In addition, at the three previous information sessions we captured all the great questions generated by the participants and now have answers to them.
What is the Better Bus Stops Program? In October 2014, Metro Transit received a Federal Transit Administration Ladders of Opportunity grant for bus stop enhancements that improve access to employment, education, and other opportunities for communities of color and low-wealth communities. The Ladders of Opportunity grant is combined with other funding sources and bus stop improvement commitments made to advance regional transit equity through new investment in bus stops. This combined program of work is called the Better Bus Stops Program.
This is a new opportunity for Community Engagement for locally-based community organizations.
The Better Bus Stops outreach and engagement work is being opened up to community-based organizations through a competitive contracting process. Community-based organizations will be contracted to support effective place-based initiatives that engage and involve underrepresented communities (low-wealth, people of color, new immigrants, people with disabilities, or other cultural constituencies) in participation, decision-making, and leadership roles around regional transit equity issues at the bus stop level. The program will focus on engagement of constituency members who use transit themselves.
The outreach and engagement work of community-based organizations does not replace Metro Transit's existing public engagement efforts, but is intended to occur alongside more traditional tactics and support the development of increased community capacity to participate on regional transit equity issues.
The Better Bus Stops Program will:
Here are the application materials for this funding opportunity:
Before calling or emailing with questions, it is important to read through all the information being provided above.
Information sessions are being offered to provide in person information about the Better Bus Stops Program and allow you to ask any additional questions you may have before applying. We anticipate that this will be a very competitive process so it’s important to make sure you 1) qualify and 2) know what is required.
Proposals are due Friday, January 8th at 5:00 p.m. to Monica Bryand at firstname.lastname@example.org; proposals must be received by the 5 p.m. deadline - there will be no exceptions or extensions.
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