Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Grants, 17754-17763 [05-6856]

Download as PDF 17754 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices freight planning activities from the FHWA’s public sector partners. This information will be reviewed by the FHWA on a monthly basis to determine which project will be posted on the Web site as an informational and educational tool for the FHWA’s public sector audiences that are engaged in freight planning activities and/or are beginning to develop their freight planning activities. State Departments of Transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and local government agencies will provide a description of case studies on freight planning and implementation, which can include plans or projects, or both. Respondents: State Departments of Transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and local government agencies. 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Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78), or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov. ADDRESSES: Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 Issued on: March 21, 2005. James R. Kabel, Chief, Management Programs, and Analysis Division. [FR Doc. 05–6951 Filed 4–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Grants Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of availability of fiscal year 2005 funds: solicitation of grant applications. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of funds in fiscal year (FY) 2005 for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA– 21). The OTRB Accessibility Program makes funds available to private operators of over-the-road buses to finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT’s over-the-road bus accessibility final rule, 49 CFR part 37, published in a Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998 (63 FR 51670). The authorizing legislation calls for national solicitation of applications, with grantees to be selected on a competitive basis. Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project cost. In FY 2005, $5,208,000 was appropriated for intercity fixed-route service providers and $1,686,400 was appropriated for other over-the-road bus service providers. This announcement is available on the Internet on the FTA Web site at: http://www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. A synopsis of this announcement will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov. Applications may be submitted to FTA in hard copy or electronically through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. DATES: Complete applications for Overthe-Road Bus (OTRB) Program grants must be submitted to the appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix C) by June 6, 2005, or submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by the same date. Anyone intending to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 apply electronically should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission. FTA will announce grant selections when the competitive selection process is complete. The appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (Appendix C) for application-specific information and issues. For general program information, contact Blenda Younger, Office of Program Management, (202) 366–2053, e-mail: blenda.younger@fta.dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/FIRS). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Overview Information Federal Agency Name: Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding Opportunity Title: Capital and Training Assistance Program for over-the-road bus accessibility. Announcement Type: Initial announcement: notice of availability of fiscal year 2005 funds: solicitation of grant applications. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 20.518. Capital and Training Assistance Program for over-the-road bus accessibility. Complete applications for Overthe-Road Bus (OTRB) Program grants must be submitted to the appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix C) by June 6, 2005, or submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by the same date. Anyone intending to apply electronically should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission. FTA will announce grant selections when the competitive selection process is complete. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Table of Contents I. Funding Opportunity Description II. Award Information III. Eligibility Information IV. Application and Submission Information V. Application Review Information VI. Award Administration Information VII. Agency Contacts Appendix A Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Application Appendix B Federal Fiscal Year 2005 Certifications and Assurances for the Federal Transit Administration Over-theRoad Bus Accessibility Grants Appendix C FTA Regional Offices E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Authority The program is authorized under Section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA– 21) as extended by the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part V (Pub. L 108–310, September 30, 2004). B. Background Over-the-road buses are used in intercity fixed-route service as well as other services, such as commuter, charter, and tour bus services. These services are an important element of the U.S. transportation system. TEA–21 authorized FTA’s Over-the-road Bus Accessibility Program to assist over-theroad bus operators in complying with the Department’s Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility rule, ‘‘Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities’’ (49 CFR Part 37) published in a Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998 (63 FR 51670). Summary of DOT’s Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Rule Deadlines for Acquiring Accessible Vehicles. Under the over-the-road bus accessibility rule, all new buses obtained by large (Class I carriers, i.e., those with gross annual operating revenues of $5.3 million or more), fixedroute carriers after October 30, 2000 must be accessible, with wheelchair lifts and tie-downs that allow passengers to ride in their own wheelchairs. The rule requires 50 percent of the fixed-route carriers’ fleets to be accessible by 2006, and 100 percent of the vehicles in their fleets to be accessible by 2012. The buses acquired by small (gross operating revenues of less than $5.3 million annually) fixed-route providers after October 29, 2001 also are required to be lift-equipped, although they do not have a deadline for total fleet accessibility. Small providers also can provide equivalent service in lieu of obtaining accessible buses. Starting in 2001, charter and tour companies have to provide service in an accessible bus on 48 hours’ advance notice. Fixed-route companies must also provide this kind of service on an interim basis until their fleets are completely accessible. Deadlines for Delivering Accessible Service. The rules for delivering accessible motorcoach service went into effect October 29, 2001 for large fixedroute, charter, tour and other demandresponsive motorcoach companies. The rules went into effect for small operators on October 28, 2002. After these dates, companies must provide service in an accessible coach to a passenger who VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 requests it and gives 48 hours’ advance notice. Small companies may provide equivalent service, instead of acquiring accessible coaches. This equivalent service may be provided in an alternate vehicle (e.g., a van), provided that the service allows passengers to travel in their own wheelchairs. Specifications describing the design features that an over-the-road bus must have to be readily accessible to and usable by persons who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids required by the ‘‘Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles: Over-the-Road Buses’’ rule (36 CFR part 1192) were published in another Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998. C. Purpose Improving mobility and shaping America’s future by ensuring that the transportation system is accessible, integrated, and efficient, and offers flexibility of choices is a key strategic goal of the Department of Transportation. Over-the-road Bus Accessibility projects will improve mobility for individuals with disabilities by providing financial assistance to help make vehicles accessible and training to ensure that drivers and others understand how to use accessibility features as well as how to treat patrons with disabilities. D. Vehicle and Service Definitions An ‘‘over-the-road bus’’ is a bus characterized by an elevated passenger deck located over a baggage compartment. Intercity, fixed-route over-the-road bus service is regularly scheduled bus service for the general public, using an over-the-road bus that: operates with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two or more urban areas not in close proximity or connecting one or more rural communities with an urban area not in close proximity; has the capacity for transporting baggage carried by passengers; and makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distant points. Other over-the-road bus service means any other transportation using over-theroad buses, including local fixed-route service, commuter service, and charter or tour service (including tour or excursion service that includes features in addition to bus transportation such as meals, lodging, admission to points of interest or special attractions). While some commuter service may also serve the needs of some intercity fixed-route passengers, the statute includes commuter service in the definition of ‘‘other’’ service. Commuter service PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17755 providers should apply for these funds, even though the services designed to meet the needs of commuters may also provide service to intercity fixed-route passengers on an incidental basis. If a service provider can document that more than 50 percent of its passengers are using the service as intercity fixedroute service, the provider may apply for the funds designated for intercity fixed-route operators. II. Award Information Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project cost. In FY 2005, $5,208,000 was appropriated for intercity fixedroute service providers and $1,686,400 was appropriated for other over-the-road bus service providers. Successful applicants will be awarded grants. Typical grants under this program range from $20,000 to $291,000. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants Grants will be made directly to operators of over-the-road buses. Intercity, fixed-route over-the-road bus service providers may apply for the $5,208,000 that FTA expects will be available to intercity fixed-route providers in FY 2005. Other over-theroad bus service providers, including operators of local fixed-route service, commuter service, and charter or tour service may apply for the $1,686,400 available in FY 2005 for these providers. OTRB operators who provide both intercity, fixed-route service and another type of service, such as commuter, charter or tour, may apply for both categories of funds with a single application. Private for-profit operators of over-the-road buses are eligible to be direct applicants for this program. This is a departure from most other FTA programs for which the direct applicant must be a state or local public body. Eligible Projects Projects to finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT’s over-the-road bus accessibility rule (49 CFR part 37) are eligible for funding. Incremental capital costs eligible for funding include adding lifts, tie-downs, moveable seats, doors and all labor costs associated with work on the vehicle needed to make vehicles accessible. Retrofitting vehicles with such accessibility components is also an eligible expense. Please see Buy America section for further determination of eligibility. FTA may award funds for costs already incurred by the applicants. Any E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 17756 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices new wheelchair accessible vehicles delivered since June 8, 1998, the date that the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century was effective, are eligible for funding under the program. Vehicles of any age that have been retrofitted with lifts and other accessibility components since June 8, 1998 are also eligible for funding. Eligible training costs are those required by the final accessibility rule as described in 49 CFR 37.209. These activities include training in proper operation and maintenance of accessibility features and equipment, boarding assistance, securement of mobility aids, sensitive and appropriate interaction with passengers with disabilities, and handling and storage of mobility devices. The costs associated with developing training materials or providing training for local providers of over-the-road bus services for these purposes are eligible expenses. FTA will not fund the incremental costs of acquiring used wheelchair accessible OTRBs, as it may be impossible to verify whether or not FTA funds were already used to make the vehicles accessible. Also, it would be difficult to place a value on the accessibility features based upon the depreciated value of the vehicle. FTA wishes to increase the number of wheelchair accessible over-the-road buses available to persons with disabilities throughout the country, and the purchase of used accessible vehicles, whether or not they were previously funded by FTA, does not further this objective. FTA has sponsored the development of accessibility training materials for public transit operators. FTA-funded Project Action is a national technical assistance program to promote cooperation between the disability community and the transportation industry. Project Action provides training, resources and technical assistance to thousands of disability organizations, consumers with disabilities, and transportation operators. It maintains a resource center with the most up-to-date information on transportation accessibility. Project Action may be contacted at: Project Action, 700 Thirteenth Street NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 1–800–659–6428, Internet address: http://www.projectaction.org/. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project cost. A 10 percent match is required. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address To Request Application Package This announcement includes all of the information that you need to apply. It is available on the Internet on the FTA Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. A synopsis of this announcement will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission Guidelines for Preparing Grant Application FTA is conducting a national solicitation for applications under the OTRB Accessibility program. Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis. The application should provide information on all items for which you are requesting funding in FY 2005. If you use another company’s previous application as a guide, remember to modify all elements as appropriate to reflect your company’s situation. The application must include a project narrative in the format provided in Appendix A, in addition to Standard Form 424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance’’. Application Content • Applicant Information This addresses basic identifying information, including: a. Company name. b. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. c. Contact information for notification of project selection: Contact name, address, fax and phone number. d. Description of services provided by company, including areas served. e. For fixed-route carriers, whether you are a large (Class I, with gross annual operating revenues of $5.3 million or more) or small (gross operating revenues of less than $5.3 million annually) carrier. f. Existing fleet and employee information, including number of overthe-road buses used for intercity fixedroute service and other service and number of employees. g. If you provide both intercity fixedroute service and another type of service, such as commuter, charter or tour service, please provide an estimate of the proportion of your service that is intercity. h. Description of your technical, legal, and financial capacity to implement the PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposed project. Include evidence that you currently possess appropriate operating authority—e.g. DOT number if you operate interstate or identifier assigned by state if you do not operate interstate service. • Project Information Every application must: a. Provide the Federal amount requested for each purpose for which funds are sought in the format in Appendix A. b. If requesting funding for intercity service, document how intercity fixedroute service meets the definition of intercity fixed-route service, including how service makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distant points. c. Document that intercity service is included in Russell’s Official National Motor Coach Guide. d. Document matching funds, including amount and source. e. Describe project, including components to be funded, i.e., lifts, tiedowns, moveable seats, etc., and/or training. f. Provide project time-line, including significant milestones such as date or contract for purchase of vehicle(s), and actual or expected delivery date of vehicles. g. Address each of the five statutory evaluation criteria described in V. • Labor Information a. Identify any labor organizations that may represent your employees and all labor organizations that represent the employees of any transit providers in the service area of the project. For each local of a nationally affiliated union, the applicant must provide the name of the national organization and the number or other designation of the local union. (For example, Amalgamated Transit Union local 1258.) Since DOL makes its referral to the national union’s headquarters, there is no need to provide a means of contacting the local organization. b. For each independent labor organization (i.e., a union that is not affiliated with a national or international organization) the local information will be necessary (name of organization, address, contact person, phone, fax numbers). c. Where a labor organization represents transit employees in the service area of the project, DOL must refer the proposed protective arrangements to each union and to each recipient. For this reason, please provide DOL with a contact person, address, telephone number and fax number for your company and associated union information. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices 3. Submission Dates and Times Complete applications for OTRB Accessibility Program grants must be submitted to the appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix C) June 6, 2005 or submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by the same date. Applicants planning to apply electronically are encouraged to begin the process of registration on the GRANTS.GOV site well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration is a multi-step process, which may take several weeks to complete before an application can be submitted. FTA will announce grant selections when the competitive selection process is complete. 4. Intergovernmental Review This program is not generally subject to Executive Order (EO) 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ For more information, contact the State’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to find out about and comply with the State’s process under EO 12372. The names and addresses of the SPOCs are listed in the Office of Management and Budget’s Home page at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/ spoc.html. 5. Funding Restrictions Only applications from eligible recipients for eligible activities will be considered for funding (see Section III). Due to funding limitations, applicants that are selected for funding may receive less than the amount requested. 6. Other Submission Requirements Applicants should submit 3 copies of their project proposal application, consistent with the application format provided at Appendix A, to the appropriate regional office or apply electronically through the governmentwide electronic grant application portal at http:// www.grants.gov. V. Application Review Information 1. Project Evaluation Criteria—Projects Will Be Evaluated According to the Following Criteria: A. The identified need for over-theroad bus accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas served by the applicant. (20 points) B. The extent to which the applicant demonstrated innovative strategies and financial commitment to providing access to over-the-road buses to persons with disabilities. (20 points) C. The extent to which the over-theroad bus operator acquired equipment required by DOT’s over-the-road bus VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 accessibility rule prior to the required time-frame in the rule. (20 points) D. The extent to which financing the costs of complying with DOT’s rule presents a financial hardship for the applicant. (20 points) E. The impact of accessibility requirements on the continuation of over-the-road bus service with particular consideration of the impact of the requirements on service to rural areas and for low-income individuals. (20 points) Note: These are the statutory criteria upon which funding decisions will be made. In addition to these criteria, FTA may also consider other factors, such as the size of the applicant’s fleet and the level of FTA funding that may already have been awarded to applicants in prior years. 2. Review and Selection Process Each application is screened by a panel of members represented by FTA headquarters and regional staff. Incomplete or non-responsive applications will be disqualified. FTA will make an effort to award every qualified applicant at least one lift. Prior year funding under the program is a factor, however, so depending upon demand, an applicant that received significant prior year funding may not be selected to receive additional funding. