Foreword

This report is submitted by the Secretary of Transportation to the United States Congress, pursuant to Title 49, United States Code, Section 5309(o)(1), which requires the Secretary of Transportation to submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs of the U.S. Senate, a report that includes a proposal on the allocation of amounts to be made available to finance grants and loans for capital projects for new fixed guideway systems and extensions to existing fixed guideway systems (“New Starts”) among applicants for those amounts. In addition, the report is also formally submitted to the Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate. It is also provided to transit operators, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and State departments of transportation, and is made available to the public at large.

The report is a companion document to the President’s annual budget request to Congress. It details the Administration’s recommendations for allocating New Starts capital investment funding for Federal Fiscal Year 2004.

The report is organized into two sections: the main body of the report, which details the specific funding recommendations by project and provides background information on both the projects and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program and processes; and a series of appendices that provide more detailed information on each proposed project. Appendix A includes those proposed projects in Preliminary Engineering, Final Design, or construction, and includes a complete profile (with map, where available) for each project. Appendix B briefly describes each project that is currently in Alternatives Analysis.

Upon request, this report will be made available in alternative formats. It is also available via the Internet at the FTA site on the World Wide Web.