COVID-19 Update

Responsible RestartOhio has allowed certain businesses to reopen in Ohio. As of August 13, 2020, some RLS employees will continue to work from home while some staff has returned to the Dayton office. RLS continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates to clients and staff as they become available. You can still reach the Dayton office by phone or email. An email will be the best form of communication for all staff members. Thank you for your understanding.


Moving People… Improving Lives.

RLS & Associates, Inc.’s (RLS) mission is to help the transit community meet current and future challenges in an affordable, practical, and high quality manner, while maintaining the highest standard of honesty, integrity, and professionalism.

Throughout the United States, RLS provides training, technical assistance, and transportation management and operations consulting services to small, medium, and large public transit systems, federal and state departments of transportation, government agencies, and paratransit operators.

Areas of Expertise

The ten major Areas of Expertise listed here, represent the general types of assistance RLS has provided in its over 30 years of service to the transit industry. Have a unique challenge? Contact RLS and its team of highly trained transit professionals. The RLS team is ready to help!
  • Civil Rights
  • Coordination & Mobility Management
  • Drug & Alcohol Regulations
  • Financial Management & Cost Allocation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Service Evaluation & Planning
  • Surveys & Data Collection
  • State DOT Assistance
  • Training & Technical Assistance – National, State, & Local
  • Transit Agency Technical Assistance & Training

What’s Keeping Us Busy

FTA Drug & Alcohol Compliance, Oregon Department of Transportation

RLS & Associates, Inc. is assisting the Oregon DOT in achieving compliance with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) drug and alcohol testing regulations. RLS’ focus is on each subrecipient’s drug and alcohol programs, policies, oversight, and on-site compliance reviews.

RLS Begins Year Two of CORTAP

In March of 2019, RLS was selected as one of the Federal Transit Administrations task order Comprehensive Oversight Review and Technical Assistance Program (CORTAP) reviewers. During the first year of the contract, RLS was selected to review Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City. The review involved the review of four separate entities: MTA Headquarters, MTA Long Island Railroad, MTA Metro North, and the Metropolitan Transportation Bus Authority. Now in year two, RLS will be conducting reviews for selected agencies in Region 9 along with MTA in New York City. 

State RTAP Programs

RLS provides various RTAP services ranging from training and technical assistance to the full management and operating of the RTAP program. Project highlights include:
RLS management of the Indiana RTAP Program for INDOT since 2004. In 2018, RLS and INDOT proudly opened the Indiana RTAP Transit Training Center in Columbus, IN. Shortly after opening, RTAP staff hosted over 40 trainings and meeting, training almost 500 drivers and managers. The Center’s training room is comfortably furnished, includes state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, and has a wheelchair lift and securement station for conducting training.
RLS was recently awarded a new contract through FY 2022 for management of the New Hampshire RTAP.
RLS also recently started the management and training program for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Transit. A training calendar has been developed for 2020 with regional training sites.

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