Exempt Discretionary Program Grants (Section 5309) for Urban Circulator Systems, 64989-64994 [E9-29245]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 8, 2009 / Notices 64989 APPENDIX A—FTA REGIONAL AND METROPOLITAN OFFICES—Continued New York Metropolitan Office Region 2—New York One Bowling Green, Room 428 New York, NY 10004–1415 Tel. 212–668–2202 Chicago Metropolitan Office Region 5—Chicago 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320 Chicago, IL 60606 Tel. 312–353–2789 Philadelphia Metropolitan Office Region 3—Philadelphia 1760 Market Street, Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19103–4124 Tel. 215–656–7070 Los Angeles Metropolitan Office Region 9—Los Angeles 888 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 1850 Los Angeles, CA 90017–1850 Tel. 213–202–3952 [FR Doc. E9–29242 Filed 12–3–09; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Exempt Discretionary Program Grants (Section 5309) for Urban Circulator Systems srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES2 AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Availability of FTA Urban Circulator Funds; Solicitation of Project Proposals. SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of Section 5309 funds for exempt discretionary grants for Urban Circulator Systems which support the Department of Transportation Livability Initiative. The Urban Circulator program will be funded using $130 million in unallocated Discretionary New Starts/ Small Starts Program funds, authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5309(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA–LU), Public Law 109– 59, August 10, 2005. FTA may use additional Section 5309(a) Discretionary funding that becomes available for allocation to further support this initiative. This notice invites proposals for urban circulator projects seeking less than $25,000,000 in Federal Section 5309 assistance that would compete for Section 5309 discretionary funds authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5309(a). The Secretary may make grants under 5309(a) to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing new fixed guideway capital projects including the acquisition of real property, the initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the acquisition of rights-of-way, and relocation. This notice includes priorities established by FTA for these discretionary funds, the criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and describes how to apply. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:10 Dec 07, 2009 Jkt 220001 This announcement is available 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. Proposals may be submitted to FTA electronically at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov or through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. Those who apply via e-mail at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov should receive a confirmation e-mail within 2 business days. DATES: Complete proposals for the discretionary program grants for urban circulator systems must be submitted by February 8, 2010. The proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site or via e-mail at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov. Anyone intending to apply electronically through GRANTS.GOV should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission. ADDRESSES: Proposals may be submitted to FTA electronically at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov or through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. Those who apply via e-mail at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov should receive a confirmation e-mail within 2 business days. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (Appendix) for proposalspecific information and issues. For general program information, contact Elizabeth Day, (202) 366–5159, e-mail: Elizabeth.Day@ dot.gov in the FTA Office of Planning and Environment, Office of Project Planning. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Funding Opportunity Description II. Award Information III. Eligibility Information PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 IV. Application and Submission Information V. Application Review, Selection, and Notification VI. Award Administration VII. Agency Contacts Appendix FTA Regional Offices I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Authority The program is authorized under 49 U.S.C. 5309(a) as amended by section 3011 of SAFETEA–LU. The Secretary may make grants under this section to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing new fixed guideway capital projects, including the acquisition of real property, the initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the acquisition of rights-ofway, and relocation. Consistent with Section 5309(e)(1)(B), projects receiving less than $25,000,000 in Federal assistance with respect to a new fixed guideway capital project are considered exempt from certain requirements of the program, until a final regulation issued under paragraph (9) of this subsection takes effect. B. Background FTA has long fostered livable communities and sustainable transit development through its various programs and activities. Public transportation supports the development of communities, providing effective and reliable transportation alternatives that increase access to jobs, health and social services, entertainment, educational opportunities, and other activities of daily life, while also improving mobility within and among these communities. Through various initiatives and legislative changes over the last fifteen years, FTA has allowed and encouraged projects that help integrate transit into a community through neighborhood improvements and enhancements to transit facilities or services, or make improvements to areas adjacent to public transit facilities that may ease the transportation needs of transit users or support other infrastructure investments E:\FR\FM\08DEN2.SGM 08DEN2 64990 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 8, 2009 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES2 that enhance the use of transit for the community. On June 16, 2009, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a new partnership to help American families in all communities—rural, suburban and urban—gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs. DOT, HUD and EPA created a highlevel interagency partnership to better coordinate Federal transportation, environmental protection, and housing investments. The Urban Circulator Program funding will be awarded to eligible projects that best demonstrate these livability principles (see C. below). Approximately $130 million in unallocated Section 5309 New Starts/ Small Starts funds are available under this notice. By using these available funds, FTA and DOT can support tangible livability improvements within existing programs while demonstrating the feasibility and value of such improvements. These demonstrations can provide a sound basis for advancing greater investments in the future. In addition, the program builds on the momentum generated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 and can help inform Administration and Congressional decisions makers on guidance needs for reauthorization. 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 DOT. FTA is committed to creating livable communities that improve the quality of life for all Americans. Urban circulator systems such as streetcars provide a transportation option that connects urban destinations and fosters the redevelopment of urban spaces into walkable mixed use, high density environments. Through the Urban Circulator Program grants, FTA will invest in a limited number of projects that fulfill the six livability principles that serve as the foundation for the DOT–HUD–EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities: 1. Provide more transportation choices: Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation’s dependence on VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:10 Dec 07, 2009 Jkt 220001 foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote public health. 2. Promote equitable, affordable housing: Expand location- and energyefficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation. 3. Enhance economic competitiveness: Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers as well as expanded business access to markets. 4. Support existing communities: Target Federal funding toward existing communities—through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling—to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes. 5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment: Align Federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy. 6. Value communities and neighborhoods: Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods—rural, urban or suburban. FTA will evaluate proposals and assess a project’s ability to advance local economic development goals, improve accessibility, create partnerships that result in the integration of transportation and land-use decision making and result in environmental benefits. II. Award Information Federal transit funds are available to State or local governmental authorities as recipients and other public transportation providers as subrecipients for up to 80% of the net project capital cost, not to exceed $24.99 million in Section 5309 funds. Rail transit projects selected under the program would be subject to State Safety Oversight, consistent with 49 CFR part 659. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants Eligible applications under this program are public bodies and agencies (transit authorities and other State and PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 local public bodies and agencies thereof) including States, municipalities, other political subdivisions of States; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more States; and certain public corporations, boards, and commissions established under State law, who are authorized to engage in public transportation. B. Eligible Projects To be eligible for funding under Section 5309(a), a project must be based on the results of an alternative analysis and preliminary engineering. In addition, a project must meet one of the following guideway criteria: 1. Be a fixed guideway for at least 50% of the project length in the peak period—AND/OR— 2. Be a corridor-based bus project with the following minimum elements: a. Substantial Transit Stations b. Signal Priority/Pre-emption (for Bus/ LRT) c. Low Floor/Level Boarding Vehicles d. Special Branding of Service e. Frequent Service—10 min peak/15 min off peak f. Service offered at least 14 hours per day C. Eligible Expenses Section 5309 grants authority to the Secretary to make grants ‘‘to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing new fixed guideway capital projects, including the acquisition of real property, the initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the acquisition of rights-of-way, and relocation.’’ Section 5309 also allows the Secretary to make grants ‘‘for fixed guideway corridor development for projects in the advanced stages of alternatives analysis or preliminary engineering.’’ Due to the limited amount of funds, FTA is limiting awards under this program to the activities mentioned in the first sentence and not the second. Section 5309 funds cannot be used to reimburse grantees that have incurred prior expenses for the project absent evidence that FTA had issued a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) for the project prior to the costs being incurred. There is no blanket pre-award authority for projects to be funded under this announcement prior to the identification in the Federal Register of selected projects. D. Cost Sharing FTA will provide up to 80% of the net project capital cost; however the amount of Section 5309(a) funds must be less than $25 million for each urban circulator project selected. Other Federal funds that are eligible to be E:\FR\FM\08DEN2.SGM 08DEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 8, 2009 / Notices expended for transportation capital projects can be applied to the project. FTA will not approve deferred local share under this program. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Proposal Submission Process Proposals may also be submitted to FTA electronically at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov or through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires all Federal agencies to make applications for competitive grant programs available through GRANTS.GOV. 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 and applicants will be able to apply through the APPLY module of that site. Those who apply via e-mail at UrbanCirculator@dot.gov should receive a confirmation e-mail within 2 business days. B. Application Content srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES2 1. Applicant Information This addresses basic identifying information, including: (i) Applicant name and FTA recipient ID number; (ii) contact information (including contact name, title, address, e-mail, fax and phone number); (iii) description of services provided by the agency, including areas served; and (iv) a description of the agency’s technical, legal and financial capacity to implement the proposed project. For applicants applying through GRANTS.GOV, some of this information is included in the Standard Form 424. 2. Project Information Every proposal must: a. Describe the scope of the project for which funding is requested and provide a detailed operating plan for the urban circulator for which assistance is being sought, including the length of the project, number of vehicles, number of stations/stops, frequency of service, hours of operation, location of maintenance facilities, park and ride lots, and intermodal connections and transfer centers and a brief discussion of the problem the project seeks to solve. b. Provide a preliminary management plan and a feasible and sufficiently detailed project schedule. c. Address each of the evaluation criteria separately, providing evidence that demonstrates how the project responds to each criterion, for example, coordinated land use plans, economic development incentives, existing and projected transit ridership that will VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:10 Dec 07, 2009 Jkt 220001 result from the project and status of environmental compliance activities. d. Provide a line item budget for the project, including the Federal amount requested from FTA and the total cost for each purpose for which funds are sought, and the total Federal amount requested from FTA and total project cost. Other Federal funds can be applied to the project. e. Document the matching funds, including amount and source of the match, demonstrating strong local and private sector financial participation in the project. Provide support documentation including audited financial statements, bond-ratings, and documents demonstrating the commitment of non-Federal funding to the project, or a timeframe upon which those commitments would be made. f. The Proposal may include additional supplemental information, for example, architectural drawings, letters of support, maps. C. Submission Dates and Times Complete proposals for the Urban Circulator Program may be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site or by e-mail electronically at UrbanCirculators@dot.gov February 8, 2010. Submission by one of the electronic methods above is required. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted except for supplemental information that cannot be sent electronically. The total application may not exceed 25 pages. In addition, a synopsis of this announcement will also be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov and applicants will be able to apply through the APPLY module of that site. D. Funding Restrictions Only proposals 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. E. Other Submission Requirements Applicants should submit 3 copies of any supplemental information that cannot be submitted electronically to the appropriate FTA regional office. Supplemental information submitted in hardcopy must be postmarked or delivered by alternate delivery services by February 8, 2010. V. Application Review Information A. Project Evaluation Criteria Projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria. Applicants are PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 64991 encouraged to demonstrate the responsiveness of a project to any and all of the selection criteria with the most relevant information that applicants can provide, regardless of whether such information has been specifically requested, or identified, in this notice. FTA will assess the extent to which a project produces one or more of the following outcomes. (1.) Livability: Livability investments are projects that not only deliver transportation benefits, but are also designed and planned in such a way that they have a positive impact on qualitative measures of community life. This element delivers benefits that are inherently difficult to measure. However, it is implicit to livability that its benefits are shared and therefore magnified by the number of potential users in the affected community. Therefore, descriptions of how projects enhance livability should include a description of the affected community and the scale of the project’s impact, including existing transit ridership and projected transit ridership that will result from the project. In order to determine whether a project improves the quality of the living and working environment of a community, FTA will qualitatively assess whether the project: (a) Will significantly enhance accessibility through the creation of more convenient transportation options for travelers; (b) Will improve existing transportation choices by enhancing points of modal connectivity; (c) Will improve accessibility and transport services for economically disadvantaged populations, non-drivers, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities; (d) Is the result of a planning process which coordinated transportation and land-use planning decisions and encouraged community participation in the process. FTA will also assess whether there is existing or planned mixed income housing, including low income housing, within walking distance of the project. In addition, particular attention will be paid to the degree to which the proposed project contributes significantly to broader traveler accessibility through intermodal connections or improved connections between residential and commercial areas. Consequently the application should clearly identify how the project will connect redeveloping or new neighborhoods on vacant or underutilized land to each other or to major attractors in the central city or how circulator or connector lines under the project will connect developed E:\FR\FM\08DEN2.SGM 08DEN2 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES2 64992 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 8, 2009 / Notices neighborhoods with one another or with the business district in the central city. Applications should also note proposed strategies to deliver high quality pedestrian environments in the corridor. (2) Sustainability: In order to determine whether a project promotes a more environmentally sustainable transportation system, i.e., reducing reliance on automobile travel, improving the pedestrian and walk environment of a community and using environmental design techniques in the planning, construction, and operation of the project, FTA will assess the project’s ability to: (a) Improve energy efficiency or reduce energy consumption/green house gas emissions; applicants are encouraged to provide information regarding the expected use of clean or alternative sources of energy; projects which introduce new technology through innovative and improved products such as those which involve energy saving propulsion technologies within the eligible major capital investment criteria or that demonstrate a projected decrease in the movement of people by less energy-efficient vehicles or systems will be given priority under this factor; and (b) Maintain, protect or enhance the environment, as evidenced by environmentally friendly policies and practices utilized in the project design, construction, and operation that exceed the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act including items such as whether the project uses a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified design, the vehicles or facilities are rated with the energy-star, the project uses a brownfield, construction equipment is retrofitted with catalytic converters, the project utilizes recycled materials, the project includes elements to conserve energy, such as passive solar heating, solar panels, wind turbines, reflective roofing or paving materials, or other advanced environmental design elements such as a green roof, etc. (3) Economic Development: FTA will assess whether the project will foster redevelopment adjacent to the project for which assistance is being sought. In addition, FTA will assess whether existing plans, policies, and incentives promote economic development and transit supportive development that provides jobs and services within the community, and whether there is demonstrated progress towards achieving mixed use development, at those locations specifically served by the proposed project. (4) Leveraging of public and private investments. