Apply for funding to buy capital assets for fixed route transit services run by municipalities and community organizations: Public Transit Assistance Program

Municipalities and community organizations can apply for funding from the Public Transportation Assistance Program (PTAP) to buy capital assets, like vehicles, for fixed route transit services they run. The funding is not for offsetting the cost of operating the transit service. You can apply until 20 June 2019 for 2019 to 2020 program funding.

Apply for funding to buy capital assets like vehicles, bus terminals and shelters.

Funding is for capital purchases that support the long-term sustainability of the public transit service. Alternatively, the funds can be placed in a capital reserve until they’re required. The funding is not for offsetting the cost of operating the transit service.

Funding approval is subject to annual budget approval. Funding might be reduced or pro-rated depending on the total new funding requests.

Grant calculation

Funding is based on the total annual ridership and the population of the service area (for example, the number of people within 1 km of a bus stop). Contact the program administrator to get an estimate of funding availability.

Eligibility

Eligible municipalities and organizations include new and existing public transit organizations that are currently providing a fixed or fixed-flex route service.

Ineligible organizations include:

  • public transit services in pilot phase
  • door-to-door community transit services
  • shuttle operators
  • taxi companies
  • intercity transit operators
  • nursing homes
  • individuals

How to apply

  1. Apply online for funding.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Submit your completed application and supporting documents. Or send the supporting documents by mail.

How long it takes

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the funding.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • what the previous year’s funds were used for
  • what you plan to spend the funds on this year

Apply online

When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password or register a new account.

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