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Announcement of Selected Fiscal Year 2000 Projects for the Job Access and Reverse Commute Competitive Grant Program

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AGENCY:

Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) solicited competitive grants under the Job Access and Reverse Commute grant program, authorized under Section 3037 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The solicitation was announced in the Federal Register of Friday, March 10, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 48, pp. 13210-13220. This notice announces the successful applicants for fiscal year (FY) 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator for application-specific information and issues (Appendix A). For general program information, contact Doug Birnie, Office of Research Management, (202) 366-1666, email douglas.birnie@fta.dot.gov, or refer to the Job Access and Reverse Commute Competitive Grants Notice, 65 Fed. Reg. 13210 et seq., March 10, 2000. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS). The notice can also be accessed through FTA's web site, [www.fta.dot.gov/​wtw].

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Job Access and Reverse Commute grant program is intended to establish an area-wide regional approach to job access challenges through the establishment of an Area-Wide Job Access and Reverse Commute Transportation Plan. Projects derived from this plan support the implementation of a variety of transportation services that may be needed to connect welfare recipients to jobs and related employment activities. All projects funded under the Job Access and Reverse Commute grant program must be derived from this area-wide plan. The Job Access and Reverse Commute Program has two major goals: to provide transportation services in urban, suburban and rural areas to assist welfare recipients and low income individuals in gaining access to employment opportunities; and to increase collaboration among transportation providers, human service agencies, employers, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), states, and affected communities and individuals.

The following table lists the successful competitive applicants for fiscal year 2000, by state:

