Rural Transit Training and Technical Assistance

WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division provides training and technical assistance resources to rural transits through the Rural Transit Assistance Program.


WSDOT is providing the following Consolidated Grant management trainings:
Completed trainings: Spokane and Wenatchee

City, Date, Time Location
Tuesday, August 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WSDOT Pasco Maintenance Annex
1816 North 4th, Conference Room
Tuesday, August 20, midday
Public Transportation Conf., Hilton DoubleTree
18740 International Boulevard

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.A recorded version of the training will be posted here by the end of July. Agencies or staff who are new to Consolidated Grants, especially those who do accounting and invoicing, are strongly encouraged to complete the training. No advance registration is required. If you have specific questions you would like addressed in the training, please send them in advance via email to Linda Howell ( 



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

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

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, 509-543-3316 or