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May 16, 2023

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Cross Timbers Consulting

Celebrating 10 Years

As we celebrate 10 years as Cross Timbers Consulting, we want to thank our clients and so many in the Tribal Transportation community for your role in helping our business grow and thrive. We value the relationships we have built over the years! Here’s to another 10 years!

Funding Opportunities

TTP Bridge Program

The TTP Bridge Program provides funding to carry out the design, preconstruction activities and construction of bridges that are on the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory. The new Infrastructure Law set aside 165 million dollars per year for the next four years to fund the TTP Bridge Program. Information about the TTP Bridge Program can be found at If you have questions concerning the TTP Bridge Program, you may contact the FHWA Bridge Program Manager Russell Garcia at 703-404-6223 or

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BRIDGE FUNDING NPRM – Comments due June 2

Below is the Federal Register where the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is located. This proposed rule would update the existing Tribal Transportation Program Bridge Program. The comment period ends on June 2.  In the current regulations, there is a 20% match requirement for bridges that are not BIA or Tribally owned. The match requirement would include county, state, and city owned bridges. Tribes may want to review the NPRM and comment on the 20% funding match requirement.

Bridge Program NPRM

Indian Highway Safety Specialist Grant 

Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP) grant-funded Highway Safety Specialists coordinate the traffic safety planning of the tribal programs to increase traffic safety measures carried out on the reservation. The Highway Safety Specialist is an entry-level professional position that encompasses responsibility for establishing and conducting traffic-related activities. This includes identifying, collecting, analyzing, and presenting traffic-safety related data. Incorporating data into tribal strategic planning, programming, and implementation. Highway Safety Specialist seek out other traffic data sources and use the information to develop factual traffic reports to share with tribal offices to assist with seeking various grants. They also organize groups, events, and activities to increase community awareness of traffic-safety related issues. They are also tasked to develop and implement at least four culturally relevant traffic safety initiatives. Along with developing tribal specific or utilize national media materials for highway safety mobilizations (Don’t Shatter the Dream, Click it or Ticket, and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over). Assignment to this position is based on need and requires compliance with the job qualifications. 


Tribes interested in applying for this grant opportunity can find the Law Enforcement Grant application at under the following opportunity number: BIA-IHSP-2024-003. Grant funded Highway Safety Specialist position does not have to fall under the direct supervision of a tribal police department.  

View Grant Opportunity Here

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) 2023

The fiscal year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is live on and open for applications. More than $1-billion is available under this announcement for Comprehensive Safety Action Plans and implementation activities.


The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (EDT) Monday, July 10, 2023


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

FTA today announced the availability of $8.9 million in Fiscal Year 2023 competitive grant funding to support transit services for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed into law by President Biden in November 2021, increased competitive funding for the Tribal Transit Program by nearly 83% per year for five years. This is the second consecutive year of increased funding for the program through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Instructions for applying can be found on GRANTS.GOV (FTA-2023-010-TPM-TRIBAL). Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by June 26, 2023

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Join USDOT for a Webinar on Identifying

Discretionary Grant Opportunities!

May 22, 2023

Join speakers from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative and the Secretary’s Office for a webinar on May 22 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT to learn more about how to identify and respond to Federal transportation grant opportunities. The webinar will showcase the USDOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard, a new tool that makes it easier to search for and find grant opportunities depending on the type of project you have, your organization type, and other considerations like match requirements. Rural, tribal and local governments will find this an especially helpful tool. The webinar will also highlight the FHWA’s Wildlife Crossings Program and the PROTECT Program – both of which are currently accepting applications; and other new resources available on the USDOT Navigator. This webinar is free to attend but registration is required – register here.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Christopher Coes, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
  • Michael Close, ROUTES Initiative
  • Coral Torres Cruz, FHWA
  • Mariia Zimmerman, Office of the Secretary
Register Here

Upcoming Trainings

Registration now open for NTICC 2023!

September 24-28

Anchorage, Alaska

NTICC Info & Registration

Upcoming Events / Meetings

OTA to Partner with CTAA for

2023 Annual Conference and Roadeo in OKC

May 21-25, 2023

Oklahoma City Convention Center

OTA is excited to partner with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) to deliver new educational content and networking events at a jointly hosted annual conference in Oklahoma City from May 21-25, 2023! Register early to secure your space! OTA members are being offered a special "OTA Only" rate for the CTAA/OTA Annual joint conference and the OTA Roadeo!


This partnered conference is a great opportunity for local communities to learn more about the community and public transit industry from a national perspective, and for our members across the country to learn more about the regional challenges and successes of the Midwest.


Secure your registration today to gain access to exclusive new events dedicated to bringing transit professionals together, new content with a refreshed focus on tribal and rural affairs and local tours that will give attendees insight into local transit systems and culture. USE the code OTA2023 which is only valid for OTA members to get our special negotiated rate and book your hotel rooms soon for this sure to sell out event!

Register Here

DOT/FTA 2023

Tribal Transit Symposium

To provide a one-stop shop for technical assistance for Tribal leaders and Tribal organizations, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and FTA will co-host a Tribal Transit Symposium on May 24-25, 2023 in Oklahoma City. 

The two-day learning opportunity will include information on initiating transit programs on Tribal lands and technical assistance to expand and improve existing Tribal transit systems. Session leaders will discuss tips for submitting DOT and FTA grant applications, including eligibility and reporting requirements. The symposium will also provide ample opportunities for participants to provide feedback at a listening session focused on improving FTA’s Tribal Transit Program.

Session topics include:

  • DOT/FTA priorities and funding opportunities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • FTA and DOT technical assistance resources
  • Best practices and industry trends
  • Tribal Transportation Self Governance Program
  • Interactive engagement with DOT/FTA

This will be a hybrid event and participants may stream the symposium live online, or participate in-person at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. The symposium will be held from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time each day.

The event will include participation by FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez, and UDOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tribal Affairs Arlando Teller. In-person participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide input, and receive hands-on technical assistance from DOT/FTA representatives.

All in-person attendees and virtual participants must register to join the Tribal Transit Symposium. The program will be regularly updated as more details become available.

Register Here

NCAI Mid Year Convention & Marketplace

June 4-8, 2023

Prior Lake, Minnesota

The 2023 Mid Year Convention & Marketplace will be filled with cultural celebrations, important conversations between Tribal Nations, Native organizations, federal agencies, the Administration, and more! Tribal leaders, NCAI members, Native youth, and partners from across Indian Country will gather at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota to discuss critical issues centered principally around the themes of environmental sustainability and climate resilience.

Draft Agenda
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July 25-27

Flagstaff, AZ

Meeting Minutes from May 2023

National Summit on Rural Road Safety

September 12-14, 2023

Oklahoma City

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We Moved!

Cross Timbers Consulting has a new mailing address and phone number!

You can now reach us here:

PO Box 67

Alex, OK 73002


Happening Soon

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May 21-25

May 24-25

June 4-8

July 10

July 25-27

Sept. 12-14

Sept. 24-28

Oct. 31-Nov. 2

CTAA/OTA Annual Joint Conference and OTA Roadeo

DOT/FTA Tribal Transit Symposium

NCAI Mid-Year Convention and Marketplace

SS4A Application Deadline

TTPCC Meeting in Flagstaff, AZ

National Summit on Rural Road Safety


TTPCC Meeting in Washington, DC (tentative)

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PO Box 67

Alex, OK 73002


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