5311 Non-Urban Formula Grants
Non-Urbanized Formula Program grants provide transit capital, operating assistance, and program administration through the States, to non-urbanized areas (less than 50,000 in population) for public transportation. State agencies, local public bodies and agencies thereof, private-nonprofit and private for-profit (inter-city only) organizations and operators of public transportation services are eligible to apply.
Rural Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP)
The Rural Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) provides a source of funding to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet the specific needs of transit operators in nonurbanized areas. The federal program provides an annual allocation to each State to develop and implement training and technical assistance programs in conjunction with the State’s administration of the Section 5311 formula assistance program.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Funding Distribution
The ARRA, signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, included $9,083,900 in capital public transit funds for rural Alaska. These funds were made available to eligible public transit systems through a combination of formula and ARRA scoring.
Tribal Transit Program Funds
SAFETEA-LU created a new Tribal Transit Program, and funds it as a takedown under the Section 5311 program. Under the Tribal Transit Program, Federally-recognized Indian tribes are eligible direct recipients. Based upon an annual national competitive selection process, FTA awards Tribal Transit grants directly to eligible Indian tribes.