POSTPONED — MnDOT OTAT — Spring Workshop for Section 5307, Section 5311, and Tribal Transit

The in-person spring workshop has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Check this website for more details about a rescheduled date or format. 


FTA, National RTAP, and MnDOT OTAT workshop with Section 5307, Section 5311, and Tribal Transit.

Previous Agenda

May 6–8, 2020

This agenda is draft, final review and updates are being completed with additional engagement with MnDOT, transit agencies, and FTA.


8am  11:30am is open only for tribal transit providers or agencies working closely with tribal transit.

8:00 – 8:30am Registration and breakfast

8:30 – 8:45am Welcome and Introductions

8:45 – 9:15am FTA Update: Reporting requirements, best practices, and funding opportunities for tribal transit

9:15 – 10:00am Transit Development Plan and Asset Management for Tribal Transit agencies; Asset Management 101; and National RTAP Tribal Transit Training Opportunities (presentation by National RTAP)

10:00 – 10:30am MnDOT Update for Tribal Transit Providers

10:30 – 10:40am Break

10:40 – 11:30am Open Dialogue: What are the tribal transit needs for MnDOT and FTA?

All sessions from 11am-5pm are open to all tribal transit providers, section 5311s, and section 5307s.

11:00am – 5:00pm Registration

11:15am – 12:00pm Lunch

12:15 – 12:30pm Welcome and Introductions

12:30 – 2:00pm FTA Guidance and Best Practices

2:00 – 2:30pm National RTAP: ADA and Title VI, e-learning opportunities, and Q&A

2:30 – 3:00pm FMCSA – CDL 2022 Requirements (Entry Level Driver Training)

3:00 – 3:15pm Break

3:15 –3:45pm Drug and Alcohol Update (Annette Marier, MnDOT OTAT)

3:45 – 4:15pm Vehicle Purchasing and Dispositions (Kathy Fuller, MnDOT OTAT)

4:15 – 4:45pm Circles of discussion (FTA, National RTAP, and FMCSA)

4:45 – 5:00pm Wrap-up / Adjourn

Dinner on your own


All sessions from 8am-5pm are open to all tribal transit providers, section 5311s, and section 5307s.

7:00 – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15am Welcome by Tori Nill, OTAT Director — Greater Minnesota Vision/Policy Plan

8:15 – 8:45am Updates from MPTA

8:45 – 9:45am Human Trafficking — How does it relate to rural and greater Minnesota transit?

9:45 – 10:45am Transportation Equity and Q&A (Philip Schaffner and Hally Turner, Office of Transit System Management (OTSM), MnDOT)

10:45 – 11:00am Break

11:00 – 11:30am Rural Transit Economic Impact Study findings

11:30am – 12:00pm OTAT Section 5339 and STBGP Funding Guidelines (Deborah Ellis, MnDOT OTAT)

12:00 – 12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm – 1:00pm Open questions for Mark Nelson and Mike Johnson about grant solicitations and applications

1:00 – 1:45pm Presentation from the State Demographer and Q&A

1:45 – 2:15pm Olmstead Plan

2:15 – 2:45pm Data, Asset Management & Innovation (BlackCat reporting, fleet and facility asset management — MnDOT Lead: Kirby Becker, OTAT)

2:45 – 3:15pm Celebrate CEOs

3:15 – 3:30pm Break

3:30 – 4:45pm World Cafés (Rotate to the café of choice for additional dialogue and engagement based on topic area)

  • Café Session 1 — Marketing: Discovery from Southeast Minnesota agencies, best practices and needs
  • Café Session 2 — RTCC and TCAP update & status
  • Café Session 3 — Q&A with OTAT leadership (Tori Nill, Tim Mitchell, and Mark Nelson, MnDOT OTAT)
  • Café Session 4 — Asset Management & BlackCat (Kirby Becker and Chuck Morris, MnDOT OTAT)
  • Café Session 5 — Procurement (Jean Meyer, MnDOT OTAT)
  • Café Session 6 — Driver Training/ELDT (Voni Vegar and Megan Neeck, MnDOT OTAT and Scott Stark, St. Cloud Metro Bus)

4:45 – 5:00pm Close out

Dinner on your own



This training is open to all tribal transit providers, section 5311s, section 5307s, and section 5310s (If you are a section 5310 provider and would like to attend the CTAA training, please register here. To attend the May section 5310 workshops, learn more and register here for north, south, and central Minnesota).

8am – 4:30pm Full day training provided by CTAA

Dinner on your own

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