State RTAP Programs
State RTAP programs are funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Section 5311 program. Each state and territory has an RTAP manager, and many state RTAP programs have an advisory committee that provides input. As with National RTAP, the state programs provide training and technical assistance with the goal of improving mobility for the millions of Americans living in communities with populations less than 50,000. See here for a list of state RTAP program websites.
State RTAP funds are often used to provide transit driver training in customer service, defensive driving, and emergency preparedness, for example, as well as workshops and conferences for transportation managers in their state. The state RTAP programs can also fund scholarships for transit system personnel to attend national transit-related conferences.
Based on survey feedback and input from state RTAP managers, National RTAP began hosting Peer Roundtables to facilitate discussion of common challenges and the sharing of resources and best practices among state RTAP managers. Visit our Peer Roundtables and Chats webpage to learn more.
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