Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program
The Emergency Relief Program is intended to provide operating assistance and capital funding to aid recipients and sub-recipients in restoring public transportation service, and in repairing and reconstructing public transportation assets to a state of good repair, as expeditiously as possible following an emergency or major disaster.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary); Project Grants (Special)
Fiscal Year 2014: In September 2014, Secretary Anthony Foxx announced 40 projects were competitively selected to receive a share of $3.59 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help public transportation systems in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to become more resilient, in order to withstand the impact of future natural disasters. Approximately 90 percent of the funds will be invested in resilience projects primarily in New York and New Jersey, where transit systems sustained the worst of the storm damage, with the remainder going towards projects in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C 5324.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
An entity that operates public transportation service in an area impacted by an emergency or major disaster, as defined by a gubernatorial or presidential declaration of such an emergency or disaster, and that receives federal transit funds directly from FTA.
Beneficiaries of funding include public transportation operators and the general public in areas for which an emergency or major disaster has been declared as defined under section 5324.
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 contains the capital investment apportionments. Contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. Requirements associated with Chapter 53 of Title 49, U.S. Code, and other DOT regulations may be waived by FTA. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
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 2CFR 200. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically. 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Funding is made available as necessary through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
How are proposals selected?
Funds will be allocated based on detailed damage assessments conducted in the aftermath of an emergency or major disaster and on demonstrated operational costs incurred in preparation for and in response to an emergency or major disaster. Damage assessments must provide detailed information on the extent of damage to a public transportation system and the costs of restoring the system to a state of good repair. Project proposals that improve the resiliency of a public transportation system’s infrastructure will be evaluated on the basis of proposed costs and benefits based, in part, on the likelihood and extent of potential damage from future events.
How may assistance be used?
The ER Program allows FTA to make grants for eligible public transportation capital and operating costs in the event of a catastrophic event, such as a natural disaster, that affects a wide area, and, as a result of which, the Governor of a State has declared an emergency or the President has declared a major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Eligible projects include emergency operations, emergency repairs, permanent repairs, actual engineering and construction costs on eligible projects, and resiliency projects designed to protect rolling stock, equipment, facilities and infrastructure from future damage. Funds may only be used for capital and operating costs incurred by public transportation systems in response to a catastrophic event, such as a natural disaster, that affects a wide area, and, as a result of which, the Governor of a State has declared an emergency or the President has declared a major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Reimbursable costs include emergency operations, emergency repairs, permanent repairs, actual engineering and construction costs on eligible projects, and resiliency projects designed to protect rolling stock, equipment, facilities and infrastructure from future damage. Funds may not be used for project costs for which funds are already obligated in a grant, for which FEMA or another federal agency has already provided emergency funding, or for which the applicant has received insurance proceeds. Funds are awarded to eligible agencies based on the demonstrated costs of responding to and recovering from an emergency or major disaster. Funds are also awarded to affected agencies for projects that improve the resiliency of public transportation assets and infrastructure to future emergencies or disasters.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
(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. Federal Financial Report, SF-425. Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis. Expenditures are reported on the Federal Financial Report, SF-425. A milestones progress report is required.
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.
Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. There is an 80% federal 20% non-federal match, subject to waiver by FTA.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available until expended. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Adam Schildge 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Adam.Schildge@dot.gov
(Salaries) FY 14 $3,590,000,000; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Fiscal Year 2014, FTA awarded 40 grants ranging from approximately $25,000 to $617 million. Future obligations will be made in response to assessed needs and subject to the availability of program funds.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In Fiscal Year 2013, FTA awarded approximately 20 grants ranging from approximately $25,000 to over $800 million. Future obligations will be made in response to assessed needs and subject to the availability of program funds.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the FTA Regional Offices. See FTA Circular 9300.1A, "Capital Program: Grant Application Instructions," November 1, 1998.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Examples of resilience projects receiving funds include:
• The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) received approximately $1.6 billion to make flood protections at multiple street-level openings throughout the subway system, rail yards, substations, critical support facilities and underground equipment; tunnel portals used by the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak; and Rockaway Line stations; upgrade an emergency management communication system; flood proof communications and signal rooms at key subway stations; upgrade water pumping capacity; and flood proof four bus depots.
• New Jersey Transit received approximately $1.3 billion to reduce the risk of flooding to Hoboken rail yard and the city by filling a deteriorated inlet inside the rail yard; construct a rail storage and re-inspection facility located outside the floodplain that could be used to safely store vehicles in an emergency; and replace the aged and deteriorated Raritan River Drawbridge damaged by Hurricane Sandy with a new bridge that is less vulnerable to storm surge and flooding.
• The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) received approximately $86.7 million to build an alternate system control center to ensure continuity of operations in case a major storm knocks out the system’s central control facility; stabilize the slopes of several commuter railroad embankments to reduce the risk of rockfall or landslides after severe rainfall; and improve flood protection to protect commuter rail lines.
• The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) received approximately $35 million to raise a retaining wall and install watertight barriers at MBTA’s Green Line Fenway Portal to reduce flooding; and repair and improve a deteriorated seawall. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available