Rail and Transit Security Grant Program

To create sustainable programs for the protection of critical bus, rail and ferry system infrastructure from terrorism, with special emphasis on the use of explosives and non-conventional threats which would result in major loss of life and severe disruption.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects addressing: protection of high risk/high consequence underwater and underground rail assets; protection of other high risk/high consequence assets and systems that have been identified through system-wide risk assessments; use of visible, unpredictable deterrence; targeted counter-terrorism training for key front-line staff; emergency preparedness drills and exercises; public awareness and preparedness campaigns; and efforts in support of the national preparedness architecture.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Funding provided to enhance preparedness and security for America's Transit Systems.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Programs included under the CFDA number are: the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), the TSGP Intercity Passenger Rail Security Supplemental, and the TSGP Ferry System Security Supplemental.

Funds may be used for planning, organizational activities, equipment acquisitions, training, exercises, management and administrative activities, and other costs the Secretary deems appropriate to support the objectives of the program.

The SAA must obligate at least 97 percent of the funds awarded to designated transit systems within 60 days of the receipt of funds.

The program guidance outlines uses and restrictions in detail.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Governor of each State and Territory has designated a State Administrative Agency (SAA) to apply for and administer funds under the TSGP.

The SAA for each designated transit system is the only agency eligible to apply for transit mode (rail and bus transit and ferry service) funds and is responsible for obligating transit mode funds to local units of government and designated recipients.

The SAA is responsible for obligating TSGP funds to the appropriate individual transit agencies within 60 days after receipt of funds.

The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) is the only entity eligible to apply for funding under the TSGP Intercity Passenger Rail Security Supplemental.

Agencies eligible for the TSGP Ferry System Security Supplemental were identified using comprehensive, empirically grounded risk analysis modeling.

The risk methodology for the IPP programs is consistent across the modes and is linked to the risk methodology used to determine eligibility for the core Department of Homeland Security State and local grant programs.

The program guidance identifies the agencies eligible for funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Specialized group; general public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 to be followed as required by the State in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2003, Public Law 108-11; The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007, Public Law 110-28.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Categorical Assistance Progress Reports (CAPR) are required semi-annually and are due within 30 days after the end of the reporting period (July 30 with a reporting period of January 1 through June 30, and January 30 with a reporting period of July 1 through December 31) for the life of the award.

Grantees are also required to submit quarterly Financial Status Reports (FSR).

The FSR are due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter on January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final CAPR and FSR reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award, whichever occurs first.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) 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 A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $271,780,000 (which includes supplemental funding in the amount of $100,000,000); FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For regulations and guidelines, please refer to the program guidance and application kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane SW, Bldg. #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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