[Federal Register: April 27, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 79)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

 
FTA Supplemental Fiscal Year 2009 Apportionments and Allocations

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Division I of the ``Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009'' (Pub. 
L. 111-8), signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 11, 2009, 
made funds available for all of the surface transportation programs of 
the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Fiscal Year (FY) ending 
September 30, 2009. This notice supplements the December 18, 2008 
Federal Register notice. The notice apportions formula funds made 
available under the Omnibus Appropriations Act and allocates FY 2009 
funds to congressionally designated projects that were contained in the 
accompanying committee report and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). 
The notice does not include any extensions of previously lapsed 
earmarks. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will address 
allocations of lapsed and/or unallocated resources subsequent to this 
notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information about this 
notice contact Henrika Buchanan-Smith, Office of Program Management, at 
(202) 366-2053. Please contact the appropriate FTA regional or 
metropolitan office for any specific requests for information or 
technical assistance. Appendix A at the end of this notice includes 
contact information for FTA regional and metropolitan offices.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Contents

I. Overview
II. FTA Programs Funding
III. FY 2009 FTA Program Initiatives and Changes
IV. FTA Programs
    A. Metropolitan Planning Program (49 U.S.C. 5305(d))
    B. State Planning and Research Program (49 U.S.C. 5305(e))
    C. Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5307)
    D. Clean Fuels Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5308)
    E. Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309)--Fixed Guideway 
Modernization
    F. Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309)--Bus and Bus-
Related Facilities
    G. Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309)--New and Small 
Starts
    H. Special Needs of Elderly Individuals and Individuals With 
Disabilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5310)
    I. Nonurbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5311)
    J. Rural Transportation Assistance Program (49 U.S.C. 
5311(b)(3))
    K. Public Transportation on Indian Reservation Program (49 
U.S.C. 5311(c)(1))
    L. National Research Program (49 U.S.C. 5314)
    M. Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (49 U.S.C. 5316)
    N. New Freedom Program (49 U.S.C. 5317)
    O. Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program (49 U.S.C. 5320)
    P. Alternatives Analysis Program (49 U.S.C. 5339)
    Q. Growing States and High Density States Formula (49 U.S.C. 
5340)
    R. Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program (49 U.S.C. 5310 Note) 
Tables
    1. FTA Revised FY 2009 Appropriations and Apportionments for 
Grant Programs
    2. FTA Revised FY 2009 Metropolitan Planning Program and 
Statewide Planning and Research Program Apportionments
    3. FTA Revised FY 2009 Section 5307 and Section 5340 Urbanized 
Area Apportionments
    4. FTA FY 2009 Section 5307 Apportionment Formula
    5. FTA Revised FY 2009 Formula Programs Apportionments Data Unit 
Values
    5-A. FTA Urbanized Areas 200,000 or More in Population Eligible 
to Use Section 5307 Funds for Operating Assistance
    6. FTA Revised FY 2009 Small Transit Intensive Cities 
Performance Data and Apportionments
    7-A. FTA FY 2009 Section 5308 Clean Fuels Allocations
    8. FTA Revised FY 2009 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization 
Apportionments
    9. FTA FY 2009 Fixed Guideway Modernization Program 
Apportionment Formula
    10-A. FTA FY 2009 Section 5309 Bus And Bus-Related Facilities 
Allocations
    10-B. FTA Reprogrammed Section 5309 Bus And Bus-Related 
Facilities Allocations
    11. FTA Revised FY 2009 Section 5309 New Starts Allocations
    12-A. FTA Reprogrammed Section 5309 New Starts Allocations
    13. FTA Revised FY 2009 Special Needs for Elderly Individuals 
and Individuals with Disabilities Apportionments
    14. FTA Revised FY 2009 Section 5311 and Section 5340 
Nonurbanized Area Formula Apportionments, and Rural Transportation 
Assistance Program (RTAP) Allocations
    16. FTA Revised FY 2009 Section 5316 Job Access And Reverse 
Commute (JARC) Apportionments
    18. FTA Revised FY 2009 Section 5317 New Freedom Apportionments
    19-A. FTA FY 2009 Section 5339 Alternative Analysis Allocations
    20. FTA FY 2009 National Research Programs Allocations Appendix 
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I. Overview

