Federal Transit Administration: Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has had a significant impact on transit operations. The Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program will support research demonstration grants to public transit agencies to develop, deploy, and demonstrate innovative solutions that improve the operational efficiency of transit agencies, as well as enhance the mobility of transit users affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Eligible projects will demonstrate innovative solutions to improve the operational efficiencies of transit systems and enhance mobility for their communities in four major areas:

  • Vehicle, facility, equipment and infrastructure cleaning and disinfection
  • Exposure mitigation measures
  • Innovative mobility such as contactless payments
  • Measures that strengthen public confidence in transit services

Amount: $10,000,000 is available to make up to 20 awards; award ranges are not specified.

Eligibility: State and local governmental authorities, direct recipients of Urbanized Area (49 U.S.C. 5307) and Rural Area (49 U.S.C. 5311) formula funds, and Indian tribes. Eligible applicants are limited to FTA grantees or subrecipients who would be the primary beneficiaries of the innovative products and services that are developed – typically public transit agencies. Except for projects proposed by Indian tribes, proposals for projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated state proposal. States and other eligible applicants also may submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas.

Eligible subrecipients include public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and private providers engaged in public transportation.

Deadline: November 2, 2020

Resource Information
Funder Federal Transit Administration
Eligibility Local Government, State Government, Tribal Government
Resource URL: https://www.transit.dot.gov/notices-funding/public-transportation-covid-19-research-demonstration-grant-program-fy2020-notice
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Economic Development/Job Training
Grant Amount Not Provided
Deadline November 2, 2020