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Route 1: Planning, Design and Research


Route 2: Policy, Funding and Finance


Route 3: Special Topics on Rural Mobility


Route 4: Rural Transportation in Today’s Operating Environment


Route 5: Technology and Training Solutions to Improve Service


Roundtable


Plenary



Route 1: Planning, Design and Research


 
Mobility Management Trends in Rural America
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Will Rodman, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
  Mobility management is an approach to transit service development and management that establishes a variety of services tailored to meet the needs of customer markets. It also entails creating a coordinated service delivery network to achieve connectivity for customers and efficient use of funds. In this session, the role of mobility managers and mobility management tools will be discussed. Also, a successful example of a mobility manager in Iowa and the key elements to planning and starting a volunteer driver program will be presented.
 
  Volunteer Driver Programs: Perspectives from the Road
  Michael Audino, Center for Urban Transportation Research
  Pushing Transit Further with a Mobility Manager
  Bridget Bartlett, The Regional Transit Authority
  Mobility Management Toolkit: Turning Mobility Managers into Mobility Leaders
  Ross Peterson, Ride Connection
 
Innovative Methodologies for Targeting, Planning, Promoting and Evaluating Rural Public Transit
Monday, October 15, 2012 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Jason Green, Utah Department of Transportation
  In order to justify funding for transit projects, the technique of targeting, planning, promoting and evaluating rural public transit is always changing and evolving. This session will examine livability measures for rural transit that can be measured with national datasets, using GIS to evaluate a system’s availability and daily trip pattern, and will discuss recent updates in the methods for determining rural transit need and demand.
 
  Rural Transit Livability Performance Measures
  Suzie Edrington, Texas Transportation Institute
  GIS-T Analysis for Two University Towns
  Michael Lachman, Hocking Athens Perry Community Action/Athens Public Transit
  Estimating the Need and Demand for Rural Public Transportation
  Albert Stoddard, LSCTransportation Consultants, Inc.
 
Successful Planning and Implementing New and Restructured Intercity Bus Service
Monday, October 15, 2012 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Tracy Young, Arizona Department of Transportation
  Across the country, from North Carolina to Ohio to Utah and beyond, new and restructured intercity bus services are coming online to meet more of the mobility needs that exist in rural communities. This session will present recent success stories for intercity bus service due to innovative marketing and service delivery, collaborative planning, and creative funding structures. Case studies include GoBus in Southern Ohio, five inner city bus routes in East North Carolina, and inner city buses in Utah.
 
  GoBus: An Intercity Bus Success Story
  Carolyn Conley, Hocking Athens Perry Community Action
  Restructuring Eastern North Carolina Intercity Bus Routes for Greater Effectiveness
  Thomas Cook, ITRE-NCSU
  Development of Utah's Rural Intercity Bus Program
  Frederic Fravel, KFH Group, Inc.
 
Planning and Designing Transportation for Federal Land Management Agencies and Gateway Communities
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Nathan Caldwell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  Transportation plays a key role in the way that people access and enjoy federal lands. The transportation systems serving federal lands provide opportunities for recreational travel and tourism, protect and enhance resources, and provide sustained economic development in rural and urban areas. This session will examine new perspectives on planning and designing transportation for public lands and national parks. The presenters will describe the challenges and opportunities in providing transportation in the Greater Yellowstone region, in Arches National Park, and Alaska, and will provide information on long range planning for public lands.
 
  Transportation In Parks & Other Public Lands
  David Kack, Western Transportation Institute
  Long Range Transportation Planning for Federal Land Management Agencies: Incorporating Transit and Trails for Access to the Public Lands
  Nathan Caldwell, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System
  Feasibility Study of Over-the-Snow Transit Service in Seward, AK
  Alex Linthicum, USDOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
 
Against the Odds: Uintah Basin Transit Authority
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Ross Peterson, Ride Connection
  Despite being formed during the great recession, Utah's newest transit service is off to a successful start. This service is unique in that it is funded through recovery act stimulus funding, start-up funds from the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, and mineral lease royalties. Other successes emerging from the planning study include the first ever reinstatement of a previously cancelled Greyhound route. How vision, creativity and dedication resulted in success for Utah's newest rural transit system exceeding expectations.
 
