Transmittal of FTA's Annual Report on New Starts

Number C-01-07

U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit


400 Seventh St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the 2001 edition of the Federal Transit Administrationís Annual Report on New Starts, which we have prepared in response to the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5309(o)(1). This report was approved by Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta on May 25, 2001.

As required under §5309(o)(1), this report makes recommendations for the allocation of funds for new fixed guideway systems and extensions ("new starts") for Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2002. This report is a collateral document to the Presidentís annual budget submission to Congress. Thirty-one projects are recommended for funding in FY 2002; of these, 24 have existing Federal funding commitments under Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGAs), new Federal commitments are pending for two, and five are expected to be ready for funding commitments before the end of FY 2002 (September 30, 2002).

In addition, this report provides useful summaries of all proposed new starts projects authorized by TEA-21. For those in preliminary engineering and final design, an assessment is made of the degree to which they meet the project evaluation criteria as required under §5309(e). For those undergoing alternatives analysis, a brief summary of current activities is provided. The project information contained in this report is current as of November 2000.

We look forward to working with Congress as the appropriations process moves forward. If you have any questions regarding the content of this report, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Hiram J. Walker
Acting Deputy Administrator