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices FTA will screen all applications to determine whether all required eligibility elements, as described in III. ‘‘Eligibility Information’’ are present. An FTA evaluation team will evaluate each application according to the criteria described in this announcement. FTA will notify all applicants, both those selected for funding and those not selected when the competitive selection process is complete. Projects selected for funding will be published in a Federal Register notice. Applicants selected for funding must then apply to the FTA regional office for the actual grant award, sign Certifications and Assurances, etc. and execute a grant contract before funds can be drawn down. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements A. Grant Requirements Applicants selected for funding must include documentation necessary to meet the requirements of FTA’s Nonurbanized Area Formula program (Section 5311 under Title 49, United States Code). Technical assistance regarding these requirements is PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17757 available from each FTA regional office. The regional offices will contact those applicants selected for funding regarding procedures for making the required certifications and assurances to FTA before grants are made. The authority for these requirements is provided by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Pub. L. 105–178, June 9, 1998, as amended by the TEA–21 Restoration Act 105–206, 112 Stat. 685, July 22, 1998, 49 U.S.C. chapter 53, Title 23, United States Code, DOT and FTA regulations at 49 CFR, and FTA Circulars. B. Buy America In the OTRB Accessibility program, FTA’s Buy America regulations, 49 CFR Part 661, apply to the incremental capital cost of making vehicles accessible. Those regulations do not apply to associated labor costs. The following discussion relates to the contract between the grantee and the prime contractor. The ‘‘General Requirements’’ found at 49 CFR 661.5 apply to that portion of the accessibility system being funded. That section requires that all of the manufacturing processes for the product take place in the United States and that all components of the product be made in the United States. A component is considered domestic if it is manufactured in the U.S.A., regardless of the origin of its subcomponents. The lift, the moveable seats, and the securement devices will all be considered components for purposes of this program; accordingly, as components, each must be manufactured in the United States. Should a recipient choose to request funding for only a specific component, such as the lift or the securement device, then the Buy America requirements would apply only to that item funded by FTA. Three exceptions to the general requirements can be found at 49 CFR 661.7: first, a waiver may be requested when the application of the regulation is not in the public interest; second, a waiver may be requested if the materials and products being procured are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; and third, a price differential waiver may be requested where the results of competitive procurement show that there is a 25 percent price difference between the domestic and foreign products. FTA approval of a waiver must be received by the recipient of FTA funds prior to the execution of contract. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 17758 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices It should also be noted that FTA has issued a general public interest waiver for all purchases under the Federal ‘‘small purchase’’ threshold, which is currently $100,000. This waiver can be found in 49 CFR 661.7, Appendix A(e). In Section 3038(b) of TEA–21, Congress authorized FTA financing of the incremental capital costs of compliance with DOT’s OTRB accessibility rule. Consistent with this provision, the small purchase waiver applies only to the incremental cost of the accessibility features FTA is funding. Where more than one bus is purchased, the grantee must consider the incremental cost increase for the entire procurement when determining if the small purchase waiver applies. For example, if $30,000 is the incremental cost for the accessibility features eligible under this program per bus (regardless of the Federal share contribution), then a procurement of three buses with a total such cost of $90,000, would qualify for the small purchase waiver. No special application to FTA would be required. The grantee must obtain a certification from the bus manufacturer that all items included in the incremental cost for which the applicant is applying for funds meet Buy America requirements. The Buy America regulations can be found at http:// www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/buyamer/. C. Labor Protection Before FTA may award a grant for capital assistance, 49 U.S.C. 5333(b) requires that fair and equitable arrangements must be made to protect the interests of transit employees affected by FTA assistance. Those arrangements must be certified by the Secretary of Labor as meeting the requirements of the statute. When a labor organization represents a group of affected employees in the service area of an FTA project, the employee protective arrangement is usually the product of negotiations or discussions with the union. The grant applicant can facilitate Department of Labor (DOL) certification by identifying in the application any previously certified protective arrangements that have been applied to similar projects undertaken by the grant applicant, if any. Receiving funds under the OTRB Accessibility program, however, will not require the grantee’s employees to be represented by organized labor. Nothing in the labor protection provisions in 49 U.S.C 5333(b) requires a motorcoach operator to become a union carrier or encourages union organizing in any manner. Upon receipt of a grant application requiring employee protective arrangements, FTA will transmit the application to DOL VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 and request certification of the employee protective arrangements. In accordance with DOL guidelines, DOL notifies the relevant unions in the area of the project that a grant for assistance is pending and affords the grant applicant and union the opportunity to agree to an arrangement establishing the terms and conditions of the employee protections. If necessary, DOL furnishes technical and mediation assistance to the parties during their negotiations. The Secretary of Labor may determine the protections to be certified if the parties do not reach an agreement after good faith bargaining and mediation efforts have been exhausted. DOL will also set the protective conditions when affected employees in the service area are not represented by a union. When DOL determines that employee protective arrangements comply with labor protection requirements, DOL will provide a certification to FTA. The grant agreement between FTA and the grant applicant incorporates by reference the employee protective arrangements certified by DOL. Applicants must identify any labor organizations that may represent their employees and all labor organizations that represent the employees of any other transit providers in the service area of the project. For each local of a nationally affiliated union, the applicant must provide the name of the national organization and the number or other designation of the local union. (For example, Amalgamated Transit Union local 1258) Since DOL makes its referral to the national union’s headquarters, there is no need to provide a means of contacting the local organization. However, for each independent labor organization (i.e., a union that is not affiliated with a national or international organization) the local information will be necessary (name of organization, address, contact person, phone, fax numbers). Where a labor organization represents transit employees in the service area of the project, DOL must refer the proposed protective arrangements to each union and to each recipient. For this reason, please provide DOL with a contact person, address, telephone number and fax number for your company, and associated union information. DOL issued a Federal Register notice addressing the new TEA–21 programs, including the OTRB Accessibility Program, ‘‘Amendment to Section 5333(b) Guidelines to Carry Out New Programs Authorized by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA–21)’’; Final Rule, dated PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 July 28, 1999. FTA issued a ‘‘Dear Colleague’’ letter, dated December 5, 2000, addressing DOL processing of grant applications. Attached to the letter is an application checklist, which provides information that DOL must have in order to review and certify FTA grant applications. This letter and attachment can be found at: http:// www.fta.dot.gov/office/public/ c0019.html. Questions concerning protective arrangements and related matters pertaining to transit employees should be addressed to the Division of Statutory Programs, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N– 5411, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693–0126, fax (202) 219–5338. D. Planning Applicants are encouraged to notify the appropriate state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) in areas likely to be served by equipment made accessible through funds made available in this program. Those organizations, in turn, should take appropriate steps to inform the public, and individuals requiring fully accessible services in particular, of operators’ intentions to expand the accessibility of their services. Incorporation of funded projects in the plans and transportation improvement programs of states and metropolitan areas by states and MPOs also is encouraged, but is not required. E. Standard Assurances The Applicant assures that it will comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal administrative requirements in carrying out any project supported by the FTA grant. The Applicant acknowledges that it is under a continuing obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement issued for its project with FTA. The Applicant understands that Federal laws, regulations, policies, and administrative practices might be modified from time to time and affect the implementation of the project. The Applicant agrees that the most recent Federal requirements will apply to the project, unless FTA issues a written determination otherwise. The Applicant must submit the Certifications and Assurances for the FTA Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program found at Appendix B. 3. Reporting Post-award reporting requirements include submission of final Financial Status Report and milestone report, or annual reports for grants remaining E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices open at the end of each Federal fiscal year (September 30). Documentation is required for payment. VII. Agency Contact(s) Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (see Appendix C) for application-specific information and issues. For general program information, contact Blenda Younger, Office of Program Management, (202) 366–2053, e-mail: blenda.younger@fta.dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/FIRS). Issued on: April 1, 2005. Jennifer L. Dorn, Administrator. Appendix A—Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Project Proposal Application (Paper or Electronic Project Narrative) (See Section IV.2 of Federal Register announcement for detailed explanation of application content). In addition to OMB Standard Form 424, Application For Federal Assistance, provide the following information: 1. Applicant Information A. Company Name: B. DUNS Number: C. For Notification of Project Selection Contact: Name of Individual: Address: FAX: Telephone number: D. Describe Services Provided by Company, including Areas Served: E. Intercity Fixed-Route Carriers: llLarge/Class I (gross annual operating revenues of $5.3 Million or more) llSmall (gross annual revenues of less than $5.3 Million) F. Existing Fleet and Employee Information: llTotal number of over-the-road buses in fleet llNumber of over-the-road buses in fleet used for intercity fixed-route service llNumber of over-the-road buses intercity-fixed-route service that currently have lifts llNumber of over-the-road buses in fleet used for Other Service, e.g., Charter, Tour, & Commuter llNumber of over-the-road buses used in ‘‘other’’ service that currently have lifts llNumber of Employees G. Estimate of the proportion of service, if any, that is intercity fixed-route ll% of services is intercity fixed-route. H. Describe your technical, legal, and financial capacity to implement the proposed project. Include evidence of operating authority. 2. Project Information A. Federal Amount Requested (Up to 90% Federal Share): Intercity Fixed Route Service: $lll for lll New Over-the-road Buses $lll for lll Retrofits $lll for lll Employees—Training VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 Other Service (Commuter, Charter, or Tour) $lll for lll New Over-the-road Buses $lll for lll Retrofits $lll for lll Employees—Training B. If funds are being requested for intercity fixed-route services, please describe how the service meets the definition of intercity fixed-route service, including how the service makes meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more distant points. C. Is service currently listed in ‘‘Russell’s Official National Motor Coach Guide’’ llyes llno. If yes, provide details. If not, why not? D. Document Matching Funds, including Amount and Source: E. Describe Project, including Components to be funded, i.e., Lifts, Tie-downs, Moveable Seats, etc. and/or Training: F. Provide Project Time Line, including Significant Milestones such as Date of Contract for Purchase of Vehicle(s), and actual or expected delivery date of vehicles. G. Project Evaluation Criteria Provide information addressing the following criteria: • The identified need for over-the-road bus accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas served by the applicant. (20 points) • The extent to which the applicant demonstrated innovative strategies and financial commitment to providing access to over-the-road buses to persons with disabilities. (20 points) • The extent to which the over-the-road bus operator acquired equipment required by DOT’s over-the-road bus accessibility rule prior to the required time frame in the rule. (20 points) • The extent to which financing the costs of complying with DOT’s rule presents a financial hardship for the applicant. (20 points) • The impact of accessibility requirements on the continuation of over-the-road bus service with particular consideration of the impact of the requirements on service to rural areas and for low income individuals. (20 points) H. Labor Information • List labor organizations that may represent your employees and all labor organizations that represent the employees of any transit providers in the service area of the project. • For each local of a nationally affiliated union, provide the name of the national organization and the number or other designation of the local union. • For each independent labor organization, provide the local information, including: name of organization, address, contact person, phone and fax numbers. • For transit employee unions in service area of project, provide information including: contact person, address, telephone number and fax number for your company and associated union information. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17759 Appendix B—Federal Fiscal Year 2005 Certifications and Assurances for the Federal Transit Administration Overthe-Road Bus Accessibility Grants This list is a comprehensive compilation of the certifications and assurances required by Federal law for the OTRB Accessibility Grants. At the end of this list is a Signature Page on which the Applicant and its attorney certify compliance with all certifications and assurances applicable to the OTRB Accessibility Grants. All Applicants are advised to read the entire text of these certifications and assurances to be confident of their responsibilities and commitments. If an Applicant has submitted the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) standard comprehensive Federal Fiscal Year 2005 Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Assistance Programs, the Applicant need not submit these certifications and assurances. This is because the Categories I and II of certifications and assurances below are identical, respectively, to Categories 01 and 02 of FTA’s standard certifications and assurances for Fiscal Year 2005. References: The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Pub. L. 105–178, June 9, 1998, as amended, 49 U.S.C. chapter 53, Title 23, U.S.C., U.S. DOT and FTA regulations at 49 CFR, joint U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board/U.S. DOT regulations at 36 CFR Part 1194, and FTA Circulars. I. Required of Each Applicant Each Applicant for FTA assistance must provide all certifications and assurances in this Category ‘‘01.’’ FTA may not award any Federal assistance until the Applicant provides these certifications and assurances by selecting Category ‘‘I.’’ A. Authority of Applicant and Its Representative The authorized representative of the Applicant and the attorney who sign these certifications, assurances, and agreements affirm that both the Applicant and its authorized representative have adequate authority under applicable state and local law and the Applicant’s by-laws or internal rules to: (1) Execute and file the application for Federal assistance on behalf of the Applicant; (2) Execute and file the required certifications, assurances, and agreements on behalf of the Applicant binding the Applicant; and (3) Execute grant agreements with FTA on behalf of the Applicant. B. Standard Assurances The Applicant assures that it will comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements in carrying out any project supported by an FTA grant agreement. The Applicant agrees that it is under a continuing obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement issued for its project with FTA. The Applicant recognizes that Federal laws, regulations, policies, and administrative practices may be modified from time to time E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 17760 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices and those modifications may affect project implementation. The Applicant agrees that the most recent Federal requirements will apply to the project, unless FTA issues a written determination otherwise. C. Intergovernmental Review Assurance The Applicant assures that each application for Federal assistance it submits to FTA has been or will be submitted, as required by each state, for intergovernmental review to the appropriate state and local agencies. Specifically, the Applicant assures that it has fulfilled or will fulfill the obligations imposed on FTA by U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Department of Transportation Programs and Activities,’’ 49 CFR part 17. D. Nondiscrimination Assurance As required by 49 U.S.C. 5332 (which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or age, and prohibits discrimination in employment or business opportunity), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, and U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation—Effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act,’’ 49 CFR part 21 at 21.7, the Applicant assures that it will comply with all requirements of 49 CFR part 21; FTA Circular 4702.1, ‘‘Title VI Program Guidelines for Federal Transit Administration Recipients,’’ and other applicable directives, so that no person in the United States, on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, or age will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity (particularly in the level and quality of transportation services and transportationrelated benefits) for which the Applicant receives Federal assistance awarded by the U.S. DOT or FTA. Specifically, during the period in which Federal assistance is extended to the project, or project property is used for a purpose for which the Federal assistance is extended or for another purpose involving the provision of similar services or benefits, or as long as the Applicant retains ownership or possession of the project property, whichever is longer, the Applicant assures that: (1) Each project will be conducted, property acquisitions will be undertaken, and project facilities will be operated in accordance with all applicable requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5332 and 49 CFR part 21, and understands that this assurance extends to its entire facility and to facilities operated in connection with the project. (2) It will promptly take the necessary actions to effectuate this assurance, including notifying the public that complaints of discrimination in the provision of transportation-related services or benefits may be filed with U.S. DOT or FTA. Upon request by U.S. DOT or FTA, the Applicant assures that it will submit the required information pertaining to its compliance with these requirements. (3) It will include in each subagreement, property transfer agreement, third party VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 contract, third party subcontract, or participation agreement adequate provisions to extend the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5332 and 49 CFR part 21 to other parties involved therein including any subrecipient, transferee, third party contractor, third party subcontractor at any level, successor in interest, or any other participant in the project. (4) Should it transfer real property, structures, or improvements financed with Federal assistance provided by FTA to another party, any deeds and instruments recording the transfer of that property shall contain a covenant running with the land assuring nondiscrimination for the period during which the property is used for a purpose for which the Federal assistance is extended or for another purpose involving the provision of similar services or benefits. (5) The United States has a right to seek judicial enforcement with regard to any matter arising under the Act, regulations, and this assurance. (6) It will make any changes in its 49 U.S.C. 5332 and Title VI implementing procedures as U.S. DOT or FTA may request. E. Assurance of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability As required by U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting from Federal Financial Assistance,’’ at 49 CFR 27.9, the Applicant assures that, as a condition to the approval or extension of any Federal assistance awarded by FTA to construct any facility, obtain any rolling stock or other equipment, undertake studies, conduct research, or to participate in or obtain any benefit from