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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

The Website Builder tool features a template loaded with pages that a typical transit agency needs, easy design options, including color customization, and free website hosting. Instructional Videos guide users through each step of the website building process. Technical support staff is also available to answer questions along the way.

RTAP Training Material

Training Products

Problem Passengers

This training was updated and enhanced in June 2018 and now includes an eLearning version and a narrated Facilitator's Guide. The course portrays the difficult situations rural transit staff may face and appropriate responses. It covers customer management and behavior modification techniques to help prevent situations from escalating.

RTAP Toolkits

Tech Briefs & Toolkits

Developing Effective Policies and Procedures

This technical brief, updated in June 2018, outlines the important things to keep in mind when developing policies and procedures for a rural transit system, and ways to ensure their effectiveness once in place. A focus is placed on issues related to the system itself as well as employees and human resources.  

Spotlight for Best Practices

Best Practices Spotlight

Social Media

This best practices spotlight article is for those agencies looking to implement or improve their social presence. It provides detailed examples and insights from five rural and tribal transit agencies who connect with their riders and the broader community in fun, innovative, and professional ways using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more.

08/08/2018
Victoria Transport Policy Institute's Rural Multimodal Planning: Why and How to Improve Travel O...
05/30/2018
TRB Special Report 326: Admissibility and Public Availability of Transit Safety Planning Records...
03/23/2018
TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Legal Research Digest 52: Legal Implications o...
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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.