National RTAP Conference

National RTAP hosts a biennial Technical Assistance Conference that focuses on the implementation and improvement of rural and tribal transit programs, including intercity services. The purpose is to provide training and to share strategies, current regulatory information, and best practices.

The conference is generally held in the fall and attendance ranges from 300-400 and includes rural public and human service transit providers, tribal transit managers, planners, state agency staff, intercity bus operators, consultants, researchers, and trainers.

The conference rotates among regions of the country, with the previous four conference locations as follows. Click on the links below to access the websites or agendas for previous conferences, as available:

For the next conference in 2021, National RTAP solicited proposals for a local host and we received six great proposals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related conference postponements, we are still in the process of determining where and when to hold our next conference. 

The National RTAP Conference is usually held in the off-years of TRB's Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference (RIBTC). For more about that conference, visit ribtc.org.

We are holding a Tribal Transit Workshop from May 16-18, 2021 in Enid, OK in conjunction with the Oklahoma Transit Association Annual Conference & EXPO, May 18-21, 2021. Sessions include Tribal camera systems, training, and more.

We are holding a Tribal Transit Mini-Conference from June 7-8, 2021 in Kalispell, MT in conjunction with the Montana Transit Association 2021 Spring Conference & Vendor EXPO, June 7-11, 2021.

Scholarships are available for both Tribal Transit events.

If you have any questions about previous or upcoming National RTAP Conferences, contact us at conference@nationalrtap.org, 888-589-6821, or chat with us above.


National RTAP Conference Plenary Session  National RTAP Conference Expo  National RTAP Conference Breakout Session

Above are photos from the most recent National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference: Charting New Trails to Rural and Tribal Transit in Portland, Oregon in September 2019, taken by National RTAP staff.