Federal Transit Administration 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of Guidance on the Application of 49 U.S.C. 5324(c), Railroad Corridor Preservation, and Request for Comments
Document Number: E8-30372
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of proposed guidance on the application of a provision of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) concerning the acquisition of railroad right-of-way for transit projects. The guidance explains FTA's interpretation of the provision, which allows the acquisition of pre-existing railroad right-of-way, under certain conditions, before the completion of the environmental review for a transit project that would use the right-of-way. FTA requests comments on this guidance, which is available on the U.S. Government electronic docket site and on the FTA Web site.
Notice of Request for the Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: E8-30165
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 following new information collection: Grant Accrual Surveys of FTA Grantees.
Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program
Document Number: E8-30163
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 appropriations for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program (TTP), a program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
FTA Fiscal Year 2009 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information
Document Number: E8-29645
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Division A of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, (Pub. L. 110-329) signed into law by President Bush on September 30, 2008, continues to fund the Federal transit programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT) at the same levels that were available under Division K of the ``Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008'' (Pub. L. 110-161) until a DOT Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 is enacted or March 6, 2009, whichever occurs first. This notice provides information on funding amounts that are currently available for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assistance programs; provides program guidance and requirements; and provides information on several program issues important in the current year. The notice also includes tables that show certain discretionary programs unobligated (carryover) funding from previous years that will be available for obligation during FY 2009.
Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Grant Program: Corrections to Project ID Numbers
Document Number: E8-27283
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-25
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice revises Project Identification Numbers published in the August 22, 2008, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) notice titled ``Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Announcement of Project Selections.'' The notice identifies corrections to Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 and 2008 Project Identification Numbers; however, award amounts remain unchanged.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Project in San Francisco, CA
Document Number: E8-27868
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (The Authority) intend to prepare an EIS on the implementation of a fixed-guideway transit system in the Geary Boulevard Corridor located between the Transbay Terminal on the east (at First and Mission Streets) and 33rd Avenue on the west. Alternatives proposed to be considered in the draft EIS include a combined No Project/Transportation Systems Management (TSM) Alternative, a Geary BRT Alternative and any additional reasonable alternatives that emerge from the study process. The EIS will be prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations. The FTA and The Authority request public and interagency input on the purpose and need to be addressed by the project, the alternatives to be considered in the EIS, and the environmental and community impacts to be evaluated.
Buy America Requirements; Bi-Metallic Composite Conducting Rail
Document Number: E8-27820
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Following the two recent Buy America rulemakings pursuant to the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a petition for reconsideration of the treatment of bi-metallic composite conducting rail as a steel product that must be manufactured in the United States. At present, FTA's Buy America regulation treats both running rail and contact rail as a steel or iron product which must be manufactured entirely in the United States. During the recent rulemakings, several commenters proposed that bi-metallic rail be instead categorized as ``traction power equipment.'' If adopted, the proposal would have changed the regulatory treatment of contact rail based on the rail's composition. As traction power equipment, bi-metallic rail would have been subject to a lower 60 percent domestic content requirement, in contrast to running rail made of steel and iron, which must contain 100 percent domestic content. In addition, as traction power equipment, bi- metallic rail would be subject only to ``final assembly'' in the United States, which may be a less rigorous process than the manufacturing process required for other forms of power rail, including steel and iron. Because FTA believed adopting the proposal in the Final Rule would have altered the regulatory environment for affected parties who may have been unaware of the proposal, including manufacturers of steel and iron contact rail, without subjecting the issue to full notice-and- comment from all affected parties, FTA declined to adopt the proposal, instead deferring action to this separate rulemaking. Through this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM), FTA proposes to amend its Buy America regulations to re-categorize bi-metallic composite conducting rail as ``traction power equipment'' which need only consist of 60 percent domestic content, with final assembly taking place in the United States.
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: E8-27272
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-18
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 areas: Denver, Colorado, and Jacksonville, Florida. 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.
