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Section 5311(f) Fiscal Year 2017 Application  

The Intercity Bus Program, known as Section 5311(f), is part of the Non-urbanized Area Formula Program, Section 5311. The program was started in 1991 as Section 18(I) under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and it designated federal funds specifically for intercity transportation in rural areas. These funds are awarded on a competitive basis for transit projects that develop and support intercity bus transportation in rural areas of the state.

Following the national objectives set out by FTA in Circular 9040.1G (49 U.S.C. 5311 – Formula Grants for Other Than Urbanized Areas), Chapter VIII, and guided by the recently completed Regional Bus Network Assessment (July 2016), MassDOT has prioritized the use of 5311(f) funds for operating assistance to support the provision of intercity bus services linking non-urbanized areas with demonstrated need to the national intercity bus network.   

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Final Regional Bus Network Assessment Report before submitting an application.  

Eligible Subrecipients 

Eligible subrecipients include private for-profit intercity bus firms, private non-profit agencies, and public agencies. Applicants should have demonstrable experience in intercity bus operations. 

Eligible Activities 

Eligible activities include operating assistance for new, expansion, or continuation of intercity bus services.   

Submitting an Application

MassDOT will be holding a workshop for potential applicants on preparing a successful 5311(f) application and applying for the in-kind local match.

Workshop date and time: August 2, 2016 at 1:00pm. EDT

Workshop location: 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160 - MassDOT Rail and Transit Division

The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, August 22 at 11:59pm. 

Award decisions will be announced on August 31, 2016.

If you have any problems or have questions, please contact Abril Novoa Camino at (857) 368-8968.

Download the Section 5311(f) Fiscal Year 2017 Application 

Download the Section 5311(f) Worksheets

Completed applications can be submitted via email to, or by mail to:

Abril Novoa Camino
Transit Program Coordinator
MassDOT – Rail and Transit Division
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160

Community Transit Grant Program (Title 49 USC Sections 5310, and 5339) 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Community Transit Grant Program is an annual competitive grant application process administered by the Rail & Transit Division (RTD) of MassDOT. The application process typically begins in mid-January or early February with six applicant training sessions, followed by a one-month open application period during the month of February. Please consult the posted schedule for dates and deadlines. Applicants that are selected for awards are usually notified around the first week of April.

View the schedule for the State Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Application Trainings

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial assistance to states through a number of programs to develop new transit systems and improve, maintain, and operate existing systems. The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has designated the MassDOT as the agency of authority and responsibility for administering assistance received in Massachusetts through Title 49 USC Sections 5310, and 5339 (Small-Urban & Statewide portions only) funding programs.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through RTD within MassDOT, provides financial assistance to eligible organizations through several programs to provide a state financial match to federally funded capital, operating, and planning projects. RTD distributes financial assistance through the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) to provide transportation services to elderly persons and persons with disabilities as defined in Chapter 637 Sec. 13 of the Acts of 1983.

State Fiscal Year 2017 Application Cycle 

Application Availability: The state fiscal year 2017 application period will open on January 25, 2016. 

Application Due Date: All applications must be received by MassDOT no later than 5 p.m. on February 22, 2016. 

Applicants must use MassDOT’s online grant application system, GrantsPlus, to submit applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Any questions should be directed to Jillian Linnell, at  or by phone at 857-368-8584. 

We look forward to your application submission.

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