Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
In response to the NOFA, FTA received 146 eligible proposals requesting $516 million in federal funds, indicating significant demand for funds. Of the proposals submitted, 46 were from attainment areas requesting $124 million and were only considered for Bus and Bus Facilities program funds. Project proposals were evaluated based on the criteria detailed in the February 7, 2012 NOFA. FTA is funding 21 projects in non-attainment and maintenance areas as shown in Table 1 for a total of $51.5 million, and 6 projects in attainment areas as shown in Table 2 for a total of $7.8 million with prior year Section 5309 funds.
Grantees selected for competitive discretionary funding should work with their FTA regional office to finalize the grant application in FTA's Transportation Electronic Award Management system (TEAM) so that funds can be obligated expeditiously. Grant applications must only include eligible activities applied for in the original project application. Funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible purposes defined under 49 U.S.C. 5308(a)(2) and 5309. In cases where the allocation amount is less than the proposer's requested amount, grantees should work with the regional office to reduce scope or scale the project such that a complete phase or project is accomplished. Grantees are reminded that the 90% provision for biodiesel buses is not available this year, as the language permitting this higher federal share was not included in the 2012 appropriations bill. This change was highlighted in