Federal Transit Formula Grants

To support public transportation services in urbanized areas (Census designated areas over 50,000 in population).




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Centre Area Transportation Authority received $5 million for facility expansion and upgrade. King County Department of Transportation received $3.9 million to replace the passenger only ferry docking float and expand the docking capacity to re-launch or start routes to downtown Seattle, WA.

Fiscal Year 2017: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority received approximately $135 million to purchase buses.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Stark Area Regional Transit Authority $ 11,428,977   2020-05-062030-12-31
Fort Smith, City Of $ 1,837,198   2019-07-152030-12-31
Santa Maria, City Of $ 12,320,580   2020-07-072030-06-30
Gulf Coast Center The $ 410,154   2019-03-292030-06-30
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District $ 8,100,000   2020-08-182030-05-31
Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority Of $ 76,380,359   2019-08-202030-04-01
Gary Public Transportation Corporation $ 2,000,000   2020-06-052030-03-30
Chippewa Falls, City Of $ 450,285   2020-05-112030-03-30
Anchorage, Municipality Of (inc) $ 18,580,864   2020-08-312029-03-31
Martin, County Of $ 3,220,534   2020-08-252029-03-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FTA made approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA awarded over 1,600 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2016. For the Passenger Ferry Program, FTA received 21 proposals from 10 states and the U.S. Virgin Island requesting $98 million. FTA funded 18 projects for a total of $59 million. Passenger Ferry project selections includes funds for Fiscal Years 2015 and 16. Fiscal Year 2017: FTA is expected to make approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA is expected to award over 1,100 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2017. FTA is expected to competitively allocate $30 million for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for capital projects to finance the planning, acquisition, construction, cost-effective lease, improvement, and maintenance of equipment and facilities for use in transit.

One percent of the funds apportioned to urbanized areas with a population of at least 200,000 must be expended for associated transit improvements.

For urbanized areas with populations under 200,000, funds may be used to finance transit operating costs.

Recipients of these grants are required to make information available to the public and to publish a program of projects to afford affected citizens opportunities through public hearings to submit comments on the proposed program and the performance of the recipient.

In addition, a Passenger Ferry Grant Program component has been added under Section 5307 as a result of MAP-21 and will award funding on a competitive discretionary selection basis.

One percent of the funds apportioned to urbanized areas with a population of at least 200,000 must be expended for associated transit improvements.

For urbanized areas with populations under 200,000, funds may be used to finance transit operating costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds will be made available to urbanized areas (as defined by the U.S.

Census Bureau) through designated recipients, which must be public entities and have the legal capacity to receive and dispense federal funds.

The Governor, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of mass transportation services must jointly select the designated recipient(s) for an urbanized area with a population of 200,000 or more.

The Governor or his designee acts as the designated recipient for an urbanized area with a population of 50,000 to 199,999.

Recipients must submit a program of projects to FTA; submit a program application to FTA; enter into formal agreements with FTA; and certify that public notification has been conducted.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, both users and non-users, and publicly owned operators of public transportation services.

Credentials/Documentation

The following documentation must be submitted prior to award of a formula grant under this program: A resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing of an application, the urbanized area?s transportation improvement program (TIP), and the Statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) approved by FTA and FHWA. In addition, information must be provided on labor agreements and relocation planning: environmental impact, legal capacity, coordinated regional planning and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA?s Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Eligible costs must be in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200. Prior to the award of a discretionary grant under this program, applicants must submit a project application based on criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Availability published yearly in the Federal Register. A notice is published annually in the Federal Register on FTA?s fiscal year apportionments and applications. The notice contains a list of the amount apportioned to each urbanized area and the total available for discretionary award. The full apportionment amounts for fiscal year 2014 were published on March 10, 2014. Prior year notices can be found at FTA?s website at www.fta.dot.gov/apportionments or by contacting the appropriate FTA Regional Office to obtain copies or publication dates. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review.

An environmental impact assessment may be required.

In addition, an environmental impact statement may also be required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87 and 49 CFR Part 18. Applications are to be submitted in the Transportation Electronic Award Management system. (TEAM-Web), which is the FTA electronic grant-making and record keeping system.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). , Public Law 112-141, 49 U.S.C 5307.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 30 days.

Appeals

Opportunity for public hearing for interested persons.

Renewals

Funds are apportioned annually to each urbanized area. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49 USC, Part 5336, Public Law 112-141. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. The program operates under the statutory formula prescribed in 49 USC 5336. The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost. The Federal share may be 90 percent for the cost of vehicle-related equipment attributable to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act Or 85 percent for the cost of a vehicle that complies with these requirements. The federal share may also be 90 percent for projects or portions of projects related to bicycles facilities. The federal share may not exceed 50 percent of the net cost for operating assistance. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds apportioned under the Urbanized Area Formula program are available for obligation by the Governor, designated recipient, or authorized grant recipient for a period of 5 years following the close of the fiscal year for which such funds are apportioned. Any amounts remaining unobligated at the end of this period are distributed among all urbanized areas. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of eligible project expenses.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

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(1) Milestone progress reports.

(2) Federal Financial reports, which must be submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 in population; annually for other recipients and states.

(3) Construction reports where applicable.

(4) Annual report to the National Transit Database (NTD).

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See audit requirements.

Grantees receiving 500,000 or more have an audit requirement.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1129-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $4,538,905,700; FY 17 est $4,629,683,814; and FY 18 est $4,726,907,174

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies according to local programming of available formula funds and the level of operating expenses incurred.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Formula Grant Application Instructions may be accessed on the FTA website or secured at no charge from the FTA Regional Offices - FTA Circular 9030.1E, 'Urbanized Area Formula Program: Program Guidance and Application Instructions,' January 16, 2014.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Tara Clark & Vanessa Williams 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2623 & (202) 366-4818

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Projects must be eligible public transportation projects and meet all formula grant requirements. Discretionary projects must respond to a list of criteria published in the Notice of Funding Availability as part of the application process.


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