The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced projects selected to receive approximately $5 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program. The Fiscal Year 2019 grants will support 39 projects in 20 states.

“The $5 million in Tribal Transit grants will help connect tribal residents with jobs, healthcare and other essential services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Tribal Transit Program makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities to support capital projects, operating costs, and planning activities for public transportation services on and around tribal lands.

“The Federal Transit Administration is committed to helping tribal residents with their transportation needs,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “These grants will provide new and improved transportation services for tribal residents who need additional travel options.”