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2020-2021 Public Transit New Service Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits, Transit Operators, and Local
Governments to Expand Transportation Services in Eligible Areas

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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) - Public Transit Participation Program

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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, public transportation service operators, and local and tribal governments to expand transportation services in urban and rural areas outside of the 7-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. This capital and operating grant program supports new service expansion and the purchase of new public transit vehicles.

This application represents an opportunity to apply for Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) funding, Urbanized Area Program (Section 5307) funding, Bus and Bus Facilities (Section 5339), and State of Minnesota funding as part of the Public Transit Participation Program. 

New Service Eligibility:

For the 2020-2021 Public Transit New Service solicitation application, existing Minnesota Public Transit systems awarded operating assistance from MnDOT are eligible to apply for expanded service hours, increased frequency of service, increasing demand response capacity, increasing geographical coverage, and/or adding routes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186539

Term of Contract:

This operating and capital grant program supports new service expansion and the purchase of new public transit vehiclesduring a two year period from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Operators of public transportation services
- Tribal governments
- State or local governments
- Private nonprofit organizations
- Private operators of public transportation services

To be eligible, transit systems must have a management plan and clearly describe their operating grant request in terms of “continuation funding” and “unmet needs.” The content of the management plan is based on Minnesota Rules Chapter 8835.0260 and 2 CFR Part 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

This grant program supports transit systems in small and large urban areas and in rural areas outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:

- July 15, 2019 – MnDOT releases application
- July 23, 2019–Solicitation Assistance Webinar
- August 30, 2019 – Application due from applicants to MnDOT
- September 16, 2019 – MnDOT provides notification of grant award to transit systems.

New applicants must have a pre-award audit completed prior to application award.

Local share for 2020 grants for new service:

- Vehicles: 20%
- Facilities: 20%
- Operations:15% for rural area service and 20% for urbanized area and small urban area service.

View the Instructional Webinar from July 23, 2019:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you do not have a username and password, or you need help logging into the system, please contact:

Chuck Morris
Data systems and technical” coordinator

Michael Johnson, Program supervisor

Project Manager Contacts:

Darrell Washington
Implementation Unit Supervisor

Kent Ehrenstrom
Facility Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

John Groothuis
Rural Transit Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Brien Konkol
Program Coordinator

Jean Meyer
Procurement Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Tina Neary
Tribal Transit Coordinator and Transit Project Manager

Melinda Estey
Transit Project Manager

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Areas outside of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area