CAPITAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

To assist in financing the acquisition of capital for agencies providing public transportation to reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.



Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See list of Regional contacts listed in Appendix IV.
Website Address

http://www.fta.dot.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible projects include the purchase of transit capital that will reduce energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.

Public Transportation Agencies.

Applicants must have legal, financial, and technical capacity to carry out the proposed project and maintain facilities and equipment purchased with federal assistance.

100%.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Intrastate: Transportation.

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Transportation.

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Transportation.

Native American Organizations (includes lndian groups, cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations): Transportation

Beneficiary Eligibility

Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; U.S. Territories

Credentials/Documentation

Resolution by an authorized public body approving the filing for an application; projects must be included in an urbanized area"s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) approved by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Information must be provided on labor agreements and relocation planning; environmental impact; legal capacity; coordinated regional planning; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA"s Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an environmental impact assessment and/or environmental impact statement may be required.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process to be followed in applying for assistance under this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. When applicable, a Notice of Funding Availability is published to announce the availability of discretionary funds and application process. The notification and application are also available at http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA"s Transportation Electronic Award Management (TEAM) system, http://ftateamweb.fta.dot.gov/fta-flash2b.html. In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in TEAM and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. It is a goal of the FTA to obligate grants within an average of 36 days of the submission of a complete grant application.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

This program has no matching requirements. Projects are 100 percent federally funded unless a lower federal share is requested by the applicant.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Terms and conditions are delineated in the grant agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

: (1) Progress reports, (2) financial status reports, (3) construction reports where applicable, and (4) reports required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Cash reports are not applicable.

: (1) Progress reports, (2) construction reports where applicable, and (3) reports required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Financial Status Reports.

Auditing of grants over $500,000.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Pursuant to requirements established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in federal awards shall have a single or program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in federal awards are exempt from federal audit requirements for that year with certain exceptions as determined by OMB. FTA on may also conduct its own audits.

Records

Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1101-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 08 not reported.; FY 09 est $100,000,000; FY 10 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None established.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please visit the FTA website or contact the appropriate FTA Regional office for more information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See list of Regional contacts listed in Appendix IV.

Headquarters Office

Walter Kulyk 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: walter.kulyk@dot.gov Phone: (202)366-4052

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals must assist in reducing energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions of public transportation systems. For grants on energy-related investments, priority is given to projects based on the total energy savings that are projected to result from the investment and projected energy savings as a percentage of the total energy use of the public transit agency. Other criteria are identified in the application procedures.



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