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Autonomous Vehicles: Driving Employment for People with Disabilities                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, October 16, 2-3:00 p.m. (EST)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and learn about the potential for AVs to support access to jobs and independence for people with disabilities, and the challenges that must be met to make this a reality. NCMM, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, and AV innovators will discuss work to ensure a universal, autonomous mobility future built on inclusion and engagement. This event will include real-time captioning. Register for this webinar. Also view NCMM's new publication, Autonomous Vehicles: Considerations for People with Disabilities and Older Adults.​



The Federal Transit Administration will discuss the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) final rule (49 CFR Part 673). This 1-hour webinar beginning at 2:00 PM ET will provide a walkthrough of the PTASP Bus Guidance and Template. The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1pm (EST)

Join the Vision Zero Network and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to discuss APTA’s new analysis regarding the safety benefits of public transit, especially as a strategy towards achieving Vision Zero. Here’s a teaser from the study–cities that make public transportation use a higher priority could reduce traffic fatalities by up to 40%. Webinar presenters will also highlight some of the best approaches and examples from Boston and San Francisco on how to align public transit and Vision Zero goals. Recommendations for how Vision Zero proponents can better align with transit supporters for safer, better communities will also be discussed.


Many transit agencies are interested in understanding the potential benefits and challenges associated with the introduction and operation of battery electric buses (BEBs). Others are facing mandates by outside agencies, like the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to convert to clean fuel operations and deploy BEBs. In the USA, more than 20 transit systems are operating these buses. TCRP Synthesis 130: Battery Electric Buses was recently produced to provide unbiased information for agencies to evaluate the deployment of BEBs. The goal of the study was to provide a critical and valuable overview of the current state of practice regarding the deployment of BEBs (i.e., planning, service, operations and maintenance). Information was gathered through a literature review (e.g. agency reports, peer reviewed journal articles), a survey of current transit systems that operate BEBs, and case examples from transit agencies that might be considering the use of BEBs. This synthesis captures the current state of a rapidly progressing technology. The synthesis focuses on the current benefits, challenges, and considerations associated with deploying a BEB fleet. The synthesis should be valuable to a wide range of industry stakeholders including transit agencies considering introduction of BEBs into their fleet, agencies wanting to improve or expand their BEB fleet, bus and component manufacturers trying to better meet the needs of their customers, and federal, state and local funding agencies and policy makers.


TRB will conduct a webinar that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Research Report 202: Handbook for Examining the Effects of NEMT Brokerages on Transportation Coordination​. The research provides background information about Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) and describes the different models available to states for providing NEMT for Medicaid beneficiaries.

This webinar will provide information to understand what influences state Medicaid agencies to establish separate NEMT brokerages or to include NEMT as part of Medicaid managed care. The webinar will discuss the resulting effects of these trends on the coordination of human services transportation with public transportation. The presenters will identify opportunities and suggest strategies to coordinate these transportation programs to achieve common desired outcomes for providing NEMT.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 1:00 p.m. (EST)

You can estimate the number of jobs, labor income, GDP and output directly supported by annual operations and capital investment. Then, trace impacts of activity through stratified direct and secondary effects to understand how industries are impacted. These insights can effectively communicate how transit spending and investment contributes to the economy of your region.

Why does this matter?  You can build advocacy for your transit agency by demonstrating how operations supports the local economy on an industry or occupation basis. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:00 p.m. (EST)

The webinar will feature a joint presentation from Shayna Pollock, principal planner from Atlanta Regional Council (ARC), and Karen Winger, transit division director from Gwinnett County Transit. The presentation will focus on regional coordination on a group TAM plan sponsored by ARC and how asset information was used to support regional investment prioritization and target setting. They also will discuss plans for continuing and improving coordination following the October 2018 deadline for developing TAM plans.

The Coordination with MPOs on TAM Plans and Activities webinar is part of a webinar series FTA is hosting in 2018 to address important topics relating to TAM. TAM is an essential practice for providing safer, more reliable transit service nationwide while helping lower operating costs. 


The Federal Transit Administration  will discuss the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) final rule (49 CFR Part 673). This 1-hour webinar beginning at 2:00 PM ET will provide a walkthrough of the PTASP Bus Guidance and Template. The webinar will end with a question and answer session. 


The Federal Transit Administration will discuss the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) final rule (49 CFR Part 673). This 1-hour webinar beginning at 2:00 PM ET will be a questions and answers sessions about topics related to the PTASP Final Rule. 


