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Section 5311f Minnesota Intercity Bus Program

Sept. 1: Intercity bus industry consultation, application orientation to be held

MnDOT's annual intercity bus grant program creates opportunities for long-distance travel to and from Minnesota communities

Save the date for an intercity bus industry consultation happening Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The consultation is an opportunity to learn about intercity bus grant opportunities through MnDOT's Office of Transit, and to cover:

  • An overview of the upcoming intercity bus program application submission process
  • The opening of the solicitation period for federal grants supporting intercity passenger transportation service for calendar year 2017
  • A discussion of interest in expanding service to new markets via the development of additional ICB feeder networks around the state

During the Industry Consultation webinar, Office of Transit staff will provide instructions to assist with preparation and submission of grant applications immediately before the contract solicitation period opens. After Sept 1, the same information will be available upon request and through Blackcat Grants. Industry representatives may utilize the webinar as a forum for submitting verbal comments, while written comments will be accepted any time at intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us.

The consultation will begin with an orientation to the Minnesota Intercity bus program that provides specific, technical instruction for entities interested in submitting a grant proposal. Potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend the application orientation.

Apply from Sept. 1 - 30

The Office of Transit will accept intercity bus grant applications beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, through Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Eligible entities may apply for operating and capital assistance to support intercity bus service in Minnesota. As with the 2016 contract season, marketing activities may continue to be included with capital programming requests. Grant contracts will be in effect from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Send a request to intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us prior to Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 to:

  • Obtain an account permitting access to the State of Minnesota’s Blackcat Grants management system
  • Register for the webinar (you will receive an invitation via email)

For further information on the intercity bus program, see: mndot.gov/transit/grants/5311f/.

2016 awards now in effect

Grant contracts awarded during last year's solicitation are now in effect through Dec. 31, 2016.

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.

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