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Fact Sheet: Technical Assistance and Workforce Development


Fiscal Year 2022
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
(in millions)
Technical Assistance
and Workforce Development
$12 $12 $12 $13 $13

Program Purpose:

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), continues without change the technical assistance, standards development, and workforce development programs. The program is intended to: (1) Carry out technical assistance activities that enable more effective and efficient delivery of transportation services, foster compliance with federal laws, and improve public transportation service; (2) Develop standards and best practices for the transit industry; and (3) Address public transportation workforce needs through research, outreach, training and the implementation of a frontline workforce grant program, and conduct training and educational programs in support of the public transportation industry.

Statutory References:

49 U.S.C. § 5314

Eligible Recipients:

Federal government departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the government; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; state and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; and national nonprofit organizations that have the appropriate demonstrated capacity to provide public transportation-related technical assistance.

Eligible Activities:

The law continues without change the broad range of activities eligible under Sec. 5314, including:

  • Technical assistance
  • The development of voluntary and consensus-based standards and best practices by the public transportation industry, including standards and best practices for safety, fare collection, intelligent transportation systems, accessibility, procurement, security, asset management to maintain a state of good repair, operations, maintenance, vehicle propulsion, communications, and vehicle electronics
  • Programs that address human resource needs as they apply to public transportation activities such as an employment training program and outreach
  • Activities related to the National Transit Institute


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