FTA lines up $20B for public transit modernization, expansion
Washington, D.C. – Fueled by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will invest more than $20 billion in public transit enabling agencies to modernize and expand services.
In February 2022, FTA released partial-year funding tables based on a series of continuing resolutions that maintained funding at FY 2021 levels. The continuing resolutions prohibited the full implementation of new programs and funding levels created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law by President Biden in November 2021.
The FY 2022 full-year apportionment, which supports all of FTA’s diverse competitive and formula programs, supersedes partial-year tables posted in February. The full-year amounts significantly increase funding for many programs, including:
- $6.9 billion for the Urbanized Area Formula Program, which supports transit agencies in large U.S. cities and suburbs, 29 percent more than the FY21 funding level.
- $4.1 billion for the State of Good Repair Formula Program, 52 percent more than the FY21 funding level.
- $893 million for Rural Area Formula grants, which support transit programs in rural areas, representing 23 percent more than the FY21 level.
- $422 million for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, representing 44 percent more than the FY21 level.
- $45 million to support transit programs run by tribal governments through formula and competitive grants, representing 25 percent more than the FY21 funding level.
- $49 million for State Safety Oversight, representing 69 percent more than FY21 funding level.
The tables allow transit agencies and grant recipients to view the amounts for programs so they can better plan and manage new and expanded transit projects that benefit their communities.
FTA has already issued Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2022 Tribal Transit Competitive program and the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program and Low or No Emission Grant Program. The administration will publish NOFOs for other programs later this spring and summer.