Is there an FTA dictionary?

Q:  Is there an FTA dictionary?

A:  No. 

You have to know which letter, circular, policy, notice, rule, regulation, law, etc., has the definition you need and then be able to retrieve it.  You also have to know why you want to know because there are special definitions for special purposes.  One example, is OMB's definitions for accounting.

In general, I suggest you use the definitions for National Transit Database reporting, for two reasons.  The first, is because NTD definitions lead to money.  The second reason is because they're the same for everyone.  Others' definitions go in and out of style too often to be useful.

NTD's are at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/ 

Here are other FTA sources:

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http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tea21/h2400iii.htm
 
SEC. 3003. DEFINITIONS.  
  
``Sec. 5302. Definitions 
 
    ``(a) In General.--In this chapter, the following definitions apply: 
            ``(1) Capital project.--The term `capital project' means a  
        project for-- 
                    ``(A) acquiring, constructing, supervising, or  
                inspecting equipment or a facility for use in mass  
                transportation, expenses incidental to the acquisition  
                or construction (including designing, engineering,  
                location surveying, mapping, and acquiring rights-of- 
                way), payments for the capital 
                portions of rail trackage rights agreements, transit- 
                related intelligent transportation systems, relocation  
                assistance, acquiring replacement housing sites, and  
                acquiring, constructing, relocating, and rehabilitating  
                replacement housing; 
                    ``(B) rehabilitating a bus; 
                    ``(C) remanufacturing a bus; 
                    ``(D) overhauling rail rolling stock; 
                    ``(E) preventive maintenance; 
                    ``(F) leasing equipment or a facility for use in  
                mass transportation, subject to regulations that the  
                Secretary prescribes limiting the leasing arrangements  
                to those that are more cost-effective than purchase or  
                construction; 
                    ``(G) a mass transportation improvement that  
                enhances economic development or incorporates private  
                investment, including commercial and residential  
                development, pedestrian and bicycle access to a mass  
                transportation facility, and the renovation and  
                improvement of historic transportation facilities,  
                because the improvement enhances the effectiveness of a  
                mass transportation project and is related physically or  
                functionally to that mass transportation project, or  
                establishes new or enhanced coordination between mass  
                transportation and other transportation, and provides a  
                fair share of revenue for mass transportation that will  
                be used for mass transportation-- 
                          ``(i) including property acquisition,  
                      demolition of existing structures, site  
                      preparation, utilities, building foundations,  
                      walkways, open space, safety and security  
                      equipment and facilities (including lighting,  
                      surveillance and related intelligent  
                      transportation system applications), facilities  
                      that incorporate community services such as  
                      daycare and health care, and a capital project  
                      for, and improving, equipment or a facility for an  
                      intermodal transfer facility or transportation  
                      mall, except that a person making an agreement to  
                      occupy space in a facility under this subparagraph  
                      shall pay a reasonable share of the costs of the  
                      facility through rental payments and other means;  
                      and 
                          ``(ii) excluding construction of a commercial  
                      revenue-producing facility or a part of a public  
                      facility not related to mass transportation; 
                    ``(H) the introduction of new technology, through  
                innovative and improved products, into mass  
                transportation; or 
                    ``(I) the provision of nonfixed route paratransit  
                transportation services in accordance with section 223  
                of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42  
                U.S.C. 12143), but only for grant recipients that are in  
                compliance with applicable requirements of that Act,  
                including both fixed route and demand responsive  
                service, and only for amounts not to exceed 10 percent  
                of such recipient's annual formula apportionment under  
                sections 5307 and 5311. 
            ``(2) Chief executive officer of a state.--The term `chief  
        executive officer of a State' includes the designee of the chief  
        executive officer. 
            ``(3) Emergency regulation.--The term `emergency regulation'  
        means a regulation-- 
                    ``(A) that is effective temporarily before the  
                expiration of the otherwise specified periods of time  
                for public notice and comment under section 5334(b); and 
                    ``(B) prescribed by the Secretary as the result of a  
                finding that a delay in the effective date of the  
                regulation-- 
                          ``(i) would injure seriously an important  
                      public interest; 
                          ``(ii) would frustrate substantially  