any program administered by FTA, no otherwise qualified person with a disability shall be, solely by reason of that disability, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any program or activity receiving or benefiting from Federal assistance administered by the FTA or any entity within U.S. DOT. The Applicant assures that project implementation and operations so assisted will comply with all applicable requirements of U.S. DOT regulations implementing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, et seq., and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., and implementing U.S. DOT regulations at 49 CFR parts 27, 37, and 38, and any applicable regulations and directives issued by other Federal departments or agencies. F. Certifications and Assurances Required by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (SF–424B and SF–424D) As required by OMB, the Applicant certifies that it: (1) Has the legal authority to apply for Federal assistance and the institutional, managerial, and financial capability (including funds sufficient to pay the nonFederal share of project cost) to ensure proper planning, management, and completion of the project described in its application; (2) Will give FTA, the Comptroller General of the United States, and, if appropriate, the PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 state, through any authorized representative, access to and the right to examine all records, books, papers, or documents related to the award; and will establish a proper accounting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards or agency directives; (3) Will establish safeguards to prohibit employees from using their positions for a purpose that constitutes or presents the appearance of personal or organizational conflict of interest or personal gain; (4) Will initiate and complete the work within the applicable project time periods following receipt of FTA approval; (5) Will comply with all applicable Federal statutes relating to nondiscrimination including, but not limited to: (a) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin; (b) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1681 through 1683, and 1685 through 1687, and U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance,’’ 49 CFR part 25, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex; (c) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap; (d) The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6101 through 6107, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age; (e) The Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act of 1972, Pub. L. 92–255, March 21, 1972, and amendments thereto, 21 U.S.C. 1174 et seq. relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of drug abuse; (f) The Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention Act of 1970, Pub. L. 91–616, Dec. 31, 1970, and amendments thereto, 42 U.S.C. 4581 et seq. relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of alcohol abuse or alcoholism; (g) The Public Health Service Act of 1912, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 290dd–3 and 290ee– 3, related to confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records; (h) Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq., relating to nondiscrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing; (i) Any other nondiscrimination provisions in the specific statutes under which Federal assistance for the project may be provided including, but not limited, to 49 U.S.C. 5332, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or age, and prohibits discrimination in employment or business opportunity, and section 1101(b) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, 23 U.S.C. 101 note, which provides for participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in FTA programs; and (j) Any other nondiscrimination statute(s) that may apply to the project; (6) Will comply with, or has complied with, the requirements of Titles II and III of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, (Uniform Relocation Act) 42 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices 4601 et seq., which, among other things, provide for fair and equitable treatment of persons displaced or whose property is acquired as a result of Federal or federally assisted programs. These requirements apply to all interests in real property acquired for project purposes regardless of Federal participation in any purchase. As required by sections 210 and 305 of the Uniform Relocation Act, 42 U.S.C. 4630 and 4655, and U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs,’’ 49 CFR 24.4, the Applicant assures that it has the requisite authority under applicable state and local law to comply with the requirements of the Uniform Relocation Act, 42 U.S.C. 4601 et seq., and U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs,’’ 49 CFR part 24, and will comply with or has complied with that Act and those implementing regulations, including but not limited to the following: (a) The Applicant will adequately inform each affected person of the benefits, policies, and procedures provided for in 49 CFR part 24; (b) The Applicant will provide fair and reasonable relocation payments and assistance as required by 42 U.S.C. 4622, 4623, and 4624; 49 CFR part 24; and any applicable FTA procedures, to or for families, individuals, partnerships, corporations, or associations displaced as a result of any project financed with FTA assistance; (c) The Applicant will provide relocation assistance programs offering the services described in 42 U.S.C. 4625 to such displaced families, individuals, partnerships, corporations, or associations in the manner provided in 49 CFR part 24 and FTA procedures; (d) Within a reasonable time before displacement, the Applicant will make available comparable replacement dwellings to displaced families and individuals as required by 42 U.S.C. 4625(c)(3); (e) The Applicant will carry out the relocation process in such manner as to provide displaced persons with uniform and consistent services, and will make available replacement housing in the same range of choices with respect to such housing to all displaced persons regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin; (f) In acquiring real property, the Applicant will be guided to the greatest extent practicable under state law, by the real property acquisition policies of 42 U.S.C. 4651 and 4652; (g) The Applicant will pay or reimburse property owners for necessary expenses as specified in 42 U.S.C. 4653 and 4654, with the understanding that FTA will provide Federal financial assistance for the Applicant’s eligible costs of providing payments for those expenses, as required by 42 U.S.C. 4631; (h) The Applicant will execute such amendments to third party contracts and subagreements financed with FTA assistance and execute, furnish, and be bound by such additional documents as FTA may determine necessary to effectuate or implement the assurances provided herein; and VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 (i) The Applicant agrees to make these assurances part of or incorporate them by reference into any third party contract or subagreement, or any amendments thereto, relating to any project financed by FTA involving relocation or land acquisition and provide in any affected document that these relocation and land acquisition provisions shall supersede any conflicting provisions; (7) To the extent applicable, will comply with the Davis-Bacon Act, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq., the Copeland ‘‘AntiKickback’’ Act, as amended, 18 U.S.C. 874, and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq., regarding labor standards for federally assisted subagreements; (8) To the extent applicable, will comply with the flood insurance purchase requirements of section 102(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4012a(a), requiring Applicants and their subrecipients in a special flood hazard area to participate in the program and purchase flood insurance if the total cost of insurable construction and acquisition is $10,000 or more; (9) Will comply with the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act, 42 U.S.C. 4831(b), which prohibits the use of lead-based paint in the construction or rehabilitation of residence structures; (10) Will not dispose of, modify the use of, or change the terms of the real property title or other interest in the site and facilities on which a construction project supported with FTA assistance takes place without permission and instructions from the awarding agency; (11) To the extent required by FTA, will record the Federal interest in the title of real property, and will include a covenant in the title of real property acquired in whole or in part with Federal assistance funds to assure nondiscrimination during the useful life of the project; (12) Will comply with FTA requirements concerning the drafting, review, and approval of construction plans and specifications of any construction project supported with FTA assistance. As required by U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Seismic Safety,’’ 49 CFR 41.117(d), before accepting delivery of any building financed with FTA assistance, it will obtain a certificate of compliance with the seismic design and construction requirements of 49 CFR part 41; (13) Will provide and maintain competent and adequate engineering supervision at the construction site of any project supported with FTA assistance to ensure that the complete work conforms with the approved plans and specifications, and will furnish progress reports and such other information as may be required by FTA or the state; (14) Will comply with any applicable environmental standards that may be prescribed to implement the following Federal laws and executive orders: (a) Institution of environmental quality control measures under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4335 and Executive Order No. 11514, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 note; PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17761 (b) Notification of violating facilities pursuant to Executive Order No. 11738, 42 U.S.C. 7606 note; (c) Protection of wetlands pursuant to Executive Order No. 11990, 42 U.S.C. 4321 note; (d) Evaluation of flood hazards in floodplains in accordance with Executive Order 11988, 42 U.S.C. 4321 note; (e) Assurance of project consistency with the approved state management program developed pursuant to the requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1451–1465; (f) Conformity of Federal actions to State (Clean Air) Implementation Plans under section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act of 1955, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 7401–7671q; (g) Protection of underground sources of drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 300f–300j–6; (h) Protection of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1531–1544; and (i) Environmental protections for Federal transportation programs, including, but not limited to, protections for parks, recreation areas, or wildlife or waterfowl refuges of national, state, or local significance or any land from a historic site of national, state, or local significance to be used in a transportation project as required by 49 U.S.C. 303(b) and (c); (j) Protection of the components of the national wild and scenic rivers systems, as required under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1271– 1287; and (k) Provision of assistance to FTA in complying with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 470f; the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 469–469c; and Executive Order No. 11593 (identification and protection of historic properties), 16 U.S.C. 470 note; (15) To the extent applicable, will comply with the requirements of the Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. 1501 through 1508, and 7324 through 7326, which limit the political activities of state and local agencies and their officers and employees whose primary employment activities are financed in whole or part with Federal funds including a Federal loan, grant agreement, except, in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 142(g), the Hatch Act does not apply to a nonsupervisory employee of a transit system (or of any other agency or entity performing related functions) receiving FTA assistance to whom that Act does not otherwise apply; (16) Will comply with the National Research Act, Pub. L. 93–348, July 12, 1974, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 289 et seq., and U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Protection of Human Subjects,’’ 49 CFR part 11, regarding the protection of human subjects involved in research, development, and related activities supported by Federal assistance; (17) Will comply with the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq., and U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, ‘‘Animal Welfare,’’ 9 CFR subchapter A, parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 17762 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices regarding the care, handling, and treatment of warm blooded animals held or used for research, teaching, or other activities supported by Federal assistance; (18) Will have performed the financial and compliance audits as required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, 31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq., OMB Circular No. A–133, ‘‘Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,’’ Revised, and the most recent applicable OMB A–133 Compliance Supplement provisions for the Department of Transportation; and (19) Will comply with all applicable requirements of all other Federal laws, executive orders, regulations, and policies governing the project. II. Lobbying An Applicant that submits or intends to submit an application for Federal assistance exceeding $100,000 must provide the following certification. FTA may not award Federal assistance exceeding $100,000 until the Applicant provides this certification by selecting Category ‘‘II.’’ A. As required by U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘New Restrictions on Lobbying,’’ at 49 CFR 20.110, the Applicant’s authorized representative certifies to the best of his or her knowledge and belief that for each application for Federal assistance exceeding $100,000: (1) No Federal appropriated funds have been or will be paid by or on behalf of the Applicant to any person to influence or attempt to influence an officer or employee of any Federal agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress regarding the award of Federal assistance, or the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal assistance agreement; and (2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been or will be paid to any person to influence or attempt to influence an officer or employee of any Federal agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with any application for Federal assistance, the Applicant assures that it will complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, ‘‘Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,’’ including information required by the instructions accompanying the form, which form may be amended to omit such information as authorized by 31 U.S.C. 1352. (3) The language of this certification shall be included in the award documents for all subawards at all tiers (including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under grants). B. The Applicant understands that this certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance is placed and that submission of this certification is a prerequisite for providing Federal assistance for a transaction covered by 31 U.S.C. 1352. The Applicant also understands that any person who fails to file a required certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure. VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 SIGNATURE PAGE Certifications and Assurances for the FTA Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program The Applicant agrees to comply with the applicable requirements of the following Categories of certifications and assurances it has selected below: Category Description I. ........... Required of Each Applicant. Lobbying ................. II. .......... AFFIRMATION OF APPLICANT Name of Applicant: lllllllllll Name and Relationship of Authorized Representative: lllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll BY SIGNING BELOW, on behalf of the Applicant, I declare that the Applicant has duly authorized me to make the certifications and assurances set forth above and bind the Applicant’s compliance. Thus, the Applicant agrees to comply with all Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and Federal requirements applicable to each application it makes to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in Federal Fiscal Year 2005. FTA intends that the certifications and assurances the Applicant selects above, as representative of the certifications and assurances in set forth in this document, should apply, as required, to each Over-theRoad Bus Accessibility Grant for which the Applicant seeks now, or may later, seek FTA assistance during Federal Fiscal Year 2005. The Applicant affirms the truthfulness and accuracy of the certifications and assurances it has made in the statements submitted herein with this document and any other submission made to FTA, and acknowledges that the provisions of the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986, 31 U.S.C. 3801 et seq., as implemented by U.S. DOT regulations, ‘‘Program Fraud Civil Remedies,’’ 49 CFR part 31 apply to any certification, assurance or submission made to FTA. The criminal fraud provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1001 apply to any certification, assurance, or submission made in connection with a Federal Transit program authorized in Chapter 53 or any other statute. In signing this document, I declare under penalties of perjury that the foregoing certifications and assurances, and any other statements made by me on behalf of the Applicant are true and correct. Signature: llllllllllllllll Date: llllllllllllllllll Name: lllllllllllllllll Authorized Representative of Applicant SIGNATURE PAGE AFFIRMATION OF APPLICANT’S ATTORNEY For (Name of Applicant): lllllllllllllllllllll As the undersigned Attorney for the above named Applicant, I hereby affirm to the Applicant that it has authority under state and local law to make and comply with the certifications and assurances as indicated on PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the foregoing pages. I further affirm that, in my opinion, the certifications and assurances have been legally made and constitute legal and binding obligations on the Applicant. I further affirm to the Applicant that, to the best of my knowledge, there is no legislation or litigation pending or imminent that might adversely affect the validity of these certifications and assurances, or of the performance of the project. Signature: llllllllllllllll Date: llllllllllllllllll Name: lllllllllllllllll Attorney for Applicant Each Applicant for an FTA Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Grant must provide an Affirmation of Applicant’s Attorney pertaining to the Applicant’s legal capacity. The Applicant may enter its signature in lieu of the Attorney’s signature, provided the Applicant has on file this Affirmation, signed by the attorney and dated this Federal fiscal year. (These Signature Pages must be appropriately completed and signed as indicated.) Appendix C—FTA Regional Offices Region I—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire,Vermont and Maine Richard H. Doyle, FTA Regional Administrator, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Kendall Square, 55 Broadway, Suite 920, Cambridge, MA 02142–1093, (617) 494– 2055 Region II—New York, New Jersey, Virgin Islands Letitia Thompson, FTA Regional Administrator, One Bowling Green, Room 429, New York, NY 10004–1415, (212) 668–2170 Region III—Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Washington, DC Susan Borinsky, FTA Regional Administrator, 1760 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103–4124, (215) 656–7100 Region IV—Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Puerto Rico Hiram J. Walker, FTA Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Suite 17T50, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 562–3500 Region V—Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan Joel Ettinger, FTA Regional Administrator, 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60606–5232, (312) 353–2789 Region VI—Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma Robert Patrick, FTA Regional Administrator, 819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36, Ft. Worth, TX 76102, (817) 978– 0550 Region VII—Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri Mokhtee Ahmad, Regional Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 404, Kansas City, MO 64106, (816) 329–3920 Region VIII—Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah Lee Waddleton, FTA Regional Administrator, 12300 West Dakota E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 66 / Thursday, April 7, 2005 / Notices Avenue Suite 310, Lakewood, CO 80228–2583, (720) 963–3300 Region IX—California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam Leslie Rogers, FTA Regional Administrator, 201 Mission Street, Suite 2210, San Francisco, CA 94105–1831, (415) 744– 3133 Region X—Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska Richard Krochalis, FTA Regional Administrator, Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142, Seattle, WA 98174–1002, (206) 220–7954 [FR Doc. 05–6856 Filed 4–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research & Innovative Technology Administration Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers Research & Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) , this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of currently approved collections. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on December 17, 2004 (69 FR 75603). DATES: Written comments should be submitted by May 9, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernie Stankus, Office of Airline Information, RTS–42, Room 4125, RITA, BTS, 400 Seventh Street, SW., VerDate jul<14>2003 18:22 Apr 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 Washington, DC 20590–0001, Telephone Number (202) 366–4387, Fax Number (202) 366–3383 or e-mail: bernard.stankus@dot.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Grants

