The Massachusetts Rural Transit Assistance Program (MArtap) is a federally funded, state-administered program that offers training, education and technical assistance programs designed to meet the needs of transportation providers in rural and small urban regions of Massachusetts. MArtap is a MassDOT program with the collaboration of the Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities (MARTA) and funded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency of the U.S Department of Transportation.
MArtap programs focus on rural transportation providers and are offered to all paratransit services - public, private, nonprofit, and private for-profit agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Most programs are offered at no charge, based on funding.
Driver training is available through the RTAP program as well as opportunities for scholarships to conferences, meetings, and other events, along with a mini grant award program to agencies for necessary equipment.
MArtap is pleased to present the following types of assistance targeted at Massachusetts rural and small urban public transit providers:
Driver Training: The MArtap training curriculum is offered free of charge throughout the year, and is designed to help rural and small urban transit providers meet all the federal and state certification requirements
Helping Hand Mini Grant: Offered yearly to help meet the needs of agencies to help improve their transportation services
Training Scholarships: Offered to offset costs associated with the professional development of staff of rural and small urban transit service providers
The 2016 MArtap Helping Hand Mini Grant application process is now CLOSED. The application deadline was February 2, 2016. February 2, 2016. Mini Grant decisions will be made in the coming weeks. For more information please see the MArtap Helping Hand Guidelines.
MassDOT has opened the 2016 applications to the Community Transit Grant Program (CTGP). For more information is available on the MassDOT website.
MArtap c/o VTA, 11 A Street - Business Park, Edgartown, MA02539 Phone. 877 MArtap1 (627-8271)