  Against the Odds: A Transit District Perspective
  Todd Beutler, Cache Valley Transit District
  Against the Odds: A Workforce Development Perspective
  Bob Gilbert, Department of Workforce Services
  Against the Odds: A State DOT Perspective
  John Valerio, Colorado Department of Transportation
  Against the Odds: An Association of Governments Perspective
  Colt Miller, Basin Transit Association/Uintah Basin Association of Goverments
 
Tribal Transit: Bringing It All Together and Making It Work
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
William Kelley, Eastern Washington University
  This panel will provide recent examples of successes and challenges in transit planning and operations of Tribal Nations. Tribal transit systems vary widely but all share the common goal of keeping people mobile. In early stages of planning, successful outreach and involvement in the community can yield important information for critical needs assessment. Whether fixed route or demand response, diverse travel needs of commuters, social services, youth and elderly have to be considered. And for continued operations beyond startup funding, potential partnerships between different agencies and organizations often provide sustainable funding levels. Join us as we explore varied responses to these important tribal transit needs.
 
  Lessons in Nation Building: Tribal Transit as Economic Development
  Jim Beard, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation
  Effective Community Outreach for Tribal Transit Planning and Operations
  Chamisa Radford, Spokane Indian Reservation

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Route 2: Policy, Funding and Finance


 
Statewide Planning & Practices in Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
David Kack, Montana State University
  Every state has its own approach to developing and evaluating rural or intercity bus services, although there are many overlaps and cross-considerations. This session presents how players in four different states have taken into account some of the multitude of geographical, financial, operational, political and social issues that are often considered in such service development and evaluations. The session also features the 3rd place winner of the Student Paper Competition.
 
  Vermont 2012 Public Transit Policy Plan
  Sue Knapp, KFH Group, Inc. with co-presenters Scott Bascom, David Pelletier and Barbara Donovan, VTrans; and Fred Fravel, KFH Group
  Tennessee Intercity Bus Travel Demand and Network Evaluation
  Hongtai Yang, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  Projecting Long-term Change for Rural Public Transportation: Lessons Learned Creating the Texas Rural Transportation Plan 2035
  Jonathan Brooks, Texas Transportation Institute: Transit Mobility Program
 
Policy, Funding and Finance Considerations in the Development & Evaluation of Intercity Bus Programs
Monday, October 15, 2012 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Brandon Buchanan, American Bus Association
  State and regional intercity bus programs play a crucial role in rural and regional mobility, and there are many critical factors that must be considered in policy development, operations, and program evaluation. With less dense populations, longer travel distances and (often) the absence of a strong political base, program managers often find themselves searching for help with best practices. The use of “local match” funds to support intercity bus services is of particular interest. This session presents examples from both statewide and regional perspectives, as well as examining the role of Intercity Bus connectivity in the intermodal passenger system.
 
  Rural Intercity Bus In Washington State-Four Years On and Counting
  Stephen Abernathy, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  Observations in Operating Intercity Bus in a Land of Long Distances and Public-Private Partnerships
  Lisa Ballard, Current Transportation Solutions
  Montana Intercity Bus Service Study
  David Kack, Western Transportation Institute
 
Civil Rights Forum: Title VI, Environmental Justice, and Tribal Issues
Monday, October 15, 2012 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Pat Piras, Pat Piras Consulting
  With the recent issuance of new FTA Circulars on Title VI and Environmental Justice, transit systems must be even more conscientious than before about ensuring that their programs and services are available to all people on an equitable basis. This session will feature a representative from FTA, as well as presentations on practical operational perspectives.
 
  Update on FTA Civil Rights Guidance
  Cecelia Comito, FTA Regional V
  Contracting with Native American Indian Tribes
  Ron Baumgart,  River Cities Public Transit
  Development and Assessment of Agency Policies and Practices for Civil Rights
  Carol Wright, SURTC
 
Innovative Funding Strategies
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Jacklyn Montgomery, CalACT
  Transit managers have learned to be remarkably creative in looking under new and unexplored rocks to provide consistent sustainable funding to provide local and regional services to rural residents and communities. This session will provide four different approaches from around the country to bring in federal, state, local, private, and voter-approved funding to improve the mobility and livability of rural areas.
 
  Advocating for Rural Transit at the State and Federal Level: Coalitions, Partnerships and Uncommon Bedfellows
  Elena Wilken, CASTA
  Public/Private Partnership in Rural Idaho
  Mark Lupher, City of Challis
  North by Northwest Connector: A Regional Transit Alliance
  Jay Flint, Sunset Empire Transportation District
  Priming the new well---Strategies for expanding local match opportunities.
  Scott Kosky, OATS Inc.
 
