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Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program
Document Number: 2015-30466
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeks public comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for safety certification training. FTA proposes to adopt the current interim safety certification training provisions as the initial regulatory training requirements for public transportation industry personnel responsible for safety oversight of public transportation systems. The NPRM defines to whom the training requirements apply, describes recordkeeping requirements, provides administrative provisions, and compliance requirements.
Environmental Impact and Related Procedures
Document Number: 2015-29413
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This NPRM provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed revisions to the FHWA and FTA joint regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. The revisions are prompted by the enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which requires rulemaking to address programmatic approaches. This NPRM proposes to revise the FHWA/FTA Environmental Impact and Related Procedures and Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites regulations due to MAP-21 changes to the environmental review process that FHWA and FTA have not previously captured in other rulemakings, such as the use of programmatic agreements and the use of single final environmental impact statement/record of decision documents. In addition, FHWA and FTA propose changes to the regulatory text to improve readability and to reflect current practice, consistent with an Executive order to improve regulations and regulatory review. The FHWA and FTA seek comments on the proposals contained in this notice.
Environmental Impact Statement for the Green Line to the Airport Project, Sacramento County, California
Document Number: 2015-29418
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) issue this Notice of Intent (NOI) to advise other agencies and the public that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Green Line to the Airport Project in Sacramento County, California. The EIS will be prepared as a joint document that includes an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The project consists of an extension of the existing Green Line light rail service from the existing terminus of the Green Line at Township 9 (at North 7th Street and Richards Boulevard near Downtown Sacramento) to the Sacramento International Airport. The proposed project would provide new transit service and related infrastructure in the City of Sacramento, serving communities such as the River District and the South and North Natomas communities, as well as linking these areas better to the larger Sacramento region. The EIS will evaluate alternatives to the proposed action, including the No Build Alternative and possible minimum operable segments. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), 23 U.S.C. 139, and FTA's regulations and guidance implementing NEPA under 23 CFR 771. FTA will serve as the federal lead agency and RT will serve as a joint lead agency per NEPA. RT is also the local lead agency under CEQA. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be a cooperating agency pursuant to 40 CFR 1501.6. The purpose of this notice is to alert interested parties regarding the intent to prepare the EIS/EIR, to provide information on the nature of the proposed action and possible alternatives, to invite participation in the EIS process including providing comments on the scope of the Draft EIS; and to announce that public scoping meetings will be conducted.
Supplemental Notice and Response to Comments on National Transit Database
Document Number: 2015-29384
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice responds to comments on a proposed expansion of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD); requests comments on additional proposed reporting; and requests comments on updating the NTD's approval to collect information under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
Document Number: 2015-29178
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting via teleconference of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary and the Federal Transit Administrator on matters relating to the safety of public transportation systems.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2015-28319
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL, and Tempe, AZ. 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.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2015-28000
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-04
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 renew the following information collection:
Federal Transit Administration Notice To Rescind the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Baltimore Red Line Project Baltimore County and City, Maryland
Document Number: 2015-25930
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-13
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Record of Decision (ROD) for the proposed Red Line Project in Baltimore County and City in Maryland is being rescinded.
Fiscal Year 2015 Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2015-25628
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Innovative Public Transportation Workforce Development Program (Workforce Development Program). Under the prior authorization, the Workforce Development Program was authorized under 49 U.S.C. 5322. Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, the program is authorized at 49 U.S.C. 5322(b). These projects are funded with a combination of $4 million of unallocated Section 5314 Federal funds appropriated in FY 2012, and a total of $5.5 million authorized under MAP-21 and appropriated in FYs 2013, 2014, and 2015 for Section 5322. These program dollars will provide financial assistance to promote diverse and innovative workforce development models and programs that specifically target unemployment training programs, outreach to increase minority and female employment, and training for minority business opportunities.
Americans With Disabilities Act: Final Circular
Document Number: 2015-25188
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-05
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 grantees in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 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 ADA regulations.
Emergency Relief Program Guidance
Document Number: 2015-25187
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has published final guidance on FTA's Emergency Relief (ER) Program for states and transit agencies that may be affected by a declared emergency or disaster and that may seek Federal funding under FTA's ER Program. The guidance is contained in the newly revised Reference Manual for States & Transit Agencies on Response and Recovery from Declared Disasters and FTA's Emergency Relief Program, which replaces Response and Recovery from Declared Emergencies and Disasters: A Reference for Transit Agencies, last updated in June 2013. This final guidance addresses one public comment received in response to the proposed guidance published on February 4, 2015. In addition to guidance on the ER Program, this document provides information on other disaster relief resources available through FTA and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This guidance is now available on FTA's Web site at www.fta.dot.gov/emergencyrelief.
