Federal Transit Administration 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Debt Service Reserve Pilot Program
Document Number: 06-9912
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-28
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This solicitation is for proposals from pubic transportation agencies currently receiving grant funds under the Urbanized Area Formula Program at 49 U.S.C. 5307 to establish a debt service reserve fund in connection with bonds to be issued in support of a public transportation project.
Final Policy Statement on When High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes Converted to High-Occupancy/Toll (HOT) Lanes Shall Be Classified as Fixed Guideway Miles for FTA's Funding Formulas and When HOT Lanes Shall Not Be Classified as Fixed Guideway Miles for FTA's Funding Formulas
Document Number: 06-9873
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This Final Policy Statement describes the terms and conditions on which the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will classify High- Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes that are converted to High-Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes as ``fixed guideway miles'' for purposes of the transit funding formulas administered by FTA. The Final Policy Statement also describes when HOT lanes shall not be classfied as fixed guideway miles in FTA's funding formulas.
Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program
Document Number: E6-20540
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits proposals to compete for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 funds through the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) program, administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in partnership with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. The purpose of the program is to enhance the protection of national parks and Federal lands, and increase the enjoyment of those visiting them. The program funds capital and planning expenses for alternative transportation systems such as buses and trams in federally-managed parks and public lands. Federal land management agencies and State, tribal and local governments acting with the consent of a Federal land management agency are eligible to apply. DOI, after consultation with and in cooperation with FTA, will determine the final selection and funding of projects.
Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Announcement of Project Selections
Document Number: E6-20426
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-04
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 (FY) 2006 appropriations for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by 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 regulation.
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: E6-20390
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for public transportation projects in the following metropolitan areas: Brownsville, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; San Francisco, California; and Washington, DC. 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.
Controlled Substances and Alcohol Misuse Testing
Document Number: E6-20278
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-11-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule codifies existing FTA administrative guidance for safety-sensitive employees of ferryboat operations that are subject to the drug and alcohol (D&A) testing regulations of both FTA and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). This rule will provide regulatory relief to ferryboat operators who were previously subject to duplicative D&A testing regulations, and improve ferryboat operator compliance with FTA D&A testing regulations. This rule does not adopt the proposed rule with respect to certain motor carrier operators who are subject to the D&A testing regulations of both FTA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FTA will retain its current guidance and interpretation with respect to these motor carrier operators.
Buy America Requirements; End Product Analysis and Waiver Procedures
Document Number: E6-20166
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-11-30
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 or the Agency) to make certain changes to the Buy America requirements. This Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) proposes a publication process for public interest waivers to provide an opportunity for public comment; a clarification of Buy America requirements with respect to microprocessor waivers; new provisions to permit post-award waivers; clarifications in the definition of ``end products'' with regards to components and subcomponents, major systems, and a representative list of end products; a clarification of the requirements for final assembly of rolling stock and a list of representative examples of rolling stock items; expanding FTA's list of eligible communications, train control, and traction power equipment; and an update of the debarment and suspension provisions to bring them into conformity with statutory amendments made by SAFETEA-LU.
Charter Service Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Document Number: 06-9364
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-11-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice lists the location and time of the next Charter Bus Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (CBNRAC) meeting.
Notice of Availability of Guidance on Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
Document Number: 06-9201
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-15
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This notice announces the availability of final guidance on the application of section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144) to projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), or both. Section 6002 of SAFETEA-LU, which went into effect on August 10, 2005, adds requirements and refinements to the environmental review process for highway and public transportation capital projects. The section 6002 guidance describes how the FTA and FHWA will implement the new requirements within the environmental review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal laws. The final guidance is available at the following URL: http:// www.fta.dot.gov/environment/guidance/ for FTA and at http:// www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/section6002/ for FHWA.
Fiscal Year 2007 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: 06-9103
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-07
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 2007 to be used in connection with all Federal assistance programs that FTA administers during Federal fiscal year 2007. 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. 5536(d)(2). FTA's annual certifications and assurances have been revised to accommodate statutory, regulatory, and programmatic changes not in effect.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project in the Southern Portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Document Number: E6-18393
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB) are planning to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Dumbarton Rail Corridor (DRC) Project, an approximately 21-mile commuter rail extension on existing rail alignment to provide commuter rail service between the Peninsula and the East Bay across the southern part of the San Francisco Bay. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as well as provisions of the recently enacted Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to alert interested parties regarding the plan to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the proposed transit project, to invite participation in the EIS process, including comments on the scope of the EIS proposed in this notice, and to announce that public scoping meetings will be conducted.
