FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
49 U.S.C. 5339.
To assist in financing the evaluation of all reasonable modal and multimodal alternatives and general alignment options for identified transportation needs in a particular, broadly defined travel corridor.
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used to assist State and local governmental authorities in conducting alternatives analyses as part of the early planning for capital projects for new fixed guideway systems and extensions to existing fixed guideway systems.
Public agencies, including States; municipalities and other subdivisions of States; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more States; and public corporations, boards, and commissions established under State law. Applicant must have legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out proposed project and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with Federal assistance. Private non-profit organizations are not directly eligible recipients.
The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation and public agencies. Private consultants may participate through contractual arrangements with a public agency grantee.
Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and approved by FTA and FHWA. Applicant must complete certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
Application and Award Process
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process that the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An environmental impact statement may be required for this program. An environmental impact statement may also be required upon completion of the review.
Project funds may be allocated by Congress for specific projects. When applicable, a Notice of Funding Availability is published to announce the availability of discretionary funds and application process. The notification and application are also available at http://www.grants.gov
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's Transportation Electronic Award Management (TEAM) system, http://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov/fta-flash2b.html In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in TEAM and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.
Applications may be submitted throughout the fiscal year. Funds are available for obligation for three fiscal years including the year of appropriation.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
FTA awards more than 80 percent of grants within 60 days of receipt of a completed application, with an average processing time of 36 days or less.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Funds for Alternatives Analysis projects are allocated based on statutory or discretionary basis. A grant may be made up to 80 percent of total project cost.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Terms and conditions are contractually agreed on between FTA and the applicant. The grants may be awarded in one lump sum or in smaller increments as specified by the grantee.
Post Assistance Requirements
(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of State and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations; nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year with certain exceptions as stated in OMB Circular No. A-133.
Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.
FY 07 $15,745,000; FY 08 est $32,798,330; and FY 09 est $39,202,780.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2006 Congressional designations range from $300,000 to $2,500,000 with an average of $138,889.
The program will support alternatives analysis for over 18 new fixed guideway transit systems, ultimately resulting in more effective decision making at the local level and to support future Federal investment in major capital projects.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please visit the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) website or contact the appropriate FTA Region office for more information. See Federal Register/ http://Vol.70 No. 229/ Wednesday, November 30, 2005/ Notices.
Regional or Local Office
See list of regional office contacts located in Appendix IV.
Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Office of Program Management, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202)366-2053 Contact: Kimberly Sledge, E-mail: email@example.com.
Web Site Address
20.205, Highway Planning And Construction
20.500, Federal Transit-Capital Investment Grants
20.505, Federal Transit-Metropolitan Planning Grants
Examples of Funded Projects
Projects funded include studies conducted as part of the transportation planning process to include an assessment of a wide range of public transportation alternatives designed to address a transportation problem in a corridor or subarea.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Major, non-recurring capital investment Congressional designation.