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Download as PDF 52804 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 166 / Friday, August 27, 2010 / Notices information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2010. Carla Scott, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200. [FR Doc. 2010–21454 Filed 8–26–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement: Stanislaus County, CA Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The FHWA, on behalf of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for a proposed highway project in Stanislaus County, California. DATES: Public scoping meetings to be held Wednesday, September 8, 2010 and Monday, September 13, 2010. All written scoping comments must be received by September 30, 2010. ADDRESSES: The Wednesday, September 8, 2010 meeting will occur at the Oakdale Community Center, 110 South Second Avenue, Oakdale, California 95361. The Monday, September 13, 2010 meeting will occur at the Salida Regional Library, 4835 Sisk Road, Salida, California 95368. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gail Miller, Senior Environmental Planner, Central Sierra Environmental Analysis Branch, California Department of Transportation, 2015 East Shields Avenue, Suite 100, Fresno, California 93726, (559) 243–8274 or (209) 948– 3646, gail_miller@dot.ca.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Effective July 1, 2007, FHWA assigned, and Caltrans assumed, environmental responsibilities for this project pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327. Caltrans as the delegated National Environmental Policy Act agency, in cooperation with WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:33 Aug 26, 2010 Jkt 220001 the North County Corridor Transportation Expressway Authority, will prepare an EIS on a proposal for the North County Corridor highway project in Stanislaus County, California. The North County Corridor project begins from State Route 99 in the vicinity of Kiernan Avenue/the Salida community, and extends east approximately 25 miles to State Route 108/120, east of the city of Oakdale. The North County Corridor project is proposed to relocate State Route 108 with a freeway/ expressway and is considered necessary to accommodate anticipated traffic growth in northern Stanislaus County, alleviate traffic on parallel roadways, accommodate multi-modal travel, provide interregional connectivity, and to provide for economic growth. Total funding for the future 25 mile relocation of State Route 108 has not been identified. As a result, Caltrans is planning a phased approach as additional funds become available for the construction of the future 25 mile freeway/expressway facility with interchanges, grade-separated railroad crossings, at-grade intersections, frontage roads, and street alignments. Current alternatives under consideration at this time include, but not necessarily limited to, (1) taking no action and (2) consideration of at least three different alignments for the potential relocation of State Route 108. It is anticipated that the proposed project may require the following federal permits and approvals: A Biological Opinion from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, approval of a PM10–PM2.5 Hot Spot Analysis by the Inter-Agency Consultation Committee, an Air Quality Conformity determination from the FHWA, Section 401, 402 and 404 permits under the Clean Water Act and a Farmland Conversion Impact Rating For Corridor Type Projects from the United States Soil Conservation Service. The EIS for this initial phase of the proposed project would authorize preservation of the corridor from McHenry to State Route 99 and construction and operation of the first constructible phase from McHenry to State Route 108/120. Subsequent funded project phases will require either re-evaluation and/or subsequent environmental documentation for project-specific impacts. Letters describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to appropriate Federal, State, Participating and Cooperating Agencies, and local agencies, and to private organizations and citizens who have previously expressed or are known to have interest in this proposal. Letters will be sent to PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the following tribal groups: Tule River Indian Tribe, Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, and North Valley Yokuts Tribe. The environmental scoping process begins with the publication of this Notice of Intent. Public scoping meetings will be held in the Oakdale Community Center, 110 South Second Avenue, Oakdale, California 95361 on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and in the Salida Regional Library, 4835 Sisk Road, Salida, California 95368 on Monday, September 13, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action are addressed and all significant issues identified, comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed to Caltrans at the address provided above. All written scoping comments must be received by September 30, 2010. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.) Issued on: August 23, 2010. Cindy Vigue, Director, State Programs Federal Highway Administration Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2010–21336 Filed 8–26–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Notice of Funding Availability Application Procedure and Deadlines for the Truck Parking Facilities Program Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; solicitation of applications. AGENCY: This notice solicits applications for the truck parking facilities initiative for which funding is available under section 1305 of Public Law 109–59, 119 Stat. 1214–15, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU). The SAFETEA– LU directed the Secretary to establish a pilot program to address the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles (CMV) on the National Highway System. States, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 166 / Friday, August 27, 2010 / Notices local governments are eligible for the funding available for fiscal years (FY) 2006–2009. Section 411 of Title IV of Public Law 111–147, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2010, 124 Stat. 78, extended funding for the Truck Parking Facilities program for FY 2010 and the first quarter of FY 2011 (through December 31, 2010). The SAFETEA–LU section 1305 authorizes a wide range of eligible projects and activities, ranging from construction of commercial motor vehicle spaces