What's New in Rural BRT and Sustainability
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Pat Piras, Pat Piras Consulting
  This session will include three (3) presentations. This session will feature the 2nd place Student Paper Award winner, reporting on a study that analyzed how Bogotá can improve transit service without marginalizing low-income workers who commute from the nearby municipality of Soacha. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is building VelociRFTA --- the first rural bus rapid transit system in the United States and operated by a rural transit agency…and it will run entirely on compressed natural gas (CNG)! The Clean Cities program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, funds local coalitions that have a joint mission to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the U.S. by supporting local decisions to reduce petroleum use in transportation through advance technology, alternative fuels and other energy strategies including idle reduction programs.
 
  Bus Rapid Transit in Rural Communities
  Dawn Mullally Chase, Roaring Fork Transporation Authority (RFTA)
  Clean Cities Program, Financial and Alternative Fuels Resources
  Robin Erickson, Utah Clean Cities Coalition
  The Unintended Regional Consequences of Integrating Intracity Bus Service: The Case of Bogata and Soacha, Colombia
  Gwen Kash, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
Procurement and Grant Administration
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Dan Mundy, CalACT
  This session provides three presentations relating to program costing and administration. One will provide an overview of the cost implications of policy decisions and service design. National RTAP will present an online application developed to assist sub-recipients who are using federal funds to purchase goods and services. Also included is an analysis of bus life-cycle costing by the U.S. DOT's Volpe Center to support service planning efforts by Federal Land Management Agencies.
 
  The Efficient Organization of Rural Transit
  David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University
  ProcurementPRO: Help with the Procurement Process
  Rob Tassinari, National Rural Transit Assistance Program
  Bus Lifecycle Cost Modeling in National Parks and on Federal Lands
  Alex Linthicum, U.S. DOT - Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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Route 3: Special Topics on Rural Mobility


 
Effective Communications for Rural Transportation
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Richard Garrity, RLS Associates
  This session will provide highlight various innovative media strategies that have been used to promote rural transit. Additionally, communication strategies for effective community with persons with disabilities will be addressed.
 
  Addressing Language Barriers for Passengers, Drivers and Dispatchers
  Carol Wright, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center
  Rural Bus Film Festival
  Lisa Ballard, Current Transportation Solutions
  Ridin' for the Brand
  Craig Johnson, Hired Guns LLC
 
Transportation for Veterans and Military Families
Monday, October 15, 2012 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Jon Burkhardt, Westat, Inc.
  As the nation diminishes its role in foreign conflicts, communities are facing an influx of returning warriors and the need to ensure that veterans have access to employment, medical services, and other community services. This session will highlight how some communities are rising to meet the mobility challenges of our nation’s veterans and military families.
 
  Transit Planning for Military Installations and Surrounding Communities
  Ellen Oettinger, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
 
Transportation's Role in Sustainable Communities
Monday, October 15, 2012 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Jacklyn Montgomery, CalACT
  The role of public transportation has long been recognized as a critical element in building sustainable cities. This session will focus on how these lessons have been translated to more rural settings with specific examples of how rural transit can support healthy, livable towns and communities.
 
  Key Indicators on Important Aspects of Life in Rural America. How Does Transportation Bring Us All Together?
  Laura Brown, RLS & Associates, Inc.
  Transportation and Housing: Key Elements to Building Sustainable Communities
  Noreen Beatley, Manhattan Strategy Group
 
Regional Approaches to Cost-Effective Service Delivery
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Jon Burkhardt, Westat, Inc.
 
  Practical Paths and Underlying Technologies for Regional Coordination Success
  Tom Coogan, RouteMatch Software
  Trends in Volunteer Driver Programs
  Helen Kerschner, The Beverly Foundation
  Evaluation of a One-Call Center for Utah's Wasatch Front
  Suzanne O'Neill, TransitPlus
 
Intercity Services to Enhance Rural Mobility
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Frederic Fravel, Vice President, KFH Group, Inc.
  Increased recognition of the need for rural residents to travel regionally has resulted in new and innovative intercity services throughout the United States. This session will highlight both local and statewide efforts to increase intercity mobility using a variety of service modes.
 
