The Federal Transit Administration recently made $212.3 million in grants available via its Emergency Relief Program to transit agencies to help them recover from major declared disasters in 2017 as well as ones that occurred from 2020 to 2022.
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Concurrently, the agency also made nearly $8.9 million in grants available to support transit needs among American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.
In a statement, FTA said transit agencies can file applications for emergency grant money by May 26 to cover disaster recovery costs within the aforementioned timeframe for certain expenses:
- Reimbursement for the cost of repairing and/or replacing equipment and facilities that have suffered serious damage as a result of an emergency, including natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
- Funding for capital projects to repair or replace facilities or equipment that have suffered serious damage as a result of an emergency.
- Fiscal remuneration for the costs of evacuation, rescue operations, temporary public transportation service.
- Funds for reestablishing, expanding, or relocating service before, during, or after an emergency.
Meanwhile, FTA said applications for the $8.9 million worth of grants from the second round of funding via its Tribal Transit Program are due by June 26 and must spell out how those funds help improve the quality of life for the tribe and surrounding rural communities.
“Last year, I was pleased to meet with representatives from the Nez Perce and Coeur D’Alene Tribes to hear about the significance of this support for their transit systems,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez in a statement.
“The stories they told echo across our nation. Everyone in our country wants an easier trip to the store, a quicker ride to work, or a more comfortable way to go visit their elders,” she said.