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:10 Dec 07, 2009 Jkt 220001 (a) Jurisdictional & Stakeholder Collaboration: To measure a project’s alignment with this criterion, FTA will assess the project’s involvement of nonFederal entities and the use of nonFederal funds, including the scope of involvement and share of total funding. FTA will give priority to projects that receive financial commitments from, or otherwise involve, State and local governments, other public entities, or private or nonprofit entities, including projects that engage parties that are not traditionally involved in transportation projects, such as nonprofit community groups or the private owners of real property abutting the project. FTA will assess the amount of private debt and equity to be invested in the project or the amount of co-investment from State, local or other non-profit sources. (b) Disciplinary Integration: Livability incorporates the concept of collaborative decision-making. To promote collaboration on the objectives outlined in this notice and to demonstrate the value of partnerships across government agencies that serve the various public service missions FTA will give priority to projects that are supported, financially or otherwise, by non-transportation public agencies that are pursuing similar objectives and are aligning their community development activities to increase the efficiency of Federal investments. FTA will give priority to transportation projects that are supported by relevant public housing agencies, or transportation projects that encourage energy efficiency or improve the environment and are supported by relevant public agencies with energy or environmental missions. (5) The applicant must demonstrate the ability to carry out the proposed project successfully. Applicants must have basic technical, legal, and financial capacity as a precondition of grant award as evidenced by: (a) Project Schedule: A feasible and sufficiently detailed project schedule demonstrating that the project can begin construction within eighteen months of receipt of a Discretionary Grant and that the Grant Funds will be spent steadily and expeditiously once construction starts. (b) Environmental Approvals: Receipt (or reasonably anticipated receipt) of all environmental approvals necessary for the project to proceed to construction on the timeline specified in the project schedule, including satisfaction of all Federal, State and local requirements and completion of the National Environmental Policy Act process. Applicants must consult with their FTA regional office to determine the PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4703 feasibility of a reasonably anticipated receipt of an environmental decision on the proposed project. (c) Legislative Approvals: Receipt of all necessary legislative approvals. The project application must demonstrate: (1) That development or redevelopment agreements are in place with respect to the project; (2) land use policies complementary to the project have been adopted for land in close proximity to the project; and (3) property zoned to accommodate mixed-use development is available adjacent to the project. (d) State and Local Planning: The inclusion of the project in the relevant State, metropolitan, and local planning documents. All regionally significant projects requiring an action by FTA must be in the metropolitan transportation plan, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To the extent a project is required to be in a metropolitan transportation plan, TIP and/or STIP it will not receive an Urban Circulator Discretionary Grant until it is included in such plans. (e) Technical Feasibility: The technical feasibility of the project, including completion of sufficient engineering and design. (f) Financial Feasibility: The viability and completeness of the project’s financing package, including evidence of stable and reliable financial commitments and contingency reserves, as appropriate, and evidence of the grant recipient’s ability to manage grants. B. Review and Selection Process Proposals will be screened and ranked based on the criteria in this notice by FTA headquarters staff in consultation with the appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix), and coordinated with representatives of HUD and EPA. Highly qualified projects will be considered for inclusion in a national list of projects that addresses the identified priorities and represents the highest and best use of the available funding. The FTA Administrator will determine the final selection and amount of funding for each project. Selected projects will be announced in early 2010. FTA will publish the list of all selected projects and funding levels in the Federal Register. VI. Award Administration A. Award Notices FTA will announce project selections in a Federal Register Notice and FTA regional offices will contact successful applicants. FTA will award grants for E:\FR\FM\08DEN2.SGM 08DEN2 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 8, 2009 / Notices the selected projects to the applicant through the FTA electronic grants management and award system, TEAM, after receipt of a complete application in TEAM. These grants will be administered and managed by the FTA regional offices in accordance with the Federal requirements of the Section 5309 bus program. At the time the project selections are announced, FTA will extend pre-award authority for the selected projects. There is no blanket pre-award authority for these projects prior to announcement. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements 1. Grant Requirements If selected, applicants will apply for a grant through TEAM and adhere to the customary FTA grant requirements of the Section 5309 Major Capital Investment program, including those of FTA C 9300.1A; C 5010.1C; and labor protections required under 49 U.S.C. 5333(b). Discretionary grants greater than $500,000 will go through Congressional Notification and release process. Technical assistance regarding these requirements is available from each FTA regional office. 2. Planning Applicants are encouraged to notify the appropriate State DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in areas likely to be served by the project funds made available under this program. Before grant award, the project must satisfy requirements for inclusion in the STIP and Metropolitan TIP, where applicable. 3. Standard Assurances FTA annually issues a set of standard Certifications and Assurances which each FTA grantee must sign, assuring 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 all relevant current Certifications and Assurances prior to receiving a grant under this announcement. 64993 C. Reporting Post-award reporting requirements include submission of Financial Status Reports, Milestone reports, and narrative progress reports in TEAM on a quarterly basis. Documentation is required for payment. Recipients of exempt discretionary grants for urban circulators shall submit information that describes the impact of the urban circulator on transit ridership and economic development after two years of operation. In addition, grants which include innovative technologies may be required to report on the performance of these technologies. VII. Agency Contacts Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (see Appendix) for proposal-specific information and issues. For general program information, contact Elizabeth Day, (202) 366–5159, e-mail: Elizabeth.Day@dot.gov in the FTA Office of Planning and Environment, Office of Project Planning. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/FIRS). Issued in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of December 2009. Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator. APPENDIX A—FTA REGIONAL AND METROPOLITAN OFFICES States served: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Brigid Hynes-Cherin Regional Administrator Region 2—New York One Bowling Green, Room 429 New York, NY 10004–1415 Tel. No. 212 668–2170 States served: New Jersey, New York. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES2 Richard H. Doyle Regional Administrator Region 1—Boston Kendall Square 55 Broadway, Suite 920 Cambridge, MA 02142–1093 Tel. 617 494–2055 States served: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Mokhtee Ahmad Regional Administrator Region 7—Kansas City, MO 901 Locust Street, Room 404 Kansas City, MO 64106 Tel. 816 329–3920 States served: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Letitia Thompson Regional Administrator Region 3—Philadelphia 1760 Market Street, Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19103–4124 Tel. 215 656–7100 States served: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia. Terry Rosapep Regional Administrator Region 8—Denver 12300 West Dakota Ave., Suite 310 Lakewood, CO 80228–2583 Tel. 720–963–3300 States served: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Yvette Taylor Regional Administrator Region 4—Atlanta 230 Peachtree Street, NW., Suite 800 Atlanta, GA 30303 Tel. 404 562–3500 Leslie T. Rogers Regional Administrator Region 9—San Francisco 201 Mission Street, Suite 1650 San Francisco, CA 94105–1926 Tel. 415 744–3133 VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:52 Dec 07, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Robert C. Patrick Regional Administrator Region 6—Ft. Worth 819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36 Ft. Worth, TX 76102 Tel. 817 978–0550 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08DEN2.SGM 08DEN2 64994 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 234 / Tuesday, December 8, 2009 / Notices APPENDIX A—FTA REGIONAL AND METROPOLITAN OFFICES—Continued States served: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virgin Islands. States served: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Marisol Simon Regional Administrator Region 5—Chicago 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320 Chicago, IL 60606 Tel. 312 353–2789 Rick Krochalis Regional Administrator Region 10—Seattle Jackson Federal Building 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142 Seattle, WA 98174–1002 Tel. 206 220–7954 States served: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. States served: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. New York Metropolitan Office Region 2—New York One Bowling Green, Room 428 New York, NY 10004–1415 Tel. 212–668–2202 Chicago Metropolitan Office Region 5—Chicago 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320 Chicago, IL 60606 Tel. 312–353–2789 Philadelphia Metropolitan Office Region 3—Philadelphia 1760 Market Street, Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19103–4124 Tel. 215–656–7070 Los Angeles Metropolitan Office Region 9—Los Angeles 888 S. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Exempt Discretionary Program Grants (Section 5309) for Urban 
Circulator Systems

