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DOT announces $226.5 million funding opportunity for public transportation
Kirill Abbakumov   on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

On July 18, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), under the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in FY 2017 funds under Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. Funds will be awarded competitively to assist in the financing of capital projects for acquisition of buses and/or construction of bus-related facilities. Incidental costs such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses, are also included.

The purpose of the Bus and Bus Infrastructure Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. According to DOT’s latest Conditions & Performance Report, transit providers nationwide face a maintenance backlog of nearly $90 billion, including 10,000 buses estimated to be in poor or marginal condition.

The Bus and Bus Infrastructure Program provides funds to designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, and to states, and local governmental authorities that operate fixed route bus service. FTA also may award grants to eligible recipients for projects to be undertaken by economic development organizations engaged in public transportation. FTA may prioritize projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, and deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks.

Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov before or on August 25, 2017. More information can be found at transit.dot.gov