FY 2012 Discretionary Funding Opportunities: Bus and Bus Facilities Programs (State of Good Repair and Bus Livability Initiatives) and Clean Fuels Grant Program, Augmented With Discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities Program Funds
Notice of Funding Availability for FTA State of Good Repair, Livability, and Environmental Sustainability Initiatives, Clean Fuels Grant Program: Solicitation of Project Proposals.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Program and Section 5308 Clean Fuels Program discretionary funds in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. There are two initiatives under the Bus and Bus Facilities capital program: (1) State of Good Repair Initiative (SGR) and (2) Bus Livability Initiative. FTA will distribute funds in support of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) state of good repair, livability, and environmental sustainability efforts. The Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011 (Temporary Authorization, 2012) continues the authorization of the Federal transit programs of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through March 31, 2012, and provides contract authority for these programs equal to approximately one half of the amounts available in FY 2011. Subject to funding availability by Congress, FTA will fund the SGR and Bus Livability Initiatives with approximately $775 million ($650 million for SGR and $125 million for Bus Livability) of unallocated Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Program funds, authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5309(b) as amended by Section 3011 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005 and its extensions. Subject to funding availability, FTA will make available approximately $51.5 million from its FY 2012 Section 5308 Clean Fuels Program to fund projects from non-attainment areas selected through the Clean Fuels competition supplemented with additional Bus and Bus Facilities program resources, as available for attainment areas. This notice solicits proposals to compete for FY 2012 funding under the aforementioned program and initiatives. Based on the timing of Congressional appropriations and extensions of SAFETEA-LU, FTA may award FY 2013 funding to proposals submitted under this notice. This notice includes priorities established by FTA for these discretionary funds, the criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious projects for funding, and describes how to apply for funding under each discretionary program. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http: //www.fta.dot.gov. A synopsis of each funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http: //www.GRANTS.GOV. FTA will announce final selections on the FTA Web site and may also announce selections in the Federal Register.