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

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Federal Transit Administration, DOT.




The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year 2004 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 Start Printed Page 67204available 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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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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A total of $6.9 million was made available for the program in FY 2004: $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 96 applicants requested $23.9 million: $11.2 million was requested by intercity fixed-route providers, and $12.7 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 almost all qualified applicants received some funding. The selected projects will provide funding for the incremental cost of adding lifts to 79 new vehicles, retrofitting 110 vehicles, and $172,839 for training. Each of the following 74 awardees, as well as the 22 applicants who were not selected for funding, will receive a letter that explains how funding decisions were made.

Award Amount

OperatorCity/stateIntercity fixed-routeOtherTotal
Region I
Bonanza Bus LinesProvidence, RI$104,784$104,784
Bristol Tours, Inc.Bristol, VT$30,65930,659
Cavalier Coach Corp.Boston, MA36,00036,000
Concord Coach Lines, Inc.Concord, NH49,80049,800
Dartmouth Transportation Co. IncConcord, NH22,40022,400
Lamoille Valley TransportationMorrisville, VT25,19225,192
Peter Pan Bus LinesSpringfield, MA264,650264,650
Premier Coach Company, IncColchester, VT30,24030,240
Vermont Transit Co.Burlington, VT132,606132,606
VIP Tour and Charter Bus CoPortland, ME40,49240,492
Region II
Adirondack TrailwaysHurley, NY290,500290,500
Allen AME Transportation CorpJamaica, NY71,00071,000
Blue Bird Coach LinesN. Tonawanda, NY45,00045,000
Brown Coach Inc.Amsterdam, NY35,42935,429
Coach USA/Cape TransitPleasantville, NJ39,15039,150
Hampton Jitney, Inc.Southampton, NY31,82731,827
Paradise Travel, Inc.W. Hempstead, NY40,00040,000
Private One of New York, LLCBrooklyn, NY22,50022,500
Shortline (Hudson Transit)Mahwah, NJ150,039150,039
Stout's Charter Service, Inc.Trenton, NJ25,65025,650
Suburban Trails, Inc.New Brunswick, NJ22,50022,500
Syracuse and Oswego Motor LinesE. Syracuse, NY40,50040,500
Trans Express, Inc.Brooklyn, NY59,42059,420
Trolley Tours, Inc.Forked River, NJ22,95022,950
Utica Rome Bus CompanyClinton, NY40,50040,500
Region III
Abbott Bus Lines, Inc.Roanoke, VA39,60039,600
Bieber TourwaysKutztown, PA113,000113,000
Butler Motor TransitButler, PA45,00045,000
Elegance Bus Tours, Inc.Suitland, MD27,00027,000
Eyre Bus Service, Inc.Glenelg, MD26,10526,105
Lenzer Tour and TravelSewickley, PA45,00045,000
Martz TrailwaysWilkes-Barre, PA148,000148,000
Morgan & Sons Week-End ToursGreensboro, NC33,30033,300
Scenic America, Inc.Broad Run, VA39,60039,600
Sun Coach Lines, LLC.McKeesport, PA28,00028,000
Trans-Bridge LinesBethlehem, PA90,00090,000
Wilson's Luxury Tours, Inc.District Hgts., MD39,60039,600
Region IV
Americoach ToursMemphis, TN38,25038,250
Angelic Tours and ShuttlesFayetteville, NC40,00040,000
Carolina TrailwaysRaleigh, NC198,909198,909
Lancaster Tours Inc.Lancaster, SC40,00040,000
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Region V
Colonial Coach LinesMt. Prospect, IL27,00027,000
Croswell Bus Lines Inc.Williamsburg, OH24,41624,416
Jefferson LinesMinneapolis, MN50,40050,400
Lakefront Lines Inc.Brook Park, OH27,90027,900
Lamers Bus Lines Inc.Green Bay, WI47,00047,000
Pioneer Coach Lines, Inc.Chicago, IL27,00027,000
Ready Bus LineLa Crescent, MN25,20025,200
Riteway Bus Service, Inc.Richfield, WI29,25029,250
Robinson CoachEvanston, IL28,87528,875
Seniors Unlimited Inc.Pontiac, MI26,55026,550
Van Galder Bus CompanyJanesville, WI95,00095,000
Wisconsin CoachWaukesha, WI74,25074,250
Region VI
Central Texas Trails Inc.Waco, TX12,60012,600
El ExpressoHouston, TX78,00078,000
Franklin Motorcoach ChartersSapulpa, OK39,60039,600
GreyhoundDallas, TX2,609,5122,609,512
Gulf Coast TransitHouston, TX36,00036,000
Hotard Motor Coach ServicesNew Orleans, LA36,00036,000
Kerrville Bus Co.San Antonio, TX87,80087,800
San Antonio City ToursSan Antonio, TX36,00036,000
Si Texas ToursBandera, TX44,34544,345
TNM&OLubbock, TX99,45399,453
Valley TransitHarlingen, TX99,45399,453
Region VII
Burlington TrailwaysW. Burlington, IA89,28389,283
Region VIII
No Applications
Region IX
All Aboard AmericaMesa, AZ20,71520,715
Antelope Valley BusLong Beach, CA180,540180,540
Arrow Stage LinesPhoenix, AZ35,95535,955
K-T Contract ServicesLas Vegas, NV71,91071,910
Pacific Coast Sightseeing ToursAnaheim, CA39,78039,780
Ryan's ExpressLas Vegas, NV23,33723,337
Showtime ToursLas Vegas, NV35,91035,910
Region X
Northwestern Stage LinesSpokane, WA40,05040,050
Wickkiser International Co.Ferndale, WA44,75944,759

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: November 9, 2004.

Jennifer L. Dorn,


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[FR Doc. 04-25419 Filed 11-15-04; 8:45 am]