and other capital improvements that facilitate CMV parking including the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology to increase information on the availability of both public and private CMV parking spaces. For purposes of this program, long-term parking is defined as parking available for 10 or more consecutive hours. DATES: Applications must be received by the FHWA no later than October 26, 2010. ADDRESSES: The FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations mailing address is FHWA–HOFM, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.; MS E84–402, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tom Kearney, Office of Freight Management and Operations, (518) 431– 4125 ext. 218, tom.kearney@dot.gov; for legal questions, Mr. Robert Black, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366–1359, robert.black@dot.gov; Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Electronic Access An electronic copy of this notice may be downloaded from the Office of the Federal Register’s home page at https:// www.archives.gov and the Government Printing Office’s Web site at https://www. access.gpo.gov. I. Background The Truck Parking Facilities Program furthers the goals of the DOT in addressing congestion and safety concerns on the Nation’s highways. By creating a program that provides funds to address long-term truck parking on the National Highway System (NHS), the DOT anticipates that commercial motor vehicles will be better able to plan rest stops and better time their transit or loading/unloading within urban areas, thereby reducing the urban area’s congestion and supporting safe highway operations. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:33 Aug 26, 2010 Jkt 220001 The shortage of long-term truck parking on the NHS is a problem that needs to be addressed. Several States have completed truck parking needs analyses recently and have found that severe and pervasive shortages exist. Their recommendations include expansion or improvement of public rest areas; expansion or improvement of commercial truck stops and travel plazas; use of public-private partnerships; and educating or informing drivers about available spaces. This lack of available parking not only adds to congestion in urban areas, but also may affect safety by reducing the opportunities for drivers to obtain rest needed to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Hours of Service of Drivers (49 CFR 395.3(a)(1)). Further, parking areas are often designed or maintained for short-term parking only. Section 1305 of SAFETEA–LU directed the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pilot program to address the long-term parking shortages along the NHS. Eligible projects under section 1305 include projects that: 1. Promote the real-time dissemination of publicly or privately provided commercial motor vehicle parking availability on the NHS using ITS and other technology based solutions; 2. Open non-traditional facilities to commercial motor vehicle parking, including inspection and weigh stations, and park and ride facilities; 3. Make capital improvements to public commercial motor vehicle parking facilities currently closed on a seasonal basis to allow the facilities to remain open year round; 4. Construct turnouts or connectors along the NHS (which must comply with appropriate design standards) to facilitate commercial motor vehicle access to parking facilities, and/or improve the geometric design of interchanges to improve access to commercial motor vehicle parking facilities. This should include improvements to the local street network or access to the proposed parking site. Applicable references, including standards, recommended industry practices, and references that provide technical guidance to assist State and local agencies in addressing truck parking issues, are listed below: AASHTO (https:// www.transportation.org) A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 2004 (Green Book) A Policy on Design Standards Interstate System, January 2005 PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52805 Guide to Park and Ride Facilities, 2004 Guide for Development of Rest Areas on Major Arterials and Freeways, Third Edition Transportation Research Board (https:// trb.org) Access Management Manual Institute of Transportation Engineers (https://www.ite.org) Transportation Impact Analysis for Site Development: An ITE Proposed Recommended Practice, 2006 5. Construct commercial motor vehicle parking facilities adjacent to commercial truck stops and travel plazas; and 6. Construct safety rest areas that include parking for commercial motor vehicles. In FY 2008, FHWA awarded funding to two projects designed to disseminate information on the availability and/or location of public or private long-term parking spaces to provide the greatest opportunity to maximize the effectiveness of this pilot program. These projects, being developed on the I–95 Corridor in the Northeast and the I–5 Corridor in California, employ a program based on improving the truck operator’s awareness of truck parking opportunities. In June 2010, five additional awards were made by the DOT to projects in Utah, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Work to be completed by these projects include expanding current truck parking facilities, converting a weigh station to a truck parking facility, and disseminating truck parking opportunities to drivers by using ITS and 511 traveler information systems. The Secretary is authorized to provide Federal grant assistance for the Truck Parking Facilities pilot program on a discretionary basis. The FHWA will make recommendations to the Secretary toward projects that should be considered for funding. Accordingly, FHWA will give priority consideration to applications for Truck Parking projects from those States, MPO’s, and local governments that have measurable safety, congestion reduction and air quality benefits. The FHWA seeks solutions at a corridor level and encourages multi-State cooperation in proposals for this program. The candidate projects must meet the eligibility criteria for the Truck Parking Facilities Program and will be evaluated on the selection criteria established for the program along with the safety and congestion criteria described below. Although funding for the Truck Parking Facilities Program is limited, large-scale corridor focused projects are encouraged E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 52806 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 166 / Friday, August 27, 2010 / Notices to apply for Truck Parking Facilities Program funding. Highway safety continues to remain a focus and priority for FHWA. Targeting discretionary funding, in a resultsoriented comprehensive approach to safety, is a means of directing limited discretionary funding to those projects that will yield tangible transportation and safety benefits. With respect to safety, applicants should describe the safety benefits associated with the project or activity for which funding is sought, including whether the project, activity, or improvement: • Will result in a measurable reduction in the loss of property, injury, or life; • Incorporates innovative safety design techniques that support safe highway operations and advance the ‘‘state-of-the practice’’ in delivering highway safety projects focusing on commercial vehicle operations or other operational techniques; • Incorporates innovative construction work zone strategies to improve safety; • Is located on a rural road that is in need of priority attention based on analysis of safety experience; and/or • Is located in an urban area of high injury or fatality, and is an initiative to improve the design, operation or other aspect of the existing facility that will result in a measurable safety improvement. Increasing national mobility and productivity while reducing congestion is also a priority for FHWA. In support of a high-velocity, global supply chain that supports competitiveness in the global economy, safe and efficient commercial vehicle operations are essential. Reliability of travel times and the sustainability of benefits generated through investments in the U.S. highway system are key objectives that FHWA is striving to achieve to support national economic competitiveness. The application of discretionary funding to improve mobility and reduce congestion will yield tangible transportation and economic benefits that should far exceed the limited amount of discretionary funding provided to the project. In furtherance of measuring the congestion reduction and mobility benefits associated with a project that qualifies for funding under the Truck Parking Facilities Program, within the application, the applicant should describe how the project, activity or improvement: • Relieves congestion in an urban area or along a major transportation corridor; • Employs operational and technological improvements that VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:33 Aug 26, 2010 Jkt 220001 promote safety and congestion relief, and/or addresses major freight bottlenecks. Appropriate quantitative data should be provided to support the safety and congestion relief discussion. II. Funding Information The FHWA expects that approximately $7.3 million will be available to award under this solicitation for projects. Projects funded under this section shall be treated as projects on a Federal-aid System under Chapter 1 of Title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.). Grants may be funded at an 80 to 100 percent funding level based on the criteria specified in sections 120(b) and 120(c) of Title 23, U.S.C. III. Application Submission This notice will also be posted on the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations Web site, https://www. ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight. Electronic versions of project applications in .pdf file format should be attached to an email and submitted to truckparking10@dot.gov. Alternatively, hard copies of project applications may be submitted; in that case, an original and 10 copies of each application can be submitted. Please note electronic submissions in .pdf file format are encouraged in place of hard copy submissions. Awarded projects will be administered by the applicable State Department of Transportation as a Federal-aid grant. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, we have received clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for this action (OMB Control number 2125– 0610, April 30, 2013). IV. Proposal Content All proposals should include the following: 1. A detailed project description, which would include a description of the severity and extent of the long-term truck parking shortage in the corridor to be addressed, along with contact information for the project’s primary point of contact, and whether funds are being requested under 23 U.S.C. 120(b) or 120(c). Data helping to define the shortage may include truck volume (Average Daily Truck Traffic—ADTT) in the corridor to be addressed, current number of long-term commercial motor vehicle parking spaces, use of current long-term parking spaces, driver surveys, observational field studies, proximity to freight loading/unloading facilities, and proximity to the NHS. PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2. The rationale for the project should include an analysis and demonstration of how the proposed project will positively affect truck parking, safety, economic competitiveness and sustainability, traffic congestion, or air quality in the identified corridor. 3. The scope of work should include a complete listing of activities to be funded by the request, including technology development, information processing, information integration activities, developmental phase activities (planning, feasibility analysis, environmental review, engineering or design work, and other activities), construction, reconstruction, acquisition of real property (including land related to the project and improvements to land), environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, acquisition of equipment, and operational improvements. 4. Stakeholder identification should include evidence of prior consultation and/or partnership with affected MPOs, local governments, community groups, private providers of commercial motor vehicle parking, and motorist and trucking organizations. Also include a listing of all public and private partners, and the role each will play in the execution of the project. Commitment/ consultation examples may include: Memorandums of Agreement, Memorandums of Understanding, contracts, meeting minutes, letters of support/commitment, and documentation in a metropolitan transportation improvement program (TIP) or statewide transportation improvement program (STIP). 