Announcement of Competitively Selected Fiscal Year 2001 Projects for the Job Access and Reverse Commute Competitive Grant Program

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Transit Administration
 
Announcement of Competitively Selected Fiscal Year 2001 Projects 
for the Job Access and Reverse Commute Competitive Grant Program
AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA), announces the selection of competitively 
submitted proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 funding under the Job 
Access and Reverse Commute Grants program funding, authorized under 
section 3037 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
(TEA-21) Pub. L. 105-178. The Notice also provides information on how 
to proceed with the submission of a final application. Projects were 
competitively selected from projects submitted to FTA in (FY) 2000. 
Funding limitations in (FY) 2000 prevented FTA from funding or fully 
funding a number of qualified projects in that fiscal year.
    This announcement is available on the DOT's FTA website.
DATES: All applications for selected projects must be completed and 
filed with the appropriate FTA Regional Offices by April 1, 2001. If 
there are extenuating circumstances that prevent filing an electronic 
application by that time, please contact the appropriate FTA regional 
administrator for a filing extension. Failure to file may mean that 
funding selection decisions may be rescinded. FTA regional offices will 
provide guidance on how to file electronic applications.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The appropriate FTA Regional 
Administrator for application-specific information and issues (Appendix 
A). For general program information, refer to the Job Access and 
Reverse Commute Competitive Grants Notice, 65 Fed. Reg. 13210 et seq., 
March 10, 2000. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS). The 
notice can also be accessed through FTA's web site.
Background
    In (FY) 2001, the Congress provided $99,780,000 for the Job Access 
and Reverse Commute Grants program. Congress designated $75,240,000 of 
this funding for projects in specified states, localities and, in some 
cases, to specific organizations. These designations are listed in 
Appendix B.
    FTA has decided that the remaining (FY) 2001 selections would be 
chosen from meritorious proposals submitted in (FY) 2000 that were only 
partially funded or not funded because of funding limitations in (FY) 
2000. The (FY) 2000 selections were announced in the Federal Register 
on October 16, 2000 and may be found on the FTA website.
    FTA has made this decision because project proposals submitted in 
(FY) 2000 far exceeded FTA's funding resources available for major 
urbanized areas with populations greater than 200,000 and for small 
urban and rural areas with populations of less than 50,000. 
Additionally, FTA wishes to continue timely support of meritorious 
projects previously funded by FTA. Selecting proposals at this time 
rather than issuing a new (FY) 2001 solicitation will significantly 
speed project implementation. To afford a full opportunity to all 
interested parties to participate in the Job Access and Reverse Commute 
Grants program, FTA intends to issue a new solicitation for (FY) 2002 
funding in the near future. This will permit FTA to announce proposal 
selections at the beginning of (FY) 2002 rather than at the end of the 
year as has occurred in the past. We believe this will improve program 
timing and make program announcements more predictable in the future.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Job Access and Reverse Commute Grants 
program is intended to establish an area-wide regional planning 
approach to job access challenges. This is accomplished through a 
coordinated transportation/human services planning activity developed 
as part of or in conjunction with the established transportation 
planning process conducted by MPOS in metropolitan areas and under 
state guidance in rural and small urban areas. Projects derived from 
this process support the implementation of a variety of transportation 
services that may be needed to connect welfare recipients to jobs and 
related employment activities. All projects funded under the Job Access 
and Reverse Commute Grants program must be derived from this area-wide 
planning process.
    The Job Access and Reverse Commute Grants program has two major 
goals: to provide transportation services in urban, suburban and rural 
areas to assist welfare recipients and low income individuals in 
gaining access to employment opportunities; and to increase 
collaboration among transportation providers, human service agencies, 
employers, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), states, and 
affected communities and individuals.
    The following table lists the successful competitive applicants for 
fiscal year 2001, by state:
                       Fiscal Year 2001 Competitive Projects
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State             Locality                  Applicant  (Sub-applicant)       FTA Funds
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Alabama.........  Montgomery..............  City of Montgomery..........           $250,000
California......  Oakland.................  AC Transit..................            130,108
California......  Napa....................  Napa County Transportation               62,500
                                            Planning Agency.
California......  Sacramento..............  CALTRANS....................            500,000
California......  Sacramento..............  Sacramento County Public                 96,395
                                            Works Agency.
California......  San Diego...............  San Diego Association of                800,000
                                            Governments.
