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Upcoming Webinars


November 16, 2017 - 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
This webinar will discuss the changes in the way public transit agencies will approach operating policy with the introduction of connected vehicles (CV) and automated vehicles (AV) over the next few decades.  The results of the decisions transit operators make may affect employees, agency management structure, and transit patrons. This webinar will focus on key issues in areas such as AV technology evolution, safety considerations, workforce development, agency operating policies, and laws and regulations. The panelists will also present an action plan for resolving many of these issues.

Previous Recorded Webinars

July 19 2017
This webinar will present the findings from TCRP Synthesis 126: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies. Presented by Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), this session will discuss current practices and training initiatives, including bus operator training and retraining programs that have been effective in reducing accidents and incidents at transit agencies. The webinar will also focus on other system approaches that have been implemented to address safety hazards, including various technology applications, infrastructure modifications, and programs and initiatives such as driver incentive programs and close call/near miss reporting.

June 8, 2017
People who are homeless often utilize public transit vehicles or facilities as shelters to stay out of the weather and to be safe. For various reasons, many transit passengers do not feel comfortable when near people who are homeless. Transit agencies attempt to manage this population and its impacts to preserve the quality of the transit environment.  

June 7, 2017
Presenters will discuss the best practices of value capture (VC) and public-private partnerships (P3s) in transportation funding. Value capture, the public recovery of a portion of increased property value created from public infrastructure investment, has been successful in several U.S. cities, and the presenters will review these case studies. Public-private partnerships can also be used by transit agencies to improve existing services as well as deliver new services and facilities, and presenters will demonstrate an interactive tool for identifying, evaluating, and screening opportunities for small- and medium-sized P3 initiatives.
This webinar is eligible for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits from the American Institute of Certified Planners.​

February 16, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 185: Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they improve bus operator workstation design, integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices, and involve all stakeholders in the design and build process.

January 26, 2017
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 185: Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they improve bus operator workstation design, integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices, and involve all stakeholders in the design and build process.​

January 11, 2017
This webinar provides guidance for reporting non-rail mode data to the National Transit Database (NTD) Safety & Security Reporting module. This webinar is specifically geared to reporting Rail mode data including Alaska Railroad (AR), Cable Car (CC), Commuter Rail (CR), Heavy Rail (HR), Hybrid Rail (YR), Incline Plane (IP), Light Rail (LR), Monorail/Automated Guideway (MG), and Streetcar (SR). This session will provide detailed steps for navigating the Safety & Security Report package, the 2017 reporting timeline, generating, editing and completing all reports/forms and an overview of available reports.

December 02, 2016
This webinar offers highlights of TCRP Report 163: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities. The Strategy Guide is a comprehensive resource that can help public transit agencies fulfill the primary goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) by making mainstream fixed-route bus and rail systems accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

June 28, 2016
While public transportation systems in the United States have a commendable safety record overall, there have been a number of recent events that highlight the need to improve safety culture and safety performance. As such, research is needed to take a comprehensive and multifaceted look at addressing safety culture for public transportation systems.

June 06, 2016
TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 169: Developing Best-Practice Guidelines for Improving Bus Operator Health and Retention describes approaches that transit organizations in the United States and Canada have taken to address health problems faced by transit employees. This webinar will walk through the components of Part I: A Transit Workplace Health Protection and Promotion Practitioner’s Guide and discuss how to use the PowerPoint presentation, Making the Case for Transit Workplace Health Protection and Promotion, and the Excel worksheet, Transit Operator Workplace Health Protection and Promotion Planning, Evaluation, and ROI Template. Participants will be asked about their experiences with using the report and its tools, and explore establishing an ongoing dialogue on transit workplace health protection and promotion. Presented by Robin Mary Gillespie, Transportation Learning Center.

May 05, 2016
This webinar provides public transportation managers and labor union leaders with methods to use to establish, manage, and improve labor–management partnerships. The methods are based on the research and resulting toolkit documented in TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 181: Labor-Management Partnerships for Public Transportation.​

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