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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 next Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:00-3:00pm ET to hear and share best practices and ask questions. Register now!
Fire and Flood Disaster Planning Webinar Slides and Notes Available
Did you miss our recent Fire and Flood: Disaster Planning and Response webinar? Unfortunately there was an issue with the recording, but the presentation slides and detailed notes from the webinar have been posted on our  website

We can also answer questions you may have after reviewing the slides and notes. Send questions to  info@nationalrtap.org  and we can connect you to the panelists. 
National RTAP RFI for Wheelchair Securement Training Materials and Videos

National RTAP is issuing a Request for Information to solicit proposals from interested and qualified manufacturers of wheelchair and mobility aid lifts and securement equipment to provide us with training materials and/or instructional videos for their products, to be made available for free through the National RTAP eLearning portal to rural and tribal transit providers and state RTAP programs. 

Read the full RFI or respond by emailing rfp@nationalrtap.org.
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates
FTA has two upcoming webinars on Transit Asset Management (TAM):  Building an Asset Inventory on May 23 at 2-3pm ET and  TAM Performance Measure Guidebooks: Infrastructure and Facility  on June 6, 2-3pm ET.  Learn more about TAM and access the guidebooks and other resources at the FTA's  TAM Website .

Check out FTA's new 5-minute educational video about transit bus services, titled  Keeping America on the Move , to help viewers understand how FTA uses federal tax dollars to support these vital transportation services.
Resources and News


Have an ADA question?  NADTC   recently posted a 30 minute recording of their ADA Ask the Expert podcast, which answers common ADA questions related to customer service, wheelchairs on vehicles, and service animals.

Smart Growth America has released three toolkits designed for rural communities - Community Facilities Location Policy, Well-Placed Affordable Housing, Fiscal Impact Analysis. Check them out and consider how transit could fit into planning the future of your area!

Mass Transit article on Maryland's TRIP program - a website  with transportation options in the state and a Regional Information Center hotline. The TRIP team used our GTFS Builder for getting the 18 Maryland transit agencies' route and schedule into the GTFS format for use in online trip planners.

Training and Webinars

How much do you know about Safe Harbor regulations? Learn more about options to support NEMT from this  recorded webinar  and  transcript  by NCMM. 

FHWA has some great free or low cost online trainings available. Check out their Introduction to Financial Planning for TAM or Risk Management courses as well as several on Transportation Planning.

Securement is always an important topic in transportation. Join Q'Straint for a  webinar  on Emerging Trends in Wheelchair Transportation: New Standards & Technologies June 6 at 2pm ET.

Join NCMM and the Coordinated Council on Access and Mobility work group for a webinar on June 7 at 2:00pm ET to hear from three communities about regulatory, funding, and administrative barriers they face related to coordination and vehicle sharing. FTA will give a brief update on CCAM and there will be a Q&A at the end. 

Do you understand all the financing options available for transit? Join TRB on June 7 from 2-3:30 pm ET for a free webinar on Innovative Financing for Public Transportation.

Upcoming NTI courses. See the  NTI Website  for details and the full calendar: 
  • Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors -- May 23, Minneapolis, MN; June 7, Tampa, FL; June 20, Seattle, WA 
  • ITS Data Management Seminar -- May 24-25, Tampa, FL
  • 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!
  • Iowa Public Transit Association, May 31-June 1, Des Moines, Iowa
  • CTAA Expo, June 11-16, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2017 LTAP/TTAP Conference, July 17-20, Portsmouth-Norfolk, Virginia
May 18, 2017
Building a TAM Asset Inventory
May 23, 2:00-3:00pm

National RTAP
Fostering a Safety Culture
May 24,  2:00-3:00pm

TAM Performance Measure Guidebooks: Infrastructure and Facility
May 23, 2:-3:00pm

Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility: Community Perspectives
June 7, 2-3:30pm

Innovative Financing for Public Transportation
June 7,  2-3:30pm

EXPO 2017
June 11-15
Detroit, MI

Research Problem Statements Due 
June 16

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
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
In October 2016, National RTAP updated the Procurement Section of the Transit Manager's Toolkit.  

The Procurement Day 1 page is an introduction to the FTA requirements and the general steps to take before making a purchase or awarding a contract. 

The Day 2 page provides information a new transit manager would need in the first few months, as well as links to additional trainings and resources.

Check it out if you're a new manager or need a quick refresher on Procurement!
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