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June 27, 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



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BRATS' Aaron Jasso Wins CTAA Roadeo Driver of the Year
By virtue of winning the Minivan Division by a larger margin of victory than his counterpart in the Body-on-Chassis Division, Aaron Jasso of Baldwin Rural Area Transit System (BRATS) in Robertsdale, Ala., was recognized as the Otis Reed Jr. Memorial Driver of the Year Award at the 28th National Community Transportation Roadeo on June 11 in Detroit, Mich. Todd DeZurik of St. Cloud Metro Bus in St. Cloud, Minn., was the champion in the Body-on-Chassis Division. 105 drivers competed in the annual event, with 85 volunteer judges participating. Full results for the Roadeo are available.

Share Your Organization Visually at EXPO 2017

Benzie Bus (Mich.), RVTD (Ore.), TPTA (Tenn.) & Mike Whitten Named CTAA Annual Award Winners at EXPO
CTAA EXPO 2017 recognized leading community and public transportation systems and professions through its annual CTAA Membership Awards. Benzie Bus of Beulah, Mich., claimed Rural Community Transportation System of the Year, while Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) of Medford, Ore., was named the Urban Community Transportation System of the Year. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Public Transportation Association (TPTA) was honored as CTAA's State Association of the Year and Mike Whitten, Executive Director of the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA) in Manchester, N.H., received CTAA's Manager of the Year Award. Other honors went to Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Dan Dirks, CCTM, via the Dr. Aaron Henry Award and Karl Johanson, CCTM, who received the Dr. & Mrs. Bell Founders' Award. A complete list of current and historic CTAA Award winners is available.

EXPO 2017 App!

EXPO App Remains Live for Workshop Presentations & Other Content
Even though EXPO 2017 is now a wrap, the conference App remains live as a valuable resource for downloading presentations from our numerous Professional Workshop Sessions, as well as other documents and materials from all EXPO training and events. The 2017 EXPO app will remain active until the spring of 2018, when we start gearing up for EXPO 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa!

Registration Open for CTAA's 3rd Annual Small Urban Network Conference in Asheville, N.C. (August 9-11, 2017)

Registration Open for CTAA's 3rd Annual Small Urban Network Conference in Asheville, N.C. (August 9-11, 2017)
Despite only entering its third year, our Small Urban Network (SUN) Conference has already developed a reputation as a place for small urban transit executives to gather face-to-face to share successes, challenges and ideas to sustain and grow their systems. This year's SUN Conference - Aug. 9-11 - will transition from a large metropolitan region (Denver) to a small urban community reflective of those our attendees serve: Asheville, N.C. Complimentary registration is now open for all attendees!


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  • FTA Administrator Matt Welbes Addresses CTAA EXPO, Board, Vendor Members and Emerging Leaders
    FTA Executive Director and Acting Administrator Matt Welbes provided an update on the agency's programs and policies in a keynote address at the 2017 EXPO Opening Luncheon in Detroit on June 13. In addition to addressing one of EXPO's largest gatherings, Mr. Welbes also spent time with CTAA's Board of Directors, several CTAA vendor members that manufacture vehicles and the inaugural class of the Emerging Leaders Academy. We thank Matt for his time and willingness to hear and respond to the concerns of CTAA's members and partners.
  • Transportation Infrastructure: Notice of Review of Policy, Guidance, and Regulation
    Source: Federal Register
    The U.S. DOT invites comments on any DOT requirement that unjustifiably delays or prevents surface, maritime, and aviation transportation infrastructure projects, including requirements contained regulations, or interpretations found in policy statements or guidance documents, issued from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and the following Operating Administrations: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the Maritime Administration (MARAD); and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
  • Uncertainty Over Trump Infrastructure Plan Jeopardizes Transit Projects, Jobs
    Source: Chicago Tribune
    The president, who had called for $1 trillion in new infrastructure programs to create millions of jobs, now faces an increasing probability that not only will his proposal fail in Congress, but also that existing infrastructure efforts will stumble. The situation has emerged because the Trump administration has signaled it wants to take an approach to infrastructure spending that is different from the previous administration's. Instead of funding many of the existing projects that depend on federal money - a practice that officials say they worry is wasteful - the administration says it wants to move toward a version of financing projects that is based far more on private funding.



Specialized & NEMT

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

The Whistle Stop

Commentary and analysis on developments in community and public transportation

  • Infrastructure Is Not Just Roads and Bridges
    Source: New York Times
    When politicians talk about infrastructure, people generally think of roads and bridges. But these are just a part of the nation's infrastructure, and not necessarily the most important part for millions of poor and working-class Americans who have limited access to public transportation, broadband and even clean water. If we're going to talk about how infrastructure can get America back to work, Mr. Trump needs to think beyond concrete and steel spans.
  • In Sprawling Areas, Can the Bus Become Anything Other Than a Lifeline for the Poor?
    Source: Streetsblog USA
    Transit shouldn't just be for marginalized groups. It's something that — with the right investments and land use policies — can be convenient and accessible to everyone. As Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, says, "An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars; rather, it's where even the rich use public transportation."
  • Minnesota DOT Works On Bringing Cold-Weather Driverless Buses To Minnesota
    Source: KSTP
    The driverless bus concept might not be far off in Minnesota. "That's kind of how we started working on this project, is to get ready for the future," said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The project is called the "Minnesota Autonomous Bus Pilot" and it's already underway. Hietpas said it's only in the planning stages and MnDOT still needs a partner to provide the buses.
  • Public-Private Projects Where the Public Pays and Pays
    Source: New York Times
    Whatever the advantages of giving the private sector a stake in public works — rather than leaving the government in control — experts agree that while some public-private partnerships may result in near-term savings, there is little hard evidence that they perform better over time.

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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