    This document apportions and allocates FY 2009 formula funds 
appropriated in Division I of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 
(Pub. L. 111-8, March 11, 2009), and FY 2009 funds designated for 
specific projects under SAFETEA-LU and the committee report 
accompanying the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, for the Bus and Bus 
Facilities program, New Starts program, Clean Fuels program, and the 
Alternatives Analysis program. It also includes projects that were 
extended or reprogrammed as a matter of law in the Omnibus 
Appropriations Act, 2009. This notice does not include allocations of 
recovered previous years' discretionary funds or unallocated FY 2009 
discretionary resources. FTA will provide information regarding the 
availability of unallocated discretionary resources at a later date.
    FTA reminds grantees apportioned formula funds from the American 
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Pub. L. 111-05; ``ARRA'') that at least 
fifty percent of the funds attributable to each urbanized area over 
200,000 in population and each State for all other areas must be 
obligated in a FTA grant by September 1, 2009. The March 5, 2009 
Federal Register notice that apportioned ARRA funds provides more 
details about this requirement and includes the statement that ``FTA 
will consider a submittal timely if a complete ARRA formula grant is 
received on or before July 1, 2009.'' FTA reminds grantees that the 
July 1, 2009 deadline accounts for the Department of Labor process 
associated with labor certifications which can take up to 60 days to 
complete the certification referral process. Grantees are strongly 
encouraged to submit applications well in advance of that deadline 
whenever possible. Planning submission of a grant application on or 
near July 1, 2009 might not account for local decision making schedules 
that could be subject to change, or to any grant errors or issues for 
resolution that might be identified. Taking these other considerations 
into account makes it prudent to submit applications as soon as 
feasible.

II. FTA Program Funding Based on the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009

    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides general funds and 
obligation authority on trust funds from the Mass Transit Account (MTA) 
that total $10.2 billion for FTA programs. FTA previously published a 
notice on December 18, 2008, that made $4.1 billion of the $10.2 
billion available in accordance with the Continuing Appropriations Act. 
Table 1 of this document shows the funding for the FTA programs, as 
provided for in the entire fiscal year of 2009 in the Omnibus 
Appropriations Act, 2009. All Formula programs, the Alternatives 
Analysis program, and the Section 5309 Bus and Bus-Related Facilities 
program are funded entirely from the Mass Transit Account of the 
Highway Trust Fund in FY 2009. The Section 5309 New Starts Program, the 
Research Program, and FTA administrative expenses are funded by 
appropriations from the General Fund of the Treasury.

III. FY 2009 FTA Program Initiatives and Changes

A. Match for Biodiesel Vehicles and Hybrid Retrofits

    Section 164 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, allows a 90 
percent Federal share for biodiesel buses and for the net capital cost 
of factory-installed or retrofitted hybrid electric propulsion systems 
and any equipment related to such a system. This increased federal 
share is a cross-cutting provision and is applicable across FTA 
programs for any grants awarded during FY 2009, regardless of what 
fiscal year funding is used. Grantees may apply for a 90 percent 
Federal share for the entire cost of a biodiesel bus. However, in the 
case of a hybrid electric vehicle, only the cost of the propulsion 
system and related equipment is eligible for 90 percent Federal share. 
In lieu of calculating the costs of the equipment separately, grantees 
may apply for 83 percent of the cost of the vehicle.

B. Use of Lapsed and Recovered Funds

    Section 170 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, restricts the 
use of unobligated funds or recovered funds under Section 5309 that are 
available for reallocation by the Secretary of Transportation. 
Specifically, Section 170 provides that the Secretary may reallocate 
Section 5309 discretionary funds only to projects eligible to use the 
funds for the purposes for which they were originally provided. 
Accordingly, Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities (Bus) Program 
recovered or unobligated lapsed funds must be redirected to projects 
eligible under the Bus Program and Section 5309 Capital Investment (New 
Starts) Program recovered or unobligated lapsed funds must be 
redirected to projects eligible under the New Starts Program. In 
accordance with 49 U.S.C. 5337(d)(2), Section 5309 Fixed Guideway 
Modernization (Fixed Guideway) program funds that are recovered or 
unobligated are reapportioned by formula for projects eligible under 
the Fixed Guideway Modernization program.

