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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 (FY) 2006 appropriations for the Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program, authorized by 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 regulation.

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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 $7.4 million was made available for the program in FY 2006: $5.6 million for intercity fixed-route providers and $1.8 million for all other providers, such as commuter, charter, and tour operators. A total of 127 applicants requested $35.1 million: $17.3 million was requested by intercity fixed-route providers, and $17.8 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 successful applicants received less funding than they requested, and applicants with weaker applications were not selected for funding. The selected projects will provide funding for the incremental cost of adding lifts to 94 new vehicles, retrofitting 118 vehicles, and $70,765 for training. Each of the following 91 awardees, as well as the 36 applicants who were not selected for funding, will receive a letter that explains how funding decisions were made.

Award Amount

OperatorCity/stateIntercity fixed-routeOtherTotalProject ID
Region I:
Arrow LineSpringfield, MA$40,000$40,000D2006-OTRB-0001
Bonanza Bus LinesSpringfield, MA88,381D2006-OTRB-0002
Concord Coach Lines, IncConcord, NH90,60090,600D2006-OTRB-0003
Northeast Charter & Tour Co. IncLewiston, ME43,59943,599D2006-OTRB-0004
Peter Pan Bus LinesSpringfield, MA144,755144,755D2006-OTRB-0005
Plymouth & BrocktonPlymouth, MA55,62055,620D2006-OTRB-0006
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Premier Coach Company, IncColchester, VT28,40528,405D2006-OTRB-0007
Region II:
Adirondack TrailwaysHurley, NY157,500157,500D2006-OTRB-0008
Classic ToursLakewood, NJ29,17029,170D2006-OTRB-0009
Hampton Jitney, IncSouthampton, NY30,13730,137D2006-OTRB-0010
J&R Tours, LtdMount Vernon, NY25,20025,200D2006-OTRB-0011
Lion TrailwaysRio Grande, NJ58,00058,000D2006-OTRB-0012
Region III:
Anderson Coach & TravelGreenville, PA33,38933,389D2006-OTRB-0013
Butler Motor TransitButler, PA39,00039,000D2006-OTRB-0014
Capitol TrailwaysHarrisburg, PA110,900110,900D2006-OTRB-0015
David Thomas Tours, IncPhiladelphia, PA26,20026,200D2006-OTRB-0016
Dillon's Bus Service, IncMillersville, MD23,50023,500D2006-OTRB-0017
Edenfield StagesGreensburg, PA41,00041,000D2006-OTRB-0018
Fullington TrailwaysClearfield, PA86,23086,230D2006-OTRB-0019
Fun Tours, IncVirginia Beach, VA33,69233,692D2006-OTRB-0020
Gold Line, IncTuxedo, MD162,000162,000D2006-OTRB-0021
Keller Transportation, IncWaldorf, MD97,73097,730D2006-OTRB-0022
Lodestar Bus Lines, IncJohnstown, PA28,00028,000D2006-OTRB-0023
Martz TrailwaysWilkes-Barre, PA137,800137,800D2006-OTRB-0024
National Coach Works of VirginiaFredericksburg, VA40,00040,000D2006-OTRB-0025
Sun Coach Lines, LLCMcKeesport, PA26,49926,499D2006-OTRB-0026
Trans-Bridge LinesBethlehem, PA130,950130,950D2006-OTRB-0027
Region IV:
American Charters, LTDCharlotte, NC23,50023,500D2006-OTRB-0028
American Coach of AtlantaNorcross, GA23,50023,500D2006-OTRB-0029
American Coach Lines JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL26,20026,200D2006-OTRB-0030
American Coach Lines OrlandoOrlando, FL22,50022,500D2006-OTRB-0031
Angelic Tours and ShuttlesFayetteville, NC40,00040,000D2006-OTRB-0032
Burke International Tours, IncMaiden, NC25,39225,392D2006-OTRB-0033
Capital TrailwaysMontgomery, AL25,49225,492D2006-OTRB-0034
First Class Coach Company, IncSt. Petersburg, FL32,50032,500D2006-OTRB-0035
Florida Cruise Connection, IncSarasota, FL21,25021,250D2006-OTRB-0036
KTC Transportation Co., IncCharlotte, NC41,00041,000D2006-OTRB-0037
Magic Carpet RideVero Beach, FL24,90124,901D2006-OTRB-0038
Midnight Sun Tours, IncLake Worth, FL46,00046,000D2006-OTRB-0039
Morgan & Sons Week-End ToursGreensboro, NC41,00041,000D2006-OTRB-0040
