SWTA Summer University: Freedom Through Transit


SESSION ONE, Monday & Tuesday, July 23-24, 2018 Choose ONE - $250

OPTION A: Community Mobility & Drug/Alcohol Workshop

Monday & Tuesday, July 23-24, 2018

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.
· Planning for Effective Community Mobility
· SWTA Nation Mobility on the Go
· Service Suspension for Rider Conduct Under ADA (Dawn Sweet, Director, FTA Office of Civil Rights)
· TCRP Report on Mobility Management in Rural and Small Urban Areas - Workshop
· Technology Innovations for Community Mobility
· First & Last Mile Options for Public Transit

Bonus Training: Drug & Alcohol Regulations - As an addition to our regular programming, we are providing an entire day on Drug & Alcohol Regulations. Robbie Sarles, RLS & Associates is the leading expert on this topic for Public Transportation

This session will include an overview of the new DOT drug and alcohol testing program regulation changes with an emphasis on the expansion of the Opioid panel to include four commonly prescribed pain medications. The intended and unintended consequences of the rule change and the practical implications for transit systems will be discussed. The presentation will also address the impact of medicinal and recreational marijuana use laws and other current drug related issues challenging transit systems.

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


Option B: NTI Procurement for Small and Medium Systems

Monday & Tuesday, July 23-24, 2018

This course provides an overview of transit procurement, emphasizing “best practices” for contract procurements by small and medium transit systems who are recipients of FTA funding. The course provides participants with a framework for examining basic issues pertaining to third-party contracting and introduces minimum standards for individual agency practices as described in the FTA Circular 4220.1F and other relevant federal guidance documents. Specific problem areas that may emerge during the procurement process will be identified and addressed. Circular 4220.1F is referenced throughout the course.

Audience: This course is geared toward small and medium transit system administrative staff who are involved with third-party procurement and are recipients of FTA funding. State agency representatives, and FTA regional staff will also benefit from this course. Attendance is limited to those transit agencies that:
- are recipients of 5307 funds and operate less than 50 vehicles
- are recipients of 5310 or 5311 funds

Option C: SWTA Transit Supervisor Certification Course #1

Monday & Tuesday, July 23-24, 2018

I’ve Been Promoted, Now What? How to Be an Effective Transit Supervisor

So, you have recently been promoted to the position of supervisor at your transit system. Your promotion was based largely on your technical skills as a vehicle operator, dispatcher, scheduler, planner, marketing assistant, safety specialist or mechanic. Were you given training in the art of managing and leading people? You probably discovered soon after being named as a supervisor that it was more about relationships and less about technical skills. Today’s transit supervisors and managers are in a paradigm shift where interpersonal and relationship building skills are more necessary that knowing transit.

This two-day session will address the need for leadership and its inherent dependence on relationship skills to get the jobs done through technical skills - even operating a transit vehicle safely and with a focus on the customer.

Audience: New Supervisors or those who want to brush up on their supervisory skills from the areas of vehicle operator, dispatcher, scheduler, planner, marketing assistant, safety specialist or mechanic.


SESSION TWO, Wednesday & Thursday, July 25-26, 2018 Choose ONE - $250

OPTION D: Transit Law Seminar (CLE’s Available)

Wednesday & Thursday, July 25-26, 2018

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.


Option E: Transit Marketing Workshop

Wednesday & Thursday, July 25-26, 2018

Come join us for an in-depth transit marketing and communications workshop spanning all aspects of public transportation, highlighting best practices in the industry. You are sure to sharpen your skills in media relations, storytelling, customer service and social media. Huddle groups for entry-level and veteran transit professionals will be offered.

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


OPTION F: Maintenance Certification Workshop

Wednesday & Thursday, July 25-26, 2018

New Shops, Senior Level Technicians and those managing maintenance service vendor contracts will benefit from a ground floor introduction to fleet maintenance management technology and the many regulations concerning their fleet.

