Technical Assistance Overview
One of National RTAP’s objectives is to provide and facilitate technical assistance, for more efficient use of public transportation resources. We currently provide direct technical assistance, peer roundtables and chats, and a peer assistance network.
Direct Technical Assistance
National RTAP provides direct technical assistance for rural and tribal transit providers. Our staff and partner experts can assist you with starting and expanding transit services, procurement, implementing technologies and marketing strategies, and many other topics. If you would like to request this service, use this form to request direct technical assistance or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Roundtables and Chats
National RTAP Peer Roundtables and Chats began in 2018. Peer Roundtables take place regularly and are informal discussions and open information exchange of issues affecting Transit Managers, State Program Managers, Tribal Transit, and other groups. They are held on GoToMeeting, with no registration required, and are moderated by National RTAP staff. They are not recorded, but notes are taken. There will always be some pre-selected discussion topics, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.
Quarterly Twitter Chats are open to anyone with a Twitter account. No registration is required, and a unique hashtag, such as #TransitMarketingMatters, is set up so participants can follow the chat. Chats are moderated by National RTAP staff, Review Board Members and/or other experts, and have been held on topics including #RuralTransitHeroes and #Every1OnTheBus. Transcripts and summaries are posted following the chat.
National RTAP Peer Calls were held from 2015-2018. They were not formal presentations, but were usually facilitated by peers with experience in the topic area or an industry expert. The calls were recorded and slides and any notes are provided on our website.
Check out the Peer Roundtables and Chats page for upcoming dates, as well as recordings or notes from past events.
Peer Assistance Network
This network connects peers in the rural and tribal transit industry to help each other. We match individuals seeking assistance on a particular issue with a peer who has experience in that area. Assistance may include email, phone, face-to-face meeting, document review, or sharing of resources or templates. National RTAP staff are available to facilitate as needed.
If you are interested in utilizing the Peer Network for any issues that you face – big and small – submit a Peer Request Form or contact us at email@example.com, 888-589-6821, or via chat.
In addition, for State DOT staff, check out AASHTO's Multi-State Transit Technical Assistance Program. MTAP enables member states to network and efficiently solve problems and share best practices through a variety of peer exchange opportunities. To find individuals in other states, visit the MTAP Technical Assistance Directory.