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2017 Technical Assistance Conference: Call for Presentations

This is the third biennial conference focused on innovation, best practices, and compliance.  FTA is supporting hands on training and experience working with RTAP resources in the state and national programs.  The target audience for the conference includes rural transit and human service transit providers, tribal transit managers, planners, state transportation and human service agency staff, intercity bus operators, consultants, and others with an interest in rural transportation.

The conference will include multiple routes to offer learning and technical assistance opportunities for all attendees: Administration and Planning; Operations; Compliance; Coordination; and Technology. Target markets of particular interest for this conference within each of the routes will include: rural, tribal, intercity, and veterans’ transportation; mobility management; transit manager 101; and state program manager 101.

Participating and cooperating organizations include the Federal Transit Administration, Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska Association of Transit Providers, University of Nebraska, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, and the National Center for Mobility Management.

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the degree to which it addresses one or more of three areas:

  • Practicality: clear application to rural and tribal transit programs
  • Innovation and best practices
  • Fostering compliance

Submit your presentation here. The (extended) deadline is February 15, 2017. 

The Conference Committee seeks proposals for presentations on topics and tools relevant to rural public, tribal, veterans’ and intercity bus transportation. We are especially interested in those who have implemented or developed successful approaches at their agencies to the various issues facing rural transit, like those listed below.  

Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Route 1: Administration and Planning

  • Data collection and performance measurement
  • Advocacy and working with local officials
  • Asset management, strategic planning, and vehicle procurement
  • New sources and partnerships for local match
  • Partnerships between tribes, counties, and states
  • Transit planning within tribal government
  • Funding utilization within states
  • Route design 101

Route 2: Operations

  • Human resource management including recruitment, performance evaluation, workforce development, succession planning
  • Marketing to meet diverse customer needs
  • Bus maintenance issues and best practices
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Emergency management and preparedness
  • Travel training programs

Route 3: Compliance

  • Asset management
  • Safety and security planning and activities
  • ADA
  • Title VI
  • DBE
  • Procurement and Super Circular Updates

Route 4: Coordination

  • Mobility management
  • Health and transportation
  • Linkage programs and one-call/one-click centers
  • Cost allocation and performance measures
  • Dealing with NEMT brokerages
  • Coordinating with Veteran's Transportation programs

Route 5: Technology

  • Technology tools for compliance and efficiency
  • New technologies to improve accessibility
  • How data exchange can improve service for passengers
  • Live technology demos
  • Procurement of technology

Submit your presentation here.