The Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) announced the availability of $5 million in competitive grant funds to enhance public transit service for American Indians, Alaska natives and other residents on rural tribal lands. Funding is provided through FTA’s Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Tribal Transit Program
Through FTA’s Tribal Transit Program, competitively awarded FY2014 funds will allow tribes to continue operating or enhance existing transit service, launch new public transportation services, invest in new or replacement equipment, or plan for future transit needs. In FY2013, FTA funded 48 projects in 19 states totaling $5.04 million in discretionary grant funds to support public transportation services for tribal communities.
Under MAP-21, FTA’s Tribal Transit Program roughly doubled the amount of available funding from amounts awarded in prior years, but changed from an entirely discretionary program to a mostly formula-based one. FTA has provided approximately $50 million in FY2013 and FY2014 formula funds to 110 tribal transit programs in 26 states to help tribes continue to provide and enhance the transit services that many rural residents depend on every day.