California......  San Francisco Metro Area  Metropolitan Transportation             316,500
                                            Commission.
California......  Ukiah...................  Mendocino Transit Authority.             79,368
California......  Woodland................  YOLOBUS.....................            137,440
Colorado........  Breckenridge............  Summit County (Summit Stage)             75,000
Colorado........  Denver..................  Regional Transportation                 100,000
                                            District.
Connecticut.....  New Britain, Bristol,     Connecticut Department of               857,786
                  Plainville.               Transportation (North
                                            Central Region).
Connecticut.....  Bridgeport..............  Connecticut Department of               309,623
                                            Transportation (Southwest
                                            Region).
Connecticut.....  Bridgeport, New Haven...  Connecticut Department of               473,000
                                            Transportation (South
                                            Central Region).
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Connecticut.....  Groton, Mystic,           Connecticut Department of               127,714
                  Montville, New London,    Transportation (Eastern
                  Norwich, Pawcatuck,       Region).
                  Foxwoods.
Delaware........  Sussex County...........  Delaware Department of                   95,000
                                            Transportation.
Delaware........  Wilmington Metro Area...  Delaware Department of                  432,500
                                            Transportation.
Florida.........  Clearwater--Tampa Metro   Pinellas County MPO                   2,400,000
                  Area.                     (Pinellas Suncoast Transit
                                            Authority, Pasco County).
Florida.........  Jacksonville............  Jacksonville Transportation             930,000
                                            Authority.
Georgia.........  Atlanta.................  Georgia Department of                   150,000
                                            Transportation (Hall
                                            County: rural).
Illinois........  Chester.................  Interagency Transportation               93,868
                                            Consortium.
Illinois........  Chicago.................  Chicago Area Transportation             136,314
                                            Study (Chicago Transit
                                            Authority).
Illinois........  Chicago.................  Chicago Area Transportation              92,934
                                            Study (Metra).
Illinois........  Chicago Metro Area......  Chicago Area Transportation             362,445
                                            Study (PACE).
Illinois........  Karnak..................  Massac County (Shawnee                   53,600
                                            Development Council).
Illinois........  Rock Island.............  Rock Island County                      316,368
                                            Metropolitan Mass Transit.
Indiana.........  South Bend..............  South Bend Public                       245,919
                                            Transportation Group.
Kentucky........  Louisville..............  Transit Authority of River            1,097,400
                                            City.
Massachusetts...  Boston..................  Massachusetts Bay                       601,900
                                            Transportation Authority.
Massachusetts...  Haverhill...............  Merrimack Valley Regional               500,000
                                            Transit Authority.
Michigan........  Barry...................  Michigan Department of                   44,000
                                            Transportation (Barry
                                            County).
Michigan........  Benzie County--Leelanau.  Michigan Department of                   45,000
                                            Transportation (Benzie
                                            County--Leelanau).
Michigan........  Berrien, Cass, Van Buren  Michigan Department of                  150,000
                                            Transportation (Berrien--
                                            Cass--Van Buren).
Michigan........  Charlevoix, Emmet.......  Michigan Department of                   17,500
                                            Transportation (Charlevoix--
                                            Emmet).
Michigan........  Detroit.................  Southeastern Michigan                   200,000
                                            Council of Governments
                                            (City of Detroit Department
                                            of Transportation).
Michigan........  Eaton...................  Michigan Department of                   58,939
                                            Transportation (Eaton
                                            County).
Michigan........  Ionia County............  Michigan DOT (Ionia County).             81,570
Michigan........  Lake Mason, Oceana        Michigan Department of                  150,000
                  Counties.                 Transportation (Lake--
                                            Mason--Oceana Counties).
Michigan........  Lansing.................  Capital Area Transportation              26,000
                                            Authority.
Michigan........  Midland.................  Michigan Department of                   71,281
                                            Transportation (Midland
                                            County).
Nebraska........  Buffalo County..........  Nebraska Department of Roads            131,925
                                           (Buffalo County Community).
New York........  New York City...........  MTA/Human Resource                      477,568
                                            Administration.
New York........  New York City...........  Non-Profit Assistance Corp..            929,040
New York........  New York City...........  Phipps Community Development            760,284
                                            Corp.
New York........  New York City...........  Project Renewal.............            400,577
New York........  New York City Metro--     Westchester County..........             55,000
                  Westchester.
