Southern Plains TTAP
Tribal Technical Assistance Program
Oklahoma State University
Serving Tribes in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas
Transportation News Update
April 25, 2013

It's finally here!

The Southern Plains TTAP is ready to debut their new WEBSITE!
Check out the brand new website at


You'll find a list of all the most popular upcoming events on the front page. On the right side of the page, you'll see a list of links to the Oklahoma Tribal Transportation Council (OTTC) page, the Oklahoma Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) page, the Oklahoma Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) page, and MORE! Along the top, view tabs such as About TTAP, Training, Links, Resources, and SP TTAP News. Each tab has a list of their own drop down menus. Links to BIA, FHWA, and FTA are on the bottom.   


Sign up for one of our upcoming classes by going to the Training Schedule!


If you have any problems with the website, or if you would like to provide us with feedback, please email

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Road Inventory Field Data Systems

Please Note: No RIFDS Training is scheduled for Oklahoma at this time.

Two RIFDS training sessions are coming to Albuquerque, NM soon!  
Lunch will be provided at 10:45 am.
All sessions will be held at the National Indian Pueblo Training Center. (NIPTC).
Here are the dates:  
May 7-8
May 21-22

1011 Indian School Rd 
Albuquerque, NM  87104

All sessions will be on the 2nd floor, Room 268 

Heather Yates
Heather Yates, Ed.D, Associate Professor, Construction Management Technology, OSU.
Construction Management & Cost Estimating
is coming to the SP TTAP
May 7-8


Construction Management & Cost Estimating will offer guidance on overall construction management; an introduction to quantity take off; a module on construction cost estimates and budgeting; and a look at historical data, materials/labor, and more. The 2-day overview will conclude with a practical application exercise in a case study. Instructor is Heather Yates, Ed.D, Associate Professor, Construction Management Technology, Oklahoma State University.

Don't miss this FREE TRAINING!

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BIA Notice of Tribal Consultation 
Please see the link below for a Federal Register notice from the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding "Tribal Consultation on the Draft Regulations Governing the Tribal Transportation Program" that was published Friday, April 12, 2013.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs is announcing tribal consultations to discuss draft revisions of the regulations governing the Tribal Transportation Program. The consultations will also cover requirements for proposed roads and access roads to be included in the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory and will include an update regarding the ongoing quality assurance review of the facility inventory.

Federal Register Notice

Draft Proposed Regulations, 25 CFR 170

The consultation meeting dates and locations are as follows:
May 14, 2013 - Anchorage, AK
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Ctr.
555 West 5th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99501


May 16, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Airport Marriott
1101 N. 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008


May 21, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN
Crowne Plaza MSP Airport
3 Appletree Square (I-464 & 34th Ave South)
Bloomington, MN 55425
For more information, please contact:
LeRoy M. Gishi, telephone (202) 513-7711; email:
Robert W. Sparrow, Jr., telephone (202) 366-9483; email:

Ken Hess, ODOT Safety
Ken Hess, Oklahoma DOT, Traffic Engineering Division, Collision Analysis & Safety.
Crash Data Collection Training
16 participants take advantage of training

Millions of dollars are spent annually to make our highways safe and efficient, with most safety improvements resulting from the analysis of crash information at specific locations.

The Crash Data Collection class was held on April 22, at the ODOT Training Center in Oklahoma City. The morning session showed participants how to log in to Oklahoma DOT's Safe-T System where they were able to access crash data for their area. This 2 1/2 hour class, conducted by Ken Hess, Oklahoma DOT, Traffic Engineering Division, Collision Analysis & Safety Branch, gave students the tools they need to do more extensive crash data collection once they return to their offices. 

National Transit Database Reporting 
Deadline April 30
The regular reporting deadline for the National Transit Database for the 2012 Report Year is April 30, 2013.  The 2012 Report Year is the data that will be used for the FY 2014 apportionments, including the Tribal Transit Formula apportionment for next year.
If you are a current Tribal Transit Provider of Public Transportation and want to be included in the FY 2014 Formula Apportionment then you must report to the NTD by the deadline.
If you have any questions about getting your data reported to the NTD,  contact the NTD Help Desk at 888-252-0396 or You may access the NTD at the following link:  

Nani Pybus, Ph.D, University Center for Proposal Development
Nani Pybus, Ph. D, Proposal Development Specialist, OSU 
Grant writing class teaches Grantsmanship Basics 
21 students attend training
In these times of tight budgets and competitive funding, the skills associated with polished grant writing become even more vital for an organization. The TTAP Grant Writing class offered on Wednesday, April 24, gave agencies the opportunity to make the most of their grant writing skills.

Nani Pybus, Ph. D, Proposal Development Specialist, Oklahoma State University, provided information and tips on the basics of grant writing including the following: how to find funding sources, how to develop a funding proposal, and how to get it funded. Pybus noted some of the criteria for grantsmanship success, which included an excellent first impression, a convincing case for critical need, an innovative response to that need, a well-articulated set of outcomes and wider benefits to both the field and to society, and a project director with the right qualifications and the right environment to do the job.


TIGER Grants
FY 2013 TIGER Grants announced
$474 million to be awarded
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to award $474 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6, March 26, 2013).  This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the "TIGER" program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act"). Because of the similarity in program structure, DOT will continue to refer to the program as ''TIGER Discretionary Grants.'' As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2013 TIGER program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Congress dedicated $1.5 billion for TIGER I, $600 million for TIGER II, $526.944 million for FY 2011 and $500 million for the FY 2012 round of TIGER Grants to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.


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Tribal Transit Summit will be a part of CTAA 2013 
June 3-4 in Albuquerque, NM

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) invites all tribal stakeholders to the 2013 Tribal Transit Summit. The pre-conference summit will be held from June 3-4, the first few days of the CTAA EXPO 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. The conference will focus on a range of topics, including the history of tribal transit, planning and building a tribal transit system, funding sources, transportation coordination, and MAP-21 and the FTA Tribal Transit Grant Program. Although anybody may attend this mini-conference, it is particularly geared toward tribal transit operators, other tribal members with a stake or interest in transit, State DOTs, regional planners, and vendors. See CTAA's EXPO site and the Tribal Transit Summit schedule for more information or to register.

Southern Plains TTAP
Oklahoma State University
Jim Self, Director
Karla Sisco, TTAP Specialist

Making today's workforce Stronger, Smarter and Safer through Technology, Training, and Education!

This material is based upon work supported by the U. S. Department of Transportation under Agreement No. DTFH61-12-H-00004.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Highway Administration. 


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