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National RTAP 2017 Marketing Contest

Instead of our annual Photo Contest, this year we're asking for your brochures and passenger guides!  Check out the Fundamental Communication page of our   Marketing Transit Toolkit for ideas on how to improve your existing brochure, or submit it as is.
Grand Prize: One free registration for our 2017 Technical Assistance Conference in Omaha, October 29-November 1. Two runner-ups will receive $50 gift cards.

Submissions will be judged by the following criteria: passenger in formation provided;  clarity;  visual quality; and  overall user-friendliness. For full contest details and the consent form, go to our Marketing Contest page.   The deadline is July 31, 2017.
Registration is open for the 2017 National RTAP Conference: Transportation at the Center

Registration is now open for National RTAP's 2017 conference! Join us in Omaha, Nebraska from October 29th to November 1st for workshops, presentations, keynote speakers, and round-tables with a focus on training and practical solutions for rural and tribal transportation. 

Visit the Conference Website for more information, and see you this fall in Omaha!
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
Do you know if your agency is on track in setting its TAM performance targets? Join FTA for a Performance-Based Planning Webinar  on June 20 at 1:30-3:30pm to learn about legislative requirements for performance-based planning and the experiences of MPOs and transit agencies working to develop TAM plans and set state of good repair performance targets. 

Calculating Performance Measures and Setting Targets - a new TAM-focused course by the FHWA is now available online. Log in to find out more about what's available for you!

Save the Date! FTA will hold the 17th Biennial State Programs Meeting/State Public Transit Partnerships Conference in Washington, D.C. on August 16-19, 2017. Come refresh your knowledge about TAM, review safety initiatives, and learn about emerging options in coordinated mobility! Look for further updates towards the end of the month on the FTA's 5311 page.

FHWA is taking comments on two draft documents that provide official guidance for State DOT asset management plans.   Learn more  and submit your comments by July 5.
Resources and News


The TRB is seeking  nominations for the  Sharon D. Banks Award which recognizes excellence in people-oriented initiatives throughout transportation.

Submit your innovative mobility management practices for NCMM's Mobility Management Information Practices (MMIP) Contest! The deadline is June 30.  Your name will be entered for a $100 Amazon gift card. See NCMM's  May Newsletter for more information.


NADTC published a  Crossing Jurisdictional Boundaries  Topic Spotlight, one of seven they're releasing to address issues reported on in their  2016 Transportation Trends Report .  The report is a look at last year's top mobility challenges and opportunities

Shaping the Relationship Between Public Transport and Innovative Mobility - This  report investigates the relationship between public transit and emerging mobility solutions.

Are you prepared for staff turnover? Check out this article on How to Create a Succession Plan by  Government Fleet  for a few tips!

Training and Webinars

Easterseals launches a  Paratransit Manager Certification. The certification focuses on the advanced skills and knowledge that will enable a paratransit manager to go beyond the minimum. 

NTI is hosting a free webinar on July 19, 2:00-3:30pm ET on 

NADTC is hosting a webinar on June 21, 2:00-3:30pm ET on How New Information and Scheduling Technologies Support Mobility Access for AllIt will cover approaches for linking transportation consumers to rides, examples in different communities, and how to use the "toolbox" from related NCHRP Report 832.

Register for SWTA's  Freedom Through Transit Summer University, July 25-28 in Dallas, TX.  Sign up for the following trainings: Community Mobility or Transit Asset Management/Safety Culture, July 25-26; Transit Law or Transit Marketing, July 27-28. Visit their website for full details.

Upcoming NTI courses. See the  NTI Website for details and the full calendar: 
  • Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors -- June 20, Seattle, WA 
  • Implementing Rural Transit Technology -- June 21-22, Columbia, SC  
  • Using the Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM Lite) -- June 22-23, Portland, OR
  • Introduction to Transit Asset Management -- July 12-14, New York, NY  
  • Procurement Series III: RFPs and Competitive Contract Negotiations -- July 31-August 1, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ridership Forecasting with STOPS for Transit Project Planning -- September 6-7, Philadelphia, PA
Look for us at these upcoming conferences!
  • 2017 LTAP/TTAP Conference, July 17-20, Portsmouth-Norfolk, Virginia
  • South Central Motor Coach Association, Arlington, TX, July 29-31
June 15, 2017
Research Problem Statements Due 
June 16

Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies
June 19,  2:00-3:30pm

Shared Mobility: Policy, Planning, and Regulations
June 20, 12:00-1:00pm 


2017 National Conference
July 17-20
Portsmouth, VA

Freedom Through Transit Summer
July 25-6 & July 27-28
Dallas, TX

Transportation and the ADA Workshop
August 2-3
Des Moines, IA

State Programs Meeting
Washington, D.C.
August 16-18 
Save the Date

2017 TAM Roundtable
August 28-29
Cambridge, MA

20th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference
September 25-29

National RTAP 
2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Omaha, NE
Oct 29-Nov 1,  2017
Early Bird: Sept 8

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
Substance Abuse Awareness Training, Testing, and Compliance Technical Brief
Anyone designated by the US DOT as a safety-sensitive employee is subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing. But what does "safety-sensitive" mean? 

This brief will provide guidance for employers who must train and test safety-sensitive employees for drug and alcohol use and misuse, and prepare employees for what to expect. 

Download it from our  Resource Library and refresh your understanding of this important compliance topic!
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.

Contact us:
Main:  5 Wheeling Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801, 888-589-6821
Washington, D.C.:  50 F Street NW, Suite 7020, Washington, DC 20001