Conclusion

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The proposed new starts funding level of $1,058.40 million is based on the guaranteed funding level authorized by TEA-21 for FY 2001, 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), plus an anticipated amendment for the Atlanta North Springs project;
  • The anticipated funding needs of the three projects for which FFGAs are pending;
  • The anticipated funding needs of the 11 projects that are expected to be ready for FFGAs by the end of FY 2001 (the 12th project, Hudson-Bergen MOS-2, requires no new starts funding in FY 2001);
  • 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 2001 for projects with existing Federal funding commitments:

  • $25.00 million for the MARTA North Line Extension in Atlanta, based on the anticipated funding needs under the expected amendment to the existing FFGA for this project in FY 2001;
  • $35.97 million for Phase 1 of the South Boston Piers Transitway, based on the remaining funds required to complete the Federal commitment in FY 200I;
  • $70.00 million for the North Central LRT Extension in Dallas, according to the funding schedule specified in Attachment 6 of the FFGA for this project;
  • $20.20 million for the Southwest LRT in Denver, 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 2001;
  • $10.74 million for the Houston Regional Bus Plan, based on the remaining funds required to complete the Federal commitment in FY 2001;
  • $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;
  • $121.00 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;
  • $209,232 to complete the Federal commitment to the Westside LRT in Portland;
  • $35.20 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 and the remaining funds required to complete the Federal commitment in FY 2001;
  • $718,006 to complete the Federal commitment to the South LRT project in Salt Lake City;
  • $80.00 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;
  • $12.25 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 2001;
  • $118.00 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
  • $60.00 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.

We recommend the following allocations of §5309 new starts funding in FY 2001 for the three projects for which Federal funding commitments are currently pending:

  • $30.00 million for upgrades to the Tri-Rail Commuter Rail system in Ft. Lauderdale;
  • $10.00 million for the Newark Rail Link in Newark, New Jersey; and
  • $65.00 million for the Mission Valley East light rail extension in San Diego;

In addition to these, we also recommend that funding be provided to 11 projects in anticipation of Federal commitments expected to be made before the end of FY 2001, as follows:

  • $10.00 million for the Central Corridor LRT double-track project in Baltimore;
  • $17.00 million for the CTA Douglas Branch Reconstruction project in Chicago;
  • $10.00 million for the Metra South West Commuter Rail project in Chicago;
  • $20.00 million for the Southeast Corridor light rail project in Denver;
  • $14.17 million for the Medical Center Extension of the Memphis light rail system;
  • $20.00 million for the Hiawatha Corridor Transitway in Minneapolis;
  • $20.00 million for the Stage II LRT Reconstruction project in Pittsburgh;
  • $40.00 million for the Interstate MAX extension in Portland;
  • $15.00 million for the University Corridor LRT in Salt Lake City;
  • $35.00 million for the Central Link LRT in Seattle; and
  • $10.00 million for the extension of the Washington, DC Metrorail system to Largo, Maryland.

Finally, as authorized by §5309(m)(2), we recommend that a total of $84.67 million be provided for preliminary engineering activities. The following allocations are recommended:

  • $10.00 million for the Metra North Central and Union Pacific West commuter rail projects in Chicago, to be allocated according to local priorities;
  • $8.80 million for improvements to the CTA Ravenswood Line in Chicago;
  • $8.80 million to continue development of the Euclid Corridor busway in Cleveland;
  • $5.67 million to complete the River Rail project in Little Rock;
  • $10.00 million to continue development of planned improvements to the MARC commuter rail system in Maryland, to be allocated according to local priorities;
  • $8.80 million for the Miami South Busway extension;
  • $8.80 million for the East Corridor Commuter Rail project in Nashville;
  • $10.00 million to further development of the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project in New York City;
  • $5.00 million to further development of the 2nd Avenue Subway project in New York City; and
  • $8.80 million for the Oceanside-Escondido passenger rail project in San Diego County.

These amounts, plus $10.32 million for ferry capital projects as specified by §5309(m)(5)(A), and $7.94 million for FTA oversight activities as provided under §5327(c), equal the total FY 2000 funding request of $1,058.40 million for the §5309 new starts program, which is the guaranteed amount of funding authorized by TEA-21.