C. Congressional Notification of Discretionary Grant Awards

    Before FTA can award grants for discretionary projects and 
activities designated by Congress, if the award exceeds an established 
dollar threshold, notification three full business days prior to award 
must be given to members of Congress and to the House and Senate 
authorizing and appropriations committees. In previous years, the 
amount requiring Congressional notification was $1 million; however, 
the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2008, lowered the threshold for 
notification to $500,000. Section 188 of the Omnibus Appropriations, 
2009, extends the lowered threshold amount. Therefore, FTA will 
continue to notify Congress before making a discretionary grant award 
that is $500,000 or more.

IV. FTA Programs

A. Metropolitan Planning Program (49 U.S.C. 5305(d))

    Section 5305(d) authorizes federal funding to support a 
cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive planning program for 
transportation investment decision making in metropolitan areas as set 
forth in 49 U.S.C. 5303. Detailed program information was previously 
published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For more 
information about Metropolitan Transportation Planning and the 
Metropolitan Planning Program, including FTA Circular 8100.1C, contact 
Charles Goodman, of the Office of Planning and Environment, at (202) 
366-1944. For information about published allocations, contact Kimberly 
Sledge, Office of Transit Programs, at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $93,887,200 to the 
Metropolitan Planning Program (49 U.S.C. 5305(d)). The total amount 
apportioned for the Metropolitan Planning Program to States for use by 
metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in urbanized areas (UZAs) is 
$93,626,320, as shown in the table below, after the deduction for 
oversight and the addition of previous year reapportioned funds.

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                      Metropolitan Planning Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................     $93,887,200
Oversight Deduction.....................................        -469,436
Prior Year Funds Added..................................         208,556
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    Total Apportioned...................................      93,626,320
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    Apportionments for this program are displayed in Table 2.

B. State Planning and Research Program (49 U.S.C. 5305(e))

    This program provides financial assistance to States for Statewide 
transportation planning as set forth in 49 U.S.C. 5304 and other 
technical assistance activities, including supplementing the technical 
assistance program provided through the Metropolitan Planning Program. 
Detailed program information was previously published in the Federal 
Register on December 18, 2008. For more information about statewide 
transportation planning and the State Planning and Research Program, 
including FTA Circular 8100.1C, contact Charles Goodman, of the Office 
of Planning and Environment, at (202) 366-1944. For information about 
published allocations, contact Kimberly Sledge, Office of Transit 
Programs, at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $19,612,800 to the 
State Planning and Research Program (SPRP) (49 U.S.C. 5305(e)). The 
total amount apportioned for SPRP is $20,348,334, as shown in the table 
below, after the deduction for oversight (authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5327) 
and the addition of unspent funds from previous years.

                   State Planning and Research Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................     $19,612,800
Oversight Deduction.....................................         -98,064
Prior Year Funds Added..................................         833,598
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    Total Apportioned...................................      20,348,334
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    Apportionments for this program are displayed in Table 2.

C. Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5307)

    Section 5307 authorizes Federal funding for capital and in some 
cases, operating assistance, and planning activities, for transit in 
Urbanized Area (UZAs). A UZA is an area with a population of 50,000 or 
more that has been defined and designated as such in the most recent 
decennial Census by the U.S. Census Bureau. Detailed program 
information was previously published in the Federal Register on 
December 18, 2008. For more information contact the Office of Program 
Management at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $4,160,365,000 to 
the Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5307). The total amount 
apportioned for the Urbanized Area Formula Program is $4,530,561,686 as 
shown in the table below, after the 0.75 percent deduction for 
oversight (authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5327), the addition of previous year 
funding and including funds apportioned to UZAs from the appropriation 
for Section 5340 for Growing States and High Density States.

