[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 22 (Thursday, February 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5295-5301]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded 
under Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 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, 202-366-4345, for general information about the OTRB 
Program. Contact information for FTA Regional Offices can be found at 
http://www.fta.dot.gov/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A total of $8.8 million was made available 
for the program in FY 2011: $6.6 million for intercity fixed-route 
providers and $2.2 million for all other providers, such as commuter, 
charter, and tour operators. A total of 136 applicants requested $40.9 
million. Project selections were made on a discretionary basis, based 
on each applicant's responsiveness to statutory project selection 
criteria published in the July 13, 2011 Notice of Funding Availability.
    Project Implementation: Due to 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 at least one new lift to vehicles, 
retrofitting vehicles, and not to exceed $2,250 to provide training. 
FTA did not fund reimbursements for lifts or retrofits purchased before 
this announcement. Each of the following 97 awardees, as well as the 39 
applicants who were not selected for funding, will receive a letter 
that explains how funding decisions were made.
    Grantees selected for competitive discretionary funding should work 
with their FTA regional office to finalize the electronic grant 
application in FTA's Transportation Electronic Awards Management System 
(TEAM) for the projects identified in Tables I and II. A discretionary 
project identification number has been assigned to each project for 
tracking purposes and must be used in the TEAM application. Awardees 
who are new to FTA should contact their regional office immediately for 
guidance about becoming an FTA grantee. Regional office contact 
information can be found at http://www.fta.dot.gov/.
    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 Special Warranty Provisions of the 
Department of Labor Guidelines ``Section 5333(b), Federal Transit Law'' 
at 29 CFR 215.7.
    The grantee must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, 
regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal 
requirements in carrying out the project supported by the FTA grant. 
Funds allocated in the announcement must be obligated in a grant by 
September 30, 2014.

    Issued in Washington, DC, this 27th day of January, 2012.
Peter Rogoff,
Administrator.
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