Posts Tagged ‘Federal Transit Administration’

OLS Distributes Info to Transit Agencies

August 17, 2022

Public transit agencies will receive rail safety education materials from Operation Lifesaver.

OLS is distributing the materials in a partnership with the Federal Transit Administration.

The materials include 30- and 15-second video and audio public service announcements in English and Spanish; a transit safety brochure; social media graphics; and a six-minute transit safety video.

The materials can be viewed on the Operation Lifesaver website at https://oli.org/safety-near-trains/passenger-and-transit-rail-safety

Transit Agencies Receive TOD Grants

June 8, 2022

Two Ohio public transit agencies are being awarded grants through a Federal Transit Administration program for new services or to restore services suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency said it is awarding $25 million in grants made available by the American Rescue Plan Act.

In Ohio, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will receive $210,000 to study and develop an operations plan for new service with bus stop planning, coordination of core service in corridors to facilitate safer transfers between routes.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (GoMetro) will receive $780,100 to plan for and develop new Bus Rapid Transit corridors, which will improve service and reliability, in particular for low-income riders and those living in disadvantaged communities.

Three Pennsylvania public transit agencies also will receive funding.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County will receive $780,100 to perform a bus network study which will evaluate the existing network to determine how to most effectively restore service for low-income and other disadvantaged populations as well as account for new trends in mobility following COVID-19.

The Centre Area Transportation Authority based in State College will receive $205,000 to conduct a study on current operations of existing services and make recommended changes that will increase ridership and overall transit experience for its riders.

The study is intended to determine how CATA can fully integrate its transportation services in order to provide enhanced mobility to seniors, low-income, and working families through efficiencies and enhanced routing.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia, will receive $500,000 to identify, study, and develop transportation improvements for the North Philadelphia West neighborhood between 18th and 33rd Street, and Lehigh and Girard Avenue, an area of roughly two square miles. This area is served by nine bus routes, with service concentrated on seven primary transit corridors.

In Louisville, Kentucky, the Transit Authority of River City will receive $780,100 to conduct a system wide analysis of its post-pandemic transit needs and to identify how resources can be better allocated to serve its riders, especially low income and disadvantaged communities. In Flint, Michigan, the Mass Transportation Authority will receive $260,000 to conduct a route planning restoration study of its 14 fixed, primary routes with the goal of increasing ridership, improving service delivery, and better understanding the changing needs in the post COVID-19 community.

FTA to Award TOD Pilot Program Grants

May 26, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration is accepting applications for a pilot program of transit-oriented planning grants.

The agency said it will provide $13 million in the grants during the current federal fiscal year. Applications are being accepted through July 25, 2022.

In a news release FTA said the grants provide “funding to communities to integrate land use and transportation planning in new fixed guideway and core capacity transit project corridors.”

Applicants must show how a grant will be used to improve economic development and ridership potential, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations.

The FTA said that to ensure that planning work “reflects the needs and aspirations of the local community and results in concrete, specific deliverables and outcomes,” transit project sponsors must partner with entities with land use planning authority in the project corridor. Only one application per transit capital project corridor may be submitted.

FTA has $20B in Grant Funding Available

April 7, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration said it will award more than $20 billion in grants in federal fiscal year 2022.

The agency said that was an increase of 58 percent over FY 2021 due to an infusion of funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The funding will be distributed through 30 programs. The funding was approved last month by Congress in the FY 2022 appropriations bill.

In a news release FTA said the funding by program works to the following.

• $6.9 billion for the Urbanized Area Formula Program, which supports transit agencies in large cities and suburbs, 29 percent more than the FY2021 funding level.

• $4.1 billion for the State of Good Repair Formula Program, 52 percent more than the FY2021 funding level.

• $893 million for Rural Area Formula grants, which support transit programs in rural areas, representing 23 percent more than the FY2021 levels.

• $422 million for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, representing 44 percent more than the FY2021 level.

• $45 million to support to transit programs run by tribal governments through formula and competitive grants, representing 25 percent more than the FY2021 funding level.

• $49 million for State Safety Oversight, representing 69 percent more than FY2021 funding level.

Biden Wants Increased Transportation Spending

March 30, 2022

The Biden administration has proposed increasing funding on railroad and public transit programs in federal fiscal year 2023 in a $5.79 trillion budget proposal.

The administration sent its budget recommendations to Congress this week.