Notice of Granted Buy America Waivers
Document Number: E6-18260
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The following waivers will permit ticket vending machine manufacturers to install and count as domestic for purposes of the Buy America Act, 49 U.S.C. 5323(j), as implemented by the Federal Transit Administration at 49 CFR part 661, the Mars Electronics International (MEI) BNA57/542 Banknote Validator, the Asahi Seiko USA, Inc. (Asahi Seiko) Model SA-595 Compact Coin Dispensing Hopper, and the Nextek Corporation (Nextek) BV-6000 Currency Validator Tekpak. Each waiver is valid for a period of 2 years, or until such time as a domestic source for the product becomes available, whichever occurs first. This notice shall ensure that the public is aware of the waivers. FTA requests that the public notify it if a domestic source for any of the above-listed products becomes available.
Clarification for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Implementation for the Elderly Individuals and Individuals With Disabilities, Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC), and New Freedom Programs
Document Number: E6-18259
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a Federal Register notice on September 6, 2006 (71FR52610) announcing proposed guidance in the form of circulars to assist grantees in implementing the Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310), JARC, and New Freedom programs. By this notice, FTA clarifies interim guidance for FY 2007 included in the notice published on September 6, 2006, and provides additional interim guidance for FY 2007.
Transfer of Federally Assisted Land or Facility
Document Number: E6-17264
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 5334(g) 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 New Jersey Transit (NJT) intends to transfer the Union City Bus Maintenance Facility on New York Avenue in Union City, New Jersey, to the City of Union City. The property comprises one entire block and is bounded by Bergenline Avenue on the west, New York Avenue on the east, 29th Street on the north and 27th Street on the south. NJT no longer has a need for, and has not occupied the property for some time. Union City intends to use the property as a department of public works consolidated maintenance and storage facility for its fleet of vehicles, as well as create structured public parking and other uses.
Clean Fuels Grant Program
Document Number: E6-17071
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 3010 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), amended section 5308 of title 49 United States Code, commonly referred to as the Clean Fuels Grant Program. SAFETEA-LU changes the program from a formula-based to a discretionary grant program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to amend its clean fuels grant program regulations to comport with the provisions of SAFETEA-LU.
Charter Service Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-16939
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
This notice lists the location and time of the next Charter Bus Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (CBNRAC) meeting.
Notice of Proposed Safety and Security Management Circular
Document Number: E6-16684
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to issue a Circular on Safety and Security Management Guidance for FTA-funded major capital projects. The proposed circular is for those FTA-funded projects that involve: (1) The construction of a new fixed guideway or extension of an existing fixed guideway; (2) the rehabilitation or modernization of an existing fixed guideway with a total project cost in excess of $100 million; or (3) projects designated as major capital projects by the Administrator. The Circular, which is located on the DMS Web site, identifies the safety and security management activities to be performed by grantees and the criteria for documenting these activities in the Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP). FTA is also developing a manual of effective practices to accompany the circular.
Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program
Document Number: E6-15095
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-12
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 2006 appropriations for the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) program, authorized by Section 3021 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity ActA Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU) and codified in 49 U.S.C. 5320. The ATPPL program funds capital and planning expenses for alternative transportation systems in parks and public lands. Federal land management agencies and State, tribal and local governments acting with the consent of a Federal land management agency are eligible recipients. This is the first year of the ATPPL program. Funding is authorized for this program through FY 2009.
