California & Nevada Tribal Transportation Training & Technical Assistance Program


Senate Passes Six-Year Highway & Transit Bill and Three-Month Extension

Senators July 30 passed the “Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act” 65 to 34.  The measure would guarantee increased highway and public transportation investment for the next three years and distribute six years of contract authority to the states to aid in long-term transportation planning.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Is soliciting self‐nominations from representatives of various non‐motorized stakeholder groups to fill approximately twelve vacancies on the new California Active Transportation Program (ATP) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). In addition, Caltrans will be soliciting nominations from various governmental agencies to fill approximately eleven additional vacancies.  

Together, the CTC and Caltrans are establishing the new ATP‐TAC to provide balanced strategic technical guidance and to assist with complex program decisions to enable and maximize continuous improvement of the ATP. 

The ATP‐TAC is expected to hold a minimum of four meetings each year. These meetings will primarily be in northern California, with an occasional meeting in southern California. Most meetings will be full day workshops. Members of the ATP‐TAC are generally expected to attend in person and not be reimbursed for travel and per diem. The most qualified applicants may be interviewed in Sacramento by the ATP‐TAC Co‐chairs. Members will be selected and notified by an appointment letter and invited to attend the first meeting tentatively scheduled for the Fall of 2015. The appointment will be for a minimum of two years and may be extended by consent. The names, agencies/organizations, and geographic locations of each of the selected members are expected to be added to the final organizational chart and posted on the Caltrans ATP website to assist in transparency and future coordination efforts by the ATP’s statewide stakeholders. 

Please return the completed self‐nomination form to Ted Davini, ATP Program Manager, due no later than August 10, 2015. Mailing information is contained on the form. If you have any questions, please contact Ted Davini at (916) 653‐4335 or by e‐mail sent to <>. 


Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds (TTPSF)

FY 2015 TTP Safety Funding Applications are being accepted from June 26, 2015 until August 25, 2015 at 5:00pm EST. Complete details can be found in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published June 26, 2015 in the Federal Register. A complete application consists of :

Resources for preparing the TTPSF Application: Recorded webinar from July 15, 2015 regarding the TTPSF NOFA.

18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference (NTTC)
September 21-24, 2015
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Myrtle Beach, SC
For more information please visit the NTTC website
Call for presentations
Agenda at a Glance

Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Program Guidance and Application Instructions
This circular is a re-issuance of guidance on the administration and preparation of the transit assistance program for guidance on the administration and preparation of grant applications for the Formula Grants for Rural Area Program under 49 U.S.C 5311. This revision incorporates provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and includes the most current available guidance as of the date of publication:
Circular C 940.1G: Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Program Guidance and Application Instructions (PDF).
In conjunction with publication of this circular, FTA published a notice in the Federal Register on October 24, 2014 (PDF) (79 FR 63663) addressing comments received during development of the circular.



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working to establish a site specific to Native American Data available in FARS. The site is now available.  The information is provided for Native American fatalities, Native American fatalities on Tribal reservations, and all fatalities on Tribal reservations from 2007-2011.  To visit the website go to: WEB REPORT.HTM

CA High Speed Rail Authority has a new Tribal Relations Webpage. It went “live” in early March and can be found at the following web address:

Bureau of Indian Affairs. The BIA Indian Highway Safety Program offers annual funding opportunities. Click here for the BIA Indian Highway Safety FY2014 Plan for your information.

Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT) v2.0 Website

TDAT was designed to help users quickly identify tribes and provide appropriate tribal contact information to assist with initiating Section 106 consultation. Two key aspects of TDAT are its ability to:

  1. Link tribes’ areas of interest down to the county level, and
  2. Perform a variety of queries related to tribes.

TDAT v2.0 was developed by the Office of Environment and Energy’s Environmental Planning Division (EPD) to assist users with Section 106 compliance and tribal consultation.

State reports link tribes to their counties of interest in the particular state. Tribes may reside in or outside of that state. Check back frequently for updates.

For more information visit their web site at

Developing Tribal Transportation Safety Plans Webinar

Recording available at

Adam Larsen, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Russell Garcia, Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
Cindi Ptak, Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration


Tribal Transportation Safety Plans are a critical first step for developing a strategic approach to transportation safety risks. This training will be an overview of a recommended process for developing TTSP.

MAP-21 sets aside 2% of the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) as TTP Safety Funds (TTPSF) to be made available to tribes on a competitive basis. The funds will be distributed to tribes to develop strategic plans and implement multi-disciplinary strategies that are most likely to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes that are occurring in Indian Country.

The top priority during the first cycle of funding will be funding the development of Tribal Transportation Safety Plans. The training will also cover key elements for Tribes to consider when applying for TTPSF dollars to develop a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan.

This recorded webinar link will be posted on the FHWA TTP Safety Resources Page soon.  The link to that page is:


MAP 21 and Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice FAQ
This webpage is intended to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning environmental justice in the planning and NEPA processes.

Connecting Nevada: Planning Our Transportation Future

The Final Report along with the documents that were created for the study are now available on the Project Documentspage. Additionally an Executive_Summary is provided for your use.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) launched the Connecting Nevada Plan to provide a comprehensive, statewide, multi-modal planning effort with the goal of improving communication and coordination among partner agencies, geographic areas, and planning efforts.

The website has been redesigned.

Although the look and feel of the site will be different, the content and its functionality will remain the same. The TTAP Funding links now take you to the Grants,gov Search web page. The easiest way to find specific grant detail is to locate the Funding Opportunity Number or the CFDA number noted on the TTAP Funding Opportunity and enter either into the new search menu.

The FHWA Office of The Federal Lands Highways has released new Tribal Transportation Program Contact Information

Federal Highway Administration MAP-21 Website

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Federal Transit Administration MAP-21 Website

Programs and New Program Funding Summary


TTAP Publications

Printed copies of our in-house publications are available on a first-come, first served basis. Priority is given to Tribal Transportation Personnel. PDF versions of most of our publications are available in the TTAP section of this site.

All our videos, publications and CD-ROMs in our lending library are loaned for a four-week period. Two titles may be borrowed at a time.

To order or borrow materials, please e-mail or fax a request to: or, Fax no. 707-579-9019

To view past issues of publications, videos and Development programs, please visit our website library at: TTAP Resources