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FTA Workshop 2
OSU Researches Crashes 3
Road Safety 365 4
Transportation Bill 5
OTTC Transit Seminar 6-7
Photo: “Piomingo, the Scenic Byways Workshop 8
mountain leader, “ at the
BIA Funding Agreement 9-10
Chickasaw Cultural Center
near Sulphur, OK
FTA assessments prompt workshop offerings at Reed Center
T he Federal Transit Administration (FTA) sponsored Abel Ayala, FTA, presented the workshop training.
a Tribal Transit Workshop on May 26 -27, 2011 at the Dana is a certified public accountant and co-
Reed Conference Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma. founder of The DMP Group, which is located in
The workshop provided an overview of FTA and its Washington, D.C. John has 35 years experience
programs as well as training and “best practices” for as a transportation professional and leads DMP’s
tribal transit agencies to use in the management of transportation group. Abel is an FTA Program
FTA grants. Management Specialist for Region VI, which
serves Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and
The areas of focus in New Mexico. Cheryl
the workshop sessions Alexander, The DMP
included TEAM- Group, assisted the
web training, Grants trainers and participants.
Financial Management, The workshop was
Procurement, attended by transportation
Satisfactory Continuing and transit representatives
Control, Maintenance, from the Comanche
Drug and Alcohol Nation, Miami Tribe
Program, and Americans of Oklahoma, Citizen
with Disabilities Act. Potawatomi Nation,
These focus areas Tribes, Choctaw Nation,
were developed as a Chickasaw Nation,
result of on-site needs Abel Ayala, FTA Program Management Specialist, explains the FTA Seminole Nation, Ponca
grant process at the Tribal Transit Workshop held in Midwest City.
assessments and surveys Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, and
conducted by the FTA. Pelivan Transit and the
The information gathered in the assessments and Northeast Oklahoma Tribal Transit Consortium.
surveys was used to design workshops to meet the Other attendees were Jim Self, OSU TTAP; Darla
training needs of the tribes. Hisey, OSU CLGT; and Kary Kiner, OSU RTAP.
Dana Lucas and John Potts, The DMP Group, and (By D. Hisey, OSU CLGT)
Jonnetta Marquis and Debbie McGlasson, Pelivan Lindsay Young and Johnny James, Choctaw Nation Transit.
Transit ~ Big Cabin, OK.
Page 2 OSU TTAP News Summer 2011
OSU research team examines causes of motorcycle crashes
Although hard data may be years in Data released by the Governors motorcycle
coming, the American motorcyclist Highway Safety Association, agencies
community is hoping an Oklahoma a nonprofit association that then
State University study will point to represents state highway safety have
some of the specific causes behind offices nationwide, paints a more a
motorcycle crashes. encouraging picture. Studies crash
released by the association the
Researchers from OSU’s Oklahoma show motorcycle crash fatalities interview
Transportation Center are leading dropped in 2009 and 2010, with hospitalized,
the federally funded study. Lead 4,465 deaths in 2009 and 4,376 in may
researcher Samir Ahmed, a 2010. However, the association’s enough
professor in OSU’s school of civil 2010 study indicates that fatalities them.
and environmental engineering, climbed at the end of the year,
said results of the study are still causing concerns that the two-year
years away. decline in deaths was more of an
anomaly than the beginning of Ahmed
OSU announced the study in October longer a trend. information
2009. Ahmed said researchers not
spent a good deal of time after the Ahmed recently returned from try
grant was announced dealing with California where he spent a week investigators
various permits and navigating a sea working with crash investigators other
of red tape. However, work is now who are participating in the the
beginning in earnest on the study, he study. While there, he trained the kind
said. investigators in a number of skills Investigators
involved with the study, including the
“It’s progressing,” Ahmed photographing crash sites, vehicles
stated. The motorcycle crash reconstruction of a crash scenario crash.
fatality picture has been a dire one and documentation.
( Reprinted with permission.
