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FTA - 1: Direct Federal Oversight of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Rail Operations

Issue: In October 2015, the United States Secretary of Transportation directed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to assume temporary and direct safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system.  FTA is performing this safety oversight responsibility in place of the ineffective Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC).

Action Needed:  If FTA finds that action taken by the District of Columbia (D.C.), Maryland, and Virginia is inadequate to address FTA's State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) regulatory requirements, the new Administration will need to determine appropriate action to oversee the safety of the Metrorail system.

Background:

  • FTA's direct safety oversight role of WMATA is temporary and will continue until D.C., Maryland, and Virginia replace the TOC with a new State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) that complies with Federal law and is capable of performing its WMATA Metrorail safety oversight responsibilities.
  • The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has been clear about the States' statutory responsibility to perform this direct oversight role and has repeatedly highlighted the need for immediate State legislative actions to support the creation of a new SSOA certified by FTA.
  • Legislative action to create a new SSOA by all three jurisdictions is anticipated during their next legislative sessions; this schedule could require continuing direct WMATA rail safety oversight by FTA until at least the summer of 2017.
    • The responsibility for improving the safe operation of the WMATA Metrorail system, including the performance of daily inspections and preventative maintenance, sits squarely on WMATA.  The FTA WMATA Safety Oversight Team's role is to verify WMATA's progress on implementing safety-related Corrective Action Plans and remedial actions, and to ensure that WMATA is effectively carrying out its own critical maintenance, operations, and training programs.
       

Submitted By:   Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:    October 25, 2016

FTA - 2: Potential Withholding of Future DC-MD-VA Urbanized Area Formula Grant Funds by FTA

Issue: On February 8, 2016, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) notified the Governors of Maryland and Virginia and the Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.) that because the three entities do not have a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) certified State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) to perform oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), FTA may withhold up to five percent of the FY 2017 Urbanized Area Formula funds apportioned to the two states and D.C. -- approximately $15 million. 

Action Needed: If Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. fail to establish a certified SSOA by February 9, 2017, the new Administration will have to decide whether FTA should withhold approximately $15 million (or about 5 percent) in FY 2017 urbanized area formula grant funds that would be apportioned to them, and determine other appropriate action. 

Background: 

  • DOT has been clear about the States' statutory responsibility to perform this direct SSOA oversight role and has repeatedly highlighted the need for immediate State actions to support creation of a new SSOA certified by FTA.  Legislative action is anticipated in the D.C. during the last quarter of 2016, and the first quarter of 2017 in Virginia and Maryland.
  • Given FTA's determination that the SSOA for WMATA was inadequate, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia must receive FTA certification of a new State Safety Oversight Program - which includes creation of a new SSOA compliant with Federal requirements.
  • FTA informed Virginia, Maryland and D.C. when it took on the oversight role for WMATA in October 2015 (see Current Policy Initiatives, FTA – 1) that FTA's oversight is temporary until the local jurisdictions replace the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) with a new SSOA.
  • FTA has the statutory authority to begin withholding funds one-year after the notification period, which concludes on February 9, 2017. Although some progress has been made, the jurisdictions are not projected to meet the February 9, 2017 deadline.
  • Early in 2017 there will be Congressional, State, local government, and media attention on whether DOT plans to proceed and withhold any FY 2017 urbanized area formula funds following the February 9, 2017 deadline.
     

Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated: October 25, 2016

FTA - 3: Restrictions on Electronic Drawdown by WMATA of FTA Grant Funds

Issue:  In March 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) restricted the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority's (WMATA) ability to receive electronic reimbursements from Federal grants without prior FTA review and approval. The restrictions were put in place as a result of an FTA Financial Management Oversight (FMO)  report which identified weaknesses in WMATA's financial and procurement systems. As a result, FTA restricted WMATA's ability to receive electronic reimbursements without prior review. The FTA took this step to ensure taxpayers funds were being spent appropriately and responsibly by WMATA. 

In December 2016, FTA confirmed that WMATA had implemented the necessary corrective actions and had made sufficient progress in resolving financial deficiencies related to grants awarded after July 1, 2015, and FTA removed restrictions on these funds.

Action Needed: FTA will continue working with WMATA to identify suitable uses for funds awarded prior to July 1, 2015. This could include identifying eligible uses among the activities in existing grants or, where feasible, redirecting funds to new grants for safety and state of good repair priorities.

