The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will distribute $2.2 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Additional Assistance grants to 35 transit agencies in 18 states; New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is receiving the most, $769.2 million.
The Additional Assistance Grant Program funding—made available by the ARP Act of 2021, which President Biden signed on March 11, 2021—is being provided to transit agencies that have demonstrated a need for additional support to cover expenses related to day-to-day operations, cleaning and sanitization, combating the spread of pathogens on transit systems, and retaining employees, FTA reported on March 7.
FTA last fall announced that grant funding was available through a discretionary process to eligible recipients or sub-recipients of Urbanized Area Formula funds (49 U.S.C. 5307) or Rural Area Formula funds (49 U.S.C. 5311), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of recipients follows.
|CA||City of Fairfield||$2,369,577|
|CA||Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District||$75,029,220|
|CA||Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)||$38,831,570|
|CA||Riverside Transit Agency||$15,569,198|
|CA||San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)||$270,789,500|
|CA||San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority||$26,144,693|
|CA||San Francisco, City of||$115,075,572|
|CA||San Luis Obispo, City of||$12,385,551|
|CA||Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART)||$7,471,416|
|CA||SunLine Transit Agency||$525,000|
|CO||Regional Transportation District (RTD)||$53,240,645|
|DC||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)||$120,145,016|
|DE||Delaware River and Bay Authority||$11,953,358|
|HI||Honolulu, City of||$21,000,000|
|IL||Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)||$118,409,985|
|IN||Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation||$51,029,180|
|ME||Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments||$367,832|
|MN||Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians||$540,000|
|NC||Fayetteville, City of||$2,895,734|
|ND||Bismarck, City of||$1,057,582|
|NM||Las Cruces, City of||$6,413,734|
|NY||Broome County Department of Public Transportation||$1,819,219|
|NY||Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)||$769,197,264|
|OH||Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority||$62,300,000|
|OH||Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority||$13,833,483|
|PA||Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA)||$12,544,967|
|PA||Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)||$96,017,640|
|TX||Fort Worth Transportation Authority||$33,800,000|
|TX||Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)||$137,370,703|
|VA||Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads||$52,738,308|
|WI||Milwaukee, City of||$6,832,955|
Total Funds: $2,207,561,294
“Millions of Americans rely on their local transit systems to get to work and school, access medical care and critical services, relieve congestion, and reduce pollution,” FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez said. “The pandemic has shown that public transportation is more essential than ever, which is why these funds are crucial to avoid drastic service cuts and layoffs that would damage the economy and public health.”
Separately, the ARP included $30.5 billion in federal funding to support the nation’s public transportation systems as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 7, 99% of this funding has been allocated, FTA reported (see list below); the remaining allocation of $25 million in planning grants is slated to be announced soon.
FTA has awarded ARP Act of 2021 grants to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), $912.1 million; Metra (Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation), $513.6 million; Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT, $332.5 million); Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA, $1.24 billion); New Jersey Transit (NJT, $1.6 billion); New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon ($289.1 million); Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority ($285.7 million); Washington state’s Sound Transit ($275.3 million); Miami-Dade (Fla.) Department of Transportation and Public Works ($249.4 million); Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Port Authority of Allegheny County ($216.9 million); San Diego (Calif.) Metropolitan Transit System ($140.4 million); Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ($859.6 million); Orange County (Calif.) Transportation Authority ($163.9 million); San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District ($330.8 million); Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District ($304.2 million); Houston Metro ($298.6 million); and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ($288.2 million).