Alternatives Analysis

 

Assisted 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.522
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 42 open grants. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 42 open grants.
Fiscal Year 2018 The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 23 open grants.
Authorization
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), 49 U.S.C. 533, Statute 109,59
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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.
Credentials/Documentation
Resolution by an authorized public body approved 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 had to complete certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost should be in accordance with OMB Circular No. 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. This program was eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant consulted 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 was required for this program. An environmental impact statement may also be required upon completion of the review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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.
Award Procedure
Project funds were 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.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Major, non-recurring capital investment Congressional designation.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are 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. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act that became effective on October 1, 2012, eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Some of the Alternatives Analysis studies are still active, that is, they are completing the work. However, no new funding or requirements are associated with the former program. There are 42 grants remaining open.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: (1) Progress reports; (2) Federal Financial Report
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Funds for Alternatives Analysis projects are allocated based on statutory or discretionary basis. A grant may be made for up to 80 percent of total project cost.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Terms and conditions are contractually agreed on between FTA and the applicant. The grants were awarded in one lump sum or in smaller increments as specified by the grantee. by grant
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See list of regional office contacts located in Appendix IV.
Headquarters Office
Maurice Foushee
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E
Washington, DC 20590 US
Maurice.Foushee@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-1636
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8350-0-7-401
Obligations
(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2006 Congressional designations ranged from $300,000 to $2,500,000.
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/ Vol.70, No. 229/ Wednesday, November 30, 2005/ Notices.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 42 open grants. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 42 open grants.
Fiscal Year 2018 The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 23 open grants.