Tribal Transit Program Announcement of Project Selections.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and FY 2015 appropriations for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Tribal Transit Program (TTP), as authorized by Section 5311 (j) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-14 (July 2012). On December 9, 2014 FTA published a Federal Register Notice (79 FR 236) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the program. MAP-21 authorized approximately $5 million annually for federally recognized Indian Tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the U.S. Department of the Interior for public transportation. FTA is allocating a total of approximately $10 million to selected projects in this notice since we are including FY 2015 funding described in the December 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The TTP supports many types of projects including: Operating costs to enable tribes to start or continue transit services; capital to enable tribal investment in new or replacement equipment; and funding for tribal transit planning activities for public transportation services on and around Indian reservations. TTP services link tribal citizens to employment, food, healthcare, school, social services, recreation/leisure, and other key community connections. FTA funds may only be used for eligible purposes defined under 49 U.S.C 5311 and described in the FTA Circular 9040.1G and consistent with the specific eligibility and priorities established in the December 2014 NOFA.