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of FTA Urban Circulator Funds; 
Solicitation of Project Proposals.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the 
availability of Section 5309 funds for exempt discretionary grants for 
Urban Circulator Systems which support the Department of Transportation 
Livability Initiative. The Urban Circulator program will be funded 
using $130 million in unallocated Discretionary New Starts/Small Starts 
Program funds, authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5309(a) of the Safe, 
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy 
For Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005. FTA may use 
additional Section 5309(a) Discretionary funding that becomes available 
for allocation to further support this initiative.
    This notice invites proposals for urban circulator projects seeking 
less than $25,000,000 in Federal Section 5309 assistance that would 
compete for Section 5309 discretionary funds authorized by 49 U.S.C. 
5309(a). The Secretary may make grants under 5309(a) to assist State 
and local governmental authorities in financing new fixed guideway 
capital projects including the acquisition of real property, the 
initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the acquisition 
of rights-of-way, and relocation. This notice includes priorities 
established by FTA for these discretionary funds, the criteria FTA will 
use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and describes how to 
apply.
    This announcement is available 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. Proposals may be submitted to FTA electronically 
at dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov or through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. 
Those who apply via e-mail at dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov should receive a 
confirmation e-mail within 2 business days.

DATES: Complete proposals for the discretionary program grants for 
urban circulator systems must be submitted by February 8, 2010. The 
proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web 
site or via e-mail at dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov. Anyone intending to 
apply electronically through GRANTS.GOV should initiate the process of 
registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of 
registration before the deadline for submission.

