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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.

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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.

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Web Apps

Contact Builder

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.

Training Products

2 the Point Training

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.

Tech Briefs & Toolkits

Transit Manager's Toolkit

This online toolkit was developed to give new transit managers the information they will need on day one to ensure their transit organizations are operating smoothly and are in compliance with the federal regulations associated with receiving 5311 funding.

Best Practices Spotlight

Turning Used Oil into Heat

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.

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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.

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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!

The National RTAP in the Cloud Support Center is your go-to place for in-depth guides and instructional videos about all of our web-based applications in the Cloud. There is also a helpful Cloud Overview Video explaining what the Cloud is, how to sign up, and the difference between user accounts and organization accounts.

The Support Center is designed to help both current users of our web apps and those just getting started. You can go to the specific page for each web app, or you can search the entire Support Center to find what you need. If the materials in the Support Center do not answer your question, there is information about the many ways to contact Tech Support for further assistance.
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