Program: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program
5/9/2013. Solicitation of Project Proposals: Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program (Text) (PDF) Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2013-002-TPM-TRTR. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
SUMMARY: Section 5311(j) of MAP-21, Public Law 112-41 (July 6, 2012), authorizes the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2013-2014. The program authorizes direct grants “under such terms and conditions as may be established by the Secretary” to Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under FTA’s Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program, 49 U.S.C. 5311. The modified Tribal Transit Program continues to be a set-aside from the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program but now consists of a $25 million formula program and a $5 million discretionary grant program subject to the availability of appropriations. Formula factors include vehicle revenue miles and the number of low-income individuals residing on tribal lands. Discretionary funds are available annually on a competitive basis. TTP funds are to be allocated for grants to Federally-recognized Indian tribes for any purpose eligible under the Section 5311 program. The funds set aside for Indian tribes in the TTP are not meant to replace or reduce funds that Indian tribes receive from States through FTA’s Section 5311 program. TTP funds are meant to complement any 5311 funds that applicants may be receiving. Tribal transit funds will be competitively allocated to support planning, capital, and operating assistance for tribal public transit services.
Eligible Applicants: Federally-recognized Indian tribes or Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities as identified by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). As evidence of Federal recognition, a tribe may submit a copy of the most up-to-date Federal Register notice published by DOI, BIA: Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Service from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. To be an eligible recipient, a tribe must have the requisite legal, financial and technical capabilities to receive and administer Federal funds under this program. Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by FTA.
Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Élan Flippin, Tribal Transit Program, Office of Program Management (202) 366-3800, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FTA Region 10 Office will be hosting a webinar to provide guidance to grantees on the “how-to’s” in preparing FFRs and MPRS. This webinar is scheduled for October 18, 2012, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Pacific Time).
The webinar will go over the attached TEAM Grant Reporting Instruction PowerPoint presentation, followed by a questions-and-answers session. The intended audience for this webinar is all Region 10 grantees
The FHWA MAP-21 webpage, www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21, has been updated with the following new information:
- Significant Freight Provisions
- Tribal Transportation Program
- Tribal High Priority Projects
- Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP)
- Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)
- Rail-Highway Crossings
- Highway Use Tax Evasion
- Emergency Relief (ER)
- Bridge and Tunnel Inspections
- Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS)
- New Freight Section, with Interim Guidance on State Freight Plans and Advisory Committees
- New Federal Lands webinars, to be held on October 23 and 25, will be listed soon
Kyle B. Kitchel, Transportation Specialist
FHWA –Tribal Transportation Program
610 East Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
ph: (360) 619-7951 fax: (360) 619-7572
The Transportation Research Board will conduct a webinar on October 11, 2012, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET that will explore how new highway legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), impacts transportation within the tribal lands of Native Americans. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor employees. Persons who register and attend the webinar using their individual email address will be emailed a Continuing Legal Education certificate of attendance upon completion of the webinar.
During this webinar, practitioners of federal Indian transportation law will discuss major changes to tribal transportation programs and funding formulas under MAP-21. The webinar will also address promising practices in state-tribal agreements, contracting, and rights-of-way issues in Indian Country.
This webinar has been organized by the TRB Standing Committees on Transportation Law, and Eminent Domain and Land Use.
Title: (SR500) MAP-21: Tribal Transportation Program
Date/Time: 8/20/2012 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Description: Overview of MAP-21 Tribal Transportation Program provisions as it relates to the highway program.
Title: (SR500) MAP-21: Tribal Transportation Program
Date/Time: 9/5/2012 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Description: Overview of MAP-21 Tribal Transportation Program provisions as it relates to the highway program.
Title: (SR500) MAP-21: Transportation Performance Mgmt
Date/Time: 9/11/2012 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
Description:This informational webinar will introduce and explain MAP-21's new emphasis on performance management and what that means for the national highway program.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invites you to participate in an informational outreach webinar on the recently enacted MAP-21 surface transportation authorization legislation. MAP-21 significantly changes and modernizes the Nation's highway program, by consolidating programs, eliminating redundant programs and processes, and shortening the highway project delivery process.
