Transit Downstate Operating Assistance Program
CSFA Number: 494-80-1141
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Contact
Karen Strell
Short Description
State of Illinois operating assistance funding awarded to eligible recipients, as defined in the Downstate Public Transportation Act (30 ILCS 740), outside of the RTA Region. Funds a portion of eligible operating expenses, as defined in The Act, at the least of: up to 65% of eligible operating expense, operating deficit or appropriation(contract amount).
Subject Area
Economic Development
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Article II of the Illinois Downstate Public Transportation Act, (30 ILCS 740/2-1 et seq.)
Objectives and Goals
The Downstate Operating Assistance Program (DOAP), was established by the Illinois General Assembly to provide operating funds to assist in the development and operation of public transportation services in areas outside of the RTA region.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Provides reimbursement of up to 65% eligible operating and administrative expenses as defined under the Downstate Public Transportation Act and the Program Rules.

Funds the least of: up to 65% of eligible operating expense, operating deficit or appropriation(contract amount).
Eligibility Requirements
Requires approval of an annual operating assistance application which is solicited on March 1 of each year and a line item appropriation in the State budget enacted by the legislature and signed by the Governor.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Applications are solicited and awarded annually on a state fiscal year basis.
Assistance Consideration
Local Match is required to pay for that portion of eligible expenses and ineligible expenses incurred under this program that are not funded by this grant. This award will also require adherence to all federal 5311 program requirements when the grantee is an eligible 5311 sub-recipient.
Post Assistance Requirements
Requires submittal of quarterly and year-end reports as well as an annual independent audit for grant settlement and close-out.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Downstate Public Transportation Act, (30 ILCS 740)
State of Illinois Administrative Rules, (92 Illinois Administrative Code Part 653).
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $255,225,700
FY 2016 : $280,969,900
FY 2017 : $308,928,400
FY 2018 : $339,821,240
FY 2019 : $373,802,600
FY 2020 : $411,182,900
FY 2021 : $452,301,190
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details18-494-80-1141-01$161000 - $6805320001/26/2017 - 04/01/2017 : 5:00 PM
Details19-1141-01$177100 - $7485852002/09/2018 - 04/23/2018 : 5:00
Details494-80-1141$190190 - $9057880001/22/2019 - 04/01/2019 : 5:00 PM
Details20-494-80-1141-01$209209 - $9963668002/02/2020 - 04/26/2020 : 5:00 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
20-1141-14621St. Clair County Transit District07/01/201906/30/202058,876,220
20-1141-12691Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District07/01/201906/30/202045,177,275
20-1141-13089Madison County Mass Transit District07/01/201906/30/202024,202,100
20-1141-13758Greater Peoria Mass Transit District07/01/201906/30/202023,111,991
20-1141-12478ROCK ISLAND COUNTY METROPOLITAN MASS TRANSIT DISTRICT07/01/201906/30/202015,668,359