Limitation on Claims Against a Proposed Public Transportation Project
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, MD. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject project and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions.
MAP-21 Section 1306 Financial Penalties Guidance
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are issuing joint guidance on the implementation of the financial penalty provisions contained in Section 1306 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The financial penalty provisions require Federal agencies of jurisdiction (Reviewing Agency) to render a decision on a permit, license, or other approval related to a transportation project within 180 days from the later of the date FHWA or FTA issue a Record of Decision or Finding of No Significant Impacts for a project, or the date on which an application for a permit, license, or approval for the project is complete. If the Reviewing Agency does not render a decision by the 180-day deadline, it is subject to a rescission of funds of $10,000 or $20,000 per week until the Reviewing Agency renders a decision. The FHWA and FTA have the authority to grant ``no-fault'' certifications if the Reviewing Agency's failure to decide was due to circumstances beyond its control. You may review the guidance by visiting FHWA's Web site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21, or FTA's Web site at http://www/fta.dot.gov/map21.
State of Good Repair Grants Program: Proposed Circular; Correction
On March 3, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a notice of available guidance regarding the State of Good Repair Grants program. In the March 3, 2014, notice, the DATES section was incorrect and this notice corrects it.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for the Pad and Rubber Boot of a Concrete Block for a Low Vibration Track System
In response to the MTA Capital Construction Company's (MTACC) request for a Buy America waiver for the pad and rubber boot of a concrete block for the Low Vibration Track (LVT) system that it is constructing on behalf of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) operating agency, New York City Transit (NYCT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements on the basis of non-availability for the pad and rubber bootcomponents of the concrete blocks used in MTA's LVT system. This waiver is limited to Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway Project and is valid only for the pads and rubber boots already procured for this project.
Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program
Pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a Notice for Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses on January 9, 2014. Due to heightened public interest in the RFP and the volume of technical questions received, FTA is extending the application submission deadline announced in the RFP to April 10, 2014, and will be conducting an online webinar in which questions and answers can be shared among interested parties.
State Safety Oversight Formula Grant Program
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is apportioning fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014 funds for the new State Safety Oversight (SSO) Formula Grant Program in accordance with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This notice apportions the available funding for FYs 2013 and 2014 and provides instructions and guidance for this new formula grant program, for which funding is available to eligible States to develop or carry out SSO Programs (SSOPs) that monitor and improve the safety of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems (RFGPTS or rail transit systems) in their jurisdictions that are not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This notice also establishes the formula for this new grant program and responds to the comments received pursuant to the May 13, 2013 Federal Register notice (78 FR 28014) on the illustrative apportionment for SSO grant funding.
FTA Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information
On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, (FY 2014 Appropriations) which provided a full fiscal year's funding for Federal Transit Assistance programs. Previous continuing resolutions had provided funds through January 18, 2014. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) annually publishes one or more notices apportioning funds appropriated by law. This notice apportions and provides information on the FY 2014 funding available for the FTA assistance programs, and provides program guidance and requirements, and information on several program issues important in the current year. This notice also provides information on FTA's discretionary programs and forthcoming program guidance.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collections:
State of Good Repair Grants Program: Proposed Circular
FTA has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance, in the form of a circular, to assist recipients of financial aid under the 49 U.S.C. 5337 State of Good Repair (``SGR'') Grants program. The proposed circular provides instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process.