School Bus Operations
Document Number: E8-26683
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-18
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this notice, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to amend its school bus operations regulations. Most notably, FTA proposes to clarify several definitions, amend the school bus operations complaint procedures, and implement Section 3023(f) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). FTA seeks comment on this notice from interested parties.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement on Hatcher Pass Recreational Area Trails and Transit Facilities in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK
Document Number: E8-27147
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The FTA and Matanuska-Susitna Borough are issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for the proposed Hatcher Pass Recreational Area Trails and Transit Facilities project in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska. The project would construct access roads, parking areas, and pedestrian facilities for two day-use areas that would provide an opportunity for skiing and other recreational opportunities for local and regional residents. 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 (SAFETEA-LU). The purpose of the Notice of Intent (NOI) is to alert interested parties regarding the plan to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the nature of the proposed 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.
United We Ride State/Tribal Mobility Management Coordination Grants; Solicitation for Proposals and Technical Assistance/Training Available
Document Number: E8-27124
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits proposals from States and tribal associations or consortia for United We Ride (UWR) mobility management grants. This solicitation is issued by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on behalf of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM). Funding in the amount of $1.5 million is provided by FTA to support grants ranging up to $300,000 each. These grants are intended to assist States and tribal associations in supporting the development of transportation coordination capabilities and capacity within local or regional human service networks to address the individualized customer transportation needs of persons and families with low income, persons with disabilities, older adults and youth. Specifically, these grants seek to address individual customer needs for mobility within workforce development, health care, aging, youth, disability, education, housing, veterans and other social service or human service support networks. State or tribal mobility management proposals may include the development of educational programs, training and technical assistance activities, and mobility management coordination pilots for or within such networks. These grants are not intended to fund the capital or operating costs of specific transportation services or transportation brokerage programs. The projects proposed should represent new or expanded activities, not just the maintenance of existing actions already being funded. FTA-funded technical assistance and training programs are described that may prove helpful to applicants in either developing or implementing proposals.
National Transit Database: Natural Disaster Adjustments for Urbanized Area Apportionments
Document Number: E8-26888
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-13
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) policy on natural disaster adjustments for data used in urbanized area apportionments. On August 14, 2008, FTA proposed a new policy allowing transit systems suffering a marked decrease in transit service data due to a natural disaster to use their transit service data from a prior year in the urbanized area apportionments. FTA received three comments on this policy change and is now formally adopting the new policy.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-26412
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collection: 49 U.S.C. section 5316Job Access and Reverse Commute Program. The information to be collected for this program is used to determine eligibility for funding and to monitor the grantees' progress in implementing and completing project activities. The information submitted ensures FTA's compliance with applicable federal laws and OMB Circular A-102. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on September 12, 2008.
Notice of Buy America Waiver Request by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada for Bus Rapid Transit Rolling Stock
Document Number: E8-26423
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has asked the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to waive its Buy America requirements to permit it to purchase Bus Rapid Transit Vehicles from Wright Group (Wright) to be designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom. This request comes after the RTC awarded a contract to Wright but before the award of an FTA grant to the RTC. The RTC has asked for a waiver on the dual bases of public interest and non- availability. FTA seeks public comment on whether it should grant RTC's request on the basis of non-availability only. This Notice sets forth the RTC's arguments for a non-availability waiver and seeks comment.
Federal Fiscal Year 2009 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: E8-26030
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5323(n), FTA is authorized to consolidate the certifications and assurances required by Federal law or regulations for its programs into a single document. FTA is also required by 49 U.S.C. 5323(n) to publish a list of those certifications and assurances annually. Appendix A of this Notice contains the comprehensive compilation of FTA's Certifications and Assurances for Federal Fiscal Year (Federal FY) 2009 applicable to the various Federal assistance programs that FTA will administer during that Federal FY. FTA's Certifications and Assurances for Federal FY 2009 reflect Federal statutory, regulatory, and programmatic changes that have now become effective.
