TRTA 61st Annual Convention

The Dallas Marriott City Center (overflow hotel), located at 650 North Pearl Street, has limited room availability at the rate of $139 for a single, double or triple room. To reserve your room, please call 1.800.228.9290. Please be sure to state that you are with TRTA.

There is a sky-bridge connecting the Marriott to the convention hotel (attendees staying at the Marriott will not have to move their vehicles to park at the Sheraton). Daily fees for parking at the Marriott are: self-parking $18 and valet $12 (does not include in-and-out privileges). Overnight valet parking costs $23 and includes in-and-out privileges. If you are staying at the Sheraton, please be aware that self-parking is available in the parking garage at a cost of $12 per day, while valet parking costs $29 per day.

For attendees staying at the Sheraton and flying into either DFW airport or Dallas Love Field, Go Yellow Checker Shuttle is providing transportation at a special rate. To make a reservation, please visit or call 1.866.903.1900. If visiting the website, please click "special offers," and scroll down to Sheraton Dallas. Mention TRTA to receive the special rate.

For members who may need a motorized scooter during the convention, Penfield’s at the Sheraton has them available for rent. Contact Joanna Jones at 214.303.4141 in advance to reserve a scooter.

The theme of the convention is "Lasso Our Legacy!" A schedule of events is listed below as well as tour information.

Sunday, April 13
10-11:30 a.m. {Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting}
12-7 p.m. {Delegate Certification/Registration & Exhibits}
1-3 p.m. {TRTA Board of Directors Meeting}
3:30-5 p.m. {District Presidents Meeting}
4-5 p.m. {Facilitators Meeting}
5-6 p.m. {Legislative Committee Meeting}
5-7 p.m. {Special Event Reception}

Monday, April 14
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. {Delegate Certification/Registration & Exhibits}
8-10 a.m. {Opening Ceremonies}
10:30-11:30 a.m. {District Caucus Meetings}
11:45 a.m. {Foundation Luncheon}
1:30-5 p.m. {Breakout Sessions I, II & III}
6:30 p.m. {Banquet}

Tuesday, April 15
7 a.m. {Legislative Breakfast}
7-8 a.m. {Delegate Certification/Registration}
9-11:30 a.m. {First Meeting of the House of Delegates}
12 p.m. {Stilwell Luncheon}
1:45 p.m-TBD {Second Meeting of the House of Delegates}
TBD {TRTA Board of Directors Meeting}

Tours made available by Discover Dallas Tours. Contact Rebecca Koenigs for more information (214.521.3737 or email Transportation and a narrative tour guide are provided for each tour. Registration information is in the fourth quarter issue of The VOICE. Click here to read the fourth quarter 2013 issue of The VOICE.

Dallas Highlights: Visit Dealey Plaza in the West End Historic District. Learn about the Sixth Floor Museum. At the Old Red Courthouse, hear about the history of Dallas from the 1800s to present. Learn about the Belo Mansion’s ties to gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $40 per person and includes a narrative tour of Dallas

Southfork Ranch: Relax on a guided tram tour of the Southfork Ranch grounds en route to a tour of the famed Ewing Mansion. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cost: $50 per person includes admission to Southfork Ranch, private tram tour of the grounds, Ewing Museum, and Dallas Legends Exhibit

JFK and Sixth Floor Museum: Experience the JFK tragedy firsthand as your guide takes you through the historic events of that day. Follow the parade route of Kennedy’s motorcade, walk the Grassy Knoll, and more! 1 – 4 p.m. Cost: $52 per person includes admission to the Sixth Floor Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and SMU: Tour SMU, the nationally ranked private university founded in 1911, as well as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. 1 – 4 p.m. Cost: $50 per person includes admission to the Bush Library & Museum. Drive through historic Highland Park.