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Training and Technical Assistance

 

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 
    A number of training opportunities are available to public transportation providers, rural transportation planning organizations, and other jurisdictions with public transportation grants.
  • 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.
  • Technical assistance
    WSDOT's experienced staff is available to help you solve problems.
  • Public transportation conference
    The annual Public Transportation Conference & Expo provides training and networking opportunities for people involved in public transportation.
  • Peer review program
    Take advantage of WSDOT's extensive network of industry contacts to arrange an expert peer review.
  • Newsletter
    Quarterly Washington RTAP newsletter.

Training

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.


RTAP training scholarship program

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. 


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.


Contact

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