We've decided to take what we learned and make it the focus of our training workshops at the Community Transportation EXPO this May in Palm Springs, Calif. You heard it right: we're fundamentally changing the way we deliver our EXPO training workshops to ensure that all CTAA members and EXPO attendees have access to the most indispensable skills, techniques, technology and ideas.
Whatever the solution may be, there was an agreement among the Members and witnesses that Congress needs to come up with a fix that is indexed and automatically adjusts with time. It's also imperative that the new solution include vehicles using alternative fuel sources.
Underscoring ongoing discussions as Congress prepares for the reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation – currently known as the FAST Act – is the need to shore up the revenue streams that support federal transportation programs, including those dedicated for community and public transportation.
Based on data submitted to the National Transit Database (NTD) by rural transit providers across the country, rural transit continues to be the safest way to travel while on land.
Transit dispatchers – both those communicating with demand-response drivers and fixed-route operators – often need to relay important information about passengers' origin or destination locations. How to dispatchers effetely convey these crucial service details to their drivers without violating the passengers' right to medical privacy.
Working with Toyota in Tupelo (Miss.) and the Catawba Indian Nation (S.C.) to Develop Public Transit Options
In January of 2019, Charlie Rutkowski visited Tupleo, Mississippi along with CTAA colleague Andrew Carpenter and Toyota representative Riley Keen. He also visited with the Catawba Indian Nation near Rock Hill, South Carolina. In both visits, he worked closely with CTAA partners to develop community and public transit options for local residents.
This year, two of CTAA's Tribal Technical Assistance Projects are with the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's, also in Wisconsin. In February, Charlie Rutkowski travelled to the Badger State to facilitate stakeholder workshops with each of the Tribes to help identify unmet mobility needs among tribal members.
Conversations with Cherokee Transit Management staff provide valuable information on the agencies medical transportation services, including current challenges and ideas for the future.