                     Urbanized Area Formula Program
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Total Appropriation.................................  \a\ $4,160,365,000
Oversight Deduction.................................         -31,202,738
Prior Year Funds Added..............................           9,603,308
Section 5340 Funds Added............................         391,796,116
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    Total Apportioned...............................       4,530,561,686
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\a\ One percent set-aside for Small Transit Intensive Cities Formula.

    Table 3 displays the amounts apportioned under the Urbanized Area 
Formula Program.
    Table 5-A provides a list of the urbanized areas that crossed over 
the 200,000 population threshold (or were merged with existing large 
urbanized areas) as a result of the 2000 Census. These areas may use 
their FY 2009 apportionment to fund operating assistance projects up to 
the operating limitation specified in the Table 5-A.

D. Clean Fuels Grant Program (49 U.S.C. 5308)

    The Clean Fuels Grant Program supports the use of alternative fuels 
in air quality maintenance or nonattainment areas for ozone or carbon 
monoxide through capital grants to urbanized areas for clean fuel 
vehicles and facilities. Detailed program information was previously 
published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For more 
information about this program, contact Kimberly Sledge, Office of 
Program Management, at (202) 366-2053.
1. FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $51,500,000 to the 
Clean Fuels Grant Program (49 U.S.C. 5308). The amount available to be 
allocated is displayed in the table below.

                        Clean Fuels Grant Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................     $51,500,000
Oversight Deduction.....................................               0
Total Available.........................................      51,500,000
Total Allocated to Specific Projects....................     -21,632,000
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    Total Unallocated...................................      29,868,000
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    FY 2009 Clean Fuel Program allocations are shown in Table 7-A.
2. Period of Availability
    The FY 2009 Clean Fuels Grant program funds not obligated in a 
grant for eligible purposes as of September 30, 2011, may be made 
available for other projects under 49 U.S.C. 5308.

E. Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309)--Fixed Guideway 
Modernization

    This program provides capital assistance for the maintenance, 
recapitalization and modernization of existing fixed guideway systems. 
Detailed program information was previously published in the Federal 
Register on December 18, 2008. For more information about Fixed 
Guideway Modernization contact the Office of Program Management, at 
(202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $1,666,500,000 to 
the Fixed Guideway Modernization Program. The total amount apportioned 
for the Fixed Guideway Modernization Program is $1,650,085,466, after 
the deduction for oversight, and addition of prior year reapportioned 
funds, as shown in the table below.

                  Fixed Guideway Modernization Program
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Total Appropriation...................................    $1,666,500,000
Oversight Deduction...................................       -16,665,000
Prior Year Funds Added................................           250,466
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    Total Apportioned.................................     1,650,085,466
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    FY 2009 Fixed Guideway Modernization Program apportionments are 
displayed in Table 8.

F. Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309)--Bus and Bus-Related 
Facilities

    This program provides capital assistance for new and replacement 
buses, and related equipment and facilities. Funds are allocated on a 
discretionary basis. Detailed program information was previously 
published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For more 
information about Bus

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and Bus-Related Facilities contact Kimberly Sledge, Office of Program 
Management, at (202) 366-2053.
1. FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $884,000,000 for the 
Bus and Bus-Related Facilities program. This amount is $100,000,000 
below the SAFETEA-LU authorized program funding level based on a 
rescission of that amount contained in the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 
2009. The total amount allocated is shown in the table below.

                     Bus and Bus-Related Facilities
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SAFETEA-LU Authorized Level...........................      $984,000,000
Rescission............................................      -100,000,000
Total Available.......................................       884,000,000
Oversight Deduction...................................        -8,840,000
Total Available.......................................       875,160,000
Total Allocated to Specific Projects..................      -761,064,229
Total Unallocated.....................................       114,095,771
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    FY 2009 allocations are shown in Table 10-A. Projects reprogrammed 
by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, are shown in Table 10-B.
2. Requirements
    FTA honors Congressional earmarks for the purposes designated and 
for purposes eligible under the program or under the expanded 
eligibility of a ``notwithstanding'' provision. Projects designated 
under the Section 5309 Bus Program and the Section 5339 Alternatives 
Analysis Program for funding in the report language accompanying the 
Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, were incorporated as earmarks into 
the Omnibus Act by section 186. FTA will treat these projects as 
projects designated in law. The use of funds for any purpose other than 
as described in the earmark will require legislation. To apply to use 
funds designated in report language under the Bus Program in any year 
for project activities outside the scope of the project designation 
included in report language, but not earmarked in law or incorporated 
into law by reference, the recipient must submit a request for 
reprogramming to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations for 
resolution.
3. Period of Availability
    The FY 2009 Bus and Bus-Related Facilities funds not obligated in a 
grant for eligible purposes as of September 30, 2011, may be made 
available for other eligible bus projects under 49 U.S.C. 5309.

