Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazard Emergency; Response and Recovery Program Project Selections; Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program Project Selections; Fiscal Year 2012 Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations Program Project Selections, 18497-18502 [2015-07825]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 65 / Monday, April 6, 2015 / Notices transportation projects will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before September 3, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy-Ellen Zusman, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, (312) 353–2577 or Terence Plaskon, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Environmental Programs, (202) 366–0442. FTA is located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Notice is hereby given that FTA has taken final agency actions by issuing certain approvals for the public transportation projects listed below. The actions on the projects, as well as the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the documentation issued in connection with the projects to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and in other documents in the FTA administrative record for the projects. Interested parties may contact either the project sponsor or the relevant FTA Regional Office for more information on each project. Contact information for FTA’s Regional Offices may be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov. This notice applies to all FTA decisions on the listed projects as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including, but not limited to, NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321–4375], Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303], Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 470f], and the Clean Air Act [42 U.S.C. 7401–7671q]. This notice does not, however, alter or extend the limitation period for challenges of project decisions subject to previous notices published in the Federal Register. The projects and actions that are the subject of this notice are: 1. Project name and location: Redlands Passenger Rail Project, Cities of San Bernardino and Redlands, CA. Project sponsor: San Bernardino Association of Governments (SANBAG). Project description: The proposed project would create new passenger rail operations along an approximately ninemile corridor from the E Street Station and San Bernardino Transit Center in Downtown San Bernardino to the University of Redlands, east of Downtown Redlands. Final agency actions: Section 4(f) determination; Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level air quality conformity; and Final Environmental Impact Statement/ tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Apr 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 Environmental Impact Report/Record of Decision, dated February 17, 2015. 2. Project name and location: Santa Ana-Garden Grove Fixed Guideway Project, Cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, CA. Project sponsor: City of Santa Ana, in coordination with the Orange County Transportation Authority and City of Garden Grove. Project description: The proposed project is an approximately 4.2-mile new streetcar system in Orange County running between the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC) in the City of Santa Ana and a new multimodal center at Harbor Boulevard/Westminster Avenue in the City of Garden Grove. The system includes 24 stations, an overhead contact system and series of traction power substations, and a new operations and maintenance facility near SARTC. Final agency actions: Section 4(f) de minimis impact determination; Section 106 finding of no adverse effect; project-level air quality conformity; and Finding of No Significant Impact, dated March 10, 2015. Supporting documentation: Revised Environmental Assessment/ Final Environmental Impact Report, dated January 2015. Issued on: March 31, 2015. Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator Planning and Environment. [FR Doc. 2015–07812 Filed 4–3–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazard Emergency; Response and Recovery Program Project Selections; Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program Project Selections; Fiscal Year 2012 Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations Program Project Selections AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. Announcement of Research Program Project Selections. ACTION: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announces the selection of research projects funded in support of three Notice of Funding Availability, as authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, and prior legislation. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18497 Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and AllHazard Emergency Response and Recovery Program: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazard Emergency Response and Recovery Program (SRER) Program projects (see Table 1) with Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and FY 2013 appropriations for FTA’s Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Program. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112–55 made $25,000,000 available to carry out innovative research and demonstrations of national significance under 49 U.S.C. 5312. Of that amount, $20,800,000 was made available for innovative safety, resiliency, and allhazards emergency response and recovery demonstration projects of national significance. An additional $8,200,000 in Section 5312 FY 2013 Research funds was made available for the same purpose for a combined amount of $29,000,000 in funds was made available from Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. On October 1, 2013, FTA published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) (78 FR 60369) announcing the availability of funding for SRER. These competitive research program funds will strengthen operational safety of public transportation, help transit systems better withstand natural disasters and other emergencies, and improve emergency response capabilities. Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment Program (LONO) projects (see Table 2) with Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014 appropriations for deployment of low or no emission transit buses. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), Public Law 112–141, July 6, 2012, amended 49 U.S.C. 5312 to add a new paragraph (d)(5) authorizing FTA to make grants to finance eligible projects under the LONO Program. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, (also referred to as the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013) Public Law 113–6, March 26, 2013, made available $24,900,000 in FY 2013 (after sequestration) funds to carry out the LONO Program. Of that amount, $21,600,000 was made available for transit buses and $3,300,000 was made available for supporting facilities and related equipment. The Consolidated E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 18498 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 65 / Monday, April 6, 2015 / Notices Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113–76, January 17, 2014, made available $30,000,000 in FY 2014 to carry out the LONO Program. Of that amount, a minimum of $4,000,000 was made available for supporting facilities and related equipment. On January 9, 2014, FTA published a NOFA (79 FR 1668) announcing the availability of funding for the LONO program. The main purpose of the LONO Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit agency fleets. The LONO Program provides funding for transit agencies for capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and lowemission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of five projects totaling $3,000,000 for Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations (BEERD) program (see Table 3). On June 28, 2013, FTA published a Request for Proposals (RFP) on www.grants.gov and FTA’s Web site announcing the availability of $3,000,000 of FY 2012 Section 5312/ 5314 National Research Program discretionary funds for innovative research, development, and demonstration projects targeting bus efficiency enhancements, specifically enhanced electrification of accessories, and improvements in thermal management of transit bus bodies. These projects will reduce energy use by transit buses and will have favorable impacts on meeting the needs of the riding public, public transportation operators, and the American bus industry and its supplier base. They will advance the DOT’s research goals, which include but are not limited to improving safety, enhancing the state of good repair of public transit systems, providing more effective and efficient public transportation service, increasing capital and operating efficiencies, developing and deploying advanced vehicle designs and technology, reducing harmful emissions, and increasing energy efficiency. These projects also support an overarching FTA goal of developing and deploying new and innovative ideas, practices, and approaches for transit buses. