Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement (PRIIA) Projects for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit

To assist in financing part of the capital and preventive maintenance projects included in the Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The grants are used to address needed safety improvements including track repairs,
track control systems, new rail cars, and escalator repairs.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: Procurement of 7000 Series replacement rail cars; rehabilitation of rail cars; renovation of rail shops and facilities; replacement of bus facility equipment; funding of track repair programs; purchase of rail equipment and bus monitoring devices; and the funding of design, engineering, and third party contract costs.

These projects meet the goals of the statute, including infrastructure improvements related to rail system safety and service reliability.

Fiscal Year 2013: WMATA intends to utilize the FY 2013 appropriations to fund capital projects that rehabilitate infrastructure and address some of the National Transportation Safety Board s (NTSB) safety recommendations.

Fiscal Year 2014: The same types of projects funded in prior years are expected in FY 2014.


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.

FTA Washington, DC Metropolitan Office
1990 K Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006-1178

FTA Region 3 Office
1760 Market Street, Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: Provided funds for capital projects included in WMATA"s FY12 Capital Improvement Program, which includes infrastructure rehabilitation and addresses some of the National Transportation Safety Board"s (NTSB) safety recommendations. Grant awards can only be made to one grantee. That grantee has the option to award grants as needed. There were 2 grants awarded in FY 2012. Fiscal Year 2013: Two grants are expected to be awarded in FY 2013. Fiscal Year 2014: As with prior years, 2 grants are expected in FY 2014.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding provides for projects of the highest priority, that will improve the safety of the system, including but not limited to fixing the track signal system, replacing 1000 series cars, installing guarded turnouts, buying equipment for wayside worker protection, and installing rollback protection on cars that are not equipped with the safety feature.

Grants shall not be used to increase the mileage of the rail system.

The provisions of the federal grants are subject to the provisions of the equal annual contributions of capital funds from the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland.

Furthermore, the Federal grant shall be for 50 percent of the net project cost of the project involved, and the matching fund shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal funds or operating revenues.

The use of the funds shall be subject to the requirements applicable to capital projects for which funds are provided under Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, except to the extent that the Secretary of Transportation determines that the requirements are inconsistent with the purpose of the grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This program is only for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Public Law 110-432, Section 601 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008) for construction, renewal, and rehabilitation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

WMATA was created by interstate compact, authorized by the United States Congress, and is jointly funded by the District of Columbia and jurisdictions in suburban Maryland and northern Virginia.

Credentials/Documentation

Resolution by the Board of Directors of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) approving the filing of an application; evidence that projects are included in the formal Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors ofWMATA; information on labor and relocation; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA"s Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually contain the capital investment apportionments. For fiscal year 2013, the Federal Register notice with the full year"s apportionment was published in May 2012. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. WMATA must submit a list of eligible projects for review and approval by the Secretary of Transportation or his/her designee prior to the submittal of a formal application. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87 and 49 CFR Part 18 and FTA Circular 9300.1B. Applications are made to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

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

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Section 601 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-432.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. The total amount authorized in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 shall not exceed $1,500,000,000 to be available in increments over 10 fiscal years beginning in fiscal year 2009, or until expended. A separate grant application is executed for each fiscal year as funds are appropriated by Congress.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Matching Requirements: WMATA shall provide 50 percent of the net project cost to match each Federal grant provided. The matching funds shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal Funds or revenues from the operation of public mass transportation systems. The provisions of the federal grants are subject to the provisions of the equal annual contributions of capital funds from the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available until spent. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly Milestone status reports are required.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required.

FTA staff must review and sign off on all quarterly FFRs.

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.

Records

The grantee must record and maintain all financial transactions for a period of 3 years after the close of a grant. The grantee must maintain an asset inventory for the useful life of an capital acquisition .

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1128-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 12 $150,000,000; FY 13 est $150,918,000; and FY 14 est $150,000,000 - FTA is processing the grant application for the FY12 funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FTA Circular 5010.1D for Grants Management
FTA Circular 4220.1F for Third-Party Procurements

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. FTA Washington, DC Metropolitan Office
1990 K Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006-1178

FTA Region 3 Office
1760 Market Street, Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.

Headquarters Office

Eric Hu 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-0870

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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