Federal Transit_Capital Investment Grants

 

To assist in financing the design and construction of new fixed guideway systems, or extensions to existing fixed guideway systems, or corridor-based bus rapid transit systems, or core capacity projects. . The new fixed guide-way systems can include rapid rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, and ferries. (New Starts/Small Starts discretionary program for new fixed guideway systems and extensions of existing systems, and core capacity projects).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.500
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS; PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: FTA apportioned $2,145 million for 27 projects in 14 states. The funded projects include light rail projects in Houston, Dallas, Honolulu, Seattle, Portland, Charlotte, Denver, Grand Rapids, Mesa, and Sacramento.
Heavy rail projects in New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Northern Virginia, and Bus Rapid Transit projects in New Britain, Eugene, El Paso, Fresno, and Jacksonville. One commuter rail project is in Florida. Fiscal Year 2015: FTA appointed $1,654 million in FY 2015 for 18 fixed guideway projects in 12 states, $120 million for the core capacity projects, and $325 million unallocated funds for New Starts projects. The funded projects includes light rail projects in San Francisco, Honolulu, St. Paul-Minneapolis, Seattle, Charlotte, Denver, and Sacramento. Heavy projects in New York, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Northern Virginia. Bus Rapid projects in New Britain, Vancouver, and El Paso. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) , Public Law 112-141, 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. Fixed Guideway formula funds are approtioned by formula to urbanized areas over 200,000 population with fixed guideway segments at least one mile long that are over seven years old. Bus projects will be allocated through a discretionary award process. New Starts project funding will be decided at the discretion of the Secretary of Transportation. Private non-profit organizations are not eligible direct recipients.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation. Public agencies, although private transportation companies may participate through contractual arrangements with public agency grantee.
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 Circular No. A-87 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 2014. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. 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.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200 and 49 CFR Part 18 and FTA Circular 9300.1B, "Capital Facilities and Formula Grant Program," November 1, 2008. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic award 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 FTA’s electronic 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
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
How are proposals selected?
1. Major, non-recurring capital investments. 2. Congressional designation (Bus and New Starts) 3. Formula allocation (Fixed Guideway Modernization) 4. New Starts projects are subject to extensive rating and evaluation process and must have FTA approval before entering into the Preliminary Engineering and Final Design Phases.
How may assistance be used?
Section 5309 (20.500 in FY 2012 was a compilation of three programs (Bus, Capital Investment Grants and Fixed Guideway Modernization). Under MAP-21, the Bus and Fixed Guideway Modernization portions are no longer a part of 20.500. The Bus and Bus Facilities program is now Section 5339 (CFDA 20.526). The Fixed Guideway Modernization Program was renamed Section 5337 State of Good Repair (CFDA 20.525). However, Section 5309 (20.500) still exists because MAP-21 renamed it as Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants.

Funds may be used to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing: capital projects for new fixed guideway systems, extensions to existing fixed guideway systems, core capacity projects, and corridor-based bus rapid transit systems, including the acquisition of real property, rolling stock, and rights of way, and relocation; capital projects, the acquisition, construction, reconstruction and improvement of facilities and equipment for use by operation or lease or otherwise in mass transportation service, including property and improvements needed for an efficient and coordinated mass transportation system, including buses and bus facility equipment; the capital costs of coordinating transit with other transportation; and the introduction of new technology, through innovative and improved transportation; and the introduction of new technology, through innovative and improved products. Consideration may also be given for projects which enhance urban economic development; establish new or enhanced coordination between transit and other transportation; or enhance the effectiveness of a transit project and are related physically or functionally to that transit project. It could also include financing for transit projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities; for the development of corridors to support fixed guideway systems, including protecting rights of way through acquisition, construction of dedicated bus and high occupancy vehicle lanes and park-and-ride lots, and other non-vehicular capital improvements that the Secretary may decide would result in increased transit usage in the corridor.

The Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning, established in MAP-21 Section 20005(b), provides grants for corridor-level comprehensive planning activities conducted in conjunction with the development of Section 5309 Capital Investment Grant program (Core Capacity, New Starts and fixed-guideway Small Starts) projects. The comprehensive planning work must help 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. In FY 2012 the New Starts and Bus Programs were partially earmarked, leaving unallocated funds. Unallocated funds totaling $489,106,722 for the Bus program are available for allocation through a discretionary competitive award process.

For the Pilot Program for TOD Planning $19,980,000 was appropriated in total in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 that was not earmarked and will be awarded by FTA through a competitive grant application and selection process. Any funding appropriated to the program in fiscal year 2015 may be awarded through the same NOFA.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable. (1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable. (1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable. (1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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 Requirements: Funds for fixed guideway modernization are apportioned by statutory formula to eleven legislatively specified areas and to other areas that have fixed guideway mileage over seven years old. Funds for bus and bus related improvements and New Starts are allocated on a discretionary basis and can be allocated on a statutory basis. A grant may be made up to 80 percent of net project cost. Vehicle related equipment is required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act or Clean Air Act and may be funded at 90 percent Federal share.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Terms and conditions are contractually agreed on between FTA and the applicant. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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 Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.
Headquarters Office
Eric Hu, Sam Snead & Ben Owen 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-0870 & 202-366-1089
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1102-0-1-401; 69-1134-0-1-401; 69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1133-0-1-401.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,505,015,101; FY 15 est $2,120,000,000; and FY 16 est $3,250,000,000 - Major Capital Investment Grants FY14 $2,505,015,101 , FY15 2,120,000,000 FY 2016 3,250,000,000. (Project Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 Estimate Not Available; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - The project reported in 2014 has not had new obligations for several years. Therefore, no obligation information is available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the FTA Regional Offices. See FTA Circular 9300.1B , "Capital Investment Program: Guidance and Application Instructions," November 1, 2008 , located at http/www.fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/12349_8642.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The funded projects include light rail projects in Houston, Dallas, Honolulu, Seattle, Portland, Charlotte, Denver, Grand Rapids, Mesa, and Sacramento.
Heavy rail projects in New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Northern Virginia, and Bus Rapid Transit projects in New Britain, Eugene, El Paso, Fresno, and Jacksonville. One commuter rail project is in Florida. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available