AASHTO Journal

Idaho Agency Takes Applications for $17.3M in Aid to Rural Transit Providers

The Idaho Transportation Department said its Public Transportation office is taking applications through Oct. 31 for nearly $17.3 million in federal funding to assist rural transit service providers.

dollarpump.jpgThe ITD said that every two years it makes funding available for operating, capital, planning and marketing projects to support transit needs. Local governments, public agencies or private nonprofit organizations, and operators of public transportation services may apply.

It said funds are made available through four federal funding sources that include the Federal Transit Administration's Rural Elderly and Disabled Grant Program, the FTA Rural Formula Grant Program, its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program, and the Vehicle Investment Program.

The department has also been developing a statewide rural transportation plan starting in August 2016 to help guide its investment decisions, incorporating public outreach, a transit a public transit advisory committee and an interagency working group.

It has been looking at needs of potential and current riders, and at gaps in service from existing providers.

Among its findings is that "seniors are a huge user group in eastern Idaho's urban areas," that most transit-dependent riders have low incomes, but that riders are from a wide range of ages and the number of "choice riders" has been increasing.

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