Federal Transit Administration 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

FTA Fiscal Year 2006 Apportionments and Allocations
Document Number: 05-24154
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The ``Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006'' (Pub. L. 109-115), signed into law by President Bush on November 30, 2005, appropriates funds for all of the surface transportation programs of the Department of Transportation for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006. This notice provides information on the FY 2006 transit appropriations for the FTA assistance programs, and apportions and allocates FY 2006 funds. The Notice also makes corrections to information in the SAFETEA-LU implementation Notice published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2005.
Notice of Revision of Title VI Circular and EEO Circular
Document Number: 05-24066
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-15
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is revising and updating its Circulars 4702.1, ``Title VI Program Guidelines for Urban Mass Transit Administration Recipients'' and 4704.1 ``Equal Employment Opportunity Program Guidelines for Grant Recipients.'' FTA is seeking input from interested parties on this document, including examples of problems with compliance, best practices for compliance, and proposals for changes to these circulars. Upon consideration of the comments, FTA will issue revised circulars and will seek additional comments on the revised documents.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for High-Capacity Transit Improvements in the Southern Corridor of Honolulu, HI
Document Number: 05-23678
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Transportation Services (DTS) intend to prepare an EIS (and Alternative Analysis (AA)) on a proposal by the City and County of Honolulu to implement transit improvements that potentially include high-capacity transit service in a 25-mile travel corridor between Kapolei and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Waikiki. Alternatives proposed to be considered in the AA and draft EIS include No Build, Transportation System Management, Managed Lanes, and Fixed Guideway Transit. Other transit alternatives may be identified during the scoping process. The EIS will be prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations. The FTA and DTS request public and interagency input on the purpose and needs to be addressed by the project, the alternatives to be considered, and the scope of the EIS for the corridor, including the alternatives and the environmental and community impacts to be evaluated.
FTA Transit Program Changes, Authorized Funding Levels and Implementation of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
Document Number: 05-23322
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces changes in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs in accordance with SAFETEA-LU, which authorizes funds for all of the surface transportation programs of the Department of Transportation for Federal fiscal years 2005 through 2009. This notice provides preliminary implementation instructions and guidance for grants under the new and revised programs in FY 2006 and invites public comment. The notice also includes tables of unobligated (or carryover) amounts for earmarks from prior years under the discretionary programs, and tables that list discretionary program earmarks authorized under SAFETEA-LU.
Buy America Requirements; Amendments to Definitions and Waiver Procedures
Document Number: 05-23323
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-28
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to make certain changes to our Buy America requirements. Accordingly, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would clarify the Buy America requirements with respect to microprocessor waivers, remove two general waiver categories, allow for post-award waivers, require greater detail for public interest waivers, and specify that final decisions by FTA are subject to judicial review. In addition, this NPRM would clarify the definitions of end product, negotiated agreement, and contractor, and provide a list representative of those items. The NPRM also proposes addressing the procurement of systems under the definition of end product, negotiated agreement, and contractor to ensure that major system procurements are not used to circumvent the Buy America requirements. Finally, the NPRM would make a minor clarification to pre-award and post-delivery review of rolling stock purchases.
Notice of Policy Statement for Implementation of Notice and Comment Procedures for Documents Imposing “Binding Obligations”
Document Number: 05-22950
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice establishes the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA, we) policy concerning notice and comment for FTA documents that impose binding obligations. This new policy is consistent with recent amendments to FTA's administrative procedures statute and provides the public and opportunity to comment on documents that FTA issues routinely.
Fiscal Year 2006 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: 05-22525
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-15
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Appendix A of this Notice contains the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) comprehensive compilation of the certifications and assurances for Federal fiscal year 2006 to be used in connection with all Federal assistance programs that FTA administers during Federal fiscal year 2006. FTA is required by 49 U.S.C. 5323(n) to compile an annual list of certifications and assurances and publish them as required by 49 U.S.C. 5336(d)(2). Due to enactment of FTA's new authorizing legislation, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Pub. L. 109-59, Aug. 10, 2005, FTA's annual certifications and assurances have been revised to accommodate these legislative changes, as well as changes resulting from enactment of other recent Federal legislation.
