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Vehicle Maintenance: Reducing the Cost of Fuel Consumption
Available in: Hardcopy Category: Transit Operations,Capital Assets,National RTAP,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 05/01/2009
Many transit organizations are asking the question, “How can we reduce our fuel cost?” There are many ways to help reduce the cost of fuel consumption. An important way to start saving fuel is by getting the proper maintenance on your vehicle. Keeping your vehicle in top operating condition will not only save you fuel and money, it will help reduce your long-term maintenance costs and minimize harmful exhaust emissions. You can start by using National RTAP's checklist of fuel-saving maintenance measures in Vehicle Maintenance: Reducing the Cost of Fuel Consumption.

Vehicle Operator Recruitment, Retention, and Performance in ADA Complementary Paratransit Operations
Available in: Hardcopy Category: Management and Administration,Rider Groups,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 04/15/2011

TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 142: Vehicle Operator Recruitment, Retention, and Performance in ADA Complementary Paratransit Operations provides guidance for understanding the relationships that influence and enhance operator recruitment, retention, and performance in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services. 

National RTAP has a print copy of this report available for loan.  If you would like to borrow it, email us at info@nationalrtap.org.  


Vehicle Specifications
Available in: Hardcopy Category: Management and Administration,Capital Assets,National RTAP Publish Date: 05/13/2020
AASHTO’s Multi-State Transit Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) and National RTAP held a webinar with Carlton Allen, Florida DOT’s Transit Research Inspection Procurement Services (TRIPS) Program Manager about the state purchasing process. Robert E. Westbrook, Assistant State Transit Manager at Florida DOT, moderated the webinar and provided a state’s perspective.  This webinar updates a previous one we held on July 26, 2018 - Vehicle Specifications 101.  

Vermont Agency of Transportation Employee Retention and Knowledge Management Study
Available in: Category: Management and Administration,Planning and Design Publish Date: 01/01/2018
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) developed a new strategic plan that included five goals that would support the agency’s mission and vision. Goal 5 of the plan is: Develop a workforce to meet the strategic needs of the agency. VTrans leaders were concerned with the loss of employees due to turnover and the subsequent impact of knowledge loss on the operations of the agency. This applied research study used a mixed methods approach in data gathering to help determine the state of employee retention and knowledge management (KM) at VTrans and to provide tools that could help with both retention and KM issues. Key steps in the Vermont Agency of Transportation Employee Retention and Knowledge Management Study involved an organizational assessment of turnover a...

Volunteer Driver Insurance in the Age of Ridehailing
Available in: Category: Management and Administration,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 09/01/2020
AARP Policy Institute's and Texas A&M Transportation Institute's Volunteer Driver Insurance in the Age of Ridehailing presents information on the current state of auto insurance for volunteer drivers and volunteer driver programs and offers recommendations for state legislatures, nonprofits, and the insurance industry. Case studies include information about public transportation volunteer driver programs.

Volunteers in Transportation: Some Issues to Consider
Available in: Hardcopy Category: Management and Administration,National RTAP,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 11/29/2018
Volunteer transportation programs can be rewarding — for you, your volunteers, and your customers — if you are well prepared and well organized. Before beginning a volunteer transportation program for your transit agency, or starting up a transit service that will operate with volunteers, consider your resources.

This National RTAP Technical Brief, Volunteers in Transportation: Some Issues to Consider, will show you how to evaluate and explore the human and financial resources necessary for a successful program. It is important to remember that volunteer does not mean free. There are expenses inherent in operating a volunteer program that will be discussed in this brief.  The brief was updated in 2018.

Waste Control Practices at Bus Maintenance Facilities
Available in: Category: Transit Operations,Planning and Design Publish Date: 01/01/1995
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 9: Waste Control Practices at Bus Maintenance Facilities explores methods used by transit agencies to reduce waste at maintenance and fueling facilities.

Website Builder
Available in: Category: Management and Administration,Transit Operations Publish Date: 01/01/2019
Since 2011, Website Builder has allowed users to create and design websites that are hosted on the National RTAP server free of charge. In 2019, National RTAP released Website Builder 3.0 using customer feedback to make improvements. Website Builder 3.0 makes it easier for users to create and edit their sites by providing a basic template, simplified design functions, and new support resources. And those wishing to do more advanced work on their websites are still able to do so. 

What Employees Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing
Available in: Category: Programs and Regulations,Safety and Security,Management and Administration Publish Date: 03/01/2019
Produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), What Employees Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing aims to assist safety-sensitive employees subject to workplace drug & alcohol testing in understanding the requirements of 49 CFR Part 40 and certain DOT agency regulations.

Please note: This is the March 2019 revision. The U.S. DOT final rule was updated in 2017.  For the current information, visit the summary of changes page.

What Employers Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing
Available in: Category: Programs and Regulations,Safety and Security,Management and Administration Publish Date: 06/01/2015

Published by the Department of Transportation (DOT), What Employers Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing addresses the issue of employing safety-sensitive workers who must have Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol tests, or managing a DOT drug or alcohol testing program. This publication can help you understand ow to run an excellent program that meets DOT requirements.

Please note: the U.S. DOT final rule was updated in 2017.  Please read the summary of changes for current information.