Title 49 CFR Part 600 - 699

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CFR Title 49, Parts 600 thru 699 - Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is one of twelve chapters comprising the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49, consisting of a unified body of regulations applying to specific functions and activities under the control of the FTA. [1] This chapter itself consists of 20 parts covering FTA organization, functions and procedures for its offices and programs.

Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is an agency within the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) that provides financial and technical assistance to local public transportation systems. The FTA is one of ten modal administrations within the DOT. Headed by an Administrator who is appointed by the President of the United States, the FTA functions through a Washington, D.C., headquarters office and ten regional offices which assist transit agencies in all states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Until 1991, it was known as the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA).

<i>Code of Federal Regulations</i>

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States. The CFR is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation.


Notable programs

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) thru its major programs provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems. [2]

Public transport shared transport[ation] service that is available for use by the general public; usually of passengers but sometimes of goods

Public transport is transport of passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip. Examples of public transport include city buses, trolleybuses, trams and passenger trains, rapid transit and ferries. Public transport between cities is dominated by airlines, coaches, and intercity rail. High-speed rail networks are being developed in many parts of the world.

Part 611— Major capital investment projects

This is FTA’s primary grant program for funding major transit capital investments, including rapid rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, and ferries. [3] This CFR part prescribes the process that applicants must follow to be considered eligible for fixed guideway capital investment grants known as New Starts and Small Starts as well as the procedures used by FTA to evaluate and rate proposed candidate projects. [4]

Light rail typically an urban form of public transport using steel-tracked fixed guideways

Light rail, light rail transit (LRT), or fast tram is a form of urban rail transit using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating at a higher capacity, and often on an exclusive right-of-way.

Rapid transit passenger rail system in an urban area

Rapid transit or mass rapid transit (MRT), also known as heavy rail, metro, subway, tube, U-Bahn or underground, is a type of high-capacity public transport generally found in urban areas. Unlike buses or trams, rapid transit systems are electric railways that operate on an exclusive right-of-way, which cannot be accessed by pedestrians or other vehicles of any sort, and which is often grade separated in tunnels or on elevated railways.

Works or publications


  1. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Washington, DC: Office of the Federal Register. January 2012. p. 29. ISBN   978-0-16-090051-8.
  2. "Capital Investment Program:New Starts, Small Starts and Core Capacity Improvements". Federal Transit Administration. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  3. "About FTA and our History". Federal Transit Administration. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  4. "49 CFR Part 611, subpart A". GPO. Retrieved 23 May 2014.

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