NMTA Annual Conference

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NCMM: Creating Innovative Solutions for Health Care–Related Transportation

Design Thinking is a systematic approach to creating solutions to seemingly intractable challenges. It starts with an in-depth understanding of customers and the ability to create a better future for them. It leads us through a process for testing proposed solutions to determine if they are operationally feasible and financially viable and, most important, that the proposed solutions that will meet customer needs—all before we ever begin to implement the solution.

Who this course is for: This 2-day, in-person course is for community members who are ready to take a fresh look at health care–related transportation challenges, and learn how to design and implement bold, pre-tested, community-based solutions. Potential participants will have the motivation and capability to improve health care–related transportation options in their community and will include:

  • transportation professionals and community stakeholders—e.g., operators, planners, executives, mobility managers, policy leaders
  • health care professionals—e.g., clinicians, case managers, care coordinators, administrators, health insurers from hospitals, clinics, other medical providers, behavioral health clinics

Up to 36 participants will be accepted on a qualified first-come, first-serve basis, with priority being given to participants from these states: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. In addition, it is preferred, but not required, that transportation professionals attend with a partner from the health care sector. The extended deadline to apply is March 18, 2016.

About the course: In this two-day training, participants will learn how to facilitate a customer-centered innovation process, known as Design Thinking, to design, iterate, test, and deliver responsive mobility solutions. Trainers will teach a four-phase process: 1) challenge identification and in-depth research with affected customer groups, 2) brainstorming solution, 3) prototyping and testing solution concepts, and 4) creating a business model for the solution. Participants will leave with worksheets and other tools for use in their communities. Trainers will also share case examples of the practical application of this process to health care access challenges.

Cost for the course: This course is being offered a no cost to the participants identified above. It is made possible with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding through the National Center for Mobility Management. The cost of travel and lodging will be the responsibility of the participants.

Venue: Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 2nd Floor. For more information: To learn more and to apply to be a participant in this course, visit or contact Amy Conrick at, 202-415-9692. To apply to be a participant in this training, complete the on-line form at

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2016 AzTA/ADOT Annual Conference

Join AzTA and ADOT for the 29th annual Transit Conference in Flagstaff at the High Country Conference Center. The conference will kick off with the signature, “AzTA Golf with Friends” event and a Welcome Reception on Sunday, April 10. Along with the many sessions, trainings and events, the conference will again host Arizona’s only statewide Exhibitor Showcase & Vehicle Display, beginning Sunday, April 10, through Monday, April 11. Highlights include the latest in technology, equipment, supplies, and services.

...and the Conference Finale is the AzTA/ADOT Excellence Awards on Tuesday, April 12, at the conference closing luncheon.

This is the premier transit conference for Arizona. Don’t miss the action!

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TTA Annual Conference

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