The proposed New Starts funding level of $1,514.92†million is based on the Administrationís proposed funding levels for FY†2004. After setting aside one†percent of these funds ($15.15†million) for oversight activities as specified in the Administrationís FY†2002 budget proposal and approved by P.L. 107-87, $10.30†million for ferry capital projects in Alaska or Hawaii, and $121.19 million for projects currently in Final Design or Preliminary Engineering, $1,368.28 million is available for project grants. FTA recommends the following allocation of these project grant funds in FY 2004:
- A total of $994.26 million for nineteen projects with existing FFGAs which commits FTA to provide specific levels of major capital investment funding.
- A total of $139.02 million for three projects for which new FFGAs are pending, and which were recommended in the last Annual New Starts report.
- A total of $235.00 million for four†proposed projects that are expected to be ready for FFGA commitments before the end of FY†2004.