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Pathways Newsletter
Summer 2017

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Eastern TTAC Safety Plan Assistance
Eastern TTAC is working with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to help them develop a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan.
Eastern TTAC is working with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to help them develop a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan.

Eastern TTAC (aka - TTAP) is working with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to assist in the development of their Tribal Transportation Safety Plan. A kick-off meeting was held recently to provide stakeholders and community members an opportunity to learn more about the process and to provide input. Eastern TTAC facilitated the meeting and will continue to work with the tribe throughout the the safety planning process.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides grants to assist federally recognized Tribes in the preparation of a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan, improvement of safety data, and implementation of infrastructure projects.  Grant applications for Fiscal Year 2017 are anticipated to be accepted for sixty days starting in late July. Tribes interested in applying for the FHWA safety planning grant can find  more information at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/ttpsf.htm or can contact Adam Larsen, FHWA Office of Tribal Transportation, Safety Engineer, at:  Adam.Larsen@dot.gov or 360-619-7751.   To be notified when the application period begins please sign up for the mailing list at TribalSafety.org.

Eastern TTAC can provide assistance with road safety plans, road safety audits, and inter-agency safety projects. Please contact us for more information or to schedule these activities.

Eastern TTAC Now Offering CPR Training

Eastern TTAC now offers American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) and Heartsaver® classes. Both of these classes will teach students how to recognize cardiac arrest and other life-threatening emergencies, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and help patients until emergency medical services arrive. Either BLS or Heartsaver® can be combined with basic first aid training. BLS classes are intended for those who might regularly provide prehospital and in-hospital care, such as police, fire, EMS, nurses, and other health and emergency care professionals. Heartsaver® is intended for all people who are interested in learning skills to save lives when cardiac and respiratory emergencies occur. Students who successfully complete the training and pass the written and skill tests will receive certification from the American Heart Association. The classes are 2-4 hours in length and are easily combined with other training and technical assistance that Eastern TTAC is conducting at your location, or you may request standalone BLS and Heartsaver® classes at Michigan Tech or at your location. More information about these classes can be found at http://cpr.heart.org. Contact Eastern TTAC directly to schedule a class.

Click Here to request training for your organization. If you have a suggestion for training that you'd like to have at your tribe, send us a suggestion.

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Summer Tribal Transportation Institute
Eastern TTAC Looking for Host Sites

Eastern TTAC would like to offer a Tribal Transportation Institute (TTI) during mid-August. We are looking for host agencies or suggestions for locations in the eastern and midwest Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regions.

The TTI will offer tribes an overview and focused study of the planning documents and practices required for participation in the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP). Tribal planners, road agency personnel, administrative staff, and consultants responsible for managing TTP funds and activities will benefit from this course. The agenda is flexible, with a goal of providing attendees the information most relevant to their local needs, and can include some or all of the following topics, as well as additional topics requested by attendees:

  • Background and history of the TTP
  • Current and emerging regulatory trends
  • Understanding contracts with the Federal Government
  • What the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is, and how to complete one
  • What Safety Plans are, and how to complete one
  • Record keeping
  • Basic construction estimating
  • Basic plan reading
  • TTP allowable expenses and the budgeting process
  • Using computer applications to produce high-quality documents
  • TTP Q&A

A team of instructors with experience from around the USA will be presenting the information and providing focused answers to questions about TTP processes for tribes accessing TTP funds from either the BIA or FHWA. We highly encourage attendees to bring their LRTPs, safety plans, TTIPs, and other documents for on-location review and feedback, and to share their experiences with peers.

You may request technical assistance and training related to the topics covered in this institute on location at your tribe by contacting the Eastern TTAC. You may also request that a TTI be held in your area.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Launches Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program, Announces New Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a new website announcing the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grants Program (formerly FASTLANE) authorized in Section 1105 in the FAST Act. The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to infrastructure projects. In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA program aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners. FLMAs may apply jointly with one or more states, while a tribal government and/or a consortium of tribal governments may apply directly.

The NOFO window is 120 days. For more information, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/.

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2017 National Tribal Transportation Conference - Save the Date
September 25-29, 2017
Tuscon, Arizona

The 2017 National Tribal Transportation Conference will be held September 25-29, 2017 in Tuscon, Arizona.

Click Here to register for the conference.

The draft schedule can be found at http://www.ttapnttc.com/schedule/

Click Here to Please visit www.ttapnttc.com for more information.