ADDRESSES: Proposals may be submitted to FTA electronically at 
dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov or through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. Those 
who apply via e-mail at dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov should receive a 
confirmation e-mail within 2 business days.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the appropriate FTA Regional 
Administrator (Appendix) for proposal-specific information and issues. 
For general program information, contact Elizabeth Day, (202) 366-5159, 
e-mail: dot.gov">Elizabeth.Day@dot.gov in the FTA Office of Planning and 
Environment, Office of Project Planning. A TDD is available at 1-800-
877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Funding Opportunity Description
II. Award Information
III. Eligibility Information
IV. Application and Submission Information
V. Application Review, Selection, and Notification
VI. Award Administration
VII. Agency Contacts
Appendix FTA Regional Offices

I. Funding Opportunity Description

A. Authority

    The program is authorized under 49 U.S.C. 5309(a) as amended by 
section 3011 of SAFETEA-LU. The Secretary may make grants under this 
section to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing 
new fixed guideway capital projects, including the acquisition of real 
property, the initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the 
acquisition of rights-of-way, and relocation. Consistent with Section 
5309(e)(1)(B), projects receiving less than $25,000,000 in Federal 
assistance with respect to a new fixed guideway capital project are 
considered exempt from certain requirements of the program, until a 
final regulation issued under paragraph (9) of this subsection takes 
effect.

B. Background

    FTA has long fostered livable communities and sustainable transit 
development through its various programs and activities. Public 
transportation supports the development of communities, providing 
effective and reliable transportation alternatives that increase access 
to jobs, health and social services, entertainment, educational 
opportunities, and other activities of daily life, while also improving 
mobility within and among these communities. Through various 
initiatives and legislative changes over the last fifteen years, FTA 
has allowed and encouraged projects that help integrate transit into a 
community through neighborhood improvements and enhancements to transit 
facilities or services, or make improvements to areas adjacent to 
public transit facilities that may ease the transportation needs of 
transit users or support other infrastructure investments

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that enhance the use of transit for the community.
    On June 16, 2009, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary 
Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 
Secretary Shaun Donovan, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a new partnership to help American 
families in all communities--rural, suburban and urban--gain better 
access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower 
transportation costs.
    DOT, HUD and EPA created a high-level interagency partnership to 
better coordinate Federal transportation, environmental protection, and 
housing investments. The Urban Circulator Program funding will be 
awarded to eligible projects that best demonstrate these livability 
principles (see C. below).
    Approximately $130 million in unallocated Section 5309 New Starts/
Small Starts funds are available under this notice. By using these 
available funds, FTA and DOT can support tangible livability 
improvements within existing programs while demonstrating the 
feasibility and value of such improvements. These demonstrations can 
provide a sound basis for advancing greater investments in the future. 
In addition, the program builds on the momentum generated by the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 and can help inform 
Administration and Congressional decisions makers on guidance needs for 
reauthorization.

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 DOT. FTA is 
committed to creating livable communities that improve the quality of 
life for all Americans. Urban circulator systems such as streetcars 
provide a transportation option that connects urban destinations and 
fosters the redevelopment of urban spaces into walkable mixed use, high 
density environments. Through the Urban Circulator Program grants, FTA 
will invest in a limited number of projects that fulfill the six 
livability principles that serve as the foundation for the DOT-HUD-EPA 
Partnership for Sustainable Communities:
    1. Provide more transportation choices: Develop safe, reliable and 
economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation 
costs, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air 
quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote public health.
    2. Promote equitable, affordable housing: Expand location- and 
energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races 
and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of 
housing and transportation.
    3. Enhance economic competitiveness: Improve economic 
competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment 
centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by 
workers as well as expanded business access to markets.
    4. Support existing communities: Target Federal funding toward 
existing communities--through such strategies as transit-oriented, 
mixed-use development and land recycling--to increase community 
revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and 
safeguard rural landscapes.
    5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment: Align Federal 
policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage 
funding and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels 
of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy 
choices such as locally generated renewable energy.
    6. Value communities and neighborhoods: Enhance the unique 
characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and 
walkable neighborhoods--rural, urban or suburban.
    FTA will evaluate proposals and assess a project's ability to 
advance local economic development goals, improve accessibility, create 
partnerships that result in the integration of transportation and land-
use decision making and result in environmental benefits.

II. Award Information

    Federal transit funds are available to State or local governmental 
authorities as recipients and other public transportation providers as 
subrecipients for up to 80% of the net project capital cost, not to 
exceed $24.99 million in Section 5309 funds. Rail transit projects 
selected under the program would be subject to State Safety Oversight, 
consistent with 49 CFR part 659.

III. Eligibility Information

A. Eligible Applicants

    Eligible applications under this program are public bodies and 
agencies (transit authorities and other State and local public bodies 
and agencies thereof) including States, municipalities, other political 
subdivisions of States; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or 
more States; and certain public corporations, boards, and commissions 
established under State law, who are authorized to engage in public 
transportation.

