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Protecting vital transit funding from cuts

Transit funding threatened by Congress

T4America is working to avoid massive cuts, job losses, and service disruptions that would accompany any cut in federal funding for transit

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

Communities across the country depend on transportation and transit specifically as a powerful tool to boost their local economies. They are remaking streetscapes on Main Street to better support local businesses and multimodal access, investing in public transit to improve access to jobs, and revitalizing downtowns with transit hubs to connect to other communities.

Federal funding for transit—when combined with local funding—plays a key role in these efforts. But unlike past presidents from both parties, Trump has proposed dramatically cutting or outright eliminating the federal programs that invest in transit.

Such dramatic funding cuts would result in canceled transit projects, put transit manufacturing and construction jobs at risk, and fail to provide people with more and better options for accessing work, healthcare, and other necessities.

At particular risk are transit expansion or improvement projects currently making their way through the federal funding process. The administration has proposed eliminating all future funding for these transit projects. This would pull the rug out from under dozens of communities expecting the federal government to share the cost of future transit improvements, for which many of these communities have already raised local or state funding and are only waiting to receive federal grant dollars to proceed.

This issue isn’t limited to urban areas. Transit is an integral part of daily life in many rural communities that are also threatened by funding cuts. The federal government needs to invest in proven, modern transportation solutions that connect people to opportunity, support skilled jobs across the country, and will serve our country in the 21st century.

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 state-by-state amounts from the FY2018 omnibus funding bill passed in March 2018.

State FY 2018 transit formula grants Transit capital construction projects with full funding grant agreements (FFGA) New transit capital construction - in the pipeline
Alabama $59,304,443
Alaska $58,426,218
Arizona $126,637,728 $546,780,000
Arkansas $35,193,582
California $1,480,300,942 $3,614,756,085 $3,877,490,000
Colorado $129,120,972 $63,262,585
Connecticut $190,665,941
Delaware $28,203,937
DC $227,970,198
Florida $400,914,604 $60,800,000 $155,270,000
Georgia $210,220,765
Hawaii $47,833,025
Idaho $27,031,288
Illinois $637,649,156 $665,476,132
Indiana $95,787,211 $378,190,000
Iowa $45,644,599
Kansas $38,025,007
Kentucky $57,647,749
Louisiana $68,164,184 $84,000,000
Maine $35,654,668
Maryland $262,747,044 $578,000,000
Massachusetts $403,933,130 $596,121,000
Michigan $143,669,848 $97,820,000
Minnesota $125,107,294 $1,745,620,000
Mississippi $32,078,015
Missouri $107,816,780 $100,000,000
Montana $23,778,161
Nebraska $28,224,785
Nevada $67,390,153 $38,900,000
New Hampshire $19,024,826
New Jersey $637,473,040 $4,170,330,000
New Mexico $54,939,389 $25,040,000
New York $1,624,593,744 $5,592,250,000
North Carolina $131,357,543 $74,234,588 $1,322,850,000
North Dakota $16,874,413
Ohio $198,870,376
Oklahoma $52,321,820
Oregon $118,412,350 $165,664,144 $75,000,000
Pennsylvania $467,179,214 $97,750,000
Rhode Island $41,504,476
South Carolina $53,202,812
South Dakota $18,613,695
Tennessee $94,169,757
Texas $461,096,275 $245,390,221 $363,790,403
Utah $84,472,424
Vermont $12,066,995
Virginia $172,476,463 $70,000,000
Washington $277,482,537 $1,829,368,284
West Virginia $29,254,341
Wisconsin $90,819,068 $37,420,000
Wyoming $13,869,911

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 $131,000,000
San Jose CA $334,436,281 $1,500,000,000
San Francisco-Oakland CA $260,039,805 $900,000,000
Sacramento CA $50,000,000
Denver-Aurora CO $63,262,585
Washington DC-MD-VA $578,000,000 $70,000,000
Jacksonville FL $37,970,000
Orlando FL $109,300,000
St. Petersburg FL $8,000,000
Ft. Lauderdale FL $60,800,000
Chicago IL-IN $665,476,132
Gary/Michigan City IN $106,000,000
Lake County IN $177,200,000
Indianapolis IN $94,990,000
Baton Rouge LA $84,000,000
Boston MA $596,121,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN $1,745,620,000
Lansing MI $97,820,000
Charlotte NC $74,234,588
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill NC $1,322,850,000
Albuquerque NM $25,040,000
New York-Newark NY-NJ $9,642,810,000
Reno NV $38,900,000
Albany-Schenectady NY $119,770,000
Portland OR $165,664,144 $75,000,000
Pittsburgh PA $100,000,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX $245,390,221 $335,570,403
El Paso TX $28,220,000
Seattle WA $1,775,948,284
Spokane WA $53,420,000
Milwaukee WI $37,420,000

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.

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What’s at stake for rural areas?


Some perceive public transit as exclusively an urban issue. However, rural communities and small cities rely heavily on transit as a key component of the transportation system—not just as a social service to those who cannot drive. Read these stories about the importance of transit in smaller/rural communities and share a story about the importance of transit in your community.

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Businesses support transit

Capitol Hill might not know transit’s importance to the local economies that make up our national economy–but businesses do. That’s why we formed Chambers for Transit, a coalition of business groups clamoring for transit investment to improve access to jobs, spark new development, and create the kinds of vibrant communities that can attract a talented workforce.

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Transit funding is “Stuck in the Station”

Congress has tasked the Trump administration’s USDOT with distributing a total of ~$3.8 billion to build and expand transit systems in cities of all sizes. So how much money has USDOT actually obligated? Which transit projects are still counting on federal grants? See Stuck in the Station for answers.

See Stuck in the Station