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TDOT funds statewide initiatives that include TDOT’s Transit Program Grants.

Metropolitan Planning
This program provides funds to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and directly to some urban transit systems to support the costs of preparing long range transportation plans and financially feasible Transportation Improvement Plans and conducting intermodal transportation planning and technical studies.

Urbanized Area Grants
This program provides funds to urbanized areas with populations of more than 50,000 for transit operating and capital assistance and for transportation-related planning. For areas under 200,000 in population, funds are apportioned on the basis of population and population density. For areas over 200,000 in population, funds are apportioned based on population, population density, and transit data.

Capital Investment Grants
This program provides discretionary capital assistance for the purchase of new equipment, acquisition of property, and the construction of public transit facilities.

Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Grants
This program provides transit capital assistance, through the state, to private non-profit organizations and public bodies that provide specialized transportation services to elderly and/or disabled persons.

Non-Urbanized Area Grants
This formula grant program provides funds to each state for state administration, planning, and technical assistance and for transit capital, operating, and project administration assistance in areas with populations of less than 50,000.

State Planning and Research Grants
Through this program, funding is available to each state for the purpose of technical studies and assistance, demonstrations, planning, management training, and cooperative research activities.

Job Access and Reverse Commute Grants
This program provides grants for administrative, operating and capital assistance to local governments and non-profit organizations to develop transit services to connect welfare recipients and low-income persons to employment and support services.

State Operating Assistance Program
The purpose of the State Operating Assistance Program is to assist local governments in meeting public transportation needs throughout the state.

Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
RTAP provides, on national and state levels, a wide variety of technical assistance, training materials, and publications to rural transit professionals.

Urban Transit Assistance Program (UTAP)
The Urban Transit Assistance Program (UTAP) is a state training program funded for urban transit systems by TDOT. Through UTAP, the state provides technical assistance, training materials, information networks, and workshops for urban transit professionals.

Statewide Transit Student Internship Program
The Statewide Student Internship Program is sponsored by TDOT. The mission of the program is to expose college students to the field of Public Transportation with the hope that their experience will encourage them to enter the field as a career.

Families First Transportation
The Departments of Transportation and Human Services entered into an Interdepartmental Agreement for the coordination of Families First transportation services, utilizing the Rural and Urban Transit Systems. Transportation Services include: mass transit passes, van service, and reimbursement for participants who are able to provide their own transportation.

Commuter Ridesharing/TDM (CMAQ)
This program will allocate funds for on-line Rideshare matching software, free transit ozone alert days, vanpool acquisition and TDM Commuter Technical Assistance. Funds will be expended only in those counties and urbanized areas designated as non attainment areas by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The funding amounts will depend upon Federal and State appropriations.

New Freedoms Transportation
Through this program funding is available to public, private, non-profit and private for-profit agencies that are part of a locally developed, human services coordination plan for the purpose of providing transportation services that go beyond Americans With Disabilities requirements. Funding is available through a competitive process.