FTA Funds Available to Transit Agencies for Emergency Preparedness Drills

Number C-02-05

U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit


400 Seventh St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Colleague:

The attacks of September 11, 2001, highlighted the potential vulnerability of the Nation's transit systems to terrorist threats and the need to expeditiously implement new security measures. As part of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) aggressive efforts to assist transit agencies in this regard, I am pleased to make you aware of FTA funds currently available to transit agencies for organizing and conducting full-scale Emergency Preparedness Drills.

With funding available under the 2001 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States, Public Law 107-38, the FTA is planning a variety of initiatives to assist transit providers in improving the security of their systems, including the implementation of full-scale Emergency Preparedness Drills for the top 100 transit systems, ranked by annual passenger trips, in the United States.

As one of the top 100 systems, I invite you to submit an application to conduct single or multiple drills in your area. Grants will be awarded for up to $50,000 per transit agency, with the amount awarded dependent upon the number and complexity of the drills. FTA, however, is encouraging the submission of collaborative applications from several transit agencies in an urbanized area. The collaborative application will permit the pooling of funds available to each transit agency. This will allow for comprehensive, multi transit agency drills on a regional basis.

Due to the immediacy of the need to implement security measures such as these drills, grant requirements have been streamlined and applications are to be submitted to FTA via TEAM-Web. Expenses covered under this grant would include materials, supplies and certain labor necessary to carry out the drill(s), but not capital expenditures. The drill scenario must be based on a security threat in order to qualify for these funds, and all drills must be completed within 18 months of the grant award date.

The attached guidelines include step-by-step instructions for submitting your agency's drill proposal, including budgetary requirements. I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to heighten your agency's security readiness by submitting a proposal and conducting a drill. Please contact your regional grant representative with any questions regarding the Emergency Preparedness Drills.

Many thanks for all that you are doing to keep America's communities safe and moving.


Jennifer L. Dorn

cc: Regional Administrators