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National RTAP Peer Call: Fostering a Safety Culture

How do you foster and maintain a safety culture within your transit agency? Join conversationalists Walt Diangson, trainer for the South West Transit Association, and John Filippone, Safety and Training Manager at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority in Colorado, for a discussion of the FTA's Transit Safety Plans and how to make safety practices an integral part of your agency's daily operations.

Join us Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:00-3:00pm ET to hear and share best practices and ask questions. Register now!
Upcoming National RTAP Webinar: Fire and Flood - Disaster Planning and Response

During this webinar, transit agencies and state DOT officials from Louisiana, Washington, and California will share their experience with recent disasters. They will describe the event, what preparations were in place, what role transit had in responding to the event, and the recovery process.  The panelists will share lessons learned and the resources they utilized. 

Register now and j oin us next Wednesday, April 26, 2:30-4:00pm ET to learn from their experiences, hear best practices, and ask questions. Questions can also be submitted early by emailing info@nationalrtap.org
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
USDOT announced its awards of $9 million to 74 tribes in 22 states for transportation projects. 

The April TSO Spotlight Newsletter is now  available! Check out the list of upcoming training opportunities, an article about near miss reporting, and other resources from the Office of Transit Safety and Oversight.

The BTS statistics quarterly update is now available online
Resources and News

Training and Webinars

Explore current trends in bike statistics with Behind the Numbers: Exploring Transportation Statistics webinar on  April 25 at 1:30pm.

Join the NTI on May 11 at 2pm ET for a  webinar on electronic fare collection systems webinar.

Upcoming NTI courses. See the  NTI Website  for details and the full calendar: 
  • Paratransit Management and Operations, April 25-26, Grand Forks, ND 
  • Managing Community Mobility, May 9-10, Austin, TX
  • Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors, May 11, Reno, NV
  • Implementing Rural Transit Technology, June 21-22, Columbia, SC
  • Procurement for Small and Medium Transit Systems, June 7-8, St. Cloud, MN

How do you demonstrate the value of transit?  TCRP's recent report, Practices for Evaluating the Economic Impacts and Benefits of Transit, is a great  new resource for showing the value your transit system provides to your community.

Want to create better presentations about your system?  Try browsing through Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies and consider some alternative graphics for your next meeting.

FHWA released it's April Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter.


NADTC's photo contest deadline is April 28.  Photos should illustrate their mission of increasing the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities.
Look for us at these upcoming conferences!
  • MA Community Transportation, May 2, Worcester, MA
  • Iowa Public Transit Association, May 31-June 1, Des Moines
  • CTAA Expo, June 11-16, Detroit, MI
April 20, 2017
National RTAP
Fire and Flood: Disaster Planning and Response
April 26, 2:30-4:00pm

National Center for Rural Road safety
Incorporating Safety Data in the Planning Process at the Rural Level 
May 4 
1:00-2:30pm ET

2017 Bus & Paratransit Conference
May 7-10
Reno, NV

Prioritizing Accessibility in Major Cities
May 10
2:00-3:00pm ET 

National RTAP
Fostering a Safety Culture
May 24

ITS Data Management Seminar
May 24-25
Tampa, FL

EXPO 2017
June 11-15
Detroit, MI

Research Problem Statements Due 
June 16

20th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference
September 25-29

National RTAP 
2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Oct 29-Nov 1,  2017
Omaha, NE

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
National RTAP has a recent  Advertising Best Practices article with examples, tips, and lessons-learned regarding bus wraps and in-kind advertising from five rural agencies. 

Also check out our previous articles on Surveillance Programs, Fuel Efficient Driving, and Travel Training!
National RTAP is a program of the Federal Transit Administration dedicated to creating rural and Tribal transit solutions through technical assistance, partner collaboration and FREE training materials.

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