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Section 5311f Minnesota Intercity Bus Program

2022 Project Solicitation for Intercity bus industry

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Transit and Active Transportation will open a Project Solicitation for 5311(f) Intercity Bus to maintain network connectivity for implementation in 2022.

The application instructions and other program information may also be found on the BlackCat grants website on June 30, 2021. For access to BlackCat, a user account is required. For information about setting up an account, contact Chuck Morris, Data Systems and Technology Coordinator, via email at charles.a.morris@state.mn.us.


  • Application Release: June 30, 2021
  • July 15, 2021 ICB Application Webinar
  • Application Due to the Office of Transit: August 4, 2021
  • Notification of Grant Award: September 2021

Applications must be completed and submitted through the Black Cat system by the final due date August 4, 2021.

Please send a request to Megan Neeck for further information about:

  • The future of the Intercity Bus program and upcoming solicitations
  • Technical Assistance with program details or the submission of an application
  • The Intercity Bus Program is a subsection of Federal regulations that provide funding for transportation in the rural portions of the United States. Further information on the section 5311 Rural Transit program in Minnesota.

    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


    Greater Minnesota Transit Information


Program guidance

Minnesota’s intercity bus program originates from Federal transportation legislation (Title 49, United States Code (USC), Section 5311), which authorizes federal funding to support public transportation in non-urbanized communities. Federal guidance for this program is issued under Federal Transit Administration Circular 9040.1G.

MnDOT's Office of Transit administers this and other non-urbanized transportation programs under its Section 5311 State Management Plan.