FTA Gives Some Small Start Projects $250M in COVID Funding

FTA Gives Some Small Start Projects $250M in COVID Funding

June 18, 2021  | Jeff Davis

The Department of Transportation announced on June 11 how the remaining $250 million of the March 2021 American Rescue Plans’s $1.7 billion in mass transit Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funding would be distributed to 23 “small start” projects.

“We are delighted to provide support for these projects, which will help communities recover from the pandemic and bring public transit to more people in the months and years to come,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg announced on March 29 how the other $1.425 billion in CIG funds under the ARP law would be implemented, and those projections had been available in draft form to Congress while they were drafting the law (which is how the Senate was able to tweak the formula to make the Honolulu project eligible for $70 million, which was not in the original bill). But the distribution of the $250 million for small starts remained a mystery until this week, and the law did not impose any particular formula on DOT when determining how the money was to be distributed.

Some of the small starts that got extra funding this week are so old that their project profiles are no longer on the FTA’s CIG funding homepage as “current projects.”

CIG Small Starts Receiving American Rescue Plan Funding
Millions of dollars.
Previous ARP
Signed Grant Agreements: Date
NC Charlotte LYNX Gold Line Phase 2 05/??/16 $75.0 $11.1 +14.8%
CA San Francisco Van Ness BRT 12/27/16 $75.0 $21.9 +29.2%
WA Tacoma Link Extension 5/15/18 $75.0 $20.7 +27.6%
MN Minneapolis Orange BRT 6/19/19 $74.1 $11.4 +15.4%
AZ Tempe Streetcar 9/24/19 $75.0 $17.4 +23.2%
WA Spokane Central Line BRT 1/21/20 $53.4 $5.8 +10.8%
OR Portland Division Transit BRT 1/23/20 $87.4 $13.0 +14.8%
FL Jacksonville SW Corridor BRT 1/24/20 $16.6 $2.4 +14.6%
TX El Paso Montana Corridor BRT 3/13/20 $27.7 $3.1 +11.2%
FL St. Petersburg Central Ave. BRT 7/28/20 $21.8 $3.3 +15.0%
FL Miami-Dade South Corridor 8/27/20 $100.0 $29.5 +29.5%
WI Milwaukee East-West BRT 12/14/20 $40.9 $2.1 +5.1%
Subtotal, Allocated and Signed $722.0 $141.7 +19.6%
Allocated, but Unsigned:
IN Indianapolis IndyGo Purple Line $77.5 $12.0 +15.5%
NY Albany Wash.-Western BRT $60.9 $2.5 +4.1%
UT Ogden Weber State U. BRT $78.3 $6.3 +8.0%
WA Vancouver Mill Plain BRT $24.9 $3.7 +14.9%
OR Portland MAX Red Line $100.0 $15.7 +15.7%
PA Pittsburgh Downtown-East End BRT $100.0 $19.3 +19.3%
NC Raleigh Wake Bus New Bern BRT $35.0 $5.4 +15.4%
CA San Bernardino West Valley BRT $86.8 $26.1 +30.1%
WA Seattle Madison Street BRT $59.9 $10.9 +18.2%
WA Everett Swift Orange Line BRT $37.2 $6.5 +17.5%
Subtotal, Allocated but Unsigned $660.3 $108.4 +16.4%
TOTAL, SMALL STARTS GETTING A.R.P. $1,382.3 $250.0 +18.1%
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