G. Capital Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5309)--New and Small Starts

    The New and Small Starts program provides funds for construction of 
new fixed guideway systems or extensions to existing fixed guideway 
systems and, in the case of Small Starts, corridor-based bus systems. 
Detailed program information was previously published in the Federal 
Register on December 18, 2008. For more information about New and Small 
Starts project development contact Elizabeth Day, Office of Planning 
and Environment, at (202) 366-4033, or for information about published 
allocations contact Kimberly Sledge, Office of Program Management, at 
(202) 366-2053.
1. FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $1,809,250,000 to 
the Capital Investment Program. The total amount allocated for the 
program is shown in the table below.

            Capital Investment Program (New and Small Starts)
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Total Appropriation...................................    $1,809,250,000
Oversight (one percent)...............................     -(18,092,500)
Total Available.......................................     1,791,157,500
Total Allocated to Specific Projects..................    -1,791,145,293
Total Unallocated.....................................            12,207
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    The FY 2009 Major Capital Investment Program Allocations are shown 
in Table 11. Projects extended or reprogrammed by the Omnibus 
Appropriations Act, 2009, are shown in Table 12-A.
H. Special Needs of Elderly Individuals and Individuals With 
Disabilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5310)
    This program provides formula funding to States for capital 
projects to assist private nonprofit groups in meeting the 
transportation needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities 
when the public transportation service provided in the area is 
unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meet these needs. 
Detailed program information was previously published in the Federal 
Register on December 18, 2008. For more information about the Elderly 
and Individuals with Disabilities Program contact David Schneider, 
Office of Program Management, at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, 
provides $133,500,000 to the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities 
Program (49 U.S.C. 5310). After deduction of 0.5 percent for oversight 
(49 U.S.C. 5327), and the addition of reapportioned prior year funds, 
$135,823,746 remains available for allocation to the States.

            Elderly and Individuals With Disabilities Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................    $133,500,000
Oversight Deduction.....................................        -667,500
Prior Year Funds Added..................................       2,991,246
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    Total Apportioned...................................    $135,823,746
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    The FY 2009 Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities Program 
apportionments to the States are displayed in Table 13.

I. Nonurbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5311)

    This program provides formula funding to States and Indian Tribes 
for the purpose of supporting public transportation in areas with a 
population of less than 50,000. Funding may be used for capital, 
operating, State administration, and project administration expenses. 
Detailed program information was previously published in the Federal 
Register on December 18, 2008. For more information about the 
Nonurbanized Area Formula Program contact Lorna Wilson, Office of 
Program Management, at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $465,000,000 to the 
Nonurbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. 5311). The total amount 
apportioned for the Nonurbanized Area Formula Program is $511,684,110, 
after take-downs of two percent for the Rural Transportation Assistance 
Program (RTAP), 0.5 percent for oversight, and $15,000,000 for the 
Tribal Transit Program, and the addition of Section 5340 funds and 
prior year funds reapportioned, as shown in the table below.

                    Nonurbanized Area Formula Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................    $465,000,000
Oversight Deduction.....................................      -2,325,000
RTAP Takedown...........................................      -9,300,000
Tribal Transit Takedown.................................     -15,000,000
Prior Year Funds Added..................................         105,226
Section 5340 Funds Added................................      73,203,884
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    Total Apportioned...................................     511,684,110
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    The FY 2009 Nonurbanized Area Formula apportionments to the States 
are displayed in Table 14.

