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A Note from National RTAP Executive Director Robin Phillips to all Rural Transit Mavens

We just completed our 3rd Technical Assistance Conference in Omaha on October 29 - November 1. Thank you all for making it an incredible success! 

You took advantage of the information to build community, share experience and learn new approaches to make your programs better, stronger, and more responsive. The speakers and sessions amplified your engagement. Kristina Cerise got us laughing at ourselves to be more productive. Billy Mills gave us the gift of his real life challenges and achievements with his Oglala Lakota (Sioux) heritage and a reminder of the beauty of diversity.  And FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams spoke of transit as a lifeline for the more than 86 million Americans living in rural and tribal communities.

We are confident we will have more discussions going forward between rural and tribal transit managers, state programs, and intercity operators. Like our speakers, National RTAP staff is all in to help you with training, tools, and information - contact us any time. 

Please fill out the survey so we can plan our next conference and outreach for our coming year!  We hope to see you at the 2018 Rural & Intercity Bus Conference in Breckenridge, CO. 
View Transportation at the Center Presentations
National RTAP has posted the presentations from our 2017 Technical Assistance Conference,  Transportation at the CenterRevisit your favorite presentations, or read ones you didn't get to attend!
Winners, Winners, Winners!
Congratulations to all the winners of our contests at our recent conference, Transportation at the Center in Omaha!
  • Student Poster Session - University of Nebraska students Bit An, Yunseung Kim, Sai Aditya Vogeti Venkata, Suyang Yu and Chethan Kuma Miriyala
  • Trivia Contest - Charla Sloan, KI BOIS Area Transit System
  • Trivia Extra Credit - Zenotha Robinson, Mississippi DOT
  • Conference App Game - David Iwai, County of Kaua'i Transportation Agency
View photos of many of the winners and others from the conference on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NationalRTAP.
National RTAP Tribal Peer Call: ADA Riders Guide and Policies and Procedures for Tribal Transit

National RTAP and the National Aging & Disability Transportation Center are hosting a conversation about ADA and Tribal Transit on November 30 at 2:00-3:00 PM ET. Facilitators will include Carol Wright Kenderdine of NADTC and Easterseals, Jennie Rowland, Big Woods Transit (Bois Forte Tribe) Manager and Vice Chair of the National RTAP Review Board, as well as National RTAP Staff. Register now and join us!
National RTAP Solicits Nominations for Review Board Members

For 2018, National RTAP is soliciting nominations for two state transit officials (one in spring and one in fall) and three rural or tribal transit operators (two in spring and one in fall) for our Review Board.  The term is three years beginning at the member's first meeting. Additional information, including the nomination form are  available here .  Nominations are due January 15, 2018.
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates

FTA is upgrading its Federal Access Control and Entry System (FACES) that allows FTA grant recipients and NTD reporters to access the platform that houses TrAMS and the NTD. Join the FACES webinar  from 2-4 p.m. EST on November 16.

U.S. DOT has posted the following  in the Federal Register:  Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs : Addition of Certain Schedule II Drugs to the DOT's Drug-Testing Panel and Certain Minor Amendments. The rule adds hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone  to their drug-testing panel ; adds methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte; and removes methylenedioxyethylamphetamine as a confirmatory test analyte. The rule is effective January 1, 2018.

U.S. DOT has published a primer, Developing and Sustaining a Transportation Systems Management & Operations Mission for Your Organization: A Primer for Program Planning to help State DOTs, planning organizations, and operations organizations to identify the strategic, programmatic, and tactical elements needed to develop their mission and describes ten guiding principles.
Resources and News


The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)   Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program   is a resource for federal funding recipients. The program allows state and local government agencies and public organizations to obtain property (including vehicles!) donated by federal agencies. Eligible organizations include public agencies (states, cities, counties, tribes, etc.), and nonprofit educational and public health agencies.

Training and Webinars

Easter Seals Project Action Consulting (ESPAC) has made recordings of a number of their recent webinars available, such as  The Role of Mobility Managers in Travel Training and  Travel Training in Rural Areas. Additional archived webinars can be viewed here.

FHWA and AASHTO are hosting a webinar on Elements of a Transportation Asset Management Plan: Process Improvements on December 13, 2:00-3:30 PM ET, focused on understanding federal requirements that guide TAM plan development.


NCCM  and SeniorCorp's resource  guide, Mobility Management: Introduction, Implementation, Community Service and Seniors, provides information related to mobility management, including the foundations of mobility management, tips for starting a mobility management practice, and specific advice for serving older adults.  

FHWA released its Fostering Livable Communities newsletter that explores community development projects in rural communities and infrastructure revitalization to increase active mobility options.

TRB's  Public Transit Emergency Preparedness Against Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Legal Issues   examines federal and state laws and court decisions affecting transit agencies'  responses to infectious disease outbreaks. 
National RTAP Resource Share Webinar Posted

National RTAP recently launched a new and improved  Resource Library  interface.  L earn how to use the system for free, high quality technical assistance and training materials. This recorded webinar covers browsing, searching, filtering, saving, downloading, and requesting print copies.   Slides are also available for download.
Only 4 More to Reach Facebook 250 'Likes'!
We only need 4 more likes to reach our goal of 250! Like our National RTAP Facebook page and stay up-to-date between editions of eNews. And check out our newest album from the 2017 Conference! 
Look for us at these upcoming conferences!
  • GTA, Savannah, GA, December 6-7, 2017
  • TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 7-11, 2018
November 16, 2017
Increasing Grant Success Rates with Funding Insights, Discovery & Decisions
November 16

FACES Update Training
November 16
2:00-4:00 PM

Transit System Security
Austin, TX
Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Transit Bus System Safety
New Orleans, LA
Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Risk Assessment and Basic Cost or Price Analysis
New York, NY
Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Performance-Based Planning Roundtable
November 29
1:30pm- 3:30pm 

Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Newington, CT
November 29-30
Level of Service in the New World of Performance Measurement
November 30

National RTAP 
Tribal Toolkit Peer Call: ADA Riders Guide and Policies and Procedures for Tribal Transit
November 30

Internal Coordination
November 30

Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Fairfax, VA 
December 5-6

Elements of a Transportation Asset Management Plan Webinar 29: Process Improvements
December 13 
2:00-3:30 PM

Annual Meeting
Washington  D.C
January 7-11, 2018

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
Transit Acronym Dictionary

The National RTAP Resource Center has compiled a dictionary of transit acronyms and their definitions. While this is not a comprehensive list, it will be updated frequently. 

The list includes government agencies, industry-wide organizations, legislation and phrases used in the transit literature. If you would like to submit an acronym for inclusion, please email the acronym and its definition to info@nationalrtap.org for consideration for the next update of this dictionary
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