Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Washington, DC 20590


About Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries.


1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
5th Floor East
Washington, DC 20590

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries. FTA also oversees safety measures and helps develop next-generation technology research.

Transit services supported by FTA span many groups and provide wide-ranging benefits. Since 1964, FTA has partnered with state and local governments to create and enhance public transportation systems, investing more than $10 billion annually to support and expand public rail, bus, trolley, ferry and other transit services. That investment has helped modernize public transportation and extended service into small cities and rural communities that previously lacked transit options.

An agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), FTA is headed by an administrator appointed by the President of the United States. FTA is one of DOT’s 10 modes of transportation and is run by a headquarters in Washington, D.C. as well as 10 regional offices that assist transit agencies in all states and U.S. territories.

Products and Press Releases

Maryland Transit Administration

FTA awards $213 million to Maryland Transit Administration to replace aging light-rail vehicles

The funding is through FTA’s Rail Vehicle Replacement program; the state of Maryland is providing $90 million in matching funds and allocating $127.6 million in federal formula...
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

FTA makes $1.5 billion in bus grants available

Feb. 9, 2024
The funding comes from the Low- or No-Emission Program and the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program and will help transit agencies replace aging buses, reduce air pollution...

Honolulu, HART, FTA finalize Amended FFGA, secure remaining $744 million for rail project

The signing of the amended FFGA releases $125 million from the remaining $744 million promised in the original agreement, with the next installment of $250 million coming later...

FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez to retire Feb. 24

Feb. 8, 2024
During her three-year tenure at the helm of FTA, Fernandez has led the agency in making transformative investments and created policies that made public transportation stronger...
NJ Transit

FTA awards $75 million grant to NJ Transit for new rail MOW facility

The new facility in Clifton, N.J., will replace an obsolete and flood-prone MOW facility in Wood-Ridge, N.J.
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FTA awards nearly $110 million in funding for natural disaster relief

Feb. 6, 2024
The funding, provided through FTA’s Public Transportation ER Program, will help agencies repair damaged equipment and facilities and recoup costs for evacuation and rescue operations...

FTA publishes draft of environmental impact statement for PANYNJ’s Midtown Bus Terminal replacement

The $10 billion Midtown Bus Terminal will replace the existing 73-year-old terminal with a new 2.1 million square foot facility.
Valley Metro

Valley Metro celebrates opening of Northwest Phase II extension

Jan. 29, 2024
The project includes a series of “firsts” for Valley Metro, including the first elevated station, rail-only bridge over I-17 and a multimodal transit center named after regional...

NJ Transit to redirect $503 million in federal grant funding to support infrastructure improvements

The funding to support infrastructure improvements at Hoboken Terminal, County Yard in New Brunswick and the Raritan River Bridge was originally allocated to NJ Transit’s TransitGrid...

Austin light-rail project advances in federal process

The FTA's partnership with the ATP will begin working to advance the Austin Light Rail project through its recent Notice of Intent.

Articles & News

King County Metro Transit

FTA awards Seattle DOT $64.2 million for RapidRide J Line BRT

Jan. 29, 2024
SDOT's 5.2-mile RapidRide J Line will upgrade an existing King County Metro bus line by providing improved reliability with bus-only lanes and transit signal priority, decreased...
St. Louis Metro Transit
Safety & Security

FTA issues proposed directive concerning transit worker safety

Dec. 20, 2023
The directive would require transit agencies to assess risks to workers and develop strategies to monitor and combat those risks.

USDOT issues two grant opportunities

Dec. 1, 2023
Through the RAISE discretionary grant program and the All Stations Accessibility Program, federal grants will aim to support transportation projects with significant local or ...

FTA to issue $3.4 billion full funding grant agreement for Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 project

Oct. 26, 2023
The funding will allow the project to proceed to extend the Q train from 96th St. to 125th St. in East Harlem.

FTA issues NOFO for $197 million in funding through Rail Vehicle Replacement Program

Oct. 11, 2023
The program provides dedicated funding to transit agencies in support of efforts to replace aging rail vehicles that can contribute to rising maintenance cost and impact reliability...

SFRTA brighter future supported with a new rail fleet

Oct. 3, 2023
SFRTA was among the first grant award winners of FTA’s Rail Vehicle Replacement Program and, along with new locomotives and rail cars, the agency hopes the fleet will bring greater...
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Transit agency consortium applies for FTA waiver for minibuses

Sept. 19, 2023
The consortium, led by HIRTA, is requesting the temporary waiver during a time when smaller transit providers face increased costs and limited supply for appropriately sized transit...
King County Metro Transit
King County Metro Transit was one of several grant recipients through FTA's Low-No Program. King County Metro's $33.5 million grant will be applied toward its zero-emissions fleet conversion.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

FTA awards nearly $1.7 billion in bus grants across two federal programs

June 26, 2023
The Buses and Bus Facilities and Low-No Vehicle Grant programs provide transit agencies with support to modernize facilities and purchase new, lower- or zero-emission vehicles...
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Industry briefs: FTA; TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program; NRC; Rays The Mark Foundation and more

June 20, 2023
Information on requests for input from two federal institutions, scholarship opportunities, foundation fundraising and a new transit cookbook.
CTFastrak/Connecticut DOT
Image: Cedar Street CTfastrak Station. Connecticut Department of Transportation was one of six grant recipients to receive federal funding to support its transit automation program along the CTfastrak BRT corridor.
Safety & Security

FTA awards $11.6 million to six transit bus automation research projects

June 9, 2023
The projects will improve safety, efficiency and accessibility of vehicles.

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OP-ED: MTA $7.7 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 winter 2024 ups and downs

Feb. 9, 2024
The awarding of a utilities relocation for MTA's Second Avenue Subway extension is like taking a single bite of salad during a seven-course meal.

OP-ED: Why MTA major capital projects are so expensive

Feb. 2, 2024
Project cost containment, along with fast tracking procurements and contract change orders for the MTA is sometimes easier said than done due to other significant obstacles.
Safety & Security

FTA releases video regarding transit safety and importance of its proposed general directive

Jan. 16, 2024
In her video message, FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez stressed how seriously FTA regards assaults on the nation’s transit workforce and asks transit agencies, community leaders...
City of Inglewood

Inglewood Transit Connector Project receives $1 million in federal funding

Jan. 5, 2024
The project has also been approved for entry into the Engineering phase of project development under the FTA’s CIG program and represents a commitment from FTA to cover 50 percent...

FTA triennial review finds MARTA in good position to remain competitive for future federal funding

The review looked at 23 different program areas and found the agency was in a competitive standard.
Alt. Mobility

WisDOT awarded $5.2 million in funding for mobility transit options

The funding is awarded through the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program,

FTA clears Via Metropolitan Transit to enter final engineering on ART North/South Corridor Project

The FTA also established the maximum federal contribution at 60 percent of the current project, which is an increase from the original federal contribution of about 50 percent...
Houston Metro

FTA approves environmental review for Houston Metro’s METRORapid University Corridor Project

The 25-mile BRT line that will connect Westchase Park & Ride and Tidwell Transit Center will enter its engineering phase in early 2024.
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

MARTA advances Five Points Station Transformation Project to public review process under NEPA

Five Points Station is the largest and busiest rail station in the MARTA system and the connecting point for all four rail lines and nine bus routes.