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Apr 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 The FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI) and/or FTA Regional Office will reach out to successful applicants regarding to the next steps in applying for the funds or program-specific information (see Tables 1–3, below). Unsuccessful SRER program applicants may contact Roy Chen, Office of Technology at email address royweishun.chen@dot.gov to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/FIRS). Unsuccessful LONO Program applicants may contact Sean Ricketson, Office of Mobility Innovation at email address sean.ricketson@dot.gov to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS). Unsuccessful BEERD program applicants may contact Marcel Belanger, Office of Mobility Innovation at email address marcel.belanger@dot.gov to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: In response to the SRER NOFA, FTA received 72 proposals requesting $160,000,000 in Federal funds. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant’s responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria as detailed in the NOFA. The FTA is funding 13 SRER projects, as shown in Table 1, for a total of $29,000,000. In response to the LONO NOFA, FTA received 50 project proposals requesting $200,000,000 in Federal funds. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant’s responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria as detailed in the NOFA. The FTA is funding 10 LONO Program projects, as shown in Table 2, for a total of $54,469,249. In response to the BEERD RFP, FTA received 13 project proposals requesting $14,600,000 in Federal funds. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant’s responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria as detailed in the RFP. The FTA is funding five BEERD Program projects, as shown in Table 3, for a total of $3,000,000. Applicants selected for competitive discretionary research funding for the SRER and BEERD Programs should work with FTA’s TRI staff identified in the contacts section of this notice to finalize electronic awards in FTA’s Transportation Electronic Awards Management System (TEAM) or its successor system, so that Federal funds SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 can be obligated expeditiously. Applicants selected for the LONO Program should work with TRI staff identified in the contacts section of this notice and/or FTA Regional Office staff to finalize its electronic award in TEAM or its successor system, so that Federal funds can be obligated expeditiously. Electronics awards must only include eligible activities applied for in the original project application. Federal funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible purposes established in the NOFA and described in the FTA Circular 6100.1E and/or FTA Circular 9030.1E. In cases where the allocation amount is less than the applicant’s requested amount, applicants should work with TRI staff to reduce scope or scale the project such that a complete phase or project is accomplished. Applicants are reminded that program requirements such as cost sharing or local match can be found in the corresponding NOFA or RFP. Depending on the year of funding, type of project, and the applicant’s proposal, local match may be required for some projects. Local match must be identified in the electronic award at the time of obligation and must be available at the time of expenditure. A discretionary research project identification number has been assigned to each project (see Tables 1–3 of this notice) for tracking purposes and must be used in the TEAM or successor system, application. Selected projects may be eligible for pre-award authority for each of the programs, so long as all required conditions for pre-award authority have been met and the activities undertaken in advance of Federal funding are contained in the approved statement of work. The FTA may grant pre-award authority for costs incurred after the project selections were announced. The dates of announcement, which are the earliest dates for which pre-award authority can be granted, are as follows: February 12, 2015 for SRER; February 5, 2015 for LONO; and January 16, 2015 for BEERD. The FTA’s policy for preaward authority, including the required conditions, can be found in the FY 2015 Annual Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information Notice, published on February, 9, 2015. Post electronic award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal Financial Report and Milestone reports in TEAM as appropriate (FTA Circular 6100.1E, C.5010.1D and C9030.1E). The grantees must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements detailed in the FY15 Master Agreement in carrying out the E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 65 / Monday, April 6, 2015 / Notices project supported by the FTA research grant. The FY15 Master Agreement can be found at: http://www.fta.dot.gov/ documents/21-Master.pdf. The FTA emphasizes that grantees must follow all third-party procurement 18499 guidance, as described in FTA Circular 4220.1F. Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator. TABLE 1—INNOVATIVE SAFETY, RESILIENCY, AND ALL-HAZARDS EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT SELECTIONS State D2015–SRER–001 ....... CA ........ Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). D2015–SRER–002 ....... CA ........ Applied Research Associates, Inc. D2015–SRER–003 ....... CA ........ San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). D2015–SRER–004 ....... GA ........ Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). D2015–SRER–005 ....... GA ........ Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). D2015–SRER–006 ....... tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Project ID IL .......... The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Apr 03, 2015 Project sponsor Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00148 Project description Amount The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive funding to install and test a Platform Track Intrusion Detection System (PTIDS) at select light rail and heavy rail stations to reduce injuries, fatalities and other track intrusion incidents. The radarbased system will monitor station platforms and portions of track, and alert rail operators and LACMTA’s Rail Operations Center to stop trains if a person or object is detected within the track right-of-way. Applied Research Associates, Inc., in partnership with Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT), will receive funding to develop, test and demonstrate a front-end bumper design for light rail vehicles that operate in a shared right-ofway environment to improve safety, reduce injuries and minimize the impact of collisions with automobiles, pedestrians or bicyclists. Bumper prototypes will be mounted on select light rail vehicles to test compatibility during normal operation of light rail service, and during crashworthiness testing. The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will receive funding to develop and demonstrate innovative safety technologies that will improve track worker safety and help prevent accidents involving trains and track workers. The technology will alert track workers to the presence of an approaching train and will stop the train if the workers do not acknowledge receipt of the alert. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will receive funding to install and demonstrate Bombardier’s TrackSafe system along six miles of MARTA’s rail system to improve track worker safety and reduce hazards associated with track inspection, maintenance and repair. The technology will be installed between Medical Center and North Springs stations and will alert track workers to the presence of an approaching train, and train operators and control center staff to the specific location of track workers. The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) will receive funding to develop, evaluate and plan the deployment of a Bus Exportable Power System (BEPS) that would allow existing transit buses to export power using their hybrid propulsion systems. The system essentially would transform hybrid buses into a mobile power generator for use during all-hazards emergency response and recovery. The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, in partnership with multiple public transit providers across the country, will receive funding to develop and deploy prototype concrete crossties and fastening systems for light rail, heavy rail, and commuter rail transit infrastructure to increase the life cycle of critical components and help maintain rail infrastructure in a state of good repair during normal operations and natural disasters. Transit partners include MetroLink (St. Louis, MO), Metra (Chicago, IL), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Washington, DC), New York City Transit Authority (New York, NY), and TriMet (Portland, OR). Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 $1,722,400 $1,323,414 $5,000,000 $4,233,865 $995,098 $2,396,981 18500 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 65 / Monday, April 6, 2015 / Notices TABLE 1—INNOVATIVE SAFETY, RESILIENCY, AND ALL-HAZARDS EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT SELECTIONS—Continued State Project sponsor Project description D2015–SRER–007 ....... IL .......... UChicago Argonne LLC D2015–SRER–008 ....... LA ......... City of New Orleans ..... D2015–SRER–009 ....... MN ....... Minnesota Valley Transit Authority. D2015–SRER–010 ....... D2015–SRER–011. NJ ......... New Jersey Transit Corporation. D2015–SRER–012 ....... NY ........ New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). D2015–SRER–013 ....... OH ........ Battelle Memorial Institute. D2015–SRER–014 ....... tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Project ID OR ........ Portland State University. UChicago Argonne LLC, in partnership with Pace Suburban Bus Service (Pace) and Metra Commuter Rail, will receive funding to research and develop a decision support tool for transit asset management that addresses all-hazards emergency response and recovery. The tool will help emergency responders to quickly assess a situation, develop an appropriate mitigation strategy, and restore transit services in the most effective manner, using available transit assets. The City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and the University of New Orleans, will receive funding to improve the evacuation of city residents and vulnerable populations during emergencies and disasters. This project will focus on evacuation transportation planning provided by the City of New Orleans and RTA, and includes the identification of transportation assets that are needed for an evacuation and of current transportation assets that are used on a daily basis by the RTA. Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will receive funding to equip additional buses in its Bus Rapid Transit and express bus fleets with GPS-based technology to improve safety and bus service within narrow shoulder lanes along highly congested corridors in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The technology will provide lane keeping information, lane departure warnings, and collision avoidance advisories to bus operators in various weather and road conditions. New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit), in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology, will receive funding to develop an advanced forecast and observation system that can provide real-time information on the potential risk and magnitude of flooding before and during significant storm surge events at specific locations critical to NJ Transit’s operations. The system will help inform decision making on which equipment or rolling stock needs to be moved, which signals and substations need to be de-energized, and where staffing should be prioritized in advance of a major weather event. New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive funding to research and demonstrate an automated, data-based information collection system to measure and monitor the condition of subway railcar wheels and rail infrastructure to enhance safety, increase energy efficiency, and ensure reliable subway service. The system will be tested on MTA’s Flushing (#7) Line. Battelle Memorial Institute, in partnership with Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), will receive funding to research, develop and demonstrate integrated vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology to minimize transit bus collisions with automobiles and pedestrians at intersections. This project will add both in-vehicle and infrastructure elements to create a connected vehicle environment for transit bus operations in the Cleveland area. Portland State University, in partnership with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) will receive funding to develop and test a Transportation Demand Management system that utilizes social media and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology for emergency response and recovery in the Portland metropolitan area. The project will help TriMet and other transportation and emergency management agencies to deploy transportation services and personnel with increased effectiveness before, during and after an emergency. Total ....................... .............. ....................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Apr 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00149 Amount .................................................................................................. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 $2,890,600 $500,329 $1,790,014 $381,079 (FY12) $462,671 (FY13) $3,617,948 $2,741,617 $943,984 $29,000,000 18501 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 65 / Monday, April 6, 2015 / Notices TABLE 2—LOW OR NO EMISSION VEHICLE DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM PROJECT SELECTIONS Project sponsor Project description Thousand Palms. Sunline Transit Agency, in partnership with Southern California Association of Governments. CA .. Stockton ........ San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD). D2015–LONO–007 ....... KY .. Lexington ...... Lextran, Transit Authority of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. D2015–LONO–008 ....... KY .. Louisville ....... Transit Authority of River City (TARC). D2015–LONO–010 ....... MA .. Boston ........... Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). D2015–LONO–011 ....... MA .. Worcester ..... Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) D2015–LONO–006 ....... MN Duluth ........... The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA). D2015–LONO–003 ....... OH .. Canton .......... Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA). D2015–LONO–004 ....... PA .. Lancaster ...... Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA). D2015–LONO–005 ....... TX .. Dallas ............ Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART). Sunline Transit Agency, in partnership with the Southern California Association of Governments, will receive funding to purchase five hydrogen electric hybrid fuel cell buses built by BAE Systems, Ballard Power Systems and El Dorado National. The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses and a charging station. Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system. The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the transit agency for Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana, will receive funding to deploy five Proterra battery-electric buses and a fast charging station. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston will receive funding to develop and deploy five 60-foot articulated New Flyer battery-electric buses on the MBTA Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit System. The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), the transit provider in Central Massachusetts, will receive funding to purchase and install a Proterra charging station for its existing fleet of zero-emission battery-electric buses. The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) will receive funding to purchase and deploy six Proterra Fast Charge Electric buses, two charging stations and a maintenance facility charger The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) will receive funding to purchase five hydrogen electric hybrid fuel cell buses built by BAE Systems, Ballard Power Systems and El Dorado National. The Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) in Lancaster, PA, will receive funding to purchase 17 electric hybrid buses. The new, low emission buses will be manufactured by BAE Systems and Gillig. Fourteen buses will go to RRTA, and three will go to the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART) will receive funding to purchase and operate seven all-electric Proterra buses. DART will operate the fast charge, zero-emission buses on its downtown circulator service, D-Link. Total ...................... ........ ....................... ...................................... Project ID State City D2015–LONO–001 ....... CA .. D2015–LONO–009 ....... ............................................................................. Amount $9,803,860 $4,702,011 $6,003,534 $3,321,250 $4,139,188 $1,002,600 $6,343,890 $8,877,405 $2,638,400 $7,637,111 $54,469,249 TABLE 3—BUS EFFICIENCY ENHANCEMENTS RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATIONS PROJECT SELECTIONS tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Project ID State Project sponsor Transit agency partner Project description D2015–BERD–002 ....... FL ... Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, FL. Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), in partnership with Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), will receive funding to develop and demonstrate a new thermoelectric power generator on a 40’ transit bus contributed by LYNX to reduce fuel consumption and allow end of day information processing without idling. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Apr 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00150 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Amount $532,258 18502 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 65 / Monday, April 6, 2015 / Notices TABLE 3—BUS EFFICIENCY ENHANCEMENTS RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATIONS PROJECT SELECTIONS—Continued Project ID State Project sponsor Transit agency partner Project description D2015–BERD–004 ....... GA .. Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Atlanta, GA. $976,030 D2015–BERD–005 ....... MD Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), MD. Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Baltimore, MD. D2015–BERD–001 ....... MI ... American Seating. The Rapid, Grand Rapids, MI. D2015–BERD–003 ....... UT .. Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Salt Lake City, UT. Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), in partnership with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), will receive funding to develop and demonstrate a BAE Systems prototype Reduced Engine Idle Load System. This first-of-its-kind effort will bring a multimode, electric accessory ‘power plant’ to market. The Maryland Transit Administration will receive funding to develop and demonstrate a retrofit of 35 hybrid buses with a hybrid beltless alternator and support equipment to monitor fuel savings and impact on house batteries. American Seating, in partnership with The Rapid in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will receive funding to develop and demonstrate a heated and cooled seat, which is intended to reduce fuel consumption of public transportation vehicles. Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), in partnership with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), will receive funding to develop and demonstrate a system that will eliminate or reduce idling during paratransit passenger loading operations, lowering operating costs, reducing energy usage, and improving air quality. Total ...................... ........ ....................... ...................................... ............................................................................. $3,000,000 [FR Doc. 2015–07825 Filed 4–3–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 290 (Sub-No. 365X)] tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Norfolk Southern Railway Company— Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Chicago, Cook County, Ill. On March 17, 2015, Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to discontinue rail service over approximately 1.5 miles of rail line between milepost KN 4.0 and milepost KN 5.5, located on NSR’s LeMoyne Industrial Track in Chicago, Cook County, Ill. The line includes no stations and traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Code 60632. NSR states that the line does not contain any federally granted rights-ofway. Any documentation in NSR’s possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Apr 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by July 2, 2015. Because this is a discontinuance proceeding and not an abandonment proceeding, trail use/rail banking and public use conditions are not appropriate. Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) to subsidize continued rail service will be due no later than July 15, 2015, or 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption, whichever occurs sooner. Each offer must be accompanied by a $1,600 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 290 (SubNo. 365X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001; and (2) William A. Mullins, Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037. Replies to the petition are due on or before April 27, 2015. Persons seeking further information concerning discontinuance procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and PO 00000 Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Amount $495,621 $298,906 $697,185 Compliance at (202) 245–0238 or refer to the full abandonment and discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339.] Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.’’ Decided: March 30, 2015. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Brendetta S. Jones, Clearance Clerk. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and 
All-Hazard Emergency; Response and Recovery Program Project Selections; 
Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment 
Program Project Selections; Fiscal Year 2012 Bus Efficiency 
Enhancements Research and Demonstrations Program Project Selections

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Announcement of Research Program Project Selections.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit 
Administration announces the selection of research projects funded in 
support of three Notice of Funding Availability, as authorized under 
the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, and prior 
legislation.
    Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazard Emergency Response 
and Recovery Program: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of 
Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazard Emergency Response and 
Recovery Program (SRER) Program projects (see Table 1) with Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2012 and FY 2013 appropriations for FTA's Research, Development, 
Demonstration and Deployment Program. The Consolidated and Further 
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, Public Law 112-55 made $25,000,000 
available to carry out innovative research and demonstrations of 
national significance under 49 U.S.C. 5312. Of that amount, $20,800,000 
was made available for innovative safety, resiliency, and all-hazards 
emergency response and recovery demonstration projects of national 
significance. An additional $8,200,000 in Section 5312 FY 2013 Research 
funds was made available for the same purpose for a combined amount of 
$29,000,000 in funds was made available from Fiscal Years 2012 and 
2013. On October 1, 2013, FTA published a Notice of Funding 
Availability (NOFA) (78 FR 60369) announcing the availability of 
funding for SRER. These competitive research program funds will 
strengthen operational safety of public transportation, help transit 
systems better withstand natural disasters and other emergencies, and 
improve emergency response capabilities.
    Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program: The U.S. Department 
of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 
announces the selection of Low or No Emissions Vehicle Deployment 
Program (LONO) projects (see Table 2) with Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and FY 
2014 appropriations for deployment of low or no emission transit buses. 
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public 
Law 112-141, July 6, 2012, amended 49 U.S.C. 5312 to add a new 
paragraph (d)(5) authorizing FTA to make grants to finance eligible 
projects under the LONO Program. The Consolidated and Further 
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, (also referred to as the Full Year 
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013) Public Law 113-6, March 26, 2013, 
made available $24,900,000 in FY 2013 (after sequestration) funds to 
carry out the LONO Program. Of that amount, $21,600,000 was made 
available for transit buses and $3,300,000 was made available for 
supporting facilities and related equipment. The Consolidated

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Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, January 17, 2014, made 
available $30,000,000 in FY 2014 to carry out the LONO Program. Of that 
amount, a minimum of $4,000,000 was made available for supporting 
facilities and related equipment.
    On January 9, 2014, FTA published a NOFA (79 FR 1668) announcing 
the availability of funding for the LONO program. The main purpose of 
the LONO Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient 
U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and 
demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit agency 
fleets. The LONO Program provides funding for transit agencies for 
capital acquisitions and leases of zero-emission and low-emission 
transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of 
required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and 
maintenance facilities.
    Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations: The U.S. 
Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration 
(FTA) announces the selection of five projects totaling $3,000,000 for 
Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations (BEERD) program 
(see Table 3). On June 28, 2013, FTA published a Request for Proposals 
(RFP) on www.grants.gov and FTA's Web site announcing the availability 
of $3,000,000 of FY 2012 Section 5312/5314 National Research Program 
discretionary funds for innovative research, development, and 
demonstration projects targeting bus efficiency enhancements, 
specifically enhanced electrification of accessories, and improvements 
in thermal management of transit bus bodies. These projects will reduce 
energy use by transit buses and will have favorable impacts on meeting 
the needs of the riding public, public transportation operators, and 
the American bus industry and its supplier base. They will advance the 
DOT's research goals, which include but are not limited to improving 
safety, enhancing the state of good repair of public transit systems, 
providing more effective and efficient public transportation service, 
increasing capital and operating efficiencies, developing and deploying 
advanced vehicle designs and technology, reducing harmful emissions, 
and increasing energy efficiency. These projects also support an 
overarching FTA goal of developing and deploying new and innovative 
ideas, practices, and approaches for transit buses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FTA Office of Research, 
Demonstration and Innovation (TRI) and/or FTA Regional Office will 
reach out to successful applicants regarding to the next steps in 
applying for the funds or program-specific information (see Tables 1-3, 
below).
    Unsuccessful SRER program applicants may contact Roy Chen, Office 
of Technology at email address royweishun.chen@dot.gov to arrange a 
proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A TDD is 
available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).
    Unsuccessful LONO Program applicants may contact Sean Ricketson, 
Office of Mobility Innovation at email address sean.ricketson@dot.gov 
to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A 
TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).
    Unsuccessful BEERD program applicants may contact Marcel Belanger, 
Office of Mobility Innovation at email address marcel.belanger@dot.gov 
to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A 
TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the SRER NOFA, FTA received 
72 proposals requesting $160,000,000 in Federal funds. Project 
proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to 
the program evaluation criteria as detailed in the NOFA. The FTA is 
funding 13 SRER projects, as shown in Table 1, for a total of 
$29,000,000.
    In response to the LONO NOFA, FTA received 50 project proposals 
requesting $200,000,000 in Federal funds. Project proposals were 
evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to the program 
evaluation criteria as detailed in the NOFA. The FTA is funding 10 LONO 
Program projects, as shown in Table 2, for a total of $54,469,249.
    In response to the BEERD RFP, FTA received 13 project proposals 
requesting $14,600,000 in Federal funds. Project proposals were 
evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to the program 
evaluation criteria as detailed in the RFP. The FTA is funding five 
BEERD Program projects, as shown in Table 3, for a total of $3,000,000.
    Applicants selected for competitive discretionary research funding 
for the SRER and BEERD Programs should work with FTA's TRI staff 
identified in the contacts section of this notice to finalize 
electronic awards in FTA's Transportation Electronic Awards Management 
System (TEAM) or its successor system, so that Federal funds can be 
obligated expeditiously. Applicants selected for the LONO Program 
should work with TRI staff identified in the contacts section of this 
notice and/or FTA Regional Office staff to finalize its electronic 
award in TEAM or its successor system, so that Federal funds can be 
obligated expeditiously.
    Electronics awards must only include eligible activities applied 
for in the original project application. Federal funds must be used 
consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible purposes 
established in the NOFA and described in the FTA Circular 6100.1E and/
or FTA Circular 9030.1E. In cases where the allocation amount is less 
than the applicant's requested amount, applicants should work with TRI 
staff to reduce scope or scale the project such that a complete phase 
or project is accomplished. Applicants are reminded that program 
requirements such as cost sharing or local match can be found in the 
corresponding NOFA or RFP. Depending on the year of funding, type of 
project, and the applicant's proposal, local match may be required for 
some projects. Local match must be identified in the electronic award 
at the time of obligation and must be available at the time of 
expenditure. A discretionary research project identification number has 
been assigned to each project (see Tables 1-3 of this notice) for 
tracking purposes and must be used in the TEAM or successor system, 
application.
    Selected projects may be eligible for pre-award authority for each 
of the programs, so long as all required conditions for pre-award 
authority have been met and the activities undertaken in advance of 
Federal funding are contained in the approved statement of work. The 
FTA may grant pre-award authority for costs incurred after the project 
selections were announced. The dates of announcement, which are the 
earliest dates for which pre-award authority can be granted, are as 
follows: February 12, 2015 for SRER; February 5, 2015 for LONO; and 
January 16, 2015 for BEERD. The FTA's policy for pre-award authority, 
including the required conditions, can be found in the FY 2015 Annual 
Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information Notice, published 
on February, 9, 2015.
    Post electronic award reporting requirements include submission of 
the Federal Financial Report and Milestone reports in TEAM as 
appropriate (FTA Circular 6100.1E, C.5010.1D and C9030.1E). The 
grantees must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, 
executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements 
detailed in the FY15 Master Agreement in carrying out the

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project supported by the FTA research grant. The FY15 Master Agreement 
can be found at: http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/21-Master.pdf.
    The FTA emphasizes that grantees must follow all third-party 
procurement guidance, as described in FTA Circular 4220.1F.

Therese W. McMillan,
Acting Administrator.

  Table 1--Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Demonstration Project
                                                   Selections
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Project ID                State       Project sponsor       Project description           Amount
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D2015-SRER-001.................  CA...........  Los Angeles        The Los Angeles County             $1,722,400
                                                 County             Metropolitan
                                                 Metropolitan       Transportation Authority
                                                 Transportation     (LACMTA) will receive
                                                 Authority          funding to install and
                                                 (LACMTA).          test a Platform Track
                                                                    Intrusion Detection System
                                                                    (PTIDS) at select light
                                                                    rail and heavy rail
                                                                    stations to reduce
                                                                    injuries, fatalities and
                                                                    other track intrusion
                                                                    incidents. The radar-based
                                                                    system will monitor
                                                                    station platforms and
                                                                    portions of track, and
                                                                    alert rail operators and
                                                                    LACMTA's Rail Operations
                                                                    Center to stop trains if a
                                                                    person or object is
                                                                    detected within the track
                                                                    right-of-way.
