Fall Training & Networking
October 9-12, 2016
Corpus Christi, TX

Host Hotel:

Omni Corpus Christi, 900 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Reservation Information:
Group Block Name: Texas Transit University 2016
1-800-843-6664 (Omni Central Reservation #)
Guests may also book online:

Schedule of Events:

Click for Schedule of Events (PDF) – uploaded 10-6-2016

Course Offerings for Fall 2017:

  • Making Dollars & Sense of Transit Finance
  • P.A.S.S. Training
  • ADA: 25 Years of Progress & There’s Still More to Learn
  • Transit Operations: Making it Work
  • Social Media, Marketing & Branding for Transit Agencies


Cost: $150—Members $250—Non-Members
Hotel Rate: $102/night; free parking
*Cost covers 2.5 day training, CEUs, opening reception, breakfast Mon-Wed, and lunch Monday and Tuesday.

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Sunday, October 9th
5:30-7pm: TTA Welcome Reception
7pm: Dinner on your own

Monday, October 10th
7:30-8:30am: Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:30-4:30pm: Concurrent Trainings
11-1:30pm: Lunch is offered as trainings break

Tuesday, October 11th
7:30-8:30am: Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:30-4:30pm: Concurrent Trainings
11-1:30pm: Lunch is offered as trainings break

Wednesday, October 12th
7:30-8:30am: Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:30-11:30am: Concurrent Trainings
11:30am: Farewell!

About the Courses:

The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 Years of Progress and There’s Still More to Learn

This workshop will cover the ADA’s 25-year history and teach us why it is just as relevant for today’s transit operations. The training will cover topics such as driver assistance, service animals, and general ADA information, as well as customer rights and responsibilities. There will be opportunities for open discussion and questions/answers on the ADA. This training will also explore the U.S. DOT final rule for reasonable modifications/accommodations to policies, practices, and procedures. Participants will get a review of the FTA guidance document, work through multiple examples to understand the extent of this requirement, and receive answers to their questions about how this new rule applies to and impacts the provision of transportation service. Workshop participants will get to participate in a fun question and answer session that will test your wits regarding your knowledge of the ADA. The class will include peer-to- peer sharing, a list of helpful resources on the ADA for future reference, and hands-on exercises to help participants apply their knowledge gained.

Transit Operations: Making It Work!

This interactive workshop will cover a number of aspects of transit operations including service planning and vehicle/facility maintenance. The training will cover plans for service monitoring and assessment; performance evaluation and measurement; and evaluating your system’s effectiveness and efficiency. We will look at data collection, route analysis, the implementation of route changes, and how to develop new routes. Throughout this workshop, there will be ample opportunity for group information sharing as well as time for questions and answers specific to your agency’s situation. In addition, this training will cover all of the criterial required by the Federal Transit Administration for maintenance of vehicles of all types and written maintenance plans for all federally funded buildings, property and equipment. Specific topics will include: State of Good Repair; maintenance and ADA requirements; factors that influence maintenance costs; proactive management of maintenance costs; fleet inventory and condition reports; vehicle and facility inspections; vehicle mechanical failures; vehicle replacement plans; preventive maintenance “rules”; maintenance files; warranty management; and maintenance performance measures. Participants will discuss and plan for a “safety culture” as a key part of their transit operations, including evaluating your staff training needs. This workshop will provide numerous take home resources and ideas for you to put into practice immediately upon returning to your agency!

Making Dollars & Sense of Transit Finance

This is a workshop that provides information on how transit is financed at the federal, state and local level, how to structure, allocate, track, and report transit agency financials, how to measure, compare, and benchmark cost effectiveness, and provide board and stakeholder information to effectively communicate performance and guide transit decision making that will help your community achieve its goals. The two and a half day workshop will include:

  • How is Transit Funded
  • What You Need To Know About The Fast Act
  • What FTA Programs Provide Transit Funding
  • How Does State Funding for Transit Work
  • What To Know About the Variety of Local Match Sources
  • What To Include in Financial Plan Development
  • What Financial Tools Are Available
  • How Do We Allocate Costs by Mode, Service, Route, Jurisdiction
  • How Do I Measure, Compare and Benchmark Financial Performance
  • What Your Board Needs to Know About Finance

Strategic Communications, Public Involvement and Marketing: Developing your agency’s brand at every level.

Your transit agency’s brand goes far beyond the color of its logo or a catchy tagline. An agency’s brand is defined by its customers, stakeholders and the general public. This hands-on workshop will equip participants to integrate a strategic communications approach across all levels of the agency, from planning and development to operations, board relations, stakeholder engagement, public participation, public relations, marketing and more. While we will cover some introductory basics about effective communications strategies, this is an intermediate level workshop for mid-level communications managers or senior leadership team members. Topic Areas Include:

  • Developing an Effective Communications Strategy
  • Brand Identity
  • Cost-effective Marketing & Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Media Relations
  • Crisis Communications
  • Effective Public Involvement
  • Customer Relations
  • Stakeholder, Board & Government Relations

P.A.S.S. Training: Passenger Service & Safety

The (PASS) Trainer and Driver Certification Program ensures that community transportation drivers have current
expertise in passenger assistance techniques and sensitivity skills appropriate for serving persons with disabilities. The PASS program is designed as a three-day Train-the- Trainer to certify trainers who can then train drivers or as a two-day Driver program in which our instructors train your drivers. Some of the advantages of offering the PASS certification program is the ability to reduce organizational liability; comprehensive, up-to- date training on the assistance drivers should be providing to passengers with special needs; intensive emergency situation training; certification oversight provided by national leaders in the community transportation field; and updates for all participants on relevant regulatory changes. The certification is valid for three years and can be renewed on-line or by attending a PASS workshop.

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