The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip everyone - from engaged community members to private- & public-sector leaders - with the tools to lead conversations about the value of multimodal transit across the region and the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs in Tarrant County.

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THE TTA TRANSIT ACADEMY

SPONSORED BY

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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The Transit Academy is a five-session program with presentations led by industry experts and leading professionals. Through presentations, panels, and discussions, participants can synthesize vital information about transit issues in the region and become community thought leaders on the vital role of transit in the region today and into the future.

PROGRAM KNOWLEDGE LEVEL: Introductory

GENERAL PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES:

  1. Participants will discover Tarrant County's current transit systems' physical, social, and economic reality through a series of lectures and panel discussions with a diverse array of professionals - historians, planners, stakeholder representatives, and actual transit users; as well as through applied scenario activities designed to increase awareness and empathy of the rider's choices and experience.

  2. Participants will contextualize the decisions planners must make with the challenges and impact of the built environment on the community, within the frameworks of public perception, federal initiatives, equity, community needs, Sustainability, community engagement, planning jurisdictions, and funding, through facilitated discussions with various professionals and apply this understanding in group activities.

  3. Through breakout focus sessions, participants will dive into the intersection of transit access, economic opportunity, land-use practices, public health, environmental impact, equity planning, and technology.

  4. By examining our own cultures, practices, and values and guided presentation activities,  participants will demonstrate their understanding of how they can impact the shortcomings of the local transit system to expand choice and opportunity for all persons through class projects and presentations.  Participants will develop a concrete set of next steps, with the knowledge and resources to make them happen.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS AVAILABLE:

The Academy is accredited by the American Planning Association for AICP Certification Maintenance and the American Institute of Architects for 11.25 total learning units!

More Continuing Education credits may apply soon.

The 2022 Academy will take place over 5 Sessions:

Session 1

THE BASICS OF TRANSIT 1

Tarrant County's Transit History & Transit Planning 101

Mon, April 4 – 5:00pm - 7:30 PM

Hybrid: In-Person + Zoom

Fort Worth Central Library, Discovery Room

Session Sponsored by

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Session 2

THE BASICS OF TRANSIT 2

The Needs in our Community & The People Behind Transit

Mon, April 18 – 5:00pm - 7:30 PM

Hybrid: In-Person + Zoom

Fort Worth Central Library, Discovery Room

Session Sponsored by

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Session 3

THE TRANSIT IMPACT

The Economy, Health, & The Environment

Mon, May 2 – 5:00pm - 7:30 PM

Online via Zoom

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Session 4

THE TRANSIT EXPERIENCE

The User Experience & The Future

Mon, May 16 – 5:00pm - 7:30 PM

Online via Zoom

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Session 5

TRANS(IT)ACTIONS

The Steps to Support Moving Transit Initiatives Forward in Tarrant County & Beyond

Mon, May 30 – 5:00pm - 7:30 PM

Hybrid: In-Person + Zoom

In-Person Location TBD

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If you choose to meet in person, we will be at the Fort Worth Central Library!

TUITION

TTA Members
$30/Session
($150 Total)

Non-Member Rate
$36/Session
$180 Total

TESTIMONIALS

"The Transit Academy was my first opportunity to look at transportation through the eyes of all of the stakeholders. In fact, while I was vaguely aware of most stake holders, the experience at the Transit Academy brought them all into focus as well as the essential 'give and take' that is necessary for transit systems to meet community needs. Given the amount of information available through the Academy and on line, I might just sign up for the virtual experience so that I can pick up thoughts I may have missed the first time through."

- Past Academy Participant

"The Transit Academy was a great experience! Many of the speakers opened my eyes to previously unknown issues. The speakers were high quality and interesting."

- Past Academy Participant

"I’ve participated in the Transit Academy twice, and each time I leave knowing more than I did before and feeling invigorated for transit advocacy. The sessions are comprehensive, interactive, and curated to truly relevant topics. On top of all that you learn, the Transit Academy provides the opportunity for connecting with other transit advocates from all over the community. It’s an incredible opportunity to prioritize conversations about mobility needs and access. This experience has been invaluable to me both personally and now professionally as I recently transitioned into working within the transit industry myself. Participating will not only equip you with the tools to effectively discuss transit issues, but also inspire you to intentionally advocate for the support transit needs."

- Past Academy Participant

 
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