News Archives - 2018-2019

Senior Corps RSVP Funding Applications due Sep. 25; Notice of Intent Due Aug. 30

Posted August 27, 2019  - Archived October 4, 2019

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) intends to fund Senior Corps RSVP grants that support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures in the following focus areas:  disaster; education; economic opportunity; environment; healthy futures; and veterans and military families. Transportation programs across the country depend on Senior Corps RSVP volunteers to maintain their volunteer driver or travel training programs.  

Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, RSVP offers a diverse range of volunteer activities that serve communities to create measurable impact, benefit volunteers through the service experience, and create community capacity. Senior Corps RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to a maximum of 40 hours.

Through the FY 2020 RSVP competition, the CNCS seeks to increase the impact of national service in specific geographic service areas.  The geographic areas, including in Tennessee, are listed in Appendix A of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a Notice of Intent to Apply by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, August 30, 2019. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be completed via Survey Monkey.

Completed applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by early March 2020.


NADTC Offers New Online Course on Medical Transportation

Posted August 27, 2019 - Archived October 4, 2019

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) will host a new online course that will launch on September 20 and run through October 18, 2019. Registration for this course is free and will open September 9. The course, Medical Transportation: Multi-Modal Approaches to Accessing Health Care Services, offers an in-depth look at transportation programs addressing the gaps in access to health care services in their community and how these programs play a key role in providing medical transportation services to older adults and people with disabilities.

The goal of the course is to provide organizations and communities with tools to understand how to manage and operate a medical transportation program. Whether you’re starting a new program or operating an existing program, the course will outline best practices and strategies for providing medical transportation to older adults and people with disabilities. For more information and to register, visit this page on the NATDC website


APTAU Online Courses for Transit Supervisors and Future Executives

Posted August 27, 2019  - Archived October 4, 2019

APTAU of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently announce the launch of online eLearning courses for transit supervisors and managers. Developed for APTA members, in coordination with transit experts and professionals spanning all sectors of the industry, APTAU's eLearning courses provide members with the skills, tools, and resources needed to succeed in the workplace. The two new courses are:

  • Critical Conversations - Target Audience: Transit Industry Supervisors - The ability to have critical conversations with colleagues and staff is a necessary component to any position within the transit industry, and one that is crucial to laying an open and trusting foundation. This interactive, six-module course provides you with the training tools needed to engage colleagues in a professional manner on everyday issues that arise within the workplace. The course touches on key components of critical conversations such as intent, how to create safety within a conversation, varying perspectives, understanding, and how to move forward. 
  • Deputy CEO and Executives- Related Roles and Responsibilities - Target Audience: Future Transit Executives - Holding a deputy or executive position in any transit organization means you will play an instrumental role in supporting your chief executive, boards, staff, stakeholders and partners. As you consider taking on a more senior role within your organization, it is important to consider the many responsibilities that come with that, and how you may properly prepare yourself for success. Through interactive scenarios and situations, this course aims to help you navigate the complex environment of being a deputy or executive. It prepares and equips you with the tools you need to support yourself and your organization.

These courses are free to APTA members who are logged into the APTA website. For more information, visit the APTA eLearning web page.


National RTAP Launches Resource Library Widget

Posted August 27, 2019 - Archived October 4, 2019

Looking for a way to provide quick access to rural and tribal transit training and technical assistance resources through your website?  The National RTAP recently announced its new Resource Library Widget, so any organization can enable their website users to search a database of National RTAP and carefully selected partner rural and Tribal transit training modules, technical briefs, toolkits, videos, and more.  Copying the code available through the National RTAP website is easy, and it can be added it to any web page. National RTAP regularly adds to the library, and your widget will be automatically updated with their new resources.

You can try it out here the search function here:



National RTAP Invites Photo Contest Submissions through Aug. 15, 2019

Posted July 11, 2019 - Archived August 27, 2019

National RTAP is currently accepting applications for it annual photo contest.  This year's theme is "Transit Through the Seasons."  The top prize is free registration to the National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference, Charting New Trails for Rural & Tribal Transit, held in Portland, Oregon on September 15-18, 2019.  Visit the National RTAP website for more information.


NCMM Solicits Applications for Planning and Implementation

Posted June 25, 2019 - Archived August 27, 2019

The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), supported by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), recently announced two new funding opportunities. 

Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants - applications due Aug. 1, 2019

These grants will support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well being. Grants up to $25,000 will be available; NCMM staff will guide communities through this five-month process. Visit the NCMM website for more information and to download the Request for Proposals (RFP) for  Community Mobility Design Challenge Planning Grants.  Applications are due 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 1.

