National RTAP is a program of the Federal Transit Administration dedicated to creating rural transit solutions through technical assistance, partner collaboration and FREE training and other transit industry products.
The National RTAP Resource Library is a comprehensive collection of rural transit-related materials, including training modules, reports, technical briefs, and articles that you can view, order, or download.
The new version of the Website Builder Web App incorporates a pre-set template loaded with pages that a typical transit agency needs, easy design options, including the ability to customize color, and better support documentation. A series of Instructional Videos guides users through each step of website building.
National RTAP's newest product, 2 the Point Training, is a series of refresher training cards that drivers can review in the break room, at a safety meeting, or during other brief periods of down time on the job. The cards cover various important topic areas, and each has training content on the front and a quiz and sign-off area on the back.
Wondering what to do with the used oil from your vehicles? Recycling it helps protect the environment and makes business sense, too. This new tech brief includes options for recycling used oil, important regulatory information, and examples of providers burning used oil for heat. A glossary and list of helpful resources is also provided.
Idea-sharing among transit agencies is an effective way to improve the culture of safety for bus drivers, riders and maintenance staff nationwide. In this article, five agencies share best practices, like an innovative way to display Safety Data Sheets, a law enforcement officer visibility program on buses, and a monthly safety flyer for drivers.
Congress created the National Transit Database (NTD) to be the main source for information and statistics on US transit systems. Recipients or beneficiaries of grants from the FTA under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (§5307) or Rural Formula Program (§5311) are required to submit their performance data. Each year this data is used to allocate FTA funds to states and transit agencies, and annual NTD reports are submitted to Congress to summarize transit service and safety data.
NTD started collecting rural transit data in 2006. Rural reporting is streamlined and involves fewer requirements relative to urbanized area reporting. National RTAP receives rural NTD data from the FTA each year and posts it in the Resource Library. Check out the Rural NTD data from 2008-2012 and compare your state or transit system.
The State RTAP Managers' Forum is a place for RTAP managers to network, exchange information, engage in conversation, and share best practices about state RTAP topics such as scholarship policies, training delivery, program structure, and roadeo planning. These are just a few examples RTAP managers can start conversations about topics of their own choosing. National RTAP staff will make sure that no questions go unanswered, but the exchange of ideas and solutions between RTAP managers is the centerpiece of the Forum, which will also serve as an archive of information about running a state RTAP program.
Are you a state RTAP manager? Find more information about the forum here!