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Training and Technical Assistance


WSDOT now accepting RTAP applications

WSDOT announces a call for projects (pdf 517 kb) for the Federal Transit Administration Section 5311(b)(2) funding opportunity – Rural Transportation Assistant Program. RTAP funding is intended to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet public transportation operators in non-urbanized areas.

The instructions (pdf 517 kb) and application (840 kb) are now available. Applications are due April 10, 2017. Please read the instructions entirely before submitting an application. If you need them, additional pages (pdf 785 kb) are also available for your application.

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  for transit systems and specialized transportation providers
  • Training Scholarships
    The Rural Transit Assistance Program ( RTAP ) Training Scholarship Program covers registration costs and certain travel expenses for training courses, workshops, and conferences.
  • Technical Assistance
    Our experienced staff is available to help you solve problems.
  • Public Transportation Conference
    WSDOT's Public Transportation Conference & Expo provides training and networking opportunities for people involved in public transportation.
  • Peer Review Program
    Take advantage of our extensive network of industry contacts to arrange an expert peer review.


Training courses for transit systems and specialized transportation providers are developed by the Washington State Transportation Training Coalition (WSTTC) and CTA Northwest.

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

How do I find out about upcoming training?
For information on upcoming WSTTC training, check out the WSTTC website at

What is the WSTTC?
The Washington State Transportation Training Coalition was formed in 1997 with the goal of reducing training duplication and increasing cost-effectiveness. In addition to offering training, the Coalition develops statewide training policies and manages the Coalition's resources for training. The Coalition includes representatives from the following organizations:

Other training needs?

If you have ideas for training that are not currently being offered, please contact one of the agencies of the WSTTC below:

RTAP Training Scholarship Program

There is financial assistance available  for Washington State rural transit and specialized transportation providers. Scholarships for qualified applicants cover registration and certain travel expenses for training courses, workshops, and conferences.

We administer the RTAP (Rural Transit Assistance Program) 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.

Technical Assistance

Examples of the technical assistance we provide:

  • Answering specific questions by phone or via e-mail
  • 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

These services are available as our staff time and budget allow.

Peer Review Program

The Peer Review Program is a key element of the support services offered by WSDOT in partnership with the Washington State Transit Association and the Community Transportation Association of the Northwest. The Peer Review Program is available to all public transportation providers in the state. RTAP funds may be available to cover rural agencies' costs 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 operation. WSDOT assembled a team of experts from other systems that 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