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Registration is Now Open for the Rural & Intercity Bus Transportation Conference !
The 23rd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation will take place September 30-October 3, 2018 in Breckenridge, CO. 

The conference will explore practices and showcase research in rural public and intercity bus transportation. The conference includes pre-conference training, plenary sessions, roundtables, 30 concurrent sessions with more than 80 presenters.

You can register , view the program, and  submit  Rural Mobility Champion Award   nominations . The graduate and undergraduate student essay contest deadlines have been extended to April 30, 2018.
It's Today! National RTAP Webinar on the FTA Low-No Emission Program: Grant Writing for Small & Rural Systems
Tara Clark of FTA's Office of Program Management will introduce the Low-No competitive grant program, walk through the supplemental application, and answer your questions. 

Three successful proposers discuss how they requested grants to start low or no emission programs at their systems.  This webinar will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:00-3:30pm ET.   Register here.
Are You Getting the Latest Transit News?
To stay on top of the transit industry, you need to read the latest news and announcements from a variety of sources.  We updated our Newsletters and Blogs page in our How to Find (Almost) Anything Toolkit in April 2018 and showcase an assortment of free e-newsletters and blogs from authoritative sources that will keep you in the know.  

We've included  The Transit Wire blog about emerging trends in technology, which also contains a listing of individual transit agency blogs.
Recording of National RTAP Webinar:  Moving from Demand Response to Deviated Fixed Route    

T his webinar held on April 18 discussed the process of evaluating a transit system for the implementation of a deviated fixed route service has been recorded.  

The webinar features a presentation by an agency that operates a deviated fixed route.  Presenters included Julie Schafer of RLS & Associates, Angie Peters of Union County Public Transit in Oregon, and Frank Thomas of Oregon DOT.
FTA and US DOT Updates

FTA announced about $264 million in projects to improve safety and reliability of bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. 139 projects in 52 states and territories will receive funding from FTA's Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. Tribal recipients include Confederated Salish and Kootenai, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Muckleshoot, Ninilchik and  Coeur d' Alene Tribes.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 9, 2018 committing to following the President's One Federal Decision framework for processing environmental reviews and permits for major transportation infrastructure projects.  The memorandum set a 2-year goal for completion of all environmental reviews and authorization decisions.
Resources and News

Webinars and Training

National Center for Rural Road Safety will host a webinar on April 26, 1:00-2:30 PM ET on Sharing the Road with Slow Moving Vehicles. It will cover best practices for sharing the road with bicycles, agricultural vehicles, horse and buggies, and parade/funeral vehicles, etc.

On April 19-20, NTI will deliver a training on  Implementing Rural Transit Technology  in Denver, CO . Transit professionals, state DOT staff, and regional planners involved in planning and implementing technology-based applications for rural transit operations will learn valuable skills and develop a project plan. 


TCRP's Administration of ADA Paratransit Eligibility Appeal Programs identifies ADA eligibility appeal processes and documents current practices of transit systems. ADA paratransit eligibility appeal programs allow appellants to present new information not provided or available during the initial eligibility decision that may warrant a change in eligibility determination. 

NADO's Integrating Economic Resilience in Performance-based Transportation Planning describes how to set targets, use data for project prioritization, conduct benefit-cost analyses, and connect goals to project rankings through case studies and recommendations.

TRB has created a Snap Search on Rural Transportation, which showcases TRB's involvement in research on the topic from 2015-2018, and includes a number of projects that National RTAP has participated in.


The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability.  Non-profits, government entities and other organizations can submit projects that deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through walkability, bikeability and/or and access to public and private transit.  The deadline is May 16, 2018.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will award at least 21  scholarships to transit professionals interested in pursuing or advancing a career in the public transit industry. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000. Learn more or apply at The application deadline is June 15, 2018.


