Surface Transportation Infrastructure _ Discretionary Grants for Capital Investments II

The purposes of the THUD Act requires that grants be provided to a State, local government, transit agency, or a collaboration among such entities on a competitive basis for surface transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.


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.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under TIGER II, $600,000,000 is available through September 30, 2012, for the Department to make grants on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

Projects eligible for funding provided under this program include, but are not limited to, highway or bridge projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, including interstate rehabilitation, improvements to the rural collector road system, the reconstruction of overpasses and interchanges, bridge replacements, seismic retrofit projects for bridges, and road realignments; public transportation projects eligible under chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, including investments in projects participating in the New Starts or Small Starts programs that will expedite the completion of those projects and their entry into revenue service; passenger and freight rail transportation projects; and port infrastructure investments, including projects that connect ports to other modes of transportation and improve the efficiency of freight movement.

The Department may also use an amount not to exceed $150,000,000 for the purpose of paying the subsidy and administrative costs of projects eligible for federal credit assistance under chapter 6 of title 23, United States Code, if the Department finds that such use of the funds would advance the purposes of this program.

In distributing funds available under this program, the Department must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of funds and an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural communities.

Grants provided under this program shall generally be not less than $10,000,000 and not greater than $200,000,000, however, projects located in rural areas, the minimum grant size shall be $1,000,000.

The Department may use an amount not greater than $35,000,000 for the planning, preparation or design of projects eligible for funding under this program.

Not more than 25 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State.

The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 80 percent, however, the Department may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for projects located in rural areas.

The Department will give priority to projects that require a contribution of Federal funds in order to complete an overall financing package.

The Department is in the process of developing criteria and requirements for this program.

Additional information about criteria and requirements will be available when the Department publishes a full announcement.

Grants provided under this program shall generally be not less than $10,000,000 and not greater than $200,000,000, however, projects located in rural areas, the minimum grant size shall be $1,000,000.

The Department may use an amount not greater than $35,000,000 for the planning, preparation or design of projects eligible for funding under this program.

Not more than 25 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State.

100% of the funding is discretionary.

These are TIFIA loans and Title 23 loans.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

None.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate benefits of this program may be received by, among others, States or local governments, transit agencies, builders/contractors/developers, major metropolises, and other urban, suburban, or rural areas.

Credentials/Documentation

Recipients and their first-tier sub-awardees will be required to have a DUNS number (www.dnb.com) and a current registration in the Central Contractor Registration (www.ccr.gov) submitted as part of the submitted application. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." 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 the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. None

Award Procedures

National Infrastructure Investments Grants will be awarded to projects with a demonstrated or potential ability to: ""(i) Deliver programmatic results; (ii) achieve economic stimulus by optimizing economic activity and the number of jobs created or saved in relation to the Federal dollars obligated; (iii) achieve long-term public benefits by, for example, investing in technological advances in science and health to increase economic efficiency and improve quality of life; investing in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; fostering energy independence; or improving educational quality.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 ("THUD Act"), Title I - Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, National Infrastructure Investments, Public Law 111-123, 3034 Stat.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. The Department shall publish criteria on which to base the competition for any grants awarded under this program no sooner than 60 days after enactment of this Act (December 16, 2009), the Department will require applications for funding provided under this program to be submitted no sooner than 120 days after the publication of such criteria, and the Department shall announce all projects selected to be funded from funds provided under this program no sooner than September 15, 2010. The funding for this program will remain available through September 30, 2012.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. This program has matching requirements. Not more than 25 percent of the funds made available under this program will be awarded to projects in a single State. The Federal share of the costs for which an expenditure is made under this program may be up to 80 percent, however, the Department may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for projects located in rural areas. the Department will give priority to projects that.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds available under this program are available through September 30, 2012. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement.

No cash reports are required.

Annual reports.

SF-425.

Program office provides oversight of grant activities.

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

Any awarding procedures, documentation of expenditures and copies of reports as well as policies and procedures for the life of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0143-0-1-407.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $600,000,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants provided under this program shall generally be not less than $10,000,000 and not greater than $200,000,000, however, projects located in rural areas will have a minimum grant size of $1,000,000 and the Secretary may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent. This is a new program and no approximate average amount of awards is available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: TIGERIIGrants@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-7687.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

TIGER II will be awarded based on the selection criteria as outlined below. TIGER II discretionary grants will be awarded based on the following selection criteria. There are two categories of selection criteria, "Primary Selection Criteria" and "Secondary Selection Criteria." The Primary Selection Criteria include (1) Long-Term Outcomes and (2) Jobs Creation & Economic Stimulus. The Secondary Selection Criteria include (1) Innovation and (2) Partnership. The Primary Selection Criteria are intended to capture the primary objective of the TIGER II provisions of the FY 2010 Appropriations Act, which is to invest in infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. The Secondary Selection Criteria are intended to capture the benefits of new and/or innovative approaches to achieving the programmatic objective.



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