Maglev Project Selection Program - SAFETEA-LU

To provide financial assistance for a demonstration magnetic levitation transportation project.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: An example of the project funded in FY 2016 includes Preconstruction SCMAGLEV planning activities.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Website Address

http://www.fra.dot.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Transportation, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 100,431   2010-04-07
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$ 0   
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: One grant was awarded in late FY2016 to fund Preliminary Engineering and NEPA review and documentation for a proposed high-speed superconducting maglev (SCMAGLEV) train system. Fiscal Year 2017: The FY 2016 funded project will include preliminary engineering work and a NEPA study that will evaluate the proposed SCMAGLEV service on a new right-of-way (ROW) with reasonable alternatives for alignments and station locations, and will document potential impacts on the environment,. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of a viable Maglev project.

Funds may be used for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of a viable Maglev project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only for existing Maglev projects.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State governments.

Credentials/Documentation

See Application Procedure. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The applicant must submit the following information: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms (https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/Details/L05284); Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424E or Assurances ? Construction, SF424D (whichever is specified in the announcement); Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets; Description of work completed to date; and description of type and source of matching funds.

Award Procedures

Review the application package to ensure that all required documents are complete and signed by the appropriate person. Review the statement of work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Review SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws and orders. Compare applications to determine relative satisfaction of published selection criteria. Select the applicants that are most qualified. After the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) , Public Law 109-59.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement for further information.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance is up to 60 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is usually awarded upon request for reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The grantee shall submit the following reports: Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

Final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee's improvement efforts.

SF-270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement.

Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant.

Quarterly financial status reports using SF 425.

Grant recipients will be monitored periodically by FRA to ensure that the project goals, objectives, performance requirements, timelines, milestones, budgets, and other related program criteria are being met.

Monitoring may include onsite visits or detailed, interactive desk reviews.

In addition, grantees are provided with intensive technical assistance from grants staff on a daily basis.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 C.F.R. Part 200, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 C.F.R. part 200.

Records

During the course of its activities under a grant agreement and for three years thereafter, the applicant must agree to retain intact and to provide any data, documents, reports, records, contracts, and supporting materials relating to its performance under the agreement as FRA may require. Reporting and record-keeping requirements are set forth in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 for private non-profit and for-profit Grantees. Closeout does not alter these requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8083-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $27,800,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $13,800,000 - [Note: This amount includes the redirected West of the Mississippi River funds, which were moved from Maglev to other projects -- Rail Safety Technology (PTC) grants, HSR Passenger Rail Planning, Multi-State Planning, and Regional Planning (MW & SE) ].

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Only one obligation was made in FY 2016 for $27,800,000. One additional obligation is planned for $13,800,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. Section 4321 et seq.), and related laws; Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59); SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act (Public Law 110-244); OMB Circular No. 2 CFR 200. Solicitation guidelines will be made available.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Mary Ann McNamara 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. United States , Washington,, District of Columbia 20590 Email: fra-grants@dot.gov Phone: 202-493-6393

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.


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