Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research

To assist in development of metropolitan and state transportation improvement programs, long-range transportation plans, and other technical studies in a program for a unified and officially coordinated Statewide Transportation system and Metropolitan Transportation system(s) within the state.

As a result of this coordinated effort, the former CFDA# 20.515 has been discontinued.

This CFDA incorporates both the Statewide Transportation system and the Metropolitan Transportation system into one CFDA.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Planning funds provided to Florida DOT for distribution to MPOs in Florida to support multimodal transportation planning for the State and for each MPO?s urbanized area.

Planning activities funded include studies related to transit system management and increasing ridership, development of the metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, coordination of non-emergency human service transportation, and short and long-range transportation planning.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices and DOT Metropolitan Offices.
Website Address

http://www.fta.dot.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Transportation, Tennessee Department Of $ 780,237   2018-03-272026-03-30
Transportation, North Carolina Department Of $ 2,999,281   2025-03-30
Transportation, Michigan Department Of $ 590,165   2019-06-192025-03-30
Highway & Transportation Authority, Puerto Rico $ 1,582,793   2019-07-232025-03-30
Transportation, Iowa Dept Of $ 6,412,104   2019-07-172024-11-30
Transportation, Missouri Department Of $ 1,019,669   2019-06-072024-03-31
Transportation, Michigan Department Of $ 2,010,317   1999-10-012024-03-31
Transportation, Arizona Department Of $ 3,150,681   2019-07-252023-12-30
Transportation, Iowa Dept Of $ 4,447,637   2018-08-072023-11-30
Transportation, Oklahoma Department Of $ 813,600   2018-08-092023-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FTA awarded planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds were used to develop or update approximately 400 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs and 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs. Grants were also used in the development or update of 410 Unified Planning Work Program and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs. Fiscal Year 2017: It is estimated that FTA will award planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds will be used to develop or update approximately 400 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs and 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs. Grants will also be used to the development or update of 410 Unified Planning Work Program and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs. Fiscal Year 2018: FTA expects to award planning grants to 52 states covering both Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. Planning funds to develop or update 410 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program. 52 State Transportation Improvement Programs, approximately 410 Unified Planning Work Programs, and 52 State Planning and Research Work Programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

In metropolitan areas, activities assisted under this section may include preparation of transportation plans including transportation improvement programs and management systems; studies related to transportation management, operations, capital requirements, and economic feasibility; evaluation of previously funded capital projects; and other related activities in preparation for the construction, acquisition, or improved operation of transportation systems, facilities, and equipment.

In nonurbanized areas of the state, eligible activities include planning, technical studies and assistance, innovative demonstrations, management training, and cooperative research.

A State may authorize the use of a portion of these funds to supplement and administer Metropolitan Planning.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Apportionments are made to the States for 1) statewide planning and 2) formula distribution to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations designated for the urbanized areas within each State for planning within urbanized areas.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Apportionments for metropolitan planning and for state planning and research are made to the States. Funds for metropolitan planning are distributed by formula to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) designated for the urbanized areas within each State.

Credentials/Documentation

Federal Register Notice, 'FTA Fiscal Year 2016Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information', published at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/16/2016-02821/notice-of-fta-transit-program-changes-authorized-funding-levels-and-implementation-of-federal-public#h-50, contains the program apportionment in Tables II.A.1. for Metropolitan Transportation Planning and II.B.2. for State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. For fiscal year 2016, the current state by state apportionment is located at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/table-2-fiscal-year-2016-section-5303-and-5304-statewide-and-metropolitan For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office or refer to the FTA website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments. 2 CFR 400 Subpart E: Cost Principles applies to these programs. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Following each decennial Census, each State must submit to FTA for approval a formula, developed in cooperation with affected MPOs, for the distribution of a State's Section 5305(d) apportionment to MPOs in each urbanized area within the State.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application for a grant should be addressed to the appropriate Regional Office of the Federal Transit Administration. FTA Circular 8100.1C dated September 1, 2008, Program Guidance and Application Instructions for Metropolitan Planning and State Planning and Research Program Grants, provides detailed application information. Available on the Internet at: http://www.fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/12349_16434.html. States may apply through a paperless electronic grant application, review, approval, acceptance, and management process. This program is excluded from coverage under 49 CFR Part 19.

Award Procedures

FTA will approve and release the grant by the end of the quarterly cycle or earlier provided the application is complete and received by FTA at the beginning of the quarterly cycle.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST), Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C 5305(d)(e).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Grant applications are due in the appropriate FTA Regional Office no later than the first business day of the quarter.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Grants may be amended to add additional funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 49 , Part 5305(d)(e). Matching Requirements: The matching requirements vary. Funds obligated for State or metropolitan planning are granted an 80 percent federal, 20 percent local ratio. In addition, funds can be transferred from the Federal Highway Administration to form Consolidated Planning Grants which permit a higher Federal match for Metropolitan funds. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for 3 years following the year for which they were appropriated. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial report upon completion of the project; and (3) Final technical study report (if applicable).

SF-425.

(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial report upon completion of the project; and (3) Final technical study report (if applicable).

SF-425.

(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial report upon completion of the project; and (3) Final technical study report (if applicable).

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200.500 Subpart F: Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program specific audit conducted that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year with certain exceptions as stated in2 CFR 200.500 Subpart F.

Records

Following submission of the final Financial Status Report pending resolution of audit findings, project sponsor is required to retain all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents intact for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1137-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $130,732,000; FY 17 est $133,398,933; and FY 18 est $136,200,310

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range and Average of Financial Assistance $20,000 to $5,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register Notice, 'FTA Fiscal Year 2016 Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information', contains the program apportionment in Tables II.A.1. for Metropolitan Transportation Planning II.B.2. for State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research. For fiscal year 2016, the current apportionment is located at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/table-2-fiscal-year-2016-section-5303-and-5304-statewide-and-metropolitan For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office or refer to the FTA website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments.. 2 CFR 400 Subpart E: Cost Principles applies to these programs.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices and DOT Metropolitan Offices.

Headquarters Office

Victor Austin 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2996.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funding is allocated to the States for Statewide planning and for pass through by formula to Metropolitan Planning Organizations within their jurisdictions for urbanized area planning.



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