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Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform
Document Number: 2016-14854
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-27
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FHWA and FTA propose revisions to the transportation planning regulations to promote more effective regional planning by States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). The goal of the proposed revisions is to result in unified planning products for each urbanized area (UZA), even if there are multiple MPOs designated within that urbanized area. Specifically it would result in MPOs developing a single metropolitan transportation plan, a single transportation improvement program (TIP), and a jointly established set of performance targets for the entire urbanized area and contiguous area expected to become urbanized within a 20-year forecast period for the transportation plan. If multiple MPOs are designated within that urbanized area, they would jointly prepare these unified planning products. To accomplish this, the proposed revisions clarify that the metropolitan planning area must include the entire urbanized area and contiguous area expected to become urbanized within 20 years. These proposed revisions would better align the planning regulations with statutory provisions concerning the establishment of metropolitan planning area (MPA) boundaries and the designation of MPOs. This includes the statutory requirement for the MPA to include an urbanized area in its entirety, and the exception provision to allow more than one MPO to serve a single MPA if warranted by the size and complexity of the MPA. The rulemaking would establish clearer operating procedures, and reinstate certain coordination and decisionmaking requirements for situations where there is more than one MPO serving an MPA. The proposed rule includes a requirement for unified planning products for the MPA including jointly established performance targets within an MPA, and a single metropolitan transportation plan and TIP for the entire MPA in order to result in planning products that reflect the regional needs of the entire urbanized area. These unified planning products would be jointly developed by the multiple MPOs in such MPAs where more than one MPO is designated. The FHWA and FTA propose to phase in implementation of these proposed coordination requirements and the proposed requirements for MPA boundary and MPO boundaries agreements over 2 years.
Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Passenger Ferry Grant Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-12688
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is publishing the list of Fiscal Years 2015-2016 Passenger Ferry Project Selections which was inadvertently omitted from the allocation notice published on May 23, 2016, titled ``Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Passenger Ferry Grant Program Project Selections'' (81 FR 32383).
Categorical Exclusions
Document Number: 2016-12577
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-31
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This final rule amends FHWA and FTA categorical exclusions (CE) for projects receiving limited Federal assistance to reflect a requirement in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to index for inflation the monetary thresholds for these CEs. This final rule also implements a provision in the FAST Act that directs FHWA to amend its rules on programmatic agreements for CEs. The amendments contained in this rule reflect statutory language in the FAST Act.
Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning
Document Number: 2016-11964
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-27
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FHWA and FTA are jointly issuing this final rule to update the regulations governing the development of metropolitan transportation plans (MTP) and programs for urbanized areas, long-range statewide transportation plans and programs, and the congestion management process as well as revisions related to the use of and reliance on planning products developed during the planning process for project development and the environmental review process. The changes reflect the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The MAP-21 continues many provisions related to transportation planning from prior laws; however, it introduces transformational changes and adds some new provisions. The FAST Act makes minor edits to existing provisions. The changes make the regulations consistent with current statutory requirements and implement the following: A new mandate for State departments of transportation (hereafter referred to simply as ``States'') and metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) to take a performance-based approach to planning and programming; a new emphasis on the nonmetropolitan transportation planning process, by requiring States to have a higher level of involvement with nonmetropolitan local officials and providing a process for the creation of regional transportation planning organizations (RTPO); a structural change to the membership of the larger MPOs; a new framework for voluntary scenario planning; new authority for the integration of the planning and environmental review processes; and a process for programmatic mitigation plans.
Fiscal Year 2015 and 2016 Passenger Ferry Grant Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-12143
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-23
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The US. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and FY 2016 appropriations for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program (Ferry Program), 49 U.S.C. 5307(h), as authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act. MAP-21 authorized $30 million for discretionary allocations in FY 2015 and the FAST Act authorized $30 million for discretionary allocations in FY 2016. Both amounts combined provide a total of $60 million for this program. On August 3, 2015, FTA published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) (80 FR 46093) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the Ferry Program. These program funds will provide financial assistance to support existing ferry service, establish new ferry service, and repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. Funds may not be used for operating expenses, planning, or preventive maintenance.
