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5339(b) Bus and Bus Facilities Discretionary Program (Bus Program) - 2016 Funding Opportunity

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Opportunity ID: FTA-2016-002-TPM

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3/29/2016. Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the 5339(b) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities (Bus) Program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $211 million of Fiscal Year 2016 funds for buses, bus facilities, and bus equipment (including ITS). Synopses and full announcement are posted on site as opportunity FTA-2016-002-TPM. Proposals must be submitted electronically through website by midnight Eastern Time on 5/13/2016.

Summary: The purpose of the Bus Program is to improve the condition of the nation’s public transportation bus fleets, expand transportation access to employment, educational, and healthcare facilities, and to improve mobility options in rural and urban areas throughout the country.  In accordance with the statutory requirement that FTA must “consider the age and condition of buses, bus fleets, related equipment, and bus-related facilities”, FTA will prioritize projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks, and support the creation of ladders of opportunity.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, States, and Indian Tribes.  Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated State proposal.  States and other eligible applicants may also submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas.  Proposals may contain projects to be implemented by the recipient or its subrecipients.  Eligible subrecipients include public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and private providers engaged in public transportation.  If a single project proposal involves multiple public transportation providers, such as when an agency acquires vehicles that will be operated by another agency, the proposal must include a detailed statement regarding the role of each public transportation provider in the implementation of the project.

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424. All applicants must complete the attached supplemental form and attach it to their submission in GRANTS.GOV.

Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on 5/13/2016. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline. A webinar for both competitive opportunities will be held 1-2 p.m. EDT April 19, 2016. Log in to the webinar (no advance registration required)

For more information: For information on this funding opportunity for the Bus Program, contact Samuel Snead, Office of Program Management.