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March 14, 2017

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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



Around the Depot: Sponsored by Ecolane

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

The Seven Common Mistakes Made During Transit Software Implementation

Sponsored Content from Ecolane: Ensure a Successful Transit Software Implementation by Avoiding These Common Challenges
Many agencies feel like they are falling behind and that their IT department is stuck at a snail's pace during implementation of modern transit software. As a result, organizations rush the process and end up spending more money trying to resolve issues that could have been avoided with a proper implementation process. It is important to know what path to take to have an efficient and successful implementation. To ensure a successful and efficient implementation, download our "The Seven Common Mistakes Made During Transit Software Implementation" eBook.


CTAA Announces the Emerging Leaders Academy
The next generation of community and public transportation leaders will shape the future of our industry. CTAA is committed to supporting these leaders in creating the most promising future for their organization, employees, and customers through its new Emerging Leaders Academy. During the course of this year-long program participants will be assessed to determine current leadership style and potential, challenged through a rigorous combination of workshops, seminars, independent study and projects, and supported by mentors, peer groups, access to course consultants and CTAA staff. Registration is limited so act now. For more information.

CTAA Needs Your Procurement Examples

CTAA Needs Your Procurement Examples
For our next issue of DigitalCT, CTAA is seeking your best examples of procurement resources to help new transit managers navigate the procurement process. Specifically, we're looking for sample vehicle specs, pre- and post-award audits, state guidance on vehicle vendors, RFPs and contract language. If you have any of these that could serve as a good template for your peers, please contact CTAA's Rich Sampson

Professional Development Services

Explore CTAA's Refreshed Professional Development Services Website
Featuring new, easy-to-use menus, quick links to online training and training materials, and updated certification and accreditation programs, CTAA's newly reformatted Professional Development Services website makes finding the right training options easier than ever. Meanwhile, our continually-updated calendar leads you to upcoming sessions. Take a look today!

  • Discover Detroit: Urban transit expert touts Detroit's wide streets
    Source: Detroit Free Press
    Janette Sadik-Khan says Detroit is at a turning point. Sadik-Khan, an authority on transforming urban streets into more bike and pedestrian-friendly spaces, pointed to the QLINE, Detroit Bike Share and developments like a plaza planned near the intersection of Randolph and Gratiot, which are coming on line this year in Detroit, as prime examples.


TripSpark Technologies

CTAA's Fed Central

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

  • CTAA Analysis: Congress Begins Work on Affordable Care Act Rewrite (PDF)
    Having campaigned long and hard to "repeal and replace 'Obamacare,'" the House of Representatives' Republican leadership began advancing its revisions to federal health insurance legislation in early March. The initial drafts of the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA) began seeing the light of day on March 8, as this legislation began working its way through the two House committees with greatest jurisdiction over health care legislation: the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. This legislation has attracted a lot of controversy and media attention, and may face an uncertain future. Community transportation providers and stakeholders will find a few items of potential interest or concern in the AHCA, but it's at least as important to see how this legislative process plays out. Currently available in the CTAA members-only site.
  • Trump Begins to Map Out $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
    Source: Wall Street Journal
    President Donald Trump pushed his White House team on Wednesday to craft a plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that would pressure states to streamline local permitting, favor renovation of existing roads and highways over new construction and prioritize projects that can quickly begin construction.
  • Shuster Says Infrastructure Package Target Is This Year
    Source: Bloomburg
    President Donald Trump has put a $1 trillion infrastructure plan at the top of his legislative agenda. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster spoke about the president's infrastructure goals and a timeline for legislation.



Rural & Tribal

The latest developments in improving mobility in rural and tribal communities

Small Urban

News, trends and updates of transit in small urban areas

The Single Vendor Rube Goldberg Machine

Sponsored Content: The Single Vendor Rube Goldberg Machine
With a Rube Goldberg machine the more steps it takes, the better. That isn't the case in dealing with your technology vendors. Check out our infographic on the single-vendor approach with TripSpark.

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

  • Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge Announces Recipients
    Source: SPARCC
    The Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge - or SPARCC - is a three-year, $90 million initiative that will empower communities and bolster local groups to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to better opportunities for all. SPARCC is excited to announce its initial cohort of six sites, empowering communities to advance initiatives that lead to more equitable outcomes. SPARCC's initial six sites are: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The initiative will bolster local groups and leaders in their efforts to ensure that, as major new investments in transportation are made, they improve equity, health, and environmental outcomes for all residents.

The Whistle Stop

Commentary and analysis on developments in community and public transportation

  • Transit Fans: Worry About Congress, Not Trump
    Source: CityLab
    It's Congress that deals with how transportation is funded, and its members are likely to be more attuned than Trump to local political conflicts over infrastructure investments, as seen in the unfolding showdown over a $647 million federal grant to a regional commuter train in the Bay Area. The sharp axe hanging over agencies like the EPA and HUD could go after DOT, too; signature grant programs that have supported transit—such as TIGER and TIFIA—may get cut. After all, the Republican Party's official platform calls for a total elimination of federal subsidies to public transportation.
  • Congress: Be the Partner Local Communities Need on Transportation
    Source: The Hill
    communities are stretching themselves to raise their own funds and to innovate, but they cannot bring these important projects to fruition without a strong federal funding partner. Federal programs are often the lynchpin for aiding states and localities in meeting the twin demands of maintaining their existing infrastructure and preparing for the future. It's up to Congress to make those dreams possible.
  • How a Failed Experiment Could Still Be the Future of Public Transit
    Source: Wired
    Transit officials see three takeaways here. First, marketing matters. Second, any public transportation service should probably know ahead of time where people need to go, when they want to go, and how quickly they want to get there. And third, you can pull off a quick public-private partnership working totally by the book.
  • Stop Asking Whether Uber Is Transit's Enemy
    Source: CityLab
    Perhaps rather than asking whether the Ubers and Lyfts of the world are friends or foes to transit, it's time to ask how well TNCs are helping cities meet their goals for successful transportation systems. That's where things get interesting.
  • Transportation About to Hit Exponential Changes Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen
    Source: Medium
    As autonomous vehicles move to become a viable option for mainstream adoption, major infrastructure enhancements need to be considered and implemented. Infrastructure upgrades range in scope?—?from painting new, clearer lines that designate between lane separation, all the way to integrating new sensors and communication modules.
  • Why Trump Should Make Public Transit His Moonshot
    Source: CNN Money
    Experts argue President Trump should invest heavily in public transportation, pointing to a new study showing how public transit drives the economy. The share of riders using public transit for shopping has more than doubled since 2007, while 87 percent of trips are to commute to work, travel to entertainment or run errands, the report found.
  • Trump Should Incentivize Smart Infrastructure
    Source: Salon
    Trump has not discussed a federal government role for leveraging smart technologies for the nation's flagging infrastructure. Developing a "smart infrastructure" would include things like setting up connected streetlights that monitor and smooth the flow of traffic, sensor-based systems to monitor water mains in real time and software to compile the massive amount of data collected from transportation and other complex systems.

The Information Station

Resources from CTAA

  • 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.

  • Strengthening Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living
    The mission of this project, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living is to demonstrate the value that inclusive processes can bring to transportation efforts. The Community Transportation Association of America, in partnership with Easter Seals, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Westat, is developing, testing and demonstrating ways to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems.
  • 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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