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Rural Public Transit Team

UDOT’s Rural Public Transit (RPT) 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.

Connect with the Rural Public Transit Team

Alana Spendlove
Rural Public Transit Program Manager

Becky Collins
Specialized Transit Client Manager, Section 5310

Noemi Sanchez
Federal Grants Manager

LeAnn Abegglen
Federal Grants Manager

Ivy Fu
Contracts and Billing Specialist

Kyle Bradshaw
Federal Compliance Officer

Ray Earl


FFY 2025 Call for Letters of Financial Assistance Need

The Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) Rural Public Transit (RPT) team is seeking letters of financial need for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2025 from interested rural public transportation providers. These letters of financial need are intended to assist the RPT team to gauge the need of upcoming available Federal Transit Administration (FTA) formula funding. The official application process for the FFY 2025 funds (anticipated to be available March 1, 2025) will begin September 1, 2023. Funding will be available for the following programs:

Letters of financial need must be on agency letterhead and signed by an accountable executive. Letters should include upcoming capital projects, bus replacements, route expansions, and anticipated operating and administration needs for your agency.  To submit your letters of financial need, send the signed letters to publictransit@utah.gov or mail them to:

Utah Department of Transportation
Rural Public Transit Team
P.O. Box 143600
SLC, UT 84114-3600

Please submit letters no later than December 1, 2022. If you have any questions about this request, please contact Alana Spendlove, RPT’s Program Manager, at 801-910-2095 or aspendlove@utah.gov.

Rural Public Transit Federal Programs

Specialized Transportation for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities – Section 5310

The goal of UDOT’s Specialized Transit programs are to provide additional aid to overcome barriers that seniors (aged 65 years or older) and Americans with disabilities face in seeking full participation in society and fundamental community services. The program seeks to expand mobility options to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals who are transportation-disadvantaged face different challenges in accessing services in their communities. Additionally, the geographic dispersion of transportation-disadvantaged populations creates challenges for human service programs hoping to deliver transportation for their clients.

FTA 5310 Program Circular

The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program utilizes federal funds for capital and operating projects that improve the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Eligible applicants include private non-profits and local public bodies. Eligible projects include the purchase of Human Service Vehicles, operating budgets, Mobility Managers, coordination and non-vehicle capital.

Rebecca Collins

FTA Program 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 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 Program 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 Program 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.

Civil Rights

UDOT’s Rural Public Transit (RPT) team makes every effort to ensure that no person is excluded from participation or denied the benefits of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs it administers. The team works closely with the office of Civil Rights to comply with all applicable non-discrimination laws as they relate to public transit.

To access the RPT Title VI Implementation plan, click here.

For additional information related to UDOT civil rights, click here.

For more information about FTA civil rights, click here.

Civil Rights Complaints

The RPT team works with its subrecipients to resolve civil rights complaints at the lowest level. If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability and it has not been resolved directly with the rural transit provider, you may complete the UDOT Civil Rights Complaint form (Spanish version link).

Investigations into complaints regarding rural public transit are conducted by the RPT team. During the complaint investigation process, the RPT team analyzes the complainant’s allegations for possible deficiencies by the transit provider. For a full description of the Civil Rights Complaint procedures, click here (Spanish link).

Americans with Disabilities (ADA)

If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis a disability and it has not been resolved directly with the rural transit provider, please click here for a description of the ADA complaint disposition procedures (Spanish link).

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Rural Public Transit Compliance

Rural Public Transit Training Resources


Rural Public Transit Plans and Studies