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Three NCRTD Tribal Members to Receive Total of $279,000 in USDOT/FTA Tribal Transit Grant Awards to Improve Public Transportation

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Nambé Pueblo, Pueblo de San Ildefonso and Pueblo of Pojoaque have been awarded a total of $279,000 in Tribal Transit Grant Awards by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to improve public transportation. Each Pueblo is a member of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) which is responsible for providing its public transit services.

The awards are part of $7.7 million in FTA Tribal Transit Grant awards to 25 tribal governments for public transportation improvements on tribal lands.

In announcing the awards, the FTA stated:

“NM      Nambé Pueblo, which is served by the North Central Region Transit District (NCRTD), will receive funding to purchase a new, accessible vehicle. This project addresses state of good repair needs and ensures continued transit service for tribal members with improved access to jobs, healthcare and essential services.               $67,500

NM        Pueblo de San Ildefonso, which is served by the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), will receive funding to build ADA-compliant bus stops, which will include shelters, benches and other amenities. This project addresses state of good repair needs and will help the Pueblo continue to provide safe and reliable transit service to help tribal residents access employment, education and healthcare.              $144,000

NM        The Pueblo of Pojoaque will receive funding to purchase a paratransit vehicle. This project addresses state of good repair needs and aims to improve the quality of life for the Pueblo’s community members by connecting them to employment, education, healthcare and social services.          $67,500”

More information on the FTA Tribal Transit Grant Award can be found in the award announcement through the following link: https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-department-transportation-announces-77-million-tribal-transit-grant-awards-25-tribal

The North Central Regional Transit District, commonly known as the RTD and by its “Blue Bus” provides public transit throughout more than 10,000 square miles encompassing the northern New Mexico counties of Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba; as well as each of the Eight Northern Pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

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