FTA Grant Funding Programs

FTA Section 5303 & 5304 - Metropolitan & State Planning Grants

Title 49 U.S.C. 5311(f) requires each state to spend 15 percent of its annual Section 5311 apportionment to develop and support a program of projects for intercity bus transportation. The goal of the program is to connect isolated rural areas throughout the country to larger communities. Wyoming has identified nine potential routes that support this goal and serve the people of Wyoming. Additional program information can be found in Federal Transit Administration Circular 9040.1G or by calling the WYDOT Transit Staff.  

Purpose: Planning funds for metropolitan and statewide rural areas to foster the development of coordinated community and regional transit planning.

Overview: Metropolitan planning funds (5303) are provided to Casper and Cheyenne and are annually part of their apportionment. WYDOT is only involved as a “reviewer” for these monies. Statewide planning (5304) in Wyoming is generally placed in a Consolidated planning program and is added to state planning funds and made available to both municipalities and small rural areas for their planning needs.

Program Features & Facts:

· Section 5303 is handled by the municipalities and is only reviewed by WYDOT in publication form.

· Municipalities access these planning funds with an 80/20 match.

· Rural programs and money allocated as planning funds to WYDOT is put into a Consolidated Planning Grant and is available to both municipalities and rural transit programs on a 90.49 matching basis.

· This money is used by rural programs to do transit development and coordination plans and for planning for construction projects and long-term transit development programs.


5307 Urbanized Area Formula Assistance Program

The Urbanized Area Assistance Program is a formula grant program from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) also known as Section 5307. These formula grants are utilized to support the development, maintenance and improvement of public transportation in areas with a population greater than 50,000.

Annually, the FTA distributes funds based on a population ratio and are allocated to communities upon governor approval. In Wyoming, only Casper and Cheyenne are eligible for this program. In Wyoming, the transit providers are either directly or indirectly under management of their city government.

§ 5307 funds may be used for administrative, operations and capital costs within the transit program. Administrative costs are eligible for an 80 percent federal share and include salaries for project director, secretary and bookkeeper, office supplies and marketing costs. Operations costs are eligible for 50 percent federal share and include costs of driver's salaries, mechanic and dispatcher salaries as well as fuel, oil and replacement tire costs. Capital costs are eligible for 80 percent federal share and include vehicle purchase, facility construction and other categories as defined by the FTA.

Contact information:

WYDOT does not manage the § 5307 Program. For information about the transit programs in Cheyenne and Casper, please contact: 

Casper  Cheyenne
(307) 235-8241 (307) 638-6383
https://www.casperwy.gov/cms/one.aspx www.cheyennecity.org/


FTA Section 5310 - Elderly & Persons with Disabilities

Purpose: Provide capital for the purchase of vehicles for programs related directly to the transportation of elderly and persons with disabilities. This is a capital-only program and is utilized by WYDOT to purchase accessible vehicles and equipment.

Overview:  Funding to private nonprofit organizations and public bodies to purchase vehicles and related transit equipment for the provision of special transportation services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Generally, Sec. 5310 funding is used to acquire or repair lift or ramp equipped vehicles to ensure access for persons with disabilities. In larger transit programs, Sec 5310 funding is used to acquire or repair transit vehicles used in "paratransit" service, a more specialized service which compliments fixed route system.

Program Features & Facts:

· Applications are solicited from private nonprofit corporations and associations that provide special transportation services to the elderly and person with disabilities, and from public bodies that coordinate services for the elderly and person with disabilities, and certify to WYDOT that nonprofit organizations in the area are not readily available to provide services.

· This is a capital grant program for the purchase of vehicles and related support equipment that will be used to provide transportation services which meet the special needs of elderly and persons with disabilities for whom other forms of mass transportation are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.

· Funds are apportioned on an annual basis and are to be allocated during the year for which they are apportioned.

· Grantees must provide at least a 10 percent match of the total project cost. The local share must be in cash rather than in-kind contributions and must be from a non-federal source. Wyoming Transportation Enterprise Fund is an eligible non-federal match. State Loan & Investment Board

· FTA requires applicants to explore the possibility of coordinating operations and facilities with health and social services which may already be providing transportation to elderly and persons with disabilities in their area. To the maximum extent feasible, states must ensure that private-for-profit mass transportation operators have been given a fair and timely opportunity to participate in local planning for the project, and have been afforded every feasible opportunity to provide the proposed services for elderly and persons with disabilities. For more information on coordination plans click Here.

All applications for federal and/or state transit funding will be administered through WYDOT's BlackCat Grant Management database. Current agencies enrolled in the WYDOT Transportation program should go directly into the BlackCat Grant Management System database and fill out their FY applications. Any new agency applying for funding should contact the WYDOT Local Government Transit staff for assistance:

Office of Local Government Coordination
Transit Program – Planning Building, Room #210
5300 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82009-3340
Brandi Miller (307) 777-4384




Transportation Enterprise Fund - State Loan & Investment Board

Purpose: Provide a state funding source for public transit vehicle acquisitions

Overview: Wyoming’s Transportation Enterprise Fund is administered by the State Loan and Investment Board (SLIB). Applications are submitted annually and are reviewed by the SLIB staff, along with recommendations from WYDOT– LGC—Transit staff. Project recommendations are developed with assistance of WYDOT—LGC’s Transit Vehicle Inventory Database.