                      legislative policy and intent; or 
                          ``(iii) would damage seriously a person or  
                      class without serving an important public  
                      interest. 
            ``(4) Fixed guideway.--The term `fixed guideway' means a  
        mass transportation facility-- 
                    ``(A) using and occupying a separate right-of-way or  
                rail for the exclusive use of mass transportation and  
                other high occupancy vehicles; or 
                    ``(B) using a fixed catenary system and a right-of- 
                way usable by other forms of transportation. 
            ``(5) Handicapped individual.--The term `handicapped  
        individual' means an individual who, because of illness, injury,  
        age, congenital malfunction, or other incapacity or temporary or  
        permanent disability (including an individual who is a  
        wheelchair user or has semiambulatory capability), cannot use  
        effectively, without special facilities, planning, or design,  
        mass transportation service or a mass transportation facility. 
            ``(6) Local governmental authority.--The term `local  
        governmental authority' includes-- 
                    ``(A) a political subdivision of a State; 
                    ``(B) an authority of at least 1 State or political  
                subdivision of a State; 
                    ``(C) an Indian tribe; and 
                    ``(D) a public corporation, board, or commission  
                established under the laws of a State. 
            ``(7) Mass transportation.--The term `mass transportation'  
        means transportation by a conveyance that provides regular and  
        continuing general or special transportation to the public, but  
        does not include school bus, charter, or sightseeing  
        transportation. 
            ``(8) Net project cost.--The term `net project cost' means  
        the part of a project that reasonably cannot be financed from  
        revenues. 
            ``(9) New bus model.--The term `new bus model' means a bus  
        model (including a model using alternative fuel)-- 
                    ``(A) that has not been used in mass transportation  
                in the United States before the date of production of  
                the model; or 
                    ``(B) used in mass transportation in the United  
                States, but being produced with a major change in  
                configuration or components. 
            ``(10) Public transportation.--The term `public  
        transportation' means mass transportation. 
            ``(11) Regulation.--The term `regulation' means any part of  
        a statement of general or particular applicability of the  
        Secretary designed to carry out, interpret, or prescribe law or  
        policy in carrying out this chapter. 
            ``(12) Secretary.--The term `Secretary' means the Secretary  
        of Transportation. 
            ``(13) State.--The term `State' means a State of the United  
        States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern  
        Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. 
            ``(14) Transit.--The term `transit' means mass  
        transportation. 
            ``(15) Transit enhancement.--The term `transit enhancement'  
        means, with respect to any project or an area to be served by a  
        project, projects that are designed to enhance mass  
        transportation service or use and that are physically or  
        functionally related to transit facilities. Eligible projects  
        are-- 
                    ``(A) historic preservation, rehabilitation, and  
                operation of historic mass transportation buildings,  
                structures, and facilities (including historic bus and  
                railroad facilities); 
                    ``(B) bus shelters; 
                    ``(C) landscaping and other scenic beautification,  
                including tables, benches, trash receptacles, and street  
                lights; 
                    ``(D) public art; 
                    ``(E) pedestrian access and walkways; 
                    ``(F) bicycle access, including bicycle storage  
                facilities and installing equipment for transporting  
                bicycles on mass transportation vehicles; 
                    ``(G) transit connections to parks within the  
                recipient's transit service area; 
                    ``(H) signage; and 
                    ``(I) enhanced access for persons with disabilities  
                to mass transportation. 
            ``(16) Urban area.--The term `urban area' means an area that  
        includes a municipality or other built-up place that the  
        Secretary, after considering local patterns and trends of urban  
        growth, decides is appropriate for a local mass transportation  
        system to serve individuals in the locality. 
            ``(17) Urbanized area.--The term `urbanized area' means an  
        area-- 
                    ``(A) encompassing at least an urbanized area within  
                a State that the Secretary of Commerce designates; and 
                    ``(B) designated as an urbanized area within  
                boundaries fixed by State and local officials and  
                approved by the Secretary. 
 
    ``(b) Authority To Modify `Handicapped Individual'.--The Secretary  
may by regulation modify the definition of the term `handicapped  
individual' in subsection (a)(5) as it applies to section  
5307(d)(1)(D).''.

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http://www.fta.dot.gov/library/policy/tpcr.html

DEFINITIONS. All definitions in 49 U.S.C. §5302 are applicable to this circular. The following definitions are provided:

a. "Grantee" means the public or private entity to which a grant or cooperative agreement is awarded by FTA. The grantee is the entire legal entity even if only a particular component of the entity is designated in the assistance award document.

