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FTA Formalizes New Local Funding Evaluation Criteria for New Starts

July 6, 2018 – Last Friday (after ETW went to press), the Federal Transit Administration sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to transit agencies around the country formalizing the Trump Administration’s new approach to evaluating the local financial contribution to new mass transit projects.

New Jersey Submits Final (?) Portal North Bridge Funding Plan; Port Authority Takes Over Hudson Tunnel Sponsorship

June 29, 2018 – Today, the group of New York and New Jersey entities responsible for the Gateway Program (the $30+ billion portfolio of rail projects in those two states used by Amtrak and local transit agencies) submitted a revised plan for the first project in the portfolio and a status update on the second project (which is by far the biggest project in the portfolio, or indeed the country, at least as far as projects trying to get federal mass transit dollars goes).

Will the Third Time Be the Charm for the Portal North Bridge?

June 21, 2018 – New Jersey Transit (and Amtrak) face a July 14 deadline for getting the Federal Transit Administration to approve their latest revised financial plan for the replacement of the Portal North Bridge, the first project of the $30+ billion Gateway Program of passenger rail projects in New York and New Jersey. The revised financial plan will take advantage of $600 million in state bonds approved by the state Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors last week.

China Transit Procurement Ban Has Potential to Divide Stakeholders

May 31, 2018 – The surprise inclusion in the draft fiscal 2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations act of a provision banning the use of federal transit dollars to purchase transit vehicles from Chinese companies could have enormous implications for transit agencies in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles – but it’s also about a long-term strategy to prevent Chinese rail car makers from getting into the separate U.S.

FTA Commits First FY18 Capital Investment Grant Funding

May 18, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration signed two more Capital Investment Grant “small start” funding agreements this week, one of which represents the first FTA commitment of unallocated 2018 CIG appropriations.

FTA Gives Out Full FY18 Transit Apportionments

May 10, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration has at last distributed the full amount of fiscal year 2018 funding for mass transit programs provided by the omnibus appropriations bill enacted into law on March 23.

FHWA, FTA, MARAD Defend FY19 Budget Request

April 27, 2018 – The heads (or acting heads) of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Maritime Administration defended their agency’s fiscal 2019 budget requests before the House Appropriations Committee yesterday.

Drake Nomination Will Likely Face Democratic Floor Opposition

April 20, 2018 – Thelma Drake, the Trump Administration nominee to run the Federal Transit Administration, will likely face Democratic opposition on the Senate floor significant enough to force Majority Leader McConnell to put here in the long backlog of nominees that will have to move through the cumbersome “cloture” process.

What Next For the Mass Transit New Starts Program?

April 6, 2018 – The recently enacted FY18 appropriations bill makes $916 million available for new subway, light rail, streetcar and BRT projects. How does this money compare to the demands on the program?

FY18 Omnibus: NY/NJ Gateway Program

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill appears to accede to President Trump’s request to remove the $900 million in funding for the Gateway Program of NY/NJ rail projects, but it’s more complicated than that.

FY18 Omnibus: Mass Transit Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation provides a total of $13.5 billion for the programs of the Federal Transit Administration, an increase of $1.07 billion (8.6 percent) over last year. 

Timeline of the Gateway Program

Timeline of the history and recent developments relating to the Gateway Program of rail projects in New Jersey and New York.

FTA Launches 5-Year Research Initiative for Transit Automation

December 8, 2017 – On December 5, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) unveiled its 5-year agenda for researching the potential benefits of vehicle automation for public transit. Dubbed the Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan, it will serve as a guide for the agency and transit stakeholders through FY 2022.

USDOT to Sign Maryland Purple Line Agreement

August 24, 2017 – The Trump Administration will sign a grant agreement promising $572 million in future federal appropriations for the Maryland Purple Line light rail project, Governor Larry Hogan (R) announced this week.