Tuesday December 10, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Add to Calendar 




Jenni West, TRIPTAC Manager 
Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center 

Webinar: Partnering and Paying for Alternative Transportation Systems (ATS) 

The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC) will be hosting a FREE online training event for Federal Land Management Agencies on Partnering and Paying for Alternative Transportation Systems (ATS).

Course Description: Given tight federal budgets and the change from SAFETEA-LU to MAP-21, Federal land units need to find partnerships and alternative financial resources to finance needed alternate transportation infrastructure projects. These funding sources and partnerships can provide support throughout all phases of ATS projects including implementation, maintenance and operations, and replacement or expansion. While MAP-21 provides some funding through the Federal Lands Access Program and Federal Lands Transportation Program, increasingly more funding for ATS is coming from non-Federal sources.

Funding from states, counties and cities, “friends” groups, and private companies has a role in funding alternative transportation systems on Federal lands. This course will provide a brief overview of some federal funding sources, will discuss non-Federal sources of financing, and will provide examples of how Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) have partnered with various organizations to fund (provide) alternative transportation projects.

Course Objective: In this course, participants will gain an understanding of non-Federal sources of funding for alternate transportation systems/project on Federal lands, while also receiving updated information on the FLTP and FLAP programs. In this course, participants will hear directly from three Federal Land Management Agency personnel who have worked with non-Federal governments and public and private organizations to sustain and implement alternative transportation projects, as well as from a national non-profit foundation.  Participants will also be able to ask questions of each presenter.

After the course, participants will:

  • Have knowledge of the FLAP and FLTP programs (Federal funding), application process, and where to get more information
  • Understand how national foundations and partnerships can support units
  • Have specific strategies to consider based on examples of FLMA units working with various funding sources to sustain and/or implement ATS projects


David Kack is the program manager for the Mobility and Public Transportation focus area at the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University. Mr. Kack has thirteen years experience in transit management, focusing on public transportation solutions for rural areas and small communities. David developed a Public Transportation Feasibility Study for Grand Teton National Park, and has worked on transportation issues in Federal lands in Montana, Alaska, Arizona, Alabama, and Minnesota.  Further, he has planned, implemented and evaluated three transit systems in Montana: Streamline (Bozeman), Skyline (Big Sky), and North Central Montana Transit (Havre). In addition, David has developed several innovative training and outreach tools, including the Montana Coordinated Transportation Handbookę and the Transportation Toolkit for Federal Lands Managers. Mr. Kack’s specialty is developing, enhancing, and expanding transit service through multi-jurisdictional outreach, coordination and cooperation.

Katherine Chesson is Manager, Grants and Programs for the National Park Foundation and is responsible for the Transportation Scholars, Parks Climate Challenge, and Ticket to Ride programs. Prior to joining NPF in 2011, Katherine attended the University of Washington where she earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Environmental Management. She spent three years working on environmental education programs and sustainable local parks in Seattle.  

Tom Ulrich has been the Deputy Superintendent at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore since 2003.  He has worked for the National Park Service for 26 years, at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Homestead National Monument in Nebraska, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, and Sleeping Bear Dunes.  He has worked in natural resource management, interpretation, and law enforcement.  Tom grew up on a commune near Kalamazoo, Michigan, and completed a B.S. in natural resource management from Western Michigan University.

Martha Moran has been the Recreation Staff, Supervisor, Manager and Planner for Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts on the White River National Forest since 2002.  She has worked for the National Forest Service for over 28 years, including recreation manager on the Boulder and Canyon Lakes Ranger District Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, Willamette NF Oregon, and Pike National Forest.  She has worked in natural resource recreation management with other entities including Colorado State Parks, Manager of Adrift Adventures,  Breckenridge Ski Area and beyond.  Martha grew up on in New England and completed a B.S. at University of Massachusetts  and Masters at Colorado State University in natural resource management.

This training will be held in a webinar format, so that you can participate from any computer with an internet connection. Instructions on accessing the webinar will be sent after your registration is confirmed.

To register for the event on Tuesday, December 10th, please click on the button below. Please contact Jenni West with any questions (contact information at the top left of this page).