Rural and Small Urban

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Rural and Small Urban (5311) Program

Silver BusThis program (49 U.S.C. 5311) provides funding for the purpose of supporting public transportation in areas of less than 50,000 populations.

Funding may be used for capital, operating, and intercity bus service. It can also be used for job access and reverse commute projects which is defined as a transportation project to finance planning and operating costs that support the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to transport welfare recipients and eligible low-income persons to and from jobs and activities related to their employment. This funding requires a 40% match for operating assistance, a 20% match for administrative assistance and a 5% match for capital assistance.

Eligible subrecipients include local government authorities, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, and private operators of public transportation services, including intercity bus operators.