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Announcement of Fiscal Year 2016 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program Project Selections

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Federal Transit Administration.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 appropriations for the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (Bus Program), as authorized by Federal transit law. A total of $210,990,000 is available for competitive allocations in FY 2016. On March 29, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (81 FR 17553) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the Bus Program. These program funds will provide financial assistance to states and eligible public agencies to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Successful applicants should contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office for information regarding applying for the funds or program-specific information. A list of Regional Offices can be found at www.fta.dot.gov. Unsuccessful applicants may contact Sam Snead, Office of Program Management at (202) 366-1089, email: Samuel.Snead@dot.gov, to arrange a proposal debriefing within 30 days of this announcement. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In response to the NOFO, FTA received 284 project proposals from 47 states requesting $1.64 billion in Federal funds, or nearly eight dollars requested for each dollar available, indicating Start Printed Page 70483significant demand for funding for buses and bus facility projects. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responsiveness to the program evaluation criteria outlined in the NOFO.

FTA is funding 61 projects, as shown in Table 1, for a total of $210,990,000. Recipients selected for competitive funding should work with their FTA Regional Office to submit a grant application in FTA's Transit Award Management System (TrAMs) for the projects identified in the attached table. Funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible capital purposes established in the NOFO and described in the FTA Circular 9030.1E.

In cases where the allocation amount is less than the proposer's total requested amount, recipients are required to fund the scalable project option as described in the application. If the award amount does not correspond to the scalable option, for example due to a cap on the award amount, the recipient should work with the Regional Office to reduce scope or scale the project such that a complete phase or project is accomplished. Recipients are reminded that program requirements such as cost sharing or local match can be found in the NOFO. A discretionary project identification number has been assigned to each project for tracking purposes and must be used in the TrAMs application.

Selected projects are eligible to incur costs under pre-award authority no earlier than the date projects were publicly announced, September 8, 2016. Pre-award authority does not guarantee that project expenses incurred prior to the award of a grant will be eligible for reimbursement, as eligibility for reimbursement is contingent upon other requirements, such as planning and environmental requirements, having been met. For more about FTA's policy on pre-award authority, please see the FTA Fiscal Year 2016 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information and Interim Guidance found in 81 FR 7893 (February 16, 2016). Post-award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal Financial Report and Milestone progress reports in TrAMs as appropriate (see FTA.C.5010.1D and C9030.1E). Recipients must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements in carrying out the project supported by the FTA grant. FTA emphasizes that recipients must follow all third-party procurement guidance, as described in FTA.C.4220.1F. Funds allocated in this announcement must be obligated in a grant by September 30, 2019.

Technical Review and Evaluation Summary: FTA assessed all project proposals that were submitted under the FY 2016 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities competition according to the following evaluation criteria. The specific metrics for each criterion were described in the March 29, 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO):

1. Demonstration of Need

2. Demonstration of Benefits

3. Project Implementation Strategy

4. Planning/Local Prioritization

5. Local Financial Commitment

6. Technical, Legal, and Financial Capacity

For each project, a technical review panel assigned a rating of Highly Recommended, Recommended or Not Recommended for each of the six criteria. The technical review panel then assigned an overall rating of Highly Recommended, Recommended, Not Recommended or Ineligible to the project proposal.

Projects were assigned a final overall rating of Highly Recommended if they were rated Highly Recommended in the Demonstration of Need and Demonstration of Benefits criteria and at least four categories overall, with no “Not Recommended” ratings. Projects were assigned a final overall rating of Recommended if the project had no more than one Not Recommended rating among the six criteria and at least Recommended for Demonstration of Need and Demonstration of Benefits. Projects were assigned a rating of a Not Recommended if they received Not Recommended rating in two or more criteria, or received a rating of Not Recommended for any one among the Demonstration of Need, Demonstration of Benefits, or Technical/Financial/Legal Capacity criteria. A summary of the overall scores is shown in the table below.

