Transit + Community

Past Conferences

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Mpact Transit + Community 2023, Phoenix, AZ

Guide to Mpact Transit + Community Phoenix Browse the guide to get a sense of the conference flow and the array of sessions, plenaries and networking events.

A group of people outside near trees and a diaphanous sculpture - a walking tour at Mpact Transit + Community in Phoenix 2023
Women plenary speakers at Mpact Transit + Community conference in Phoenix 2023
small group laughing during plenary at Mpact Transit + Community in Phoenix 2023. Photo credit Valley Metro
A group of people talking outside, as part of a Mobile Workshop at Mpact Transit + Community Conference Phoenix 2023

2023 Session Videos
For more videos, see our YouTube Playlist from the 2023 Conference, including videos from Plenary sessions and of PK Slam presentations in the style of PechaKucha™.

Conference Session
Making the Case for Transit from an Economic Development Lens

Moderator: Debbie Frank, Director of Transit Oriented Development, Office of TOD and Real Estate, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Atlanta, GA
Michael Krantz, PE, LEED AP-ND, Senior Manager, TOD, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN
Alison Nemirow, Principal, Sustainable Economics, AECOM
Frank White III, Chief Executive Officer, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas City, MO

Conference Session
The Never Ending Importance of a Story Told Well

Moderator: Kim Pallari, Vice President, Strategic Communications, HDR, Sacramento, CA
Jerome Gray, Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), Houston, TX
Tara Jones, Communications Manager, AECOM, Atlanta, GA
Mary Jo Pitzl, Reporter, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ

Conference Session
Pushing the Joint Development Envelope: Jurisdictional Partnerships

Moderator: Al Raine, PhD, Vice President and National Practice Leader, AECOM, Boston, MA
Shannon Price, Executive Director of Integrated Development, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Vancouver, BC
Jack Wierzenski, AICP, Director, Economic Development, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas, TX
Sherri Ziller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, Crown Point, IN

Posts and Podcasts about Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun

  • Mpact Podcast Episode 71: Developing with Creativity, with Tim Sprague, Principal, Habitat Metro - LISTEN
  • Mpact Podcast Episodes 69 & 70: Do It for the Neighborhood, a conversation with David Longoria, LISC Phoenix, and Ryan Winkle, RAIL CDC - LISTEN
  • Mpact Podcast Episode 56 : Inside the Phoenix TOD Community Plan, a conversation with Elias Valencia, a planner with the City of Phoenix, and Victor Vidales, a local resident and business owner - LISTEN



  • Supporting Diversity at MpactPHX - blog post
  • Canals in Phoenix: Past and Present - blog post
  • The Making of Tempe Town Lake - blog post
  • Artwork for Mpact Transit + Community Phoenix - blog post
  • Facts about Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun - blog post
  • Go Green at Mpact Transit + Community - blog post


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Rail~Volution 2022 Miami, Florida

Tamika Butler 
Community-Centered Transit

Plenary Discussion
Homelessness and Public Transportation

Conference Session
Centering Community Partners in Decisions, Design and Development

Conference Session
Equitable TOD Strategies

PK Slam
Corrie Parrish: Multimodal Lessons Learned from a Family History of Heart Disease 

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Browse videos from past conferences

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Rail~Volution 2020 — Graphic Recording of Keynote with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Rail~Volution 2019 — G.B. Arrington: 25 Years of Rail~Volution
Rail~Volution 2019 — Architects! Who Needs 'Em – PK Slam
Rail~Volution 2018 — Bringing Community In (plenary excerpt)
Rail~Volution 2018 — I’m Breaking Up with TOD – PK Slam
Rail~Volution 2017 Kicks Off!
Rail~Volution 2017 — Maurice Jones: Mayors are Conductors (plenary excerpt)
Rail~Volution 2016 — Dr. Tony Iton: Why Place Matters in Health
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Annual Conference Locations

From 1996 to 2022, the conference was called Rail~Volution.
Starting in 2023, it's Mpact Transit + Community.

  • Phoenix 2023
  • Miami 2022
  • Virtual 2021
  • Virtual 2020
  • Vancouver, BC 2019
  • Pittsburgh 2018
  • Denver 2017
  • San Francisco 2016
  • Dallas 2015
  • Minneapolis 2014
  • Seattle 2013
  • Los Angeles 2012
  • Washington DC 2011
  • Portland 2010
  • Boston 2009
  • San Francisco 2008
  • Miami 2007
  • Chicago 2006
  • Salt Lake City 2005
  • Los Angeles 2004
  • Atlanta 2003
  • Washington DC 2002
  • San Francisco 2001
  • Denver 2000
  • Dallas 1999
  • Portland 1998
  • St. Louis 1997
  • Washington DC 1996
  • Portland 1996
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