Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

American Rescue Plan Act Intercity Bus Funding

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) apportioned $2.3 million to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to provide intercity bus companies a one-time grant opportunity to be used in the recovery of operating expenses incurred during the pandemic. The application closes on October 1, 2021. This solicitation for application is a one-time funding opportunity and should not be considered as a change in DRPT's approach to intercity bus project funding, which is focused on advancing the Virginia Breeze Bus Lines system. 

Application due October 1, 2021

Eligibility:

  • Operating expenses are eligible beginning on or after January 20, 2020, and may include items such as: Administrative expenses such as administrative leave, bus operator salaries, supplies, personal, protective equipment, fuel, preventative maintenance costs, cleaning of vehicles and facilities.
  • Lost projected profit is not reimbursable. Lost revenue is only allowed if it would have covered operating expenses. For example, if your operating expense is $100,000 but revenue is only $50,000, then you may only seek reimbursement for $50,000.
  • Only bus route with bus stops in rural areas as defined in the FTA Circular 9040.1G. Formula Grants for Rural Areas are considered eligible for ARPA reimbursement. 

Requirements: 

  • Ridership and revenue reports must be submitted for the previous year's period of time. For example, if seeking reimbursement for operating expenses incurred from April 2020 through November 2020, you must submit ridership and revenue figures for that timeframe as well as for April 2019 through November 2019.
  • Provide frequency of routes with rural bus stops for the timeframe you are seeking reimbursement. 
  • List steps taken to protect employees and passengers including social distancing and PPE distribution.
  • Documentation is required to demonstrate that no employees were laid off, furloughed, or dismissed on or after March 27, 2020.
  • All eligibility determinations will be made by DRPT as the recipient of federal funding.   

 

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