CARES Act Provides $25 Billion to Transit Agencies in Response to COVID-19

Published: April 14, 2020

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The Federal Transit Administration has released supplemental public transportation apportionments and allocations.

*April 14, 2020 Update: 

  • The Federal Transit Administration has released updated apportionment information which can be viewed in the excel file attached named CARES-act-appropriations-and-apportionments-grant-programs-FTA Update 2020-04-14.
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation has been awarded $61.7 million. Please see the attached CARES Act Funding for Transportation powerpoint for more information.
  • FTA has established an FAQ page for the program, which can be viewed here.
  • FTA held a webinar on April 6, 2020, the CARES Act Overview for the Public Transportation Industry, the presentation, recording and transcript are all available to view online. Please see the below links:
  • And lastly, FTA has shared that "operating expenses incurred beginning on January 20, 2020 for all rural and urban recipients, even those in large urban areas, are also eligible, including operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as paying for administrative leave for transit personnel due to reduced operations during an emergency."

Original Article below:

As part of the $2 trillion stimulus package approved by the United States Senate, $25 billion of that amount has been set aside for transit agencies to be distributed by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The funding is divided up into four sections and administrative/oversight funding as shown below:

  • Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program receives $22,696,291,664
  • Section 5311 Rural Area Formula Program receives $2,178,708,336
  • Section 5311(c)(2) Appalachian Development Public Transportation Assistance Program receives $20,000,000
  • Section 5311(c)(1) Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Formula receives $30,000,000
  • FTA Administrative and Oversight Funding receives $75,000,000

Detailed apportionments at the state and local levels can be viewed in the attached excel file to the right of this article.

Section 5307 and 5311's funding is broken down even further. Below are breakdowns of funding for these two sections:


Source: Fiscal Year 2020 CARES Act Supplemental Public Transportation Apportionments and Allocations