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Meet National RTAP in Person at the Rural and Intercity Bus Conference

Will you be joining us in Asheville, N.C. next week for the Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference?  Come visit National RTAP at booth #605. Stop by and meet the team, talk about what matters to you and help us improve rural transit across the country.
Partnerships with Faith-based & Community Organizations to Support Inclusive Coordinated Transportation & Mobility Management

This webinar, to be held on October 25th at 3pm EDT is hosted by the National Center for Mobility Management and the ACL Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships Project, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration, and the U.S. Department of HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) as well as their Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center). Attendees will:
  • Learn about strategies to reach out to faith-based and community organizations and national initiatives that can support your work;
  • Hear about Partnerships that have been established with non-traditional - non-transit organizations such as religious organizations; and 
  • Acquire resources regarding how to develop and sustain relationships
Register to receive more information and reminders about this webinar.
Veteran's Highly Rural Webinar Recording Now AVailable 

During this webinar, panelists from the federal, state, and local level discuss the Highly Rural Transportation Grant program, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, covering the program background, eligible applicants, future funding availability, and highlighting implementation of the program in Oregon. 

Presenters include: Darren Wallace, Veterans Health Administration; David Cooley, Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs; Joni Bramlett, Oregon DOT; and Angie Jones, People Mover, Grant County, Oregon. For more information about the HRTG, visit the VA site, or watch the recording and view the slides via National RTAP
FTA and US DOT Updates

FTA Bus Safety Program Webinar: Mitigation Strategies for Reducing Transit Bus Incidents with Pedestrians - Today, September 29th from 2-4pm EDT. 

A new issue of the Transportation Safety and Oversight Spotlight newsletter is now available.

Have you commented on the MPO Coordination and Planning Area Reform NPRM? Take a moment to read the NPRM on the  Federal Register and then make your voice heard!

The FTA issued a guidance  Letter on Buy America Waivers for some small purchases.

DOT issues an Automated Vehicles  Policy for moving forward with self-driving cars and other new technologies. 

FTA Announces 2016 Rides to Wellness Grantees.
Resources and News


New MBTA  App  makes transit more accessible for blind and low vision customers. 


Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation: Proceedings of a Workshop is now available in a  PDF. This workshop was held by the National Academy of Sciences in June.

APTA Annual Meeting Presentations are now available online. Take a moment and look at the SMS Presentation or read through the Federal Safety Update. 

Shared Mobility & Future of Public Transit - TCRP Report 188 covers the relationship of public transit to other shared modes like bikesharing, carsharing and ridesourcing. 

Easter Seals would like to hear from you about the Travel Training resources available in your agency, region or state. Take a moment and consider filling out their  Survey.

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.
September 29, 2016
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

TRB Webinar 
Environmental Performance Measures for State Departments of Transportation
November 8 

National RTAP 2017 Technical Assistance Conference
October 29-November 1
Omaha, NE

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
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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.

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Main:  5 Wheeling Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801, 888-589-6821
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