FTA Publishes Dear Colleague Letter on Increased Federal Support under the Metropolitan Planning Program and State Planning and Research Program

Published on: March 31, 2023

On March 23, FTA published guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to inform recipients about increased Federal support for certain planning activities under the Metropolitan Planning Program (MPP) and the State Planning and Research Program (SPRP). The expanded support for planning activities — at least 90 percent and up to 100 percent — is intended to increase mobility through expanded access to public transportation in urbanized or rural areas with a lower population density or a lower average income than surrounding areas.

Eligible activities under MPP and SPRP grants include:

  • Development of transportation plans and programs
  • Planning, engineering, designing, and evaluation of a public transportation project
  • Technical studies relating to public transportation planning.

To learn how to apply for the increased Federal Share, see the implementation toolkit on FTA’s Transportation Planning Statute, Regulation, & Guidance webpage

Dear Colleague Letter
Statute, Regional, & Guidance webpage


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