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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence Announces Three Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure Investments for the State of Michigan

July 31, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lawrence announces three funding opportunities for the State of Michigan relating to infrastructure investments: the (1) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, (2) Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program, and (3) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program.  

“As our infrastructure ages and we continue to delay long-overdue investment, consumers and taxpayers bear the greatest burden of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. These three programs were established to combat this issue and provide aid to rebuild our infrastructure and strengthen our local, state and national economies. For my home state of Michigan, and many others across the country, this is great news. For far too long, we have not invested enough in our transportation and infrastructure needs. I urge all who qualify to take advantage of this time-sensitive opportunity.”

Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program

Under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (Bus program), approximately $366 million in fiscal year 2018 will be competitively awarded to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and

related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities. Projects may include incidental costs to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of their facilities. Eligible applicants include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, and to States, and local governmental authorities that operate fixed route bus services. No single grantee will be awarded more than 10 percent of the amounts made available. Proposals must be submitted by August 6, 2018.

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program

Under the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations program (PTIR) approximately $5 million is made available for fiscal year 2018 to support the planning, capital and, in limited circumstances, operating assistances for tribal public transit services. There is a $25,000 cap on planning grant awards, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has the discretion to cap capital and operating awards. PTIR applies to federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities located in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less. Applicants must submit a proposal by September 10, 2018

Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program

The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program (CRISI) is a comprehensive solution to leverage state, local, and private investments to support enhancements and general improvements to passenger and freight railroads and infrastructure. CRISI awards approximately $318 million in grants for the 2018 fiscal year to states, group of states, and public agencies. The grant program covers a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger and freight rail chokepoints; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation corridors, among other purposes.  There are no predetermined minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for awards. Furthermore, applicants are not limited in the number of projects for which they seek funding. Applications for funding under CRISI are due no later than September 17, 2018.


            The Bus Program



  • Project proposals should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT, September 10, 2018.
  • For more information on how to apply for grants under the PTIR program, please visit
  • If you have any further questions regarding the PTIR program please contact the Tribal Transit Program, Office of Program Management at 202-366-0876.