5. A detailed quantification of eligible project costs by activity, an identification of all funding sources that will supplement the grant and be necessary to fully fund the project, and the anticipated dates on which the additional funds are to be made available. Public and private sources of funds (non-Federal commitment) will be considered by the FHWA as an in-kind match contributing to the project. Matching funds will be required for projects eligible under 23 U.S.C. 120(b). 6. Applicants should provide a timeline that includes work to be completed and anticipated funding cycles. Gantt charts are preferred. 7. Include a timeline for complying with National Environmental Policy Act requirements and the type of clearance received or anticipated. 8. Include a project map that consists of a schematic illustration depicting the project and connecting transportation infrastructure. Digital maps should accompany all submissions, either hard copy or electronic submissions made in E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 166 / Friday, August 27, 2010 / Notices Special Note: A description of the project management approach that will guide advancement of the project must be included for project applications proposing ITS or other technology based truck parking solutions. The FHWA encourages in the project management approach a minimum of a communications plan, a risk management plan and a work breakdown structure. Æ How many truck parking spaces will be used per day per dollar expended. Æ Total cost of project, including all non-Federal funds that will be contributed to the project. 4. Scope of proposal. (20 percent) Examples should include: Æ Evidence of a wide range of input from affected parties, including State and local governments, community groups, private providers of commercial motor vehicle parking, and motorist and trucking organizations. Æ For projects that are ITS-based, the project management plan presented in the application should demonstrate the project will successfully be delivered. Æ Whether the principles outlined in the proposal can be applied to other locations/projects and possibly serve as a model for other locations. V. Application Review Information B. Review Standards Grant applications that contain the elements detailed in this notice will be scored competitively according to the soundness of their methodology and subject to the criteria listed below. Subfactors listed under each factor are of equal importance unless otherwise noted. 1. All applications for grants should be submitted to the e-mail address or mailing address provided in this Notice by the date specified in this notice. 2. Applicants should ensure that the project proposal is compatible with or documented on their planning documents (TIP and STIP). They should also validate, to the extent they can, any analytic data. 3. Each application will be reviewed for conformance with the provisions in this notice. 4. Applications lacking any of the mandatory elements or arriving after the deadline for submission will not be considered. To assure full consideration, proposals should not exceed 20 pages in length. 5. Applicants may be contacted for additional information or clarification. 6. Applications complying with the requirements outlined in this notice will be evaluated competitively by a review panel, and will be scored as described in the scoring criteria. 7. If the FHWA determines that the project is technically or financially unfeasible, FHWA will notify the applicant, in writing. 8. The FHWA reserves the right to partially fund or request modification of projects. 9. All information described in the submitter’s proposal elements should be quantifiable and sourced. .pdf file format. Please reference in the proposal if the maps are available. 9. Describe a measurement plan to determine whether or not the project achieved its intended results. The measurement plan should continue for 3 years beyond the completion date of the project. After the 3-year period, a final report quantifying the results of the project should be submitted to the FHWA. 10. Proposals should not exceed 20 pages in length. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES A. Scoring Criteria 1. Demonstration of severe shortage (number of spaces, access to existing spaces or information/knowledge of space availability) of commercial motor vehicle parking capacity/utilization in the corridor. (Multi-State highway corridors are the focus of these projects. Consider the business requirements of getting the goods to market, while also considering the government regulations associated with hours of service.) (20 percent) Examples used to demonstrate severe shortage may include: Æ ADTT in proposal area. Æ Average daily shortfall of truck parking in proposal area. Æ Ratio of ADTT to average daily shortfall of truck parking in proposal area. Æ Proximity to NHS. 2. The extent to which the proposed solution resolves the described shortage. (35 percent) Examples should include: Æ Number of truck parking spaces per day that will be used as a result of the proposed solution. Æ The effect on highway safety, economic competitiveness and sustainability, traffic congestion, and/or air quality. 3. Cost effectiveness of proposal. (25 percent) Examples should include: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:33 Aug 26, 2010 Jkt 220001 VI. Award Administration Information The Secretary recognizes that each funded project is unique, and therefore may attach conditions to project award documents. The FHWA will send an award letter with a grant agreement that contains all the terms and conditions for the grant. These successful applicants PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52807 must execute and return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional items required by the grant agreement. Authority: Section 1305, Pub. L. 109–59, 119 Stat. 1214, Aug. 10, 2005; Section 411, Pub. L. 111–147, 124 Stat. 78. Issued on: August 17, 2010. Victor M. Mendez, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2010–21323 Filed 8–26–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Transport Airplane and Engine Issues—New Task Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of new task assignment for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC). AGENCY: The FAA assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee a new task to review and submit recommendations in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s approach to update, reorganize and improve the level of safety of requirements for flammability of materials. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Funding Availability Application Procedure and 
Deadlines for the Truck Parking Facilities Program

