Funding for small bus ASPs
In addition to state safety oversight responsibilities for rail agencies, my agency is required to develop ASPs for the small bus agencies in my state. Are there federal grants that we can use to help pay for this?
Transit agencies and States may use FTA’s Planning Program funds under Section 5305, and FTA’s Urbanized Area Formula funds under Section 5307, to assist with the development of ASPs. Because some State DOTs that draft and certify Safety Plans on behalf of small agencies do not receive Section 5307 funds, States may use Section 5305 funds to develop agency plans.
State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOA) are eligible for Federal reimbursement through the State Safety Oversight Grant Program created by 49 U.S.C. § 5329, but only for costs related to oversight. These funds cannot be used to develop Agency Safety Plans (ASPs).
FTA published a Frequently Asked Questions: State Safety Oversight Formula Grant Program FAQs document that provides more information on the use of this funding program. You can access that document here: https://bit.ly/2PEX2ST(Edited by admin)