  When the best bus route is the river: Klamath river transit service planning meeting visitor needs and connecting a reservation defined by its river.
  Kevin Wright, Redwood Community Action Agency
  Travel Washington- Rural mobility to Serve Rural Residents
  Stephen Abernathy, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  Connecting Rural Communities to the National Intercity Bus Network: Leveraging Private Capacity, Enhancing Public Resources
  Sue Bubel, Greyhound Lines (Chair of NBTA)
 
Special Topics on Public Lands Transportation
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Robin Phillips, Oregon Department of Transportation
  This session presents information on important public lands transportation issues in Arches National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The first reports on a fast-paced project is to evaluate options for mitigating congestion in Arches National Park while improving visitor experience, while the second -- based on the first-place winner of the student paper competition -- addresses the issues of mobility and accessibility to gateway communities for residents and visitors within the region and protect the park environment.
 
  Congestion Management in Arches National Park: A Market-based Approach to Shuttle Planning
  Cathleen Sullivan, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
  Connecting Gateway Communities to Yellowstone National Park: A Proposal for a Public Transportation System Servicing the Greater Yellowstone Region
  Brett Korporaal, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU

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Route 4: Rural Transportation in Today’s Operating Environment


 
Innovations in Rural Transit Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness
Monday, October 15, 2012 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Ream Lazaro, Boyd, Caton and Grant Transportation Group, Inc.
  The FTA Bus Safety and Security Program provides guidance and resources to rural transit agencies in developing and maintaining comprehensive safety, security and emergency preparedness programs. Learn more about this guidance and these resources and how rural programs have put them into practice.
 
  Are We Safe: Measuring the Results of a Rural Safety Program Implementation
  Todd Beutler, Cache Valley Transit District
  Are We Secure: Measuring the Results of a Comprehensive Rural Transit Security Program Implementation
  Jeff Carlson, Via Mobility Services
  The Impact of the FTA Bus Safety Program Orientation Seminar on Implementing Statewide Transit Safety and Security Programs
  David C. Harris, New Mexico Department of Transportation
 
Operating at Your Best: Improving Transit Operator Performance
Monday, October 15, 2012 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Nathan Coats, Cache Valley Transit District
  The challenges of transit bus operation are many. As professional drivers transporting passengers, sometimes very vulnerable passengers, they not only have the usual demands on all drivers to drive defensively, but they have additional pressure of being responsible for other lives on their vehicle. The safe operation of a transit vehicle day in and day out requires that the driver be healthy, alert, and unimpaired. These presentations provide some insight into improving performance to enhance safety.
 
  Modeling and Analysis of Public Transit Bus Driver Distraction
  Kelwyn D'Souza, Hampton University
  Rural Transit Employees Health, Wellness and Medical Qualification
  Robbie Sarles, RLS & Associates, Inc.
  Creating a Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace: Making a Difference For Your Employees, Volunteers and Agency
  Beverly Krieger, Precision Compliance, Inc.
 
Customer Information and Training to Enhance the Transit Experience
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Mark Szyperski, Capital Trailways
  Tools and programs that provide passengers and potential passengers with information and skills to access transit with less uncertainty about when, where and whether they'll be picked up and less stress about getting to the right location at the right time benefits everyone. It creates a safer and more secure environment for the passenger, and contributes to the professionalism of the agency and the industry. This session provides information on how improved information and training is creating this more positive environment.
 
  Enhancing the Customer Experience in Rural Transit: Coordination, Improved Customer Information and Travel Training
  Selena Barlow and Heather Menninger, Transit Marketing/ AMMA Transit Planning
  Developing a Comprehensive Mobility Training Program: Best Practice in Training for System Navigation, Safety and Accessing Information.
  Kevin Welch, Paratransit, Inc.
  Connected Travelers and the Intercity Network
  Aaron Antrim, Trillium Solutions, Inc.
 
Rural Transit Change and Innovation: How Did They Do That?
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Ken Hosen, KFH Group, Inc.
  Rural public transit systems and rural intercity bus service face a wide variety of challenges on a daily basis. These organizations must change and innovate in order to improve and meet the increasing demands for their service, often as their service area undergoes significant changes. The old saying, “necessity is the mother of invention’ is more than evident in rural transit. This presentation is based on the recently published TCRP Synthesis No. 94: Innovative Rural Transit Services. The research tells us that the successful systems have certain characteristics related to their willingness and ability to change as needed to improve, to innovate, and to try something new. Observations and conclusions drawn in the synthesis will be presented by the author, along with case studies from innovative systems.
 
