eNews - July 12, 2018
National RTAP is a program of the Federal Transit Administration dedicated to creating rural and tribal transit solutions through free training materials, technical assistance, and partner collaboration.
National RTAP, in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, invite you to a webinar on vehicle specs, focusing on Florida's Transit, Research, Inspection, and Procurement Services (TRIPS) Program and the elements of the program that support safe, reliable, and durable transit vehicles.

Whether you are a state DOT reviewing the vehicle bid spec for your 5311 and 5310 grantees, or you are a transit agency, this webinar will provide you with information to help you acquire quality vehicles. 

  • Bobby Westbrook and Erin Schepers, Florida DOT 
  • Carlton Allen, Center for Urban Transportation Research 
  • Jeffrey Siervogel, Florida State University 

Learn more and register for the webinar to be held on July 26, 2018 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET.
For agencies looking to implement or improve their social presence, we have included insights from five rural and tribal transit agencies who optimize social media in this new National RTAP Social Media Best Practices Spotlight Article . The article contains examples, information, and tips, as well as images from successful posts, such as Mountain Line's Pi Day Facebook post (shown at right).
Resources and Events
True Tales of Rural Transit Heroes Twitter Chat

We all need heroes and there’s no better place to look than among our own. Join National RTAP on Twitter today, July 12 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET to talk about someone in transit who responded in a time of need. Kari Banta, of TXDOT and the National RTAP Review Board, will lead a #RuralTransitHeroes Twitter chat. Contact us if you would like an email invitation to the chat .

2018 National RTAP Website Contest - Enter Today!

Is your website a winner? Then submit it to the 2018 National RTAP Website Contest and share what makes it stand out. We have done photo contests and a marketing contest in this past, but this year we are collecting submissions of rural and tribal transit agency websites that provide useful information, are user-friendly, and look fabulous. There are cash prizes! Find out more and enter your site by August 31, 2018.

Upcoming BTS and National RTAP GTFS Webinar
U.S. DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and National RTAP will discuss General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) and how it's being leveraged in a webinar today, July 12 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET.  There will also be information on how to use National RTAP's GTFS Builder tool. If you missed this webinar when it was first held in May, register  now!

Upcoming National RTAP Webinar: Updated Problem Passengers Training Overview

This webinar on July 18 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET will walk attendees through the components of the updated and enhanced Problem Passengers: Managing Difficult Passengers and Situations training module and how to access and utilize the new version of this course.

Upcoming National RTAP Peer Call: TAM for Tribes

National RTAP will facilitate a peer discussion on August 1, 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM ET about TAM for Tribes to collect information from tibal transit agencies about their approach to transit asset management (TAM) plans and how they plan meet the basic requirements of the TAM rule.

U.S. DOT and FTA Updates

FTA announced $5 million in funding to support transit for Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages. The application deadline to receive funding is September 10, 2018.

FTA's Buy America Handbook : Conducting Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits for Rolling Stock Procurements provides grantees, manufacturers, subcontractors and suppliers with the necessary steps to meet the pre-award audit and post-delivery Buy America audit requirements.

FTA announced $277.5 million in Emergency Relief Program funding for public transportation systems and agencies damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, including rebuilding and resilience efforts. 

Webinars and Training

A webinar from the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) leads a discussion surrounding: Is It Time for a Transit Renaissance: Navigating Travel Behavior, Technology, and Business Model Shifts in a Brave New World
on July 26 at 12:00 PM ET.

Learn how to apply National Household Travel Survey data to transportation applications at a TRB/FHWA workshop in Washington, DC, August 8-9.

AARP's Transportation Workbook is part of their Roadmap to Livability series. The workbook provides tools and worksheets to engage a community in the development and implementation of a transportation action plan.

TCRP's Legal Issues Concerning Transit Agency Use of Electronic Customer Data explores legal and risk issues with electronic systems for fare purchases and customer communication, including smart fare cards, smartphones, credit cards, etc.

