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I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the 2000 edition of the Federal Transit Administration's 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 Rodney E. Slater on 14arch 6, 2000.
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) 2001. This report is a collateral document to the President's annual budget submission to Congress. Thirty-eight projects are recommended for funding in FY 2001; of these, 14 have existing Federal funding commitments under Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGAs), new FFGAs are pending for three, 11 are expected to be ready to negotiate FFGAs before the end of FY 2001 (September 30, 2001), and ten are nearing the final stages of preliminary engineering.
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 1999.
We look forward to working with Congress as the appropriations process moves forward. If you have any questions regardinq the content of this report, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Nuria I. Fernandez