Conclusion

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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.