Small Starts is part of the FTA capital investment program. The program funds light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit projects and projects are evaluated using criteria outlined in FAST on a 5 point scale from low to high priority.
Small Starts capital investment grants are specifically available for projects that have a total cost less than $300 million and where the total Small Starts funding sought is less than $100 million and for projects of new fixed guideway systems (light rail, commuter rail etc.), extension to existing systems, fixed guideway BRT systems, and corridor-based BRT systems.
- FTA capital investment prorgams www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/capital-investments/about-program