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Grant Development Milestone Examples using TrAMS

US DOT Notices of Funding Opportunity:

Bus and Bus Facilities

The NOFO for Bus and Bus Facilities lists the criteria that FTA will be using to evaluate the proposals including age of fleet, demonstration of the need, how the grant addresses ladders of opportunity and that it is included in the long-range transportation plan. The NOFO for No and Low Emissions Buses focuses on similar criteria but also includes demonstrating how the buses will reduce carbon or particulate emissions, that it support deployment of advanced propulsion technologies and how you will support the operations of the new buses. Applications are due by May 13, 2016.

 Rides to Wellness Program

The NOFO for Rides to Wellness aims to find and test promising, replicable public transportation healthcare access solutions that support the following goals: increased access to care, improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Applications are due by May 31, 2016.

 Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Program

The Federal Highway Administration issued a NOFO for the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Program. The funding would go towards the development of model deployment sites of technologies to improve safety, efficiency and system performance and infrastructure return on investment. These monies can be used for Multimodal Integrated Corridor Management Centers, traffic signal management, uniform fare or payment collection systems, connected vehicle system or dynamic ride sharing. Applications are due by June 3, 2016.

 Surface Transportation Funding Alternatives Program

FHWA also issued a NOFO for Surface Transportation Funding Alternatives Program for states and regions that are willing to demonstrate user-based payment systems with a focus on larger scale pilots versus smaller proof of concept systems. These monies could be used for regional fare car systems, use of HOT lanes for Bus Rapid Transit Systems, and the like. Applications are due by May 20, 2016.


APTA Draft Comments on FTA's Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan

APTA Draft Comments on FTA's Proposed Award Management Circular

CTAA Analysis on FAST Act:



CTAA Comments on FTA Safety Plan NPRM:


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State News:

Funding the Right Transportation Projects:  You are invited to share comments on transportation projects that have been scored and recommended for funding through a new prioritization process based on an objective and data-driven analysis. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will take your comments into consideration as it develops the Six-Year Improvement Program (FY 2017-2022). The program allocates public funds to highway, road, bridge, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation projects. You can review the list of scored projects for public comment at www.virginiahb2.org

For a list of the public meetings, go to: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/publicinvolvement.asp


Local News:

Metro faregates to accept SmarTrip® only starting March 6 

Starting Sunday, March 6, Metrorail faregates accept SmarTrip only and will no longer accept paper farecards, a key milestone on Metro's yearlong phase-out of the outdated fare media. Customers with paper farecards may transfer the value to a SmarTrip card by using the brown vending machines at Metrorail stations or at any Metro sales office through June 30, 2016.

For more information about trading in a paper farecard visit wmata.com/paperless.