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AGENCY:

Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

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 (FY) 2007 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.

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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 Scott Faulk, Office of Program Management, Federal Transit Administration, scott.faulk@fdot.gov, 202-366-1660.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A total of $23,000,000 was appropriated for FTA's ATPPL program in FY 2007. Of this amount, a maximum of $20,596,500 was available for project awards; $115,000 was reserved for oversight activities; and up to $2,300,000 was available for planning, research, and technical assistance. A total of 81 applicants requested $55 million, more than twice the amount available for projects, indicating strong 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 2007, the program will fund 46 projects totaling $19,788,840.

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 2007 represent a diverse Start Printed Page 58366set of capital and planning projects across the country, ranging from bus purchases to a ferry dock.

FY2007 ATPPL Project Selection

StateLand unit/agencyProject descriptionProject typeFunding recipientAmount ($)
AKGlacier Bay NP and Preserve/National Park ServiceReplace the existing Gustavus passenger and freight dockBoat/Ferry/DockDirect Grant to Alaska Department of Transportation (D2007-ATPL-001)$3,000,000
AKTongass National Forest/United States Forest ServiceDesign, procure, and implement an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)OtherInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service500,000
AZGrand Canyon National Park/National Park ServiceImplement an ITS that promotes transit use and reduced congestionOtherInteragency Agreement with National Park Service193,000
AZCoronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area/United States Forest ServiceFund a transportation analysis and feasibility studyPlanningInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service180,000
CAMuir Woods National Monument of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park ServiceLease ten clean fuel shuttle buses for Muir Woods shuttle service and improve the Muir Woods Centennial transit stopBusInteragency Agreement with National Park Service492,500
CASequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks/National Park ServiceLease five 30′ shuttle buses for the Giant Forest Shuttle System in Sequoia National ParkBusInteragency Agreement with National Park Service225,000
CAInyo National Forest Devils Postpile National Monument/United States Forest Service and National Park ServiceCapital cost of leasing ten buses for the Red Meadows-Devils Postpile transit system Funds also to be used for visitor information on the transit systemBusInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service100,000
CAYosemite National Park/National Park ServiceLease Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) VehiclesBusInteragency Agreement with National Park Service264,600
CAYosemite National Park/National Park ServiceComplete park wide Integrated Transportation Capacity AssessmentPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service621,600
CAGolden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park ServicePrepare operational plan for the Fort Baker ShuttlePlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service70,000
CASan Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park ServicePrepare Environmental Impact Statement for the extension of the San Francisco Municipal Railway Historic Streetcar Route/LinePlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service493,000
COThe Maroon Bells—Snowmass Wilderness Area, White River National Forest/United States Forest ServicePurchase 2 hybrid electric low-floor buses and advance ITS technology initiatives to make transit within Maroon Bells, Snowmass Wilderness Area, and White River National Forest more efficient and user-friendlyBusDirect Grant to Roaring Fork Alternative Transportation Authority (D2007-ATPL-002)1,300,000
COU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rocky Mountain/Fish and Wildlife ServiceBus acquisition to facilitate alternative transportation within Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife RefugeBusInteragency Agreement with Fish and Wildlife Service171,720
CORocky Mountain National Park/National Park ServiceModel the effects of alternative transportation on resource protection and visitor experience in Rocky Mountain National ParkPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service298,817
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FLGulf Islands National Seashore/National Park ServiceFund the Fort Pickens/Gateway Community Alternative Transportation PlanPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service250,000
MACape Cod National Seashore/National Park ServicePurchase five 30′ low-floor mini-busesVehicle replacementInteragency Agreement with National Park Service1,850,000
MACape Cod National Seashore/National Park ServicePurchase a tram to facilitate alternative transportationTram/TrolleyInteragency Agreement with National Park Service450,000
MALowell National Historic Park/National Park ServiceFund maintenance and safety improvements to the existing 1.5-mile trolley systemTram/TrolleyInteragency Agreement with National Park Service409,650
MAMonomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Cod National Seashore/National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife ServiceFund a planning study that focuses on the expansion of alternative transportation in Outer and Lower Cape CodPlanningInteragency Agreement with Fish and Wildlife Service100,000
MACape Cod National Seashore/National Park ServiceFund a study that develops an integrated parking and transit planPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service250,000
MABoston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area/National Park ServiceRehabilitate the Ferry Hub Pier at Georges IslandPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service100,000
MDFort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site/National Park ServiceReconfigure a transit vehicle node, which will provide a safe visitor access point to the parkOtherInteragency Agreement with National Park Service292,500
MDFort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site/National Park ServiceConduct a feasibility study to evaluate a circular trolley/transit system connecting Baltimore's Inner Harbor with Fort McHenry National ParkPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service72,000
MD etcMultiple Wildlife Refuges in Northeast (Region 5)/Fish and Wildlife ServiceResearch and design of a low environmental impact tramPlanningInteragency Agreement with Fish and Wildlife Service248,000
