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CTAI Annual Conference - Rescheduled for February 201629-Jun-2015

CTAI Annual Conference & EXPO The Fall 2015 Conference has been rescheduled to better provide services to our members. The Conference and Expo is being rescheduled for February to ensure that presentations meet the needs of providers and members, while allowing increased opportunity for intera..

2014 a Good Year for Protected Bike Lanes Nationally 09-Jan-2015

Source: peopleforbikes (http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/the-year-of-the-protected-bike-lane) As we move into 2015 stopping to reflect on the growth of protected bike lanes in the media shows a lot of success. The chart below shows English based newspapers, magazi..

Idaho Engineering Students Recognized at Transportation Conference12-Dec-2014

Attracting today’s youth to the transportation industry is recognized as critical given the number of baby boomers currently employed. The Transportation Research Board stated in 2003 that 50% of the transportation workforce would be eligible to retire by the year 2013 - a rate double the n..

Idaho Communities Rethink How Roads Fit In24-Nov-2014

Source: Idaho Business Review BOISE - Across the country, vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, have declined 5 percent per capita from 2000 to 2012 and 8 percent in the 2006-12 time frame. Even in car-centric Idaho, the rate dropped 2 percent since 2000 and 1 percent since 2006. One group driving th..

Lemhi Ride (Salmon, ID) Seeks Operations Manager/Driver14-Nov-2014

Lemhi Ride, a demand-response transit provider based in Salmon, ID, is seeking a qualified operations manager/driver. Lemhi Ride will be accepting applications between now and December 5th, and has an intent to hire by January 1st, 2015. Please see the attached posting for the..

CTAI Executive Director Recognized by National Transportation Association 14-Aug-2014

BOISE – Heather Wheeler, Executive Director of the Community Transportation Association of Idaho, received the 2014 ACT Excellence in Advocacy award at the Association of Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference this week. Ms. Wheeler was selected for the award for ..

DOT Town Hall Meeting & ACT Legislative Update05-Aug-2014

Yesterday the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) released a legislative update: Source: ACTLate last week, Congress sent to the President an $11 billion highway trust fund patch that will extend MAP-21 through May 2015. The action came hours before the Highway Trust Fund was s..

Congress Approves Highway Trust Fund Fix01-Aug-2014

Source: APTA On Thursday, July 31, the House of Representatives voted 272-150 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll473.xml) to reject Senate amendments to an original House bill, H.R. 5021, legislation to prevent the short-term insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and its Mass Transi..

U.S. Senate Adopts Highway Trust Fund Fix and Amendments; Additional House Action Required01-Aug-2014

On the afternoon of Tuesday July 30, 2014 the Senate opened debate and then passed, by a vote of 79-18 (http://www.mmsend54.com/link.cfm?r=1404875182&sid=47446103&m=5616982&u=APTA&j=20615561&s=http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=1..

Federal Transit Administration Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Urban Mass Transportation Act21-Jul-2014

Landmark law strengthened nation’s access to public transportation systems WASHINGTON – On July 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Urban Mass Transportation Act, signed by President Lyndo..

Moscow and UI get rare chance to showcase the Intermodal Transit Center21-Jul-2014

Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News – July 11, 2014 “We’ve been waiting to show off the Transit Center,” said Gary Riedner, city supervisor, to a group of state transportation officials swinging through the area on Thursday. The Intermodal Transportation Center at the..

The Younger you are the More Likely you are to Support Protected Bike Lanes13-Jun-2014

Source: PeopleForBikes A survey was conducted of 2,068 people that live near protected bike lanes in June of 2014, the results speak for themselves and are shown in the chart below. In related news, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) has rel..

Availability of $100 Million for New Ladders of Opportunity Initiative06-Jun-2014

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces the Availability of $100 Million for New Ladders of Opportunity Initiative to Connect More Americans with Jobs WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the availability of approximately $100 million in competitiv..

EPW Committee Passes Highway Bill28-May-2014

On Monday, May 12, 2014, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee jointly released the draft text of the committee’s proposal for reauthorization of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The bill released by Senate Committee ..

Recipients of the 2014 I-way Leadership Awards Announced11-Apr-2014

BOISE - The Community Transportation Association of Idaho and the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Transportation Performance are pleased to recognize three recipients of the 2014 I-way Leadership awards. The awards are offered on an annual basis to recognize leadership and innovation in ..

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Portneuf Valley Bike to Work Month Challenge!11-Apr-2014

Bike to Work Month and the Employee Challenge is an effort to get more community members to try different ways of getting to work while encouraging active lifestyle choices. The challenge goes throughout the month of May. Everyone who registers by April 21st will receive a Bike to Work t-shirt and..

Find my Idaho Ride Launches18-Mar-2014

Press Release of Senator Crapo New Veterans' Transportation Program Announced Crapo, CTAI, veterans plan demonstration of FindMyIdahoRide.org Boise. - A new service offered to military veterans, their families and other Idahoans to make transportation options easier to find will ..

Register now to attend the Creating Healthy Communities Summit, April 17 and 18, 201417-Mar-2014

The Creating Healthy Communities Summit will highlight the connection between the built environment and the health and vitality of community residents. The one and a half day summit will provide collaboration around shared cross-sector goals that demonstrate the connection between healthy people..

CTAI Call for Presentations07-Mar-2014

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) is pleased to invite you to submit presentation topics for the 2014 CTAI Annual Conference & EXPO to be held October 7 - 9 at The Sun Valley Resort in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. Abstracts may address fresh, innovative, cutting-ed..

President Obama and House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp Propose Transportation Funding28-Feb-2014

President Obama and House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp Propose Transportation Funding Source: Association of Commuter Transportation (February 28, 2014) President Obama and House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) each released a proposal for how to stabilize the U.S. Highway ..

Federal Transit Programs Public Transportation Fared well under the Omnibus31-Jan-2014

Public transportation fared well under the omnibus. The Federal Transit Administration receives the full funding authorized for core formula programs, under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), at $8.595 billion. Capital Investment Grants (New Starts), which receive fundin..

NTI Advanced Mobility Device Securement Course02-Dec-2013

NTI Advanced Mobility Device Securement – Boise, ID January 20, 2014 8:30am – 4:30pm January 21, 2014 8:30am – 4:30pm *Continental Breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided both days Register Now (https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1360058) ..

Transit Tax Issues Await Decisions on Extensions02-Dec-2013

Congress has not yet addressed two very important transportation related issues – the expiration of the Commuter Tax Benefit and the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit. Discussions over whether to extend expiring tax provisions have to date been on hold due to interest within the Senate Fina..

Infectious Disease Awareness & Prevention Training in Idaho18-Nov-2013

This NTI training is composed of (2) separate courses: Infectious Disease Awareness & Prevention and Infectious Disease Awareness Prevention Train-the-Trainer. However, those interested in the Train-the-Trainer class must participate in the morning Infectious Disease Awareness & Prevention c..

National RTAP 101 Webinar Series: Charter Service & School Transportation18-Nov-2013

This webinar provides an explanation of FTA Charter Service and School Bus Regulations for Section 5311 sub-recipients. Join National RTAP for the second webinar of the 101 Webinar Series and learn more about Charter Service and School Transportation! Has your transit agency been approach..

FTA Sponsors Webcasts on Safety/TAM Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking15-Nov-2013

FTA will host three webcasts on the Safety and Transit Asset Management (TAM) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) (details below). The first webcast will provide an overview of the ANPRM. The second and third webcasts will identify specific topics as they relate to different stakeholder..

TOOL UNVEILED TO PROVIDE U.S. RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH NEW HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION CALCULATOR15-Nov-2013

Soure: HUD.gov/news/ WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, today unveiled the Location Affordability Portal (LAP), a cost calculation tool that allows users to estimate housing and transporta..

"Potential Impacts of Federal Health Care Reform on Public Transit" is now available for v01-Nov-2013

The recording of the CUTR webcast, Potential Impacts of Federal Health Care Reform on Public Transit, is now available for viewing . On October 17, 2013, Antonio Santalucia, project manager with ICF International and Bethany Whitaker, principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associate..

CTAA Certified Safety & Security Officer (CSSO) Training In Boise01-Nov-2013

CTAI is bringing CTAA to Boise to conduct a Certified Safety & Security Officer (CSSO) training in December December 11, 2013 Training Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm December 12, 2013 Training Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm December 13, 2013 CSSO Exam Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm ..

FTA Announces $29 Million for Research; Grants to Focus on...01-Nov-2013

...Strengthening Transit Safety and Disaster Recovery Projects FTA is making available $29 million in competitive research funds for innovative public transportation projects that will help agencies strengthen operational safety, better withstand natural disasters and other emergencies, and i..

FTA Webinar: Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program - 01-Nov-2013

FTA Webinar: Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program - Discussion on Proposed Guidance for Notice and Comment From the Federal Transit Administration When: November 7, 2013 2:30 PM - 4:15 PM (Eastern Time) Where: To join the meeting: https://connectdot.connectsolution..

NCST Online Mini Course: Don’t Gamble on Senior Transportation Funding ...01-Nov-2013

... Winning Local Match for Federal Grants Looking for ways to increase your local match dollars for Federal grants? This mini-course from the National Center on Senior Transportation will provide you with ideas and practical suggestions on how to secure matching funding. You will gain a bett..

