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1 1 Overview FTA Leadership / Personnel Updates Status of Highway Trust Fund FY15 Appropriations MAP-21Reauthorization MAP-21 Implementation Update – Planning, Safety, Asset Management NDOR Program Responsibilities Bus Ladders of Opportunity Initiative

2 2 FTA Leadership & Staff Updates Changes to Agency Leadership – Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan is leading FTA – Chief Counsel Dorval Carter moved to FTA’s front office Changes to Region VII Personnel – Mark Bechtel – Team Leader of Planning – John Lynch – Attorney – Paula Schwach – FTA TIFIA Counsel

3 3 Nebraska’s Accomplishments New Transit Facilities - ARRA Dawson County (*now part of Kearney) Kearney North Platte Phelps Ponca Tribe Scott’s Bluff Sidney Webster County

4 4 Pending Capital Facility Projects Columbus bus storage facility (5311) Saline County bus storage facility (5311) Ogallala bus storage facility (5311) Omaha Crossroads bus transfer center (5309) Creighton University intermodal bus center (5309) Omaha Bus Rapid Transit – Westroads Mall to Downtown – requested FYTIGER 2014 construction funding. Lincoln - downtown intermodal bus center – Requested FYTIGER 2014 planning funding

5 5 FTA Rural Funding for Nebraska Available Funds to be Obligated FTA Program FY2014 MAP-21 FY2013 MAP-21FY2012 Section Small Urban$100,939$109,079$837,429 Section Rural$461,067$463,394 Section 5311$7,631,837$7,555,916$6,588,689 RTAP 5311(b)(3)$133,610$132,291$112,707 Section 5317 New Freedom - RuralNA $169,924

6 6 GAO Study: Public Transportation: Federal Role Key to Rural and Tribal Transit (June 2014) What GAO Found – Rural transit program funds essential to sustaining transit – Without funds transit service would be reduced or eliminated – FTA training on safety is useful. Operational and Funding Challenges – Difficult to hire and retain qualified drivers – Hard to secure local or state funds to meet local match requirements.

7 7 GAO Study: Public Transportation: Federal Role Key to Rural and Tribal Transit

8 8 Section 5311 Ridership Data (FY2012) REGULAR TRIPS COORDINATED TRIPS REVENUE MILES REVENUE HOURS Nebraska758,70503,661,964203,405

9 9 Urban Operating Statistics NTD DATAOmahaLincoln Service Area SQ Miles Service Area Population 670,153258,719 Passenger Miles FY 19,065,3796,146,275 Unlinked Passenger Trips FY 4,356,8102,254,762 Average Trip Length FY 1712 Fares FY $ 4,921,346 $ 1,778,390 Operating Expenses FY $ 26,371,544 $ 11,012,583 Average Cost per Trip FY $ $ Average Fares per Trip FY $ 5.00 $ 6.00

10 10 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 st Century Act (MAP-21)  Signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012  Effective as of October 1, 2012  Authorizes programs for two years, through September 30, 2014  FTA busy implementing changes  In the meantime, reauthorization under discussion

11 11 Highway Trust Fund Solvency Source: US DOT, Based on curr Based on curr

12 12 Mass Transit Account Solvency

13 13 Highway Trust Fund Solvency

14 MAP-21 Program Implementation

15 15 MAP-21: Statewide & Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Comments due September 2, 2014 Make regulations consistent with MAP-21 Highlights: – Public Transit Representation on MPOs in TMAs – New emphasis on the nonmetropolitan transportation planning process and creation of regional transportation planning organizations (RTPO) – Performance Based Planning

16 16 MAP-21: Statewide & Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Transit Representation Transit representation required on MPO Board for areas over 200,000 in population FTA issued policy guidance spring 2014 Must be designated by October 1, 2014 Must have equal decision-making rights and authorities 16

