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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.

Late Summer Travels to South Carolina

As part of CTAA's Technical Assistance effort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, staff worked with the Lowcountry Council of Governments on the development of a new fixed route transit service in the City of Walterboro. The service would connect local residents to employment and job training centers in and around Walterboro. CTAA provided guidance on routing and schedules, and developed a marketing and outreach plan including a logo and brand for the service.

TRB's 6th Women in Transportation Conference

CTAA's Alex King and Taylor McGinley will be presenting at TRB's 6th Women in Transportation Conference. Their abstract, "Women Lead the Way in Community Mobility" was chosen to be featured at the conference, held this year in Irvine, California.

House Members Introduce Legislation Protecting NEMT Benefit

In response to recent threats against the Medicaid non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefit, CTAA has been tracking policy developments and working with a number of key stakeholders in this arena to develop and implement an advocacy and policy strategy. CTAA along the Medical Transportation Access Coalition, and other allied stakeholders have been focusing on a two -prong approach to protecting the NEMT Benefit - 1. Using Appropriations to prevent CMS from publishing a Rule that would make NEMT option at the state level and 2. Through policy, writing the NEMT benefit into Medicaid Statute. We are excited to announce the progress that has been made on these two exciting efforts happening on Capitol Hill.

The End of a California Dream

Communications Specialist Taylor McGinley posted a three-part blog series on her first time at CTAA's EXPO held this year in Palm Springs, Calif. In this third, and final, piece, she discusses the last two days of EXPO, where participants attended a variety of informative and social events. Find the first part of this blog series here, and the second part here.

The Beginnings of a Californian EXPO

Communications Specialist Taylor McGinley will be posting a three-part blog series on her first time at CTAA's EXPO held this year in Palm Springs, Calif. In this second piece, she discusses the first two days of EXPO, where participants attended a variety of informative and social events. Find the first part of this blog series here.

It was my first roadeo

Communications Specialist Taylor McGinley will be posting a three-part blog series on her first time at CTAA's EXPO. In this piece, she discusses the Roadeo weekend that kicks off EXPO week and what happens at this event held this year in Palm Springs, Calif.

"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.

Uber & Lyft: A Picture Coming into Focus, and Growing Murkier Simultaneously

They've been portrayed as both transit saviors and villains, shrewd capitalists and snake oil salesmen. They like to call themselves disruptors, but some say they're taxis with better technology. Uber and Lyft are very likely a combination of all of the above descriptors.

Automated Vehicles: States Engage in Nationwide Conversation

States are currently deploying a range of approaches and pilot projects to incorporate AV technology in response to varying needs. This spring update examines state AV legislative activity and the potential consequences for CTAA members.

State Legislative Update

Across the country, voters chose to emphasis the importance of public transportation in the last election cycle. Washington D.C. listened and is working hard to put together an infrastructure package; one that seeks to invest more in surface transportation projects. Discussions have begun in House and Senate committees on what FAST Act reauthorization should look like, specifically on how to address the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Meanwhile, states across the country are planning for FY2020. To help members keep track of emerging state funding concepts, we've put together a brief update on legislation advancing through state governments that might affect your transit operation.

Addressing Workforce Transportation Challenges in Kent County, Md.

In late February, CTAA's Alex King and Andrew Carpenter traveled to Kent County, Md., and met with community stakeholders to identify the most promising opportunities to develop and grow workforce related mobility options. As residents of the rural area of the eastern shore of Maryland, many of Kent County's community members have to travel significant distance to access services, employment, or resources either within the small city of Chestertown, or outside of the county in larger urban centers as far away as Annapolis or even into Delaware.

T&I Hearing Recap: The Cost of Doing Nothing

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.

Training for Transit Excellence in the Electric City

Chris Zeilinger traveled to the training room of the COLTS Lackawanna Transit Center in downtown Scranton, Pa., and taught "Preparing for the CTAA Management Certification Test" course to 21 of Pennsylvania's best transit managers.

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.

2017 Data Reveal Rural Transit Continues Sterling Safety Record

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.

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