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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.

Welcome to National RTAP

National Rural Transit Assistance Program is a program of the Federal Transit Administration dedicated to creating public & rural transit solutions in America through technical assistance, partner collaboration and FREE training and other transit industry products.


National RTAP Web Apps

Web Apps

Website Builder

This version of the Website Builder Web App features a 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 the website building process.

RTAP Training Material

Training Products

Substance Abuse Awareness

This new interactive course on the National RTAP eLearning portal provides training for all safety-sensitive employees on the effects of prohibited drug and alcohol use on personal health, safety, and the work environment, fulfilling FTA’s 60 minute minimum training requirement. Enroll free at

RTAP Toolkits

Tech Briefs & Toolkits

Marketing Transit Toolkit

This exciting new toolkit is designed to help small transit systems (particularly those without dedicated marketing staff) develop or enhance their marketing plans and implement various strategies. The toolkit includes a How-to Guide for Marketing, Worksheets, Templates, Photo/Graphics Libraries, and more!

Spotlight for Best Practices

Best Practices Spotlight

Bus Wraps & In-Kind Advertising

Advertising can be a way to generate additional revenue for your agency and/or to help get the word out about your transit services.  This article covers some best practices and lessons learned regarding bus wraps and in-kind advertising from five rural transit agencies.

NCHRP's Expanding Access to Our Communities: A Guide to Successful Mobility Management Practices...
This National RTAP 101 webinar on Cost Allocation, featured Todd Hansen of Texas A&...
NCHRP's Small System Alternative Fuel Strategies: Guidance Document supplies smal...
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The National Transit Database (NTD) is 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. For more information, visit FTA's NTD Website.

NTD started collecting rural transit data in 2006. Rural reporting is streamlined and has fewer requirements than for urbanized areas. A great way to access and analyze rural NTD data is with the Integrated National Transit Database (iNTD) system's Rural Module. Learn more on the Rural iNTD page and use it to compare your state or transit system by different performance measures and variables.

The State RTAP Managers' Forum is a place for RTAP managers to ask questions and share best practices about state RTAP topics such as scholarships, training delivery, program structure, and more. 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 out more on the State RTAP Manager's Forum Webpage and get started today.

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 to find what you need. If the materials in the Support Center do not answer your question, contact information is provided for National RTAP Tech Support.