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.
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).
Fiscal Year 2019
See current fiscal year apportionments for each grant program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. 116-6) makes $13,339,067,030 available for fiscal year (FY) 2019.