in recent decades. Between 1997 By Silas Allen ~
and 2008, fatalities nationwide Researchers
jumped 150 percent, rising from efforts
Stillwater Newspress, Jun 9, 2011)
2,116 to 5,290, according to the U.S. in
Department of Transportation’s in
Fatality Analysis Reporting System. counties,
Motorcycle Fatalities in Oklahoma 2010-2011
Page 3 OSU TTAP News Summer 2011
“Road Safety 365” focuses on rurals and locals OSU TTAP Center
The FHWA Office of Safety, Using examples, case studies, and Advisory Committee
in cooperation with Federal, hands-on activities, the course
Will Owens, Comanche Nation,
State, and local stakeholders, has demonstrates how to integrate 580-492-3798,
developed a one-day workshop, safety solutions into rural and firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Adams, ODOT, 405-521-2175
Road Safety 365, for improving local transportation projects at all email@example.com
the physical factors of local stages of the project development Ben Chaney, Muscogee Nation,
and rural roadways that may process – planning, design, bchaney@muscogeenation-nsn-gov
contribute to crashes. The OSU construction, implementation, Ray Ball, Kaw Tribe, 580-269-2552
TTAP will be presenting this operations, and maintenance. Chuck Tsoodle, Kiowa Tribe,
class at the OSU TTAP Center in 580-654-2053
Stillwater, OK on August 16. The course provides practical Michael Lynn, Cherokee Nation,
guidance in identifying road 918-456-0671 x 2761
Road Safety 365: A Workshop safety issues and implementing R.J. Walker, Osage Nation,
for Local Governments was low-cost countermeasures. It also 918-287-5387
developed incorporating notable presents the benefits and potential Tom Simpson, BIA Southern Plains
adult learning approaches for cost savings of integrating Regional Office, 405-247-6386
conveying information and safety improvements into daily Chris Cutler, Seminole Nation,
conducting exercises. It is operations and maintenance 405-257-7294,
designed to provide local and activities – not just on an
rural agencies with practical and occasional basis, but 365 days a OSU TTAP Center
effective ways to incorporate year. 5202 N. Richmond Hills Rd.
safety solutions into daily Stillwater, OK 74078
activities and the project The Road Safety 365 workshop Jim Self, Manager
development process. audience ranges from decision- Jim.Self@okstate.edu
makers to road crews, including
Rural roads account for local and rural road and TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION
approximately 40 percent of public works supervisors. NEWS
the vehicle miles traveled in the elected officials, public safety Published quarterly by the Tribal Technical
Nation, but account for about 55 advocates, State Department of Assistance Program (TTAP) Center at the
Center for Local Government Technology
percent of fatalities. The fatality Transportation personnel, and (CLGT), Oklahoma State University.
rate for rural crashes is more than law enforcement. Sponsored jointly by the Federal Highway
Administration and the Bureau of Indian
twice the rate for urban crashes. Affairs.
Rural area crashes and their consequences Editor: Karla Sisco
differ from urban ones in several ways :
The OSU TTAP Center Advisory
Committee meets periodically to
~Rural crashes are more likely to occur at higher discuss training and program needs,
speeds. upcoming programs, and other TTAP
Center business. These meetings
are open and all tribal members are
~Crash victims are more likely to be unbelted than welcome.
their urban counterparts.
~Crashes are more likely to produce fatalities due to
longer response times.
Page 4 OSU TTAP News Summer 2011
Senate releases highlights of a new transportation bill
The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment Boxer also acknowledged that questions about funding
and Public Works Committee (EPW) jointly released could mean the EPW committee might consider a
the outline of draft legislation that would reauthorize smaller $109 billion two-year bill. With a two-year
the nation’s surface transportation system. Entitled bill, the EPW staff estimates a $6 billion annual
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century shortfall.
(MAP-21), the $339 billion six-year bill would
fund programs at levels designed to “maintain and Senator Boxer also advised that the EPW draft bill
modernize our critical transportation infrastructure.” would include a major increase in Transportation
Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA)
In a joint statement, Senator Barbara Boxer, program levels from its current $110 million per year
D-California and EPW chairman; Senator James up to as much as $1 billion per year. The share that
Inhofe, R-Oklahoma and EPW ranking member; TIFIA could support would rise from its current level
Senator Max Baucus, D-Montana and chairman of the of 33% to 49% under the proposal.
EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee;
and Senator David Vitter, R-Louisiana and T&I “We are encouraged that the Senate is moving forward
Subcommittee ranking toward enactment of a
member, said, “It is surface transportation bill
no secret that the four and we look forward to
of us represent very working with the House
different political views, and Senate committees to
but we have found complete reauthorization,”
common ground in said John Horsley, executive
the belief that building director of the American
highways, bridges, and Association of State
transportation systems is an important responsibility of Highway and Transportation Officials.
the federal government, in cooperation with state and
local governments and the private sector.” At its Spring Meeting, the AASHTO Board of
Directors reaffirmed its commitment for a multi-year
As part of the announcement, Senator Boxer advised bill that includes flexibility to enable states to get the
that the Committee expects to advance a $339 most value for each taxpayer dollar, changes in the law
billion bill over six years. That number represents so states can deliver projects faster, and financial tools
the SAFETEA-LU funding level plus inflation. The as a supplement to existing funding.
