FTA’s competitive grants provide funding for tribes to replace aging vehicles, maintain existing fleets, open and operate new transit systems or improve existing service. The FTA funding opportunity, which is open through offers grants that primarily support capital purchases, such as vehicles, bus-related equipment and communication devices, and maintenance facility construction and rehabilitation. The grants also support continued operations and planning initiatives. The program aims to improve access for reservation residents to all that life has to offer. In other communities, transit buses provide long-distance travel to help residents get to faraway jobs.
- The Federal Transit Administration issued offered $5 million in the fiscal year 2017 American Indian and Alaska Native tribe transit projects.
- Tribes usually operate small transit systems (small number of buses and/or vans) which provide the only transit option for residents to access grocery shopping, medical appointments., or long-distance travel.
- FTA’s grants provide funding to replace aging vehicles, maintain existing fleets, open and operate new transit systems or improve existing service.
“The Federal Transit Administration last month issued a Tribal Transit Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), offering $5 million in fiscal year 2017 for transit projects initiated by American Indian and Alaska Native tribes that will compete for funding.”