National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Program
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pplications are due Friday, March 17 at 12:00 PM ET for the 2017 Technical Assistance Program. To learn more about the program, application requirements, and to submit your application, visit the
This year we will provide technical assistance to two small rural or tribal transit providers for their marketing and communications.
We anticipate that each project will involve, at a minimum, developing or updating the agency's marketing plan and an assessment of the system's visibility, image, and passenger experience. We will use the Marketing Toolkit worksheets
as a starting point.
Recording Now Available for Kids on Transit Webinar
When kids use public transit it benefits the agency, community, and individual. It can help dispel the stigma that transit is only for certain populations; empower youth to be independent; help kids get around without needing a car; enable interaction among different people in the community; and increase current and future ridership.
During this webinar three transit providers described their initiatives to get youth to use transit: Amber Blake from Durango Transit in
CO; Michele Brooks on behalf of Acton, MA; and Mary Anderson of Whatcom Council of Governments in WA. Find this recording and other past webinars on our
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
Due to a presidential order, the FTA is delaying the implementation of some regulations until March 21. Read the
NTI and the FTA are partnering to offer a course on Ridership Forecasting with the
(Simplified Trips-on-Project Software package). Training will be held in Chicago May 2-4 and in Dallas June 20-22. For details and registration, check out the
Reminder that the deadline for the FY 2017 Tribal Transit Program
grants is March 20. A total of $5 million in funding is available. Visit the FTA website for full details and the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Also see this recent Fastlane post.
DOT has issued an
for a possible change to its drug-testing program. The proposed change would add additional substances to the testing list, among other changes. Comments are due March 24.
Resources and News
The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) released a Rides to Wellness Implementation Guide, intended to help states, regions, and communities implement rides to wellness events and facilitate connections between mobility and healthcare professionals.
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center released a Materials Toolkit: Exploring Human Services Transportation, with written and video content from their recent online course exploring the role of human service agencies in transportation.
Safety Performance Management can be overwhelming. Let the National Center for Rural Road Safety and the FHWA make things more clear. A Safety Performance Management Webinar will be held today, March 9 from 1:00-2:30pm ET.
Improve your understanding of ADA requirements for policies and accessibility with the upcoming NADTC Mini-Course on ADA. From March 20 to April 14, participate in this
What if people could access the mode of their needs on foot or by transit? TRB's Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies webinar will address this question. Read the
for the webinar on March 16 from 2-4pm ET.
Are you an innovator in mobility management?
your best practices to the NCMM's Mobility Management Information Practices (MMIP) contest. The deadline is March 31.
A few upcoming National Transit Institute (NTI) courses - see their
for the full calendar:
- Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking, March 21-23, Albequerque, NM
- Introduction to Transportation Conformity, March 28-30, Salt Lake City, UT and May 1-3, Houston, TX
- Managing Community Mobility, May 9-10, Austin, TX
- Implementing Rural Transit Technology, June 21-22, Columbia, South Carolina.
Additionally, NTI's Transit Trainer Workshop is being held March 26-28 in Nashville, TN. Registration is $375 and filling up quickly!
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National Center for Rural Road Safety
Safety Performance Management
Transportation Research Board
Livable Transit Corridors
Propose New Topics for the 2017 TCRP Syntheses
Due March 17
ADA Mini Course
March 20-April 14
Texas 2017 Spring Training, Expo, Roadeo
Transit Roadeo, Conference, Expo
Transit Maintenance Leadership Workshop
Long Beach, CA
April 10-14, 2017
12th Annual Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
April 18-20, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Spring Conference & EXPO
Olympic Valley, CA
Spring Conference & Expo
Fire and Flood: Disaster Preparedness and Response
April 26, 2:30-4:00pm
2017 Bus & Paratransit
2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Oct 29-Nov 1,
For a listing of all National RTAP and other national events, view our
. If you'd like to submit an event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Did you know? National RTAP recently released an
Advertising Best Practices
article with examples, tips, and lessons-learned regarding bus wraps and in-kind advertising from five rural transit agencies.
Also be sure to check out our previous articles on Surveillance Programs, Fuel Efficient Driving, Travel Training, and more!
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