October training: Monday, October 5 - E. Bridgewater COA: Defensive Driving and Disability Awareness Thursday, October 15 - Medway COA: Defensive Driving and Accessible Lift Use Tuesday, October 27 - Franklin RTA - Accessible Lift Use and Defensive Driving Thursday, October 29 - Lowell RTA - training topics to be announced by Friday, October 2
Training Notice: For Accessible Lift & Securement training: All drivers will be out on a vehicle performing an accessible lift and securement test and will need to dress for the weather and wear appropriate close toe shoes. Please no flip flops or sandals. Active securement testing will be held outdoors. Please dress appropriately.
A New Partner for the Massachusetts RTAP Program →Read More
The Massachusetts Rural Transit Assistance Program (MArtap) is pleased to announce that RLS & Associates, Inc. (RLS) has been awarded a contract to provide regional training to rural and small urban public transit staff and drivers in Massachusetts.
MArtap has developed a revised driver training curriculum alongside RLS Associates, Inc. The new training calendar has been published. .
To schedule training, or to register for an existing class, please follow these steps:
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 program of the MassDOT contracted through the Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities (MARTA) and is funded through the Federal Transit Administration, an agency of the U.S Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
MArtap programs focus on rural transportation providers and are offered to all paratransit services - public, private nonprofit and private 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 Trainingon-site training classes and materials Monthly training schedule is posted on this website Form and guidelines to request or attend training is also available Most of the training is offered at no charge, depending on funding
Helping Hand Mini Grant Offered yearly to help meet the needs of agencies to help improve their transportation services.
Training Scholarships Offered to recipients to offset training workshop fees/travel, etc. associated with continued education related to the transportation field that will result in improved transportation services.
Newsletter The Resource newsletter is published throughout the year. It includes driver training schedules, scholarship information, professional and professional training opportunities. Let us know if you have an article that you would like us to print or if you would like to advertise in The Resource.
Depending on funding, programs such as Train the Trainer, and dissemination of information regarding training opportunities and other issues of interest to transit providers.
The MArtap programs are overseen by an Advisory Committee of dedicated volunteers who represent provider organizations that use these services. Please contact Carol Tally (877-MArtap1) to dicuss questions or to find a training class specifically for you and your transit agency.