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KFH Group's Paratransit Dialysis Study is now available

Nationwide, it is estimated that the number of people needing kidney dialysis is growing at a rate of 10% annually. Usually dialysis treatments are required three times a week, Monday through Saturday. The Maryland General Assembly commissioned this study to estimate both the demand for paratransit to dialysis centers, and the funding that would be required if public transit agencies were to meet that demand. The full study can be read at the following link:

Study of Paratransit Services for Dialysis

MDOT'S Annual CTP Tour Schedule

The Maryland Department of Transportation has rolled out its annual Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) Tour.  Each year, Secretary Rahn and his staff conduct a series of meetings in each of the Counties where they meet with local elected officials and present the Department’s Draft CTP for the up coming fiscal year.  This meeting gives folks on a local level the opportunity to present their ideas and concerns directly MDOT officials.  These meetings are also staffed by MTA representatives and present those of us who are reliant on MTA and MDOT grant funding to network and plead our case for sustaining existing funding levels or ask for more if you dare.   The following link contains the tour schedule.

Queen Anne's County Ride gets new Transit Administrator

On July 29th, 2015,  Anne Van Benschoten was appointed Transit Administrator of Queen Anne’s County Ride., replacing Steve Scott. Ms. Van Benschoten previously served as Project Coordinator for thirteen years at Chesapeake College, where she was responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of Chesapeake Helps. She has experience in budgeting, grant management, marketing and managing. We congratulate Ms. Van Benschoten on her new position and looks forward to working with her and seeing her at the Expo.

Long Term Federal funding bill inches forward

 MAP-21 Re-authorization……….aka……….DRIVE

 The Senate has completed its work on the DRIVE Act.  Key components of the Senate version include

  • Overall investment increases in the transit program, particularly the key formula program (Sections 5307, 5310 and 5311)
  •  Increases in dedicated bus capital investment, including a blended formula-discretionary approach
  •  Additional operating flexibility for all transit systems
  • The complete reintroduction of a Dedicated Bus Capital program failed to make the DRIVE Act

The House is working on a long-term surface transportation re-authorization.  Currently there is a great deal of optimism that the final joint bill will pass through to the White House before the end of the year.

TAM/RTAP Maryland Transit Update is Here

The Summer 2015 Maryland Transit Update has arrived. In this issue, you will find:

  • TAM Expo information
  • Updates on Federal,State,and Local legislation and regulation
  • Calendar of transit learning events and opportunities
  • Much more!

Check it out!

America's Bus Crisis

TAM and CTAA unite in asking Congress to revamp FTA’s Section 5309 Bus replacement program

By now many if not all of our members who provide public transit services have felt the impact of Map-21 on FTA’s section 5309 program.  As many of the vehicles purchased under AARA program reach the end of their useful life many of our members are experiencing first hand the challenges associated with not having a dedicated and reliable funding source for buses. 

Between 2008 and 2012, more than 85% of transit systems nationwide slashed service or raised fares -- some multiple times -- due to shortages in state and local funds.  Now, a new post-recession wave of route eliminations and fare increases threatens to once again leave transit-dependent people with no ride to work, the grocery store, the doctor, and other essential destinations. Transit systems are being forced to make tough decisions on which routes to cut, and invariably, it’s the worker who relies on the late night bus to get home or the reverse commuter that pays the price.  

TAM has joined with the Community Transportation Association of America and transit organizations and advocates from across the country to urge congress to increase capital bus funding to levels consistent with our national needs. We encourage all people concerned with the state of American public transit to contact their elected officials and tell them that our country cannot afford an obsolete transit system.

TAM's letter to congress