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2017 Annual Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo (Daytona Beach, Florida – April 28-29, 2017)

It’s that time again – roundup your best drivers and technicians and come participate in the 2017 Annual Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo in Daytona Beach. The Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo combines the FPTA and RTAP roadeos into a single, colossal weekend honoring all of Florida’s maintenance technicians, paratransit and fixed route operators.

The year’s event is a joint effort of the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA), the Florida Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the Florida Association of Coordinated Transit Systems (FACTS), and hosted by the Votran.

The host hotel is the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Resort, 100 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118. Roadeo registration, orientation, training, written exams, the Friday evening reception, and the Saturday evening awards banquet will all be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach. The Saturday competition will take place across the street at the Ocean Center.

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Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators

Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators harnesses the technology of e-learning and provides a self-paced, online training course for Florida’s public transportation professionals. This training will provide transit operators with basic tips, skills and techniques to improve their ability to interact with persons with disabilities in an understanding and effective manner. The learning objectives for transit operators include gaining general knowledge about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an understanding of the vital importance of mobility for persons with disabilities, and receiving guidelines for communicating effective with persons with disabilities.

The online course is divided into five modules (Overview, General Tips, Disability Etiquette, Emergency Situations and Conclusion). Each module reinforces both the purpose of the training, as well as the learning objectives, by providing participants with key, transit specific information related to each module. At the conclusion of each module, participants are required to successfully complete a short quiz. At the successful completion of each module and the quizzes, a Certificate of Completion is generated for participants to print out for their personal and employment records.

Registration information to complete the Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators e-learning course.


National RTAP: Your Link to Rural Transit Assistance

Millions of rural and tribal citizens are unable to drive for health, economic or lifestyle reasons. Transit is a real solution to maintaining a high quality of life—providing access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping and numerous other activities. Since 1979, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided block grants to states, under the Section 5311 Non-Urbanized Area Transit Program, to establish and maintain transit systems in communities with populations under 50,000.

Program founders soon recognized that community transit drivers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, managers and board members needed special skills and knowledge to provide quality service to their diverse customers across large service areas. In 1987, the Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) was created to meet this need.

Since its inception, National RTAP has developed and distributed training materials, provided technical assistance, generated reports, published best practices, scholarships, conducted research, and offered Peer Assistance with the goal of improved mobility for the millions of Americans living in small and rural communities.

The National RTAP operates today under a cooperative agreement between the Federal Transit Administration and the Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association. Its overarching mission is to address the needs of rural, small urban and tribal transit operators across the nation. The work of National RTAP is overseen by the National RTAP Review Board, whose expertise in the field of rural transit helps guide and inform the development of National RTAP products and services. The Review Board is made up of both local transit operators and state departments of transportation personnel.

For more information about National RTAP and the many services and resources it offers, please follow this links:

http://www.nationalrtap.org/home.aspx | http://www.nationalrtap.org/AboutUs.aspx

Tap Into RTAP

National RTAP has created an informational video that highlights the resources available to rural and small urban transit agencies nationally. “Tap Into RTAP” is a short three-minute video that explains what National RTAP provides to the RTAP community—and it’s FREE! Training materials and resources, technical assistance and research reports are available to assist with your agency’s transit inquiries and needs. Use the web link below to access this informative video.

For more information on how you can take advantage of National RTAP’s resources, contact us at Florida RTAP or.

Or you can contact National RTAP directly at: www.nationalrtap.org/home.aspx or by phone at (888) 589-6821

National RTAP—Tap Into RTAP via National RTAP site: http://www.nationalrtap.org/AboutUs/TapintoRTAP.aspx


Careers in Transit Video Release

The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the University of South Florida is pleased to announce the availability of a 10-minute video entitled “Careers in Transit”.  Public Transportation has often been referred to as “the accidental occupation” because most people are not aware of the many good career opportunities that exist in the field of transit.   This fast-paced DVD is designed to be seen by high school and college students who have yet to make up their minds on what field they will enter.  It provides a preliminary glimpse of the kinds of jobs that are available, and stresses the “green nature” of transit as well as the extensive technology that is being utilized in all forms of transit systems.  We hope it will increase their interest in exploring the possibility of working in the field of public transportation.  Given the tremendous competition there will be for talent once the Boomer generation retires, the public transportation industry must compete for good applicants and increase its visibility as an employer of choice.

This video has been posted on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txg9PDWTW78 View Script.   We hope you will review the video and forward the link to as many people as you think would be interested in viewing it, and advise others of its availability. A hard copy of the DVD is being sent to all Human Resource Directors of transit agencies that are members of APTA. 

We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority in Tampa, Florida, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the USDOT, and the Florida Department of Transportation for providing the funding needed to produce this video.  I also want to acknowledge Stephanie Zavacki of NCTR for her diligence and patience in producing the video.  We hope it will be an excellent tool for those who wish to help young people become aware of the many good paying, interesting, and community-oriented positions there are in a field that is sure to expand in the future.

Sincerely,

Joel Volinski, Director - National Center for Transit Research


Zero Fatalities Video - The Dangers While Texting and Driving

The Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Public Safety have released a DVD that examines the dangers of distracted driving. The DVD features a teen whose text messaging while driving resulted in the death of two men.

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Federal Transit Administration - What's New?

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Please follow the "now available" link below for news and updates from the Federal Tranist Administration: This information has recently been updated with the Federal Register. FTA Issues Final Rule amending regulations which govern the provision of charter service by recipients of federal funds, and is now available.