Fiscal Year 2000 Projects

StateLocalityApplicant (sub-applicant)FTA funds
ArkansasFort SmithCity of Fort Smith$346,930
ArkansasLittle RockCentral Arkansas Transit500,000
CaliforniaMarysvilleYuba-Sutter Transit Authority98,500
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CaliforniaMercedMerced County Transit76,525
CaliforniaMontereyMonterey-Salinas Transit367,683
CaliforniaOaklandAC Transit294,900
CaliforniaSacramentoCALTRANS1,000,000
CaliforniaSacramentoSacramento Regional Transit District800,000
CaliforniaSan DiegoSan Diego Association of Governments200,000
CaliforniaSan FranciscoSan Francisco Airport Authority262,037
CaliforniaSan JoseOUTREACH500,000
CaliforniaSan Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo Council of Governments192,041
CaliforniaStocktonSan Joaquin Council of Governments (Coordinator)62,500
CaliforniaStocktonSan Joaquin Council of Governments (Ride Match)62,500
CaliforniaStocktonSan Joaquin Regiona Transit District75,000
ColoradoDenverRegional Transportation District700,000
ColoradoLovelandCity of Loveland102,223
ColoradoPagosa SpringsArchuleta County Social Services132,072
ConnecticutBridgeportConnecticut Department of Transportation (Southwest Region)200,000
ConnecticutWaterbury, Danbury, TorringtonConnecticut Department of Transportation (Northwest Region)363,604
DelawareKent County (Dover)Delaware Department of Transportation172,500
FloridaFort LauderdaleBroward County Division of Mass Transit500,000
IllinoisBloomingtonYMCA—McLean County37,500
IllinoisSt. Louis/ East St. LouisSt. Clair County (East St. Louis Community College Center, Metropolitan Education & Training Center, Airport Employment & Education Center, Bi-State Development Agency)87,000
IndianaMuncieMuncie Public Transportation Corporation100,182
LouisianaBaton RougeCapital Transportation Corporation500,000
LouisianaJefferson ParishCity of Jefferson Parish250,000
MainePortlandMaine Department of Transportation (Greater Portland Council of Governments)200,000
MassachusettsBostonExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction140,085
MassachusettsBostonMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority455,000
MassachusettsBrocktonExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Brockton Area Transit Authority)184,091
MassachusettsCape CodExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Cape Cod Transit Authority)166,195
MassachusettsFall River, New Bedford, DartmouthExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Southeastern Regional Transit Authority)184,091
MassachusettsGloucester & Cape AnnExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Cape Ann Transit Authority)213,974
MassachusettsLowellExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Lowell Regional Transit Authority)184,091
MassachusettsPittsfield, North Adams, LeeExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Berkshire Regional Transit Authority)144,235
MassachusettsPlymouth, Taunton, WarehamExecutive Office of Transportation and Construction (Greater Attleboro-Taunton Transit Authority)184,091
MassachusettsSpringfieldPioneer Valley Regional Transit Authority (Hampden County Employment & Training Consortium)500,000
MassachusettsWorcesterWorcester Regional Transit Authority366,625
MichiganAlger CountyMichigan Department of Transportation (Alger County)32,335
MichiganAllegan CountyMichigan Department of Transportation (Allegan County)150,000
MichiganDetroitSoutheastern Michigan Council of Governments (City of Detroit Department of Transportation)1,165,727
MinnesotaSt. CloudSt. Cloud Metro62,050
MissouriMadison, St. Genevieve, St. Francois, Perry Iron, Bollinger, Cape Giradeau, Washington CountiesMissouri Department of Transportation (Southeast Missouri Private Industry Council)200,000
MissouriSpringfieldCity Utilities of Springfield152,500
MissouriSt. LouisMissouri Department of Economic Development (Bi-State Development Agency)55,000
MissouriSt. LouisSt. Charles County (City of St. Louis Agency on Training & Employment, St. Louis County Department of Human Services, Jefferson & Franklin County Office of Job Training Programs)397,542
New HampshireNashuaCity of Nashua (Town of Milford)184,000
New HampshirePortsmouth-Dover-RochesterCooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation135,000
New MexicoLas CrucesCity of Las Cruces260,000
New MexicoSanta FeCity of Santa Fe315,000
New MexicoSanta FeNew Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department601,190
New YorkBinghamtonBroome County200,000
New YorkIthaca/Tompkins CountyIthaca/Tompkins County200,000
New YorkUtica/RomeHerkimer-Oneida Counties200,000
North CarolinaRaleigh (Wilmington)North Carolina Department of Transportation (New Hanover County)142,000
North CarolinaRaleigh (Winston-Salem)North Carolina Department of Transportation (Winston-Salem Transit Authority)311,580
OhioAkronMetro Regional Transit Authority476,622
OhioCincinnatiOhio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments484,570
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OhioClevelandGreater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority500,000
OhioColumbusCentral Ohio Transit Authority500,000
OhioDaytonMiami Valley Regional Transit Authority285,000
OhioLorainLorain County Transit63,500
OhioToledoToledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments500,000
OhioYoungstownWestern Reserve Transit Authority700,000
OregonMedfordOregon Department of Transportation (Rogue Valley Transportation District)151,767
OregonPortlandTri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon850,000
OregonSalemOregon Department of Transportation (Salem Area Mass Transit District)99,062
PennsylvaniaErieGreater Erie Community Action Committee200,000
PennsylvaniaIndianaIndiana County Transit Authority51,580
PennsylvaniaLancasterRed Rose Transit Authority121,000
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia Metro AreaSoutheastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority450,683
Rhode IslandProvidenceRhode Island Public Transit Authority500,000
TennesseeChattanoogaChattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority500,000
TennesseeNashvilleRegional Transportation Authority410,883
TennesseeNashville (Statewide-Rural)Tennessee Department of Transportation174,608
TexasAbileneCity of Abilene125,000
TexasBrownsvilleCity of Brownsville—Brownsville Urban Transit200,000
TexasGalvestonGulf Coast Center and Island Transit728,662
TexasLubbockCity Transit Management Company200,000
TexasSan AntonioAlamo Area Council of Governments150,000
VirginiaCharlottesvilleVirginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (JAUNT, Inc.)367,100
VirginiaRoanokeVirginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (Unified Human Services Transportation Services, Inc.)200,000
WashingtonBellinghamWashington State Department of Transportation (Northwest Regional Council—RIDES)249,917
WashingtonCentraliaWashington State Department of Transportation (Lewis Public Transportation Benefit Area)70,000
WashingtonOlympiaWashington State Department of Transportation (Intercity Transit)89,750
WashingtonOlympiaWashington State Department of Transportation (Intercity Transit, Olympia “Local Travel Agency”)42,300
WashingtonOlympiaWashington State Department of Transportation (Thurston Regional Planning Council)120,500
WashingtonRichlandWashington State Department of Transportation (Ben Franklin Transit)159,000
WashingtonSeattlePuget Sound Regional Council200,000
WashingtonYakimaWashington State Department of Transportation (People for People, Yakima-Kittitas)98,177

Pre-Award Authority: has provided pre-award spending authority for this program which permits successful applicants to incur costs on eligible projects without prejudice to possible Federal participation in the cost of the project or projects. However, prior to exercising pre-award authority, successful applicants must comply with all Federal requirements. Failure to do so will render a project ineligible for FTA financial assistance. Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the appropriate regional office regarding the eligibility of the project for future FTA funds or the applicability of the conditions and Federal requirements. Pre-award spending authority was provided to continue projects previously funded in FY 1999, effective May 7, 2000. All other new projects selected and announced by this notice are likewise granted pre-award spending authority upon issuance of this notice.

