Our Grant Programs


Transit Ridership Incentive Program (TRIP)

Program Background

The Transit Ridership Incentive Program is a statewide grant program dedicated to improving transit’s regional connectivity in urban areas with a population in excess of 100,000 and reducing barriers to transit use by supporting low-income and zero-fare programming. 

Individually Administered Grant Programs

Regional Connectivity

The Transit Ridership Incentive Program’s regional connectivity component promotes improved public transportation services in urban areas with a population greater than 100,000. The program’s goal is the identification and establishment of routes of regional significance, the development and implementation of a regional subsidy allocation model, implementation of integrated fare collection, establishment of bus-only lanes on routes of regional significance, and other actions and service determined by the Board to improve transit service.

DRPT is accepting regional connectivity applications during the mid-cycle grant period. This application period opens on September 1st, 2022 and closes on October 3rd, 2022. See below sections for more detail.

Zero Fare and Low Income

The Transit Ridership Incentive Program’s zero-fare and low income projects set out to reduce barriers to transit use for low-income individuals throughout the Commonwealth.

DRPT will be accepting zero-fare and low income applications during the FY 24 grant period. This application period opens on December 1st, 2022 and closes on February 1st, 2023.

Application Resources & Timeline

For detailed information on the application timeline, goals, eligibility requirements, eligible expenses, and application process for all DRPT administered grants programs, view the resources below:

Application Timeline

  • September 1, 2022
    DRPT will begin accepting applications for FY23 Mid-Cycle Grant
  • October 3, 2022
    Fillable PDF application and supporting documentation due to TRIP@drpt.virginia.gov.
  • October 21, 2022
    If applicable, letters of support and board approvals due to TRIP@drpt.virginia.gov.
  • October 25, 2022
    DRPT presents funding recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation
  • December 7, 2022
    DRPT seeks CTB final approval on funding recommendations

Application Resources

TRIP- Application FAQs

FY23 Mid-Cycle Application Guidelines: Regional Routes

FY23 Mid-Cycle Application: Regional Routes