How Are We Funded?

The North Florida TPO receives federal, state and local funding.  We receive annual Transportation Planning Grants and Local Assessments to carry out our federally-required tasks.

  • Federal Highway Administration Section 112 (also known as “PL” or planning) funds are set aside by Congress specifically to perform the metropolitan planning process. The funds can be used for up to 80 % of a project, with a required 20 % match. In Florida the match is provided by the state as a “soft-match” in “toll credits.” This means that the TPO does not have to provide the required match.
  • Federal Transit Administration Section 5303 funds are federal funds designated for transit planning and research activities. The TPO passes some of these funds on to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and to St. Johns County for transit planning in St. Augustine. Up to 80 % federal funds can be used for a project. Typically, the match is divided between the state and the TPO, JTA or the County.
  • Local Assessments are payments made by member counties and transportation agencies based on population.

Funding sources are provided in the UPWP. North Florida TPO financial statements are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

How Are Transportation Projects Funded?

The North Florida TPO is responsible for approving transportation projects funded with federal assistance, regardless of the grant program, with direct project selection authority for certain programs including:

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds are provided for projects to reduce harmful emissions associated with transportation. These funds are programmed in the Transportation Improvement Program and the Unified Planning Work Program for studies and projects relating to intelligent transportation systems and clean fuels.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TALT/TALU - formerly TE) funding is for transportation alternatives including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving pedestrian/bicycle access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, recreational trail program projects and safe routes to school projects.  The TPO generally applies TAP funding to multi-use trails and school safety walk projects. 

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program funds are flexible funds that the TPO can directly program on federal aid highways, bridge projects, transit capital projects, and intracity or intercity bus facilities. 

Find Project Funding Sources

You can find funding sources for individual programmed projects in the TIP and search by funding source on the TIP Interactive Tool Report page.  Extensive funding analysis and projections are provided in the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Financial Resources Technical Report