Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
About the program
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.
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
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. Submit the following form 30 days before your desired training to apply for a scholarship for our 2017 workshops and webinars:
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. (4-hours)
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. (8-hours)
Recommended every three years, this class reviews the essentials of the above classes. (4-hours)
Two-Day Training for New Hires
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 MnDOT Office of Transit.