Obama Administration FY 2012 budget request
proposed spending $556 billion over six years on According to the senators’ statement, MAP-21 would
surface transportation programs. eliminate earmarks; consolidate numerous programs
to focus resources on key national goals and reduce
With a six-year bill, EPW staff estimates there would duplicative and wasteful programs; create a more
be a $12 billion annual shortfall from current Highway focused freight program to improve the movement
Trust Fund revenues. The senators said they were of goods; and expedite project delivery “without
committed to “exploring a wide range of options to sacrificing the environment or the rights of people to
support and sustain the Highway Trust Fund. Our be heard.” The bill would also create a new section
goal is to attain the optimum achievable authorization called America Fast Forward, which is aimed at
length depending on the resources available.” strengthening the TIFIA program to stretch federal
dollars. (AASHTO Journal May 27, 2011)
But uncertainty remains on how to pay for a six-year
bill. The Wall Street Journal reported that Senator
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July 10th –July 13th, 2011
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Mailing Address City State Zip
Phone Fax Email
Registration Mail Registration and Payment to:
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□ $200 Regular Booth Fee (approximately 10’X10”) 902 Arlington Cnt. PMB 329
□ Transit System Booth Presentation (No Cost w/Participant Ada, OK 74820
Registration) Fax: (580) 436-7219
□ $40 Additional guest for Night Out on the Cherokee Queen REGISTRATION DEADLINE JULY 1ST, 2011!
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Group Code: OTTC cruise of Grand Lake!
Buffalo Run Hotel is located on the grounds of the Buffalo Run Casino. The Buffalo Run Hotel
features charming décor and comfortable amenities in the 100 rooms including 12 one room king
bedded suites that feature a wet bar and sitting area. Hotel features and executive boardroom,
exercise room, indoor pool, business center, and guest laundry.
Buffalo Run Hotel is located off of I-44 @ exit 313 in northeast Oklahoma. Upon exiting the
turnpike, cross over Steve Owens Blvd onto highway 69A North for 1.5 miles.
All rooms include the following complimentary amenities:
Wired and wireless high speed internet access Breakfast
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July 10th –July 13th, 2011
Buffalo Run Hotel and Casino
Registration Deadline July 1, 2011
This Year’s Topics
Transit Tool Kit
Everything tribes need to know about starting and maintaining a tribal transit
Identify the signs and symptoms and physical, behavioral, speech and performance indicators of probable drug
use and alcohol misuse, and to make a fair and reliable reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing referrals
of transit employees performing safety-sensitive functions
Transit Related ITS
What is it? Get the answer and learn how area tribes are using Transit Related ITS to advance their systems
and which ITS systems they are using.
Transit Systems Presentations
Find out how other tribes operate their transit or partnership they have made. Hear from several systems “where
they are now and the journey that took them there.” Everyone is encouraged to set up a table displaying their
Tribal Transit Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Don’t miss the Sunday Golf Tournament!
4 man scramble at the Peoria Ridge Golf Course
Tee times from 1:00 to 1:30
Entry fee $43.75
Join us on the SPECIAL SEMINAR RATE
Standard King Room
Cherokee Queen $70 per night + tax
This years’ Night Out will be MAKE RESERVATIONS BY
an OTTC special evening June 30th, 2011!
cruise of Grand Lake! CALL: 918-542-2900
(price included in registration)
Group Code: OTTC
Page 7 OSU TTAP News Summer 2011
Scenic Byways Workshop coming to Chickasaw Nation
The OSU TTAP in cooperation with the Chickasaw The second day will be devoted to “Developing
Nation will be hosting a Scenic Byways Mobile a Scenic Byways Program for Your Tribe” at the
Workshop and Training at the Chickasaw Cultural Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK. Cheryl
Center in the Sulphur, OK area on August 30-31. Cloud Westlund from America’s Byway Resource
Center in Duluth, MN, will be on hand to present the
The event will begin on Tuesday, August 30, at the program. Lunch and a museum visit will be provided
Treasure Valley Casino in Davis, as part of the registration fee.
OK with a bus trip along the
proposed Chickasaw Scenic Byway To register for the event, go to http://
route. ttap.okstate.edu and click on the
“Training Schedule” on the left side
Some of the stops along the way of the page. The cost for the 2-day
will include the Travertine Nature event is $25. (By K. Sisco, OSU-TTAP)
Center, the Artesian Springs, the
Chickasaw National Recreation
Area, Turner Falls, and the Arbuckle Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK
area. Participants will be responsible
for purchasing their own lunch during the mobile
Save the Date! FOCUS:
Livability and Sustainability
• Improve mobility and accessibility
Tr i b a l Tr a n s p o r a t i o n S u m m i t with a wide array of applications.
• Promote highway technologies
“ S u s t a i n a b i l i t y / L i v a b i l i t y ~ I n v e s t i n g i n To m o r r o w ” that support livability.
H a r d R o c k H o t e l & C a s i n o Tu l s a • Support the coordination of land use
planning and transportation
O c t o b e r 4 - 6 , 2 0 11
• Improve housing affordability.
