National RTAP News

National RTAP Appoints New Review Board Member

April 2017 – National RTAP announces that the following rural transit operator has been appointed as a new member of the National RTAP Review Board. Her three year term will begin at the spring Review Board meeting in Washington, D.C. this month.

  • Katharine Mitchell, Senior Transportation Planner, Pima Association of Governments / Regional Transportation Authority, Tucson, AZ

The National RTAP Review Board provides in-depth expertise and local perspectives to ensure that National RTAP products and services are of the highest quality, easily accessible, and usable by local transit operators and state RTAP managers.

Ms. Mitchell replaces Dean Nakagawa of Hawaii DOT, who resigned in March. His vacancy was filled by a rural transit operator because Frank Thomas, former manager of Northeast Oregon Public Transit, is now at Oregon DOT.

We still have one vacancy, due to Beth Kreider of Maryland DOT moving to a new position at the state outside the field of public transit. That vacancy will be filled in the fall.

Ms. Mitchell will join twelve sitting members, both state DOT representatives and transit operators, from Georgia, West Virginia, Washington State, Oklahoma, New York, Nevada, Florida, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Oregon. Read more about the Review Board here


National RTAP is a program of the Federal Transit Administration administered by the Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association and serves as the national arm for the Rural Transit Assistance Program. The mission of National RTAP is to improve mobility in all rural and tribal communities across the country through technical assistance. Since its inception in 1987, National RTAP has developed and distributed training materials and technical assistance products, published best practices and reports, and offered peer assistance with the goal of improved mobility for the millions of Americans living in communities with populations under 50,000.