The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national professional membership association dedicated to making affordable, efficient transportation available to everyone. In support of that goal, it conducts research, provides technical assistance, education, and advocacy around transportation-related issues. It also administers short-term assistance programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for small scale transportation issues in tribal and rural areas.
Two Short-Term Technical Assistance Programs
The purpose of these short-term technical assistance programs is to boost economic development through improved transportation services. It does not provide direct funding, but recipients receive project analysis and technical assistance via site visits of one to four days with follow up. CTAA staff also works with recipients to find funding sources to help with implementation of projects and solutions. Criteria for being selected include a project's:
- Ability to create or preserve jobs;
- Location in an economically distressed area;
- Alignment with economic development;
- Likelihood of implementation after the technical assistance has been provided;
- Level of community support.
The eligibility requirements for the two programs are as follows:
Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Program: Short-Term Assistance
Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program: Short-Term Technical Assistance
Eligible applicants are public entities whose projects benefit new or existing small business, and private for-profits and nonprofits with annual revenues of less than $1 million. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The annual deadline for the longer term assistance program was January 31.
Explore the CTAA website for more programs and transportation-related publications including:
- Transit Planning for All (focuses on inclusiveness)
- National Center for Mobility Management
- Senior Mobility
- Passengers with Disabilities
- Veterans Transportation Resources
- The National Volunteer Transportation Center
- CT Magazine
- RAIL Magazine
- Fast Mail
eCivis and The Ferguson Group (TFG) co-hosted a webinar on how to prepare for three federal grant opportunities expected to be released in the coming months. The webinar also covered the importance of annually preparing a calendar of priority grants for your community and how planning ahead can boost your community's grants success. Grants covered:Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grants (TIGER), Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), and Brownfields Assessment Grants. To access, click below: