The Arkansas Transit Association (ATA) was incorporated in 1980 as a 501(3) (c) non-profit trade association to provide technical assistance and training for Arkansas's public transit systems. From the beginning, ATA has partnered with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to advance safe passenger transportation.
Today, ATA has almost 259 members, including sixteen urban and rural transit agencies, community services organizations transporting the elderly or people with developmental disabilities, private passenger carriers, state agencies and industry vendors.
ATA's offices are located in the Arkansas Public Transit Safety and Resource Center in North Little Rock. Built in 2002 with federal and state funding assistance, this award-winning training facility hosts a wide variety of transportation meetings, workshops and seminars.
The Association's nationally-recognized Training Program specializes in passenger transportation safety, and a variety of low-cost courses are conveniently offered to ATA members. Courses are adapted to each agency's specific needs, and great care is taken to deliver updated and relevant material.
ATA co-sponsors an Annual Public Transportation Conference with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and the Federal Transit Administration. This popular event provides timely and informative programs, offers opportunities for networking, and showcases vendors' products and services.
In addition, ATA administers three Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Consortiums for employee testing and helps with policy development, training and legal compliance. Although tests required by the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and those not regulated by the Department of Transportation are conducted separately, the consortium group purchases result in lower costs and superior customer service.
Other association benefits include a Workers' Compensation Self-Insured Trust Fund, and free traffic violation reports for public and non-profit members.
ATA has served its members, proudly advocating for recognition of their hard work and dedication to increasing the quality of community transportation in Arkansas.