Health Care Transportation Access "Ready-to-Launch" 2019 Implementation Grants - applications due Aug. 5, 2019 

Funding through this grant will support communities in taking concrete steps toward implementing transportation solutions to address health care access. Grants up to $75,000 will be available; NCMM staff will guide communities through this five-month process.  Visit the NCMM website for more information on the Health Care Transportation Access "Ready-to-Launch" 2019 Implementation GrantsApplications are due 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 5.


Applications due August 6 for FTA's Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program

Posted May 15, 2019 - Archived August 27, 2019

On May 9, 2019, FTA announced the availability of funding under the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program.  The IMI program funds research in the three areas: Mobility on Demand (MOD) demonstration projects, Transit Automation (to explore the use of vehicle automation technologies in bus transit operations), and Mobility Payment Integration (MPI) research. Eligible applicants for IMI projects are providers of public transportation, including public transportation agencies, state/local government DOTs, and federally recognized Indian tribes.  Applicants must identify one or more strategic project partner(s) with a substantial interest and involvement in the project.  FTA's archived webinar on the IMI Demonstration Program, available through the program web page, provides information on the application process, key requirements, including data, and answers frequently asked questions.  Applications for IMI funding are due August 6, 2019


FMCSA seeks public comments on Safe Integration of Automated Driving Systems-Equipped Commercial Motor Vehicles

Posted May 28, 2019 - Archived August 27, 2019

On May 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on automated driving systems (ADS) equipped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).  FMCSA requests public comment about Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that may need to be amended, revised, or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of ADS-equipped CMVs onto U.S. roadways. In approaching the task of adapting its regulations to accommodate automated vehicle technologies, FMCSA is considering changes to its rules to account for significant differences between human operators and ADS. On May 31, FMCSA published a correction to the ANPRM in the Federal Register with a corrected due date for public comments. Comments are due no later than July 29, 2019 to Docket Number FMCSA–2018–0037. 


U.S. DOT publishes Drug Testing Rule; “opiates” replaced with “opioids” on new MIS form

Posted April 24, 2019 - Archived August 27, 2019

On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule that makes minor technical corrections to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations governing drug testing for safety-sensitive employees (as well as to ensure consistency with the recent amendments made to the DOT’s regulation, “Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs,” 49 CFR Part 40, which added requirements to test for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone to DOT-regulated drug testing programs.  The changes to the DOT’s regulation make it necessary to refer to these substances, as well as the previously covered drugs morphine, 6-acetylmorphine, and codeine, by the more inclusive term “opioids,” rather than “opiates.”  This rule amends the term in the FAA, FTA, and PHMSA regulations to ensure that all DOT drug testing rules are consistent with one another and with the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.  In addition, this rule makes a conforming amendment to include the term “opioids” in the wording of the DOT’s annual information collection requirement and clarifications to section 40.26 and Appendix H regarding the requirement for employers to follow the DOT’s instructions for the annual information collection. The DOT MIS form has been updated with “opioids” instead of “opiates.”


FTA Seeks to Put Brakes on Human Trafficking, Offers $4 Million in Funding Opportunities

Posted March 29, 2019 - Archived August 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched a new Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative. The initiative includes two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) totaling $4 million to prevent human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.  Each NOFO offers $2 million in competitive funding and the application submission deadline for both is May 28, 2019.

  • The goal of the Innovations in Transit Public Safety NOFO is to develop projects that assist transit agencies with identifying and adopting specific measures to address public safety in transit systems, including crime prevention, human trafficking, and operator assault.  Eligible applicants for this program include state and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; nonprofit organizations; or a consortium of entities, including a provider of public transportation, that will share costs, risks, and rewards of early deployment and demonstration of innovation. Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database. 
  • The Crime Prevention and Public Safety Awareness NOFO has the goal of developing and disseminating materials supporting public safety awareness campaigns for transit systems, including crime prevention, human trafficking, and operator assault. Eligibility for this program is limited to national nonprofit organizations.

The FTA Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative builds upon the USDOT's work with transportation stakeholders across all modes of transportation to prevent human trafficking.  

FTA hosted two webinars on these initiatives which can be streamed through the links on this web page (scroll down to bottom half of the page).


