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 The program was repealed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-059., Public Law 109-059
The OTRB Accessibility program was repealed under Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 6, and effective on October 1, 2012. Therefore, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 was the last year for discretionary awards under this program.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 that use mass transit.
This program was repealed under MAP-21. There is no new funding for this program and therefore no new applications are being accepted. Costs were 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program was repealed under MAP-21. No new funding is available for this program. However, when active, FTA conducted national solicitations for applications annually. Grant awards were made on a competitive basis. Applications were submitted through Grants.Gov.
Award Procedure
The announcement of awards were published in a Federal Register Notice. Successful applicants filed a grant application with FTA. An FTA grant award obligating federal funds was reflected in a grant agreement. To access funds, the recipient executed the grant agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Project selections were announced approximately six months following the application deadline for competitive consideration.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Guidance contained in Federal Register Notice was published annually.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
This program was excluded from coverage under OMB Circular 2CFR 200. As requested by FTA.
Recipient was 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 10%. Federal transit funds were available to intercity fixed-route providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project cost. A 10 percent match was required.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds were available for obligation to grantees for 3 fiscal years. Any funds not obligated by FTA by the end of this period were added to the succeeding year's program allocation. The applications accepted in Grants.GOV, awarded in FTA's Transit Awards Management System (TrAMS) and released through FTA's financial management system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
You can contact an FTA Regional Office with information from this link.
Headquarters Office
Matt Lange
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington , DC 20590 US
Phone: 202-366-2053
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 FY 24 FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 17$195,330.00; FY 16$0.00; - This program was repealed under the MAP-21 Act.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Prior to being repealed the range was $25,000 to $ 180,000. Average: $25,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
None. However, when active Federal Register Notices were published annually.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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