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Reports to Congress: Tribal Governments & Safety
Adam Larsen, TTP Safety Engineer

The generally low-quality of safety data available in Tribal areas makes it difficult to fully understand the transportation safety problem in Tribal areas and develop appropriate countermeasures.   With improved information, better tailored programs and projects can help reduce transportation incidents that result in fatalities and serious injuries.  On May 24, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration published a report to Congress titled “Tribal Governments and Safety Data”.  The report can be found at: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/safety-reports.htm

The report contains several recommendations to help improve the quality and availability of safety data in Tribal areas.  FHWA and NHTSA already have coordinated changes to the Traffic Records Assessment Manual that reflect the need to involve Tribal data when state assessments are being conducted.  Also, the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund will now encourage Tribal governments to conduct a crash data self-assessment to evaluate the benefits of improved crash data collection, sharing, and use.  Guidelines for conducting such an assessment can be found in National Cooperative Highway Research Project Report 788.  The Tribal Transportation Safety Management Steering Committee plans to serve as a national-level traffic records coordinating committee.  

This report to congress is the first in a series of two reports that congress required in the FAST Act.  The second report will provide a list of options for improving transportation safety in Tribal areas.  This second report and a National Strategic Highway Safety Plan for Tribal Areas is under development by FHWA with assistance from the Tribal Transportation Safety Management Steering Committee.  To learn more about the committee’s activities, please visit TribalSafety.org.

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Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center
Eastern TTAC is involved in the GLEIC and is excited to offer tribes in the service area the opportunity to participate in various center training and possible project activities.

The Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center (GLEIC) is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Finance Center for EPA Region 5, which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 federally recognized American Indian governments.  Located in the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech), the GLEIC has access to the newest technology and innovation as well as a variety of field experts. Eastern TTAC is involved in the GLEIC and is excited to offer tribes in the service area the opportunity to participate in various center training and possible project activities. 

The new EPA regional center—one of 10 nationwide—will help tribes, counties, cities, villages, and state agencies find better ways to manage and maintain their infrastructure and to minimize their impact on the environment.

The GLEIC’s mission is to deliver targeted technical assistance to, and partner with states, tribes, local governments, and the private sector in providing innovative solutions to help navigate the challenges of reducing water pollution, air pollution, and solid waste. To accomplish this, the GLEIC promotes and supports the efficient management, maintenance, operation, and finance of municipally owned or controlled environmental systems. These systems include infrastructure such as drinking water, storm water, wastewater, and transportation systems; but, they also include community programs such as land-use planning, recycling, and solid waste and energy use reduction programs.

The GLEIC can support you in a variety of ways: connecting you with other professionals, offering training, advising, and providing a wide variety of resources such as publications and demonstrations of research guidance projects.

2017 Strategic Land-Use Planning Webinar

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding where to build a new project, or how to develop a plot of land. We all want win-wins for construction costs, future revenue, recreation and environmental impact, but how do we find those win-win situations? What methods can we use that account for multiple objectives over the long term while developing our land resources?

On July 25, 2017 GLEIC will host an interactive webinar that will address these issues and more. The webinar will give an overview of the potential ramifications of land-use management decisions and their ultimate impacts on environmental systems. It will also address how to measure environmental impacts and offer best-practice guidance for local and tribal governments when it comes to land management decisions. Robert Handler, PhD, an operations manager and senior research engineer at Michigan Technological University's Sustainable Futures Institute, will introduce participants to life-cycle thinking for project development and will examine community-development case studies with participants.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon EDT. Registration is required, but there is no cost to attend.

Date & Time
July 25, 2017
10:00AM – 12:00PM

Registration Fee
No registration fee

Additional Information and to Register Online

2017 Strategic Land-Use Planning webinar

To register for the event, visit http://ctt.nonprofitsoapbox.com/landuse-0725.

More information about the Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center can be found at http://gleic.org.

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Eastern TTAC Client Needs Survey
We Need Your Input!

The Eastern TTAC has developed a client needs survey to help us identify the priority transportation training and technical assistance requests for the tribes in the Midwestern and Eastern BIA regions.

We realize your time is valuable, but please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  Your contribution can help strengthen and improve transportation services for not only your tribe, but all the tribes in our service area.

The information gathered on this questionnaire will be used for planning purposes only.  Your responses and any individual information you provide will not be given out to any private, federal, state, or local agency.  The questionnaire is for addressing tribal transportation needs and issues and assisting the Eastern TTAC with meeting those needs. We will follow up this fall with a program assessment that will allow you to evaluate our performance.

Please note that the survey is set up so you can respond anonymously, or you can optionally provide your contact information which will be useful to us if you have specific training or technical assistance needs or concerns.

Click Here to provide feedback.

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Pathways is published quarterly by the Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Center, which is in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and part of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute at Michigan Technological University. The Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Center is part of a nationwide effort jointly financed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). It intends to relay the latest technology and information on tribal roads and bridges, tourism, recreational travel, and related economic development to tribal transportation and planning personnel. Tribes in the Eastern TTAC region include those in the Midwest and Eastern BIA Regions. Contact the TTAC office to submit articles and suggestions.

The Eastern TTAC logo was created by Sally R. Brunk, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Eastern TTAC and Pathways are sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.
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