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Spotlight Award Submission Deadline


“Winner of the longest running transit marketing award in the country.” Wouldn’t that look great on your resume or year end review?

Do YOU have a WINNING marketing campaign, creative idea or outreach program for public transportation?

Enter the 2018 SPOTLIGHT AWARDS and be recognized for your hard work.

Good news, you will no longer create a slide show presentation.

  • Who Can Enter? - All SWTA members in good standing.
  • How Do I Enter? - 1. Read the submission guidelines for complete details. 2. Complete a Submission Questionnaire for EACH ENTRY. 3. Upload questionnaire and sample materials or mail a thumb drive. 4. Complete the Payment Form.
  • How Much Does It Cost To Enter? - $35 per entry (payment must be received no later than 5 p.m. CST June 22, 2018).
  • Entry Deadline - Submissions must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. CST June 22, 2018. Entry materials must have been published, broadcast, or otherwise disseminated between July 1, 2017 and June 22, 2018

Celebrating 31 Years of EXCEPTIONAL CREATIVITY.

JOIN friends and peers for the SWTA Transit Marketing Workshop!
July 25-26, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK
This workshop is part of SWTA’s Summer University!
SIX Options under ONE Roof

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Become a TCRP Day Local Host


You know firsthand the value TCRP research provides to the public transit industry. Now we need your help informing others about this invaluable industry resource. Join in and volunteer as a local host as we celebrate the first-ever TCRP DAY on June 6, 2018.

TCRP DAY is a national event aimed at creating awareness of the program, showcasing its research in action, and increasing the number of transit professionals involved in the program.

TCRP DAY hosts will be asked to either hold a brown bag lunch or staff an information table at their organizations to help educate their colleagues about TCRP. An online toolkit is available to help you organize your event.

Helping to make TCRP DAY a success are TRB, FTA, APTA, and our partners CTAA, National RTAP, and NTI.

Can we count on you to volunteer? Please contact Peggy Wilson at pwilson@apta.com to volunteer, or with any questions.

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APTA 2018 International Rail Rodeo


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CTAA EXPO: The Future of Mobility


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APTA 2018 Rail Conference


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FTA FY-19 NO/LO Grant Application Process


​FTA announced the application process for the FY 18 Low-No grant application process. The program has an additional $29.45 million available this round because of the $400 million plus-up included in the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill. You can find more information by clicking on this link.

FTA’s Statement: FTA announced the opportunity for its grantees to apply for up to $84.45 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low-No Program supports projects sponsored by local transit agencies to bring advanced, American-made bus technologies such as battery electric power and hydrogen fuel cells into service nationwide.

FTA will award the grants to eligible recipients which include public transit agencies, state transportation departments, and tribes on a competitive basis. Projects will be evaluated by criteria defined in federal law and in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), including the applicant’s demonstration of need; the project’s benefits; project implementation strategy; and capacity for implementing the project.

The application deadline is June 18, 2018.

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National Dump The Pump Day


On June 21, 2018, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 13th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car. Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to the March APTA Transit Savings Report​, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,894 annually by downsizing to one car.

However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns. Mayors know that communities with public transportation are more competitive. So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities!

ONLINE TOOLKIT: Click here for the toolkit

PARTICIPATION: If you are participating this year, please let Virginia Miller know by sending her an email at vmiller@apta.com. You can also contact Virginia Miller with any questions.

Thanks for all your help in spreading the word about the many benefits of using public transit! ​​​​​

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Webinar: NCHRP 20-65 Task 69, Consolidation of Rural Transit System


National Transit Institute
Consolidation is one way that public transportation providers can integrate their services to increase efficiency, reduce operating expenses, improve the customer experience, or achieve other goals. This presentation will share the results of research into the consolidation of rural public transportation services conducted as National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-65, Task 69. The purpose of Task 69 was to develop guidance that would be useful to transportation providers and state departments of transportation (DOTs) considering or engaged in consolidation efforts. The experiences of four case study systems and their state DOTs will be discussed to identify common catalysts for consolidation, steps in the consolidation process, benefits that may be achieved, and challenges that rural public transportation providers may encounter as they work to consolidate their services. Advice to state DOTs and providers from those involved in the case study consolidations will also be presented. This webinar will be presented by Patti Monahan, Monahan Mobility Consulting LLC. http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP20-65(69)_Guidebook.pdf http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP20-65(69)_FR.pdf
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SWTA Tribal Transit Workshop


SWTA Tribal Transit Workshop

June 25-26, 2018

You can expect to be involved in a peer idea exchange with others facing the same challenges of providing transit on tribal lands. Hear from successful tribal transit directors who are doing unique projects for their elders and communities. At the end of the two days, you will have a better understanding of how to provide access to healthcare, jobs, education and life experiences.

We recently heard from Nnee Bich’o Nii tribal transit that they have an Elder who had not been off the reservation for 15 years. His first trip was to Walmart. This elder wept knowing that he now has the freedom to go where he wants to go and rides to Walmart as often as possible, just to sit on the bench and watch people. This is why tribal transit and this workshop are so important

Topics to Include:

  • Tribal Transit Within a Sovereign Nation - Uniqueness, Challenges, Benefits
  • Working Within a Tribal Government System for Better Support
  • Understanding and Working With FTA
  • TRAMS - Ins and Outs
  • Reporting to NTD - Why It’s Important
  • What to Expect during a Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Visit
  • Safety Leadership for Tribal Transit
  • Drug and Alcohol Best Practices
  • TAM and Agency Safety Plans - Implementing a Practical Approach
  • Funding a Tribal Transit System
  • Procurement Best Practices - How to Create a Good RFP
  • Marketing Tribal Transit Services
  • Lessons Learned - Where do we go from here?

WHO: Transit professionals who provides public transportation on tribal lands or for tribal people. The workshop will provide professional development for tribal transit staff and a deeper understanding of operating a transportation system on tribal lands. Do you want to learn how to improve your tribal transit system? Then you won’t want to miss this training designed specifically for tribal transit. COST: $180 per person. This program may qualify for RTAP reimbursement. Check with your state DOT for their requirements. If you would like help completing forms, please contact SWTA (swta@swta.org).

HOTEL INFORMATION: Choctaw Casino & Conference Center - $93 night. To reserve your room call 800.788.2464 (Block Name: Summer Tribal Transit Conference). Reservation deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018.

WHERE: The workshop is hosted by Choctaw Transit at the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, OK. Bring the family and make it vacation for them while you learn! Check out all the facility has to offer - movie theater, bowling, pools, and more!

HOW: Affordable and accessible travel! Choctaw Transit will provide free shuttle service to and from Dallas airports, DFW and Love Field.

Schedule: From Dallas to Durant - Sunday, June 24, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM From Durant to Dallas - Tuesday, June 26, 5:00 PM & Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 AM To reserve your spot email Elise Manion (emanion@swta.org).

Thank you to our hosts, Choctaw Nation Transit!

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