Compendium of Public Transportation Safety Standards
Document Number: 2016-11585
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
FTA is inviting the public to evaluate and provide comments on its Compendium of transit safety standards and protocols. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a review of public transportation safety standards and protocols to document existing standards and protocols and examine their efficacy. Following the review, the Secretary also is required to engage with the public in an evaluation of the standards to assess the need to establish additional Federal minimum public transportation safety standards. Upon completion of the review and evaluation, the Secretary must issue a report presenting the findings of the review of standards; the outcome of the evaluation; a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve the safety of the public transportation industry, including recommendations for regulatory changes, if applicable; and actions that the Secretary of the Department of Transportation will take to address the recommendations provided.
Contact Rail (Third Rail) System Hazards
Document Number: 2016-11580
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued Safety Advisory 16-2 regarding contact rail system hazards on rail fixed guideway public transportation systems (RFGPTSs). A letter to the Managers of State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs with RFGPTSs that use a contact rail system, was also issued requesting data and information on contact rail system hazards occurring during calendar year 2015. Safety Advisory 16-2 and the accompanying letter are available in their entirety on the FTA public Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/tso.html.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Minivans
Document Number: 2016-11571
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a formal request from the Pace Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority (Pace) for a Buy America non-availability waiver to purchase 188 Dodge Caravan minivans for its vanpool program. Minivans are considered rolling stock and are subject to the Buy America waiver set forth in 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2)(C), which requires that minivans (i) contain more than 60 percent domestic content, and (ii) final assembly of the vehicles occurs in the United States. Although initially Pace sought only a waiver of the requirement that final assembly take place in the United States, Pace now seeks a waiver of both requirements. Because FTA is aware of at least four manufacturers that can meet the final assembly requirement, however, FTA is proposing a waiver of only the domestic content requirement for non-ADA-accessible minivans. This waiver would apply to all procurements of non-ADA-accessible minivans by any FTA grantee and would be limited to contracts entered into before September 30, 2019 or until a fully compliant domestic source becomes available, whichever is earlier. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of this proposed waiver and seeks public and industry comment on whether FTA should grant the waiver.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-10838
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew the following information collection:
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-10837
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew the following information collection:
State Safety Oversight; Corrections
Document Number: 2016-10836
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 16, 2016 (80 FR 14230). The document contained incorrect estimated total annual burden on respondents. This document corrects the estimated total annual burden hours for State Safety Oversight (SSO) Agencies and Rail Transit Agencies (RTA).
Public Transportation Innovation Funding Opportunity; Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox Demonstration Program
Document Number: 2016-10320
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $8 Million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and FY 2016 research funds, for a new program to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches to integrated ``Mobility on Demand'' (MOD) solutions within a public transportation framework. The MOD Sandbox Demonstration Program is intended to provide a platform where integrated MOD concepts and solutions are supported and demonstrated through local partnerships in a real-world setting. FTA will fund project teams to adopt innovative business models to deliver high quality, seamless and equitable mobility options for all travelers. The MOD Sandbox further emphasizes FTA's interest in transit and mobility innovation, and builds upon FTA's recent XPEDITE Innovation initiative, which sought industry input through an online dialogue on transit innovation, particularly technology trends that increase public transportation efficiency, effectiveness and enhance the quality of customer travel. This notice also includes: (1) Reference to a number of areas for demonstrations of particular interest to FTA (to be used to guide but not limit innovative proposal concepts), (2) criteria that the FTA will use to identify projects for funding, and (3) the process for applying for the funding. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http:// www.fta.dot.gov. A synopsis of this funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.GRANTS.GOV. FTA will announce final selections on the FTA Web site and may also announce selections in the Federal Register.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for a Fall Arrest System
Document Number: 2016-08990
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to the request of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of a Horizontal Lifeline Fall Protection Maintenance Tie Back System (System), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to a single procurement by IPTC for the System.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for a Radio Communications System
Document Number: 2016-08989
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to the request of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) for a Buy America waiver for a DMR Tier III Trunked UHF Voice radio system that is compatible with its current system, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements finding that the materials for which a waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to a single procurement by KCATA for the DMR Tier III Trunked UHF Voice radio system.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Special Trackwork Turnout Switch Components.
Document Number: 2016-08988
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to the request of the Detroit Transportation Corporation (DTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of two special trackwork turnout switch components (switch), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to the procurement by DTC for the switch.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning Systems
Document Number: 2016-08987
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to requests received from the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of an inverter-driven ductless mini-split system air conditioner; the York Adams Transportation Authority (YATA) for ductless split system air conditioning units; the Key West Transit (KWT) for a ductless mini-split mechanical system for the City of Key West Public Transportation Facility; and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA) for ductless mini-split air conditioners for the Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waivers are requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonable quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to the specific procurements identified herein.