Elderly Individuals and Individuals With Disabilities Pilot Program
Document Number: 05-22524
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This solicitation is for proposals from states that would like to use a portion of their Section 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds for operating expenses.
National Technical Assistance Center for Senior Transportation; Solicitation for Proposals
Document Number: 05-22057
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This solicitation is for proposals from national non-profit organizations for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a National Technical Assistance Center for Senior Transportation (NTACST). The major goal of the NTACST is to assist local communities and states in the expansion and provision of transportation services for older adults. This cooperative agreement is a five year award. The first year of the cooperative agreement is for two million dollars ($2,000,000). Subsequent funding is authorized at one million dollars ($1,000,000 per year) in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity ActA Legacy for Users (SAFETEAU-LU); actual funding will be based on annual appropriations.
Federal Transit Administration Cooperative Procurement Pilot Program
Document Number: 05-22058
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits proposals for consideration for the Cooperative Procurement Pilot Program (CPPP). Section 166 of the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004 directs the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to establish a pilot program to determine the benefits of encouraging cooperative procurement of major capital equipment. As specified in the Appropriations Act, three pilot projects were selected in November 2004. Section 167 of the Transportation Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005 directs the FTA to continue the CPPP and to expand the program to five pilot projects. Under the CPPP, competitively selected grantees, consortiums of grantees, or members of the private sector acting as agents of grantees will develop cooperative specifications and conduct joint procurements. For this program, Congress has raised the Federal share to be provided from 80 percent to 90 percent.
Organization, Functions, and Procedures
Document Number: 05-22052
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule will amend 49 CFR Part 601 to reflect modifications in the organization and distribution of functions within the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and to document its rulemaking procedures. This rule has not been amended since 1999, and recently there has been a restructuring of offices and duties within FTA. Additionally, many of FTA's regional offices have physically moved to different locations; thus, this rule revises the addresses and phone numbers of the regional offices. Further, the outdated internal delegations of authority have been removed, the means by which the public can access FTA information has been updated, and FTA's rulemaking procedures are provided.
Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Announcement of Project Selections
Document Number: 05-21722
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year 2005 appropriations for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by Section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The OTRB Accessibility Program makes funds available to private operators of over-the-road buses to help finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT's over-the-road bus accessibility rule, published in the Federal Register on September 24, 1998.
Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Downtown Birmingham/University of Alabama Birmingham Activity Centers (a.k.a. In-town Transit Partnership Project)
Document Number: 05-21237
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham are conducting an alternatives analysis and preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for transit improvements in the Downtown Birmingham/University of Alabama Birmingham Activity Centers. The FTA is the lead federal agency and the DEIS will be prepared in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the applicable regulations for implementing NEPA, as set forth in 23 CFR part 771 and 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, as well as applicable laws and regulations including section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, the Clean Air Act, and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice. The project will consider the following alternatives: (1) A No- Build Alternative consisting of improvements included in the Birmingham MPO 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan; (2) Transportation System Management (TSM) Alternative that includes all reasonable cost- effective transit service improvements in the study area short of the major investment in a New starts project; (3) Build Alternative: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project using rubber tired vehicles operating either in mixed traffic or along an exclusive right-of-way; and (4) Build Alternative: Streetcar using light rail technology operating along tracks embedded in the pavement operating in either mixed traffic or along an exclusive right-of-way. The type, location, and need for ancillary facilities such as maintenance facilities will also be considered for each alternative. In addition, alternatives that are identified during the scoping process will be evaluated in the AA. Scoping will be accomplished through correspondence and discussions with interested persons; organizations; and Federal, State, and local agencies; and through public and agency meetings. Depending on the outcome of the scoping process and the analysis of a range of transit alternatives in the DEIS, a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) will be selected and addressed in the Final EIS (FEIS). The FEIS will address the potential impacts of the selected investment strategy and a No- Build Alternative.
