STIC Increase Bill, CTAA's Emerging Leaders Academy

Contact Your Representative to Support Increasing STIC

Dear CTAA Small Urban & Urban Members:

Small Urban NetworkA new bill introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives will increase the set-aside for the Small Transit Intensive Cities (STIC) program from 1.5 to 3 percent. The bipartisan measure – H.R. 1501, the Small Community Transit Improvement Act – is led by Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Steven Palazzo (R-MS) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA). A Dear Colleague letter from the co-sponsors is also available.

Increasing the STIC set-aside from 1.5 to 3 percent will provide much-needed increased funding for high-performing transit providers, which will allow for greater service frequency, additional service and/or more buses for these high-performing systems. STIC currently provides $107,439 per factor met; this bill would double that investment to $214,878 per factor.

Please contact your district Representative's office in Washington and encourage them to co-sponsor to H.R. 1501 and share the bill and Dear Colleague letter. You may refer them to Miles Chiotti, Legislative Director at Rep. Davis' office (202) 225-2371). Contact CTAA's Rich Sampson or Scott Bogren with any questions on this important legislation.

Send Your Top Management Prospects to CTAA's Emerging Leaders Academy

ELACTAA is committed to building dynamic, strong leaders in their professional development through its recently launched Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). This exciting new program – a first for CTAA – incorporates classroom training, seminars, independent study, experienced community and public transportation mentors and a personal leadership assessment to tailor course content. Additionally, ELA scholars will undertake a leadership capstone project contributing to their local system and community.

With more than 40 years of demonstrated expertise, the ELA's two lead trainers - Barbara Gannon and Mike Noel – have worked in concert with CTAA leadership to craft a one-year leadership development program with a curriculum that focuses on specific outcomes. We've already identified four individuals – Ann August, Connie Garber, Lenna Kottke and Rick Krochalis – to form the core of the ELA's mentorship team.

What we need now is students! We need 15 students signed up by April 28 to launch the program at EXPO '17 in Detroit. Hurry, because this inaugural class is limited to 24 participants. The application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017. A $3,500 tuition fee for the one-year program is due with the application, which will be returned in full if the applicant is not accepted. The fee includes all instruction and mentoring and Registration for EXPOs 2017 and 2018. Please note, the sponsoring agency will be responsible for all travel, meal, and lodging expenses associated with the program except for the meals that are included with EXPO registration.

For additional information, please contact CTAA Deputy Director, Charlie Dickson at dickson@ctaa.org or 202.247.8356

CTAA Needs Your Procurement Examples

CTAA Needs Your Procurement ExamplesFor 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.


Rich Sampson
Communications Director
Small Urban Network Coordinator
Community Transportation Association of America