Public Transit Grant Administration
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TDOT oversees the provision of funds for multiple statewide public transit initiatives. Funding and grant programs include:
- Section 5303 and Section 5304 (Metropolitan Planning): provide funds to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and directly to some urban transit systems to support the costs of preparing long range transportation plans and financially feasible Transportation Improvement Plans, as well as conducting intermodal transportation planning and technical studies.
- Section 5307 (Urbanized Area Grants): provides funds to urbanized areas with populations of more than 50,000 for transit operating and capital assistance and for transportation-related planning. For areas under 200,000 in population, funds are apportioned on the basis of population and population density. For areas over 200,000 in population, funds are apportioned based on population, population density, and transit data.
- Section 5309 (Capital Investment Grants): provides discretionary capital assistance for the purchase of new equipment, acquisition of property, and the construction of public transit facilities.
- Section 5310 (Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Grants): provides transit capital assistance, through the state, to private non-profit organizations and public bodies that provide specialized transportation services to elderly and/or disabled persons.
- Section 5311 (Non-Urbanized Area Grants): provides funds to each state for state administration, planning, and technical assistance and for transit capital, operating, and project administration assistance in areas with populations of less than 50,000.
- State Operating Assistance Program (UROP): assists local governments in meeting public transportation needs throughout the state.
- Section 5311(b)(3) (Rural Transit Assistance Program - RTAP): provides a wide variety of technical assistance, training materials, and publications to rural transit professionals.
- Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Related Equipment and Facilities Programs): makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment to construct bus-related facilities.
- Urban Transit Assistance Program (UTAP): provides technical assistance, training materials, information networks, and workshops for urban transit professionals.
- Statewide Transit Student Internship Program: expose college students to the field of Public Transportation with the hope that their experience will encourage them to enter the field as a career.
- Families First Transportation: a joint effort between Departments of Transportation and Human Services for the coordination of Families First transportation services, utilizing the Rural and Urban Transit Systems. Transportation Services include: mass transit passes, van service, and reimbursement for participants who are able to provide their own transportation.
- Commuter Ridesharing/TDM (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program/CMAQ - 23 USC 149): provides funds for on-line Rideshare matching software, free transit ozone alert days, vanpool acquisition and TDM Commuter Technical Assistance. Funds will be expended only in those counties and urbanized areas designated as non attainment areas by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- New Freedom Transportation: provides funds to public, private, non-profit and private for-profit agencies that are part of a locally developed, human services coordination plan for the purpose of providing transportation services that go beyond Americans With Disabilities requirements. Funding is available through a competitive process.