Overall Project Ratings (All Submissions):

Highly Recommended36 projects
Recommended158
Not Recommended77
Ineligible13
Total284

As outlined in the NOFO, FTA made the final selections based on the technical ratings as well geographic diversity, diversity in the size of the transit systems, and/or receipt of other recent competitive awards. As further outlined in the NOFO, in some cases, due to funding limitations, proposers that were selected for funding received less than the amount originally requested. FTA was able to fund all the Highly Recommended projects, excluding applicants that already received FY 2016 Low and No Emission Grant Funding awarded under this NOFO. None of the projects that received an overall rating of Not Recommended or Ineligible were selected for funding.

In the interest of geographic diversity, FTA awarded funding to at least one project in each state that submitted a project rated at least recommended. These projects were selected based on their technical rating, while also considering the amount requested and directing at least 10% of the program funding to projects in rural areas, as required by law.

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5339(b).

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Carolyn Flowers,

Acting Administrator.

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Table 1—FY 16 Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competition Project Selections

StateRecipientProject IDProject descriptionAllocationProject rating
AKFairbanks North Star BoroughD2016-BUSP-001Renovate and expand bus maintenance and storage facility12,800,000Highly Recommended.
ALBirmingham-Jefferson County Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-002Purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) bus405,000Recommended.
ARCentral Arkansas Transit Authority dba Rock Region METROD2016-BUSP-003Purchase CNG buses1,653,498Recommended.
AZN. Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation AuthorityD2016-BUSP-004Purchase hybrid diesel-electric buses2,202,522Highly Recommended.
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AZYavapai-Apache NationD2016-BUSP-005Purchase 15-passenger van; construct bus stop shelters105,000Highly Recommended.
CACalifornia Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-006Construct new bus maintenance facility4,280,512Highly Recommended.
CAFoothill TransitD2016-BUSP-007Design and construct transit center at Mount San Antonio College7,240,000Highly Recommended.
CALos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityD2016-BUSP-008Purchase CNG replacement buses, install related CNG infrastructure, workforce development10,500,000Highly Recommended.
CAMarin County Transit DistrictD2016-BUSP-009Design and construct vehicle maintenance and storage facility; workforce development4,400,000Highly Recommended.
CAMonterey-Salinas TransitD2016-BUSP-010Purchase replacement buses; workforce development and training3,687,100Highly Recommended.
CASacramento Regional Transit DistrictD2016-BUSP-011Purchase CNG fueled replacement buses695,088Highly Recommended.
CASacramento Regional Transit DistrictD2016-BUSP-012Replace CNG fueling equipment at bus maintenance facility400,000Highly Recommended.
CASan Joaquin Regional Transit DistrictD2016-BUSP-013Purchase replacement hybrid diesel-electric buses8,284,000Highly Recommended.
CASan Luis Obispo Regional Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-014Design and construct new downtown transit center to replace current facility4,000,000Highly Recommended.
CASanta Barbara Metropolitan Transit DistrictD2016-BUSP-015Purchase replacement buses5,680,905Highly Recommended.
COMesa CountyD2016-BUSP-016Purchase replacement buses208,000Highly Recommended.
FLHillsborough Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-017Purchase CNG buses4,273,771Recommended.
GAChatham Area Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-018Purchase paratransit vehicles1,608,880Highly Recommended.
HIState of Hawaii, Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-019Purchase replacement transit vehicles960,000Recommended.
IAIowa Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-020Purchase transit vehicles for rural operators4,273,771Recommended.
ILRock Island Co. Metropolitan Mass Transit DistrictD2016-BUSP-021Purchase CNG buses391,000Recommended.
INCity of ColumbusD2016-BUSP-022Purchase of small heavy duty transit vehicles728,000Recommended.
KYKentucky Transportation CabinetD2016-BUSP-023Purchase transit vehicles for rural service5,823,974Highly Recommended.
MAMassachusetts Bay Transportation AuthorityD2016-BUSP-024Construct New Quincy Center bus terminal and intermodal enhancements4,273,771Recommended.
MDMaryland Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-025Rehabilitate transit buses; workforce training533,575Recommended.
