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The ODOT Office of Transit is committed to ensuring all transit providers in the State of Ohio receive the training necessary to enhance the knowledge and skills needed to provide the best transportation services to Ohio’s travelers. The Office of Transit offers low cost or no cost training opportunities to transportation service provider managers and staff and individuals with an interest in public and human service transportation coordination. The Office of Transit has access to many trainers ranging from ODOT staff, staff from other state agencies, the federal government, or individuals with expertise and experience in many transportation related areas.

Training is provided in many areas including state or federal compliance, areas related to improving the safety and efficiency of the transportation operation, and disseminating information on how to best coordinate transportation services in Ohio.


 Upcoming Training Opportunities

DRIVE: Transporting Older and Disabled Passengers (Offered by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging)12/8/2015 8:30 AM
Regional Roundtable - Northwest Region12/8/2015 10:00 AM
Regional Roundtable - Northeast Region12/9/2015 10:00 AM
Regional Roundtable - Southwest Region12/10/2015 10:00 AM
Regional Roundtable - Central Region12/16/2015 10:00 AM
Regional Roundtable - Southeast Region12/17/2015 10:00 AM

 Transit 101


​Transit 101 is ODOT's comprehensive program of transit manager training. For more information, see the Transit 101 page.


 Online, On-demand Training Opportunities


Rural Ohio Transit eLearning. Free. Developed in conjunction with ODOT's Ohio LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program) Center. Intended for new rural transit managers and anyone wanting to learn more about the Ohio Rural Transit Program, this training provides participants with an overview of everything that is required of a rural transit manager. There are 11 modules that cover everything from the requirements of the program to operating a rural transit system. This training is a prerequisite for Transit 101.

FTA 101 Training Module. Free. Intended for ODOT's subrecipients, especially their newly hired public transportation staff. Developed by the AASHTO Multi-State Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) in partnership with the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) at North Dakota State University, FTA 101 is a web-based training tool that can be used free of charge. Topics include: a brief history of how FTA was established; many of the applicable modes of public transportation; the role of FTA and its primary responsibilities; how FTA is funded; how FTA funds public transportation, such as states and subrecipients; and FTA's oversight of public transportation.

National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course (Online Version)


 Related In-Person Training Opportunities


Defensive Driving courses are provided by:

DRIVE: Transporting Older and Disabled Passengers was developed by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and ODOT. The program is operated by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. ODOT requires all drivers from transit systems and agencies with Specialized Transportation Program-funded vehicles to have some type of passenger assistance training within six months of hire. The DRIVE training fulfills this requirement. Training opportunities include an eight-hour hands-on course for drivers, a four-hour refresher course for drivers, and a two-day Train-the-Trainer course.

(Although the above training opportunities are provided by Central and Northern Ohio organizations, they are open to eligible participants from anywhere in Ohio.)

Public and Social Service Transportation Certificate Program, Wright State University


 Training Resources


National RTAP is a program of the Federal Transit Administration dedicated to creating rural transit solutions through technical assistance, partner collaboration and FREE training and other transit industry products. National RTAP Technical Assistance Briefs are periodically distributed along with information explaining the services available through the RTAP program at the state level. The Office of Transit also offers an extensive lending library of National RTAP Training Materials and other periodicals and educational and training tools. Sample training materials:

In consultation with rural transit systems, the Office of Transit commits Ohio's share of RTAP funding to technical assistance projects and training. In addition, scholarships are awarded for rural transit staff to attend state and national meetings and conferences. (For additional information please contact Esther Klaus at esther.klaus@dot.state.oh.us or 614-466-8320)


 Training Archive




David Walker
Compliance Officer
State RTAP Manager
(614) 644-0301