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Rural Public Transit Team

UDOT’s Rural Public Transit Team promotes, safe, sustainable, and barrier-free public transit throughout the rural parts of Utah. Aligning with UDOT’s mission to enhance quality of life through transportation the team:

  • Promotes and advocates for public transit by raising awareness, building partnerships, and improving customer service.
  • Supports and promotes new technologies and information to leverage the effectiveness of public transit resources.
  • Further leverages transit resources by building relationships with stakeholder groups and by effectively sharing information.
  • Increases responsiveness as a team to changing public transit and public demands by emphasizing planning efforts and increasing awareness of trends affecting public transit.
  • Implements policies and procedures that support the equitable distribution of transit funds throughout the state.

Public Transit Team Staff Contact Information

Alana Spendlove, Rural Public Transit Program Manager
Phone: 801-910-2095

Rebecca Collins, Program Specialist, Section 5310
Phone: 801-965-4133

LeAnn Abegglen, Program Specialist, Sections 5311 and 5339
Phone: 801-965-4119

Jordan Hess, Program Specialist, Financial
Phone: 801-875-0065

Ray Earl, Compliance
Phone: 385-209-3776

Current Events & Announcements

Availability of Federal Transit Administration Funds

Funding is available for the following programs:
  • Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Section 5311 – Formula Grants for Rural Areas
  • Section 5339 – Bus and Bus Facilities
For more information on the LOI and application process please see the “Application Process & Guidance” section below.

For additional information on the above federal FTA programs, please go to FTA’s website.

Federal Transit Administration

Utah Department of Transportation
STIP Program Years 2024

Advertisement for Funding for Eligible Projects*
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)
Program Year Program Amount Program Area
5310 2024 $276,500


Small Urban*
5311 2024 $7,684,350 Statewide
5339 2024 $3,500,000


Small Urban
*Program amounts are approximate amounts and subject to change
*Small Urban: Logan & City of St. George
*Statewide: Outside of MPO Regions & Small Urban

FTA Funding Programs

FTA Section 5304 - Statewide Planning

FTA 5304 funds are used by UDOT staff to take care of the statewide transit planning needs for areas outside the urbanized MPO boundaries; to conduct transit feasibility studies; to provide five-year transit development plans on a regional basis, as needed; and to conduct special transit research studies. These funds are also used to identify transit program needs, and to develop solutions short and long range transportation plans.

5304 Statewide Planning Funds

Awarded Projects

State may authorize a portion of these funds to be used to supplement and administer Metropolitan Planning funds allocated by the State to its urbanized areas, as the State deems appropriate. The objective is to assist in the development of cost effective multimodal transportation improvement programs, which include the planning, engineering, and design of Federal Transit projects and other technical studies, in a program for a unified and officially coordinated Statewide Transportation system.

An applicant for Section 5304 funds must comply with all the following threshold criteria:
    a. State and local public bodies

    b. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s)
    c. Other public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more municipalities
    d. Public corporations
    e. Boards and commissions established under State law
    f. Publicly owned transit operators.

FTA Program 5310 - Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

This Program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds for programs to serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.

FTA 5310 Program Circular

The UDOT goal for administration of the Section 5310 Program for the State of Utah is to provide supplemental assistance to State-approved private non-profit corporations or eligible public governmental agencies in meeting the special transportation needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.

Eligible entities include:
    a. Private, non-profit organizations

    b. Public bodies that certify to the Governor that no non-profit corporations or associations are readily available in an area to provide the service.
    c. Public bodies approved by the State to coordinate services for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Examples of UDOT’s capital expenses could be but not limited to:
    a. Buses

    b. Vans
    c. Vehicle rehabilitation to include drive train, seating and cosmetic procedures
    d. Computer hardware and software

FTA Program 5311 - Rural Public Transportation

This program provides capital, planning and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations less than 50,000 where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. Federal law requires states to spend 15 percent of their Section 5311 apportionment “to carry out a program for the development and support of intercity bus transportation” unless the Governor certifies that the intercity bus service needs of the state are being adequately met relative to other rural transportation needs.

FTA 5311 Program Circular

The goal of the Section 5311 program (not including Intercity Bus) is to provide the following services to communities with population less than 50,000:
    a. Enhance the access of people in non-urbanized areas to health care, shopping, education, employment, public services, and recreation.

    b. Assist in the maintenance, development, improvement, and use of public transportation systems in non-urbanized areas.
    c. Encourage and facilitate the most efficient use of all transportation funds used to provide passenger transportation in non-urbanized areas through the coordination of programs and services.
    d. Assist in the development and support of intercity bus transportation.
    e. Provide for the participation of private transportation providers in non-urbanized transportation.
Eligible entities include the State or local governmental authority, a nonprofit organization, or an operator of public transportation or intercity bus service that receives federal transit program grant funds indirectly through a recipient.

Intercity bus service is a vital link between rural communities and the urban areas within the State as well as the rest of the nation. The goals of the Section 5311(f) Intercity Bus program are to:
    a. Support the connection between non-urbanized areas and the larger regional or national system of intercity bus service.

    b. Support the services to meet the intercity travel needs of residents in non-urbanized areas.
    c. Support the infrastructure of the intercity bus network through planning and marketing assistance and capital investment in facilities.
If intercity bus needs are met, the Governor must state so in a letter to FTA. Only then may funds be included (transferred) to the regional apportionment funds.

For purposes of Section 5311(f) only, FTA permits states to pass through funds to local public bodies and private nonprofit and for profit intercity bus providers. UDOT uses a merit based selection process to ensure that the private operator is qualified, will provide eligible service, can comply with Federal and State requirements, and is the best, or only, provider available to offer service at a fair and reasonable cost.

FTA Section 5329 - Public Transportation Safety and Oversight

FTA Section 5329 provides funds for safety and oversight of rail transit safety.

Fact Sheet for Section 5329 (FAST Act)

The goal of the Section 5329 program is to implement and maintain a national public transportation safety program to improve the safety of all public transportation systems that receive federal funding.

FTA Section 5339 - Bus and Bus Facilities

FTA Section 5339 provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.

FTA 5339 Program Circular

The goal of the Section 5339 program is to improve bus and bus facilities by funding capital projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses, vans, and related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities.

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