Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC)

  • Dave Patton, Program Manager
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA)
  • 318 Stipes Hall, Western Illinois University 1 University Circle
  • Macomb, IL 61455-1390
  • Phone: (309) 298-2141
  • Fax: (309) 298-2162
  • Email:
  • Website Link:

Purpose of the Program

As a unit within the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, RTAC’s mission is to support the safe and effective delivery of public transportation in non-urbanized areas, and to help rural transportation providers 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 support public and specialized transportation in rural areas. RTAC also assists the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Office of Intermodal Project Implementation by supplying the training and support of rural transportation grantees, the Human Services Transportation Program, and rural and specialized transportation providers in rural Illinois.

Who is Eligible

Townships, Communities, Counties, and other groups.

Types of Assistance

Public and specialized transit providers, state and local officials, municipalities, community agencies, and the public.

Year Program was established