START Online now available on National RTAP eLearning
The interactive, online version of the Safety Training and Rural Transit (START) course is now available on the
National RTAP eLearning portal
. Previously hosted by the Center for Transportation eLearning (CTEL), START Online modules can now be accessed directly on National RTAP eLearning and scores will be tracked on learner transcripts as they are with the 60-Minute Substance Abuse Awareness course, Top Shops, 2 the Point Training, and others.
START Online is a great resource to use in combination with, or in some cases instead of, instructor-led safety training. There is still tremendous value in hands-on training, but START Online can minimize the in-person duration and can be used to reinforce and refresh learning before or after a training. It is also a great option when instructor led training is not possible.
Upcoming National RTAP Webinar: Estimating Ridership of Rural Demand-Response Transit
Join us next
Wednesday, November 16, 2:30-3:30pm ET
for a presentation by Jeremy Mattson of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) on their recent report: "Estimating Ridership of Rural Demand-Response Services for the General Public."
The study, which developed two models for estimating demand, can be used by transit agencies or planners to:
- forecast demand for demand response services,
- estimate the impact of service changes, or
- project future ridership.
FTA and US DOT Updates
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) asks transit agencies to submit their data for the second edition of the
National Transit Map
by November 15. Read this
for more information.
Resources and News
Easterseals Project Action (ESPA) Consulting is offering
Accessible Transportation Community Initiative (ATCI) grants
to increase and improve independent mobility for people with disabilities and older adults through the development of transportation coalitions to ten communities within the following states: MN, WI, MT, ND, SD, WA, AK. Applications are due
January 15, 2017.
The National Transit Institute (NTI) has two free upcoming webinars:
, a free learning module released in August 2014,
s now also on the National RTAP eLearning LMS. A joint production of
and SURTC, the brief course gives new public transportation professionals a useful general overview of the Federal Transit Administration, including history, key terms, programs, and more.
Blogs and Articles
Alternative Transportation Children's Books
For a change of pace this week, here is a list of children's books
that feature, celebrate or encourage walking, bicycle riding, public transit and/or train use, put together by the Whatcom County Library System in Washington.
Effectively Managing Transit Emergencies
National Center for Rural Road Safety
Defining the Future for Safe Rural Transportation in America
Louisiana Public Transit Association
Lake Charles, LA
Estimating Ridership of Rural Demand-Response Transit
SMS Safety Assurance
APTA Committee Meeting
Using Regional ITS Architecture
Long Beach, CA
The 2016 FPTA/CTD Annual Conference
Procurement for Small and Medium Transit Systems
Wheat Ridge, CO
2017 Winter Meeting
State College, PA
Virginia Transit Association
Conference and Expo
May 23-24, 2017
National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Oct 29-Nov 1,
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