Transportation Aids

General Transportation Aids (GTA)

In 2021, total GTA funding for cities, villages, and towns was $383,503,200. The 2021-2023 state budget increased that amount to $391,173,300 for 2022 and $398,996,800 for 2023, which represents a 2% increase each year of the biennium. The budget increased the per-mile aid payment for towns by 2% each year from $2,628 to $2,681 in 2022 and $2,734 in 2023. 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. The 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.

GTA Payments

An individual community's actual 2022 GTA payments will depend on application of the share of cost distribution formula. 

The Department of Transportation distributes to municipalities the estimate of their coming year GTA payments on October 1st.
DOT posts notice of final 2022 payment amounts to municipalities in December.

Mass Transit Aids

The 2021-2023 state budget reduces mass transit operating assistance by 50% in 2022 for tier A-1 (Milwaukee County) and tier A2 (Madison) transit systems. The reductions to both  systems total $41,341,600. Funding levels for Tier B and Tier C transit systems remain unchanged from the prior budget.