National RTAP Announces Rural Transit Day - July 16, 2019

Posted June 25, 2019 - Archived July 24, 2019

National RTAP invites you to celebrate the nation's first #RuralTransitDay by joining the National RTAP-hosted Twitter Chat on July 16, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The chat will be moderated by Kari Banta of Texas Department of Transportation, Julia Castillo of Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Authority, and Juanita Risch of Idaho Transportation Department. The chat will focus on what agencies are doing to recognize passengers and staff on #RuralTransitDay and through the year, and share thoughts about challenges and solutions for rural transit. No registration is required, but interested parties can RSVP to National RTAP for an email invitation.

Note: National RTAP has posted a summary of the Rural Transit Day Twitter Chat to its website.

Scholarships offered; applications due June 17

Posted May 7, 2019 - Archived June 25, 2019

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will award a minimum of 21 scholarships to college students or transit professionals pursuing or advancing a career in the public transit industry. Awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 each will cover the academic year, beginning in the fall 2019 semester, and may be used to assist with tuition costs or other educational expenses.  Eligibility is limited to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, or advanced degree students at a fully accredited institution, with a 3.0 minimum GPA.  Applicants must be sponsored by an American Public Transportation Association (APTA) member organization. The 2019 scholars will receive free registration and a travel stipend to attend APTA's 2019 TRANSform Conference, which will be held in New York, NY, October 13-16. At the conference, they will have the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions as well as meet with industry professionals from across the country. Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 17, 2019.  To complete the online application or to learn more about the APTF, please visit


FTA seeks comments on proposed changes to NTD Reporting

Posted April 9, 2019 - Archived June 11, 2019

FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) was established by Congress to be the nation's primary source for information and statistics on the transit systems of the United States. Recipients and beneficiaries of FTA grants under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5307) or Rural Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5311) are required by law to report to the NTD. Based on feedback from NTD stakeholders and the transit industry, FTA is proposing to make reporting changes and clarifications to NTD reporting requirements. FTA seeks comment on these proposed changes and clarifications:

  • New types of service
  • Changes to forms A-30, A-20, D-10 and FFA-10
  • Changes to safety event reporting
  • Clarification to requirements for reporting service information 
  • Clarification of terms 
  • Requirement for separate mode reporting 
  • Clarification to service survey standards
  • Clarification to reporting of miles in asset inventories 
  • Clarification of rural financial data reporting requirements

The Federal Register Notice for these proposed changes was published Tuesday, April 9, 2019 and is open for public comment through June 10, 2019. Changes will be made effective in September 2019.


FTA invites comments on proposed changes to Joint Development Guidance

Posted April 19, 2019 - Archived June 11, 2019

FTA has placed in the Federal Register docket and on its website proposed changes to its Joint Development Guidance (Circular (7050.1A).  The changes would increase flexibility for transit agencies to pursue joint development projects, resulting in more value capture opportunities that help create value for both transit systems and surrounding communities. The guidance also would streamline FTA’s regulations and approval process. FTA seeks public comment on the proposed changes to its joint development process. Submit comments by June 3, 2019.


FTA posts updated Implementation Guidelines for Drug & Alcohol Regulations in Public Transportation

Posted March 4, 2019 - Archived May 31, 2019

In February 2019, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published updated guidelines to provide transit employers with the knowledge and resources needed to develop, implement, and manage a drug and alcohol testing program to comply with FTA and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.  FTA Report No. 0127, Implementation Guidelines for Drug and Alcohol Regulations in Public Transportation, provides employers with updated guidelines to assess their level of compliance, validate policies and procedures, and identify areas that require modification.  This guidance was last revised in 2009.  Note: as of May 31, 2019, FTA Report No. 0127 is not available on the FTA website, and the 2009 Implementation Guidelines are still recommended on the Drug and Alcohol Tools and Resources web page on the FTA website.


Proposals due May 14 for FTA Low-No grants 

Posted March 21, 2019 - Archived May 15, 2019

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is accepting project proposals for FY 2019 funding under the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No) Program.  The Low-No Program supports the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. Low-No funding funds purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.  Designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian tribes are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is May 14, 2019.  FTA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 11.  Section 5311 subrecipients should contact their state department of transportation for information on applying through the state.


Applications due May 3 for CTAA Rural and Tribal Technical Assistance

Posted March 29, 2019 - Archived May 7, 2019 

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is accepting applications for planning assistance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs. These programs provide planning assistance, at no cost, to rural and tribal communities to help establish new transit services, expand, enhance or improve existing services, or build transit facilities. The assistance is provided directly by CTAA staff. Applications are due by May 3, 2019.