MEMaine Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-026Purchase replacement buses1,441,600Recommended.
MIMass Transportation Authority (Flint, MI)D2016-BUSP-027Purchase CNG transit buses; workforce development12,800,000Highly Recommended.
MNMetropolitan Council Metro TransitD2016-BUSP-028Purchase low floor buses103,515Recommended.
MOCity Utilities of Springfield, MissouriD2016-BUSP-029Purchase buses; workforce development3,870,960Highly Recommended.
MOKansas City Area Transportation AuthorityD2016-BUSP-030Purchase buses8,986,350Highly Recommended.
MTConfederated Salish and Kootenai TribesD2016-BUSP-031Purchase buses and vans; workforce development681,450Highly Recommended.
NCCity of GreensboroD2016-BUSP-032Renovate ticketing, call center, and waiting areas at the J. Douglas Galyon Depot960,000Recommended.
NDNorth Dakota Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-033Purchase replacement rural transit vehicles and two intercity bus vehicles844,000Recommended.
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NETransit Authority of the City of OmahaD2016-BUSP-034Purchase low floor, CNG buses and maintenance equipment; workforce development2,424,240Recommended.
NHNew Hampshire Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-035Purchase heavy-duty transit bus382,500Recommended.
NJNew Jersey Transit CorporationD2016-BUSP-036Construct new bus terminal2,656,452Recommended.
NMCity of Las CrucesD2016-BUSP-037Purchase buses for vehicle replacement and service expansion1,134,750Recommended.
NYNew York City Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-038Construct a combination of bus lanes, stations, refurbished bus stops and transfer points, safety improvements, and transit signal priority and signal timing changes4,273,771Recommended.
OHOhio Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-039Purchase replacement transit vehicles for rural service6,691,634Highly Recommended.
OKCentral Oklahoma Transportation and Parking AuthorityD2016-BUSP-040Purchase CNG replacement buses1,932,000Highly Recommended.
OKOklahoma Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-041Purchase replacement ADA transit vehicles3,590,154Highly Recommended.
ORCity of Wilsonville—SMART TransitD2016-BUSP-042Purchase low-floor 30-foot replacement bus320,000Highly Recommended.
PARiver Valley Transit (Williamsport, AA)D2016-BUSP-043Purchase CNG replacement buses2,040,000Highly Recommended.
PASoutheastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)D2016-BUSP-044Rehabilitate Wissahickon Transit Center4,000,000Highly Recommended.
PATransportation and Motor Buses for Public Use Authority (Altoona, PA)D2016-BUSP-045Purchase replacement transit buses864,000Highly Recommended.
RIRhode Island Public Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-046Construct New Goff Avenue bus hub and passenger facility and transit corridor improvements5,636,745Highly Recommended.
SCBerkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of GovernmentsD2016-BUSP-047Purchase 40ft low-floor commuter style coaches and related equipment6,153,600Highly Recommended.
SDCity of Sioux FallsD2016-BUSP-048Rehabilitate downtown transit station1,145,850Highly Recommended.
TNMemphis Area Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-049Purchase replacement transit buses4,273,771Recommended.
TXCapital Metropolitan Transportation AuthorityD2016-BUSP-050Purchase replacement transit vehicles11,249,240Highly Recommended.
TXCity of Laredo & Laredo Transit Management IncD2016-BUSP-051Rehabilitate El Metro Administration Facility9,875,083Highly Recommended.
TXCity of Wichita FallsD2016-BUSP-052Purchase replacement buses1,376,000Highly Recommended.
UTUtah Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-053Purchase replacement buses4,273,770Recommended.
VATransportation District Commission of Hampton RoadsD2016-BUSP-054Purchase heavy duty transit buses1,257,393Recommended.
VIVirgin Islands Department of Public WorksD2016-BUSP-055Rehabilitate La Reine Bus Facility1,696,405Recommended.
VTVermont Agency of TransportationD2016-BUSP-056Purchase heavy-duty transit buses3,924,000Recommended.
WACity of LongviewD2016-BUSP-057Construct expansion of downtown transit center2,784,000Highly Recommended.
WACity of LongviewD2016-BUSP-058Purchase low-floor biodiesel buses832,000Highly Recommended.
WAClark County Public Transportation Benefit AreaD2016-BUSP-059Purchase low floor hybrid diesel-electric replacement buses6,080,000Highly Recommended.
WASpokane Transit AuthorityD2016-BUSP-060Construct multimodal transit center1,000,000Highly Recommended.
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WIWisconsin Department of TransportationD2016-BUSP-061Purchase replacement for side loading accessible mini-van26,400Recommended.
Total* 210,990,000
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