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Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


Provides grant funding to support research demonstration projects for public transit agencies that address the transportation challenges communities are facing due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Aims to develop and deploy innovative solutions that allow transit agencies to enhance their operational efficiency and increase mobility for transit users affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program focus areas include:

  • Cleaning and disinfection of vehicles, facilities, equipment, and infrastructure
  • Measures to mitigate exposure to COVID-19
  • Contactless payment systems and other mobility innovations
  • Efforts to strengthen public confidence in transit services

Amount of Funding

There is no maximum or minimum award amount set for this opportunity. The maximum federal share of total project costs is 100%.

Project period: 24 months
Estimated number of awards: 20
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Matching funds are not required for this opportunity. However, competitive preference may be given to applicants proposing cash or in-kind contributions from local sources.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • State and local governmental authorities
  • Direct recipients of Federal Transit Administration formula funds for Urbanized Areas (49 U.S.C. 5307) and Rural Areas (49 U.S.C. 5311)
  • Indian tribes

Eligible applicants are limited to FTA grantees or subrecipients who would be the primary beneficiaries of the innovative products and services developed by the project. The primary beneficiary in most cases would be a public transit agency.

Projects may be implemented by the grantee organizations or through a subrecipient. Eligible subrecipients include:

  • Public agencies
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Private providers engaged in public transportation

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Equipment • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions and other information about the online application process can be found in funding announcement.

Except for Indian tribes, projects in rural areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated state proposal. Consolidated proposals may include projects in urbanized areas.

Supplemental form
Applicant webinar recording, transcript, and slides
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Jamel El-Hamri

Topics This Program Addresses

COVID-19 Response • Transportation