Environmental Impact Statement; Portland, OR and Vancouver/Clark County, WA
Document Number: 05-19230
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for proposed highway and transit improvements in the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing (CRC) corridor between the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver/ Clark County, Washington area.
State Coordination Grants; Solicitation for Proposals
Document Number: 05-18274
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This solicitation is for states to submit proposals for the State Coordination Grants component of the United We Ride initiative (UWR). The intent of the UWR initiative is to break down the barriers among Federal programs as they relate to transportation to ensure that transportation services are seamless, comprehensive and accessible. Specifically, UWR is tasked with seeking ways to simplify access to transportation services for persons with disabilities, persons with lower incomes, and older adults. States Coordination Grants may be used to assist states through either planning or implementation grants. Planning grants are for states that have not yet received a UWR grant, and do not have a comprehensive action plan. Planning grants can be used to conduct a comprehensive state assessment using the UWR Framework for Action and to develop a comprehensive state action plan for coordinating human service transportation. Implementation grants are for states which have developed a comprehensive state action plan. Implementation grants can be used for implementing one or more of the elements identified within a state action plan consistent with the UWR Framework for Action. The UWR Framework for Action is a self- assessment tool for states and communities to conduct comprehensive state assessments to identify areas of success and highlight the actions still needed to improve the coordination of human service transportation. The self- assessment tool is designed to address the needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with lower-incomes. For further information on the Framework for Action, please visit: Framework for Action at the United We Ride Web site (http://www.unitedweride.gov).
FTA Fiscal Year 2005 Apportionments, Allocations and Program Information; Notice of Supplemental Information, Changes, and Corrections
Document Number: 05-18033
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice makes the full amount of the FTA fiscal year (FY) 2005 program apportionments or allocations available for obligation. In addition, it announces changes and corrections to the December 29, 2004, ``FTA Fiscal Year 2005 Apportionments, Allocations and Program Information; Notice,'' based on language in the ``Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), (Pub. L. 109-59); technical amendments for transit in the ``Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005'' (Pub. L. 109-13, hereafter called the 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act); congressional clarifications; and FTA's administrative decision to extend the period of availability of FY 2005 Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Program (section 5310) funding.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 05-16972
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on June 8, 2005.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 05-13646
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on April 11, 2005.
Environmental Impact Statement for the East Contra Costa BART Extension, California
Document Number: 05-13268
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) intend to prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for proposed transit service to eastern Contra Costa County. The project would extend service from the existing BART terminus station at Pittsburg/BayPoint, through the communities of Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, and Oakley, to a new terminus in Byron. The corridor generally follows State Route 4 through the eastern part of the county. As an extension of BART service into Eastern Contra Costa County, the project, commonly referred to as ``eBART,'' is intended to improve travel in the increasingly congested State Route 4 corridor by providing direct coordinated connections to the BART system. An earlier planning and feasibility study completed in 2002 evaluated a wide range of alternatives and recommended an innovative transit service concept, which employs light-weight, self-propelled rail cars known as Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) on right-of-way to be acquired from the Union Pacific Railroad. Service with DMUs is intended to provide a seamless connection to the existing BART service but at a much lower cost. The EIS/EIR will evaluate the DMU alternative (the Proposed Action) and will also evaluate a no build alternative, a bus rapid transit alternative, and a conventional BART extension to Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch. Other alternatives may also surface during the scoping process. Based on the presentation of the Proposed Action, project alternatives, and breadth of the environmental analysis described below, please let us know of your views regarding the scope and content of the EIS/EIR. Your suggestions can be communicated at the scoping meeting or via email or letter to the contact person identified below.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB review
Document Number: 05-12530
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 35001 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of the currently approved information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60- day comment period soliciting comments was published on March 30, 2005.