AAA SENIOR TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP18-Oct-2013

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA), COMPASS, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) will discuss public transportation in ITD District 3 as well as the FTA 2015 funding cycle and ITS performance and reporting requirements. ..

CTAI will Hold Open Houses for Public Input - District 2 Transportation & Mobility Needs14-Oct-2013

Seeking Input on Public Transportation and Mobility Plan Open house meetings to review public transportation and mobility priorities affecting Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho counties will be held on the following dates and times. The LMMN 2A Open House ..

FTA Seeks Comment on Ways to Strengthen, Coordinate Transit Safety and Asset Management04-Oct-2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced that the agency is seeking public comment on the most significant regulatory step taken under FTA’s new transit safety authority. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AN..

CTAI Seeks Public Input on District 2 Mobility and Public Transportation Needs27-Sep-2013

CTAI is seeking input on the current mobility and public transportation needs in the communities in District 2. In addition, CTAI is seeking input on the current strategies identified to meet those mobility and public transportation needs. We will be obtaining input for District 2 in two ways. First..

Sand Creek Byway has slight lead in competition for America’s Transportation Award27-Sep-2013

SANDPOINT — With just over a week to go, the Sand Creek Byway has a slim lead on the rest of field for the America’s Transportation Award. A contest put on by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the people&rsquo..

FTA Webinars on Bus Testing Pass/Fail Grading System20-Sep-2013

FTA will host two webinars on the Bus Testing Pass/Fail Grading System next week. The sessions will cover the same material. Space is limited, and participation will be on a first come, first served basis. First Session: Meeting Name: Bus Testing Pass/Fail Grading System When: 09/2..

Public Vote Can Push Sand Creek Byway to National Award, $10,00020-Sep-2013

The America’s Transportation Awards competition recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation. From building new bridges and interchanges, to easing congestion and improving safety and metropolitan mobility, these projects instill..

APTA Advocates to Equalize Transit and Parking Benefits16-Sep-2013

APTA will participate in the “Commuter Benefits Work for Us Coalition” Hill Day on Sept. 10 in an effort to encourage Congress to enact legislation to ensure parity between the public transit and parking portions of the commuter benefit. The commuter benefit was renewed on Jan..

Authorization Task Force Meets on Recommendations16-Sep-2013

The task force and its five working groups— led by Co-Chairs Randall Chrisman, Dallas Area Rapid Transit; Carolyn Flowers, Charlotte Area Transit System; Carl Sedoryk, Monterey-Salinas Transit; Nuria Fernandez, New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Sharon Greene, HDR/Sharon ..

Driving on the Decline in 46 States, Says New Report16-Sep-2013

Americans have reduced their per-person driving miles in 46 states and Washington, DC, since the mid-1990s, says a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund, a Boston-based research and public education -organization. The report, “Moving Off the Road..

Shuster: Transportation Investment is Tied to the Nation's Economic Competitiveness16-Sep-2013

Source: Progressive Railroading Improving and maintaining American transportation infrastructure is critical to the nation remaining economically competitive in a global marketplace, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA.) told a gathering..

Training with the Transportation Cooperative Research Program16-Sep-2013

The National Transit Institute, in cooperation with the Transportation Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), is pleased to present a six-part webinar series to introduce the Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual, 3rd Edition. This newly updated and revised edition of TCRP’s best-sellin..

Bike riders save economy $21 on each commute29-Aug-2013

Source: Sydney Morning Herald The federal government wants to increase the number of people who make short trips by foot or bicycle after a report card on the performance of Australia's cities found rapid changes in the labour market would pose big challenges to transport infrastructure. ..

Carshare will have 12 million members worldwide by 202029-Aug-2013

By Tyler Falk | August 22, 2013 Source: Smart Planet The carsharing industry has seen dramatic growth from 2008-2013 and now there are 2.3 million members using the services worldwide. As more people look to alternatives to car ownership in the coming years that number is only expected to i..

How Biking Improves Employee Productivity29-Aug-2013

By RP Siegel | August 20th, 2013 The business case for bicycling sounds obvious to sustainability enthusiasts. However, making it stick requires a generous leap of faith or two. We need to first make the case that an employer should have any opinion at all about how employees get to work. Then,..

Public Transit and University Education: A Critical Link in Retaining Graduates and Growing the Econ29-Aug-2013

Source: The Hamilton Spectator Jeffrey Doucet, MSU Jeffrey Doucet is the Vice President (Finance) of the McMaster Students Union. He is a graduate of McMaster University and has lived in Hamilton for the last five years. This fall, McMaster University is set to welcome over ..

The U.S. DOT Opens On-line Dialogue on our Next Strategic Plan29-Aug-2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation has been working on our strategic plan for FY 2014 to FY 2018 since early this spring. Developing and implementing our strategic plan is an important step in helping the Department address key priorities that represent the diverse interests of our stakeholde..

Transit Isn't Supposed to Break Even, But It Is Not Free, Either29-Aug-2013

Source: Houston Chronicle Monday, August 12, 2013 Two concepts seem to bog down any debate about buses and trains. Transit doesn’t pay for itself. The fare system is terrible, so we should just make it free and then more people will ride it. As a story in Monday&..

How Driving Loses “The Cool Factor” for Millennials23-Aug-2013

For my 16th birthday, I was bestowed a beautiful piece of metal. This car symbolized to me one thing: freedom. Growing up in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland, I spent a good portion of my childhood in my mom’s minivan driving from school to sports practice and everything in between...

What a Depleted Highway Trust Fund Means for States23-Aug-2013

Last week Congress was warned of what might happen if the federal accounts that pay for transportation become depleted, as they’re forecast to do in fiscal year 2015. The scenario, outlined by Polly Trottenberg, the undersecretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), prom..

Bannock Transportation Planning Hosts Portneuf Valley Futures Workshop13-Aug-2013

Bannock Transportation Planning Organization is holding a Portneuf Valley Futures workshop. This workshop will help BTPO establish the future director of transportation investment within the valley. Bicycle users perspective needs to be represented during this workshop. Help shape the future of..

ITD receives an American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO) Award13-Aug-2013

State DOTs Take Home Transportation Awards in Western Regional Competition SAN FRANCISCO – Transportation projects that upgraded an international port of entry, rehabilitated a freight rail line vital to agricultural communities, and expanded a major highway years early and hundreds of ..

Pocatello Regional Transit Breaks Ground on New Transit Hub13-Aug-2013

One of the most successful transit programs in the state is getting a new home. We first told you about Pocatello Regional Transit’s ambitious plans back in May. Tuesday, they made it official with a groundbreaking and a ribbon cutting. City leaders, dignitaries and even a few kids fou..

New Transit Center Planned in Pocatello26-Jul-2013

Source: Idaho Business Review (Boise) (http://idahobusinessreview.com/2013/07/23/new-transit-center-planned-in-pocatello/) Author: Jennifer Gonzalez 7/24/2013 POCATELLO - Pocatello’s new transit facility would replace its existing one which is too small and poses safety hazards. Ren..

SARAH MICHAEL HAS JOINED CTAI AS THE NEW MOBILITY MANAGER FOR SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO26-Jul-2013

BOISE, Idaho – The District 4 Mobility Manager provides a high level of professional transportation expertise to public and private agencies in South Central Idaho. The District 4 Mobility Manager facilitates implementation of local transportation planning and public outreach and builds pa..

SUSAN KIEBERT HAS JOINED CTAI AS THE NEW MOBILITY MANAGER FOR NORTHERN IDAHO26-Jul-2013

BOISE, Idaho – The District 1 Mobility Manager provides a high level of professional transportation expertise to public and private agencies in Northern Idaho. The District 1 Mobility Manager facilitates implementation of local transportation planning and public outreach and builds partner..

Nominations Open for 2013 CTAI Member Awards24-Jul-2013

Do you have a special project, employee, or organization that you think has done an outstanding job of improving transportation options or the quality of life for your passengers or community? If so we want you to stand up and be recognized! It is time once again for the Annual CTAI Member Awards an..

American Exceptionalism and High-Speed Rail17-Jul-2013

By Al Engel, Principal, Al Engel Consulting French historian and author Alexis de Tocqueville was the first writer to describe the United States as “exceptional” more than 170 years ago, because it was founded on a set of ideals, including liberty and equality, rather than on a co..

Community Choices for Idaho - Call for Applications03-Jul-2013

Application deadline: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Board approved the Community Choices for Idaho program on June 19, 2013. The purpose of Community Choices for Idaho is to advance ITD’s strategic goals of Mobili..

Legislation Introduced to Make Transit Benefit Parity Permanent24-Jun-2013

House and Senate champions have recently introduced legislation that would make the transit benefit parity permanent. CTAI needs your help to secure additional co-sponsors on this legislation. In the House, Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) was joined by Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman P..

Dump the Pump Day - Boise Proclamation19-Jun-2013

June 20, 2013 is the nations 8th annual Dump the Pump Day, which encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and improve the quality of life for all Americans. Mayor Bieter, Mayor of the City of Boise, has proclaim..

Idaho Transit Agencies Celebrate 8th Annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 2018-Jun-2013

For Immediate Release Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit or RideShare. (Boise, Idaho) The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) announced today it is partnering with Idaho’spublic transportation systems, and systems nationwide to participate in the ei..