For the purposes of this circular, "grantee" also includes any subgrantee of the grantee. Furthermore, a grantee is responsible for assuring that its subgrantees comply with the requirements and standards of this circular, and that subgrantees are aware of requirements imposed upon them by Federal statutes and regulations.

b. "State" means any of the several states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, or any agency or instrumentality of a state exclusive of local governments. "State" does not include a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (which includes any public and Indian housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937) school district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate government entity (such as a regional transit authority), or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.

c. "FTA" refers to the Federal Transit Administration.

d. "Third party contract" refers to any purchase order or contract awarded by a grantee to a vendor or contractor using Federal financial assistance awarded by FTA.

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http://www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/bushandbook/definitions.html

DEFINITIONS


The definitions provided below are provided to assist the reader with terms used in this manual. Some of these terms may be defined differently than those used in the Code of Federal Regulations. This has been done for clarification purposes. However, the reader should note that the definitions provided here are consistent with the intentions of the Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Review of Rolling Stock Purchases Rule and the Buy America Requirements Rule.

Altered vehicle manufacturer - A manufacturer who alters a previously certified vehicle in such a manner that its stated weight ratings or FMVSS certifications are no longer valid.

Analyst - A representative of the recipient (either working directly for the recipient or contracted by the recipient)-not an employee, or an agent, of the proposed bus manufacturer (in the case of the pre-award review) or the selected bus manufacturer (in the case of the post-delivery review).

Bus - A rubber-tired automotive vehicle used primarily for the purpose of providing mass transportation service.

Buy America Rule - The "Buy America Requirements" Regulation, Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 661.

Chassis-Cab - An incomplete vehicle (with a completed occupant compartment) that requires only the addition of cargo-carrying, work-performing, or load-bearing components to perform its intended function.

Completed vehicle - A vehicle that requires no further manufacturing operations to perform its intended function. This includes vehicles that are altered only by (1) the addition, substitution, or removal of readily attachable components (such as mirrors, or tire and rim assemblies) or (2) minor finishing operations (such as painting) in such a manner that the vehicle's stated weight ratings are still valid.

Component - Any article, material, or supply, that is directly incorporated into an end product at the final assembly location.

DOT - The United States Department of Transportation.

End product - Any item to be acquired by a recipient, such as a bus.

Final assembly - The bringing together of a significant number of individual components, whether manufactured or unmanufactured, for the purpose of creating an end product.

Final-stage manufacturer - A manufacturer who performs manufacturing operations on an incomplete vehicle such that it becomes a completed vehicle.

FMVSS - Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 571.

FTA - Federal Transit Administration, an agency of DOT.

Incomplete vehicle - An assemblage of components consisting of, as a minimum, frame and chassis structure, power train, steering system, suspension system, and braking system - to the extent that those systems are to be part of a completed vehicle.

Intermediate vehicle manufacturer - A manufacturer, other than the incomplete vehicle manufacturer or the final-stage manufacturer, who performs manufacturing operations on an incomplete vehicle.

Manufacture - The transformation of a component or group of subcomponents for the purpose of adding value to, improving, or creating a functionally different component.

Post-delivery - The period during the procurement process beginning with the signing of a formal contract with the selected contractor. It includes the period of bus manufacturing, inspection, testing, and delivery. It ends with bus title transfer or the placement of the buses into revenue service, whichever is first.

Pre-award - The period during the procurement process before the recipient enters into a formal contract with the supplier.

Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Rule - The "Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits of Rolling Stock Purchases" Regulation, Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 663.

Purchaser - The recipient or subrecipient.

Recipient - A receiver of Federal financial assistance from the FTA.

Revenue service - The operation of vehicles for the transportation of passengers as anticipated by the recipient.

Review - An analysis conducted by the recipient that will result in a file containing the necessary certifications of compliance, including the Buy America certification, purchaser's requirements certification, and FMVSS certification.

Rolling stock - Transit vehicles, such as buses, vans, cars, railcars, locomotives, trolley cars and buses, ferry boats, and vehicles used on guideways and incline planes.

STAA - The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-424, January 6, 1983).

Subcomponent - Any article, material, or supply that is one step removed from a component.

Unmodified van - A primary manufacturer's standard production van that requires no further manufacturing operations to perform its intended function, other than the addition, substitution, or removal of readily available attachable components (such as mirrors, or tire and rim assemblies), or minor finishing operations (such as painting).

