Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

FTA announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $25 million through the American Rescue Plan to help public transportation agencies return service from COVID-19 suspensions in ways that can best serve their communities.

Under FTA's Route Planning Restoration Program, funding can be used for transit route restoration planning that is designed to examine ridership following the COVID-19 pandemic, reduce travel times and make adjustments to increase the quality or frequency of transit service for low-income riders and those in disadvantaged neighborhoods or communities who may need increased service to get to jobs, shopping and health care.

Projects will be selected, in part, on their ability to increase racial equity and advance environmental justice, in support of the President’s Executive Order on "Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government." The projects will also be examined for their impact on the climate, as referenced in the President’s Executive Order on "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad." Transit agencies will be given additional consideration for projects that clearly reassess and plan for service that connects those in underserved communities, while helping cut down on car and other trips that increase emissions, particularly in those communities, which are often the most impacted by airborne pollution.

Eligible recipients include any urbanized area formula grant (Section 5307) recipient that has reduced transit service on or after January 20, 2020, due to COVID-19. The maximum award amount for any prospective applicant may be up to $1 million and a local match is not required.

Projects will be evaluated by criteria outlined in the NOFO. Apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 15, 2021.

FTA will host a webinar to provide information about the FY21 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Additional Assistance funding. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Join FTA program staff to learn more about the funding opportunity, eligibility, evaluation criteria and the submission process. No registration is needed for the webinar.

The NOFO announced the availability of $2.2 billion in discretionary funding for transit systems that need additional assistance to cover operating expenses related to maintaining day-to-day operations, cleaning and sanitization combating the spread of pathogens on transit systems and maintaining critical staffing levels.

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More information here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/14/2021-19735/fiscal-year-2021-competitive-funding-opportunity-route-planning-restoration-program