July 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds DOT Grants to Fund Transportation Safety Programs for Nevada Tribal Communities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding a total of $537,500 in grant funding to Native American communities across Nevada for the development and implementation of transportation safety programs.

“I applaud the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of supporting transportation safety programs in our tribal communities. These grants will help reduce deaths and serious injuries in transportation-related crashes on tribal lands by supporting planning and construction projects that improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and people with disabilities. I will continue to fight for funds like these that play a crucial part of improving the quality of life for Nevada’s Native populations.”

BACKGROUND

The Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) provides funding to federally recognized Indian tribes to address the transportation and pedestrian safety needs in and around tribal communities.

The grant funds will be awarded as follows:

  • $500,000 to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure on roads that pass by schools and experience substantial traffic.   
  • $12,500 to the Yomba Shoshone Tribe to develop the Tribe’s first Transportation Safety Plan.
  • $12,500 to the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Tribe of the Las Vegas Colony, Nevada to develop the Tribe’s first Transportation Safety Plan.
  • $12,500 to the Ely Shoshone Tribe to develop the Tribe’s first Transportation Safety Plan.

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