Background: 

  • FTA provides approximately $450 million annually to WMATA in formula grants.
  • In 2014, FTA issued a Financial Management Oversight review report identifying significant material weaknesses in WMATA's financial and procurement systems.  As a result of that review, FTA restricted WMATA's ability to receive electronic reimbursements from Federal grants without prior review and approval from FTA.
  • Typically, grantees in good standing can draw down funds electronically without restrictions from FTA. Those payments are subject to later audits.  For WMATA, FTA continues to review and approve all invoices and related payment documents for remaining grants awarded prior to July 2015, and WMATA must submit the invoices prior to FTA disbursing grant funds.
  • In September 2015, FTA initiated a test plan to validate that WMATA had implemented corrective actions to address the material weaknesses and financial deficiencies identified in the FTA FMO report. As a result of FTA's testing and validation plan, WMATA has made significant progress in improving its financial controls, including the implementation of its new funds management system.

Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  January 9, 2017

FTA - 4: New Jersey-New York Portal North Bridge and Hudson Tunnels Projects (Part of what is known as the Gateway projects)

Issue:  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak, along with high-level elected officials in New York and New Jersey, are working to advance the Gateway program of projects to improve commuter and intercity rail access to New York City from New Jersey.  The project partners have submitted information to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on the Portal North Bridge project so that it might be considered for a FTA Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program funding recommendation in the upcoming FY 2018 President's budget.  As part of this effort they are putting in place a new entity – the Gateway Development Corporation (GDC) – that will oversee the program.  Such a corporation is currently statutorily ineligible as a recipient under the CIG program, as only public bodies are eligible CIG project sponsors.

Action Needed:  The new Administration will need to evaluate the proposed Gateway project and identify any Federal statutory changes required to advance it, and consider the project as a candidate for FTA CIG funding.

Background: 

  • Two of the projects in the Gateway Program recently were approved into the first phase of FTA's discretionary CIG program called Project Development. These projects are the Portal North Bridge Core Capacity project and the Hudson Tunnels New Starts Project.
  • Extensive design has been done on the Portal North Bridge project and the project partners believe it will be ready for construction in 2017, if the funding plan is clearly identified.
  • Project Development and Engineering phases for these complex projects can typically take four to six years to complete.
  • The project is also expected to apply for a Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan from the United States Department of Transportation's (DOT) Build America Bureau. 

Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration       
Last Updated:   October 25, 2016

FTA-5 Attachment:  Portal North Bridge Project Map

 Portal North Bridge Project Map

FTA - 5: Maryland Purple Line Capital Investment Grant New Starts Light Rail Project

Issue: On August 3, 2016 a Federal District Court judge vacated the environmental Record of Decision (ROD) and directed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to complete a Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (SEIS) for the Maryland Transportation Authority's (MTA) Purple Line Light Rail project. This ruling occurred immediately before FTA was scheduled to award a $900 million New Starts Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for the project. Because completion of the Federal environmental process is a requirement for receipt of an FFGA, FTA had to postpone the award. 

Action Needed:  Depending on subsequent steps in the judicial and environmental process it is possible that this project could be awaiting an FFGA decision from the new Administration in early 2017.

Background:

  • The MTA is seeking $900 million from FTA's discretionary Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for a $2.4 billion light rail line from Bethesda to New Carrollton, MD that is 16 miles in length with 21 stations. The project is being delivered through a public-private-partnership (P3).
  • As of early August 2016 all the requirements for executing a FFGA for the project had been completed. Due to supplemental environmental analysis required by the Federal District Court judge, the $900 million New Start FFGA is on hold.
  • FTA and the United States Department of Justice are currently asking the judge to reconsider his decision.
     

Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016

FTA-6 Attachment: Maryland Purple Line Project Map
Maryland Purple Line Project Map

FTA - 6: Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project Capital Investment Grant Core Capacity Rail Project

Issue: The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) is seeking $647 million in Core Capacity funding for the $1.98 billion Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The PCEP will electrify and upgrade the performance, operating efficiency, capacity, safety and reliability of Caltrain's commuter rail service between San Jose and San Francisco. The PCEP was approved into the Engineering phase of the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program on August 12, 2016.  In that approval letter, FTA identified items to be completed by JPB before the project could advance to a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA). JPB had hoped to receive an FFGA by mid- January 2017 but has not yet resolved all the outstanding items identified in the Engineering approval letter. In particular, there are significant issues with the financial plan and critical third party agreements that must be addressed prior to awarding an FFGA.

Action Needed:  Once the project sponsor resolves the outstanding issues, this project could be awaiting an FTA FFGA decision from the new Administration in early 2017.

Background: 

  • The law governing the CIG program requires that FTA evaluate the financial ability of the project sponsor to construct and operate the proposed project and continue to recapitalize, maintain, and operate the overall existing transit system.  This includes evaluating the project sponsor's ability to cover unanticipated cost increases or funding shortfalls and determining that each local source is stable, reliable, and available.   
  • FTA has identified the following issues with the JPB financial plan:
  • The financial plan shows that the JPB's revenues cannot cover construction expenditures on a pay-as-you-go basis. JPB has not identified how they will obtain the $150 million in short term debt needed to cover annual cash flow shortfalls during construction.
  • JPB currently has no financial capacity to cover unforeseen cost increases or funding shortfalls that may occur. 
  • The financial plan submitted by JPB shows a $165 million funding gap in their State of Good Repair program; sources of funds have not been identified to cover the gap.
  • FTA requires that all critical third party agreements be completed prior to award of an FFGA.  FTA and JPB are discussing whether their existing agreement with Union Pacific Railroad adequately covers the freight service disruptions that will occur during construction.

Submitted By:   Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 24, 2016


FTA – 7 Attachment: Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project Map
Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project Map

FTA - 7: FY 2018 Annual Report to Congress on Funding Recommendations for the FTA Capital Investment Grant program

Issue: Federal law requires the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to transmit a report to Congress annually by the first Monday in February identifying which Capital Investment Grant (CIG) projects it recommends for funding in the President's Budget and the ratings assigned to all CIG projects.

Action Needed: The preparation of the FY 2018 CIG funding recommendations report to Congress will be an item needing attention from the Secretary as the President's FY 2018 budget is being formulated.

Background:

  • The report is a companion document to the President's budget submission to Congress as it includes project funding recommendations also contained in the President's budget. Congress uses this report to inform its annual appropriations funding decisions.
  • FTA's discretionary CIG program, also known as the New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity programs, is authorized at a funding level of $2.3 billion for FY 2018.
  • During past Presidential transitions, the timing of the report's issuance has coincided with delivery of the new President's Budget to Congress.
     

Submitted By:   Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016

FTA - 8: Honolulu Capital Investment Grant New Starts Rail Project

Issue: FTA is requiring a Recovery Plan from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) due to cost and schedule overruns related to the construction of its High Capacity Transit Corridor project.

Action Needed:  The new Administration will need to evaluate the proposed Recovery Plan and determine what further steps are required for the project.

Background: 

  • The FTA entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with HART in December 2012 to construct a 20-mile, 21-station rail system, funded with $1.55 billion in FTA Capital Investment Grant (CIG) New Starts funds toward a project with a total cost estimate of $5.1 billion. Construction of the project is approximately 50 percent complete.
  • Since 2012, the project cost estimate has increased substantially to a July 2016 FTA estimate of between approximately $7.7 billion and $8 billion.
  • Longstanding FTA FFGA terms require local project sponsors to pay for project cost increases, and as such the FTA will not provide additional CIG funds above the agreed‑upon $1.55 billion for the project.
  • In July 2016, FTA instructed HART to provide a Recovery Plan for the project, which after a time extension, is now due to be submitted by December 31, 2016.
  • FTA notified HART that until an acceptable Recovery Plan is provided, any CIG funds appropriated for the project but not yet included in a grant will not be awarded. HART has sufficient non-Federal funds to maintain project construction progress through mid-2017.
  • HART has already identified additional funding of $1.7 billion through a State General Excise Tax (GET) extension, leaving a remaining shortfall of approximately $1.2 billion.
  • HART has requested a further extension of time until May 2017 for submission of the Recovery Plan to FTA as it works with the State Legislature to further extend the GET beyond its current expiration in 2027. FTA is considering the HART request for an extension of the December 31, 2016 deadline.



Submitted By:   Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016

FTA-9 Attachment: High Capacity Transit Corridor Project Map
 High Capacity Transit Corridor Project Map

FTA - 9: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line Extension

Issue: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is undertaking a re-evaluation of the cost, scope, and schedule ("risk review") of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Green Line Extension Project (GLX) due to projected cost overruns.

Action Needed:  The new Administration will need to assess the results of the re-evaluation and consider amending the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) and determine what further steps are required.