Certifications and Assurances Requirements: In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(n), certifications and assurances have been compiled for the various FTA programs. Before FTA may award a Federal grant, each successful applicant must provide to FTA all certifications and assurances required by Federal laws and regulations applicable to itself and its project. A state providing certifications and assurances on behalf of its prospective subrecipients should obtain sufficient documentation from those subrecipients needed to provide informed certifications and assurances. A successful applicant for funds under the Job Access and Reverse Commute Grant Program will be required to comply with the requirements of the FTA's Annual Certifications and Assurances. It is important that each successful applicant be familiar with all certifications and assurances as they are a prerequisite for receiving FTA financial assistance. All successful applicants are advised to read the entire text of those Certifications and Assurances to be confident of their responsibilities and commitments.

The signature page accompanying the Certifications and Assurances contains the current fiscal year's certifications and, when properly attested to and submitted to FTA, assures FTA that the applicant intends to comply with the requirements for the specific program involved. FTA will not award any Federal assistance until the successful applicant provides assurance of compliance by selecting Category I on the signature page and all other categories applicable to itself and its project.

FTA's fiscal year 2001 Certifications and Assurances will be published in the Federal Register. They will also be available on the the World Wide Web at [ ]. Copies may also be obtained from FTA regional offices. Applicants that need further assistance should contact the appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix A) for further information.

U.S. Department of Labor Certification: As a condition of release of Federal funds for this program, Federal Transit law requires that applicants must comply with 49 U.S.C. Start Printed Page 62807section 5333(b), administered under the Department of Labor's (DOL) Mass Transit Employee Protection Program. These employee protections include the preservation of rights, privileges, and benefits under existing collective bargaining agreements, the continuation of collective bargaining rights, the protection of individual employees against a worsening of their positions related to employment, assurances of employment to employees of acquired mass transportation systems, priority of reemployment, and paid training or retraining. Generally, DOL processes the employee protection certification required under Section 5333(b) in accordance with the procedural guidelines published at 29 C.F.R. 215.3. However, for the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, DOL has proposed to apply appropriate protections without referral for Job Access and Reverse Commute grant applications serving populations under 200,000 and to utilize the guidelines for Job Access and Reverse Commute grant applications serving populations of 200,000 or more. FTA will submit the grant application to DOL for certification.

Grant funds will NOT be released without DOL certification. Where there are questions regarding the DOL certification process and/or information needed by DOL to obtain a labor certification, successful applicants must contact the appropriate FTA regional office (See Appendix A). Additionally, guidance is provided on the World Wide Web at [http://www.fta.dot.gov.wtw/​labor.htm].

Completed Application: All successful applicants must now proceed to complete their grant application by fully documenting all the Job Access and Reverse Commute program requirements that were not fully documented when the application was submitted. FTA regional offices will advise applicants by letter of any remaining outstanding items, as well as stipulations specific to the Job Access and Reverse Commute project which need to be addressed and/or fully documented prior to grant approval.

Successful applicants will be notified in writing by the FTA regional offices with further guidance.

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Issued on: October 13, 2000.

Nuria I. Fernandez,

Acting Administrator.

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Appendix A-FTA Regional Offices

Region I—

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Richard Doyle, FTA Regional Administrator, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Kendall Square, 55 Broadway, Suite 920, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093, (617) 494-2055

Region II—

New York, New Jersey, and Virgin Islands. Letitia Thompson, FTA Regional Administrator, One Bowling Green, Room 429, New York, NY 10004-1415, (212) 668-2170

Region III—

Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia, Susan Schruth, FTA Regional Administrator, 1760 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124, (215) 656-7100

Region IV—

Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. Jerry Franklin, FTA Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Suite 17T50, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 562-3500

Region V—

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Joel Ettinger, FTA Regional Administrator, 200 West Adams Street, Suite 2410, Chicago, IL 60606-5232, (312) 353-2789

Region VI—

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, Robert Patrick, FTA Regional Administrator, 819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36, Ft. Worth, TX 76102, (817) 978-0550

Region VII—

Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. Mokhtee Ahmad, FTA Regional Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 404, Kansas City, MO 64106, (816) 329-3920

Region VIII—

Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota. Lee Waddleton, FTA Regional Administrator, Columbine Place, 216 16th Street, Suite 650, Denver, CO 80202-5120, (303) 844-3242

Region IX—

California, Hawaii, Guam, Arizona, Nevada, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Leslie Rogers, FTA Regional Administrator, 201 Mission Street, Suite 2210, San Francisco, CA 94105-1839, (415) 744-3133

Region X—

Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Helen Knoll, FTA Regional Administrator, Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142, Seattle, WA 98174-1002, (206) 220-7954

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[FR Doc. 00-26818 Filed 10-18-00; 8:45 am]

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