APTA TRANSform & EXPO moving to Orlando in November 2021

April 2, 2021
The event is moving to the Orange County Convention Center where large groups have been hosted under established safety protocols.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is moving and rescheduling its fall gathering. APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO 2021 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 7-10, 2021.

APTA said the relocation decision from Anaheim to Orlando “was necessary due to current California restrictions on large gatherings and the unpredictability of planning such a large event when it is unclear when these restrictions will ease.” The association hopes to return to Anaheim for the 2023 gathering.

APTA notes Orlando has successfully hosted and continues to host large conventions and tradeshows and surrounding hotels are equipped to safely handle large groups while following health and safety guidelines and procedures. According to the Orange County Convention Center, it has hosted more than 60 conventions, trade shows, meetings, sporting and consumer events since the onset of the pandemic. The convention center has developed “data-driven guidelines” with the Orange County Health Department that provide a framework to mitigate risk and protect convention center employees and guests.

Additionally, the Orange County Convention Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory County (GBAC) STAR accreditation, which means it has met and implemented a facility cleaning and disinfection program standard. GBAC recently partnered with UITP to offer the standard to the international transit industry and two U.S. systems, the Central Ohio Transit Authority and Anaheim Transportation Network, have earned the accreditation.

“As we continue our planning efforts, please know that the health, well-being, and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority. We will be working closely with the Orange County Convention Center and conference hotels to ensure all health and safety guidelines and procedures are in place,” APTA said in an email to association members. “We look forward to welcoming you to APTA’s TRANSform Conference & EXPO 2021 in November in Orlando.”

The association said additional information on hotels, exhibitor floorplans and registration will be available soon.

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