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
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
FTA is expected to make approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA is expected to award over 1,100 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2016. For the Passenger Ferry Program, FTA received 21 proposals from 10 states and the U.S. Virgin Island requesting $98 million. FTA funded 18 projects for a total of $59 million. Passenger Ferry project selections includes funds for Fiscal Years 2015 and 16. FTA made approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA awarded over 1,600 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2016. For the Passenger Ferry Program, FTA received 21 proposals from 10 states and the U.S. Virgin Island requesting $98 million. FTA funded 18 projects for a total of $59 million. Passenger Ferry project selections includes funds for Fiscal Years 2015 and 16.Fiscal Year 2017
FTA is expected to make approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA is expected to award over 1,100 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2017. FTA is expected to competitively allocate $30 million for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program.Fiscal Year 2018
FTA made approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA awarded over 1,600 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2018. Under the Passenger Ferry Grant Program, FTA has allocated $118.9 million to 44 projects in 15 states plus Puerto Rico.Fiscal Year 2019
FTA is expected to make approximately $5 billion available to 5307 program recipients. FTA is expected to award over 1,200 grants to Section 5307 program recipients in FY 2019. FTA is expected to competitively allocate $30 million for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program.
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C. 5307
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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. 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.
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 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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days.
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 Opportunity 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 awards funding on a competitive discretionary selection basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
See audit requirements in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F.
No additional audit requirements.
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 Chapter 53 Part 5336 Public Law 112-141
Matching is mandatory. 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. Additional Information: 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. Reimbursement of eligible project expenses
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590 US
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$6,583,267,878.00; FY 19 est $4,766,778,636.00; FY 20 est $4,867,834,343.00; FY 17$5,568,835,693.00; FY 16$4,538,905,700.00; - Includes Ferry boat program funding
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 2016
Centre Area Transportation Authority will use approximately $5 million for facility expansion and upgrade. King County Department of Transportation received $3.9 million to replace the passenger only ferry docking float and expand the docking capacity to relaunch or start routes to downtown Seattle, WA. Centre Area Transportation Authority received $5 million for facility expansion and upgrade. King County Department of Transportation received $3.9 million to replace the passenger only ferry docking float and expand the docking capacity to re-launch or start routes to downtown Seattle, WA.Fiscal Year 2017
A transit agency received approximately $135 million to purchase buses for public transportation. Another transit agency received $3.9 million to replace the passenger-only ferry docking float and expand the docking capacity.Fiscal Year 2018
A transit agency will receive approximately $11 million for preventive maintenance for its buses and supporting facilities. Another transit agency will receive $5 million to refurbish and modernize a ferry vessel.Fiscal Year 2019
A transit agency will receive funds for operating assistance for paratransit service. Another transit agency will receive funds to replace a pier that supports ferry service.