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Freedom Through Transit Summer University

SWTA’s Freedom Through Transit SUMMER UNIVERSITY!

WHAT? Four DAYS, Four OPTIONS

Cost: $200 for the first workshop, $150 for the second.
If you are attening NTI class ONLY, call 682.231.1718 or email emanion@swta.org.

Option 1: Community Mobility Workshop

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 25-26, 2017

SWTA’s Community Mobility workshop provides a forum for public transit providers to meet with peers and exchange ideas about how to provide the best mobility options for their communities.

Audience: All public transportation providers, non-profit and social service agencies, dialysis center professionals, clinic schedulers and social workers.

Click HERE to See Preliminary Agenda

Option 2: NTI’s TAM Implementation for Tier II Providers & Sponsors + SWTA’s Safety Culture Workshop

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 25-26, 2017

NTI’s TAM: This course provides an overview of and implementation guidance for Tier II providers intending to comply with the Transit Asset Management (TAM) Final Rule (49 CFR 625). Tier II providers are defined as federal transit funding recipients that own, operate, or manage one hundred or fewer vehicles in revenue service during peak regular service across all non-rail fixed route modes or in any one non-fixed route mode, subrecipients under the 5311 Rural Area Formula Program, or any American Indian tribe. The course is intended to outline the requirements, underlying TAM principles, improve transit asset management understanding and practices among smaller providers, and provide support to Tier II parties charged with implementation of the asset management requirements, including: Group TAM Plan Sponsors, such as State Departments of Transportation or Metropolitan Planning Organizations; subrecipients with more than one hundred vehicles in bus only revenue service; and subrecipients with one hundred or fewer vehicles in revenue service that have chosen to opt-out of a Group TAM Plan.

NTI’s TAM Audience: This course is directed at mid- and senior-level managers from TAM Plan sponsoring agencies (Group Plan Sponsors and Group Plan Opt-outs), who will be responsible for the implementation of the TAM Final Rule within their agencies.
If you are only coming for NTI’s TAM Implementation Workshop STOP and call 682.231.1718 or email emanion@swta.org.

SWTA’s Safety Culture: A true culture of safety consists of shared beliefs, practices and mind-sets that exist within an organization. This two-part class will utilize real transit examples, discussion, hands-on exercises, videos and peer-to-peer learning to provide the foundation for creating a culture of safety that will shape behavior in a positive way.

Part one will focus on leadership. No matter what position a person holds within an organization, living the principles of safety, not just talking about them, provides the key to real lasting change. When everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors, and intervenes to correct them, the organization will begin to realize lower turn-over rates, lower absenteeism and higher productivity.

Part two will focus on FTA’s priorities, pillars and policies. This session will provide information about the Safety Management System (SMS) Approach (1) safety policy; (2) safety risk management; (3) safety assurance; and (4) safety promotion and will provide real-world guidance as to what this means for a rural or small urban transit system and how to implement the safety goals of the FTA.

SWTA’s Safety Culture Audience: Mid to Upper Management of Tier II agencies tasked with creating and maintaining a safe environment for customers and employees.

Click HERE to See Preliminary Agenda

Option 3: Transit Law Seminar Thursday & Friday, July 27-28, 2017

Legal professional development topics will highlight the most recent information in civil rights, transit safety, First Amendment, and labor issues, as well as developing regulatory and legislative matters that will impact transit systems and their legal departments.Continuing legal education credits (CLE’s) will be available.

Audience: Those associated with legal counsel and decision making for public transportation agencies including City Attorneys, in-house Counsel, contracted Counsel, CEO’s, GM’s, Directors, Management Staff and Transit Board Members.

Click HERE to See Preliminary Agenda

Option 4: Transit Marketing Workshop

Thursday & Friday, July 27-28, 2017

Come join us for an in-depth workshop sure to sharpen your professional marketing and communication skills. Huddle groups for entry-level and veteran transit professionals.

Audience: Marketing professionals, Public Information Officers, Transit Directors, Customer Service specialists and those who are tasked with telling transit’s story.

Click HERE to See Preliminary Agenda

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WHERE? Dallas, TX

Meeting Location Westin Dallas Downtown, 1201 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202

We were originally scheduled to be at the Crowne Plaza, but due to a double booking on the part of the original hotel, we are moving the entire program to The Westin. You are gonna LOVE IT!

It is a lovely hotel less than a 2 minute walk from the light rail. If you are driving, there is a $24 per night charge for parking at the hotel. If you are coming for the day only, find a lot and pay the day rate or again, park away from downtown and take DART.