New York........  New York City Metro--     Westchester County                      175,320
                  Westchester.              Department of
                                            Transportation (Westchester
                                            Community Opportunity
                                            Program).
North Dakota....  Fort Yates..............  Sitting Bull College........             79,208
Ohio............  Akron...................  Metro Regional Transit                   33,378
                                            Authority.
Ohio............  Lorain..................  Lorain County Transit.......            300,000
Ohio............  Muskingum...............  Ohio Department of                      142,582
                                            Transportation (Muskingum
                                            Transit Authority).
Ohio...........   Pike County.............  Ohio Department of                       36,921
                                            Transportation (Pike County
                                            Community Action Committee).
Ohio............  Youngstown..............  Western Reserve Transit                  50,000
                                            Authority.
Oregon..........  Baker City..............  Oregon Department of                     28,600
                                            Transportation (Community
                                            Connection of Baker County).
Oregon..........  LaGrande................  Oregon Department of                     16,500
                                            Transportation (Community
                                            Connection of Union County).
Oregon..........  Redmond.................  Oregon Department of                    110,000
                                            Transportation (Central
                                            Oregon Intergovernmental
                                            Council).
Pennsylvania....  Indiana.................  Indiana County Transit                   51,580
                                            Authority.
Tennessee.......  Knoxville...............  Knoxville-Knox County                   200,000
                                            Community Action Committee.
Tennessee.......  Memphis.................  Memphis Area Transit                    275,000
                                            Authority.
Texas...........  Austin, Colorado          Texas Department of                     150,000
                  Counties.                 Transportation (Colorado
                                            Valley).
Texas...........  Dallas-Fort Worth.......  North Central Texas Council           1,500,000
                                            of Governments.
Texas...........  El Paso.................  City of El Paso.............            720,000
Texas...........  Fort Worth..............  Fort Worth Transit..........            240,000
Texas...........  Guadalupe, Comal          Texas Department of                     150,000
                  Counties.                 Transportation (Alamo Area
                                            Council of Governments).
Texas...........  Hunt, Rockwell, Dallas    Texas Department of                     200,000
                  Counties.                 Transportation (The
                                            Connection).
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Texas...........  Robstown, Petronila,      Texas Department of                      60,000
                  Banquete, Driscoll.       Transportation (Institute
                                            for Urban Development).
Virginia........  Richmond................  Greater Richmond Transit              1,000,000
                                            Company.
Washington......  Seattle.................  Puget Sound Regional Council          2,780,000
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Pre-Award Authority
    FTA is providing pre-award spending authority for this program 
which permits successful applicants to incur costs on eligible projects 
without prejudice to possible Federal participation in the cost of the 
project or projects. However, in exercising pre-award authority, 
successful applicants must comply with all Federal requirements. 
Failure to do so will render a project ineligible for FTA financial 
assistance. Successful applicants must consult the appropriate regional 
office regarding the eligibility of the project for future FTA funds or 
the applicability of the conditions and Federal requirements. Pre-award 
spending authority is provided to projects selected and announced by 
this notice effective October 23, 2000. Congressionally designated 
projects are likewise granted pre-award authority effective October 23, 
2000. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (FY 2001 DOT Appropriations 
Act) (Pub. L. 106-346) was signed into law by President Clinton on 
October 23, 2000.
Certifications and Assurances Requirements
    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5323(n), certifications and assurances 
have been compiled for the various FTA programs. Before FTA may award a 
Federal grant, each successful applicant must provide to FTA all 
certifications and assurances required by Federal laws and regulations 
applicable to itself and its project. A state providing certifications 
and assurances on behalf of its prospective subrecipients should obtain 
sufficient documentation from those subrecipients needed to provide 
informed certifications and assurances. A successful applicant for 
funds under the Job Access and Reverse Commute Grants program will be 
required to comply with the requirements of the FTA's Annual 
Certifications and Assurances. It is important that each successful 
applicant be familiar with all certifications and assurances as they 
are a prerequisite for receiving FTA financial assistance. All 
successful applicants are advised to read the entire text of those 
Certifications and Assurances to be confident of their responsibilities 
and commitments.
    The signature page accompanying the Certifications and Assurances 
contains the current fiscal year's certifications and, when properly 
attested to and submitted to FTA, assures FTA that the applicant 
intends to comply with the requirements for the specific program 
involved. FTA will not award any federal assistance until the 
successful applicant provides assurance of compliance by selecting 
Category I on the signature page and all other categories applicable to 
itself and its project.
