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Newsletter - May 2022

2022 ATA Membership

We have distributed the 2022 ATA membership letters. If you would like to renew or become an ATA Member online, please click Membership Information below.  If you submit your membership online, you will receive an invoice via PayPal shortly after submission. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca East at

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Member Spotlight

AEDD Opens New Training Center 

Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled has opened its new Adult Skills Training Center on JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock.  This program for adults with developmental disabilities will help AEDD's clients gain independence through adult development, life skills training, daily living skills, onsite therapy, and social skills. AEDD also provides transportation to its clients.


Rock Region Metro

Purchases Electric Buses

Rock Region Metro has finalized a $5.6 million deal to purchase its first five electric buses. This will allow the Pulaski County transit agency to retire the remaining diesel buses in its fleet by 2025. The deal includes five Proterra ZX5 Max 40-foot electric buses for $4.9 million and the charging infrastructure for $700,000. The buses aren't expected to be in service until 2023. To read more about the purchase, click here.


We want to hear from you!

If your agency wants to share any recent successes, major changes, or upcoming events, we would love to feature them in ATA's Monthly Newsletter. To submit items

for Member Spotlight, please email Rebecca East at 

News & Updates

CDC/TSA Mask Mandate Lifted

As a result of a court order, effective

April 18, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs has been lifted. CDC continues to recommend

that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

Mask Mandate Announcement


Arkansas Public Transportation Conference

October 3-5, 2022

Wyndham Riverfront Hotel

North Little Rock, AR

Watch for registration information coming  later this summer!

Annual Conference Information

Training Opportunities

All times Central Time

GTFS: Three Steps to Trip Planning (part 1 in a series of 3)


National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

May 19, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

Marketing Workshop for Rural Transit Systems (part 5 in a series of 6)


National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

May 24, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

GTFS: Three Steps to Trip Planning (part 2 in a series of 3)


National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

May 26, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

Easy Read Text Webinar


Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC)

June 7, 2022, 3:00-4:00p.m.

Q’Straint/Sure-Lok Wheelchair Securement Training



June 9, 2022, 11:00am-12:15pm

GTFS: Three Steps to Trip Planning (part 3 in a series of 3)


National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

June 9, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm

Commercially Useful Function and Counting (CUF)


US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

June 9, 2022, 1:00pm

Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Training


Missouri Public Transit Association

June 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Marketing Workshop for Rural Transit Systems (part 6 in a series of 6)


National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

June 28, 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

Training Calendar

In-Person Training at ATA

Vehicle Maintenance: The Care & Feeding of Paratransit Bus Fleets 

Date: 6/14/2022 – 6/16/2022

Time: Approx. 8AM-5PM daily

Location: Arkansas Transit Association, 620 W. Broadway St., North Little Rock, AR 72114

Provider: Halsey King & Associates in partnership with Arkansas Transit Association

Intended for: Mechanics and Maintenance Supervisors

Cost: $125.00 members / $175.00 non-members

Meals: Time will be provided each day for participants to eat lunch off-site at their expense.

Class Size Limit: 50

The Care & Feeding of Paratransit Bus Fleets will be presented by nationally known bus fleet maintenance consultant Halsey King. The course will include:

  • Essential elements of a written program plan
  • Service and maintenance philosophies
  • Replacement vs. repair of parts
  • Preventative maintenance program development
  • The six cost centers (labor, parts, tires, fuel, vehicles, and facilities/equipment)
  • Mechanic skill sets – what managers need to know
  • Federal and state safety regulations for buses
  • The modular bus inspection process (direct from DOT)
  • Complete the inspection process
  • ADA and its requirements for maintenance programs
  • Documentation and its importance for your fleet
  • Unexpected costs headed your way

Halsey King has decades of fleet experience all over the world. U.S. clients include public and private transit and paratransit bus fleets, state DOT’s, and bus manufacturers. Halsey and his associates are members of numerous professional organizations, including SAE, ASTM, IEEE, and the American Public Transportation Association.

Upcoming Conferences

CTE Zero Emission Bus Conference (Center for Transportation and the Environment)

Anaheim, CA

September 19-21, 2022

Arkansas Public Transportation Conference

North Little Rock, Arkansas

October 3-5, 2022


Cybersecurity Resources for Transit Agencies

FTA provides financial support for some grant recipients’ cybersecurity activities and supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in promoting enhanced security for transit agencies. FTA has aggregated cybersecurity resources to support transit agencies as they prepare for, mitigate, and respond to cybersecurity issues. 

National Aging and Disability Transportation Center Learning Shorts

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center understands that there are a lot of things to learn when providing transportation services to older adults and individuals with disabilities, and there's not always enough time to get the training you would like! That’s why they are introducing a new series of learning shorts, “How to…with NADTC." Each video is less than 15 minutes long and addresses important topics while providing useful information to help you manage your transportation program.

Mental Health Resources for Transit Workers

FTA has published mental health resources to support transit industry workers during these challenging times. These resources, which are updated weekly, include information on:

  • Mental health, wellness, and self-care
  • Suicide prevention
  • Active shooter preparedness

Entry-Level Driver Training Technical Brief from National RTAP

National RTAP has created a Technical Brief on ELDT (Entry-Level Driver Training). This training is now necessary for a driver to get a Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License or a Passenger Endorsement.

620 West Broadway Street

North Little Rock, AR 72114


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