Dakota Transporter
Volume 17, Issue 2Summer 2005

From the President

Picture of Ron BaumgartRon Baumgart, DTA President
River Cities Transit
Pierre, SD

Hello everyone. I'm sure your summer is going by as fast as mine is and you never have enough time to get everything done that needs to be done. With that being said, I want to say thank you to the DTA board for their time and hard work this year. In addition, a big thank you goes out to Gary Hegland and the rest of the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center (SURTC) staff for all their guidance and time spent working with DTA this year. I am finally sitting down to write this article because Gary said, "It's time to get out another newsletter."

Seriously, we have many exciting things to let our members and supporters know about. Before I get into the details, I want to take a minute to relate some personal thoughts. I happen to be working on this article while I'm in Washington, D.C., on business related to pubic transit and interstate bus service. As I sit in my hotel room with a view of the nation's Capitol out my window, it strikes me how important our jobs and public transit really are to our nation and the states and communities we serve. To me, the Capitol represents the freedoms we enjoy and reminds me of the freedoms many of our passengers enjoy because of the transportation we all work so hard to provide. I mention this as we face busy schedules and challenges, as a reminder to us all to focus on the freedom we provide our riders.

I would like to congratulate and thank Rick Thoms, who retired from Souris Basin Transit June 17. Rick has spent many years working in the transit industry and promoting transit in North Dakota and nationally. Rick's years served with DTA were so valuable to all of us and the future of DTA. Thanks again, Rick. Enjoy your retirement, we will all miss your hard work and enthusiasm at DTA.

DTA Roadeo and Conference: Minot Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot, ND (Sept. 17-21, 2005)Our 2005 DTA Conference and Roadeo is fast approaching and I hope all of you are making plans to attend. The conference and roadeo is in Minot, N.D., September 18-21, 2005. Gary Hegland and your DTA board of directors are working very hard to make this conference the best ever. Darrell Francis and his crew are getting everything put together for the roadeo to be held on Saturday, September 18. I will point out a few of the highlights that will be taking place at the conference. Hopefully, the topics and training offered will convince all of the transit managers to bring dispatchers and drivers to the conference.

The sessions offered this year start on Sunday with a variety of topics including hands-on driver training, CPR training and lift training along with maintenance and wheelchair securement. Sunday afternoon will be the start of the vendors show. The show was scheduled so drivers could take part prior to heading home for work on Monday. We have several software companies attending the show. Plan on spending time with them so they can show off their dispatching and record-keeping programs. This is one of the reasons I feel it is important to bring staff from our transits that work with dispatch, scheduling and record-keeping.

The day spent with Robin Silverman promises to be educational and entertaining - just one more reason to bring as many members of our transit staff as possible. We will also have a session on insurance pools as the first step in an effort to provide savings to our members. Our DTA meeting will have many topics and items for business. We have many exciting things going on in DTA. Much of our future depends on direction from our membership. The board needs your ideas and support to develop the services needed by all of our members. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in Minot.

DTA Logo | Home | Newsletter Archives | Required Plug-ins

Dakota Transit Association's Newsletter
Serving North and South Dakota

Any questions or comments?
Please use our comments form.