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.
Contact Builder is a free National RTAP in the Cloud web-based application that allows organizations to create, manage, and send messages to contact lists. For those using cumbersome spreadsheets and listservs, this web app allows for easy and efficient management of contacts and email campaigns with one tool.
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.
To broaden your transit agency's service platform, it is important to have a website for customers to contact you and view your services, schedules, and fares. This technical brief highlights the features of an effective transit agency's website and provides useful steps for building a new website or improving an existing one.
This March, Oklahoma State University launched OrangeRide, a bicycle rental and repair program, to promote convenient and affordable transportation on campus and in the City of Stillwater that complements the public transit system. So far it has been a huge success and they are already expanding their bike fleet.
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 2008-2011 and compare your state or transit system.
** NOTE: The State RTAP Managers' Forum is currently under construction. National RTAP will send an announcement to all state RTAP managers when it is open for registration!
The State RTAP Managers’ Forum is a place for networking, information exchange, conversation, and sharing of best practices about state RTAP topics like scholarship policies, training delivery, program structure, and roadeo planning, for example.
The Forum has a friendly, dynamic interface. RTAP managers register and create user profiles, and while only they can start conversation threads, post comments, and upload documents, anyone can view the information. The purpose is to create an online community and to facilitate interaction among RTAP managers between conferences and webinars. It also serves as an online archive of information and resources relevant to running an RTAP program.
Are you a state RTAP manager? Find more information about the forum here!