National RTAP News

National RTAP Appoints Two New Review Board Members

October 2016 – National RTAP announces that the following two state department of transportation representatives have been appointed as new members of the National RTAP Review Board. Their three year term will begin at the fall Review Board meeting in Asheville, NC this month.

  • Ms. Kari Banta - Program Manager, Section 5310 and RTAP, Public Transportation Division, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Ms. Kari Ruse - Transit Liaison Manager and RTAP Manager, Rail & Public Transportation Division, Nebraska Department of Roads

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 two new members replace outgoing members Zenotha Robinson, Mississippi DOT, whose term ended in April, and Bruce Lindholm, formerly of South Dakota DOT, who left the DOT in July.

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