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Training and Technical Assistance

2019-21 RTAP grant application materials

Washington Rural Transportation Assistance Program is soliciting applications for the 2019-21 biennium for provision of training, technical assistance and other events. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 4.

Training and technical assistance offered by WSDOT

Help your organization solve problems and improve services by taking advantage of these services available through the WSDOT Public Transportation Division:

  • Training scholarships
    The Rural Transit Assistance Program ( RTAP ) training scholarship program covers some registration costs and certain travel expenses for training courses, workshops, and conferences.
  • Newsletter
    Quarterly Washington RTAP newsletter.
  • Training
    A number of training opportunities are available to public transportation providers, rural transportation planning organizations, and other jurisdictions with public transportation grants.
  • Technical assistance
    WSDOT's experienced staff is available to help you solve problems.
  • Peer review program
    Take advantage of WSDOT's extensive network of industry contacts to arrange an expert peer review.

RTAP training scholarship program


  • Mobility Management Summit March 13-15
  • State ADA Conference April 14-16
  • Trainers Showcase May 1-2

Financial assistance is available for Washington state rural transportation providers. Scholarships for qualified applicants cover registration and certain travel expenses for training courses, workshops, and conferences.

WSDOT administers the RTAP scholarship program with funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration. RTAP supports a variety of services including technical assistance and training to meet the specific needs of transportation operators in non-urbanized areas. 



Training courses for public transportation providers are developed and facilitated by WSDOT,  Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP),  Community Transportation Association Northwest  (CTANW), and  Washington State Transit Association  (WSTA). 

The WSDOT Public Transportation Division provides training to agencies and organizations that are interested in applying for state and federal grants .

Technical assistance

These services are available as staff time and departmental budgets allow. Examples of the technical assistance WSDOT provides:

  • Answering specific questions by phone or via email.
  • Helping develop procurement specifications and procedures for equipment and facilities.
  • Organizing community coordination.
  • Interpreting policy guidelines and providing policy templates.
  • Reviewing and commenting on draft plans, environmental documents, and studies.
  • Providing public-speaking presentations on a variety of topics and issues.  

Peer review program

The peer review program is a key element of the support services offered by WSDOT in partnership with WSTA and CTANW. This program is available to all public transportation providers in the state. RTAP funds may be available to cover rural agencies' cost of the review.

Participation is voluntary and can encompass an entire agency or only one element, and is initiated by a request to the Public Transportation Division.

For example, Intercity Transit (Olympia/Lacey) requested a peer review of its paratransit operations. WSDOT composed a team of experts from other transit agencies who performed on-site and off-site reviews of Intercity Transit's services. The peer review team produced a report containing 74 recommendations to save Intercity Transit money and improve performance.


Linda Howell , State RTAP Manager
(509) 543-3316