The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed on February 9, 2018.  The Act funded FTA training and technical assistance at $5 million. Other areas funded included technical assistance for disaster recovery, a public transportation emergency relief program, and transportation infrastructure.
Updated Wheelchair Securement Topic Guide

National RTAP updated our  Wheelchair Securement Topic Guide.  We've added new resources that include  Wheelchair Securement and Lifts Training Videos provided by manufacturers and made available on the National RTAP eLearning system, as well as OATS, Inc.'s Training Videos for Securing a Wheelchair in a Mini-Van and Mini-Bus.
Pacific Transit Launches New Website Builder Site

Pacific Transit System in Pacific County, Washington recently launched an attractive and resourceful new website using the National RTAP Website Builder and GTFS Builder Web Apps.  The easy-to-navigate site has sections on Dial-A-Ride, Schedules and Maps (with a  GTFS  Trip Planner) and Policies.   
Congratulations to our Raffle Winners

Two lucky winners received National RTAP raffle prizes at the AzTA/AzDOT Transit Conference. Alicia Becker, NAIPTA Transit Planner, won two hours of GTFS Builder Trip Planner personal technical support. Leticia Bejar, Transportation Specialist, Santa Cruz Training Program in Nogales, AZ won a gift card.
Look for Us at these Upcoming Conferences
  • Wisconsin DOT Intertribal Task Force Transit Peer Exchange, April 19
  • Connecticut RTAP Spring Conference, Newington, April 25
  • Michigan Rural Transportation Managers Workshop, Mount Pleasant, April 25-26
  • Grantmakers in Aging Summit, Berkeley, CA, May 2-3
  • Utah Urban, Rural, & Specialized Transportation Association Conference, Brian Head, UT, May 10-11
  • Montana Transit Association Spring Conference, Bozeman, May 21-25
  • Virginia Transit Conference, Richmond, May 22-23
  • CTAA EXPO, Pittsburgh, June 10-14
  • Wyoming Public Transit Annual Conference, Riverton, WY, June 19-21
  • Tri-State Conference, North Conway, NH, September 12-14
  • National Transportation in Indian Country, Duluth, MN, September 17-20
April 19, 2018
Engaging Ways to Address Distracted Driving at Work
April 19, 12:00-1:00pm

Safe Pedestrian Crossings at Transit Stops
April 19, 2:00-3:30pm

Private Transit: Existing Services and Emerging Directions
April 19, 2:00-3:30pm 

Advanced Travel Training Strategies
Wilmington, DE
April 19-20

Implementing Rural Transit Technology 
April 19-20
Denver, CO

Transit Asset Management for Tribal Populations
April 24, 2:00-3:30pm

National Highway Institute
Developing a Transportation Asset Management Plan
Austin, Texas
April 24-25

Paratransit Management & Operations
Wichita, KS
April 24-25

Connecticut RTAP
Spring Conference
Newington, CT
April 25
Contact: Michele Brooks

BusRide Magazine
Are Alternative Fuels Really Going to Save Me Money?
April 25, 10:00am

TAM Refresher II (Repeat of February TAM Refresher)
April 25, 2:00pm

Technology Changes Influencing the Decline of Vehicle Emissions
April 25, 2:00-3:30pm

National Center for Rural Road Safety
Sharing the Road with Slow Moving Vehicles
April 26, 1:00-2:30pm

Advanced Clean Transportation Conference and Expo
Long Beach, CA
April 30-May 3

RFPs and Competitive Contract Negotiations
Chicago, IL
April 30-May 4  

Understanding ADA
Wichita, KS
May 3

TCRP E-11: Relationship Between Transit Asset Condition and Service Quality
May 3, 2:00-3:30pm

Virginia Transit Conference
Richmond, VA
May 22-23
Real Estate Requirements
Denver, CO
May 22-23

Expo 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
June 10-14

National Conference on Rural Public & Intercity Bus Transportation
Sept 30-Oct 3
Breckenridge, CO

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

All event times listed as Eastern Time
Resource Spotlight
Top Shops

The National RTAP Training Module Top Shops: Emergency Management in Vehicle Maintenance Facilities covers preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies in  vehicle maintenance facilities. Maintenance staff, supervisors, contractors and others can access the above link to eLearning, Learner's and Instructor's Guides with discs, a Technical Brief and a Resource Guide.
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