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Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)

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 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 operates on both the state and national level to support community transit.


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. An advisory committee meets quarterly to provide input to MnDOT staff in carrying out the RTAP Program. If your organization does not receive 5311, 5307 or 5310 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. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

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


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.


Kelly Martone