Background: 

  • The FTA entered into a $2.3 billion FFGA with the MBTA in January 2015 to construct a 4.7 mile light rail line that will extend the existing Green Line light rail service. The FTA is providing $996 million in Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funds to this project.
  • Shortly after signing the FFGA, and before FTA obligated any grant funds for the project, incoming construction bids were received that would have created a project cost overrun of about $700 million to $1 billion over the original project baseline cost.
  • No CIG funds have been awarded for the project. FTA postponed award of any CIG funds pending reconsideration of the project scope, schedule, budget, and procurement method.
  • Subsequently, the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) completed a comprehensive review of the project, with a focus on redesigning where possible to reduce cost while still delivering the service and benefits defined in the original FFGA.
  • FTA continues to work closely with MassDOT and MBTA on completing a risk review process and other steps leading to amending the FFGA. The FFGA amendment is necessary in order to recognize the revised schedule and financial plan.
  • The FFGA terms require local project sponsors to pay for any project cost increases, and specify that the FTA will not provide additional New Starts funds above the $996 million agreed to for the project.
  • The revised financial plan includes using Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds transferred to the project and contributions from communities along the GLX alignment.
  • Once an amendment to the FFGA is completed, FTA will be in a position to begin awarding its CIG funds.  

Submitted By: Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated: October 25, 2016

FTA-10 Attachment: Green Line Extension Project Map

Green Line Extension Project Map

FTA - 10: Government Accountability Office Audit on FTA Safety Oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 Issue: In July 2016, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) direct safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and evaluate whether the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would be better suited to assume this role.

Action Needed: The new Administration will need to provide a management response to any findings and potential recommendations made by GAO.

Background: 

  • Federal law assigns oversight of rail operations to the FTA and, under regulations issued by FTA, to the States with rail systems.
  • Congress has affirmed this approach in two recent authorizations; July 2012 (MAP-21) and again in December 2015 (FAST Act), strengthening FTA's safety oversight role in both instances, including provisions for FTA to perform direct safety oversight when a State proves incapable of performing the role.
  • In September 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the FRA, rather than the FTA, should perform direct safety oversight of WMATA rail, a step that would require a change in Federal law.
  • In October 2015 the State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) performing WMATA oversight on behalf of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia was found inadequate and the FTA has been performing direct safety oversight since then -- the first instance of FTA performing this role.
  • GAO has divided this audit into at least two reviews -- one examining FTA's direct safety oversight of WMATA, the other on WMATA's planning and implementation of its SafeTrack repair program. This audit report is expected to be issued in Spring 2017.
  • GAO plans to initiate another review after the first audit report has been issued.



Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016


 

FTA - 11: U.S. DOT Office of the Inspector General Audit of FTA's Safety Oversight Program

Issue: On November 2, 2016, the United States Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published a report on the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) State Safety Oversight (SSO) program. The report provided seven (7) recommendations that FTA agrees with and will implement throughout 2017 and 2018.

Action Needed: The report includes seven recommendations for FTA that the new Administration will implement as FTA carries out its transit safety program.

Background: 

  • The OIG's audit report (ST-2017-004) describes FTA's progress in developing policies and procedures for assuming and relinquishing direct safety oversight of transit agencies. The report also discusses FTA's progress in staffing  its safety effort, developing  a data-driven safety program, and establishing  safety performance criteria and standards.

  • The seven recommendations, and FTA's expected completion dates for addressing each recommendation is below:

The seven recommendations, and FTA's expected completion dates for addressing each recommendation is below
 RecommendationExpected Completion Date
1.Finalize and issue policies and procedures for assuming direct safety oversight authority, including criteria and decision-making processes, and communicate the policies and procedures within the Agency.July 2017
2.Communicate the policies and procedures for assuming direct safety oversight to the rail transit industry.July 2017
3.Finalize and issue policies and procedures for relinquishing oversight authority to ensure an efficient transition of responsibilities back to the SSOA and communicate the policies and procedures within the Agency.June 2018
4.Communicate the policies and procedures for relinquishing direct safety oversight to the rail transit industry.July 2017
5.Finalize a plan with milestones to create a data-driven, risk-based safety oversight system.December 2017
6.Update FTA's methodology to meet the triennial SSOA audit requirement for all SSOAs.December 2017
7.Finalize a plan with milestones for periodically updating the National Safety Plan.December 2017


Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  January 9, 2017

  • Under the SSO program created in 1991, FTA oversees the SSO agencies (SSOA) that monitor the safety of rail transit agencies.
  • In 2012, the OIG identified challenges and priority actions if FTA was granted enhanced statutory rail transit safety oversight and enforcement authority.
  • While the OIG was conducting this audit, FTA separately published a SSO  final rule that strengthens the existing SSO program, gives FTA the authority to review and approve each SSO's program, and impose penalties on SSOs with non-compliant or non-existent SSO programs.

