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Areas Served

New York & New Jersey


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invests in building the capacity and improving the quality of public transportation throughout the United States. FTA's Region II office provides grant support and guidance on environmental, planning and other critical elements to metropolitan planning organizations, public transit operators, local, state, and tribal governments in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Projects in Region II are typically large in scale and scope and often involve complex coordination, given the myriad of stakeholders involved. Region II provides oversight for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s East Side Access and Second Avenue Subway projects, which are two of the largest transit infrastructure projects in the country. 

Region II also provides oversight on $8.5 billion made available under The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, enacted on January 29, 2013, for FTA’s Emergency Relief Program for recovery, relief and resiliency efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the region is responsible for the $2.8 billion World Trade Center Transportation Transit Hub and the $1.2 billion Fulton Center projects that received funds as part of the FY 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States.

FTA's Region II office is responsible for an $20.4 billion portfolio of federal funds in nearly 400 active grants, awarding on average $2.5 billion in grants annually. This portfolio is managed by 30 staff disseminated across the following four offices: 

  • Office of Planning and Program Development
  • Office of Operations and Program Management
  • Megaprojects Oversight and Lower Manhattan Recovery Office
  • Hurricane Sandy Recovery Office

Located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan, Region II also houses the New York Metropolitan Office, which includes staff from the Federal Highway Administration – New York Division, and is designed to facilitate direct federal assistance to transportation projects in New York City.

In Fiscal Year 2016 (ending September 30, 2016), Region II awarded 66 grants totaling over $2 billion. This represents over 17 percent of the total of $11.4 billion in support provided by all of FTA in FY 2016. In addition, the Megaprojects Oversight and Lower Manhattan Recovery Office awarded two grants totaling $588,806,109 in FY 2016. This funding has aided in planning, developing, constructing, and sustaining two large transportation projects in the New York City Region. 

Who We Serve

Our goals are to provide unparalleled customer service to grantees as well as the public and to ensure that awarded grant funds ultimately enhance the operations, safety, and security of transit systems for their users by providing operationally safe equipment and facilities.

Region II works closely with metropolitan planning organizations, public transit agencies, local governments, New York State Department of Transportation, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation to support transit investments in communities throughout the states of New York and New Jersey. Some of Region II’s largest metropolitan planning organizations include:

  • Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council
  • New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
  • North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Council, with FTA Region III

Major metropolitan areas within Region II's jurisdiction include:

  • The Northeast - New Jersey-New York City urbanized area
  • The Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica urbanized areas in upstate New York
  • The Atlantic City, and Trenton urbanized areas in South Jersey
  • With Region III, the Philadelphia suburbs of southern New Jersey served by New Jersey Transit
  • Critical investments in public transportation for smaller, rural, and tribal communities throughout the states of New York and New Jersey.

Region II currently manages 45 active grantees with 96% of its portfolio being distributed among its five largest grantees:

Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017
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