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FTA Announces Millions in Disaster Relief Funding for Transit Agencies Nationwide

FTA announced $102.3 million in funding to 17 transit agencies, cities and planning councils in eight states and territories to help recover from recent natural disasters. The funding, provided through FTA’s Public Transportation Emergency Relief (ER) Program, will help them repair damaged equipment and facilities and recoup costs for evacuation and rescue operations following floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes that occurred in 2017 and 2020-22.
FTA’s Emergency Relief Program provides assistance to public transit operators in the aftermath of a declared emergency or major disaster. The program helps states and public transportation systems:
  • pay for repairing and replacing equipment and facilities that have suffered serious damage as a result of an emergency;
  • cover the costs of evacuation, rescue operations, and temporary public transportation service and;
  • reestablish, expand, or relocate service before, during or after an emergency.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, signed into law in December 2022, provided the funding for the ER Program’s support for 2017 and 2020-22 declared disasters. This announcement reflects a first round of grants through the ER Program. FTA will continue to accept applications from affected transit agencies and communities for another 90 days.