6/3/2014. Solicitation of Project Proposals for Bus and Bus Facilities Program, Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $100 million from recoveries from the Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Program authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU), Public Law 109–59 and prior authorizations. Additional recoveries or other unallocated program funding may result in additional funding for proposals submitted under this notice. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2014-004-TPM. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by midnight Eastern Time on August 4, 2014.
Summary: This Ladders of Opportunity Initiative makes funds available to public transportation providers to finance capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including programs of bus and bus-related projects for assistance to subrecipients that are public agencies, private companies engaged in public transportation, or private non-profit organizations. Projects may include costs incidental to the acquisition of buses or to the construction of facilities, such as the costs of related workforce development and training activities, and project development.
Eligible Applicants: Eligible Applicants include ‘‘Direct Recipients’’ within the meaning of FTA’s Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, States, or Indian Tribes are eligible to submit proposals for this initiative. Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for funding eligible projects in rural (nonurbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated State proposal. States and Direct Recipients may also submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas. Proposals shall contain projects to be implemented by the Recipient or its subrecipients. Eligible subrecipients include public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and private providers engaged in public transportation. The proposal must include a detailed statement regarding the role of any public transportation provider who is a project partner but may not be the lead applicant in the implementation of the project.
Link to the supplemental form to the SF-424: All applicants must complete a supplemental form (PDF) and attach it to their submission in Grants.gov
- Questions and Answers from Webinar, July 17, 2014 (PDF)
- Presentation for Bus Program Ladders of Opportunity Initiative Webinar (PDF)
- Audio of Questions and Answers Webinar (with Video Presentation)[external link]
- Transcript for Questions and Answers Webinar
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions related to this NOFA will be posted at a later date.
Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on August 4, 2014. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the Grants.gov site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.
For Further Information Contact: For information on this NOFA for BUS AND BUS FACILITIES LADDERS OF OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM, contact Program Manager Samuel Snead, Office of Transit Programs, e-mail: email@example.com, or phone: 202-366-1089.