[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 2 (Tuesday, January 5, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 506-507]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-31225]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Office of the Secretary of Transportation

[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2009-0123]


Notice of Funding Availability for Applications for Credit 
Assistance Under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and 
Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program; Clarification of TIFIA Selection 
Criteria; and Request for Comments on Potential Implementation of Pilot 
Program To Accept Upfront Payments for the Entire Subsidy Cost of TIFIA 
Credit Assistance

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad 
Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Maritime 
Administration (MARAD), Office of the Secretary of Transportation 
(OST), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of extension of deadline and comment period.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is extending the deadline and comment period for a 
notice of funding availability (NOFA), which was published on December 
3, 2009, at 74 FR 63497. The original comment period is set to close on 
December 31, 2009. The extension is based on concern expressed by DOT 
stakeholders that the December 31 closing date does not provide 
sufficient time for submission of the solicited Letter of Interest and 
a subsequent comprehensive response to the docket. The FHWA agrees that 
the deadline and the comment period should be extended. Therefore, the 
closing date for submission of Letters of Interest and comments is 
extended to March 1, 2010, which will provide others interested in 
commenting additional time to prepare the Letter of Interest, and 
submit responses to the docket.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 1, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit all Letters of Interest to the attention of Mr. Duane 
Callender via e-mail at: TIFIACredit@dot.gov. Submitters should receive 
a confirmation e-mail, but are advised to request a return receipt to 
confirm transmission. Only Letters of Interest received via e-mail, as 
provided above, shall be deemed properly filed.
    Mail or hand deliver comments to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590 or fax comments to (202) 493-
2251. Provide two copies of comments submitted by mail or

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courier. Alternatively, comments may be submitted via the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments must 
include the docket number that appears in the heading of this document. 
All comments received will be available for examination and copying at 
the above address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of 
comments must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard or you may 
print the acknowledgment page that appears after submitting comments 
electronically. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70, Pages 19477-78).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding this 
notice please contact Duane Callender via e-mail at TIFIACredit@dot.gov 
or via telephone at 202-366-9644. A TDD is available at 202-366-7687. 
Substantial information, including the TIFIA Program Guide and 
application materials, can be obtained from the TIFIA Web site: http://tifia.fhwa.dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On December 3, 2009, at 74 FR 63497, the FHWA published in the 
Federal Register a notice of availability of funding for applications 
for credit assistance under the TIFIA Program.
    In lieu of accepting applications on a first-come first-served 
basis, the NOFA established due dates for submitting letters of 
interest and applications to compete for available funding. 
Additionally, the NOFA provided expanded information on the TIFIA 
selection criteria and requests comments on a proposed pilot program 
for allowing TIFIA applicants to pay an upfront fee that will fully 
offset the Government's subsidy cost of making credit assistance 
available.
    The original comment period for the NOFA closes on December 31, 
2009. However, DOT stakeholders have expressed concern that this 
closing date does not provide sufficient time for submission of the 
solicited Letter of Interest and a subsequent comprehensive response to 
the docket. To allow time for interested parties to submit Letters of 
Interest and comprehensive comments, the closing date is changed from 
December 31, 2009, to March 1, 2010.

    Authority:  23 U.S.C. 601-609; 49 CFR 1.48(b)(6); 23 CFR Part 
180; 49 CFR Part 80; 49 CFR Part 261; 49 CFR Part 640.

    Issued on: December 29, 2009.
Victor M. Mendez,
Administrator.
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