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.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced the availability of Automated Driving System Demonstration Grants, which it will be employing as a path to innovate and improve mobility for transportation-challenged populations, specifically mentioning older adults, people with disabilities, and rural residents.
What can we expect for 2019? CTAA is peering into its crystal ball and we see a switch from state experimentation to federal oversight and support for innovation as well as greater encouragement of the nascent AV industry.
CTAA CEO Scott Bogren traveled to CTAA member Western Maine Transportation Services to discuss community and public transportation with an ideal mix of transit operators, local elected officials, state elected officials, state DOT leadership, local business leaders, workforce development advocates and even passengers and transit users.
Beginning in 2016, the Community Transportation Association of America in partnership with the Social Innovation Division from Toyota North America worked with elected officials, community groups, and others in Tupelo to study the need for transit service and develop plans for implementing service. In June of this year, the Tupelo City Council voted to supply matching funds to secure 5311 funding from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. For the first time in more than three decades, the residents of Tupelo, Mississippi now have bus service available to meet their mobility needs.
Charles Rutkowski traveled to northern Wisconsin where he visited rural transit assistance projects at the St. Croix Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in Siren, Wis., the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Odanah, Wis., and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Red Cliff, Wis.