17 17 MAP-21 Performance Management Framework Transit Performance Management Identifies seven national goals (23 USC 150(b)) Authorizes Secretary, with input, to establish performance measures and standards for – 8 highway performance areas – 2 transit performance areas State of Good Repair/Transit Asset Management Safety Requires states, MPOs, and public transportation agencies to set targets for each established performance measure

18 18 MAP-21: Statewide & Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Performance-based Approach – State Requirements – To Be Undertaken by NDOR – NDOR establishes performance targets for USDOT transportation system performance measures established under 23 U.S.C. 150(c) and 49 U.S.C and 49 U.S.C NDOR develops targets used to track critical outcomes in State NDOR coordinates with MPOs and providers of public transportation in rural areas to ensure consistency in selection of performance targets – NDOR integrates rural transit provider performance plans into the statewide transportation planning process Includes goals, objectives, performance measures, and targets – NDOR considers measures and targets when developing policies, programs, and investment priorities in LRP and STIP Use to assess performance of transportation system

19 19 MAP-21: Statewide & Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) (23 U.S.C. 135(m); 49 U.S.C. 5304(l)) – Optional – State Designation of RTPOs – States may establish and designate RTPOs to enhance statewide planning – States without RTPOs shall cooperate with the affected nonmetropolitan local officials 25

20 20 MAP-21: Statewide & Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RTPO Requirements: – Must be multi jurisdictional organization of nonmetropolitan local officials and reps of local transportation systems – Establish a policy committee, majority of which are non-metro local officials, and as appropriate, reps from the State, private business, transportation service providers, economic development practitioners and the public in the region. 135(m)(3) – Establish a fiscal and administrative agent, such as an existing regional planning and development organization to provide professional planning, management, and administrative support

21 21 MAP-21: Statewide & Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RTPO Duties – Develop regional long-range multimodal transportation plans and regional TIPs – Coordinate local planning, land use and economic development – Provide technical assistance to local officials – Participate in National, multi-state, State policy and planning development processes – Provide a forum for public participation in regional and statewide planning – Share plans and programs with neighboring RTPOs and MPOs and tribal organizations

22 22 Transit Agency FTA Performance Measures Allocate Resources Budget and Staff Allocate Resources Budget and Staff Measure, Evaluate, and Report Results Actual Performance Achieved Measure, Evaluate, and Report Results Actual Performance Achieved SGR Target Evaluate Programs, Projects, and Strategies SGR Target Evaluate Programs, Projects, and Strategies NTD Asset Inventory and Assessment Module (proposed) State of Good Repair State of Good Repair Asset Management Plan Policies, measures, and targets Decision support tools Investment prioritization Asset Management Plan Policies, measures, and targets Decision support tools Investment prioritization Asset Management and State of Good Repair

23 23 Transit Agency FTA Performance Measures Allocate Resources Budget and Staff Allocate Resources Budget and Staff Measure, Evaluate, and Report Results Actual Performance Achieved Measure, Evaluate, and Report Results Actual Performance Achieved Safety Target Evaluate Programs, Projects and Strategies Safety Target Evaluate Programs, Projects and Strategies Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan NTD Safety and Security Module State of Good Repair State of Good Repair SafetySafety State of Good Repair & Safety

24 24 MAP-21: 2015 Planning Emphasis Areas MAP-21 Implementation – Transition to Performance Based Planning Models of Regional Planning Cooperation – Promote cooperation and coordination across MPO boundaries where appropriate to ensure a regional approach to transportation planning Ladders of Opportunity – As part of the transportation planning process, identify transportation connectivity gaps in access to essential services 24

25 25 Implementation of MAP-21 Safety Program

26 26 Office of Transit Safety & Oversight (TSO) MAP-21 Implementation Strengthen FTA’s safety regulatory authority Adopt Safety Management Systems (SMS) Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TrACS) State Safety Oversight (SSO) Certification and Grant Program (*Rail)

