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AGENCY:

Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION:

Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program announcement of Project Selections.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year 2006 appropriations for the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) program, authorized by Section 3021 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU) and codified in 49 U.S.C. 5320. The ATPPL program funds capital and planning expenses for alternative transportation systems in parks and public lands. Federal land management agencies and State, tribal and local governments acting with the consent of a Federal land management agency are eligible recipients. This is the first year of the ATPPL program. Funding is authorized for this program through FY 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Project sponsors who are State, local, or tribal entities may contact the appropriate FTA Regional Administrator (See Appendix A) for grant-specific issues. Project sponsors who are a Federal land management agency or a specific unit of a Federal land management agency should work with the contact listed below at their headquarters office to coordinate the availability of funds to that unit.

For general information about the Alternative Transportation in the Parks and Public Lands program, please contact Tina Hodges, Office of Budget and Policy, Federal Transit Administration, tina.hodges@dot.gov, 202-366-4287.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A total of $21,780,000 was appropriated for FTA's Alternative Transportation in the Parks and Public Lands program in Fiscal Start Printed Page 53741Year (FY) 2006. Of this amount, a minimum of $19,503,990 was available for project awards; $108,900 was reserved for oversight activities; and up to $2,167,110 was available for planning, technical assistance, research. A total of 78 applicants requested $40.5 million, approximately twice the amount available for projects, indicating high competition for funds. An interagency technical review committee evaluated the project proposals based on the criteria defined in 49 U.S.C. 5320(g)(2). Then, as specified in Section 5320(g), the Secretary of the Interior's designee determined the final selection of projects after consultation with and in cooperation with the Secretary of Transportation's designee. For FY 2006, the program will fund 42 projects totaling $19,631,170.

The goals of the program are to conserve natural, historical, and cultural resources; reduce congestion and pollution; improve visitor mobility and accessibility; enhance visitor experience; and ensure access to all, including persons with disabilities through alternative transportation projects. The projects selected for funding in FY 2006 represent a diverse set of capital and planning projects across the country, ranging from bus purchases to a ferry dock.

Awards

StatePublic land unitAgencyFunding recipientType of projectProject descriptionFY 2006 funding
AKChugach National ForestForest ServiceAlaska RailroadRailroadPurchase Diesel Multiple Unit Rail vehicles to provide rail service to recreation areas in Chugach National Forest$4,700,000
AKGlacier Bay National Park and PreserveNational Park ServiceState of AlaskaBoat DockReplace the existing passenger and freight dock1,200,000
AZGrand Canyon National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceBusRebuild the Hermits Road Shuttle Bus transfer area733,050
CAInyo National Forest, Devils Postpile National MonumentForest ServiceForest ServicePlanning StudyFeasibility study for implementation of a sustainable transportation system for Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile167,000
CAMuir Woods National Monument/Golden Gate National Recreation AreaNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceIntelligent Transportation SystemDesign and build electronic warning signs, traffic counters, highway advisory radio, web cameras, a centralized management software package, and other equipment as necessary490,000
CAMuir Woods National Monument/Golden Gate National Recreation AreaNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudySecure consultant services for planning effort to address visitor access issues at Muir Woods National Monument (managed by Golden Gate National Recreation Area)500,000
CAPoint Reyes National SeashoreNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyFund an implementation feasibility study and financial plan for the upgrade of an existing park shuttle system to an alternate-fuel system for the heavily visited Point Reyes Headlands175,000
CASan Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Golden Gate National Recreation AreaNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyPlanning to extend San Francisco Municipal Railway's Historic streetcars from Fisherman's Wharf 0.85 mile to San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and the Fort Mason Center at Golden Gate Nat'l Recreation Area300,000
CASequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceBusLease busses for the Giant Forest Shuttle and Gateway Shuttle Link to connect key sites within Sequoia National Park lodging, camping, food service facilities, popular day use trails, and features of the world-famous Giant Forest Sequoia grove165,000
CASequoia and Kings Canyon National ParkNational Park ServiceCity of VisaliaBusPurchase five shuttle busses for the City of Visalia to run a new service from the San Joaquin Valley to popular Sequoia National Park400,000
CAYosemite National ParkNational Park ServiceYosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS)Park and Ride LotConstruct two park and ride lots to allow visitors to park and use the YARTS service to access the national park, mitigating congestion within the park582,579
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CAYosemite National parkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyUpdate traffic, transit, parking, and intersection counts; (2) update existing trip tables; (3) update and complete computer models; (4) evaluate the relationships between transportation and park experience; (5) correlate visitor experience with traffic data486,000
COMesa Verde National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyFund the remaining planning tasks and allow the Transportation Plan to be completed in early 200757,868
CORocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife RefugeFish and Wildlife ServiceCity of Commerce CityPlanning StudyConduct a shuttle feasibility study that would determine if a shuttle is needed40,000
COThe Maroon Bells—Snowmass Wilderness Area, White River National Forest, ColoradoForest ServiceRoaring Forks Transit AuthorityBusPurchase four buses to expand transit service to visitors1,680,000
FLDing Darling National Wildlife RefugeFish and Wildlife ServiceLee County TransitPlanning StudyPlanning, technical analyses, and coordination of transportation system700,000
HIHawaii Volcanoes National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyData collection/studies and resource surveys for potential alternative transportation system along two primary roads where congestion and over-crowding are causing resource damage and compromising visitor safety and experience120,000
ID, WYGrand Teton National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyCreate a Public Transportation Business Plan for public transportation service in Grand Teton National Park99,934
ILMidewin National Tallgrass PrairieForest ServiceForest ServicePlanning StudyDevelop an alternative transportation system plan for the prairie256,600
KSTall Grass Prairie National PreserveNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceBusReplace two existing buses used for park tours280,000
MACape Cod National SeashoreNational Park ServiceCape Cod Regional Transit AuthorityBus/Intelligent Transportation SystemPurchase ITS communication equipment to allow timed transfers and coordination of local transit service175,000
MACape Cod National SeashoreNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyDefine the needs and evaluate alternative satellite maintenance/storage sites for a transit service to be implemented200,000
MACape Cod National SeashoreNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceTramReplace three trailers for trams to transport visitors to destinations within and near the National Seashore400,000
MALowell National Historical ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceRailroadAddress safety issues: (1) signalization of grade crossings, (2) rehabilitate trolley bridge, (3) replace deteriorated railroad ties and substandard rails338,000
MAParker River National Wildlife Refuge, Essex County National Heritage Area, MA DCR Sandy PointFish and Wildlife ServiceEssex National Heritage CommissionPlanning StudyDevelop a plan to complete safe, off-road connections between the Newburyport MBTA Transit Center, the Refuge Headquarters and the Refuge95,000
MDPatuxent Research RefugeFish and Wildlife ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceTramRehabilitate existing prototype electric tram and tram tour route108,639
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MEAcadia National ParkNational Park ServiceMaine Department of TransportationBusPurchase two vans with trailers for bicycles for Acadia's Island Explorer transit system, allowing visitors to better access recreation opportunities in the park without private cars120,000
MEAcadia National ParkNational Park ServiceMaine Department of TransportationBusReplace eight propane powered buses for Acadia's Island Explorer transit system, which connects visitor destinations in the park with campgrounds, motels, and community business districts1,400,000
NJGateway National Recreation Area—Sandy HookNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyFund a planning study to assess needs and establish a set of integrated intelligent transportation system (ITS) parking/traveling information systems requirements150,000
NYRoosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic SitesNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyDesign a three-year phased field-test of an alternative transportation system that links the four park sites with the Town Center and the Poughkeepsie Train Station; structure a regional ATS partnership68,000
OHCuyahoga Valley National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceDesignPrepare design documents to allow for upgrade of railroad signals at grade crossings of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad170,000
OHCuyahoga Valley National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceDesignDevelop plans to rehabilitate existing rail in Cuyahoga National Park185,000
OHCuyahoga Valley National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceMaintenance VehiclePurchase a railroad maintenance vehicle to maintain 51 miles of railroad track170,000
OHCuyahoga Valley National ParkNational Park ServiceCuyahoga Valley Scenic RailroadRailroadPurchase an additional ADA accessible railcar373,000
ORLewis and Clark National Historical ParkNational Park ServiceSunset Empire Transportation DistrictBusFund shuttle bus leasing from the park's partner, Sunset Empire Transit District50,000
ORMt. Hood National ForestForest ServiceOregon Department of TransportationPlanning StudyPlanning for a new alternative transportation system to provide transportation to and within Mt. Hood National Forest in order to reduce congestion on U.S. Highway 26100,000
PRSan Juan National Historic SiteNational Park ServiceCodevisa Transit with municipality of San JuanBusPurchase two small trams that would be operated by the municipality of San Juan to provide transportation between the two forts640,000
TXSanta Ana National Wildlife RefugeFish and Wildlife ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBusReplace current tram at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge510,000
VABack Bay National Wildlife RefugeFish and Wildlife ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBusPurchase two alternative-fueled specialty trams that will replace the antiquated tram system presently used to transport visitors through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to adjoining False Cape State Park160,000
VAShenandoah National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceBusPurchase an ADA accessible bus to replace existing leased vehicle60,000
VTMarsh-Billing-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Town of WoodstockNational Park ServiceNational Park ServicePlanning StudyPerform a fiscal analysis study that will investigate a system to shuttle visitors, including elderly and mobility impaired, from points within the Woodstock community to the park visitor center78,500
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WANorth Cascades National ParkNational Park ServiceNational Park ServiceBusPurchase 4 buses to replace old buses that transport visitors within the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area947,000
Total$19,631,170

Applying for Funds

Recipients who are State or local government entities will be required to apply for ATPPL funds electronically through FTA's electronic grant award and management system, TEAM. The content of these grant applications must reflect the approved proposal. (Note: Applications for the ATPPL program do not require Department of Labor Certification.) Upon grant award, payments to grantees will be made by electronic transfer to the grantee's financial institution through the Electronic Clearing House Operation (ECHO) system. Staff in FTA's Regional offices are available to assist applicants.

Recipients who are Federal land management agencies will be required to enter into an interagency agreement with FTA. FTA will administer one interagency agreement with each Federal land management agency receiving funding through the program for all of that agency's projects. Individual units of Federal land management agencies should work with the contact at their headquarters office listed above to coordinate the availability of funds to that unit.

Program Requirements

Section 5320 requires funding recipients to meet certain requirements. For FY 2006, FTA has developed interim requirements that reflect existing statutory and regulatory provisions. These can be found in the document “Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program: Requirements for Recipients of FY 2006 Funding” available at http://www.fta.dot.gov/​atppl. These requirements are incorporated into the grant agreements and inter-agency agreements used to fund the selected projects.

Pre-Award Authority

Pre-award authority allows an agency that will receive a grant or interagency agreement to incur certain project costs prior to receipt of the grant or interagency agreement and retain eligibility of the costs for subsequent reimbursement after the grant or agreement is approved. The recipient assumes all risk and is responsible for ensuring that all conditions are met to retain eligibility, including compliance with Federal requirements such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), SAFETEA-LU planning requirements, and provisions established in the grant contract or Interagency Agreement. This automatic pre-award spending authority, when triggered, permits a grantee to incur costs on an eligible transit capital or planning project without prejudice to possible future Federal participation in the cost of the project or projects. Under the authority provided in 49 U.S.C. 5320(h), FTA is extending pre-award authority for FY 2006 ATTPL projects effective as of August 28, 2006, when the projects were publicly announced.

