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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has published a proceedings report that documents the presentations and discussions from the Workforce Development Summit: Implementing, Disseminating, and Modeling Ladders of Opportunity. This one-day event was hosted by the FTA and the National Transit Institute (NTI) on June 7, 2016. Working with NTI, SURTC staff participated in the event and produced the proceedings document.
Recipients of the FTA's Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development grants and FTA partners gathered for the event to share information, network, and learn from each other as they addressed the workforce development challenges facing the industry. The summit featured presentations from FTA grantees, individuals from FTA, and FTA partners. Discussions focused on the workforce challenges facing the industry, innovative projects conducted by grant recipients, collaboration opportunities and the importance of partnerships, funding opportunities, and performance measurement. Links to the proceedings document and the report summary can be found below.
SURTC researchers Ranjit Godavarthy and Jeremy Mattson will join researcher Jonathan Brooks from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to present a webinar on transit's contribution to livability in rural communities. The webinar, which is part of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) webcast series, will be October 27 at 11:00 am central time.
Presenters will discuss an ongoing research study for the U.S. Department of Transportation about rural community livability and the role of public transportation. The definition of livability varies from community to community. Public transit may contribute to livability in one or more ways. The presenters will share a recently developed methodology to define livability locally and identify the potential transit markets specific to a community. The methodology was developed and tested in communities across the country. Results will be presented from cases studies conducted in small communities in the following states: Texas, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, and North Dakota. Click on the links below for more information and to view the webinar.
SURTC staff will be attending and participating in next week's National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation in Asheville, North Carolina. SURTC researchers Del Peterson and Jeremy Mattson and training coordinator Rob Lynch will each be giving presentations. Rob Lynch will also be manning SURTC's booth at the vendor show. Del Peterson served on the conference's planning committee and will also be awarding the winners of the student paper competition. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello or attend our sessions. Below is list of sessions in which SURTC staff are participating.
Del Peterson – Session title: Hiring and Retaining Qualified Personnel: Challenges and Strategies; Presentation title: Workforce Development and Succession Planning to Prepare the Rural Transit Industry for the Future; Monday October 3, 9:45 AM
Rob Lynch – Session title: Working Effectively with Public Officials Through Good Communication and Good Data; Presentation title: Making the Case: Working with Elected and Appointed Officials; Tuesday October 4, 8:00 AM
Jeremy Mattson – Session title: Recent Developments in Planning Rural Intercity Bus Services; Presentation title: Estimating Demand for Rural Intercity Bus Services; Tuesday October 4, 4:15 PM
The Coming Retirement Tsunami: Why Transit Agencies and the Public Sector Can No Longer Ignore Succession Planning
Join us for this informative workshop June 9 from 10:00 AM to Noon CT. Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group and Del Peterson of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) will be presenting.
Your public sector agency's future depends on its ability to identify, retain and prepare future leaders. Beyond simply replacing positions that become vacant, effective succession planning is an ongoing process of identifying, assessing and developing talent to ensure leadership, management and supervisory continuity throughout an organization and, moreover, to sustain its performance.
For more information or to register, view the workshop flyer.
SURTC researchers will be participating in next week's Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Ranjit Godavarthy will be giving a presentation titled "Developing a Method for Assessing National Demand-Response Transit Level of Service." His presentation is part of a session Monday morning, 8:00 am – 9:45 am, titled "Paratransit, Demand-Responsive, Dial-a-Ride: A New Future." Jeremy Mattson will be participating in a poster session Tuesday afternoon, 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm, titled "Public Transportation Policy: Governance, Priority-Setting, and Perspectives." The title of his poster is "Method for Estimating Statewide Transit Needs and Investment Priorities in Rural and Small Urban Areas."
These presentations are based on the following research published by SURTC in 2015.
Webinar – The Digitally Connected Commuter: How Personal Technology is Affecting the Rider Experience on Public Transit
The Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is hosting a free webinar on the implications of personal electronic devices on the demand for transit and the quality of the traveler experience. To register, send a message to email@example.com.
