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Assessing the Benefits of Transportation Services to Veterans
Available in: Category: Programs and Regulations,Statistics and Data,Rider Groups Publish Date: 08/01/2018
Veteran's Transportation Program/VHA's Assessing the Benefits of Transportation Services to Veterans: Health Benefits and Cost Savings Provided by the Veterans Transportation Service describes transportation programs by the The Veterans Transportation Service (VTS). The VTS is a program of the Veterans Transportation Program, which facilitates the travel of Veterans to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and authorized non-VA healthcare facilities. Metrics tracked in this report include cost savings, cost avoidance, beneficiary travel reimbursement, special mode transportation, canceled appointments, timely discharges, emergency department visits, and impact on health outcomes. For example, the study found $13.2 million in savings due to reductions in unnecessary inpatient stay days from ...

Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry
Available in: Category: Management and Administration,Transit Operations,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 02/09/2019
Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry is study a by the Mineta Transportation Institute that synthesized research and identified additional research needed to attract, promote, and retain women in the transportation industry. This study details major findings and subsequent recommendations of the current atmosphere and the most successful ways to attract and retain young women in the transportation industry in the future. 

Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Women in Transit
Available in: Category: Management and Administration,Transit Operations,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 03/10/2020
The TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program's TCRP Synthesis 147: Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Women in Transit explores the strategies that have been deployed in transit and other related industries in order to attract, retain, and advance women in a variety of roles.  The report provides successful case examples, such as a Transit Careers Ladders Program and a Leadership Academy. 


Baseline Research on Allowable In-Kind and Local Match Sources
Available in: Category: Programs and Regulations,Management and Administration Publish Date: 02/01/2020
NCHRP's Baseline Research on Allowable In-Kind and Local Match Sources documents sources of funds used to match Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awards, with particular focus on sources of in-kind match and non-Department of Transportation federal funds. This report provides recipients, subrecipients, and awarding agencies a high-level overview of what sources of matching funds have been used across the country. It incorporates information gathered from a survey of State DOTs, case studies, extensive discussion with FTA, and field experience of the authors. The report features a number of rural and tribal case studies, including OATS, Inc. and the San Carlo Apache Tribe. Examples of in-kind match described include Rural Health Care Network, Rural Health Care Outreac...

Battery Electric Buses—State of the Practice
Available in: Category: Transit Operations,Planning and Design,Capital Assets Publish Date: 04/11/2018
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis 130: Battery Electric Buses—State of the Practice documents current practices of transit systems in the planning, procurement, infrastructure installation, operation, and maintenance of battery electric buses (BEBs). The synthesis is intended for transit agencies that are interested in understanding the potential benefits and challenges associated with the introduction and operation of battery electric buses. The synthesis will also be valuable to manufacturers trying to better meet the needs of their customers and to federal, state, and local funding agencies and policy makers. 

Benchmarking and Comparative Measurement for Effective Performance Management by Transportation Agencies
Available in: Category: Statistics and Data,Planning and Design Publish Date: 02/27/2019
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 902: Benchmarking and Comparative Measurement for Effective Performance Management by Transportation Agencies presents guidance and examples for selection of peer groups to ensure that benchmarking is effectively applied to enhance transportation system performance. Benchmarking—comparison of oneself with peers—has been successfully applied in many fields as a tool for assessing system performance, communicating about system performance with a broad stakeholder audience, and supporting performance management. The report includes practical guidance on how transportation agencies can undertake benchmarking to improve system performance management practices and highlights applications of the guidance in t...

Best Practices and Marketing to Increase Rural Transit Ridership and Investment
Available in: Category: Management and Administration,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 12/01/2018

National Cooperative Highway Research Program's (NCHRP) contractor's final report: Best Practices and Marketing to Increase Rural Transit Ridership and Investment describes best practices and marketing to increase rural transit ridership and investment.  The analysis includes individual best practices and examples of ways to understand return on investment.  The results of this research will provide State DOTs and their rural subrecipients with additional tools to advance the contribution public transit to meeting the mobility needs of our rural communities. Experiences and lessons learned are presented by topic, illustrated with case studies, and summarized across all examples.  One example is the Northeast Oregon Public Transit...


Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility
Available in: Category: Planning and Design,Mobility Management Publish Date: 11/12/2017
TRBs National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 861: Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility addresses the role of state transit program policies and regional planning agencies in the development of services that fall in the middle ground between intercity bus service and rural public transportation. This middle ground is defined as rural regional services. The report provides lessons learned on how to address needs for rural regional mobility, and includes a checklist for developing a rural regional route. 

Best Practices In Transit Service Planning
Available in: Category: Planning and Design Publish Date: 03/01/2009
This report from the National Center for Transit Research offers an adaptable, generic model template for fixed-route transit service planning, as well as a summary of best practices in the industry.

Best Practices Spotlight Article: Social Media
Available in: Hardcopy Category: Management and Administration,Planning and Design,National RTAP,Transit Personnel Publish Date: 06/29/2018
For rural and tribal transit agencies looking to implement or improve their social presence, we have included insights from several transit agencies who optimize social media in this National RTAP Social Media Best Practices article: 
  • Greenway Public Transportation
  • HIRTA Public Transit
  • Intercity Transit
  • Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority
  • OATS Transit
  • Standing Rock Public Transit