Upcoming National RTAP Webinar on the FTA Low-No Emission Program: Grant Writing for Small & Rural Systems
Tara Clark of FTA's Office of Program Management will introduce the Low-No competitive grant program, walk through the supplemental application, and answer your questions. In addition, three successful proposers to discuss how they requested grants to start low or no emission programs at their systems.
This webinar will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET.
Upcoming National RTAP Webinar: Moving from Demand Response to Deviated Fixed Route
The webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET. Presenters include Julie Schafer of RLS & Associates, Angie Peters of Union County Public Transit in Oregon, and Frank Thomas of Oregon DOT.
his webinar will discuss the process of evaluating a transit system for the implementation of a deviated fixed route service and will feature a presentation by an agency that operates a deviated fixed route. Best practices and answers to frequently asked questions on this topic will be provided.
National RTAP Survey of State RTAP Managers Yields Insights on Priorities and Training Needs
National RTAP surveyed State RTAP Managers in fall 2017, receiving 49 responses. RTAP Managers were queried as to the trainings they provide, use of National RTAP products and services, and issues of importance to their programs.
Issues identified as most important were asset management and performance measures. If you would like a summary of survey results, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National RTAP Welcomes New Board Member
We are pleased to announce our newest Review Board member, whose term will begin at our upcoming Spring Meeting in May: Neil Sherman, Director of Statewide Transit Programs, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
The National RTAP
provides experience and expertise to ensure that our products and services are easily accessible, useful, and of the highest quality for transit operators and state RTAP managers.
FTA and US DOT Updates
US DOT has a new
about the National Transportation Network. The page includes statistics about the network, such as that the nation's transportation assets were valued at about $7.7 trillion in 2016, a 20.6 percent increase over 2010 estimates.
describes how FTA is exploring the use of automation technologies in transit operations. The post includes an infographic on Enabling Technologies for Bus Transit Automation.
Resources and News
TRB is hosting a
on Public-Private Partnerships and the Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program on April 16, 2-3:30 PM ET. The webinar describes FTA's Mobility on Demand Sandbox awards. Presenters will discuss the role of public-private partnerships between public transportation, shared mobility, and goods delivery services. TRB's
TR Circular E-C231
: US DOT's Mobility on Demand Initiative is also available for more information.
Join NCCM's next
Conversations with Leaders Series on April 12, 2:00 PM ET. Chuck Dyer, Ohio DOT will discuss driver screening and training, vehicle requirements, requirements, customer eligibility, and usage and costs in this interactive conversation.
NTI is holding a
TCRP Report 196
: Private Transit: Existing Services and Emerging Directions on April 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET. The report addresses micro-transit, shuttles and other
modes, transportation demand management, and 1st mile/last mile options.
CTAA, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the Institute for Community Inclusion announce
of up to $35,000
for local inclusive planning projects
. Projects will adopt inclusive strategies that fit communities and empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems.
through May 1, 2018 for the Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program, which provides financial support of up to $100,000 for the early stage development and testing of innovative and unproven concepts and methods for advancing transit practice.
The National Center for Rural Road Safety's
Rural Intelligent Transportation System Toolkit
includes Coordinated Rural Transit Service Fact Sheets, Public Transportation Trip Planners, Integrated Weather Monitoring/Prediction Systems, and many other ITS topics.
FHWA updated its Public Involvement Reference Tool (PIRT), a database of public involvement resources and references to assist State DOTs improve transportation decision making. PIRT includes Public Involvement Plans from every State DOT, environmental justice policies, Title VI plans, limited English proficiency resources and Tribal consultation.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has a number of helpful free technology tools, such as
, which reveals where transit improvements could provide the most impact by highlighting underserved areas, and
Total Driving Costs
, which measures costs for an average household in an area, including car ownership and use.
The $1.3 trillion
Omnibus Appropriations Bill
was signed on March 21, 2018. The bill includes $86.2 billion for transportation infrastructure, including $27.3 billion in discretionary appropriations ($8.8 billion above FY17), $1.5 billion for TIGER grants, and $625 million to increase rural broadband.
Updated Tribal Transit Topic Guide
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that say, "Suggest A Topic." We also have forms on other pages of our website, such as the
Request Peer Assistance
form in our Peer Program section.
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Look for us at these upcoming conferences!
Statewide Transit Conference
Ohio Needs Transit Conference
Transit Maintenance Leadership Workshop
Q'Straint Training Webinar
April 10, 12-1 PM
Title IV and Public Transit
North Little Rock, AR
Making the Case for Transit
April 11, 2-3 PM
Using the Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM Lite)
Disability Sensitivity and the ADA Complaint Process Webinar
Conversations with Leaders Series: Chuck Dyer, Ohio DOT
April 12, 2:00 PM
Public-Private Partnerships and the Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program
April 16, 2-3:30 PM
Introduction to Travel Training
NJ TransAction Conference
Atlantic City, NJ
Management of Transit Construction Projects
Moving from Demand Response to Deviated Fixed Route
April 18, 2-3:30 PM
National Safety Council
Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work
April 19, 12-1 PM
FTA Low-No Emissions Program: Grant Writing for Small and Rural Systems
April 19, 2-3:30 PM
TCRP Report 196: Private Transit: Existing Services and Emerging Directions
April 19, 2-3:30pm ET
Advanced Travel Training Strategies
Implementing Rural Transit Technology
Virginia Transit Conference
Real Estate Requirements
Cost Allocation 101
June 6, 2-3:30 PM
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National Conference on Rural Public & Intercity Bus Transportation
Sept 30-Oct 3
All event times listed as Eastern Time
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