State DOT Assistance

RLS & Associates, Inc. (RLS) has built a strong reputation for providing individualized training and technical assistance on a broad range of topics. A hallmark of this assistance has been RLS’ specialized technical assistance to state DOTs to assist them in their efforts to address complex administrative and operating issues and comply with a myriad of federal and state program rules, regulations, and requirements. Examples of projects include the development of program “field guides” detailing the state’s oversight requirements for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs, including Section 5310 and Section 5310; the development of Program Manuals to assist grantees with local implementation and compliance with these same programs; the development of FTA-required State Management Plans for Sections 5310, 5311, 5316, and 5317; and the development of State Compliance Guides for complex Federal requirements such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements and the FTA Charter regulations. In addition, RLS maintains a close working relationship with officials at the FTA and other industry experts who can provide additional insight and clarification on regulatory compliance and other issues that may arise during the conduct of the project, as well as benchmarks for establishing project recommendations and alternatives.

Capital Planning

Circuit Rider Services

Drug and Alcohol Program Management/Oversight

Grants Management

Grant Program Criteria and Applications

Performance Measurement and Risk Assessment

Policy and Procedure Development

Public Participation Facilitation

RTAP Program Management

Safety and Security Plans/Safety Management System (SMS)

RLS has assisted state DOTs with the development of safety and security plan templates, which incorporate the requirements, as currently known, for FTA’s pending SMS requirements.

Staff Support

RLS provides on-site staff support to state DOTs on an as needed basis to assist in grants management, compliance, data collection and reporting for FTA transit assistance programs, including Section 5310 and Section 5311.

State Management Plans (SMPs)

RLS assists state DOTs with the development, review, and update of FTA-required State Management Plans which set forth each state’s plan for implementing FTA transit assistance programs, including Section 5310 and Section 5311.

Stakeholder Engagement

Subrecipient Compliance Monitoring

TAM Planning and Process Guidance

Vehicle Inspections

Staff Expertise

Robbie L. Sarles

Robbie L. Sarles President Ms. Robbie Sarles, President, and founder of RLS & Associates, Inc., has worked over 37 years in the transit industry in progressively responsible positions, in both public and private sectors. Since founding RLS in 1987 in Dayton, Ohio, she...

Kathryn (Kat) Szymanski

Kathryn (Kat) SzymanskiAccounts Receivable SpecialistMs. Kat Szymanski is an RLS Accounts Receivable Specialist at the RLS Dayton Headquarters. She is responsible for the day to day operation of the Dayton Headquarters, providing administration, organization,...

Pam Bentley

Pam Bentley Accounts Receivable Coordinator Ms. Pam Bentley is RLS' Accounts Receivable Coordinator for all client invoices. She is responsible for assembling all documentation to support client invoices generated by RLS' accounting system, coordinating as necessary...

Ray Boylston

Mr. Ray Boylston Senior AssociateMr. Ray Boylston works out of the RLS Raleigh, North Carolina office. He has over 29 years of experience in transit planning, management, operations, and finance at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, in both the public...

Laura Brown

Laura Brown Senior Associate Ms. Laura Brown works in Sumter, South Carolina and is the Senior Associate for RLS’ coordination and planning projects. Ms. Brown has a diverse background of transit planning and financial management and analysis experience as well as a...

Richard (Rich) Garrity

Richard (Rich) Garrity Senior Associate Mr. Rich Garrity is located in the RLS Wilmington, North Carolina office. He has over 40 years of experience in transit and paratransit planning, operations and management evaluation, coordinated transportation services, policy...

Charles Glover

Charles Glover Senior Associate Mr. Charles Glover works out of the RLS Raleigh, North Carolina office and has over 39 years of public transportation experience, with extensive expertise in the planning and development of coordinated transportation services and...

Sean Oswald

Sean Oswald Senior Associate Mr. Sean Oswald is located in the Dayton Headquarters. He joined RLS in 2011, bringing over five years of GIS analysis, management, and training experience. Building on that experience, Mr. Oswald is now Project Manager for all RLS drug...

