Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program

Provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and bus related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.

Provides capital funding for low or no emissions bus projects.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA) ? Bus purchase. .City of Clemson dba Clemson Area Transit (SC) ? Zero emission electric buses Iowa DOT (IA) - Rural vehicle purchase.

Fiscal Year 2017: The same types of funded projects are expected in FY 2017.

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 - None.

See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Harris County, Metropolitan Transit Authority Of $ 7,317,848   2019-08-062030-08-31
Jefferson, Parish Of $ 4,590,458   2019-07-152030-01-01
County Of Cobb $ 1,177,497   2020-08-282029-03-30
Pace, The Suburban Bus Division Of The Regional Transportation Authority $ 43,640,896   2020-03-252029-03-30
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 20,893,811   2020-08-182028-12-31
Metropolitan Transportation Authority $ 57,227,744   2019-09-132028-12-31
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District $ 27,816,437   2019-07-152028-09-30
Pace, The Suburban Bus Division Of The Regional Transportation Authority $ 41,925,621   2020-09-172028-07-31
Pace, The Suburban Bus Division Of The Regional Transportation Authority $ 43,792,575   2019-02-202028-04-30
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, Inc. $ 15,720,666   2021-01-062028-03-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FTA awarded funds for battery-electric buses, hydrogen fuel cell buses, and buses powered by more common technologies, as well as supporting equipment and facilities. Fiscal Year 2017: FTA will award funds for battery-electric buses, hydrogen fuel cell buses, and buses powered by more common technologies, as well as supporting equipment and facilities. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible capital projects include the acquisition of buses for fleet and service expansion, bus maintenance and administrative facilities, transfer facilities, bus malls, transportation centers, intermodal terminals, park-and-ride stations, acquisition of replacement vehicles, bus rebuilds, passenger amenities such as passenger shelters and bus stop signs, accessory and miscellaneous equipment such as mobile radio units, supervisory vehicles, fare boxes, computers, and shop and garage equipment.

Eligible Low-No projects include technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

Planning projects are not eligible for funding.

Bus Discretionary Program & Low-No Discretionary Program (FTA awards 100% of discretionary funds).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Beneficiaries of funding include states and direct recipients.

After allocation of funds, fixed-route bus operators, the general public, both users and non-users of public transportation, public agencies, and private transportation companies may benefit.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of funding include states and designated recipients. After allocation of funds, fixed-route bus operators, the general public, both users and non-users of public transportation, public agencies, and private transportation companies may may benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area's transportation improvement program (TIP), in the State transportation improvement program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and Local Governments. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually contain the capital investment apportionments. Contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.transit.dot.gov/. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No 2 CFR 200 and FTA Circular 5100.1 'Bus and Bus Facilities Program.? Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's electronic award management system, http://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov/fta-flash2b.html. In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in the electronic award management system and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C 5339(a),(b),(c).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49, Chapter Section 5339. This program has a statutory formula in Section 5339 (a). Matching Requirements: Percentages for matching: 10/15/20. The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost. The Federal share may be 85 percent for the cost of a vehicle that complies with the American with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act or 90 percent for the cost of vehicle-related equipment or facilities attributable to compliance with these requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds must be obligated in a grant within three years after funds are appropriated (total of four years). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of eligible project expenses: Applicant is required to submit a grant application in the Transportation Awards Management System (TrAMS).

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable.

Federal Financial Report, SF-425.

Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis.

Expenditures are reported on the Federal Financial Report.

A milestones progress report is required.

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

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $427,800,000; FY 17 est $436,356,000; and FY 18 est $445,519,476

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Current year: $165,000 - $40,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the FTA Regional Offices. See FTA Circular5100.1 'Bus and Bus Facilities Program.? May 18, 2015.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. See Appendix IV: Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses of the Catalog for a listing of the Federal Transit regional offices.

Headquarters Office

John Bodnar, Mark Bathrick & Tara Clark 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: 202-366-1089 & 202-366-9955

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For the Competitive Bus Program the criteria utilized included: Demonstration of Need; Demonstration of Benefits; Project Implementation; Financial Commitment; Technical, Legal, and Financial Capacity; and Planning and Local Prioritization. For the Competitive Low-No Program the criteria utilized included: Demonstration of Need; Demonstration of Benefits; Project Implementation; Financial Commitment; Technical, Legal, and Financial Capacity; and Planning and Local Prioritization.



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