D2015-SRER-002.................  CA...........  Applied Research   Applied Research                   $1,323,414
                                                 Associates, Inc.   Associates, Inc., in
                                                                    partnership with
                                                                    Sacramento Regional
                                                                    Transit District (RT),
                                                                    will receive funding to
                                                                    develop, test and
                                                                    demonstrate a front-end
                                                                    bumper design for light
                                                                    rail vehicles that operate
                                                                    in a shared right-of-way
                                                                    environment to improve
                                                                    safety, reduce injuries
                                                                    and minimize the impact of
                                                                    collisions with
                                                                    automobiles, pedestrians
                                                                    or bicyclists. Bumper
                                                                    prototypes will be mounted
                                                                    on select light rail
                                                                    vehicles to test
                                                                    compatibility during
                                                                    normal operation of light
                                                                    rail service, and during
                                                                    crashworthiness testing.
D2015-SRER-003.................  CA...........  San Francisco Bay  The San Francisco Bay Area         $5,000,000
                                                 Area Rapid         Rapid Transit District
                                                 Transit District   (BART) will receive
                                                 (BART).            funding to develop and
                                                                    demonstrate innovative
                                                                    safety technologies that
                                                                    will improve track worker
                                                                    safety and help prevent
                                                                    accidents involving trains
                                                                    and track workers. The
                                                                    technology will alert
                                                                    track workers to the
                                                                    presence of an approaching
                                                                    train and will stop the
                                                                    train if the workers do
                                                                    not acknowledge receipt of
                                                                    the alert.
D2015-SRER-004.................  GA...........  Metropolitan       The Metropolitan Atlanta           $4,233,865
                                                 Atlanta Rapid      Rapid Transit Authority
                                                 Transit            (MARTA) will receive
                                                 Authority          funding to install and
                                                 (MARTA).           demonstrate Bombardier's
                                                                    TrackSafe system along six
                                                                    miles of MARTA's rail
                                                                    system to improve track
                                                                    worker safety and reduce
                                                                    hazards associated with
                                                                    track inspection,
                                                                    maintenance and repair.
                                                                    The technology will be
                                                                    installed between Medical
                                                                    Center and North Springs
                                                                    stations and will alert
                                                                    track workers to the
                                                                    presence of an approaching
                                                                    train, and train operators
                                                                    and control center staff
                                                                    to the specific location
                                                                    of track workers.
D2015-SRER-005.................  GA...........  Center for         The Center for                       $995,098
                                                 Transportation     Transportation and the
                                                 and the            Environment (CTE) will
                                                 Environment        receive funding to
                                                 (CTE).             develop, evaluate and plan
                                                                    the deployment of a Bus
                                                                    Exportable Power System
                                                                    (BEPS) that would allow
                                                                    existing transit buses to
                                                                    export power using their
                                                                    hybrid propulsion systems.
                                                                    The system essentially
                                                                    would transform hybrid
                                                                    buses into a mobile power
                                                                    generator for use during
                                                                    all-hazards emergency
                                                                    response and recovery.
D2015-SRER-006.................  IL...........  The Board of       The Board of Trustees of           $2,396,981
                                                 Trustees of the    the University of
                                                 University of      Illinois, in partnership
                                                 Illinois.          with multiple public
                                                                    transit providers across
                                                                    the country, will receive
                                                                    funding to develop and
                                                                    deploy prototype concrete
                                                                    crossties and fastening
                                                                    systems for light rail,
                                                                    heavy rail, and commuter
                                                                    rail transit
                                                                    infrastructure to increase
                                                                    the life cycle of critical
                                                                    components and help
                                                                    maintain rail
                                                                    infrastructure in a state
                                                                    of good repair during
                                                                    normal operations and
                                                                    natural disasters. Transit
                                                                    partners include MetroLink
                                                                    (St. Louis, MO), Metra
                                                                    (Chicago, IL), Washington
                                                                    Metropolitan Area Transit
                                                                    Authority (Washington,
                                                                    DC), New York City Transit
                                                                    Authority (New York, NY),
                                                                    and TriMet (Portland, OR).

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D2015-SRER-007.................  IL...........  UChicago Argonne   UChicago Argonne LLC, in           $2,890,600
                                                 LLC.               partnership with Pace
                                                                    Suburban Bus Service
                                                                    (Pace) and Metra Commuter
                                                                    Rail, will receive funding
                                                                    to research and develop a
                                                                    decision support tool for
                                                                    transit asset management
                                                                    that addresses all-hazards
                                                                    emergency response and
                                                                    recovery. The tool will
                                                                    help emergency responders
                                                                    to quickly assess a
                                                                    situation, develop an
                                                                    appropriate mitigation
                                                                    strategy, and restore
                                                                    transit services in the
                                                                    most effective manner,
                                                                    using available transit
                                                                    assets.
D2015-SRER-008.................  LA...........  City of New        The City of New Orleans, in          $500,329
                                                 Orleans.           partnership with the
                                                                    Regional Transit Authority
                                                                    (RTA) and the University
                                                                    of New Orleans, will
                                                                    receive funding to improve
                                                                    the evacuation of city
                                                                    residents and vulnerable
                                                                    populations during
                                                                    emergencies and disasters.
                                                                    This project will focus on
                                                                    evacuation transportation
                                                                    planning provided by the
                                                                    City of New Orleans and
                                                                    RTA, and includes the
                                                                    identification of
                                                                    transportation assets that
                                                                    are needed for an
                                                                    evacuation and of current
                                                                    transportation assets that
                                                                    are used on a daily basis
                                                                    by the RTA.
D2015-SRER-009.................  MN...........  Minnesota Valley   Minnesota Valley Transit           $1,790,014
                                                 Transit            Authority will receive
                                                 Authority.         funding to equip
                                                                    additional buses in its
                                                                    Bus Rapid Transit and
                                                                    express bus fleets with
                                                                    GPS-based technology to
                                                                    improve safety and bus
                                                                    service within narrow
                                                                    shoulder lanes along
                                                                    highly congested corridors
                                                                    in the Minneapolis-St.
                                                                    Paul area. The technology
                                                                    will provide lane keeping
                                                                    information, lane
                                                                    departure warnings, and
                                                                    collision avoidance
                                                                    advisories to bus
                                                                    operators in various
                                                                    weather and road
                                                                    conditions.
