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Download as PDF 79090 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2016 / Notices TABLE 1—FY 16 GRANTS FOR RIDES TO WELLNESS COMPETITION PROJECT SELECTIONS—Continued State Recipient Project ID Project description NC ........... Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority. D2016–RTWR–001–015 The Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority of Durham, N.C., will receive $65,600 to expand the Go Triangle Regional Call Center to improve coordinated transit planning and application assistance for paratransit riders who are low-income, uninsured or have mental health special needs. By co-locating paratransit mobility management services with fixed route mobility management services, the project will increase access to care. The project builds on a 2015 FTA-funded Healthcare Access Challenge Grant that tested solutions for transportation for low income, uninsured, or Medicaid consumers of behavior healthcare and developed a plan to implement solutions. Total: $7,211,518. BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration 2016 Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Program Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of selections of Fiscal Year 2016 MOD Sandbox Program. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the selection of 11 projects on October 13, 2016, (see Table 1) to receive $7,931,080 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and 2016 funding in support of FTA’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Program. On May 3, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (81 FR 26621) announcing the availability of $8 Million for the 2016 MOD Sandbox Program. The MOD Sandbox Program is a new FTA research program to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches to integrating emerging mobility solutions within a public transportation framework. The program seeks to support transit agencies and communities as they navigate the dynamic, evolving landscape of personal mobility and integrated multimodal transportation networks. FTA is interested in conducting research on new service options in combination with available technologies that enable a travelercentric approach to transportation, and provide better mobility options for everyone. FTA’s MOD Sandbox Program provides a platform where integrated MOD concepts and solutions— supported through local partnerships— can be demonstrated in real-world settings. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Nov 09, 2016 The FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation will contact successful applicants regarding the next steps in applying for funds (see Table 1). Unsuccessful applicants may contact Christina Gikakis, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation at email address modsandbox@dot.gov to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the MOD Sandbox NOFO, FTA received 78 eligible proposals requesting $57,146,181 in Federal funds. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant’s responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria published in the NOFO. FTA is funding 11 MOD Sandbox projects, as shown in Table 1, for a total of $7,931,080. Grantees selected for the MOD Sandbox Program should work with the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI) to complete the cooperative agreement applications in FTA’s electronic grants management system, Transit Award Management System (TrAMS). Cooperative agreements must only include eligible activities applied for in the original project application. Project partner organizations identified as team members or sub-recipients in the original project application must be identified and included in the grant application in the capacity as originally proposed. Funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible purposes established in the NOFO and described in the FTA Circular 6100.1E. Grantees are reminded that program requirements such as cost sharing or local match can be found in the NOFO and that applicants must provide the cost-share and source consistent with the selected proposal. A discretionary research project identification number has been assigned to each project, as shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 2016–27157 Filed 11–9–16; 8:45 am] Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Allocation 65,600 Table 1, for tracking purposes and must be used in the TrAMS application. Projects are eligible for pre-award authority with an effective date no earlier than October 13, 2016. Grantees seeking pre-award authority must request and receive approval from the TRI Associate Administrator through a Letter of No Prejudice. FTA may grant pre-award authority to any project under this program 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 project plan or statement of work. Post-award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal Financial Report and Milestone reports in TrAMS as appropriate (FTA Circular 6100.1E and Circular 5010.1D). The grantees must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements detailed in the current Master Agreement in carrying out the project supported by the FTA research grant. The current Master Agreement can be found in the following FTA Grant Agreements Web page: https://www.transit.dot.gov/ funding/grantee-resources/sample-ftaagreements/fta-grant-agreements. In addition, FTA will issue special conditions for certain MOD Sandbox projects to include specific data collection and reporting requirements related to compliance areas such as provision of equivalent service under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For non-selected applicants, FTA may contact certain MOD Sandbox applicant(s) whose proposals were not selected for Sandbox funding, but considered meritorious to advance the transit industry’s knowledge on MOD. FTA encourages all non-selected Sandbox applicants to notify FTA’s MOD Program Manager, Christina Gikakis, at email address modsandbox@ E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1 79091 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 218 / Thursday, November 10, 2016 / Notices dot.gov regarding their intent to proceed without FTA MOD Sandbox program funding. FTA may enter into agreements or other arrangements or relationships with these non-selected Sandbox applicants to collaborate in the format of technical assistance, such as data collection and analysis. Such agreements will assist FTA’s effort in building a MOD Community of Practice (CoP) to maximize learning and opportunities for collaboration for all. In addition, FTA intends to continue the dialogue with industry stakeholders on how FTA can continue to support innovative practices and shared-ride, on-demand mobility services. This may be done through an upcoming online dialogue to seek public comment on the overall MOD Program as it relates to advancing public transportation through the provision of flexible mobility choices and innovative business models. FTA also intends to issue Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), to further explain the eligibility of such services under current transit law and FTA’s core programs, such as the Urbanized Area and Rural formula programs. FTA encourages your comments and questions, which can be submitted to TransitInnovations@ dot.gov. Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator. TABLE 1—2016 MOD SANDBOX PROGRAM PROJECT SELECTIONS State Recipient Discretionary ID Project title AZ ........................... Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County. D2017–MODD–001 AZ ........................... CA .......................... Valley Metro Rail, Inc. ............................ City of Palo Alto ..................................... Adaptive Mobility with Reliability and Efficiency (AMORE)—Rita Ranch Area Pilot in Tucson. Mobility Platform .................................... Bay Area Fair Value Commuting Demonstration. CA .......................... FL ........................... Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority ....... D2017–MODD–002 D2017–MODD–003; D2017–MODD– 004 D2017–MODD–005 IL ............................ Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) ............ D2017–MODD–008 OR .......................... Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon. D2017–MODD–009 TX ........................... Dallas Area Rapid Transit ...................... D2017–MODD–010 VT ........................... Vermont Agency of Transportation ........ D2017–MODD–011 WA ......................... Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation. D2017–MODD–012 CA .......................... BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel FLACA; Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Submit comments on or before December 12, 2016. DATES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2016–0115. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on ADDRESSES: [Docket No. MARAD–2016 0115] As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by SUMMARY: 17:46 Nov 09, 2016 D2017–MODD–007 Jkt 241001 Los Angeles County and Puget Sound MOD Partnership. Integrated Carpool to Transit Access Program. Public-Private-Partnership for Paratransit Mobility on Demand Demonstration (P4–MOD). Integrated Fare Systems—From Transit Fare to Bike Share. Open Trip Planner Share Use Mobility (OTP SUM): Open Trip Planner Integration of Transit with Shared-Use Mobility Real-Time and Data Enhancements. MOD Sandbox—The First and Last Mile Solution. Vermont Statewide Transit Trip Planner—Fixed and Flex. Limited Access Connections .................. MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. [FR Doc. 2016–27158 Filed 11–9–16; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 D2017–MODD–006 PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FTA Allocation $669,158 1,001,000 1,085,000 1,350,000 358,000 500,000 400,000 678,000 1,204,000 480,000 205,922 the World Wide Web at http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bianca Carr, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W23–453, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202– 366–9309, Email Bianca.carr@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel FLACA is: Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: ‘‘Sailing day charters’’ Geographic Region: ‘‘Puerto Rico’’ The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD–2016–0115 at http://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388, that the issuance of the waiver will E:\FR\FM\10NON1.SGM 10NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 218 (Thursday, November 10, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 79090-79091]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27158]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