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of availability of fiscal year 2005 funds: solicitation 
of grant applications.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announces the availability of funds in fiscal year 
(FY) 2005 for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, 
authorized by section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century (TEA-21). The OTRB Accessibility Program makes funds 
available to private operators of over-the-road buses to finance the 
incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT's over-
the-road bus accessibility final rule, 49 CFR part 37, published in a 
Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998 (63 FR 51670). The 
authorizing legislation calls for national solicitation of 
applications, with grantees to be selected on a competitive basis. 
Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route providers 
and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project cost.
    In FY 2005, $5,208,000 was appropriated for intercity fixed-route 
service providers and $1,686,400 was appropriated for other over-the-
road bus service providers.
    This announcement is available on the Internet on the FTA Web site 
at: http://www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the 
Web site and in the Federal Register. A synopsis of this announcement 
will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic 
grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov. Applications may be submitted 
to FTA in hard copy or electronically through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY 
function.

DATES: Complete applications for Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Program 
grants must be submitted to the appropriate FTA regional office (see 
Appendix C) by June 6, 2005, or submitted electronically through the 
GRANTS.GOV Web site by the same date. Anyone intending to apply 
electronically should initiate the process of registering on the 
GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before 
the deadline for submission. FTA will announce grant selections when 
the competitive selection process is complete.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The appropriate FTA Regional 
Administrator (Appendix C) for application-specific information and 
issues. For general program information, contact Blenda Younger, Office 
of Program Management, (202) 366-2053, e-mail: 
blenda.younger@fta.dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/
FIRS).

