Draft Guidance on the Application of United States Code to Corridor Preservation

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of draft guidance on the application of a new provision of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) regarding corridor preservation for future transit projects, via the publication of the Federal Register Notice (FRN) dated December 11, 2013.

MAP-21 amended Federal transit law by amending a previously existing provision such that FTA can now, under certain conditions, assist in the acquisition of right-of-way (ROW) for corridor preservation before the environmental review process for any transit project that eventually will use that ROW and permit corridor preservation with local funds, under certain conditions, for a transit project that could later receive FTA financial assistance. The draft guidance defines the form of ROW to which this MAP-21 provision applies and explains the conditions and requirements pertaining to its application.

FTA requests comments on this draft guidance, which is available in the docket and on the FTA Web site. Here is the link to the FRN: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-11/pdf/2013-29527.pdf.

You may submit your comments by using one of the following methods. IMPORTANT: Please include the agency name (Federal Transit Administration) and identify docket number for this notice (FTA-2013-0019) at the beginning of your comments.

(1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

(2) Mail: Please submit two copies of your comments to the following address:
Docket Management Facility
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140,
Washington, DC 20590-0001

(3) Hand Delivery or Courier: Please deliver your comments to the same address as reference in Method (2) above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

(4) Fax: 202-493-2251.

Comments must be submitted by January 10, 2014. FTA will consider late-filed comments to the extent practicable.

For specific program-related questions, contact
Mr. Christopher VanWyk
Federal Transit Administration - Office of Planning and Environment
Phone: 202-366-1733
Email: christohper.vanwyk@dot.gov

For legal questions, contact
Ms. Dana Nifosi
Federal Transit Administration Office of Chief Counsel
Phone: 202-366-4011
Email: dana.nifosi@dot.gov

For additional assistance, contact Region 10s Tom Radmilovich at 206-220-7953 or email thomas.radmilovich@dot.gov.


/Kenneth A Feldman/ for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator