Federal Transit Administration 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Joint Development: Updated Circular
Document Number: 2016-31443
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued and placed in the docket and on its Web site updated guidance, in the form of a circular, on joint development projects making use of FTA funds or FTA- funded property. The purpose of the update is to implement recent statutory changes and clarify guidance in FTA Circular 7050.1: FTA Guidance on Joint Development. Because the update reflects existing statute and imposes no new requirements on recipients, FTA is not soliciting public comment.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Project
Document Number: 2016-30703
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. 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.
Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: 2016-30614
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transportation Administration's (FTA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for FTA Grants and Cooperative Agreements, which can be found at FTA's Web site, www.transit.dot.gov/ certs. This notice provides a condensed list of the pre-award Certifications and Assurances that may apply to an Applicant to FTA for federal assistance and the Award that may be made in FY 2017. This notice also describes both the Applicant and FTA's responsibilities with respect to the Certifications and Assurances and highlights the differences between the FY 2017 Certifications and Assurances and those published for FY 2016. Each Applicant to FTA for federal assistance must submit the Certifications and Assurances that apply to it and any Award for which it seeks federal assistance during FY 2017. An Applicant to FTA typically acts through its authorized representative (You). You, as the Applicant's Authorized Representative, must have the authority to sign the Applicant's Certifications and Assurances and to bind your Applicant's compliance with the Certifications and Assurances you select on its behalf. Your Applicant's Certifications and Assurances must be affirmed by your Applicant's attorney. This notice provides instructions on how and when you should submit your Applicant's Certifications and Assurances for FY 2017.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform
Document Number: 2016-30478
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This final rule revises the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the revisions is to better align the planning regulations with statutory provisions concerning the establishment of metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries and the designation of MPOs.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Replacement Parts on Diesel Multiple Unit Rail Vehicles
Document Number: 2016-29707
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the North County Transit District (NCTD) in California for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of replacement parts for Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail vehicles. The 12 DMU rail vehicles were manufactured by Siemens as a part of their Desiro series and were placed in revenue service in 2008. Mid-life maintenance and replacement overhauls of vehicle parts are now required in order to ensure safe and continuous transit service. The FTA hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to the purchase of the replacement parts by NCTD over several phases from 2018 through 2026.
Notice of Buy America Public Interest Waiver for Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Work Performed for the World Trade Center
Document Number: 2016-29686
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for a Buy America public interest waiver for the procurement of equipment to replace what was damaged at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (WTC Hub) project during Hurricane Sandy. A public interest waiver is needed because Hurricane Sandy damaged an existing construction site that receives federal funds but is not subject to FTA's Buy America requirements and the only option PANYNJ had to implement Sandy recovery work was to replace the damaged equipment with the same equipment. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(A) and 49 CFR 661.7(b). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA provided notice of the public interest waiver request and sought comment on whether to grant the request. FTA received one comment in support of the waiver, and no comments objecting to the waiver. Therefore, FTA is issuing a general public interest waiver for two PANYNJ Hurricane Sandy grants, NY-44-X005 and NY-44-X014. This public interest waiver is limited to the Hurricane Sandy recovery projects at the WTC Hub only and does not apply to separately funded resiliency projects.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Radio Consoles
Document Number: 2016-29685
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority's (GDRTA) request for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of radio consoles, which would be a part of GDRTA's new communication system (``radio consoles''), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to a single procurement by GDRTA for the radio consoles.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Ultrastraight Rail
Document Number: 2016-29684
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Central Puget Sound Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of ultrastraight rail. Sound Transit seeks to procure approximately 15,100 feet ultrastraight rail for a portion of its Northgate Link light rail extension to avoid exceedance of contractually-mandated vibration thresholds. The FTA hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to a single procurement by Sound Transit.
Notice of Request for Revisions of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-29505
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the revisions of the following information collection:
Fiscal Year 2016 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-29020
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of 35 projects for funding with Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Tribal Transit Program (TTP), as authorized by (49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1)(a)(j)), as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015). A total of $5 million is available under this program.
Private Enterprise Participation
Document Number: 2016-28479
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby establishes policy guidance for documenting compliance with the private enterprise participation requirements under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It also includes additional clarifications under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Because the policy guidance requirement reiterates existing statutes and regulations and imposes no new requirements on recipients, FTA is not soliciting public comment on this policy guidance.
Notice of Availability of Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transit Projects
Document Number: 2016-28104
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of a draft Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transit Projects (Programmatic Assessment) and an accompanying Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Estimator Tool (Estimator Tool). The purpose of the draft Programmatic Assessment is to: (1) Report on whether certain types of proposed transit projects merit detailed analysis of their GHG emissions at the project-level; and (2) provide a source of data and analysis for FTA and its grantees to reference in future environmental documents for projects where detailed, project-level GHG analysis would provide limited information beyond what is collected and considered in the assessment. The draft Programmatic Assessment presents estimates of GHG emissions generated from the construction, operations, and maintenance phases of projects across select transit modes, as well as an estimate of personal vehicle emissions displaced due to transit's ``ridership effect.'' The associated Estimator Tool is a spreadsheet tool that allows users to calculate partial lifecycle GHG emissions estimates by transit mode based on limited data inputs. FTA's draft Programmatic Assessment or Estimator Tool is not a requirement; agencies and states may use other methods for reporting GHG emissions related to state GHG reporting regulations, as needed and as appropriate. Use of FTA's draft Programmatic Assessment or Estimator Tool is not a requirement, if agencies and states are utilizing other methods for reporting GHG emissions related to state GHG reporting regulations. The FTA requests public comments on the Programmatic Assessment and the Estimator Tool.
Discretionary Funding Opportunity: Zero Emission Research Opportunity
Document Number: 2016-28069
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This competitive solicitation is for the Zero Emission Research Opportunity (ZERO), administered by the Federal Transit Administration. Available funding is $2.75 million in FTA research funds and this solicitation also will establish eligibility for possible future funding, subject to Congressional appropriations and FTA funding approval, for ZERO. The purpose of the program is to facilitate the advancement, production, and deployment of zero emission public transportation vehicle technology and related infrastructure. FTA intends to select, and enter into cooperative agreements with, multiple (up to 3) nonprofit consortia to continue building on past research innovation and development efforts to facilitate the deployment of zero emission vehicles and associated advanced technology. Eligibility for future ZERO funding opportunities in fiscal years 2017-2020 will be limited to those nonprofit consortia selected under this fiscal year 2017 notice. Potential research partners such as transit agencies, other nonprofits, vendors, suppliers and systems integrators may work with multiple consortia. The Federal cost share of a project carried out under ZERO shall not exceed 80 percent.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-27642
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describe the nature of the information collection and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on August 16, 2016 (81 FR 54660).
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-27641
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describe the nature of the information collection and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on August 16, 2016 (81 FR 54658).
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2016-27575
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in the City of Alexandria, VA and the City of Jersey City, NJ. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions.
2016 Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Program
Document Number: 2016-27158
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-10
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
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 solutionssupported through local partnershipscan be demonstrated in real-world settings.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Public Interest Waiver for Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Work Performed for the World Trade Center
Document Number: 2016-26656
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for a Buy America public interest waiver for the procurement of equipment to replace what was damaged at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (WTC Hub) project during Hurricane Sandy. PANYNJ seeks a public interest Buy America waiver for the replacement of equipment previously purchased for the WTC Hub. Hurricane Sandy damaged an existing construction site that receives federal funds but is not subject to FTA's Buy America requirements and the only option PANYNJ had to implement Sandy recovery work was to replace the damaged equipment with the same equipment previously acquired for the project. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(A) and 49 CFR 661.7(b). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the public interest waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would only apply to replacement of equipment damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the WTC Hub project and would not apply to any other PANYNJ resiliency projects for which FTA has provided funding.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Replacement Parts on Diesel Multiple Unit Rail Vehicles
Document Number: 2016-26653
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the North County Transit District (NCTD) in California for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of specified replacement parts for Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail vehicles. The 12 DMU rail vehicles were manufactured by Siemens as a part of their Desiro series and were placed in revenue service in 2008. Mid-life maintenance and replacement overhauls of vehicle parts are now required in order to ensure safe and continuous transit service. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Radio Consoles
Document Number: 2016-26317
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of radio consoles, which are a part of a voice and cellular data communications system (the ``radio consoles''). GDRTA's current voice and data communications equipment is obsolete and malfunctioning. The new communication system will result in improved operational efficiency. GDRTA seeks a waiver for the procurement of radio consoles because there are no manufacturers that produce radio consoles that are compatible with GDRTA's communications system and comply with the Buy America requirements. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(B) and 49 CFR 661.7(c). GDRTA is joining Montgomery County's radio system, and the radio consoles compatible with the new system must be original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Motorola devices. Motorola cannot provide Buy America-compliant radio consoles. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the non-availability waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would apply to the radio consoles identified in the waiver request.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Ultrastraight Rail
Document Number: 2016-26316
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Central Puget Sound Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of ultrastraight rail. Sound Transit seeks to procure ultrastraight rail for a portion of its Northgate Link light rail extension to avoid exceedance of contractually-mandated vibration thresholds. Sound Transit seeks a waiver because there is no domestic manufacturer available to produce rail that has passed the applicable vibration testing standards. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would apply to a one-time FTA-funded procurement by Sound Transit.
Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
Document Number: 2016-26269
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administrator on matters relating to the safety of public transportation systems.
Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-26208
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and FY 2016 appropriations for the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning (TOD Pilot Program), as authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) with additional funding provided by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. On April 14, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (81 FR 22155) announcing the availability of $20.49 million in funding for this program. This program supports comprehensive planning efforts associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects that are seeking or have recently received funding through FTA's Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
Notice of Buy America Waiver of Domestic Content Requirement for Minivans and Vans
Document Number: 2016-25370
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to a formal petition from the Pace Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (Pace) requesting a Buy America non-availability waiver to purchase 188 Dodge Caravan minivans for its vanpool program and informal requests from other FTA recipients for similar waivers, and because FTA has been unable to identify any minivan manufacturers who meet both the final assembly and domestic content requirements for non-ADA-accessible minivans, the Federal Transit Administrative (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America domestic content requirement for non-ADA-accessible minivans and vans. FTA's requirement for final assembly in the United States is not waived. This waiver applies to all contracts for the procurement of non-ADA-accessible minivans and vans entered into on or before September 30, 2019, or until a fully-compliant domestic source becomes available, whichever is earlier.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Facility
Document Number: 2016-25121
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 5334(h) of the Federal Transit Laws, as codified, 49 U.S.C. 5301, et seq., permits the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to authorize a recipient of FTA funds to transfer land or a facility to a public body for any public purpose with no further obligation to the Federal Government if, among other things, no Federal agency is interested in acquiring the asset for Federal use. Accordingly, FTA is issuing this Notice to advise Federal agencies that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) intends to transfer property located at 415 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, to the Port of New Orleans, a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana. LaDOTD used the property, building, and improvements for a ferry terminal until September 2009. The property is no longer being used to support ferry service. The Port of New Orleans (Port) intends to use the property for administrative purposes to support its activities. The transfer will provide benefits to the Port by providing space for Port personnel to carry out administrative functions. The transfer will support efforts by the Port to expand container terminal capacity to address and capitalize projected growth in container traffic. In addition, Port ownership of the property and building will maintain a position of security in location and afford continuous visibility of the river from Port property. The Port plans to use the property and building for a minimum of 5 years.
Final Notice on Updates to the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) and Changes to the National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2016-24414
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice finalizes updates to the USOA and changes to NTD Automatic Passenger Counter Certification requirements.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2016-24216
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in the City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge, LA, and Hennepin County, MN. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Facility
Document Number: 2016-23940
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 5334(h) of the Federal Transit Laws, as codified, 49 U.S.C. 5301, et. seq., permits the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to authorize a recipient of FTA funds to transfer land or a facility to a public body for any public purpose with no further obligation to the Federal Government if, among other things, no Federal agency is interested in acquiring the asset for Federal use. Accordingly, FTA is issuing this Notice to advise Federal agencies that VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) intends to transfer the facility at 7535 Merton Mintor, Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas, to University Health System (a.k.a Bexar County Hospital District, hereinafter ``District''), a political subdivision of the State of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, serving Bexar County. The facility is attached and connected to a building and parking garage at the South Texas Medical Center. VIA used the facility from approximately 1998 to 2012 as a transfer facility. VIA discontinued use of the facility in December 2012 with the opening of its new medical center transfer facility at a different location. The District intends to use the facility for various hospital departments, including the Information Technology Department, and a Pediatric Food Bank. The transfer will provide benefits to the hospital by providing space for hospital department personnel and operations. The transfer will provide a benefit to the community in the form of the Pediatric Food Bank, filling a need for children that will allow them to stay nourished and healthy, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary hospital stays. The District plans to use the facility for at least 20 years and is planning renovations to the facility and its systems.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-23772
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on May 9, 2016 (81 FR 28158).
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-23771
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on May 9, 2016 (81 FR 28157).
Notice of Final Equal Employment Opportunity Program Circular
Document Number: 2016-23505
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site guidance in the form of a Circular to assist recipients in complying with various Equal Employment Opportunity regulations and statutes. The purpose of this Circular is to provide recipients of FTA financial assistance with instructions and guidance necessary to carry out the U.S. Department of Transportation's Equal Employment Opportunity regulations. FTA is updating its Equal Employment Opportunity Circular to clarify the requirements for compliance.
FY16 Discretionary Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Component Assessment Program (LoNo-CAP)
Document Number: 2016-23504
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is requesting proposals from qualified institutions of higher education to conduct testing, evaluation, and analysis of low or no emission components intended for use in low or no emission transit buses used to provide public transportation. FTA is authorized to pay 50 percent of the established assessment fees, up to $3.0 million annually. A total of $15.0 million is authorized at $3.0 million per year starting in FY 2016 through FY2020 to carry out the Low and No Emission Component Assessment Program (LoNo-CAP). Funds awarded under the LoNo-CAP program will be used to reimburse the cost of assessing eligible components.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform
Document Number: 2016-22907
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-23
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FHWA and FTA are reopening the comment period for the NPRM that was published on June 27, 2016, at 81 FR 41473, in order to receive additional public comment on targeted issues. The NPRM proposes revisions to the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The original comment period closed on August 26, 2016. The FHWA and FTA received a number of requests to extend the comment period. The FHWA and FTA recognize that those interested in commenting on this important program may not have had the opportunity to provide comments and that the comment period should be reopened. Therefore, the comment period is being reopened.
Announcement of Fiscal Year 2016 Low or No Emission Grant Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-21430
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations for the Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program), as authorized by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act. The FAST Act authorized $55 million for competitive allocations in FY 2016. On March 29, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (81 FR 17553) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the Low-No Program. These program funds will provide financial assistance to states and eligible public agencies for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies and for related equipment or facilities use for transit revenue operations.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Oregon
Document Number: 2016-21160
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Metro (the regional government and metropolitan planning organization that serves the cities and counties of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area) and the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the benefits and impacts of the proposed Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project (Project). The Project would improve public transportation between and through southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. FTA may provide funding for the Project through its Capital Investment Grant program. FTA, Metro and TriMet will prepare the EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FTA environmental regulations, and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). This Notice initiates formal scoping for the EIS, provides information on the nature of the proposed transit Project, invites participation in the EIS process, and identifies potential environmental effects to be considered. It also invites comments from interested members of the public, tribes, and agencies on the scope of the EIS and announces upcoming public scoping meetings. Comments should address (1) feasible alternatives that may better achieve the Project's need and purposes with fewer adverse impacts and (2) any significant environmental impacts relating to the alternatives.
Notice of Policy on the Implementation of the Phased Increase in Domestic Content Under the Buy America Waiver for Rolling Stock and Notice of Public Interest Waiver of Buy America Domestic Content Requirements for Rolling Stock Procurement in Limited Circumstances
Document Number: 2016-21007
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This final policy consists of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) policy statement regarding its implementation of the phased-in increase in domestic content for rolling stock under the FTA's Buy America statute, as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Through this final policy, FTA is providing guidance to transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers regarding how they are to implement the FAST Act's statutory amendments. Additionally, FTA is providing notice of public interest waivers of Buy America domestic content requirements for rolling stock procurements in limited circumstances.
