Capital and Training Assistance Program for Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility

To make funds available to private operators of over-the-road buses to finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with requirements of the Department of Transportation's Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility regulation, 'Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities' (49 CFR Part 37,
Subpart H).

The program was repealed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Grants are used for training, new lifts and retrofits for wheelchair lifts.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available 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 Catalog Appendix for listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 85 percent of funds are obligated under this program. Fiscal Year 2017: 90 percent of funds have been obligated. Fiscal Year 2018: All funds will be obligated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Program funds were used to finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT's Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility regulation.

Capital projects eligible for funding included adding wheelchair lifts and other accessibility components to new vehicle purchases, and purchasing lifts to retrofit existing vehicles.

Eligible training costs included training in proper operation and maintenance of equipment, boarding assistance, and securement, handling and storage of mobility devices, and sensitivity training.

In FY 2014, $8.8 million was available for discretionary award.

In FY 2012, $8.8 million is available for discretionary award.

All funds obligated in FY14.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private operators of over-the-road buses that provide intercity fixed route bus service and other providers, including operators of over-the-road buses of local fixed-route service, commuter service and charter or tour service.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Persons with disabilities.


Costs are determined in accordance with program guidance in an annual Federal Register Notice soliciting applications. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. FTA conducted national solicitations for applications annually. Grant awards were made on a competitive basis. Applications were submitted through Grants.Gov.

Award Procedures

The announcement of awards is published in a Federal Register Notice. Successful applicants file a grant application with FTA. An FTA grant award obligating federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement.


Not Applicable.


Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-059. , Public Law 109-059.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Project selections were announced approximately six months following the application deadline for competitive consideration.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for obligation to grantees for 3 fiscal years. Any funds not obligated by FTA by the end of this period will be added to the succeeding year's program allocation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of eligible expenses.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Final Milestone Progress Report and Federal Financial Report are both required upon closing the grant, and annual reports for grants remaining open are required at the end of each Federal fiscal year.

Documentation is required for payment.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular 2CFR 200. As requested by FTA.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification

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


(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - This program was repealed under the MAP-21 Act.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 to $ 180,000. Average: $25,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register Notices, published annually.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Elan Flippin 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington , District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-3800

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Guidance contained in Federal Register Notice was published annually.

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