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AGENCY:

Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of award.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects to be funded under Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 appropriations for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program (TTP), a program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Contact the appropriate FTA regional Tribal Liaison, (Appendix A) for application-specific information and issues. For general program information, contact Lorna R. Wilson, Office of Transit Programs, at (202) 366-2053, e-mail: Lorna.Wilson@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Tribal Transit Program (TTP) established by Section 3013(c)(1) SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-59 (August 10, 2005), under 49 U.S.C. 5311(c) makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the U.S. Department of the Interior for public transportation capital projects, operating costs and planning activities that are eligible costs under the Nonurbanized Area Formula Program (Section 5311).

A total of $12 million was made available for the program in FY 2008. In response to the FY 2008 NOFA, 89 Start Printed Page 77872applicants requested $24 million for new transit services, enhancement or expansion of existing transit services and planning studies including operational planning. Projects were selected through a competitive process based on each applicant's response to the program evaluation criteria outlined in FTA's May 21, 2008, Federal Register Notice: Notice of Funding Availability and Solicitation for FY 2008 TTP (73 FR 29569). FTA also took into consideration the current status of the FY 2006 and FY 2007 grants for tribes requesting continuation funding.

Because of the high demand, many applicants selected for funding will receive less funding than they requested to enable FTA to support an increased number of meritorious applications. Funds were only awarded to fund one year of the project. Tribes that sought funding for a multi-year project in response to the FY 2008 solicitation must submit a new application in response to the FY 2009 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in order to be considered for FY 2009 funding.

The selected projects provide $620,000 for transit planning studies and/or operational planning; $557,500 for startup projects for new transit service; and, $10,822,500 for enhancements or expansion of existing transit services. Each of the 71 awardees, as well as the applicants not selected for funding, will receive a letter detailing the funding decision. The successful applicants for FY 2008 are listed in Table I.

Following the publication of this notice, FTA's regional tribal liaison will contact each applicant selected for funding to discuss technical assistance needs. In the event the contact information provided in a tribe's FY 2008 application has changed, the tribe should contact the regional transit tribal liaison (listed in Appendix A) with the current information in order to expedite the grant award process.

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Issued in Washington, DC, this 8th day of December, 2008.

Sherry Little,

Acting Administrator.

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Appendix A—FTA Regional Offices and Tribal Transit Liaisons

Region I—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine—Richard H. Doyle, FTA Regional Administrator, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Kendall Square, 55 Broadway, Suite 920, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093, Phone: (617) 494-2055, Fax: (617) 494-2865, Regional Tribal Liaison (s): Laurie Ansaldi and Judi Molloy.

Region II—New York, New Jersey—Brigid Hynes-Cherin, FTA Regional Administrator, One Bowling Green, Room 429, New York, NY 10004-1415, Phone: (212) 668-2170, Fax: (212) 668-2136, Regional Tribal Liaison: Darin Allan.

Region III—Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Washington, DC, Letitia Thompson, FTA Regional Administrator, 1760 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124, Phone: (215) 656-7100, Fax: (215) 656-7260.

Region IV—Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands—Yvette G. Taylor, FTA Regional Administrator, 230 Peachtree St., N.W., Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30303, Tel.: 404-865-5600, Fax: 404-865-5605, Regional Tribal Liaisons: Jamie Pfister and James Garland.

Region V—Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan—Marisol R. Simon, FTA Regional Administrator, 200 West Adams Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60606-5232, Phone: (312) 353-2789, Fax: (312) 886-0351, Regional Tribal Liaisons: Joyce Taylor and Angelica Salgado.

Region VI—Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma—Robert Patrick, FTA Regional Administrator, 819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36, Ft. Worth, TX 76102, Phone: (817) 978-0550, Fax: (817) 978-0575, Regional Tribal Liaison: Lynn Hayes.

Region VII—Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri—Mokhtee Ahmad, FTA Regional Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 404, Kansas City, MO 64106, Phone: (816) 329-3920, Fax: (816) 329-3921, Regional Tribal Liaisons: Joni Roeseler and Cathy Monroe.

Region VIII—Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah—Terry Rosapep, FTA Regional Administrator, 12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 310, Lakewood, CO 80228-2583, Phone: (720) 963-3300, Fax: (720) 963-3333, Regional Tribal Liaisons: Jennifer Stewart and David Beckhouse.

Region IX—California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam—Leslie Rogers, FTA Regional Administrator, 201 Mission Street, Suite 1650, San Francisco, CA 94105-1926, Phone: (415) 744-3133, Fax: (415) 744-2726, Regional Tribal Liaison: Eric Eidlin.

Region X—Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska—Richard Krochalis, FTA Regional Administrator, Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142, Seattle, WA 98174-1002, Phone: (206) 220-7954, Fax: (206) 220-7959, Regional Tribal Liaison: Bill Ramos.

