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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New Challenges for Small Bus Maintenance

Today, what goes on in the bus maintenance shop is quite different from just ten years ago. Most of us have mastered the repair functions of the bus engine's fuel injection system, many of us have earned our certificate to inspect the compressed natural gas (CNG) system, and most all of us have learned about the federal requirements of the small bus through the Vehicles Maintenance Management & Inspection (VMMI) training of CTAA. However, a new requirement has just landed on the shops work order pages, it is called Covid-19, and it cannot be ignored.

The HEROES Act: A Long-Awaited Opportunity For NEMT?

As our health care system strains to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) is more important than ever.

Announcing CTAA's new State by State COVID-19 NEMT Guidance Tool

To provide additional resources to NEMT providers during this time, CTAA has collected, read, and analyzed guidance for NEMT providers provided by state Medicaid agencies. Through sharing the State by State COVID-19 NEMT Guidance Tool, CTAA hopes that NEMT providers, brokers, and even riders can get a sense of not only the available guidance in their state, but also look at trends across the country on topics such as PPE, Air ventilation, cleaning, payment and reimbursement, and transporting COVID+ riders.

Older Adults and Mobility: Considerations for the Future

COVID-19 has created conditions that will likely change the ways that we as a society live, work, and play - and in turn, how we get to these places.

Planning Past the Pandemic

The events of the past few weeks have altered the lives of most Americans and drastically changed the landscape for public transit. Systems across the country have adjusted service, transformed vehicles, and supported their communities with new initiatives. The CARES Act has given rural and urban transit operators $25 billion in additional formula-based funding, over double the annual regular allocation for some systems. By pausing to find a new baseline, our transit systems can plan for the future and take this as an opportunity to build improved, more resilient systems.

Rural Transit Manager's COVID-19 Roundtable

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, rural transit managers across the nation have found themselves, not unlike their small-urban counterparts, forced to make key decisions on the fly, keeping the safety of their staff and passengers in mind.

CTAA SUN Managers Discuss Operational Realities Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

If you've been keeping up with CTAA's transit news feed on Twitter (@OfficialCTAA), you've no doubt found yourself reading about small-urban transit systems and their wide-ranging reactions to the onset of COVID-19. The unfortunate truth is that managers of small-urban systems (along with their Boards and other local leadership) are being left to themselves to make the tough decisions about remaining open, reducing service, or even ceasing operations. There has been little to no guidance on when it is appropriate to make these kinds of decisions. In this article, we asked the leaders of nine SUN-member systems to discuss their thinking and their approach to this critical question. It is our hope that the discussion assists other CTAA SUN members.

CTAA NEMT Managers Discuss Operations During COVID-19

It's well known that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted rural and urban transit systems across the country, but how has it affected agencies where medical trips are their main source of operations? We spoke with a group of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) managers about what their experiences have been during this time.

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.

NEMT and The CARES Act

President Trump has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES") into law. This $2 trillion relief legislation provided $25.0 billion in relief for urban and rural public transit systems impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For FTA funded 5311 and 5307 public transportation systems, these dollars will provide coronavirus-related reimbursements (Read CTAA's review of the legislation here). However, for providers in the NEMT space, the CARES Act did not provide any special consideration or benefits. Despite this, there are still a few components where the passed relief and assistance programs could benefit NEMT providers

COVID-19 Response: How a CTAA Member in N.H. Overcame a Driver Testing Positive for COVID-19

Advance Transit is a CTAA member providing rural transit services in New Hampshire and Vermont. A driver with Advance Transit recently tested positive for COVID-19. We spoke with Van Chesnut, General Manager at Advance Transit, to learn how his system is moving forward with this new challenge.

COVID-19 Response: How a CTAA Member in Ky. Moved Most In-House Operations to Telework

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.

COVID-19 Response: How a CTAA Member in Ind. Reduced Service and Donated Cleaning/Medical Supplies

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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