The program helps transit providers meet compliance requirements by providing training and technical assistance with emphasis on fiscal and asset management, preventive maintenance, safety practices, drug and alcohol testing, civil rights, and ADA. Typical projects include conferences, scholarships, transit certification courses, and sponsorships.
Technical assistance and training program provides for training opportunities by subject experts, sometimes in conjunction with FTA regarding specific FTA grant requirements and scholarships to attend state, regional or national workshops or conferences for providers of transportation services. This program is designed to assist all transit operators, including those in urbanized areas.
Please include the following information to request posting of a training event:
- Event Title
- Brief Description
- URL (web address)
- Contact Person, Email & Phone
Rural Training Assistance Program provides a source of funding to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet the needs of transit operators in nonurbanized areas. Training dates are tentative and are subject to instructor availability and completion of revised contracting documents.
FTA issues guidance, often in the form of circulars, to provide grantees with direction on program specific issues and statutory requirements. FTA is in the process of preparing new interim program guidance and new and updated circulars under MAP-21. Please continue to consult the existing circulars, which will remain a resource for program guidance in most areas.
2015-2017 Grant Program Training Links
Other Reference Materials
2013 Oregon Public Transportation Conference (OPTC)
MAP-21 Safety Requirements
This important panel will present the new FTA safety requirements under 49 U.S.C. Section 5329 – the National Public Transportation Safety Program, as established under MAP-21 legislation. The session will cover FTA's new statutory authorities; the requirement for safety plans; the expanded State Safety Oversight program; safety training and certification; and will touch on asset management and emergency preparedness. A variety of resources for transit agencies will be discussed, and there will be time for questions and answers.
Resilient Oregon – Preparing Transportation for Tomorrow's Crises
Preparation for emergencies and disasters is essential to the resilience of the communities we serve. Based on his experience as an emergency responder, and his expertise as an emergency planner, Nusura's David Ofwono will lead a dynamic presentation helping participants better prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, and other crises likely to impact our operations. This workshop will cover the essentials of emergency planning, key considerations for development of interagency agreements, and anticipating transportation concerns for people with disabilities and older adults.
Least Cost Planning – Mosaic
Mosaic is Oregon's value and cost informed transportation planning tool, developed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in collaboration with a group of stakeholders representing a diverse range of interests. It offers Oregon transportation planners and decision makers an efficient, transparent way to evaluate the social, environmental, and economic costs and benefits of transportation programs and investments. By supporting decision makers with identifying investments that provide the best value for money, it will help make the most of limited resources.
Mosaic can be used at the local, regional, and state levels, and is scalable to accommodate varying staff sizes, available data, and unique community needs and goals. It is user friendly, designed to be used frequently within the transportation planning process.
A Bigger Tent
Effectively promoting walking, biking, and transit within diverse and low-income neighborhoods requires a new way of doing business. In Portland, Metro created the Vamonos Program to develop culturally appropriate map resources, advertising, and a community outreach campaign targeted to Latino residents. Farther north, King County Metro (WA) modified the successful in Motion program model to serve two highly diverse, low-income neighborhoods in the region. By building relationships with community partners, the program was able to enroll over 12% of target area households, resulting in a 16% reduction in drive-alone trips by participants.
Media as Your Best Friend: Effective Strategies for Working with Media to Tell Your Story
Have you ever read a newspaper article about your agency and realized the reporter got I all wrong? Or watched a TV news story and felt targeted and misrepresented? This session will give you practical and effective strategies for how to bring the media into your work and have them see the story from your point of view. While we can't change the news, we can always influence it and ensure that information is presented fairly. Anne Marie Levis has been helping clients and public agencies represent themselves effectively even under some of the most difficult circumstances.
Transportation Equity and Planning
A discussion of transportation equity, its implications for public transit planning, and the role that public transit plays in creating an efficient and equitable transportation system.
Advocating for Transit – Stating your Best Case (Part 1 and 2)
This presentation will discuss the various economic, social and environmental benefits provided by high quality public transport and ways to communicate those benefits to various stakeholder groups.
Transportation Economics for Non-Economists (TENE)
A training course developed by ODOT economists to provide planners, financial analysts, other professional staff and managers with a better understanding of how transportation economics affects their work. This three-hour presentation focuses on: 1) Economics of Travel Demand and Mode Choice, 2) Transportation and Economic Vitality, and 3) Transportation Finance. This is a rare opportunity for public transit providers and transportation practitioners to increase their knowledge of transportation economics and how it affects their work.
Transportation and Health Panel
An exploration of links between transportation options and health –how do transportation options and transit work together to support the human service? There are many challenges, benefits and possibilities facing the transportation systems; supporting community health goals through increased opportunities for physical activity and decreased emissions; providing choices for the growing elderly population who may depend on transportation options; providing alternatives for the millennial generation who are choosing to drive less; and making more efficient use of the existing transportation infrastructure, to name just a few. Join us as we examine existing programs and unmet needs in the state.
Walkable and Livable Communities
More and more, cities must make decisions on transportation spending based on increasingly limited funding. When investments are made wisely, we can create built environments that support and improve the new economy, creating vibrant, healthy communities.
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