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Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    The Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP) provides funding support for critical infrastructure hardening and other physical security enhancements to operators serving the Nations highest-risk metropolitan areas. IBSGP objectives are to support efforts that (1) Build and sustain core capabilities, (2) Strengthen regional security cooperation, and (3) Encourage a whole community approach to security and emergency management

    In FY 2020, the following PSGP projects will receive priority consideration:

    • Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places;
    • Enhancing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and improvised explosive device (IED) prevention, detection, response, and recovery capabilities;
    • Enhancing cybersecurity; and
    • Addressing emergent threats, such as unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

    Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the Transportation Sector and form a second tier of priorities that help ensure a comprehensive approach to securing the Nations transportation systems. These are (1) Effective planning; (2) Training and awareness campaigns; (3) Equipment and capital projects; and (4) Exercises.

    Allowable costs within these target areas include: 

    • Planning
      • Development of:
        • System-wide security risk management plans, to include cyber
        • Continuity of operations plans
        • Response plans/station action plans
        • Risk assessments o Asset-specific remediation plans
      • Efforts to strengthen governance integration between/among regional partners
    • Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets/Crowded Places
      • Physical security enhancements at bus stations located in eligible Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) cities. This includes Security cameras (CCTV); Security screening equipment for people and baggage; Access controls (Fencing, gates, barriers, etc.);
      • Remote disabling technology for over-the-road bus fleet.
    • Enhancing WMD & IED Prevention, Detection, Response & Recovery Capabilities 
      • CBRNE detection equipment at bus stations located in historically eligible Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) cities. This includes Security screening equipment for people and baggage; and Stand-off detection systems

    History of Funding

    The FY 2019 allocation to IBSGP was $2,000,000. 

    Additional Information

    Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
    • Hiring of Public Safety Personnel (e.g. private police, facility security guards, etc.)
    • General-use Expenditures, including facility backup or emergency generators
    • Overtime and Backfill
    • Initiatives that duplicate capabilities being provided by the Federal government
    • Organizational operating expenses
    • Expenditures for items such as general use software (word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.), general-use computers and related equipment (other than for allowable M&A activities, or otherwise associated preparedness or response functions), general-use vehicles, licensing fees, recurring operating costs (e.g., cell phone services, maintenance contracts, etc.), weapons systems, and ammunition
    • Maintenance costs
    • Monthly service charges or recurring costs


    Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID)

    Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID)
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (800) 368-6498

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are private operators providing transportation by an over-the-road bus that have completed a vulnerability assessment and developed a security plan that the Secretary of Homeland Security has approved. Additionally, applicants that meet one or both of the following criteria:

    • Operate fixed-route intercity bus transportation providing services to a defined Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdiction.
    • Operate a charter bus service using over-the-road buses and provide a minimum of 50 trips annually to one or more defined UASI jurisdictions.

    For a listing of eligible UASI jurisdictions, see page 6 of the 2020 Program Guidance at:

    Ineligible Service Categories, include: (1) School buses, (2) Fixed service routes under contract to transit authorities within UASI jurisdictions, (3) Fixed service routes not stopping in qualifying UASI jurisdictions, (4) Intracity trolley and/or tour services, or (5) Bus company owners that are not operators

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by April 15, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $2,000,000 is available in FY20. Cost sharing/matching of 50% is required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting September 1, 2020.

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