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Register Now for Upcoming Veterans Highly Rural Transportation Grant Program Webinar

Join us for this webinar on the Department of Veterans Affairs' Highly Rural Transportation Grant program. We will hear about the program from the federal, state, and local level, covering the program background, eligible applicants, and future funding availability, and highlighting implementation of the program in Oregon. 

Presenters include: Darren Wallace, Veterans Health Administration; Dave Cooley, Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs; Joni Bramlett, Oregon Department of Transportation; and Angie Jones, People Mover, Grant County, Oregon. 

The webinar will be held Wednesday, September 28 from 2:00-3:30pm ETRegister now to learn more about this grant program, the state's role, and the innovative strategies and lessons learned from Oregon.
FTA and US DOT Updates

Quick - do you know someone in your community who has volunteered their time to improve transportation in your community? Nominations for the Every Place Counts Leadership Academy are open until September 19. This is a great time to partner your community leaders with limited transportation planning experience with the DOT to improve transportation decisionmaking.

If you couldn't make the FTA's webinar series on the Transportation Asset Management Final Rule, the recordings are now available!

FTA announced the 61 selected projects  to receive $211 million for new buses and bus facilities. Read more in this Press Release.

Read FTA's announcement of the 19 projects selected to receive $7.3 million in grants for innovative ways to connect people to healthcare via transit.

Check out the first version of the National Transit Map, an open data map of transit service in America. Read more in this FastLane post.

The FTA Office of Transit Safety and Oversight is offering a free webinar, "Mitigation Strategies for Reducing Transit Bus Incidents with Pedestrians" on Thursday, September 29 from 2-4pm Eastern. 

Reminder: TRaMS will close on September 23 for Fiscal Year 2016.
Resources and News


Check out NADTC's new 5310 Funding Application Checklist. The checklist is intended to help manage the 5310 application process. 

What's the solution to traffic safety? Public Transit! Read and Share APTA's  report "The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transit."

The National Transit Institute (NTI) is holding an NTD Webinar - Rural Reporting (State DOTs) today, September 15 at 2:00-3:30pm ET.  Also check out their upcoming in-person course offerings.

The FMCSA and NHTSA have issued an   NPRM about requiring speed limiting devices for commercial vehicles operating interstate over 26,000 lbs. Comments close November 7, 2016.

Is your transit nationally visible? Check out this article about the  National Transit Map - a project to show transit service across the country via General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data. Interested in building your own data and becoming visible? Visit our GTFS Builder Web App!
Substance Abuse Awareness Training Now Available on National RTAP eLearning

Interested in the new Substance Abuse Awareness online course, available on the National RTAP eLearning portal

Watch a recording of the recent overview webinar, which explains the National RTAP eLearning basics of setting up your agency team, registering learners, and accessing the courses, and provides an overview of the new online Substance Abuse Awareness  training

The new two-module course provides interactive training for safety-sensitive employees on the effects and consequences of prohibited drug and alcohol use on personal health, safety, and the work environment, fulfilling FTA's 60-minute minimum training requirement.

Go to elearning.nationalrtap.org to register and access the course!
September 15, 2016
Roadeo, Conference & Vendor Expo 
September 17-21
Wenatchee, WA

Fall Transit Conference & Expo
September 20-23
Snowmass Village, CO

Transit Association of Maryland
September 26-29
Ocean City, MD

Rural Public & Intercity Bus Transportation Conference
October 2-5
Asheville, NC

Implementing Rural Transit Technology
Training Session 
October 25-26
Fargo, ND 

Louisiana Public Transit Association 
Public Transportation 
November 14-16
Lake Charles, LA 

Virginia Transit Association
Conference and Expo
May 23-24
Arlington, VA

For a listing of all National RTAP and other national events, view our  Calendar . If you'd like to submit an event, please email info@nationalrtap.org.

All event times listed as Eastern Time
Resource Spotlight
Read our new Best Practices Spotlight article on the topic of installing onboard cameras for the safety and security benefits, financial benefits, training opportunities, and more.

Also check out our previous articles on Fuel Efficient Driving, Travel Training, Safety, and Employee Wellness Programs!
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