National RTAP News

National RTAP Appoints Three New Review Board Members

April 2016 – National RTAP announced today that one rural transit operator and two state department of transportation (DOT) representatives have been appointed as new members of the National RTAP Review Board. Their three year term will begin at the spring Review Board meeting in Washington, DC later this month.

The transit operator representative is:

  • Mr. Frank Thomas - Transit Manager, Northeast Oregon Public Transit, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc.

The state department of transportation representatives are:

  • Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) Kreider - Director, Office of Local Transit Support, Maryland Transit Administration
  • Mr. Curtis Sims, Jr., CSSO - Training, Safety/Security, and RTAP Program Manager, Office of Public Transit, South Carolina Department of Transportation

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.

The three new members will join eleven sitting members, both state DOT representatives and transit operators, from Mississippi, South Dakota, Georgia, West Virginia, Washington State, Hawaii, Oklahoma, New York, Nevada, Florida, and Minnesota. 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.