Advocacy Advance - the partnership between the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of A14-Jun-2013

Find It, Fund It! Our new interactive search tool (http://www.advocacyadvance.org/MAP21/finditfundit) centralizes and simplifies information about funding eligibility in MAP-21 to help you find federal funding sources for 24 types of projects. Here is how it works: 1. Go to htt..

Moscow’s SMART Transit Grows Fleet14-Jun-2013

Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News SMART Transit has purchased a new bus for its transportation services in Moscow through a grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program that could one day be used for adding a third route in the city, however, there are still funding hurdles ahe..

State DOTs Continue to Lead the Way in Funding Public Transportation14-Jun-2013

The amount of state money for public transit over the last five years has increased from $13.307 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 to $13.985 billion in FY 2011, according to the annual Survey of State Funding of State Funding for Public Transportation – Final Report 2013 recently published b..

SMART Transit is Seeking and New Executive Director11-Jun-2013

SMART Transit, a non-profit corporation, provides public transportation in Moscow, Idaho and rural Latah County with offices in Moscow and is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. This position has a salary range of $45-60,000 plus benefits, involves the supervision of o..

COMPASS Presents: National public health, planning, and transportation consultant Mark Fenton06-Jun-2013

COMPASS Presents: National public health, planning, and transportation consultant Mark Fenton, June 17 and 18, 2013. Thank you to our co-sponsors! ACHD Commuteride Activate Treasure Valley Central District Health Southwest District Health Valley Regional Transit J..

FTA RELEASES NOTICES, GUIDANCE; SEEKS COMMENT ON RULEMAKING31-May-2013

As part of the ongoing MAP-21 implementation process, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided funding updates and seeks comment on several important items. APTA members who wish to contribute to the APTA comment submission, in addition to submitting their own comments, are asked to pro..

Save the Date: GTFS (General Transit Feed Specifications) Builder/On-line Trip Planner Workshop31-May-2013

When: June 13, 2013 1:30 EDT - Introduction to GTFS Builder and Gathering Bus Stop Location Data June 20, 2013 1:30 EDT - Building Schedules with Bus Stop Data June 27, 2013 1:30 EDT - Completing a Basic Bus Route, Validating and Posting on Google What: National RTAP is ..

Not Your Father's Transportation System: How Economics and Energy are Reshaping Transportation14-May-2013

Featuring Jim Charlier, President of Charlier Associates Join us for a FREE webinar Wednesday, May 22, 12-1PM MDT ***please log on 15 minutes prior to start*** Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now! (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001F4r2C_gMJJS6cx13ZxovR7R1Zk1i1d_SqY..

Save the Date: GTFS (General Transit Feed Specifications) Builder/On-line Trip Planner Workshop14-May-2013

Save the Date: GTFS (General Transit Feed Specifications) Builder/On-line Trip Planner Workshop When: June 13, 2013 1:30 EDT - Introduction to GTFS Builder and Gathering Bus Stop Location Data June 20, 2013 1:30 EDT - Building Schedules with Bus Stop Data ..

Announcement and Request for Comments from Idaho Transportation Department03-May-2013

ITD is developing guidance on how to award and administerfunds to local communities for projects both on and off the highway system. The ITD Transportation Performance division staff crafted draft guidelines based on federal requirements for funding, previous program guides (including Safe Routes, ..

Public Transportation: Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America03-May-2013

My AARP colleagues in Nebraska recently joined efforts to improve the delivery of transportation services in that state after an AARP volunteer spoke about his frustration trying to take his wife to an evening picnic sponsored by the local Alzheimer’s Association support group. His wife..

We Need to Invest in Public Transit to Keep America's Economy Moving03-May-2013

As a nation, we need to face that fact that austerity simply does not work. Our nation’s infrastructure will continue to crumble if we do not invest in its repair, and our economy will continue to stagnate if we don't expand our infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population. ..

DOT Releases TIGER Grant NOFA; FTA Releases Urban Formula Circular26-Apr-2013

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of $494 million in funds through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program. TIGER grants have supported capital improvement projects across the country, since their incept..

FTA Releases Circular on Urban Formula Program26-Apr-2013

Earlier this week, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a proposed circular for the urban formula program. The proposed revisions reflect changes made to the program under MAP-21. The proposed circular and a summary of changes can be found on FTA’s website at this link (http://www..

Idaho Transportation Department Wants Your Input26-Apr-2013

ITD is developing guidance on how to award and administer funds to local communities for projects both on and off the highway system. The ITD Transportation Performance division crafted draft guidelines based on federal requirements for funding, previous program guides (including Safe Routes, Sceni..

PBIC and Bike League Team up for a Webinar on the Economic Impact of Ped/Bike Facilities26-Apr-2013

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has partnered with the League of American Bicyclists for its next free Webinar in its Livable Communities Webinar Series: The Bottom Line: How bicycle and pedestrian projects offer economic benefits to communitie..

Car Ownership Increases to 9,100 Per Year19-Apr-2013

Paul A. Eisenstein , The Detroit Bureau AAA: Cost of car ownership increases to $9,100 this year (http://www.nbcnews.com/business/aaa-cost-car-ownership-increases-9-100-year-1C9372130) A report by AAA (http://newsroom.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/YourDrivingCosts2013.pdf) suggest..

Communities in Motion 2040 Vision -- What does it mean to you?19-Apr-2013

COMPASS is pleased to announce the release of the Communities in Motion 2040 Vision – a depiction of Ada and Canyon Counties in the year 2040. The vision will be used as the basis for Communities in Motion 2040, the next regional long-range transportation plan for the two-county area, and ..

Pocatello Announces Free Rides to and from Environmental Fair19-Apr-2013

Free Rides To and From Environmental Fair in Pocatello. Pocatello Regional Transit Providing Service Saturday, April 20, 2013. CONTACT: Dave Hunt, PRT Director, at 234-6248. Pocatello Regional Transit Director Dave Hunt announced today, April 17, 2013 that Pocatello Regional Transi..

President's Budget Fully Funds MAP-2119-Apr-2013

The Fiscal Year 2014 budget (http://www.mmsend54.com/link.cfm?r=815286348&sid=23808702&m=2579813&u=APTA&j=13729550&s=http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview) released April 10 by President Obama fully funds the authorized funding levels provided in MAP-21 and reserves fundi..

Call for Presentations - CTAI Fall Conference and Expo 201318-Apr-2013

The Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho September 3-5, 2013 The 2013 CTAI Fall Conference & Expo will welcome Idaho's transportation leaders and operators, cyclist and pedestrian groups, community leaders, and mobility advocates. Our goal is to share case studies and best ..

Valleyride Transit System Information Now Available on State 511 Website12-Apr-2013

April 9, 2013 CONTACT: Mark Carnopis, Community Relations Manager, Valley Regional Transit, (208) 258-2702 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Valleyride transit system information now available on state 511 website MERIDIAN – Valleyride has become the latest transit system in Idaho..

Montana Bus Service Being Restored...09-Apr-2013

Minnesota and Idaho Companies Plan to Fill Gap in National System With passengers facing detours over 600 miles and bus companies in neighboring states facing financial losses, multiple parties have been scrambling to restore Montana bus service since last Friday when Federal Motor Ca..

ADA Pedestrian Curb Ramp Program - Q&A Conference Calls29-Mar-2013

The Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Pedestrian Curb Ramp Program Application and Program Guide for the 2013 application cycle have been released. The application and reference materials for this funding opportunity can be found at the I-Way website: http://i-way.org/announcements/2013-cu..

From the American Public Transportation Association - Riding Public Transit Is a Slam Dunk29-Mar-2013

Is March Driving You to Madness? Saving Money by Taking Public Transportation is a Slam Dunk! Riding public transportation saves individuals $9,947 a year. Washington, D.C. Whether your brackets are in tatters or you have bragging rights in your office competition you can save money w..

The Nation's Public Transportation Infrastructure Receives "D" Grade from ASCE29-Mar-2013

In their 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the U.S. public transportation infrastructure a "D" grade for the nation's lack of investment. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) notes that this grade should provide a sens..

ADA Pedestrian Curb Ramp Program - Q&A Conference Calls25-Mar-2013

The Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Pedestrian Curb Ramp Program Application and Program Guide for the 2013 application cycle have been released. The application and reference materials for this funding opportunity can be found at the I-Way website: http://i-way.org/announcements/2013-cu..

March 21st Legislative Update from the American Public Transportation Association25-Mar-2013

The Senate had passed its amendment yesterday afternoon, by a 73-26 vote. The approved resolution includes a number of adjustments to the original House bill, including fully funding MAP-21 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Formula and Bus programs, at $8.478 billion, as well as providing $4 mill..

Senate FY 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR) Restores MAP-21 Funding Levels25-Mar-2013

MAP-21 allows for obligations of just less than $39.7 billion in FY 2013 for highways and about $8.48 billion for transit. The Senate CR follows those numbers exactly, while the House CR cut highway funding to $39.1 billion (down about $600 million) for highways and to $8.35 billion (a cut of almost..

600,000 Americans Have Commutes of 90 Minutes Plus, Says Census Bureau15-Mar-2013

About 8 percent of U.S. workers—almost 11 million people—had commutes of 60 minutes or longer, and nearly 600,000 full-time workers had “mega-commutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles in 2011, far exceeding the average one-way daily commute of about 25 minutes, according ..

ADA Pedestrian Curb Ramp Program - Q&A Conference Calls15-Mar-2013

The Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Pedestrian Curb Ramp Program Application and Program Guide for the 2013 application cycle have been released. The application and reference materials for this funding opportunity can be found at the I-Way website: http://i-way.org/announcements/2013-cu..