National Technical Assistance Center for Parks and Public Lands
Document Number: E8-25630
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This solicitation is for proposals from organizations to implement a National Technical Assistance Center for Alternative Transportation in Public Lands. The Center is to assist the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the coordinated provision of technical assistance under the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program. The Center is to develop, administer, distribute, and oversee multiple technical assistance products to support land management agencies, States, and local and tribal governments in alternative transportation projects serving federally managed parks and public lands. Organizations that submit proposals should have technical assistance expertise and experience in transportation planning, coordination and operations on parks and public lands. FTA will award a cooperative agreement (one base year plus two option years) for an estimated amount of $4,500,000. The funding is authorized under section 3021(d)(1) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and subsequently appropriated. For the first year of the project, $1,500,000 will be made available. Funding for subsequent years will be based on available annual appropriations as well as annual performance reviews. Use of Funds: The organization selected shall (1) provide on-demand and proactive technical assistance in alternative transportation project-level scoping, planning, and operations; (2) provide training and workshops; (3) perform outreach, communications, and coordination of services to support land management agencies in planning processes; (4) maintain a central repository of resources and disseminate resources; (5) support the project evaluation process; (6) convene and collaborate with an interagency peer review group; and (7) perform project administration and management.
Notice of Buy America Waiver Request by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for Final Assembly of Rail Rolling Stock
Document Number: E8-25063
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has asked the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to waive its Buy America requirements on the basis of public interest to permit Vossloh Espa[ntilde]a S.A. (Vossloh) to manufacture and assemble two pilot locomotives in Spain. MotivePower, Inc., a domestic competitor to Vossloh has asked FTA to deny MBTA's request. FTA seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant MBTA's request. This Notice sets forth MBTA's arguments for and MotivePower's arguments against a public interest waiver and seeks comment thereon.
Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program, Formerly Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program
Document Number: E8-24113
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
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) 2008 appropriations for the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program (formally 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 Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks 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.
Third Party Contracting Guidance: Notice of Final Circular
Document Number: E8-22914
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued FTA Circular 4220.1F, ``Third Party Contracting Guidance'' to provide comprehensive guidance to grantees and recipients of cooperative agreements (recipients) to implement third party contracting requirements that apply to FTA assisted procurements.
Bus Testing; Phase-In of Brake Performance and Emissions Testing, and Program Updates
Document Number: E8-22913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA's) proposed changes to its Bus Testing Regulation. The NPRM incorporates tests for brake performance and emissions into FTA's Bus Testing Program to comply with the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Equitable Transportation Efficiency Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). To improve the FTA Bus Testing Program, FTA is also proposing several updates that will enhance the Program's value and respond to changes in the transit bus industry. FTA seeks comments on the proposals in this notice.
Grant Management Guidance
Document Number: E8-22891
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site (http://www.fta.dot.gov) guidance in the form of Circular 5010.1D, Grant Management Requirements, which circular replaces FTA's prior Grant Management Circular 5010.1C. Circular 5010.1D includes information pertaining to new and existing FTA programs; incorporates provisions of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU); discusses the circumstances under which a grantee may request budget revisions and grant amendments; identifies useful life standards for trolleys, ferry boats, and facilities; and increases the threshold that determines whether FTA must approve a real estate appraisal.
Capital Investment Program: Availability of Final Circular
Document Number: E8-22840
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site, guidance in the form of a circular to assist grantees in implementing the Capital Investment Program. Principally, the Capital Investment Program provides Federal funding for buses and bus facilities, new fixed guideway systems, and fixed guideway modernization, as authorized by statute.
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: E8-22634
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-26
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 areas: Fort Collins, Colorado; Belle Glade, Florida; Gustavus, Alaska; Dallas, Texas; West Covina, California; and Andover, New Jersey. 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.
