Drug and Alcohol Programs

Safety-sensitive employees are required to undergo drug and alcohol testing as part of federal regulations aimed at increasing public safety. Rural and tribal transit agencies are responsible for making sure that these requirements are met. This topic guide will direct you to the most current and relevant resources on all aspects of the federal drug and alcohol requirements.


FTA and USDOT Resources


National RTAP Resources

2 the Point Training Cards on Drugs and Alcohol in English and Spanish

eLearning Substance Abuse Training and Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors

Substance Abuse Awareness Training, Testing, and Compliance Technical Brief

Webinar on Drug & Alcohol Fitness-for-Duty Policies & Procedures for Public Transit

Webinar on Understanding the Updated USDOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulation

Transit Manager's Toolkit section on Drug and Alcohol Programs


Additional Resources

California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CALACT) Drug and Alcohol Resource Page includes guidelines, templates and webinars

DISA Drug Testing Calculator

FMCSA's Implementation Guidelines for Drug and Alcohol Regulations and Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (also see the FAQs)

Florida Department of Transportation’s Prescription for Safety provides guidelines for ensuring fitness for duty

Florida RTAP, run by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), has a Resource Library that includes drug and alcohol videos, workbooks and other resources. 

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities video

Office of National Drug Control Policy's Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities. 2020.

TRB's Transportation Research Circular E-C250: Drug-Impaired Driving: Research Needs

TCRP's Eliminating Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities

United Motorcoach Association's CBD Can Jeopardize Your CDL: Even Products Labeled as THC-Free May Cause Positive Drug Tests

USDA's Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

DISCLAIMER: The resources provided in each topic guide are not an exhaustive survey of every available resource on each topic. If you would like to add a resource to a Topic Guide, please email info@nationalrtap.org.

Updated April 28, 2021