Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Funds to sub-national governments, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Infrastructure investments, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Procurement rules
Policy Target:Transport, Resilience / Adaptation
Agency:U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Legal References:49 USC 5324

The Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program helps states and public transportation systems pay for protecting, repairing, and/or replacing equipment and facilities that may suffer or have suffered serious damage as a result of an emergency, including natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

The program also improves coordination between U.S. DOT and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expedite assistance to public transit providers in times of disasters and emergencies.

Eligible projects include:

  • capital projects to protect, repair, reconstruct, or replace equipment and facilities of a public transportation system, including on an Indian reservation, which are in danger of, or have suffered serious damage, as a result of an emergency, and operating costs related to evacuation, rescue operations, temporary public transportation service; or
  • reestablishing, expanding or relocating public transportation route service before, during, or after an emergency.

By providing proactive or reconstructive funding, the program incentivizes incorporating actions to build climate resilience in disaster recovery efforts.


Last modified: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:32:09 CET