Notice of Request for Revisions of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-19463
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the revisions of the following information collection: Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-19462
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and its implementing regulations, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting this information collection requirements for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FTA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below. Title: 49 U.S.C. Section 5307Urbanized Area Formula Program. OMB Number: 2132-0502. Background: 49 U.S.C. 5307 The Urbanized Area Formula Funding program (49 U.S.C. 5307) makes Federal resources available to urbanized areas and to Governors for transit capital and operating assistance and for transportation related planning in urbanized areas. An urbanized area is a Census-designated area with a population of 50,000 or more as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. Funding is made available to designated recipients, which must be public bodies with the legal authority to receive and dispense Federal funds. Governors, responsible local officials and publicly owned operators of transit services are required to designate a recipient to apply for, receive, and dispense funds for urbanized areas pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5307(a)(2). The Governor or Governor's designee is the designated recipient for urbanized areas between 50,000 and 200,000. Eligible activities include planning, engineering, design and evaluation of transit projects and other technical transportation- related studies; capital investments in bus and bus-related activities such as replacement of buses, overhaul of buses, rebuilding of buses, crime prevention and security equipment and construction of maintenance and passenger facilities; and capital investments in new and existing fixed guideway systems including rolling stock, overhaul and rebuilding of vehicles, track, signals, communications, and computer hardware and software. All preventive maintenance and some Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit service costs are considered capital costs. For urbanized areas with populations less than 200,000, operating assistance is an eligible expense. For urbanized areas with 200,000 in population and over, funds are apportioned and flow directly to a designated recipient selected locally to apply for and receive Federal funds. For urbanized areas under 200,000 in population, the funds are apportioned to the Governor of each state for distribution. With the passing of Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, the 100 Bus Rule was been expanded to include demand response service, excluding ADA complementary paratransit service. An exception to the 100 Bus Rule has been added as well. If a public transportation system executes a written agreement with one or more other public transportation systems within the urbanized area to allocate funds by a method other than by measuring vehicle revenue hours, each public transportation system that is part of the written agreement may follow the terms of the written agreement instead of the measured vehicle revenue hours. Under Grant Recipient Requirements, a provision has been added that directs recipients to maintain equipment and facilities in accordance with their transit asset management plan. Recipients are no longer required to expend 1% of their funding for associated transit improvements. However, recipients are still required to submit an annual report listing projects that were carried out in the preceding fiscal year. The Passenger Ferry Grant Program is also available to urbanized areas under the authority provided through 49 U.S.C. 5307 (section 5307). This program provides discretionary opportunity to capital projects. Capital projects include, but are not limited to, the purchase, replacement, or rehabilitation of ferries and terminals and related equipment. Funds may not be used to fund operating expenses, planning, or preventive maintenance. Respondents: State and local government, business or other for- profit institutions and non-profit institutions. Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 50 hours for each of the 2,245 respondents. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 67,250 hours. Frequency: Annual.
FY 2016 Competitive Research Funding Opportunity: Safety Research and Demonstration (SRD) Program
Document Number: 2016-19391
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $7,000,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Public Transportation Innovation funds to demonstrate and evaluate innovative technologies and safer designs to improve public transportation safety. FTA is seeking to fund cooperative agreements to engage in demonstration projects focused in the following two thematic areas: collision avoidance and mitigation and transit worker safety protection. An eligible lead applicant under this notice must be an existing FTA grant recipient and eligible project partners and sub-recipients under this program may include, but are not limited to, providers of public transportation; State and local governmental entities; departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government, including Federal laboratories; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges. This notice solicits competitive proposals addressing priorities established by FTA for these research areas, provides instructions for submitting proposals, and describes criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious proposals for funding, and the process to apply for funding. This announcement is also available on the FTA Web site at: https:/ /www.transit.dot.gov/grants. A synopsis of this funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http:// www.grants.gov. The funding Opportunity ID is FTA-2016-007-TRI-SRD and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Asssitance (CFDA) number for Section 5312 funded program is 20.514.