The Federal Transit Administration will discuss the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) final rule (49 CFR Part 673). This 1-hour webinar beginning at 2:00 PM ET will provide a walkthrough of System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) to PTASP Roadmap. The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

Previous Recorded Webinars
September 6, 2018

This webinar examined the impacts of technologies such as connected/autonomous vehicles and ridesharing services on transportation revenues. As these technologies change the way people travel, they are displacing traditional revenue streams for transportation programs. This webinar will address the current and anticipated impact of these emerging mobility technologies on transit fare revenue, parking revenue, traffic and parking fines, managed lane and toll revenues, license fees, and registration fees. Presenters will identify impacts on airports, land use and development, and equity considerations. This webinar is based on a similarly-titled workshop presented at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting in order to make content available to practitioners who were unable to attend in person.​

August 14, 2018 

This webinar examined legal issues that transit agencies may face when an infectious disease epidemic arises. Presenters will provide an overview of federal and state laws and available court decisions affecting transit agencies' responses to infectious disease outbreaks, including potential cohesiveness among transit agencies' procedures and federal and state guidance. Presenters will also discuss developments in infectious disease response that affects transit agencies, such as the CDC's recently revised Quarantinable Communicable Disease rule.​

June 14, 2018

Darnell Grisby, APTA Director of Policy Development and Research was joined by Glen Weisbrod, President of Economic Development Research Group, Inc. and Chandler Duncan, Principal of Metro Analytics, to discuss APTA’s new report, The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation. Click here to access the full report on: The Economic Cost of Failing to Modernize Public Transportation​

June 5, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Research Report 197: Tools for a Sustainable Transit Agency. This research explores the development of two tools for improving sustainability at transit agencies, the Sustainability Routemap and the S+ROI Calculator, which address transit sustainability through simplifying, translating, and implementing existing knowledge in new ways.

June 5, 2018

Public transit is in a maintenance crisis. Deferred maintenance, decreased reliability, and declining ridership are necessitating increases in budgets for rehabs and repairs. But the real overhaul needs to be in how public agencies conduct their asset management and maintenance programs. Eno’s new paper, “Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition,” found a consensus among public and private transit stakeholders that current rail maintenance practices are inadequate to meet today’s challenges. Agencies must start by creating a culture of prioritizing maintenance through effective asset management, and carefully explore alternatives with the private sector to bring more accountability and transparency. This webinar discussed the paper’s recommendations.
 
May 30, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that addressed several components related to the implementation of resiliency strategies for transportation organizations. Presenters discussed the strategic identification; collection sharing/repurposing; coordination; updating knowledge, information, and data needed for policy; and costs, risks, performance, and other forms of analysis that support resiliency efforts. They illustrated the types of evidence needed to build business cases and render decisions in the public sector, described the current state of the practice, and discussed practical examples that utilized these practices.

May 22, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that discusses how state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations may integrate performance and asset management into their decision-making processes. These organizations are considering changes to how they do business after the Federal Highway Administration finalized rules for performance and asset management in response to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The presenters discussed how to manage the changes and provide examples of what has worked and what has not for agencies that have undertaken the process.

May 15, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Research Report 195: Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and Personal Automobiles. 

This research explores how transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are affecting the use of public transit and personal automobiles in several regions by drawing on several sources, including one of the first uses of TNC trip origin-destination data. The webinar outlined key findings and insights from this research about how, when, and where TNCs are most frequently used, and the relationship between this use, public transit usage, and driving commutes. The presenters also provided a range of recommendations that may assist public transit agencies and other public entities attempting to engage with TNC services in large, midsized, and smaller urban areas.

May 7, 2018

TRB conducted a webinar that featured research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Research Report 866: Return on Investment in Transportation Asset Management Systems and Practices.

This webinar discussed guidance and tools to support calculating the return on investment (ROI) for transportation agencies implementing new asset management systems or improving existing systems. The presenters described three case studies that were performed to calculate the ROI from implementing pavement, bridge, and maintenance management systems.

April 25, 2018

This webinar provided an update on the development of TAM standards and recommended practices as well as APTA’s Transit Performance Management Subcommittee activities and priorities. It will also review the deliverables and highlight the technical assistance resources available to assist in implementation ahead of the October 2018 TAM Plan deadline.

***This webinar is an encore of the Feb 22nd FTA presentation and does not feature any new content, if you participated in Feb this is a duplicate.***

March 22, 2018

Learn more about how some global cities are testing and deploying “Mobility-as-a-Service” as a means to facilitate customer information, schedules, and payment. This webinar will detail MaaS pilot programs, their lessons learned, and provide insights for US transit agencies, including its effect on ridership, data security, and equity in the broader transportation network.​

March 12, 2018

TRB conducted that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Web-Only Document 70: Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters, Volume 1: A Guide, Volume 2: Research Overview, and Volume 3: Literature Review and Case Studies.

