Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Minnesota Intercity Bus Program

Apply for CY16 Intercity Bus grant opportunity by Sept. 18, 2015

Industry consultation

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Office of Transit conducted a web-based intercity bus industry consultation to engage the Statewide transit provider network with information necessary to assist in the identification of unmet intercity bus needs and to present information about upcoming intercity bus grant opportunities funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and administered through the MnDOT Office of Transit. Upon the conclusion of that presentation, the solicitation process was declared “open”.

Application instructions

MnDOT staff from the Office of Transit are available to provide technical assistance with the intercity bus program in general, as well as to assist with the application submittal and entry process as necessary. Providers may submit written comments/questions about the webinar, program, or application process at any time to intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us. Grant contracts awarded in the 2015 solicitation will take effect January 1 running through December 31, 2016.

For detailed instructions related use of the Blackcat Grants Management software system, please consult the Application Instructions for 2016 Intercity Bus grant opportunity or contact the Robert Clarksen, Intercity Bus Program Coordinator, directly at robert.clarksen@state.mn.us or 651/366-4182.

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 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.

July 22