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice; solicitation of applications.

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SUMMARY: This notice solicits applications for the truck parking 
facilities initiative for which funding is available under section 1305 
of Public Law 109-59, 119 Stat. 1214-15, the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users 
(SAFETEA-LU). The SAFETEA-LU directed the Secretary to establish a 
pilot program to address the shortage of long-term parking for 
commercial motor vehicles (CMV) on the National Highway System. States, 
metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and

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local governments are eligible for the funding available for fiscal 
years (FY) 2006-2009. Section 411 of Title IV of Public Law 111-147, 
the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2010, 124 Stat. 78, 
extended funding for the Truck Parking Facilities program for FY 2010 
and the first quarter of FY 2011 (through December 31, 2010). The 
SAFETEA-LU section 1305 authorizes a wide range of eligible projects 
and activities, ranging from construction of commercial motor vehicle 
spaces and other capital improvements that facilitate CMV parking 
including the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) 
technology to increase information on the availability of both public 
and private CMV parking spaces. For purposes of this program, long-term 
parking is defined as parking available for 10 or more consecutive 
hours.

DATES: Applications must be received by the FHWA no later than October 
26, 2010.

ADDRESSES: The FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations mailing 
address is FHWA-HOFM, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.; MS E84-402, 
Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Tom Kearney, Office of Freight 
Management and Operations, (518) 431-4125 ext. 218, 
tom.kearney@dot.gov; for legal questions, Mr. Robert Black, Office of 
the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1359, robert.black@dot.gov; Federal 
Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 
4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this notice may be downloaded from the Office 
of the Federal Register's home page at https://www.archives.gov and the 
Government Printing Office's Web site at https://www.access.gpo.gov.

I. Background

    The Truck Parking Facilities Program furthers the goals of the DOT 
in addressing congestion and safety concerns on the Nation's highways. 
By creating a program that provides funds to address long-term truck 
parking on the National Highway System (NHS), the DOT anticipates that 
commercial motor vehicles will be better able to plan rest stops and 
better time their transit or loading/unloading within urban areas, 
thereby reducing the urban area's congestion and supporting safe 
highway operations.
    The shortage of long-term truck parking on the NHS is a problem 
that needs to be addressed. Several States have completed truck parking 
needs analyses recently and have found that severe and pervasive 
shortages exist. Their recommendations include expansion or improvement 
of public rest areas; expansion or improvement of commercial truck 
stops and travel plazas; use of public-private partnerships; and 
educating or informing drivers about available spaces. This lack of 
available parking not only adds to congestion in urban areas, but also 
may affect safety by reducing the opportunities for drivers to obtain 
rest needed to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations, Hours of Service of Drivers (49 CFR 395.3(a)(1)). Further, 
parking areas are often designed or maintained for short-term parking 
only. Section 1305 of SAFETEA-LU directed the Secretary of 
Transportation to establish a pilot program to address the long-term 
parking shortages along the NHS. Eligible projects under section 1305 
include projects that:
    1. Promote the real-time dissemination of publicly or privately 
provided commercial motor vehicle parking availability on the NHS using 
ITS and other technology based solutions;
    2. Open non-traditional facilities to commercial motor vehicle 
parking, including inspection and weigh stations, and park and ride 
facilities;
    3. Make capital improvements to public commercial motor vehicle 
parking facilities currently closed on a seasonal basis to allow the 
facilities to remain open year round;
    4. Construct turnouts or connectors along the NHS (which must 
comply with appropriate design standards) to facilitate commercial 
motor vehicle access to parking facilities, and/or improve the 
geometric design of interchanges to improve access to commercial motor 
vehicle parking facilities. This should include improvements to the 
local street network or access to the proposed parking site. Applicable 
references, including standards, recommended industry practices, and 
references that provide technical guidance to assist State and local 
agencies in addressing truck parking issues, are listed below:

