Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Minnesota Intercity Bus Program

2016 intercity bus grant applications due Sept. 18

The Office of Transit will accept intercity bus grant applications from Wednesday, July 22, through Friday, September 18, 2015. Grant contracts will be in effect from January 1 through December 31, 2016.

To register for a user account with MnDOT’s transit grant management system, send a request to intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us no later than Friday, July 31, 2015. Office of Transit staff will provide additional instructions for preparing and submitting grant applications.

Industry consultation and application orientation scheduled July 22

Industry consultation

The Office of Transit will conduct an intercity bus industry consultation on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., via webinar. This consultation is an opportunity for industry representatives to identify unmet intercity bus needs in Minnesota and learn about intercity bus grant opportunities through the Office of Transit.

To register for the industry consultation, send a request to intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us no later than Friday, July 17. Industry representatives may also submit written comments at any time to intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us.

Application orientation

The Office of Transit will conduct an application orientation for the intercity bus grant program on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, via webinar, following the industry consultation.

The intercity bus application orientation provides technical instruction for entities interested in submitting a proposal for program funding. Potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend the application orientation. To register for the application orientation, send a request to intercitybus.dot@state.mn.us no later than Friday, July 17.

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