The conditions under which pre-award authority may be utilized are specified below:

a. Pre-award authority is not a legal or implied commitment that the project(s) will be approved for FTA assistance or that FTA will obligate Federal funds. Furthermore, it is not a legal or implied commitment that all items undertaken by the applicant will be eligible for inclusion in the project(s).

b. All FTA statutory, procedural, and contractual requirements must be met.

c. No action will be taken by the grantee that prejudices the legal and administrative findings that the Federal Transit Administrator must make in order to approve a project.

d. Local funds expended pursuant to this pre-award authority will be eligible for reimbursement if FTA later makes a grant or interagency agreement for the project(s). Local funds expended by the grantee prior to August 28, 2006 will not be eligible for credit toward local match or reimbursement. Furthermore, the expenditure of local funds on activities such as land acquisition, demolition, or construction, prior to the completion of the NEPA process, would compromise FTA's ability to comply with Federal environmental laws and may render the project ineligible for FTA funding.

e. When a grant for the project is subsequently awarded, the Financial Status Report, in TEAM-Web, must indicate the use of pre-award authority, and the pre-award item in the project information section of TEAM should be marked “yes.”

Reporting Requirements

All recipients must submit quarterly milestone/progress reports to FTA containing the following information:

(1) Narrative description of project(s); and,

(2) discussion of all budget and schedule changes.

State and local government entities should submit this information through FTA's TEAM grants management system.

The headquarters office for each Federal land management agency should collect a quarterly report for each of the projects delineated in the interagency agreement and then send these reports (preferably by e-mail) to Henrika Buchanan-Smith, FTA Office of Transit Programs, Henrika.Buchanan-Smith@dot.gov; 202-366-2053; 400 7th St., SW., Room 9315; Washington, DC 20590. Examples can be found on the program Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/​atppl. The quarterly reports are due to FTA on the dates noted below:

QuarterCoveringDue date
1st Quarter ReportOctober 1-December 31January 31.
2nd Quarter ReportJanuary 1-March 31April 30.
3rd Quarter ReportApril 1-June 30July 31.
4th Quarter ReportJuly 1-September 31October 31.
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In order to allow FTA to compute aggregate program performance measures as required by the President's Management Agenda, FTA requests that all recipients of funding for capital projects under the ATPPL program submit the following information annually:

  • Annual visitation to the land unit;
  • Annual number of persons who use the alternative transportation system (ridership/usage);
  • An estimate of the number of vehicle trips mitigated based on alternative transportation system usage and the typical number of passengers per vehicle;
  • Cost per passenger; and,
  • A note of any special services offered for those systems with higher costs per passenger but more amenities.

State and local government entities should submit this information as part of their fourth quarter report through FTA's TEAM grants management system.

Federal land management agencies should also send this information as part of their fourth quarter report (preferably by e-mail), to Henrika Buchanan-Smith, FTA, Henrika.Buchanan-Smith@dot.gov; 202-366-5080; 400 7th St., SW.; Room 9315; Washington, DC 20590. Examples can be found on the program Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/​atppl.

Oversight

Recipients of FY 2006 ATPPL funds will be required to certify that they will comply with all applicable Federal and FTA programmatic requirements. FTA direct grantees will complete this certification as part of the annual Certification and Assurances package, and Federal Land Management Agency recipients will complete the certification by signing the interagency agreement. This certification is the basis for oversight reviews conducted by FTA.

The Secretary of Transportation and FTA have elected not to apply the triennial review requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5307(h)(2) to ATPPL recipients that are other Federal agencies. Instead, working with the existing oversight systems at the Federal Land Management Agencies, FTA will perform periodic reviews of specific projects funded by the ATPPL program. These reviews will ensure that projects meet the basic statutory, administrative, and regulatory requirements as stipulated by this notice and the certification. To the extent possible, these reviews will be coordinated with other reviews of the project. FTA direct grantees of ATPPL funds (State, local and tribal government entities) will be subject to all applicable triennial, State management, civil rights, and other reviews.

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Issued in Washington, DC, this 5th day of September, 2006.

James S. Simpson,

Administrator.

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Appendix A—FTA Regional Offices

Region I

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

Region II

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

Region III

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

Region IV

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

Region V

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Marisol Simon, FTA Regional Administrator, 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60606-5232, (312) 353-2789.

Region VI

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

Region VII

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

Region VIII

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Lee Waddleton, FTA Regional Administrator, 12300 West Dakota, Suite 310, Lakewood, CO 80228-2583, (720) 963-3300.

Region IX

American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, 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

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

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