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.
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.
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.
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
How to apply
- Apply online for funding.
- Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
- 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 Transportation and Active Transit 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.
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
Applications are closed. You can no longer apply for funding for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year.