Details of the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act15-Mar-2013

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Evans Paull The Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development (BUILD) Act of 2013, introduced today (http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/03/07/a-new-bill-in-congress-is-great-news-for-americas-neighborhoods/) by Senators Lautenberg, Inhofe, Udall and..

A New Transportation Bill Finally Passes in 2012 — But What Changes Does MAP-21 Bring?08-Mar-2013

After a delay of more than 1,000 days from the expiration of the previous law, Congress in summer of 2012 adopted an update to the federal transportation program known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century, or MAP-21. While it stopped short of providing more robust funding or a swe..

Federal Transit Administration Seeks Comments 08-Mar-2013

FTA invites you to participate in a National Online Dialogue on Transit Provider Representation in Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The new Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) law sets forth new requirements for representation of providers of public transportation in Metro..

From MobilityLab.org: Why Grandma Needs to Learn How to Ride the Bus08-Mar-2013

When Complete Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) were thriving during the last few decades, one of their most popular selling points was ease of transition. As the argument went, moving to a new community can be jarring for elderly people so folks should move to a CCRC in their 50s, allowing..

A Mission to Serve: State Activities to Help Military Veterans Access Transportation28-Feb-2013

Today, about 23 million Americans are military veterans, with tens of thousands more returning home as the American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down. Many of these men and women need reliable, affordable and accessible transportation choices to get to work and school, visit family and fri..

House T&I Committee Hearing Highlights Transportation28-Feb-2013

Washington, DC – The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held its first hearing of the 113th Congress today focusing on the importance of infrastructure to the U.S. economy and examining the role played by the Federal Government in ensuring safe, efficient, and reliable infrastructu..

Meet the Rural Region That Opted for VelociBuses Over Highway Expansion 28-Feb-2013

by Angie Schmitt The four sparsely populated mountain counties make up the Roaring Fork Valley extend over roughly 50 miles on Colorado’s Western Slope. About 32,000 people are interspersed throughout the valley in small towns like Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, but the loc..

CTAI - Notice of RFP - Veterans Outreach Project15-Feb-2013

CTAI has released a Notice of RFP for qualified marketing and communications firms or consultants who are interested in supporting CTAI's Veteran's One Call/One Click outreach and education efforts. Applications are due March 13, 2013. For additional information, view the PDF below. You can ..

2013 I-way Leadership Awards Community Partnerships, Coordinated Solutions14-Feb-2013

The I-way Leadership Award is a way to recognize leadership and innovation for effective coordination of mobility options in Idaho. Three (3) awards will be provided to a project, individual, agency, or process that receives the most points based on the nomination criteria. The award is co-sponsore..

Call for Project Applications: USDA Long Term Tribal and Rural Projects14-Feb-2013

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is accepting applications for long term rural and tribal planning projects. Projects can help communities develop, improve or expand transit services or facilities. There is no cost for assistance and no match is required. The Technical Assi..

How Will the Next Transportation Secretary Build on Ray LaHood's Legacy?14-Feb-2013

He strung it out long enough, but Ray LaHood has finally announced (http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/01/29/its-official-lahood-is-out/) that he’s resigning as Transportation Secretary. Speculation (http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/11/16/poll-who-should-be-the-next-u-s-transportation-secretary/) ha..

Why People Choose Cars, Even When Mass Transit Would Serve Them Better14-Feb-2013

People don't always make rational decisions. The entire field of behavioral economics, with all its colorfully named biases and heuristics, is based on our irrationality. If that's not enough to convince you, then let us remind you that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a thing. To read more, click..

Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework08-Feb-2013

TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Report S2-C09-RR-1: Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework identifies where and how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption fit into a conceptual decision-making framework, i..

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development 08-Feb-2013

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is development near a transit station that offers a mix of housing, employment, shopping, and transportation choices. Putting homes, jobs, and stores close to transit can give people less expensive, less polluting transportation options while improving their ac..

ITD Director Ness Offers Solutions to Improve Efficiency and Save Millions08-Feb-2013

Idaho Transportation Department Director, Brian Ness, spoke at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting this past January 14, 2013. Ness was invited to speak at a session titled "Current Strategies for State Department of Transportation Leadership." AASHTO President Mike Lewis, director ..

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority Seeks New Executive Director08-Feb-2013

Position: Executive Director Salary: Hiring range $67,000 to $80,000. Excellent benefits. Exempt position. Resume, letter of interest, references due 5 pm MST, Monday, February 25, 2013 to: Success Management: successmgmt@cox-internet.com General Statement of Responsibilities: ..

New Study Released: Travel Behavior and Mobility of Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations08-Feb-2013

Abstract Older adults, people with disabilities, individuals in low-income households, and those living in rural areas can face significant mobility challenges. This study examines travel behavior and mobility of these transportation-disadvantaged groups by analyzing data from the National Ho..

More Students But Fewer Wheels04-Feb-2013

From Boise Weekly By Andrew Crisp Boise State University occupies one of the busiest slices of real estate in the city. More than 20,000 people regularly descend upon the 170-acre campus, which includes more than 150 buildings and that massive blue-turfed stadium. "We kind of think ..

Mountain Rides chief steps down: Jason Miller joins electric bus company 04-Feb-2013

From Idaho Mountain Express By Terry Smith Leaving Mountain Rides Transportation Authority was a tough decision for Executive Director Jason Miller, but he said Tuesday that an opportunity with a “cutting-edge” manufacturer of electric buses was something he couldn’t p..

U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY LAHOOD WILL NOT SERVE FOR A SECOND TERM01-Feb-2013

After serving four years in President Obama’s Cabinet, Secretary LaHood is stepping down. LaHood thanked the Department of Transportation employees for their work and urged them forward saying “Now is not the time to let up - we still have a number of critical safety goals to accompl..

2013 Leadership Summit & Legislative Social08-Jan-2013

Join CTAI for the 3rd Spring Leadership Summit! February 25, 2013 Leadership Summit Day 1 12:00pm - 5:00pm Start the day with a Welcome Lunch in company of Chuck Winder, Idaho Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Transportation Committee Member. He will share his views on upcoming issu..

Veteran's One-Click Transportation Resource To Help More than Veterans10-Dec-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Heather Wheeler Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) (208) 344-2354 | hmwheeler@ctai.org | www.ctai.org (http://www.ctai.org/) Veteran’s One-Click Transportation Resource – Set to Launch i..

DO YOU NEED PASS TRAINING FOR YOUR STAFF? DO IT ONLINE!07-Dec-2012

The PASS Basic training program consists of 6 modules and includes comprehensive training on the assistance that drivers should be providing to passengers with special needs. The fee is $50 for Non CTAA Members and $25 for CTAA Members. This is a great alternative to traditional classroom t..

IDAHO'S PROCUREMENT PRO TOOL IS COMPLETE07-Dec-2012

Earlier this summer, CTAI and the Idaho Transportation Department contracted with Main Street Connections to develop an Idaho portal within the National RTAP Cloud. This online software will allow Idaho’s transit agencies and communities who receive transportation dollars, to more quickly ..

CTAI Member - Valley Ride - Hosts Toy Drive 12/101-Dec-2012

Valley Ride is hosting their 13th annual Stuff the Bus toy drive this coming December 1 from 9am-7pm at Fred Meyer stores in the area. If you want to help, visit any of the Fred Meyer locations below, find the Valley Ride Bus, and drop off a new, unwrapped toy, or gift card. 5230 ..

POCATELLO REGIONAL TRANSIT TURNS 40 - BUILDING NEW FACILITY30-Nov-2012

In the December 2012 issue of the Mayor’s Newsletter, written by Brian Blad, Mayor of Pocatello highlighted Pocatello Regional Transit’s (PRT) 40 years of service. The City of Pocatello created PRT in 1982 as a result of growth in the city. The service established included not only f..

NATIONAL WEBINAR: DATA & RESOURCES TO PROPEL LOCAL WALKING PROGRAMS & SOLUTIONS15-Nov-2012

Is your community in need of resources to develop walking paths and programs targeted at improving walking? If so, join America Walks for this 1.5 hour webinar entitled “Bold New Steps: Data and Resources to Propel Local Walking Programs and Solutions.” This webinar is the kicko..

TRPTA CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY15-Nov-2012

TARGHEE REGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY 1810 W. BROADWAY #7, IDAHO FALLS, ID 83402 Phone: (208) 535-0356 Fax: (208) 524-0216 Assistant Director/Marketing Director: Amanda L. Ely (Amanda.trpta@gmail.com) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Customer Appreciation Day! Targh..

City of Pocatello Hiring Transit Driver07-Nov-2012

Pocatello Regional Transit has announced its search for a Transit Driver for Oneida County/Malad City. Interested applicants should visit the City of Pocatello Human Resources web site for this and other job opportunities: http://www.pocatello.us/jobs/index.htm (http://www.pocatello.us/jobs..

Idaho Rural Partnership Review in Glenns Ferry07-Nov-2012

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) participated in the Idaho Rural Partnership Review this past spring. Now that the results are published, CTAI would like to invite the community to help continue the public transportation conversation. This past September intere..