  Managing Innovation and Change – The JAUNT Experience
  Brad Sheffield, Jaunt, Inc.
  Managing Innovation and Change - The Reinvention of Addison County Transit
  Jim Moulton, Addison County Transit Resources
 
Operations Logistics in the Face of Service Disruption and Other Emergencies
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Gary Gleason, Nusura, Inc.
  Whether caused by natural or human-caused disaster, highway or bridge construction or other events, forseen or unforseen, disruption to our transit services can mean at least inconvenience and, in many cases, a significant loss to our passengers who rely on transit. Disruption to service may be a particular hardship on passengers with disabilities. This session will provide two case studies on how transit agencies dealt with service disruption. In addition, learn more about what you can do as part of a team of emergency planning for people with disabilities.
 
  Coordinating Rural Transport with Major Projects: The Hood Canal Bridge Experience & Lessons Learned
  Stephen Abernathy, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  Atomic City Transit's experience during the evacuation of Los Alamos due to the Las Conchas Fire
  Mike Davis, Los Alamos County - Atomic City Transit
  Emergency planning for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs - the role of paratransit
  Gary Gleason, Nusura, Inc.

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Route 5: Technology and Training Solutions to Improve Service


 
Smart Fleets: How Technology is Improving Operations
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Cindy Frene, National RTAP
  New developments in transit vehicle systems and equipment can help transit agencies track vehicle locations, count riders, provide real-time service information, increase energy efficiency, and monitor driver performance. This session includes reports on transit agency experience with some of the latest types of vehicles and onboard equipment.
 
  Ruggedized Consumer Devices for Transit- Pros and Cons, and the Potential for Cost Savings and Convenience
  Tom Coogan, RouteMatch Software
  Use of Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Vehicles by Small Urban and Rural Transit Systems
  Jeremy Mattson, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center, North Dakota State University
  Effortless Passenger Identification Systems
  Del Peterson, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center
  Security Cameras Are Watching You: Bus Operator’s Deliverance, an Annoyance, or Passing Fad?
  Peter Schauer, Peter Schauer Associates
 
From Grassroots to the Cloud: Technology Tools to Improve Transit Management and Operations
Monday, October 15, 2012 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Jess Wallis, Customer and Product Specialist, National RTAP
  New approaches to software applications put technology tools within closer reach of rural transit systems. After an in-depth look at the concepts of 'the Cloud' and web-based applications, this session shares the experiences of Minnesota DOT and Park City Transit with their use of technology tools to improve management and operations.
 
  Cloud Computing: Why Your Transit System Should Get Onboard
  Frank Condon and Shannon Greenwell, National RTAP
  Lessons Learned from Rural Technology Solutions
  Antonio Ribeiro, Park City Transit
  When the Stakes are High: MnDOT’s Use of Technology to Improve High-Impact Decisions
  Beverly Herfindahl (MNDOT) and Jonathan Allen, DecisionLens
 
Building Two-Way Streets: How Technology is Facilitating Dialogue between Providers & the Community
Monday, October 15, 2012 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Shannon Greenwell, Resource Center Project Manager, National RTAP
  Whether you’re seeking input from the public, promoting services to potential riders, or providing information and assistance to current riders, technology can play a part. This session describes how transit agencies are using social media and various types of technology to communicate with transit stakeholders.
 
  Intercity Bus/Illinois Bus Network Connectivity Marketing Initiative
  Radha Hemmige, Illinois Department of Transportation
  Transit, Technology & Public Participation
  Del Peterson and Jeremy Mattson, Small Urban & Rural Transit Center
  Social Media for the Transportation Professional
  Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America
 
Emergency Procedures for Rural Transit Drivers: Overview of National RTAP’s Training Module
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Pam DiGiovanni, National RTAP
  Emergency management experts from Nusura, Inc., creators of National RTAP's training module 'Emergency Procedures for Rural Transit Drivers', will provide an overview of the module and share strategies for getting the most out of National RTAP's emergency management training series. You'll get a chance to sample the module's guidance on responding to unexpected events, view its multimedia elements, try its classroom exercises, and more.
 
  National RTAP’s Training Module Overview on Transit Emergency Management
  Gary Gleason, Nusura, Inc.
 
Sharing Space through Cyberspace: Technology and Coordination
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Rob Tassinari, Senior Technical Director, National RTAP
  In today's funding environment, all transit providers are faced with the need to make the most out of available resources. Mobility management, including coordination of operations between providers, is one approach. This session discusses the experiences of transit agencies that have utilized technology to facilitate coordinated planning, service information, and operations.
 
