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The latest general information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available on Coronavirus.gov. For USDOT specific COVID-19 resources, please visit our page.

USDOT COVID-19 Relief Funding

 

Glossary
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Signed into law March 11, 2021 
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ACT: Signed into law March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act: Signed into law December 27, 2020
Obligated Funds: When awarding funding, the U.S. government enters a binding agreement called an obligation. The government promises to spend the money, either immediately or in the future. An agency incurs an obligation, for example, when it places an order, signs a contract, awards a grant, purchases a service, or takes other actions that require it to make a payment.
Outlays: An outlay (also called expenditure) occurs when Federal money is actually paid.
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USDOT is organized in the Office of the Secretary, as well as operating administrations and bureaus, each with its own management and organizational structure. To learn more about each visit: https://www.transportation.gov/administrations

Notes:

  • This data is updated weekly, on Mondays.
  • USASpending is an official government website that provides a different tool to explore this data in more detail. DOT sends data to USASpending in accordance with government-wide reporting timelines. The data presented on this page is provided on a faster timeline than USASpending.
  • Each of the COVID-19 relief Acts contains direction from Congress permitting U.S. government agencies to purchase goods and services as well as expend funds for specific purposes. The Acts set limits on the uses and amounts of the funds, and this becomes the “authorized” amount for each agency and program. The data on this page reflects authorized amounts.
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Funding Description and Requirements

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act
Funding Description and Requirements

(in thousands)

Operating Administration

Account/Program

Funding Provided

Description

FAA

ARP Airport Grant Program

$8,000,000

This third COVID relief program for airports is similar to CARES and CRRSA.  It assists airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus with certain allocations for primary and general aviation airports to support operations, such as payroll, cleaning and debt service.  Also, it may reimburse airports for costs associated with combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. It includes up to $800 million to reimburse airports for rent relief it provides to in-terminal concessions.

FAA

Employee Leave Fund

$9,000

This fund covers the use of employee paid leave (up to 600 hours, or 15 workweeks) for qualifying COVID-19 public health emergency absences occurring between March 11, 2021 and September 30, 2021, or until available funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Employees will have an opportunity to submit retroactive requests for EPL.

FTA

Transit Infrastructure Grants

$30,461,356

Provides additional funds to previously supplemented programs in CARES and CRRSA, including $26.1 billion to FTA’s Urbanized Area Formula Program, $317.2 million for Formula Grants for the Rural Areas Program, and an additional $50 million for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities. New activities are also funded, including $1.7 billion for Capital Investment Grants, $100 million for intercity bus operators, $25 million for transit planning, and $2.2 billion for grants in urbanized and rural areas that require additional assistance.

FRA

Northeast Corridor

$970,388

The $1.7 billion in ARP funds provide relief for Amtrak and its 22 state funding partners to offset costs to respond to COVID and revenue shortfalls due to sustained ridership decreases from the pandemic. The ARP funds have enabled Amtrak to continue providing service to passengers across the Amtrak network, restore service to routes that were reduced in 2020, and recall the 1,222 employees who were furloughed in 2020 as Amtrak reduced costs due to COVID.

FRA

National Network

$729,612

The $1.7 billion in ARP funds provide relief for Amtrak and its 22 state funding partners to offset costs to respond to COVID and revenue shortfalls due to sustained ridership decreases from the pandemic. The ARP funds have enabled Amtrak to continue providing service to passengers across the Amtrak network, restore service to routes that were reduced in 2020, and recall the 1,222 employees who were furloughed in 2020 as Amtrak reduced costs due to COVID.

OST

Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program

$3,000,000

The objectives of the AMJP program are to help businesses that are primarily engaged in aircraft manufacturing activities and services, or aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul activities and services, to retain or rehire employees. Financial assistance payments must be used to retain current employees or to recall employees who were previously laid off or furloughed. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act enacted on March 11, 2021, the AMJP program provides up to $3 billion for the aviation manufacturing and repair industry.

Last updated: Monday, April 19, 2021