Some Alaska Native tribal organizations are set to receive nearly $1.8 million for transit projects from the Federal Transit Administration. It’s part of $5 million that will support projects nationwide.

Of the 36 projects supported by the funds, 12 are in Alaska.

“These grants will help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments provide transportation in rural areas to connect tribal residents with jobs, healthcare and other opportunities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao wrote in a news release sent Wednesday.

The Tribal Transit program supports federally recognized villages, groups or communities to support capital projects, operating costs and planning activities.

Some Alaska projects supported by the grants include replacing the Seldovia Bay ferry dock, hiring staff on the Kenai peninsula to expand the area’s public transit program and purchasing a multi-use ferry boat that will provide emergency transportation and transit services between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan.

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