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposed Southwest Transitway Project in Hennepin, Minnesota
Document Number: E8-22257
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-23
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) are planning to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Southwest Transitway Project, a 14-mile corridor of transportation improvements that links Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis neighborhoods and downtown Minneapolis. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) as well as provisions of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) 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, including the project purpose and need, the alternatives to be studied, and the potential social, economic, environmental and transportation impacts to be evaluated.
Early Scoping Notice for an Alternatives Analysis of Proposed Transit Improvements in the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor of Los Angeles, CA
Document Number: E8-21615
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) issue this early scoping notice to advise other agencies and the public that they intend to explore, in the context of the Council on Environmental Quality's early scoping process, methods of improving transit capacity and service in the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor of Los Angeles, California. The early scoping process is part of a planning Alternatives Analysis (AA) required by Title 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) Sec. 5309, that will lead to the selection of the alternatives that will be subject to the appropriate environmental process. Early scoping meetings have been planned and are announced below. The Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor is approximately 35 miles in length and includes; 26.36 miles of the Harbor Subdivision that is owned by LACMTA (BNSF Railway currently has some freight operations on the ROW), approximately 2.5 miles to the north of the LACMTA-owned portion right-of-way that would provide the connection to downtown Los Angeles, and approximately 3.5-6 miles south of the LACMTA-owned portion of the right-of-way that would provide a possible connection to the Metro Harbor Transitway, Metro Blue Line, Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line or any other destinations or transit facilities that would attract potential ridership. The Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision Line extends 26.36 miles from Harbor Junction at the north, near downtown Los Angeles just east of the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue and Watson Yard at the south, in Wilmington just east of Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. Highway 1) and Alameda Street. The Harbor Subdivision connects or runs adjacent to major destinations and transportation hubs including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Metro Blue Line, Harbor Transitway and the Port of Los Angeles. The Corridor traverses twelve jurisdictions including the cities of Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Inglewood, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Carson and the County of Los Angeles. As it passes through these communities, it traverses residential neighborhoods, commercial and warehousing districts and industrial areas including oil fields and refineries. LAX lies to the west of the rail line along Aviation Boulevard near Century Boulevard. The conclusion of the planning Alternatives Analysis is expected to be the selection of a set of alternatives by the LACMTA and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), which is the official metropolitan planning organization for Los Angeles. The set of alternatives will then be the ``proposed action'' that are subject to an appropriate environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). If the selected set of alternatives would have significant impacts, an environmental impact statement (EIS), combined with a California environmental impact report (EIR) would be initiated with a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register and distribution of a Notice of Preparation (NOP) required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Public and agency scoping of the EIS/EIR would be conducted at that time. In particular, the purpose and need for the project, the range of alternatives to be considered in the EIS/EIR, the environmental and community impacts to be evaluated, and the methodologies to be used, would be subject to public and interagency review and comment, in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 139 and CEQA.
Final Policy Statement on FTA's School Bus Operations Regulations
Document Number: E8-21601
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this notice, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) clarifies its policy with respect to its interpretation of ``tripper service'' and ``school bus operations'' under 49 CFR part 605.
Announcement of Project Selections for FY 2008 Clean Fuels Grant Program Discretionary Funds
Document Number: E8-21074
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-15
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the discretionary selection of projects that will be funded using the unallocated Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Clean Fuels Grant program funds.
Agency Information Collection Activity under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-21180
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-12
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 information collection: Rail Fixed Guideway Systems, State Safety Oversight. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on June 23, 2008. No comments were received in response to that notice.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-21175
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-12
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 information collection:
Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement on Central Broward East-West Transit Analysis in Broward County, FL
Document Number: E8-20221
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Central Broward East-West public transportation improvements in Broward County, Florida, from Sawgrass Mills/Bank Atlantic Center in western Broward County, to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in eastern Broward County, with the alignment located in the vicinity of Sawgrass Corporate Park, Interstate-595 (I-595), State Road 7 (SR 7), Broward Boulevard and Andrews Avenue. 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 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.
Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Announcement of Project Selections
Document Number: E8-19358
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-22
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) 2007 and FY 2008 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.
