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1 1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Enacted February 17, 2009

2 2 Purposes Of Legislation Recovery –Maintain and create jobs –Infuse cash into cash strapped state programs –Encourage flow of money into the economy through tax cuts and other incentives for individuals and organizations Reinvest –Build and repair infrastructure

3 3 Transit Funding in ARRA Program 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 M Discretionary Multimodal Program [new] [$1.4985B] Administration / Oversight$64 M Total (Transit Only)$8.4 Billion Note: Amounts are after takedown for Administration and Oversight

4 4 Formula Transit Programs Urbanized Area Formula ($5.97 B) – Allocated to Urbanized Areas using Section 5307 formula (not including Transit Intensive Cities Tier) Fixed Guideway Modernization ($742 M) – Allocated to Urbanized Areas using regular Section 5309 FGM formula – Tiers 1, 2, 3 and part of 4 Non Urbanized Formula ($760 M) – Allocated to States using regular Section 5311 formula

5 5 Discretionary Transit Programs Major Capital Investments ($742M) ‏ - FTA will give “priority to projects under construction or able to obligate funds within 150 days” Tribal Transit ($17M) ‏ - Competitive solicitation and selection ‏ using existing procedures; capital projects only New Energy Program ($100M) - Competitive solicitation and selection; based on new procedures and criteria to be announced soon

6 6 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 Funds not obligated within time frames will be taken back and reallocated

7 7 How To Get Ready for a Grant Projects must be in approved TIP/STIP; NEPA completed or completion imminent –May include estimated ARRA funding for fiscal constraint purposes in TIP/STIP –May advance project schedules within TIP/STIP “administratively” without formal amendment –Must meet conformity requirements in non attainment and maintenance areas Work to refine project description and budgets for early submission to Dept. of Labor Identify procurement strategy

8 8 ARRA Obligation Timetable Obligation Windows – After 180 Days, half of apportionment less amount obligated will be withdrawn; Any funds apportioned not obligated within 1-year will be withdrawn. ‏ Redistribution Provisions - Recovery and redistribution of funds withdrawn after 180 Days and 1-year only to those who did not have funds withdrawn

9 9 ARRA Reporting Requirements Reporting Requirements - New, numerous periodic reporting requirements at much higher level of detail than normal: Collecting information on jobs, contracts, and projects is new to FTA. FTA seeking to minimize manual reporting for grantees Periodic publication on

10 10 FTA ARRA Support Grant Systems Updates - Change to grant-making systems and processes for new funding and reporting requirements underway. Apportionment & Guidance – Final apportionment of funds and external and internal execution guidance expected by 3/6/09. Draft apportionments published on FTA Website by 2/20/09 ‏. Planning and Environment - FTA Regional Office assistance available to States, MPO’s, and transit agencies. Process Streamlining – Early assignment of grant numbers to facilitate simultaneous reviews by DOT and DOL. FTA Recovery Webpage - Robust Webpage devoted to ARRA Q’s and A’s. Increased Outreach - Ongoing outreach to stakeholder groups and members.

11 11 Questions? *Please contact your FTA Regional Office with your questions as soon as possible. Webpage:

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