Transit + Community


Mpact Transit + Community

(formerly Rail~Volution) Philadelphia, October 20-23, 2024

A collage including the Ben Franklin Bridge, train, bus and bicyclists in Philadelphia - for the 2024 Mpact Transit + Community Conference

Get the latest about building transit-oriented communities.
Great Dialogue. Actionable Ideas.
Be there for #MpactPhilly!

Registration is Open!

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Photo:  Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Credit: J Fusco, Visit Philadelphia

The Mpact Transit + Community Conference (formerly Rail~Volution) focuses on the interplay of transit, mobility, land use and development in building great places to live - for everyone.
  • Is your city or region embarked on transit expansion?
  • Are you interested in finding out how to connect transit & mobility investments with development, land use and the built environment?
  • Do you want to leverage investments for maximum community benefit?

Join us for the next Mpact Transit + Community Conference. Network and learn with cross-sector stakeholders. Join with others dedicated to taking a community-first approach to transit, mobility and development projects.

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Photo:  SEPTA City Hall Station. Credit: E Frizzelle, Visit Philadelphia

Here’s what attendees say:

"The cross-sector participation at Mpact is very unique and helps me look at the work I do from multiple perspectives."

"As someone whose practice has focused on building compact, walkable, transit-oriented urbanism, I appreciate the conference's focus on building transit-oriented places."

“This was one of the most engaging conferences I've attended.”

"As a housing/planning professional I learned SO MUCH."

“Really just being in the same place as so many people who value transit as a necessary part of a more equitable world is what it’s all about.”

"I gained tons of information and ideas on ways to support my own work in my community."

"Definitely looking forward to bringing a larger contingent from our office to future conferences."

"As a first-time conference attendee, I loved the camaraderie I experienced. The lovely people were a strong reason I can't wait to come back."

Thank you Sponsors! 

See all sponsors & exhibitors here. Join them - register your support by August 16 to ensure full benefits.

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Attend and deepen your knowledge of:

  • Transit planning, multimodal planning, corridor planning, station area planning and design.
  • Transit-oriented development, trail- and bike-oriented development, joint development, affordable housing and neighborhood development and placemaking.
  • Policies and strategies to combat displacement. Transit equity.
  • Project management for different modes.
  • Technology and integration of new mobility options with transit.
  • Community engagement, outreach tools, communication, data, campaigns and marketing. Advocacy for transit.
  • Community development financing, capital financing, gap financing.
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Getting to know Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley

We are super-excited to bring the 2024 Mpact Transit + Community conference to Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley! Huge thanks to SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) for chairing the Local Host Committee. Watch the video invitation. Philly, we're on our way to you!

The region boasts an array of transit options, including a large trolley system, robust bus system, regional rail and a subway line, with major providers including SEPTA, NJ Transit, PATCO, and Amtrak. There also are bicycle and multi-use trails and abundant green spaces to be outside. The conference will be an opportunity to experience these modes and explore diverse, walkable neighborhoods and a rich tapestry of transit-oriented development, in the city and in communities around the region and into New Jersey. Philadelphia also is an incredible and important destination for culture -  music, arts and food.

SEPTA Trolley Modernization

Mural Arts Philadelphia - Getting to Green

Greater Philadelphia Pedestrian Portal

The Chinatown Stitch Highway Cap

Get the story about the Vine Street Expressway that divided Chinatown and today's Chinatown Stitch project to cap the highway and reconnect the neighborhood via this USDOT video

The Circuit Trails Regional Network

map of the Circuit Trails in Greater Philadelphia
Did you know? 

The 5 counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania generate 40% of the state's economic activity on 5% of the land. 

SEPTA subway, trolley and regional rail emit less than half as much greenhouse gases per passenger mile as single-occupancy cars. 

With more than 2,000 self-service bikes and 200+ stations, Indego Bike Share offers 24/7 access to the city. 

The region's major transit providers include SEPTA, NJ Transit, PATCO and Amtrak. 

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For nearly 30 years, our conference (founded as Rail~Volution) has shaped the vision for transit-oriented communities, in which people of all backgrounds and abilities can connect with each other and reach the places they need to thrive. We’ve influenced policies, planning and the way projects are delivered.

From the beginning, we’ve focused on this idea: that for any new mobility or development project, the people involved should see the project as a way to advance the kind of community they want to live in.

Achieving this is easier said than done. The Mpact Transit + Community Conference is the place to share both challenges and innovative solutions, to exchange best practices and push for the next breakthrough.

The four days of the Mpact Transit + Community conference provide a diversity of ideas and approaches that boost your capacity to collaborate, innovate, communicate and lead.

30th Street Station Philadelphia. Credit E Frizzelle Visit Philadelphia
A group of people boarding a train. Credit Valley Metro

Mobile Workshops • Sessions • Plenaries • Networking

Through more than 60 conference sessions as well as plenaries and networking events, attendees delve into issues facing cities and regions everywhere, including climate change, transit-oriented development, housing affordability and designing cities around transit and emerging mobility options. Sessions focus on planning, design, finance, communications, policy, community engagement and innovations in technology. Through our signature Mobile Workshops participants experience the conference city first-hand and learn directly from local practitioners, leaders and advocates how projects were done.

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SEPTA regional rail. Credit: SEPTA

Mark your calendar

With these key dates:

  • Call for Speakers – Opens February 26 and Closes March 29.
  • Sponsors & Exhibitors – May 15 is the deadline for early recognition in our conference brochure and conference promotion. August 16 is the deadline to receive full benefits.
  • Conference Registration – Opens July 8. Registration for Mobile Workshops and Pre-Conference events also opens July 8; these are first come, first served & require separate fees. For best rates on conference registration and hotel, register by September 27.
  • Scholarships – Applications open June 7 and close July 19. Recipients will be notified by July 31.
  • Mpact Transit + Community Philadelphia – October 20-23, 2024

The annual Mpact Transit + Community conference is the product of our network.

  • Our National Steering Committee, a group of cross sector practitioners who work at Mpact Partner companies and organizations, puts together conference sessions, drawing on the topics and presenters submitted in our Call for Speakers. The National Steering Committee works to include a diversity of perspectives, geographies and backgrounds.
  • The local host committee organizes mobile workshops, pre-conference events, the Welcome Reception and regional day.
  • Our new leaders group organizes networking events and innovative learning opportunities as a way to welcome people new to the conference and our vision for transit-oriented communities.
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National Steering Committee

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Local Host Committee

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Mpact Innovators

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