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Office of Public Transportation

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Office of Public Transportation, works to promote Public Transportation by providing both financial and technical assistance to transit agencies and transit projects in the state.  The Office of Public Transportation is responsible for transit planning and the administration of capital and operating assistance in both urbanized and rural areas throughout the state. The Office of Public Transportation consists of two sections (Grant Administration and Grant Monitoring) each of which has specific areas of responsibilities.

Through the promotion of efficient transit systems and coordination of all available resources, TDOT Office of Public Transportation seeks to maximize the customer service potential of all agencies offering transit services to residents of Tennessee. TDOT remains committed to a high standard of excellence and dependability in the provision of research and technical assistance in all aspects of public transportation.

TDOT, Office of Public Transportation also proudly sponsors other transit programs and transit-related activities throughout Tennessee.  The Office of Public Transportation offers capital assistance through the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Section 5310 Program, which provides transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities.  At Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Office of Public Transportation facilitates educational opportunities through a transit internship program at the Tennessee Transit Training Center.   This student internship program exposes students  to the expanding landscape of transportation careers and specialty areas throughout the state.

IMPROVE Act Call for Projects

Competitive Capital Grants

Applications Due November 17, 2017

TDOT is pleased to announce the first call for projects for the competitive capital grant program made possible by the IMPROVE Act. Transit providers that receive FTA 5307 or 5311 funds are invited to apply for up to $3 million in funding for transit capital projects that further TDOT’s three top priorities: safety, reduction of congestion, and economic development. Please find a link below for Commission Schroer’s program announcement, as well as the program fact sheet and program application. Applications are due November 17, 2017. Please contact Matthew Long, Transit Manager, at or at 615-770-1039 with any questions.  

2017 IMPROVE Grant Application Package Link


TDOT Office of Public Transportation Resources
Tennessee State Management Plan (pdf)​
TDOT Office of Public Transportation Grantee Handbook (pdf)    
TDOT Title VI Plan
TDOT Title VI Notice to Public and Complaint Procedures
TDOT ADA Complaint Procedures
TDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Plan
TDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal and Methodology for 2015-2017
TDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal and Methodology for 2018-2020
FTA Master Agreement
*Ford Safety Recall For Transit Vehicles Year 2015 - 2017*

Federal Resources:
Federal Transit Administration
US Government Publishing Office (GPO)

State Resources:
Finance and Administration (F&A) Policies
General Services Policy 2013-007 (State Grant Management and Subrecipient Monitoring Policy and Procedures) (pdf)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Manuals

Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Reports and Audits

Other Useful Links:
Tennessee Public Transportation Authority (TPTA)
Tennessee Transit Training Center
National Transit Institute (NTI)
National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)