  I-way: Idaho's Planning and Coordination Process
  Heather Wheeler, Community Transportation Association of Idaho
  Making Transit Requests Portable
  Ken Banks, Mobilitat
  How Coordinated Scheduling and Dispatching is Moving Communities
  Debra McGlasson, Pelivan Transit
 
Innovations in Rural Transit Training
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:45 PM-5:15 PM
Robert Sharp, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  Training adult learners in today's fast-paced, stressful work environment is more challenging than ever before. This session presents practical suggestions for refreshing your training program's topics and delivery methods.
 
  Strengthening Your Safety Culture Through Quality Training Programs
  Diana Byrnes, Center for Urban Transportation Research, USF
  E-Learning in the Transit Industry
  Gary Hegland, GTH Transit Advisory
  Training Program Makeovers: Creative Ways to Revive Your Training Program and Share Your Message
  Tracy Young, Arizona Department of Transportation

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Roundtable


 
Breakfast and Roundtable: Distracted Driving - Is It a Problem in Rural Transit?
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Facilitator: Peter Schauer, Peter Schauer Associates
  Discussion of distracted driving seems to be everywhere, including a major initiative of the Federal Transit Administration. But how big a problem is it in rural public and intercity bus systems? Join this roundtable to share your experiences and hear from others. An potential outcome of this session will be development of a research problem statement to submit to the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP).
 
  You are driving me to distraction: Theory, Practice and Avoidance of Distracted Driving
  Peter Schauer, Peter Schauer Associates
  Reducing Distracted Driving Through the Use of Video-Based Event Recorders
  Josh Botnen, DriveCam
 
Breakfast and Roundtable: Section 5311 (f) and the Intercity Bus Program
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Facilitator: Randy Isaacs, Randy Isaacs & Associates
  The number of state DOTs actively implementing effective programs with FTA 5311(f) funding and the number of public, nonprofit and for-profit operators providing subsidized intercity bus service as an integral part of a state’s service plan are on the rise. Come hear about recent MAP-21 changes and how the in-kind match program is even stronger and more available.
 
Breakfast and Roundtable: The 'New' 5311/5316 Program
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Facilitator: Patricia Weaver, Kansas University Transportation Research Institute
  From reductions in the percentages allowed for state administration of the 5311 program to even greater program integration. We are having to “hit the ground running” to implement these changes; even as discussions concerning the next reauthorization have already begun.
 
Breakfast and Roundtable: The 'New' 5310/5317 Program
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Facilitator: Dan Mundy, CalACT
  MAP-21 has made significant changes in these programs, including combining program focus and allowing operating assistance. We now have less than 2 years to integrate these changes into state’s Programs of Projects and secure and implement services before the next reauthorization.
 
Breakfast and Roundtable: Planning Futures for Rural Communities
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Facilitator: Patrisha Piras, Pat Piras Consulting
  Planning for rural communities has a new focus under MAP-21 and everyone is trying to understand their implications and get started. This roundtable will focus on these recent and rapidly evolving changes.

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Plenary


 
Conference Welcome and Keynote Address
Monday, October 15, 2012 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Conference Co-Chairs: Randy Isaacs, Isaacs and Associates, and Leone Gibson, UDOT
  Welcome to the 20th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation. A welcome to Utah featuring Lt. Governor Greg Bell; John Njord, Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation; Nathan Coats, President, Utah Urban Rural Transit Association (URSTA), and representatives of the Conference Planning Committee. Keynote Address entitled "Providing Meaningful Mobility Connections: Lessons Learned" presented by John Inglish, CEO of Utah Transit Authority.
 
National Perspectives on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation: Words from the Industry
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
  A lively dialogue with leaders of our national associations: Dale Marsico, Executive Director of the Community Transportation Association; Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association; and Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of the American Bus Association.
 
Town Hall Meeting: The Future of Rural America; And What Are We Going To Do About It?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
  This traditional conference closing plenary session is an actively-facilitated program focusing on demographic and economic trends of concern for the future of rural America. This year’s Town Hall Meeting will feature engaging content experts who can speak to the trends, and who also can help identify a call-to-action agenda for our industry. The Town Hall Meeting will result in the identification of a potential action agenda for research, policy, and politics for our industry and our industry partners.
 
MAP-21 Update
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10:45 AM-12:00 PM
FTA Headquarters Staff
  Please join FTA for an update on the changes in rural and intercity bus transportation programs in the recently-passed reauthorization.

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