Julie Schafer

Julie Schafer Senior Associate Ms. Julie Schafer is located in the Dayton Headquarters. A former Section 5311 transit manager of a seven-county public transit system in rural Indiana, she has over 18 years of experience, 15 years of that in transit system operations...

Richard (Rich) Schultze

Richard (Rich) Schultze Senior Associate Mr. Rich Schultze is located in the Dayton Headquarters. He has over 42 years of experience in a range of passenger transportation modes and settings, including route and service planning for the Washington Metropolitan Area...

Kelly Shawn

Kelly Shawn Senior Associate Mr. Kelly Shawn is located in the RLS Alexandria, Virginia office. With over 31 years in the transit industry, Mr. Shawn is an experienced trainer, facilitator, and project manager with extensive expertise in small urban, rural, and tribal...

Linda De Herrera

Linda De Herrera Senior Consultant Ms. Linda De Herrera has over 38 years of experience in the transit industry and is located in the RLS Colorado office. She is the Lead Senior Consultant for RLS’ Precision Compliance Inc. (PCI) subsidiary. Ms. De Herrera assists...

Christy Campoll

Christy Campoll Associate Ms. Christy Campoll is located in the RLS Indianapolis, Indiana office. As a former transit manager and transportation vice president, Ms. Campoll managed a successful rural, demand response transit system in central Indiana. This $1.5...

Alexander (Alex) Ewers

Alexander (Alex) Ewers Associate Mr. Alex Ewers is an RLS Associate assigned as an on-site Grants Management Technician for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) at the ODOT Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Ewers is a strong communicator and collaborator...

Melissa Givens

Melissa Givens Associate Ms. Melissa Givens is an RLS Associate assigned as a Rural Transit Representative providing technical assistance and grants management support for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) at the ODOT Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. She has...

Gregory (Greg) Harnett, Esq.

Gregory (Greg) Harnett, Esq. Associate Mr. Greg Harnett works in the Dayton Headquarters, is a Lead Compliance Reviewer, and is RLS’ legal expert for all project and company matters. He has over five years of transportation experience, including as a former FTA Lead...

Zachary (Zach) Kincade

Zachary (Zach) KincadeOffice Manager/GIS SpecialistMr. Zach Kincade is the Dayton Headquarters Office Manager, as well as over eleven years of experience as a project manager and Lead Analyst for RLS data collection and survey analysis projects. He also provides...

Alex Schultze

Alex Schultze Associate Mr. Alex Schultze is located in the Dayton Headquarters and has over nine years of experience in map development using ArcGIS and survey data entry having provided technical support to several RLS projects. He has also become proficient with...

Lucy Sherman

Lucy Sherman Associate Ms. Lucy Sherman is located in the Dayton Headquarters. She provides support for RLS’ survey and data collection projects and is a Lead Drug and Alcohol Reviewer. She is also a certified instructor for Passenger Assistance Techniques, Defensive...

Sara Trafton

Sara Trafton Associate Ms. Sara Trafton is located in the Dayton Headquarters. She is an experienced transit and project manager with over 15 years of public transportation experience, and a background in strategic planning, executive management, grant development and...

Victoria (Vicky) Warner

Victoria (Vicky) WarnerAssociate/RTAP ManagerMs. Vicky Warner is located in the RLS Columbus, Indiana Office where she is responsible for office administration and daily operations. She is an experienced transit manager and trainer, with over 24 years of transit...

Megan Gatterdam

Megan GatterdamAssociate/RTAP CoordinatorMs. Megan Gatterdam has over 10 years of experience in the transit industry and is the Indiana RTAP Coordinator in the RLS Columbus, IN office. She is a Lead Trainer and coordinates the annual RTAP Roadeo driver competition....

Rosamary Amiet

Rosamary Amiet Quality Assurance Editor Ms. Rosamary Amiet is a remote employee located near Columbus, Ohio who provides editing and quality assurance for RLS’ products and proposals. She retired in 2004 from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) with over 31...

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