RideShare Week Employer Challenge Winners Announced07-Nov-2012

CTAI hosted the first annual Idaho RideShare week from October 7th to the 13th. During that week, businesses around Idaho competed in the Employer Challenge and encouraged their employees to leave their cars at home and take the bus, carpool, vanpool, and bike or walk to work. 13 employers ..

Managing Substance Abuse Webinar Nov. 29, 201206-Nov-2012

CTAI is hosting Lisa Shier from Ahead of the Kurve for a two hour training webinar on Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace. Register today, save yourself a trip, and complete this training from your desk! November 29th, 10am-12pm MT CTAI Members $50 General Registration $65 ..

FTA BUS SAFETY & SECURITY PROGRAM05-Nov-2012

Nearly 25 individuals were in attendance from Regional Public Transportation, Appaloosa Express, Treasure Valley Transit, Boise State University Transportation & Parking, Kuna Senior Center, and Valley Ride staff from both the Boise and Nampa locations, and ITD attended the FTA Bus Safety &a..

Boise State University Recognized for Biking Efforts26-Oct-2012

On October 24th, the League of American Bicyclists announced the designation of nine new Bicycle Friendly Universities (http://www.bikeleague.org/university), growing the program to 44 colleges in 25 states. The Bicycle Friendly University Program recognizes institutions of higher education whi..

Soon, Procurement is Going to be a Lot Easier in Idaho26-Oct-2012

CTAI partnered with ITD and Main Street Connections to customize the National RTAP ProcurementPRO software to include Idaho's procurement terms and conditions and supporting documents, in addition to federal procurement clauses, certifications, and supporting documents. Currently, the procur..

IDAHO RTAP PROGRAM UNDERGOING CHANGES19-Oct-2012

The Statewide Advisory Committee for Idaho RTAP and the CTAI Board of Directors are reviewing changes to the RTAP application process and eligibility for Idaho. If you are a past recipient of Idaho RTAP scholarships, please take a minute to review the form below and provide your feedback with re..

Tell ITD Not to Cut Funding for Walking and Biking!09-Oct-2012

The new federal transportation bill, MAP-21, became law on October 1st. Some components of the bill are left up to state transportation departments to decide how to direct funding. This means the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) will be looking at how to prioritize the funding available in ..

CTAI's RideShare Program Celebrates RideShare Week!07-Oct-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Suzanne Seigneur, sseigneur@ctai.org BOISE, Idaho – With the rising cost of gas and the desire to ‘go green,’ ridesharing has become much more prevalent and practical. CTAI’s Idaho Rideshare program is a free, online resource that h..

TVT, VRT and CTAI Highlighted in News Story on Senior Transportation04-Oct-2012

Just last week, the Southwest Idaho's news Channel 6 station aired a news story on the potential hazards of senior drivers after a 100 year old, California senior driver backed into a crowd of children, injuring 9 children and 2 adults. Heather Wheeler, Executive Director or CTAI reached out to ..

Boise State is Hiring01-Oct-2012

Do you bleed blue and have a marketing and communications background? If so then Boise State is looking for you! The Boise State Department of Parking and Transportation is hiring a Transportation Demand Management Marketing Coordinator. If you want to learn more, click here (/_literature_150..

Transportation & Coordination Workshop in Lewiston20-Sep-2012

Do you want to learn more about the transportation options available in District 2? Are you interested in identifying what resources are available or how you can get more involved? RSVP today to join John Murray, CTAI Mobility Manager for this educational workshop. There is no cost to attend. ..

EPA Grant Webinars for Region 1021-Aug-2012

EPA ANNOUNCES REGION 10'S ONLINE GRANTS TRAINING August 21st and -22nd 10am-12pm PT each day Join EPA for the second annual Region 10 online grants training. Learn tools, tips, and pitfalls to avoid in applying for federal and nonfederal grants, including EPA grants. Note that you should..

MAP-21 from a Public Transportation Perspective Webinar09-Aug-2012

Please join the Center for Urban Research Development for a FREE webcast, featuring Robert Healy, Vice President – Government Affairs and Brian Tynan, Director – Government Relations from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), who will review the highlights of the Mov..

New Resource for Rural Communities02-Aug-2012

USDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency have partnered to issue a Federal Resources guide that is aimed at helping rural communities better understand funding and resources for the benefit of their community...

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2012 CTAI Member Awards 02-Aug-2012

Do you have a special project, employee, or organization that you think has done an outstanding job of improving transportation options or the quality of life for your passengers or community? If so we want you to stand up and be recognized! It is time once again for the Annual CTAI Member Award..

CTAI is Hiring an Accounting and Procurement Specialist10-Jul-2012

CTAI is hiring an Accounting and Procurement Specialist to join its team of dedicated employees. As a 501(c)-6, CTAI is a statewide,membership organization that is dedicated to improving transportation options in Idaho. For a complete job description, click here (/_literature_142060/CTAI_Accou..

Treasure Valley Transit is Hiring!09-Jul-2012

Treasure Valley Transit is hiring an Operations Manager to oversee operations in all service areas; including Mountain Community Tranist, Snake River Transit and Mountain Home Community Transit. For more information on this position and this great organization click here or you can visit the TVT we..

Transportation Resource for Veterans to be Developed; Funds Received to Educate about Resources05-Jul-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Heather Wheeler Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) (208) 344-2354 | hmwheeler@ctai.org | www.ctai.org CTAI Selects Firm to Develop One-Click Resource for Veterans and Receives Funding to Educate Veterans on ..

Mayor Bieter to Issue Proclamation - 9am, 6/2121-Jun-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Heather Wheeler, CTAI Executive Director, hmwheeler@ctai.org, and 208-991-8410 SEVENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY TO BE HELD ON JUNE 21 – Boise Mayor Bieter to Issue Proclamation (Boise, Idaho) With the return of h..

Media Advisory - Dump the Pump for Transit 6/21 Events around Idaho21-Jun-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Heather Wheeler, Executive Director, CTAI hmwheeler@ctai.org | 208-991-8410 IDAHO TRANSIT AGENCIES CELEBRATE 7thANNUAL NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY ON JUNE 21 Dump the Pump. Save Money. Ride Transit. (Boise, Idaho) With the return of high gas ..

Pocatello Mayor Blad to Issue Proclamation for Dump the Pump Day21-Jun-2012

June 19, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mayor Brian Blad at 234-6163 PROCLAMATION TO BE ISSUED AT COUNCIL MEETING Mayor Brian Blad has authorized a proclamation to be read at the June 21, 2012 City Council meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 ..

Seeking Nominations for the 2012-2013 Board of Directors14-Jun-2012

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) is seeking three (3) dynamic leaders to fill vacant Board of Directors seats. CTAI is Idaho's statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates and empowers individuals and communities to develop transportation systems they need ..

Improving Operator Performance - Mass Transit Webinar13-Jun-2012

Improving Operator Performance: How Fleets like Veolia Transportation are Reducing Costs and Increasing Safety Today, public transit fleets are facing challenges of increasing operator and rider safety while battling increased fuel costs. SmartDrive has teamed with Veolia Transportation to..

Substance Abuse One-Day Seminar Schedule 22-May-2012

As an adjunct to the FTA Drug and Alcohol National Conference, this one-day seminar is designed to provide essential facts and information to facilitate employers' compliance with DOT's 49 CFR Part 40 and FTA's 49 CFR Part 655. While a high-level overview of the regulations will be discussed, th..

Proposed Intercity Service from Bonners Ferry to Boise Needs Input from Idahoans21-May-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Heather Wheeler Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) (208) 344-2354 | hmwheeler@ctai.org | www.ctai.org (http://www.ctai.org/) Proposed Intercity Service from Bonners Ferry to Boise Needs..

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD RELEASES SOCIAL MEDIA REPORT18-May-2012

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) released a report outlining the uses and successes of transit agencies using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. In Idaho, many of you have been working to improve your social media efforts and have shown interest in CTAI sponsored webinars ..

UPDATE ON TRANSPORTATION BILL 18-May-2012

APTA’s Passenger Transport newsletter reported that members of the House/Senate Conference Committee on the Surface Transportation Authorization (http://www.c-span.org/Events/Highway-Bill-Moves-to-Conference-Committee/10737430497/)(S.1813.H.R. 4348) met for the first time on May 8, meeting..

NATIONAL DIALOGUE TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS10-May-2012

US Department of Transportation is hosting a web-based dialogue that invites military families, veterans and organizations that support them to engage in a lively discussion on overcoming barriers, forming strategic partnerships, and improving communications to ultimately improve access to trans..

CSI Sustainability FAIR & CTAI27-Apr-2012

CTAI staff Elsa MacDonald, Director of Programs and Sirine Azm, BSU Intern, attended the College of Southern Idaho Sustainability Fair last week. The CSI Sustainability Club, which hosts the fair, is participating in the I’m 4 Transportation Options Student Club Challenge. The Sustainabili..

House Names 33 Conferees27-Apr-2012

As we reported last week, the House and Senate will conference on their two transportation bills to come to an agreement on the future of our nation’s transportation system. The Hill reported the list of 33 conferees involved in the process. None are from Idaho, but include 20 Republican..

Intermountain Active Transportation Conference Coming to Boise!23-Apr-2012

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (www.ctai.org), Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Commuter Transportation (www.rmact.org) and the Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association (www.pipta.org) are pleased to announce an exciting conference opportunit..