Biden proposed spending $105 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation with another $37 billion in advance appropriations provided for by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The budget calls for $4.66 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration. The agency received $2.86 billion in the past two fiscal years.

Amtrak would get $3 billion, including $1.8 billion for the national network and $1.2 billion for the Northeast Corridor.

The Federal Transit Administration would receive $16.87 billion, which includes $300 million for rail car replacement.

Some funding in the proposed FTA budget would cover work on the Portal North Bridge replacement project in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, and $100 for engineering work on the Hudson Tunnels project between New York City and New Jersey.

Other notable transportation funding includes $2.85 billion for Capital Investment Grants, $500 million for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grants, $555 million for the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail program, $245 million for the Railroad Crossing Elimination program, and $1.5 billion for Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grants and the new National Infrastructure Project Assistance Grant program,

The figures for those programs do not include funding authorized by the infrastructure act approved last year. All funding proposals are subject to congressional approval.

NEO Transit Agencies Get FTA Grants

March 13, 2022

Local public transit officials have released information as to how much money they are receiving in Federal Transit Administration grants and for what purposes the funding will be used.

FTA recently announced the awarding of $32,639,029 to improve bus service at five Ohio transit agencies.

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority plans to use its $4 million to rehabilitate its Hayden bus maintenance facility.

Laketran in Lake County will use its $14,681,981 to expand a bus garage and add an operations and maintenance facility.

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority will get $1,514,888 to replace older buses.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati will receive $10,134,960 to replace older buses while the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will get $2,307,200 to upgrade its maintenance facility and replace older paratransit vehicles.

The funding is coming from the Infrastructure and Jobs Acts approved by Congress last year.

2 Ohio Transit Agencies Receive FTA Grants

March 8, 2022

Two Ohio public transit agencies are among 35 agencies receiving a share of $2.2 billion being awarded by the Federal Transit Administration through the American Rescue Plan.

The agency said in a news release that the funding will help public transportation agencies pay for day-to-day operations.

The agencies received the funding after demonstrating a need for additional financial 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 officials said.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Metro) in Cincinnati will receive $62.3 million to offset an operating deficit and decreased fare and other revenues during the pandemic.

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will receive $13,833,483.

Transit agencies in nearby states receiving funding include Indianapolis Public Transportation Company, $51,029,180; Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (Pennsylvania), $12,544,967; and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia),  $96,017,640.

Pittsburgh Agency to get TOD Grant

January 21, 2022

The Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh was one of 20 recipients of Federal Transit Administration pilot program grants in its Transit Oriented Development Planning program.

The agency will receive $560,500 to plan for TOD on a 9.1 mile dedicated bus rapid transit corridor in the Upper Mon Valley.

FTA said in a news release that it will award $11.03 million in grants that support local planning and strategies to increase transit access and encourage ridership through mixed-use and mixed-income development near public transportation projects.

Ten of the projects involve rail public transit. No Ohio projects were selected in this round of funding.

FTA Details IIJA Funding

November 18, 2021

Funding being provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will help public transit agencies reduce their backlog of maintenance projects by 15 percent and replace more than 500 older subway, light-rail and commuter-rail cars, the Federal Transit Administration said.

The IIJA authorizes up to $108 billion for public transit funding, including $91 billion in guaranteed funding, which FTA termed the most significant federal investment in transit in the nation’s history.

Among the key provisions of the IIJA affecting public transit are $23.1 billion for the State of Good Repair program to assist in financing capital projects to maintain public transit systems; $966.4 million to support metropolitan and statewide planning programs; and up to $23 billion for the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, with $8 billion guaranteed to invest in new high-capacity transit projects.

Four new competitive grant programs were created that include:

  • $1.75 billion for an All Stations Accessibility Program to reduce the number of legacy transit-rail stations that remain inaccessible to individuals with disabilities;
  • $1.5 billion for Rail Vehicle Replacement Grants to replace rail cars that are past their useful life and improve reliability, safety and accessibility for transit passengers;
  • $1 billion for ferry service for rural communities to improve access and mobility in areas where ferry service is a critical link for communities; and
  • $250 million for an electric or low-emitting ferry pilot program to support the transition of passenger ferries to low- or zero-emission technologies.

Pittsburgh Transit Agency Gets FTA Grant

September 22, 2021

The Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh will receive a $216.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration through its American Rescue Plan program.

The grant is part of more than $30 billion for public transportation in the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law last March. No local share is required for this funding.