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Federal Register Notices, Rules & Regulations

This site has Final Notices, Final Rules, and Regulations for the National Transit Database (NTD), other FTA programs that have NTD requirements, such as the Transit Asset Management (TAM) Program. In addition, information from the U.S. Census Bureau can be found here.

The Federal Register provide a forum for public participation in the rulemaking process. All the items are linked to the Federal Register Notices (FRN) along with any supporting documents.

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Comments due September 6, 2022

National Transit Database Reporting Changes and Clarifications

Request for Comments

This notice provides information on proposed changes and clarifications to the National Transit Database (NTD) reporting requirements. Some of the proposed NTD changes would take effect beginning in NTD report year (RY) 2023 or 2024, which corresponds to an agency's fiscal year, while others would take effect in calendar year (CY) 2023.

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA 2022-0018]

Comments closed February 18, 2022

National Transit Database Census Reporting Clarifications

Final Notice

If the Census Bureau releases new Urbanized Area definitions prior to October 1, 2022, NTD reporters must submit new B–10 and FFA–10 forms using 2020 Census data as an addendum to the annual NTD report. Collecting this addendum based on 2020 Census data is necessary to allow FTA to meet the Urbanized Area definition found in 49 U.S.C. 5302(24).

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA 2022-0002]

Comments closed June 10, 2019

Report Year (RY) 2019 Changes and Clarifications

Request for Comments

Topics Covered:

  • Transportation Network Companies (TNC) service
  • Reporting forms A-30, A-20, D-10, & FFA-10
  • Safety event reporting
  • Temporary bus bridges
  • Asset Inventory reporting requirements
  • Geographic and resource separated service
  • Commuter service survey standards
  • Rural financial data

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA-2018-0010]

October 27, 2017

RY 2018 Changes and Clarifications

Final Notice
Request for Comment

Topics Covered:

  • The TAM Rule and the Asset Inventory Module (AIM)
  • Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) fund recipients
  • Non-rail for-profit providers of public transportation
  • Mechanical failures
  • Reportable safety events
  • Distinguishing between commuter and intercity service

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA–2017–0010]

April 24, 2017

Condition Assessment Calculation Guidebooks

Final Notice
Facility Guidebook
Infrastructure Guidebook

NTD reporters have access to the Final TAM Infrastructure and Facility Performance Measure  Calculation Guidebooks. Included are methodologies for measurement and reporting specific to the NTD.

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA–2016–0030]

October 11, 2016

Updates to the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA)

Final Notice
USOA Reference

NTD reporters can find updates to the USOA and changes to Automatic Passenger Counter (APC) Certification requirements.

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA–2016–009]

July 26, 2016

Capital Asset Reporting

Final Notice
Time Extension for Comments
First Notice

This notice has information for NTD reporters on the expansion of the NTD's Asset Inventory reporting requirements.

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA–2015–0029]

November 11, 2016

OMB Approval of Notice of Action

NTD Approval Notice of Action

NTD Program Paperwork Reduction Act information collection request for OMB Control No. 2132-0008.

April 7, 2015

RY 2014 Changes and Clarifications

Final Notice
Time Extension for Comments
First Notice

Topics Covered:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit services
  • Contractual relationships
  • The Bus Rapid Transit definition (per FTA C 5300.1 SGR Grants Program)
  • The policy for High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes for purposes of the SGR Formula System Waivers
  • Transit system names & organization types
  • Delegation of CEO certification responsibility
  • Reduced reporting burden
  • Definitions of commuter services

[Federal Register Docket No.  FTA-2014-0006]

January 28, 2015

Safety Reporting

Final Notice
First Notice

Information regarding the updated the Safety & Security Module that gives insight into better alignment with the NTD safety data collection and the State Safety Oversight (SSO) program Rail Transit Event Database.

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA-2014-0009]

August 24, 2011

Census Bureau: Final Urban Area Criteria

Final Notice
List of UZAs

This notice contains information for NTD reporters from the Census Bureau’s final criteria for defining urban areas based on the results of the 2010 Decennial Census.

[Federal Register Docket No: 110714393–1393–01]

May 27, 2011

RY 2011 Changes and Clarifications

Final Notice
First Notice

NTD reporter can find historical information on previous Notice for Comments, including amendments to the 2011 and 2008 Urbanized Area Annual Reporting Manual.

[Federal Register Docket No: FTA–2008–0009]

March 4, 2009

Policy on Coordinated Services Data

Final Notice
First Notice

Reports can find information on how to report coordinated human services transportation data to the NTD.

[Federal Register Docket No: FTA–2008–0009]

November 13, 2008

Natural Disaster Adjustments for UZAs

Final Notice
First Notice

Important information for reporters on how to request adjustments to reporting data following a Natural Disaster that affects their apportionment after a natural disaster has effected transit service.

[Federal Register Docket No: FTA–2008–0035]

May 19, 2008

Policy Statement on School Bus Operations Regulations

Final Notice
First Notice

This notice has information for reporters on revisions to the policy for ‘‘School Bus Operations’’ under 49 CFR Part 605.

[Federal Register Docket No. FTA–2008–0015]

February 6, 2008

Strike Adjustments for UZAs

Final Notice

Important information regarding the NTD policy on strike adjustments and requesting an adjustment to NTD data used in Formula Grants to offset the effect of strikes.

[Federal Register Docket No: FTA–2007–0012]

December 6, 2007

Rural Reporting Manual

Final Notice

This notice has information for reporters regarding the availability of the NTD Rural Reporting Manual (Rural Manual) in addition to information for implementation of these annual requirements through the Rural NTD Module.

[Federal Register Docket No: FTA–2007–29075]

January 11, 2007

Classification of HOT Lanes as Fixed Guideway 

Final Notice

NTD reporters can review the terms and conditions on when the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are converted to High- Occupancy/Toll (HOT) lanes for fixed guideway mileage.

[Federal Register Docket No: FTA–2006–25750]

Last updated: Thursday, July 14, 2022