Maglev Project Selection Program SAFETEA-LU

To provide financial assistance for a demonstration magnetic levitation transportation project.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Funding provided through the Maglev Deployment Program advanced two existing maglev projects that will be eligible for the current funding: (1) the Pittsburgh project; and (2) the Baltimore-Washington project.

For both of those projects, preliminary engineering and environmental work has been completed.

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.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Building on work completed as a result of the funding from the Maglev Deployment Program (as well as other miscellaneous sources of funding), this program will advance the goal of constructing a demonstration maglev project.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for eligible project costs, including preconstruction planning activities, the capital cost of fixed guideway infrastructure of a maglev project, including land, piers, guideways, propulsion equipment and other components attached to guideways, power distribution facilities (including substations), control and communications facilities, access roads, and storage repair and maintenance facilities, but not including costs incurred for a new station.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments with existing maglev projects located east of the Mississippi River.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State governments.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Ensure that National Environmental Policy Act and related legal requirements are fulfilled as needed.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The applicant must submit the following information: Application for Federal Assistance SF-424; US Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Assurances and Certification forms; Certification Regarding Debarment, suspension, and other Responsibility Matters - Primary Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion - Lower Tier Covered Transactions; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements; Certification Regarding Lobbying; Assurances - Non-Construction Programs, SF 424E; Certificate of Indirect Costs; Detailed project descriptions, statement of work, and budgets; Description of work completed to date; and description of type and source of matching funds.

Award Procedures

Review the application package to ensure that all required documents are complete and signed by the appropriate person. Review the statement-of-work (SOW) and budget to ensure the appropriation language requirements are met. Review SOW for technical issues and budget for appropriate costs, including compliance, or projected compliance, with the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws/orders. Applications will be competitively compared to determine relative satisfaction of published selection criteria. Following selection (if applicable) and after the application package is acceptable to both parties, a grant agreement is drafted, reviewed, and signed upon agreement by both parties.


Refer to announcement for further information.


The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005), and the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act (Public Law 110-244, June 6, 2008).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement for further information.




Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has a 20 percent matching requirement. See the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005), and the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act (Public Law 110-244, June 6, 2008).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance is up to 60 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


The grantee shall submit the following reports: Quarterly progress reports giving an account of significant progress (findings, events, trends, etc.) made during the reporting period, and a description of any technical and/or cost problems encountered or anticipated that will affect completion of the grant; Quarterly financial status reports using SF 269 or 269A, Financial Status Report; Quarterly Federal Cash Transactions reports using SF 272, Federal Cash Transaction Report; and final report giving details of the results and benefits of the Grantee?s improvement efforts.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) 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 A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of three years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular three-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 $22,500,000; and FY 09 $22,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

To be determined.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. Section 4321 et seq.), and related laws; Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (Public Law 109-59); SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act (Public Law 110-244); Final Rule on the Magnetic Levitation Transportation Technology Deployment Program (23 CFR Part 322; OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments; OMB Circular No. A-102 grants and cooperative agreements with State and local governments; A-133 for audits. Solicitation guidelines will be made available.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

John Cikota, Office of Railroad Development, 1200 New Jersey Ave S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 493-6364; Fax: (202) 493-6330.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the announcement for further information.

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