Federal Transit Capital Investment Grants

 

The Capital Investment Grant Program is the Federal Government?s primary financial resource for supporting transit capital projects that are locally planned, implemented, and operated. It provides funding for fixed guideway investments such as new and expanded heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, and ferries as well as corridor-based bus rapid transit investments that emulate the features of rail.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.500
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 On February 8, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $3.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget to advance the construction or completion of 31 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 18 states. FTA signed one full funding grant agreement (FFGA) during FY 2016 and four Small Starts construction grant agreements. New Starts projects: • San Diego, CA, Mid-Coast Corridor, expected to serve 24,600 daily trips. This FFGA was signed in September 2016. Small Starts projects: • Denver, CO, Southeast Rail Extension Project, expected to serve 4,400 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in April 2016. • Jacksonville, FL, BRT Southeast Corridor, expected to serve 4,800 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in December 2015. • Charlotte, NC, City LYNX Gold Line Phase 2, expected to serve 4,100 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in May 2016. • Columbus, OH, Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project, expected to serve 5,700 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in May 2016.
Fiscal Year 2017 FTA has signed four full funding grant agreements (FFGAs) and three Small Starts construction grant agreements. New Starts projects: • Los Angeles, CA, Westside Purple Line Extension Section 2, expected to serve 21,600 daily trips. This FFGA was signed in December 2016. • Fort Worth, TX, TEX Rail Project, expected to serve 8,300 daily trips. This FFGA was signed in December 2016. Core Capacity projects: • Chicago, IL, Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Project, expected to increase capacity in the corridor by 15 percent. This FFGA was signed in January 2017. • San Carlos, CA, Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, expected to increase capacity in the corridor by 10 percent. This FFGA was signed in May 2017. Small Starts projects: • San Francisco, CA, Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project, expected to serve 52,400 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in December 2016. • Reno, NV, 4th Street/Prater Way Bus Rapid Transit Project, expected to serve 6,200 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in December 2016. • Utah County, UT, Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit Project, expected to serve 11,300 daily trips. This construction grant was signed in December 2016.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019, FTA allocated 1.235 billion Capital Investment funds to nine projects that have received Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGAs) and three New Starts projects that are seeking grant agreements.
Authorization
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST), Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C. 5309
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, including safety and security aspects, and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with Federal assistance. Private non-profit organizations are not eligible direct recipients.
Beneficiary 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, including safety and security aspects, and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with Federal assistance. Private non-profit organizations are not eligible direct recipients.
Credentials/Documentation
Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), in the State transportation improvement program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Super Circular 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually contain the capital investment apportionments. The Federal Register notice with the full year's apportionment was published in February 2016. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.transit.dot.gov/.
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. 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 the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An environmental impact determination is required for this program. The determination will lead to the requirement of an environmental impact statement, environmental assessment, or categorical exclusion.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Capital Investment Grants program requires that projects proceed through multiple steps before being considered for funding. For details on the steps in the process, please see FTA's website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/CIG. For the TOD Pilot Program, projects are selected for funding through Notices of Funding Opportunities.
Award Procedure
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a construction grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic grant award system,. 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 FTA's electronic grant award system and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Projects must meet the project justification, local financial commitment, and process criteria established in Section 5309, and should be consistent with Executive Order 12893, Principles for Federal Infrastructure Investments, issued January 26, 1994. Firm funding commitments, embodied in FFGAs or SSGAs, will not be made until the project sponsor has demonstrated that its project is ready for such an agreement, i.e., the project's development and design have progressed to the point where its scope, costs, benefits, and impacts are considered firm and final. FTA encourages project sponsors to provide an overmatch as a means of funding more projects and leveraging State and local financial resources as well as other Federal financial resources.
How may assistance be used?
FAST includes three categories of eligible projects under the Capital Investment Grant Program, referred to as New Starts, Core Capacity, and Small Starts projects. New Starts projects are those whose sponsors request $100 million or more in Capital Investment Grant Program funds or have an anticipated total capital cost of $300 million or more. Core Capacity projects are substantial investments in an existing fixed-guideway corridor that is at capacity today or will be in five years, where the proposed project will increase capacity by not less than 10 percent. Small Starts projects are defined as those whose sponsors request less than $100 million in Capital Investment Grant Program funds and have an anticipated total capital cost of less than $300 million. The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, authorized under Section 20005(b) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141, July 6, 2012, with funding provided under 49 U.S.C. 5338(a)(2)(B), as amended by the FAST Act, provides grants for corridor-level comprehensive planning activities conducted in conjunction with the development of Core Capacity and new fixed-guideway capital projects. The comprehensive planning work must help to enhance economic development, ridership, and other goals established during the project development and engineering processes; facilitate multimodal connectivity and accessibility; increase access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic; enable mixed-use development; identify infrastructure needs associated with the eligible project; and include private sector participation
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Recipient is required to retain intact, for three 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: Title 49 Part 5309

Matching is voluntary_rating. Funds for the Capital Investment Grant program are allocated on a discretionary basis. There are difference matching requirements specified in law for different types of projects.

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 may be awarded in one lump sum or in smaller increments as specified by the grantee.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.
Headquarters Office
Elizabeth Day
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.,
Washington, DC 20590 US
elizabeth.day@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-5159
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8350-0-7-401
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$1,840,669,856.00; FY 19 est $2,527,170,000.00; FY 20 est $1,490,138,100.00; FY 17$1,744,368,363.00; FY 16$2,177,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 So far in FY 2016, FTA has awarded three Small Starts construction grants. A Small Starts construction grant was awarded in November 2015 for the Jacksonville, FL,Bus Rapid Transit Southeast project, which is expected to serve 4,800 daily trips when it opens in 2017. A second Small Starts construction grant was awarded in May 2015 for the Denver Southeast Rail Extension light rail project, which is expected to serve 4,400 daily trips when it opens in 2019. A third Small Starts construction grant was awarded in May 2016 for the Charlotte, NC, City LYNX Gold Line Phase 2 streetcar project, which is expected to serve 4,100 daily trips when it opens in 2020. In FY 2016, three examples are provided of Small Starts projects that received construction grant agreements. A Small Starts construction grant was awarded in December 2015 for the Jacksonville, FL, Bus Rapid Transit Southeast project, which is expected to serve 4,800 daily trips when it opens in 2017. A second Small Starts construction grant was awarded in April 2015 for the Denver Southeast Rail Extension light rail project, which is expected to serve 4,400 daily trips when it opens in 2019. A third Small Starts construction grant was awarded in May 2016 for the Charlotte, NC, City LYNX Gold Line Phase 2 streetcar project, which is expected to serve 4,100 daily trips when it opens in 2020.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017, two examples are provided of New Starts projects that received Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA). In Los Angeles, CA, the Westside Purple Line Extension Section 2, expected to serve 21,600 daily trips when it opens in 2026, was awarded an FFGA in December 2016. In Fort Worth, TX, the TEX Rail Project, expected to serve 8,300 daily trips when it opens in 2020, was awarded an FFGA in December 2016.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, the Indianapolis IndyGo Red Line Transit project received a Small Starts Grant Agreement (SSGA). This bus rapid transit project will provide transit service to 50,000 residents and nearly 150,000 jobs – a quarter of all jobs in Marion County.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019, the Minneapolis METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project received a construction grant agreement. The BRT line will connect riders along the route to major job centers including downtown Minneapolis, Best Buy headquarters and Target Corporation, offering frequent, daily service.

 


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