State of Good Repair Grants Program

To assist in financing capital projects to maintain public transportation systems in a state of good repair and to ensure public transit operates safely, efficiently, reliably, and sustainably so that communities can offer balanced transportation choices that helps to improve mobility, reduce congestion,
and encourage economic development.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 1) Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority applied $233.7 million in FY 2016 and FY 2015 SGR funds to repair and rehabilitate rail facilities which include commuter rail and subway bridge rehabilitation projects and third rail heater projects as well as projects that improve station resiliency and project that provide a new portable 600-volt DC substation.

2) The New Jersey Transit Corporation applied $ 214.9 million in FY 2016 and FY 2015 SGR funds.

These funds will support NJ TRANSIT?s Rail Preventive Maintenance Program activities.

3) Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) applied $192.9 million to support implementation of capital projects.

These funds are from the FY2016 apportionment.

CTA is using the funds for rail car overhaul, rail stations rehabilitation, computer systems, infrastructure, and bond principal/interest payments.

In 2015, CTA began its overhaul of more than 250 of its second-oldest generation rail cars - the 3200-series that currently operate on the Brown and Orange lines.

The overhaul is expected to be completed in 2017.

4) Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) applied $166.8 million to support preventive maintenance, vehicle overhaul Program, and debt service for the Silverliner V Rail Car acquisition and the Wayne Junction Intermodal Station Reconstruction Project. 5) Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) applied $ $147.4 million in FY 2016 SGR grants to support WMATA?s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The SGR grants will be used for railcars preventive maintenance and rehabilitation, track rehabilitation, rail system rehabilitation, rehabilitation of train control signal and communication systems, and rehabilitation of cooling equipment.

This CIP project is an ongoing effort of WMATA to fix the deteriorating rail infrastructure and to improve safety.

This project used Motorbus funds for fixed guideway system.

This grant provided important financial assistance to WMATA?s CIP projects.

Fiscal Year 2017: The same type of projects is expected for FY 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018: The same type of projects is expected for FY 2018.

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: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
San Francisco, City & County Of $ 72,318,907   2019-08-222027-12-31
Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation $ 164,110,543   2019-08-272027-03-31
San Francisco, City & County Of $ 123,974,432   2018-08-242026-12-30
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 878,000,000   2018-09-102026-09-30
Regional Transportation Authority $ 6,277,947   2018-06-122026-03-30
Detroit Transportation Corporation $ 3,681,057   2019-05-042026-03-30
San Francisco, City & County Of $ 127,761,191   2017-09-182025-09-30
Southern California Regional Rail Authority $ 62,592,765   2025-06-30
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 234,341,068   2019-08-232025-04-30
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 267,135,574   2019-08-272025-04-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, FTA obligated $1,835 million SGR funds to 329 projects in 37 states. Of the $1,835 million, $1,759 million obligated to fixed guideway projects and $76 million obligated to motorbus projects. The grants have improved the reliability and safety of public transportation around the country. Fiscal Year 2017: The same types of accomplishments are expected for FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: The same types of accomplishments are expected for FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing capital projects to maintain public transportation systems in a state of good repair.

Eligible projects include the maintenance, replacement and rehabilitation of rolling stock, track, line equipment and structures, signals and communications, power equipment and substations, passenger stations and terminals, security equipment and systems, maintenance facilities and equipment, operational support equipment (including computer hardware and software), and development and implementation of a transit asset management plan.

Preventive maintenance is eligible for funding so long as it is specifically for fixed guideway systems and High Intensity Motorbus systems.

Funds must be used for the maintenance, replacement and/or rehabilitation of existing high intensity fixed guideway and high intensity motorbus systems that have been in operation for at least seven years.

Projects that solely expand capacity or service are not eligible for the State of Good Repair Grants funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are state and local governmental authorities in urbanized areas.

FTA will apportion funds to designated recipients in the urbanized areas with fixed guideway and high intensity motorbus transportation systems operating at least 7 years.

The designated recipients will then allocate funds as appropriate to recipients that are state and local governmental authorities in the urbanized areas.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation. Public agencies, although private transportation companies may participate through contractual arrangements with public agency grantee.


Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments. All recipients are required to have a transit asset management system in place by October 1, 2018 in order to be eligible for grants, and recipients must certify that the recipients comply with the rule issues under section 5326 (d) Transit Asset Management. Starting from FY 2019 (October 1, 2018), projects eligible for funding under the Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grants must be identified within the investment prioritization of a transit provider?s TAM plan. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is 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. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 and FTA Circular 5300. 'State of Good Repair Grants Program: Guidance and Application Instructions,' January 28, 2015. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic award system, TrAMS ( In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in FTA?s electronic award system and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.


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


Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 49 U.S.C 5337.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49, Chapter 5337 (c) and (d). 49 U.S.C. Section 5337 (c) and (d), 97.15 percent of the total amount authorized for the State of Good Repair program be apportioned to UZAs with ?High Intensity Fixed Guideway? systems. The apportionments to UZAs with ?High Intensity Fixed Guideway? systems are determined by two equal elements:(1) the proportion of the amount a UZA received in FY 2011 to the total amount apportioned to all UZAs in FY 2011; (2) the proportion of vehicle revenue miles of a UZA to the total vehicle revenue miles of all UZAs and the proportion of directional route miles of a UZA to the total directional route miles of all UZAs. High Intensity Motorbus systems will receive the remaining 2.85 percent of the total amount authorized for the State of Good Repair program, and the apportionments to UZAs are based on vehicle revenue miles and directional route miles. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. Matching Requirements: Grants shall provide minimum 20 percent of the net project cost to match each Federal grant provided. The matching funds shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal Funds or revenues from the operation of public mass transportation systems. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The funds apportioned under the State of Good Repair Program remain available to recipients to be obligated in grants during the year of appropriation plus three additional years or four fiscal years in total. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Applicant is required to submit a grant application in FTA's electronic award System.

Post Assistance Requirements


(1) Milestone Progress reports; (2) Federal financial reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable.

Federal Financial Report, SF-425.

Milestone progress reports are required quarterly.

Federal Financial Report contains expenditure information.

Progress report.


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.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $2,507,000,000; FY 17 est $2,549,670,000; and FY 18 est $2,593,703,558 - FY 2016 $2,507,000,000 FY 2017 2,549,670,000 FY 2018 2,593,703,558.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FTA Circular 5010.1D for Grants Management FTA Circular 4220.1F for Third-Party Procurements FTA Circular 5300.1 State of Good Repair Grants Program: Guidance and Application Instructions

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Eric Hu 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-0870

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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