NADTC invites photo contest submissions by April 26

Posted March 29, 2019 - Archived April 30, 2019

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center announced its announce its third annual photo contest, seeking photos that illustrate NADTC's mission to increase the availability and accessibility of community transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities. Such photos could include people of color using transportation; youth and young adults with disabilities; caregivers or family providing support to an individual using transportation; tribal transportation; rural landscape transportation; service animals assisting their owners as they ride or get ready to ride transportation; transportation riders using technology that supports transportation access or accessible mobility; good customer service or travel training; vehicle operator assistance; and transit dispatchers. The contest is open to individuals who are transportation users or advocates, and organizations that provide, fund or are involved in (e.g., plan, advocate for, promote) community transportation and serve older adults and/or people with disabilities, including state or local government agencies, as well as nonprofit and for-profit organizations. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 26, 2019.


Applications due April 17 for AARP Community Challenge grants

Posted March 7, 2019 - Archived April 17, 2019

AARP invites applications for small grants to improve housing, transportation, public space, smart cities and other community elements. AARP's Community Challenge grant program supports quick-action projects (to be completed by November 4, 2019)  that can help a community become more livable. Examples of past grant projects include improvements to pedestrian infrastructure, including transit stop improvements.  Applications are due by April 17, 2019 through the link found at


US DOT invites comments on current guidance

Posted February 21, 2019 - Archived April 9, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is reviewing its existing guidance documents to evaluate their continued necessity and determine whether they need to be updated or revised. As part of this review, the US DOT invites the public to identify and provide input on existing guidance documents that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, or modification.  Comments should be submitted on or before April 8, 2019. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable.

In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will publish a separate notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on specific actions that FMCSA would like to take on FMCSA guidance documents dealing with commercial drivers' licenses.

FTA increases minimum rate of random drug testing to 50 percent effective January 1, 2019

Posted October 26, 2018 - Archived March 29, 2019

On October 17, 2018, FTA issued a "Dear Colleague" letter announcing that FTA will increase the minimum rate of random drug testing from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to FTA’s drug and alcohol regulation, effective January 1, 2019. The minimum alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent. 

Call for presentations for National RTAP Conference

Archived March 4, 2019

The National RTAP Conference Committee seeks proposals for presentations for the 2019 Technical Assistance Conference in Portland, Oregon, September 15-18, 2019. This is National RTAP's fourth biennial conference focused on innovation, best practices, and compliance. The conference audience includes: management and other staff of rural transit agencies and human service transportation providers, tribal transit managers, planners, state transportation and human service agency staff, consultants, intercity bus operators, and others with an interest in rural transportation. The conference will include multiple routes to offer learning and technical assistance opportunities for all attendees: Administration and Planning; Operations; Compliance; Coordination; and Technology. Particular interest areas within the routes will include: rural public, tribal, intercity, and veterans transportation; mobility management and non-emergency medical transportation; transit manager 101; and state program manager 101. Presentation proposals are requested by February 28, 2019. 


Funding Opportunity:  FTA Access and Mobility Partnership Grants

Posted September 12, 2018 - Archived February 20, 2019

On September 12, FTA announced the availability of $6.3 million in competitive grant funds for transit coordination projects that improve access to healthcare. Access and Mobility Partnership Grants seek to improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation and other service providers. This program provides competitive funding to support innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services. In 2018, there are two funding opportunities under the initiative: the Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program and Human Services Coordination Research (HSCR) grants. 

Eligible applicants for ICAM Pilot Program grants include states, tribes, and designated or direct recipients of FTA funding.  These funds will be awarded competitively to finance innovative capital projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services.

Eligible applicants for HSCR grants include state and local governmental entities, providers of public transportation, private organizations, and non-profit organizations. Research activities awarded under this competitive program will support the implementation of innovative strategies in the coordination of human services transportation to provide more effective and efficient public transportation services to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Proposed research projects should address gaps identified in the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. The HSCR funds will finance operating and capital project expenditures to develop and deploy projects that improve transportation services for targeted populations as noted above through methods that effectively and efficiently coordinate human services transportation.

Applications for both programs are due November 13, 2018. For more information, visit this page on the FTA website:


New FTA Safety Regulations and Resources

Posted September 7, 2018 - Archived  February 20, 2019

FTA recently produced a new drug abuse awareness video on effects and consequences of prohibited drug use on health, safety and work, and signs and symptoms that may indicate prohibited drug use. The video meets 60-minute training requirements of section 655.14(b)(1) for covered employees.  The video can be streamed on this web page:

FTA also recently released Effective Practices in Bus Transit Safety: Emergency Response, a new guide that compiles voluntary recommendations from FTA’s Bus Safety Program to bus transit agencies to improve their responses during and after emergencies. The guide also provides examples of effective emergency response practices that transit agencies can adopt to implement the recommendations. The guide is the first in a series of voluntary bus safety guides for the industry based on FTA’s experience conducting voluntary onsite bus safety reviews since 2007. 

