400 Seventh St. S.W.
I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) FY 2000 "Statistical Summaries." This comprehensive report presents detailed FY 2000 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.
FY 2000 was a very good year for transit. FTA’s grant obligations totaled $7.7 billion, about 37 percent higher than the $5.6 billion obligated in FY 1999 and the highest yearly obligation total in FTA’s history. Of the $7.7 billion total, capital obligations accounted for about 93 percent ($7.2 billion). Funds were obligated for the purchase of 11,864 motor vehicles and 238 rail cars, totaling $1.7 billion and $286.8 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 21st Century (TEA-21) during FY 1998. Transfers during FY 2000 reached a record high at $1.6 billion. Obligations were also at their highest level ($1.5 billion) and accounted for about 19 percent of FTA’s total obligations.
I hope you will find this document useful and informative. Thank you for your continued interest in public transportation.
Hiram J. Walker
Acting Deputy Administrator