Transit Asset Management; National Transit Database
Document Number: 2015-24491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The proposed rule would establish a National Transit Asset Management System to monitor and manage public transportation capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair, improve safety, and increase reliability and performance. In addition, this notice includes proposed amendments to the National Transit Database regulations to conform to the proposed reporting requirements for transit asset management.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Proposed Innovative Electronic Platform Track Intrusion System
Document Number: 2015-24643
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of a proposed innovative electronic platform track intrusion system (PTIDS). LACMTA seeks to procure the PTIDS for research and testing purposes to determine whether such a system will help to increase rail safety by identifying obstacles in the right-of-way. PTIDS uses radar transponder technology, such as sensors, to detect intrusions on rail tracks. If an object is detected, the sensors immediately send notification to personnel who may then stop the train and take appropriate action. LACMTA seeks a waiver for the PTIDS because it contains twelve components, six of which only are available from a single source and currently are not manufactured in the United States. 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 only would apply to this one procurement of the specific PTIDS components identified in this waiver request, and not to any future procurement by LACMTA or others. FTA also is providing notice that it will conduct a supplier scouting search for domestic alternatives to the foreign components via the process described in this Notice.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Voith Propulsion Unit
Document Number: 2015-24642
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for a Buy America waiver for Voith Turbo Schneider Propeller GmbH (Voith) 21/R5 propulsion units based on non-availability. Voith, located in Germany, is the sole manufacturer of the required propulsion units. VDOT is procuring the propulsion units as part of an engine and drive system replacement for the Ferry Boat Pocahontas, which is operated by VDOT. There are no domestic manufacturers of equivalent propulsion units. 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 purchase of two (2) Voith 21/R5 propulsion units. FTA is also providing notice that it will be conducting a supplier scouting search to determine whether there are domestic alternatives to the propulsion units via the process described at the end of this Notice.
FY15 Discretionary Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) Program
Document Number: 2015-24231
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $22.5 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 funds for the deployment of low or no emission transit buses. Of that amount, a minimum of $3.0 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment. If additional funding is appropriated for this program in FY 2016, FTA may, at its discretion, also make those funds available under this announcement.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-23293
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about its intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to extend the approval of the following information collection:
Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Project Selections
Document Number: 2015-23154
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects for Fiscal Year 2013 and 2014 funds under the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning, as authorized under Section 20005(b) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141. On September 4, 2014, FTA published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) (79 FR 171) announcing the availability of $19.98 million in funding for this program. This program supports comprehensive planning efforts associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects to assist project sponsors in the development of information to address FTA's Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program evaluation criteria.
Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
Document Number: 2015-17182
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Transporation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established by the Secretary of Transportation in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation and the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on matters relating to public transportation safety.
Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery
Document Number: 2015-16515
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces establishment of the Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery (Pilot Program) authorized by Section 20008 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141, July 6, 2012, and solicits expressions of interest to participate. The Pilot Program is aimed at increasing innovation, improving efficiency and timeliness of project implementation, and encouraging new revenue streams for new fixed guideway projects and core capacity improvement projects. FTA plans to use the lessons learned from the Pilot Program to assist other project sponsors to develop more effective approaches to project planning, project development, finance, design, and construction. Additionally, FTA anticipates that the Pilot Program will help to identify impediments in current laws, regulations, and practices to the greater use of innovative project development and delivery methods or innovative financing arrangements. Participants selected for the Pilot Program may receive enhanced technical assistance and expedited FTA reviews to speed up planning, development, and delivery of eligible Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program projects and ultimately receive Full Funding Grant Agreements under that program. Should legislation be enacted for the Pilot Program that would allow projects to proceed outside of the normal CIG program processes and criteria, participants also may be able to receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement under the terms of that legislation. Lastly, participants selected for the Pilot Program also may benefit from technical assistance provided by the Department of Transportation's Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC). This announcement is available on the FTA's Web site at: www.fta.dot.gov.
Request for Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Nominations
Document Number: 2015-16288
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve as members for two-year terms on the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). The TRACS provides information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) and the FTA Administrator in response to tasks assigned to the committee. The TRACS does not exercise program management responsibilities and makes no decisions directly affecting the programs on which it provides advice. The Secretary may accept or reject a recommendation made by TRACS and is not bound to pursue any recommendation from TRACS.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2015-15855
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in the Cities of San Rafael and Larkspur, CA, and Moline, IL. 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.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2015-15485
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-24
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 revision of the currently approved information collection: Fixed Guideway Capital Investment GrantsNew Starts Section 5309
Bus Testing: Establishment of Performance Standards, a Bus Model Scoring System, a Pass/Fail Standard and other Program Updates
Document Number: 2015-14176
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-06-23
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to establish 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 proposed 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. Once FTA issues a rule in final form, recipients will be prohibited from using FTA financial assistance to procure new buses that have not passed the test. FTA is also seeking comment on establishing testing requirements and a scoring system for remanufactured vehicles sold by third-party vendors and procured using FTA funding, which FTA plans to address in a subsequent rulemaking action. Finally, FTA is proposing to apply Buy America U.S. content requirements to buses submitted for testing.
Audits of Subway Tunnel Environments
Document Number: 2015-15256
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On June 17, 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued Safety Advisory 15-1 to advise rail fixed guideway public transportation systems (RFGPTS) with subway tunnel environments of forthcoming audits to be conducted by State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) with oversight jurisdiction in the assessment of tunnel ventilation systems, emergency procedures for fire and smoke events, training programs to ensure compliance with those emergency procedures, and application of industry best standards in maintenance and emergency procedures. Additionally, FTA instructed all State Safety Oversight Agencies to conduct inspections of the rail transit agencies' tunnel ventilation systems, and to audit the rail transit agencies within their jurisdiction for the purpose of determining the mileage and characteristics of subway tunnels, assessing the adequacy of the rail transit agencies' emergency procedures, ensuring compliance with those emergency procedures, and determining compliance with industry best standards in maintenance and emergency procedure. The FTA issued Safety Advisory 15-1 in response to an urgent safety recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The FTA Safety Advisory 15-1, ``Audit All Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation Systems (RFGPTS) with Subway Tunnel Environments,'' is available on the FTA public Web site, http://www.fta.dot.gov/tso.html.
Buy America Handbook; Conducting Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits for Rolling Stock Procurements
Document Number: 2015-14711
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance, in the form of a handbook, on complying with FTA's Buy America pre-award and post- delivery audit requirements for rolling stock procurements, from the solicitation phase through final acceptance of the rolling stock. This proposed guidance explains and illustrates how to calculate domestic content of rolling stock, and it is intended for use by recipients of Federal funding, auditors, manufacturers, and suppliers (including subcontractors). This proposed guidance explains to recipients how to verify and document their compliance with FTA's Buy America pre-award and post- delivery audit requirements. In addition, this proposed guidance encourages recipients, manufacturers, and suppliers to adopt certain best practices to ensure compliance with the pre-award and post- delivery audit requirements. By this notice, FTA invites public comment on this proposed guidance.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-13065
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about its intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to extend the approval of the following information collection:
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2015-11313
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in Provo City and Orem City, Utah County, UT, and Tarrant County, TX. 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.
Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program: Guidance and Application Instructions
Document Number: 2015-08773
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-16
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 their implementation of the Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program (Bus Program). The purpose of this circular is to provide recipients of FTA financial assistance with instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process. This circular is a result of the new Bus Program enacted through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
Research, Technical Assistance, and Training Programs: Application Instructions and Program Management Guidelines
Document Number: 2015-08246
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-10
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 an updated circular to assist applicants and recipients in implementing research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects, technical assistance projects, standards development projects, and human resources and training projects. The purpose of this circular is to provide FTA recipients updated instructions and guidance on application procedures and project management responsibilities. The revisions to FTA Circular 6100.1D are a result of changes made to FTA's Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Program (Section 5312), its Technical Assistance and Standards Development Program (Section 5314), and its Human Resources and Training Program (Section 5322) as authorized or amended by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141.
Notice of Availability of Proposed Interim Policy Guidance for the Capital Investment Grant Program
Document Number: 2015-08063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-04-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invites public comment on interim policy guidance the agency is proposing for the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. The proposed interim guidance has been placed in the docket and posted on the FTA Web site. If adopted, this proposed interim policy guidance will complement FTA's regulations that govern the CIG program by providing a deeper level of detail about the methods for applying the project justification and local financial commitment criteria for rating and evaluating New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity Improvement projects, and the procedures for getting through the steps in the process required by law.
Response to Comments on Updates to National Transit Database Annual Information Collection
Document Number: 2015-07879
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides the Federal Transit Administration's response to comments on proposed changes to the National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting Manual, and provides notice that the final Reporting Manual for the 2014 Report Year is now available. The guidance changes in this notice primarily relate to urbanized area transit providers.
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
Document Number: 2015-07825
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
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 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.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2015-07812
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in the Cities of San Bernardino and Redlands, CA, and the Cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, CA. 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.
Special Notice; Correction
Document Number: 2015-07604
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a 30-Day Notice of Request for Comments in the Federal Register on March 17, 2015 Vol. 80 No. 51 entitled; ``49 U.S.C. 5335(a) and (b) National Transit Database Program.'' The notice contained an incorrect estimated total annual burden on respondents. This document corrects that error.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Facility
Document Number: 2015-07288
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-31
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 North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) intends to transfer the facility located at 274 Winkler's Creek Road, Boone, NC 28607, on behalf of a subrecipient, AppalCART, to Watauga County, NC. AppalCART, the transportation authority serving all of Watauga County, used the location as an administrative and maintenance facility from 1981-2013 (32 yrs). AppalCART can no longer use the property because construction on a new administrative and maintenance facility was completed in August 2013. Watauga County will be utilizing the property as a County maintenance department. Watauga County is charged with maintaining all county vehicles and facilities, including snow removal. This transfer would provide a number of benefits to the county and its residents. The site is more centrally located than the current location of the County maintenance department; the new location would allow quicker and more efficient dispatch of maintenance crews for snow removal and other services to County facilities. The interior space at this property will allow maintenance equipment and vehicles to be sheltered and maintained indoors, saving them from the wear currently experienced due to the harsh climate of the area. Also, the site and facilities have adequate space for other county usage, such as storage for other departments and a possible impound lot for the Sheriff's Office. The transfer will allow the property to be put to good use. The County has agreed to ensure that this use will be maintained for no less than five (5) years.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the GA 400 Transit Initiative in Fulton County, Georgia
Document Number: 2015-07287
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) issue this Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and an evaluation per 49 U.S.C, 303 and 23 CFR 774 (``Section 4(f)'') for the extension of high capacity, rapid transit in the Georgia (GA) 400 corridor in north Fulton County, GA from Dunwoody to Alpharetta. The EIS and Section 4(f) Evaluation will be prepared in accordance with regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508, Section 4(f), as well as FTA's regulations and guidance implementing NEPA (23 CFR 771). The purpose of this NOI is to: (1) Advise the public and agencies that MARTA in coordination with the FTA is preparing an EIS for the proposed project; (2) provide information including previous planning studies and decision, purpose and need, and alternatives being considered; and, (3) invite public and agency participation in the EIS process, which includes a review and written comments on the scope of the EIS.
Special Notice; Correction
Document Number: 2015-06959
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a 30-Day Notice of Request for Comments in the Federal Register on March 17, 2015 entitled; ``49 U.S.C. 5320 Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program.'' The notice contained an incorrect estimated total annual burden on respondents. This document corrects that error.
Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operations
Document Number: 2015-06225
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the 2015 random testing rates for employers subject to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) drug and alcohol rules.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-05973
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about its intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collection:
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2015-05967
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about its intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collection:
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2015-05966
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-17
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 revision of the currently approved information collection: Job Access and Reverse Commute Program.
Notice of Availability of Revised Guidance on the Environmental Review Process
Document Number: 2015-05786
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-13
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announce the availability of its revised Section 139 Environmental Review Process guidance (previously referred to as the SAFETEA-LU Environmental Review Process Final Guidance), which was amended to reflect provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The document provides guidance on environmental review process requirements and best management practices for transportation projects funded or approved by the FHWA, FTA, or both agencies. The revisions to the joint guidance reflect the FHWA and FTA's proposed implementation of the MAP-21 changes within their statutory environmental review process requirements, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal laws. The FHWA and FTA request public comments on the proposed guidance.
Interim Safety Certification Training Program Provisions
Document Number: 2015-03842
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces interim safety certification training provisions for Federal and State Safety Oversight Agency personnel and their contractor support who conduct safety audits and examinations of public transportation systems not otherwise regulated by another Federal agency. This document also announces interim safety certification training provisions for public transportation agency personnel who are directly responsible for safety oversight of public transportation systems that receive Federal transit funding. Additionally, the document outlines voluntary, scalable training available to personnel of State Departments of Transportation and personnel directly responsible for safety oversight of urban and rural bus transit systems.
