Transportation

Highway Infrastructure

Total Funding Available: $27.5 billion

Total Texas Funding Available:$2.2 billion to the Texas Department of Transportation; $500 million directly to certain Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).

Overview:

The highway infrastructure funding will be apportioned to states using existing federal formulas with 30% of the funds within each state being suballocated under the population formulas of the federal surface transportation program to MPOs. Funds can be used for any project eligible under the surface transportation program, passenger and freight rail, and port infrastructure.

Special Factors:

  • No matching funds required.
  • Priority is to be given to projects in economically distressed areas.
  • Priority is to be given to projects that can be completed within three years.
  • Funds cannot supplant existing funding, and states must certify within 30 days of apportionment that existing funding is maintained.
  • Fifty percent of funding to states (excludes suballocation to MPOs) must be obligated within 120 days after apportionment.Any funds not obligated within 120 days will be withdrawn and reapportioned to other states that are able to obligate the funds.
  • All funds must be obligated within one year of apportionment. Any funds not obligated within one year will be withdrawn and reapportioned to other states that are able to obligate the funds.
  • Periodic reports to the Federal Transit Administration that include information on spending and job creation will be required.

How to Access Funding:
Funds will be apportioned within 21 days after enactment of the legislation to the state and MPOs.MPOs have been compiling lists of eligible projects, and it will be up to the MPO boards to allocate their funding.Cities should immediately contact their MPO to determine if their project is eligible and work with their MPO to secure necessary funding.For a map and list of Texas’ MPOs (sometimes referred to as regional councils or councils of government), go tohttp:///www.txregionalcouncil.org/.

Updated March 8 (from the Texas Department of Transportation): On March 5, the Texas Transportation Commission approved allocating $1.2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for 29 construction projects across the state. For information on Texas Department of Transportation stimulus allocations and specific project lists, go to http:///www.txdot.gov/project_information/stimulus/default.htm.

The Federal Highway Administration has released spending guidance that can be accessed athttp:///www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm. (Note:This Web site was updated on March 14 with additional information.)

Federal Contact:

Federal Highway Administration
http:///www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm

State Contact:

Texas Department of Transportation
http:///www.txdot.gov/project_information/stimulus/default.htm

Competitive Surface Transportation Program

TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grants

Total Funding Available: $1.5 billion

Total Texas Funding Available: Unknown (No more than 20 percent is available to a single state, which would cap Texas at $300 million).

Overview:
This program includes competitive grants to state and local governments and transit agencies for surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or region. Funding can be used for any eligible program under the federal surface transportation program, including highway, transit, freight and passenger rail, and port infrastructure projects. Grants will range from $20 million to $300 million, with some waivers for smaller cities.

Special Factors:

  • No matching funds required.
  • Priority is to be given to projects for which the federal share is needed to complete the project funding.
  • Priority given to projects that can be completed within three years.
  • Periodic reports to the Federal Transit Administration that include information on spending and job creation will be required.

How to Access Funding:
The Secretary of the Federal Highway Administration released the criteria for the funding on May 15, 2009. Applications will be available within 180 days after release of the criteria, will be due by September 15, 2009, and projects will be selected no later than February 17, 2010.

The Federal Highway Administration has released spending guidance that can be accessed at http:///www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm.

Posted March 30, 2009: The Federal Highway Administration has released additional implementing guidance that can be accessed at http:///www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/guidance.htm.

Posted May 20, 2009: The Federal Highway Administration has released a fact sheet on the program.To view, please click here.

Posted April 26, 2010: The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for the National Infrastructure Investments Grant Program, which makes $600 million available nationwide to local governments for surface transportation projects.Although this program is not funded by stimulus dollars, it is similar in structure to the TIGER grant program funded by the stimulus legislation, and is therefore being called “TIGER II.”Pre-applications for TIGER II grants are due on July 16, 2010, and final applications are due on August 23, 2010.Linked here are the Notice of Funding Availability, a TIGER II fact sheet, and a chart comparing TIGER I and TIGER II.

Federal Contact:

Federal Highway Administration
http:///www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm

Transit Capital Assistance

Total Funding Available: $6.9 billion

Total Texas Funding Available: $372 million

Overview:
Transit Capital Assistance may be used for bus, rail, and related capital assistance. The funds are broken down in the following manner:

  • $5.40 billion apportioned to states using the current Urbanized Area Formula Program (43 U.S.C. 5307) distribution formula (Texas Share: $301.1 million, allocated directly to local governments that are current recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds).
  • $677 million apportioned to states using the Other Than Urbanized Areas Program (49 U.S.C. 5311) distribution formula (Texas Share: $42.02 million to the Texas Department of Transportation).
  • $690 million apportioned to states using the Growing States distribution formula (Texas Share:$8.4 million to Texas Department of Transportation and $20 million to local governments that are current recipients of FTA funds).
  • Balance of funds reserved for FTA Administration.

Special Factors:

  • No matching funds required.
  • Priority is to be given to projects in economically distressed areas.
  • Priority is to be given to projects that can be completed within three years.
  • Funds cannot supplant existing funding, and states must certify within 30 days of apportionment that existing funding is maintained.
  • Fifty percent of funding to states (excludes suballocation to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)) must be obligated within 120 days after apportionment. Any funds not obligated within 120 days will be withdrawn and reapportioned to other states that are able to obligate the funds.
  • All funds must be obligated within one year of apportionment. Any funds not obligated within one year will be withdrawn and reapportioned to other states that are able to obligate the funds.
  • Periodic reports to the FTA that include information on spending and job creation will be required.

