The Montana Department of Transportation is investing $7.8 million to assist Montana communities deliver transit services.
Posted on August 2, 2013
Funds will be used by Montana communities for local transit operation
Helena – The Montana Department of Transportation is investing $7.8 million to assist Montana communities deliver transit services. The funds are used for general operation costs and are in addition to funding for capital and equipment to be awarded later this year.
“Reliable transportation is a key to quality of life across the state,” said Mike Tooley, MDT director. “This funding is essential in keeping community transit services operating and enhancing quality of life for those who rely on transit services out of necessity or choice.”
Thirty-five transit systems will be funded. Funds are allocated by formula based on ridership and miles traveled with consideration given to the population of the community. These Federal Transit Administration funds are administered by MDT and provided to communities at a match rate up to an 80 percent (federal)/20 percent (local) with the match rate depending on the category of expenditure.
“Getting to the store, the doctor, or even the post office, should not be a daily challenge,” Tooley continued. “Investing in community transit programs benefits not just those who rely on transit, but the viability of a community as a whole.”
MDT has concentrated on a coordinated process that encourages agencies in Montana communities to work together to pool transit resources to better serve their communities.
The Carter Charter of Ekalaka and Fallon County Transit of Baker were among those receiving funding for the state fiscal year 2014.