By Taylor Klocke

Final FY2020 Appropriations

December 17, 2019

The week of Dec. 17, 2019, Congress will vote on FY2020 appropriations. Bill language was released last night and details exciting funding increases for public transit. The increased levels of funding are noted for the Section 5339 and 5311 programs. The breakdown of Section 5339 funding is below:
 FY20 FAST Act Authorizing LevelFY20 Appropriations TotalTotal Increase from FY20 FAST Act Authorizing Levels
5339(a) – Formula Grants$464,610,000$632,610,000$168,000,000
5339(b) – Competitive Grants$289,040,000$459,040,000$170,000,000
Low/No Emission Grants$55,000,000$130,000,000$75,000,000

The total amount of funding available for the Section 5339 program is: $1.2 billion. This is a $391,350,000 increase from FAST Act FY20 authorizing levels.

Another important increase is to the Section 5311 program. There is a $40 million increase, amounting to a total of $799 million available for rural areas. This is the largest amount of funding appropriated to Section 5311, ever. Below is a graph that details the funding increases to 5311 since 1989:

There are two more additional funding increases that CTAA will be carefully following once the final legislation is signed: $5,500,000 is available for an innovative mobility demonstration pilot program and $8,500,000 is available for areas of persistent poverty.

*The funding levels described above will remain accurate if the Senate votes on the same appropriations package and bill language.


The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.