Overview Information

    Federal Agency Name: Department of Transportation, Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA).
    Funding Opportunity Title: Capital and Training Assistance Program 
for over-the-road bus accessibility.
    Announcement Type: Initial announcement: notice of availability of 
fiscal year 2005 funds: solicitation of grant applications.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 20.518. 
Capital and Training Assistance Program for over-the-road bus 
accessibility.

DATES: Complete applications for Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Program 
grants must be submitted to the appropriate FTA regional office (see 
Appendix C) by June 6, 2005, or submitted electronically through the 
GRANTS.GOV Web site by the same date. Anyone intending to apply 
electronically should initiate the process of registering on the 
GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before 
the deadline for submission. FTA will announce grant selections when 
the competitive selection process is complete.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Table of Contents

I. Funding Opportunity Description
II. Award Information
III. Eligibility Information
IV. Application and Submission Information
V. Application Review Information
VI. Award Administration Information
VII. Agency Contacts
    Appendix A Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Application
    Appendix B Federal Fiscal Year 2005 Certifications and 
Assurances for the Federal Transit Administration Over-the-Road Bus 
Accessibility Grants
    Appendix C FTA Regional Offices


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I. Funding Opportunity Description

A. Authority

    The program is authorized under Section 3038 of the Transportation 
Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as extended by the Surface 
Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part V (Pub. L 108-310, September 
30, 2004).

B. Background

    Over-the-road buses are used in intercity fixed-route service as 
well as other services, such as commuter, charter, and tour bus 
services. These services are an important element of the U.S. 
transportation system. TEA-21 authorized FTA's Over-the-road Bus 
Accessibility Program to assist over-the-road bus operators in 
complying with the Department's Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility rule, 
``Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities'' (49 CFR Part 37) 
published in a Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998 (63 FR 
51670).
Summary of DOT's Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Rule
    Deadlines for Acquiring Accessible Vehicles. Under the over-the-
road bus accessibility rule, all new buses obtained by large (Class I 
carriers, i.e., those with gross annual operating revenues of $5.3 
million or more), fixed-route carriers after October 30, 2000 must be 
accessible, with wheelchair lifts and tie-downs that allow passengers 
to ride in their own wheelchairs. The rule requires 50 percent of the 
fixed-route carriers' fleets to be accessible by 2006, and 100 percent 
of the vehicles in their fleets to be accessible by 2012. The buses 
acquired by small (gross operating revenues of less than $5.3 million 
annually) fixed-route providers after October 29, 2001 also are 
required to be lift-equipped, although they do not have a deadline for 
total fleet accessibility. Small providers also can provide equivalent 
service in lieu of obtaining accessible buses. Starting in 2001, 
charter and tour companies have to provide service in an accessible bus 
on 48 hours' advance notice. Fixed-route companies must also provide 
this kind of service on an interim basis until their fleets are 
completely accessible.
    Deadlines for Delivering Accessible Service. The rules for 
delivering accessible motorcoach service went into effect October 29, 
2001 for large fixed-route, charter, tour and other demand-responsive 
motorcoach companies. The rules went into effect for small operators on 
October 28, 2002. After these dates, companies must provide service in 
an accessible coach to a passenger who requests it and gives 48 hours' 
advance notice. Small companies may provide equivalent service, instead 
of acquiring accessible coaches. This equivalent service may be 
provided in an alternate vehicle (e.g., a van), provided that the 
service allows passengers to travel in their own wheelchairs.
    Specifications describing the design features that an over-the-road 
bus must have to be readily accessible to and usable by persons who use 
wheelchairs or other mobility aids required by the ``Americans with 
Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles: 
Over-the-Road Buses'' rule (36 CFR part 1192) were published in another 
Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998.

C. Purpose

    Improving mobility and shaping America's future by ensuring that 
the transportation system is accessible, integrated, and efficient, and 
offers flexibility of choices is a key strategic goal of the Department 
of Transportation. Over-the-road Bus Accessibility projects will 
improve mobility for individuals with disabilities by providing 
financial assistance to help make vehicles accessible and training to 
ensure that drivers and others understand how to use accessibility 
features as well as how to treat patrons with disabilities.

D. Vehicle and Service Definitions

    An ``over-the-road bus'' is a bus characterized by an elevated 
passenger deck located over a baggage compartment.
    Intercity, fixed-route over-the-road bus service is regularly 
scheduled bus service for the general public, using an over-the-road 
bus that: operates with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two 
or more urban areas not in close proximity or connecting one or more 
rural communities with an urban area not in close proximity; has the 
capacity for transporting baggage carried by passengers; and makes 
meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more 
distant points.
    Other over-the-road bus service means any other transportation 
using over-the-road buses, including local fixed-route service, 
commuter service, and charter or tour service (including tour or 
excursion service that includes features in addition to bus 
transportation such as meals, lodging, admission to points of interest 
or special attractions). While some commuter service may also serve the 
needs of some intercity fixed-route passengers, the statute includes 
commuter service in the definition of ``other'' service. Commuter 
service providers should apply for these funds, even though the 
services designed to meet the needs of commuters may also provide 
service to intercity fixed-route passengers on an incidental basis. If 
a service provider can document that more than 50 percent of its 
passengers are using the service as intercity fixed-route service, the 
provider may apply for the funds designated for intercity fixed-route 
operators.

II. Award Information

    Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route 
providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project 
cost. In FY 2005, $5,208,000 was appropriated for intercity fixed-route 
service providers and $1,686,400 was appropriated for other over-the-
road bus service providers. Successful applicants will be awarded 
grants. Typical grants under this program range from $20,000 to 
$291,000.

III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

    Grants will be made directly to operators of over-the-road buses. 
Intercity, fixed-route over-the-road bus service providers may apply 
for the $5,208,000 that FTA expects will be available to intercity 
fixed-route providers in FY 2005. Other over-the-road bus service 
providers, including operators of local fixed-route service, commuter 
service, and charter or tour service may apply for the $1,686,400 
available in FY 2005 for these providers. OTRB operators who provide 
both intercity, fixed-route service and another type of service, such 
as commuter, charter or tour, may apply for both categories of funds 
with a single application. Private for-profit operators of over-the-
road buses are eligible to be direct applicants for this program. This 
is a departure from most other FTA programs for which the direct 
applicant must be a state or local public body.
Eligible Projects
    Projects to finance the incremental capital and training costs of 
complying with DOT's over-the-road bus accessibility rule (49 CFR part 
37) are eligible for funding. Incremental capital costs eligible for 
funding include adding lifts, tie-downs, moveable seats, doors and all 
labor costs associated with work on the vehicle needed to make vehicles 
accessible. Retrofitting vehicles with such accessibility components is 
also an eligible expense. Please see Buy America section for further 
determination of eligibility.
    FTA may award funds for costs already incurred by the applicants. 
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new wheelchair accessible vehicles delivered since June 8, 1998, the 
date that the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century was 
effective, are eligible for funding under the program. Vehicles of any 
age that have been retrofitted with lifts and other accessibility 
components since June 8, 1998 are also eligible for funding.
    Eligible training costs are those required by the final 
accessibility rule as described in 49 CFR 37.209. These activities 
include training in proper operation and maintenance of accessibility 
features and equipment, boarding assistance, securement of mobility 
aids, sensitive and appropriate interaction with passengers with 
disabilities, and handling and storage of mobility devices. The costs 
associated with developing training materials or providing training for 
local providers of over-the-road bus services for these purposes are 
eligible expenses.
    FTA will not fund the incremental costs of acquiring used 
wheelchair accessible OTRBs, as it may be impossible to verify whether 
or not FTA funds were already used to make the vehicles accessible. 
Also, it would be difficult to place a value on the accessibility 
features based upon the depreciated value of the vehicle. FTA wishes to 
increase the number of wheelchair accessible over-the-road buses 
available to persons with disabilities throughout the country, and the 
purchase of used accessible vehicles, whether or not they were 
previously funded by FTA, does not further this objective.
    FTA has sponsored the development of accessibility training 
materials for public transit operators. FTA-funded Project Action is a 
national technical assistance program to promote cooperation between 
the disability community and the transportation industry. Project 
Action provides training, resources and technical assistance to 
thousands of disability organizations, consumers with disabilities, and 
transportation operators. It maintains a resource center with the most 
up-to-date information on transportation accessibility. Project Action 
may be contacted at: Project Action, 700 Thirteenth Street NW., Suite 
200, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 1-800-659-6428, Internet address: 
http://www.projectaction.org/.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route 
providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project 
cost. A 10 percent match is required.

IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Address To Request Application Package

    This announcement includes all of the information that you need to 
apply. It is available on the Internet on the FTA Web site at http://
www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and 
in the Federal Register. A synopsis of this announcement will be posted 
in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at 
http://www.grants.gov.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Guidelines for Preparing Grant Application
    FTA is conducting a national solicitation for applications under 
the OTRB Accessibility program. Grant awards will be made on a 
competitive basis. The application should provide information on all 
items for which you are requesting funding in FY 2005. If you use 
another company's previous application as a guide, remember to modify 
all elements as appropriate to reflect your company's situation. The 
application must include a project narrative in the format provided in 
Appendix A, in addition to Standard Form 424, ``Application for Federal 
Assistance''.
Application Content
     Applicant Information
    This addresses basic identifying information, including:
    a. Company name.
    b. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
number.
    c. Contact information for notification of project selection: 
Contact name, address, fax and phone number.
    d. Description of services provided by company, including areas 
served.
    e. For fixed-route carriers, whether you are a large (Class I, with 
gross annual operating revenues of $5.3 million or more) or small 
(gross operating revenues of less than $5.3 million annually) carrier.
    f. Existing fleet and employee information, including number of 
over-the-road buses used for intercity fixed-route service and other 
service and number of employees.
    g. If you provide both intercity fixed-route service and another 
type of service, such as commuter, charter or tour service, please 
provide an estimate of the proportion of your service that is 
intercity.
    h. Description of your technical, legal, and financial capacity to 
implement the proposed project. Include evidence that you currently 
possess appropriate operating authority--e.g. DOT number if you operate 
interstate or identifier assigned by state if you do not operate 
interstate service.
     Project Information
    Every application must:
    a. Provide the Federal amount requested for each purpose for which 
funds are sought in the format in Appendix A.
    b. If requesting funding for intercity service, document how 
intercity fixed-route service meets the definition of intercity fixed-
route service, including how service makes meaningful connections with 
scheduled intercity bus service to more distant points.
    c. Document that intercity service is included in Russell's 
Official National Motor Coach Guide.
    d. Document matching funds, including amount and source.
    e. Describe project, including components to be funded, i.e., 
lifts, tie-downs, moveable seats, etc., and/or training.
    f. Provide project time-line, including significant milestones such 
as date or contract for purchase of vehicle(s), and actual or expected 
delivery date of vehicles.
    g. Address each of the five statutory evaluation criteria described 
in V.
     Labor Information
    a. Identify any labor organizations that may represent your 
employees and all labor organizations that represent the employees of 
any transit providers in the service area of the project. For each 
local of a nationally affiliated union, the applicant must provide the 
name of the national organization and the number or other designation 
of the local union. (For example, Amalgamated Transit Union local 
1258.) Since DOL makes its referral to the national union's 
headquarters, there is no need to provide a means of contacting the 
local organization.
    b. For each independent labor organization (i.e., a union that is 
not affiliated with a national or international organization) the local 
information will be necessary (name of organization, address, contact 
person, phone, fax numbers).
    c. Where a labor organization represents transit employees in the 
service area of the project, DOL must refer the proposed protective 
arrangements to each union and to each recipient. For this reason, 
please provide DOL with a contact person, address, telephone number and 
fax number for your company and associated union information.