The webinar is designed to make you aware of the major changes brought about by MAP-21, and to provide a forum for beginning the national dialog FHWA wishes to have with you on questions and concerns as FHWA works to prepare for the October 1 implementation of these program changes and efficiencies.
This high-level webinar is informational in nature and not decisional at this time. FHWA is still in the process of interpreting this newly enacted law, and we cannot respond to interpretation questions during the webinar. All other questions relating to MAP-21 are welcome.
In case you missed the April 10, 2012 webinar, the Alaska TTAP is partnering with FTA Region 10 to offer a teleconference call focused on providing guidance on any changes and on any questions for the 2012 Tribal Transit Program Applications.
Presenters will be David Powell, Director of Planning & Program Development and Bill Ramos, Community Planner.
Please note – the webinar is limited to 125 participants. Include your name and organization when sending an email request to participate in the webinar information session. We will respond to the requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants unable to participate in the live webinar or Q&A will be able to access the recorded audio streaming. A link to the audio streaming will be available at http://fta.dot.gov/13094_14389.html after the webinar.
Note: Registrations for the webinar will be limited to 125 participants due to technical limitations of the telephone conferencing system. Organizations are encouraged consolidate their webinar participants and to register only one caller per organization, if possible.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of approximately $15 million in competitive funding to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments strengthen public transportation options that improve access to jobs, education, medical services and other critical needs in underserved rural areas.
"President Obama has charged us with building an economy that works for everyone, and for thousands of families living on America’s tribal lands, public transportation is critical to accessing economic opportunity," said Secretary LaHood. "We’re committed to working with tribal governments to provide safe and reliable transit in their communities."
The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Tribal Transit Program provides discretionary grants to projects eligible to receive planning, capital and operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Some grants will be used to plan or launch new bus, van and commuter service in rural communities that have never been served by public transit before.
"Access to reliable, affordable transit is truly a lifeline in rural tribal and Alaskan Native communities that have traditionally had few transportation choices to get to work, school and other destinations," said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. "With gas prices rising, it’s more important than ever to have viable transit options."
Under the Tribal Transit Program, eligible recipients include federally-recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities, as identified by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior.
Last year, the FTA reviewed 116 project applications for the Tribal Transit Program, representing more than $41.6 million in funding requests from tribal transit providers across the country.
The notice of funding availability for the FY2012 Tribal Transit Program is published in today’s
The US Department of Transportation published the availability of funds for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program for 2012 in the Federal Register.
The attached Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is similar to the 2011 NOFA:
Eligible applicants may submit, as a lead applicant, no morethan three applications for consideration;
Any applicant that is applying for a TIGER TIFIA Payment must also submit a TIFIA letter of interest along with their application; and
Funds must be obligated by September 30, 2013. The limited amount of time for which the funds will be made available means that DOT will focus on the extent to which a project is ready to proceed with obligation of grant funds when evaluating applications, and give priority to those projects that are ready to proceed sooner than other competitive projects.
Please be aware of the following KEY DATES:
* Deadline for Pre-Applications - February 20th, 2012
* Deadline for Final Applications - March 19th, 2012
Additional information is available by contacting an FHWA Tribal Coordinator or by contacting the TIGER team directly. The USDOT TIGER team can be emailed at TIGERGrants@dot.gov or call Howard Hill at 202-366-0301
To further advance Road Safety Audits (RSAs), FHWA is implementing a pilot program and will select TWO (2) Federally-recognized Tribes or Local Multi-Tribal Organizations that exhibit a need to implement an effective and sustainable RSA Program.
Each Tribe or Local Multi-Tribal Organization will be provided an overview on the “Road Safety Audit Toolkit for Federal Land Management Agencies and Tribal Governments,” technical assistance and funding to start an RSA program. The RSA Toolkit provides information, ideas, and resources in key topic areas including how to conduct an RSA, common safety issues and potential improvements, establishing an RSA program and incorporating RSAs into the planning process.
