National RTAP Peer Call: Engaging Community Stakeholders
Transit succeeds when it is a visible, valued part of the surrounding community. Join National RTAP for this Peer Call about integrating your agency into your community. Transit veterans Deb Dauenhauer and Ernie Palmer will be participating in the discussion to contribute their own community success stories. Ask questions and share your experience with engaging local stakeholders on Wednesday, February 15 from 2:30-3:30 PM Eastern.
Deadline for National RTAP 2017 Conference Session Abstracts Extended to February 15!
The National RTAP Conference Committee is soliciting presentation proposals for the 2017 Technical Assistance Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, October 29-November 1.
The Committee seeks proposals on topics and tools relevant to rural public, tribal, veterans' and intercity bus transportation. We are especially interested in those who have implemented or developed successful approaches to issues related to Administration & Planning, Operations, Compliance, Coordination, and Technology.
National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Program
This year we are looking to select two small rural or tribal transit providers to receive technical assistance regarding 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 Worksheets from the Marketing Toolkit
as a starting point.
Applications are due Friday, March 17, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern. To learn more about the program, application requirements, and to submit your application, go to the
2017 Technical Assistance
Transit Asset Management 101 Webinar Recording Now Available
The Recording and Slides from our recent webinar with Kelly Shawn of RLS & Associates, is now on our website! The webinar discussed the
Transit Asset Management (TAM) requirements issued by FTA in July 2016 and the impact on small transit providers.
FTA and US DOT Updates
The FY2017 Tribal Transit Program
Notice of Funding Opportunity for $5 million in competitive grants was recently released. Visit the FTA's website for details. The deadline is March 20.
FTA released an updated Award Management Requirements Circular
(5010.1E) which will take effect on February 13.
The 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.
A new FTA Buy America Handbook is available, proving grantees, manufacturers, subcontractors, and suppliers the necessary steps to meet the pre-award and post-delivery audit requirements.
FTA's SMS Awareness course is now available via the Transportation Safety Institute's
Learning Management System
which also offers free online courses for transit employees on Distracted Driving and Fatigue & Sleep Apnea, as well as various instructor-led courses. Check out the
and register to get started!
TSO's Spotlight newsletter for January is now
a list of upcoming training opportunities and information about FTA's new Safety Management Systems (SMS) course.
DOT's January 17 Fastlane
post has additional remarks on Beyond Traffic, its forward-looking vision of our transportation system.
Resources and News
NCMM recently launched a new
featuring two new courses. Sign up and learn about Mobility Management Basics and Creating Innovative Transportation Solutions.
NCMM's January newsletter highlighted CTAA's
of the new FHWA/FTA
on MPO coordination and reform. If you aren't already signed up for NCMM's newsletter, you can do so
A few upcoming NTI courses - see their
for the full calendar:
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National Center for Rural Road Safety
Results of Research Project: Assessing the Operational and Cultural Environment
Southwest Transit Association
Baton Rouge, LA
2017 National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference: Call for Presentations
Deadline Extended to February 15
Peer Call: Engaging Local Stakeholders
Introduction to TCRP Problem Statements
Bus Operator Workstation Design Part II, Design Guidance Tools
Texas 2017 Spring Training, Expo, Roadeo
Transit Roadeo, Conference, Expo
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
2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Oct 29-Nov 1,
For a listing of all National RTAP and other national events, view our
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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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