National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)



Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


Supports state rural transit assistance programs (RTAPs) and addresses the training and technical assistance needs of rural and tribal transit operators to help establish safe and efficient public transportation services across the nation. Aims to increase access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping, and other activities in rural areas; coordinate transit services; and develop a national information database on the rural transportation industry.

What This Program Offers

National RTAP services include:

  • Training modules and related materials
  • Information resources such as technical briefs, topic guides, best practices spotlights, and transportation-related research
  • Interactive virtual training
  • A directory of trainers available to hire for in-person training in different regions
  • Website applications designed to help meet the needs of transit organizations by assisting with cost allocations, building routes and schedules, and procurement processes
  • Toolkits that provide comprehensive information and guidance on transportation topics
  • Webinars
  • Peer roundtable discussions and other peer networking opportunities

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Eligible participants include:

  • Rural and tribal transit agencies
  • State transportation program managers

Geographic Coverage



To request technical or peer assistance from the National RTAP office, complete and submit the assistance request form.

For other program questions, contact National RTAP office:

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Transportation