[fcb-l] Fw: Fast Mail: The Newsletter of the Community Transportation Industry
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October 19, 2010
About Fast Mail
Fast Mail is a regular 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 fastmail at ctaa.org.
The Community Transportation Flyer
Updates from community and public transportation systems from across the country
a.. Rep. Mica, Ride Solution Unveil Brevi Bus
On Friday, October 15, U.S. Representative John Mica (Fla.-7th) -- the Ranking Member of the House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee -- helped unveil the new Brevi Bus low-floor vehicle developed and built by Putnam County's Ride Solution. Joined by a collection of Palatka city and Putnam County officials, representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation and transit providers from across Florida, Congressman Mica officially launched the new low-floor bus specifically designed for the 50 percent of Putnam County roads that are unpaved, offering better service to riders along with improved efficiency and performance.
a.. Cherokee Nation, Muskogee County Transit Partner for Service Expansion
Source: The Muskogee Phoenix
The Cherokee Nation, in partnership with Muskogee County Transit, has recently added a new and convenient route to accommodate those who need transportation between Tahlequah and Muskogee. Officials with the Cherokee Nation's Roads Program said in a media release that they are working to extend existing transit routes to better serve people within the tribe's 14-county jurisdictional boundaries, and that includes eastern portions of Muskogee County. Sherry Waters, infrastructure data coordinator for the Roads Program, said this route will benefit many residents of Muskogee and its surrounding communities.
a.. Charlie Wilson's Veterans Health Care Shuttle Continues
In 2006, Charlie Wilson joined the board of the T. L. L. Temple foundation, and at his urging the board agreed to fund a new Veteran's shuttle between the outpatient clinic in Lufkin, Texas and the VA Hospital in Houston, a two hour drive away. Wilson died this past February, and shortly thereafter the initial three-year grant for the bus was due to expire. With his buddies Temple and Wilson gone, Bronaugh crossed his fingers that the foundation board would renew. And on the day we had lunch, he found out that it had. He was relieved, but not surprised. "We're very proud of how well we take care of our veterans here in Lufkin," he said.
a.. Utah Transit Authority to Remove Fuel Surcharge Nov. 1
Source: Utah Transit Authority
On Nov. 1, the Utah Transit Authority will remove the fuel surcharge that was added to transit fares in August. The surcharge was imposed when the region experienced high diesel fuel prices during the second quarter of 2010. UTA's policy is to implement a surcharge when the average retail fuel price rises above $3 per gallon as reported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The average price of diesel fuel for the third quarter was $2.98. The UTA board of trustees adopted a fuel surcharge policy in 2008 to protect the agency's budget and operations against volatile, unforeseen increases in fuel prices.
a.. East Dakota Transit Expands Service
Source: Madison Daily Leader
If it looks like there are more East Dakota Transit buses around Madison these days, it's because there are. The board of directors recently approved activation of the third bus for part-time seasonal use. Jessica Pickett, transportation manager for East Dakota Transit, said that use of the third bus is directly related to an increase in elementary and preschool-age riders. Last year in September, East Dakota had 425 elementary-school riders, but throughout the year that number grew to 674 riders during April.
a.. Capital Area Transit (Penn.) to Start New Route to Hummelstown
Source: The Patriot-News
New Capital Area Transit bus service will be starting in the borough Nov. 1, with a park and drive lot available for free use by commuters. The new lot at Second and Hanover streets will be reserved for CAT commuter parking from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, and a shelter has been installed.
a.. Central New Hampshire Leaders, Residents Consider Expanded Mobility Options
Source: New Hampshire Lakes and Mountains
"The need for expanded regional public transportation in rural Central New Hampshire is widely recognized, but for years there has been very little progress in efforts to get an effective system off the ground. There is no shortage of ideas or visions for the future, but at least until now, the wherewithal for moving forward has been missing from the equation. That may be beginning to change however, as a year-long study of regional transportation needs, resources and opportunities comes to fruition."
Around the Depot
New products and documents and upcoming events and training from Community Transportation Association's staff
a.. An Introduction to the Transportation Solutions Training: Linking People to Their Communities
Webinar: October 21, 2010, 2 p.m. EST
Registration is free, but limited. Sign up today!
