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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 7-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

2020-2021 Public Transit Operating Grant Application

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 January 1, 2020 through December 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).


    • 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.