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. 

Ohio DOT Continues its Award Winning Work

The Ohio DOT Office of Transit, recognized by CTAA at the 2018 EXPO as an outstanding state organization supporting local transit systems for its Ohio Mobility Transformation project, is moving ahead with this statewide, multi-agency initiative. RLS will assist and support ODOT and the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA)—one of two Ohio Mobility Transformation pilot projects—with the implementation of policy alignment among all human service and public transit providers in Ohio. The 10 policy standards in the policy alignment include standards for providers, drivers, vehicles, and safety as well as implementation of a cost model appropriate for use by public transit, non-profit, for-profit, and volunteer transportation services, and designed to calculate the fully allocated cost of contracted transportation services.

All-electric Fixed-Route System Planning

RLS congratulates the City of Rock Hill, NC for kicking off its new, free, all-electric, full service fixed-route bus system on July 1, 2019!  RLS is proud to see such payoff for the planning assistance it provided the City of Rock Hill for the design and implementation of this new system. As part of the planning assistance, RLS evaluated the needs and barriers for implementation and provided corresponding recommendations; developed a public transit implementation and financial plan and a service plan of proposed operations; recommended staffing levels; designed routes and schedules to accommodate the charging needs of the battery-operated vehicles; and provided training for new drivers.

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 management of the New Hampshire RTAP Program for the NHDOT since 2013. RLS was recently awarded a new contract through FY 2022. RLS will publish the RTAP newsletter, administer the RTAP training and scholarship programs, and provide technical assistance to NH’s rural transit operators.

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