MAP-21 Discretionary & Formula Programs

Formula Programs

Learn more about MAP-21 Formula Programs

Discretionary Programs

Program Type Description Date

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.


Discretionary Funding Opportunities: Prior Year Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Program (Ladders of Opportunity Initiative) (PDF)

Notice of Funding Availability

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.

Application Information


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.