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Greater Minnesota transit grants

MnDOT is responsible for administering state and federal transit assistance fund for Greater Minnesota. These grants combine federal and state funds to improve and support public transit systems within Minnesota. Transit systems include buses, vans, and shared transportation vehicles.

COVID 19 Positive Client Transportation for Greater Minnesota Program

Open now through September 18, 2020.

The COVID 19 Positive Client Transportation for Greater Minnesota Program is in collaboration with the, Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA)  a 13-state agency council, (established under Minnesota Statute 174.285), Olmstead Implementation Office, Minnesota Department of Health and MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT), under Minnesota Statutes 174.21-174.285. 

The funding is through the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund.

COVID 19 Positive Client Transportation for Greater Minnesota Program

Special solicitation for Chisago & Isanti Counties

Open now through October 5, 2020.

The purpose of this special solicitation is to seek eligible applicants to operate public transit service in Chisago & Isanti Counties beginning no later than January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Based on the most recently negotiated operating contract, it is estimated that approximately $2,670,000 will be required to operate public transit in Chisago and Isanti Counties for this period. All transit related assets (fleet, facilities) currently held by Isanti County/Heartland Express will be transferred to the successful applicant prior to the assumption of operations.  This solicitation is requesting applicants to assume public transit operations as soon as practicable, or no later than January 1, 2021.

Section 5311 Rural Transit Program

Replacement bus grants

Open now through August 31, 2020

The 2021-2025 Public Transit Vehicle Replacement Grant provides financial assistance for public transit services throughout the state of Minnesota. This capital grant program supports replacement of public transit vehicles during a four year period from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2025.

Section 5311 Rural Transit Program

Solicitations Assistance Webinar Recordings July 21st, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvybQppOfA0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP9Q2-zn5Zo

Transit facility, large capital and technology grants

Open now through September 15, 2020
The 2024-2025 Public Transit Facilities and Capital Grant provides financial assistance for public transit services throughout the state of Minnesota. This capital grant program supports public transit facilities and non-vehicle capital greater than $5,000 during a three year period from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2025.
Section 5311 Rural Transit Program

2024-2025 Public Transit Capital Facilities Large Capital and Technology Application Instructions (pdf)

Public Transit Capital Facilities Application Form

Public Transit Capital Non-Facilities Application Form

Public Transit Capital Technology Application Form

 

Enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities program

Open now through September 15, 2020
The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program provides financial assistance for assisting private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs.
Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

 

Rural public transit operating grants

Grant solicitation currently closed.
The 2020-2021 Public Transit Operating Grant provides financial assistance for public transit services throughout the state of Minnesota. This grant program supports planning and operations of public transit service for a two year period from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021.
Section 5311 Rural Transit Program

 

Intercity bus operating grants

Grant solicitation currently closed.
The 2020 Intercity Bus Program provides financial assistance to support the connection between nonurbanized areas and the larger regional or national system of intercity bus service. This grant program supports capital, planning and operations to meet the intercity travel needs of residents in Greater Minnesota for a one year period from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.
Section 5311f Intercity Bus Program

 

Other grants

MnDOT provides transportation-related grant opportunities.

MnDOT grant opportunities