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Intercity bus grant

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires states to spend at least 15% of its Federal Rural Transportation Assistance Section 5311 apportionment to develop and support intercity bus (ICB) transportation (Federal Transit Administration Circular (FTAC) 9040.1G). We distribute funding for eligible intercity bus operational expenses.

How it works

This RFP has its own questionnaire, its own data summary sheet, and required documents with a due date, and where it is possible allows you to enter information directly into the form or through BlackCat. State rules require us to collect and consider specific information to allocate funding and award contracts.


Existing ICB providers

Intercity bus providers that received the grant in 2023 are eligible to submit an RFP for the 2024 grant.

New systems

Transit services must meet the requirements of the FTA definition of 5311(F) intercity bus service. FTA defines intercity bus service as "regularly scheduled bus service for the general public that operates with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two or more urban areas not in close proximity, that has the capacity for transporting baggage carried by passengers, and that makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distant points, if such service is available." 

Email Voni Vegar for information on how to submit an RFP for the 2024 Intercity Bus Grant.

Application period

This solicitation will open on May 1, 2024, and applications will be due on June 28, 2024.