Public Transportation Safety Program
Document Number: 2016-18920
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule to establish substantive and procedural rules for FTA's administration of a comprehensive safety program to improve the safety of the Nation's public transportation systems. This final rule provides the framework for FTA to monitor, oversee and enforce transit safety, based on the methods and principles of Safety Management Systems.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Land or Facility
Document Number: 2016-18951
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-10
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 5334(h) of the Federal Transit Laws, as codified, 49 U.S.C. 5301, et seq., permits the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to authorize a recipient of FTA funds to transfer land or a facility to a public body for any public purpose with no further obligation to the Federal Government if, among other things, no Federal agency is interested in acquiring the asset for Federal use. Accordingly, FTA is issuing this Notice to advise Federal Agencies that South Bend Public Transportation (``Transpo'') intends to transfer the Leighton Parking Garage property (the ``Facility'') to the City of South Bend, acting by and through its Board of Public Works (the ``City''). The Facility is located at 109 West Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, Indiana. It is in downtown South Bend on a parcel of property bounded by Michigan Street, Jefferson Boulevard, Main Street, and Wayne Street. The Facility is a parking garage with approximately 215 underground parking spaces and aproximately 429 above-ground parking spaces including all equipment used to control parking.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-18226
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burdens.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-18225
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burdens.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-18224
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collection and the expected burdens.
Bus Testing: Establishment of Performance Standards, a Bus Model Scoring System, a Pass/Fail Standard and Other Program Updates
Document Number: 2016-17889
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is issuing a new pass/fail standard and new aggregated scoring system for buses and modified vans (hereafter referred to as ``bus'' or ``buses'') that are subject to FTA's bus testing program, as mandated by Section 20014 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The pass/fail standard and scoring system address the following categories as required by MAP-21: Structural integrity, safety, maintainability, reliability, fuel economy, emissions, noise, and performance. Recipients of FTA grants are prohibited from using FTA financial assistance to procure new buses that have not met the minimum performance standards established by today's final rule. Finally, FTA is requiring bus manufacturers to provide country-of-origin information for test unit bus components, in lieu of applying Buy America U.S. content requirements to all buses submitted for testing.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Positive Train Control Grant Funds
Document Number: 2016-17943
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain funding for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems required under the Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended by the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.321, ``Positive Train Control.'' FRA will review applications for funding under this NOFO and will select the projects for funding. FTA will award the grant funds and administer and manage the grants after award. FRA will help FTA monitor the PTC implementation and progress of the grantees. In addition, applicants should contact FRA with PTC technical questions.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Land or Facility
Document Number: 2016-17626
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 5334(h) of the Federal Transit Laws, as codified, 49 U.S.C. 5301, et seq., permits the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to authorize a recipient of FTA funds to transfer land or a facility to a public body for any public purpose with no further obligation to the Federal Government if, among other things, no Federal agency is interested in acquiring the asset for Federal use. Accordingly, FTA is issuing this Notice to advise Federal Agencies that the Michigan Department of Transportation intends to transfer the former transportation operations and maintenance facility to the City of Holland. The physical address of the facility is 429 24th Street, Holland, Michigan, and it is surrounded by residential, commercial and other exempt properties.
[Docket No. FTA-2016-0030] HEADTransit Asset Management: Proposed Guidebooks
Document Number: 2016-17076
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
FTA has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance in the form of two FTA guidebooks to facilitate implementation of FTA's Transit Asset Management program: (1) ``Guideway Performance Restriction Calculation'' and (2) ``Facility Condition Assessment.'' The purpose of the proposed guidebooks is to inform the transit community of calculation methodologies for state of good repair performance measures for infrastructure and facilities. By this notice, FTA seeks public comment on the proposed guidebooks.
National Transit Database: Capital Asset Reporting
Document Number: 2016-17075
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice finalizes the expansion of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) Asset Inventory reporting requirements.
Transit Asset Management; National Transit Database
Document Number: 2016-16883
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration is publishing a final rule to define the term state of good repair and to establish minimum Federal requirements for transit asset management that will apply to all recipients and subrecipients of chapter 53 funds that own, operate, or manage public transportation capital assets. This final rule requires public transportation providers to develop and implement out transit asset management (TAM) plans. TAM plans must include an asset inventory, condition assessments of inventoried assets, and a prioritized list of investments to improve the state of good repair of their capital assets. This final rule also establishes state good repair standards and four state of good repair (SGR) performance measures. Transit providers are required to set performance targets for their capital assets based on the SGR measures and report their targets, as well as information related to the condition of their capital assets, to the National Transit Database.