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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.


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TDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Resources Division is excited to announce an opportunity for Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Transit Agencies to compete for Residual Section 5303/5304 Program funding to complete transit-related planning activities. For projects submitted by MPOs, coordination with partner transit agencies is required.

Please note, the funds being distributed in this Call for Projects are residual 5303/5304 funds and will not impact annual 5303 allocations, nor will they impact any existing 5303 allocations. 

To compete for funding, application packets must be submitted electronically to by Monday, September 21, 2020. Questions may be addressed to Kaitlyn McClanahan at, or 615-532-5835

Application Documents:
Grant Application: Residual 5303/5304 Funding (SFY21)
Residual 5303/5304 FundingFact Sheet (SFY21)



TDOT Multimodal is excited to release the official 2021 Notice of Intent to Apply for the IMPROVE Act Public Transit Capital Grant Program. The Notice of Intent package will provide TDOT with high-level project information. The Office of Public Transportation will consider the Notice of Intent responses and invite eligible project applicants to complete the full competitive program application. The Notice of Intent to Apply package is required if an applicant is seeking 2021 IMPROVE Act competitive funds, however, completing a Notice of Intent package does not guarantee funding. The IMPROVE Act Program Fact Sheet describes the eligible applicants and projects for this application cycle. 

Complete Notices of Intent must be submitted electronically to TDOT by Friday, August 21, 2020. Notice of Intent packages must be emailed to Any questions may be addressed to your agency's assigned Program Monitor or to the TDOT Multimodal Admin email address.

2021 Notice of Intent to Apply Documents:
Notice of Intent to Apply Package
IMPROVE Act Transit Capital Grant Program Fact Sheet


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