action. Attendees can select a package of two tours on Monday, June 12 & Tuesday, June 13, or choose an a tour individually, a-la carte. Come on out and experience dynamic mobility and community revitalization concepts first-hand. Contact CTAA's Rich Sampson for more information.

Innovation in Ann Arbor

Monday, June 12: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Visit the MCity Autonomous Vehicle Test Facility at the Univ. of Michigan then experience the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) network, including the Blake Transit Center and planned BRT and rail routes.

Detroit Neighborhood Tour

Tuesday, June 13: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Encounter Detroit's revival on a journey guided by the Detroit Experience Factory, including historic buildings, urban farming and community redevelopment districts.

The Detroit Transit Tour

Tuesday, June 13: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ride all Detroit's transit modes in one day! Highlights include the People Mover, QLine Streetcar, Rosa Parks Transit Center, Detroit DOT & SMART Fixed-Route Bus Lines.

Networking Thursday at EXPO!

Wrapping up EXPO's professional development content on the afternoon of Thursday, June 15 will be two, distinct opportunities to connect directly with your peers and colleagues from across the community and public transportation industry, as well as engagement with CTAA's Board of Directors, State Delegates and Staff. EXPO's Connect Regionally and Connect Topically sessions will follow our popular Idea Cafe format, as well as recognizing our Association's 2017 award recipients. Lunch will be provided at the first session, and beverages available at the second.

Connect Regionally

During this luncheon session, EXPO attendees are invited to gather together with their colleagues within their geographic regions and states to receive updates from their CTAA Board of Directors representatives and state delegates. This will be followed by an open discussion session within each region - and at state-specific breakout tables, if needed - to share key challenges, emerging trends and proactive solutions. Additionally, CTAA's annual membership awards will be presented during this session.

Connect Topically

Continuing the Idea Cafe model from our most recent EXPOs, our Connect Topically session will allow attendees to share common ground and new ideas with their peers within key subsets of our industry:

  • Rural & Tribal
  • Small Urban
  • Specialized
  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)
  • Mobility Managers
  • Agencies, Partners & Advocates

EXPO 2017 State DOT Roundtable

Wednesday, June 14 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Officials from state departments of transportation will discuss current issues in the administration of transit programs. Session will feature reports from the Federal Transit Administration and a chance for open discussion.
Convener: Charles Carr, Mississippi DOT and the CTAA Board of Directors

Night out with the Detroit Tigers

Join your friends and colleagues on Wednesday June 14 for a fun-filled night at the ballpark, as the Detroit Tigers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in an interleague matchup. Here are the details:

What: Diamondbacks at Tigers
When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 7:10 p.m. EST
Cost: $23 - $33 Tickets:

Comerica Park is easily reached from the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center via the Detroit People Mover.

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