D2015-SRER-010.................  NJ...........  New Jersey         New Jersey Transit            $381,079 (FY12)
D2015-SRER-011.................                  Transit            Corporation (NJ Transit),    $462,671 (FY13)
                                                 Corporation.       in partnership with
                                                                    Stevens Institute of
                                                                    Technology, will receive
                                                                    funding to develop an
                                                                    advanced forecast and
                                                                    observation system that
                                                                    can provide real-time
                                                                    information on the
                                                                    potential risk and
                                                                    magnitude of flooding
                                                                    before and during
                                                                    significant storm surge
                                                                    events at specific
                                                                    locations critical to NJ
                                                                    Transit's operations. The
                                                                    system will help inform
                                                                    decision making on which
                                                                    equipment or rolling stock
                                                                    needs to be moved, which
                                                                    signals and substations
                                                                    need to be de-energized,
                                                                    and where staffing should
                                                                    be prioritized in advance
                                                                    of a major weather event.
D2015-SRER-012.................  NY...........  New York           New York Metropolitan              $3,617,948
                                                 Metropolitan       Transportation Authority
                                                 Transportation     (MTA) will receive funding
                                                 Authority (MTA).   to research and
                                                                    demonstrate an automated,
                                                                    data-based information
                                                                    collection system to
                                                                    measure and monitor the
                                                                    condition of subway
                                                                    railcar wheels and rail
                                                                    infrastructure to enhance
                                                                    safety, increase energy
                                                                    efficiency, and ensure
                                                                    reliable subway service.
                                                                    The system will be tested
                                                                    on MTA's Flushing (#7)
                                                                    Line.
D2015-SRER-013.................  OH...........  Battelle Memorial  Battelle Memorial                  $2,741,617
                                                 Institute.         Institute, in partnership
                                                                    with Greater Cleveland
                                                                    Regional Transit Authority
                                                                    (GCRTA), will receive
                                                                    funding to research,
                                                                    develop and demonstrate
                                                                    integrated vehicle-to-
                                                                    vehicle and vehicle-to-
                                                                    infrastructure technology
                                                                    to minimize transit bus
                                                                    collisions with
                                                                    automobiles and
                                                                    pedestrians at
                                                                    intersections. This
                                                                    project will add both in-
                                                                    vehicle and infrastructure
                                                                    elements to create a
                                                                    connected vehicle
                                                                    environment for transit
                                                                    bus operations in the
                                                                    Cleveland area.
D2015-SRER-014.................  OR...........  Portland State     Portland State University,           $943,984
                                                 University.        in partnership with the
                                                                    Tri-County Metropolitan
                                                                    Transportation District of
                                                                    Oregon (TriMet) will
                                                                    receive funding to develop
                                                                    and test a Transportation
                                                                    Demand Management system
                                                                    that utilizes social media
                                                                    and Intelligent
                                                                    Transportation Systems
                                                                    (ITS) technology for
                                                                    emergency response and
                                                                    recovery in the Portland
                                                                    metropolitan area. The
                                                                    project will help TriMet
                                                                    and other transportation
                                                                    and emergency management
                                                                    agencies to deploy
                                                                    transportation services
                                                                    and personnel with
                                                                    increased effectiveness
                                                                    before, during and after
                                                                    an emergency.
                                                                                               -----------------
    Total......................  .............  .................  ...........................       $29,000,000
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                    Table 2--Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program Project Selections
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
          Project ID            State        City        Project sponsor   Project description       Amount
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D2015-LONO-001...............  CA....  Thousand Palms..  Sunline Transit  Sunline Transit             $9,803,860
                                                          Agency, in       Agency, in
                                                          partnership      partnership with
                                                          with Southern    the Southern
                                                          California       California
                                                          Association of   Association of
                                                          Governments.     Governments, will
                                                                           receive funding to
                                                                           purchase five
                                                                           hydrogen electric
                                                                           hybrid fuel cell
                                                                           buses built by BAE
                                                                           Systems, Ballard
                                                                           Power Systems and
                                                                           El Dorado National.
D2015-LONO-009...............  CA....  Stockton........  San Joaquin      The San Joaquin             $4,702,011
                                                          Regional         Regional Transit
                                                          Transit          District (RTD),
                                                          District (RTD).  will receive
                                                                           funding to purchase
                                                                           five Proterra
                                                                           battery-electric
                                                                           buses and a
                                                                           charging station.
D2015-LONO-007...............  KY....  Lexington.......  Lextran,         Lextran, the transit        $6,003,534
                                                          Transit          authority in
                                                          Authority of     Lexington,
                                                          the Lexington    Kentucky, will
                                                          Fayette Urban    receive funding to
                                                          County           purchase five
                                                          Government.      Proterra battery-
                                                                           electric buses, one
                                                                           charging station
                                                                           and one maintenance
                                                                           area charging
                                                                           system.
D2015-LONO-008...............  KY....  Louisville......  Transit          The Transit                 $3,321,250
                                                          Authority of     Authority of River
                                                          River City       City (TARC), the
                                                          (TARC).          transit agency for
                                                                           Louisville,
                                                                           Kentucky, and
                                                                           southern Indiana,
                                                                           will receive
                                                                           funding to deploy
                                                                           five Proterra
                                                                           battery-electric
                                                                           buses and a fast
                                                                           charging station.
D2015-LONO-010...............  MA....  Boston..........  Massachusetts    The Massachusetts           $4,139,188
                                                          Bay              Bay Transportation
                                                          Transportation   Authority (MBTA) in
                                                          Authority        Boston will receive
                                                          (MBTA).          funding to develop
                                                                           and deploy five 60-
                                                                           foot articulated
                                                                           New Flyer battery-
                                                                           electric buses on
                                                                           the MBTA Silver
                                                                           Line Bus Rapid
                                                                           Transit System.
