Availability of Section 5309 Livability Initiative Funds


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12-04-09

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on December 3, 2009 the availability of two Section 5309 funds for exempt discretionary grants for Livability Initiative. Funding opportunity notices are posted on this web site as they become available http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants_financing_7829.html.

The Urban Circulator program, notice http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/urban_circulator_nofa_12-3_FINALses.pdf, will be funded using $130 million in unallocated Discretionary New Starts/Small Starts Program funds, authorized by 49 USC § 5309(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU), Pub. L. 109-59, August 10, 2005. FTA may use additional Section 5309 (a) Discretionary funding that becomes available for allocation to further support this initiative.

This notice invites proposals for urban circulator projects seeking less than $25,000,000 in federal Section 5309 assistance that would compete for Section 5309 discretionary funds authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5309(a). The Secretary may make grants under 5309(a) to assist State and local governmental authorities in financing new fixed guideway capital projects including the acquisition of real property, the initial acquisition of rolling stock for the systems, the acquisition of rights-of-way, and relocation. This notice includes priorities established by FTA for these discretionary funds, the criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and describes how to apply.

For general program information, contact Elizabeth Day, 202-3665159 or email elizabeth.day@dot.gov in the FTA Office of Planning and Environment, Office of Project Planning.

The Livability Bus program, notice http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/FY_2009_Bus_Livability_NOFA-12-3_FINAL.pdf, will be funded using $150 million in unallocated Discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities Program funds, authorized by 49 USC § 5309(b) of the SAFETEA-LU, Pub. L. 109-59, August 10, 2005. FTA may use additional Bus and Bus Facilities funding that becomes available for discretionary allocation to further support this initiative.

The Livability Bus Program makes funds available to public transit providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including programs of bus and bus-related projects for assistance to sub-recipients that are public agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or private non-profit organizations. This notice includes priorities established by FTA for these discretionary funds, the criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and describes how to apply.

For general program information, contact Kimberly Sledge, Office of Transit Programs, 202-366-2053, email kimberly.sledge@dot.gov or Henrika Buchanan-Smith, 202-366-4020, email henrika.buchanan-smith@dot.gov.

For further information, contact Region 10s Rebecca Reyes-Alicea at (206) 220-7965 or email rebecca.reyesalicea@dot.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/ Linda Gehrke for


R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator