2017 National RTAP Conference Features a Host of Tribal Sessions
National RTAP's Technical Assistance Conference
Transportation at the Center
in Omaha, NE on October 29 to November 1, 2017 will have many opportunities for tribal transit professionals to learn state-of-the-art techniques and share best practices.
Tribal focused content includes a Tribal Financial Management pre-conference workshop; a Tribal Transit round-table; and breakout sessions on Tribal Transit Technology, Tribal Compliance Issues and Promising Practices, Tribal Communication and Partnerships, Title VI, and Coordination.
A Ponca tribal elder will open up the conference with a blessing at the Sunday night welcome reception, and Tuesday will feature a keynote speech by Billy Mills, an Olympic Gold Medalist, businessman, and philanthropist born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
View the conference website for the full agenda and
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FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
FTA has established an
Emergency Relief Docket
or calendar year 2017 so that grantees and subgrantees affected by national or regional emergencies may request temporary relief from FTA administrative and statutory requirements.
FTA has launched a Joint Procurement Clearinghouse
(JPC), a new tool available to all FTA grant recipients that enables them to communicate about procurement needs and solicit partners interested in pooling resources for a joint purchase.
Read FTA's September Transit Safety and Oversight Spotlight newsletter.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn proposed rule 81 FR 12642
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TRB is accepting proposals for the Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis Program. The
Transit IDEA Program
provides financial support of up to $100,000 for development and testing of innovative and unproven concepts for advancing transit practice in areas of ridership, safety, security, emergency preparedness, capital and operat
ing efficiency, environmental protection and energy independence. Proposals are due November 1, 2017.
TCRP recently published
Technology Contracting for Transit Projects
examining issues transit agencies should be aware of when drafting technology contracts. It addresses how provisions differ depending on the nature of the contract, the type of technology being procured, and whether the system is controlled internally or externally by the agency.
AASHTO's Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation is an annual report providing a snapshot of state-by-state investments in public transportation. It includes a comparison of state and Federal funding, an overview of state transit programs, revenue sources, and eligible uses for state transit funding. Read the
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the report
Marijuana-Impaired Driving: A Report to Congress
. This report includes the current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving and an assessment of the role of Marijuana as a causal factor in traffic crashes.
The National Transit Institute (NTI) is offering a webinar supplemental to the
Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors
on October 4 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET. The webinar will focus on the TAM Plan Template for Small Providers Excel tool and will cover the specific inputs and outputs of the template, highlighting the instructions and limitations of the tool. Learn more and register via the link above.
Below are upcoming NTI courses. See the NTI Website f
or details and their full calendar:
- Implementing Rural Transit Technology - Richmond, VA, September 26-27
- Project Management for Transit Professionals - Eugene, OR, October 5-6
- Orientation to Transit Procurement - Brooklyn, NY, October 30-November 3
- Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking - New York, NY, October 31-November 2
- Managing Community Mobility - Urbandale, IA, November 8-9
- Transit Maintenance Leadership Workshop - New Orleans, LA, December 4-8
National Tribal Technical Assistance Program Replacing Local Programs
A single National Tribal Technical Assistance Program will be replacing the current
seven regional TTAP programs
, which will close on September 30, 2017.
The national program will administer five virtual centers focused on specific subjects, the National Tribal Roads Scholar Program, three Safety Circuit Rider/Injury Prevention programs, NTTC agenda development, and the Build a Better Mouse Trap competition.
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Oregon Transit Conference, Pendleton, OR, October 1-4
CACT Conference, Newington, CT, October 16
National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Conference, Omaha, NE, October 29-November 1
NTD Report Year 2017 Asset Inventory Module Demonstration
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Value Capture and Transportation Projects
Implementing Rural Transit Technology
American Society on Aging
HIPAA Regulations and Sharing Sensitive Information about Clients with Dementia
Oregon Transit Association
Arkansas Transit Association
North Little Rock, AR
WI Fall Transportation Conference
TAM Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Project Management for Transit Professionals
2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Oct 29-Nov 1
Orientation to Transit Procurement
Oct 30-Nov 3
Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking
New York, NY
Oct 31-Nov 2
Managing Community Mobility
All event times listed as Eastern Time
Fire and Flood: Disaster Planning and Response Webinar
In April 2017, National RTAP held a timely webinar on natural disaster planning and response. The slides and detailed notes are available for download on our
On the webinar, panelists from LA, WA, and CA shared their experience with disasters in their states and communities. They described the event, what preparations were in place, the role transit had in responding, and the recovery process. The panelists shared lessons learned and the resources they used.
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