Before and After Studies of New Starts Projects

Section 3011(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) amends 49 U.S.C. 5309(g)(2)(c) and 5309(l)(1) to direct FTA to submit an annual report to Congress summarizing the results of all Before and After Studies completed and received during the prior year from New Starts project sponsors.

This annual report analyzes the impact that a New Starts project has on transit services and ridership, evaluates the consistency of predicted and actual project characteristics and performance, and identifies sources of differences between predicted and actual outcomes. 

The information derived from these annual reports will help to ensure that procedures and technical methods used provide reliable information for decisionmaking for new fixed guideway projects.  The information will also enable FTA to document the accomplishments of the New Starts and Small Starts programs and strengthen its technical support program.