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Logo for 2019 National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference: Charting New Trails for Rural and Tribal Transit


September 15-18, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, Oregon


Presented by the National Rural Transit Assistance Program, in partnership with Oregon Department of Transportation


Conference registration and the link to reserve your hotel room will be launched in Spring 2019.  Email with questions or suggestions.  Visit for the program and presentations from our 2017 Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.


Call for Presentations


The National RTAP Conference Committee announces a call for presentations for the 2019 Technical Assistance Conference in Portland, Oregon. This is our fourth biennial conference focused on innovation, best practices, and compliance.


Conference Information

Participating and cooperating organizations include the Federal Transit Administration, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transit Association, National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, and National Center for Mobility Management.

The conference audience includes: management and other staff of rural transit agencies and human service transportation providers, tribal transit managers, planners, state transportation and human service agency staff, consultants, intercity bus operators, and others with an interest in rural transportation.

The conference will include multiple routes to offer learning and technical assistance opportunities for all attendees: Administration and Planning; Operations; Compliance; Coordination; and Technology.

Particular interest areas within the routes will include: rural public, tribal, intercity, and veterans transportation; mobility management and non-emergency medical transportation; transit manager 101; and state program manager 101.


Call for Presentations

The Conference Committee seeks proposals for trainings, workshops, or presentations on topics and tools relevant to the audiences and interest areas listed above. We are especially interested in those who have implemented successful approaches to issues at their agencies. 

Presentation proposals will be evaluated based on the degree to which it addresses one or more of these areas:

  • Practicality - clear application to rural and tribal transit programs
  • Innovation and best practices
  • Fostering compliance


Topics of Interest

Examples of potential session topics include, but are not limited to:

Route 1: Administration and Planning

  • Data collection and performance measurement
  • Human resource management including recruiting and retaining employees, performance evaluation, succession planning
  • Financial management
  • Nation to nation training on tribal culture and working with tribes
  • Route design
  • Board recruitment and engagement

Route 2: Operations

  • Impact of the opioid crisis and how agencies are responding
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Marketing strategies
  • Bus maintenance issues and best practices
  • Emergency management and preparedness
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Transit asset management

Route 3: Compliance

  • Procurement
  • Safety and security
  • Civil rights
  • NTD
  • TrAMS
  • Charter service
  • Preparing for State Management and Triennial Reviews

Route 4: Coordination

  • Strategies and best practices for partnerships with transportation and community 
  • Coordinating with hospitals and other healthcare providers
  • Cost allocation and performance measures
  • Best practices for NEMT
  • Mobility management best practices
  • Coordinating with veterans transportation programs

Route 5: Technology

  • Best practices in statewide technology contracts
  • Technology tools for compliance and efficiency
  • GTFS and trip planners for demand response and flexible fixed route service
  • New technologies to improve accessibility and the user experience


Students submit your poster here - the deadline is July 31, 2019