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News Digest FTA 04-17

Thursday, January 19, 2017


FTA Announces Funding Opportunity for Tribal Transit. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2017 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program or TTP), contingent on Congressional appropriation. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) appears in today’s Federal Register. The NOFO solicits proposals for projects and includes program eligibility requirements and criteria FTA will use to select projects to fund. The TTP makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages, groups or communities to support capital projects, operating costs and planning activities for public transportation services on and around Indian reservations. These program dollars help fund services linking tribal populations to jobs, healthcare and other services, often in rural areas where transit is sparse or nonexistent. TTP funds will be awarded to projects for operating assistance for start-up/new transit services, capital replacement and expansion projects and planning studies. FTA expects to announce project selections later this year. In fiscal year 2016 under the TTP competitive program, FTA funded 35 projects to 34 tribes in 12 states, totaling $5 million. Contact: Valerie Berton,, 202-366-2581

FTA Announces $3 Million in Grant Selections for Low and No-Emission Component Assessment Program (LoNo-CAP). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of The Ohio State University and Auburn University to receive up to $3 million in FY2016 funding though the Low and No-Emission Component Assessment Program (LoNo-CAP). Both universities will conduct testing, evaluation, and analysis of low or no emission (LoNo) components intended for use in LoNo transit buses used to provide public transportation. Auburn University and The Ohio State University were selected because they best met the evaluation criteria, including their demonstrated capacity to carry out transportation-related advanced component testing and evaluation as well as effective facilities, laboratories, and partnerships. Learn more about this program on FTA’s website. Contact: Ben Lockshin,, 202-366-5214.