Environmental Impact Statement for the North Metro Corridor
Document Number: E6-15093
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the impacts of transit improvements, including a potential commuter rail line or a light rail line, in the North Metro Corridor between Downtown Denver and the City of Thornton in Adams County, Colorado. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with FTA/FHWA regulations (23 CFR 771 et seq.) implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as provisions of the recently enacted Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to alert interested parties regarding the plan to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the nature of the proposed transit project, to invite participation in the NEPA process, including comments on the scope of the EIS proposed in this notice, and to announce that public scoping meetings will be conducted.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E6-15026
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collections: (1) Bus Testing Program. (2) Transit Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Projects. The collections involve our Bus Testing and Transit Research Programs. The information to be collected for the Bus Testing Program is necessary to ensure that buses have been tested at the Bus Testing Center for maintainability, reliability, safety, performance, structural integrity, fuel economy, emissions, and noise. The information to be collected for Transit Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Projects is necessary to determine eligibility of applicants and ensure mass transportation service at a minimum cost. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on June 20, 2006.
Notice of Proposed Agency Guidance and Request for Comments on the Eligibility of Joint Development Improvements Under Federal Transit Law
Document Number: E6-15022
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) seeks public comment on the following proposed guidance on joint development capital projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) enacted certain amendments to the definition of the term ``capital project'' as used in 49 U.S.C. 5302(a)(1)(G) relating to ``joint development'' activities by recipients of Federal funds under 49 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. (Federal Transit Law). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to adopt the following guidance in accordance with the procedures for notice and an opportunity for the public to comment set forth at 49 U.S.C. 5334(l) and FTA's Notice of Final Policy Statement for Implementation of Notice and Comment Procedures for Documents Imposing ``Binding Obligations,'' as published in the Federal Register on June 5, 2006. The following proposed guidance seeks to ensure maximum benefit to the people who ride public transportation, to FTA grantees that choose to sponsor joint development improvements (the project sponsor), and to their joint development partners by (i) Affording FTA grantees maximum flexibility within the law to work with the private sector and others for purposes of joint development, (ii) generally deferring to the decisions of the project sponsor, negotiating and contracting at arm's length with third parties, to utilize Federal Transit funds and program income for joint development purposes, and (iii) promoting transit-oriented development, subject to the broad parameters set forth herein.
Policy Statement on When High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes Converted to High-Occupancy/Toll (HOT) Lanes Shall Be Classified as Fixed Guideway Miles for FTA's Funding Formulas and When HOT Lanes Shall Not Be Classified as Fixed Guideway Miles for FTA's Funding Formulas
Document Number: E6-14796
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice describes the terms and conditions on which the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to classify High- Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes that are converted to High-Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes as ``fixed guideway miles'' for purposes of the transit funding formulas administered by FTA. The notice also describes when HOT lanes would be ineligible for classification as fixed guideway miles in FTA's funding formulas, clarifies which HOT lanes shall not be eligible for reporting as fixed guideway miles in FTA's funding formulas, and seeks comment from interested parties. After consideration of the comments, FTA will issue a second Federal Register notice responding to comments received and noting any changes made to the policy statement as a result of comments received.
Elderly Individuals and Individuals With Disabilities, Job Access and Reverse Commute, and New Freedom Programs: Coordinated Planning Guidance for FY 2007 and Proposed Circulars
Document Number: E6-14733
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-06
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 circulars to assist grantees in implementing the Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310), Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC), and New Freedom Programs beginning in FY 2007. By this notice, FTA invites public comment on the proposed circulars for these programs. This notice also includes guidance for FY 2007 implementation for the coordinated planning process.
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects; Correction
Document Number: E6-14314
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a notice in the Federal Register of August 17, 2006, concerning limitations on claims for certain specified public transportation projects. The notice contained an incorrect date.
National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination; Solicitation for Proposals
Document Number: 06-7231
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This solicitation is for proposals from national non-profit organizations with transportation coordination and technical assistance expertise for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination (NRC). The NCR will manage a program to improve and enhance the coordination of Federal resources for human service transportation with those of the Department of Transportation (DOT). The major goal of the NRC is to assist local communities and States in the expansion and provision of coordinated human service transportation for older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with lower incomes. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will award one four year agreement. Year one of the cooperative agreement is for one million, five hundred eighty-four thousand dollars ($1,584,000) as authorized in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity ActA Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and subsequently appropriated. Funding for subsequent years will be based on annual appropriations as well as annual performance reviews.
Charter Service Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Document Number: 06-7213
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice lists the location and time of the next Charter Bus Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (CBNRAC) meeting.