Notice of Buy America Waiver for Steel Excavator With a Continuous Wield Platform
Document Number: 2016-08978
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-19
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to the request of Metro North Railroad (MNR) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of a steel excavator with a continuous wield platform (CWP), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby waives its Buy America requirements, finding that the materials for which the waiver is requested are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality. This waiver is limited to a single procurement by MNR for the CWP.
Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program
Document Number: 2016-08538
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $20.49 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, FY 2015 and FY 2016 funds under the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning as authorized under Section 20005(b) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141, July 6, 2012, with funding provided under 49 U.S.C. 5338(a)(2)(B), as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The program augments FTA's Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program by supporting comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects. This notice solicits proposals to compete for FY 2014, FY 2015 and FY 2016 funding under the Pilot Program for TOD Planning and may include additional funds made available under future appropriations. It outlines the process to apply for funding, identifies FTA's priorities for these competitive funds, and establishes the criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http://www.fta.dot.gov. FTA may announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. Additionally, a synopsis of this funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants (GRANTS.GOV) Web site at http://www.grants.gov.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2016-08537
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in New York, NY; North Brunswick Township and City of New Brunswick, NJ; and Cobb and Fulton Counties, GA. 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.
Stop Signal Overruns
Document Number: 2016-08353
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued Safety Advisory 16-1 regarding stop signal overruns on rail fixed guideway public transportation systems, and an accompanying letter to the State Safety Oversight (SSO) program managers and the chief safety officers of rail transit systems, seeking data and information on stop signal overruns during 2015. Safety Advisory 16-1 and the accompanying letter are available in their entirety on the FTA public Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/tso.html.
FY16 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities and Low or No Emission Grant Programs; 5339(b) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program and 5339(c) Low or No Emission Program-Correction
Document Number: 2016-08295
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-12
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 29, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in the Federal Register announcing the availability of approximately $211 million for Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities and $55 million for Low or No Emission Grants. The notice provided incomplete information regarding FTA's Buy America and Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements. Additionally, the NOFO was missing information in one place about how to submit applications through www.grants.gov. This notice corrects the March 29 notice.
Notice of Proposed Policy Statement on the Implementation of the Phased Increase in Domestic Content Under the Buy America Waiver for Rolling Stock
Document Number: 2016-07837
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes a statement of policy regarding the implementation of the phased increase in domestic content for rolling stock under the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Buy America statute, as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act was signed into law on December 4, 2015, with an effective date of October 1, 2015. FTA seeks comments from all interested parties. After consideration of the comments, FTA will issue a second Federal Register notice responding to comments and noting any changes made to the policy statement as a result of the comments received.
Notice of Proposed Public Interest Waiver of Buy America Domestic Content Requirements for Rolling Stock Procurements In Limited Circumstances
Document Number: 2016-07836
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-06
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The purpose of this notice is to articulate the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) justification for waiving its Buy America requirements for rolling stock under certain limited circumstances because application of the increased domestic content requirements is inconsistent with public policy. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act amended FTA's Buy America statute to include a phased increase in domestic content for rolling stock. The FAST Act was signed into law on December 4, 2015, but included an effective date of October 1, 2015. FTA proposes a public interest waiver for the following categories of contracts: (1) For contracts entered into between the FAST Act's effective date and date of enactment (i.e., between October 1, 2015 and December 4, 2015), the increased domestic content requirements for FY2018 and beyond will not apply, regardless of when the vehicles are delivered; and (2) for contracts entered into after December 4, 2015 as a result of solicitations for bids or requests for proposals that were advertised before December 4, 2015, the increased domestic content requirements for FY2018 and beyond will not apply, regardless of when the vehicles are delivered. FTA is providing notice of this public interest waiver and seeks public comment. After consideration of the comments, FTA will issue a second Federal Register notice responding to comments and issuing final public interest waivers.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-07711
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew the following information collection:
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-07710
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the revision of the currently approved information collection:
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-07709
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
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:
FY16 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities and Low or No Emission Grant Programs; 5339(b) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program and 5339(c) Low or No Emission Program
Document Number: 2016-07027
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $211 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funds for the Section 5339(b) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grant Program (Bus Program) and approximately $55 million for 5339(c) Low or No Emission Bus Competitive Grant Program (Low-No Program). Funds awarded for the Bus Program will finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, purchase or lease buses and related equipment and to rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities, including programs of bus and bus-related projects for subrecipients that are public agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or private non-profit organizations. Funds awarded for the Low-No Program will finance the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles that use advanced technologies, including related equipment or facilities, for transit revenue operations. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project development. FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.
Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants
Document Number: 2016-07008
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5.3 million of funding from two programs to support the Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants (R2W Demonstration Grants). The funding sources are: Section 3006(b) of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), Pub. L. 114-94, which authorizes a pilot program for innovative coordinated access and mobility; and 49 U.S.C. 5312 (Section 5312). The goal of the competitive R2W Demonstration Grants is to find and test promising, replicable public transportation healthcare access solutions that support the following goals: increased access to care, improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Eligible applicants include: States, Tribes, and Designated or Direct Recipients for funds under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310 or 5311. Proposers must serve as the lead agency of a local consortium that includes stakeholders from the transportation, healthcare, human service or other sectors. Members of this consortium are eligible as subrecipients. Further, proposers must demonstrate that the proposed project was planned through an inclusive process with the involvement of the transportation, healthcare and human service industries. Eligible projects must have implementation-ready capital and operating projects that enhance access, such as: mobility management; health and transportation provider partnerships; technology; and other actions that drive change. These R2W Demonstration Grants will develop best practice solutions that other communities can replicate. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http:// www.fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/federal_register_notices.php. A synopsis of this funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http:// www.GRANTS.GOV. FTA will announce final selections on the FTA Web site and may also announce selections in the Federal Register.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for a Fall Arrest System
Document Number: 2016-06419
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of a Horizontal Lifeline Fall Protection Maintenance Tie Back System (System). IPTC is constructing a new Downtown Transit Center, and according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, must provide fall protection for employees performing maintenance on the building. IPTC seeks a waiver for the system because there are no domestic manufacturers of the system that meet the Buy America requirements. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2) and 49 CFR 661.7(c)(2). IPTC issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for procurement of the system, and two firms were identified and showed an interest in providing the system. Neither firm, however, was Buy America-complaint. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the non-availability waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would apply to a one-time procurement only for the specific fall arrest system identified in the waiver request.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Steel Excavator With a Continuous Wield Platform
Document Number: 2016-06417
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Metro North Railroad (MNR) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of a steel excavator with a continuous wield platform (CWP). MNR seeks to procure a CWP to clear the right-of-way after storms and thereby enabling the timely resumption of passenger train service. MNR seeks a waiver for the requirement that final assembly take place in the United States because there is no domestic manufacturer available to produce the equipment. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2) and 49 CFR 661.7(c)(2). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the non-availability waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would apply to a one-time procurement only for the specific equipment identified in the waiver request.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Ductless Mini-Split System Air Conditioning Systems
Document Number: 2016-06416
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received requests from the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IPTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of an Enviroair inverter-driven ductless mini-split system air conditioner, from the York Adams Transportation Authority (YATA) for ductless split system air conditioning units, from Key West Transit (KWT) for a ductless mini-split mechanical system for the City of Key West Public Transportation Facility, and from the Springfield Redevelopment Authority (SRA) for ductless mini-split air conditioners for the Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. IPTC is constructing its Downtown Transit Center which is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and will incorporate many sustainable and energy efficient elements. The Enviroair inverter-driven ductless mini-split system air conditioner will contribute to the building's efficiency and is essential to achieving silver LEED certification. YATA is currently constructing a new Operations and Maintenance Facility in York, Pennsylvania and seeks to install several ductless air conditioning units at the facility. KWT is finishing construction on the bus transit operation and maintenance facility, which is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED project. The building contains many sustainable and efficient elements, including a variant refrigerant flow (VRF) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. KWT seeks a waiver for this VRF ductless mini-split mechanical system because there is no domestic manufacturer. The SRA seeks a waiver for ductless mini-split air conditioners as part of the renovation of the existing Terminal Building and the construction of a six story garage at the Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, because there is no domestic manufacturer. IPIC, YATA, KWT, and SRA seek waivers for these air conditioner systems because there are no domestic manufacturers. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2) and 49 CFR 661.7(c)(2). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the non-availability waiver requests and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the requests. If granted, the waivers would apply to one-time procurements only for the specific air conditioning systems identified in the waiver request.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for a Radio Communications System
Document Number: 2016-06376
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request for a waiver to permit the use of FTA funding to purchase a radio communication system that is non- compliant with the Buy America requirements. The request is from the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA). KCATA is in the process of updating its current analog system with a digital voice system, compatible with its operating system. KCATA also plans to enter into a tri-party agreement with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) to install the radio system into the new streetcars. The new radio system will increase KCATA's systems capacity and allow KCSA to have a dedicated talk group on KCATA's system. In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver only would apply to a one-time FTA-funded procurement by KCATA.
