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Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program

What's New

Program Overview  

Federal public transportation law (49 USC 5311(c)(1)(A)) authorizes the competitive amount of the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations (Tribal Transit Program) Program for Fiscal Years (FY) 2016-2020. The TTP is a set-aside from the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program that now consists of a $30 million formula program and a $5 million competitive grant program subject to the availability of appropriations. A 10-percent local match is required under the competitive program.

Project Selections

Eligible Recipients

Only federally recognized tribes are eligible recipients under the Tribal Transit Program. However, tribes which are not federally recognized remain eligible to apply to the state as a subrecipient for funding under the State's apportionment.

Eligible Activities 

Federally recognized tribes may use the funding for capital, operating, planning, and administrative expenses for public transit projects that meet the growing needs of rural tribal communities. All activities eligible under Section 5311 are also eligible under the TTP. Examples of eligible activities include: capital projects including technology projects; operating costs of equipment and facilities for use in public transportation; and the acquisition of public transportation services, including service agreements with private providers of public transportation services.

FTA Regional Tribal Liaisons 

Federal Transit Administration's Regional Tribal Liaisons

Coordination with Federal Programs

FTA’s Tribal Transit Program allows grantees to coordinate and assist in regularly providing meal delivery service for homebound individuals, if the delivery service does not conflict with providing public transportation service or reduce service to public transportation passengers. Learn more about the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM).

Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL)

The Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL) provides a sustainable methodology and platform to access resources across a diverse range of transportation technical assistance centers and FTA. Participating FTA-funded technical assistance centers include:

FTA State Programs Meeting

Save the Date
19th Biennial State Programs Meeting and State Public Transportation Partnerships Conference (Virtual)
September 28-30, 2021

This event brings together state departments of transportation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to discuss funding and initiatives for rural and tribal areas. Learn about FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program (Section 5311), Formula Grants for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) and supplemental funding for Coronavirus response.

Registration and event details are available here conference site (please use Chrome to optimize your experience). The agenda will be posted to the website soon. For questions, please contact Elan Flippin,, or Sarah Clements,

Attendees at this event include State program managers for the Section 5311 and 5310 programs, state transit association representatives, FTA regional and headquarters staff, FTA-funded technical assistance centers and Tribes.

FTA sponsors the event in partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).

Grant Type: Competitive