FTA Offering Grants, Relaxing Some Rules

The Federal Transit Administration is providing access to grant funding and providing relief from certain federal regulations and administrative rules.

The agency said it will extend access to emergency relief funding for operations and allow more time for transit agencies to meet regulatory requirements for the Public Transportation Agency  Safety Plan, Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program regulations, as well as several reporting and compliance reviews.

The FTA has extended eligibility for formula funding under the Emergency Relief Program to be used for paying operating expenses.

In a news release, FTA officials said funding may now cover operating expenses related to COVID-19 recovery through Jan. 20, 2022, at 100 percent federal share.

In addition, the FRA issued two notices of enforcement discretion.

These include advising FTA grantees that it will not take enforcement action for the PTASP regulation until July 21, 2021; and advising FTA grantees that it will not take enforcement action against grantees subject to the PTSCTP regulation training requirements until Aug. 21, 2022.

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