The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has allocated $250 million included in the American Rescue Plan toward 22 transit projects in 13 states.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, includes a total of $30.5 billion in federal funding to support the nation’s public transportation systems as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This total includes $1.68 million for projects in the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program where $250 million would be allocated for Small Starts projects.
The plan specifies that $250 million would be distributed to Small Starts projects in the CIG program that previously received a CIG funding allocation from the FTA or that are in the Project Development phase of the CIG program. The Act further specifies that the funding does not count toward statutory federal or CIG funding limitations, but rather is meant to assist project sponsors with their local match.
"Public transit opens new opportunities for people, and delivers environmental and economic benefits to communities," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "We are delighted to provide support for these projects, which will help communities recover from the pandemic and bring public transit to more people in the months and years to come."
FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez added that “This funding will help numerous communities across the country continue to protect jobs and advance important transit projects that otherwise might have been canceled or delayed due to the pandemic. These federal funding allocations are so important for transit agencies struggling in the wake of COVID-19."
The Small Starts Projects under construction to receive allocations from the American Rescue Plan include:
- $17.4 million for Valley Metro’s Tempe Streetcar Project
- $21.9 million for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $2.4 million for Jacksonville Transit Authority’s Southwest Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $29.5 million for the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works South Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $3.3 million for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $11.4 million for the Metropolitan Council’s Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $11.1 million for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s LYNX Streetcar Phase II Project
- $13 million for Tri-Met’s Division Transit Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $3.1 million for the city of El Paso’s Montana Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $5.8 million for Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $20.7 million for Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link Extension Project
- $2.1 million for Milwaukee County Transit System’s East-West Bus Rapid Transit Project
The Small Starts Projects in project development to receive allocations from the American Rescue Plan include:
- $26.1 million for San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s West Valley Connector Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $12 million for IndyGo’s Purple Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $5.4 million for Wake Bus Rapid Transit’s New Bern Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $2.5 million for Capital District Transit Authority’s Washington/Western Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $15.7 million for TriMet’s MAX Red Line Extension and Reliability Improvements
- $19.3 million for the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Downtown-Uptown-Oakland East End Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $6.3 million for Utah Transsit Authority’s Ogden/Weber State University Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $6.5 million for Community Transit’s Swift Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $10.9 million for the city of Seattle Department of Transportation’s Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Project
- $3.7 million for the Clark County Public Transit (C-TRAN’s) Benefit Area’s Mill Plain Bus Rapid Transit Project