    FTA's (FY) 2001 Certifications and Assurances Notice is expected to 
be published in the Federal Register on or about January 18, 2001. 
Copies may also be obtained from FTA regional 
offices. Applicants that need further assistance should contact the 
appropriate FTA regional office (see Appendix A) for further 
information.
U.S. Department of Labor Certification
    As a condition of release of Federal funds for this program, 
Federal Transit law requires that applicants must comply with 49 U.S.C. 
5333(b), administered under the Department of Labor's (DOL) Mass 
Transit Employee Protection Program. These employee protections include 
the preservation of rights, privileges, and benefits under existing 
collective bargaining agreements, the continuation of collective 
bargaining rights, the protection of individual employees against a 
worsening of their positions related to employment, assurances of 
employment to employees of acquired mass transportation systems, 
priority of reemployment, and paid training or retraining. Generally, 
DOL processes the employee protection certification required under 
Section 5333(b) in accordance with the procedural guidelines published 
at 29 CFR 215.3. However, for the Job Access and Reverse Commute Grants 
program, DOL has proposed to apply appropriate protections without 
referral for Job Access and Reverse Commute Grant applications serving 
populations under 200,000 and to utilize the guidelines for Job Access 
and Reverse Commute Grant applications serving populations of 200,000 
or more. FTA will submit the grant application to DOL for 
certification.
    Grant funds will NOT be released without DOL certification. Where 
there are questions regarding the DOL certification process and/or 
information needed by DOL to obtain a labor certification, successful 
applicants must contact the appropriate FTA regional office (See 
Appendix A). Additionally, guidance is provided on the World Wide Web 
at [http://www.fta.dot.gov].
Completed Application
    All successful applicants must now proceed to complete their grant 
application by fully documenting all the Job Access and Reverse Commute 
Grants program requirements that were not fully documented when the 
original grant proposal was submitted. FTA regional offices will advise 
applicants by letter of any remaining outstanding items, as well as 
stipulations specific to the Job Access and Reverse Commute Grant 
projects that need to be addressed and/or fully documented prior to 
grant approval.
    Successful applicants will be notified in writing by the FTA 
regional offices with further guidance.
    Issued on: January 16, 2001.
Nuria I. Fernandez,
Acting Administrator.
Appendix A--FTA Regional Offices
Region I
Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and 
Massachusetts. Richard Doyle, FTA Regional Administrator, Volpe 
National Transportation Systems Center, Kendall Square, 55 Broadway, 
Suite 920, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093, (617) 494-2055
Region II
New York, New Jersey, and Virgin Islands. Letitia Thompson, FTA 
Regional Administrator, One Bowling Green, Room 429, New York, NY 
10004-1415, (212) 668-2170
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Region III
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and 
District of Columbia. Susan Schruth, FTA Regional Administrator, 
1760 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124, (215) 
656-7100
Region IV
Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, 
Mississippi, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. Jerry Franklin, FTA 
Regional Administrator, 61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Suite 17T50, 
Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 562-3500
Region V
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Joel 
Ettinger, FTA Regional Administrator, 200 West Adams Street, Suite 
2410, Chicago, IL 60606-5232, (312) 353-2789
Region VI
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Robert 
Patrick, FTA Regional Administrator, 819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36, 
Ft. Worth, TX 76102, (817) 978-0550
Region VII
Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. Mokhtee Ahmad, FTA Regional 
Administrator, 901 Locust Street, Suite 404, Kansas City, MO 64106, 
(816) 329-3920
Region VIII
Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota. Lee 
Waddleton, FTA Regional Administrator, Columbine Place, 216 16th 
Street, Suite 650, Denver, CO 80202-5120, (303) 844-3242
Region IX
California, Hawaii, Guam, Arizona, Nevada, American Samoa, and the 
Northern Mariana Islands. Leslie Rogers, FTA Regional Administrator, 
201 Mission Street, Suite 2210, San Francisco, CA 94105-1839, (415) 
744-3133
Region X
Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Helen Knoll, FTA Regional 
Administrator, Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 
3142, Seattle, WA 98174-1002, (206) 220-7954
          Appendix B--(FY) 2001 Projects Designated by Congress
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                              FY 2001 funds
           State                allocated         Location/description
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Alabama...................           $249,450  Mobile, Alabama.
