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.


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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

Gateway Program Development Commission

Construction begins on Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project as part of Hudson Tunnel Project

The Tonnelle Avenue Bridge and Utility Relocation Project is a major early work component of Hudson Tunnel Project involving the relocation of utilities and the construction of...
Water Transportation

FTA to award $220.2 million in grants to modernize ferry systems

Dec. 1, 2023
The funding, made available through two FTA competitive grant programs, will boost ferry service in rural areas, modernize urban ferry systems and lower emissions by speeding ...
Mountain Line

FTA awards $110.6 million construction grant for Madison’s East-West BRT project

Nov. 17, 2023
The grant, funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will be used to build a 15-mile route that will provide fast, frequent, clean and reliable service for the University...
Alt. Mobility

FTA makes $4.7 million in funding available to improve transit access for older adults, people with disabilities and low-income individuals

Nov. 17, 2023
The funding is available through FTA's Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility pilot program, which supports projects that improve transportation coordination and enhance mobility...
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FTA seeks public comment on proposed rules to strengthen rail transit oversite by state agencies

Nov. 16, 2023
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published would give State Safety Oversight Agencies the right to inspect agencies without warning, require agencies to collect metrics and data...

FTA awards $3.4 billion in funding to advance Second Avenue Subway Project

Nov. 6, 2023
The Second Avenue subway extension project includes three new accessible stations, power substations, signal systems, track infrastructure and communication systems.

Inglewood Transit Connector Project receives positive rating from FTA

Nov. 1, 2023
The positive rating makes the project eligible for funding from the FTA’s CIG Program and moves it a step closer to receiving full funding and a groundbreaking.
Santa Clara VTA

MTC to allocate $375 million to Phase II of Santa Clara VTA's BART Extension Project

The Santa Clara VTA BART Extension Project began its venture in 2000 with approximately $1.2 billion to fund the first phase of the project.
Safety & Security

FTA proposes update to Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program regulation

Oct. 27, 2023
The proposal builds upon existing training requirements for safety professionals in rail transit agencies and ensures the training curriculum is more responsive to evolving industry...

Articles & News


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.
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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.
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
FTA officials joined GCRTA at an event to mark the awarding of a $130 million grant that will allow the authority to purchase up to rail cars.

FTA awards more than $700 million to six agencies for rail car replacement

The first-time grants were awarded through FTA’s Rail Vehicle Replacement Program, which targets replacement of aging rail cars responsible for service delays and increased maintenance...
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Safety & Security

FTA releases NPRM on revisions to Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans regulation

April 24, 2023
The proposed rule changes include developing safety plans with input from frontline transit agency representatives and the creation of risk reduction programs.

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OP-ED: FTA, MTA $7.7 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 Full Funding Grant Agreement real deal

Nov. 10, 2023
There is more to the signing of a FTA CIG FFGA with MTA for financing the $7.7 billion Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 project.

OP-ED: Fifty years later, new subway cars will come to Staten Island thanks to FTA funding

Nov. 3, 2023
Let us give thanks to Washington via the FTA for providing critical funding to the MTA that paid for the latest new subway cars purchased on behalf of NYC Transit.

OP-ED: Happy 119th anniversary NYC subway system

Oct. 27, 2023
On Oct. 27, 1904, the Interborough Rapid Transit company opened the first subway line in New York City.

FTA issues NOFO for $5.1 million in funding through Accelerating Advanced Digital Construction Management Systems program

The funding will support a new research initiative that will demonstrate advanced digital construction management tools to improve management of transit construction projects....
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OP-ED: What's missing from MTA's 2025 - 2044 Twenty Year Capital Plan

Oct. 13, 2023
Some key information is missing from the MTA's 2025 - 2044 Twenty Year Capital Needs Assessment Plan.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

Allison Transmission and B-Metro partnership to modernize public transit system in Texas with electric hybrid technology

Oct. 12, 2023
Brownsville, Texas, received a $4.7 million grant from the FTA's 2023 Low or No Emission Program and will use the grant for 35-foot GILLIG buses.
Larry Penner.

OP-ED: $2.7 billion NYC Brooklyn Queens Street Car Connector project is no more

Oct. 6, 2023
September 2023 was the third anniversary of former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's abandonment for advancement of his $2.7 billion Brooklyn Queens Streetcar Connector project...
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C-TRAN cuts ribbon on The Vine on Mill Plain

Oct. 2, 2023
The Vine on Mill Plain is C-TRAN's second BRT line and will serve 37 new stations along a 10-mile corridor between downtown Vancouver and the new Mill Plain Transit Center.
Larry Penner.

OP-ED: Challenges ahead for new interim LIRR President Robert Free

Sept. 29, 2023
The appointment of MTA's LIRR Senior Vice President of Operations Robert Free as interim LIRR president by MTA Chairman Janno Lieber is a refreshing selection.