RTAP (Rural Transit Assistance Program)

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What is RTAP?

FTA has provides formula funding to states, under the Section 5311 Non-urbanized Transit Program, to establish and maintain transit systems in communities with populations under 50,000 people. The Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), is funded by FTA "to promote the safe and effective delivery of public transportation services in rural areas and to facilitate more efficient use of public transportation resources."[1] RTAP supports rural transit by developing and distributing training materials, providing technical assistance, creating web-based applications, producing reports, publishing best practices, conducting research, and offering peer assistance for rural and tribal transit providers and state RTAP programs.[2]