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FTA Announces $423 Million in FY19 Bus Grants

This week, FTA announced $423 million in FY19 Bus and Bus Facility awards to 94 projects in 42 states. Congratulations to all the recipients! You can find the full list of awards here. As a reminder, the FAST Act authorized approximately $267 million to the competitive program in FY19. Because of the efforts of our friends and allies, including House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders, the Congressional Bus Caucus and our partners at CTAA, the competitive program was “plus-ed up” an additional $160 million. This increase brought the total FY19 competitive pot to $427 million, of which FTA needed approximately $4 million to administer the grant program. These increased funds are critical to addressing the pressing needs each of your systems face. In addition, this level of funding allows for bigger grant awards that help systems address long-term bus replacement and facility improvement projects. TBC reviewed the 94 grants and wanted to share the following observations and analysis: The average grant award this round is $4.5 million. The average award size has been growing partly due to the increased funding, but also because of the feedback TBC and others have been giving to FTA. The $4.5 million average is substantially higher than the $1.9 million average from the FY17 round. (Ed note: In FY17, FTA added $38 million from the FY18 “plus-up” to increase the program from $226 million to $264 million). There were 7 recipients who received the largest grant award amount of $17.275 million. Last round, the largest

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FTA Announces $423 Million in FY19 Bus Grants

This week, FTA announced $423 million in FY19 Bus and Bus Facility awards to 94 projects in 42 states. Congratulations to all the recipients! You can find the full list[…]

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Donna DeMartino Op-Ed in Passenger Transit Magazine

This month, Donna DeMartino, TBC Board Member and CEO of San Joaquin, California’s RTD Transit has penned an outstanding op-ed in Passenger Transport Magazine. Celebrating recent successes from APTA’s leadership[…]

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July 16-17 Bus Coalition Reauthorization Kickoff

Join the Congressional Bus Caucus and The Bus Coalition for our:  “Not Your Parents’ Bus” Kickoff Event  On July 16 and 17, in coordination with the Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus,[…]

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House FY20 THUD Appropriations Bill Includes $483 Million Plus-Up in Bus Funding!

Last week, The House Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee released the FY20 THUD Appropriations bill and it includes an additional $483 million plus-up for the Bus and Bus Facility Program! The 5339b[…]

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Congressional Caucus Email on FY20 Apts

TBC Needs Your Help – Call to Action Good afternoon all: The Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus is working to increase bus funding in the FY20 Appropriations process and they need[…]

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CTAA EXPO 2019: It’s Time to Be Bold

As our EXPO 2019 early registration discount deadline for CTAA members approaches on April 12, we’re finalizing our workshop sessions with times, speakers and descriptions. These topics reflect the most[…]

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Welcoming Erika Mazza to the TBC Board!

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of The Bus Coalition in Washintgon DC, new board members and officers were installed to the Coalition’s board.  We would like to to extend a[…]

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TBC Needs Your Help – Call to Action

TBC Needs Your Help – Call to Action Good afternoon all: The Bipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus is working to increase bus funding in the FY20 Appropriations process and they need[…]

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Iowa DOT Doubles Its Replacement Strategy

Due to federal grants and policy changes, the Iowa DOT’s efforts have allowed for the doubling of replacement of aging buses and other fleet needs. For all states, this is[…]

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Federal Reauthorization Planning Underway.

In the run-up to the 2018 midterms, bus transit leaders have begun their planning for the upcoming transit reauthorization process and the opportunity it creates for urban and rural bus[…]

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5339 Grants. At work in the field.

The Bus Coalition’s efforts to secure, authorize and deploy the 5339 grant program are bearing fruit.  A few of our most-active BC members are putting federal dollars to work, and[…]

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