Fiscal Year 2014 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information

3/10/2014

[PDF version of signed letter]

Dear Colleague:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has now published its Fiscal Year 2014 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, providing a full fiscal year (FY) of funding for FTA’s programs as authorized by MAP-21, pursuant to the FY 2014 Appropriations Act. The notice is available in the Federal Register.

The notice provides information on our annual allocation of approximately $10.8 billion for programs and administrative expenses. This amount is in addition to more than $7 billion in formula funds that remain available for obligation from prior fiscal year allocations. I strongly encourage you to make every effort to obligate these funds in a timely manner so that necessary capital and operating improvements are made to your system.

The funding notice also includes funding information for our discretionary programs, including the FY 2014 Capital Investment Grant Program (New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity), along with prior year discretionary programs and their unobligated balances. Additionally, the notice includes the status of MAP-21 implementation for many grant programs.

Concurrent with this funding notice, we have also published the FY2013 and FY2014 funding apportionments for the State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program, as required under MAP-21. The combined funding notice is available in the Federal Register.

I wish to highlight some of the changes taking effect in FY 2014, followed by a brief summary of information contained in these notices that may be useful to you.

FY 2014 Program Highlights and Changes 

FY 2014 Apportionment Notice Overview

Funding for SSO Activities

FTA continues to work with states with rail transit systems to develop and carry out SSO programs consistent with the requirements of MAP-21. As the notice indicates, we are making approximately $22 million available for this purpose in FY2013 and roughly the same amount in FY2014. FTA’s Office of Safety is publishing separately a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that provide additional guidance to states, including detailed information about eligible SSO-related activities. The FAQs are available on FTA’s website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/tso_15862.html.

Looking ahead to FY 2015, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has outlined an exciting and ambitious vision for the future of public transportation. We look forward to working with all of you to continue building and preserving our transit networks, so that together we may offer new ladders of opportunity for millions of Americans who need and deserve access to jobs and training, education, health care, and so much more.

Yours Truly,

Therese McMillan