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1 1 Federal Transit Administration Update The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 Virginia Transit Association Annual Meeting June 8, 2009

2 2 Transit and Recovery Act Overview 1.Overview of Recovery Act 2. FTA Formula programs: –Urbanized –Non-urbanized –Fixed Guideway 3.FTA Discretionary programs: –New Starts –Tribal Transit –Energy/Greenhouse Gas Savings (TIGGER)

3 3 4. ARRA Multimodal Discretionary Program- Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 5. Reporting Requirements 6. Questions Transit and Recovery Act Overview

4 4 Recovery – Maintain and create jobs – Infuse cash into cash strapped state and local economies Reinvest – Build and repair infrastructure Transit and Recovery Act Overview

5 5 Transit Funding in ARRA ProgramAmount Urban Formula$5.97 B (incl. funds allocated through Sec 5340) Non-Urban Formula $760 M(incl. funds allocated through Sec 5340) Fixed Guideway Modernization Formula $742 M New Starts / Small Starts$742 M Tribal Grants$17 M Discretionary Energy Program [new]$100 MTIGGER Grants Discretionary Multimodal Program [new][$1.4985B]TIGER Grants Administration / Oversight$64 M Total (Transit Only)$8.4 Billion Note: Amounts are after takedown for Administration and Oversight

6 6 Virginia Transit Funding in ARRA 5307 Statewide Gov Appt. $ 11,993,189 Rural (5311) $ 18,555,163 Richmond UZA 5307 $ 13,837,772 Virginia Beach UZA 5307 $ 25,355,487 Virginia Beach UZA 5309 $ 437,148 PRTC share of DC UZA 5307 $ 13,694,262 New Starts - Dulles $ 77,260,000 Total $ 161,133,021 $161 million available to Virginia so far

7 7 Key Provisions No waiver of FTA program requirements (planning/NEPA/Buy America/Labor Protections) 100% Federal share, except New Starts Capital expenses only are eligible Cannot mix Recovery Funds in same grant with any other funds ARRA STP Funds can be flexed to transit Grant obligation deadlines apply

8 8 ARRA Transit Formula Programs Urbanized Area Formula ($5.97 B) – Allocated to Urbanized Areas using Section 5307 formula (includes section 5340, but excludes Transit Intensive Cities Tier) Non Urbanized Formula ($760 M) – Allocated to States using regular Section 5311 formula Fixed Guideway Modernization ($742 M) – Allocated to Urbanized Areas using regular Section 5309 FGM formula – Tiers 1, 2, 3 and part of 4

9 9 ARRA Transit Formula Programs Urbanized Area Formula 100 percent federal funds Pre-Award Authority – October 1, 2008 Availability of funds – 50 percent of allocated funds must be obligated by September 1, 2009 – The remaining 50 percent must be obligated by March 5, 2010

10 10 Allocated directly to large UZAs (200K people and over) State (Governor’s) apportionment for small UZAs (under 200K people) Funds tracked at UZA level for large UZAs, statewide level for small UZAs Program Requirements from 5307 include: Transit Enhancement Provision (over 200K UZAs) Security Spending ARRA Transit Formula Programs Urbanized Area Formula

11 11 – Capital Expenses consistent with 5302(a)(1) Preventive Maintenance Up to 10 percent ADA paratransit Engineering and Design Crime prevention and security – Excluding operating activities » Exceptions – costs associated with emergency response drills and security training ARRA Transit Formula Programs Urbanized Area Formula

12 12 ARRA Transit Formula Programs Non-Urbanized Area Formula Allocated to States by 5311 and 5340 formulas 100 percent federal funds Pre-Award Authority – October 1, 2008 Availability of funds – 50 percent of allocated funds must be obligated by September 1, 2009 – The remaining 50 percent must be obligated by March 5, 2010

13 13 State Responsibilities – Sub-awards to Subrecipients – Submits Program of Projects – Applies to FTA for funds Eligible Subrecipients: State, local gov’t, nonprofit organizations, Indian tribes, operators of public transportation or intercity bus services. Eligible Activities – Capital Expenses consistent with 5302(a)(1) Preventive Maintenance Up to 10 percent ADA paratransit Engineering and Design – State Administration Up to 15% of apportionment ARRA Transit Formula Programs Non-Urbanized Area Formula

14 14 Program Requirements – Section 5311 including: Intercity Bus Provision – 15 percent required, or – Certification » FY 2009 certifications sufficient DOL Special Warranty Provision Tribal subrecipients – May apply directly to FTA ARRA Transit Formula Programs Non-Urbanized Area Formula

15 15 ARRA Transit Formula Programs Fixed Guideway Infrastructure Investment 100 percent federal funds Pre-Award Authority – October 1, 2008 Availability of funds – 50 percent of allocated funds must be obligated by September 1, 2009 – The remaining 50 percent must be obligated by March 5, 2010

16 16 Allocated directly to UZAs Fixed guideway systems 7 years or older – Must have a threshold of at least one mile – Allocation made under Tiers 1,2,3, and partially Tier 4 ARRA Transit Formula Programs Fixed Guideway Infrastructure Investment

17 17 July 1: Deadline for submitting first round grants to DOL for review September 1: Deadline to obligate one half of apportionment (180 Days from apportionment notice) September 16: Apportionment notice of reallocation of formula funds published in Federal Register December 30: Deadline for submitting second round (including reallocation funds) grants to DOL for review March 5, 2010: Second deadline to obligate funds (365 days from apportionment notice September 30, 2010: Unobligated funds revert to Treasury September 30, 2015: Last day obligated funds available for drawdown Recovered funds will be redistributed Formula Program - Key Dates

