Apply for CY16 Intercity Bus grant opportunity by Sept. 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”.
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 email@example.com. Grant contracts awarded in the 2015 solicitation will take effect January 1 running through December 31, 2016.
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.