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Protecting vital transit funding from cuts

Transit funding threatened by Congress

Your voice needed to avoid massive cuts, job losses and service disruption

At stake is over $11 billion per year total in federal transit funds that go to communities large and small — money to build brand new transit systems, expand existing ones, improve service, and operate smaller systems.

This includes almost $5.5 billion (projected to be allocated over multiple years) intended for shovel-ready transit projects all across the country. These specific projects have what are known as full-funding grant agreements (FFGAs) from USDOT. These projects are ready to go, have already raised local or state funding and are only waiting to receive federal capital dollars to proceed. Just appropriating these already agreed-to federal dollars over the next few years would support nearly 120,000 jobs.

If all the transit construction projects currently in the federal pipeline move forward, more than half a million jobs (589,000) jobs would be supported over the next decade just by the federal dollars alone, which typically make up 50 percent or less of the total project cost.

Almost $9 billion in formula transit grants, guaranteed by gas tax proceeds in the highway trust fund, will be distributed to states and urbanized areas this year. Nearly 200,000 jobs are supported each year by these grants. (Based on 2014 APTA report combined with FY17 spending figures.)

None of these numbers include the millions of people who depend on transit to reach their jobs each day.

Federal transit funding data – state & metro

Transit formula and discretionary funding, by state

The first column shows the formula grants to be paid out of the highway trust fund with gas tax revenues, and the second two columns are the discretionary Capital Investment Grants transit program (New Starts/Small Starts/Core Capacity). The formula funding levels are the FY17 numbers based on the budget deal passed in May 2017.

State FY 2017 Transit formula grants Transit capital construction projects with full funding grant agreements (FFGA) New transit capital construction - in the pipeline
Alabama $54,355,578
Alaska $51,857,345
Arizona $117,869,010 $546,780,000
Arkansas $32,293,458
California $1,350,480,828 $3,614,756,085 $4,767,490,000
Colorado $117,934,724 $63,262,585
Connecticut $171,414,083
Delaware $24,989,322
DC $204,522,681
Florida $376,278,133 $ 155,270,000
Georgia $190,959,430
Hawaii $42,557,395
Idaho $24,278,430
Illinois $579,832,497 $665,476,132
Indiana $89,021,413 $483,389,999
Iowa $40,714,880
Kansas $34,435,259
Kentucky $53,377,009
Louisiana $62,756,178 $85,000,000
Maine $31,320,553
Maryland $245,329,480 $572,000,000
Massachusetts $369,610,378 $596,121,000
Michigan $133,591,521 $97,820,000
Minnesota $109,927,524 $1,775,605,000
Mississippi $29,128,403
Missouri $100,281,875
Montana $21,011,684
Nebraska $25,399,693
Nevada $60,868,339 $38,900,000
New Hampshire $16,624,732
New Jersey $594,874,648 $6,651,250,000
New Mexico $50,019,160 $25,040,000
New York $1,461,035,861 $7,931,940,000
North Carolina $122,642,121 $74,234,588 $1,315,550,000
North Dakota $14,599,644
Ohio $185,936,433
Oklahoma $48,887,896
Oregon $106,871,203 $165,664,144 $75,000,000
Pennsylvania $420,481,210 $100,000,000
Rhode Island $38,106,614
South Carolina $49,131,953
South Dakota $16,344,225
Tennessee $88,387,461
Texas $430,147,113 $245,390,221 $363,790,403
Utah $78,083,779
Vermont $9,331,585
Virginia $164,058,962 $60,000,000
Washington $250,558,330 $1,993,348,284
West Virginia $25,794,987
Wisconsin $83,399,792 $21,500,000
Wyoming $11,805,935

Transit projects currently in the federal capital construction program

This table has a list of urbanized areas with A) ready-to-go transit projects with federal funding agreements — projects that have raised local or state dollars and are literally waiting for a federal appropriation to begin construction, and/or, B) projects that have entered the federal pipeline for new transit capital construction and are either doing preliminary engineering or project development as they move through the federal approvals process for transit projects. I.e., transit projects that are being developed with the expectation of receiving federal funds for construction.

Urbanized area State New transit capital construction projects with full funding grant agreements (FFGA) New transit capital construction – projects in the pipeline
Phoenix-Mesa AZ $530,330,000
Flagstaff AZ $16,450,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA $2,126,900,000 $1,273,960,000
Riverside-San Bernardino CA $131,000,000
San Diego CA $893,380,000
San Jose CA $571,457,984 $2,390,000,000
San Francisco-Oakland CA $23,018,101 $922,530,000
Sacramento CA $50,000,000
Denver-Aurora CO $63,262,585
Washington DC-MD-VA $632,000,000
Jacksonville FL $37,970,000
Orlando FL $109,300,000
St. Petersburg FL $8,000,000
Chicago IL-IN $665,476,132 $388,400,000
Indianapolis IN $94,989,999
Baton Rouge LA $85,000,000
Boston MA $596,121,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN $1,755,605,000
Lansing MI $97,820,000
Charlotte NC $74,234,588
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill NC $1,315,550,000
Albuquerque NM $25,040,000
New York-Newark NY-NJ $14,521,690,000
Reno NV $38,900,000
Albany-Schenectady NY $61,500,000
Portland OR $165,664,144 $75,000,000
Pittsburgh PA $100,000,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX $245,390,221 $335,570,503
El Paso TX $28,220,000
Seattle WA $1,957,348,284
Spokane WA $36,000,000
Milwaukee WI $21,500,000

Transit supply chain data

Public dollars devoted to making capital improvements to transit support thousands of manufacturing jobs in the supply chain, in communities small and large, all across the country. This short report shows how proposed cuts to federal transit funding would affect those jobs, and includes info on states/districts with the most manufacturers. Read more.

What’s at stake for rural areas?

This detailed memo (pdf) lays out the specific threats facing rural areas and explains Congress’ and the administration’s efforts to cut or eliminate vital funding programs for public transportation that smaller towns and rural places depend on.

The bottom line

Click to download this short fact sheet that sums up the facts about public transportation funding, what both the administration and Congress have proposed and what the threats are as Congress works to produce a budget for 2018.


Get involved

After months of promises to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure, the first official action taken by the Trump administration on the issue was a budget request to eliminate all funding that helps cities of all sizes build new transit lines. It’s a direct assault on smart infrastructure investment that will do damage to cities and towns of all sizes — from the biggest coastal cities down to small rural towns.

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