Notice of Proposed Buy America Waiver for Special Trackwork Turnout Switch Components
Document Number: 2016-06375
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) received a request from the Detroit Transportation Corporation (DTC) for a Buy America non-availability waiver for the procurement of two special trackwork turnout switch components (switch). The existing switches were installed as original equipment in 1987 and designed to European standards, using AREMA 115RE rail throughout the turnout with a special 60E1A1 switch point section. The proper operation of the switch is essential for the continued, safe operations of DTC vehicles. DTC seeks a waiver for the switch because there are no domestic manufacturers of the switch. In addition, European design and the proprietary nature of the equipment means that alternative proposers would need to first familiarize themselves with European standards, design, construction, and installation procedures to provide a replacement switch. DTC issued two requests for proposals (RFPs) for procurement of the switch, and received only one proposal, which was not Buy America-complaint. 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(2) and 49 CFR 661.7(c)(2). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(j)(3)(A), FTA is providing notice of the non-availability waiver request and seeks public comment before deciding whether to grant the request. If granted, the waiver would apply for the switch identified in the waiver request.
State Safety Oversight
Document Number: 2016-05489
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration is issuing a final rule for State safety oversight of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This final rule replaces the current State Safety Oversight (SSO) rule, which will be rescinded no later than three years following the effective date of this rule. State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) and rail transit agencies (RTAs) will continue to comply until they come into compliance with these new regulations.
FY 2016 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program
Document Number: 2016-05579
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)), as authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5311(j), as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015). This notice is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year 2016 projects. FTA may choose to fund the program for more or less than the announcement amount, including applying other funding toward projects proposed in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http:// www.fta.dot.gov/grants/15926_3553.html. Additionally, a synopsis of the funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov.
Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
Document Number: 2016-05416
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Transporation
This notice announces a public meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established to provide information, advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administrator on matters relating to the safety of public transportation systems.
Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration Grants and Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: 2016-05147
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-09
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transportation Administration's (FTA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Annual List of Certifications and Assurances for FTA Grants and Cooperative Agreements, which can be found at FTA's Web site, www.fta.dot.gov/ certs. This notice provides a condensed list of the pre-award Certifications and Assurances that may apply to an Applicant to FTA for federal assistance and the Award that may be made in FY 2016. This notice also describes both the Applicant and FTA's responsibilities with respect to the Certifications and Assurances and highlights the differences between the FY 2016 Certifications and Assurances and those published for FY 2015. Each Applicant to FTA for federal assistance must submit the Certifications and Assurances that apply to it and any Award for which it seeks federal assistance during FY 2016. An Applicant to FTA typically acts through its authorized representative (You). You, as the Applicant's Authorized Representative, must have the authority to sign the Applicant's Certifications and Assurances and to bind your Applicant's compliance with the Certifications and Assurances you select on its behalf. Your Certifications and Assurances must be affirmed by your Applicant's attorney. This notice provides instructions on how and when you should submit your Applicant's Certifications and Assurances for FY 2016.
Notice of Proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Program Circular
Document Number: 2016-04648
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance in the form of a Circular to assist grantees in complying with various Equal Employment Opportunity regulations and statutes. The purpose of this Circular is to provide recipients of FTA financial assistance with instructions and guidance necessary to carry out the U.S. Department of Transportation's Equal Employment Opportunity regulations (*****). FTA is updating its ``Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Guidelines for Grant Recipients'' to clarify the requirements for compliance. By this notice, FTA invites public comment on the proposed circular.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2016-04486
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-02
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in West Sacramento and Sacramento, CA; Chapel Hill and Durham, NC; North Charleston, SC; and cities along the San Francisco to San Jose, CA corridor. 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.