The Transportation Solutions course, offered through CTAA, teaches mobility managers and other transportation coordinators an effective model for sharing mobility information and learning about mobility needs through relationships with the network of frontline staff who serve customers in the community every day. Learn more about this course and learn how past students have implemented Transportation Solutions functions in their own community.
a.. Mark Your Calendars! Webinar: Applying Mobility Management Approaches to Serve Job Access Needs
On Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 2 p.m. EST., Joblinks presents "Applying Mobility Management Approaches to Serve Job Access Needs." Stay tuned to the next edition of Fast Mail and Joblinks for details on registration. This webinar, sponsored by the Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, looks at how a mobility management approach can serve the needs of the employment world's customer groups: job seekers and employees, as well as businesses and employment and training agencies.
a.. Community Transportation, RAIL Magazines Launch News Feeds: The Association's publications, Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines have launched real-time news feeds on their respective web pages: Community Transportation Magazine, RAIL Magazine. Editors Scott Bogren and Rich Sampson provide daily updates on the latest happening in community and public transit, as well as passenger rail. Check back frequently for quick and easy access to the latest news!
a.. PASS Train-the-Trainer in New Jersey in December
The (PASS) Driver Certification Program ensures that community transportation drivers have current expertise in passenger assistance techniques and sensitivity skills appropriate for serving persons with disabilities. The PASS program is designed as a three-day Train-the-Trainer to certify trainers who can then train drivers or as a two-day Driver program in which our instructors train your drivers. Some of the advantages of offering the PASS certification program is the ability to reduce organizational liability; comprehensive, up-to-date training on the assistance drivers should be providing to passengers with special needs; intensive emergency situation training; certification oversight provided by national leaders in the community transportation field; and updates for all participants on relevant regulatory changes. December 1-3, 2010. Union, N.J.
The Capitol Limited
News on federal transportation policy and developments from the Nation's Capitol
a.. HUD Announces $100 Million Investment in Smart Growth & Sustainable Planning
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding nearly $100 million in new grants to support more livable and sustainable communities across the country. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced that 45 regional areas will receive funding through a new initiative intended to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation. HUD's new Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program will support State, local, and tribal governments, as well as metropolitan planning organizations, in the development and execution of regional plans that integrate affordable housing with neighboring retail and business development (see attached list of grantees). Many of the grants will leverage existing infrastructure and all reward local collaboration and innovation.
a.. TIGER II Grants to be Announced This Week -- Stay Tuned to CTAA for Updates!
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
DOT is authorized to award $600 million in TIGER II Discretionary Grants pursuant to Title I (Department of Transportation) of the FY 2010 Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009). This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or "TIGER Discretionary Grant", program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act"). Because of the similarity in program structure and objectives, DOT is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 Appropriations Act as "TIGER II Discretionary Grants." As with the TIGER program, funds for the TIGER II program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.
a.. Treasury Department, Council of Economic Advisors Stress Importance of Infrastructure Investment (PDF)
Source: Department of the Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers
On Labor Day, President Obama announced a bold plan to renew and expand America's infrastructure. The plan includes a $50 billion up-front investment connected to a six-year reauthorization of the surface transportation program and the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank to leverage private capital and select projects of regional and national significance. The Department of the Treasury, with the Council of Economic Advisers, has conducted an analysis of the economic effects of transportation infrastructure investment. Our analysis found four key reasons why now is an optimal time to increase our investment in transportation infrastructure: 1) Well designed infrastructure investments have long term economic benefits; 2) The middle class will benefit disproportionately from this investment; 3)There is currently a high level of underutilized resources that can be used to improve and expand our infrastructure; and 4) There is strong demand by the public and businesses for additional transportation infrastructure investments.
a.. FTA Seeking Comments to National Transit Database Reporting Procedures
Source: NRC Capitol Clips
The FTA is seeking comments on some amendments it hopes to make to the NTD reporting procedures that will be used in the 2011 reporting year. This solicitation of comments appears in the October 5, 2010, Federal Register at page 61553, and also appears on the FTA website. Comments are being collected through December 6, 2010. Some of the NTD reporting topics for which FTA is seeking customer input are: (1) circumstances and criteria for reporting vanpool data to the NTD; (2) reporting for commuter bus, bus rapid transit, and various forms of rail transit modes; (3) clarifying some definitions of certain aerial tramway and rail-related reporting terms; (4) consistent reporting procedures for transit agencies with 9 or fewer vehicles, including those that operate in both urbanized and rural areas; (5) simplified financial balance sheet reporting; (6) rules of attribution for transit agencies operating in more than one urbanized area, or that operate in both urbanized and rural areas; and (7) procedures for responding to any changes in urbanized area status that may occur during the 2011 NTD reporting year.
