U.S. Department of Transportation announces $7.7 Million in Tribal Transit Grant Awards to 25 Tribal Governments

The State of South Dakota will receive $576,871 through FTA’s Tribal Transit Program.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced $7.7 million in Tribal Transit Program grant awards to 25 tribal governments for projects to improve public transportation on tribal lands.

“These federal grants will help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments provide public transportation in rural areas, connecting tribal residents with jobs, healthcare and other essential services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Tribal Transit Program makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities to support capital projects, operating costs, and planning activities for public transportation services on and around tribal lands.

“The Federal Transit Administration is committed to partnering with tribal residents to support their transportation needs,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. “We’re proud to invest in their transit systems which provide access to critical services, which is particularly important during the public health emergency.”

The State of South Dakota will receive $576,871 through FTA’s Tribal Transit Program for the following projects:

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ($248,110): The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, working with River Cities Public Transit, will receive funding to purchase transit vehicles to replace aging vehicles that have exceeded their useful life and to upgrade its maintenance facility. This project will address state of good repair needs and help tribal residents access healthcare, employment and education opportunities in North Central South Dakota.
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation ($328,761): The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation will receive funding to ensure continued transit services for tribal members in Northeastern South Dakota. The project will improve access to jobs, healthcare and essential services in and around the reservation.

In addition to the competitive funding announced today, FTA provides $30 million in formula funding to tribes each fiscal year through the Tribal Transit Formula Grant program.

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