Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement (PRIIA) Projects for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

 

To assist in financing part of the capital and preventive maintenance projects included in the Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The grants are used to address needed safety improvements including track repairs, track control systems, new rail cars, and escalator repairs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.524
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: FTA obligated $148.5 million FY 2014 funds to WMATA for infrastructure rehabilitation and to addresses some of the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) safety recommendations. The following projects were funded: Rail Car Replacement (300), Track Rehabilitation; Rail System Infrastructure Rehab; Test Track and Commissioning Facility; Passenger Facilities including elevators and escalators; and Maintenance Equipment. These projects meet the goals of the statute including infrastructure improvements related to rail system safety and service reliability. Fiscal Year 2015: As with prior years, 2 grants are expected in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: The same types of funded projects are expected in FY 2016.
Authorization
Section 601 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-432.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This program is only for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Public Law 110-432, Section 601 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008) for construction, renewal, and rehabilitation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
WMATA was created by interstate compact, authorized by the United States Congress, and is jointly funded by the District of Columbia and jurisdictions in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Credentials/Documentation
Resolution by the Board of Directors of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) approving the filing of an application; evidence that projects are included in the formal Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors of WMATA; information on labor and relocation; 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 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. For fiscal year 2015, the Federal Register notice with the full year's apportionment was published in February 2015. 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
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. WMATA must submit a list of eligible projects for review and approval by the Secretary of Transportation or his/her designee prior to the submittal of a formal application. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200 and FTA Circular 9300.1A. Applications are made to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by 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 Transportation Electronic Award Management (TEAM) 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 TEAM 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
From 45 to 60 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. The total amount authorized in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 shall not exceed $1,500,000,000 to be available in increments over 10 fiscal years beginning in fiscal year 2009, or until expended. A separate grant application is executed for each fiscal year as funds are appropriated by Congress.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funding provides for projects of the highest priority, that will improve the safety of the system, including but not limited to fixing the track signal system, replacing 1000 series cars, installing guarded turnouts, buying equipment for wayside worker protection, and installing rollback protection on cars that are not equipped with the safety feature. Grants shall not be used to increase the mileage of the rail system. The provisions of the federal grants are subject to the provisions of the equal annual contributions of capital funds from the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland. Furthermore, the Federal grant shall be for 50 percent of the net project cost of the project involved, and the matching fund shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal funds or operating revenues. The use of the funds shall be subject to the requirements applicable to capital projects for which funds are provided under Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, except to the extent that the Secretary of Transportation determines that the requirements are inconsistent with the purpose of the grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly Milestone status reports are required. Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required. FTA staff must review and sign off on all quarterly FFRs.
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
The grantee must record and maintain all financial transactions for a period of 3 years after the close of a grant. The grantee must maintain an asset inventory for the useful life of an capital acquisition .
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Matching Requirements: WMATA shall provide 50 percent of the net project cost to match each Federal grant provided. The matching funds shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal Funds or revenues from the operation of public mass transportation systems. The provisions of the federal grants are subject to the provisions of the equal annual contributions of capital funds from the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available until spent. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. FTA Washington, DC Metropolitan Office
1990 K Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006-1178

FTA Region 3 Office
1760 Market Street, Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.
Headquarters Office
Eric Hu 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-0870
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1128-0-1-401.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $142,154,100; FY 15 est $150,000,000; and FY 16 est $150,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FTA Circular 5010.1D for Grants Management
FTA Circular 4220.1F for Third-Party Procurements
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Provided funds for capital projects included in WMATA's FY15 Capital Improvement Program, which includes infrastructure rehabilitation and addresses some of the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) safety recommendations. The following projects will be funded: procurement of 7000 Series replacement rail cars; rehabilitation of rail cars; renovation of rail shops and facilities; replacement of bus facility equipment; funding of track repair programs; purchase of rail equipment and bus monitoring devices; and the funding of design, engineering, and third party contract costs. These projects meet the goals of the statute including infrastructure improvements related to rail system safety and service reliability. The second grant funded the following projects: rehabilitation of rail cars, purchase of rail support vehicles, purchase of work trains, engineering and design of stationary fare collection equipment, rehabilitation of rail line equipment and structures, rehabilitation of rail stations and park and ride facility, rehabilitation of train control signal and communication systems, purchase computer hardware and software, acquire miscellaneous support equipment, purchase miscellaneous rail station parking revenue and cooling equipment, and preventive maintenance. The third grant funded the following projects: purchase Hybrid Diesel-Electric buses; purchase paratransit vans; purchase service vehicles; rehabilitate buses; rehabilitate and replace bus garages; purchase miscellaneous support equipment; renovate maintenance facility; construct and improve bicycle facilities; purchase bicycle racks and bicycle locker equipment; preventive maintenance projects; Software contractual services; and rehabilitate or renovate rail stations, engineering and design projects and studies; purchase Metrorail security and surveillance equipment; and perform transit enhancement projects. Fiscal Year 2015: The same types of projects funded in prior years are expected in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: The same types of projects funded in prior years are expected in FY 2016.

 



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