Federal Programs

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a combination of many federal programs.  The TIP is updated in a separate planning process.

There are federal programs which are awarded based on a competitive process, those include:

Transit 

  • Enhance Mobility or Seniors and Individuals with Disability Program Section 5310
  • Bus and Bus Facilities Program Section 5339

Highway 

  • Transportation Alternatives Program
  • Local Highway Safety Improvement Program 
  • Local Bridge

Enhance Mobility or Seniors and Individuals with Disability Program Section 5310

Purpose: This program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds for programs to serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service

Eligible Projects

  • Public transportation projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable
  • Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the ADA.
  • Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit.
  • Alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Eligible Recipients

  • States
  • local government authorities
  • private non-profit organizations
  • operators of public transportation that receive a grant indirectly through a recipient

 

Bus and Bus Facilities Program Section 5339

Purpose: Provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.
Statutory References 49 U.S.C. Section 5339 / MAP-21 Section 20029

Eligible Projects

  • Capital projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses, vans, and related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities.

Eligible Recipients

  • Designated recipients and states that operate or allocate funding to fixed-route bus operators.
  • Sub-recipients: public agencies or private nonprofit
  • organizations engaged in public transportation, including those providing services open to a segment of the general public, as defined by age, disability, or low income.