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July 31, 2018

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Fast Mail is a compilation from the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) of the latest news and updates from the Community Transportation industry that delivers timely information, resources, and announcements to our members, colleagues and friends. Please keep us posted on your latest news and developments by emailing your content to


Ecolane Mobile App: Giver your riders what they're lookig for

Around the Depot: Sponsored by Ecolane

New products, documents, upcoming events and training from CTAA's staff

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Celebrating 250 Editions of Fast Mail!
This edition of Fast Mail marks the 250th issue of CTAA's bi-weekly e-newsletter. We launched Fast Mail in September 2008 and have dedicated ourselves to providing you reliable updates on CTAA's programs, products and services, the latest developments on federal transit policy from Washington, D.C., local news from across the community and public transportation industry, valuable training and research resources from our partners, and think pieces on timely and emerging topics impacting mobility. As always, send any news and updates you'd like to share with your peers to CTAA Membership & Communications Director Rich Sampson, along with any ways Fast Mail and our other communications platforms can be more useful and valuable to you.

Registration Open for CTAA's 4th Annual SUN Conference

Registration Open for CTAA's 4th Annual SUN Conference
CTAA is delighted to invite you to our fourth annual SUN Conference, to be held this August (8-10) in Flagstaff, Ariz. Full details are now available, along with registration. Registration fees are $250 for CTAA transit provider members (which includes all SUN members), $500 for non-CTAA member transit providers and $750 for CTAA vendor members. As with our past three iterations of this event, our SUN Conference brings together executives from small urban transit systems to network, share innovations and establish policy objectives and strategy.


CTAA Webinar This Thursday (August 2, 2:00 p.m. Eastern) on Nuances of Federal Transit Formula Programs
CTAA Assistant Director Chris Zeilinger will present a webinar on this Thursday (August 2) at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) to help improve understanding of the formulas established in federal statute that determine annual funding apportionments for programs administered by Federal Transit Administration, including the sections 5307 urban, 5310 specialized, 5311 rural and 5339 bus & bus facilities programs. Chris will share important details on these formulas and answer your questions. Pre-registration (free) is required.

  • Obtain Health Insurance & Other Benefits for Your Employees Through Cobbs Allen
    How would it make you and your employees feel to have health insurance that's affordable, easy to use and backed by those you trust? CTAA’s endorsed insurance broker Cobbs Allen, is now offering our member organizations access to comprehensive medical, dental, disability and life insurance coverages for organizations with ten or more employees. To find out more, contact Ann Blair Gribbin at 205-874-1252.The Cobbs Allen transits specialists have extensive knowledge and experience assisting members operating both large and small fleets with their property and casualty risk management needs. Contact Eddie Thomas at 205-874-1312 for a risk evaluation. For more information about the Cobbs Allen CTAA member benefit program, visit



CTAA's Fed Central

CTAA's one stop for legislative, policy and regulatory news, resources and information.

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  • FTA to Host Webinar Series on Safety Plan Rules
    To explain the safety rules and their applicability to transit agencies, FTA will host a webinar series from July through September. The series kicks off tomorrow with an overview webinar, followed by sessions specific to the agencies who must comply with PTASP and PTSCTP. Webinars will be held by mode, although participants are free to choose dates that best fit their schedules. Information and registration on this and the full webinar series is available from FTA.
  • FTA Announces $5 Million Funding Opportunity for Tribal Transit Projects Nationwide
    Source: Federal Transit Administration
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the opportunity to apply for $5 million in fiscal year 2018 competitive grant funding to support transit for Native American tribes and Alaska Native villagers in rural areas. The FY2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity solicits proposals for projects and includes the eligibility requirements and criteria FTA will use in its competitive selection process. FTA requires that all project proposals be submitted electronically through by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 10.
  • FTA's Online Dialogue: What is a Federal Project?
    Source: FTA
    The Federal Transit Administration is examining how it defines a “federal project” and the effects of that definition on project implementation. FTA intends to review the thresholds for defining whether a project or project element qualifies as federally funded, which determines whether it is subject to various federal requirements, reviews, and oversight. To gather ideas from stakeholders, FTA is conducting an online dialogue to help identify potential opportunities for streamlining. Through this online dialogue, the FTA will pose a series of questions and invite state departments of transportation, transit agencies, transit operators, and other stakeholders to submit comments and responses on this topic.

CTAA Section 5339(b) Grant Writing Webinar

CTAA Webinar Recording: Section 5339(b) Grant Writing
With 50 CTAA members successfully submitting and receiving grant applications in FY 2017 for FTA's Section 5339 bus and bus facilities grant programs, CTAA hosted a webinar featuring two CTAA members who received grants last year. The webinar focused on the required elements of the grant proposal, and executives from the two successful systems will share tips and details from their FY 2017 proposals.