House will serve as Conference on Multi-Year Authorization Bill20-Apr-2012

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reported that the House of Representatives will move to a conference committee with the Senate on a multi-year surface transportation authorization measure, since the 90-day extension of SAFETEA-LU (H.R. 4348) through September 30, 2012 was passe..

Call for Presentations Now Open!17-Apr-2012

CTAI Fall Conference & Expo 2012 This year’s fall conference and expo will take place at The Grove Hotel, in downtown Boise, Idaho from September 4-8. Registration information will be out this summer; however we are on the lookout for great presentations and workshops. ..

National RTAP Resources - Website Builder13-Apr-2012

The National RTAP program has developed several technology resources to help rural transit agencies and communities. By creating a Cloud Account on the www.NationalRTAP.org (http://www.nationalrtap.org/) website, users are able to access and download the WebSite builder, among other resources a..

Fundamentals of Travel Training Online Course09-Apr-2012

Starting April 9, Easter Seals Project Action will offer Fundamentals of Travel Training Administration—a free online course about launching, operating and maintaining a travel training program. Participants can learn more about: creating job descriptions; hiring, training and ..

Boise State Public Policy Center Reviews Public Transit in Boise/Nampa06-Apr-2012

Last week, a report by the Brookings Institute explored public transit systems of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Using their analysis, Boise State compared public transit in the Boise/Nampa system to those of other American cities. According to the analysis, “A barrier to..

Transportation Bill Update02-Apr-2012

APTA reported that the U.S. House of Representatives approved, by a vote of 266 to 158, a 90-day extension of current surface transportation law governing federal transit and highway programs. The bill, which would extend SAFETEA-LU and the collection of motor fuels taxes that are deposited in the H..

IMC Legislation Update23-Mar-2012

Heather Wheeler has spent several hours at the Capitol working to build support for the IMC Legislation bill which will increase efficiencies of the PTAC and IWG and, increase the transparency and accountability of public transportation funding decisions in Idaho. Her work and action by the I’..

Transportation Bill Update23-Mar-2012

Community Transportation Association of America reports that despite the Senate’s passing of S. 1813 by a 74-22 margin on March 14, House of Representatives Republican Transportation & Infrastructure staff indicated that the House will not take up the Senate bill yet. Instead, Passenger Tr..

Idaho’s 2012 Infrastructure Report Card Released16-Mar-2012

According to the recently released 2012 Report Card for Idaho’s infrastructure, “Transit in Idaho is safe and relatively efficient, but lacks the accessibility and funding to meet the needs.” This is not new information for transportation providers around the state. During the rele..

Transportation Bill Passes Senate!16-Mar-2012

March 14, 2012 the Senate passed the two-year, $109 billion surface transportation authorization bill with strong bipartisan support of votes at 74-22. The Senate’s surface transportation bill included a manager’s amendment which: Includes a change to the Bus Rapid Transit (B..

Transit Ridership Numbers Up in Idaho15-Mar-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Heather Wheeler Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of Idaho (208) 344-2354 hmwheeler@ctai.org www.ctai.org (http://www.ctai.org) Transit Ridership Numbers Up in Idaho Ranking Higher than the National Average Boise..

Help CTAI Pass Legislation14-Mar-2012

This year the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) is working to put through a piece of legislation (Senate Bill 1310) at the Idaho Statehouse that will combine two separate committees into one committee called the “Idaho Mobility Council”. Combining these committe..

Update on Transportation Bill09-Mar-2012

Speaker John Boehner gave up on the House transportation bill as he was unable to get support by House Republicans over the five-year measure to rebuild roads, bridges and railways, reported Reuters.com. As the current transportation bill, which has been extended on numerous occasions, is set..

Idaho Discretionary Funding Webinar02-Mar-2012

CTAI and the Idaho Transportation Department – Division of Transportation Performance will be partnering to host a webinar to discuss the three current federal funding opportunities, which include State of Good Repair, Livability, and Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative..

Update on Transportation Bill – Call with Senator LaTourette 29-Feb-2012

Last week, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) organized a conference call where Senator LaTourette of Ohio, participated to give APTA members an update on the transportation bills. LaTourette had little else to share other than that there was no agreement between the House and..

Take Action to Restore Dedicated Federal Investment24-Feb-2012

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that, “since 1983, under President Ronald Reagan, fuels tax revenues have been dedicated to public transit through the Mass Transit Account of the surface transportation legislation. These dedicated revenues were not diverted fr..

CTAI is Sad to Say Farewell to Brett Nelson09-Feb-2012

CTAI is very sad to announce that our District 5 Mobility Manager, Brett Nelson, will be leaving his position for personal reasons. Brett has done a wonderful job setting up the District 5 office, building partnerships and improving mobility options for the communities he has served. Brett's l..

National Call-In Day on Transportation – TODAY FEBRUARY 9, 201209-Feb-2012

Policy Link announced this morning that, “today is the day to speak up for affordable transportation options for the millions of low-income people and communities of color who rely on public transit, walking, or biking to get to work, to the doctor's office, to school, and to the grocery store..

Idaho Highlighted in Report from NCSL03-Feb-2012

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor, has for several years worked to provide state legislatures and other stakeholders with reliable, balanced information to support the evaluation and impro..

Update on Transportation Bill – Drastic Changes Proposed 03-Feb-2012

The Ways and Means Committee proposes drastic changes by eliminating the use of motor fuel tax revenues for public transportation, revenues that have been dedicated to public transportation for nearly 30 years. These revenues, which currently go to public transportation, will generate $25 billio..

Wheeler Meets with Congressional Delegation and Staff03-Feb-2012

Heather Wheeler, CTAI Executive Director attended the ACT Leadership Academy in Washington, DC last week. While in DC for the ACT Leadership Academy, Wheeler scheduled meetings with Senators Crapo and Risch and Congressmen Labrador and Simpson to discuss the transportation reauthorization bills...

Designing Healthy Communities TV Series Coming to Idaho PTV Plus27-Jan-2012

Starting Tuesday, February 21, weekly for 4 weeks, the outstanding series Designing Healthy Communities (http/vimeo.com/26024544) will air on the plus channel of Idaho Public TV at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time/7:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The series is produced by the Media Policy Center (http/mediapolicy..

Sustainable Public Transportation Report Released27-Jan-2012

The Transportation Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program Research Results Digest 103: Sustainable Public Transportation: Environmentally Friendly Mobility is an overview of an international study mission that explored how public transportation systems in India and China hav..

CTAI Recognized as Employer of the Year 20-Jan-2012

WTS, Advancing Women in Transportation – Treasure Valley Chapter announced this week the winners for their 2011 Awards. CTAI was named as the Employer of the Year! The Employer of the Year award is designed to honor businesses for their support of the goals and purpose of WTS, by (1) ..

Designing Healthy Communities TV Series Coming to Idaho PTV Plus 20-Jan-2012

Starting Tuesday, February 21, weekly for 4 weeks, the outstanding series Designing Healthy Communities (http://http/vimeo.com/26024544) will air on the plus channel of Idaho Public TV at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time/7:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The series is produced by the Media Policy Center (http://http/m..

Heather Wheeler Named as one of the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year05-Jan-2012

Idaho Business Review celebrates Idaho’s most successful women from public, private, and charitable business sectors, focusing on the high points and the lessons which have contributed to their unique business experiences. Giving credence to work ethic, innovation and balance, the IBR hono..

CTAI Holiday Closures22-Dec-2011

All Administrative and District Offices will be closed December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012 and will close early at 12pm December 23 and 30. District 3 and District 5 will also be closed on December 23 and 30, 2012...

Update on National Legislation 21-Dec-2011

Transportation Bill Update Several issues have plagued the news with regard to transportation. The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) reported this week that the House of Representatives delayed an update on releasing the transportation bill. In addition, the House will l..

Mysterious "Accident" Blows Transformer & Leaves CTAI without Power13-Dec-2011

Rumor has it that a mischievous elf stole Santa's sleigh and crashed it into a transformer near the Boise River. This "accident" has left CTAI's building - and a good size area along the river without power. Idaho Power is working hard to resolve the situation. Until then, no staff, including mo..

Congress Needs to Hear From You on the Transportation Bill!09-Dec-2011

The Federal Surface Transportation legislation expired more than two years ago, and since then the programs have been operating under multiple extensions. In Idaho, where at least a million trips are taken on public transit in a yearly basis, we need to support access to quality public transport..

Public Transit Ridership Up in Third Quarter 09-Dec-2011

Nationally 2.6 billion trips were taken on public transit in the third quarter of 2011 according to APTA's quarterly ridership report (http://apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/Ridership/2011-q3-ridership-APTA.pdf). This is a two percent increase over the same quarter last year -- almost 52..

Nationwide Support Grows for Transit01-Dec-2011

As lawmakers identify levels and sources of funding for transit, an article released on Governing.com shows that people continue to support investments in transit. According to the article, since 2000, voters have supported initiatives to fund public transit through increased or renewed sales or..

Transit Bill Update01-Dec-2011

Although lawmakers have not discussed any details, speculators are discussing potential inclusions and changes to this bill. The DC Streetsblog reported of several issues that might be included within the bill based on testimony provided to the Senate Banking Committee this past May from FTA Adm..

Baby Fry has Arrived!22-Nov-2011

Vanessa Fry’s baby – Amelia Mae – joined her family on November 19, 2011 weighing 7lbs 3oz and measuring 18.5 inches in length. Amelia Mae, her sister Sylvia, Vanessa and her husband Jason are all doing great and very excited with their new addition to the family. ..

