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

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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