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Oct. 2, 2017

MnDOT offers grants to form Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils

Grant application workshop to be held Nov. 9 in St. Cloud

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is offering grants to establish a statewide network of Regional Transportation Coordinating Councils throughout Greater Minnesota. The councils will give transit users easier access to services.

MnDOT will work with local governments and other state agencies, through the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access, to fill transportation gaps, streamline access to transportation and provide more options of where and when to travel.

Eligible grant applicants include cities, counties, legislatively established transit commissions and authorities, regional development commissions and potential vendors.

A grant application workshop will be held Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the MnDOT St. Cloud headquarters, 3725 12th Street North. Interested persons and organizations unable to attend should contact Sue Siemers, Greater Minnesota Mobility Management program coordinator, at susan.siemers@state.mn.us.

“The RTCCs will be consistent in their development but unique in their operations to meet the individual needs and characteristics of each region,” said Siemers. “Although the state of Minnesota provides many transportation services for its citizens, these services come in different forms and are administered by a range of organizations. These inconsistent connections among transportation providers result in gaps, redundancies and other system inefficiencies.”

Siemers said RTCCs will coordinate transportation services through a network of existing public, private and non-profit transportation providers. The RTCCs will consist of stakeholders interested in improving the mobility for older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low incomes and military veterans.

Grant solicitation timeline:

  • Feb. 15, 2018 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • March 31, 2018 – Deadline for application submittal.
  • July 1, 2018 – Grant recipients announced.

Grant amounts are dependent upon an application criteria evaluation process but will range between $50,000 and $75,000.

For application information, go to http://www.mndot.gov/transit/grants/RTCC/.