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From informative sessions on how transit funding works to detailed reports on global warming’s impact on our industry, the Association’s webinar series demonstrates our commitment to ongoing member education and professional development. These free interactive forums allow our diverse membership base to learn and collaborate without the cost or time commitment typically associated with attending in-person seminars.

Legislative Update Webinar Series Debuts in 2017

Beginning in 2017, the California Transit Association will produce a series of monthly webinars designed to provide members with the latest updates on developments in the legislative and regulatory arena, and priorities being addressed by the Association’s advocacy team and State Legislative Committee.

The first webinar in the series, presented January 11, provided an analysis of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 State Budget proposal (released the previous day), with an emphasis on what it means for public transit. To view a recording of that program or download the presentation file, visit the Legislative Webinar Series archive.

Past Programs

Use the links below to access materials from previous California Transit Association webinars.

HVIP Funding Opportunities

Representatives from CALSTART, administrators of the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP), discuss funding opportunities through the program that have the potential to save between $165,000 and $300,000 per transit bus as transit agencies begin to deploy or expand their fleet of cleaner technologies.

December 6, 2017
2017 Legislative Wrapup

The Association’s advocacy team provides a re-cap of 2017’s transit-oriented legislative outcomes, as well as insight into efforts to repeal the transportation funding enacted through Senate Bill 1.

October 26, 2017
Shared Mobility, Automation, and Transit's Role

The California Transit Association and the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) present an exploratory discussion between transit professionals and UC ITS researchers on the integration of shared mobility, Transportation Network Companies, and automation into legacy and future transit systems.

July 20, 2017
Why Frequent, Fast, Walkable Transit Matters, And How to Get More of it in California

Steven Higashide, author of the TransitCenter report "Who’s On Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Tell Us About Transit That Works," discusses key findings, relates them to transit reform efforts in California, and explains how TransitCenter (a national foundation) supports campaigns to improve transit based on these principles.

December 8, 2016
2015-16 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

With the 2015-16 Legislative Session having ended September 1, and the Governor's September 30 deadline for acting on bills having passed, the Association's legislative advocacy team provides a recap of this year's transit-oriented outcomes.

October 4, 2016
Assessing the 2016-17 Budget Act and Legislation Impacting Transit in California

The Association’s legislative advocacy team provides an in-depth look the at transit-related aspects of the 2016-17 State Budget proposal, including the details of budget trailer bills still being finalized, plans for the allocation of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund revenues accrued through the state’s Cap and Trade program, and projections for the State Transit Assistance (STA) program. The program also reviews other priority bills working their way through the legislative process that hold potential impacts on public transit, and discusses the evolution of three major transportation funding proposals offered by the Governor and the chairs of the Transportation Committees in both the Senate and the Assembly.

June 22, 2016
State Transit Assistance Program Allocation Methodology

The California State Controller’s Office recently implemented a new interpretation of the statutes and regulations governing allocation of State Transit Assistance (STA) program funding. This presentation explores the basis for and specific impacts of the changes to the STA program, and provides the latest on the Association’s efforts to pursue a legislative remedy to the many unintended and potentially negative consequences of these changes.

April 20, 2016
Safety Management Systems for Bus Transit Agencies

Presented in conjunction with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Office of Transit Safety and Oversight (TSO), this presentation explores the initiatives of FTA’s Bus Safety Program and focuses on the major components of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and its critical supporting elements, in addition to presenting the benefits FTA believes SMS can bring to a bus transit agency’s safety management infrastructure.

February 23, 2016
Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB): The Future is Today and Not Tomorrow ... Are We Ready to Roll?

This webinar presents the latest insights and developments regarding Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs). The program features representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Southern California Edison, the Center for Transportation and the Environment, and the Association's ZEB Task Force.

Materials related to this program are available only to members of the California Transit Association.

July 29, 2015
Boosting Youth Ridership

Representatives from Foothill Transit, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare discuss successful youth ridership programs instituted by their organizations that help to foster healthy commuting habits while empowering young people to take control of their mobility. Presenters discuss program origins, implementation processes, lessons learned, and how their programs might be tailored for other transit agencies.

Materials related to this program are available only to members of the California Transit Association.

March 12, 2015
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