B. Eligible Projects

    To be eligible for funding under Section 5309(a), a project must be 
based on the results of an alternative analysis and preliminary 
engineering. In addition, a project must meet one of the following 
guideway criteria:
    1. Be a fixed guideway for at least 50% of the project length in 
the peak period--AND/OR--
    2. Be a corridor-based bus project with the following minimum 
elements:

a. Substantial Transit Stations
b. Signal Priority/Pre-emption (for Bus/LRT)
c. Low Floor/Level Boarding Vehicles
d. Special Branding of Service
e. Frequent Service--10 min peak/15 min off peak
f. Service offered at least 14 hours per day

C. Eligible Expenses

    Section 5309 grants authority to the Secretary to make grants ``to 
assist State and local governmental authorities in financing new fixed 
guideway capital projects, including the acquisition of real property, 
the initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the 
acquisition of rights-of-way, and relocation.'' Section 5309 also 
allows the Secretary to make grants ``for fixed guideway corridor 
development for projects in the advanced stages of alternatives 
analysis or preliminary engineering.'' Due to the limited amount of 
funds, FTA is limiting awards under this program to the activities 
mentioned in the first sentence and not the second. Section 5309 funds 
cannot be used to reimburse grantees that have incurred prior expenses 
for the project absent evidence that FTA had issued a Letter of No 
Prejudice (LONP) for the project prior to the costs being incurred. 
There is no blanket pre-award authority for projects to be funded under 
this announcement prior to the identification in the Federal Register 
of selected projects.

D. Cost Sharing

    FTA will provide up to 80% of the net project capital cost; however 
the amount of Section 5309(a) funds must be less than $25 million for 
each urban circulator project selected. Other Federal funds that are 
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expended for transportation capital projects can be applied to the 
project. FTA will not approve deferred local share under this program.

IV. Application and Submission Information

A. Proposal Submission Process

    Proposals may also be submitted to FTA electronically at 
dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov or through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function. The 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires all Federal agencies to 
make applications for competitive grant programs available through 
GRANTS.GOV. 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 and applicants will be able to apply through the APPLY 
module of that site. Those who apply via e-mail at 
dot.gov">UrbanCirculator@dot.gov should receive a confirmation e-mail within 2 
business days.

B. Application Content

1. Applicant Information
    This addresses basic identifying information, including: (i) 
Applicant name and FTA recipient ID number; (ii) contact information 
(including contact name, title, address, e-mail, fax and phone number); 
(iii) description of services provided by the agency, including areas 
served; and (iv) a description of the agency's technical, legal and 
financial capacity to implement the proposed project. For applicants 
applying through GRANTS.GOV, some of this information is included in 
the Standard Form 424.
2. Project Information
    Every proposal must:
    a. Describe the scope of the project for which funding is requested 
and provide a detailed operating plan for the urban circulator for 
which assistance is being sought, including the length of the project, 
number of vehicles, number of stations/stops, frequency of service, 
hours of operation, location of maintenance facilities, park and ride 
lots, and intermodal connections and transfer centers and a brief 
discussion of the problem the project seeks to solve.
    b. Provide a preliminary management plan and a feasible and 
sufficiently detailed project schedule.
    c. Address each of the evaluation criteria separately, providing 
evidence that demonstrates how the project responds to each criterion, 
for example, coordinated land use plans, economic development 
incentives, existing and projected transit ridership that will result 
from the project and status of environmental compliance activities.
    d. Provide a line item budget for the project, including the 
Federal amount requested from FTA and the total cost for each purpose 
for which funds are sought, and the total Federal amount requested from 
FTA and total project cost. Other Federal funds can be applied to the 
project.
    e. Document the matching funds, including amount and source of the 
match, demonstrating strong local and private sector financial 
participation in the project. Provide support documentation including 
audited financial statements, bond-ratings, and documents demonstrating 
the commitment of non-Federal funding to the project, or a timeframe 
upon which those commitments would be made.
    f. The Proposal may include additional supplemental information, 
for example, architectural drawings, letters of support, maps.

C. Submission Dates and Times

    Complete proposals for the Urban Circulator Program may be 
submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site or by e-mail 
electronically at dot.gov">UrbanCirculators@dot.gov February 8, 2010. Submission 
by one of the electronic methods above is required. Mail and fax 
submissions will not be accepted except for supplemental information 
that cannot be sent electronically. The total application may not 
exceed 25 pages. In addition, a synopsis of this announcement will also 
be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants 
Web site at http://www.grants.gov and applicants will be able to apply 
through the APPLY module of that site.

D. Funding Restrictions

    Only proposals 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.

E. Other Submission Requirements

    Applicants should submit 3 copies of any supplemental information 
that cannot be submitted electronically to the appropriate FTA regional 
office. Supplemental information submitted in hardcopy must be 
postmarked or delivered by alternate delivery services by February 8, 
2010.

V. Application Review Information

A. Project Evaluation Criteria

    Projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria. 
Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate the responsiveness of a 
project to any and all of the selection criteria with the most relevant 
information that applicants can provide, regardless of whether such 
information has been specifically requested, or identified, in this 
notice. FTA will assess the extent to which a project produces one or 
more of the following outcomes.
    (1.) Livability: Livability investments are projects that not only 
deliver transportation benefits, but are also designed and planned in 
such a way that they have a positive impact on qualitative measures of 
community life. This element delivers benefits that are inherently 
difficult to measure. However, it is implicit to livability that its 
benefits are shared and therefore magnified by the number of potential 
users in the affected community. Therefore, descriptions of how 
projects enhance livability should include a description of the 
affected community and the scale of the project's impact, including 
existing transit ridership and projected transit ridership that will 
result from the project. In order to determine whether a project 
improves the quality of the living and working environment of a 
community, FTA will qualitatively assess whether the project:
    (a) Will significantly enhance accessibility through the creation 
of more convenient transportation options for travelers;
    (b) Will improve existing transportation choices by enhancing 
points of modal connectivity;
    (c) Will improve accessibility and transport services for 
economically disadvantaged populations, non-drivers, senior citizens, 
and persons with disabilities;
    (d) Is the result of a planning process which coordinated 
transportation and land-use planning decisions and encouraged community 
participation in the process.
    FTA will also assess whether there is existing or planned mixed 
income housing, including low income housing, within walking distance 
of the project. In addition, particular attention will be paid to the 
degree to which the proposed project contributes significantly to 
broader traveler accessibility through intermodal connections or 
improved connections between residential and commercial areas. 
Consequently the application should clearly identify how the project 
will connect redeveloping or new neighborhoods on vacant or 
underutilized land to each other or to major attractors in the central 
city or how circulator or connector lines under the project will 
connect developed

