FTA Announces $9 Million in Tribal Transit Funding

The money will be distributed among 25 tribal communities to improve key transit services.

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October 13, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Adobe and wood bus stop shelter on deserted road in Navajo Nation

A bus stop in Navajo Nation | Serj Malomuzh / Bus stop in Navajo Nation

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $9 million in funding for transportation services on 25 tribal territories and Alaskan villages. In a press release, the FTA writes, “The President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes nearly $46 million in competitive funding over five years for Tribal Transit, an increase of nearly 83 percent.”

“According to the National Transit Database, nearly 12 million vehicle miles of service are provided by Tribal Transit systems each year nationwide, providing critical access to jobs, schools, healthcare, and shopping and to provide eldercare.”

The release lists several projects that will be funded by this round. In Alaska, “The Native Village of Unalakleet will receive $1.6 million to build a bus garage and maintenance facility that will provide sheltered indoor space to store and repair buses, an important step in maintaining the fleet.” Nevada’s “Walker River Paiute Tribe will receive $976,360 to establish the Agai-Dicutta Tribal Transit Program,” which will improve connectivity between tribal communities and other Nevada cities.

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