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Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program

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What's New

On May 10, 2019, FTA announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY2019 Tribal Transit grants. Applications are due July 9, 2019.

Program Overview  

Section 5311(j) of the FAST Act, Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015), authorizes the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2016-2020. The TTP continues to be a set-aside from the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program but 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, however, there is no local match required under the formula program.

  • On July 11, 2018, FTA issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for approximately $5 million in fiscal year 2018 competitive grant funding for the Tribal Transit Program. Project proposals were due September 10. 

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. Examples of eligible activities include: capital 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. A description of eligible activities can also be found in the May 9, 2013 Notice of Funding Availability: Solicitation of Grant Applications for FY 2013 Tribal Transit Program Funds; and Responses to the November 9, 2012 Solicitation of Comments Federal Register Notice.

FTA Regional Tribal Liaisons 

Region 1: Sergio Coronado 
Region 2: James Goveia
Region 4: Valencia Williams
Region 5: Angelica Salgado
Region 6: Luciana NearsLynn Hayes
Region 7: Logan Daniels
Region 8: Jennifer Stewart
Region 9: Philis Yue
Region 10: Kristine McGuill

(Note: Region 3 does not have a Tribal Liaison)


Webinars & Training  

Fiscal Year 2018 Tribal Transit Program Competitive Grants webinar

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).


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