18 18 ARRA Funds Tracking – Gov Appt and 5311

19 19 ARRA Funds Tracking – Large UZAs

20 20 ARRA Transit Discretionary Programs Major Capital Investments – New Starts ($742.5M)‏ - FTA focussing on projects “under construction or able to obligate funds within 150 days” Tribal Transit ($17M)‏ - Competitive solicitation and selection‏ using existing procedures; capital projects only Energy Program - TIGGER ($100M) - Competitive solicitation and selection; based on new procedures and criteria

21 21 1. $750 million “allocated under Section 5309(m)(2)(A)…..to enable the Secretary of Transportation to make discretionary grants as authorized by Section 5309(d) (New Starts) and (e) (Small Starts)…” 2. Statutory Priority to: a)“Projects that are in construction or are b)Eligible to obligate funds within 150 days of enactment…“ ARRA Transit Discretionary Programs New Starts – Major Capital Investments

22 22 $17 million Eligible Applicants: Federally-recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the Department of the Interior (DOI). Eligible Projects – Capital Projects ARRA Transit Discretionary Programs Tribal Transit Program

23 23 A separate Notice of Funding Availability issued from 5311 Tribal Transit Program (published 3/23/2009) – Application periods will be concurrent, allowing budgets to reflect both resources 60 days to Submit proposals, period closed 5/22/2009 Availability: Funds must be obligated before September 30, 2010 ARRA Transit Discretionary Programs Tribal Transit Program

24 24 Evaluation Criteria Being Considered 1. Project Planning and Coordination 2. Demonstration of Need 3. Project Benefits 4. Financial Commitment and Operating Capacity ARRA Transit Discretionary Programs Tribal Transit Program

25 25 $100 Million Grants to transit agencies for Capital Projects that either: – Reduce energy consumption of the transit agency, or – Reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the transit agency. Application Procedures – Proposal deadline was May 22, 2009 ARRA Transit Discretionary Programs Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER)

26 26 ARRA TIGGER Selection Criteria For Energy Consumption Reduction Projects: –Energy purchased directly by a public transportation system. –Examples include: diesel fuel, compressed natural gas, and electricity purchased from power plants. –The TIGGER Program focuses on the total energy savings of a project expected over its useful life. For greenhouse gas emission reduction projects: –TIGGER Program focuses on direct emissions from public transportation systems (e.g., systems vehicles) –Program does not include indirect emissions (e.g., third-party power plants) or displaced emissions (e.g., emissions from manufacturing transit equipment, waste disposal, etc.). –TIGGER program focuses on the total greenhouse gas emission reductions of a project expected over its useful life.

27 27 Sample TIGGER Projects Replacement of existing buses with more energy efficient buses (Hybrid, Fuel Cell) Re-powering of existing buses Conversion to more efficient control technology vehicles (DC to AC) Construction or rehabilitation of transit system facilities

28 28 TIGGER Proposal Amounts Each submitted proposal must request a minimum of $2M. FTA will allow consolidated proposals from several transit agencies together to reach this $2M threshold Individual projects within a consolidated proposal may receive less than $2M. To ensure a variety of projects are funded, FTA has established a maximum grant amount of $25M.

29 29 TIGGER General Evaluation Criteria Return on Investment Project Readiness Capabilities of Applicant Degree of Innovation National Applicability

30 30 ARRA Multimodal Discretionary Program- Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure $1.5 billion competitive grant program Projects with significant impact on Nation, metro area or region Grant awards: $20 m to $300 m (can be less than $20m at DOT discretion) Can be up to 100% Federal share

31 31 ARRA TIGER Grants Eligible Projects – Highway or bridge projects (Title 23) – Public transportation projects (Title 49) Public transportation projects, including investments in New Starts or Small Starts projects – Passenger and freight rail projects – Port infrastructure investments Projects that connect ports to other modes of transportation

32 32 ARRA TIGER Grants Considerations – Equitable geographic distribution of funds (no more than 20% of funds may be awarded to projects in a single State) – Balance needs of urban and rural communities – Up to $200 million to pay federal credit assistance subsidy costs (TIFIA program) – Priority Projects Projects that need Federal funds to complete financing package - “gap funding” (less than 100% Fed share) Projects expected to be completed by February 17, 2012

33 33 ARRA TIGER Grants Primary Selection Criteria: Long-term outcomes –State of Good Repair –Economic Competitiveness –Livibility –Sustainability –Safety Jobs Creation and Economic stimulus Secondary Selection Criteria: Innovation Partnership

34 34 ARRA TIGER Grants Implementation Schedule Published Federal Register Notice: 5/18/2009 Application Deadline: 9/15/2009 Projects selection announcement: no later than 2/17/2010 For further questions, write:

35 35 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS All Recipients of ARRA funds will be required to submit Financial Status Reports and Milestone Progress Reports no later than 10 days after each quarter Section 1201 Report – Grantees to report basic data ($ commitments, number of Federal $ of projects, and job estimates) to USDOT Section 1512 Report – Grantees to report data by program to OMB – first report due October 10,

36 36 Please visit:

37 37 Questions? Tony Cho Community Planner 1760 Market St., Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA


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