AASHTO Journal

FTA Offers Grant Funding for Tribal Transport in Rural Areas

​The Federal Transit Administration opened up a Notice of Funding Opportunity on July 11 for $5 million in fiscal year 2018 grants aimed at supporting transit projects for Native American tribes and Alaska Native villagers in rural areas.

The agency's Tribal Transit Program supports public transportation for Native American tribes by providing access to jobs, schools, and health care, as well as meeting the needs of elders, people with disabilities, and youtftalogo.jpgh in rural areas where transit is sparse or nonexistent, noted FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.

"For many tribal residents, public transportation provides a link to critical life services," she said in a statement. "We're eager to continue to improve the quality of life in some of our most remote rural communities by providing safe and efficient transit service."

FTA said applications should describe how projects would improve "quality of life" for the tribe and surrounding communities, such as increased ridership and daily trips, improved service, elimination of gaps in service, improved operations and coordination, and increased reliability.

In fiscal year 2017, the agency said it awarded Tribal Transit funds to 36 competitively selected projects in 19 states.

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