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J. Rural Transportation Assistance Program (49 U.S.C. 5311(b)(3))

    This program provides funding to assist in the design and 
implementation of training and technical assistance projects, research, 
and other support services tailored to meet the needs of transit 
operators in nonurbanized areas. Detailed program information was 
previously published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For 
more information about RTAP contact Lorna Wilson, Office of Program 
Management, at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $9,300,000 to RTAP 
(49 U.S.C. 5311(b)(2)), as a two percent takedown from the funds 
appropriated for Section 5311. FTA has reserved 15 percent for the 
National RTAP program. After adding prior year funds eligible for 
reapportionment, $7,905,016 is available for allocations to the States, 
as shown in the table below.

                    Rural Transit Assistance Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................      $9,300,000
National RTAP Takedown..................................      -1,395,000
Prior Year Funds Added..................................              16
                                                         ---------------
    Total Apportioned...................................       7,905,016
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    Table 14 shows the FY 2009 RTAP allocations to the States.

K. Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (49 U.S.C. 
5311(c)(1))

    FTA refers to this program as the Tribal Transit Program. It is 
funded as a takedown from funds appropriated for the Section 5311 
program. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are eligible direct 
recipients. Detailed program information was previously published in 
the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For more information about 
the Tribal Transit Program contact Lorna Wilson, Office of Program 
Management, at (202) 366-2053.
1. Funding Availability in FY 2009
    Under the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, the amount allocated to 
the program in FY 2009 is $15,000,000, as authorized in Section 
5311(c)(1)(C). After adding prior year funds eligible for reallocation, 
$15,024,797 is available for allocation.
2. Basis for Allocation
    Based on procedures developed in consultation with the Tribes, FTA 
has issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) soliciting 
applications for FY 2009 funds.

L. National Research Programs (49 U.S.C. 5314)

    FTA's National Research Programs (NRP) include the National 
Research and Technology Program (NRTP), the Transit Cooperative 
Research Program (TCRP), the National Transit Institute (NTI), and the 
University Transportation Centers Program (UTC). Detailed program 
information was previously published in the Federal Register on 
December 18, 2008. For more information contact Linda Wolfe, Office of 
Research, Demonstration and Innovation, at (202) 366-8511.
Funding Availability in FY 2009
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $67,000,000 for the 
National Research Programs. Of this amount $10,000,000 is allocated for 
TCRP, $4,300,000 for NTI, $7,000,000 for the UTC, and $45,700,000 for 
NRTP. Within the NRTP--$22,165,000 is allocated for specific activities 
under 49 U.S.C. 5338(d) and in Section 3046 of SAFETEA-LU. An 
additional $5,937,500 was allocated for specific activities in 2009 
Appropriations Act. All research and research and development projects, 
as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, are subject to a 
2.75 percent reduction for the Small Business Innovative Research 
Program (SBIR). The takedown has been applied where applicable, unless 
the purpose of the project is unclear. A breakdown of NRP funds is 
provided in the table below.

                       National Research Programs
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Total Appropriation.....................................     $67,000,000
Funds Allocated for Specific Programs or Activities.....      49,598,054
Small Business Innovative Research Takedown estimate....         254,446
Funds Available for FTA Programming.....................      17,147,500
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    Total NPR Funding...................................      67,000,000
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    The project allocations are listed in Table 20.

M. Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (49 U.S.C. 5316)

    The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program provides formula 
funding to States and Designated Recipients to support the development 
and maintenance of job access projects designed to transport welfare 
recipients and low-income individuals to and from jobs and activities 
related to their employment, and for reverse commute projects designed 
to transport residents of UZAs and other than urbanized areas to 
suburban employment opportunities. Detailed program information was 
previously published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For 
more information about the JARC program contact David Schneider, Office 
of Program Management, at (202) 366-2053.
Funding Availability in FY 2009
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $164,500,000 for the 
JARC Program. FTA is also reallocating $18,603,175 in lapsed FY 2006 
JARC funds. The total amount apportioned by formula is shown in the 
table below.

