eNews - July 26, 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.
Do you have drivers whose primary language is Spanish? National RTAP has translated our 2 The Point Training Cards into Spanish . These cards are for quick refresher training for transit drivers and include quizzes. The Spanish cards have the same content and format as the English cards. They are available for download or an agency can order one full hard-copy set per year. They will be on our eLearning system soon, too.
Transit agencies are increasingly looking to alternatives to traditional fuels to lower emissions and improve the air quality and environment. The resources in this new National RTAP topic guide will assist them with planning, decision-making and funding. Resources include the National RTAP/FTA Low-No Emissions Program Grant Writing webinar recording and Center for Transportation and the Environment's (CTE) Battery Electric Buses 101 presentation from APTA's Sustainability Workshop.
Resources and Events
Save the Date! 2019 National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference

Get ready to join us in beautiful Portland, OR on September 15-18, 2019 for National RTAP's 4th Technical Assistance Conference. Stay tuned for more information!

Enter Your Site in National RTAP's Website Contest

Submit your transit agency's outstanding website to the 2018 National RTAP Website Contest for a chance to win cash prizes! Find out more about the contest and enter your site by August 31, 2018.

National RTAP Vehicle Specs 101 Webinar is Today

National RTAP is hosting a webinar on July 26 at 2:00 PM on vehicle specifications, focusing on Florida's Transit, Research, Inspection, and Procurement Services (TRIPS) Program and how it supports safe, reliable, and durable transit vehicles.

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

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 Tribal transit agencies about their approach to transit asset management (TAM) plans and how they plan meet the basic requirements of the TAM rule.

True Tales of Rural Transit Heroes Twitter Chat Transcript and Summary Available

On July 12, Kari Banta, of TXDOT and the National RTAP Review Board, led a #RuralTransitHeroes Twitter chat. The transcript and summary are now available.

Updated Problem Passengers Training Overview Webinar Recording Available

On July 18, National RTAP staff discussed the components of the updated Problem Passengers: Managing Difficult Passengers & Situations training and how to access and best utilize the course, including a National RTAP eLearning overview. Access the recording .

BTS and National RTAP GTFS Webinar Recording Available
View the recording from the May 24 webinar hosted by U.S. DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics and National RTAP on the General Transit Feed Specification and how it's being leveraged.

U.S. DOT and FTA Updates

At 2:00 PM ET on August 8, 2018, FTA will host a  webinar   to provide more information about FTA's  Tribal Transit Program   competitive funding opportunity. Learn about the funding, application eligibility, and submission process. FTA issued its   Notice of Funding Opportunity   for the Tribal Transit Program on July 11, 2018. 

Through an online dialogue about what a “federal project” is and how that affects project implementation, FTA is posing questions and inviting State DOTS, transit agencies, transit operators, and other stakeholders to share their opinions. You can also submit new ideas for discussion.

FTA issued two final rules on safety of public transportation: the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule, both effective July 19, 2019. The PTASP requires states and certain operators of public transportation systems receiving federal funds to develop plans based on the Safety Management System approach. FTA will be hosting overview webinars on the rules on July 25 and 31, 2018.

Several page changes were made to FTA's Award Management Circular 5010.1E , effective July 16, 2018, including financial reporting and capital leases. The circular assists recipients in administering FTA-funded projects and meeting award responsibilities and requirements.  

Webinars and Training

TRB is providing a webinar on Public Transit Emergency Preparedness Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Legal Issues on August 14, 2:00-3:30 PM ET. The webinar is based on TRB's Legal Research Digest on the topic.

TCRP's College Student Transit Pass Programs focuses on the relationship established between transit agencies and universities and colleges, and documents current state of the practice to better develop and evaluate college student transit pass programs.

The Greenlining Institute’s Mobility Equity Framework: How to Make Transportation Work for People helps planners develop equity indicators and focuses on mobility needs low-income communities and communities of color.  


Nominate someone who's made significant achievements in rural transit for the Rural Mobility Champion Award or the Roger Tate is Smiling Award. Send nominations to Patricia Monahan by August 15, 2018. The awards will be presented at the 23rd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation (RIBTC) . Click on the RIBTC awards tab to find out more.

Now You Can Follow National RTAP on YouTube!

National RTAP has a new YouTube Channel with over 30 playlists. Please subscribe, and you'll never miss any of our webinars or training videos. And since we've launched our YouTube channel, we've redesigned our video webpages so it's even easier to view and browse our webinars and peer calls.
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

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan and Safety Certification Training Program Overview
July 26, 2:00-3:00 PM

National RTAP
Vehicle Specifications 101
July 26, 2:00 PM

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

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan and Safety Certification Training Program Overview
July 31, 2:00-3:00 PM

National Center for Rural Road Safety 
Safety Funding for Locals
August 1, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Final Rule Webinar
August 2, 2:00-3:00 PM

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan for Multimodal Agencies 
August 6, 2:00-3:00 PM

Introduction to Transit Service Planning
Salt Lake City, UT
August 7-9

Tribal Transit Program FY18 Webinar
August 8, 2:00-3:30 PM

Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors
Johnson City, TN
August 8

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

Public Transit Emergency Preparedness Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Legal Issues
August 14, 2:00-3:30 PM

Succession Planning
August 15, 2:00-3:30 PM

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

Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Final Rule Webinar
August 16, 2:00-3:00 PM

Tools of the Trade Transportation Planning Conference
Kansas City, MO
August 22-24

Governors Highway Safety Association 
Joining Forces to Get to Zero: Partnerships in Traffic Safety 
Atlanta, GA
August 25-29

Introduction to Transit Service Planning
New York, NY
August 27-29

ADA Complementary Paratransit: Responding to Emergencies
September 12, 2:00-3:30 PM

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

National Transportation in Indian Country Conference
Duluth, MN
September 17-20

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

Oklahoma Transit Association
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, August 7-9
  • State Public Transportation Partnership Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Aug 15-17 
  • TRB National Tools of the Trade Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium Sized Communities, Kansas City, MO, August 22-24
  • 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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