National Transit Database: Natural Disaster Adjustments for Urbanized Area Apportionments
Document Number: E8-18939
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) proposed new policy on natural disaster adjustments to NTD data. If a transit provider suffers a marked decrease in transit service due to a natural disaster, FTA proposes to allow that transit provider to be ``held harmless'' in the apportionment of formula grants for urbanized areas. In this case, FTA would use the transit provider's data from the NTD report year before the natural disaster in the apportionment, but use data from the current NTD report year for all other transit providers. Under this proposed policy, FTA would only make this adjustment upon the request of the affected transit provider or the designated recipient for the urbanized area, and FTA would grant this request at its discretion based on the disaster's demonstrated severity and impacts. FTA proposes for this policy to take effect for the 2007 NTD Report Year, which is the data to be used in the FY 2009 apportionment of formula grants for urbanized areas.
National Transit Database: Policy on Reporting of Coordinated Human Services Transportation Data
Document Number: E8-18388
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on changes to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) policy on the reporting of coordinated human services transportation data. For many years, it has been FTA's policy to require transit agencies reporting demand response service to the NTD to exclude service data for certain sponsored trips from their reports. These trips were typically arranged and paid for by a third party for a specific group of clients (such as participants in programs like Medicaid, Head Start, sheltered workshops, or assisted living centers), and were often not open to the general public at large. Data for these trips were thus excluded from the calculation of the apportionment of Urbanized Area Formula Grants. In light of FTA's policies and guidance on Coordinated Human Services Transportation, FTA is proposing to clarify this policy for the 2008 NTD Report Year to specify that transit agencies are to report data for all of their demand response service as public transportation, except for those services that are defined as charter service under FTA's recently revised charter rule (49 CFR Part 604, 73 FR 2326, January 14, 2008). FTA also proposes to require transit agencies in urbanized areas to separately report their ``regular unlinked passenger trips'' and their ``sponsored demand response unlinked passenger trips'' for demand response service. FTA invites the public to comment on this proposed policy change.
Charter Service
Document Number: E8-18444
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration published a document in the Federal Register on August 1, 2008, revising the appendices to the final rule and responding to petitions for reconsideration. That document inadvertently failed to update the table in Appendix D, which should have appeared in the rule as a matrix.
Final Guidance on New Starts/Small Starts Policies and Procedures
Document Number: E8-18315
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice conveys the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Final Guidance on New Starts/Small Starts Policies and Procedures.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development Program
Document Number: E8-18313
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-08
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On May 22, 2008, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development Program (Fuel Cell Bus Program). After careful review of comments, FTA has decided to waive its Buy America requirements for projects funded under the Fuel Cell Bus Program. This Notice sets forth FTA's justification and response to comments.
National Transit Database: Amendments to Urbanized Area Annual Reporting Manual
Document Number: E8-18090
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the adoption of certain amendments for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) 2008 National Transit Database (NTD) Urbanized Area Annual Reporting Manual (Annual Manual). On February 7, 2008, FTA published a notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 7361) inviting comments on proposed amendments to the 2008 Annual Manual. This notice provides responses to those comments, and announces the adoption of certain amendments for the 2008 Annual Manual, as well as the adoption of some amendments to take effect for the 2009 Report Year.
Charter Service
Document Number: E8-17487
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-01
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This document disposes of the petitions for reconsideration filed in response to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) final rule on charter service published on January 14, 2008. This notice also corrects the final rule by adding an authority citation, revises Appendix B and Appendix C, and corrects Appendix D, which should have appeared in the final rule as a matrix.
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: E8-17482
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-30
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 areas: Houston, Texas, Portland, Oregon, and Orlando, Florida. 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.
