Frequently Asked Questions for FTA Tribal Transit Recipients on COVID-19
Some of the Frequently Asked Questions that FTA has posted about COVID-19 and the CARES Act concern program requirements that are typically not relevant to recipients of Tribal Transit grants. To avoid confusion, we have curated a list of those questions we believe to be most relevant to the needs of public transportation providers in tribal communities. Please be aware that other FAQs may be of interest; this is not an exhaustive list.
In order to keep the questions and answers in sync with those on the main FAQ page, we've linked to them here rather than copy them. Clicking a link will take you to the exact spot on the FAQ page where that question is answered.
Are operating costs incurred under operations or maintenance service contracts with third parties, and administrative leave for third-party contractors, including intercity bus providers, eligible for FTA reimbursement under the CARES Act?
Are FTA funds available for public transit agencies to reimburse third-party operations and maintenance contractors for the amounts provided in the contracts, even if the levels of service provided by the third-party contractors are reduced because of COVID-19?
Can CARES Act funds or Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307) and the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program (Section 5311) funds administered under the provisions of the Emergency Relief program (49 USC 5324) be used for the operating costs of essential services such as meal delivery?
Can a public transportation system that has not previously received FTA formula funding receive CARES Act funding as a recipient or a subrecipient, including to pay for administrative leave of operations personnel?
May CARES Act funds or Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307) and the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program (Section 5311) funds administered under FTA’s Emergency Relief program (49 USC 5324) be used to pay otherwise eligible operations or maintenance expenses for contracts entered into prior to January 20, 2020, regardless of whether those contracts met federal requirements when awarded?
May a recipient modify a third-party contract to require the payment of administrative leave of operations or maintenance personnel or for other operations or maintenance expenses, including expenses to retain readiness for operations and maintenance activities, and fixed expenses such as rent?