California & Nevada Tribal Transportation Training & Technical Assistance Program

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California State Bike and Pedestrian Plan

Caltrans has started the process of working with a diverse group of stakeholders and the public to develop a bike and pedestrian plan that will guide the planning and development of non-motorized transportation facilities and maximize the use of future investments on the State Highway System and other state facilities. For its first Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan, Caltrans is seeking public input, including tribal communities and communities in rural areas. The public can give feedback through the survey found here: http://www.cabikepedplan.org.

U.S. DOT-FHWA SHRP2 Funding Announcement

The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), FHWA and AASHTO announce that the application process for the seventh and final round of the SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) is now open.  State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, tribal agencies, and Federal Lands Highway Divisions are able to apply for implementation assistance on the SHRP2 solutions listed on the websites. 

Applications are due April 29, 2016, and recipients will be announced in June. Online applications for the IAP are accessible on the GoSHRP2 web siteGoSHRP2  will also contain product information, assistance opportunities, and recordings of product-specific webinars for each Round 7 product. If you would like additional information or have questions about the program, please contact me at carin.michel@dot.gov or 410-962-2530.

 

U.S. Department of Transportation Tiger Grant Announcement

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. To view the FY 2016 Notice of Funding click here. To view the Tiger Program webinar series click here. Note the webinar on March 22, 2016 is special session for rural and tribal applicants. Deadline: The FY 2016 applications must be submitted by 8:00 PM E.D.T. on April 29, 2016.

BIA Grant Grant Announcement

Bureau of Indian Affairs
2016 Indian Highway Safety Improvement Program (IHSP)

The Highway Safety Act of 1966, U.S.C. Title 23, Section 402, provides U.S. Department of Transportation funding to assist Indian tribes in implementing traffic safety projects.  These projects are designed to reduce the high number of traffic crashes and their resulting fatalities, injuries and property damage within Indian communities. All federally recognized tribal governments are encouraged to take an active part in the Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP) by applying for a grant that meets the requirements of U.S.C. Title 23, Section 402. Click here to view the BIA-IHSP website. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.

SAVE THE DATE
The 19th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference
October 3-6, 2016
Anaheim, California
To visit the NTTC website go to: http://nttc.nijc.org/
*RIGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Go to: http://nttc.nijc.org/registration-3/
 

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Caltrans has begun the process of creating the State’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. They are seeking feedback and will be conducting public outreach over the next year.  Caltrans has posted a public survey to provide input on their website here: www.cabikepedplan.org.

Tribal GIS Members Discussion List -Follow-up to the National Address Database Pilot Project Q&A Webinar

On December 1, 2015 a Q&A Webinar was conducted to provide an overview of the pilot project as well as have USDOT answer any questions regarding the project. To view the Power Point from the webinar click here. A recording of the webinar is available for viewing by going to the following link http://www.tribalgis.com/index.php/recorded-webinar-videos.

U.S. Congress

Attached are the conference report (over 1300 + pgs.) and the report summary, the Conference Committee released regarding the transportation authorization. The H.R. 22, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) is now a 5 year authorization bill. Here are the highlights of the tribal specific provisions included in the FAST Act:

  • Funding authorization for the Tribal Transportation Program at $465 million for FY 2016; $475 million for FY 2017; $485 million for FY 2018; $495 million for FY 2019; and $505 million for FY 2020.
  • Authorizes funding for the Tribal Transit Program up to $30 million annually.
  • Establishes and expands the Tribal Self-Governance Program within USDOT.
  • Decreases funding for administrative from the current 6% to 5% for the Tribal Transportation Program.
  • Extends the Tribal High Priority Program (THPP) for FY 2016 through FY 2021 however the funding for the THPP still comes from the U.S. General Fund instead of the Highway Trust Fund.
  • Includes a Tribal Data Collection, a reporting requirements for tribes who receive Tribal Transportation Program to report description of projects, current status of projects, and jobs created
 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 2009-2013.  To visit the website go to:http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/NA_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: http://www.hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Tribal_Relations/index.html

 

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 http://egis.hud.gov/tdat/Tribal.aspx.

Developing Tribal Transportation Safety Plans Webinar

Recording available at http://goo.gl/tWUSnb

Speakers:

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

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: http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/

 

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

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:
barry@nijc.org or, tcoord@nijc.org
Fax no. 707-579-9019

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