The Transit Education Initiative (TEI) Task Force was formed in June 2020 by the former CRTPO Board chairman Dr. Michael Miltich to lay the foundation for a shared understanding of federal funding for public transit and potentially recommending an update to the formula for allocation of FTA Section 5307 funds. The TEI Task Force identified three topics to pursue immediately:
- Understand the needs and goals of the transit providers that operate within the CRTPO planning area.
- Study the federal, state and local rules and regulations of transit funding.
- Focus on the Federal Transit Administration Section 5307/5340 distribution sub-allocation formula.
- Part One: Study and Data Collection
- Part Two: Develop Recommendations
Past Meetings / Presentations
TEI Launch Meeting
This meeting was to kick off the task force work of connecting public transportation providers within the Charlotte urbanized area.
TEI Public Transit Operators Overview
This meeting was to provide an overview of the services offered, funding sources, expenses, revenue, and National Transit Database (NTD) statistics for all of the operators within the Charlotte urbanized area.
TEI Federal and State Transit Programs
This meeting provided an overview of funding for local, state, and federal public transportation and human services transportation services.
TEI FTA Section 5307 Funding Program
This meeting provided an in-depth presentation on the intent and purpose, eligible activities, and match requirements of the FTA Section 5307 federal transit program. The history and background of the previous CRTPO Board-adopted Section 5307 distribution sub-allocation within the Charlotte urbanized area (UZA) was also covered.
TEI Interim Report
This presentation was the summary report, of the TEI activities from the kickoff in June 2020 through November 2020, to the CRTPO Board.
TEI Analysis of Other MPO’s FTA Section 5307 Suballocation Methodologies:
This meeting provided an in-depth analysis of the FTA Section 5307 formula methodology and a range of approaches in comparable sized urbanized areas from across the country.
TEI MOU and Formula Ideas:
This meeting provided 5 formula scenarios and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the agreement amongst all FTA Section 5307 recipients within the Charlotte UZA.
TEI MOU and Formula Recommendation:
This presentation provided the proposed FTA Section 5307 formula sub-allocation and MOU for distribution amongst funds recipients. The TEI Chair Michael Johnson and CRTPO Transit Planner Jerrel Leonard gave this presentation to the CRTPO Board. The recommended new FTA Section 5307 formula and MOU was adopted by the CRTPO Board in June 2021.