Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Minnesota Intercity Bus Program

Calendar Year 2016 Intercity Bus program update:

The solicitation period for CY 2016 grant contracts expired on Friday, September 18, 2015.

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”. After just under a month, the solicitation period closed at 4:30 PM on Friday, September 18, 2015. With the closure of the solicitation period, staff in MnDOT’s Office of Transit will begin an evaluation of the applications for consistency with federal and state funding requirements that should conclude at the end of October. Forthcoming in November, Office of Transit staff will announce the grant awards for the 2016 contract period. Grant contracts awarded in the 2015 solicitation will take effect January 1 running through December 31, 2016.

For Questions or Assistance:

MnDOT staff are available to provide technical assistance related to the intercity bus program and other programs administered by the Office of Transit as necessary. Please direct any questions about the Intercity Bus program to the Intercity Bus Program Coordinator at intercitybus.DOT@state.mn.us, or by contacting Robert Clarksen at 651/366-4182. For information about our other programs, see the Office of Transit web page.

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.

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