[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 5 (Tuesday, January 8, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1301-1305]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00167]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration


Fiscal Year 2012 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations 
Program Project Selections

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Tribal transit program announcement of project selections.

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SUMMARY: The US. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2012 appropriations for the Tribal Transit Program. A March 
9, 2012 Federal Register Notice (77 FR 14465) announced the 
availability of the funding for the program. The Surface and Air 
Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011 authorizes approximately 
$15 million 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. An additional $500,000 is available from prior years, 
bringing the total available to just over $15.5 million. The Tribal 
Transit Program supports capital projects, operating costs and planning 
activities that are eligible under the Formula Grants for Rural Areas 
Program (Section 5311).
    This is the final discretionary allocation for the Tribal Transit 
Program, which was first authorized under the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users 
(SAFETEA-LU). The new authorizing legislation, Moving Ahead for 
Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), was signed into law by 
President Obama on July 6, 2012, and became effective on October 1, 
2012. MAP-21 continues the Tribal Transit Program and authorizes $25 
million for a formula allocation and $5 million for a discretionary 
allocation in each of fiscal years 2013 and 2014. On November 9, 2012, 
FTA published a Federal Register Notice (77FR 67439) regarding the 
Fiscal Year 2013 Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program, 
which: (1) Introduces FTA's consultation process and schedule for 
implementing changes due to MAP-21; (2) describes and seeks comment on 
the methodology for the formula allocation and the assumptions made to 
determine who is eligible for the formula program; (3) seeks comment on 
the terms and conditions for the formula and discretionary components 
of the program; (4) seeks comment on how the discretionary program 
should be allocated; and (5) announces two public meetings sponsored by 
FTA to consult with tribal governments regarding the Tribal Transit 
Program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Successful applicants should contact 
the appropriate FTA Regional office (Appendix) for information 
regarding applying for the funds or program-specific information. A 
list of Regional offices can be found at www.fta.dot.gov. Unsuccessful 
applicants may contact Lorna Wilson, Office of Program Management at 
(202) 366-0893, email: Lorna.Wilson@dot.gov, to arrange a proposal 
debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. In the event the 
contact information provided by your tribe in the application has 
changed, please contact your regional tribal liaison with the current 
information in order to expedite the grant award process. For general 
Tribal Transit Discretionary Program information, contact Elan Flippin, 
Office of Transit Programs, at (202) 366-3800, email: 
Elan.Flippin@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A total of $15,514,495 million is available 
for the FY 2012 Tribal Transit program. A total of 107 applicants 
requested $53 million, indicating significant demand for funds for new 
transit services, enhancement or expansion of existing transit 
services, and planning studies including operational planning. Project 
proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to 
the program evaluation criteria outlined in FTA's March 9, 2012 Notice 
of Funding Availability. FTA also took into consideration the current 
status of previously funded applicants. A total of 72 applications have 
been selected for funding. The projects selected as shown in Table 1 
will provide funding for transit planning studies/and or operational 
planning, start-up projects for new transit service, and for the 
operational expenses of existing transit services. Grantees selected 
for competitive discretionary funding should work with their FTA 
regional office to finalize the grant application in FTA's 
Transportation Electronic Awards Management System (TEAM) for the 
projects identified in the attached table and so that funds can be 
obligated expeditiously. FTA funds may only be used for eligible 
purposes defined under 49 U.S.C 5311 and described in FTA Circular 
9040.1F. 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 completed 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. The post award reporting requirements 
include submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR), Milestone 
Report in TEAM, and National Transit Database reporting as appropriate 
(see FTA Circular 9040.1F).
    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 this announcement must be obligated in a grant by 
September 30, 2015.

    Issued in Washington, DC, this 28th day of December, 2012.
Peter M. Rogoff,
Administrator.
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