Alternatives Analysis

Assisted in financing the evaluation of all reasonable modal and multimodal alternatives and general alignment options for identified transportation needs in a particular, broadly defined travel corridor.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program.

Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 42 open grants.

Fiscal Year 2017: The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program.

Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 35 open grants.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See list of regional office contacts located in Appendix IV.
Website Address

http://www.fta.dot.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Lane Transit District $ 16,834,000   2013-07-012018-12-31
El Paso, City Of $ 10,000,000   2015-05-012018-02-28
Lane Transit District-$ 1   2015-09-102017-09-19
Chapel Hill, Town Of (inc) $ 0   2013-09-242015-07-01
Phoenix, City Of $ 2,350,000   2011-05-272015-06-30
Lane Transit District $ 0   2013-08-152014-12-31
Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority $ 2,000,000   2011-04-072014-12-31
Phoenix, City Of $ 1,000,000   2011-05-012014-12-31
Gainesville, City Of $ 425,000   2011-12-152014-12-26
Chicago Transit Authority $ 1,600,000   2011-04-292014-08-01



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 42 open grants. Fiscal Year 2017: The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program. Although there is no funding for this program, there are currently 35 open grants. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used to assist State and local governmental authorities in conducting alternatives analyses as part of the early planning for capital projects for new fixed guideway systems and extensions to existing fixed guideway systems. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act that became effective on October 1, 2012, eliminated the Alternatives Analysis Program.

Some of the Alternatives Analysis studies are still active, that is, they are completing the work.

However, no new funding or requirements are associated with the former program.

There are 42 grants remaining open.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public agencies, including States; municipalities and other subdivisions of States; public agencies and instrumentalities of one or more States; and public corporations, boards, and commissions established under State law.

Applicant must have legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out proposed project and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with Federal assistance.

Private non-profit organizations are not directly eligible recipients.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, both users and non-users of public transportation and public agencies. Private consultants may participate through contractual arrangements with a public agency grantee.

Credentials/Documentation

Resolution by an authorized public body approved the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and approved by FTA and FHWA. Applicant had to complete certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost should be in accordance with OMB Circular No. 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program was eligible for coverage under E.O.

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

An environmental impact statement was required for this program.

An environmental impact statement may also be required upon completion of the review.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Project funds may be allocated by Congress for specific projects. When applicable, a Notice of Funding Availability is published to announce the availability of discretionary funds and application process. The notification and application are also available at http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Project funds were allocated by Congress for specific projects. When applicable, a Notice of Funding Availability is published to announce the availability of discretionary funds and application process. The notification and application are also available at http://www.grants.gov.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), 109 Stat. 59, 49 U.S.C 533.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

FTA awards more than 80 percent of grants within 60 days of receipt of a completed application, with an average processing time of 36 days or less.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Alternative Analysis program was repealed under MAP-21. This program will not receive new funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Funds for Alternatives Analysis projects are allocated based on statutory or discretionary basis. A grant may be made for up to 80 percent of total project cost. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Terms and conditions are contractually agreed on between FTA and the applicant. The grants were awarded in one lump sum or in smaller increments as specified by the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: by grant.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

(1) Progress reports; (2) Federal Financial Report .

SF-425.

(1) Progress reports; (2) Federal Financial Report .

SF-425.

(1) Progress reports; (2) Federal Financial Report.

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.

Records

Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8350-0-7-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2006 Congressional designations ranged from $300,000 to $2,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please visit the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) website or contact the appropriate FTA Region office for more information. See Federal Register/ Vol.70, No. 229/ Wednesday, November 30, 2005/ Notices.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See list of regional office contacts located in Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Maurice Foushee 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-1636

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Major, non-recurring capital investment Congressional designation.




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