Alabama...................          1,995,600  Troy State University,
                                                Alabama--Rosa Parks
                                                Center.
Alabama...................          1,496,700  State of Alabama.
Alabama...................            848,130  Easter Seals West Alabama
                                                work transition
                                                programs.
Alaska....................             59,868  Mantanuska-Susitna
                                                borough, M.A.S.C.O.T,
                                                Alaska.
Alaska....................            399,120  Sitka, Alaska transit
                                                expansion program.
Alaska....................            498,900  Central Kenai Peninsula
                                                public transportation.
Arizona...................            997,800  Tucson, Arizona.
Arkansas..................          3,991,200  State of Arkansas.
California................            498,900  Alameda and Contra-Costa
                                                counties, California.
California................          2,993,400  Fresno, Tulare, Kings and
                                                Kern Counties,
                                                California.
California................          3,492,300  Los Angeles, California.
California................            149,670  Monterey, California.
California................            997,800  Sacramento, California.
California................            274,395  San Francisco,
                                                California.
California................            498,900  Santa Clara County,
                                                California.
Colorado..................             74,835  Archuleta County,
                                                Colorado.
District of Columbia......            997,800  District of Columbia.
Florida...................          1,995,600  Broward County, Florida.
Florida...................            598,680  Hillsborough County,
                                                Florida.
Georgia...................            498,900  Chatham, Georgia.
Illinois..................            997,800  Chicago, Illinois.
Illinois..................            498,900  DuPage County, Illinois.
Illinois..................            149,670  Southern Illinois RIDES.
Illinois..................            997,800  State of Illinois.
Indiana...................            997,800  Indianapolis, Indiana.
Iowa......................          1,596,480  Des Moines, Dubuque,
                                                Sioux City, Delaware and
                                                Jackson Counties, Iowa.
Kansas....................            997,800  Kansas City, Kansas.
Maine.....................            498,900  State of Maine.
Maine.....................            898,020  York County, Maine.
Maryland..................          2,394,720  State of Maryland.
Massachusetts.............            399,120  Athol/Orange Community
                                                Transportation,
                                                Massachusetts.
Massachusetts.............            349,230  Western Massachusetts.
Michigan..................            249,450  North Oakland County,
                                                Michigan.
Missouri..................            748,350  OATS job access programs,
                                                Missouri.
Missouri..................            149,670  Meramec Community Transit
                                                programs, Missouri.
Nevada....................            997,800  Washoe County, Nevada.
New Hampshire.............            339,252  State of New Hampshire.
New Mexico................            249,450  Dona Ana County, New
                                                Mexico.
New Mexico................            259,428  Las Cruces, New Mexico.
New Mexico................          1,995,600  State of New Mexico.
New York..................            249,450  Capital District
                                                Authority, New York.
New York..................            249,450  Broome County Transit,
                                                New York.
New York..................            498,900  Buffalo, New York.
New York..................            498,900  Nassau County, New York.
New York..................            299,340  Rochester, New York.
New York..................            444,021  Suffolk County, New York.
New York..................            199,560  Sullivan County, New
                                                York.
New York..................            299,340  Tompkins County, New
                                                York.
New York..................            199,560  Ulster County, New York.
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Ohio......................            748,350  Central Ohio.
Oklahoma..................          4,490,100  State of Oklahoma.
Oregon....................          1,835,952  Portland, Oregon.
Pennsylvania..............            399,120  Greater Erie Community
                                                Action Committee,
                                                Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania..............          2,993,400  SEPTA, Philadelphia,
                                                Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania..............          1,995,600  Pittsburgh Port Authority
                                                of Allegheny County,
                                                Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island..............             99,780  Rhode Island community
                                                food bank
                                                transportation.
Rhode Island..............            997,800  Rhode Island Public
                                                Transit Authority.
Tennessee.................          1,995,600  State of Tennessee.
Texas.....................            548,790  Corpus Christi RTA,
                                                Texas.
Vermont...................          1,496,700  State of Vermont.
Virginia..................            498,900  Tysons Corner/Dulles
                                                Corridor, Virginia.
Virginia..................          4,490,100  Commonwealth of Virginia.
Washington................          1,995,600  State of Washington.
West Virginia.............          1,496,700  State of West Virginia.
Wisconsin.................          4,689,660  State of Wisconsin.
                                    1,995,600  Ways to Work family loan
                                                program, Southeastern
                                                U.S.
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