Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research

 

To assist in development of metropolitan and state transportation improvement programs, long-range transportation plans, and other technical studies in a program for a unified and officially coordinated Statewide Transportation system and Metropolitan Transportation system(s) within the state. As a result of this coordinated effort, the former CFDA# 20.515 has been discontinued. This CFDA incorporates both the Statewide Transportation system and the Metropolitan Transportation system into one CFDA.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.505
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Out of 52 states – “states” are defined by 49 CFR 5305 (a) for the planning program as “the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico” – planning grants have been made to 47 states (as defined covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds were used to develop or update 410 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs and 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs. Additionally, grants funded the development or update of 408 Unified Planning Work Program and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs. Fiscal Year 2015: It is estimated that FTA will award planning grants to 47 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds were used to develop or update 410 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs and 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs. Additionally, grants funded the development or update of 408 Unified Planning Work Program and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs. 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 5305(d)(e).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Apportionments are made to the States for formula distribution to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations designated for the urbanized areas within each State.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Apportionments for metropolitan planning and for state planning and research are made to the States. Funds for metropolitan planning are distributed by formula to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) designated for the urbanized areas within each State.
Credentials/Documentation
Federal Register Notice, "FTA Fiscal Year 20xx Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information", published annually, contains the State apportionment in Table 2. For fiscal year 2015, the current apportionment is located at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/15105.html For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office or refer to the FTA website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/15032.html.. 2 CFR 400 Subpart E: Cost Principles applies to these programs. 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
Following each decennial Census, each State must submit to FTA for approval a formula, developed in cooperation with affected MPOs, for the distribution of a State's Section 5305(d) apportionment to MPOs in each urbanized area within the State. Environmental impact information is not 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application for a grant should be addressed to the appropriate Regional Office of the Federal Transit Administration. FTA Circular 8100.1C dated September 1, 2008, Program Guidance and Application Instructions for Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants, provides detailed application information. Available on the Internet at:http://www.fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/12349_16434.html. States may apply through a paperless electronic grant application, review, approval, acceptance, and management process. This program is excluded from coverage under 49 CFR Part 19.
Award Procedure
FTA will approve and release the grant by the end of the quarterly cycle or earlier provided the application is complete and recieved by FTA at the beginning of the quarterly cycle.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Grant applications are due in the appropriate FTA Regional Office no later than the first business day of the quarter.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Grants may be amended to add additional funds.
How are proposals selected?
Funding is allocated to the States for pass through to various Metropolitan Planning Organizations within their jurisdictions.
How may assistance be used?
In metropolitan areas, activities assisted under this section may include preparation of transportation plans including transportation improvement programs and management systems; studies related to transportation management, operations, capital requirements, and economic feasibility; evaluation of previously funded capital projects; and other related activities in preparation for the construction, acquisition, or improved operation of transportation systems, facilities, and equipment. In nonurbanized areas of the state, eligible activities include planning, technical studies and assistance, innovative demonstrations, management training, and cooperative research. A State may authorize the use of a portion of these funds to supplement and administer Metropolitan Planning.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial report upon completion of the project; and (3) Final technical study report (if applicable). SF-425. (1) Progress reports; (2) Financial report upon completion of the project; and (3) Final technical study report (if applicable). SF-425. (1) Progress reports; (2) Financial report upon completion of the project; and (3) Final technical study report (if applicable).
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. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200.500 Subpart F: Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program specific audit conducted that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year with certain exceptions as stated in2 CFR 200.500 Subpart F.
Records
Following submission of the final Financial Status Report pending resolution of audit findings, project sponsor is required to remain intact for 3 years, retain all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents intact for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 49 , Part 5305(d)(e).
Matching Requirements: The matching requirements vary. Funds obligated for State or metropolitan planning are granted an 80 percent federal, 20 percent local ratio. In addition, funds can be transferred from the Federal Highway Administration to form State Consolidated Planning Grants which permit a higher Federal match for Metropolitan funds.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available for 3 years following the year for which they were appropriated. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices and DOT Metropolitan Offices.
Headquarters Office
Victor Austin 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2996.
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1137-0-1-401; 69-8350-0-7-401.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $170,697,607; FY 15 est $91,006,599; and FY 16 est $120,390,883 - (Grants) FY14 $170,697,607 ,FY 15 $91,006,599 and FY 16 120,390,883.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 to $5,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Register Notice, "FTA Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information", published annually, contains the State apportionment in Table 2. For fiscal year 2015, the apportionment is located at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/15105.html. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office or refer to the FTA websiteat http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/15032.html.. 2 CFR 400 Subpart E: Cost Principles applies to these programs.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 2014 Metropolitan planning funds provided to North Carolina DOT for distribution to MPOs in North Carolina to support multimodal transportation planning for each MPO’s urbanized area as well as funding for transportation improvement programs, preparation of transportation plans and studies related to transportation management. Fiscal Year 2015: 2015 Metropolitan and state planning funds provided to Michigan DOT for distribution to MPOs in Michigan to support multimodal transportation planning for the state and for each MPO’s urbanized area as well as funding for transportation improvement programs, preparation of transportation plans and studies related to transportation management. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available