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Minnesota RTAP

Rural Transit Assistance Program

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What is the Minnesota Rural Transit Assistance Program?

RTAP is a training, technical assistance and outreach program funded by the Federal Transit Administration as part of the Formula Grants for Other Than Urbanized Area Section 5311 program. Since 1987 RTAP has developed and distributed free training materials and provided technical assistance with the goal of improving mobility for the millions of Americans living in communities with populations under 50,000. The RTAP program operations on both the state and national levels to support community transit.

Am I eligible for RTAP funding?

Eligibility for RTAP funding is limited to those organizations receiving funding through the Federal Transit Administration through Sections, 5310, 5311, 5316 and 5317.


Tribal recipients of Section 5311 [c]  funding are also eligible.


Large urban systems funded through Section 5307 are eligible provided the event is primarily focused on rural transit issues.


If your organization does not receive 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 55155-1899

Phone: 651-366-3717

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

What are RTAP funds used for?

In Minnesota, RTAP funds are used to provide driver training in passenger assistance, defensive driving and maltreatment awareness as well as driver refresher training. Workshops and conferences for transit managers are regularly offered several times a year. The RTAP program also funds scholarships for transit system personnel to attend conferences of national significance to transit. An advisory committee meets quarterly to provide input to MnDOT staff in carrying out the RTAP Program. 


National RTAP develops training materials and provides technical assistance on topics of national scope. Visit the NRTAP website to view the Resource Library of Materials that are available to all transportation operators free of charge. 


Driver training classes
Minnesota RTAP provides training classes transit drivers statewide.


Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Save the date for these upcoming events!


NTI Transit Trainer Workshop

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Long Beach, CA


2015 Grant Application Workshop (not eligible for RTAP reimbursement)

April 29, 2014

St. Cloud, MN


Spring Workshop

May 1-2, 2014

St. Cloud, MN


CTAA Conference (considered an "Out of State Scholarship")

June 6-13, 2014

St. Paul, MN


National Rural and Intercity Bus Conference

Oct. 26-29, 2014

Monterey, CA


Scholarship applications must be submitted to the Office of Transit 30 days prior to the event. If the event has an early registration discount, then the application must be submitted sufficiently early to take advantage of the discount. Please plan ahead.

Scholarship information

Minnesota RTAP provides scholarships to eligible organizations to assist transit managers, staff and their organization's board members, who attend transit-related professional conferences and workshops, which may be held both in and out of the state.


To be eligible, your organization must receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration through Sections 5310, 5311, 5316, and 5317.  Section 5307 organizations are eligible provided the event is primarily focused on rural issues.


Employees of non-eligible organizations may participate in RTAP-sponsored activities provided there is a) space available, and b) they pay the full cost of their share of expenses incurred in attending the program.  Non-eligible participants will be invoiced by MnDOT.

Questions? Feel free to contact Lora Bennett at 651-366-4196.