Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program

The Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program is a federal-aid transportation program, administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which provides funding used by States and localities for transportation improvement projects. The 2015 Federal transportation legislation (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) converted the long-standing Surface Transportation Program (STP) into the STBG Program acknowledging the block grant program allows more flexible funding to best address State and local transportation needs.  A formula is used by FHWA to apportion STBG funds to each State.  The funds are then sub-allocated to each Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) from its respective state Department of Transportation using a population based formula. Once these funds have been sub-allocated to MPO’s they are committed through the MPO to Local Public Agency’s (LPA’s) for eligible transportation improvement projects through a project selection process approved by the MPO’s Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee.

When MPO grant funds are available, the Jackson MPO issues a Call for Projects. The Call for Projects outlines the amount of STBG funds available and the deadline for project application submission as established by the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee. Project applications submitted in accordance with the Call for Projects are evaluated and ranked by MPO staff according to the guidance established in the Project Submittal Guidelines. Once ranked, projects are submitted to the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee for consideration and approval until all available STBG funds have been committed. For more information about the STBG Project Submittal Guidelines please contact Jackson MPO Staff, by email at or by phone at (601)-981-1511.

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