AASHTO (https://www.transportation.org)
    A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 2004 (Green 
Book)
    A Policy on Design Standards Interstate System, January 2005
    Guide to Park and Ride Facilities, 2004
    Guide for Development of Rest Areas on Major Arterials and 
Freeways, Third Edition
Transportation Research Board (https://trb.org)
    Access Management Manual
Institute of Transportation Engineers (https://www.ite.org)
    Transportation Impact Analysis for Site Development: An ITE 
Proposed Recommended Practice, 2006

    5. Construct commercial motor vehicle parking facilities adjacent 
to commercial truck stops and travel plazas; and
    6. Construct safety rest areas that include parking for commercial 
motor vehicles.
    In FY 2008, FHWA awarded funding to two projects designed to 
disseminate information on the availability and/or location of public 
or private long-term parking spaces to provide the greatest opportunity 
to maximize the effectiveness of this pilot program. These projects, 
being developed on the I-95 Corridor in the Northeast and the I-5 
Corridor in California, employ a program based on improving the truck 
operator's awareness of truck parking opportunities. In June 2010, five 
additional awards were made by the DOT to projects in Utah, 
Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Work to be completed 
by these projects include expanding current truck parking facilities, 
converting a weigh station to a truck parking facility, and 
disseminating truck parking opportunities to drivers by using ITS and 
511 traveler information systems.
    The Secretary is authorized to provide Federal grant assistance for 
the Truck Parking Facilities pilot program on a discretionary basis. 
The FHWA will make recommendations to the Secretary toward projects 
that should be considered for funding. Accordingly, FHWA will give 
priority consideration to applications for Truck Parking projects from 
those States, MPO's, and local governments that have measurable safety, 
congestion reduction and air quality benefits. The FHWA seeks solutions 
at a corridor level and encourages multi-State cooperation in proposals 
for this program.
    The candidate projects must meet the eligibility criteria for the 
Truck Parking Facilities Program and will be evaluated on the selection 
criteria established for the program along with the safety and 
congestion criteria described below. Although funding for the Truck 
Parking Facilities Program is limited, large-scale corridor focused 
projects are encouraged

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to apply for Truck Parking Facilities Program funding.
    Highway safety continues to remain a focus and priority for FHWA. 
Targeting discretionary funding, in a results-oriented comprehensive 
approach to safety, is a means of directing limited discretionary 
funding to those projects that will yield tangible transportation and 
safety benefits. With respect to safety, applicants should describe the 
safety benefits associated with the project or activity for which 
funding is sought, including whether the project, activity, or 
improvement:
     Will result in a measurable reduction in the loss of 
property, injury, or life;
     Incorporates innovative safety design techniques that 
support safe highway operations and advance the ``state-of-the 
practice'' in delivering highway safety projects focusing on commercial 
vehicle operations or other operational techniques;
     Incorporates innovative construction work zone strategies 
to improve safety;
     Is located on a rural road that is in need of priority 
attention based on analysis of safety experience; and/or
     Is located in an urban area of high injury or fatality, 
and is an initiative to improve the design, operation or other aspect 
of the existing facility that will result in a measurable safety 
improvement.
    Increasing national mobility and productivity while reducing 
congestion is also a priority for FHWA. In support of a high-velocity, 
global supply chain that supports competitiveness in the global 
economy, safe and efficient commercial vehicle operations are 
essential. Reliability of travel times and the sustainability of 
benefits generated through investments in the U.S. highway system are 
key objectives that FHWA is striving to achieve to support national 
economic competitiveness. The application of discretionary funding to 
improve mobility and reduce congestion will yield tangible 
transportation and economic benefits that should far exceed the limited 
amount of discretionary funding provided to the project. In furtherance 
of measuring the congestion reduction and mobility benefits associated 
with a project that qualifies for funding under the Truck Parking 
Facilities Program, within the application, the applicant should 
describe how the project, activity or improvement:
     Relieves congestion in an urban area or along a major 
transportation corridor;
     Employs operational and technological improvements that 
promote safety and congestion relief, and/or addresses major freight 
bottlenecks.
    Appropriate quantitative data should be provided to support the 
safety and congestion relief discussion.