This research provides "how to" steps to help transit agencies and others improve their resilience. Transit agencies across the U.S. face a multitude of threats from extreme weather and natural disasters. Ensuring that transit infrastructure and services are resilient to these threats is critical. This webinar included presentations by several transit agencies featured in the guide. The presenters provided first-hand accounts of their experiences and lessons learned as they implemented resilience strategies and projects.

November 16, 2017
This webinar discussed the changes in the way public transit agencies will approach operating policy with the introduction of connected vehicles (CV) and automated vehicles (AV) over the next few decades.  The results of the decisions transit operators make may affect employees, agency management structure, and transit patrons. This webinar will focus on key issues in areas such as AV technology evolution, safety considerations, workforce development, agency operating policies, and laws and regulations. The panelists will also present an action plan for resolving many of these issues.

July 19 2017
This webinar presented the findings from TCRP Synthesis 126: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies. Presented by Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), this session will discuss current practices and training initiatives, including bus operator training and retraining programs that have been effective in reducing accidents and incidents at transit agencies. The webinar will also focus on other system approaches that have been implemented to address safety hazards, including various technology applications, infrastructure modifications, and programs and initiatives such as driver incentive programs and close call/near miss reporting.

June 8, 2017
People who are homeless often utilize public transit vehicles or facilities as shelters to stay out of the weather and to be safe. For various reasons, many transit passengers do not feel comfortable when near people who are homeless. Transit agencies attempt to manage this population and its impacts to preserve the quality of the transit environment.  

June 7, 2017
Presenters discussed the best practices of value capture (VC) and public-private partnerships (P3s) in transportation funding. Value capture, the public recovery of a portion of increased property value created from public infrastructure investment, has been successful in several U.S. cities, and the presenters will review these case studies. Public-private partnerships can also be used by transit agencies to improve existing services as well as deliver new services and facilities, and presenters will demonstrate an interactive tool for identifying, evaluating, and screening opportunities for small- and medium-sized P3 initiatives.
This webinar is eligible for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits from the American Institute of Certified Planners.​

February 16, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 185: Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they improve bus operator workstation design, integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices, and involve all stakeholders in the design and build process.

January 26, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 185: Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they improve bus operator workstation design, integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices, and involve all stakeholders in the design and build process.​

January 11, 2017
This webinar provides guidance for reporting non-rail mode data to the National Transit Database (NTD) Safety & Security Reporting module. This webinar is specifically geared to reporting Rail mode data including Alaska Railroad (AR), Cable Car (CC), Commuter Rail (CR), Heavy Rail (HR), Hybrid Rail (YR), Incline Plane (IP), Light Rail (LR), Monorail/Automated Guideway (MG), and Streetcar (SR). This session will provide detailed steps for navigating the Safety & Security Report package, the 2017 reporting timeline, generating, editing and completing all reports/forms and an overview of available reports.

December 02, 2016
This webinar offers highlights of TCRP Report 163: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities. The Strategy Guide is a comprehensive resource that can help public transit agencies fulfill the primary goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) by making mainstream fixed-route bus and rail systems accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

June 28, 2016
While public transportation systems in the United States have a commendable safety record overall, there have been a number of recent events that highlight the need to improve safety culture and safety performance. As such, research is needed to take a comprehensive and multifaceted look at addressing safety culture for public transportation systems.

June 06, 2016
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 169: Developing Best-Practice Guidelines for Improving Bus Operator Health and Retention describes approaches that transit organizations in the United States and Canada have taken to address health problems faced by transit employees. This webinar will walk through the components of Part I: A Transit Workplace Health Protection and Promotion Practitioner’s Guide and discuss how to use the PowerPoint presentation, Making the Case for Transit Workplace Health Protection and Promotion, and the Excel worksheet, Transit Operator Workplace Health Protection and Promotion Planning, Evaluation, and ROI Template. Participants will be asked about their experiences with using the report and its tools, and explore establishing an ongoing dialogue on transit workplace health protection and promotion. Presented by Robin Mary Gillespie, Transportation Learning Center.

May 05, 2016
This webinar provides public transportation managers and labor union leaders with methods to use to establish, manage, and improve labor–management partnerships. The methods are based on the research and resulting toolkit documented in TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 181: Labor-Management Partnerships for Public Transportation.​

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