FTA Announces $20 Million in Grants to Help Communities Prosper with Improved Access to Transit

Published on: July 23, 2023

FTA today announced that it will award $20 million to 47 communities to help improve public transportation options in areas experiencing long-term economic distress, one of the many ways the Biden-Harris Administration is investing in America by creating jobs and opportunity through infrastructure investment. FTA’s Areas of Persistent Poverty (AoPP) program provides support to state and local governments, transit agencies, and nonprofit organizations to create better transit for residents with limited or no transportation options.

Investments from the Areas of Persistent Poverty program can be used to support efforts to initiate transit service as well as improve service and modernize fleets, from procuring low- and no-emission buses, to launching scheduling apps and improving bus stops. They invest in projects that provide benefits to communities with environmental justice concerns.

The grants are specifically awarded for studies to improve transit in Census-defined low-income areas. The program also supports coordinated human service transportation planning to improve mobility and access or provide new services, including paratransit.

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