Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Resources

Expert Help & Training

National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)

Supports state Rural Transit Assistance Programs (RTAPs) and addresses the training and technical assistance needs of rural and tribal transit operators to help establish safe and efficient public transportation services across the nation. Aims to increase access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping, and other activities in rural areas; coordinate transit services; and develop a national information database on the rural transportation industry.

Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


Funding to address substance use disorders (SUDs) and related issues. List may include programs with a primary purpose other than addressing SUDs.

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310)

Funds for planning, designing, and implementing transportation services in urban and rural areas. Supports projects to enhance mobility and increase access to transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities, including those with a drug addiction that limits major life activities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Formula Grants for Rural Areas

Provides funding to assist states and tribes with supporting, maintaining, and expanding upon current public transit services in rural communities to enhance access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities. States may either carry out public transit projects directly or grant funds to subrecipients to meet local transportation needs.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program) Inactive

Provides funding to Native American tribes for public transit services in rural areas. Funds may be used for planning, operating, and capital expenses, including start-up, replacement, or expansion needs.

Application Deadline: Aug 25, 2021
Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program Inactive

Offers funding to support public transit agencies with developing and implementing demonstration projects that address community transportation challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. Seeks innovative solutions to help transit agencies operate more efficiently and improve mobility for transit users impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Focuses on creating efficiencies in the following areas: cleaning and disinfecting vehicles, facilities, equipment; measures to mitigate exposure to the virus; contactless payments and other mobility innovations; and efforts to build public confidence in transit services.

Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Mobility for All Pilot Program Grants Inactive

Provides funding for the development of partnerships and pilot projects to support and improve the coordination and efficiency of transportation services and nonemergency medical transportation services, including improving public transit services to disadvantaged and rural communities. Aims to make healthcare and other essential community services more accessible to older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with low income.

Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2020
Sponsor: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)