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2017 National RTAP Conference Features a Host of Tribal Sessions

National RTAP's Technical Assistance Conference  Transportation at the Center in Omaha, NE on October 29 to November 1, 2017 will have many opportunities for tribal transit professionals to learn state-of-the-art techniques and share best practices.

Tribal focused content includes a Tribal Financial Management pre-conference workshop; a Tribal Transit round-table; and breakout sessions on Tribal Transit Technology, Tribal Compliance Issues and Promising Practices, Tribal Communication and Partnerships, Title VI, and Coordination. 

A Ponca tribal elder will open up the conference with a blessing at the Sunday night welcome reception,  and Tuesday will feature a keynote speech by Billy Mills, an Olympic Gold Medalist, businessman, and philanthropist born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 

View the conference website for the full agenda and register today!
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Once registered, you can access our cloud-based web apps, such as GFTS Builder, ProcurementPRO and Website Builder.   We've included getting started guides, videos and other training to help you use the apps, and provide support via phone, email and chat.
FTA and U.S. DOT Updates

FTA has established an Emergency Relief Docket f or calendar year 2017 so that grantees and subgrantees affected by national or regional emergencies may request temporary relief from FTA administrative and statutory requirements.

FTA has launched a Joint Procurement Clearinghouse  (JPC), a new tool available to all FTA grant recipients that enables them to communicate about procurement needs and solicit partners interested in pooling resources for a joint purchase.

Read FTA's September Transit Safety and Oversight Spotlight newsletter.
Resources and News


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn proposed rule 81 FR 12642  on obstructive sleep apnea for commercial drivers. The rule originally was proposed on March 10, 2016, by FMSCA and the Federal Railroad Administration.


TRB is accepting proposals for the Transit Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis Program. The  Transit IDEA Program provides financial support of up to $100,000 for development and testing of innovative and unproven concepts for advancing transit practice in areas of ridership, safety, security, emergency preparedness, capital and operat ing efficiency, environmental protection and energy independence. Proposals are due November 1, 2017.


TCRP  recently published  Technology Contracting for Transit Projects  examining issues transit agencies should be aware of when drafting technology contracts. It addresses how provisions differ depending on the nature of the contract, the type of technology being procured, and whether the system is controlled internally or externally by the agency.

AASHTO's Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation is an annual report providing a snapshot of state-by-state investments in public transportation. It includes a comparison of state and Federal funding, an overview of state transit programs, revenue sources, and eligible uses for state transit funding. Read the  2017 report.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the report  Marijuana-Impaired Driving: A Report to Congress . This report includes the current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving and an assessment of the role of Marijuana as a causal factor in traffic crashes.

The National Transit Institute (NTI) is offering a webinar supplemental to the  Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors course on October 4 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET. The webinar will focus on the TAM Plan Template for Small Providers Excel tool and will cover the specific inputs and outputs of the template, highlighting the instructions and limitations of the tool. Learn more and register via the link above.

The Shared Use Mobility Center is hosting a webinar   on  Shared Mobility for People with Disabilities: Challenges & Opportunities for Paratransit  on Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00-3:30 PM ET.

Below are upcoming NTI courses. See the NTI Website f or details and their full calendar: 
  • Implementing Rural Transit Technology - Richmond, VA, September 26-27
  • Project Management for Transit Professionals - Eugene, OR, October 5-6
  • Orientation to Transit Procurement - Brooklyn, NY, October 30-November 3
  • Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking - New York, NY, October 31-November 2
  • Managing Community Mobility - Urbandale, IA, November 8-9
  • Transit Maintenance Leadership Workshop - New Orleans, LA, December 4-8
National Tribal Technical Assistance Program Replacing Local Programs

A single National Tribal Technical Assistance Program will be replacing the current seven regional TTAP programs, which will close on September 30, 2017. 

The national program will administer five virtual centers focused on specific subjects, the National Tribal Roads Scholar Program, three Safety Circuit Rider/Injury Prevention programs, NTTC agenda development, and the Build a Better Mouse Trap competition.
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Look for us at these upcoming conferences!
  • National Tribal Transportation Conference,  Tucson, AZ, September 25-29
  • Oregon Transit Conference, Pendleton, OR, October 1-4
  • CACT Conference, Newington, CT, October 16
  • National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Conference, Omaha, NE, October 29-November 1
S eptember 21, 2017
NTD Report Year 2017 Asset Inventory Module Demonstration
September 21
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Value Capture and Transportation Projects
September 27
2:00 PM

Implementing Rural Transit Technology 
Richmond, VA
September 26-27

American Society on Aging
HIPAA Regulations and Sharing Sensitive Information about Clients with Dementia
September 27
2:00 PM

Oregon Transit Association
Annual Conference
Pendleton, OR
October 1-4

Arkansas Transit Association
Annual Conference
North Little Rock, AR
October 2-3 

WI Fall Transportation Conference
October 2-4
Oshkosh, WI

TAM Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors
October 4
2:00 - 3:30 PM

Project Management for Transit Professionals
Eugene, OR
October 5-6

October 9-11
Atlanta, GA

National RTAP 
2017 Technical Assistance Conference
Omaha, NE
Oct 29-Nov 1

Orientation to Transit Procurement
Brooklyn, NY
Oct 30-Nov 3

Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking
New York, NY
Oct 31-Nov 2

Managing Community Mobility
Urbandale, IA
November 8-9

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
Fire and Flood: Disaster Planning and Response Webinar

In April 2017, National RTAP held a timely webinar on natural disaster planning and response. The slides and detailed notes are available for download on our website.

On the webinar, panelists from LA, WA, and CA shared their experience with disasters in their states and communities. They described the event, what preparations were in place, the role transit had in responding, and the recovery process. The panelists shared lessons learned and the resources they used.
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