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http://www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/railhandbook/definitions.html

DEFINITIONS


The definitions provided below are provided to assist the reader with terms used in this manual. Some of these terms may be defined differently than those used in the Code of Federal Regulations. This has been done for clarification purposes. However, the reader should note that the definitions provided here are consistent with the intentions of the Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits of Rolling Stock Purchases Rule and the Buy America Requirements Rule.

Analyst - A representative of the recipient (either working directly for the recipient or contracted by the recipient)-not an employee, or an agent, of the proposed rail vehicle manufacturer (in the case of the pre-award review) or the selected rail vehicle manufacturer (in the case of the post-delivery review).

Buy America Rule - The "Buy America Requirements" Regulation, Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 661.

Component - Any article, material, or supply, that is directly incorporated into an end product at the final assembly location.

DOT - The United States Department of Transportation.

End product - Any item to be acquired by a recipient, such as a railcar.

Final assembly - The bringing together of a significant number of individual components, whether manufactured or unmanufactured, for the purpose of creating an end product.

FTA - Federal Transit Administration, an agency of DOT.

Manufacture - The transformation of a component or group of subcomponents for the purpose of adding value to, improving, or creating a functionally different component.

Performance test - An operational test for the rail vehicle when it is tested on actual track to evaluate its performance.

Post-delivery - The period during the procurement process beginning with the signing of a formal contract with the selected contractor. It includes the period of vehicle manufacturing, inspection, testing, and delivery. It ends with title transfer or the placement of the rail vehicles into revenue service, whichever is first.

Pre-award - The period during the procurement process before the recipient enters into a formal contract with the supplier.

Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Rule - The "Pre-Award and Post-Delivery Audits of Rolling Stock Purchases" Regulation, Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 663.

Purchaser - The recipient.

Rail vehicle - Transit vehicles, such as railcars, locomotives, trolley cars, and light rail vehicles

Recipient - A receiver of Federal financial assistance from the FTA.

Revenue service - The operation of vehicles for the transportation of passengers as anticipated by the recipient.

Review - An analysis conducted by the recipient that will result in a file containing the necessary certifications of compliance, including the Buy America certification, purchaser's requirements certification, and FMVSS certification.

Rolling stock - Transit vehicles, such as buses, vans, cars, railcars, locomotives, trolley cars and buses, ferry boats, and vehicles used on guideways and incline planes.

STAA - The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-424, January 6, 1983).

Subcomponent - Any article, material, or supply that is one step removed from a component.

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http://www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/fr5399.htm

[Federal Register: May 3, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 84)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 23590-23591]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr03my99-18]
 
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 
Federal Transit Administration
 
49 CFR Part 605
 
[Docket No. FTA-99-5082]
RIN (2131 AA67)
 
 
School Bus Operations; Amendment of Tripper Service Definition
 
AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.
 
ACTION: Notice of Proposed rulemaking.
 
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SUMMARY: This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeks to amend and 
clarify the definition of tripper service, set out in the Federal 
Transit Administration's (FTA) school bus regulation. In FTA's 
experience, the current definition does not sufficiently specify which 
student transportation operations are inconsistent with FTA 
requirements. This NPRM describes and requests comment on FTA's 
proposed amendment of the definition of tripper service.
 
DATES: Comments must be submitted by July 2, 1999.
 
ADDRESSES: The public is invited to submit written comments on this 
notice. Written comments should refer to the docket number appearing at 
the top of this notice and be submitted to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT 
Dockets, Room PL-401, Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW 
Washington, DC 20590. All comments received will be available for 
examination at the above address. Docket hours at the Nassif Building 
are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding Federal 
holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of comments must 
include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth S. Martineau, Office of 
Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, (202) 366-1936 or (202) 
366-3809 (fax).
 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
 
I. Electronic Access
 
    Internet users can access all comments received by the U.S. DOT 
Dockets, Room PL-401, by using the universal resource locator 
(URL):http://dms.dot.gov. It is available 24 hours each day, 365 days 
each year. Please follow the instructions on-line for more information 
and help.
    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded using a modem 
and suitable communication software from the Government Printing 
Office's Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202) 512-1661. Internet 
users may reach the Federal Register's home page at: http://
www.nara.gov/fedreg and the Government Printing Office's database at: 
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nars.
 
