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Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program Announcement of Project Selections

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AGENCY:

Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year 2003 appropriations for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by Section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The OTRB Accessibility Program makes funds available to private operators of over-the-road buses to help finance the incremental capital and training costs of complying with DOT's over-the-road bus accessibility rule, published in the Federal Register on September 24, 1998.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The appropriate FTA Regional Administrator for grant-specific issues; or Blenda Younger, Office of Program Management, 202-366-2053, for general information about the OTRB Program.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A total of $6.9 million was made available for the program in FY 2003: $5.2 million for intercity fixed-route providers and $1.7 million for all other providers, such as commuter, charter, and tour operators. A total of 84 applicants requested $17.6 million: $10.5 million was requested by intercity fixed-route providers, and $7.1 million was requested by all other providers. Project selections were made on a discretionary basis, based on each applicant's responsiveness to statutory project selection criteria, fleet size, and level of funding received in previous years. Because of the high demand for the funds available, most applicants received less funding than they requested, but all qualified applicants received some funding. The selected projects will provide funding for the incremental cost of adding lifts to 128 new vehicles, retrofitting 80 vehicles, and $335,546 for training. Each of the following 74 awardees, as well as the 10 applicants who were not selected for funding, will receive a letter that explains how funding decisions were made.

OperatorCity/StateAward amounts
Intercity fixed-routeOtherTotal
Region I:
Bonanza Bus LinesProvidence, RI$109,935$109,935
Bristol Tours, IncBristol, VT39,54739,547
Concord Coach Lines, IncConcord, NH48,80048,800
Entertainment ToursBraintree, MA63,00063,000
Peter Pan Bus LinesSpringfield, MA157,859157,859
Vermont Transit CoBurlington, VT33,15133,151
Region II:
Adirondack TrailwaysHurley, NY187,500187,500
Blue Bird Coach Lines, IncN.Tonawanda, NY87,03087,030
Hampton Jitney, IncSouthampton, NY28,80028,800
Shortline (Hudson Transit)Mahwah, NJ180,000180,000
Sunrise Coach Lines, IncGreen Port, NY39,38439,384
Syracuse and Oswego Motor LinesE. Syracuse, NY43,48143,481
Trans Express, IncBrooklyn, NY33,75033,750
Trolley Tours, IncForked River, NJ72,00022,95094,950
Utica Rome Bus CompanyClinton, NY41,99041,990
Region III:
Abbott Bus Lines, IncRoanoke, VA91,48291,482
Angelic Luxury Coach, IncDistrict Hgts, MD35,00035,000
Brown Bus CompanyRichmond, VA28,71028,710
Butler Motor TransitButler, PA37,80037,800
Capitol Bus CompanyHarrisburg, PA50,40050,400
Elegance Bus Tours, IncSuitland, MD35,00035,000
Eyre Bus Service, IncGlenelg, MD63,14263,142
First Priority Tours, IncDistrict Hgts. MD20,96520,965
Hagey Coach, IncFranconia, PA50,40050,400
Krapf's Coaches, IncWest Chester, PA25,20025,200
Lenzer Tour and TravelSewickley, Pa37,80037,800
Penn Highway Transit CoLancaster, PA33,71233,712
Perkiomen ToursPennsburg, PA33,30033,300
Susquehanna Transit CoAvis, PA100,596100,596
Thomas ToursBeltsville, MD12,61712,617
Trans-Bridge LinesBethlehem, PA154,101154,101
Region IV:
Americoach ToursMemphis, TN38,25038,250
Blue Grass Tours, IncLexington, KY28,50728,507
Carolina TrailwaysRaleigh, NC33,15133,151
Champion CoachGreenville, SC27,00027,000
Escot Bus Lines, IncTampa, FL39,36839,368
Good Time ToursPensacola, FL2,7002,700
Lancaster Tours and TravelLancaster, SC35,00035,000
North Mississippi ServicesTupelo, MS45,81445,814
Region V:
Alpha Bus LeasingCincinnati, OH54,87154,871
B&W Charters, IncKalamazoo, MI36,96136,961
Brecksville Road Transit, IncBrecksville, OH37,10437,104
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Cavallo Bus Lines, IncGillespie, IL35,00035,000
Colonial Coach LinesDes Plaines, IL112,274112,274
Dixon Meyers Bus TransportationMt. Morris, IL35,94635,946
Jefferson LinesMinneapolis, MN133,250133,250
Peoria Charter Coach CoPeoria, IL35,91035,910
Pioneer Coach Lines, IncChicago, IL27,00027,000
Red River TrailsMoorhead, MN27,23927,239
Robinson CoachEvanston, IL35,50035,500
Trobec Bus Service, IncSt. Stephen, MN27,00027,000
Vandalia Bus Lines, IncCaseyville, Il52,33252,332
Wisconsin CoachWaukesha, WI108,000108,000
Region VI:
Cowtown Bus Charters, IncFort Worth, TX28,47428,474
El ExpressoHouston, TX76,05076,050
Fun Time ToursCorpus Christi, TX38,55438,554
Gotta Go Express TrailwaysFort Worth, TX25,62625,626
GreyhoundDallas, TX2,588,5442,588,544
Gulf Coast TransitHouston, TX38,25038,250
Kerrville Bus CoSan Antonio, TX176,670176,670
TNM&OLubbock,TX165,755165,755
Valley TransitHarlingen, TX99,45399,453
Region VII:
Burlington TrailwaysW. Burlington, IA85,48885,488
Tiger Air Express, IncColumbia, MO45,02245,022
Region VIII:
Express Charters, IncFort Collins, CO27,00027,000
Utah TrailwaysSalt Lake City, UT28,13528,135
Region IX:
Marin AirporterSan Rafael, CA112,365112,365
Pacific CoachwaysGarden Grove, CA25,20025,200
Quest Transportation, IncSan Luis Obispo, CA74,16074,160
RDH Transportation ServicesHonolulu, Hawaii55,57655,576
Silverado Stages, IncSan Luis Obispo, CA74,16074,160
Region X:
Central Washington AirporterFerndale, WA44,30544,305
Northwestern Stage LinesSpokane, WA29,25029,250
Premier Alaska Tours, IncAnchorage, AK26,31626,316
Total5,182,9821,688,9506,871,932

Eligible project costs may be incurred by awardees prior to final grant approval. The incremental capital cost for adding wheelchair lift equipment to any new vehicles delivered on or after June 9, 1998, the effective date of TEA-21, is eligible for funding under the OTRB Accessibility Program.

Applicants selected for funding may be contacted by FTA regional offices if additional information is needed before grants are made. The grant applications will be sent to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for certification under labor protection requirements pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5333(b). After referring applications to affected employees represented by a labor organization, DOL will issue a certification to FTA. Terms and conditions of the certification will be incorporated in the FTA grant agreement under the new guidelines replacing those in 29 CFR Part 215. Please see Amendment to Section 5333(b), Guidelines to Carry Out New Programs Authorized by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21); Final Rule (64 FR 40990, July 28, 1999).

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Issued on: September 26, 2003.

Jennifer L. Dorn,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 03-24965 Filed 10-1-03; 8:45 am]

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