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neighborhoods with one another or with the business district in the 
central city. Applications should also note proposed strategies to 
deliver high quality pedestrian environments in the corridor.
    (2) Sustainability: In order to determine whether a project 
promotes a more environmentally sustainable transportation system, 
i.e., reducing reliance on automobile travel, improving the pedestrian 
and walk environment of a community and using environmental design 
techniques in the planning, construction, and operation of the project, 
FTA will assess the project's ability to:
    (a) Improve energy efficiency or reduce energy consumption/green 
house gas emissions; applicants are encouraged to provide information 
regarding the expected use of clean or alternative sources of energy; 
projects which introduce new technology through innovative and improved 
products such as those which involve energy saving propulsion 
technologies within the eligible major capital investment criteria or 
that demonstrate a projected decrease in the movement of people by less 
energy-efficient vehicles or systems will be given priority under this 
factor; and
    (b) Maintain, protect or enhance the environment, as evidenced by 
environmentally friendly policies and practices utilized in the project 
design, construction, and operation that exceed the requirements of the 
National Environmental Policy Act including items such as whether the 
project uses a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-
certified design, the vehicles or facilities are rated with the energy-
star, the project uses a brownfield, construction equipment is 
retrofitted with catalytic converters, the project utilizes recycled 
materials, the project includes elements to conserve energy, such as 
passive solar heating, solar panels, wind turbines, reflective roofing 
or paving materials, or other advanced environmental design elements 
such as a green roof, etc.
    (3) Economic Development: FTA will assess whether the project will 
foster redevelopment adjacent to the project for which assistance is 
being sought. In addition, FTA will assess whether existing plans, 
policies, and incentives promote economic development and transit 
supportive development that provides jobs and services within the 
community, and whether there is demonstrated progress towards achieving 
mixed use development, at those locations specifically served by the 
proposed project.
    (4) Leveraging of public and private investments.
    (a) Jurisdictional & Stakeholder Collaboration: To measure a 
project's alignment with this criterion, FTA will assess the project's 
involvement of non-Federal entities and the use of non-Federal funds, 
including the scope of involvement and share of total funding. FTA will 
give priority to projects that receive financial commitments from, or 
otherwise involve, State and local governments, other public entities, 
or private or nonprofit entities, including projects that engage 
parties that are not traditionally involved in transportation projects, 
such as nonprofit community groups or the private owners of real 
property abutting the project. FTA will assess the amount of private 
debt and equity to be invested in the project or the amount of co-
investment from State, local or other non-profit sources.
    (b) Disciplinary Integration: Livability incorporates the concept 
of collaborative decision-making. To promote collaboration on the 
objectives outlined in this notice and to demonstrate the value of 
partnerships across government agencies that serve the various public 
service missions FTA will give priority to projects that are supported, 
financially or otherwise, by non-transportation public agencies that 
are pursuing similar objectives and are aligning their community 
development activities to increase the efficiency of Federal 
investments. FTA will give priority to transportation projects that are 
supported by relevant public housing agencies, or transportation 
projects that encourage energy efficiency or improve the environment 
and are supported by relevant public agencies with energy or 
environmental missions.
    (5) The applicant must demonstrate the ability to carry out the 
proposed project successfully. Applicants must have basic technical, 
legal, and financial capacity as a precondition of grant award as 
evidenced by:
    (a) Project Schedule: A feasible and sufficiently detailed project 
schedule demonstrating that the project can begin construction within 
eighteen months of receipt of a Discretionary Grant and that the Grant 
Funds will be spent steadily and expeditiously once construction 
starts.
    (b) Environmental Approvals: Receipt (or reasonably anticipated 
receipt) of all environmental approvals necessary for the project to 
proceed to construction on the timeline specified in the project 
schedule, including satisfaction of all Federal, State and local 
requirements and completion of the National Environmental Policy Act 
process. Applicants must consult with their FTA regional office to 
determine the feasibility of a reasonably anticipated receipt of an 
environmental decision on the proposed project.
    (c) Legislative Approvals: Receipt of all necessary legislative 
approvals. The project application must demonstrate: (1) That 
development or redevelopment agreements are in place with respect to 
the project; (2) land use policies complementary to the project have 
been adopted for land in close proximity to the project; and (3) 
property zoned to accommodate mixed-use development is available 
adjacent to the project.
    (d) State and Local Planning: The inclusion of the project in the 
relevant State, metropolitan, and local planning documents. All 
regionally significant projects requiring an action by FTA must be in 
the metropolitan transportation plan, Transportation Improvement 
Program (TIP) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). 
To the extent a project is required to be in a metropolitan 
transportation plan, TIP and/or STIP it will not receive an Urban 
Circulator Discretionary Grant until it is included in such plans.
    (e) Technical Feasibility: The technical feasibility of the 
project, including completion of sufficient engineering and design.
    (f) Financial Feasibility: The viability and completeness of the 
project's financing package, including evidence of stable and reliable 
financial commitments and contingency reserves, as appropriate, and 
evidence of the grant recipient's ability to manage grants.

B. Review and Selection Process

    Proposals will be screened and ranked based on the criteria in this 
notice by FTA headquarters staff in consultation with the appropriate 
FTA regional office (see Appendix), and coordinated with 
representatives of HUD and EPA. Highly qualified projects will be 
considered for inclusion in a national list of projects that addresses 
the identified priorities and represents the highest and best use of 
the available funding. The FTA Administrator will determine the final 
selection and amount of funding for each project. Selected projects 
will be announced in early 2010. FTA will publish the list of all 
selected projects and funding levels in the Federal Register.

