Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program
Provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and bus related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: The 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities program has obligated funds for a wide variety of capital projects within 34 states and territories and 67 cities and towns throughout the country. This has improved the mobility of US citizens in varying socio-economic strata as well as in varying urban/rural demographic areas. Fiscal Year 2015: The same types of accomplishments are expected for FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: The same types of accomplishments are expected for FY 2016.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C 5339.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Our definition of an eligible applicant is states and designated recipients that operate or allocate funding to fixed-route bus operators.
Beneficiaries of funding include states and designated recipients. After allocation of funds, fixed-route bus operators, the general public, both users and non-users of public transportation, public agencies, and private transportation companies may may benefit.
Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's transportation improvement program (TIP), in the State transportation improvement program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually contains the capital investment apportionments. Contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No2 CFR 200 and FTA Circular 5100.1 "Bus and Bus Facilities Program.” May 18, 2015. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic award management system, http://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov/fta-flash2b.html. In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in the electronic award management system and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Eligible capital projects include the acquisition of buses for fleet and service expansion, bus maintenance and administrative facilities, transfer facilities, bus malls, transportation centers, intermodal terminals, park-and-ride stations, acquisition of replacement vehicles, bus rebuilds, passenger amenities such as passenger shelters and bus stop signs, accessory and miscellaneous equipment such as mobile radio units, supervisory vehicles, fare boxes, computers, and shop and garage equipment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable. Federal Financial Report, SF-425. Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis. Expenditures are reported on the Federal Financial Report. A milestones progress report is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 49, Chapter Section 5339. This program has a statutory formula in Section 5339(d)(1) and (2).
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost. The Federal share may be 90 percent for the cost of vehicle-related equipment attributable to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act or 85 percent for the cost of a vehicle that complies with these requirements. The federal share may also be 90 percent for projects or portions of projects related to bicycles facilities.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds must be obligated in a grant within three years after funds are appropriated (total of four years). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of eligible project expenses : Applicant is required to submit a grant application in FTA’s electronic award management system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.
Samuel Snead 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: 202-366-1089
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $499,276,170; FY 15 est $678,881,721; and FY 16 est $1,080,367,505
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Current year: $165,000 - $40,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the FTA Regional Offices. See FTA Circular5100.1 "Bus and Bus Facilities Program.” May 18, 2015.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 1. NEW ORLEANS RTA - BUY 40 FT REPLACEMENT BUS
2. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - REHAB/RENOVATE BUS FACILITY 3. ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - BUY REPALCEMENT TROLLEY BUS
4. NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION – PURCHASE 35 FT BUS 5. CITY OF PHOENIX – BUY 40 FT REPLACEMENT BUS. Fiscal Year 2015: 1. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS PURCHASED EIGHT BUSES FOR OMNITRANS AND SUNLINE.
2. ORLANDO LYNX PURCHASE TEN BUSES FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY.
3. DETROIT DOT PURCHASED THIRTEEN BUSES FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT DOT. Fiscal Year 2016: The same types of funded projects are expected in FY 2016.