Award Management Requirements: Proposed Circular
Document Number: 2016-04273
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
FTA has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance in the form of proposed FTA Circular, 5010.1E, ``Award Management Requirements,'' to facilitate implementation of FTA's assistance programs. The purpose of the proposed circular is to update the current ``Grants Management Requirements'' circular to reflect various changes in the law, regulations, and FTA's transition to a new electronic award and management system. The proposed circular provides guidance regarding the management responsibilities accompanying FTA awards of federal assistance through Grants and Cooperative Agreements. By this notice, FTA seeks public comment on the proposed circular.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
Document Number: 2016-04126
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment about its intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval to renew the following information collection: Transit Research, Development, Demonstration and Training Projects
Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-04085
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is providing Table 1 (Fiscal Years 2014-2015 Tribal Transit Program Discretionary Project Selections) that was inadvertently omitted from the notice that was published on February 22, 2016, titled ``Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Project Selections.''
Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-03539
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and FY 2015 appropriations for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program Tribal Transit Program (TTP), as authorized by Section 5311 (j) of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-14 (July 2012). On December 9, 2014 FTA published a Federal Register Notice (79 FR 236) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the program. MAP-21 authorized approximately $5 million annually for federally recognized Indian Tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the U.S. Department of the Interior for public transportation. FTA is allocating a total of approximately $10 million to selected projects in this notice since we are including FY 2015 funding described in the December 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The TTP supports many types of projects including: Operating costs to enable tribes to start or continue transit services; capital to enable tribal investment in new or replacement equipment; and funding for tribal transit planning activities for public transportation services on and around Indian reservations. TTP services link tribal citizens to employment, food, healthcare, school, social services, recreation/leisure, and other key community connections. FTA funds may only be used for eligible purposes defined under 49 U.S.C 5311 and described in the FTA Circular 9040.1G and consistent with the specific eligibility and priorities established in the December 2014 NOFA.
Announcement of Charter Renewal of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
Document Number: 2016-03538
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the charter renewal of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (the Secretary) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary and the Federal Transit Administrator on matters relating to the safety of public transportation systems. This charter will be effective for two years from the date it is filed with Congress.
Notice of FTA Transit Program Changes, Authorized Funding Levels and Implementation of Federal Public Transportation Law as Amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and FTA Fiscal Year 2016 Apportionments, Allocations, Program Information and Interim Guidance
Document Number: 2016-02821
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-16
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces changes in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs in accordance with Federal public transportation law by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which authorizes surface transportation programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for Federal fiscal years (FY) 2016 through 2020. This notice provides preliminary implementation instructions and guidance for the new and revised programs in FY 2016, announces the apportionment for programs authorized and funded with FY 2016 contract authority, and describes future plans for several discretionary programs. The notice also includes locations of FY 2016 apportionment tables and unobligated (or carryover) funds allocated under the discretionary programs from prior years.
Notice To Rescind Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study, Virginia
Document Number: 2016-02200
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
FTA in cooperation with Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is issuing this notice to advise the public that the NOI to prepare an EIS for the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study (VBTES) is being rescinded.
Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan
Document Number: 2016-02017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is proposing requirements for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans as authorized by Section 20021 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This proposed rule would require operators of public transportation systems that receive Federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 to develop and implement Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans based on the Safety Management System approach. Development and implementation of agency safety plans will help ensure that public transportation systems are safe nationwide. FTA seeks public comments on all aspects of this proposed rule, including information related to its benefits and costs, as well as alternative approaches that may more cost-effectively satisfy the statutory requirements and help ensure the safety of the nation's public transportation system.
National Public Transportation Safety Plan
Document Number: 2016-02010
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invites public comment on a proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan (National Safety Plan). FTA's proposed National Safety Plan is intended to guide the national effort in managing the safety risks within the Nation's public transportation systems. The direction and guidance set forth in the National Safety Plan is intended to guide FTA's partners within the transit industry towards improving an already excellent safety record. The proposed National Safety Plan has been placed in the docket and posted on the FTA Web site. If adopted, the National Safety Plan will be the primary communication tool for all of FTA's safety programs.
Notice of Request for Comments on Update to the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) and Changes to the National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2016-01941
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration is updating the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA). The proposed updates are prompted by the outdated nature of the 1995 USOA. FTA is seeking public comment on these proposed changes before releasing the updated USOA and implementing the associated changes to 49 U.S.C. 5335, National Transit Database.
Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operations
Document Number: 2016-01222
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the random testing rates for employers subject to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) drug and alcohol rules for 2016.