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Minnesota RTAP

Rural Transit Assistance Program

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Minnesota RTAP Overview

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.

RTAP Eligibility

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

 

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

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars

 

Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Save the date for these upcoming events!

 

 

MnRTAP Calendar of Events

 

March 31 - April 2, 2015

Five Year Plan Service Planning

MnDOT Training Center
3725 12th St N,
St Cloud MN 56303,
Phone: 320-223-6500

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 02, 2015


April 7, 2015

5310 Workshop

2151 Bassett Drive,
Mankato, MN 56001-6888,
Phone: 507-304-6100

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 09, 2015


April 14, 2015

5310 Workshop

7694 Industrial Park Road
Baxter, MN 56425-8096,
Phone: 218-828-5700

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015


April 21, 2015

5310 Workshop

MnDOT Training Center
1900 County Road I West,
Shoreview, MN 55126,
Phone: 651-366-5252

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015


May 5 - 7, 2015

Spring Workshop

MnDOT Training Center
3725 12th St N,
St Cloud MN 56303,
Phone: 320-223-6500

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 07, 2015


June 8 - 11, 2015

Call Taking-Optimal Scheduling Policy Writing Customer Service

MnDOT Training Center
1900 County Road I West,
Shoreview, MN 55126,
Phone: 651-366-5252

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 07, 2015


July 17-18, 2015

MN Statewide Roadeo

Kelly Inn
St Cloud MN 56301

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 17, 2015


August 12, 2015

FTA Drug and Alcohol, One Day Seminar

MnDOT Training Center

1900 County Road I West,
Shoreview, MN 55126,
Phone: 651-366-5252

Registration Deadline: More information coming


September 1 - 4, 2015

Emergency Preparedness Vehicle Maintenance,

MnDOT Training Center
3725 12th St N,
St Cloud MN 56303,
Phone: 320-223-6500

Registration Deadline: To be determined


October 19-21, 2015

MPTA Conference

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth, MN

Registration Deadline: See website


Tentative: October

Train the Trainer: PASS, Defensive Driving/Maltreatment Awareness

 

 

Out of State Events (Non MnRTAP)

 

April 28 - 30, 2015
10th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference
Atlanta, GA
http://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/Training/new/CourseDetails.aspx?csid=28


May 31 - June 5, 2015
CTAA Expo
Tampa Bay FL
http://web1.ctaa.org/


August 9-12, 2015
National Rural ITS Conference
Snowbird, UT
http://www.nationalruralitsconference.org/


October 11 13, 2015
Transit Trainer Workshop
New Orleans, LA
http://www.ntionline.com/courses/courseinfo.php?id=176

 

 

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


 

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.  Section 5307 organizations are eligible provided the event is primarily focused on rural issues.5311 Recipients should use funds available for training in Operating Budget.

 

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.