27 27 FTA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on October 3, 2013 with comments due back on January 2, FTA will issue four separate NPRMs to implement the requirements of MAP-21: Safety Regulatory Authority National Safety Plan Establishes SMS as foundation for FTA’s safety regulatory framework Develops safety performance criteria and definition for State of Good Repair (SGR) Transit Agency Safety Plan Introduces SMS into practice Agencies set performance targets for safety and SGR based on requirements in the National Safety Plan Safety Certification Training Program Introduces SMS concepts and provides training Improves technical competencies of safety oversight professionals State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program Establishes new requirements for SSO Programs Integrates SMS and provides technical assistance to implement MAP-21 requirements

28 28 Safety Management Systems (SMS) For more information on SMS: SMS is built on four pillars: Safety Policy Delineates management and employee responsibilities for safety Ensures management is actively engaged in safety oversight Safety Risk Management Identifies and evaluates safety risks Develops safety risk controls to minimize the exposure of the public, personnel, and property Safety Assurance Monitors effectiveness of safety risk controls Safety Promotion Includes training awareness & communication

29 29 Proposed Interim Safety Certification Training Provisions Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Comments were due June 30, 2014 MAP–21 requires FTA to establish a safety certification training program for Federal, State, and other designated personnel directly responsible for safety oversight of public transportation systems. 49 U.S.C. 5329(c). FTA will establish a permanent training program through the rulemaking process.

30 30 Bus Safety Resource Website The FTA Bus Safety website includes helpful resources including SMS tools and templates, an SMS Gap Analysis Checklist, and e-learning opportunities.

31 31 Bus and Bus Facilities Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative $100 Million - Competitive grant funds Proposals due August 4 th Urban & Rural Connect disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, youths, and others with local workforce training, employment centers, healthcare, and other vital services. Connect more Americans with jobs

32 32 Bus and Bus Facilities Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative Purchase, replace, or rehabilitate transit buses and vans Modernize or construct bus facilities (such as maintenance depots and intermodal facilities) in urban, suburban, and rural communities. 80 percent Federal/20 percent local match

33 33 Bus and Bus Facilities Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative Proposals address “ladders of opportunity” criteria for riders, including: – Enhancing access to work – Supporting economic opportunities – Supporting partnerships and coordinated planning

34 34 FY2015 Appropriations ProgramFY'14 Current Funding FY'15 US DOT Request FY'15 Full House - Passed 229 to 192 FY'15 Senate Full Committe e Core Highway Program - Obligation Limit $40.25B$47.32B$40.25B Transit Formula - including Bus and Bus Facilities $8.6B$13.91B$8.6B Transit Capital Improvement Grants (New Starts/Small Starts/Core Capacity) $1.94B plus unused prior year funding =$2.13B total $2.5B$1.69B$2.16B Airport Improvement (AIP) Grants $3.35B$2.90B$3.35B$3.48B TIGER Discretionary Grants $600M$1.25B$100M$550M Amtrak Total$1.39B$2.45B$1.19B$1.39B High Speed Rail$0

35 35 GROW AMERICA Act On April 29, 2014, US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the department’s $302 Billion, four year reauthorization proposal: The GROW AMERICA Act Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America

36 36 GROW AMERICA Act New Transit Programs: Rapid Growth Area Transit Program Provides capital funds on a competitive basis to help fast-growing communities introduce new bus rapid transit (BRT) systems as part of their transportation mix. Local Hiring Allows the use of local hiring preferences for certain projects. Fixing and Accelerating Surface Transportation (FAST) $1B competitive program encourages the adoption of bold, innovative strategies and best practices in transportation that would have long- term impact on all projects across transportation programs.

37 37 GROW AMERICA Act Other Changes to Transit Programs: – Bus and Bus Facilities Program: Removes statutory requirement that funds be channeled through a designated recipient, and instead allow State and local operators to receive funds directly from FTA. – Strengthens Buy America requirements through annual increases in domestic content requirements. – Makes improvements to FTA’s new Safety Program, including opt-out provision for State Safety Oversight program.

