[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 61 (Wednesday, March 30, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17738-17746]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-7409]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Announcement of Project 
Selections

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of award.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded 
under Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 and 2010 appropriations for the Over-the-
Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by Section 3038 of 
the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The OTRB 
Accessibility Program makes funds available to private operators of 
over-the-road buses to help finance the incremental capital and 
training costs of complying with DOT's over-the-road bus accessibility 
rule, published in the Federal Register on September 24, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The appropriate FTA Regional Office 
for grant-specific issues; or Blenda Younger, Office of Program 
Management, 202-366-2053, for general information about the OTRB 
Program.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A total of $20 million was made available 
for the program in FY 2009 and FY 2010: $15 million for intercity 
fixed-route providers and $5 million for all other providers, such as 
commuter, charter, and tour operators. A total of 165 applicants 
requested $49.7 million: $27.5 million was requested by intercity 
fixed-route providers, and $22.2 million was requested by all other 
providers. Project selections were made on a discretionary basis, based 
on each applicant's responsiveness to statutory project selection 
criteria, percent of fleet accessible, and level of funding received in 
previous years. Because of the high demand for the funds available, 
most successful applicants received less funding than they requested.
    The selected projects will provide funding for the incremental cost 
of adding lifts to 376 new vehicles, retrofitting 142 vehicles, and 
$102,759 for training (See Tables I and II). Each of the awardees, as 
well as applicants who were not selected for funding, will receive a 
letter explaining how funding decisions were made. Eligible project 
costs may be incurred by awardees prior to final grant approval. The 
incremental capital cost for adding wheelchair lift equipment to any 
new vehicles delivered on or after June 9, 1998, the effective date of 
TEA-21, is eligible for funding under the OTRB Accessibility Program. 
Awards are processed through FTA's Transportation Electronic Awards 
Management System (TEAM), and the project ID's listed in Table I and 
Table II must be used in the grant application for tracking the 
obligation of funds. The grant applications will be sent to the U.S. 
Department of Labor (DOL) for certification under labor protection 
requirements pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5333(b). After referring 
applications to affected employees represented by a labor organization, 
DOL will issue a certification to FTA. Terms and conditions of the 
certification will be incorporated in the FTA grant agreement under the 
new guidelines replacing those in 29 CFR part 215. Please see the 
Special Warranty Provisions of the Department of Labor Guidelines 
``Section 5553(b) Federal Transit Law'' at 29 CFR 215.7.

    Issued in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of March, 2011.
Peter Rogoff,
Administrator.

Appendix A

FTA Regional and Metropolitan Offices

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Mary-Beth Mello, Regional                Robert C. Patrick, Regional
 Administrator, Region 1-Boston,          Administrator, Region 6--Ft.
 Kendall Square, 55 Broadway, Suite       Worth, 819 Taylor Street, Room
 920, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093, Tel.      8A36, Ft. Worth, TX 76102,
 617-494-2055.                            Tel. 817-978-0550.
States served: Connecticut, Maine,       States served: Arkansas,
 Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode      Louisiana, Oklahoma, New
 Island, and Vermont.                     Mexico and Texas.

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Brigid Hynes-Cherin, Regional            Mokhtee Ahmad, Regional
 Administrator, Region 2--New York, One   Administrator, Region 7--
 Bowling Green, Room 429, New York, NY    Kansas City, MO, 901 Locust
 10004-1415, Tel. 212-668-2170.           Street, Room 404, Kansas City,
                                          MO 64106, Tel. 816-329-3920.
States served: New Jersey, New York....  States served: Iowa, Kansas,
                                          Missouri, and Nebraska.
New York Metropolitan Office, Region 2--
 New York, One Bowling Green, Room 428,
 New York, NY 10004-1415, Tel. 212-668-
 2202.
Letitia Thompson, Regional               Terry Rosapep, Regional
 Administrator, Region 3--Philadelphia,   Administrator, Region 8-
 1760 Market Street, Suite 500,           Denver, 12300 West Dakota
 Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124, Tel. 215-   Ave., Suite 310, Lakewood, CO
 656-7100.                                80228-2583, Tel. 720-963-3300.
States served: Delaware, Maryland,       States served: Colorado,
 Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia,   Montana, North Dakota, South
 and District of Columbia.                Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Philadelphia Metropolitan Office,
 Region 3--Philadelphia, 1760 Market
 Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA
 19103-4124, Tel. 215-656-7070.
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Office,
 1990 K Street, NW., Room 510,
 Washington, DC 20006, Tel. 202-219-
 3562.
Yvette Taylor, Regional Administrator,   Leslie T. Rogers, Regional
 Region 4--Atlanta, 230 Peachtree         Administrator, Region 9--San
 Street, NW., Suite 800, Atlanta, GA      Francisco, 201 Mission Street,
 30303, Tel. 404-865-5600.                Room 1650, San Francisco, CA
                                          94105-1926, Tel. 415-744-3133.
States served: Alabama, Florida,         States served: American Samoa,
 Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North    Arizona, California, Guam,
 Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,   Hawaii, Nevada, and the
 Tennessee, and Virgin Islands.           Northern Mariana Islands.
                                         Los Angeles Metropolitan
                                          Office, Region 9--Los Angeles,
                                          888 S. Figueroa Street, Suite
                                          1850, Los Angeles, CA 90017-
                                          1850, Tel. 213-202-3952.
Marisol Simon, Regional Administrator,   Rick Krochalis, Regional
 Region 5--Chicago, 200 West Adams        Administrator, Region 10--
 Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60606,    Seattle, Jackson Federal
 Tel. 312-353-2789.                       Building, 915 Second Avenue,
                                          Suite 3142, Seattle, WA 98174-
                                          1002, Tel. 206-220-7954.
States served: Illinois, Indiana,        States served: Alaska, Idaho,
 Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and           Oregon, and Washington.
 Wisconsin.
Chicago Metropolitan Office, Region 5--
 Chicago, 200 West Adams Street, Suite
 320, Chicago, IL 60606, Tel. 312-353-
 2789.
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