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Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021

CRRSAA collageOn December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), which includes $900 billion in supplemental appropriations for COVID-19 relief, $14 billion of which will be allocated to support the transit industry during the COVID-19 public health emergency, was signed into law.

FTA announced $25 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in April 2020.

The $14 billion in supplemental funds will be distributed as follows:

  • $13.26 billion for urbanized areas (Section 5307 formula grants)
  • $678.2 million for rural areas and tribes (Section 5311 formula grants)
  • $50 million for Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310 formula grants)

Similar to the CARES Act, the supplemental funding will be provided at 100-percent federal share, with no local match required. Funding will support expenses eligible under the relevant program, although the Act directs recipients to prioritize payroll and operational needs.

The law requires FTA to publish apportionments of these funds no later than 30 days after the enactment of the Act. While FTA formula funds are apportioned to states and urbanized areas, amounts allocated to individual grantees are a local decision.

CRRSAA Webinars

In January 2021, FTA hosted a series of webinars to provide an overview of CRRSAA, describe eligibility requirements, and allow an opportunity to ask questions.

CRRSAA Apportionments

CRRSAA funding will be disbursed through FTA apportionments to its Urbanized Area (Section 5307), Rural Formula, Tribal Transit and Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities programs.