The Bus and Bus Facilities Program (also called “Section 5339”) is a federally-funded capital grant program initiated within the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) authorization bill, and continued in the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) that provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) allocates funds to urban transit systems based upon formula, and also awards discretionary grants to transit systems serving a population of between 50,000 and 200,000 based on evaluation criteria such as consistency with local transit priorities, age and deferred maintenance of vehicles or facilities, and demonstrated commitment of local share.
WisDOT also submits a separate application to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the national Section 5339 Discretionary program on behalf of all public transit systems currently receiving federal and state operating assistance.
The application materials for the 2017 WisDOT formula and discretionary program are due November 15th, 2016 at noon. WisDOT will notify transit systems when preparing its annual FTA national discretionary program application.