38 38 GROW AMERICA Act Additional information on the GROW AMERICA Act can be obtained via the following resources: – Main Page: – Bill Highlights: america/focus-areashttp://www.dot.gov/grow- america/focus-areas – FTA specific Provisions: america/by-mode/transithttp://www.dot.gov/grow- america/by-mode/transit

39 39 GROW AMERICA Act The GROW AMERICA Act will increase transportation investment to support the needs of our Nation’s communities. – $199 billion to invest in our nation’s highway system and road safety. – $72 billion to invest in transit systems and expand transportation options. – Tools and resources to encourage regional coordination and local decision making.

40 40 What the President’s FY15 Budget Means for Transit  Increases transit funding to $17.6B – 63% > FY14 enacted level  Requests $303B over 4 years for surface transportation reauthorization – $72B for transit  Moves all transit funding within Transportation Trust Fund  Targets $31B over 4 years to modernize/repair infrastructure  Provides $2.5B for New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity  Grows Bus Program to $1.9B, 353% increase over FY14  Adds a new $500M discretionary grant program to build BRT in areas with rapid population/ridership growth 40

41 41 Federal Transit Administration Responsibilities 1. Program Management 2. Grant Administration 3. Project Management 4. Financial Management and Financial Capacity 5. Procurement 6. Civil Rights Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Title VI Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 7. Asset Management 8. Safety

42 42 NDOR Grant Recipient Responsibilities 1. Program Management 2. Grant Administration 3. Project Management 4. Financial Management and Financial Capacity 5. Procurement 6. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 7. Asset Management

43 43 NDOR Grant Responsibilities 8. Charter Bus 9. School Bus 10. ADA 11. Title VI 12. Equal Employment Opportunity 13. DFWA/Drug and Alcohol Program

44 44 NDOR Grant Responsibilities State Management Plan Annual milestone and financial reporting Oversight reviews (program, drug & alcohol) Subrecipient monitoring National Transit Database reporting (5311) Vehicle procurements Ensure general public transportation services (5311)

45 45 Subrecipient Responsibilities Administer transit services Maintain FTA funded vehicles and facilities and facility related equipment in good operating order. Report ridership and operating data requested by NDOR Drug & Alcohol program compliance

46 46 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Every three years FTA reviews NDOR’s and subrecipients compliance with program requirements Subrecipients reviewed – Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging (Section 5311) – Beatrice Good Samaritan Society (Section 5310) 13 areas reviewed - Deficiencies in 8 areas (3 repeat from 2009)

47 47 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Program Management SMP not up to date with current grant development and management practices NDOR oversight checklist missing monitoring questions regarding FTA requirements Insufficient oversight of subrecipients

48 48 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Program Management Intercity Bus -Consultative project not completed -A NDOR subrecipient utilizing Section 5311(f) intercity bus funds but services did not meet definition Insufficient NDOR staffing for administering Federal funds

49 49 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review DBE Goal Setting Process Inadequate DBE goal setting process - NDOR did not conduct a consultative process that provided women’s minority, general contractor groups, community organizations etc. regarding availability of disadvantaged and non –disadvantaged businesses

50 50 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Asset Management Subrecipients preventive maintenance records did not contain mileage information NDOR not monitoring subrecipients vehicle maintenance activities.

51 51 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Lobbying NDOR not obtaining signed lobbying certifications from subrecipients receiving over $100,000 in Federal funds

52 52 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review ADA Operators of fixed routes not following ADA service provisions (repeat finding from 2009) City of Fremont – service classified as route deviation when it was demand response

53 53 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Title VI & Limited English Proficiency NDOR did not have process to ensure MPO Title VI compliance in funding agreements with MPOs (repeat finding from 2009) NDOR Section 5311 checklist did contain questions regarding Title VI and Limited English Proficiency compliance

54 54 NDOR FY2012 State Management Review Drug and Alcohol Compliance Subrecipient drug and alcohol policies not compliant with USDOT requirements NDOR did not monitor subrecipients compliance with USDOT requirements (repeat finding from 2009)

55 55 Questions?


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