Jan
13
Sun
Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
Jan 13 – Jan 17 all-day

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting will be held January 13–17, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future.

Jan
14
Mon
Procurement I – Orientation to Transit Procurement
Jan 14 – Jan 18 all-day

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Procurement Series I – Orientation to Transit Procurement

National Transit Institute

Description:
The first of a four-part series *, this four-day foundational course is an overview of transit procurement and emphasizes “best practices” for contract procurements by FTA grantees. This revised procurement course will focus on good procurement business practices and policies from a broader industry perspective. The course introduces minimum standards for individual agency practices as described in the FTA Circular 4220.1F, and the Master Agreement and provides participants with a framework for examining basic issues pertaining to third-party contracting. This training covers the roles and responsibilities of contracting parties and will explore opportunities for teaming/partnering internally and with transit suppliers. Specific problem areas that may emerge during the procurement process will be identified and addressed. The Best Practices Procurement Manual and Circular 4220.1F are referenced throughout the course. This course is conducted utilizing exercises, case studies, and other interactive training activities.

* It is highly recommended that the four procurement courses be taken in the following order: Orientation to Transit Procurement, Risk Assessment and Basic Cost or Price Analysis, RFP’s and Competitive Contract Negotiations, and Contract Administration.

Topics:
Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Procurement “Best Practices”
  • Teaming and Partnering
  • Organization of the Procurement Function
  • Functions and Principles of Procurement
  • Acquisition Planning
  • Option Year, Piggy-backing, and Cross-Border Leasing
  • Writing Specifications and Statements of Work
  • General Contract Provisions
  • Procurement Integrity
  • Debriefing and Protests
  • FTA’s Role in the Procurement Process

Audience:
This course is for those currently engaged in procurement for federal-funded transit agencies, contract administrators, project managers, procurement and contracting personnel wishing to improve their skills, transit suppliers, and FTA regional staff who review third-party contracting. Transit suppliers are encouraged to attend in order to understand the agency procurement function more thoroughly.

Length:
4 days

Fee:

$0 for Transit Agencies, Federal Government, MPOs and State DOTs

$600 for Consultants, Contractors, Non-profits – USA Only

$600 for Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency

CEUs: 2.60

Ginny Stern
gstern@nti.rutgers.edu

Jan
15
Tue
Introduction to Transit Service Planning
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day

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Description:
This course seeks to have participants understand public transit service planning. By the end of the course, participants will be able to undertake conceptual service planning/design and redesign, including routing and scheduling, transit budgeting, and calculating levels of service and capacity.
Note: Participants are encouraged to bring a calculator (or a cell phone with calculator capabilities) to this course.

Audience:
This course is targeted to meet the needs of entry to mid level transit planners looking to gain or refresh their knowledge. It is most appropriate for participants from transit providers and MPOs, but it is also appropriate for federal, state, and local agencies that interact with transit providers.

Course Topics:
1.    Public Transit in the US
2.    Transit’s Operating Environment
3.    Fundamentals of Transit Service and Networks
4.    Route Level Planning and Design Concepts
5.    Developing Service: Measuring Quality of Service
6.    Developing Service: Calculating Capacity
7.    Skills for Planning a Route Level Service Schedule

Length: 3 days

Fee:

$0 for Transit Agencies, Federal Government, MPOs and State DOTs

$450 for Consultants, Contractors, Non-profits – USA Only

$450 for Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency

CEUs: 1.90

Ginny Stern

gstern@nti.rutgers.edu

Jan
22
Tue
APTA Business Member Board of Governors Annual Business Meeting​ @ Naples Grande Beach Resort
Jan 22 – Jan 25 all-day
Jan
23
Wed
Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day

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Description:

Public Involvement is much more than posting notices and holding public hearings. Public participation involves creative thinking, with willingness and ability to interact openly to the public’s preferred forms of communication. It is about being sensitive to disparate needs and conflicting priorities. It is about giving the public an opportunity to influence transportation decisionmaking. This course walks the talk by employing public involvement techniques as the means of conveying the key learning outcomes. It is a joint effort among FTA’s Office of Planning, NTI, the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Planning, and the National Highway Institute (NHI) and was recently updated to reflect changes in the Federal Transportation reauthorization.

This course does not focus on the NEPA process, but on more general strategies and tools of engaging the public.

Audience:

Transit operators, metropolitan planning organization personnel, federal, state, local transportation agency staff, consultants, and others who are responsible for planning, implementing, or participating in any phase of the public involvement process.

Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify public involvement challenges
  • Describe U.S. DOT transportation decision-making processes, including those that trigger the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Describe the relationship between public involvement and decisionmaking
  • Develop a public involvement plan with stakeholder assistance that includes attention to non-traditional populations as an evaluation component
  • Describe interest-based problem solving and their underlying values
  • Identify ways to enhance public involvement plans
Length: 3 days
Fee:

  • $650.00 for Contractor, Consulting, Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency, Other, Non-Profit (USA only).
  • Free for all others.

CEUs: 2.00

Contact:

Barbara Van Dyke
bvandyke@nti.rutgers.edu

OTA Board Meeting
Jan 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

OTA January Board Meeting
Wed, Jan 23, 2019 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
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United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 538-470-813

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Agenda

I.  Call to Order

II.  Roll Call

III.  Approval of Minutes

A.  December 17, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

B.  January 16, 2019 Special Board of Directors Meeting

IV.  Financial Report

A.  December P&L

B.  December 31st Balance Sheet

C.  2018 Budget Report

D.  Tax Matters

V.  Committee Reports

A.  Advocacy

1. HB5108 Overview

2. Transit OK|Vision 2020 Campaign Status

Communications & Public Relations Committee

1. News & Views

VI.  Old Business

A.  Administrative Documents Review & Approval

1. Conclude Bylaw Review (Beginning at Article IX)

2. Review OTA Policies

3. Review 2019 Annual Meeting Resolutions

VII.  New Business

1. Awards Program

VIII. Adjourn

Jan
24
Thu
OTA Alternative Fuel Corridors Briefing
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

OTA Alternative Fuel Corridors Briefing
Thu, Jan 24, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

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United States: +1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 914-890-005

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Jan
28
Mon
A NEW PLAYBOOK FOR SHARED MICROMOBILITY
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Two years ago fleets of dockless scooters and bikes weren’t even within the realm of possibilities. Today, hundreds of cities across the country are grappling with how to manage the latest advances in shared micromobility services.

That’s where this our brand new resource—the Shared Micromobility Playbook—comes in as cities consider how best to manage these services.

Produced with feedback from the 23 cities that participated in our Smart Cities Collaborative, the Playbook is intended to help all cities better understand the variety of policy options at their disposal by exploring the core components of a comprehensive shared micromobility policy.

 

 

Jan
29
Tue
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Jan 29 – Jan 31 all-day

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Description:

Every transit agency receiving funding from FTA must comply with DOT’s DBE regulations. Transit grantees and others involved in the application and the administration of the DBE requirements should have a complete understanding of these requirements and engage in the best practices with regard to encouraging participation by DBE’s.

This training is designed to assist DBE transit agency staff and FTA regional staff with developing and implementing policies and procedures consistent with US DOT’s revised DBE regulations, 49 CFR Part 26, and DOT guidance. This course will provide a basic understanding and working knowledge of the US DOT DBE regulations and DOT guidance. Attendees will be provided with the tools necessary to design and implement a DBE program in their organizations or agencies.

Topics:

  • Federal requirements regarding DBE’s
  • Setting annual DBE goals
  • Accounting for and reporting DBE participation
  • Certification of DBE’s
  • Agency specific DBE requirements
  • FTA’s role in the DBE process
  • Disputes and appeals under the DBE requirements

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: This class is oriented towards Federal Transit Administration grantees and focuses on transit related DBE issues. Non-transit grant recipients and non-transit modal operators may not receive the specific technical assistance related to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DBE issues.

Audience:

DBE Managers, General Managers, Procurement Managers and their staff of state DOT`s, transit agencies, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations and transit vehicle manufacturers.

“FHWA and FAA both provide DBE training opportunities.  To learn more about FHWA and FAA DBE trainings oportunities, please contact FHWA’s or FAA DBe program managers:  www.dot.gov/osdbu/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/state-dbe-liasions-and-certification-officers

Length:
3 days

Fee:

  • $450.00 for Contractor, Consulting, Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency, Other.
  • Free for all others.

CEU’s: 2.00

Program Coordinator: Myrna Sirleaf
Telephone: (848) 932-6040
Email: msirleaf@nti.rutgers.edu

Procurement for Small and Medium Transit Systems
Jan 29 – Jan 30 all-day

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Description:
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.

Objectives:

This workshop will:
•    Highlight FTA procurement requirements
•    Examine the procurement processes
•    Provide an overview of best procurement practice in light of FTA requirements
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 in areas less than 50,000 in population and for those transit agencies in areas 50,000 or more that operate less than 50 peak vehicles.

Length:
2 days

Fee:

$0 for Transit Agencies, Federal Government, MPOs and State DOTs

$600 for Consultants, Contractors, Non-profits – USA Only

$600 for Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency

CEUs: 1.40

drive.google.com/file/d/0B15yEPgHsRUAeHp2RXl3aENWYjQ/view

Ginny Stern
gstern@nti.rutgers.edu