MD/VAChincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island National Seashore/Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park ServiceConduct a comprehensive transportation planning studyPlanningInteragency Agreement with Fish and Wildlife Service270,000
MEAcadia National Park/National Park ServicePurchase six propane busesVehicle replacementDirect Grant to Maine Department of Transportation (D2007-ATPL-003)1,096,500
MEAcadia National Park/National Park ServiceFund a study that evaluates existing conditions at all bus stops within Acadia National Park, and identify alternative designs and strategies to improve bus stops that pose a risk to visitor safetyPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service80,000
MIHiawatha National Forest—Alger County Public Transit/United States Forest ServiceReplace a passenger ferry, purchase a tour bus, rehabilitate a ferry dock, and construct a terminal facilityBusInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service575,000
MTGlacier National Park and Blackfeet Indian Reservation/National Park ServicePurchase transit vehicles for Glacier National Park Transit SystemBusInteragency Agreement with National Park Service1,200,000
NJSandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area/National Park ServiceFund feasibility study on upgrading the Sandy Hook National Park's shuttle bus servicePlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service50,000
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NVHumboldt-Toiyabe National Forest/Spring Mountain National Recreation Area/United States Forest ServiceFund a pilot ski season shuttle project and provide operational data for bus service between Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard ResortBusInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service168,300
NYRoosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site/National Park ServiceFund a multi-year, seasonal field test at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic SiteBusInteragency Agreement with National Park Service226,800
NYFire Island National Seashore/National Park ServiceRedesign and construct a ferry terminal/visitor transportation centerBoat/Ferry/DockInteragency Agreement with National Park Service200,000
OHCuyahoga Valley National Park/National Park ServiceUpgrade Rockside Railroad Boarding Station AreaPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service187,000
ORLewis and Clark National Historical Park/National Park ServiceFund shuttle bus leasing from Sunset Empire Transit DistrictBusInteragency Agreement with National Park Service43,000
PAGettysburg National Military Park; Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Soldiers National Cemetery/National Park ServiceProcure three trolleys and construct eight bus stopsBusDirect Grant to Adams County Transit Authority (D2007-ATPL-004)787,353
PAValley Forge National Historical Park/National Park ServiceFund a pilot shuttle bus program at Valley Forge National Historical ParkPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service168,000
TNKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park/National Park ServiceConduct a technical review of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park shuttle bus servicePlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service25,000
TXLower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife RefugePurchase 10 transit vehicles to facilitate ecotourism at Texas parks, wildlife refuges, and the World Birding CenterTram/TrolleyInteragency Agreement with Fish and Wildlife Service400,000
UTBureau of Land Management Moab Field Office, Arches National Park/Bureau of Land Management and National Park ServiceConstruct transit hub to be located on the north end of Moab near the banks of the Colorado RiverOtherDirect Grant to Grand County, Utah (D2007-ATPL-005)774,000
UTZion National Park/National Park ServiceExpansion of the Zion shuttle system's Visitor Center shuttle bus stopOtherInteragency Agreement with National Park Service151,500
UTWasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District/United States Forest ServiceFund a transportation feasibility study for the Salt Lake City Tri-Canyons, Albion Basin areaPlanningInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service204,000
UTZion National Park/National Park ServiceFund Zion National Park Shuttle Service Planning StudyPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service150,000
VAColonial National Park/National Park ServiceConduct visitor survey and enhance operations for current transit systemPlanningInteragency Agreement with National Park Service95,000
WAWenatachee National Forest/United States Forest Service and National Park ServiceRedesign the Lake Chelan Dock infrastructurePlanningInteragency Agreement with United States Forest Service and National Park Service5,000
WYNational Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park/Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park ServiceConstruct a 4.2 mile trail system from National Elk Refuge Visitor Center to the end of the National Elk RefugeNon-motorizedDirect Grant to Teton County (D2007-ATPL-006)1,000,000
Total19,788,840
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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. Program requirements can be found in the document “Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program: Requirements for Recipients of FY 2007 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 2007 ATTPL projects effective as of October 15, 2007, 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 October 15, 2007 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 Scott Faulk, FTA Office of Transit Programs, scott.faulk@dot.gov; 202-366-1660; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.; E44-417; 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.

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 Scott Faulk, FTA, scott.faulk@dot.gov; 202-366-1660; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.; E44-417; Washington, DC 20590. Examples can be found on the program Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/​atppl. Start Printed Page 58370

Oversight

Recipients of FY 2007 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 October, 2007.

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 and New York. Brigid Hynes-Cherin, 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. Letitia Thompson, 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, Tennessee, and Virgin Islands. Yvette Taylor, FTA Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Suite 17T50, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 865-5600.

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. Terry Rosapep, 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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