CTAA’s new blog, the Community Transportation Reader, revives a brand long-time members recall fondly and will feature all the content you’ve come to expect from your Association in one easy to find place. Here, we’ll update you on CTAA projects around the nation, provide commentary from CTAA staff members, offer data analysis and infocards, research and so much more. If it’s happening at your Association, you’ll find it at CTR.



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How Transit Systems Can Continue to be Effective During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

CTAA is actively monitoring developments related to the virus, the impact it may have on our members and their communities across the country, and talking with local, state, and federal stakeholders to develop and share solutions. Given the scale of this outbreak, becoming oversaturated with information can be easy. CTAA knows that our members and the communities you serve are facing unprecedented challenges and changes to your transit operations. Despite these new challenges - CTAA will continue to remain a resource and an advocate for each and every one of you.

CTAA Member Profile: Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated

Rural Transit Enterprises Coordinated (RTEC) is a CTAA member providing rural transit services in Kentucky. They recently moved the majority of their staff, including their call center, to telework status. We spoke with Shirley Cummins, Executive Director, to learn how her system was able to make these changes.

CTAA Member Profile: Access Johnson County Public Transit

Access Johnson County Public Transit is a CTAA member providing rural transit services in Indiana. They recently reduced most of their services and have chosen to donate their cleaning supplies to a local hospital. We spoke with Becky Allen, CCTM, Director of Transportation, to learn how her system is handling these changes.

COVID-19 Response: How a CTAA Member in Mich. Has Added Home Delivery to List of Offered Services

Charlevoix County Transit (CCT) is a CTAA member providing rural transit services in Michigan. They recently started providing meal and medicine delivery service to their riders' homes. We spoke with Jill Drury, General Manager at CCT, to learn how her system is handling these additional services, while also operating under a statewide "stay-at-home" order.

COVID-19 Response: How a CTAA Member in W.Va. is Operating Under ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order

Fairmont-Marion County, W.Va., Transit Authority is a CTAA member providing rural transit services in West Virginia. The Governor of West Virginia recently announced a "stay-at-home" order, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with George Levitsky, General Manager at Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority, to learn how his system is moving forward with this new order in place.

CTAA's Executive Director Scott Bogren Testifies Before the Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Surface Transportation Reauthorization

On February 25, 2020, CTAA’s Executive Director Scott Bogren spoke before the Senate Banking Committee on the importance of the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization.

AV Myths, Truths and Matters for Debate

When we focus on automated vehicles (AVs), there is so much disinformation, conflating of topics, and lack of consistent standards, that we must first distinguish apples from oranges. Recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation findings following a fatal Tesla crash and recent legislative proposals demonstrate that companies and the federal government need to operate very differently when dealing with the apples of partial automation and the oranges of full AVs. Let's clear up some myths look at the safety implications that confusion causes.

Federal NEMT Updates: Efforts continue to both protect and remove the NEMT Benefit

We continue to see a great deal of federal activity focused on the intersection of health and transportation.

House Democrats and Republicans Release Infrastructure Priorities

On Jan. 29, 2020, the House Democrats released "Moving America and the Environment Forward," an infrastructure framework package that is looking to invest $760 billion over a five-year period.

Report Released on the Interdependency of Medicaid NEMT and Community Transportation

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, Health Affairs published a blog post titled, "Cutting Medicaid Non-emergency Medical Transportation Will Harm Community-Level Public Transportation." The essay was written by CTAA Staff, Scott Bogren and Alexandra King, along with Michael Adelberg, who leads research for the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC), a multi-stakeholder organization that educates the public and policy makers on medical transportation.

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders' Infrastructure Plan

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders' has released, "Green New Deal," a $16.3 trillion infrastructure package that Sanders' administration would pursue should he be elected President.

Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg's Infrastructure Plan

Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg has recently released, "21st Century Infrastructure Plan," a more than $1 trillion infrastructure package that Bloomberg's administration would pursue should he be elected President.