VI. Award Administration

A. Award Notices

    FTA will announce project selections in a Federal Register Notice 
and FTA regional offices will contact successful applicants. FTA will 
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the selected projects to the applicant through the FTA electronic 
grants management and award system, TEAM, after receipt of a complete 
application in TEAM. These grants will be administered and managed by 
the FTA regional offices in accordance with the Federal requirements of 
the Section 5309 bus program. At the time the project selections are 
announced, FTA will extend pre-award authority for the selected 
projects. There is no blanket pre-award authority for these projects 
prior to announcement.

B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

1. Grant Requirements
    If selected, applicants will apply for a grant through TEAM and 
adhere to the customary FTA grant requirements of the Section 5309 
Major Capital Investment program, including those of FTA C 9300.1A; C 
5010.1C; and labor protections required under 49 U.S.C. 5333(b). 
Discretionary grants greater than $500,000 will go through 
Congressional Notification and release process. Technical assistance 
regarding these requirements is available from each FTA regional 
office.
2. Planning
    Applicants are encouraged to notify the appropriate State DOT and 
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in areas likely to be served 
by the project funds made available under this program. Before grant 
award, the project must satisfy requirements for inclusion in the STIP 
and Metropolitan TIP, where applicable.
3. Standard Assurances
    FTA annually issues a set of standard Certifications and Assurances 
which each FTA grantee must sign, assuring 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 all 
relevant current Certifications and Assurances prior to receiving a 
grant under this announcement.

C. Reporting

    Post-award reporting requirements include submission of Financial 
Status Reports, Milestone reports, and narrative progress reports in 
TEAM on a quarterly basis. Documentation is required for payment. 
Recipients of exempt discretionary grants for urban circulators shall 
submit information that describes the impact of the urban circulator on 
transit ridership and economic development after two years of 
operation. In addition, grants which include innovative technologies 
may be required to report on the performance of these technologies.

VII. Agency Contacts

    Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (see Appendix) 
for proposal-specific information and issues. For general program 
information, contact Elizabeth Day, (202) 366-5159, e-mail: 
dot.gov">Elizabeth.Day@dot.gov in the FTA Office of Planning and Environment, 
Office of Project Planning. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/
FIRS).

    Issued in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of December 2009.
Peter M. Rogoff,
Administrator.

            Appendix A--FTA Regional and Metropolitan Offices
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Richard H. Doyle                            Robert C. Patrick
Regional Administrator                      Regional Administrator
Region 1--Boston                            Region 6--Ft. Worth
Kendall Square                              819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36
55 Broadway, Suite 920                      Ft. Worth, TX 76102
Cambridge, MA 02142-1093                    Tel. 817 978-0550
Tel. 617 494-2055
States served: Connecticut, Maine,          States served: Arkansas,
 Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode         Louisiana, Oklahoma, New
 Island, and Vermont.                        Mexico and Texas.
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Brigid Hynes-Cherin                         Mokhtee Ahmad
Regional Administrator                      Regional Administrator
Region 2--New York                          Region 7--Kansas City, MO
One Bowling Green, Room 429                 901 Locust Street, Room 404
New York, NY 10004-1415                     Kansas City, MO 64106
Tel. No. 212 668-2170                       Tel. 816 329-3920
States served: New Jersey, New York.        States served: Iowa, Kansas,
                                             Missouri, and Nebraska.
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Letitia Thompson                            Terry Rosapep
Regional Administrator                      Regional Administrator
Region 3--Philadelphia                      Region 8--Denver
1760 Market Street, Suite 500               12300 West Dakota Ave.,
                                             Suite 310
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124                 Lakewood, CO 80228-2583
Tel. 215 656-7100                           Tel. 720-963-3300
States served: Delaware, Maryland,          States served: Colorado,
 Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia,      Montana, North Dakota,
 and District of Columbia.                   South Dakota, Utah, and
                                             Wyoming.
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Yvette Taylor                               Leslie T. Rogers
Regional Administrator                      Regional Administrator
Region 4--Atlanta                           Region 9--San Francisco
230 Peachtree Street, NW., Suite 800        201 Mission Street, Suite
                                             1650
Atlanta, GA 30303                           San Francisco, CA 94105-1926
Tel. 404 562-3500                           Tel. 415 744-3133

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States served: Alabama, Florida, Georgia,   States served: American
 Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina,      Samoa, Arizona, California,
 Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee,     Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, and
 and Virgin Islands.                         the Northern Mariana
                                             Islands.
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Marisol Simon                               Rick Krochalis
Regional Administrator                      Regional Administrator
Region 5--Chicago                           Region 10--Seattle
200 West Adams Street, Suite 320            Jackson Federal Building
Chicago, IL 60606                           915 Second Avenue, Suite
                                             3142
Tel. 312 353-2789                           Seattle, WA 98174-1002
                                            Tel. 206 220-7954
States served: Illinois, Indiana,           States served: Alaska,
 Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.   Idaho, Oregon, and
                                             Washington.
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New York Metropolitan Office                Chicago Metropolitan Office
Region 2--New York                          Region 5--Chicago
One Bowling Green, Room 428                 200 West Adams Street, Suite
                                             320
New York, NY 10004-1415                     Chicago, IL 60606
Tel. 212-668-2202                           Tel. 312-353-2789
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Philadelphia Metropolitan Office            Los Angeles Metropolitan
                                             Office
Region 3--Philadelphia                      Region 9--Los Angeles
1760 Market Street, Suite 500               888 S. Figueroa Street,
                                             Suite 1850
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124                 Los Angeles, CA 90017-1850
Tel. 215-656-7070                           Tel. 213-202-3952
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