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).
The Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123) makes $4,514,327,961 available for fiscal year (FY) 2018 through March 23, 2018 at approximately six-twelfths of the FY 2017 level. The Federal Register notice with interim priorities for FY2018 programs will be posted later this spring.