Brief Program Description: In addition to funding several programs for operating and capital assistance, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) also provides funding for technical assistance for ODOT administered grant program recipients through the Ohio Technical Assistance Program (OTAP).
Through OTAP, ODOT provides technical assistance and services tailored to grantee’s needs and State issues. Most assistance is provided one-on-one by request of individual grantees and results in a specific product, e.g., service or contract rate analysis, operating service plan, etc. ODOT has also used OTAP to conduct projects of statewide significance, e.g., the development of the "Handbook for Coordinating Transportation Services" and "Guide for the Implementation of Coordinated Transportation Systems," "FTA's Charter Regulations: A Compliance Guide for Ohio's Rural Public Transit Systems," and "A Guide to Preventive Maintenance."
Who Can Apply? Any ODOT Office of Transit grantee may request OTAP assistance. Applications are evaluated on appropriateness and availability of funding.
Application Process: Applicants for OTAP assistance must send a letter to the Office of Transit Administrator describing the project. A contact person’s name, phone number and email address must be included. Letters may be submitted anytime throughout the year. ODOT’s review of the application will include a phone conversation between the applicant and the Special Projects Manager to ensure a clear understanding of the project. After review and approval, the applicant will be notified of the results via e-mail or formal letter.
Program Deadlines/Due Dates: Requests may be submitted throughout the program year, July 1 through June 30. A list of potential tasks and budgets for each year are typically developed in April.
Funding: ODOT receives an annual allocation of Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) funding. In addition, ODOT uses other State and Federal administrative funds to support the program and to open the assistance to all ODOT grantees. In some cases, local match may be required for OTAP assistance.