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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The ER Program allows FTA to make grants for eligible public transportation capital and operating costs in the event of a catastrophic event, such as a natural disaster, that affects a wide area, and, as a result of which, the Governor of a State has declared an emergency or the President has declared a major disaster under the Robert T.
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
Eligible projects include emergency operations, emergency repairs, permanent repairs, actual engineering and construction costs on eligible projects, and resiliency projects designed to protect rolling stock, equipment, facilities and infrastructure from future damage.
Funds may only be used for capital and operating costs incurred by public transportation systems in response to a catastrophic event, such as a natural disaster, that affects a wide area, and, as a result of which, the Governor of a State has declared an emergency or the President has declared a major disaster under the Robert T.
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
Reimbursable costs include emergency operations, emergency repairs, permanent repairs, actual engineering and construction costs on eligible projects, and resiliency projects designed to protect rolling stock, equipment, facilities and infrastructure from future damage.
Funds may not be used for project costs for which funds are already obligated in a grant, for which FEMA or another federal agency has already provided emergency funding, or for which the applicant has received insurance proceeds.
Funds are awarded to eligible agencies based on the demonstrated costs of responding to and recovering from an emergency or major disaster.
Funds are also awarded to affected agencies for projects that improve the resiliency of public transportation assets and infrastructure to future emergencies or disasters.
An entity that operates public transportation service in an area impacted by an emergency or major disaster, as defined by a gubernatorial or presidential declaration of such an emergency or disaster, and that receives federal transit funds directly from FTA.
Beneficiaries of funding include public transportation operators and the general public in areas for which an emergency or major disaster has been declared as defined under section 5324.
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), in the State transportation improvement program (STIP) and approved by FTA and FHWA; information must be provided on labor and relocation; environmental impact statement; 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 contains the capital investment apportionments. Contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. Requirements associated with Chapter 53 of Title 49, U.S. Code, and other DOT regulations may be waived by FTA. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is required.
An environmental impact statement is required for this program.
An environmental impact assessment is 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.
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. Applications are made to the regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C 5324.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Funding is made available as necessary through the appropriation process. Grants may be amended to add newly available funds for a continuing project.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. There is an 80% federal/20% non-federal match, subject to waiver by FTA.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available until expended. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement.
Post Assistance Requirements
(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports; (Submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, annually for other recipients and states); (3) construction reports where applicable.
Federal Financial Report, SF-425.
Progress reports are required on a quarterly basis.
Expenditures are reported on the Federal Financial Report, SF-425.
A milestones progress report is required.
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.
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.
(Salaries) FY 12 Not Available; FY 13 est $2,000,000,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The ER Program is new in Fiscal Year 2013, and funds have not yet been obligated.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Contact the FTA Regional Offices. See FTA Circular 9300.1A, "Capital Program: Grant Application Instructions," November 1, 1998.
Regional or Local Office
Adam Schildge 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Adam.Schildge@dot.gov Phone: 202-366-0778
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Funds will be allocated based on detailed damage assessments conducted in the aftermath of an emergency or major disaster and on demonstrated operational costs incurred in preparation for and in response to an emergency or major disaster. Damage assessments must provide detailed information on the extent of damage to a public transportation system and the costs of restoring the system to a state of good repair. Project proposals that improve the resiliency of a public transportation system s infrastructure will be evaluated on the basis of proposed costs and benefits based, in part, on the likelihood and extent of potential damage from future events.
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