FTA announces grants to improve public transportation on tribal lands

The $5 million in FY 2019 grants will support 39 projects in 20 states

January 16, 2020
Cherokee Nation bus tribal transit funding
Cherokee Nation bus. Image: Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration recently announced projects selected to receive approximately $5 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program

The FY 2019 grants will support 39 projects in 20 states.

The Tribal Transit Program makes funds available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities to support capital projects, operating costs, and planning activities for public transportation services on and around tribal lands.

The selected projects will receive FY 2019 program funds. Examples of selected projects include the following:

  • The Gulkana Village Council in Alaska, which operates Soaring Eagles Transit, will receive funding to replace transit vehicles that have exceeded their useful life. This project will improve safety, mobility, and service reliability for residents who use the service for local and intercity travel to surrounding communities in the region.
  • The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in Maine will receive funding to purchase a loader and plow to maintain its transit facilities and routes to ensure continued services for its tribal members in Aroostook County. The equipment will be used to remove snow and debris from transportation facilities and transit routes through the winter months and for materials movement at facilities in spring, summer, and fall.
  • The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina will receive funding to replace vehicles that have exceeded their useful life and to purchase a new vehicle for service expansion. This project will address state-of-good-repair needs and help the tribe continue to provide transit service for residents to access jobs, education, and community services.

FTA received 53 eligible proposals requesting $8.2 million from 21 states for FY 2019 Tribal Transit discretionary funding. In addition to the $5 million in competitive funding announced today, $30 million in formula funding is provided to tribes each fiscal year as authorized by the FAST Act.

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SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration

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