How to Access Funding:
Funds will be distributed to existing transit recipients 21 days after enactment of the legislation.Fifty-percent of funding must be obligated within 180 days after apportionment, and all other funds must be obligated within one year of apportionment. Any funds not obligated within these time periods will be withdrawn and redistributed under the federal Competitive Surface Transportation Program.

The FTA has released detailed guidance and allocation information at http:///www.fta.dot.gov/index_9118.html.

Posted April 1: The FTA released an “action required before receiving funds” checklist, available at: http:///www.fta.dot.gov/index_9237.html?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nlc-frupdate+3/27/2009+3:24:57+PM

Federal Contact:

Federal Transit Administration
Regional Office (Region VI)
819 Taylor Street
Room 8A36
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Telephone: (817) 978-0550
Fax: (817) 978-0575

The Office of Program Management:
(202) 366-4020
www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants_financing_263.html

Transit “New Starts”

Total Funding Available:$750 million

Total Texas Funding Available:Unknown

Overview:
The New Starts program is the federal government’s primary financial resource for supporting locally planned, implemented, and operated transit "guideway" capital investments. Projects include commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars, and ferries.Project criteria include:

  • Mobility improvements: measured by travel time benefits per project passenger mile, low-income households served, and employment near stations.
  • Environmental benefits: measured by change in regional pollutant emissions, change in regional energy consumption, and EPA air quality designation.
  • Cost effectiveness: measured as the cost per hour of travel time saved.
  • Operating efficiencies: measured by system operating cost per passenger mile.
  • Transit supportive land use and future patterns: measured by existing land use, transit supportive plans and policies and performance, and impacts of policies.
  • Other: includes a number of optional factors, including the projected economic impact of project, economic development, and the reliability of forecasts.

Federal Contact:

Federal Transit Administration
http:///www.fta.dot.gov/planning/planning_environment_5221.html

Rail Modernization (“Fixed Guideway Modernization”)

Total Funding Available: $750 million

Total Texas Funding Available:Unknown

Overview:
Provides grants for fixed guideway modernization projects. A fixed guideway refers to any transit service that uses exclusive or controlled rights-of-way or rails, entirely or in part. The term includes heavy rail, commuter rail, light rail, trolleybus, aerial tramway, inclined plane, cable car, automated guideway transit, ferryboats, that portion of motor bus service operated on exclusive or controlled rights-of-way, and high occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Eligible recipients for capital investment funds are public bodies and agencies (transit authorities and other state and local public bodies and agencies thereof including states, municipalities, other political subdivisions of states; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more states; and certain public corporations, boards, and commissions established under state law).

How to Access Funding:
Funds are allocated by a statutory formula to urbanized areas with rail systems that have been in operation for at least seven years. The Federal Transit Administration has released guidance that can be found at http:///www.fta.dot.gov/index_9118.html.

Allocations to Texas cities are available here:http:///www.fta.dot.gov/documents/Table_5_-_2009_fgm_apportionments-_HBS.xls

Federal Contact:

Federal Transit Administration
http:///www.fta.dot.gov/index_9118.html.

Airport Improvement Program

Total Funding Available: $1.2 billion

Total Texas Funding Available: Unknown

Overview:
The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants to public agencies and, in some cases, to private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

How to Access Funding:
Grants will be awarded at the Federal Aviation Administration’s discretion. AIP funds are typically first apportioned into major entitlement categories such as primary, cargo, and general aviation. Remaining funds are distributed to a discretionary fund. Set aside projects (airport noise and the Military Airport Program) receive first attention from this discretionary distribution. The remaining funds are true discretionary funds that are distributed according to a national prioritization formula.

Posted April 1: The FAA has released implementing guidance on the program, available at:http:///www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/airports/aip/media/FY09_aip_arra_guidance.pdf?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nlc-frupdate+3/27/2009+3:24:57+PM

Federal Contact:

Federal Aviation Administration
http:///www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/airports/aip/

High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Rail Passenger Service

Total Funding Available: $8.0 billion

Total Texas Funding Available: Unknown

Overview:
Grants to improve the speed and capacity of intercity passenger rail service and high speed rail corridors. This is a new program that was approved in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.

How to Access Funding:
The Secretary of the Federal Railroad Administration will release a strategic plan for use of the funds no later than April 18, 2009. The Department of Transportation will release guidance to applicants on grant terms, conditions, and procedures no later than June 17, 2009. There will be separate instructions for high speed rail, intercity rail, and congestion grants.

Federal Contact:

Federal Railroad Administration
http:///www.dot.gov/recovery/

Amtrak

Posted April 1 (from the National League of Cities):Amtrak submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration a list of capital projects to be funded by $1.3 billion from the ARRA. Highlights include railcar and locomotive restoration to augment the current fleet; projects to bring stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; facility improvements; and track, bridge and signal replacements and upgrades.The investment package is divided into two separate accounts: (1) railroad and station capital projects funded at $845 million, and (2) security and life safety projects funded at $450 million. To view a list of projects by state go to:http:///www.amtrak.com/pdf/ARRA/Amtrak-ARRA_Project-Summary-FY-09.pdf?utm_source=delivra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nlc-frupdate+3/27/2009+3:24:57+PM