II. Funding Information

    The FHWA expects that approximately $7.3 million will be available 
to award under this solicitation for projects. Projects funded under 
this section shall be treated as projects on a Federal-aid System under 
Chapter 1 of Title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.).
    Grants may be funded at an 80 to 100 percent funding level based on 
the criteria specified in sections 120(b) and 120(c) of Title 23, 
U.S.C.

III. Application Submission

    This notice will also be posted on the FHWA Office of Freight 
Management and Operations Web site, https://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight. Electronic versions of project applications in .pdf file 
format should be attached to an e-mail and submitted to 
truckparking10@dot.gov. Alternatively, hard copies of project 
applications may be submitted; in that case, an original and 10 copies 
of each application can be submitted. Please note electronic 
submissions in .pdf file format are encouraged in place of hard copy 
submissions. Awarded projects will be administered by the applicable 
State Department of Transportation as a Federal-aid grant.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, we have received 
clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for this 
action (OMB Control number 2125-0610, April 30, 2013).

IV. Proposal Content

    All proposals should include the following:
    1. A detailed project description, which would include a 
description of the severity and extent of the long-term truck parking 
shortage in the corridor to be addressed, along with contact 
information for the project's primary point of contact, and whether 
funds are being requested under 23 U.S.C. 120(b) or 120(c). Data 
helping to define the shortage may include truck volume (Average Daily 
Truck Traffic--ADTT) in the corridor to be addressed, current number of 
long-term commercial motor vehicle parking spaces, use of current long-
term parking spaces, driver surveys, observational field studies, 
proximity to freight loading/unloading facilities, and proximity to the 
NHS.
    2. The rationale for the project should include an analysis and 
demonstration of how the proposed project will positively affect truck 
parking, safety, economic competitiveness and sustainability, traffic 
congestion, or air quality in the identified corridor.
    3. The scope of work should include a complete listing of 
activities to be funded by the request, including technology 
development, information processing, information integration 
activities, developmental phase activities (planning, feasibility 
analysis, environmental review, engineering or design work, and other 
activities), construction, reconstruction, acquisition of real property 
(including land related to the project and improvements to land), 
environmental mitigation, construction contingencies, acquisition of 
equipment, and operational improvements.
    4. Stakeholder identification should include evidence of prior 
consultation and/or partnership with affected MPOs, local governments, 
community groups, private providers of commercial motor vehicle 
parking, and motorist and trucking organizations. Also include a 
listing of all public and private partners, and the role each will play 
in the execution of the project. Commitment/consultation examples may 
include: Memorandums of Agreement, Memorandums of Understanding, 
contracts, meeting minutes, letters of support/commitment, and 
documentation in a metropolitan transportation improvement program 
(TIP) or statewide transportation improvement program (STIP).
    5. A detailed quantification of eligible project costs by activity, 
an identification of all funding sources that will supplement the grant 
and be necessary to fully fund the project, and the anticipated dates 
on which the additional funds are to be made available. Public and 
private sources of funds (non-Federal commitment) will be considered by 
the FHWA as an in-kind match contributing to the project. Matching 
funds will be required for projects eligible under 23 U.S.C. 120(b).
    6. Applicants should provide a timeline that includes work to be 
completed and anticipated funding cycles. Gantt charts are preferred.
    7. Include a timeline for complying with National Environmental 
Policy Act requirements and the type of clearance received or 
anticipated.
    8. Include a project map that consists of a schematic illustration 
depicting the project and connecting transportation infrastructure. 
Digital maps should accompany all submissions, either hard copy or 
electronic submissions made in

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.pdf file format. Please reference in the proposal if the maps are 
available.
    9. Describe a measurement plan to determine whether or not the 
project achieved its intended results. The measurement plan should 
continue for 3 years beyond the completion date of the project. After 
the 3-year period, a final report quantifying the results of the 
project should be submitted to the FHWA.
    10. Proposals should not exceed 20 pages in length.

