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DOT Marks Year End with Support, Guidance

DOT issued several notices as 2016 came to a close, providing resources for strengthening community support for public transportation, announcing TOD assistance for five cities and offering guidance on shared mobility. Here’s a recap:

Grassroots Resources
DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced the availability of resources, including a toolkit, designed to help individuals become more engaged in supporting public transportation in their communities.

The project, “Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy,” is part of the department’s Ladders of Opportunity Initiative.

“Many people don’t realize that they have an important role in deciding where and how transportation systems get planned, funded, designed, built and maintained,” Foxx said.

The goal of the project is to help demystify the transportation process.

Find details here by searching on “Leadership Academy.”

TOD Assistance
FTA announced that it will provide free technical assistance and support for planning TOD initiatives near public transit systems in the cities of Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Omaha, NE; and Tacoma, WA, as part of the second round of its TOD Technical Assistance Initiative, which supports mixed-use, walkable communities with a focus on economically disadvantaged populations.

FTA will provide officials in the five cities with in-depth, long-term technical assistance as they plan strategies for successful TOD, emphasizing partnerships between public and private entities. The selected communities were chosen through a competitive process.

FTA will collaborate with Smart Growth America to provide tools tailored to the needs of each community.

For details, click here and search on “transit-oriented development.”

Online Shared Mobility Dialogue

FTA invites public transportation professionals to join in its Shared Mobility Online Dialogue through Jan. 27, during which industry leaders can pose questions to FTA officials and share ideas and best practices with each other.

FTA offers background information on its website that includes FAQs, FTA's grant programs, ADA, testing requirements for controlled substances and alcohol, and other guidance. For details and to sign in, click here.

Your input matters! Join us at this webinar to help enhance your participation in the dialogue. You have a chance to both offer new ideas and vote or comments on the ideas already received, ranging from insurance issues to definitions of key terms to a need for best practices.

FTA will host a how-to webinar Dec. 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time to help participants navigate the dialogue and set the stage for additional FTA guidance about:

* Shared Mobility Eligibility Under FTA’s grant programs;
* Shared Mobility and the Americans with Disabilities Act; and
* Shared Mobility Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing Requirements

To join the webinar, click here.

FTA, NTI Plan Environmental Justice Course FTA and the National Transit Institute (NTI) are accepting applications through Dec. 22 for an invitation-only advanced training course on Environmental Justice, Jan. 24-25 in New York City.

This course, for staff from public transit agencies, MPOs and state DOTs, incorporates case study-based discussions and activities so participants can consider new approaches to apply EJ best practices in their communities. Discussions will focus on examples of best practices from the field.

Applicants will be notified via email whether they have been accepted and will receive registration information.

To be considered for the workshop, click here. For information, contact Judy Kolva or Maya Sarna..
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