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The Federal Transit Administration recently made $10 million worth of fiscal year 2021 grant funding available via a notice of funding opportunity on May 27 to support transit services for American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas.

[Above photo by Hualapai Transit]

FTA noted that those grants – available through the Tribal Transit Program authorized by Congress to support public transportation for federally recognized Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages – seek to improve air quality and further environmental justice for tribal communities.

“For people who live on tribal lands, access to reliable, affordable public transportation is vital – transit helps tribal communities respond to climate change challenges,” noted Nuria Fernandez, FTA’s deputy administrator, in a statement. [Editor’s note: President Biden nominated Fernandez to become FTA’s administrator on April 9.]

Photo by FTA

“This funding opportunity will assist tribal governments by improving mobility for their residents who rely on public transportation to access jobs, health care, and other important services,” she said.

FTA noted $5 million of that grant funding comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law on December 27, with the other $5 million through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed into law on March 11.

editor@aashto.org

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