Dakota Transporter
Volume 19, Issue 1Summer 2007

DTA Delegate Report from CTAA

Picture of Jacqueline SengerJacqueline R. Senger, Transportation Coordinator
North Central Planning Council

I attended the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Expo May 20-25, 2007, in Reno, Nevada. All the sessions I attended were worthwhile. However, one in particular caught my attention, "Understanding and Responding to Youth Transportation Needs." This was an excellent workshop, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning from each presenter. As part of the program, Ron Baumgart, executive director of River Cities Public Transit in Pierre, SD, gave a short synopsis of his 24-hour/7-day-a-week transit system.

Heather James and Annie McMahon, Associated Students of Oregon State University, gave a presentation on their "Beaver Bus" system. Corvallis Transit System, the Associated Students of Oregon State University and local businesses have recently partnered to provide a new late-night service known as the "Beaver Bus." They explained in detail how this system was started, the obstacles they encountered, the support they received, and their great pride in doing what they believe in. This system is designed to do the following:

  • give students a safe method of transportation
  • counteract violence such as sexual assaults, personal assaults, vandalism, public disturbances, and drunk driving
  • increase livability
  • enhance the relationship between the community and students
  • allow disabled individuals independent living

This service runs Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. The bus has two designated routes with stops determined by student interest. Students show their ID card for a free ride; however, the community members are encouraged to pay a fare.

Rebecca Hare, project coordinator, National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth, spoke about disability and living in the real world. She reiterated how important transportation is to everyone. Rebecca has worked with the National Youth Leadership Network and the National Council on Disability. She has served as a consultant to the National Council on Independent Living; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the World Bank; the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Advisory Panel; the President's Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disability; and the committee for the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization.

John Lee, Business and Community Liaison for the Sierra Nevada Job Corps, explained how the Job Corps and the City of Reno work together. The Job Corps is the most successful job training program of its kind. Every year, thousands of Job Corps graduates enter the workforce with skills in trades. Two of the students, Benny Pina and Andrew Miller, provided input on their transportation issues.

The 2007 CTAA conference in Reno was a great learning experience. I was very impressed with the vendor show, which started at noon on Wednesday. The vendor representatives were very informative about vehicles (especially the mini-vans), seating, floor plan options, and Braun lifts. It's difficult to list everything in this article, but if you have any questions please contact me.

I also attended the FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program: New Technical Assistance Tools to Make Your Life Easier. The presenter, Robbie Sales, of RLS & Associates, Inc. Dayton, OH, thoroughly understands the drug and alcohol program. She talked about testing, medical review officers, breath alcohol technician's contact, record keeping and substance abuse awareness. Robbie is very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her for a full day drug and alcohol session at a DTA conference.

Thanks for allowing me to be your delegate. I look forward to addressing any questions you might have about the conference and sharing information I gained as a result of attending the educational sessions. You can call me at (701)662-8131 or e-mail me at jacquencpc@gondtc.com. I hope your summer has been enjoyable so far, and I look forward to seeing all of you in Dickinson, ND, for the DTA Fall Conference in September.

Calendar of Events

  • Sept. 15-16, 2007
    DTA - 2007 Bus Roadeo
    Dickinson, ND
  • Sept. 17-19, 2007
    DTA - 2007 Annual Conference
    Dickinson, ND
  • Oct. 7-10, 2007
    APTA - 2007 Annual Meeting
    Charlotte, NC
  • May 4-7, 2008
    APTA - 2008 Bus & Paratransit Conference
    Austin, TX
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