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National RTAP 101 Webinar: Kids on Transit

When kids use public transit it benefits the agency, community, and individual. It can help dispel the stigma that transit is only for certain populations; empower youth to be independent; help kids get around without needing a car or a ride; enable interaction between different people in the community; and increase current and future ridership.

During this webinar on Tuesday, March 7, 2:30-3:30 pm ET, three transit providers will describe their initiatives to get youth to use transit. The panelists include Amber Blake from Durango Transit in CO; Michele Brooks on behalf of Acton, MA; and Mary Anderson of Whatcom Council of Governments in WA.  Register now  to hear innovative strategies, best practices, and lessons learned!
Recordings Now Available for Engaging Community Stakeholders Call and Introduction to TCRP Webinar

If you weren't able to join us for our recent Peer Call on engaging community stakeholders, view the recording and slides on our Peer Calls webpage. The transit community, including Deb Dauenhauer of the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition and Ernie Palmer of Basin Area Transit in Oregon, discuss how to get more involved in your community at all levels and how it benefits your transit agency.

Have you ever submitted a synthesis topic or problem statement for potential research? View the recording and handouts from this webinar, where representatives from TRB and SCOPT discuss current research and resources and how to easily submit ideas to TRB. The deadline to  submit a synthesis topic is March 17.
National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Program

This year we will be providing technical assistance to two small rural or tribal transit providers for their marketing or communications.  We anticipate that each project will involve, at a minimum, developing or updating the agency's marketing plan and an assessment of the system's visibility, image, and passenger experience.  We will use the Marketing Toolkit worksheets  as a starting point.    

Applications are due Friday, March 17 at 12:00 PM ET. To learn more about the program, application requirements, and to submit your application, visit the  2017 Technical Assistance  Webpage.
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
February's Transit Safety and Oversight Spotlight
 newsletter is now available. This issue discusses safety plans and upcoming training.

Reminder that the deadline for the FY 2017 Tribal Transit Program  competitive  grants is March 20. A total of $5 million in funding is available. Visit the FTA website for full details and the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Also see this recent Fastlane post.

FTA's Joint Development site has been updated to include the February 9 guidance webinar. The page provides information on the use of FTA funds or FTA-funded real property for joint development.

FTA recently released an updated Award Management Requirements Circular (5010.1E) and Buy America Handbook. Per today's Federal Register notice, the effective dates of both the circular and the handbook guidance will be delayed until March 21.

U.S. DOT has issued an  NPRM    for a possible change to its drug-testing program. The proposed change would add several additional substances to the testing list, among other changes. 
Resources and News


Does your organization have a strong safety culture? If you are looking for best practices and what other agencies are doing to improve transit safety, check out the recent TCRP Synthesis:  Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies .

NCHRP recently released a synthesis on Leveraging Technology for Transportation Agency Workforce Development and Training , about how state and local transportation agencies are using information and communication technologies to train their workforce.

National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM)'s recent Shared-Use and Inclusive Planning Webinar is now available as a   recording .

See NCMM's  February Newsletter, with great content including interviews and transit stories. Also see their new online trainings on Mobility Management Basics Creating Innovative Transportation Solutions.


CUTR Webcast RecordingA Holistic Approach to Incident Investigation and Analysis is now available

Are you an innovator in mobility management? Submit your best practices to the NCMM's Mobility Management Information Practices (MMIP) contest. The deadline is March 31.

A few upcoming NTI courses - see their  website  for the full calendar: 
The Corporation for National and Community Service is funding Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) grants that serve community needs, including Aging in Place and Transportation. Learn more on their website and submit your application by  April 4, 2017!

If you are on LinkedIn, drop by the  TCRP Group  and give them some feedback!
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February 23, 2017
National RTAP
Kids on Transit
March 7
2:30-3:30 PM

Transportation Research Board
Livable Transit Corridors
March 16
2:00-4:00 PM

Propose New Topics for the 2017 TCRP Syntheses
Due March 17

Texas 2017 Spring Training, Expo, Roadeo
Lubbock, TX
March 21-26

Transit Roadeo, Conference, Expo
Bernalillo, NM
March 25-28

Illinois RTAC 
Spring Conference
Springfield, IL
April 5-6
Transit Maintenance Leadership Workshop
Long Beach, CA
April 10-14, 2017

12th Annual Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
April 18-20, 2017
New Orleans, LA

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 . If you'd like to submit an event, please email info@nationalrtap.org.

All event times listed as Eastern Time
Resource Spotlight
Did you know? National RTAP recently released an Advertising Best Practices article with examples, tips, and lessons-learned regarding bus wraps and in-kind advertising from five rural transit agencies. 

Also be sure to check out our previous articles on Surveillance Programs, Fuel Efficient Driving, Travel Training, and more!
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