FTA Taking More Administrative Relief Actions

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
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Due to the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is extending access to emergency relief funding for operations as well as the time required to meet certain regulatory and administrative requirements.

Specifically, FTA has extended through Jan. 20, 2022, the eligibility for formula funding under the Emergency Relief Program to be used to pay for operating expense at a 100% federal share. (The FTA Frequently Asked Questions section of its website provides more details.)

The agency also issued two Notices of Enforcement Discretion advising FTA grantees that it will “refrain from taking enforcement action” regarding the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) and Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCTP) regulations through July 20, 2021 and Aug. 20, 2022, respectively.

FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams

“We understand that many transit agencies are experiencing disruptions to normal operating procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said. “FTA is taking these actions to ensure transit agencies can continue to prioritize their resources toward ensuring the safety of their employees and riders during this time.”

FTA announced the first round of administrative relief actions in April, including expanding the federal government’s share of operating expenses and other COVID-19 related expenses to 100%.

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