USDOT announces $20 billion for transit in 2022 – a 58% increase over 2021

“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.”

The funding includes $6.9 billion for the Urbanized Area Formula Program supporting transit agencies in large cities and suburbs; $4.1 billion for the State of Good Repair Formula Program; $893 million for the Rural Area Formula grants supporting transit programs in rural areas, and $422 million for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

The agency said the funding would allow thousands of transit agencies to buy new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs, modernize their fleets, and transition to new technologies addressing climate change. The investments will also support U.S. manufacturing due to the Buy American requirements for steel, iron, and other materials used in public transportation, the agency said.