Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
2016 workshops and webinars
These trainings provide transit managers, dispatchers, mechanics, board members, and all other appropriate staff with education and tools to improve rural public transit safety and service delivery in Minnesota. Participation is limited to eligible organizations. Eligible organizations are those that receive Federal Transit Administration funding via Sections 5307, 5310, or 5311.
Information websites, brochures and schedules workshop
Oct. 17, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mayo Civic Center - Taylor Arena
Note: This training event is part of the 2016 Minnesota Public Transportation Conference. To participate, please register for the conference.
This training session will help transit agencies develop their outreach and communication efforts through websites, social media, and written materials in clear language that is easily understandable. This workshop will focus on the development of materials to both market transit services and provide needed information to riders such as policies governing use of the system, schedules and processes for contacting the agency for information, feedback and booking trips. The trainer will also address web sites and the federal requirements for accessibility.
Register for information workshop. Registration closes on October 10th, 2016. Driver retention information cafe workshop
Oct. 18, 2016 from 10:20 to 11:20 a.m.
Mayo Civic Center - Taylor Arena
Note: This training event is part of the 2016 Minnesota Public Transportation Conference and will be managed by MPTA. To participate, please register for the conference and check out the session.
Join us for this peer-to-peer sharing opportunity focusing on recruiting, hiring and retaining drivers and other personnel. What strategies have you found that have been effective for your transit agency? Is there an approach to hiring that you'd like to discuss with other managers or human resource staff? This session will provide an excellent opportunity to match challenges with solutions and to open a dialogue addressing this critical component of transportation operations and management. ESPA Consulting staff will be present to facilitate the discussion and provide ideas learned from transit agencies around the country as food for thought.
Register for driver workshop. Registration closes on October 12th, 2016. Driver retention follow-up webinar
Nov. 3, 2016 from 1-2:30 p.m.
This webinar will recap the strategies shared at the conference idea café for recruiting, hiring, and retaining drivers and other personnel. Additionally, content will be developed to address the challenges raised during the idea café and examples of strategies employed around the country will be shared.
Register for driver webinar. Registration closes on October 27th, 2016. Risk management (insurance) workshop
Nov. 10, 2016, time 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MnDOT Shoreview Training Center - Rm 4
This workshop will cover the upcoming implementation of the Safety Management System (SMS) approach being implemented for public transit by the FTA - setting the context for risk management within the framework of SMS - and also identify how to work with insurance agents and insurance company underwriters, so they understand how the transit industry works and the transit system’s organizational mission. It will also look at developing a risk management strategy for an organization in conjunction with the insurance team. While every possible disaster, accident or incident is unforeseeable, many can be predicted. Discussions will center on the likelihood of those risks and mitigation strategies. The agency director will be encouraged to work with and seek input from the insurance company representatives to develop policies and procedures that fit with the mitigation strategies identified.
Register for risk workshop. Registration closes on November 2nd, 2016 Advanced Service Planning
Nov. 15 - 16, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Metro Bus Mobility Training Center - 700 West St. Germain Street
St. Cloud, MN 56301
The workshop will focus on improving existing services and developing new services that fosters efficiency and takes into account specific demographic needs, as well as reviewing promising practices industry-wide that enables transportation providers from several systems to work collaboratively.
Register for the Advanced Service Planning workshop. Registration closes on November 7th, 2016. NEMT webinar
Nov. 30, 2016 from 1-2:30 p.m.
This webinar will cover determining costs and setting rates, and developing contracting strategies for providing NEMT within or as an adjunct to the transportation program. Will be co-presented with MnDOT staff.
Register for the NEMT webinar. Registration closes November 28th, 2016. Title VI webinar
Dec. 6, 2016 from 1-2:30 p.m.
This webinar will cover Title VI requirements for 5310 programs, including how to develop an FTA compliant program for agencies that serve specific and limited clientele. Information compiled from the FTA, National RTAP, and the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center.
Register for Title VI webinar. Registration closes on November 29th, 2016. Building proficiency in financial management workshop
Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MnDOT St. Cloud Training Center -
Lewis Grand Room
This one-day in-person workshop covers revenue and expense management, cost allocation, indirect vs. direct costs, farebox revenue, and determining contract rates. Transit systems will learn a standardized basis for cost allocation for the organization as a whole and the transportation services in particular.
Register for building workshop. Registration closes on December 6th, 2016.
RTAP is a training, technical assistance and outreach program funded by the Federal Transit Administration as part of the
Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas program. Since 1987, National RTAP develops and distributes free training materials and provides technical assistance with the goal of improving mobility for the millions of Americans living in communities with populations under 50,000. The RTAP Program operates on both the state and national level to support community transit. Eligibility
In Minnesota, RTAP funds are used to provide driver training in passenger assistance, defensive driving and maltreatment awareness, and driver refresher training. Workshops and conferences for transit managers are also offered several times a year. An advisory committee meets quarterly to provide input to MnDOT staff in carrying out the RTAP Program. If your organization does not receive 5307, 5310 or 5311 funding through any of these sections and/or you are a private transportation provider and are looking for Special Transportation Services, please contact:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations
395 John Ireland Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155-1800
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday Scholarships
RTAP scholarships for training programs and conferences are available to recipients of the FTA
Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Driver training classes
Defensive Driving, Coaching the Van Driver
A classroom program that highlights the differences between a regular sedan and high profile vehicle that reinforces safe driving habits. Usually offered with Maltreatment Awareness class.
A classroom program that acquaints staff with Minnesota statutes related to vulnerable adults and minors. Usually offered with Defensive Driving, Coaching the Van Driver class. (4-hours)
A classroom and hands-on program that teaches drivers how to effectively assist and communicate with passengers who are elderly or disabled.
Recommended every three years, this class reviews the essentials of the above classes. (4-hours)
Oct. 29, 2016, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Mora, MN - Driver Refresher Training (PDF) Two-Day Training for New Hires
Aug. 17-18, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North Branch, MN - Two-Day Training for New Hires (PDF)
Aug. 27-28, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winona, MN - Two-Day Training for New Hires (PDF)
Oct. 1-2, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
White Earth, MN - Two-Day Training for New Hires (PDF)
The training is being provided for participants through RTAP funding, which is a training, technical assistance, and outreach program funded by the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Transit.