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The proposed new starts funding level of $980.40 million is based on the guaranteed funding level authorized by TEA-21 for FY 2000, and accounts for the following factors:

  • The scheduled funding levels for the 14 projects with existing FFGAs (with additional amounts to complete the Federal commitment, where appropriate);
  • The anticipated funding needs of the seven projects that are expected to be ready to negotiate FFGAs by the end of FY 2000;
  • The TEA-21 provision authorizing eight percent of total new starts funding for activities other than final design and construction;
  • The TEA-21 authorization for ferry projects in Alaska or Hawaii; and
  • Project oversight activities within FTA.

Specifically, we recommend the following allocations of §5309 new starts funding in FY 2000 for projects with existing Federal funding commitments:

  • $45.14 million for the MARTA North Line Extension in Atlanta, based on the amount scheduled in the FFGA and the remaining funds needed to complete the Federal commitment to this project;
  • $53.96 million for Phase 1 of the South Boston Piers Transitway, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project;
  • $35.00 million for the Southwest LRT in Denver, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project;
  • $62.52 million for the Houston Regional Bus Plan, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project and the remaining funds required to complete the Federal commitment in FY 2000;
  • $50.00 million for the North Hollywood Red Line Extension in Los Angeles, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the MOS-3 FFGA;
  • $703,308 to complete the Federal commitment to the MARC commuter rail extension from Point of Rocks to Frederick, Maryland;
  • $99.00 million for the Hudson-Bergen light rail project in New Jersey, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project;
  • $11.06 million to complete the Federal commitment to the Westside LRT in Portland;
  • $25.00 million for the South Corridor light rail project in Sacramento, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project;
  • $37.93 million for the South LRT project in Salt Lake City, based on the amount scheduled in the FFGA and the remaining funds needed to complete the Federal commitment to this project;
  • $84.00 million for the extension of San Francisco’s BART rail system to San Francisco International Airport, as specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project;
  • $31.87 million for the Tasman LRT West Extension in San Jose, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project and the remaining funds required to complete the Federal commitment in FY 2000;
  • $82.00 million for the Tren Urbano rapid-rail project in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project; and
  • $50.00 million for the St. Clair County light rail project in St. Louis, based on the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project.

In addition, we also recommend that funding be provided to seven projects in anticipation of Federal commitments expected to be made by the end of FY 2000, as follows:

  • $70.00 million for the North Central LRT Extension in Dallas;
  • $20.00 million for upgrades to the Tri-Rail Commuter Rail system in Ft. Lauderdale;
  • $15.11 million for the Medical Center Extension of the Memphis light rail system;
  • $12.00 million for the Newark Rail Link in Newark, New Jersey;
  • $44.00 million for the I-4 Central Light Rail System in Orlando;
  • $20.00 million for the Downtown Segment of the East-West LRT in Salt Lake City, in support of the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games; and
  • $35.00 million for the Mission Valley East light rail extension in San Diego.

Finally, as authorized by §5309(m)(2), we recommend that a total of $78.43 million be provided for preliminary engineering activities. The following allocations are recommended:

  • $8.00 million for the Central Corridor LRT double-track project in Baltimore;
  • $8.00 million for the Hiawatha Corridor Transitway in Minneapolis;
  • $8.00 million for the Research Triangle Regional Rail project in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina;
  • $8.00 million for the Link LRT in Seattle; and
  • $46.43 million to be made available to other project sponsors for preliminary engineering activities.

These amounts, plus $10.32 million for ferry capital projects as specified by §5309(m)(5)(A), and $7.35 million for FTA oversight activities as provided under §5327(c), equal the total FY 2000 funding request of $980.40 million for the §5309 new starts program, which is the guaranteed amount of funding authorized by TEA-21.