Deadline for abstract submissions: February 15, 2016
Bright Horizons, Rural Innovations, Transportation Solutions
October 2-5, 2016
The workshops and panels are organized around five topical routes. Presentations proposed for each route should address innovations in one of three areas: innovation in the customer experience, innovation in organizational and/or program sustainability, or innovation in economic development and community sustainability. Of particular interest for this conference within each of the routes are topics on mobility management, rural/community transportation, connecting communities through intercity bus service, national parks, tribal services, demographic, cultural and socio-economic changes in rural communities, and veterans' transportation.
The five routes are as follows:
Route 1: Planning, Design and Research
The Planning and Design route focuses on research and best practice with specific interest in new and innovative approaches, proven best practice, or recently-completed research on rural and tribal transit and intercity bus transportation planning. Examples for topics in this route might include, but are not limited to:
• Medicaid NEMT and Brokers
• Linkages Connecting Users and Rides
• Use of One Call-One Click systems as centerpieces for supporting mobility management strategies
• What have planners done with mobility management performance indicators?
• Regionalization and consolidation from the State and local perspective
• Innovative Public/Stakeholder Outreach (as part of the planning process)
• Using market data to plan service
• Use of feeder services
• Safety management planning
• Planner and transit agency use of rural performance indicators
• 5311(f) planning workshop
• Statewide marketing strategies
• Planner and transit agency use of intercity bus performance indicators
• Tribal intercity and regional transit developments
• Public Lands and Rural Transit
• New veterans’ transportation services that have resulted from grants or indirectly from VTCLI Grants
• Best practices in veterans hiring
Route 2: Policy, Funding and Finance
The Policy, Funding and Finance route focuses on federal, state and local funding issues of rural and intercity bus transportation. This route includes topics on environmental justice, Civil Rights, ADA, public involvement, charter, the transit funding environment in the absence of earmarks, public/private funding strategies and more. Examples of topics for this route include, but are not limited to:
• civil rights and environmental justice
• funding utilization within states,
• the social and economic impact of transit services on rural communities and their residents,
• tribal set-aside funding, New Freedom, Job Access-Reverse Commute, intercity bus set-aside;
• uses of State Medicaid funding;
• new partnerships for local match;
• Medicaid funding;
• cost allocation;
• program reporting innovations; and
• funding partnerships with intercity bus companies.
Route 3: Special Topics on Rural Mobility
The Special Topics on Rural Mobility route addresses the changing face of rural transportation through changes in demographics, economic development efforts, “aging out” of transit managers, innovation and best practice. Examples of topics for this route might include but are not limited to:
• customer needs & markets in rural communities: casino, resort, national parks, university & college students, commuters, retirement communities, veterans, regional health facilities, migrant farm workers, etc.;
• innovative approaches to tribal transportation services;
• serving minority populations in rural communities;
• addressing language barriers for passengers, drivers, and dispatchers;
• the impact of availability of transit services on families and caregivers in rural communities,
• succession planning and workforce development in rural transit: recruiting and developing new managers, mentoring programs;
• models for partnerships with educational institutions for workforce development; and
• serving intercity travel needs of the rural customer.
Route 4: Rural Transportation in Today’s Operating Environment
The Operations route focuses on research and best practices to address the challenges of day-to-day operations for rural, tribal and intercity transit managers, state transit program managers, and community planners. Examples of topics for this route might include but are not limited to:
• human resource management. This topic includes workforce development, succession planning, mentoring, recruitment, retention, credentialing and training, and performance evaluation. Recruitment and retention in the face of changes in minimum wage and/or implementation of living way policies.
• innovative approaches to contracting for operations cost management;
• marketing to meet diverse customer needs;
• research and innovations in passenger assistance (imagining beyond lifts and securements);
• innovations in disaster recovery and emergency evacuation planning, including considerations for special populations,
• best practices in developing and maintaining safety plans for rural and tribal transit; and
• best practices in operating partnerships for rural transit, tribal transit, and intercity bus.
Route 5: Technology Solutions to Improve Service
Technology solutions to improve service will focus on new developments in providing information, both pre-trip and en route, to passengers, those with special needs, with special destinations, or with challenging connections. Technology solutions for trip planning, fare collection, billing and reporting, vehicle maintenance and tracking and other activities of operating rural and intercity bus service are of interest. Examples of potential topics for this track might include but are not limited to:
• narrow banding
• cost effectiveness of alternative fuel technologies
• how data exchange can improve service for passengers;
• technology solutions for cost allocation;
• technology solutions for safety and security;
• technology solutions and innovations in transport of riders using wheelchairs and mobility devices;
• technology innovations for intercity bus travel;
• live technology demos of rural transit applications; and
• technology development partnerships: state consortiums, regional consortiums, private sector partnerships (e.g. Google)
• low-cost, easy-to-use technology tools to support small agencies in planning and operations.
The conference planning committee identifies presentations of interest to our audience of rural transit and human service transportation managers, rural and regional planners, rural intercity bus operators, State DOT and human service staff, and others with an interest in rural transportation.
If you have been accepted as a speaker for this conference, please visit the TRB Information for Authors web page.