Rural Transportation Assistance Program - Notice of Funding Opportunity

Purpose

The Federal Transit Administration is providing up to $300,000 for 2021-2023 for the Rural Transit Assistance Program grant. As the direct recipient of these funds, WSDOT awards grants to assist with the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services for public transportation operators in rural (i.e., nonurbanized) areas. WSDOT may award multiple contracts.

Additionally, WSDOT will award up to $75,000 for projects that provide statewide data standards work, including general transit feed specification (GTFS) for trip planning from demand-response or paratransit services.

Eligible applicants

Any private or public organization with experience and capacity for one or more of the elements below is eligible to apply:

  • Conferences, summits, workshops and other events
  • In-person trainings at your facility or across the state
  • Online live webinars or pre-recorded trainings
  • Peer-to-peer collaboration events, including committee meetings
  • Stand-alone tools and resources
  • Data standards work and estimated maintenance costs related to GTFS.

Important dates

  • January 13, 2021: Notice of funding opportunity – application available
  • February 8, 2021: Due date for applications
  • February 9-19, 2021: Evaluation panel scores applications
  • March 1, 2021: Award letters sent. WSDOT will begin issuing contracts once award letters are sent.

Application materials

Download the Rural Transportation Assistance Program Grant Application 2021-2023 (pdf 224 kb) and 2021-2023 Call for Projects (pdf 156 kb) to apply for the grant.

Evaluation process

An evaluation team composed of representatives for non-urban transits and non-profit providers will review applications after the February 8 deadline. Evaluators will give special consideration to:

  • Programs that provide equitable access for transportation providers across the state and to private, public and rural tribal systems.
  • Programs that emphasize safety, risk management and civil-rights compliance including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Programs that support the sharing of existing practices and resources.
  • Programs that include benefits to rural agency board members and to non-profit community transportation providers that serving rural areas.
  • Programs that promote efficiency by avoiding duplication of effort by other WSDOT-sponsored activities.
  • Trainings and resources that are accessible remotely when feasible.
  • Applicants with experience providing trainings and peer events and managing federally funded programs.
  • Proposals to update and improve statewide the GTFS network.

More information

For additional information, contact Marianna Hanefeld at marianna.hanefeld@wsdot.wa.gov or 425-777-0557.