D2015-LONO-011...............  MA....  Worcester.......  Worcester        The Worcester               $1,002,600
                                                          Regional         Regional Transit
                                                          Transit          Authority (WRTA),
                                                          Authority        the transit
                                                          (WRTA)           provider in Central
                                                                           Massachusetts, will
                                                                           receive funding to
                                                                           purchase and
                                                                           install a Proterra
                                                                           charging station
                                                                           for its existing
                                                                           fleet of zero-
                                                                           emission battery-
                                                                           electric buses.
D2015-LONO-006...............  MN....  Duluth..........  The Duluth       The Duluth Transit          $6,343,890
                                                          Transit          Authority (DTA)
                                                          Authority        will receive
                                                          (DTA).           funding to purchase
                                                                           and deploy six
                                                                           Proterra Fast
                                                                           Charge Electric
                                                                           buses, two charging
                                                                           stations and a
                                                                           maintenance
                                                                           facility charger
D2015-LONO-003...............  OH....  Canton..........  Stark Area       The Stark Area              $8,877,405
                                                          Regional         Regional Transit
                                                          Transit          Authority (SARTA)
                                                          Authority        will receive
                                                          (SARTA).         funding to purchase
                                                                           five hydrogen
                                                                           electric hybrid
                                                                           fuel cell buses
                                                                           built by BAE
                                                                           Systems, Ballard
                                                                           Power Systems and
                                                                           El Dorado National.
D2015-LONO-004...............  PA....  Lancaster.......  Red Rose         The Red Rose Transit        $2,638,400
                                                          Transit          Authority (RRTA) in
                                                          Authority        Lancaster, PA, will
                                                          (RRTA).          receive funding to
                                                                           purchase 17
                                                                           electric hybrid
                                                                           buses. The new, low
                                                                           emission buses will
                                                                           be manufactured by
                                                                           BAE Systems and
                                                                           Gillig. Fourteen
                                                                           buses will go to
                                                                           RRTA, and three
                                                                           will go to the
                                                                           Berks Area Regional
                                                                           Transportation
                                                                           Authority.
D2015-LONO-005...............  TX....  Dallas..........  Dallas Area      The Dallas Area             $7,637,111
                                                          Rapid Transit    Rapid Transit
                                                          Authority        Authority (DART)
                                                          (DART).          will receive
                                                                           funding to purchase
                                                                           and operate seven
                                                                           all-electric
                                                                           Proterra buses.
                                                                           DART will operate
                                                                           the fast charge,
                                                                           zero-emission buses
                                                                           on its downtown
                                                                           circulator service,
                                                                           D-Link.
                                                                                               -----------------
    Total....................  ......  ................  ...............  ....................       $54,469,249
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


               Table 3--Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations Project Selections
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                          Transit agency
          Project ID            State   Project sponsor      partner       Project description       Amount
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D2015-BERD-002...............  FL....  Center for        Central Florida  Center for                    $532,258
                                        Transportation    Regional         Transportation and
                                        and the           Transportation   the Environment
                                        Environment       Authority        (CTE), in
                                        (CTE).            (LYNX),          partnership with
                                                          Orlando, FL.     Central Florida
                                                                           Regional
                                                                           Transportation
                                                                           Authority (LYNX),
                                                                           will receive
                                                                           funding to develop
                                                                           and demonstrate a
                                                                           new thermoelectric
                                                                           power generator on
                                                                           a 40' transit bus
                                                                           contributed by LYNX
                                                                           to reduce fuel
                                                                           consumption and
                                                                           allow end of day
                                                                           information
                                                                           processing without
                                                                           idling.

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D2015-BERD-004...............  GA....  Center for        Metropolitan     Center for                    $976,030
                                        Transportation    Atlanta Rapid    Transportation and
                                        and the           Transit          the Environment
                                        Environment       Authority        (CTE), in
                                        (CTE).            (MARTA),         partnership with
                                                          Atlanta, GA.     the Metropolitan
                                                                           Atlanta Rapid
                                                                           Transit Authority
                                                                           (MARTA), will
                                                                           receive funding to
                                                                           develop and
                                                                           demonstrate a BAE
                                                                           Systems prototype
                                                                           Reduced Engine Idle
                                                                           Load System. This
                                                                           first-of-its-kind
                                                                           effort will bring a
                                                                           multimode, electric
                                                                           accessory `power
                                                                           plant' to market.
D2015-BERD-005...............  MD....  Maryland Transit  Maryland         The Maryland Transit          $495,621
                                        Administration    Transit          Administration will
                                        (MTA), MD.        Administration   receive funding to
                                                          (MTA),           develop and
                                                          Baltimore, MD.   demonstrate a
                                                                           retrofit of 35
                                                                           hybrid buses with a
                                                                           hybrid beltless
                                                                           alternator and
                                                                           support equipment
                                                                           to monitor fuel
                                                                           savings and impact
                                                                           on house batteries.
D2015-BERD-001...............  MI....  American Seating  The Rapid,       American Seating, in          $298,906
                                                          Grand Rapids,    partnership with
                                                          MI.              The Rapid in Grand
                                                                           Rapids, Michigan,
                                                                           will receive
                                                                           funding to develop
                                                                           and demonstrate a
                                                                           heated and cooled
                                                                           seat, which is
                                                                           intended to reduce
                                                                           fuel consumption of
                                                                           public
                                                                           transportation
                                                                           vehicles.
D2015-BERD-003...............  UT....  Center for        Utah Transit     Center for                    $697,185
                                        Transportation    Authority        Transportation and
                                        and the           (UTA), Salt      the Environment
                                        Environment       Lake City, UT.   (CTE), in
                                        (CTE).                             partnership with
                                                                           the Utah Transit
                                                                           Authority (UTA),
                                                                           will receive
                                                                           funding to develop
                                                                           and demonstrate a
                                                                           system that will
                                                                           eliminate or reduce
                                                                           idling during
                                                                           paratransit
                                                                           passenger loading
                                                                           operations,
                                                                           lowering operating
                                                                           costs, reducing
                                                                           energy usage, and
                                                                           improving air
                                                                           quality.
                                                                                               -----------------
    Total....................  ......  ................  ...............  ....................        $3,000,000
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[FR Doc. 2015-07825 Filed 4-3-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-57-P