Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation System State Safety Oversight Formula Grant Program

 

To improve public transporation safety by assisting States with the financing of safety oversight of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems in the jurisdiction of the state not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.528
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: FTA developed a new funding formula and grant program to address MAP-21 statutory requirements.
FTA has successfully apportioned all available MAP-21 grant funds to the States in the SSO program, and grant funding has been obligated for 17 States. Eleven other States are working on their grant applications, and expect to have their FY 2013 funds obligated by FTA’s deadline of September 30, 2015. The last two remaining States, Colorado and Hawaii, have indicated that they do not plan to enter FTA’s grant program before fiscal year 2016.

FTA published a notice of proposed apportionment in the Federal Register on May 13, 2013, and formally apportioned fiscal year FY 2014 funds to the States using the new funding formula on March 10, 2014. The FY 2014 apportioned amount was $22,293,250.00. Fiscal Year 2015: A partial FY 2015 apportionment was also released for the States in the Federal Register on February 9, 2015. The FY 2015 partial apportioned amount is $14,841,808.00. Fiscal Year 2016: N/A at this time.
Authorization
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible States are those with a rail fixed guideway public transportation system within the jurisdiction of the State that is not subject to regulation by the Federal Railroad Administration; or a rail fixed guideway public transportation system in the engineering or construction phase of development within the jurisdiction of the State that will not be subject to regulation by the Federal Railroad Administration. Subrecipients must be public agencies that are eligible to become Federal Transit Administration recipients.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible States are those with a rail fixed guideway public transportation system within the jurisdiction of the State that is not subject to regulation by the Federal Railroad Administration; or a rail fixed guideway public transportation system in the engineering or construction phase of development within the jurisdiction of the State that will not be subject to regulation by the Federal Railroad Administration. Subrecipients must be public agencies that are eligible to become Federal Transit Administration recipients.
Credentials/Documentation
.Recipients must complete certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Eligible costs will be in accordance with OMB cost principles for State and local governments in part 225 of Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually, contain the capital investment apportionments. . Grant requirements will also be published in the Federal Register along with the program’s Fiscal Year 2015 apportionment, which is expected in July 2015 Apportionment notices and other grant information is available on the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. Subrecipients State Safety Oversight Agencies must be included in the State Safety Oversight Program submission. 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
In order to ensure a new State to the program is considered eligible and included in the formula apportionment, new states to this formula program must contact their regional office sixty days in advance of FTA’s annual apportionment notice. 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. Given the applicant and beneficiary eligibility, OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program and OMB Circular No. A-110 does not. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR part 1201, incorporating by reference 2 CFR 200,and FTA Circulars 4220 and 5010.
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
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. A separate grant application is executed for each fiscal year as funds are appropriated by Congress.
How are proposals selected?
Proposed grant activities must be used to develop or carry out State Safety Oversight programs that comply with the statutory requirements and advance a Safety Management Systems approach.
How may assistance be used?
The funds may only be used to provide grants to States for State safety oversight program expenses that will bring the State Safety Oversight Agency into compliance with the MAP-21 requirements codified at 49 USC 53299e). The Federal grants shall cover up to 80 percent of the allowable costs to develop or carry out such a program, and the local matching share may include in-kind contributions by an eligible State. The non-Federal share may not be met by any Federal funds, any funds received from a public transportation agency or any revenues earned by a public transportation agency. The use of the funds shall be subject to uniform administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements to State and local governments under part 1201 of title2, Code of Federal Regulations, as well as other requirements for funds 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. The funds may only be used to provide grants to States for State safety oversight program expenses. The Federal grants shall be for 80 percent of the reasonable cost to develop or carry out such a program, and the matching fund shall include in-kind contributions by an eligible State. The match may not be met by any Federal funds, any funds received from a public transportation agency or any revenues earned by a public transportation agency. The use of the funds shall be subject to uniform administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements to State and local governments under part 18 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, as well as other requirements for funds 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
Annual State Safety Oversight program reports. No cash reports are required. Quarterly Milestone status reports are required. Quarterly Federal Financial Reports (FFR) 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 capital acquisitions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title USC 49, Part 5329(e)(6). USC 49, Section 5329(e)(6).
CFR Part 659.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. 80% Federal / 20% State. Matching fund shall include in-kind contributions by an eligible State. The non-Federal share may not be met by any Federal funds, any funds received from a public transportation agency or any revenues earned by a public transportation agency.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available until spent. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Applicant is required to submit grant applications in FTA’s grant management system, Transportation Electronic Award Management System (TEAM). Awards are made within the grant management system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Maria Wright 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: maria.wright@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-6922
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-1128-0-1-401.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 14 $119,287,082; FY 15 est $50,311,428; and FY 16 est $12,577,857
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: FTA has apportioned almost $60 million to the 29 States in the SSO program. FTA’s approach to the apportionment of SSO grant funds ensures that each State has sufficient resources to develop and stand-up its SSO program in compliance with MAP-21 requirements.

Grant funding has been obligated for 17 States for FY 2013 and FY 2014 apportionments. Fiscal Year 2015: N/A at this time. Fiscal Year 2016: N/A.

 



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