It sounds simple: find a way that states can obtain and use the public transit technical expertise of other states. Connect with one another regarding past experience. Network and efficiently solve technical and programmatic problems.
Simply stated, that connection is the Multi-State Transit Technical Assistance Program or MTAP.
Through its members and services, the MTAP brings real-life, practical solutions to transit problems – on topics as varied as state funding procedures, transit asset management, financial management, vehicle procurement, rural inter-city service development, and ADA compliance.
For its members, MTAP provides a network and assistance through:
Director, Transit and Rail Division
New Mexico Department of Transportation.
“MTAP meetings allow states to work more closely with partners including the Community Transportation Association of America and the American Public Transportation Association to share concerns, develop practical solutions, and implement programs of common interest.”
–– Charles Carr, Mississippi Department of Transportation