The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) offers grant programs for initiatives in the region. On this page you will find details around those programs. Content will be updated with their grant periods.

Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute (MD-JARC) Grant

During the 2018 session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted legislation that established the Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute Program. Fiscal Year 2020, Fiscal Year 2021 and Fiscal Year 2022 will be the first three years (of five years) of funding for this program. MDOT MTA will administer the program.

The Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute (MD-JARC) grant program is modeled after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant program, Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC). By using transportation services, this program is designed to connect targeted populations with employment areas that have experienced significant growth.

Click here for the formal grant announcement.

Distribution of Grant Awards

A total of $2 million over the next five years is allotted for the MD-JARC program; no more than $400,000 per year is to be used for this program. Seventy percent (70%) is to be used in the urbanized areas, while thirty percent (30%) is for the rural areas.

The grant application will be distributed among five geographic areas and must be endorsed by the appropriate Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs) or Regional Coordinating Body (RCB) where the proposed project will be implemented. An endorsement must be received prior to final submission to the MDOT MTA (information is included in the grant application).

Eligible Recipients

Eligible MD-JARC grant recipients include:

  • Private Non-Profit Organizations
  • Local Transit Systems, and
  • One or More Employers/Corporatiosn (that implement a job access and reverse commute project/program)

Key Dates

  • Project Endorsement: Part I of the applications are due to the MPOs/RCBs no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019 (NOT March 30, 2019).
  • Final Submission: Part I and Part II are due to MDOT MTA no later than 3:00 pm on May 10, 2019.

How to Receive MD-JARC Grant Application

The application package for MD-JARC grant funding will be available on the Transportation Association of Maryland’s (TAM) website (http://www.taminc.org/Office-of-Local-Transit-Support) on February 1, 2019. You can also obtain a copy of the grant application at one of four meetings to be held around the state (see listing on page 3).

The MD-JARC grant application in Microsoft Word format and the MD-JARC Budget Form in Microsoft Excel format can be found here as well.

Statewide Transit Innovation Grant

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) Statewide Transit Innovation Grant is a competitive grant program with the goal of supporting local efforts to improve transit reliability, improving access and connections to activity centers, and improving transit mobility options. The program seeks to fund cost-effective public transportation projects that reduce delays for people and improve connectivity between regional and economic population centers. Projects may incorporate bus, rail, or other transit modes.

Governor Larry Hogan has committed $2 million in state funds across fiscal years (FY) 2019 and 2020, with up to $500,000 available for applicants in FY 2019 and $1.5 million available for applicants in FY 2020. A local match will be required. MDOT MTA will administer the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include

  • Maryland local governments, or
  • locally operated transit providers.

Applicants may identify additional project partners including other Maryland county and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, locally operated transit providers, and other non-governmental, for- and non-profit organizations.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects may be in the planning, design, engineering, or construction phases, must meet the goals outlined above, and can include activities such as

  • corridor studies,
  • feasibility studies,
  • bus rapid transit corridors,
  • dedicated bus lanes,
  • transit signal prioritization,
  • other transit priority treatments,
  • innovative fare payment upgrades,
  • connected and autonomous vehicle pilot programs, and
  • other transit innovations in safety and mobility improvements.

How To Apply

MDOT MTA is no longer accepting submissions for the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant.

MDOT Policy and Grants

The study and implementation of Bus Rapid Transit corridors is an eligible activity for this grant. MDOT provides resources for transit providers and Maryland counties and municipalities to learn about the feasibility and scalability of various elements of BRT. Any applicant considering BRT should review MDOT's BRT policy and guidelines.

Policy Links

Other Grants

MDOT administers two related grant programs:

Contact Us

To learn more or sign up for updates, please fill out the form below to be added to the MDOT MTA Office of Planning and Capital Programming's Statewide Transit Innovation Grant list. For questions regarding the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant, contact Jaime McKay, MDOT MTA Office of Planning, at jmckay@mta.maryland.gov

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