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Funding and Financing


UPDATED: Americans with Disabilities Act Guidance (FTA C 4710.1) (Federal Transit Administration, Nov. 4, 2015). This circular provides guidance to recipients and sub-recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) financial assistance necessary to carry out provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s implementing regulations at 49 CFR Parts 27, 37, 38, and 39.

Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities Under the Affordable Care Act (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015). Explains how states can use untapped funding options under the Affordable Care Act to expand services for targeted low-income populations with mobility needs. Also presents two case studies illustrating how the Atlanta region and the state of Connecticut are making this work. Listen to the podcast introducing the research findings.

Making Decisions about Cost Allocation for Mobility Management Programs: A Learning Module (National Center for Mobility Management, 2014). This module will enhance one’s understanding of cost allocation as it relates to mobility management, heighten one’s ability to make cost-allocation decisions to support mobility management; improve one’s skill in evaluating cost-allocation decisions, and learn about resources available to explore this topic more in depth.

The Case of Tennessee Vans: A Social Business Model to Develop and Finance Community Mobility Resources (Community Transportation Magazine, 2013). Presents information on an approach in which public funds are used to initially purchase vans. The vans are either than sold at affordable prices and terms to human service agencies and other groups providing transportation for their service population or used in vanpools. Revenue from both these programs is then recycled into purchasing additional vehicles for purchase by other agencies or as replacements for vanpool vehicles.

Primer on Transit Funding: The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and Other Related Laws, FY2013–FY2014 (American Public Transportation Association, 2013). Describes funding provisions of MAP-21 and related laws that provide for transit funding.

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2013). Highlights the major sources of federal funding for older adult transportation and presents seven case studies of local providers from around the country to illustrate how they combine federal, state, and local funding to put quality service on the street. Also provides examples of how local and state coordination efforts can expand the reach of services funded.

Thinking Outside the Farebox: Creative Approaches to Financing Transit Projects (T4 America, 2012). A guidebook designed to help community leaders get from Point A—the desire to meet the demand for transit—to Point B—raising the money needed to build and operate it.

Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Coordination Efforts Could Be Further Strengthened (U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2012). Identifies federal programs that may fund transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged.

Sharing the Costs of Human Services Transportation (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. 144, 2011). Provides a comprehensive analysis of issues and effective solutions for identifying and sharing the cost of providing transportation services for access to community-based human services programs.

Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population (American Public Transportation Association, 2010). Report a) identifies the range of actions that will be needed to expand mobility options for older people, including accessible public transportation services; b) quantifies the demand for these public transportation services; and c) estimates the funding that will be needed to provide them.

Building Communities through Public Transportation: A Guide for Successful Transit Initiatives (Center for Transportation Excellence, 2005). Guide to provide transit agencies, transit alliances, grass roots organizations,and lay people with the resources for planning and executing a successful transit initiative campaign.

Transportation by the Numbers: Getting the Most out of Transportation Services, Understanding the Costs, Benefits and Opportunities (National Center on Senior Transportation, 2005). Provides service organizations with ways to more easily identify expenses, revenue, and performance outcomes so that agencies can make more informed decisions about their future in the transportation business. Includes step-by-step directions, spreadsheets, information on contracting for services, and additional resources.

Transportation Disadvantaged Populations: Some Coordination Efforts Among Programs Providing Transportation Services, but Obstacles Persist (U. S. General Accounting Office, 2003). Identifies the federal programs that fund transportation services and the amount spent on them.


Grant Writing for Mobility Management (National Center for Mobility Management, June 2014). This presentation includes the following sections: Grant Writing 101, Grant Application Tips, Mobility Management Funding, and Where to Look for Grants. It also provides information on potential grants for mobility management and other transportation projects and programs. 

Quest for Funding: Getting Creative. National Center for Mobility Management (National Center for Mobility Management, March 2014). Speakers highlighted sensible, creative, effective strategies for obtaining funding for transportation programs, and discussed high-earning fundraising events, partnerships with local organizations, and public funding sources that allow them to provide quality transportation services.

Don’t Gamble on Senior Transportation Funding: Winning Local Match for Federal Grants (National Center on Senior Transportation, 2013) Series of four webinars that offers ideas and practical suggestions on how to secure matching funding.

MAP-21 and Mobility Management (Partnership for Mobility Management, 2012). Archived webinar explores the implication of MAP-21 funding legislation on mobility management activities.

Creative Solutions to Reduced Funding for Public and Human Services Transportation (National Consortium on the Coordination of Human Services Transportation, 2011). Explores creative avenues for funding strategies.


Federal Transit Administration, Grants page. Covers grants allocated under SAFETEA-LU as well as information on programs authorized by MAP-21.

Foundation Center. National clearinghouse of foundations, including their mission, grant procedures, and previous recipients

Community Development Transportation Lending Services, Inc.  A not-for-profit lending institution that provides financing for the transportation sector with an emphasis on innovative services and strategies.

Center for Transportation Excellence. A website with resources related to public transportation initiatives and ballot measures.