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Accessing Federal Transit Funding to Develop Your Transit System

This PDF, Accessing Federal Transit Funding to Develop Your Transit System, presents an overview of federal funding sources for tribal transit, and directions for preparing and implementing a plan to provide tribal transit services with examples of successful models.

Nowhere in the United States is isolation more severe and mobility limitations more profound than within the tribal lands of Native Americans. Many of these communities are characterized by great geographic distances, yet low automobile ownership, and by low income levels and economic distress.

Strategies to address these challenges aim to improve access to jobs, health care, businesses, educational opportunities and cultural activities, but can not succeed without community and public transportation.

Native American communities can explore transportation service development with resources that observe the unique conditions, administrative environment and sovereignty of the reservation.

Tribal Delegates Appointed to CTAA Delegate Council

At the "Nations in Transit" conference, part of the Community Transportation EXPO in Long Beach, representatives of tribal nations elected three delegates to serve on the Community Transportation Association's Delegate Council. Selected as Tribal Delegates were Lee Bigwater of the Navajo Nation (Ariz.), Camille Ferguson of the Sitka Tribe (Alaska) and Kathy Littlejohn of the Eastern Band of Cherokees (N.C.).

CT Summer 2009 Cover: Nations in Transit

Special Edition of Community Transportation

Indian Country, the collection of lands in which Native Americans reside, is as diverse geographically and demographically as the nation in which it exists.

There is, however, one constant across Indian Country, a growing commitment by those who live there to create innovative public transit systems that connect tribal citizens to jobs, to health care and to a better way of life.

This special edition of Community Transportation magazine is devoted to what we call Tribal Transit. The collection of best practices and outstanding innovations in these pages highlights how community and public transit service is making a significant difference in the lives of the people it serves everyday in Indian Country, just as it does in the rest of the country. And the lessons to be learned are universally applicable.


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