MAP-21 Discretionary & Formula Programs

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Formula Programs

Learn more about MAP-21 Formula Programs

Discretionary Programs

Program Type Description

Prior Year Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative)

Project Selections

Program funds may be used to purchase, replace, or rehabilitate transit buses and vans as well as to modernize or construct bus facilities (such as maintenance depots and intermodal facilities) in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Section 20005(b) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning

Notice of Funding Availability

The Pilot Program for TOD Planning helps support FTA’s mission of improving public transportation for America’s communities by providing funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with a transit capital investment that will seek funding through the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program. Comprehensive planning funded through the program must examine ways to improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations.

Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Project Selections

Under MAP-21, FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program was authorized for the first time to provide competitive funding to public ferry systems in urbanized areas. Funds are awarded based on factors such as the age and condition of existing ferry boats, terminals and related infrastructure; benefits to riders, such as increased reliability; project readiness; and connectivity to other modes of transportation.

Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Research Demonstrations

Project Selections

(Announcement Pending)

One of FTA’s highest priorities is to improve and maintain America’s public transportation systems to ensure they are safe and in a state of good repair in order to meet performance objectives. The innovative research and demonstrations awarded through this new program are intended to develop and showcase promising technologies, methods, practices and techniques that improve public transportation systems.

Tribal Transit Program

Project Selections

Section 5311(j) of MAP-21 authorizes the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-2014. The modified Tribal Transit Program continues to be a set-aside from the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program but now consists of a $25 million formula program and a $5 million discretionary grant program subject to the availability of appropriations.

Learn more about the Tribal Transit Program

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