Proposed Allocation of Funds for Fiscal Year 2006

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U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit

Annual Report on
New Starts

Proposed Allocation of
Funds for Fiscal Year 2006
Report of the Secretary of Transportation
to the United States Congress
Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(1)

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Report Number FTA-TBP10-2005-1

Prepared by:
Federal Transit Administration

Pursuant to:
Title 49, United States Code, Section 5309(o)(1)

Available from:
Federal Transit Administration
Office of Policy Development, TBP-10
400 7th Street, SW, Room 9310
Washington, DC 20590

(Cover Photo courtesy of New Jersey Transit, FTA archives)

"Dear Colleague" letter from Administrator Jennifer L. Dorn

Letter to The Honorable Richard C. Shelby

Letter to The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes

Letter to The Honorable Don Young

Letter to The Honorable James L. Oberstar


This report is transmitted pursuant to Title 49, United States Code (U.S.C.), 5309(o)(1), which requires the Secretary of Transportation to submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the United States Senate, a report that includes a proposal on the allocation of amounts to be made available to finance grants and loans for capital projects for new fixed guideway systems and extensions to existing fixed guideway systems (“New Starts”) among applicants for those funds.  In addition, the report is formally submitted to the Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate.  It is also provided to transit operators, metropolitan planning organizations, and State departments of transportation, and is made available to the public at large.

The report is a companion document to the President’s annual budget request to Congress.  It provides the Administration’s recommendations for allocating New Starts capital investment funding for Federal Fiscal Year 2006.

The report is organized into two sections:  the main body of the report, which specifies funding recommendations by project and provides background information both on the projects and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program and processes; and a series of appendices that provide more detailed information on each proposed project.  Appendix A includes those proposed projects in preliminary engineering, final design, or construction, and includes a complete profile (with map, where available) for each project.  Appendix B briefly describes studies for projects that were authorized in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) that are not reported in Appendix A, or projects that have received New Starts appropriations.
Upon request, this report will be made available in alternative formats.  It is also available via the Internet at the FTA site on the World Wide Web; the address is

Table of Contents


Principles for Funding Recommendations 

FY 2006 New Starts Allocations and Recommendations 
       A Word About Full Funding Grant Agreements 
       Figure 1.  Existing and Anticipated Full Funding Grant Agreements 
       Figure 2.  New Starts Projects in Preliminary Engineering and Final Design 
       Table 1.  FY 2006 Funding for New Starts Projects 
       Existing Federal Funding Commitments 
       Anticipated Federal Funding Commitments 
AZ: Phoenix/Central Phoenix East Valley LRT Corridor 
NC: Charlotte/South Corridor LRT 
NY: New York/Long Island Rail Road East Side Access 
PA: Pittsburgh/North Shore LRT Connector 1

Other Projects 
CA: San Diego Midcoast Corridor LRT 
CO: Denver/West Corridor LRT 
NY: New York/Second Avenue Subway MOS 
OR: Washington County/Wilsonville to Beaverton Commuter Rail 
TX: Dallas/Northwest-Southeast Light Rail MOS 
UT: Salt Lake City/Weber County to Salt Lake City Commuter Rail 

Local Planning and Project Development 

       Alternatives Analysis 
       Preliminary Engineering 
       Final Design 

The New Starts Evaluation Process 

       Project Recommendations 

FY 2006 New Starts Project Ratings 

Table 2.  Summary of FY 2006 New Starts Ratings 

Methodology for Project Evaluation and Rating 

Project Justification Criteria 
Local Financial Commitment 
Project Justification Rating 
Cost Effectiveness 
Transit-Supportive Existing Land Use and Future Patterns 
Mobility Improvements 
Operating Efficiencies 
Environmental Benefits 
Other Factors 
Financial Rating 
New Starts Funding Share 
Capital and Operating Finance Plans 
Summary Financial Rating 

Appendix A: New Starts Project Profiles 

Appendix B: Additional Studies and Projects 

Tables & Figures

Table 1.  FY 2006 Funding for New Starts Projects 
Table 2.  Summary of FY 2006 New Starts Ratings 
Table 3.  New Starts Project Justification Criteria and Supporting Measures and Categories 

Table 4.  Cost Effectiveness Thresholds 
Table 5.  Ratings Applied in Assessment of Land Use Criterion
Table 6.  Quantitative Element Rating Guide  
Table 7.  Capital Plan Rating Standards   
Table 8.  Operating Plan Rating Standards

Figure 1.  Existing and Anticipated Full Funding Grant Agreements 
Figure 2.  New Starts Projects in Preliminary Engineering and Final Design
Figure 3.  New Starts Evaluation Process 

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