SENECA NATION OF INDIANS
PUBLIC NOTICE


2017 and 2018 CONSOLIDATED SECTION 5311 PROGRAM &
APPALACHIAN DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

Overview


Public notice is hereby made that the Seneca Nation of Indians is applying for federal financial assistance to provide public transportation service, known as the Seneca Transit System, as follows: The Seneca Transit System intends to contract with a third-party contract operator to operate fixed route, route deviation service between Irving, Gowanda, Dayton, Little Valley, Salamanca, and Steamburg and the environs of the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Cattaraugus. The duration of service covered by this application includes October 1, 2016 through September 30, 20-17 and between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.


Public notice is further made that the Seneca Nation of Indians is also applying for federal financial assistance to:


Purchase three (3) replacement 16-18 passenger, conventional, accessibility compliant and equipped style bus (Type Lot G). The buses will be to provide public transportation service for the aforementioned fixed route, route deviation service between Irving, Gowanda, Dayton, Little Valley, Salamanca, and Steamburg and the environs of the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Cattaraugus.


Develop and engineer/design a Seneca Nation Transit Center (Facility) for bus storage, maintenance and administration of transportation services including connection with additional local and regional public transit services such as NFTA, Coach, Greyhound, CARTS, etc. The proposed site location is near the Seneca One Stop located at 11150 Route 5 and US 20.


This application seeks $250,196 in federal section 5311 capital assistance for this purpose. The transportation services will be available to the general public during all hours of operation. In accordance with the Seneca Nation Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit Policy, during the specified times that wheelchair equipped vehicles are not used to provide fixed route deviation service, OATS shall provide paratransit service to individuals with disabilities that are eligible for ADA paratransit service, which is comparable to the level of service provided to individuals without disabilities who use the fixed route system. Paratransit service is comparable transportation service required by the ADA for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use fixed route transportation systems and is available within ¾ mile of the fixed route.


The project is expected to be financed by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311 Rural Program public transportation funds, with additional funds to be provided from Federal Transit Administration Tribal Transit Program and Appalachian Development Public Transportation Assistance Program funding and funds to be provided through the New York State Department of Transportation Statewide Transit Operating Assistance (STOA) Program.

In addition, the Seneca Nation of Indians will provide local resources in the amount needed to complete the necessary financial contribution to the project.


The total amount of federal section 5311 funds for the 2017 and 2018 Seneca Transit System operating assistance projects are $107,500 and $111,000 respectively.


The application includes up to $5,000 in Appalachian Development Public Transportation Assistance Program funding for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.


The total federal share for operating (and capital projects) is expected to be $478,696.

 

Share Your Input

Comments on the proposed project are invited from the general public, private bus and taxi companies, other public transportation providers and human service agencies. Interested parties may comment on the project or obtain more details about the project by writing to:


Jessica Robinson
Deputy Director
Seneca Nation of Indians
Department of Transportation
PO Box 231
Salamanca, NY 14779


Human service agencies that receive assistance from other Federal agencies for non-emergency transportation services are encouraged to participate and coordinate with the provider in the planning, design and delivery of transportation services. Agencies may obtain copies of the service description and submit proposals for service coordination. Private bus and taxi operators may request copies of the project service description from the above named person and may submit comments on the service as described.


If you wish to comment on any aspect of the proposed project, submit a proposal or a request for service coordination or request a public hearing on this project, you must make your interest known in writing within fifteen calendar days of the date of this publication and provide your comments within fifteen calendar days of your receipt of the project service description. Your requests and/or comments must be forwarded to the above person.