2016 Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Program

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of selections of Fiscal Year 2016 MOD Sandbox Program.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announced the selection of 11 projects on October 
13, 2016, (see Table 1) to receive $7,931,080 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 
and 2016 funding in support of FTA's Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox 
Program.
    On May 3, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity 
(NOFO) (81 FR 26621) announcing the availability of $8 Million for the 
2016 MOD Sandbox Program. The MOD Sandbox Program is a new FTA research 
program to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches to 
integrating emerging mobility solutions within a public transportation 
framework. The program seeks to support transit agencies and 
communities as they navigate the dynamic, evolving landscape of 
personal mobility and integrated multimodal transportation networks. 
FTA is interested in conducting research on new service options in 
combination with available technologies that enable a traveler-centric 
approach to transportation, and provide better mobility options for 
everyone. FTA's MOD Sandbox Program provides a platform where 
integrated MOD concepts and solutions--supported through local 
partnerships--can be demonstrated in real-world settings.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FTA Office of Research, 
Demonstration and Innovation will contact successful applicants 
regarding the next steps in applying for funds (see Table 1). 
Unsuccessful applicants may contact Christina Gikakis, Office of 
Research, Demonstration and Innovation at email address 
modsandbox@dot.gov to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of 
this announcement.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the MOD Sandbox NOFO, FTA 
received 78 eligible proposals requesting $57,146,181 in Federal funds. 
Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's 
responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria published in the 
NOFO. FTA is funding 11 MOD Sandbox projects, as shown in Table 1, for 
a total of $7,931,080.
    Grantees selected for the MOD Sandbox Program should work with the 
FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI) to complete 
the cooperative agreement applications in FTA's electronic grants 
management system, Transit Award Management System (TrAMS).
    Cooperative agreements must only include eligible activities 
applied for in the original project application. Project partner 
organizations identified as team members or sub-recipients in the 
original project application must be identified and included in the 
grant application in the capacity as originally proposed. Funds must be 
used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible 
purposes established in the NOFO and described in the FTA Circular 
6100.1E. Grantees are reminded that program requirements such as cost 
sharing or local match can be found in the NOFO and that applicants 
must provide the cost-share and source consistent with the selected 
proposal. A discretionary research project identification number has 
been assigned to each project, as shown in Table 1, for tracking 
purposes and must be used in the TrAMS application.
    Projects are eligible for pre-award authority with an effective 
date no earlier than October 13, 2016. Grantees seeking pre-award 
authority must request and receive approval from the TRI Associate 
Administrator through a Letter of No Prejudice. FTA may grant pre-award 
authority to any project under this program 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 
project plan or statement of work. Post-award reporting requirements 
include submission of the Federal Financial Report and Milestone 
reports in TrAMS as appropriate (FTA Circular 6100.1E and Circular 
5010.1D). The grantees must comply with all applicable Federal 
statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other 
Federal requirements detailed in the current Master Agreement in 
carrying out the project supported by the FTA research grant. The 
current Master Agreement can be found in the following FTA Grant 
Agreements Web page: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grantee-resources/sample-fta-agreements/fta-grant-agreements. In addition, FTA 
will issue special conditions for certain MOD Sandbox projects to 
include specific data collection and reporting requirements related to 
compliance areas such as provision of equivalent service under the 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    For non-selected applicants, FTA may contact certain MOD Sandbox 
applicant(s) whose proposals were not selected for Sandbox funding, but 
considered meritorious to advance the transit industry's knowledge on 
MOD. FTA encourages all non-selected Sandbox applicants to notify FTA's 
MOD Program Manager, Christina Gikakis, at email address modsandbox@