News, trends and updates of transit in small urban areas

Specialized & NEMT

Covering the nuances, opportunities & challenges of providing specialized and non-emergency medical transportation

The Porter's Station

Technical assistance resources, documents and events, including webinars, conferences and training

  • Upcoming Courses from NTI
    Source: National Transit Institute
    The National Transit Institute is pleased to announce the following upcoming training sessions: National Transit Database; Procurement IV - Contract Administration; Procurement for Small and Medium Transit Systems; Introduction to Transit Service Planning; Management of Transit Construction Projects; Quality Assurance & Quality Control; Risk Assessment for Transit Capital Projects; Title VI and Public Transit Course; and Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors.
  • Video: The Benefits of CTAA Member Masabi's Justride Fare Collection Platform
    Source: Masabi
    Justride is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) based fare collection platform unifying account-based and pre-pay ticketing into a single configurable solution and is typically available on a revenue share model, meaning agencies and operators only pay for what they use, when they use it. In this video, Jonathan Donovan, Chief Product Officer at Masabi, introduces the platform and talks through the benefits for agencies and operators.

The Whistle Stop

Commentary and analysis on developments in community and public transportation

  • How Fare-Capping Could Make Transit More Equitable
    Source: WESA
    People with low or moderate incomes are often the most transit-dependent—they rely on public transportation to access critical daily needs—but the least able to bear the cost. While cities such as Chicago and Denver have created reduced fare structures for low-income riders, other transit authorities use a policy called fare-capping to make sure people don't overpay for transportation. Fare-capping is sometimes described as "earn as you ride," where individual trip purchases accrue on a rider's smart card and automatically convert to a weekly or monthly pass once the equivalent amount is paid.
  • Ride-hailing in City Centers Might Slow Down Transit Improvements
    Source: Mobility Lab
    Using revenues from these fees, cities not only can improve fixed-route transit, but also can help make ride-hailing more than something that just clogs city centers and poses a hazard to other road users. Specifically, they can use a portion of the funds to financially incentivize a shift of ride-hailing capacity from congested urban cores to outlying neighborhoods currently lacking viable alternatives to driving.
  • Eno Brief: Taxing New Mobility Services: What's Right? What's Next?
    Source: Eno Center for Transportation
    Too little is known about TNC fees. This uncertainty has pitted transit and new mobility advocates against each other in an unhelpful debate that has hindered new kinds of shared-service partnerships and collaborative thinking about the best way to get around increasingly congested places. As services like TNCs proliferate around the globe, it is important to understand what these fees are, what purpose they intend to serve, and how they fit into broader metropolitan transportation policies.
  • The Myth of 'Balance' when Talking About How Streets Are Organized
    Source: Streetsblog Denver
    Year after year, car lanes have a dedicated building and maintenance budget worth millions. Sidewalks? They're the responsibility of property owners. Imagine if motorists had to rely on some random guy fixing a pothole just because it was in front of his house. In truth, there is no balance on the streets or in the city budget. Almost all resources are dedicated to the movement and storage of cars, with crumbs left over for anyone who isn't driving.

The Information Station

Resources from CTAA

  • Webinar Archive
    CTAA's Webinar archive with recordings of our Webinars going back to 2009.
  • Tip-Sheet: Planning Inclusive Meetings (PDF)(159 KB)
    We offer this short list to encourage you to think about similar tips and reminders as you begin planning a meeting; and a checklist for seeking out meeting locations. We also offer some suggestions for short-term solutions, and, encourage you to find meeting places that are more welcoming or to seek long-term solutions to some of the problems.
  • Ahead of the Curve: CTAA's Safety Training Programs Lead the Way
    For community and public transportation operators safety has always been the priority. Recent action by the Congress to include new transit safety requirements in the latest surface transportation law reinforces this industry-wide commitment. To help transit agencies further meet their system safety goals and come into compliance with the forthcoming federal transit guidelines, CTAA has launched the Community Transportation Safety and Security Accreditation (CTSSA) program.

PASS LogoPASS Training is Now Available Online!
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is excited to announce PASS Basic, the online alternative to its passenger assistance training. Simply by going to you can access the virtual classroom experience through six audio/visual modules which will prepare your drivers to attend the hands-on aspect of PASS training and attain full PASS driver certification.

  • Certified Safety and Security Officer Program
    Also, learn more about CTAA's safety training programs. The mission of this Certified Safety and Security Officer Program is to assist in improving the professional preparedness of public and community transportation officers, and to maximize their ability to provide safe and secure transit service.

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Richard Sampson
Membership & Communications Director
Community Transportation Association of America
800.891.0590 x729