FTA - 12: Key FTA Rulemakings Scheduled to be Issued Within the First 90 Days of the New Administration

Issue:  The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is currently preparing two Notices of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) that are scheduled to be issued in the first 90 days of the new Administration:  1) Private Sector Participation in Public Transportation; and, 2) Protecting Public Transportation Operators from the Risk of Assault.

Action Needed The new Administration will need to review the content of the two NPRMs prior to issuance.

Background: 

  • Private Sector Participation.
    • Current law requires FTA to identify any transit provisions and regulations or practices that impede greater use of public private partnerships and private investment in public transportation capital projects. 
    • FTA is also directed to develop and implement, on a project basis, procedures and approaches that (1) address such impediments in a manner similar to the Special Experimental Project Number 15 or "SEP-15" administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and (2) protect the public interest. 
    • FTA is preparing a NPRM that would allow project sponsors to request that FTA waive certain requirements or procedures to promote private sector participation. FTA will have to approve or disapprove the waiver request.
  • Protecting Public Transportation Operators from the Risk of Assault.
    • Current law requires FTA to issue a NPRM on protecting public transportation workers from assault. 
    • In anticipation of the NPRM, FTA hosted a National Online Dialogue on Transit Worker Assaults to engage stakeholders and industry leaders in a discussion about how to protect transit workers from assault.
    • FTA will draft a comprehensive NRPM that combines the information gathered from the National Online Dialogue with findings from the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) report examining how to prevent and mitigate transit worker assault.
    • The statutory deadline for issuing the proposed rule is March 4, 2017. FTA is prepared to meet this deadline and issue the NPRM in early 2017.



Submitted By:   Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016

FTA - 13: Puerto Rico Transit Issues

Issue: Due to ongoing financial issues in Puerto Rico, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is monitoring the financial status of the three largest transit providers in San Juan: Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses (bus services); Tren Urbano (rail service); and Autoridad de Transporte Maritimo (ferry service). In addition, FTA is concerned with the technical capacity of the transit providers to sustain operations and maintenance of their transit services.

Action NeededThe status of transit service in Puerto Rico has been in question during recent years and the new Administration will need to monitor events and determine if any FTA action is required to both support transit services and protect Federal transit investments.

Background: 

  • The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) is designed to help Puerto Rico restructure its $72 billion-dollar debt. This new law established an Oversight Board that will make recommendations for the debt restructuring.
  • Puerto Rico has an approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017 budget for Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses, Tren Urbano, and Autoridad de Transporte Maritimo.
  • The $480 million budget for the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (PRHTA) and the Puerto Rico Integrated Transit Authority (PRITA) for FY 2016-2017, which began July 1, 2016, includes $160 million of Federal funds ($130 million from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and $30 million from FTA). 
  • While the budget was reduced compared to past years and is projected to run a deficit, transit is included as an essential service and further service cuts are not anticipated.
  • In 2014, a new organization was established by law called the Puerto Rico Integrated Transit Authority (PRITA), which locally consolidates its bus and ferry services. However, due to financial and technical capacity issues, FTA has so far denied PRITA's request to become a new grantee and continues to fund the existing transit grantees in Puerto Rico. 


Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016

FTA - 14: Project Selection for Positive Train Control Grants

Issue: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) solicited applications for grants to assist commuter railroads as well as State and local governments in helping to finance the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems required under 49 U.S.C. 20157 (implementation of positive train control systems).

Action NeededThe new Administration may be required to approve and announce projects selected to receive up to $197 million in PTC financing assistance.

Background: 

  • For Fiscal Year 2017, Section 3028 of the FAST Act authorizes $199 million from the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust fund for PTC assistance. Of this total, approximately $2 million is set aside for FTA program oversight.
  • On July 29, 2016, FRA and FTA published a $197 million Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to solicit applications for PTC funding assistance. The deadline for applications was September 27, 2016.
  • FTA and FRA are reviewing the applications and FRA will recommend projects to the Secretary for funding. FTA will award and oversee the grant funds since commuter rail systems are normally FTA grantees.
  • FRA will help FTA monitor the implementation of PTC by the grantees. 
  • Project awards are contingent on the availability of FY 2017 appropriations. 



Submitted By:  Federal Transit Administration
Last Updated:  October 25, 2016

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