Annual Report on Funding Recommendations: Proposed Allocations of Funds for Fiscal Year 2008: New Starts, Small Starts, Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands. Report of the Secretary of Transportation to the United States Congress Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5309(k)(1)

This report provides the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recommendations to Congress for the allocation of funds for the construction of new fixed guideway systems and extensions (49 USC 5309(d) – Major Capital Investment Grants of $75,000,000 or More, or “New Starts,” and 49 USC 5309(e) – Capital Investment Grants of Less Than $75,000,000 or “Small Starts”) for fiscal year (FY) 2008. The Annual Report on Funding Recommendations for FY 2008 is a collateral document to the President’s annual budget submission to Congress. It is important in the administration of the Federal transit assistance program, and improves the information exchange between the Executive and Legislative branches at the beginning of an appropriations cycle for the next fiscal year. The President’s Budget for FY 2008 proposes $1,399.82 million for the capital investment grant program under Section 5309. A total of $1,193.74 million is recommended for 11 existing, two pending, and two proposed Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGA). The pending and proposed FFGAs are all projects which meet the New Starts criteria, are at an advanced stage of development with few remaining uncertainties, and will likely be eligible and ready for an FFGA prior to or during FY 2008. A total of $72.08 million is proposed for six “other projects” that meet the New Starts criteria and are either a) in final design but have additional work to do to address cost and scope uncertainties or b) expected to be in final design by Spring 2007. A total of $51.82 million is recommended for four Small Starts Project Construction Grant Agreements (PCGA), while $48.18 million in Small Starts funding is proposed to be reserved for other candidate projects that emerge over the next several months. Finally, a total of $33.99 million is recommended for specific ferry projects, statutory funding to support the work of the Denali Commission, and New Starts/Small Starts oversight activities. In addition to funding recommendations, Appendix A of the FY 2008 Annual Report on Funding Recommendations provides the status of the 11 FFGA projects; detailed results of Federal Transit Administration's (FTA’s) evaluation of the project justification and local financial commitment of 16 proposed major capital investments in preliminary engineering (PE) or final design; results of FTA’s streamlined evaluation for four Small Starts projects in “project development;” and brief summaries of the status of five projects in PE or final design which are requesting less than $25 million in New Starts funding and are therefore exempt from the New Starts or Small Starts evaluation process. Appendix B describes the measures, rating breakpoints, and overall process followed by FTA for evaluating New Starts projects currently in PE and final design which are pursuing an FFGA, and Small Starts projects in project development which are pursuing a PCGA. Finally, Appendix C describes FTA’s progress in implementing the new Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands program.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Annual Report
  • Features: Appendices; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 295p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049407
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 14 2007 10:55AM