[PDF version of signed letter]
I write to inform you that today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released its first notice of funding apportionments under the new formulas dictated by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act- the new "MAP-21" law. MAP-21, which officially went into effect on October 1, made a number of important and valuable changes to FTA's programs, including the establishment of new safety authority, new asset management requirements, new measures to streamline the Capital Investment Program (New Starts and Small Starts), and new distribution formulas which will, for the first time, reflect the impact of the 2010 Census.
The notice contains, among other things:
Please note that the apportionment tables themselves are not included in the Federal Register notice that will be published shortly, but are posted on our website along with other pertinent details about MAP-21 programs. Please also note that, under the apportionment notice, only one-half year of funding can be made available because Congress has only passed a Continuing Resolution for the first half of the fiscal year.
The implementation of the MAP-21 law represents an important opportunity for all of us to work together to take advantage of two years of predictable funding to preserve and protect public transportation and invest wisely in projects that strengthen our economy and our communities. I ask for your patience as FTA works diligently to prepare new interim program guidance and new and updated circulars to reflect the new law.