"New Starts" Projects Facing a More Rigorous Competition for Funds

The paper examines the expected more rigorous competition for funding for the "New Starts" projects. In the new surface transportation authorization bill (TEA-LU), Congress amended Section 5309 of Title 49 to spell out in detail the procedures to be followed in reviewing New Starts projects. The legislation enacts into law procedures that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has been following, but by doing so Congress has deprived FTA of the flexibility to modify its procedures by administrative action. The legislation establishes two categories of capital investment grants: those of $75 million or more and those falling below that level. The legislation describes in detail the factors that are to be used in justifying the proposed project and evaluating local financial commitment. A comprehensive listing of all New Starts projects authorized through FY 2009 is provided. The bill lists 31 projects with Full Funding Grant Agreements; 38 projects authorized for Final Design and Construction; and 258 projects authorized for Preliminary Engineering.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 2p
  • Serial:
    • Innovation Briefs
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Urban Mobility Corporation
    • ISSN: 1071-393X

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  • Accession Number: 01004532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2005 5:05PM