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
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 FTA expects to award planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds to develop or update 410 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs , 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs, approximately 410 Unified Planning Work Programs, and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs. FTA awarded planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds were used to develop or update approximately 400 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs and 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs. Grants were also used in the development or update of 410 Unified Planning Work Program and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs.
Fiscal Year 2017 FTA awarded planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds were be used to develop or update approximately 410 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs and 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs. Grants were also used in the development or update of 410 Unified Planning Work Programs and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs.
Fiscal Year 2019 FTA expects to award planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds to develop or update 410 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program. 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs, approximately 410 Unified Planning Work Programs, and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs.
Authorization
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST), Public Law 114-94, 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 1) statewide planning and 2) formula distribution to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations designated for the urbanized areas within each State for planning within urbanized areas.
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 2019 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information", published at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/fiscal-year-2019-apportionment-tables-full-year, contains the state-by-state program apportionment in Table 2 for both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office or refer to the FTA website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/archived-apportionments. 2 CFR 400 Subpart E: Cost Principles applies to these programs.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
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 8100.1D dated September 10, 2018, Program Guidance for Application Instructions for Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants, provides detailed application information. Available on the Internet at: https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/fta-circulars/program-guidance-metropolitan-planning-and-state-planning-and 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 received by FTA at the beginning of the quarterly cycle.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, 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 Statewide planning and for pass through by formula to Metropolitan Planning Organizations within their jurisdictions for urbanized area planning.
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, and technical studies and assistance. 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
Not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200.500 Subpart F: Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend $750,000 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 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 Chapter 53 Part 5305(d)(e)

Matching is mandatory. 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 Consolidated Planning Grants which permit a higher Federal match for Metropolitan funds.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
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, DC 20590 US
victor.austin@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-2996.
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1137-0-1-401
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 18$152,806,428.00; FY 19 est $138,392,318.00; FY 20 est $141,326,235.00; FY 17$105,761,566.00; FY 16$130,732,000.00; -
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 Fiscal Year 2019 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information", published at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/fiscal-year-2019-apportionment-tables-full-year, contains the state-by-state program apportionment in Table 2 for both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office or refer to the FTA website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/archived-apportionments. 2 CFR 400 Subpart E: Cost Principles applies to these programs.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Planning funds provided to Florida DOT for distribution to MPOs in Florida to support multimodal transportation planning for the State and for each MPO’s urbanized area. Planning activities funded include studies related to transit system management and increasing ridership, development of the metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, coordination of non-emergency human service transportation, and short and long-range transportation planning. Planning funds provided to Florida DOT for distribution to MPOs in Florida to support multimodal transportation planning for the State and for each MPO’s urbanized area. Planning activities funded include studies related to transit system management and increasing ridership, development of the metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, coordination of non-emergency human service transportation, and short and long-range transportation planning.
Fiscal Year 2017 The State DOT received a grant in 2017 of FTA Metropolitan and Statewide planning funds for oversight & development of the UPWPs, Metropolitan Plans, and TIPs for the three urbanized areas (UZA) in the State. Additionally the grant is being used to establish a Transit Asset Management (TAM) system to comply with new requirements in recent legislation. Since one of the UZAs is nonconforming for certain air pollutants, planning funds are being used to produce a report on alternative fuels. The three urbanized areas are coordinating their planning to ensure optimal use of resources to meet elderly & disabled transportation needs in accordance the ADA requirements. Statewide funds are also being used to develop the STIP, initiate coordination, conferences, provide technical assistance and training and provide oversight of the regional transportation process.
Fiscal Year 2018 A state DOT applied for an FTA Metropolitan and Statewide planning grant to develop UPWPs, Metropolitan Plans, and TIPs for the urbanized areas of the state, to employ consultants for the development of certain planning products such as transit development plans, to conduct a commuter service feasibility study in a particular corridor, and to develop area needs assessment studies for several MPOs.