Rail and Transit Security Grant Program (ARRA)

To create sustainable programs for the protection of critical bus and infrastructure from terrorism, with special emphasis on construction projects which address the most significant risks and can also be completed in a timely fashion.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority $ 2,828,400   2013-09-012015-08-31
New Jersey Transit Corporation, The $ 8,131,084   2013-09-012015-08-31
Tri-county Metropolitan Transportation District Of Oregon $ 12,439   2013-09-012015-08-31
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 11,780,381   2009-09-012013-08-31
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority $ 685,980   2009-07-302013-07-31
Dallas Area Rapid Transit $ 1,303,690   2009-07-302013-07-31
Transportation & Public Works, Pr Department Of $ 625,060   2009-07-302013-05-31
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority $ 2,198,757   2009-07-302013-05-31
Chicago Transit Authority (inc) $ 4,866,900   2009-07-302013-05-31
Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation $ 1,668,888   2009-07-312013-01-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Programs included under the CFDA number are: the ARRA Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), Consistent with sections 1406 and 1513 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53; 6 U.S.C.

1135 and 1163, funds may be used for planning, organizational activities, equipment acquisition, training, management and administrative activities, and other costs the Secretary deems appropriate to support the objectives of the program.

Priority will be given to operational packages and capital projects which address the most significant risks and can also be completed in a timely fashion.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Pursuant to PL 110-53, in order for a transit agency to be eligible for the ARRA TSGP, they must have either undergone a security assessment conducted by DHS (such as the Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) program security assessment performed by TSA Transportation Security Inspectors?Surface, or developed and/or updated their own security plan within the past three years.

A list of eligible transit agencies is included in the ARRA TSGP guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refer to program guidance.


P.L. 111-5 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Section 1511 Certifications: With respect to covered funds made available to State or local governments for infrastructure investments, the Governor, mayor, or other chief executive, as appropriate, shall certify that the infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. Such certification shall include a description of the investment, the estimated total cost, and the amount of covered funds to be used, and shall be posted on a website and linked to the website established by section 1526 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A State or local agency may not receive infrastructure investment funding from funds made available in this Act unless this certification is made and posted. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff.


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


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 , Public Law 115-5, 6 U.S.C 1135.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


(1) The total amount of recovery funds received from that agency; (2) The amount of recovery funds received that were obligated and expended to projects or activities.

This reporting will also include unobligated Allotment balances to facilitate reconciliations.

(3) A detailed list of all projects or activities for which recovery funds were obligated and expended, including-- (A) The name of the project or activity; (B) A description of the project or activity; (C) An evaluation of the completion status of the project or activity; (D) An estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs retained by the project or activity; and (E) For infrastructure investments made by State and local governments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale of the agency for funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under this Act, and name of the person to contact at the agency if there are concerns with the infrastructure investment.

(4) Detailed information on any subcontracts or subgrants awarded by the recipient to include the data elements required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-282), allowing aggregate reporting on awards below $25,000 or to individuals, as prescribed by the Director of OMB.

Financial Status Reports.

Progress Reports.

Financial Status Reports Recovery Act funding reports.

Subrecipient monitoring.


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. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0563-0-1-999 - TAFS: 70 0563.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - The ARRA TSGP was only available in FY 2009. This program will remain open due to open awards.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Memorandum M-09-10 Subject: Initial Implementing Guidance for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Grant Programs Directorate, FEMA DHS/FEMA/GPD 400 C Street, SW 3N , Washington, District of Columbia 20472 Email: askcsid@dhs.gov Phone: (1-800) 368-6498

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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