Federal Register for Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program

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SUBJECT: Federal Register for Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal
     Transit Program


DATE: August 18, 2006

This notice accomplishes several purposes. First, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) summarizes and responds to written comments FTA received in response to a March 22, 2006, Federal Register Notice regarding proposed grant program provisions for this new program and to oral comments FTA received during two announced public meetings on this program that were held on April 4, 2006, in Denver, Colorado, and on April 7, 2006, in Kansas City, Missouri. Second, this Notice announces the availability of funds in fiscal year (FY) 2006 for the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program, a new program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. Finally, this Notice announces a national solicitation for applications, with grantees and projects to be selected on a competitive basis; the grant terms and conditions that will apply to this new program; and grant application procedures and selection criteria for FY 2006 projects.

Eligible Projects:
Tribal Transit Program funds may be used for any purpose authorized under section 5311. This means that grants can be awarded to recipients located in rural and small urban areas with populations under 50,000 not identified as an urbanized area by the Bureau of the Census for public transportation capital projects, operating costs of equipment and facilities for use in public transportation, planning, and the acquisition of public transportation services, including service agreements with private providers of public transportation services. Service funded under this program must be designed to be accessible to members of the general public who have disabilities. Coordinated human service transportation that primarily serves elderly persons and persons with disabilities, but which is not restricted from carrying other members of the public, is considered available to the general public if it is marketed as public transportation.

The web link is: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-6192.htm.

Applications may be submitted in one of three ways: electronically through GRANTS.GOV, in hard copy to Federal Transit Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 9315,Washington, DC 20590, Attention: Lorna R. Wilson; or sending by e-mail to: fta.tribalprogram@dot.gov.

Complete applications for Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program grants must be submitted in hard copy to the FTA, via e-mail by October 16, 2006, or submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV Web site by October 16, 2006. Anyone intending to apply electronically should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the deadline for submission. FTA will announce grant selections in the Federal Register when the competitive selection process is complete.

Applicants should be aware that materials sent through the U.S. Postal Service are subject to significant delays in delivery due to the security screening process. Use of courier or express delivery services is recommended if unable to apply electronically.

Please contact Bill Ramos at 206-220-4319, email bill.ramos@dot.gov , or Annette Clothier at 206-220-4461, email annette.clothier@dot.gov, if you have questions concerning this notice.



R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator

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