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Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-20578
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in New York City, New York, and Redmond, Washington. 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.
Capital Leases
Document Number: 2018-20474
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This rulemaking rescinds the regulation implementing the requirement for recipients to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis before leasing public transportation equipment or facilities with Federal transit funds. The requirement to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis was rescinded by statute in 2015.
Fiscal Year 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Access & Mobility Partnership Grants
Document Number: 2018-19897
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-13
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces with this notice the Access & Mobility Partnership Grants, which are two opportunities to apply for funding under two competitive grant programs. First, FTA makes available $3,903,715 in funding for the Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Pilot Program (ICAM Pilot Program; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 20.513). As required by Federal transit law, funds will be awarded competitively to finance innovative capital projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services. Second, FTA makes available $2,434,767 in funding for a Human Services Coordination Research (HSCR) Program with funds available under the Public Transportation Innovation Program (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 20.514). Research activities awarded under this competitive program will support the implementation of innovative strategies in the coordination of human services transportation to provide more effective and efficient public transportation services to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Proposed research projects should address gaps identified in the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. The HSCR funds will finance operating and capital project expenditures to develop and deploy projects that improve transportation services for targeted populations as noted above through methods that effectively and efficiently coordinate human services transportation. The Access and Mobility Partnership Grants are two separate and distinct funding opportunities that seek to improve access to public transportation through building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers.
Pilot Program for Expedited Project Delivery
Document Number: 2018-19860
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting expressions of interest for the Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program (Pilot Program) authorized by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST). The Pilot Program is aimed at expediting delivery of new fixed guideway capital projects, small starts projects, or core capacity improvement projects that utilize public-private partnerships, are planned to be operated and maintained by employees of an existing public transportation provider, and have a Federal share not exceeding 25 percent of the project cost. It is also aimed at increasing innovation, improving efficiency and timeliness of project implementation, and encouraging new revenue streams. The law specifies that not more than eight projects can be awarded grants under the Pilot Program. FTA intends to work with selected project sponsors to further define the steps that must be completed before a construction grant can be awarded under the Pilot Program, including expedited FTA reviews of technical capacity, local financial commitment, and project justification. This announcement is available on the FTA's website at: www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/expedited-project-delivery -capital- investment-grants-pilot-3005b.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2018-19235
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 describes 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 collection of information was published on May 31, 2018.
Transit Advisory Committee for Safety; Re-Establishment of Charter
Document Number: 2018-18541
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-28
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the re- establishment of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) via a new charter. TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide information, advice and recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator of FTA on matters relating to the safety of public transportation systems. This charter will be effective for two years from the date it is filed with Congress.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-17420
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
FTA is issuing this notice to announce action taken by the USACE that is final within the meaning of the United States Code. The action relates to the construction of a 16.2-mile light-rail transit (LRT) line, known as the Purple Line, from the Bethesda Metro Station in Montgomery County, Maryland, to the New Carrollton Station in Prince George's County, Maryland (the Project). The USACE granted a Department of the Army permit, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, as amended, authorizing the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to discharge dredged or fill material into Waters of the United States at specified locations related to the Project.
