Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement (PRIIA) Projects for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

To assist in financing part of the capital and preventive maintenance projects included in the Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The grants are used to address needed safety improvements including track repairs,
track control systems, new rail cars, and escalator repairs.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, FTA obligated $148.5 million to fund capital projects included in WMATA's FY17 Capital Improvement Program.

These funds were directed to the following projects: railcar replacement, track rehabilitation, rehabilitation of rail yards, replacement of radio and cellular infrastructure, elevator and escalator replacements, and projects that address required safety actions from FTA and recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board.

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The funded capital projects include: rail car replacement; track rehabilitation; station and tunnel leak mitigation, escalator and elevator rehabilitation and projects that address FTA and NTSB safety recommendations.

Fiscal Year 2017: The same types of projects funded in prior years are expected in FY 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018: The same types of projects funded in prior years are expected in FY2018.


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.

FTA Washington, DC Metropolitan Office 1990 K Street NW, Suite 510 Washington, DC 20006-1178 FTA Region 3 Office 1760 Market Street, Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 148,500,000   2024-04-24
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 133,012,500   2009-01-302023-06-30
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 0   2013-03-262022-07-16
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 148,500,000   2009-01-012022-01-02
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 0   2010-12-312021-06-30
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 148,500,000   2018-07-272021-06-30
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 15,487,500   2018-06-28
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority-$ 2   2015-04-082018-02-28
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 0   2014-06-052017-11-07
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority $ 0   2012-06-272013-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, FTA obligated $148.5 million to fund capital projects included in WMATA's FY17 Capital Improvement Program. These funds were directed to the following projects: , which includes railcar replacement, track rehabilitation, rehabilitation of rail yards, replacement of radio and cellular infrastructure, elevator and escalator replacements, and projects that address required safety actions from FTA and recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board. Through March of 2017, 316 new 7000 Series railcars have been accepted and WMATA will finish retiring the 1000 and 4000 Series fleets by the end of calendar year 2017. WMATA has provided cellular service in its first section of tunnel and, through SafeTrack, WMATA has returned 63 miles of track to a state of good repair by replacing over 30,000 ties and fasteners and aged track infrastructure. Fiscal Year 2017: The same types of funded projects are expected in FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: The same types of projects funded in prior years are expected in FY2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding provides for projects of the highest priority, that will improve the safety of the system, including but not limited to fixing the track signal system, replacing 1000 series cars, installing guarded turnouts, buying equipment for wayside worker protection, and installing rollback protection on cars that are not equipped with the safety feature.

Grants shall not be used to increase the mileage of the rail system.

The provisions of the federal grants are subject to the provisions of the equal annual contributions of capital funds from the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland.

Furthermore, the Federal grant shall be for 50 percent of the net project cost of the project involved, and the matching fund shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal funds or operating revenues.

The use of the funds shall be subject to the requirements applicable to capital projects for which funds are provided under Chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, except to the extent that the Secretary of Transportation determines that the requirements are inconsistent with the purpose of the grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This program is only for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Public Law 110-432, Section 601 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008) for construction, renewal, and rehabilitation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

WMATA was created by interstate compact, authorized by the United States Congress, and is jointly funded by the District of Columbia and jurisdictions in suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Credentials/Documentation

Resolution by the Board of Directors of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) approving the filing of an application; evidence that projects are included in the formal Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors of WMATA; information on labor and relocation; legal opinion; coordinated regional planning documentation; maintenance certification; and compliance with certifications and assurances as compiled in FTA's Annual List of Certifications and Assurances. Cost will be in accordance with OMB Circular 2 CFR 200 for State and local governments. Federal Register Notice FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments, Allocations, and Program Information, published annually contain the capital investment apportionments. For fiscal year 2016, the Federal Register notice with the full year's apportionment was published in February 2016. For other fiscal years, contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates or the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. WMATA must submit a list of eligible projects for review and approval by the Secretary of Transportation or his/her designee prior to the submittal of a formal application. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200 and FTA Circular 5300.1. Applications are made to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. Grants are awarded electronically using FTA's Transit Award Management System (TrAMS), www.transit.dot.gov/TrAMS/. In order to access this system, a user name and password are needed and can be obtained by contacting the regional offices. Once the funds are reserved in TrAMS and the project information has been reviewed and approved by Headquarters, the recipient must execute the grant agreement to access the funds.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Section 601 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-432.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Funding is made available annually through the appropriation process. The total amount authorized in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 shall not exceed $1,500,000,000 to be available in increments over 10 fiscal years beginning in fiscal year 2009, or until expended. A separate grant application is executed for each fiscal year as funds are appropriated by Congress.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. Matching Requirements: WMATA shall provide 50 percent of the net project cost to match each Federal grant provided. The matching funds shall be provided in cash from sources other than Federal Funds or revenues from the operation of public mass transportation systems. The provisions of the federal grants are subject to the provisions of the equal annual contributions of capital funds from the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available until spent. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly Milestone status reports are required.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required.

FTA staff must review and sign off on all quarterly FFRs.

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.

Records

The grantee must record and maintain all financial transactions for a period of 3 years after the close of a grant. The grantee must maintain an asset inventory for the useful life of an capital acquisition .

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1128-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $150,000,000; FY 17 est $150,000,000; and FY 18 est $149,715,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FTA Circular 5010.1D for Grants Management FTA Circular 4220.1F for Third-Party Procurements

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. FTA Washington, DC Metropolitan Office 1990 K Street NW, Suite 510 Washington, DC 20006-1178 FTA Region 3 Office 1760 Market Street, Suite 500 Philadelphia, PA 19103-4124.

Headquarters Office

Eric Hu 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-0870

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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