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.
The ADA Toolkit is an expansion of the ADA section of the Transit Manager’s Toolkit and is designed to give transit managers information on what they are required to do, based on the service they provide. It contains links to the regulations and various helpful resources, and also highlights new topics and developments that relate to the ADA.
Wondering what to do with the used motor oil from your vehicles? Recycling it helps protect the environment and makes business sense, too. One good (and very convenient) recycling option is to burn it as heating fuel in a used oil furnace, as TransAction Corporate Shuttles started doing in 2011.
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!