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Each year, Congress passes legislation which, when signed by the President, appropriates funds for the Department of Transportation and related agencies. After that legislation is enacted, FTA publishes a Notice in the Federal Register that provides an overview of the apportionments and allocations based on these funds for the various FTA programs as well as statements of policy and guidance on public transit administration. This page contains the current and prior fiscal year apportionments for each grant program. Past years’ apportionments also are available for viewing.

FTA's public transportation assistance program authorization is provided by federal transit law and Chapter 53 of Title 49, U.S. Code. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub L. 114-94, December 4, 2015) made changes to Chapter 53 and provided contract authority and general fund authorizations for FTA’s public transportation assistance programs for five years (fiscal years 2016 through 2020).

FTA's fiscal year 2017 partial year funding is made available by the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 114-254) and provides contract authority for FTA formula and competitive programs. FTA apportions $5,323,087,320 in new contract authority through April 28, 2017 and approximately $1.04 billion in unobligated or carryover contract authority that is available in FY 2017 from prior years. 

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