On July 19, 2018, FTA  issued two final regulations to strengthen the safety of public transportation systems: the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule.  The Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307) to incorporate Safety Management System (SMS) policies and procedures as they develop safety plans to better manage their safety risks. Since no two transit systems are alike, the rule sets scalable and flexible requirements for safety plans. At this time, the federal rule does not apply to an operator of a public transportation system that only receives Section 5310 and/or 5311 program funding. The requirements of the Public Transportation Safety Training Certification Program rule establish a basic training curriculum to enhance the technical competencies and capabilities of individuals responsible for the safety oversight of rail transit systems.


FTA Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation

Posted May 10, 2018 - Archived September 7, 2018

FTA seeks nominations for the FTA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation. Nominations must be submitted no later than May 31, 2018.  The awards will be presented during the 23rd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation in Breckenridge, Colorado, September 30 to October 3, 2018.  Any local, rural transit provider receiving assistance under Section 5311 may be nominated for the award.  FTA will accept self-nominations, but encourages letters of support from the State transit association and/or State Department of Transportation. Nominations will be based on rural transit providers that demonstrate how their transit system is integral to the infrastructure of the community.  Questions may be addressed to your Regional office or Élan Flippin, at 202-366-3800, email Tennessee is located within FTA Region 4.  The FTA Region 4 office is located at Atlanta, Georgia and can be reached by phone at 404-865-5600.


NADTC Announces New Grant Funding Opportunity

Posted May 2, 2018 - Archived September 7, 2018

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center recently announced a new grant program, Getting Ready to Innovate. These planning projects will serve as incubators to develop innovations and build community support and commitment for increasing the availability and accessibility of community transportation services for people with disabilities and older adults. Grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded to as many as ten communities for a six-month period. Local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations may apply. The deadline for grant applications is May 31, 2018. For more information, contact Melissa Gray, NADTC Program Manager, at or call 202.872.0888. Application information is available at

Reminder: Revised Federal Drug Testing CCF Must Be Used Beginning July 1, 2018

Posted May 10, 2018 - Archived September 7, 2018

On August 8, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget approved a revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) and authorized the continued use of the “old CCF” until June 30, 2018.  US DOT regulated employers and their service agents (collectors, laboratories, Medical Review Officers) may not use the “old CCF” for DOT mandated drug test collections after June 30, 2018.To learn more about what this means for US DOT drug testing, please visit the following web page:


FTA Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program) Notice of Funding

Posted May 2, 2018 - Archived September 7, 2018

The Federal Transit Administration has announced funding for the Low-No Program which supports transition of the nation's transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Eligible Applicants include designated recipients of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes. The submission deadline on is June 18, 2018. The National RTAP hosted a webinar on this program which is archived here: Tara Clark of FTA's Office of Program Management introduced the Low-No competitive grant program, walked through the supplemental application, and answered questions. In addition, successful proposers came to the table to talk about how they requested grants to start low or no emission programs at their systems.


U.S. DOT BUILD Program Notice of Funding Opportunity

Posted May 2, 2018 - Archived September 7, 2018

BUILD Transportation grants replace the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. FY 2018 BUILD grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, or intermodal transportation. Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of state or local governments. The submission deadline is July 19 at, and several webinars will be held prior to the deadline.


Changes to US DOT Drug Testing Rule Took Effect Jan. 1, 2018

Posted December 2017 - Archived March 1, 2018

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) published a final drug testing rule (49 CFR Part 40) that, among other items, expands the US DOT’s current drug testing panel to include certain semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone). To learn more about this final rule, which took effect January 1, 2018:


National RTAP Seeks Review Board Member Nominations 

Posted December 2017 - Archived January 16, 2018

For 2018, National RTAP is soliciting nominations for three rural or tribal transit operators and two state transit officials.  The term of office is three years beginning at the new member’s first meeting. 

National RTAP staff depends on the Review Board for guidance and assistance with the development of training materials and other tools and resources for rural and tribal transit operators.  Among other duties, Review Board members represent National RTAP’s primary customer groups and help National RTAP determine what products and services would be of the most value to them. 

Any group or individual involved in rural transit is encouraged to nominate a representative to the board.  An individual may nominate him/herself for consideration. Nominations are due January 15, 2018.

Visit the National RTAP website for more information: