FTA Grant Programs




The Federal Government, through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), provides financial assistance to develop new public transportation systems and improve, maintain, and operate existing systems. FTA oversees thousands of federally assisted projects to hundreds of State and local public transportation providers, primarily through its ten regional offices. Each FTA recipient is responsible for managing its programs and projects in compliance with applicable Federal requirements, and FTA is responsible for ensuring that recipients comply with those requirements.


The FTA recipient of grant funds for the State of Hawaii is the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Statewide Transportation Planning Office (STPO). FTA Region 9 oversees the STPO and is responsible for providing financial assistance to FTA recipients and overseeing the implementation of most FTA programs. Certain programs, however, are the responsibility of FTA headquarters.


Each year, Congress passes legislation which, when signed by the President, appropriates funds for the Department of Transportation and related agencies. After that legislation is enacted, FTA publishes a Notice in the Federal Register that provides an overview of the apportionments and allocations based on these funds for the various FTA programs as well as statements of policy and guidance on public transit administration.


Upon publication of the regional apportionments, the STPO allocates FTA grant funds to eligible subrecipients in Maui, Kauai, Honolulu, and Hawaii Counties. These four counties include the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii (also known as the Big Island).


The STPO manages the following FTA grant programs:

FTA 5303 Grant Program Description:

The FTA grant program (49 U.S.C. 5303) provides funding to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation, and development of surface transportation systems that will serve the mobility needs of people and freight, while minimizing transportation-related fuel consumption and air pollution through the continued improvement, encouragement and evolution of the metropolitan and statewide transportation planning processes by metropolitan planning organizations, State departments of transportation, and public transit operators. The planning programs are jointly administered by FTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which provides additional funding. Funds are allocated by formula to States, which then suballocate the funding to metropolitan planning organizations.

FTA 5303 Grant Application (FFY24)  Word Version

FTA 5303 Grant Application (FFY24)  PDF Version


FTA 5304 Grant Program Description:

The FTA grant program (49 U.S.C. 5304) provides funding and procedural requirements for multimodal transportation planning (including accessible pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities) in metropolitan areas and states that is cooperative, continuous and comprehensive, resulting in long-range plans and short-range programs of transportation investment priorities. States shall carry out a statewide transportation planning process that provides for consideration and implementation of projects, strategies, and services that will increase the accessibility and mobility of motorized and nonmotorized uses of public transportation.  The planning program is jointly administered by FTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which provides additional funding.

FTA 5304 Grant Application Word Version

FTA 5304 Grant Application PDF Version


FTA 5305 Grant Program Description:

The FTA grant program (49 U.S.C. 5305) provides funding to States, authorities of the States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governmental authorities, and make agreements with other departments, agencies, or instrumentalities of the Government to develop transportation plans and programs to plan, engineer, design, and evaluate a public transportation project, as well as to conduct technical studies relating to management, planning, operations, capital requirements, and economic feasibility of public transportation. This includes other similar and related activities preliminary to and in preparation for constructing, acquiring, or improving the operation of facilities and equipment. The planning programs are jointly administered by FTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which provides additional funding.


FTA 5307 Grant Program Description:

The Urbanized Area Formula Funding program (49 U.S.C. 5307) makes federal resources available to urbanized areas and to governors for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation-related planning. An urbanized area is an incorporated area with a population of 50,000 or more that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.


FTA 5309 Grant Program Description:

The Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grant program (49 U.S.C. 5309) offers FTA discretionary grant program funds for transit capital investments, including heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit. For New Starts and Core Capacity projects, the law requires completion of two phases in advance of receipt of a construction grant agreement – Project Development and Engineering. For Small Starts projects, the law requires completion of one phase in advance of receipt of a construction grant agreement – Project Development.  For this competitive grant, the law also requires projects to be rated by FTA at various points in the process according to statutory criteria evaluating project justification and local financial commitment.


FTA 5310 Grant Program Description:

The FTA grant program (49 U.S.C. 5310) aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in all areas – large urbanized (over 200,000), small urbanized (50,000-200,000), and rural (under 50,000).  It provides formula funding to states for the purpose of assisting private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. Eligible projects include both traditional capital investment and nontraditional investment beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services provided in Maui, Kauai and Hawaii County.

FTA 5310 Grant Application Word Version

FTA 5310 Grant Application PDF Version


FTA 5311 Grant Program Description:

The FTA grant program (49 U.S.C. 5311) is a formula grant for Rural Areas and provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. The program also provides funding for state and national training and technical assistance through the Rural Transportation Assistance Program.


FTA 5339 Grant Program Description:

The FTA Grant for Buses and Bus Facilities (49 U.S.C. 5339) formula program provides funding to states and transit agencies through a statutory formula to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. In addition to the formula allocation, it includes two discretionary components: the Bus and Bus Facilities Discretionary Program and the Low or No Emissions Bus Discretionary Program.


Please contact the Program Manager for information on the FTA Grant application process:

FTA Grant Fund Program Manager

[email protected]

5307 [email protected]
5310 [email protected]
5311 [email protected]

Click on the FTA Grant Fund link above, for additional program information.

Programming Staff Contact Information: 

5303, 5304, 5305 and 5310 Program Manager                     808-831-7988

5307, 5309, 5311 and 5339 Program Manager                     808-831-7987

General Professional                                                                 808-831-7981

Planning Program Administrator                                            808-831-7968