Table 1—FTA FY 2008 Allocation of Tribal Transit Program

TribeStateAwardID Number
Alabama-Quassarte Tribal TownWI25,000D2008-TRTR-9001
Blue Lake RancheriaCA120,000D2008-TRTR-9002
Bois Forte Band of Minnesota ChippewaMN20,000D2008-TRTR-9003
Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of AlaskaAK250,000D2008-TRTR-9004
Cher-Ae heights Indian Community of the Trinidad RancheriaCA25,000D2008-TRTR-9005
Cherokee NationOK250,000D2008-TRTR-9006
Cheyenne and Arapaho TribesOK25,000D2008-TRTR-9007
Cheyenne River Sioux TribeSD157,500D2008-TRTR-9008
Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's ReservationMT200,000D2008-TRTR-9009
Choctaw Nation of OklahomaOK158,000D2008-TRTR-9010
Coeur D' Alene TribeID225,000D2008-TRTR-9011
Comanche NationOK160,000D2008-TRTR-9012
Confederated Salish and Kootenai TribesMT250,000D2008-TRTR-9013
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama NationWA442,373D2008-TRTR-9014
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian ReservationWA155,000D2008-TRTR-9015
Confederated Tribes of the Grand RondeOR198,110D2008-TRTR-9016
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian ReservationOR200,000D2008-TRTR-9017
Cowlitz Indian Tribal HousingWA200,000D2008-TRTR-9018
Eastern Band of Cherokee NationNC172,900D2008-TRTR-9019
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of OklahomaMO25,000D2008-TRTR-9020
Fond du Lac Bank of Lake Superior ChippewaMN225,000D2008-TRTR-9021
Fort Belknap Indian CommunityMT218,000D2008-TRTR-9022
Georgetown Tribal CouncilAK25,000D2008-TRTR-9023
Gulkana Village CouncilAK200,000D2008-TRTR-9024
Kalispell Tribe of IndiansWA208,296D2008-TRTR-9025
Keweena Bay Indian CommunityMI25,000D2008-TRTR-9026
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Kiowa TribeOK262,000D2008-TRTR-9027
Klamath TribeOR150,000D2008-TRTR-9028
Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO)WI109,068D2008-TRTR-9029
Lower Brule Sioux TribeSD150,000D2008-TRTR-9030
Lower Elwha Klallam TribeWA25,000D2008-TRTR-9031
Lower Sioux Indian CommunityMN25,000D2008-TRTR-9032
Lummi NationWA200,000D2008-TRTR-9033
Menominee Indian Tribe of WisconsinWI25,000D2008-TRTR-9034
Mississippi Band of Choctaw IndiansMS192,000D2008-TRTR-9035
Muscogee (Creek) NationOK225,000D2008-TRTR-9036
Nez Perce TribeID250,000D2008-TRTR-9037
Northern Cheyenne ReservationMT157,500D2008-TRTR-9038
Oglala Sioux TribeSD300,000D2008-TRTR-9039
Ohkay OwingehNM155,000D2008-TRTR-9040
Orutsararmiut Native CouncilAK175,000D2008-TRTR-9041
Ponca Tribe of NebraskaNE216,500D2008-TRTR-9042
Ponca Tribe of OklahomaOK208,000D2008-TRTR-9043
Prairie Band Potawatomi NationKS225,000D2008-TRTR-9044
Pueblo of San IdefonsoNM25,000D2008-TRTR-9045
Pueblo of Santa AnaNM150,000D2008-TRTR-9046
Pueblos of Tesuque-North Central Regional Transit DistrictNM250,000D2008-TRTR-9047
Quechan Indian TribeAZ25,000D2008-TRTR-9048
Quinalut Indian NationWA200,000D2008-TRTR-9049
Reservation Transportation AuthorityCA400,000D2008-TRTR-9050
Rosebud Sioux TribeSD100,000D2008-TRTR-9051
Santa Clara puebloNM125,000D2008-TRTR-9052
Santee Sioux NationNE195,800D2008-TRTR-9053
Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa IndiansMI25,000D2008-TRTR-9054
Seminole NationOK220,000D2008-TRTR-9055
Sitka Tribe of AlaskaAK172,900D2008-TRTR-9056
Southern Ute Indian TribeCO157,000D2008-TRTR-9057
Spirit Lake TribeND250,000D2008-TRTR-9058
Spokane Tribe of IndiansWA25,000D2008-TRTR-9059
Squaxin Island TribeWA146,564D2008-TRTR-9060
Standing Rock Sioux TribeND225,000D2008-TRTR-9061
Stillaguamish Tribe of IndiansWA150,000D2008-TRTR-9062
Swinomish Indian Tribal CommunityWA225,000D2008-TRTR-9063
Tetlin Village CouncilAK225,000D2008-TRTR-9064
The Chickasaw NationOK300,000D2008-TRTR-9065
The Citizen Potawatomi NationOK276,000D2008-TRTR-9066
The Kickapoo Tribe in KansasKS25,000D2008-TRTR-9067
Turtle Mountain Band of ChippewaND225,000D2008-TRTR-9068
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee IndiansOK216,000D2008-TRTR-9069
Winnebago Tribe of NebraskaNE200,000D2008-TRTR-9070
Yurok TribeCA255,489D2008-TRTR-9071
Total Awarded$12,000,000$12,000,000
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[FR Doc. E8-30163 Filed 12-18-08; 8:45 am]

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