Environmental Impact Statement for Improved Transportation Access Between Lower Manhattan, Jamaica Station, and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Document Number: 05-12153
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The FTA, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), and supported by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate alternatives that provide improved commuter and airport access connecting Lower Manhattan with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Jamaica Station in Queens and with JFK International Airport. The project sponsors, MTA, PANYNJ, LMDC and NYCEDC, are undertaking a New Starts Alternatives Analysis (AA) concurrently with the EIS. The FTA is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The EIS will be prepared in accordance with NEPA and the regulations implementing NEPA set forth in 23 CFR part 771 and 40 CFR parts 1500-1508. As co-sponsors of the proposed project, MTA, PANYNJ, LMDC and NYCEDC will ensure that the EIS and the environmental review process will also satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The EIS will evaluate one or more Build Alternatives, a No Action Alternative, and a Transportation System Management (TSM) Alternative. The scoping process for the EIS will include an analysis and screening of all feasible rail and non-rail based transportation alternatives that will improve travel in the corridor between the Lower Manhattan, Jamaica and JFK Airport travel hubs. The project sponsors may designate a ``locally preferred alternative'' either prior to the preparation of the Draft EIS if a clear choice emerges from the screening analysis, or following public circulation of the Draft EIS. Scoping will be accomplished through meetings and correspondence with interested persons, organizations, and Federal, State, regional, and local agencies. FTA, MTA, PANYNJ, and LMDC, supported by NYCEDC, seek public and interagency input on the scope of the EIS for this project including the alternatives to be considered and the environmental and community impacts to be evaluated.
Notice of Request for a New Collection
Document Number: 05-11319
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-08
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 a new collection: 49 U.S.C. Section 3037 Job Access and Reverse Commute Programs.
Environmental Impact Statement for Improved Station Access and Additional Parking at the MTA Metro-North Railroad North White Plains Station, Westchester County, NY
Document Number: 05-10360
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The FTA, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) and the Westchester County Department of Transportation (WCDOT), intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to improve station access and provide additional parking at the Metro-North North White Plains Station, Westchester County, New York (Proposed Action). The FTA is the lead Federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The Proposed Action is being developed by Metro-North and WCDOT, the co-sponsors of the Proposed Action. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with NEPA and the applicable regulations for implementing NEPA, as set forth in 23 CFR part 771 and 40 CFR parts 1500-1508. The EIS is being prepared to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Items that will be considered in the Proposed Action are: Expansion of parking capacity through the construction of a multi-level parking structure at Metro-North's North White Plains Station; Improved access to/from the proposed expanded parking facilities from the east side of the railroad tracks; Enhanced customer service facilities for intermodal connections and parking demand management strategies such as: Jitney services, feeder buses supported by park-and-ride lots, carpool and vanpool arrangements, bicycling and walking; Restoration of a portion of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation which is currently used for customer parking back to parkland; and Rerouting a portion of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation bike pathway in the study area. The EIS will evaluate a build alternative, comprising a multi-level parking structure and four possible access alternatives, a No Action Alternative and any additional reasonable alternatives generated by the scoping process. Scoping will be accomplished through meetings and correspondence with interested persons, organizations, and Federal, State, regional, and local agencies.