TITLE: "The Digitally Connected Commuter: How Personal Technology is Affecting the Rider Experience on Public Transit"
TIME: Wednesday, September 30. Noon-1 PM Central Time (1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific). Webinar ends promptly at 1 PM.
SPEAKERS: Sean J. Barbeau, Ph.D., University of South Florida; Matt Michel, Research Associate and Joe Schwieterman, Ph.D., Professor, DePaul University Chicago.
DESCRIPTION: Barbeau will describe ongoing research at the University of South Florida to create and evaluate location-aware mobile technology and its effect on transit riders. Michel and Schwieterman will present data from 10,000 Chicago commuter rail riders showing a dramatic rise in "digital activity" among passengers since 2010. They posit that the associated benefits of using devices while traveling are stimulating the demand for transit. The presentation will together last 40 minutes, allowing 20 minutes for discussion and Q&A.
MODERATOR: David Boaté, P.E., Gannett Fleming, and President, TRF Public and High Speed Ground Transportation Chapter | Executive Vice President, TRF New York Chapter
RSVP: Free and open to all professionals, students, and guests. To register, call (312) 362-5731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SURTC and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute are partnering with MATBUS, Great Rides Bike Share, and Metro COG to celebrate Stand Up for Transportation Day on April 9 in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Stand Up for Transportation Day, celebrated nationwide and organized by the American Public Transportation Association, is meant to promote awareness and knowledge of the importance of transportation as a vital link in our communities. Whether it’s roads, bridges, infrastructure projects, public transportation or bike share programs, the transportation sector is helping to power the American economy and getting the job done for our citizens.
To commemorate the day, NDSU President Dean Bresciani will welcome the Mayors from Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth when they gather at noon at the NDSU Memorial Union Transit Hub. Each will talk briefly about the importance of transportation in our metro area, followed by the signing of a joint proclamation.
Area residents and visitors can play an active role in this event by posting transportation-related selfies or photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on April 9. By using the hashtag #SU4TFM, participants will be eligible to win prizes. There will be large informational posters with transportation-related facts placed around the metro to further promote the event.
Jill Hough, SURTC director, will be conducting a webinar titled "Ethics in Transit Decision-Making" on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. central time. The webinar, which is being hosted by the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), will examine various decision-making tests for ethics, while exploring this hot topic in transit. Register for the webinar at the following link: 101 Webinar: Ethics in Transit Decision-Making.
SURTC staff will be participating in next week's Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Below is a list of sessions and committee meetings in which SURTC staff will be participating.
|SURTC Staff||Session/Meeting||Presentation Title||Date|
|Jeremy Mattson (Presenting)||ADA30 Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities Committee||Mobility Management, Cost-Benefit Analyses, and Demand-Response Level of Service: Recent Research from SURTC||Jan 12, 10:00 – 10:20 AM|
|Jill Hough (Presiding)||Session 442 – Transportation Planning Applications: Tips and Tools||Jan 12, 4:15 – 6:00 PM|
|Jill Hough and Del Peterson (Attending)||AP055 Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Committee Meeting||Jan 13, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM|
|Jeremy Mattson (Poster)||Session 638 – Inclusive Transportation: Infrastructure and Services||Evaluating the State of Mobility Management and Human Service Transportation Coordination||Jan 13, 2:00 – 3:45 PM|
|Del Peterson (Presenting)||Session 699 – Special Topics in Rural and Small Urban Public Transportation||Improving Veterans' Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas||Jan 13, 3:45 – 5:30 PM|
|Ranjit Godavarthy (Presenting)||Session 699 – Special Topics in Rural and Small Urban Public Transportation||Cost-Benefit Analysis of U.S. Rural and Small Urban Transit||Jan 13, 3:45 – 5:30 PM|
|Jill Hough (Presenting)||Session 826 Gender Differences and the Built Environment||Relative Desired Mobility of Elderly Women Living in Rural and Small Urban Locations in North Dakota||Jan 14, 2:30 – 4:00 PM|
Presentations from the 21st National Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference are now available on the conference webpage (click on PowerPoint Presentations on the left-side menu). Included are the following presentations from SURTC staff: