Program Description

The Tribal Transit Program (TTP) makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities to support capital projects, operating costs, and planning activities for public transportation services on and around Indian reservations. The TTP consists of two components: a $30 million formula program and $5 million competitive program. The formula factors are vehicle revenue miles reported to the National Transit Database (NTD) and the number of low-income individuals residing on tribal lands, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The statutory formula includes three tiers: Tier 1-50 percent based on vehicle revenue miles; Tier 2-25 percent based on Indian tribes providing at least 200,000 vehicle revenue miles; and Tier 3-25 percent based on Indian tribes providing public transportation on reservations where more than 1,000 low income individuals reside. Competitive funds are made available annually on a competitive basis. Eligible activities under both programs include capital, planning, and operating assistance.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants include Federally-recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For competitive funds, tribes submit applications on an annual basis through based on specific eligibility outlined in a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Formula funds are allocated to tribes each fiscal year. Tribes work with Federal Transit Administration regional staff to apply for and submit grants.

Program Contact Information

Elan Flippin
Tribal Transit Program Manager

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number20.509
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeCompetitive
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)This program provides funding for public transportation on and around Indian Reservations in very rural areas of the United States.
Length of ProgramThe Tribal Transit Program was established by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) as a competitive program from FY 2006-FY2012. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act modified the program to include a $25 million formula component and a $5 million competitive program, totaling $30 million. The FAST Act increased the Tribal Transit formula program to $30 million and continued the $5 million competitive program.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this ProgramApproximately 124 tribes.

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