Program assists eligible transit systems with operating costs
RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Public Transportation Division is currently accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2012 State Maintenance Assistance Program. The program assists eligible transit systems operating fixed-route public transportation service in urban areas with their operating costs for the current fiscal year. Twenty-four regional, small-urban and urban transit systems throughout the state are eligible to receive a specified share of SMAP funding based on the system's individual operating statistics. More than $31 million is available through the program. Eligible transit systems can put these funds towards their non-federal net operating costs; however, they cannot use them to match other state-funded grant programs.
Applicants must submit all materials to NCDOT-PTD by Jan. 16, 2012.Eligible systems include AppalCART in Boone, Asheville Transit, C-Tran in Cary, Chapel Hill Transit, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), Concord-Kannapolis Rider Transit System, Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST), Gastonia Transit, Gateway Transit in Goldsboro, Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA), Greenville Area Transit (GREAT), Apple Country Transit in Hendersonville, Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority (Greenway Public Transportation), Hi Tran in High Point, Jacksonville Transit, Capital Area Transit in Raleigh (CAT), Tar River Transit in Rocky Mount, Salisbury Transit System, Wave Transit in Wilmington, Wilson Transit System, Winston-Salem Transit Authority, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and Triangle Transit.
SMAP is the Public Transportation Division's largest state-funded public transit grant program. It makes up more than 34 percent of the division's annual budget. More details on this grant program can be found at www.ncdot.gov/nctransit by clicking on the "Grant and Program News" tab. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $310 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.