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3. Submission Dates and Times

    Complete applications for OTRB Accessibility Program grants must be 
submitted to the appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix C) June 
6, 2005 or submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by 
the same date. Applicants planning to apply electronically are 
encouraged to begin the process of registration on the GRANTS.GOV site 
well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration is a multi-
step process, which may take several weeks to complete before an 
application can be submitted. FTA will announce grant selections when 
the competitive selection process is complete.

4. Intergovernmental Review

    This program is not generally subject to Executive Order (EO) 
12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.'' For more 
information, contact the State's Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to find 
out about and comply with the State's process under EO 12372. The names 
and addresses of the SPOCs are listed in the Office of Management and 
Budget's Home page at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html.

5. Funding Restrictions

    Only applications from eligible recipients for eligible activities 
will be considered for funding (see Section III). Due to funding 
limitations, applicants that are selected for funding may receive less 
than the amount requested.

6. Other Submission Requirements

    Applicants should submit 3 copies of their project proposal 
application, consistent with the application format provided at 
Appendix A, to the appropriate regional office or apply electronically 
through the governmentwide electronic grant application portal at 
http://www.grants.gov.

V. Application Review Information

1. Project Evaluation Criteria--Projects Will Be Evaluated According to 
the Following Criteria:

    A. The identified need for over-the-road bus accessibility for 
persons with disabilities in the areas served by the applicant. (20 
points)
    B. The extent to which the applicant demonstrated innovative 
strategies and financial commitment to providing access to over-the-
road buses to persons with disabilities. (20 points)
    C. The extent to which the over-the-road bus operator acquired 
equipment required by DOT's over-the-road bus accessibility rule prior 
to the required time-frame in the rule. (20 points)
    D. The extent to which financing the costs of complying with DOT's 
rule presents a financial hardship for the applicant. (20 points)
    E. The impact of accessibility requirements on the continuation of 
over-the-road bus service with particular consideration of the impact 
of the requirements on service to rural areas and for low-income 
individuals. (20 points)

    Note: These are the statutory criteria upon which funding 
decisions will be made. In addition to these criteria, FTA may also 
consider other factors, such as the size of the applicant's fleet 
and the level of FTA funding that may already have been awarded to 
applicants in prior years.

2. Review and Selection Process

    Each application is screened by a panel of members represented by 
FTA headquarters and regional staff. Incomplete or non-responsive 
applications will be disqualified. FTA will make an effort to award 
every qualified applicant at least one lift. Prior year funding under 
the program is a factor, however, so depending upon demand, an 
applicant that received significant prior year funding may not be 
selected to receive additional funding.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

    FTA will screen all applications to determine whether all required 
eligibility elements, as described in III. ``Eligibility Information'' 
are present. An FTA evaluation team will evaluate each application 
according to the criteria described in this announcement. FTA will 
notify all applicants, both those selected for funding and those not 
selected when the competitive selection process is complete. Projects 
selected for funding will be published in a Federal Register notice. 
Applicants selected for funding must then apply to the FTA regional 
office for the actual grant award, sign Certifications and Assurances, 
etc. and execute a grant contract before funds can be drawn down.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

A. Grant Requirements
    Applicants selected for funding must include documentation 
necessary to meet the requirements of FTA's Nonurbanized Area Formula 
program (Section 5311 under Title 49, United States Code). Technical 
assistance regarding these requirements is available from each FTA 
regional office. The regional offices will contact those applicants 
selected for funding regarding procedures for making the required 
certifications and assurances to FTA before grants are made.
    The authority for these requirements is provided by the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Pub. L. 105-178, June 
9, 1998, as amended by the TEA-21 Restoration Act 105-206, 112 Stat. 
685, July 22, 1998, 49 U.S.C. chapter 53, Title 23, United States Code, 
DOT and FTA regulations at 49 CFR, and FTA Circulars.
B. Buy America
    In the OTRB Accessibility program, FTA's Buy America regulations, 
49 CFR Part 661, apply to the incremental capital cost of making 
vehicles accessible. Those regulations do not apply to associated labor 
costs. The following discussion relates to the contract between the 
grantee and the prime contractor.
    The ``General Requirements'' found at 49 CFR 661.5 apply to that 
portion of the accessibility system being funded. That section requires 
that all of the manufacturing processes for the product take place in 
the United States and that all components of the product be made in the 
United States. A component is considered domestic if it is manufactured 
in the U.S.A., regardless of the origin of its subcomponents. The lift, 
the moveable seats, and the securement devices will all be considered 
components for purposes of this program; accordingly, as components, 
each must be manufactured in the United States. Should a recipient 
choose to request funding for only a specific component, such as the 
lift or the securement device, then the Buy America requirements would 
apply only to that item funded by FTA.
    Three exceptions to the general requirements can be found at 49 CFR 
661.7: first, a waiver may be requested when the application of the 
regulation is not in the public interest; second, a waiver may be 
requested if the materials and products being procured are not produced 
in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities 
and of a satisfactory quality; and third, a price differential waiver 
may be requested where the results of competitive procurement show that 
there is a 25 percent price difference between the domestic and foreign 
products. FTA approval of a waiver must be received by the recipient of 
FTA funds prior to the execution of contract.

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    It should also be noted that FTA has issued a general public 
interest waiver for all purchases under the Federal ``small purchase'' 
threshold, which is currently $100,000. This waiver can be found in 49 
CFR 661.7, Appendix A(e). In Section 3038(b) of TEA-21, Congress 
authorized FTA financing of the incremental capital costs of compliance 
with DOT's OTRB accessibility rule. Consistent with this provision, the 
small purchase waiver applies only to the incremental cost of the 
accessibility features FTA is funding. Where more than one bus is 
purchased, the grantee must consider the incremental cost increase for 
the entire procurement when determining if the small purchase waiver 
applies. For example, if $30,000 is the incremental cost for the 
accessibility features eligible under this program per bus (regardless 
of the Federal share contribution), then a procurement of three buses 
with a total such cost of $90,000, would qualify for the small purchase 
waiver. No special application to FTA would be required.
    The grantee must obtain a certification from the bus manufacturer 
that all items included in the incremental cost for which the applicant 
is applying for funds meet Buy America requirements. The Buy America 
regulations can be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/
buyamer/.
C. Labor Protection
    Before FTA may award a grant for capital assistance, 49 U.S.C. 
5333(b) requires that fair and equitable arrangements must be made to 
protect the interests of transit employees affected by FTA assistance. 
Those arrangements must be certified by the Secretary of Labor as 
meeting the requirements of the statute. When a labor organization 
represents a group of affected employees in the service area of an FTA 
project, the employee protective arrangement is usually the product of 
negotiations or discussions with the union. The grant applicant can 
facilitate Department of Labor (DOL) certification by identifying in 
the application any previously certified protective arrangements that 
have been applied to similar projects undertaken by the grant 
applicant, if any. Receiving funds under the OTRB Accessibility 
program, however, will not require the grantee's employees to be 
represented by organized labor. Nothing in the labor protection 
provisions in 49 U.S.C 5333(b) requires a motorcoach operator to become 
a union carrier or encourages union organizing in any manner. Upon 
receipt of a grant application requiring employee protective 
arrangements, FTA will transmit the application to DOL and request 
certification of the employee protective arrangements. In accordance 
with DOL guidelines, DOL notifies the relevant unions in the area of 
the project that a grant for assistance is pending and affords the 
grant applicant and union the opportunity to agree to an arrangement 
establishing the terms and conditions of the employee protections. If 
necessary, DOL furnishes technical and mediation assistance to the 
parties during their negotiations. The Secretary of Labor may determine 
the protections to be certified if the parties do not reach an 
agreement after good faith bargaining and mediation efforts have been 
exhausted. DOL will also set the protective conditions when affected 
employees in the service area are not represented by a union. When DOL 
determines that employee protective arrangements comply with labor 
protection requirements, DOL will provide a certification to FTA. The 
grant agreement between FTA and the grant applicant incorporates by 
reference the employee protective arrangements certified by DOL.
    Applicants must identify any labor organizations that may represent 
their employees and all labor organizations that represent the 
employees of any other transit providers in the service area of the 
project.
    For each local of a nationally affiliated union, the applicant must 
provide the name of the national organization and the number or other 
designation of the local union. (For example, Amalgamated Transit Union 
local 1258) Since DOL makes its referral to the national union's 
headquarters, there is no need to provide a means of contacting the 
local organization.
    However, for each independent labor organization (i.e., a union 
that is not affiliated with a national or international organization) 
the local information will be necessary (name of organization, address, 
contact person, phone, fax numbers).
    Where a labor organization represents transit employees in the 
service area of the project, DOL must refer the proposed protective 
arrangements to each union and to each recipient. For this reason, 
please provide DOL with a contact person, address, telephone number and 
fax number for your company, and associated union information.
    DOL issued a Federal Register notice addressing the new TEA-21 
programs, including the OTRB Accessibility Program, ``Amendment to 
Section 5333(b) Guidelines to Carry Out New Programs Authorized by the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)''; Final Rule, 
dated July 28, 1999. FTA issued a ``Dear Colleague'' letter, dated 
December 5, 2000, addressing DOL processing of grant applications. 
Attached to the letter is an application checklist, which provides 
information that DOL must have in order to review and certify FTA grant 
applications. This letter and attachment can be found at: http://
www.fta.dot.gov/office/public/c0019.html.
    Questions concerning protective arrangements and related matters 
pertaining to transit employees should be addressed to the Division of 
Statutory Programs, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Room N-5411, Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-0126, fax (202) 
219-5338.
D. Planning
    Applicants are encouraged to notify the appropriate state 
departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations 
(MPO) in areas likely to be served by equipment made accessible through 
funds made available in this program. Those organizations, in turn, 
should take appropriate steps to inform the public, and individuals 
requiring fully accessible services in particular, of operators' 
intentions to expand the accessibility of their services. Incorporation 
of funded projects in the plans and transportation improvement programs 
of states and metropolitan areas by states and MPOs also is encouraged, 
but is not required.
E. Standard Assurances
    The Applicant assures that it will comply with all applicable 
Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and 
other Federal administrative requirements in carrying out any project 
supported by the FTA grant. The Applicant acknowledges that it is under 
a continuing obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the 
grant agreement issued for its project with FTA. The Applicant 
understands that Federal laws, regulations, policies, and 
administrative practices might be modified from time to time and affect 
the implementation of the project. The Applicant agrees that the most 
recent Federal requirements will apply to the project, unless FTA 
issues a written determination otherwise. The Applicant must submit the 
Certifications and Assurances for the FTA Over-the-Road Bus 
Accessibility Program found at Appendix B.
3. Reporting
    Post-award reporting requirements include submission of final 
Financial Status Report and milestone report, or annual reports for 
grants remaining

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open at the end of each Federal fiscal year (September 30). 
Documentation is required for payment.

VII. Agency Contact(s)

    Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (see Appendix C) 
for application-specific information and issues. For general program 
information, contact Blenda Younger, Office of Program Management, 
(202) 366-2053, e-mail: blenda.younger@fta.dot.gov. A TDD is available 
at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

    Issued on: April 1, 2005.
Jennifer L. Dorn,
Administrator.

