now accepting applications

CTAA is now accepting applications for the USDA Rural and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs. The 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. Projects will be selected competitively by CTAA, and assistance is contingent upon availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Applications can be found here:


Providing community-responsive, cost-effective public transportation in rural America has never been easy. Distances are greater in rural areas, and without access to reliable automobiles, rural residents are unable to fully participate in the economic and social activities of their communities. Rural residents are often aging in place, and emerging regional economies mean that the services and programs they need are further away. Today, more than ever, public transportation can play a fundamental role in providing essential access to economic empowerment opportunities for rural residents.

Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program

In 1988, USDA created the Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program (RPTTAP). Administered by CTAA, the RPTTAP provides technical assistance for small communities of less than 50,000 people. The focus of the program is economic development: helping small and emerging businesses and stimulating economic development through new and improved public transportation.

Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program

The program is designed to help Native American tribes enhance economic growth and development by improving transportation services. Technical assistance is limited to planning and may support transit service improvements and expansion, system start-up, facility development, development of marketing plans and materials, transportation coordination, training and other public transit problem solving activities.


Charles Rutkowski
Assistant Director
800.891.0590 x719

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.