Environmental Impact Statement; East Link Project, WA
Document Number: E6-13896
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration and the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Sound Transit's proposed 11 to 19- mile extension of the Central Link Light rail transit project from Seattle to the cities of Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond, within King County, Washington. The EIS will also be prepared in accordance with the provisions of the recently enacted Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), and with Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to alert interested parties regarding the plan to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the nature of the proposed transit project, to invite participation in the EIS process, including comments on the scope of the EIS proposed in this notice, and to announce that public scoping meetings will be conducted. The EIS will address the no action alternative and reasonable alternatives that meet the project purpose and need.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises; Western States Guidance for Public Transportation Providers
Document Number: 06-7053
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) implementation of Department of Transportation guidance for participants of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. This notice solely concerns FTA implementation procedures applicable to FTA grantees in the states comprising the 9th Federal Judicial Circuit (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Hawaii).
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E6-13570
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collections: (1) Nondiscrimination as it Applies to FTA Grant Programs. (2) Title VI as it Applies to FTA Grant Programs. The collections involve our Nondiscrimination and Title VI Programs. The information to be collected for the Nondiscrimination Program is necessary to ensure that any employee or applicant for employment is not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age or disability. The information to be collected for the Title VI Program is necessary to ensure that service and benefits are provided nondiscriminatorily without regard to race, color, or national origin. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on May 30, 2006.
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: E6-13533
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for public transportation projects in the following urbanized areas: Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California; and Seattle, Washington. The purpose of this notice is to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final FTA environmental actions.
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program
Document Number: 06-6911
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice accomplishes several purposes. First, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) summarizes and responds to written comments FTA received in response to a March 22, 2006, Federal Register Notice regarding proposed grant program provisions for this new program and to oral comments FTA received during two announced public meetings on this program that were held on April 4, 2006, in Denver, Colorado, and on April 7, 2006, in Kansas City, Missouri. Second, this Notice announces the availability of funds in fiscal year (FY) 2006 for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program, a new program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. Finally, this Notice announces a national solicitation for applications, with grantees and projects to be selected on a competitive basis; the grant terms and conditions that will apply to this new program; and grant application procedures and selection criteria for FY 2006 projects.
Notice of Availability of Interim Guidance and Instructions for Small Starts
Document Number: E6-12847
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Final Interim Guidance and Instructions for Small Starts which was initially issued for comment on June 6, 2006. This Guidance describes the eligibility, evaluation, and project development procedures for projects seeking Small Starts funding, as well as the information required from project sponsors to evaluate and rate a project for the purpose of project advancement or a funding recommendation. FTA is in the process of broader rulemaking on its major capital investments program, but the Interim Guidance and Instructions will allow projects into project development. The document will also enable FTA to evaluate and rate projects as part of the Annual New Starts Report and make funding recommendations prior to completion of the broader rulemaking process. For a Small Starts project to be included in the FY2008 Annual New Starts Report and considered for a funding recommendation, project information must be received by FTA by September 15, 2006 and any response to FTA comments on the submittal must be completed by October 15, 2006.
Emergency Procedures for Public Transportation Systems
Document Number: 06-6771
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This rulemaking proposes to establish a new subpart in 601 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, to establish emergency relief procedures for granting relief from Federal transit policy statements, circulars, guidance documents, and regulations in times of national or regional emergencies.
Notice of Correction
Document Number: E6-12165
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 14, 2006, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a notice of proposed Circular in the Federal Register (See FR Volume 71, No 135., pp. 40178 to 40187). This notice erroneously stated that comments must be received by August 14, 2006. FTA intends to establish a 60-day comment period. Therefore, comments should be submitted by September 14, 2006. Late comments will be considered to the extent practicable.
Formula Grants for Other Than Urbanized Areas Program (49 U.S.C. 5311): Notice of Program Guidance
Document Number: E6-12137
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice proposes guidance in the form of a revised program circular for the Federal Transit Administration's Formula Grants for Other Than Urbanized Areas Program (Section 5311) and seeks comments on the proposed circular. It also addresses comments FTA received with regard to its Section 5311 program in response to a Federal Register Notice entitled, ``FTA Transit Program Changes, Authorized Funding Levels and Implementation of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (70 FR 71950, November 30, 2005), in addition to comments received during several public listening sessions. The proposed circular will be available in Docket Number: FTA-2006-25365 at http://dms.dot.gov.
Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites
Document Number: 06-6496
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-07-27
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This proposal would modify the procedures for granting approvals under 23 U.S.C. 138 and 49 U.S.C. 303 (hereafter referred to as ``Section 4(f)'' \1\) in several ways. First, this proposal clarifies the factors to be considered and the standards to be applied when determining if an alternative for avoiding the use of Section 4(f) property is feasible and prudent. Second, this NPRM proposes to clarify the factors to be considered when selecting a project alternative in situations where all alternatives use Section 4(f) property and no feasible and prudent avoidance alternative exists. Third, this proposal would establish procedures for determining that the use of a Section 4(f) property has de minimis impacts. Fourth, the proposal updates the regulation to recognize statutory and common-sense exceptions for uses that advance Section 4(f)'s preservationist goals; as well as the option of conducting certain Section 4(f) evaluations on a programmatic basis. Fifth, this proposal would move the Section 4(f) regulations out of the agencies' National Environmental Policy Act regulations (23 CFR part 771, ``Environmental Impact and Related Procedures''), into a separate part of 23 CFR, with a reorganized structure that is easier to use.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement on Transit Improvements for the Gold Line Corridor
Document Number: E6-11629
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the impacts of rail transit improvements for the Gold Line Corridor which extends from downtown Denver, Colorado west to Ward Road in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as provisions of the recently enacted Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to alert interested parties regarding the plan to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the nature of the proposed transit project, to invite participation in the EIS process, including comments on the scope of the EIS proposed in this notice, and to announce that public scoping meetings will be conducted.
Charter Service Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Document Number: 06-6324
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice lists the location and time of the next Charter Bus Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (CBNRAC) meeting.
Notice of Proposed Title VI Circular
Document Number: E6-11071
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is revising and updating its Circular 4702.1, ``Title VI Program Guidelines for Urban Mass Transit Administration Recipients.'' FTA is issuing a proposed Title VI Circular and seeks input from interested parties on this document. After consideration of the comments, FTA will issue a second Federal Register notice responding to comments received and noting any changes made to the Circular as a result of comments received. The proposed Circular is available in Docket Number: 23227 at http:// dms.dot.gov.
Notice of Public Meetings on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Statewide and Metropolitan Planning Requirements
Document Number: 06-6023
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-06
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This notice announces the dates, times, and locations of six public meetings and a national Webcast to be held in July and August 2006 concerning a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Statewide and Metropolitan Planning Requirements. Presentations delivered at these meetings will describe the provisions of the NPRM jointly issued by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on June 9, 2006 to provide guidance on implementing the planning provisions of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the Federal surface transportation law.
Environmental Impact Statement: City and County of Denver, CO
Document Number: 06-5879
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-30
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FTA and FHWA are jointly issuing this Revised Notice of Intent to advise the public that the joint Environmental Impact Statement/Section 4(f) Evaluation (EIS/4(f)) for transit and highway improvements in the City and County of Denver, Adams County, and the City of Aurora, Colorado will be revised to create two separate environmental documents. Previously, the transit and highway improvements were being evaluated as part of a combined highway and transit study. Recently, the agencies working on the combined project decided to prepare separate EISs for the different highway and transit project elements. This Revised Notice of Intent provides notice for the separate transit and highway EIS/4(f)s that are being prepared.
Notice of Availability of Proposed Guidance on Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and Request for Comments
Document Number: E6-10217
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-29
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This notice announces the availability of proposed guidance on the application of section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144) to projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), or both. Section 6002 of SAFETEA-LU adds requirements and refinements to the environmental review process for highway and public transportation capital projects. The proposed guidance describes how FTA and FHWA propose to implement the new requirements within the environmental review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal laws. The FTA and FHWA request public comments on this proposed guidance.
Notice of Request for the Extension of Currently Approved Information Collections
Document Number: E6-9669
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-20
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collections: (1) Bus Testing Program. (2) Transit Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Projects.
