Notice of Funding Availability; Alternatives Analysis Discretionary Program.
This notice solicits proposals to compete for $12 million in Section 5339 funds to support technical work conducted within an alternatives analysis, in which one of the alternatives is a major transit capital investment. Under this authority, FTA will allocate the available discretionary funding for alternatives analysis. This analysis will support technical work that will improve and expand the information available to decision-makers considering potential New Starts and Small Starts funding. FTA will give priority to alternatives analyses that would add tasks to collect and analyze data on transit ridership patterns, the travel times of buses operating in mixed traffic, and/or other information on the current performance of the transit system. FTA will also give priority to proposals to develop and apply methods to estimate the time savings experienced by highway users that result from transit investments as well as proposals to develop and apply simplified travel forecasting approaches for Small Starts alternatives that cannot be addressed easily by the existing regional travel forecasting procedures. FTA encourages potential study sponsors to contact FTA to discuss the development of proposals under this section.