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FTA Announces $366.3 Million in Bus Infrastructure Funding

FTA is accepting applications through Aug. 6 for approximately $366.3 million in Fiscal Year 2018 competitive grant funding under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.

Eligible projects include the replacement, rehabilitation, leasing or purchase of buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, construct or lease bus-related facilities such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance. The grants are available to designated recipients, states and local governmental entities that operate fixed-route bus service, as well as Indian tribes; the program allocates a minimum of 10 percent, $36.6 million, to rural bus needs.

FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said of the program, “Transit buses throughout the country provide vital connections to jobs and economic opportunities for millions of Americans.”

“APTA welcomes and applauds FTA’s further commitment to investment in public transportation. These essential funds will energize much-needed upgrades and modernization of buses and bus infrastructure across the country,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas.

Federal public transportation law authorizes this FTA program through FY 2020. The FY 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act increased its funding by 76 percent, or $161 million, in that fiscal year.

See the funding notice, scheduled for publication June 25, 2018, in the Federal Register, here.

FTA also published FY 2017 grants totaling almost $264.5 million from this program, including 139 projects in 52 states and territories, funded with FY 2017 and FY 2018 appropriations. The largest grants are for $6 million, with many at the $3.6 million level. To see the complete list, click here.
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