777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK
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BIA outlines new funding agreement for Tribes
T wenty-five attendees from tribes programs or projects that are located regulations. Specifics on funding,
in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas on or which provide access to the powers, and dispute resolutions are
convened at the OSU TTAP Center reservation or a community of the outlined in the agreement.
in Stillwater, OK to learn about Tribe that are eligible for funding
the new Indian Reservation Roads pursuant to 25 CFR Part 170 (IRR Responsibilities of the Tribe include
“Government-to-Government regulations). carrying out the eligible programs
Agreement” proposed by the and projects under the Agreement
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on The purpose of the agreement while meeting all applicable health,
Thursday, June 23. is to transfer to the Tribe all of safety, and labor standards related
the functions and duties that the to the administration, planning,
Tom Simpson, Regional Road Secretary of the Interior would engineering, and construction
Engineer for BIA, Southern have performed with respect to a activities performed.
Plains Region, and Sheldon Kipp,
Supervisory Highway Engineer, Within available funding, the
Division of Transportation, BIA, Tribe further agrees to carry out a
were on hand to discuss the transportation planning process and
specifics of the agreements. provide this information to the BIA,
with courtesy copies to the FHWA.
The agreement is based “…under Reporting requirements are also
the authority granted by 23 U.S.C. outlined.
§ 204(b) (2), as amended by the
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, program or project, while allowing Responsibilities of the Director of
Efficient Transportation Equity the BIA to maintain and improve its the BIA (Michael S. Black) include
Act: A Legacy for Users, Pub. L. unique and continuing government- the provision of funds pursuant to
109-59 (SAFETEALOU), 119 Stat. to-government relationship with the reference funding agreement
1144 (August 10, 20050, and the and responsibility to the Tribe. The and authorization for the Tribe to
Delegations of Authority set forth agreement also provides the Tribe carry out preliminary engineering,
in 49 CFR Part 1.48 (B)(29), along or its designee its formula share construction engineering,
with the Constitution and Bylaws of IRR Program funds under IRR development of management
of the Tribe and s y s t e m s ,
by resolution construction,
of the Tribal and maintenance
Government. of the programs
The agreement carried out by
authorizes the the Tribe under
Tribe to perform the agreement.
research, design, The Director,
engineering, upon the Tribe’s
construction and request will also
maintenance of coordinate with
bridge, parkway, BIA (continued
on page 10)
or transit facility Tom Simpson, BIA, addresses Tribes at meeting to discuss BIA funding agreements.
Page 9 OSU TTAP News Summer 2011
Improvement Plan or TIP). These
BIA changes will allow BIA staff
(continued from Page 9)
representatives of a public authority to provide additional technical
to assist the Tribe during the review assistance.
and final inspection process.
Also, the BIA will still provide
Simpson described some of the Direct Service Agreements to those
advantages of the new program, Tribes that would like to remain in
which include “more control at that arrangement.
the tribal level and more flexibility
between projects and activities.” Simpson noted, “235 bridges have
been funded to date using the
Other benefits are less administrative IRRBP (Indian Reservation Road
paper shuffle between entities, Bridge Program) funds, with 91 of
Tom Simpson, BIA Regional Road
Engineer, Southern Plains Region,
with no more payment requests the total from the Southern Plains explains the new BIA Gov’t to Gov’t
(lump sum payments are given) Region.” Funding Agreements.
and no more modifications (funds
can be expended on any activity For more information on the BIA
on an approved Transportation Government to Government
Simpson at the
BIA office at
(By K. Sisco, OSU-
Sheldon Kipp, Supervisory Highway
Engineer, Division of Transportation,
BIA,Albuquerque, NM, outlines funding
Chuck Tsoodle, Kiowa Tribe; Will Owens, Comanche Nation; processes.
Jeff Lieb, Ponca Tribe; Perri Ahhaitty, Iowa Nation; and Adrian
Tehauno, Comanche Nation, at the BIA Government to
Government Meeting at OSU-TTAP Center in Stillwater, OK.
Have a Happy and Safe
4th of July Holiday!
From your friends at
The OSU TTAP
Page 10 OSU TTAP News Summer 2011
OTTC Transit Seminar July 10-13 Miami, OK
Basic Accounting July 19-20 OSU TTAP Center
CDL Prep Class August 11-12 Hugo, OK
Road Safety 365 August 16 OSU TTAP Center
Scenic Byways Workshop August 30-31 Sulphur, OK
Tribal Transportation Summit October 4-6 Catoosa, OK
NTTC Nov 14-17 Nashville, TN
(National Tribal Transportation Conference)
OSU TTAP Center
5202 N. Richmond Hill Dr.
Stillwater, OK 74078
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