Section 5311f Minnesota Intercity Bus Program
In November 2015, staff will announce the grant awards for the 2016 contract period. Grant contracts awarded in the 2015 solicitation will take effect Jan. 1, 2016 running through Dec. 31, 2016.
The solicitation period for CY 2016 grant contracts expired Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. On July 22, 2015, MnDOT's Office of Transit conducted a web-based intercity bus industry consultation to engage the statewide transit provider network with information necessary to help in the identification of unmet intercity bus needs and to present information about upcoming intercity bus grant opportunities funded by the Federal Transit Administration and administered through the MnDOT Office of Transit. Upon the conclusion of that presentation, the solicitation process was declared “open”. After just under a month, the solicitation period closed at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. With the closure of the solicitation period, staff in MnDOT’s Office of Transit began an evaluation of the applications for consistency with federal and state funding requirements that concluded at the end of October.
About intercity bus service
This program defines “intercity bus” as service that meets all of the following criteria:
- Regularly scheduled bus service
- Open to the general public
- Operates with limited stops over fixed routes
- Connects two or more communities not in close proximity
- Has the capacity for transporting baggage carried by passengers
- Makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distant points, if such service is available
The MnDOT Office of Transit further specifies that intercity bus service may include local and regional feeder services, if those services are designed expressly to connect to the broader intercity bus network.