    Special Note:  A description of the project management approach 
that will guide advancement of the project must be included for 
project applications proposing ITS or other technology based truck 
parking solutions. The FHWA encourages in the project management 
approach a minimum of a communications plan, a risk management plan 
and a work breakdown structure.

V. Application Review Information

    Grant applications that contain the elements detailed in this 
notice will be scored competitively according to the soundness of their 
methodology and subject to the criteria listed below. Sub-factors 
listed under each factor are of equal importance unless otherwise 
noted.

A. Scoring Criteria

    1. Demonstration of severe shortage (number of spaces, access to 
existing spaces or information/knowledge of space availability) of 
commercial motor vehicle parking capacity/utilization in the corridor. 
(Multi-State highway corridors are the focus of these projects. 
Consider the business requirements of getting the goods to market, 
while also considering the government regulations associated with hours 
of service.) (20 percent)
    Examples used to demonstrate severe shortage may include:
    [cir] ADTT in proposal area.
    [cir] Average daily shortfall of truck parking in proposal area.
    [cir] Ratio of ADTT to average daily shortfall of truck parking in 
proposal area.
    [cir] Proximity to NHS.
    2. The extent to which the proposed solution resolves the described 
shortage. (35 percent)
    Examples should include:
    [cir] Number of truck parking spaces per day that will be used as a 
result of the proposed solution.
    [cir] The effect on highway safety, economic competitiveness and 
sustainability, traffic congestion, and/or air quality.
    3. Cost effectiveness of proposal. (25 percent)
    Examples should include:
    [cir] How many truck parking spaces will be used per day per dollar 
expended.
    [cir] Total cost of project, including all non-Federal funds that 
will be contributed to the project.
    4. Scope of proposal. (20 percent)
    Examples should include:
    [cir] Evidence of a wide range of input from affected parties, 
including State and local governments, community groups, private 
providers of commercial motor vehicle parking, and motorist and 
trucking organizations.
    [cir] For projects that are ITS-based, the project management plan 
presented in the application should demonstrate the project will 
successfully be delivered.
    [cir] Whether the principles outlined in the proposal can be 
applied to other locations/projects and possibly serve as a model for 
other locations.

B. Review Standards

    1. All applications for grants should be submitted to the e-mail 
address or mailing address provided in this Notice by the date 
specified in this notice.
    2. Applicants should ensure that the project proposal is compatible 
with or documented on their planning documents (TIP and STIP). They 
should also validate, to the extent they can, any analytic data.
    3. Each application will be reviewed for conformance with the 
provisions in this notice.
    4. Applications lacking any of the mandatory elements or arriving 
after the deadline for submission will not be considered. To assure 
full consideration, proposals should not exceed 20 pages in length.
    5. Applicants may be contacted for additional information or 
clarification.
    6. Applications complying with the requirements outlined in this 
notice will be evaluated competitively by a review panel, and will be 
scored as described in the scoring criteria.
    7. If the FHWA determines that the project is technically or 
financially unfeasible, FHWA will notify the applicant, in writing.
    8. The FHWA reserves the right to partially fund or request 
modification of projects.
    9. All information described in the submitter's proposal elements 
should be quantifiable and sourced.

VI. Award Administration Information

    The Secretary recognizes that each funded project is unique, and 
therefore may attach conditions to project award documents. The FHWA 
will send an award letter with a grant agreement that contains all the 
terms and conditions for the grant. These successful applicants must 
execute and return the grant agreement, accompanied by any additional 
items required by the grant agreement.

    Authority: Section 1305, Pub. L. 109-59, 119 Stat. 1214, Aug. 
10, 2005; Section 411, Pub. L. 111-147, 124 Stat. 78.

    Issued on: August 17, 2010.
Victor M. Mendez,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2010-21323 Filed 8-26-10; 8:45 am]
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