ATA: Arkansas Public Transportation Conference

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Webinar: Part 2, Transit and TNC Partnerships, an Alternative Approach

This webinar will focus on the issues, obstacles, and solutions that encompass Transit’s approach to Transportation Network Companies (TNC). Hear about current and planned examples as well as how agencies are partnering for general public subsidy programs. And what about potential ADA paratransit projects? Find out what TNC’s would have to do to be the ADA paratransit resource for transit agencies.

Presenters: Will Rodman, Principal, Nelson-Nygaard; Terra Curtis and Daniel Berez

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APTA: 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO

​The 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO is scheduled for October 8-11, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

About APTA’s Annual Meeting

APTA’s Annual Meeting is the flagship event for public transportation professionals to engage in workshops, join tours, and network with colleagues. Keynote speakers and educational sessions explore hot topics, including transformative technology, community building, innovative funding and finance, safety, workforce development, worldwide mega projects, and more.

Who should attend: public transportation agency and business leaders, board members, representatives of governmental agencies, manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants ​​​​​​​

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Transportation and the ADA, Easterseals Project Action Consulting

Easterseals Project Action Consulting will still be holding a 1.5-day workshop on Transportation and the ADA in Houston, Texas on October 18-19, 2017. Houston Metro is the local host for this workshop, and they have expressed an interest in going forth with this event as the downtown area where this event will be held is open for business. ESPAC want to help support the recovery from Harvey by bringing business into the area.

This 1.5 day, in-person workshop will cover regulatory requirements for fixed-route, ADA complementary paratransit, and demand responsive transportation. Instructors will also distinguish between what is a regulatory requirement and what are best practices in customer service. Modules include:

  • History Behind the ADA
  • Trip Planning
  • Path of Travel
  • Reasonable Modification to Policy and Practice
  • Service Animals
  • Paratransit Eligibility
  • Paratransit Operations

This course is appropriate for operators, operator supervisors, managers, safety and training personnel, schedulers and dispatchers, and any staff new to public transportation. Discussion will cover fixed-route bus and rail, demand responsive service (rural or human service transportation), and complementary ADA paratransit.

Your colleagues who have attended ESPAC training have this to say:

  • “Your presentation was a success – we got excellent feedback from staff!!”
  • “Info on ADA, great for our staff and drivers!”
  • “Great instructors. Equivalent skills of graduate - school professors.”
  • “Very comprehensive coverage, directly applicable to our work. Having the instructor provide an insider/user’s perspective is invaluable.””In-depth knowledge of course subject; firsthand experience and examples; and sincere desire to get the message across”
  • “The instructors rocked. The information provided was very helpful, as well as the in class discussions. How to look at the environment in this manner opened my world.”

The fee for this workshop is only $195. Register early to insure your seat in this training!

To register go to:

Participants will receive a certificate and hours earned can be used toward the following certification programs:

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Call for Presentation Abstracts: 2018 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference

Dear Transportation Professionals:

We invite you to join us at the 2018 SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference to be held March 5-7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Conference Planning Committee is now accepting applications for proposed conference presentations. If you have a presentation you would like to share at this year’s conference, please complete the following form.

DEADLINE for submission is October 20, 2017; however, submissions will be accepted until the agenda is finalized. Priority will be given to proposed presentations that were submitted prior to the deadline.

Presentation proposals must be categorized in one of the following areas:

• Advocacy
• Human Capital
• Marketing
• Planning
• Operations
• Maintenance
• Rail
• Procurement
• Finance
• Performance Measures
• Technology
• Safety/Security
• Regulatory Issues:Transit Asset Management (TAM), Transportation Agency Safety Plan (TASP) and others
• Tribal Transit Issues

Presentations may be delivered in the form of panel, interactive, workshop, lecture experiences, etc. Please provide your preferred presentation style in your description.

To help maximize the number and diversity of presenters and perspectives, each individual or group of individuals is limited to three proposal submissions. Reviewers will consider your first three completed proposals as determined by time of submission. In most cases, only the two highest-ranked proposals will be selected for the conference program.

Notification of Conference Planning Committee decisions will be made by November 17, 2017.

Presenter registration fees are as follows:

• SWTA typically does not provide a stipend. If a stipend is required please indicate that in your description.
• Speakers receive a $25 discount on registration. Code provided with your confirmation to speak.


proposal can be submitted online using the linked form above. You will be notified when your submission has been approved and for what date(s) and time(s).

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact:

Kristen Joyner
Executive Director
South West Transit Association (SWTA)

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3rd National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference Transportation at the Center

The National Rural Transit Assistance Program is excited to host our third biennial Technical Assistance Conference: Transportation at the Center in Omaha, Nebraska this fall. You will find all information that corresponds to the conference on this website.

The conference will feature workshops, presentations, keynote speakers, FTA updates, and round-tables with a focus on training, tools, and best practices. There will also be a Vendor EXPO, an event at the Joslyn Art Museum, and plenty of opportunities for networking and information sharing. REGISTER NOW! The early bird rate ends September 8th.

Participating and cooperating organizations include the Federal Transit Administration, Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Association of Transit Providers, University of Nebraska, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, and the National Center for Mobility Management.

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