By Taylor Klocke

FTA Releases FY19 Section 5339 Recipients

December 3, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently released Section 5339b (bus and bus facilities) grant winners.

A total of $423,329,839.00 was awarded to 94 projects across 42 states and the District of Columbia. As noted by the FTA, the demand for grants for the 5339b program far exceeded the available funds. FTA received applications for 318 eligible projects, totaling around $1.9 billion in funding requests.

Below are some diagrams that breakdown projects by project and system type.

Percentage

Vehicle, facility and statewide projects

Percentage

Projects by System Type

Here are some key highlights from the 5339b awarded projects:

Of those grant winners, 21 projects were awarded to CTAA members. Below is a breakdown of CTAA members who were awarded 5339b funding for FY19:

Rural

  • Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Transit Committee was awarded $880,000 to replace buses that have exceed their useful life.
  • The City of Janesville was awarded $800,000 to purchase a new low floor, accessible transit buses to replace aging buses that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Breckenridge Free Ride was awarded $2,015,775 to replace diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life with battery-electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
  • Roaring Fork Transportation Authority was awarded $1,788,312 to replace buses that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Fresno County Rural Transit Agency was awarded $5,145,281 to construct a new state-of-the-art bus maintenance and operations facility.
  • St. Mary’s Transit System was awarded $76,500 to expand its vehicle maintenance facility for its bus fleet.
  • Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland was awarded $850,000 to purchase new vehicles to replace older vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Community Transit was awarded $68,402 to create a call and dispatch center that centralizes the communications activities.

Small-Urban

  • Bloomington Transit was awarded $1,125,000 to replace and upgrade the fare collection system on its fixed-route service buses.
  • Jump Around Carson was awarded $455,000 to purchase new buses that will replace aging vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.
  • City of Bangor was awarded $1,286,000 for construction of a new Bangor Transportation Center to replace an aging bus depot that has exceeded its useful life.
  • The City of Billings Metropolitan Transit System was awarded $840,000 to replace buses that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Coast Transit Authority was awarded $5,351,155 to construct a bridge structure between the Gulfport Transit Center and the Jones Park Bus Station.
  • The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority was awarded $6,080,000 to design and construct a new maintenance facility.
  • Flint Mass Transportation Authority was awarded $4,300,000 to purchase propane transit buses and CNG commuter buses to replace diesel buses that have exceeded their useful life.
  • Intercity Transit was awarded $4,956,000 to complete a bus yard expansion and install its own propane fueling station to support increased transit service.
  • North Central Regional Transit District was awarded $5,251,090 to design and construct a new operations and maintenance facility.
  • Mountain Line Transit (Arizona) was awarded $17,275,000 to construct a Downtown Connection Center and purchase all-electric buses.
  • Salem Area Mass Transit District was awarded $1,054,240 to implement new technology systems.

Specialized

  • Delmarva Community Services was awarded $248,000 to purchase new vehicles and support infrastructure.

Tribal

  • The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was awarded $1,378,403 to purchase vans to replace vehicles that have exceeded their useful life and expand the free transit service it provides to elderly, disabled and low income residents of rural southeastern Oklahoma.

Statewide

  • The Iowa Department of Transportation was awarded $9,414,785 to replace rural buses through the state that have exceeded their useful life.
  • The Maine Department of Transportation was awarded $1,057,567 to replace buses for three regional transit providers spanning eight Maine counties.
  • The Mississippi Department of Transportation was awarded $5,680,000 to purchase new buses.
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation was awarded $5,120,000 to construct two storage and maintenance facilities for rural transit providers.
  • The Oregon Department of Transportation was awarded $110,500 to purchase a new bus for a new rural public transportation route.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation was awarded $13,815,200 to replace transit vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.
  • The Washington Department of Transportation was awarded $3,932,622 to replace vehicles and expand equipment for four transit agencies.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was awarded $838,400 to replace transit vehicles that have exceeded their useful life.
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