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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Check out the CT Reader Archive for our greatest hits.

expo 2019: More than Just Idle Chatter

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.

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.

Spring Brings Tribal Transit Expansion to Michigan's Upper Peninsula

In much of the US, the first day of spring conjures images of flowers, sunshine and verdant rejuvenation. When you're on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the first day of spring is a sign that the winter's packed, gritty snow will be melting someday. But for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, a different kind of spring - a springtime for tribal transit - began to emerge on this vernal equinox.

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.

Maintaining HIPAA Compliance in Driver-Dispatcher Communications

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.

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.