FTA Program & Bicycle Related Funding Opportunities

Multiple FTA grant programs are able to help cities, towns and rural areas invest in bicycle infrastructure, which improves personal mobility and helps more people access public transportation. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)†also provides funding for bicycling (including bikesharing), detailed here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/bp-guid.htm#bp4

Program Name Statue (Title 49) Funding Type Eligible Recipients Program Purpose Eligible Bicycle Activities Federal Share for Bicycle Activities
Metropolitan & Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning 5303, 5304, 5305 Formula States, with allocation of funding to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) Provides funding and procedural requirements for multimodal transportation planning in metropolitan areas and states that is cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive, resulting in long-range plans and short-range programs of transportation investment priorities. Planning for bicycle facilities in a state or metropolitan transportation network. Federal share is 80% formula-based with a required 20% non-federal match
Urbanized Area Formula Program 5307 Formula FTA apportions funds to designated recipients, which then suballocate funds to state and local governmental authorities, including public transportation providers Provides grants to Urbanized Areas (UZA) for public transportation capital, planning, job access and reverse commute projects, as well as operating expenses in certain circumstances. These funds constitute a core investment in the enhancement and revitalization of public transportation systems in the nationís urbanized areas, which depend on public transportation to improve mobility and reduce congestion.. Consolidates JARC eligible projects. Bicycle routes to transit, bike racks, shelters and equipment for public transportation vehicles Bicycle projects can receive a 95% federal share for the first 1% of program funds in large urbanized areas.
Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants 5309 Formula State and local government agencies, including transit agencies Provides grants for new and expanded rail, bus rapid transit, and ferry systems that reflect local priorities to improve transportation options in key corridors Bicycle racks, shelters and equipment Bicycle projects receive a 90% federal share.
Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Grants 5339 Formula Designated recipients and states that operate or allocate funding to fixed-route bus operators Provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities Bicycle routes to transit, bike racks, shelters and equipment for public transportation vehicles Bicycle projects receive a 90% federal share.
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities 5310 Formula States (for all areas under 200,000 in population) and designated recipients, State†DOTs†for private non-profit agencies and public agencies that coordinate human service transportation States or local government authorities, private non-profit organizations, or operators of public transportation that receive a grant indirectly through a recipient This program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds for programs to serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services. Consolidates New Freedom eligible projects. Bicycle improvements that provide access to an eligible public transportation facility and meet the needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities Bicycle projects receive a 80% federal share.
Formula Grants for Rural Areas 5311 Formula States, Indian tribes, State DOTs for local rural transit providers, including private non-profits. Subrecipients: State or local government authorities, nonprofit organizations, operators of public transportation This program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. Bicycle routes to transit, bike racks, shelters and equipment for public transportation vehicles Bicycle projects receive a 90% federal share.
TOD Planning Pilot Grants 20005(b) of MAP-21 Discretionary State and local government agencies Provides funding to advance planning efforts that support transit-oriented development (TOD) associated with new fixed-guideway and core capacity improvement projects Projects that facilitate multimodal connectivity and accessibility or Increase access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic Bicycle projects receive a 90% federal share.

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