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FTA Provides Notice of Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative

Posted in News, Rail and Transit

Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) grants fund billions of transit-related projects throughout the United States.  In an effort to improve the project delivery process for those projects, the FTA on September 3, 2015, announced the establishment of the Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative (“XPEDITE”) in the Federal Register.  The FTA is soliciting participation in an online… Continue Reading

Pilot Program Will Allow Local Hiring Preference for Workers on Federal Transportation Projects

Posted in News, Policy

Federal transportation officials are contemplating new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents to work on transportation projects.  Federal rules currently prohibit the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from allowing contract provisions that do not directly relate to the bidder’s performance of… Continue Reading

FTA Publishes Guidance on Joint Development

Posted in Policy

Earlier this week, on August 25, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) published Circular 7050.1, providing much anticipated guidance for grantees interested in pursuing joint development projects within FTA’s legal and regulatory framework.  The circular incorporates joint-development related provisions from MAP-21, and is intended to clarify FTA’s policy and serve as its single guidance document… Continue Reading

FHWA and FTA Issue New Guidance On MAP-21 Exclusions

Posted in Policy

By Ben Rubin and originally posted on the California Eminent Domain Report blog. On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law MAP-21, which, among other things, contained new National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") requirements for the Federal Transit Administration ("FTA") and Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA").  In January 2014, pursuant to a mandate in MAP-21,… Continue Reading

Update Regarding Buy America and Utility Relocations

Posted in Policy

As we have previously reported,  the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently adopted policies requiring Buy America compliance for utility relocations for federally funded transportation projects in cases where the utility performs relocation work.  On June 28, 2013, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Public Transportation… Continue Reading

FTA Authorizes Start of Construction of Honolulu Rail Transit Project

Posted in Rail and Transit

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has authorized the City and County of Honolulu to begin construction of a 20-mile, $5 billion rail transit project.  The FTA Letter of No Prejudice allows the City to begin up to $184.7 million in construction and other activities on the project, including the first sections of raised guideways from… Continue Reading

USDOT Sets Costly New Passenger Rail Station Platform Level-Entry Boarding Requirements

Posted in Rail and Transit

In a recent move that will have wide-ranging impact on the rail industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) set new level-entry boarding requirements for the access of passengers with disabilities to passenger railroads, applicable to new and altered station platforms where construction or alteration begins on or after March 2, 2012.  Through a final… Continue Reading