Appendix A--Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Project Proposal 
Application (Paper or Electronic Project Narrative)

    (See Section IV.2 of Federal Register announcement for detailed 
explanation of application content).
    In addition to OMB Standard Form 424, Application For Federal 
Assistance, provide the following information:

1. Applicant Information
    A. Company Name:
    B. DUNS Number:
    C. For Notification of Project Selection Contact:
    Name of Individual:
    Address:
    FAX:
    Telephone number:
    D. Describe Services Provided by Company, including Areas 
Served:
    E. Intercity Fixed-Route Carriers:
----Large/Class I (gross annual operating revenues of $5.3 Million 
or more)
----Small (gross annual revenues of less than $5.3 Million)
    F. Existing Fleet and Employee Information:
    ----Total number of over-the-road buses in fleet
    ----Number of over-the-road buses in fleet used for intercity 
fixed-route service
    ----Number of over-the-road buses intercity-fixed-route service 
that currently have lifts
    ----Number of over-the-road buses in fleet used for Other 
Service, e.g., Charter, Tour, & Commuter
    ----Number of over-the-road buses used in ``other'' service that 
currently have lifts
    ----Number of Employees
    G. Estimate of the proportion of service, if any, that is 
intercity fixed-route
----% of services is intercity fixed-route.
    H. Describe your technical, legal, and financial capacity to 
implement the proposed project. Include evidence of operating 
authority.
2. Project Information
    A. Federal Amount Requested (Up to 90% Federal Share):
    Intercity Fixed Route Service:
$------ for ------ New Over-the-road Buses
$------ for ------ Retrofits
$------ for ------ Employees--Training
    Other Service (Commuter, Charter, or Tour)
$------ for ------ New Over-the-road Buses
$------ for ------ Retrofits
$------ for ------ Employees--Training
    B. If funds are being requested for intercity fixed-route 
services, please describe how the service meets the definition of 
intercity fixed-route service, including how the service makes 
meaningful connections with scheduled intercity bus service to more 
distant points.
    C. Is service currently listed in ``Russell's Official National 
Motor Coach Guide'' ----yes ----no. If yes, provide details. If not, 
why not?
    D. Document Matching Funds, including Amount and Source:
    E. Describe Project, including Components to be funded, i.e., 
Lifts, Tie-downs, Moveable Seats, etc. and/or Training:
    F. Provide Project Time Line, including Significant Milestones 
such as Date of Contract for Purchase of Vehicle(s), and actual or 
expected delivery date of vehicles.
    G. Project Evaluation Criteria
    Provide information addressing the following criteria:
     The identified need for over-the-road bus accessibility 
for persons with disabilities in the areas served by the applicant. 
(20 points)
     The extent to which the applicant demonstrated 
innovative strategies and financial commitment to providing access 
to over-the-road buses to persons with disabilities. (20 points)
     The extent to which the over-the-road bus operator 
acquired equipment required by DOT's over-the-road bus accessibility 
rule prior to the required time frame in the rule. (20 points)
     The extent to which financing the costs of complying 
with DOT's rule presents a financial hardship for the applicant. (20 
points)
     The impact of accessibility requirements on the 
continuation of over-the-road bus service with particular 
consideration of the impact of the requirements on service to rural 
areas and for low income individuals. (20 points)
    H. Labor Information
     List labor organizations that may represent your 
employees and all labor organizations that represent the employees 
of any transit providers in the service area of the project.
     For each local of a nationally affiliated union, 
provide the name of the national organization and the number or 
other designation of the local union.
     For each independent labor organization, provide the 
local information, including: name of organization, address, contact 
person, phone and fax numbers.
     For transit employee unions in service area of project, 
provide information including: contact person, address, telephone 
number and fax number for your company and associated union 
information.

Appendix B--Federal Fiscal Year 2005 Certifications and Assurances for 
the Federal Transit Administration Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility 
Grants

    This list is a comprehensive compilation of the certifications 
and assurances required by Federal law for the OTRB Accessibility 
Grants. At the end of this list is a Signature Page on which the 
Applicant and its attorney certify compliance with all 
certifications and assurances applicable to the OTRB Accessibility 
Grants. All Applicants are advised to read the entire text of these 
certifications and assurances to be confident of their 
responsibilities and commitments.
    If an Applicant has submitted the Federal Transit 
Administration's (FTA) standard comprehensive Federal Fiscal Year 
2005 Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit 
Administration Assistance Programs, the Applicant need not submit 
these certifications and assurances. This is because the Categories 
I and II of certifications and assurances below are identical, 
respectively, to Categories 01 and 02 of FTA's standard 
certifications and assurances for Fiscal Year 2005.
    References: The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, 
Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998, as amended, 49 U.S.C. chapter 53, 
Title 23, U.S.C., U.S. DOT and FTA regulations at 49 CFR, joint U.S. 
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board/U.S. DOT 
regulations at 36 CFR Part 1194, and FTA Circulars.

I. Required of Each Applicant

    Each Applicant for FTA assistance must provide all 
certifications and assurances in this Category ``01.'' FTA may not 
award any Federal assistance until the Applicant provides these 
certifications and assurances by selecting Category ``I.''

A. Authority of Applicant and Its Representative

    The authorized representative of the Applicant and the attorney 
who sign these certifications, assurances, and agreements affirm 
that both the Applicant and its authorized representative have 
adequate authority under applicable state and local law and the 
Applicant's by-laws or internal rules to:
    (1) Execute and file the application for Federal assistance on 
behalf of the Applicant;
    (2) Execute and file the required certifications, assurances, 
and agreements on behalf of the Applicant binding the Applicant; and
    (3) Execute grant agreements with FTA on behalf of the 
Applicant.

B. Standard Assurances

    The Applicant assures that it will comply with all applicable 
Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and 
other Federal requirements in carrying out any project supported by 
an FTA grant agreement. The Applicant agrees that it is under a 
continuing obligation to comply with the terms and conditions of the 
grant agreement issued for its project with FTA. The Applicant 
recognizes that Federal laws, regulations, policies, and 
administrative practices may be modified from time to time

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and those modifications may affect project implementation. The 
Applicant agrees that the most recent Federal requirements will 
apply to the project, unless FTA issues a written determination 
otherwise.

C. Intergovernmental Review Assurance

    The Applicant assures that each application for Federal 
assistance it submits to FTA has been or will be submitted, as 
required by each state, for intergovernmental review to the 
appropriate state and local agencies. Specifically, the Applicant 
assures that it has fulfilled or will fulfill the obligations 
imposed on FTA by U.S. DOT regulations, ``Intergovernmental Review 
of Department of Transportation Programs and Activities,'' 49 CFR 
part 17.

D. Nondiscrimination Assurance

    As required by 49 U.S.C. 5332 (which prohibits discrimination on 
the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or age, and 
prohibits discrimination in employment or business opportunity), 
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 
2000d, and U.S. DOT regulations, ``Nondiscrimination in Federally-
Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation--Effectuation 
of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act,'' 49 CFR part 21 at 21.7, the 
Applicant assures that it will comply with all requirements of 49 
CFR part 21; FTA Circular 4702.1, ``Title VI Program Guidelines for 
Federal Transit Administration Recipients,'' and other applicable 
directives, so that no person in the United States, on the basis of 
race, color, national origin, creed, sex, or age will be excluded 
from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be 
subjected to discrimination in any program or activity (particularly 
in the level and quality of transportation services and 
transportation-related benefits) for which the Applicant receives 
Federal assistance awarded by the U.S. DOT or FTA.
    Specifically, during the period in which Federal assistance is 
extended to the project, or project property is used for a purpose 
for which the Federal assistance is extended or for another purpose 
involving the provision of similar services or benefits, or as long 
as the Applicant retains ownership or possession of the project 
property, whichever is longer, the Applicant assures that:
    (1) Each project will be conducted, property acquisitions will 
be undertaken, and project facilities will be operated in accordance 
with all applicable requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5332 and 49 CFR part 
21, and understands that this assurance extends to its entire 
facility and to facilities operated in connection with the project.
    (2) It will promptly take the necessary actions to effectuate 
this assurance, including notifying the public that complaints of 
discrimination in the provision of transportation-related services 
or benefits may be filed with U.S. DOT or FTA. Upon request by U.S. 
DOT or FTA, the Applicant assures that it will submit the required 
information pertaining to its compliance with these requirements.
    (3) It will include in each subagreement, property transfer 
agreement, third party contract, third party subcontract, or 
participation agreement adequate provisions to extend the 
requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5332 and 49 CFR part 21 to other parties 
involved therein including any subrecipient, transferee, third party 
contractor, third party subcontractor at any level, successor in 
interest, or any other participant in the project.
    (4) Should it transfer real property, structures, or 
improvements financed with Federal assistance provided by FTA to 
another party, any deeds and instruments recording the transfer of 
that property shall contain a covenant running with the land 
assuring nondiscrimination for the period during which the property 
is used for a purpose for which the Federal assistance is extended 
or for another purpose involving the provision of similar services 
or benefits.
    (5) The United States has a right to seek judicial enforcement 
with regard to any matter arising under the Act, regulations, and 
this assurance.
    (6) It will make any changes in its 49 U.S.C. 5332 and Title VI 
implementing procedures as U.S. DOT or FTA may request.

E. Assurance of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability

    As required by U.S. DOT regulations, ``Nondiscrimination on the 
Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting 
from Federal Financial Assistance,'' at 49 CFR 27.9, the Applicant 
assures that, as a condition to the approval or extension of any 
Federal assistance awarded by FTA to construct any facility, obtain 
any rolling stock or other equipment, undertake studies, conduct 
research, or to participate in or obtain any benefit from any 
program administered by FTA, no otherwise qualified person with a 
disability shall be, solely by reason of that disability, excluded 
from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise 
subjected to discrimination in any program or activity receiving or 
benefiting from Federal assistance administered by the FTA or any 
entity within U.S. DOT. The Applicant assures that project 
implementation and operations so assisted will comply with all 
applicable requirements of U.S. DOT regulations implementing the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, et seq., and 
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 
12101 et seq., and implementing U.S. DOT regulations at 49 CFR parts 
27, 37, and 38, and any applicable regulations and directives issued 
by other Federal departments or agencies.

F. Certifications and Assurances Required by the U.S. Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) (SF-424B and SF-424D)

    As required by OMB, the Applicant certifies that it:
    (1) Has the legal authority to apply for Federal assistance and 
the institutional, managerial, and financial capability (including 
funds sufficient to pay the non-Federal share of project cost) to 
ensure proper planning, management, and completion of the project 
described in its application;
    (2) Will give FTA, the Comptroller General of the United States, 
and, if appropriate, the state, through any authorized 
representative, access to and the right to examine all records, 
books, papers, or documents related to the award; and will establish 
a proper accounting system in accordance with generally accepted 
accounting standards or agency directives;
    (3) Will establish safeguards to prohibit employees from using 
their positions for a purpose that constitutes or presents the 
appearance of personal or organizational conflict of interest or 
personal gain;
    (4) Will initiate and complete the work within the applicable 
project time periods following receipt of FTA approval;
    (5) Will comply with all applicable Federal statutes relating to 
nondiscrimination including, but not limited to:
    (a) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, which 
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national 
origin;
    (b) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, 20 
U.S.C. 1681 through 1683, and 1685 through 1687, and U.S. DOT 
regulations, ``Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education 
Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance,'' 49 
CFR part 25, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex;
    (c) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 
29 U.S.C. 794, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of 
handicap;
    (d) The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 
6101 through 6107, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of 
age;
    (e) The Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act of 1972, Pub. L. 92-
255, March 21, 1972, and amendments thereto, 21 U.S.C. 1174 et seq. 
relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of drug abuse;
    (f) The Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention 
Act of 1970, Pub. L. 91-616, Dec. 31, 1970, and amendments thereto, 
42 U.S.C. 4581 et seq. relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of 
alcohol abuse or alcoholism;
    (g) The Public Health Service Act of 1912, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 
290dd-3 and 290ee-3, related to confidentiality of alcohol and drug 
abuse patient records;
    (h) Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq., 
relating to nondiscrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of 
housing;
    (i) Any other nondiscrimination provisions in the specific 
statutes under which Federal assistance for the project may be 
provided including, but not limited, to 49 U.S.C. 5332, which 
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, 
national origin, sex, or age, and prohibits discrimination in 
employment or business opportunity, and section 1101(b) of the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, 23 U.S.C. 101 note, 
which provides for participation of disadvantaged business 
enterprises in FTA programs; and
    (j) Any other nondiscrimination statute(s) that may apply to the 
project;
    (6) Will comply with, or has complied with, the requirements of 
Titles II and III of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real 
Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, (Uniform 
Relocation Act) 42 U.S.C.

