RTAP_2011_New_Logo         eNews
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. 

Join us Wednesday, April 26, 2:30-4:00pm ET to learn from their experiences, hear best practices, and ask questions.  Register now!
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
Read this Fastlane post by  Secretary Chao, Preparing for the Transportation of Tomorrow, about President Trump' s FY2018 budget.

FTA's Transit Safety & Oversight  March Spotlight Newsletter is now available, featuring an article on Employee Safety Reporting as well as a calendar of upcoming instructor-led and online training.

DOT issued an  NPRM     for a possible change to its drug-testing program, adding additional substances to the testing list among other changes.  Comments are due tomorrow, March 24.

Due to a presidential order, the effective date of the FMCSA final rule titled "Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators" is now  May 22 , 2017.
Resources and News


Does your agency have a strong safety culture? If you're looking for best practices, see the recent TCRP SynthesisSuccessful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies. Also, register for the next National RTAP Peer Call on Fostering a Safety Culture on May 24!

APTA released a Who Rides Public Transportation report that summarizes passenger characteristics of U.S. public transit users. Regional surveys were conducted between 2008 and 2015. 

Check out this Planetizen articleEarly Exposure to Public Transit Can Lead to More Sustainable Travel Later in Life,and then watch our recent Kids on Transit  webinar recording! The panelists describe youth initiatives that benefit the agency, community, and individual.

Grants and Contests

Are you an innovator in mobility management?  Submit your best practices   to the NCMM's Mobility Management Information Practices contest for a chance to with a Fitbit. The deadline is March 31.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is funding  Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Grants that serve community needs, including Aging in Place and Transportation. Submit your application by  April 4.

Training and Webinars

NCMM is hosting a webinar on Human-Centered Mobility and the Benefits for Transit  on March 28 at 2:00-3:00pm, with speakers from the American Institutes for Research and RouteMatch.

Register for NADTC's online ADA Mini-Course  March 20-April 14.

Upcoming NTI courses. See the  NTI Website  for details and the full calendar: 
  • Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking, April 4-6, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Intro to Transit Service Planning, April 19-21, Tucson, AZ
  • 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
Look for us at these upcoming conferences!
  • Texas Transit Association, March 22-26, Lubbock, TX
  • NM Transit Association, March 25-28, Bernalillo, NM
  • NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association, April 3-4, Providence, RI
  • Illinois RTAC, April 5-6, Springfield, IL
  • Arizona Annual Transit Conference, April 9-11, Phoenix, AZ
  • MA Community Transportation, May 2, Worcester, MA
  • Iowa Public Transit Association, May 31-June 1, Des Moines
  • CTAA Expo, June 11-16, Detroit, MI
Help us reach 200 'likes' on Facebook!

Want to stay up-to-date between eNews? 'Like' our  Facebook  page and get the latest news, resources, and opportunities!  
March 23rd, 2017
Mini Course on ADA
March 20-April 14

Human-Centered Mobility and the Benefits for Transit
March 28, 2:00-3:00pm

America Walks
Designing for Inclusive Health
March 30, 1:00-2:00pm

National Center for Rural Road Safety
Converting Paved to Unpaved Roads 
April 4, 1:00-2:30pm

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

National RTAP
Fire and Flood: Disaster Planning and Response
April 26, 2:30-4:00pm

Advanced-Level Environmental Justice 
April 26-27 Apply by April 3
Washington, D.C.

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

National RTAP
Fostering a Safety Culture
May 24

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.

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