The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $211 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funds for the Section 5339(b) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (Bus Program). Funds awarded for the Bus Program will finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate purchase, or lease buses, vans, and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software), and capital projects to rehabilitate, purchase, construct, or lease bus-related facilities.
Eligible applicants include direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, States, and Indian Tribes. Subrecipients may include public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and private providers engaged in public transportation, including TMAs and vanpool providers.
The maximum Federal share for projects selected under the Bus Program is 80 percent of the net project cost, unless noted below by one of the exceptions.
FTA notes in the notice that it is particularly interested in implementing the provisions of the FAST Act that permit applicants to use up to 0.5 percent of the FTA funds for workforce development activities and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. FTA urges applicants to identify the proposed use of funds for these activities in the project proposal and identify them separately in the project budget.
Applications are due May 13th, 2016.
The Notice may be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-29/pdf/2016-07027.pdf