TRANSIT: FTA makes millions in grants available to improve transit bus service

The administration is making $226.5 million available through the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program

July 14, 2017
The Federal Transit Administration makes millions in grants available to improve transit bus service
The Federal Transit Administration makes millions in grants available to improve transit bus service

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.

The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program is authorized by Congress to improve the condition of bus infrastructure nationwide by funding the replacement and rehabilitation of buses and related facilities. The application period will close on August 25.

According to U.S. DOT’s latest Conditions & Performance Report, transit providers nationwide face a maintenance backlog of nearly $90 billion, including 10,000 buses estimated to be in poor or marginal condition.

FTA will award the Bus Infrastructure grants to designated recipients, states or local government entities that operate fixed-route bus service and Indian tribes. Projects will be evaluated by criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The program allocates a minimum of 10%—$22.6 million—to rural bus needs.

Federal public transportation law, as amended by the FAST Act, authorizes FTA’s competitive Grants for Buses & Bus Facilities Program through FY2020.

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Source: Metro Magazine

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