The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $5 million in competitive grants for the Tribal Transportation Program, in addition to $30 million in formula funds made available in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Tribal Transit Program supports projects that operate or enhance existing transit service, launch new public transportation services, invest in new or replacement equipment, or plan for future transit needs. Beyond projects that link tribal residents directly with employment centers, the NOFO also requests projects that foster coordinated planning that links tribal communities to workforce development, training, and basic services that improve job prospects.
Eligible applicants include federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) located in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less. For information on proposal content only, please contact Elan Flippin, Tribal Transit Program, Office of Program Management, 202.366.3800.