Grants Bureau Programs
The Transit Section is responsible for administering federal and state transit programs. Through these programs, Transit Section staff provides technical and financial assistance to local agencies, governments, and companies that provide local and intercity passenger service to Montana's transit-dependant residents. Staff members also conduct a variety of training workshops for transit managers and drivers in areas such as passenger assistance, safety, driver education, CPR/first aid, and board training.
Urban Transit Programs
- Metropolitan Planning (Section 5303)
- Provides federal financial assistance through the Federal Transit Administration for the development and improvement of comprehensive public mass transportation systems. The eligible recipient of Section 5303 funding is the State of Montana. Funding must be allocated by the state to urbanized areas with populations over 50,000 (Billings, Great Falls and Missoula) for planning and evaluation of urban transit projects, development of transportation plans, and other technical studies.
- Urbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5307)
- Grants under this program are available to finance planning projects and capital projects including acquisition, construction, improvement, and maintenance of facilities and equipment for use in transit as well as transit-related operating costs. The Governor is the designated recipient of Section 5307 funds and, in turn, designates the funds to a public body. In Montana, the Governor has designated Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula as the recipients of these funds.
- Discretionary Grants (Section 5309)
- Provides capital assistance for fixed guideway modernization, construction and extension of new fixed guideway systems, bus and bus-related equipment and construction projects. Eligible applicants for these funds are state and local public bodies.
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Coordinator
The state bicycle/pedestrian coordinator manages a clearinghouse for bicycle and pedestrian safety information, distributes bicyclist trip planning information, coordinates training for department and local staff in bicycling and pedestrian facility design, assists with special requests, provides technical assistance to state and local officials, and serves on various non-motorized transportation committees including the State Trails Committee.
State Highway Traffic Safety Section
The Montana Highway Traffic Safety Section administers federal grant monies for safety programs aimed at reducing deaths, injuries, and property losses resulting from traffic crashes.
Some of these grants cover administration costs such as increased overtime patrols for law enforcement agencies and the cost to purchase new law enforcement equipment. Others cover the production and delivery of educational programs.