Federal Transit and Railway Programs

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The Department of Transportation has a diverse set of policies for promoting rail and bus transit and for reducing GHG emissions of transit systems. DOT provides grants for a variety of transportation programs including planning, capital, and operations expenditures on high-speed and upgraded rails, buses, and fixed guideway systems, clean fuel buses, and for the retrofitting of diesel buses. In addition to direct expenditures, DOT programs finance research, development, and deployment programs for new transit technologies, promote transit products for international trade, and provide financing for transit alternatives in parks and on tribal lands. They also promote best practices in increasing ridership, provide technical assistance for project design, and recognize the best companies with transit policies.
Federal Transit and Railway programs include the Clean Fuels Grant Program, the National Research and Technology Program, The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program, the Transit Capital Investment Grant Program, the New Starts Program, the Transit Cooperative Research Program, the International Public Transportation Program, the Ridership Initiative, the Rural Transit Assistance Program, the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations program, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program, the Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program, the Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program, the Small Starts program, the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program, and the FTA subprogram, "Core Capacity Improvement Projects".

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