                 Job Access and Reverse Commute Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................    $164,500,000
Prior Year Funds Added..................................      18,603,175
                                                         ---------------
    Total Apportioned...................................     183,103,175
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    Table 16 shows the FY 2009 JARC apportionments.

N. New Freedom Program (49 U.S.C. 5317)

    SAFETEA-LU established the New Freedom Program under 49 U.S.C. 
5317. The program purpose is to provide new public transportation 
services and public transportation alternatives beyond those currently 
required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 
12101 et seq.) that assist individuals with disabilities with 
transportation, including transportation to and from jobs and 
employment support services. Detailed program information was 
previously published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For 
more information about the New Freedom program contact David Schneider, 
Office of Program Management, at (202) 366-2053.
Funding Availability in FY 2009
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $92,500,000 for the 
New Freedom Program. In addition, $8,359,585 in lapsed FY 2006 New 
Freedom funds is also being reallocated. The entire amount is 
apportioned by formula, as shown in the table below.

                           New Freedom Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................     $92,500,000
Prior Year Funds Added..................................       8,359,585
                                                         ---------------
    Total Apportioned...................................     100,859,585
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    Table 18 shows the FY 2009 New Freedom apportionments.

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O. Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program (49 U.S.C. 5320)

    The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program (Transit in Parks 
Program), formerly the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public 
Lands (ATPPL) program, is administered by FTA in partnership with the 
Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture's Forest Service. Detailed program information was 
previously published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. For 
more information on the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program 
contact the Office of Program Management at (202) 366-2053.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, makes $26,900,000 available 
for the program in FY 2009. After a 0.5 percent takedown for oversight 
(authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5327), $26,765,500 is available to be awarded 
to projects. Up to ten percent of the funds may be reserved for 
administering the program and for planning, research, and technical 
assistance. FTA will publish a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in 
the Federal Register inviting applications for projects to be funded in 
FY 2009.

P. Alternatives Analysis Program (49 U.S.C. 5339)

    The Alternatives Analysis Program provides grants to States, 
authorities of the States, metropolitan planning organizations, and 
local government authorities to develop studies as part of the 
transportation planning process. Alternatives Analysis Program funds 
are allocated on a discretionary basis. Detailed program information 
was previously published in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008. 
For more information about this program contact Maurice Foushee, of the 
Office of Planning and Environment, at (202) 366-4033.
FY 2009 Funding Availability
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $25,000,000 to the 
Alternatives Analysis Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). The amount available 
for allocation is shown in the table below.

                      Alternatives Analysis Program
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Total Appropriation.....................................     $25,000,000
Total Available.........................................      25,000,000
Total Allocated to Specific Projects....................     -15,188,125
                                                         ---------------
    Total Unallocated...................................       9,811,875
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    FY 2009 Alternatives Analysis Program allocations are shown in 
Table 19-A.

Q. Growing States and High Density States Formula Factors

    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, makes $465,000,000 available 
for apportionment in accordance with the formula factors prescribed for 
Growing States and High Density States in Section 49 U.S.C. 5340. Fifty 
percent of this amount (or $232,500,000) is apportioned to eligible 
States and urbanized areas using the Growing State formula factors. The 
other 50 percent is apportioned to eligible States and urbanized areas 
using the High Density States formula factors. Based on application of 
the formulas, $159,296,116 of the Growing States funding was 
apportioned to urbanized areas and $73,203,884 to nonurbanized areas. 
All of the $232,500,000 allotted to High Density States was apportioned 
to urbanized areas. For more detailed program information, please see 
the Federal Register notice published on December 18, 2008.

R. Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program (49 U.S.C. 5310 note)

    The Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility (OTRB) Program authorizes FTA 
to make grants to operators of over-the-road buses to help finance the 
incremental capital and training costs of complying with the DOT over-
the-road bus accessibility final rule, 49 CFR Part 37, published on 
September 28, 1998 (63 FR 51670). For more information about the OTRB 
program contact Blenda Younger, Office of Program Management, at (202) 
366-2053.
Funding Availability in FY 2009
    The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, provides $8,800,000 for the 
Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility (OTRB) Program, and together with 
$1,880,335 in lapsed funds provides a total of $10,680,335 allocable 
for OTRB, as shown in the table below:

                 Over-the-Road Bus Accessibility Program
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------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total Appropriation.....................................      $8,800,000
Amount Lapsed...........................................       1,880,335
                                                         ---------------
    Total Apportioned...................................      10,680,335
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Of this amount, $8,010,251 is allocable to providers of intercity 
fixed-route service, and $2,670,084 to other providers of over-the-road 
bus services, including local fixed-route service, commuter service, 
and charter and tour service. FTA will publish a notice, at a later 
date, soliciting proposals for FY 2009 program funds.