Environmental Impact Statement on Transit Improvements in the Northwest Corridor to Irving/DFW in Dallas, TX
Document Number: 05-9389
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) issue this notice to advise interested agencies and the public of their intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Northwest Corridor-Irving/DFW Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project in Dallas and Irving, Texas. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended. The Northwest Corridor-Irving/DFW Line LRT project is the product of the Northwest Corridor Major Investment Study (MIS) completed by DART in early 2000. The MIS identified a Locally Preferred Investment Strategy (LPIS), which included a light rail element with two service lines, the Carrollton Line and the Irving/DFW Line. An EIS evaluating alternatives for the Carrollton Line has been completed, and FTA issued a Record of Decision on this portion of the LPIS on February 5, 2004. The identified primary travel need for the Northwest Corridor- Irving/DFW Line LRT is to serve the general northwest-southeast travel pattern along the Interstate Highway (IH) 35E/State Highway (SH) 114 corridor from downtown Dallas into North Irving. The LPIS alignment addressed this need with an alignment that generally parallels SH 114 through north Irving before terminating on the north side of SH 114, west of Beltline Road. After adoption of the LPIS, significant changes in land use and transportation patterns have occurred in the Irving/DFW Corridor. Subsequent analyses by DART for the Irving/DFW Corridor have resulted in a refinement to the LPIS alignment. The refined alignment also addresses the primary travel need with an alignment that runs parallel but south of SH 114 through north Irving. Both of these ``Build'' alternatives will be fully evaluated in the EIS.
Environmental Impact and Related Procedures
Document Number: 05-9128
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-09
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This rule makes technical corrections to the regulation that governs environmental impact procedures for the FHWA and the FTA. The amendments contained herein make no substantive changes to the FHWA or the FTA regulations, policies, or procedures. This rule corrects the name of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from its former name, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA); corrects a reference to ``urban mass transportation''; corrects statutory references that became outdated when Federal transit laws were codified; removes the reference to a program that has been eliminated; corrects references to regulatory ``part'' numbers that have changed; corrects the names of offices within FHWA and FTA; and corrects a spelling error.
Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Island Rail Road Main Line Corridor Improvements, Long Island, NY
Document Number: 05-9034
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The FTA, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to make LIRR Main Line Corridor improvements between Queens Village and Hicksville in Queens and Nassau Counties New York. The FTA is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The project is being conducted by LIRR, the project sponsor. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with NEPA and the applicable regulations for implementing NEPA, as set forth in 23 CFR part 771 and 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, as well as applicable laws and regulations, including Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, the Clean Air Act, and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice. As sponsor of the proposed project, the LIRR will ensure that the EIS and the environmental review process will also satisfy the requirements of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The Proposed Action would consist of the addition of a new third track to the existing two track configuration between the Queens Interlocking in Queens County and the Divide Interlocking in Nassau County, with crossover service to the Oyster Bay Branch east of the Mineola Station. The Proposed Action may include modification or additions of: Crossovers, interlockings, sidings, bridges (over/ undergrade bridges, viaducts, and culverts), signal systems (signal brides, signal huts, signals, control towers), communications, substations, and retaining walls. Modifications to existing stations may be required such as changes to station buildings, parking, shelters/waiting rooms, platform placement and amenities such as the addition of elevators at stations. Up to five (5) roadway grade crossings will be considered for separation and/or closure. Property acquisitions may be necessary to accommodate the Proposed Action, as well as utility relocations (including but not limited to: Electric, signal, communications, gas, water, sewer, and storm systems). The EIS will evaluate a No Action Alternative and various Build Alternatives, and any additional alternatives generated by the scoping process. Scoping will be accomplished through meetings and correspondence with interested persons, organizations, and Federal, State, regional, and local agencies.
Rail Fixed Guideway Systems; State Safety Oversight
Document Number: 05-8567
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration is revising its rule on state safety oversight of rail fixed guideway systems not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Since January 26, 1996, when the rule took effect, the agency has gained experience and insight concerning the benefits of and recommended practices for implementing state safety oversight requirements. This final rule revises the State Safety Oversight rule and adds clarifying sections, further specification concerning what the state must require to monitor safety and security of non-FRA rail systems, and incorporates into the body of the regulation material previously incorporated by reference. The revised part should be easier to understand and ensure greater compliance of the State oversight agencies, and enhance the safety and security of the rail systems governed by this part.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-7200
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-11
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 revise the following currently approved information collection:
Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Grants
Document Number: 05-6856
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of funds in fiscal year (FY) 2005 for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The OTRB Accessibility Program makes funds available to private operators of over-the-road buses to finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT's over- the-road bus accessibility final rule, 49 CFR part 37, published in a Federal Register notice on September 28, 1998 (63 FR 51670). The authorizing legislation calls for national solicitation of applications, with grantees to be selected on a competitive basis. Federal transit funds are available to intercity fixed-route providers and other OTRB providers at up to 90 percent of the project cost. In FY 2005, $5,208,000 was appropriated for intercity fixed-route service providers and $1,686,400 was appropriated for other over-the- road bus service providers. This announcement is available on the Internet on the FTA Web site at: http://www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. A synopsis of this announcement will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov. Applications may be submitted to FTA in hard copy or electronically through the GRANTS.GOV APPLY function.