On Poverty, Persistence and Public Transit

What is "persistent poverty?" The most common federal definition is that an area is experiencing persistent poverty if at least 20 percent of its population is living in poverty for each of at least three consecutive decennial censuses.

Why Mattawan Matters

Mattawan,Mich., shows us some of the key issues in 2020 that will influence the future of both urban and rural public transit.

Final FY2020 appropriations

The week of Dec. 17, 2019, Congress will vote on FY2020 appropriations. Bill language was released last night and details exciting funding increases for public transit. The increased levels of funding are noted for the Section 5339 and 5311 programs.

Increasing Parent-Child Reunification Through Innovative Transportation Options

Earlier this year, CTAA and its partners - EMBARK and the Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) - were awarded the Arnall Family Foundation's Transportation Innovation Grant. The grant is focused on improving transportation for families in Oklahoma County who have children in the foster care system. The CTAA-led team has been working with its partners to develop a pilot program that will increase parent-child reunifications in Oklahoma County through innovative transportation delivery.

FTA Releases FY19 Section 5339 Recipients

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration recently released Section 5339b (bus and bus facilities) grant winners. A total of $423,329,839.00 was awarded to 94 projects across 42 states and the District of Columbia. As noted by the FTA, the demand for grants for the 5339b program far exceeded the available funds. FTA received applications for 318 eligible projects, totaling around $1.9 billion in funding requests.

NCMM and Allen County, Kansas

Earlier this year, the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) announced five winners of their Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants. One of the five teams awarded is based in Allen County, Kan. In late October, Amy Conrick and Taylor Klocke flew to Kansas City, Mo., to begin the kick-off meeting with the team and had an opportunity to learn more about the culture and the region.

Women Lead the Way in Community Mobility - A Continuing Story

CTAA's Alex King and Taylor Klocke traveled to Irvine, Calif., to present their nine-month long project, "Women Lead the Way in Community Mobility." They presented this at Transportation Research Board's 6th Women's Issues in Transportation Conference. They not only had the opportunity to share their project with participants, but also met female industry leaders from across the country.

State Updates in NEMT

While federal changes to non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) can have nationwide consequences, most often changes to the Medicaid benefit occur at the state level. CTAA's Alex King gives us an update on what's happening with NEMT at the state level.

CTAA Visits the Hopi Tribe and Penobscot Nation

Two of the participants in the CTAA's Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program are the Hopi Tribe in Arizona and the Penobscot Nation in Maine. CTAA's Director of Technical Assistance Program Charlie Rutkowski made the initial site visit to both projects in early September.

CTAA's New Health Care and Transportation Resource Center

CTAA is excited to announce a new health care and transportation resource center! On this page, you will find a host of new information including: workshops and presentations, CTAA trainings, legislative updates and more.

"Forward Together" in Oklahoma City

When looking for inspiration on communities that have embraced the evolving future of public transportation, one would be amiss not to look to Oklahoma City. The public transit system there, called Embark, is one of a growing number of transit systems that offer multi-modal traveling as well as fare payment.

Transit and the Census: It Matters. A Lot.

If you receive, or hope to receive, or think you have colleagues who'll receive, formula-based funding from the Federal Transit Administration now or anytime in the foreseeable future, the 2020 census is of critical importance. Chris Zeilinger summarized all of this in a "Pecha Kucha" presentation at the recent CTAA Expo. If you weren't there, well, you sure missed something. Here, in a longer format with more detail, are my three key points, followed by some practical advice for you.

CTAA Joins Collaborative Countering Opioid Epidemic

CTAA Proudly Joins the National Academy of Medicine's Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. The number of opioid-related deaths - from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil - has quadrupled in the last 20 years. At present, the opioid epidemic claims 130 lives every day. To provide an opportunity for organizations to discuss and share plans of action, the NAM recently called for and has collected statements describing current work and future goals to counter the opioid epidemic. By making a visible commitment to combating the opioid crisis, these groups, including CTAA, joined the action collaborative as network organizations.

CTAA Analysis: What's Best for Federal Transit Investment – a new VMT Tax or an Increased Gas Tax?

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.

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