FHWA will provide up to $66,900 for EACH Tribe or Local Multi-Tribal Organization, selected for this pilot, to support a part-time RSA Coordinator. The length of the pilot program will be at least fifteen months and will be completed by December 2013.
Click attached link below for detailed overview of the pilot program and application:
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program Manager
Road Safety Audit (RSA) Program Manager
Federal Highway Administration
400 North 8th Street, Suite 750
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 775-3381 Office
(804) 517-5598 Cell
The Federal Highway Administration is pleased to announce an opportunity for Tribal Governments to apply to be a pilot site to develop a comprehensive safety program. If selected, the project will assist Tribal Governments to develop and implement their own traffic safety program.
The pilot program will be at least one year in length and will include:
Identification of a vision, mission, goals and strategies based upon each tribes resources
Assistance in implementing and monitoring safety data
Technical assistance and identification of needed resources
Identification of barriers and challenges
Identification of needs for a long term sustainable program
The attached application is due by December 2, 2011 to the Federal Highway Administration at the address included on the application and below.
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on July 6, 2011 that there is 527 million in funding available for a third round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The TIGER program provides funding to States, cities, local governments, and other partnerships for projects which have significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. During this webinar, representatives from the USDOT Office of the Secretary Tribal Transit and Indian Reservation Roads program offices will discuss project selection, the application process, and provide advice for constructing competitive applications in the next round of TIGER Discretionary Grants.
Feel free to register using the link provided bellow.
ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability: Solicitation of Grant Proposals for FY 2011 Tribal Transit Program Funds.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of $15,075,000 in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)), a program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU), Section 3013(c). This notice is a national solicitation for grant proposals and it includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for FY 2011 projects. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http://www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. Additionally, a synopsis of the funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov.
DATES: Complete proposals for the Tribal Transit program announced in this Notice must be submitted by September 26, 2011. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the grants.gov apply function. Any Tribe intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the grants.gov site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/tribaltransitand in the ‘‘Find’’ module of grants.gov.
The America’s Byways Resource Center will offer a Strategies for Successful Transportation Projects on Tribal Lands trainingwebinarat 1:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Participation requires a computer with a high-speed Internet connection.
The Webinar is free, but registration is required. Online registration will open on Friday, July 15.
In 2011, the FHWA is soliciting applications for 11 grant programs totaling an estimated $430 million. These grants will support projects that work to improve safety, maintain a state of good repair, and make communities more livable.
In previous years, some funding for these grant programs was designated by Congress and the remainder was discretionary and awarded through a competitive process. In the FY11 budget passed in April, Congress directed that all funds were discretionary.
The FHWA administers discretionary programs through its various offices. These discretionary programs represent special funding categories where FHWA solicits for candidates and selects projects for funding based on applications received. Each program has its own eligibility and selection criteria that are established by law, by regulation, or administratively. Descriptions for each program, along with selection criteria, are available below.
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Shana Baker, Federal Highway Administration
Jason Shupbach, National Ednowment for the Arts
Rob Balmes, America’s Byways Resource Center
Wayne Gannaway, America’s Byways Resource Center
Ryan Matara, America’s Byways Resource Center
When you think of Livabilty, what comes to mind? A healthy environment? Clear air? Safer roads? Access to public recreation? Taking a walk in your neighborhood? Visiting an art fair downtown? Riding the bus to work? What else? This webinar will focus on building a picture of livability from different perspectives to help create insight on what livabiliy is and how it pertains to byways using real-life examples.
All---the following announcement describes new resources available from the FHWA’s Office of Safety:
As part of an on-going effort to reduce fatalities on local and rural roads the Office of Safety continues to develop tools and resources for these road owners. It is imperative that local and rural highway practitioners routinely integrate safety in their projects and programs. In 2009, 56 percent of the fatalities on our nation’s roadway occur on rural roads and the fatality rate was 2.5 times higher than in urban areas. Local and rural road owners should have access to road safety information, knowledge and resources needed to address safety issues. We are pleased to announce two new resources - the Local and Rural Roads Safety Peer-to-Peer Program and the Local Rural Road Owners Manuals.
