Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


Outreach -> Transportation

Illinois Rural Transit Assistance Center

Stipes Hall 318
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: 309-298-2141 or 800-526-9943
Fax: 309-298-2162

The Illinois Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC) is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. RTAC operates under a contract from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation.

General Information

The Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC) was created in 1990 and operates under an inter-agency agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The RTAC mission is to promote the safe and effective delivery of public transportation in rural areas and more efficiently use public and private resources.

RTAC fulfills its mission through providing the Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) for the State of Illinois. Administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an RTAP exists in each state to provide training, technical assistance and research, and to promote public and specialized transportation in rural areas.

RTAC also serves as the clearinghouse for the Illinois Coordinating Committee on Transportation, created by Public Act 93-0185 “to encourage the coordination of public and private transportation services, with priority given toward services directed toward those populations who are currently not served or are underserved by existing public transportation.”

Staff Profiles

Useful Resources

Technical Assistance
  • Toll Free Assistance Line: 800.526.9943
    Call Edward, Jacqueline or Mable for RTAP technical assistance and Dawn or Carol for coordination technical assistance at 800.526.9943. In some cases we can immediately answer your question, but some times we need to conduct research in order to fully answer your question. Regardless, within 48 hours the RTAC staff will completely answer or find you a more appropriate resource for your question.

    Remember to call:
    800.526.9943      Monday – Friday     8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

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Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Western Illinois University
518 Stipes Hall • 1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: • Phone: (309)298-2237 • Toll Free: (800)526-9943 • Fax: (309)298-2142