Rural Transit Programs
The Federal Section 5311 Program was created to provide public transportation in non-urbanized areas (population of 50,000 or less). The purpose of the program is to provide transportation to people living in rural areas.
Eligible applicants for Section 5311 funding include counties, cities, public transportation corporations, or regional transportation authorities. The applicant may either directly provide transit service or purchase service from an eligible provider. Eligible providers include local public bodies, private for-profit and non-profit agencies that will provide services to the general public. (Private non-profit and for-profit providers cannot apply for assistance directly and must work through a designated public entity.)
- Feasibility Study Grants
First-time applicants must demonstrate the feasibility of initiating public transit service. These grants are available to assist grantees in determining demand for public transit service, the level of local support and projected operating and capital costs. Section 5311 may fund up to 80 percent of the total feasibility study costs.
- Operating Project Grants
Operating Grants provide assistance for the operations of the transit service. Section 5311 may fund up to 50 percent of the net operating costs.
- Capital Project Grants
Capital projects generally include expenses for purchasing vehicles, communication equipment, fare boxes, passenger shelters, and construction of and rehabilitation of transit facilities. Section 5311 capital assistance may fund up to 80 percent of the total capital costs.
- Intercity Projects
Section 5311(f) also funds capital, operating, planning and marketing projects for intercity transportation projects. An intercity project is defined as public transit service with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two or more urban areas. Projects may also include the transportation of residents of non-urbanized areas to and from urbanized areas.
Public Transit Program Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., Room N-955
Indianapolis, IN 46204