The Local and Rural Roads Safety Peer to Peer Program (LRR P2P) is open to public highway agencies seeking to adequately address safety problems on their local and rural road network. Short term assistance can be provided on a variety of topics ranging from developing a safety program for the local road network to determining locations that need immediate attention and identifying low cost safety improvements that can be installed quickly. Technical assistance through the LRR P2P program provides assistance primarily through expert peers with knowledge in various areas of local and rural road safety issues. Peer assistance can be provided in three formats – technical assistance, training and peer exchanges.
Some of the benefits that an agency can expect through the LRR P2P program include:
Free and convenient access to professionals experienced with local and rural road safety.
Expert assistance to recognize local and rural road safety issues and identify solutions.
Increased understanding of how to improve safety on local and rural roads.
Any public agency is eligible to apply for technical assistance through this program. Requests for assistance must be coordinated with the FHWA Division Office before beginning the application process. Applications can be completed online, by fax or phone. The program framework is attached. Detailed information on the LRR P2P program including eligibility requirements and application is available online at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/local_rural/training/p2p/.
The Local Rural Road Owners Manuals are a set of 3 (Road Safety Information Analysis, Roadway Departure Safety and Intersection Safety) documents which were developed with a focus on the local rural transportation practitioner. These documents are not substitutes for other documents with similar content but provide concise methodologies in addressing each issue. Each provides the local practitioner in one document the procedures and processes to improve the safety of local rural roads and to reduce the potential for future crashes.
The manual on Road Safety Information Analysis discusses data types, collection, and analysis and shows how they can be used to identify locations with safety issues, the appropriate countermeasures and implementation approach. The information will acquaint local practitioners – regardless of background or experience level – with the sources, calculations, tools, and methods to make data-supported decisions regarding local rural road safety.
The manuals on Intersection and Roadway Departure Safety discuss safety issues on local rural roads and present an understandable step by step approach to identifying and addressing intersection and roadway departure safety issues. The manuals provide a framework that can be used to assess the safety of specific locations as well as the network and determine whether countermeasures should be installed. In each proven countermeasures are presented and a process for the planning and implementation of safety improvements is provided.
Please find the schedule for SIPI's 2011 Summer GIT short course schedule. These classes are free of charge, all you need is travel expenses to the SIPI campus. If you are interested in attending please be aware that class space is limited, so register EARLY! Each class that you register for must have it's own registration form.
If you are choosing to take any of the courses for college credit you must enroll through SIPI adminssions. NEW AND READMIT STUDENT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2011. The OSM 101 class can not be taken for credit.
CTAA is soliciting project applications for CTAA's Rural and Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Programs. As you may know, these Programs enable us to offer free planning assistance to help rural and tribal communities create or improve transit services or develop facilities. The Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and projects should emphasize the economic benefits provided by community transit. Within this overall objective, CTAA can provide a broad range of planning assistance for facility development, service improvements and expansion, system start-up, policy and procedure development, marketing, transportation coordination and training. Our technical assistance has helped establish a number of successful new transit systems around the country, and facilitated development of innovative transit centers.
The eligibility guidelines for the Rural Technical Assistance Program are as follows:
The project must be located in a non urbanized area.
A not-for-profit or for-profit recipient needs to be identified for each project. If a government entity is proposing a project, we can always identify an eligible not-for-profit or for-profit sponsor.
The project should promote economic development.
Project areas should demonstrate economic distress.
Eligibility guidelines for the Tribal Technical Assistance Program projects are simple: applications must be submitted by a tribal organization.
Both Programs are competitive, but in the past we have been able to provide at least short term technical assistance to applicants who were not selected for long term assistance. Please note that the Programs provide assistance, not funds, through CTAA staff and consultants. Although we do not provide funding to support projects directly, we will assist recipients in identifying potential sources of funding. There is no local match, and projects would be initiated after May 1, 2011. This year, applications are due at CTAA by February 24, 2011. Projects will be selected by March 11, 2011.
If you are aware of any potential applicants for the Program, please share this information with them. For more information, please contact me at 1.800.891.0590 ext 719, or by email at email@example.com.