Preparation of a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for Transit Improvements in the BeltLine Corridor in the City of Atlanta, GA
Document Number: E8-16990
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are planning to prepare a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 EIS) and 4(f) Evaluation for an approximately 22-mile loop of proposed transit and trail improvements within the City of Atlanta. The Tier 1 EIS will be prepared in accordance with regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as provisions of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), enacted in 2005. The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to alert interested parties regarding the plan to prepare the Tier 1 EIS; to provide information on the nature of the proposed project; to invite participation in the Tier 1 EIS process, including comments on the scope of the Tier 1 EIS proposed in this notice; and to announce that public scoping meetings will be conducted. Tiering reflects FTA and MARTA's belief that it is necessary to focus on the actual issues ripe for decision at each level of environmental review (40 CFR 1508.28). It is the intent of this preliminary environmental documentation to determine and environmentally evaluate transit mode and general alignment for both the transit and trails in this corridor.
Program Guidance for Metropolitan Planning Program and State Planning and Research Program Grants: Final Circular
Document Number: E8-16825
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site final guidance in the form of a circular on Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants. The final circular revises and combines into one document the contents of previous Circular 8100.1B for the Metropolitan Planning Program (MPP) and previous Circular 8200.1 the State Planning and Research Program (SPRP). The final circular also provides information on Consolidated Planning Grants (CPG) between FTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-14050
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-23
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 information collection: 49 U.S.C. Section 5330Rail Fixed Guideway Systems, State Safety Oversight.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: E8-13790
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-18
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 collection:
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: E8-12814
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-09
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 areas: Jacksonville, Florida; Denver, Colorado; Staten Island, New York; Gig Harbor, Washington; Wasilla, Alaska. 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.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E8-12615
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
DOT intends to establish a system of records under the Privacy Act of 1974. The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a, requires that agencies that maintain a system of records publish a notice in the Federal Register of the existence and character of the system of records. In accordance with the Privacy Act, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is giving notice of a system of records to meet the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA's) needs for emergency contact information in case of illness or injury to its employees and contractors.
Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites; Correction
Document Number: E8-12360
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-03
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This rule makes a technical correction to the final regulations, which were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, that govern Section 4(f) approvals for the FHWA and the FTA. The amendment contained herein makes no substantive change to the FHWA or the FTA regulations, policies, or procedures. This rule clarifies an ambiguity in the language of the regulatory text caused by a global word change implemented in the Final Rule as a result of comments received in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Announcement of Project Selections for FY 2008 Bus and Bus Facilities Discretionary Program Funds
Document Number: E8-12241
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the discretionary selection of projects that will be funded using the unallocated Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Bus and Bus Facilities Program funds.
Notice of Request for the Extension of Currently Approved Information Collections
Document Number: E8-11705
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-02
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 information collection: 49 U.S.C. section 53 14(a) United We Ride State Coordination Grants.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Improvements to the Danbury Rail Branch in Connecticut
Document Number: E8-12098
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), in cooperation with the Southwest Regional Planning Agency and Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on proposed commuter rail transit service and infrastructure improvements along the New Haven Line, Danbury Branch Rail Line in Connecticut. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Metro North Railroad operates the New Haven Rail Line service for ConnDOT and is a cooperating agency in the EIS process. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and its implementing regulations by the Council on the Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) and FTA/FHWA (23 CFR 771), as well as provisions of section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The Draft EIS will be combined with the planning Alternatives Analysis required by Federal Transit law [49 U.S.C. 5309(a)] for projects proposed for New Starts or Small Starts funding. The purpose of this notice is to alert interested parties regarding the intent to prepare the EIS, to provide and solicit information on the nature of the proposed project and possible alternatives, to invite public participation in the NEPA process (including providing comments on the scope of the EIS), and to announce that three public scoping meetings will be conducted.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development Program
Document Number: E8-11403
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) proposes to waive its Buy America requirements for projects funded under the National Fuel Cell Bus Technology Development Program (Fuel Cell Bus Program). This Notice sets forth FTA's justification and seeks comment thereon. The purpose of the Fuel Cell Bus Program is to facilitate the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technology and related infrastructure.