[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 215 (Monday, November 7, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68813-68819]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-28779]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


FY 2011 Discretionary Livability Funding Opportunity; Section 
5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative Program Grants and 
Section 5339 Alternatives Analysis Program

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: FTA Livability Initiative Program Funds: Announcement of 
Project Selections.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects funded under 
two discretionary programs: Bus and Bus Facilities and Alternatives 
Analysis, in support of DOT's Livability Initiative, which was 
announced in the Discretionary Livability Funding Opportunity notice of 
funding availability on June 27, 2011. The Bus Livability program makes 
funds available to public transit providers to finance capital projects 
to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and 
to construct bus-related facilities, including programs of bus and bus-
related projects for assistance to subrecipients that are public 
agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or 
private non-profit organizations. The Alternatives Analysis program 
makes funds available to States, authorities of States, metropolitan 
planning organizations, and local governmental authorities to develop 
alternatives analyses. The Alternatives Analysis Program assists 
potential sponsors of major transit capital investments (``New Starts'' 
and ``Small Starts'' projects) in the evaluation of all reasonable 
modal and multimodal alternatives and general alignment options to 
address transportation needs in a defined travel corridor. Through 
these funding awards, FTA will support a limited number of alternatives 
analyses, or technical work conducted as part of proposed or on-going 
alternatives analyses, that seek to advance major transit investments 
that foster the six livability principles of the DOT-HUD-EPA 
Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Successful and unsuccessful applicants 
should contact the appropriate FTA Regional office (Appendix) for 
specific information regarding applying for the funds or proposal 
specific questions. For general program information on the Bus and Bus 
Facilities Program, contact Samuel Snead, Office of Program Management, 
at (202) 366-2053, email: samuel.snead@dot.gov, or Kimberly Sledge, 
Office of Program Management, at (202) 366-2053, email: 
kimberly.sledge@dot.gov. For questions about the Alternatives Analysis 
program, contact Kenneth Cervenka, Office of Planning and Environment, 
at (202) 493-0512, email: kenneth.cervenka@dot.gov. A TDD is available 
at 1 (800) 877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Bus Livability Program: A total of at least $150 million was 
available for FTA's Bus Livability Program. A total of 241 applicants 
requested $1.2 billion, indicating significant demand for funds. 
Project proposals were evaluated based on the criteria detailed in the 
June 27, 2011 Notice of Funding Availability. The projects selected and 
shown in Table 1 will provide mobility choices, improve economic 
competitiveness, support existing communities, create partnerships and 
enhance the value of communities and neighborhoods. Funds must be used 
for the eligible purposes defined under 49 U.S.C. 5309(b)(3) and 
consistent with the competitive proposal. In selecting projects for 
funding using Bus Program funds, FTA ensured that at least 5.5 percent 
of the FY 2011 Section 5309 funds, or $53.5 million, is being allocated 
to projects that are not in urbanized areas. Additionally, at least $35 
million is being allocated for intermodal terminal projects.
    Alternatives Analysis: A total of $25 million was available for 
FTA's Alternatives Analysis Program. A total of $60.8 million was 
requested for 71 projects, indicating significant demand for funds. 
Project proposals were evaluated based on the criteria detailed in the 
June 27, 2011 Notice of Funding Availability. The proposals selected 
and shown in Table 2 will advance proposed transit investments that 
would provide more transportation choices, improve economic 
competitiveness, support existing communities, create partnerships and 
enhance the value of communities and neighborhoods. Funds must be used 
for the eligible purposes defined under 49 U.S.C. 5309(a)(1) and 
consistent with the competitive proposal.
    Project Implementation: Grantees selected for competitive 
discretionary funding should work with their FTA regional office to 
finalize the grant application FTA's Transportation Electronic Award 
Management system (TEAM) for the projects identified in the attached 
table and so that funds can be obligated expeditiously. In cases where 
the allocation amount is less than the proposer's requested amount, 
grantees should work with the regional office to reduce scope or scale 
the project such that a complete phase or project is accomplished. A 
discretionary project identification number has been assigned to each 
project for tracking purposes and must be used in the TEAM application. 
Selected projects have pre-award authority as of October 17, 2011. 
Additionally, for the Bus Livability projects, although several 
projects contained related housing or livable communities' initiatives, 
FTA funds may only be used for eligible purposes defined under 49 
U.S.C. 5309(b)(3) and described in FTAC.9030.1C. For any Bus Livability 
projects that will be implemented as a joint-development project, 
please also refer to the agency's joint-development guidance found in 
72 FR 5788 (Feb. 7, 2007) for more information. Post-award reporting 
requirements include submission of the Financial Federal Report and 
Milestone reports in TEAM as appropriate (see FTA.C.5010.1D).
    The grantee must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, 
regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal 
administrative requirements in carrying out the project supported by 
the FTA grant. FTA emphasizes that grantees must follow all third-party 
procurement guidance, as described in FTA.C.4220.1F. Funds allocated in 
this announcement must be obligated in a grant by September 30, 2014.