CUTR released a special Journal of Public Transportation issue on The Future of Public Transportation . The issue contains articles written by transit industry experts covering topics like Mobility as a Service, rural transit, collective travel, and more.

The Administration for Community Living released their 2017 Profile of Older Americans . Data includes geographic distribution and disability.


NCHRP is seeking proposers to participate in their Rural Transportation Issues Research Roadmap, including workshop participation and problem statement identification. The proposal deadline is August 7, 2018.

FHWA is offering Vision Zero Plan technical assistance to tribes, If you are interested, contact FHWA by July 18, 2018.

AASHTO's Transportation Industry Jobs Site enables job-seekers to search for jobs by category (manager, maintenance, etc.), full-time/part-time, etc., location and/or keyword.
Overview of the Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 3rd Edition
July 12, 12:00 PM

Wheelchair Securement Training
July 12, 12:00-1:15 PM ET

Conversations with Leaders
July 12, 2:00-2:30 PM

National RTAP
#RuralTransitHeroes Twitter Chat
July 12, 2:00-3:00 PM

BTS/National RTAP
General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Webinar
July 12, 2:00-3:00 PM

Eno Center for Transportation
Data Sharing and Privacy
July 12, 4:00-4:30 PM

National Conference on Transportation Asset Management
San Diego, CA
July 14-17

American Society of Civil Engineers
International Conference on Transit and Development
Pittsburgh, PA
July 15-18

Consolidation of Rural Transit Systems (NCHRP Project 20-65 Task 69)
July 17, 2:00-3:30 PM

Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Transit
Boston, MA
July 17-18

USDOT ITS Joint Programs Office
Modeling Dispatchers Managing Intelligent Transportation Systems
July 18, 12:00-1:00 PM

National RTAP
Updated Problem Passengers Training Overview
July 18, 2:00-3:00 PM

Transportation Planning Process
Pensacola, FL
July 23-24

SWTA Summer University
Oklahoma City, OK
July 23-26

National Local Technical Assistance Program Association
National LTAP/TTAP Conference
New Orleans, LA
July 23-26

Introduction to Transportation Conformity
Newington, CT
July 25-27

Is It Time for a Transit Renaissance: Navigating Travel Behavior, Technology, and Business Model Shifts in a Brave New World
July 26, 12:00 PM

Vehicle Specifications 101
July 26, 2:00-3:30 PM

School Transportation News & Q'Straint/Sure-Lok
Wheelchair Securement: Ask the Experts Question & Answer
July 31, 1:00-2:00 PM

National RTAP
TAM for Tribes Peer Call
August 1, 2:00-3:00 PM

National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Applications Workshop
Washington, DC
August 8-9

Association of Travel Instruction
Association of Travel Instruction Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
August 8-10

State Public Transportation Partnership Conference
Minneapolis, MN
August 15-17  

Tri-State Transit Conference
North Conway, NH
September 12-14

National Conference on Rural Public & Intercity Bus Transportation
Breckenridge, CO
September 30-October 3 

Oklahoma Transit Association
2018 Oklahoma State Driving Championships & Training Conference
Norman, OK
October 16-19

For a listing of all National RTAP and other national events, view our  Calendar . To submit an event, email  info@nationalrtap.org .

All event times listed as Eastern Time
Look for Us at these Upcoming Conferences
  • National LTAP/TTAP Conference, New Orleans, LA, July 23-26
  • SWTA Summer University, Oklahoma City, OK, July 23-26
  • Community Transportation Association of Virginia Conference and EXPO, Fredericksburg, VA, Aug 7-9
  • State Public Transportation Partnership Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Aug 15-17 
  • Tri-State Transit Conference, North Conway, NH, Sept 12-14
  • National Transportation in Indian Country Conference, Duluth, MN, Sept 17-20
  • Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference, Breckenridge, CO, Sept 30-Oct 3
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