Fiscal Year 1999 "Statistical Summaries"

Number C-00-05

U.S. Department
of Transportation

Federal Transit Administration

Deputy Administrator

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

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) FY 1999 "Statistical Summaries." This comprehensive report presents detailed FY 1999 funding data for the FTA's major financial aid programs. Usage of these funds is identified by program, program element, urbanized area, and state. For a longer-range view of Federal transit expenditures, historical data are also included.

FTA's grant obligations totaled $5.6 billion during FY 1999, about 24% higher than the $4.5 billion obligated in FY 1998. Of the $5.6 billion total, capital obligations accounted for about 94 percent ($5.3 billion). Funds were obligated for the purchase of 8,552 motor vehicles and, 491 rail cars, totaling $1.1 billion and $535 million, respectively.

As in years past, the transfer of certain Federal Highway Administration funds to FTA for use in transit projects has played a key role. The availability of these flexible funds began with the authorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in fiscal year 1992 and was continued with the passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21 " Century (TEA-21) during FY 1998. During this eight-year period, $4.9 billion was transferred to FTA ($969 million in FY 1999). Cumulative obligations totaled $4.5 billion ($793 million in FY 1998). Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands utilized these flexible funds in 1,409 projects during the past eight years.

I hope you will find this document useful and informative. Thank you for your continued interest in public transportation.


Nuria I. Fernandez
Acting Administrator