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FTA Releases Update Hazard Mitigation Cost Effectiveness Tool

As technical assistance to transit agencies that are considering disaster resilience as a part of their capital investment programs, FTA has updated its resilience benefit tool -- the Hazard Mitigation Cost Effectiveness Tool. First developed to evaluate potential resilience projects in the Northeast for competitive funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, FTA's updated tool responds to industry feedback by including the ability to estimate the financial benefits of disaster resilience for multiple types of scenarios and events. To help users get the most from the tool, FTA also posted a tool user guide.

As with previous versions, the tool enables transit agencies to conduct a robust cost-benefit analysis of resilience projects being considered for funding, thereby supporting informed decisions on the benefits of investing in resilience projects. The tool also provides a resource for transit agencies considering resilience as a part of their transit asset management planning process.

TCRP Synthesis Report 127: Addressing Difficult Customer Situations

TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 127: Addressing Difficult Customer Situations considers issues surrounding difficult customers or passengers and the variety of circumstances that can arise when they utilize transit system facilities or vehicles. The report identifies current practices used by transit agencies to prevent, prepare for, and deal with these incidents. Download Report | View Webinar

TCRP Project J-7 Synthesis Topic SA-38: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Bus Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies

The purpose of this study is to document successful practices and training initiatives, including bus operator training and retraining programs, that have been effective in reducing accidents and incidents. Recognizing that safety does not occur in a vacuum and mitigation measures are not strictly confined to the training of bus operators, the study also focuses on other system approaches that have been implemented to address safety hazards. These approaches include various technology applications, infrastructure modifications, and other programs and initiatives, such as driver incentive programs, and close call/near miss reporting, as examples. Download Report

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. Registration Information

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017

Continuity of Operation Planning (COOP) (Wednesday, June 8, 2016)

This session will feature a presentation and roundtable discussion on creating a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) within your agency. Topics will range from issues that may come up, elements that are necessary to prepare, and training those who will become part of the emergency management process. Additionally, a facilitated panel discussion will be conducted to address the area of emergency management and creating a COOP. Who should be responsible for what? How will the plan be implemented? Download Presentation

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Tuesday, June 7, 2016)

This session will feature a discussion and presentation on the revised Americans with Disabilities Act circular focusing on issues, updates, and strategies for your agency's program. Additionally, there will be a facilitated panel discussion to focus on your questions and concerns when providing service to people with disabilities in accordance with the new circular, and remaining compliant. Are there any new requirements your agency needs to adhere to? What services must you provide and what are the passenger options? When can you deny service? Is there an advantage to offering fixed-route training? What is the process of determining eligibility for passengers? These questions and issues will be addressed in an audience participation format. Download Presentation

Strategies to Prevent, Reduce and Mitigate Bus Collisions

This report summarizes the data findings from profiling 17 Florida transit agencies in regards to rear-ended and side collisions. Site visits were conducted to get a better understanding of their procedures for investigating, tracking, and preventing collisions. It also included an analysis of their NTD and non-NTD collision data. Based on the findings, this report recommends several strategies to help reduce bus rear-ended and side collisions. They include a statewide awareness campaign, the creation of a statewide transit collision database and search tool, supporting innovative bus lighting treatments, supporting the creation of bus pullouts, investigating bus operator complacency, and eliminating bus rear advertising. It also cites as a best practice the use of the DriveCam system by Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Download Report

Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving (2015 edition)

The Florida Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the updated version of "Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving" training program. View the training program

Florida Administrative Code Update

Additional Information on Distracted Driving

Transportation Learning
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Florida Department of Transportation's (Office of Freight, Logistics and Passengers Operations) new Learning Management System (LMS) Transportation Learning. This new, online registration and training management system will provide Florida's public transportation professional a portal to manage their professional development. Florida's public transportation professionals may set up a unique user id and password to register online for upcoming transit training courses, including e-learning courses. Transportation Learning manages training for you by keeping an educational transcript of all new courses that you complete, and a retrievable record is maintained so you may access (with a user id and password) Certificates of Completion, Certificates of Participation, retrieve course materials, etc. Transportation Learning will serve as the new method to register for new, online and classroom training courses.

Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators

Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators (funded by the Florida Department of Transportation) 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.

Transit Manager Certification Program (TMCP)
The Florida Department of Transportation is proud to announce their new Transit Manager Certificate Program (TMCP), offered through the University of South Florida's (USF) University College prepares Florida's public transportation managers for the challenges they face. Florida participants in this professional development certificate program experience skill and leadership building sessions and have the opportunity to expand their network of transit colleagues. The TMCP provides the tools and resources necessary for solving today's public transportation challenges.

DOT Final Rule on Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities at Intercity, Commuter, and High-Speed Rail Platforms; Miscellaneous Amendments
There has been a significant change to 49 CFR Parts 37 which directly affects the transport of wheelchair passengers on public transit vehicles. Essentially the change removes the definition of a "common wheelchair" which results in the transit agencies having to use the maximum capacity restrictions of their lifts to determine weight limitations. The term "common wheelchair" has been removed.

This concept was originally developed to provide a set of parameters for designers and manufacturers to use in the process of designing and building accessible vehicles and equipment

Page 6 http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/2011-23576.pdf

View ADA Rule

Administrator Policy Letter: Triennial Review & Oversight Task Force
Here is an update about the Adminstrator Policy Letter you requested updates from FTA on this topic. Administrator Policy (Dear Colleague) Letter: Triennial Review & Oversight Task Force, see: http://www.fta.dot.gov/newsroom/12910_14364.html

Resource Guide for Transit and Transit-Related Programs

This Resource Guide has been developed for the Florida Department of Transportation by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida to help local agencies identify various resources that can assist them in accomplishing their objectives. Included within this document is information about local, state and federal funding programs that provide financial resources for transit operations, planning, marketing, special programs and projects, as well as other activities. In addition, other resources such as training and technical assistance programs are identified.

The myriad federal, state, and local regulations and programs can easily overwhelm new staff members, board members, and local and regional elected officials. In addition, in an ever-changing environment, it is difficult for even seasoned staff and others to stay abreast of changes to those regulations and programs. While FDOT staff are available to provide guidance and technical assistance, this Resource Guide will be a useful tool, readily available to local agency staff members and others.

The Resource Guide is divided into three sections. The first section, "Funding Programs," identifies all federal and state transportation funding programs administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation. The discussion of each program provides general information on federal/state statutory references, eligibility criteria for the applicant and the project, federal/state match requirements, and contact information. The second section, "Technical Assistance and Training Programs," identifies state sponsored training programs that have been developed, primarily through FDOT, to assist local transit agency staff members, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and other planning agency staff members, MPO and transit agency board members, local government officials, and others in meeting their assigned responsibilities. In addition, sponsored technical assistance programs are identified, and information on how to request assistance through these programs is provided. The third section provides information on additional resources available to assist with transit planning, operations, management, etc. The fourth section includes specific contact information for FDOT, the Federal Transit Administration's Region IV office in Atlanta, and the Center for Urban Transportation Research. Finally, the last section includes web addresses for on-line transit and public transportation resources.

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Emergency Preparedness Guide
Emergency Preparedness Guide for Transit Employees on the Job and at Home: http://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/EPG/

FTA's Transit Bus Safety & Security Program
Explore FTA's new Transit Bus Safety and Security Program Resource Website. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the vast online resources and tools, designed to help rural and small urban transit bus providers develop and strengthen their programs. http://bussafety.fta.dot.gov/splash.php

Guidelines to Determine Collision Recordability
The following recordability guidelines are to provide transit incident review boards with transit specific criteria for assessing collision and incident recordability. View Report

APTA Recommendations for Best Practices
American Public Transportation (APTA) "Recommended Practice for Transit Bus Operator Training" (June 2009)
APTA Bus Operations Training & Qualifications Working Group

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) "Recommended Practice for Transit Supervisor Training" (June 2009)
APTA Bus Operations Working Group


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