About the Tennessee Rural Transit Assistance Program

The Tennessee Rural Transit Assistance Program (TNRTAP) provides training, technical assistance, and resource materials to the rural public transportation providers in Tennessee. Funded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311 program, the TNRTAP is coordinated by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Office of Public Transportation. In partnership with TDOT, TNRTAP is administered by RLS & Associates with support from KFH Group, with website hosting through the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP).


The TNRTAP is guided by leadership from the TNRTAP Advisory Committee, a group comprised of representatives of each the eleven rural transit programs in Tennessee.

TNRTAP Advisory Committee Member Organizations

Delta Human Resource Agency (DHRA)
East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA)
First Tennessee Human Resource Agency (NET Trans)
Gatlinburg Mass Transit System – Gatlinburg Trolley
Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency (MCHRA)
Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency (NWTHRA)
Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley
South Central Tennessee Development District (SCTDD)
Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency (SETHRA)
Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA)
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA)

About RTAP

FTA's Section 5311(b)(3) program funds RTAPs in each state, as well as the National RTAP.  

The objectives of the Federal RTAP funding program are:

  • to promote the safe and effective delivery of public transportation in rural areas and to make more efficient use of public and private resources;
  • to foster the development of state and local capacity for addressing the training and technical assistance needs of the rural transportation community;
  • to improve the quality of information and technical assistance available through the development of training, technology, and technical assistance resource materials;
  • to facilitate peer-to-peer self-help through the development of local networks of transit professionals;
  • to support the coordination of public, private, specialized, and human service transportation services; and,
  • to build a national database on the rural segment of the public transportation industry.