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Vehicle replacement grant - small urban

The purpose of the Small Urban Public Transit Vehicle Replacement Grant Application is to assist in financing the replacement of public transit vehicles that are utilized in the operations of public transit services in Greater Minnesota. This is a two-year program for 2026-2027 small urban vehicle replacements.

This grant opportunity includes both State of Minnesota and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds that are administered by the MnDOT. As part of the Public Transit Participation Program, this application represents an opportunity to apply for funding that may include but are not limited to the following types of federal funds, Bus and Bus Facilities (Section 5339), Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP), and State of Minnesota funding, and other federal discretionary opportunities. 

The estimated annual vehicle replacement target for calendar year 2026 and calendar year 2027 for Small Urban is $4.5 million.


Small Urban subrecipients with a current public transit operating agreement with MnDOT under Minn. Stat. 174.24 are eligible to apply for the 2026-2027 Small Urban Public Transit Capital Replacement Vehicle Grant Program.  


  • May 1, 2024: Application period opens
  • May 13, 2024: Application guidance webinar
  • June 28, 2024: Applications deadline
  • Early 2025: Awards announced

Application period

This solicitation is now closed. Applications were due on June 28, 2024.

After you apply

All revenue vehicles in the State of Minnesota utilized by the small urban transit systems will be prioritized and ranked for replacement consideration based on age and miles by our transit asset management coordinator.


Award notifications will be sent in the first quarter of 2025.

More information

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