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
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The State of Good Repair program has obligated $1.41 billion FY 2014 grants to 88 capital improvement projects in 27 states as of June 15, 2015. The grants have improved the reliability and safety of public transportation around the country. Fiscal Year 2015: The State of Good Repair program has obligated $168.9 million FY 2015 grants to 9 capital improvement projects in 6 states as of June 15, 2015. The grants have improved the reliability and safety of public transportation around the country. Fiscal Year 2016: The same types of accomplishments are expected for FY 2016.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century 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 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. This requirement is subject to a FTA rulemaking, and will not apply until the final rulemaking is published. 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
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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, 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 office, 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 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. Funds must be used for the replacement and/or rehabilitation of existing high intensity fixed guideway and high intensity motorbus systems that have been in operation for at least seven years.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
(1) Milestone Progress reports; (2) Federal financial reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable. Federal Financial Report, SF-425. Milestone progress reports are required quarterly. Federal Financial Report contains expenditure information. Progress report.
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 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 U.S.C. Section 5337 (c) and (d), 97.15 percent of the total amount authorized for the State of Good Repair program be apportioned to UZAs with “High Intensity Fixed Guideway” systems. The apportionments to UZAs with “High Intensity Fixed Guideway” systems are determined by two equal elements:(1) the proportion of the amount a UZA received in FY 2011 to the total amount apportioned to all UZAs in FY 2011; (2) the proportion of vehicle revenue miles of a UZA to the total vehicle revenue miles of all UZAs and the proportion of directional route miles of a UZA to the total directional route miles of all UZAs. High Intensity Motorbus systems will receive the remaining 2.85 percent of the total amount authorized for the State of Good Repair program, and the apportionments to UZAs are based on vehicle revenue miles and directional route miles.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 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.
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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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 Regional Agency Offices. 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, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-0870
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $1,892,810,502; FY 15 est $2,197,230,663; and FY 16 est $3,544,189,377 - Fiscal Year 2014: Obligated $1,892,810,502 as of May 31, 2014.

Fiscal Year 2015 Obligated $2,197,230,663 as of May 31, 2014.

Fiscal Year 2016: $3,544,189,377.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
2014: $2,149,655,750.
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 2014: 1. San Francisco BART's systemwide rehabilitation, renovation and replacement program, as well as Preventive Maintenance Program.
2. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in Chicago, Illinois used FY 2013 Section 5337 State of Good Repair funds for computer upgrades, facility improvements, program management, bond principal / interest payments and the purchase of vehicles, rail cars and equipment.
3. New York DOT used State of Good Repair grants to repair leak infiltration from surrounding buildings, streets and sidewalks into the Grand Central Terminal complex at 42nd Street, Vanderbilt Avenue between 42nd and 45th Street, and the Viaduct.
4. DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT used the funds for acquisition, installation, rehabilitation, replacement, and maintenance of vehicles or equipment, within or accommodated by existing facilities . Fiscal Year 2015: 1. New Jersey Transit. Rail and Bus rehabilitation and preventive maintenance.
2. Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Rehabilitation of track, structures, signals, communication systems, facilities, and information systems.
3. Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Acquisition, Maintenance of Vehicles / Equipment.
4. Alaska Railroad Coporation. Track Rehabilitation, Positive Train Control, and Rehabilitation of Passenger Rolling Stock. Fiscal Year 2016: Vehicle Overhaul – Rail and Positive Train Control.


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