​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Standing Committee on Public Transportation



What's New

SCOPT will be holding its summer business meeting this summer in Kansas City, MO at the 2016 Joint State Parternship and Transit Midwest Conference​.

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About the Committee

If you are a new member of SCOPT, please refer to this Reference Guide for more information about the committee.

SCOPT is one of 11 standing committees within the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), providing public transportation expertise and leadership for advancing public transportation as a part of an intermodal transportation system. It develops legislative, policy, and program recommendations related to all forms of passenger public transportation services including rural, urban, regional and intercity bus, travel demand management and commuter rail.

SCOPT investigates available data and disseminates information to Member Departments, collects information on new and improved equipment and practices that will enhance operational aspects, and operates
a forum to exchange information. It identifies and receives reports from its subcommittees and task forces as to federal regulatory mandates of national concern.

Through general strategic direction SCOPT supports the Multi-State Transit ​Technical Assistance Program (MTAP). MTAP’s primary purposes are to provide technical assistance to help states implement Federal Transit
Administration Programs, to provide feedback to FTA on implementation issues, and to create a professional network for sharing best practices.

To support this mission over the next two years, the SCOPT 2014-2016 Strategic Plan identifies the following six goals:
  1. Lead and influence national policy related to public transportation;
  2. Advance public transportation as part of an integrated transportation system;
  3. Strengthen SCOPT’s leadership role within AASHTO and among other national organizations, institutions, and groups with complementary purposes and goals;
  4. Identify and promote research and develop educational resources to support public transportation providers;
  5. Provide world-class technical assistance and support to State DOTs in their delivery of public transportation programs; and
  6. ​Increase the pool of State DOT professionals willing and able to work with SCOPT and to serve in leadership roles.