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4601 et seq., which, among other things, provide for fair and 
equitable treatment of persons displaced or whose property is 
acquired as a result of Federal or federally assisted programs. 
These requirements apply to all interests in real property acquired 
for project purposes regardless of Federal participation in any 
purchase. As required by sections 210 and 305 of the Uniform 
Relocation Act, 42 U.S.C. 4630 and 4655, and U.S. DOT regulations, 
``Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for 
Federal and Federally Assisted Programs,'' 49 CFR 24.4, the 
Applicant assures that it has the requisite authority under 
applicable state and local law to comply with the requirements of 
the Uniform Relocation Act, 42 U.S.C. 4601 et seq., and U.S. DOT 
regulations, ``Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property 
Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs,'' 49 CFR 
part 24, and will comply with or has complied with that Act and 
those implementing regulations, including but not limited to the 
following:
    (a) The Applicant will adequately inform each affected person of 
the benefits, policies, and procedures provided for in 49 CFR part 
24;
    (b) The Applicant will provide fair and reasonable relocation 
payments and assistance as required by 42 U.S.C. 4622, 4623, and 
4624; 49 CFR part 24; and any applicable FTA procedures, to or for 
families, individuals, partnerships, corporations, or associations 
displaced as a result of any project financed with FTA assistance;
    (c) The Applicant will provide relocation assistance programs 
offering the services described in 42 U.S.C. 4625 to such displaced 
families, individuals, partnerships, corporations, or associations 
in the manner provided in 49 CFR part 24 and FTA procedures;
    (d) Within a reasonable time before displacement, the Applicant 
will make available comparable replacement dwellings to displaced 
families and individuals as required by 42 U.S.C. 4625(c)(3);
    (e) The Applicant will carry out the relocation process in such 
manner as to provide displaced persons with uniform and consistent 
services, and will make available replacement housing in the same 
range of choices with respect to such housing to all displaced 
persons regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin;
    (f) In acquiring real property, the Applicant will be guided to 
the greatest extent practicable under state law, by the real 
property acquisition policies of 42 U.S.C. 4651 and 4652;
    (g) The Applicant will pay or reimburse property owners for 
necessary expenses as specified in 42 U.S.C. 4653 and 4654, with the 
understanding that FTA will provide Federal financial assistance for 
the Applicant's eligible costs of providing payments for those 
expenses, as required by 42 U.S.C. 4631;
    (h) The Applicant will execute such amendments to third party 
contracts and subagreements financed with FTA assistance and 
execute, furnish, and be bound by such additional documents as FTA 
may determine necessary to effectuate or implement the assurances 
provided herein; and
    (i) The Applicant agrees to make these assurances part of or 
incorporate them by reference into any third party contract or 
subagreement, or any amendments thereto, relating to any project 
financed by FTA involving relocation or land acquisition and provide 
in any affected document that these relocation and land acquisition 
provisions shall supersede any conflicting provisions;
    (7) To the extent applicable, will comply with the Davis-Bacon 
Act, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq., the Copeland ``Anti-
Kickback'' Act, as amended, 18 U.S.C. 874, and the Contract Work 
Hours and Safety Standards Act, as amended, 40 U.S.C. 3701 et seq., 
regarding labor standards for federally assisted subagreements;
    (8) To the extent applicable, will comply with the flood 
insurance purchase requirements of section 102(a) of the Flood 
Disaster Protection Act of 1973, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4012a(a), 
requiring Applicants and their subrecipients in a special flood 
hazard area to participate in the program and purchase flood 
insurance if the total cost of insurable construction and 
acquisition is $10,000 or more;
    (9) Will comply with the Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention 
Act, 42 U.S.C. 4831(b), which prohibits the use of lead-based paint 
in the construction or rehabilitation of residence structures;
    (10) Will not dispose of, modify the use of, or change the terms 
of the real property title or other interest in the site and 
facilities on which a construction project supported with FTA 
assistance takes place without permission and instructions from the 
awarding agency;
    (11) To the extent required by FTA, will record the Federal 
interest in the title of real property, and will include a covenant 
in the title of real property acquired in whole or in part with 
Federal assistance funds to assure nondiscrimination during the 
useful life of the project;
    (12) Will comply with FTA requirements concerning the drafting, 
review, and approval of construction plans and specifications of any 
construction project supported with FTA assistance. As required by 
U.S. DOT regulations, ``Seismic Safety,'' 49 CFR 41.117(d), before 
accepting delivery of any building financed with FTA assistance, it 
will obtain a certificate of compliance with the seismic design and 
construction requirements of 49 CFR part 41;
    (13) Will provide and maintain competent and adequate 
engineering supervision at the construction site of any project 
supported with FTA assistance to ensure that the complete work 
conforms with the approved plans and specifications, and will 
furnish progress reports and such other information as may be 
required by FTA or the state;
    (14) Will comply with any applicable environmental standards 
that may be prescribed to implement the following Federal laws and 
executive orders:
    (a) Institution of environmental quality control measures under 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 
4321-4335 and Executive Order No. 11514, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 
note;
    (b) Notification of violating facilities pursuant to Executive 
Order No. 11738, 42 U.S.C. 7606 note;
    (c) Protection of wetlands pursuant to Executive Order No. 
11990, 42 U.S.C. 4321 note;
    (d) Evaluation of flood hazards in floodplains in accordance 
with Executive Order 11988, 42 U.S.C. 4321 note;
    (e) Assurance of project consistency with the approved state 
management program developed pursuant to the requirements of the 
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1451-
1465;
    (f) Conformity of Federal actions to State (Clean Air) 
Implementation Plans under section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act of 
1955, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q;
    (g) Protection of underground sources of drinking water under 
the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 300f-
300j-6;
    (h) Protection of endangered species under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1531-1544; and
    (i) Environmental protections for Federal transportation 
programs, including, but not limited to, protections for parks, 
recreation areas, or wildlife or waterfowl refuges of national, 
state, or local significance or any land from a historic site of 
national, state, or local significance to be used in a 
transportation project as required by 49 U.S.C. 303(b) and (c);
    (j) Protection of the components of the national wild and scenic 
rivers systems, as required under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 
1968, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1271-1287; and
    (k) Provision of assistance to FTA in complying with section 106 
of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, 16 
U.S.C. 470f; the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of 
1974, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 469-469c; and Executive Order No. 11593 
(identification and protection of historic properties), 16 U.S.C. 
470 note;
    (15) To the extent applicable, will comply with the requirements 
of the Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. 1501 through 1508, and 7324 through 7326, 
which limit the political activities of state and local agencies and 
their officers and employees whose primary employment activities are 
financed in whole or part with Federal funds including a Federal 
loan, grant agreement, except, in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 142(g), 
the Hatch Act does not apply to a nonsupervisory employee of a 
transit system (or of any other agency or entity performing related 
functions) receiving FTA assistance to whom that Act does not 
otherwise apply;
    (16) Will comply with the National Research Act, Pub. L. 93-348, 
July 12, 1974, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 289 et seq., and U.S. DOT 
regulations, ``Protection of Human Subjects,'' 49 CFR part 11, 
regarding the protection of human subjects involved in research, 
development, and related activities supported by Federal assistance;
    (17) Will comply with the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, 
as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq., and U.S. Department of 
Agriculture regulations, ``Animal Welfare,'' 9 CFR subchapter A, 
parts 1, 2, 3, and 4,

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regarding the care, handling, and treatment of warm blooded animals 
held or used for research, teaching, or other activities supported 
by Federal assistance;
    (18) Will have performed the financial and compliance audits as 
required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, 31 U.S.C. 7501 
et seq., OMB Circular No. A-133, ``Audits of States, Local 
Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,'' Revised, and the most 
recent applicable OMB A-133 Compliance Supplement provisions for the 
Department of Transportation; and
    (19) Will comply with all applicable requirements of all other 
Federal laws, executive orders, regulations, and policies governing 
the project.

II. Lobbying

    An Applicant that submits or intends to submit an application 
for Federal assistance exceeding $100,000 must provide the following 
certification. FTA may not award Federal assistance exceeding 
$100,000 until the Applicant provides this certification by 
selecting Category ``II.''
    A. As required by U.S. DOT regulations, ``New Restrictions on 
Lobbying,'' at 49 CFR 20.110, the Applicant's authorized 
representative certifies to the best of his or her knowledge and 
belief that for each application for Federal assistance exceeding 
$100,000:
    (1) No Federal appropriated funds have been or will be paid by 
or on behalf of the Applicant to any person to influence or attempt 
to influence an officer or employee of any Federal agency, a Member 
of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a 
Member of Congress regarding the award of Federal assistance, or the 
extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any 
Federal assistance agreement; and
    (2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been 
or will be paid to any person to influence or attempt to influence 
an officer or employee of any Federal agency, a Member of Congress, 
an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of 
Congress in connection with any application for Federal assistance, 
the Applicant assures that it will complete and submit Standard 
Form-LLL, ``Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,'' including 
information required by the instructions accompanying the form, 
which form may be amended to omit such information as authorized by 
31 U.S.C. 1352.
    (3) The language of this certification shall be included in the 
award documents for all subawards at all tiers (including 
subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under grants).
    B. The Applicant understands that this certification is a 
material representation of fact upon which reliance is placed and 
that submission of this certification is a prerequisite for 
providing Federal assistance for a transaction covered by 31 U.S.C. 
1352. The Applicant also understands that any person who fails to 
file a required certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of 
not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such 
failure.

SIGNATURE PAGE

Certifications and Assurances for the FTA Over-the-Road Bus 
Accessibility Program

    The Applicant agrees to comply with the applicable requirements 
of the following Categories of certifications and assurances it has 
selected below:

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         Category                     Description
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I.........................  Required of Each Applicant.....  ...........
II........................  Lobbying.......................  ...........
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AFFIRMATION OF APPLICANT

Name of Applicant:-----------------------------------------------------
Name and Relationship of Authorized Representative:--------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

    BY SIGNING BELOW, on behalf of the Applicant, I declare that the 
Applicant has duly authorized me to make the certifications and 
assurances set forth above and bind the Applicant's compliance. 
Thus, the Applicant agrees to comply with all Federal statutes, 
regulations, executive orders, and Federal requirements applicable 
to each application it makes to the Federal Transit Administration 
(FTA) in Federal Fiscal Year 2005.
    FTA intends that the certifications and assurances the Applicant 
selects above, as representative of the certifications and 
assurances in set forth in this document, should apply, as required, 
to each Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Grant for which the 
Applicant seeks now, or may later, seek FTA assistance during 
Federal Fiscal Year 2005.
    The Applicant affirms the truthfulness and accuracy of the 
certifications and assurances it has made in the statements 
submitted herein with this document and any other submission made to 
FTA, and acknowledges that the provisions of the Program Fraud Civil 
Remedies Act of 1986, 31 U.S.C. 3801 et seq., as implemented by U.S. 
DOT regulations, ``Program Fraud Civil Remedies,'' 49 CFR part 31 
apply to any certifica