Southern Coach CompanyDurham, NC29,80029,800D2006-OTRB-0041
Starkville Trailways, IncStarkville, MS46,85646,856D2006-OTRB-0042
Region V:
Able Trek Tours, IncReedsburg, WI15,00715,007D2006-OTRB-0043
Colonial Coach Lines, IncMt. Prospect, IL146,000146,000D2006-OTRB-0044
Indian Trails, IncOwosso, MI26,10026,100D2006-OTRB-0045
Jefferson LinesMinneapolis, MN77,60077,600D2006-OTRB-0046
K&K Bus Lines, IncMontgomery, IN25,00025,000D2006-OTRB-0047
Lakefront Lines, IncBrook Park, OH75,60075,600D2006-OTRB-0048
Minnesota Coaches, IncHastings, MN30,76030,760D2006-OTRB-0049
Prairie TrailwaysChicago, IL25,30025,300D2006-OTRB-0050
Ready Bus LineLa Crescent, MN25,96225,962D2006-OTRB-0051
Riteway Bus Service, IncRichfield, WI98,57798,577D2006-OTRB-0052
Wisconsin Coach LinesWaukesha, WI90,00090,000D2006-OTRB-0053
Region VI:
All Aboard AmericaSanta Fe, NM79,30079,300D2006-OTRB-0054
Americanos USA, LLCDallas, TX37,80037,800D2006-OTRB-0055
Arrow Trailways of TexasKilleen, TX23,46223,462D2006-OTRB-0056
Crucero USA, LLCDallas, TX113,400113,400D2006-OTRB-0057
El Expreso Bus Company, IncHouston, TX49,60049,600D2006-OTRB-0058
El Paso—Los Angeles Limousine Express, IncEl Paso, TX107,865107,865D2006-OTRB-0059
Greyhound Lines, IncDallas, TX2,803,9502,803,950D2006-OTRB-0060
Gulf Coast TransportationHouston, TX42,31042,310D2006-OTRB-0061
Kerrville Bus Co.San Antonio, TX48,60048,600D2006-OTRB-0062
Star Shuttle & CharterSan Antonio, TX40,11840,118D2006-OTRB-0063
TNM&OLubbock, TX83,70083,700D2006-OTRB-0064
Region VII:
Arrow Stage LinesNorfolk, NE28,00028,000D2006-OTRB-0065
B&B Tour & Charter, LLCKansas City, MO35,00035,000D2006-OTRB-0066
Burlington TrailwaysW. Burlington, IA83,98583,985D2006-OTRB-0067
Region VIII:
Ramblin Express, IncColorado Springs, CO26,20026,200D2006-OTRB-0068
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Region IX
Alan Waxler Group, IncLas Vegas, NV40,547D2006-OTRB-0069
All West Coachlines, LLCSacramento, CA39,15539,155D2006-OTRB-0070
Amador Stage LinesSacramento, CA90,02090,020D2006-OTRB-0071
Celebrity Coaches of AmericaLas Vegas, NV42,99042,990D2006-OTRB-0072
Chinese Hosts, IncLas Vegas, NV38,83738,837D2006-OTRB-0073
Coach USA Elko, LLCElko, NV40,95040,950D2006-OTRB-0074
Coach USA Los AngelesLong Beach, CA39,65539,655D2006-OTRB-0075
El Camino Charter Lines, IncSan Francisco, CA32,50032,500D2006-OTRB-0076
Franciscan LinesSan Francisco, CA36,95536,955D2006-OTRB-0077
Grand ToursLas Vegas, NV38,50038,500D2006-OTRB-0078
H&L Charter Co., IncRancho Cucamonga, CA26,20026,200D2006-OTRB-0079
LD Tours, LLCLas Vegas, NV42,00042,000D2006-OTRB-0080
Polynesian Adventure Tours, IncHonolulu, HI21,93221,932D2006-OTRB-0081
RDH Transportation Services, IncHonolulu, HI18,45118,451D2006-OTRB-0082
Ryan's Express TransportationN. Las Vegas, NV31,00031,000D2006-OTRB-0083
Silverado Stages, IncSan Luis Obispo, CA102,300102,300D2006-OTRB-0084
SolaztecaLos Angeles, CA33,40033,400D2006-OTRB-0085
Transportes IntercaliforniasLos Angeles, CA41,00041,000D2006-OTRB-0086
Triple J Tours, IncLas Vegas, NV21,99521,995D2006-OTRB-0087
Via Adventures, IncMerced, CA28,70628,706D2006-OTRB-0088
Region X:
Northwestern TrailwaysSpokane, WA36,00036,000D2006-OTRB-0089
Premier Alaska Tours, IncAnchorage, AK25,70025,700D2006-OTRB-0090
Wheatland Express, IncPullman, WA38,86338,863D2006-OTRB-0091
Total5,568,7501,856,2507,425,000

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 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (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. Awards are processed through FTA's electronic grants management system, TEAM-WEB, and the project ID listed will be used to track the obligation of funds for the projects selected. 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 in Washington, DC, this 28th day of November, 2006.

James S. Simpson,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E6-20426 Filed 12-1-06; 8:45 am]

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