Thanks to smart phone tools, web applications and innovations in public transportation technology, shared mobility concepts and solutions like bike-sharing, car-sharing, car-hailing, and innovative demand-response bus services are on the rise, providing new, flexible transportation options. As the transit industry embraces partnerships with these on-demand services, transit agency staff and others have sought the FTA’s guidance on issues such as funding eligibility, civil rights requirements, and conditions for receiving support.

In response, the FTA has developed comprehensive sets of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify requirements for shared mobility alternatives regarding funding eligibility under federal public transportation law for FTA grant programs and compliance with federal requirements, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We also have posted a guidance letter from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Go to to view the letter.