Program Guidance for Metropolitan Planning Program and State Planning and Research Program Grants: Availability of Final Circular
Document Number: 2018-17032
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The FTA has placed on its website final guidance in the form of FTA Circular 8100.1D, ``Program Guidance For Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants.'' The final circular updates the Circular 8100.1C, ``Program Guidance For Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants,'' to reflect various changes in law and to incorporate provisions of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the National Center for Mobility Management
Document Number: 2018-16689
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting proposals under FTA's Technical Assistance and Workforce Development Program to select an entity to administer the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) and provide funding for the entity's activities through the NCMM. The NCMM will carry out activities to improve and enhance the coordination of Federal resources for human service transportation, especially transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes. Primary activities will include supporting partners in adopting proven, sustainable, replicable, customer-centered mobility strategies that promote good health, economic vitality, self-sufficiency, and community unity. The FTA intends to fund the NCMM at up to $1,900,000 for the first year. The FTA may extend funding for this center for up to five (5) years; however, subsequent funding will depend upon: (1) Future authorization and appropriations; (2) decisions and program priorities established by the Secretary of Transportation related to the implementation of provisions set forth in 49 U.S.C. 5314; and (3) annual performance reviews.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-16684
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project (the project) in San Francisco, California. The project would provide bus rapid transit service along the Geary corridor from the Transbay Transit Center to 48th Avenue with dedicated bus-only lanes, higher-frequency bus service, new BRT stations, improvements to pedestrian features, and upgrades to traffic signals to optimize the bus service and transit signal priority within the project area. 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 this final environmental action.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-16682
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County's (RTC's) Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension project in Washoe County, Nevada. The project includes construction of a 1.8-mile extension to its existing bus rapid transit service (the RAPID) operating in the Virginia Street corridor from its existing northern terminus at the 4th Street Station transfer terminal in Downtown Reno to the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The purpose of the project is to increase transit ridership and connectivity, enhance pedestrian safety, and improve accessibility to transit in the Virginia Street corridor. 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 this final environmental action.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-15531
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA's) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II Extension project in Santa Clara County, California. The project will extend the BART system from the Berryessa/ North San Jos[eacute] Station through downtown San Jos[eacute] to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. The project will include design, construction, and future operation of a six-mile transit extension consisting of a five-mile-long single-bore tunnel; three transit stations in the City of San Jos[eacute], one transit station and a maintenance facility in the City of Santa Clara, and two ventilation structures along the alignment. 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 this final environmental action.
Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program
Document Number: 2018-15168
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-07-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule for the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program to provide revised minimum training requirements for Federal and State personnel and contractors who conduct safety audits and examinations of transit systems and for transit agency personnel and contractors who are directly responsible for safety oversight. The revised requirements reduce the number of training hours required by the interim training program.
Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan
Document Number: 2018-15167
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-07-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is publishing a final rule for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans as authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This final rule requires States and certain operators of public transportation systems that receive Federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 to develop Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans based on the Safety Management System approach. Operators of public transportation systems will be required to implement the safety plans. The development and implementation of safety plans will help ensure that public transportation systems are safe nationwide.
FTA Fiscal Year 2018 Apportionments, Allocations, Program Information and Guidance
Document Number: 2018-14989
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides priorities for programs in fiscal year (FY) 2018, announces the full-year apportionments and allocations for grant programs, provides contract authority, and describes plans for several competitive programs.
FY 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program
Document Number: 2018-14748
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-07-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program). This notice is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 projects. FTA may fund the program for more or less than the full year appropriation when made available, and may include other funding if available from prior fiscal years toward project proposals received in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This announcement is available on the FTA website at: http:// www.transit.dot.gov. Additionally, a synopsis of the funding opportunity, FTA-2018-001-TPM-TR, will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants website at http://www.grants.gov. The program is located in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) under 20.509.
Fiscal Year 2017 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program
Document Number: 2018-13558
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-25
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with $226,473,000 of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and $37,973,775 of FY 2018 appropriations for the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (Bus and Bus Infrastructure Program).
Fiscal Year 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity; Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program
Document Number: 2018-13554
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-25
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in fiscal year (FY) 2018 funds under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (CFDA #20.526). As required by federal transit law and subject to funding availability, funds will be awarded competitively to assist in the financing of capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and related equipment, and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses. FTA may award additional funds if they are made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-12238
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-06-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project extending the METRO Green Line from downtown Minneapolis through the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie, passing near Edina, Minnesota. 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 this final environmental action.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2018-11605
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-31
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 extension of a currently approved information collection: Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program.
Allocation of Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds in Response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Document Number: 2018-11538
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the allocation of $277.5 million under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program (Emergency Relief Program) to States, Territories, and public transportation agencies affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Within the $277.5 million announced in this notice, FTA is allocating $233.3 million for response, recovery, and rebuilding projects and $44.2 million for project elements or stand-alone projects that increase the resilience of the affected transit systems to future disasters. Such resilience investments shall be subject to specific conditions cited in this notice.
Private Investment Project Procedures
Document Number: 2018-11385
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-05-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is issuing a final rule describing new, experimental procedures to encourage increased project management flexibility, more innovation in project funding, improved efficiency, timely project implementation, and new project revenue streams for public transportation capital projects. A primary goal of this final rule is to address impediments to the greater use of public-private partnerships and private investment in public transportation capital projects. FTA anticipates using the lessons learned from these experimental procedures to develop more effective approaches to including private participation and investment in project planning, project development, finance, design, construction, maintenance, and operations.
