SURTC has published its 2015 edition of the Rural Transit Fact Book. This publication is intended to serve as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. The Fact Book includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial, operating, and fleet statistics and performance measures for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. In addition to national level data, statistics are presented by state, FTA region, tribe, and mode, as well as other agency characteristics.
The Rural Transit Fact Book presents agency level data from the Rural National Transit Database (NTD) and rural demographic and travel data from the American Community Survey and the National Household Travel Survey.
SURTC has published a new report that identifies the needs of transit agencies in North Dakota, gaps in transit service in the state, and additional services and funding needed to meet current demand as well as projected future demand. Surveys of transit agencies and human service agencies were conducted to gather information about existing transit services, how well those services are meeting the needs of the state’s residents, and the issues and challenges facing transit providers. Target levels of transit service and the funding needed to reach those targets were identified. Projections were also made based on expected population growth. Findings show a need for expansion of services across the state, especially in areas experiencing population growth, as well as needs for improvements in staffing and additional vehicles. The full report and an executive summary can be found at the link below:
Several of the John Maxwell leadership courses are now being offered by SURTC. Dr. John Maxwell is a highly acclaimed leadership speaker and author, having written nearly 80 books, and Dr. Jill Hough, SURTC director, is now a certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer, and coach. Dr. Hough is offering seven of his leadership courses, including "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership," "15 Invaluable Laws of Growth," and others. More information about these courses and other training opportunities currently being offered by SURTC are available on the SURTC website.
SURTC is looking for rural or small urban transit pictures to use in our upcoming publications. We would greatly appreciate it if any transit providers have pictures they would be willing to share and allow us to use in publications such as the Rural Transit Fact Book. We will give proper credit for any pictures that we use. If you have any pictures that you can share, please send them to Jeremy Mattson at email@example.com.
SURTC and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute are partnering with MATBUS, Great Rides Bike Share, and Metro COG to celebrate Stand Up for Transportation Day on April 9th in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Stand Up for Transportation Day, celebrated nationwide and organized by the American Public Transportation Association, is meant to promote awareness and knowledge of the importance of transportation as a vital link in our communities. Whether it’s roads, bridges, infrastructure projects, public transportation or bike share programs, the transportation sector is helping to power the American economy and getting the job done for our citizens.
To commemorate the day, NDSU President Dean Bresciani will welcome the Mayors from Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Dilworth when they gather at noon at the NDSU Memorial Union Transit Hub. Each will talk briefly about the importance of transportation in our metro area, followed by the signing of a joint proclamation.
Area residents and visitors can play an active role in this event by posting transportation-related selfies or photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on April 9. By using the hashtag #SU4TFM, participants will be eligible to win prizes. There will be large informational posters with transportation-related facts placed around the metro to further promote the event.
For more information, visit the Stand Up for Transportation Day – Fargo-Moorhead website.
The National Transit Institute (NTI) is hosting a Transit ITS Seminar on April 14-15 in Pasadena, California. This introductory-level seminar is geared for transit professionals, which include planners, engineers, operators, and individuals employed by MPOs, DOTs, and transportation agencies that will be involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing management of transit data. The goal of the workshop is to discuss and discover best practices in data management for transit ridership and for open source data, for internal agency consumption and external partner usage. Rob Lynch, SURTC training coordinator, and Mohammad Smadi, associate research fellow with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, will be teaching the class. To register or find more information, go to the NTI website.
Jill Hough, SURTC director, will be conducting a webinar titled "Ethics in Transit Decision-Making" on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. central time. The webinar, which is being hosted by the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), will examine various decision-making tests for ethics, while exploring this hot topic in transit. Register for the webinar at the following link: 101 Webinar: Ethics in Transit Decision-Making.
The National Transit Institute is hosting a Transit ITS Seminar on March 4-5 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This introductory-level seminar is geared for transit professionals, which include planners, engineers, operators, and individuals employed by MPOs, DOTs, and transportation agencies that will be involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing management of transit data. The goal of the workshop is to discuss and discover best practices in data management for transit ridership and for open source data, for internal agency consumption and external partner usage. See the links below for more information.
UPDATE: The seminar in Salt Lake City has been cancelled due to not having enough participants. For those interested, there is a Transit ITS Seminar scheduled for April 14-15 in Pasadena, CA.
SURTC staff will be participating in next week's Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Below is a list of sessions and committee meetings in which SURTC staff will be participating.
|SURTC Staff||Session/Meeting||Presentation Title||Date|
|Jeremy Mattson (Presenting)||ADA30 Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities Committee||Mobility Management, Cost-Benefit Analyses, and Demand-Response Level of Service: Recent Research from SURTC||Jan 12, 10:00 – 10:20 AM|
|Jill Hough (Presiding)||Session 442 – Transportation Planning Applications: Tips and Tools||Jan 12, 4:15 – 6:00 PM|
|Jill Hough and Del Peterson (Attending)||AP055 Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Committee Meeting||Jan 13, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM|
|Jeremy Mattson (Poster)||Session 638 – Inclusive Transportation: Infrastructure and Services||Evaluating the State of Mobility Management and Human Service Transportation Coordination||Jan 13, 2:00 – 3:45 PM|
|Del Peterson (Presenting)||Session 699 – Special Topics in Rural and Small Urban Public Transportation||Improving Veterans' Mobility in Small Urban and Rural Areas||Jan 13, 3:45 – 5:30 PM|
|Ranjit Godavarthy (Presenting)||Session 699 – Special Topics in Rural and Small Urban Public Transportation||Cost-Benefit Analysis of U.S. Rural and Small Urban Transit||Jan 13, 3:45 – 5:30 PM|
|Jill Hough (Presenting)||Session 826 Gender Differences and the Built Environment||Relative Desired Mobility of Elderly Women Living in Rural and Small Urban Locations in North Dakota||Jan 14, 2:30 – 4:00 PM|
Presentations from the 21st National Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference are now available on the conference webpage (click on PowerPoint Presentations on the left-side menu). Included are the following presentations from SURTC staff: