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Section 5311 Rural Transit Program

The Public Transit Participation Program provides financial assistance for public transit services. This grant program supports capital, planning and operations of transit systems in small and large urban areas and in rural areas outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Operators of public transportation services
  • Tribal governments
  • State or local governments
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Private operators of public transportation services

See the documents linked below for application instructions, form and scoring criteria for Facilities and Capital Projects greater than $5,000 (2020-2023). 

Although this solicitation will result in the development of a multi-year program of projects, contracts will continue to be awarded annually.

Local share

Local share for 2020 grants for Facilities/Large Capital: 20%

Timeline

• July 15, 2019 – Release of vehicle replacement, facilities and large capital, and new services solicitation.
• Aug. 30, 2019 – Application period closes for each of the three.
• Sept. 15, 2019 – MnDOT provides notification of grant award to transit systems.

See the documents linked below for application instructions, form and scoring criteria for Vehicles (2020-2023).

Timeline

• July 15, 2019 – Release of vehicle replacement, facilities and large capital, and new services solicitation.
• Aug. 30, 2019 – Application period closes for each of the three.
• Sept. 15, 2019 – MnDOT provides notification of grant award to transit systems.

See the documents linked below for application instructions, form and scoring criteria for New Service (2020-2021).

Although this solicitation will result in the development of a multi-year program of projects, contracts will continue to be awarded annually.

Local share

Local share for 2020 grants for new service:
Vehicles: 20%
Facilities: 20%
Operations:15% for rural area service and 20% for urbanized area and small urban area service.

Timeline

• July 15, 2019 – Release of vehicle replacement, facilities and large capital, and new services solicitation.
• Aug. 30, 2019 – Application period closes for each of the three.
• Sept. 15, 2019 – MnDOT provides notification of grant award to transit systems.

The MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation has announced the 2020-2021 Public Transit Operating Grant funding opportunities.

The 2020-2021 Public Transit Operating Grant provides financial assistance for public transit services throughout the state of Minnesota. This grant program supports planning and operations of public transit service for a two year period from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021. The statewide budget target for the CY 2020-CY 2021 Greater Minnesota Transit operating grant contracts is $226,000,000 ($39,000,000 Local Share, $187,000,000 State/Federal Share).

Timeline

    • Application Release: June 1, 2019
    • Application Due to Office of Transit: July 15, 2019
    • Notification of Grant Award: Aug. 15, 2019

Applications must be completed and submitted through the Black Cat system by the final due date July 15, 2019.

Transit Project Managers are available to provide guidance and answer any questions for public transit systems in Greater Minnesota.

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