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April 06, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Announces $1.5 Billion For Georgia Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) announced Georgia will receive $1.5 billion dollars for investing in buses, trains, and other public transportation from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), frequently called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Georgia will receive $280,399,000 this year, with the remaining funding being allocated over the next five years.

“Once again, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for Georgians,” said Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux. “Everyone who has to sit on 400 or I-85 knows we need to invest in how we move people around our communities. This money will help Georgia modernize our transportation infrastructure and invest in public transportation, giving people legitimate alternatives to their cars and freeing up our roads for others.”

“Every day, transit connects millions of Americans to jobs, schools, groceries, hospitals, resources, and countless other opportunities – all while helping to reduce pollution, congestion, and traffic,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Now, thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are making the largest investment in public transit in our nation’s history.”

Each year more than 65 percent of the funding distributed by FTA comes from the programs informed by the formulas released today.

In February 2022, FTA released partial-year funding tables based on a series of continuing resolutions that maintained funding at FY 2021 levels. The continuing resolutions prohibited the full implementation of new programs and funding levels created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law by President Biden in November 2021. 

The FY 2022 full-year apportionment, which supports all of FTA’s diverse competitive and formula programs, supersedes partial-year tables posted in February 2022. The full-year amounts significantly increase funding for many programs, including:

  • $6.9 billion for the Urbanized Area Formula Program, which supports transit agencies in large U.S. cities and suburbs, 29% more than the FY21 funding level;
  • $4.1 billion for the State of Good Repair Formula Program, 52% more than the FY21 funding level;
  • $1.2 billion for the Low- and No-Emission Vehicle Program, more than six times the FY21 funding level;
  • $893 million for Rural Area Formula grants, which support transit programs in rural areas, representing 23% more than the FY21 level;
  • $422 million for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program, representing 44% more than the FY21 level;
  • $45 million to support to transit programs run by tribal governments through formula and competitive grants, representing 25% more than the FY21 funding level; and
  • $49 million for State Safety Oversight, representing 69% more than FY21 funding level.

The tables allow transit agencies and grant recipients to view the amounts for programs so they can better plan and manage new and expanded transit projects that benefit their communities.

FTA has already issued Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program and Low or No Emission Grant Program. NOFOs for other programs will be published later this spring and summer.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford