Biden and USDOT announce more than $20 billion for communities to support public transit this year

NC will see $176 million invested in public transit through Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, creating jobs and expanding manufacturing in the United States
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WASHINGTON (PRESS RELEASE) – President Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced an investment of more than $20 billion in U.S. public transit, through the bipartisan Transit Act. infrastructure. Funding levels, detailed by FTA in allocation tables for each of the 30 programs in fiscal year 2022, will provide 58% additional funding, enabling transit agencies to modernize and expand services to residents in communities large and small.

North Carolina will receive $176,625,714 in annual funding under the transit formula, based on funding set by Congress. Communities can also receive additional funding that is distributed to urban areas. Funding amounts for these areas are available on the FTAs website.

“Every day, public transit connects millions of Americans to jobs, schools, groceries, hospitals, resources and countless other opportunities – while helping to reduce pollution, congestion and traffic” , said US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “Now, thanks to the bipartisan Presidential Infrastructure Act, we are making the biggest investment in public transit in the history of our nation.”

Full-year funding is available after Congress passes a fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill in March. New tables released today reflect funding increases authorized by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, enabling thousands of transit agencies to purchase new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs, upgrade their fleets and to switch to new technologies to tackle the climate crisis. These upgrades will support the expansion of manufacturing in the United States due to Buy America requirements that apply to steel, iron and other materials used in public transportation projects that receive federal assistance. .

“This funding will open more doors for Americans than ever before,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “Every time a door opens on a bus, streetcar, train or ferry, it’s another chance to connect with our communities. With this announcement, we’re also helping to address the Biden-Harris administration’s top priorities by addressing equity, labor and climate concerns and moving toward a future of clean, made-to-measure transportation. United States.

Each year, more than 65% of the funding distributed by FTA comes from programs informed by the formulas released today.

In February 2022, the FTA released partial year funding tables based on a series of ongoing resolutions that maintained funding at fiscal 2021 levels. The ongoing resolutions prohibited full implementation of new programs and funding levels created under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which was signed into law by President Biden in November 2021.

The breakdown for fiscal year 2022, which supports all of ATF’s various competitive programs and formulas, replaces the partial-year tables released in February 2022. The full-year amounts significantly increase funding for many programs, including :

  • $6.9 billion for the Urbanized Area Formula Program, which supports transit agencies in major U.S. cities and suburbs, up 29% from FY21 funding levels;
  • $4.1 billion for the State of Good Repair Formula program, 52% more than FY21 funding level;
  • $893 million for Rural Formula Grants, which supports transit programs in rural areas, which is 23% higher than the FY21 level;
  • $422 million for the Enhanced Mobility Program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, which is 44% above FY21 levels;
  • $45 million to support transit programs run by tribal governments through a competitive formula and grants, which is 25% more than the FY21 funding level; and
  • $49 million for state security oversight, which is 69% more than the FY21 funding level.