FY 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning
Document Number: 2018-10964
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for approximately $25.79 million of funding under the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance #20.500). As required by federal transit law and subject to funding availability, funds will be awarded competitively to support comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects.
Agency Information Collection Activity under OMB Review
Document Number: 2018-09723
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-05-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 January 22, 2018.
FY 2018 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Grant Program
Document Number: 2018-08636
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-25
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the opportunity to apply for $84,450,000 in competitive grants under the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 20.526). In addition to $55 million authorized by federal transit law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 authorizes an additional $29,450,000 for the Low-No Program for FY 2018. As required by Federal transit law, funds will be awarded competitively for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies for transit revenue operations, including related equipment or facilities. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project administration expenses. FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2018-07255
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-04-10
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 December 11, 2017 (82 FR 58270).
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-05763
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project between the Town of Dyer and the City of Hammond, both located in Lake County, Indiana. 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 this final environmental action.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-05762
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Miami-Dade County, Florida. 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 this final environmental action.
Fiscal Year 2017 Low or No Emission Grant Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2018-05464
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-03-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations for the Low or No Emission Grants Program (Low-No Program). Federal transit law authorized $55 million for competitive allocations in FY 2017. On April 27, 2017, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcing the availability of $55 million in competitive funding under the Low-No Program. These program funds will provide financial assistance to purchase or lease low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies, including related equipment or facilities, for transit revenue operations.
Notice of Establishment of Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2018
Document Number: 2018-02083
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
By this notice, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is establishing an Emergency Relief Docket for calendar year 2018 so grantees and subgrantees affected by national or regional emergencies may request temporary relief from FTA administrative and statutory requirements.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Land or Facility
Document Number: 2018-01261
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is issuing this notice to inform other Federal agencies that FTA intends to authorize Pierce Transit to convey certain property in Gig Harbor, Washington (Property) to the City of Gig Harbor to use as a community service facility if no Federal agency expresses an interest in acquiring the Property for a Federal government use.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Land or Facility
Document Number: 2018-01238
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is issuing this notice to inform other Federal agencies that FTA intends to authorize the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company to convey certain property in Lynchburg, Virginia (Property), to the City of Lynchburg Police Department, if there is no interest in acquiring the Property for Federal Government use.
Notice of Request for Revisions of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-00880
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
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: Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program.
Removing Barriers to Transit Bus Automation
Document Number: 2018-00617
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeks public comment regarding current or potential regulatory or other policy barriers to the development, demonstration, deployment, and evaluation of automated transit buses and related technologies for Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) automation levels 3 through 5. For purposes of this notice, ``bus'' is defined broadly to consider a range of sizes, vehicle platforms and configurations, and passenger capacities, and could include both traditional and novel vehicle designs (e.g., full- size city buses, articulated buses, small shuttles, etc.). ``Bus'' includes bus rapid transit.
Research Program: Automated Transit Buses
Document Number: 2018-00615
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeks public comment regarding the current and near-future status of automated transit buses and related technologies. FTA seeks comments in particular from parties involved in the development, demonstration, deployment, and evaluation of currently available or near-market ready automated buses; systems and components that support bus automation; and ancillary systems that support non-driving bus operator functions (e.g., wheelchair securement, occupant detection, passenger information assistance, fare payment, etc.). For purposes of this notice, ``bus'' is defined broadly to consider a range of sizes, vehicle platforms and configurations, and passenger capacities, and could include both traditional and novel vehicle designs (e.g., full-size city buses, articulated buses, small shuttles, etc.). ``Bus'' includes bus rapid transit.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2018-00243
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-10
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Seattle, Washington. 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 this final environmental action.
Notice of Request for Revisions of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-26574
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-11
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: Clean Fuel Cell Grant Program.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2017-26563
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a final environmental action taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Los Angeles County, California. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decision by FTA on the subject project and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge this final environmental action.
Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform
Document Number: 2017-25762
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-29
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This rulemaking rescinds certain transportation planning regulations pertaining to the establishment of the metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries, the designation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and the coordination among MPOs. The amendments contained in this rule carry out the statutory mandate to rescind the final rule published on December 20, 2016, on this topic.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2017-25062
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a final environmental action taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Perth Amboy and South Amboy, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decision by FTA on the subject project and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge this final environmental action.
Fiscal Year 2017 Positive Train Control Grant Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2017-24364
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announce the selection of projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Positive Train Control (PTC) Grant Program. A total of $197.01 million in the PTC grant funding, authorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, will be provided to 17 projects in 13 states. On July 29, 2016, FTA and FRA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the PTC Grant Program. These funds will provide financial assistance to states, local governments, and public agencies for the implementation of positive train control systems to improve safety. Funds allocated in this announcement must be obligated in a grant by September 30, 2018.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Motor Brakes and Machinery Brakes for the SE 3rd Avenue Bascule Bridge Modification in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Document Number: 2017-23381
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of motor brakes and machinery brakes (collectively, ``the brake units'') for the SE 3rd Avenue Bascule Bridge Modification in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as part of the Wave Streetcar project because there are no domestic manufacturers of the brake units. FTA is providing notice of the non- availability waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant FDOT's request. The size of the disc and drum brakes required for this bridge are not domestically available, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) granted FDOT waivers for this equipment for another project. FTA is providing notice of the waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request.
National Transit Database Reporting Changes and Clarifications
Document Number: 2017-23380
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information on proposed changes and clarifications to the National Transit Database (NTD) reporting requirements. All proposed changes and clarifications are proposed to be effective for report year 2017 (beginning in September 2017).
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2017-21051
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 June 19, 2017 (82 FR 27958).
Environmental Impacts and Related Procedures
Document Number: 2017-20565
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration
This SNPRM provides interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the FHWA and FTA joint regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) requirements. The FHWA, FRA, and FTA (hereafter referred to as ``the Agencies'') propose these revisions after the enactment of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires a rulemaking to address programmatic approaches in environmental reviews and makes other changes to existing law that should be addressed in a rulemaking. In this SNPRM the Agencies also propose to add FRA to regulations governing environmental impact and related procedures and the parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and historic site, making those regulations FRA's NEPA implementing procedures and FRA's Section 4(f) implementing regulations, respectively. This SNPRM proposes to modify the FHWA/FTA Environmental Impact and Related Procedures due to changes to the environmental review process made by the FAST Act and to modify the Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites regulations due to new exceptions created by the FAST Act. Lastly, the Agencies request comments regarding the current FHWA and FTA definition of ``existing operational right-of-way'' in their respective categorical exclusion sections. The Agencies seek comments on the proposals in this document.
Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Reviews
Document Number: 2017-20561
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-09-28
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration
This NPRM provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations governing the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Reviews (Program) established by Section 1309 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Section 1309 directed the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to establish a pilot program authorizing up to five States to conduct environmental reviews and make approvals for projects under State environmental laws and regulations instead of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FAST Act requires the Secretary, in consultation with the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), to promulgate regulations to implement the requirements of the Program, including application requirements and criteria necessary to determine whether State laws and regulations are at least as stringent as the applicable Federal law. The FHWA, FRA, and FTA, hereinafter referred to as ``the Agencies,'' are proposing these regulations on behalf of the Secretary and seek comments on the proposals contained in this NPRM. This rule would also implement a provision in Section 1308 of the FAST Act that amends the corrective action period that the Agencies must provide to a State participating in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Section 327 Program).
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2017-19402
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-13
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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 collection of information was published on June 19, 2017.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2017-17723
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a final environmental action taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a project in Hudson County, New Jersey. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decision by FTA on the subject project and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge this final environmental action.
Pilot Program for Nonprofit Cooperative Procurements
Document Number: 2017-17606
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the establishment of the Pilot Program for Nonprofit Cooperative Procurements (Pilot Program) and solicits expressions of interest from eligible nonprofit entities to participate. The Pilot Program is aimed at increasing innovation, promoting efficiency, and demonstrating the effectiveness of cooperative procurement contracts for rolling stock and related equipment administered by eligible nonprofit entities.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2017-17539
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in Norwalk, Connecticut and Indianapolis, Indiana. 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.