Feds allocate up to $75 million to West Eugene EmX

There was some very good news about the West Eugene EmX project today. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced  allocations for FY 2014 and also released the President’s recommended budget for FY 2015. The West Eugene EmX project received $24 million in FY 2014 and is recommended to receive $51 million in 2015. That would total $75 million from the FTA Small Starts program, which represents about 80 percent of the project cost and is the maximum available under the program.

» See FY 2014 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants Allocations (Table 7)…

» See Proposed FY 2015 Section 5309 Small Starts Projects (page 12)…

Background on FY 2014 FTA Apportionments & Allocations

Each year Congress passes legislation which, when signed by the President, appropriates funds for the Department of Transportation and related agencies. After this legislation is enacted, FTA publishes a Notice in the Federal Register, which provides an overview of the apportionments and allocations based on these funds for the various Federal Transit Administration programs as well as statements of policy and guidance on public transit administration. This web page contains links to the current and prior fiscal year apportionments for each grant program. Additional past years’ apportionments are available for viewing in the Archived Apportionments page.

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. 113-76) into law, providing a full fiscal year of funding for FTA’s programs as authorized by MAP-21. Prior to January 17, 2014, Congress provided partial funding for FY 2014 through continuing resolutions (Pub. L. 113-46 and Pub. L. 113-73). This notice apportions formula funds based on the Appropriations Act, 2014. In addition, this notice provides funding information for FTA’s FY 2014 discretionary programs, including the FY 2014 Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program allocations and prior year discretionary programs and their unobligated balances. Finally, this notice provides program information, including the status of MAP-21 implementation for many of the grant programs.

Source: FTA

Highlights of FY 2015 President’s Budget Request

The FY 2015 President’s Budget request includes a $302 billion four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal that will improve the operation and condition of the Nation’s surface transportation systems. By targeting funding and implementing innovative reforms, this proposal will improve the way government operates, will ensure resources reach areas of need, and will create opportunities for all Americans.

Source: U.S. DOT

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