State Safety Oversight
Document Number: 2015-03841
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice seeks public comment on proposed rules that would transform and strengthen State Safety Oversight (SSO) of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems. FTA will issue a final rule and response to comments following the close of the comment period. Once FTA issues a final rule, the agency will rescind its current regulations.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Track Turnout Components
Document Number: 2015-03242
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to a request from the Long Island Rail Road Company (LIRR), a subsidiary of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), for a Buy America waiver for track turnout components, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements for LIRR's procurement of the following track turnout components: Schwihag roller assemblies, Schwihag plates, ZU1-60 steel switch point rail sections, and movable point frogs. This waiver is limited to LIRR's procurement of these track turnout components for the nine (9) turnouts that LIRR needs for VHL03 LIRR Stage 3 of the East Side Access Project and the one (1) turnout that LIRR needs for VHL04 LIRR Stage 4 of the East Side Access Project. The turnouts themselves, however, are subject to FTA's Buy America requirements and, accordingly, the turnouts must be manufactured in the United States. This Buy America waiver does not apply to the track turnout components for Phase I of LIRR's Jamaica Capacity Improvements Project, and FTA will address that waiver request separately. Moreover, this Buy America waiver does not apply to the track turnout components for the Northeast Corridor Congestion Relief Project at Harold Interlocking, which is being addressed in a separate waiver decision published by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), as FRA funds are being used for that project.
National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance Ladders of Opportunity Initiative
Document Number: 2015-02807
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity and Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new National Public Transportation/TOD Technical Assistance Initiative, which supports the Ladders of Opportunity initiative of the President and the Secretary of Transportation by providing technical assistance for transit-oriented development activities around public transportation stations, including technical assistance to economically distressed communities across the country. FTA has budgeted up to $4,000,000 over a four-year period and seeks proposals that will demonstrate the ability to organize a technical assistance team with practical expertise in a range of disciplines including public transportation, transit-oriented development, land use, urban planning, affordable housing, environmental justice and community-based economic development. This announcement is available on the FTA's Web site at: www.fta.gov. This Notice of Funding Opportunity and RFP are posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http:// www.grants.gov.
FTA Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information
Document Number: 2015-02555
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (FY 2015 Appropriations) which provided $11.008 billion in new budget authority including a full fiscal year's funding for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) programs funded from the General Fund of the Treasury, which funds its administrative expenses as well as its Research, Technical Assistance and Training programs, Capital Investment Grants program, and Grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The FY 2015 Appropriations Act follows several continuing resolutions that provided funds for these programs through December 15, 2014. The Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 extended FTA's contract (budget) authority to carry out its formula assistance programs only through May 31, 2015. The act pro-rated the amount of budget authority available for the period October 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 based on an anticipated full FY 2015 total of $8.595 billion. As a result, FTA may apportion only 8/12th or $5.722 billion in contract authority at this time. When combined with the full-year funding from the General Funded programs listed above, FTA is apportioning or allocating in this notice a total of $8.136 billion of the $11.008 billion of new budget authority provided in the FY 2015 Appropriations. Congress will have to extend the authorization for public transportation beyond May 31, 2015, before additional contract authority can be provided for the formula assistance programs. FTA annually publishes one or more notices apportioning funds appropriated by law. This notice apportions and provides information on the FY 2015 funding currently available for FTA assistance programs, 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.
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) Under FTA's Technical Assistance Program
Document Number: 2015-02378
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting proposals under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act's Section 5314 Technical Assistance and Standards Development Program from national non-profit organizations for a cooperative agreement to fund a National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC). FTA is releasing this notice of funding availability to promote the availability and accessibility of transportation options that serve the needs of people with disabilities, seniors and caregivers with a focus on effectively leveraging MAP-21 Section 5310 (5310) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Formula Grants and other transit investments. The NADTC builds upon twenty-five years of investment in accessible transportation training and technical assistance that improves mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the country by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding community transportation mobility options.
Emergency Relief Program: Proposed Guidance
Document Number: 2015-02137
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance on FTA's Emergency Relief (ER) Program for states and transit agencies that may be affected by a declared emergency or disaster and that may seek funding under FTA's ER Program. The proposed guidance is contained in the newly revised Reference Manual for States & Transit Agencies on Response and Recovery from Declared Disasters and FTA's Emergency Relief Program, which replaces ``Response and Recovery from Declared Emergencies and Disasters: A Reference for Transit Agencies,'' last updated in June 2013. In addition to proposed guidance on the ER Program, this document provides information on other disaster relief resources available through FTA and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). By this notice, FTA seeks public comment on the proposed ER Program guidance.
Notice of Establishment of Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2015
Document Number: 2015-01664
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
By this notice, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is establishing an Emergency Relief Docket for calendar year 2015 so that grantees and subgrantees affected by national or regional emergencies may request temporary relief from FTA administrative and statutory requirements.