MAP-21 Discretionary & Formula Programs

Formula Programs

Learn more about MAP-21 Formula Programs

Discretionary Programs

Program Description
Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration

The Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Research program funds innovative research and demonstration projects that develop and showcase promising technologies, methods, practices, and techniques that improve the operational safety, infrastructure resilience, and all-hazards emergency response and recovery capacities of transit agencies.

Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program

The main purpose of the LoNo Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The LoNo Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities.

Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program

This notice solicits proposals that promote innovative public transportation workforce development models and programs of regional and national significance, which invest in America’s economic growth and promote ladders of opportunity for all Americans.

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

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

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

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.

Tribal Transit Program

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.