Background on Annual Apportionments & Allocations

Each year Congress passes legislation which, when signed by the President, appropriates funds for the Department of Transportation and related agencies. After this legislation is enacted, FTA publishes a Notice in the Federal Register which provides an overview of the apportionments and allocations based on these funds for the various Federal Transit Administration programs as well as statements of policy and guidance on public transit administration. The pages on this web page contain the current and prior fiscal year apportionments for each grant program. Additional past years’ apportionments are available for viewing in the Archived Apportionments page.

FTA's public transportation assistance program authorization, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), expired September 30, 2014. Since that time, Congress has enacted short-term extensions allowing FTA to continue its current programs. The most recent extension, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Pub. L. 114-41, (July 31, 2015), continues MAP-21 through October 29, 2015. This extension allows FTA to make available contract authority for transit assistance programs through September 30, 2015.

FTA's full-year appropriations, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Pub. L. 113-235 (Dec. 16, 2014), hereinafter “Appropriations Act, 2015” was enacted in December 2014, giving FTA appropriated resources for FY 2015 for Administrative Expenses, Capital Investment Grants (CIG), Research and Technical Assistance and Training programs, and Grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority. The Appropriations Act, 2015 also provides a full fiscal year obligation limitation of $8,595,000,000 of contract authority for FTA programs funded from the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund during this fiscal year.