Bus

FTA releases $30M for tribal transit programs

Posted on March 21, 2014

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a total of $5 million in competitive funds to 42 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in 19 states for projects to improve transit service.

The funds complement $25 million allocated by formula to eligible tribal recipients for FY 2014, as announced last week. The combined $30 million investment — double the amount available in prior years — supports efforts to enhance public transit service on rural tribal lands and better connect tribal members and other residents with jobs, education and other ladders of opportunity.

Through FTA’s Tribal Transit Program, the competitively awarded FY 2013 funds will allow tribes to continue or enhance existing transit service, launch new public transportation or plan for future transit needs.

Under MAP-21, FTA’s Tribal Transit Program roughly doubled the amount of available funding from amounts awarded in recent years, but changed from an entirely discretionary program to a mostly formula-based one. Formula funds are awarded based on such factors as the miles a transit vehicle travels while in active service and the number of low-income individuals that reside on tribal lands.

The FY 2014 formula funds, allocated to 112 tribes in 26 states, will help tribes continue to provide existing transit services that many rural residents depend on every day. The criteria for awarding competitive funds includes, among other things, project readiness; benefits to riders, such as increased reliability; economic benefits to the community; and a tribe’s financial commitment to the project and to transit.

Under the prior authorization, SAFETEA-LU, approximately 200 tribal transit programs received a total of approximately $107 million to enhance, launch or plan for transit service on tribal lands under the FTA Tribal Transit Program.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Boston bus driver accused of assaulting snowball thrower

The driver is being charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. He was on duty during the Tuesday night incident in Lynn’s Central Square, but an MBTA spokesman did not specify if he was driving the bus at the time

Detroit bus driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes into 8 vehicles

The driver was charged with a misdemeanor traffic violation on Wednesday and could face 93 days in jail.

Maine school district likely to have students use public transit

Starting this fall, the roughly 2,000 students at Portland's three high schools will receive a Metro pass.

Allison,Cummins hybrid-electric system recieves CARB certification

Allows sales of model year 2015 Allison H 40/50 EP™ hybrid propulsion system paired with the Cummins ISB6.7 and ISL9 diesel-electric hybrid engines for transit buses and coaches.

N.Y. MTA expands courtesy ads to bus system

The campaign is similar to the one developed for subways, with the focus on reminding passengers that avoiding certain behaviors can ensure a faster and more pleasant ride for everyone. Reminders include step aside to let others off first; remove your backpack; and don’t clip your nails on the bus.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close