Non-Urbanized Formula Program grants provide transit capital, operating assistance, and program administration through the States, to non-urbanized areas (less than 50,000 in population) for public transportation. State agencies, local public bodies and agencies thereof, private-nonprofit and private for-profit (inter-city only) organizations and operators of public transportation services are eligible to apply.
Title 49 USC § 5311(d) authorizes states to use funds for the provision of local, general public transportation service in rural areas.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has defined the goals of the 5311 Program to:
The Federal Transit Administration provides funding to ensure that all Americans, including those who live in rural and small urban areas, have access to transit to meet basic mobility needs.
FTA Section 5311 funds are provided to the states to be used for public transportation projects in areas other than urbanized areas.