Notice of Request for the Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-6202
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
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 extend the following currently approved annual information collection and approve the addition of the collection of some monthly data requested by Congress: 49 U.S.C. Sec. 5335(a) and (b) National Transit Database.
Technical Assistance Needs in Human Service Transportation Coordination
Document Number: 05-4609
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is soliciting comment on technical assistance needs in human service transportation coordination.
Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operations
Document Number: 05-4532
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the 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: 05-2472
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on September 21, 2004.
School Bus Operations; Amendment of Tripper Service Definition; Correction
Document Number: 05-2022
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a document in the Federal Register of January 28, 2005, withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking relating to its School Bus Operations regulation. This document misidentified the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN).
School Bus Operations; Amendment of Tripper Service Definition
Document Number: 05-1644
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-28
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This document withdraws the rulemaking in which the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposed to amend its tripper service definition to clarify which student transportation operations are inconsistent with FTA requirements. The rulemaking is being withdrawn because after consideration of the comments, FTA has concluded that no regulatory clarification is necessary.
Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for the E Street Transit Corridor in San Bernardino, CA
Document Number: 05-1154
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Omnitrans are issuing this notice to advise agencies and the public that, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, FTA and Omnitrans, in cooperation with San Bernardino Association of Governments, Southern California Association of Governments and other public entities, will complete the Alternatives Analysis, adopt a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and then prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate transit improvements, including a potential bus rapid transit (BRT) line and other alternatives in the E Street corridor from California State University at San Bernardino to the City of Loma Linda in San Bernardino County, California. This Notice of Intent is being published at this time to notify all interested parties and to invite them to participate in the study. Conceptual alternatives to be considered may include No Action/No Build, transportation system management (TSM), bus rapid transit (BRT), and light rail transit (LRT). Other conceptual alternatives may be identified during the scoping sessions.
Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement for the Tucson Urban Corridor in Tucson, AZ
Document Number: 05-959
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the City of Tucson, Department of Transportation (TDOT), intend to prepare an Alternatives Analysis (AA) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on a proposal by the City of Tucson to provide additional transit service to the urban core of the City of Tucson. The AA/EIS will consider the following alternatives: (1) A No-Build Alternative, consisting of improvements contained in the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) 2025 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP); (2) Transportation System Management Alternative (TSM), consisting of all reasonable cost- effective transit service improvements within the urban core short of a major investment in a New Starts project; (3) Rubber Tired Rapid Bus Circulator operating in mixed traffic (4) Modern Streetcar operating in mixed traffic; and (5) Heritage Trolley in mixed traffic. The type, location, and need for ancillary facilities, such as maintenance facilities, will also be considered for each alternative. In addition, alternatives that are identified from the scoping process will be evaluated in the AA. This notice is an update to replace the notice published in the Federal Register on 12/21/04. Scoping will be accomplished through correspondence and discussions with interested persons; organizations; and Federal, State, and local agencies; and through public and agency meetings. Depending on the outcome of the scoping process and the analysis of a wide range of transit alternatives in the Draft EIS (DEIS), a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) will be selected and evaluated in the Final EIS (FEIS). The FEIS will evaluate the potential impacts of the selected investment strategy (the Build Alternative) and a No-Build Alternative.