Rural Transit Assistance Center


28th Annual Illinois Rural Transit Assistance Center Spring Conference Registration

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.”

Technical Assistance

Toll Free Assistance Line: 800.526.9943

In some cases we can immediately answer your question, but sometimes 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.