March 2, 2009
FTA Updates Recovery Act Apportionment Guidance
With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Federal Transit Administration has now posted preliminary information about apportionments (distribution of transportation stimulus funds through formula programs) on its web site.
FTA is not publishing decisions or requirements related to the three discretionary programs identified in the ARRA at this time. These formula apportionment tables will show up in final form when the Federal Register publishes FTA’s notice containing the tables, as well as application instructions for grantees.
The web site offers the following preliminary apportionment tables:
* Appropriations for Grant Programs.
* Transit Capital Assistance and Section 5340 Urbanized Area Apportionments.
* Transit Capital Assistance and Section 5307 Apportionment Formula (Urbanized Areas).
* Formula Grant Program Apportionment Data Unit Values.
* Fixed Guideways Infrastructure Investment Apportionments.
* Fixed Guideways Infrastructure Investment Program Apportionment Formula.
* Transit Capital Assistance and Section 5340 Nonurbanized Apportionments.
Once FTA completes a final quality control review, it will incorporate the final dollar amounts into a notice that appears in the Federal Register.
The $8.4 billion in transit-related ARRA funding includes:
* $6.9 billion for capital projects, distributed as follows:
* $5.44 billion under the Urban formula (Section 5307), not including Transit Intensive Cities Tier.
* $680 million under the Rural formula (Section 5311).
* $680 million under the Growing States and High Density formula (Section 5340).
* $100 million for new discretionary grants.
* $750 million in Fixed Guideway Modernization, allocated to urbanized areas using regular Section 5309 FGM formula, Tiers 1, 2, 3, and part of 4.
* $750 million in Major Capital Investments. FTA will give “priority to projects under construction or able to obligate funds within 150 days.”
* $17 million for Tribal Transit. Competitive solicitation and selection? using existing procedures, capital projects only.
For the purposes of the withdrawal provision, FTA will consider funds obligated on the date of grant award.
Separately, the bill also provides $8 billion for high-speed and intercity passenger rail, which will be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration.