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Rural Eligibility

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Description:

The definition of 'rural' vs 'non-rural' varies across the Department. There are at least a dozen programs at DOT that distinguish between ‘rural’ and ‘non-rural’ for prospective applicants. Questions about any of these programs can be sent to the respective program office or to rural@dot.gov

 

Modal Administration Program Definition of Rural
FTA Passenger Ferry Program & Ferry Service for Rural Communities Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area (<50,000) 
Low or No Emission Vehicle Program
Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program (ICAM)
Bus and Bus Facilities
FRA Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area (<50,000) 
Railroad Crossing Elimination Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area (<50,000) 
FHWA Advanced Transportation Technologies & Innovation (ATTAIN)* Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area (<50,000) 
OST Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area (<50,000). The SMART program also has a set-aside for midsize communities (between 50,000 & 400,000)
Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area with a population of 150,000 or more 
Rebuilding America's Infrastructure Sustainably and Equitably (RAISE) * Located outside of a U.S. Census-designated urbanized area with a population of 200,000 or more 
Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA)*
Rural Surface Transportation Grant (Rural)

Source:

Urban areas are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, more information about their methodology can be found here.

*The ATTAIN program is also referred to as Advanced Transportation Technologies and Innovative Mobility Development (ATTIMD). This program was named Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) from FY16-FY21.

* The RAISE program was known as TIGER from FY09-FY17 and BUILD from FY18-FY20.

* The INFRA program was known as FASTLANE in FY16-FY17.