If you already had a hotel reservation at the Crowne - we are taking care of moving your reservation to the Westin and will provide a new confirmation number and more instructions. PLEASE call Elise Manion for details, 682.231.1718.

If you do not have a hotel room booked yet, the room block at the Westin is full. They may still have rooms, but they will be at a premium rate, not the group rate.

We have two suggestions for overflow hotels:

Hampton Inn, 1700 Commerce Street, Main Street District, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 290-9090

A Loft, 1033 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 761-0000

We were originally scheduled to be at the Crowne Plaza, but due to a double booking on the part of the original hotel, we are moving the entire program to The Westin. You are gonna LOVE IT! We have the same $135 rate per night and it is a lovely property less than a 2 minute walk from the light rail. If you are driving, there is a $24 per night charge for parking at the hotel. If you are coming for the day only, find a lot and pay the day rate or again, park away from downtown and take DART.

Texas Rangers Game, Wed. July 26

Summer and baseball go hand in hand. SWTA attendees have the opportunity to attend a Texas Rangers Baseball game, Wednesday night, July 26! The Rangers will be playing the Miami Marlins. SWTA has chosen to purchase Cholula All-You-Can-Eat Seats. These seats provide access to the recently-renovated Cholula Porch where you’ll enjoy all-you-can-eat grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, and soft drinks. Our group will also have great sightlines to the new left-field video board.

If you are a registered attendee for any of the four workshops, the cost for the Cholula seats is $10, to be paid by check or cash when you arrive at the conference. (Family/Friend tickets are available at the full price of $40 per person.) Please email Kary at khughes@swta.org to secure your place, if you haven’t already.
Official Texas Ranger’s Website: https://www.mlb.com/rangers/

Transportation is provided by Creative Bus Sales

WHEN? July 25-28, 2017

1. July 25-26, 2017 - Community Mobility Workshop
2. July 25 - NTI’s TAM Implementation for Tier II Providers & Sponsors + SWTA’s Safety Culture Workshop
3. July 27-28, 2017 - Transit Law Seminar
4. July 27-28, 2017 - Transit Marketing Workshop

GETTING THERE?

DART Orange Line from Love Field or DFW are your best options. Very EASY and Very TRANSIT!

See DART Trip Planner: http://tripplan.dart.org/

THINGS TO DO?

ATTRACTIONS

ART & CULTURE

SHOPPING

RESTAURANTS

NIGHTLIFE

Schedule

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

​Sponsor: Community Mobility & Transit Law

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

Sponsor: Ecolane


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sessions:
Community Mobility Workshop
NTI’s TAM Implementation for Tier II Providers & Sponsors

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

Sponsor: DoubleMap



1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sessions:
Community Mobility Workshop
NTI’s TAM Implementation for Tier II Providers & Sponsors

4:30 PM

Adjourn for the Day
Community Mobility Workshop - Tour of DART’s Mobility Management Center and dinner to follow at Fat Chicken. Transportation will be provided. This event is for Community Mobility Workshop attendees only.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

​Breakfast

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

​Breakfast

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sessions:
Community Mobility Workshop
SWTA’s Safety Culture Workshop

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sessions:
Community Mobility Workshop
SWTA’s Safety Culture Workshop

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

​Lunch

Sponsor: Keolis


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

​Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sessions:
Community Mobility Workshop
SWTA’s Safety Culture Workshop

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sessions:
Community Mobility Workshop
SWTA’s Safety Culture Workshop

5:30 PM

Texas Ranger Game
Transportation provided by Creative Bus Sales, Brent Roy. This is dinner and the game. $10 per SWTA attendee. Friends/Family $40 per person.

5:30 PM

Texas Ranger Game
This is dinner and the game. $10 per SWTA attendee. Friends/Family $40 per person.

Sponsor: Apollo Video







Transportation provided by Creative Bus Sales, Brent Roy.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
7:30 AM

Breakfast

Sponsor: Pavlov

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

​Sessions:
Transit Law Seminar
Transit Marketing Workshop

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

​Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

​Sessions:
Transit Law Seminar
Transit Marketing Workshop

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception on the 36th Floor: Come for extended networking before going out to dinner with friends.

Sponsor: Herzog


Friday, July 28, 2017
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sessions:
Transit Law Seminar
Transit Marketing Workshop

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sessions:
Transit Law Seminar
Transit Marketing Workshop



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