    Issued in Washington, DC, this 2nd day of November 2011.
Peter Rogoff,
Administrator.

Appendix

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                  FTA Regional and Metropolitan Offices
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Mary E. Mello, Deputy Regional       Robert C. Patrick, Regional
 Administrator, Region 1-Boston,      Administrator, Region 6-Ft. Worth,
 Kendall Square, 55 Broadway, Suite   819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36, Ft.
 920, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093,       Worth, TX 76102, Tel. (817) 978-
 Tel. (617) 494-2055                  0550
States served: Connecticut, Maine,   States served: Arkansas, Louisiana,
 Massachusetts, New Hampshire,        Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
 Rhode Island, and Vermont.
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Anthony Carr, Acting Regional        Mokhtee Ahmad, Regional
 Administrator, Region 2-New York,    Administrator, Region 7-Kansas
 One Bowling Green, Room 429, New     City, MO, 901 Locust Street, Room
 York, NY 10004-1415, Tel. (212)      404, Kansas City, MO 64106,
 668-2170                             Tel.(816) 329-3920
States served: New Jersey, New       States served: Iowa, Kansas,
 York.                                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
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Brigid Hynes-Cherin, Acting          Terry Rosapep, Regional
 Regional Administrator, Region 3-    Administrator, Region 8-Denver,
 Philadelphia, 1760 Market Street,    12300 West Dakota Ave., Suite 310,
 Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103-   Lakewood, CO 80228-2583, Tel.
 4124, Tel. (215)-656-7100            (720) 963-3300
States served: Delaware, Maryland,   States served: Colorado, Montana,
 Pennsylvania, Virginia, West         North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah,
 Virginia, and District of Columbia   and Wyoming.
Washington D.C. Metropolitan
 Office, 1990 K St NW Suite 510,
 Washington, DC 20006, Tel: (202)
 219-3562
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Yvette Taylor, Regional              Leslie T. Rogers, Regional
 Administrator, Region 4-Atlanta,     Administrator, Region 9-San
 230 Peachtreet Street NW., Suite     Francisco, 201 Mission Street,
 800, Atlanta, GA 30303, Tel. (404)   Room 1650, San Francisco, CA 94105-
 865-5600                             1926, Tel. (415) 744-3133
States served: Alabama, Florida,     States served: American Samoa,
 Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi,      Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii,
 North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South   Nevada, and the Northern Mariana
 Carolina, Tennessee, and Virgin      Islands.
 Islands
                                     Los Angeles Metropolitan Office,
                                      Region 9-Los Angeles, 888 S.
                                      Figueroa Street, Suite 1850, Los
                                      Angeles, CA 90017-1850, Tel. (213)
                                      202-3952
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Marisol Simon, Regional              Rick Krochalis, Regional
 Administrator, Region 5-Chicago,     Administrator, Region 10-Seattle,
 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320,    Jackson Federal Building, 915
 Chicago, IL 60606, Tel. (312) 353-   Second Avenue, Suite 3142,
 2789                                 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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