The Whistle Stop
Timely and insightful commentary, analysis and opinions regarding important trends, topics and developments in community and public transportation at the national, state, regional and local levels
a.. Livability Reduces Annual Household Expenses
Source: Partners for Livable Communities
Creating livable communities could save the average household about 12-20% in annual expenses, with much of that savings coming from transportation. Livable communities aim to give individuals the option to spend less on transportation by allowing more cost effective methods such as public transit, walking or biking. According to the bureau of labor statistics, in 2004 the average household spent 19% of their income on transportation, while those in auto-dependent exurbs spent 25%. In contrast, households in transit rich neighborhoods spent just 9% of their income on transportation (on average, each of these household types spent an equal proportion on housing).
a.. Rethinking the Term Transit Rider
Source: Human Transit
"The fundamental attribution error leads us to interpret the behavior of others as reflecting something inherent about those people, more than is warranted. However, the language we use plays a role in that judgment as well. Our labels often describe who people are instead of what they're doing, e.g. pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, or drivers. Each one of those terms gives us a category to which those people belong, making it easier to attribute their actions as reflecting some property of members of that category. That, in turn, makes it more difficult to progress towards a multimodal and sustainable transportation system."
a.. The Two-Mile Trip: How to Support a Healthy Community
Source: WTP 2030
"When you moved into your house or apartment, it's likely you looked at nearby amenities as a factor in your decision. How close is the nearest grocery store? Is there a bus stop nearby? Are local schools in walking distance? Not only are these questions of transportation - 40% of all trips taken in Washington State are less than two miles - but they play a critical role in supporting healthy communities. The way a community is designed and its proximity to destinations has an impact on the mode of transportation chosen by users. As a result, we can help further public health and environmental goals by using public transportation, walking, or bicycling, especially for short trips."
The Porter's Station
Organizations and agencies in a wide range of disciplines and issue areas provide resources, events and technical assistance to help communities of all kinds improve mobility options. Here you'll find the latest announcements by these entities to provide you help along the way
a.. Eldercare Locator Revitalized as Person-Centered Information Resource
Source: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)
The Eldercare Locator, the national 800 number for senior transportation (funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging and administered by National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) has been transformed from a call-routing system to a state-of-the-art, person-centered call center with five Information Specialists, two Eldercare Counselors, and a Bilingual Information Specialist.
a.. Study: Most Americans Believe Transit to be Better Option
Source: PR Newswire
A new study from HNTB Corporation takes a look at public transportation and what Americans think about using, improving and paying for it. According to the HNTB America THINKS transit survey, nearly 9 in 10 (87 percent) Americans who have access to public transportation where they work or live take advantage of it. In addition, almost 7 in 10 (69 percent) Americans feel there are many times when public transit is a better option than driving, and nearly three in ten of them choose higher gas prices (29 percent) and convenience (29 percent) as the biggest motivators for riding public transportation.
The Information Station
Resources at www.ctaa.org
a.. The Competitive Edge -- Making Community and Public Transit the Best Alternative for Medical Transportation (PDF): 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. For more information, contact Charles Dickson at 202.247.8356 or email dickson at ctaa.org.
The Transportation to Work Toolkit for the Business Community gives businesses the information they need now to assist their employees in achieving a timely, cost-efficient commute that promotes productivity and job satisfaction. Explore the toolkit's flyers, fact sheets, resources and examples of transportation initiatives undertaken by employers nationwide. Each approach is straightforward to launch and simple to manage.
a.. Partnership for Mobility Management: The Partnership for Mobility Management is a joint effort of technical assistance partners that work with local, state and regional leaders and organizations to realize the possibilities of improving transportation options for all Americans wherever they live and to assist those especially in need of alternative transportation options.
a.. CTAPnet Peer Network: The CTAP Peer Network, CTAPnet, is an online community of community transportation practitioners and experts. This revitalized Peer Network enables you to ask questions of transportation providers working in the field as well as engage in conversations with other transit professionals. It provides distance learning events on the latest topics of interest to community transportation. Visit http://ctapnet.org.
Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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