Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program

Provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and bus related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: Example of Funded Projects in FY 2013:


replacement bus.


replacement buses.


Diesel Buses.



replacement buses.

CITY OF LAFAYETTE -- Purchased 35 ft.

replacement bus
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION -- Purchased replacement Vans and 30Ft Buses.

Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - None.

See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: This is a new FY2013 program. There were no obiligations for FY2012. Fiscal Year 2013: Funds were awarded to States in FY2013 to purchase buses and vehicles. In Section 170 Examples of Funded Projects" is a list of projects that have currently received awards. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible capital projects include the acquisition of buses for fleet and service expansion, bus maintenance and administrative facilities, transfer facilities, bus malls, transportation centers, intermodal terminals, park-and-ride stations, acquisition of replacement vehicles, bus rebuilds, passenger amenities such as passenger shelters and bus stop signs, accessory and miscellaneous equipment such as mobile radio units, supervisory vehicles, fare boxes, computers, and shop and garage equipment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Our definition of an eligible applicant is states and designated recipients that operate or allocate funding to fixed-route bus operators.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of funding include states and designated recipients. After allocation of funds, fixed-route bus operators, the general public, both users and non-users of public transportation, public agencies, and private transportation companies may may benefit.


Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area"s transportation improvement program (TIP), in the State transportation improvement program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA"s Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually contains the capital investment apportionments. Contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87 and 49 CFR Part 18 and FTA Circular 9300.1A, "Capital Program: Grant Application Instructions," October 1, 1998. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA"s Transportation Electronic Award Management (TEAM) system, http://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov/fta-flash2b.html. In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in TEAM and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C 5339.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49, Chapter Section 5339. This program has a statutory formula in Section 5339(d)(1) and (2).
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. There is an 80% federal/20% non-federal match.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds must be obligated in a grant within three years after funds are appropriated (total of four years). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Applicant is required to submit a grant application in the Transportation Electronic Award Management System (TEAM).

Post Assistance Requirements


(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable.

Federal Financial Report, SF-425.

Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis.

Expenditures are reported on the Federal Financial Report.

A milestones progress report is required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 12 Not Available(Exp: This is a new program.); FY 13 est $422,000,000; and FY 14 est $428,000,000 - The Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program is new in fiscal year 2013. There is no previous year data available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Current year: $165,000 - $40,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the FTA Regional Offices. See FTA Circular 9300.1A, "Capital Program: Grant Application Instructions," November 1, 1998.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Samuel Snead 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: 202-366-1089

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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