Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), discusses the challenges of delivering safe and effective public transportation in rural and tribal areas, and highlights some of the challenges faced by these communities, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. National RTAP serves as a training and technical assistance resource for agencies across the United States to facilitate more efficient use of public transportation resources, and Phillips highlights how the program works to ensure a high quality of life for communities through access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping, and other services.
Futurist Garry Golden shares how he sees the global COVID-19 pandemic shaping future outcomes for the transportation industry as a whole and for professionals. Garry was a Plenary Speaker at the 2020 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition and the session was sponsored by the ITE Consultants Council.
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Hawaii is no stranger to natural disasters — over the course of several months between 2018-2019, the state faced flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions. In this episode of the AASHTO ETAP Podcast, Ed Sniffen, Hawaii DOT deputy director for Highways, explains how HDOT plans and prepares to ensure organizational resilience.