Side by Side Comparison of Reporting Requirements for New Starts, Small Starts, Very Small Starts, and "Exempt" Projects

[Side-by-Side of Required Information for New Starts/Small Starts Evaluation and Rating (MS Word)]

July 2007

Prepared by:
Federal Transit Administration
Office of Planning and Environment
US Department of Transportation

Reporting Item Required Information New Starts Small Starts Very Small Starts Exempt
Project Background
Project Description

Project Description Template

Case for the Project Document *

Narrative, Data, Maps, Graphics

Certification of Technical Methods and Planning Assumptions

Signed Certification

Documentation of existing, benefiting transit riders in corridor

Data, methodology, maps of affected routes, evidence of benefit for affected riders

Project Maps
Project Site Map

Map

Vicinity Map

Map

Capital Costs
Standard Cost Categories, including schedule, inflation, and funding

SCC Worksheets

Annualized Cost Worksheets for Build and Baseline

SCC Worksheets

Travel Forecasts **
User Benefits Forecasts

Summit Reports

Thematic Maps and Legend

Summit Output

Summary of Travel Forecasts

Travel Forecast Template, Narrative, Data (as necessary)

Operating and Maintenance Costs
Summary of O&M Cost Productivities

Narrative, Data

Project Justification
Mobility Improvements

Mobility Improvements and Cost Effectiveness Template

Cost Effectiveness (2030)

Mobility Improvements and Cost Effectiveness Template

Cost Effectiveness (Opening Year)

Cost Effectiveness for Small Starts Template

Annualization Factor Justification

Narrative, Data

Transit Supportive Existing Land Use and Future Patterns
Quantitative Land Use Information for New Starts

Quantitative Land Use Information Template

Qualitative Land Use Information for New Starts

Qualitative Land Use Information Template, Narrative, Data, Maps

Quantitative Land Use Information for Small Starts

Quantitative Land Use Information for Small Starts Template

Qualitative Land Use Information for Small Starts

Qualitative Land Use Information for Small Starts Template

Other Factors (Optional)
Evidence of Economic Development, Congestion Pricing, and other project benefits

Narrative, Data, Maps

Local Financial Commitment ***
Financial Plan Summary

Finance Template

Checklist for Financial Submittals

Checklist

20-year Capital Operating Plan

Financial Plan, 20-Year Cash Flow

20-year Operating Financial Plan

Financial Plan, 20-Year Cash Flow

Evidence of Agency Financial Condition

Audited Financial Statements

Evidence that Project O&M Costs are within 5% of Systemwide O&M Costs

O&M Cost Analysis

Supporting Financial Documentation

Narrative, Plans, Data, etc.

* Evaluated as an "Other Factor"; submission of any "Other Factor" is optional.

** Simplified travel forecasting procedures and results may be acceptable for Small Starts projects. Sponsors should discuss such procedures with FTA.

*** Assumes Small Starts/Very Small Starts qualify for streamlined financial evaluation. If not, New Starts financial reporting requirements must be met, but only covering the period up to including the opening year.

 July 2007