House Seeks to Fund Transportation Through Oil Drilling17-Nov-2011

Today House Speak John Boehner (R-OH) and Representative John Mica (R-FL) shared their 5 year Transportation Reauthorization plan. While they didn’t specifically address the funding levels at the press conference, they did say they will fund the bill through royalties from increased offsho..

MiniBus Passes House17-Nov-2011

According to The Hill.com the House easily passed a 2012 "minibus" spending bill Thursday afternoon that also contains a continuing spending resolution through December 16, and sent it to the Senate for passage, likely on Friday. The bill was approved in a 298-121 vote in which more Democra..

CTAI Receives Funding to Develop a One-Click Resource for Veterans10-Nov-2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Heather Wheeler Executive Director, Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) (208) 344-2354 | hmwheeler@ctai.org | www.ctai.org CTAI Receives Funding to Develop a One-Click Resource for Veterans Transportation Options for Idaho&rsqu..

CTAI Receives Funding for Grassroots Coalition Efforts09-Nov-2011

CTAI Receives Funding for Grassroots Coalition Efforts Transportation Options for Idaho’s Communities Boise, Idaho, 11/2/2011 — The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded a $5,000 grant to CTAI, the Community Transportation Association of Idaho, with the..

Senate EPW Committee MAP-21 Bill for Up Review 09-Nov-2011

This Wednesday, November 9, 2011 the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted unanimously 18-0 to advance S.1813, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) (http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=20f89548-8b2e-4498-89f..

COMMUTER BENEFITS SET TO DECLINE IF NO ACTION IS TAKEN28-Oct-2011

Last fall we faced the threat of reduced commuter benefits, but an extension saved the benefits at current levels for another year. It is that time of the year again and the IRS reported last week that the maximum tax free levels for qualified transportation fringe benefits for transit and commu..

SENATE SETS VOTE ON FY 2012 APPROPRIATIONS, TABLES MCCAIN'S EFFORT TO REDUCE ENHANCEMENTS PROGRAM 28-Oct-2011

The U.S. Senate reached agreement late last week to hold a Halloween vote on a $127.7 billion "minibus" appropriations package that includes transportation spending. H.B. 2112. Congress has yet to pass any of the dozen regular appropriations bill for the federal fiscal year that began Oct. ..

State of Good Repair and Livability Awards Announced21-Oct-2011

This summer, Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) and Idaho Transportation Department – Division of Transportation Performance (ITD-DTP) staff worked diligently to provide technical assistance to transportation providers around the state in applying for the FTA’s Stat..

Truth About Transit20-Oct-2011

This edition of the Community Transportation Association of America’s (CTAA) DigitalCT focuses on how transit professionals and advocates alike can best communicate with elected officials and in their communities. The resources assembled and strategies identified are effective to make the ..

Vehicle Replacement Program Discussion06-Oct-2011

Join the Idaho Transportation Department - Division of Transportation Performance in a discussion about the proposed Vehicle Replacement Program. The conversation takes place at the CTAI Fall Conference & Expo on October 6 - during two separate sessions. If you would like to participate by c..

Rep Simpson's Response To CTAI's Request for Support22-Sep-2011

Although the transportation bill was extended for 6 months, congress still needs to appropriate 2012 funding levels and the House of Representatives has proposed a cut of more than one-third of federal funding for public transportation. Contact Representative Simpson and other Idaho delegates to..

Cutting Federal Public Transportation Funding Will Result in Significant Job Losses and Service Cuts20-Sep-2011

Reprinted from APTA.com Contact: Mantill Williams (202)496-4869 mwilliams@apta.com Washington, DC – Today marks a national day of action “Don’t X Out Public Transit” as public transit riders and advocates from across the country join together to highlight the s..

CTAI CONFERENCE CAR CORRAL IN SUN VALLEY01-Sep-2011

Mountain Rides is hosting a Car Corral/Lock Up during the CTAI 2011 Fall Conference & Expo. So get ready to give up your keys and ride a bike, walk, or use the bus to get around during your stay in Sun Valley. Are you willing to accept this challenge and have a chance to win great prizes? If..

Idaho RTAP Plan Review Process15-Aug-2011

The Idaho RTAP Program Plan is currently being reviewed for 2011-2013. If you have participated in a training that has been sponsored by Idaho RTAP, or have been a scholarship recipient, take a few minutes to read the goals for the upcoming years and share your thoughts. {module_literature,..

Idaho Rideshare is Growing10-Aug-2011

CTAI’s Idaho RideShare program, formerly known as Rideshare Online, is growing around the state. Several organizations like ACHD Commuteride, Mountain Rides, and the Kootenai Medical Center are a few of the organizations that have used this online resource for several years now - and the w..

CTAI is Seeking Applications for 2012 Board of Directors28-Jul-2011

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) is seeking three (3) dynamic leaders to fill vacant Board of Directors seats. CTAI is Idaho's statewide transportationmembership organization that advocates and empowers individuals and communities to develop transportation systems they ne..

Register for the Fall Conference and Expo!18-Jul-2011

Fall Conference and Expo 2011 is now open for registration! Get the Early Bird special by registering before September 1st and save $100! Click HERE (http://www.cvent.com/d/wcqntz) to learn more about the conference and to see how to register!..

CTAI Call for Nominations 07-Jul-2011

The 2011 CTAI Making a Positive Impact Award is a way to recognize CTAI Members for their exceptional work that has positively impacted their community's finances, health, and/or environmnet. Awards will be provided to three CTAI Members for a successful partnership project or process that benfi..

Funding Opportunities Webinars Scheduled30-Jun-2011

CTAI and IDTP will host three webinars on July 11th to discuss the application process for each funding opportunity. Because of the holiday weekend, we are requesting that those with an interest in submitting an application for any or all of these funding opportunities should submit the FTA Summ..

Idaho Transit Tech Summit in Review24-Jun-2011

CTAI partnered with ITD to host the Idaho Transit Technology Summit in Boise, Idaho. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together interested parties to review recent technology deployments, exchange ideas and experiences, and establish the course of future transit related technology initiativ..

Safe Routes to School is Hiring24-Jun-2011

Many of us remember a time when walking and bicycling to school was a part of everyday life. Today fewer than 15% of kids use active transportation to get to school. This decline in walking and bicycling has had an adverse effect on traffic congestion and air quality around schools, pedestrian a..

FTA Funding Opportunity!17-Jun-2011

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is requesting applications for transit climate change adaptation assessment pilots. CTAI is willing to partner and help with this project! The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is requesting applications for transit climate change adaptation asses..

What Would You Like to See at the Fall Conference?17-Jun-2011

We Want Your Thoughts for the CTAI Conference 2011 Please take a moment to complete a short survey and share with us what you would like to learn more about at the upcoming CTAI Conference 2011, from October 6-8 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Click here to complete the survey no later than June 22, 2..

CTAI Live on KBOI 67002-Jun-2011

Heather Wheeler, CTAI’s Executive Director, was invited to participate in a live radio broadcast on KBOI 670’s Idaho’s First Morning News last week! She was invited to talk about I-way and Rideshare Online. Click here (/_literature_88918/CTAI_Live_on_KBOI_670)to listen to inter..

Dump the Pump June 16th!02-Jun-2011

Join American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country on June 16, 2011 to celebrate the 6th Annual National Dump the Pump Day! In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the ..

National RTAP Released a FREE Website Builder Resource!02-Jun-2011

The National Rural Transportation Assistance Program has developed a variety of web based tools for rural transportation agencies to utilize. The new website developer includes templates with all of the features you need to build and manage a great looking website--all designed via familiar web-base..

City Vacations = More Public Transit Riders01-Jun-2011

The APTA newsletter reports that although beaches, camping, cruises and parks are great, city vacations continue to top the list of summer travel destinations for most Americans. According to the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Green Travel Forecast, the association's annual ..

We need your opinion for Conference 2011!26-May-2011

Take a few minutes and let us know what you would like to see at this year's conference in Sun Valley! Click HERE (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sessiontopics) to access the survey...

Obama Calls for Increased Investment in Transportation Infrastructure20-May-2011

Reprinted from AASHTO Journal President Barack Obama used his proclamation of National Transportation Week to call for the nation to "do more" when it comes to developing a transportation network that is safer, more energy efficient, more environmentally sustainable, and offers more transpor..

Wood River Valley Smart Moves Community Challenge19-May-2011

The Smart Moves Community Challenge is the Wood River Valley’s only alternative transportation event, designed to encourage people to move themselves around the valley without a car. Participants track all of their Smart Moves trips taken by bike, foot, in-line skating, carpool, vanpool or..

Board Development in Moscow Postponed16-May-2011

The Board Development training scheduled for May 17 has been postponed. If you have any questions please contact Elsa MacDonald at emacdonald@ctai.org. We are working to reschedule this training later this summer...

House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Hears Testimoney on Cycling Issues13-May-2011

John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycle Corporation spoke to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit with regard to “Improving and reforming the nation’s surface transportation programs” this past March. Read the full statement here (/_literature_86614/Burke_Testimony_to_Congress_on..

I’M4CTAI LAUNCHES THIS MONTH!13-May-2011

CTAI launched the I’M4CTAI campaign this month to recruit at least 1,000 Idahoans in support of improved transportation options for our state. Our goal is to educate and inform these individuals about the I-way process, the need for advocacy in support of legislative items like public opti..

Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance is Looking for a Part-time Executive Director13-May-2011

Idaho Pedestrian & Bicycle Alliance (IPBA) is looking for a dynamic leader based in Boise with exceptional fundraising and organizational skills to take us to the next level. This will be a ½ time Executive Director (initially as a contractor earning $17.50/hour) and we seek a profess..

CTAI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS TO BE RECOGNIZED IN JUNE 05-May-2011

Elsa MacDonald, CTAI Director of Programs, was selected as one of the Idaho Business Review’s Idaho Accomplished Under 40 (http://idahobusinessreview.com/2011/05/05/idaho-business-review-announces-accomplished-under-40/) for 2011. Elsa was nominated by Brooke Green and Kristin McGee. The 2..

CTAI MOBILITY MANAGER WINS SCHOLARSHIP FOR CTAA CONFERENCE05-May-2011

Vanessa Fry, District 4 Mobility Manager, was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2011 CTAA Conference in Indianapolis in June! The scholarship will cover the cost of the conference registration, as well as her travel. Congratulations Vanessa! ..

Tell Your Story Campaign05-May-2011

Tell Your Story is a way for Idahoans to share their stories for why they use different modes of transportation to get to work, school, errands, and appointments. Videos will be posted on www.youtube.com/ctaidaho (http://www.youtube.com/ctaidaho), CTAI.org and on www.facebook.com/ctaidaho (http:..

BROOKE GREEN INVITES YOU TO JOIN HER MAY CHALLENGE02-May-2011

CTAI Mobility Manager from District 3, Brooke Green, launched a May Challenge to encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation during the month of May. You can follow her progress on the I-way Blog at http://i-way.org/_blog/I-way_Blog Do you want to make a pledge in support of Brook..

CLEAN CITIES COALITION GRANTS ANNOUNCED22-Apr-2011

This week the Clean Cities Coalition announced a funding opportunity to serve as a pilot program to stimulate community based electric vehicle infrastructure readiness planning and implementation activities in anticipation of larger electric vehicle deployment efforts in the future. In order to ..

CTAI is Looking to Partner with Small Communities22-Apr-2011

The Orton Family Foundation has invited proposals from small cities and towns committed to planning for future growth and change that preserves and enhances their community's character--its distinctive "heart and soul" attributes. They are seeking towns where community partners are ready to work..

STATEWIDE RIDESHARE COORDINATOR HIRED!17-Mar-2011

Suzanne Seigneur is the new CTAI Rideshare Coordinator. Suzanne moved to Idaho several years ago from Portland, where she was the Client Communications Manager for Employee Communications at Intel Corporation. While at Intel, Suzanne developed strategy and drove creation of employee communicatio..

Boise legislator seeks to pave way for carpool lanes 04-Feb-2011

Source: Idaho Reporter.com (http://www.idahoreporter.com) Author: Jay Patrick BOISE - Some of Idaho's smaller counties can set aside highway lanes for buses and carpoolers, so called HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes, but they're not allowed in the state's handful of metropolitan area..

Executive Director of CTAI Presents to Senate Transportation Committee04-Feb-2011

Heather Wheeler, Executive Director of CTAI, provided an update to the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday afternoon. During her presentation Heather discussed the I-way structure and funding process. In addition, she spoke to the many successes that have resulted from the I-way coordinat..

House GOP Proposes $11.5 Billion Cut in Transportation Funding for This Year 04-Feb-2011

Transportation and Housing funding for FY 2011 would be reduced by 17%, or $11.5 billion, in an effort to reduce federal spending to 2008 levels (pre-ARRA and financial bailout). It's the largest proposed cut (by percentage), followed by Justice and Commerce seeing a 16% cut. Senate Democrats ..

2011 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting to be held August 28th-31st03-Feb-2011

Did you know that there is an opportunity for you to share your transit technology knowledge and experience at a national conference to be held in Idaho? Welcome to the 2011 NRITS Conference! Named by French-speaking fur traders, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has long been a hub for exchanging..

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 01-Feb-2011

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee set its seats for the 112th Congress. The Democratic members are Chairman Barbara Boxer of California, Max Baucus of Montana, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Isla..

Federal Highway Administration's Pedestrian Safety Strategic Plan07-Dec-2010

FHWA Just completed a 15-year plan for pedestrian safety research and technology transfer. It was developed to address pedestrian safety concerns and equip professionals and other stakeholders with proper knowledge, resources, and information needed to identify problems and implement solutions r..

Bed Tax for Public Transit System Gets Approval 04-Nov-2010

On November 2nd, the city of Ponderay gave a loud and pronounced “yes” to a bed tax, passing the ballot measure with a three to one majority. The eight-year bed tax will place a 5-percent tax on short term stays in hotels. Idaho Code requires “resort” cities to use reso..

Ponderay: Bed tax needed for bus system28-Oct-2010

Although the vote is exclusive to Ponderay residents, all of Bonner County will be impacted by the success or failure of the balloted bed tax. A 5-percent tax on short-term stays in hotel rooms, Ponderay officials estimate that it could bring $170,000 annually into the city's coffers. The init..

CTAI Board Member and Mountain Rides Executive Director Named Top 40 under 4001-Oct-2010

Jason Miller, CTAI Board Member and Executive Director of Mountain Rides Transportation Authority in Ketchum, Idaho, was recently named as one of the emerging national leaders in the public transportation field by Mass Transit magazine, the only industry magazine exclusively dedicated to public..

I-way Leadership Awards are Now Open!01-Oct-2010

Has a great project or process happened in your network or district as a result of improved coordination? Is there an individual or agency who has demonstrated a commitment to improve mobility in your area? Nominate the project, person, or agency for a 2011 I-way Leadership Award! The I-way..

Check Out I-way Videos on CTAI's YouTube Page28-Sep-2010

You can now access I-way videos on YouTube! Follow the link below to see more of the videos unveiled at CTAI's 2010 Annual Conference! www.youtube.com/user/ctaidaho (http://www.youtube.com/user/ctaidaho) ..

CTAI Accepting Nominations for New Board Members30-Jul-2010

The Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) is now accepting nominations for six new board members. CTAI is Idaho's statewide mobility association and is seeking Board Member representation from all areas of the state. Those interested in serving as a member of the CTAI Board of..

Bus riders may contact transit providers through Idaho's 511 phone system16-Jul-2010

BOISE - Bus riders throughout Idaho can access public transit provider information online and by calling Idaho's 511 Traveler Services system, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. A recent upgrade to the 511 telephone system gives callers the ability to identify their location, sel..

511 Transit & Google Transit Adds Regional Public Transportation, Inc!14-Jul-2010

Idaho’s new 511 Transit System now includes the transit provider, Regional Public Transportation, Inc. (RPT), which does business as Valley Transit and Moscow Valley Transit, in its online data system. RPT provides service between Lewiston and Moscow, within Moscow, and some other surround..

City of Moscow will operate commuter vans06-Jul-2010

By Stephanie Hale-Lopez Retrieved from http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/97442549.html MOSCOW - Starting Thursday, the City of Moscow will take over operations of the VanPool program, managed by the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute. PCEI has successfully managed the program f..

BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY Screening in Boise!28-Jun-2010

Plan to join us in Boise on June 28 for a screening of BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY – a community screening initiative to raise questions and seek answers about the future of transportation in America. Representatives from the City of Boise, local transportation planners, transportation providers..

BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY Screening in McCall28-Jun-2010

CTAI and Treasure Valley Transit invite you to participate in the BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY screening event in McCall on June 28. BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY is a community screening initiative to raise questions and seek answers about the future of transportation in America. Please join us to share ..

Join Us for a Tiger II Discretionary Grants 
Discussion28-Jun-2010

Monday, June 28 at 1:30pm MST The FY 2010 Appropriations Act appropriated funds for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER II Discretionary Grants). Funds for the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact o..

BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY Screening in Moscow!17-Jun-2010

If you are in Moscow on June 17, you have an opportunity to attend a screening of BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY – a community screening initiative to raise questions and seek answers about the future of transportation in America. CTAI encourages you to take time to attend and share your though..

ITD and Google Transit allow Idaho commuters to plan bus trips online17-Jun-2010

BOISE - Getting around town got easier for some Idahoans since technology giant Google recently added transit information for five of Idaho's public transportation providers to its transit trip planner database. The Google Transit trip planner allows travelers to view transit routes, identif..

District 3 Mobility Manager Position is Now Open!09-Jun-2010

As the statewide association, the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI) will employ six District Mobility Managers. CTAI has posted the District Mobility Manager position for the District 3 on their website or you can download the position HERE (/_literature_38024/Mobility_Manager_Job..

Local Option Should be an Option07-Jun-2010

In his State of the City Address, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, again voiced his support for the local option tax as a way to fund public transportation in the city – calling on the Idaho State Legislature to let the people decide. CTAI agrees. Currently, Idaho is one of three states without ..

School Pool Pilot Project Grants Awarded!03-Jun-2010

Congratulations to Anser Charter School (http://www.ansercharterschool.com/index.html)and Mountain Rides (http://www.mountainrides.org/)(in partnership with Blaine County School District (http://www.blaineschool.org/)) for receiving Idaho’s first ever School Pool Pilot Project Grant funding. ..