Source: Mass Transit
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded $9.9 million in grants to 22 American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native communities to improve their public transit systems. The competitive grants under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program allow Tribes to buy transit vehicles, upgrade bus facilities, and expand transit options. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes nearly $46 million in competitive funding over five years for the Tribal Transit Program, an increase of nearly 83 percent.
“Through President Biden’s infrastructure package, we are improving transit in Tribal Nations around our country,” said U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These grants will help ensure Tribal residents have more reliable, affordable ways to access jobs, schools and essential resources.”
Tribal Transit systems transport Americans more than 13 million vehicle miles each year, providing critical access to communities that often have few other travel options. In FY 2022,FTA awarded funds to 25 American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native communities to help them meet the needs of their citizens, including elders, people with disabilities and youth.