General Transportation Aids (GTA)
Under Act 55, the 2015-2017 state budget, funding for the general transportation aids program was increased by 4% beginning in calendar year 2015. The total calendar year distribution was set at $321,260,500 for 2015 and thereafter. The budget increased the mileage aid rate by $85 from $2,117 per mile to $2,202 per mile for 2015 and thereafter. All cities and most villages receive their GTA payments under the share of cost formula. Almost all towns are paid GTA on the rate per highway mile basis. Department of Transportation is statutorily required to distribute GTA funds first to towns under the rate per mile component of the program. Then, the remainder is distributed to cities and most villages on a share of cost basis.
The state budget left intact a change made in the 2011-2013 state budget making 10% the maximum cut a community can experience in GTA payments from 1 year to the next.
An individual community's actual 2017 GTA payments will depend on application of the share of cost distribution formula. Municipalities on Share of Cost will receive a minimum 90% and maximum 115% of their 2016 GTA payment. Communities that prior to 2012 experienced an annual 5% cut in GTA payments may now experience an annual 10% reduction in payments under the share of cost formula.
Department of Transportation calculates and mails to municipalities the estimate of their GTA payments by early October. The estimated GTA payments for each municipality are posted on the Department of Transportation’s website.
DOT posted notice of final 2016 payment amounts to municipalities in December .
Mass Transit Aids
Act 55, the 2015-17 state budget included a 4% increase in Mass Transit Operating Assistance to take effect in calendar year 2015. No additional increases are scheduled for 2017.
Connecting Highways Program
The 2015-2017 state budget did not change funding levels for the connecting highways program, which assists municipalities with costs associated with increased traffic and maintenance on roads that connect segments of the State Trunk Highway System. Under the program, 122 municipalities receive quarterly payments on a per lane mile basis, with rates varying according to population and appropriations set in the state budget. Since no funding changes were made to the program, 2017 payments to municipalities should be similar in amount to 2016 payments.