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15 Innovators for 2015

15 Innovators for 2015Innovation and innovative thinking have never been more essential for transit leaders and advocates. But what exactly do we mean by innovation and how does it manifest itself in our field? This edition seeks to answer exactly that question. In these pages we offer 15 examples - presented in questions and answers, recorded quick conversations and brief profiles - that highlight innovative thinking and action.

CTAA Urges All Members to Comment on FTA Public Transportation Safety Program

Before the Oct. 13 deadline, please take the time to provide FTA with your perspective on its soon to be released public transportation safety regulations. Small Urban and rural transit operators need to let the agency know why the lack of adequate bus capital funds impacts safety, as well as the negative impact of additional data collection and intrusive regulations on your operations. Go here to submit your comments.

CTAA Announces Important New Partnership with Enterprise Rideshare

CTAA and EnterpriseEnterprise Rideshare, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the second largest vanpool operation in the country, is partnering with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) to create and expand vanpool programs across the country.

The partnership between Enterprise Rideshare and CTAA is a component of CTAA's Vanpool Works program, a collaborative effort to provide organizations with the resources to start up or expand a vanpool program of any size.

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PASS 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.

Transit Planning for All

Transit Planning for All

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. Our goal is to support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems.

National Center for Mobility Management

New NEMT Tools

In the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) field it is incumbent upon providers to embrace change and to do things differently. RIMMS is a new program that is designed to affordably provide organizations with the resources, information, products, services and skills necessary to efficiently start-up or expand a NEMT program of any size. Visit the RIMMS webpage or email for more information.

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The Insurance Store at CTAA

As part of what we do, we try not just to represent our members in Washington, but we also try to help them and part of our help is to try to make complicated parts of our business simpler and better. One of the greatest challenges for all parts of our membership is insurance protection, a subject that is made more difficult because our membership base is so diverse. The Insurance Store at CTAA is our way of helping with the complicated insurance situation. Our store has the ability to match products in the insurance world with the individual needs of our members. Whether you're a governmental agency, a nonprofit corporation or a small business, the insurance Store can be your one-stop resource on all insurance needs and services.


VMMI: Vehicle Maintenance Management and Inspection

The Vehicle Maintenance Management and Inspection certification training program promotes the community transportation industry's commitment to safe, reliable transportation through building the professional skills of maintenance personnel and managers. This workshop is geared toward enhancing the skills of maintenance technicians and maintenance managers. This three-day program is designed to improve the maintenance oversight of fleets of smaller transit vehicles (i.e., less than 25-foot length). It is based on an established maintenance training curriculum developed by Halsey King, SAE and applied to countless vehicle fleets nationwide, to which CTAA has added a layer of testing, certification and performance quality.

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The CT Podcast

The CT Podcast covers the community and public transit field, featuring interviews with a wide variety of transit professionals discussing new ideas, key topics, breaking news and much more with DigitalCT's Scott Bogren.

National Volunteer Transportation Center

2015 STAR Awards Application Now Open

The 2015 STAR Awards program is organized by the National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC), an initiative of the Community Transportation Association of America. The program and the awards, which are sponsored by Toyota, celebrate excellence in providing volunteer transportation. Toyota, has committed to a relationship with the NVTC in the spirit of developing improved mobility for older adults and persons with disabilities. The initial partnership is being launched with the 2015 STAR Awards. Toyota and NVTC will continue to explore new ways to build on shared goals and objectives to provide mobility for all. Applicants for awards should provide volunteer transportation either as a volunteer driver program or volunteer escort program. In addition to cash awards for programs of excellence, a 2015 Toyota Prius will be awarded to the program that submits the outstanding application.

The Competitive Edge

The Competitive Edge: Making Community and Public Transit the Best Alternative for Medical Transportation

Today there is never-before-seen complexity in the non-emergency medical transportation field. Limited funding combined with growing patient loads has states seeking intermediaries that can control costs through competition.

Community and public transportation providers must become efficient, safe, cost-effective and accountable to maintain these important medical transportation services. The Community Transportation Association, in response to requests from its members, is introducing a new initiative this fall -- the Competitive Edge -- which will give community and public transit providers the tools, resources and benefits they need to make them central players in this new medical transportation environment.

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