Aug
27
Tue
Practices and Marketing to Increase Rural Transit Ridership and Investment
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Transit marketing professionals are invited to a TRB webinar on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET. The webinar features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Project 20-65 Task 73: Best Practices And Marketing To Increase Rural Transit Ridership And Investment.

The webinar will explore practices currently being used in transit agencies and state departments of transportation (DOTs) to increase ridership in rural areas. Attracting and maintaining ridership is a primary challenge facing rural transit systems. Alongside this concern is a parallel challenge to find a way to invest in transit strategies that strengthens return on investment. Presenters will provide an overview of the research conducted, discuss practices for rural transit agencies and state DOTs, and identify how to measure the return on investment.

Aug
28
Wed
OTA Board Meeting
Aug 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Aug
29
Thu
A Transit Dilemma: Community or the Individual
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
OTA Advocacy Committee Meeting @ Tulsa Transit
Aug 29 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Case Study: The Vote for Phoenix Light Rail
Aug 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Phoenix voters will decide August 27 whether or not to proceed with development of its light rail system or divert voter-approved funding to roads. After voters approved a sales tax increase in 2015 to fund a comprehensive 35 year transportation plan, the city’s light rail expansion has been under attack by billionaire-funded anti-transit front groups who have placed their own question on the ballot. To help other communities learn from Phoenix, APTA’s Center for Transportation (CFTE) is hosting this live webinar to hear from Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego, campaign director Tony Cani and others share their experiences and answer questions.

Sep
4
Wed
Transit Asset Management (TAM) Roundtable for Transit Operators
Sep 4 – Sep 5 all-day

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The TAM Roundtable for bus operators will bring together practitioners from transit agencies across the country who are directly involved in asset management. The event is designed for smaller tier I and tier II agencies that do not operate rail and will focus on more fundamental issues related to TAM implementation. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for your agency to share lessons learned through your asset management process, and gain valuable insights from your peers. Multimodal operators may register but may be better served by the Multimodal Roundtable Event.

Sep
5
Thu
Wheelchair Securement Training
Sep 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

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This interactive webinar provides an overview of the range of securement equipment currently available and a comprehensive review of the proper way to secure passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs. Ideal for new-hire and refresher training, topics covered include:

  • Liability & Best Practices
  • Securement Equipment Operation
  • Pre-trip inspection & Basic Maintenance
  • Securing the Mobility Device
  • Securing the Occupant
  • Sensitivity Training

All webinar attendees will receive a certificate of completion for their records.

Sep
6
Fri
NSC 2019 Congress and Expo
Sep 6 – Sep 12 all-day
Sep
10
Tue
International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation
Sep 10 – Sep 13 all-day
Ridership Forecasting with STOPS for Transit Project Planning
Sep 10 – Sep 12 all-day

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The goals of this course are to introduce transit-planning professionals to the Federal Transit Administration’s Simplified Trips-on-Project Software (STOPS) package, learn the fundamentals of its components and local implementation, and recognize the information that can be drawn from its ridership forecasts to inform decisions on transit plans, projects, and services.

Topics include:

  • Hands-on pre-course application of STOPS to prepare and examine project-level ridership forecasts
  • An overview of the design of STOPS to simplify transit ridership forecasting for local agencies through calibration against nationwide ridership experience and reliance on readily available data inputs
  • Presentation of the individual component models in STOPS and their functions
  • Detailed discussion of the assembly of required, and optional, input datasets
  • Step-by-step illustrations of refined calibration of STOPS to local conditions in individual metro areas
  • Two workshops based on STOPS-based ridership forecasts for current transit projects to highlight the information available in the forecasts to understand transportation problems, the performance of alternative improvements, and the likely ridership response to those improvements

Note that, while STOPS provides all travel-forecasting information required of project sponsors seeking funding from FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, the course does not deal with the CIG program itself.  Inquiries about the program and its general requirements should be directed to an FTA regional office.

Audience:

This course is intended for transit-planning professionals who have a basic understanding of travel forecasting methods and who are using, or considering, STOPS as a platform for ridership forecasting in support of transit system planning and/or the development of individual transit project, including bus rapid transit, streetcar, light rail, and commuter rail.  Implementation and applications of the STOPS package require basic familiarity with such travel forecasting concepts as transit path-building, zone-to-zone travel impedances, trip tables, mode choice models, and model calibration.  The course deals with these concepts in terms of their implementation within STOPS but cannot provide an introduction to their basics.

Length: 
3 days

Fee:

  • $550 for Contractors, Consultants, and Non-USA Transportation or Government Agencies.
  • Free for all others.

CEUs:  1.7

Contact:

Barbara Van Dyke
bvandyke@nti.rutgers.edu