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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


    The purpose of the Bus Program is to improve the condition of the nations public transportation bus fleets, expand transportation access to employment, educational, and healthcare facilities, and to improve mobility options in rural and urban areas throughout the country.  Federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

    In accordance with the statutory requirement that FTA must ˜˜consider the age and condition of buses, bus fleets, related equipment, and bus related facilities, FTA will prioritize projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks, and support the creation of ladders of opportunity.

    History of Funding

    Previously funded programs can be seen at

    Additional Information

    NOTE:  Funding is also available through a sub-program for Low- or No-Emission Vehicles.  This program provides competitive grants for bus and bus facility projects that support low and zero-emission vehicles.  Additional information is available at:


    Tara Clark

    Tara Clark
    Office of Program Management
    1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
    Washington, 20590
    (202) 366-2623

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, States, and Indian Tribes.

    Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated State proposal. States and other eligible applicants may also submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas. Eligible sub recipients include public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and private providers engaged in public transportation.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 30, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $454,626,348 is available in FY 2020. Of that amount, at least 10% will be set aside for rural projects. Award amounts vary based on scope and size of project. Cost sharing/matching of 20% is required, unless noted below by one of the exceptions:

    • Cost sharing/matching of only 15% is required for the cost of acquiring vehicles that are compliant with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
    • Cost sharing/matching of only 10% is required for the cost of acquiring, installing or constructing vehicle-related equipment or facilities that are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, or that are necessary to comply with or maintaining compliance with the Clean Air Act.

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