Notice of Availability of Proposed Interim Guidance and Instructions for Small Starts and Request for Comments
Document Number: E6-9030
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA's) proposed Interim Guidance and Instructions: Small Starts Provision of the Section 5309 New Starts Program and requests your comments on it. The proposed guidance explains submission requirements and evaluation criteria that FTA plans to use to evaluate Small Starts projects in the interim period before publication of the Final Rule for Major Capital Investment Projects. FTA requests comments on the proposed interim guidance, which is available in DOT's electronic docket and on FTA's Web site.
Statewide Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning
Document Number: 06-5145
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-09
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FHWA and the FTA are jointly issuing this document which proposes the revision of regulations governing the development of metropolitan transportation plans and programs for urbanized areas, State transportation plans and programs and the regulations for Congestion Management Systems and invites public comment. This proposed revision results from the recent passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Pub. L. 109-59, August 10, 2005), which also incorporates changes initiated in its predecessor legislation, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) (Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998) and generally would make the regulations consistent with current statutory requirements. Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding all facets of this proposal.
Charter Service
Document Number: 06-5133
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice lists the additional committee members as nominated by the Charter Bus Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (CBNRAC) and approved by the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This notice also includes new meeting dates and times.
Controlled Substances and Alcohol Misuse Testing
Document Number: 06-5073
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to eliminate duplicative requirements for safety-sensitive employees of some public (mass) transportation systems, who are subject to the alcohol and controlled substances (D&A) testing requirements of both FTA and the United States Coast Guard (USCG), or FTA and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). Recipients could concurrently comply with FTA's D&A testing program as they comply with the testing requirements of the USCG or FMCSA. However, FTA's post-accident and reasonable suspicion testing requirements would continue to apply when accidents occur while performing public (mass) transportation activities.
Notice of Final Policy Statement for Implementation of Notice and Comment Procedures for Documents Imposing “Binding Obligations”
Document Number: 06-5072
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This final notice establishes the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) policy concerning notice and comment for FTA documents that impose binding obligations. This final policy statement is consistent with the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) amendments to FTA's administrative provisions statute.
Notice of Request for the Extension of Currently Approved Information Collections
Document Number: E6-8289
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collections: (1) Nondiscrimination as it Applies to FTA Grant Programs. (2) Title VI as it Applies to FTA Grant Programs. The collections involve our Nondiscrimination and Title VI Programs. The information to be collected for the Nondiscrimination Program is necessary to ensure that any employee or applicant for employment is not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age or disability. The information to be collected for the Title VI Program is necessary to ensure that service and benefits are provided nondiscriminatorily without regard to race, color, or national origin. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Preparation of a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on East-West Corridor Transit Improvements in Miami-Dade County, FL
Document Number: E6-7865
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) intend to prepare a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), for the proposed East-West Transit Corridor Study in Miami-Dade County, Florida, between Florida International University (FIU) and the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) at Miami International Airport (MIA). The SDEIS will evaluate at least three alternatives: a No-Build Alternative; a Transportation System Management (TSM) Alternative; a Build Alternative; and any reasonable alternatives uncovered during the public scoping process. Scoping will be accomplished through meetings and correspondence with interested persons, organizations, the general public, Federal, State and local agencies. MDT will create a Coordination Plan to actively include public and participating agency involvement and comment during the entire NEPA process. The Coordination Plan will be found on the East- West Corridor Web site at http://www.miamidade.gov/transit. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to re-notify interested parties of the intent to prepare the SDEIS and invite participation in the Study. An Advance Notification for the original East-West Corridor Multimodal Project was issued in 1993. The study area being evaluated in this SDEIS traverses the western portion (i.e., FIU to MIC) of the entire East-West Corridor between FIU and the Port of Miami that was studied in the East-West Multimodal Corridor Major Investment Study/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (MIS/DEIS) in 1995 and the East-West Multimodal Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in 1998. A Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA)/Minimum Operable Segment (MOS) emerged from this process and was the subject of a Record of Decision jointly issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FTA in 1998. With approval of the People's Transportation Plan (PTP) by Miami-Dade County voters in 2002, along with changes in growth and development along the western portion of the corridor, a redefinition of planned transit investments resulted in the locally proposed alternative. It is the intention of this action to improve mobility in the East-West Corridor.