II. FTA's Tripper Service Requirements
 
    Under FTA's school bus requirements, set out at 49 U.S.C. 5323(f) 
and 49 CFR Part 605, recipients may not engage in school bus operations 
exclusively for the transportation of students. These provisions derive 
from 49 U.S.C. 5302(a), which authorizes FTA assistance for mass 
transportation, but specifically excludes school bus service from such 
Federal assistance.
    Section 605.3 of the regulation allows grantees to provide 
``tripper'' service, which is mass transit service modified to 
accommodate the needs of school students and personnel. Buses used for 
tripper service must be clearly marked as open to the public and may 
not carry designations such as ``School Bus'' or ``School Special.'' 
These buses may stop only at a grantee's regular service stop. All 
routes traveled by tripper buses must be within a grantee's regular 
route service as indicated in their published route schedules. The 
purpose of this provision is to ensure that buses acquired with Federal 
assistance are clearly perceived by the public as available to their 
use.
 
III. FTA's Proposed Amendment
 
    It has recently come to FTA's attention that certain grantees have 
been providing service to school children that is inconsistent with 
FTA's tripper service requirements. The results of reviews of grantee 
tripper operations have shown that certain grantees are providing 
tripper service that creates the public perception that the buses used 
are for the exclusive use of school children. One grantee uses swing-
arm signs reading ``Caution Students'' on tripper buses. Another 
grantee's tripper buses bear markings indicating that the vehicles are 
transporting children certain times of day. Buses operated by other 
grantees pick up and discharge students on school property and not at 
bus stops that are accessible to the general public. FTA recognizes 
that such practices are not specifically proscribed under the tripper 
service provision; however, they do undermine its purpose, which is to 
ensure that the general public is aware that tripper buses are 
available for their use.
    In order to make it clear to grantees that any type of signage that 
designates vehicles as school buses, and any stops that are not 
accessible to the general public, is impermissible exclusive school 
service, FTA proposes to amend the tripper service provision. Under the 
proposed amendment, buses used in tripper service may not carry 
``School Bus,'' ``School Special,'' ``Student,'' or any other markings 
indicating that they are carrying school children. Moreover, the buses 
may stop only at stops that are clearly marked by the grantee or 
operator as available to the public. FTA believes that tripper buses 
operated in accordance with this proposal will be clearly perceived by 
members of the general public as available for their use. FTA requests 
comment on this proposed amendment.
 
IV. Regulatory Impacts
 
A. Regulatory Analyses and Notices
 
    FTA has determined that this action is not significant under 
Executive Order 12866 or the regulatory policies and procedures of 
Department of Transportation regulatory policies and procedures. 
Because this rule merely clarifies an existing regulatory provision, it 
is anticipated that the impact of this rulemaking will be minimal; 
therefore, a full regulatory evaluation is not required. There are not 
sufficient Federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a 
Federalism Assessment under Executive Order 12612. Because this rule 
does not mandate a business process change or require modifications to 
computer systems, its issuance will not affect a recipient's ability to 
respond to Year 2000 issues.
 
B. Regulatory Flexibility Act
 
    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 603(a), as added by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, Pub. L. 96-354, FTA certifies that this rule will not 
have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities 
within the meaning of the Act, because it requires only minor 
adjustments to the manner in which certain grantees are providing 
tripper service.
 
C. Paperwork Reduction Act
 
    This action does not contain a collection of information 
requirement for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
 
List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 605
 
    Mass transit: grants; school bus.
 
    Accordingly, for the reasons described in the preamble, Part 605 of 
Title 49 of
 
[[Page 23591]]
 
the Code of Federal Regulations is proposed to be amended as follows:
 
PART 605--[AMENDED]
 
    1. By revising the authority citation to read as follows:
 
    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5323(f); 49 CFR 1.51.
 
    2. In Sec. 605.3, revise the definition for ``tripper service'' in 
paragraph (b) to read as follows:
 
 
605.3  Definitions.
 
* * * * *
    Tripper service means regularly scheduled mass transportation 
service that is open to the public and designed or modified to 
accommodate the needs of school students and personnel, using various 
fare collection or subsidy systems. Buses used in tripper service must 
be clearly marked as open to the public and may not carry destination 
signs such as ``school bus,'' ``school special,'' ``student,'' or any 
other marking indicating that they are carrying school children. These 
buses may stop only at stops that are accessible to the public and that 
are clearly marked as available to the public. All routes traveled by 
tripper buses must be within a grantee's or operator's regular route 
service as indicated in their published route schedules.
* * * * *
    Issued on: April 28, 1999.
Gordon J. Linton,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 99-10996 Filed 4-30-99; 8:45 am]
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