Background: The Transportation Enterprise Fund was enacted into law by the 1999 Wyoming State Legislature. Annual interest income from the Transportation Trust Fund, along with any program carry-over provides the corpus of the fund.

Program Features:

· Applications are solicited annually from public entities and private non-profit organizations providing “public transportation” in Wyoming. WYDOT may be requested to review applications and submits comments to the State Loan and Investment Board.

· With more than 40 public transit providers, demand for new vehicles typically exceeds the availability of Transportation Enterprise funds. In times of higher interest rates for the Trust Fund, more capital funds are available in the Enterprise Fund.

· WYDOT LGC staff leverages FTA Section 5310 funding with Transportation Enterprise Funds to achieve a more desirable funding match for the applicants.

· Vehicle types have varied, but range from large 40 passenger coaches to minivans.

· Additional information may be found at the Office of State Lands & Investment Web page.

FTA Section 5311 - Rural Public Transit Program / State Transit Program

FTA Section 5311 / State Transit Program

Rural Transit Program in Wyoming

 Providing quality public transit service to Wyoming's rural communities is the main purpose of the program.  Currently, service is available to residents in all 23 counties. Most transit providers are senior centers that have been active in the transit business since the inception of this program in Wyoming in 1985. There are more than 40 rural public transit providers, plus the two in the urbanized areas of Casper and Cheyenne.

The Rural Public Transit Program provides state funding and federal formula grants to support development, maintenance and improvement of public transportation in rural and small urban areas. WYDOT administers Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5311 program for rural transportation projects in areas with population under 50,000. State Transit funds, authorized by the Wyoming State Legislature, supplement the § 5311 program funds, and are also available to Cheyenne and Casper that receive FTA § 5307 funds directly.

Eligible Recipients

To be eligible for funding under the Rural Transit Program, the applicant must be from one of the following groups:

  • Government sponsored entities, such as: 
    • state agencies
    • local governments - city, town, county
    • transit authorities
    • other tax supported entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public/Private operator of public transportation services
  • For-profit organizations can participate in funding through contracts with eligible recipients

In Wyoming, the primary recipients are nonprofit organizations that offer services to the general public.  Traditionally, with a few exceptions, municipalities have not assumed the role of public transit provider in their communities.


FTA Section 5311 (f) - Intercity Bus Projects.

Purpose: Each state is required to allocate a minimum of at least 15 percent of its annual 5311 (rural transit ) apportionment for development and support of intercity transportation.

Overview:  In Wyoming, intercity bus service provides a vital link between otherwise isolated rural and small urban communities and the rest of the state, and to nearby urban areas. One objective of funding for intercity bus service is to support the connection between nonurbanized areas and the larger regional or national system of intercity bus service. Another objective is to support services to meet the intercity travel needs of residents in non-urbanized areas. A third objective is to support the infrastructure of the intercity bus network through planning and marketing assistance and capital investment in facilities.

Program Features & Facts:

· Eligible activities include operating grants through purchase-of-service agreements, planning and marketing for intercity bus transportation, capital grants for intercity bus shelters, joint-use stops and depots, coordination of rural connections between small transit operators and intercity bus carriers.

· Wyoming’s fastest growing demand for intercity bus funding has proven to be the non-emergency medical field, especially for persons requiring dialysis treatment. Most communities located near the state’s borders are utilizing funds to transport people to large medical centers in border states.

Application for 5311(f) funding

2020 5311(f) Application - Intercity Bus Application (595.33  KB)

FTA Section5311 (b) (3).

Purpose: This program provides funding for grants and contracts for research, technical assistance, training and related support services for rural transit programs. Allocation of federal funds for RTAP occurs annually in conjunction with rural transit program funds.

Overview: RTAP funds are annually allocated to WYDOT and contracted out with WYTRANS, the statewide organization of community transit providers, to provide training, technical assistance, drug and alcohol testing program administration and to print and distribute the newsletter “Transit Express.”

Features & Facts

· RTAP provides funding for grants and contracts for research, technical assistance, training and related support services for rural transit.

· WYDOT contracts the majority of these funds to WYTRANS for training, publication of the newsletters and administrative costs incurred through administration of the statewide drug and alcohol program.

FTA Section 5311 (c) - Public Transportation on Indian Reservations.


·To enhance the access of public transportation on and around Indian reservations in nonurbanized areas to health care, shopping, education, employment, public services, and recreation.

· It also can assist in the maintenance, development, improvement and use of public transportation systems in rural and small urban areas.

· This funding also is meant to encourage and facilitate the most efficient use of all Federal funds used to provide passenger transportation in non-urbanized areas through the coordination of programs and services.

· To provide for the participation of private transportation providers in nonurbanized transportation to the maximum extent feasible.

Program Features & Facts:

· Federally-recognized Indian tribes are eligible direct recipients.

· Recipients tribes may use these funds for any purpose that is eligible under the FTA Section 5311 program

· Eligible purposes include: planning, capital, administration and operating assistance for rural public transit services, and support of rural intercity bus service.

· No match is required for this program funding.