Federal Transit_Formula Grants


To support public transportation services in urbanized areas (Census designated areas over 50,000 in population).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: FTA made approximately $4.8 billion available to Section 5307 program recipients. FTA awarded over 1,100 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2014.

FTA received a total of 31 proposals requesting approximately $115 million. Twenty-six projects were selected for funding using FY2013 and FY2014 funds through the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. Fiscal Year 2015: FTA is expected to make approximately $3.9 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA is estimated to award over 1,500 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2015.

FTA is expected to receive approximately 45 proposals for the Passenger Ferry Grant program. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). , Public Law 112-141, 49 U.S.C 5307.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Funds will be made available to urbanized areas (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau) through designated recipients, which must be public entities and have the legal capacity to receive and dispense federal funds. The Governor, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of mass transportation services must jointly select the designated recipient(s) for an urbanized area with a population of 200,000 or more. The Governor or his designee acts as the designated recipient for an urbanized area with a population of 50,000 to 199,999. Recipients must submit a program of projects to FTA; submit a program application to FTA; enter into formal agreements with FTA; and certify that public notification has been conducted.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, both users and non-users, and publicly owned operators of public transportation services.
The following documentation must be submitted prior to award of a formula grant under this program: A resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing of an application, the urbanized area’s transportation improvement program (TIP), and the Statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) approved by FTA and FHWA. In addition, information must be provided on labor agreements and relocation planning: environmental impact, legal capacity, coordinated regional planning and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA’s Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Eligible costs must be in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200. Prior to the award of a discretionary grant under this program, applicants must submit a project application based on criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Availability published yearly in the Federal Register.

A notice is published annually in the Federal Register on FTA’s fiscal year apportionments and applications. The notice contains a list of the amount apportioned to each urbanized area and the total available for discretionary award. The full apportionment amounts for fiscal year 2014 were published on March 10, 2014. Prior year notices can be found at FTA’s website at www.fta.dot.gov/apportionments or by contacting the appropriate FTA Regional Office to obtain copies or publication dates. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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.

An environmental impact assessment may be required. In addition, an environmental impact statement may also be required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. 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 Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87 and 49 CFR Part 18. Applications are to be submitted in the Transportation Electronic Award Management system. (TEAM-Web), which is the FTA electronic grant-making and record keeping system.
Award Procedure
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days.
Opportunity for public hearing for interested persons.
Funds are apportioned annually to each urbanized area. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
How are proposals selected?
Projects must be eligible public transportation projects and meet all formula grant requirements. Discretionary projects must respond to a list of criteria published in the Notice of Funding Availability as part of the application process.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for capital projects to finance the planning, acquisition, construction, cost-effective lease, improvement, and maintenance of equipment and facilities for use in transit. One percent of the funds apportioned to urbanized areas with a population of at least 200,000 must be expended for associated transit improvements. For urbanized areas with populations under 200,000, funds may be used to finance transit operating costs. Recipients of these grants are required to make information available to the public and to publish a program of projects to afford affected citizens opportunities through public hearings to submit comments on the proposed program and the performance of the recipient. In addition, a Passenger Ferry Grant Program component has been added under Section 5307 as a result of MAP-21 and will award funding on a competitive discretionary selection basis. One percent of the funds apportioned to urbanized areas with a population of at least 200,000 must be expended for associated transit improvements. For urbanized areas with populations under 200,000, funds may be used to finance transit operating costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. SF -425. (1) Milestone progress reports. (2) Federal Financial reports, which must be submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 in population; annually for other recipients and states. (3) Construction reports where applicable. (4) Annual report to the National Transit Database (NTD). SF-425. See audit requirements. Grantees receiving 500,000 or more have an audit requirement.
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 the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records and supporting documents.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 49 USC, Part 5336, Public Law 112-141.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. The program operates under the statutory formula prescribed in 49 USC 5336. The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost. The Federal share may be 90 percent for the cost of vehicle-related equipment attributable to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act Or 85 percent for the cost of a vehicle that complies with these requirements. The federal share may also be 90 percent for projects or portions of projects related to bicycles facilities. The federal share may not exceed 50 percent of the net cost for operating assistance.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds apportioned under the Urbanized Area Formula program are available for obligation by the Governor, designated recipient, or authorized grant recipient for a period of 5 years following the close of the fiscal year for which such funds are apportioned. Any amounts remaining unobligated at the end of this period are distributed among all urbanized areas. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of eligible project expenses.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.
Headquarters Office
Tara Clark & Vanessa Williams 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2623 & (202) 366-4818
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1129-0-1-401.
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $6,952,847,021; FY 15 est $5,481,481,294; and FY 16 est $5,062,310,951
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies according to local programming of available formula funds and the level of operating expenses incurred.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Formula Grant Application Instructions may be accessed on the FTA website or secured at no charge from the FTA Regional Offices - FTA Circular 9030.1E, "Urbanized Area Formula Program: Program Guidance and Application Instructions," January 16, 2014.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Marin County, CA used 5307 funds to purchase paratransit vehicles in FY 14.

Passenger Ferry Discretionary
New York City DOT used funds for ferry landing structures and infrastructure and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority improved parking conditions at a new passenger ferry facility. Fiscal Year 2015: Metropolitan Council in Minnesota is using 5307 funds for public facilities, security, miscellaneous safety equipment and Northstar RCC software. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available