State of Good Repair Grants Program


To assist in financing capital projects to maintain public transportation systems in a state of good repair and to ensure public transit operates safely, efficiently, reliably, and sustainably so that communities can offer balanced transportation choices that helps to improve mobility, reduce congestion, and encourage economic development.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The State of Good Repair program has obligated $449.45 million State of Good Repair grants to 33 capital improvement projects in 20 states as of March 31, 2016. The grants have improved the reliability and safety of public transportation around the country. In FY 2016, FTA obligated $1,835 million SGR funds to 329 projects in 37 states. Of the $1,835 million, $1,759 million obligated to fixed guideway projects and $76 million obligated to motorbus projects. The grants have improved the reliability and safety of public transportation around the country.
Fiscal Year 2017 FTA apportioned $2,452 million to fixed guideway systems and $72 million to high intensity motorbus systems in FY 2017. FTA has obligated $978 million of the FY 2017 State of Good Repair funds to 56 capital projects in 24 states by September 30, 2017.
Fiscal Year 2018 The same types of accomplishments are expected for FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 The State of Good Repair program provided funds to 106 capital projects in FY 2018. The capital projects include rehabilitating and replacing rail tracks, stations, facilities, and vehicles. The State of Good Repair program also supports preventive maintenance activities. For example, Southern California Regional Rail Authority used the funds for Metrolink infrastructure rehabilitation, rolling stock rebuild and rehabilitation, facility improvements, and upgrade or replacement of equipment and systems. The projects are contained in Metrolink's FY 2020 Rehabilitation and Capital budgets.
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 49 U.S.C. 5337
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are state and local governmental authorities in urbanized areas. FTA will apportion funds to designated recipients in the urbanized areas with fixed guideway and high intensity motorbus transportation systems operating at least 7 years. The designated recipients will then allocate funds as appropriate to recipients that are state and local governmental authorities in the urbanized areas.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation. Public agencies, although private transportation companies may participate through contractual arrangements with public agency grantee.
Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments. All recipients are required to have a transit asset management system in place by October 1, 2018 in order to be eligible for grants, and recipients must certify that the recipients comply with the rule issues under section 5326 (d) Transit Asset Management. Starting from FY 2019 (October 1, 2018), projects eligible for funding under the Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grants must be identified within the investment prioritization of a transit provider's TAM plan.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing.
Application Procedure
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 2 CFR 200 and FTA Circular 5300. "State of Good Repair Grants Program: Guidance and Application Instructions," January 28, 2015. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic award system, TrAMS ( In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in FTA's electronic award system and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing capital projects to maintain public transportation systems in a state of good repair. Eligible projects include the maintenance, replacement and rehabilitation of rolling stock, track, line equipment and structures, signals and communications, power equipment and substations, passenger stations and terminals, security equipment and systems, maintenance facilities and equipment, operational support equipment (including computer hardware and software), and development and implementation of a transit asset management plan. Preventive maintenance is eligible for funding so long as it is specifically for fixed guideway systems and High Intensity Motorbus systems.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Progress report
Not applicable.
Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of 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 Chapter 5337 (c) and (d) 49

Matching is voluntary. 20%. Matching Requirements: Grants shall provide minimum 20 percent of the net project cost to match each Federal grant provided. The matching funds shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal Funds or revenues from the operation of public mass transportation systems.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The funds apportioned under the State of Good Repair Program remain available to recipients to be obligated in grants during the year of appropriation plus three additional years or four fiscal years in total. Applicant is required to submit a grant application in FTA's electronic award System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.
Headquarters Office
Eric Hu
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.,
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: (202) 366-0870
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$3,222,555,568.00; FY 19 est $2,872,353,190.00; FY 20 est $2,904,460,385.00; FY 17$2,343,939,637.00; FY 16$2,507,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FTA Circular 5010.1D for Grants Management FTA Circular 4220.1F for Third-Party Procurements FTA Circular 5300.1 State of Good Repair Grants Program: Guidance and Application Instructions
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Transit facility and vehicle overhaul ,maintenance, and replacements. Develop and implement transit asset management plans. 1) Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority applied $233.7 million in FY 2016 and FY 2015 SGR funds to repair and rehabilitate rail facilities which include commuter rail and subway bridge rehabilitation projects and third rail heater projects as well as projects that improve station resiliency and project that provide a new portable 600-volt DC substation. 2) The New Jersey Transit Corporation applied $ 214.9 million in FY 2016 and FY 2015 SGR funds. These funds will support NJ TRANSIT’s Rail Preventive Maintenance Program activities. 3) Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) applied $192.9 million to support implementation of capital projects. These funds are from the FY2016 apportionment. CTA is using the funds for rail car overhaul, rail stations rehabilitation, computer systems, infrastructure, and bond principal/interest payments. In 2015, CTA began its overhaul of more than 250 of its second-oldest generation rail cars - the 3200-series that currently operate on the Brown and Orange lines. The overhaul is expected to be completed in 2017. 4) Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) applied $166.8 million to support preventive maintenance, vehicle overhaul Program, and debt service for the Silverliner V Rail Car acquisition and the Wayne Junction Intermodal Station Reconstruction Project. 5) Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) applied $ $147.4 million in FY 2016 SGR grants to support WMATA’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The SGR grants will be used for railcars preventive maintenance and rehabilitation, track rehabilitation, rail system rehabilitation, rehabilitation of train control signal and communication systems, and rehabilitation of cooling equipment. This CIP project is an ongoing effort of WMATA to fix the deteriorating rail infrastructure and to improve safety. This project used Motorbus funds for fixed guideway system. This grant provided important financial assistance to WMATA’s CIP projects.
Fiscal Year 2017 1. FTA awarded $71,580,101 to support Chicago Transit Authority's capital projects. These funds were used for buses, rail car overhaul, replacement and purchase of rail cars. In addition, these funds were used to rehabilitate equipment, computer systems, non-revenue vehicles, signals and station. 2. New Orleans Regional Transit Authority used $ 1,844,202 of federal FY2017 5337 funds for preventive maintenance, removing asphalt around the streetcar rails and replace with cement. 3. Seattle used FY 2017 5337 funds for vehicle overhaul (trains), which includes maintenance, rehabilitation, replacement of capital assets, and implementation of transit asset management plans.
Fiscal Year 2019 The same type of projects is expected for FY 2018. The funds are used for purchasing railcars, motorbuses, and equipment, as well as replacing and rehabilitating tracks, substations, facilities, and communication systems, for example, Southern California Regional Rail Authority used the funds for Metrolink infrastructure rehabilitation, rolling stock rebuild and rehabilitation, facility improvements, and upgrade or replacement of equipment and systems.


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