Included in this 2-day maintenance course are
· Discussions covering the six cost centers of fleet management.
· Review of contractor service quality.
· How to calculate fleet maintenance costs.
· Innovations in side impact, mirrorless buses, rollover, and use of hurricane glass
· And our yearly projections about the new technologies and standards aimed at the small and midsize buses.

Our classes have been presented to public and private fleets, manufacturers, line assemblers, and federal agencies in 46 states. Inspectors from such agencies as NYDOT, Florida DOT, Tennessee DPS, Arizona DPS, and the United States New Bus Testing Center at Pennsylvania State have attended. Certification will be provided upon completion of the class.

Audience: This special program is targeted at Senior Level Technicians who are graduating out of their toolboxes to front-line management of a regulated bus fleet. It is also targeted for New Shops and those managing Maintenance Service Vendor Contracts.

Come and gain knowledge. Leave armed with information that a confident shop leader needs to be successful!

If you choose to attend options in both Session 1 and 2, the cost is $400 per person. This saves you $100!

WHERE? Oklahoma City, OK

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown - Bricktown
209 North Walnut Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Call hotel directly to book your hotel room.
Dylan Marone, Sales Manager
Room rate of $105, which includes complimentary self-parking ($14/day value).

WHEN? July 23-26, 2018

Session ONE: Mon & Tues, July 23-24, 2018
Option A - Community Mobility Workshop
Option B - NTI Procurement for Small and Medium Systems
Option C - SWTA Transit Supervisor Certification Course #1

Session TWO: Wed & Thurs, July 25-26, 2018
Option D - Transit Law Seminar (CLE’s Available)
Option E - Transit Marketing Workshop
Option F - Maintenance Certification Workshop


Taxis, Airport Shuttles, and Rideshare services are available at the Transportation Plaza at Will Rogers World Airport. The plaza can be accessed from baggage claim on the lower level of the terminal. Average fare from Will Rogers World Airport to downtown Oklahoma City is $25. EMBARK does not currently serve the airport.


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CARTS: Free Rides on Country Bus Service

The Capital Area Rural Transportation System is providing FREE RIDES July 2nd through July 6th on their Country Bus service. Anyone can ride this reservation-based service for FREE that week.

The CARTS Country Bus is regional community-based transportation for the rural areas of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Fayette, Lee, Travis and Williamson Counties.

The Country Bus is a flexible service that provides rides locally and to nearby destinations but requires a ride reservation be made in advance. Ideal for seniors, disabled individuals or others requiring special assistance, it is also available to everyone. This community transit service provides curb-to-curb transportation throughout the CARTS district and connects to the regional intercity bus network for extending access beyond local destinations, including Capital Metro and Greyhound.

Enjoy the convenience of having a CARTS bus pick you up at your home, take you to your destination, and then back home again. To schedule your ride call 1-512-478-RIDE (7433). Rides are scheduled Monday thru Friday, from 7:00am to 4:00pm. 24-hours advance notice recommended. Local vehicles serve neighboring towns, so ride times may vary. We’ll set up a time for pickup within our time slots of general availability. On your first call we will request information to enter into your customer profile, and after that we will know you when you call. It’s that simple. The CARTS Country Bus service can help you or someone you know who needs a ride for shopping, city business, medical appointments, work, nutrition visits or any other purpose.

For more information visit, email or contact the call center at 512-478-RIDE (7433).

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FTA to Host July 10 Webinar on Applying for FY18 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure

​At 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 10, FTA will host a webinar to provide more information about FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program funding opportunity. Join FTA program staff to learn more about the funding, application eligibility and criteria, and the submission process. FTA issued its notice of funding for the bus program on June 21.

The Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program will award funds competitively to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities.

Last year, FTA received 453 project proposals from 53 states and territories totaling approximately $2 billion, although only $264 million was available for award. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the bus program and how to apply before the application deadline of August 6. Advance registration required.

Register for the webinar
Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program FY 2018 Notice of Funding
Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program

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

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. Learn More This webinar will be presented by Patti Monahan, Monahan Mobility Consulting LLC.
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