Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $32.4 million in funding for capital and operating assistance to support public transportation in rural areas on Wednesday.
The funding, which is available through the Federal Transit Administration, is administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and is provided through the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program.
“Providing efficient and reliable public transportation in rural communities is critical to increasing mobility and accessibility for upstate New Yorkers and to helping ensure future prosperity for their communities,” Governor Cuomo said.”This funding will help strengthen the link between rural areas and smaller cities, supporting regional economic growth and increasing ease of access for residents and visitors to our state.”
The funding will be made available to communities with populations of less than 50,000. Eligible applicants include counties, cities, and tribal governments that own, operate, or directly contract for rural public transportation services. This includes multi-county intercity bus services sponsored directly by NYSDOT.
The Department of Transportation will give preference to public transportation projects that eliminate transportation barriers as will as improve mobility opportunities in rural areas.
NYSDOT will be accepting applications for this funding through April 10, 2017. Program guidance, applications and webinar schedules can be found here.