    Issued in Washington, DC, this 21st day of April, 2009.
Matthew J. Welbes,
Acting Deputy Administrator.

Appendix A

                          FTA Regional Offices
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Richard H. Doyle                     Robert C. Patrick
Regional Administrator               Regional Administrator
Region 1--Boston                     Region 6--Ft. Worth
Kendall Square                       819 Taylor Street, Room 8A36
55 Broadway, Suite 920               Ft. Worth, TX 76102
Cambridge, MA 02142-1093             Tel. 817 978-0550
Tel. 617 494-2055
States served: Connecticut, Maine,   States served: Arkansas, Louisiana,
 Massachusetts, New Hampshire,        Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
 Rhode Island, and Vermont.
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Brigid Hynes-Cherin                  Mokhtee Ahmad
Regional Administrator               Regional Administrator
Region 2--New York                   Region 7--Kansas City, MO
One Bowling Green, Room 429          901 Locust Street, Room 404
New York, NY 10004-1415              Kansas City, MO 64106
Tel. No. 212 668-2170                Tel. 816 329-3920
States served: New Jersey, New       States served: Iowa, Kansas,
 York.                                Missouri, and Nebraska.
New York Metropolitan Office
Region 2--New York
One Bowling Green, Room 428

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New York, NY 10004-1415
Tel. 212-668-2202.
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Letitia Thompson                     Terry Rosapep
Regional Administrator               Regional Administrator
Region 3--Philadelphia               Region 8--Denver
1760 Market Street, Suite 500        12300 West Dakota Ave., Suite 310
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124          Lakewood, CO 80228-2583
Tel. 215 656-7100                    Tel. 720-963-3300
States served: Delaware, Maryland,   States served: Colorado, Montana,
 Pennsylvania, Virginia, West         North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah,
 Virginia, and District of            and Wyoming.
 Columbia.
Philadelphia Metropolitan Office
Region 3--Philadelphia
1760 Market Street, Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124
Tel. 215-656-7070.
Washington, D.C. Metropolitan
 Office
1990 K Street, NW.,
Room 510
Washington, DC 20006
Tel. 202-219-3562.
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Yvette Taylor                        Leslie T. Rogers
Regional Administrator               Regional Administrator
Region 4--Atlanta                    Region 9--San Francisco
230 Peachtreet Street, NW Suite 800  201 Mission Street, Room 1650
Atlanta, GA 30303                    San Francisco, CA 94105-1926
Tel. 404 865-5600                    Tel. 415 744-3133
States served: Alabama, Florida,     States served: American Samoa,
 Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi,      Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii,
 North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South   Nevada, and the Northern Mariana
 Carolina, Tennessee, and Virgin      Islands.
 Islands.
                                     Los Angeles Metropolitan Office
                                     Region 9--Los Angeles
                                     888 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 1850
                                     Los Angeles, CA 90017-1850
                                     Tel. 213-202-3952
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Marisol Simon                        Rick Krochalis
Regional Administrator               Regional Administrator
Region 5--Chicago                    Region 10--Seattle
200 West Adams Street, Suite 320     Jackson Federal Building
Chicago, IL 60606                    915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142
Tel. 312 353-2789                    Seattle, WA 98174-1002
                                     Tel. 206 220-7954
States served: Illinois, Indiana,    States served: Alaska, Idaho,
 Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and       Oregon, and Washington.
 Wisconsin.
Chicago Metropolitan Office
Region 5--Chicago
200 West Adams Street, Suite 320
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel. 312-353-2789
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