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dot.gov regarding their intent to proceed without FTA MOD Sandbox 
program funding. FTA may enter into agreements or other arrangements or 
relationships with these non-selected Sandbox applicants to collaborate 
in the format of technical assistance, such as data collection and 
analysis. Such agreements will assist FTA's effort in building a MOD 
Community of Practice (CoP) to maximize learning and opportunities for 
collaboration for all.
    In addition, FTA intends to continue the dialogue with industry 
stakeholders on how FTA can continue to support innovative practices 
and shared-ride, on-demand mobility services. This may be done through 
an upcoming online dialogue to seek public comment on the overall MOD 
Program as it relates to advancing public transportation through the 
provision of flexible mobility choices and innovative business models. 
FTA also intends to issue Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), to further 
explain the eligibility of such services under current transit law and 
FTA's core programs, such as the Urbanized Area and Rural formula 
programs. FTA encourages your comments and questions, which can be 
submitted to TransitInnovations@dot.gov.

Carolyn Flowers,
Acting Administrator.

                              Table 1--2016 MOD Sandbox Program Project Selections
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             State                  Recipient           Discretionary ID         Project title    FTA Allocation
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AZ............................  Regional           D2017-MODD-001              Adaptive Mobility        $669,158
                                 Transportation                                 with Reliability
                                 Authority of                                   and Efficiency
                                 Pima County.                                   (AMORE)--Rita
                                                                                Ranch Area Pilot
                                                                                in Tucson.
AZ............................  Valley Metro       D2017-MODD-002              Mobility Platform       1,001,000
                                 Rail, Inc..
CA............................  City of Palo Alto  D2017-MODD-003; D2017-MODD- Bay Area Fair           1,085,000
                                                    004                         Value Commuting
                                                                                Demonstration.
CA............................  Los Angeles        D2017-MODD-005              Los Angeles             1,350,000
                                 County                                         County and Puget
                                 Metropolitan                                   Sound MOD
                                 Transportation                                 Partnership.
                                 Authority
                                 (Metro).
CA............................  San Francisco Bay  D2017-MODD-006              Integrated                358,000
                                 Area Rapid                                     Carpool to
                                 Transit District                               Transit Access
                                 (BART).                                        Program.
FL............................  Pinellas Suncoast  D2017-MODD-007              Public-Private-           500,000
                                 Transit                                        Partnership for
                                 Authority.                                     Paratransit
                                                                                Mobility on
                                                                                Demand
                                                                                Demonstration
                                                                                (P4-MOD).
IL............................  Chicago Transit    D2017-MODD-008              Integrated Fare           400,000
                                 Authority (CTA).                               Systems--From
                                                                                Transit Fare to
                                                                                Bike Share.
OR............................  Tri-County         D2017-MODD-009              Open Trip Planner         678,000
                                 Metropolitan                                   Share Use
                                 Transportation                                 Mobility (OTP
                                 District of                                    SUM): Open Trip
                                 Oregon.                                        Planner
                                                                                Integration of
                                                                                Transit with
                                                                                Shared-Use
                                                                                Mobility Real-
                                                                                Time and Data
                                                                                Enhancements.
TX............................  Dallas Area Rapid  D2017-MODD-010              MOD Sandbox--The        1,204,000
                                 Transit.                                       First and Last
                                                                                Mile Solution.
VT............................  Vermont Agency of  D2017-MODD-011              Vermont Statewide         480,000
                                 Transportation.                                Transit Trip
                                                                                Planner--Fixed
                                                                                and Flex.
WA............................  Pierce County      D2017-MODD-012              Limited Access            205,922
                                 Public                                         Connections.
                                 Transportation
                                 Benefit Area
                                 Corporation.
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