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DESCRIPTIONDiscretionary Programs. Albert Soares - Program Coordinator (916)653-7140 Evelyn Williams-Program Assistant (916)651-8903. DLA Discretionary Programs . Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD) Public Lands Highways Discretionary (PLHD) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Discretionary ProgramsAlbert Soares-Program Coordinator(916)653-7140
Evelyn Williams-Program Assistant(916)651-8903
DLA Discretionary Programs Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD)Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD)Public Lands Highways Discretionary (PLHD)Highways for Life (HfL)Innovative Bridge Research & Deployment (IBRD)Innovative Bridge Research & Construction (IBRC)National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation (NHCBR)Forest Highways (FH)
Non-DLA Discretionary Programs Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovative Act (TIFIA) Office of Innovative FinancingNational Scenic Byways (NSB)Division of DesignCoordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI)Division of Transportation PlanningTolling Program/Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP)Federal Resources OfficeTruck Parking Facilities (TPF)Federal Resources OfficeFerry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Program
The Ferry Boat Discretionary (FBD) Program provides a special funding category for the construction of ferry boats and ferry terminal facilities and was created by section 1064 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA).Background 80%
Federal ShareUntil expended or rescinded by CongressPeriod of AvailabilityEligibilityFBD funds are available for construction/improvement to ferry boats or ferry boat terminals where it is not feasible to build a bridge, tunnel, combination thereof, or other normal highway structure in lieu of the use of such ferry.
The ferry boat or ferry terminal facility is publicly owned or operated or majority publicly owned if the Secretary determines, with respect to a majority publicly owned ferry or ferry terminal facility, that such ferry boat or ferry terminal facility provides substantial public benefits.
The operation of the ferry is on a route classified as a public road within the State and which has not been designated as a route on the Interstate System.
Ferry may be operated only within the State (including the islands which comprise the State of Hawaii and the islands which comprise any territory of the United States) or between adjoining States or between a point in a State and a point in the Dominion of Canada.
Eligibility (cont)The operating authority and the amount of fares charged for passage on such ferry shall be under the control of the State or other public entity.Control by a public entity means that the public entity establishes or approves the route and has oversight of the schedule, public access,safety, etc.,forthe ferry.The public entity must approve fares and verify that it is within the requirements for the program.
All revenues derived therefrom shall be applied to actual and necessary costs of operation, maintenance andrepair, debt service, negotiated management fees, and, in the case of a privately operated toll ferry, for a reasonable rate of return.Projects Designated by CongressProjects specified in public law by CongressApplication required after passage of actApplication submitted to Division of Local Assistance (DLA) by local agenciesCaltrans submits applications to FHWA for award
Projects Not Designated by CongressProjects are not specified in public law by CongressApplication required after formal solicitation by FHWAApplication submitted to DLA by local agenciesCaltrans submits applications to FHWA for considerationProjects Not Designated by CongressPriorities23 USC 147(c): The Secretary shall give priority in the allocation of funds under this section to those ferry systems, and public entities responsible for developing ferries that:provide critical access to areas that are not well-served by other modes of surface transportation.carry the greatest number of passengers and vehicles.carry the greatest number of passengers in passenger-only service.
Projects Not Designated by CongressPriorities (cont)FHWA will consider the following additional factors in the evaluation of candidates for this program:Expeditious completion of project State priorities Leveraging of private or other public funding Amount of FBD funding National geographic distribution of funding within the FBD program Congressional direction or guidance Solicitations usually occur once per year after the passage of the federal budget actSolicitationsVarious FBD funding$3,200,000San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Ferry
161999 FBD Funding $1,200,000
Long Beach Aquabus
2009 FBD Funding$475,000Larkspur Ferry Terminal Parking Improvements
Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD) Program
The Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (IMD) Program provides funding for resurfacing, restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction (4R) work, including added lanes to increase capacity, on most existing Interstate System routes. This discretionary program was first established by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 and was known as the I-4R Discretionary Program.BackgroundFederal share of the costs for most projects eligible under this program is 90percent. However, the Federal share is 80 percent on projects, or the portion of projects, for work involving added single-occupancy vehicle lanes to increase capacity.Federal ShareUntil expended or rescinded by CongressPeriod of AvailabilityEligibilityIMD funds are available for resurfacing, restoring, rehabilitating and reconstructing (4R) work, including added lanes, on the Interstate System.
Not eligible for allocation of IMD funds are projects on any highway designated as a part of the Interstate System under section 139 of 23 U.S.C., as in effect before the enactment of TEA-21, and any toll road on the Interstate System not subject to an agreement under section 119(e) of 23 U.S.C., as in effect on December 17, 1991. Also not eligible are projects on any highway added to the Interstate System under section 103(c)(4) of 23 U.S.C. and section 1105(e)(5)(A) of ISTEA. Any proposed or future Interstate route is also not eligible for IMD funds. The website http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reports/routefinder/table3.cfm may assist in this determination.
Eligibility (cont)Under the provisions of 23U.S.C.118(c)(2), a State is eligible to receive an allocation of IMD funds, if it has obligated or demonstrates that it will obligate in the fiscal year all of its Interstate Maintenance (IM) funds apportioned under section 104(b)(4) of 23 U.S.C., other than an amount which, by itself, is insufficient to pay the Federal share of the cost of a project which has been submitted by the State for approval.
The State must be willing and able to obligate the IMD funds within 1 year of the date the funds are made available, apply the funds to a ready-to-commence project, and in the case of construction work, begin work within 90 days after obligation.
Projects Designated by CongressProjects specified in public law by CongressProjects description must fit within the legislated descriptionApplication required after passage of actApplication submitted to Division of Local Assistance (DLA) by local agenciesCaltrans submits applications to FHWA for award
Projects Not Designated by CongressProjects are not specified in public law by CongressApplication required after formal solicitation by FHWAApplication submitted to Division of Local Assistance (DLA) by local agenciesCaltrans submits applications to FHWA for considerationProjects Not Designated by CongressPrioritiesUnder the provisions of 23U.S.C.118(c)(3), priority consideration shall be given to any project where the cost of which exceeds $10 million on any high volume route in an urban area or a high truck-volume route in a rural area.FHWA has not established regulatory criteria for selection of IMD projects; however, in its annual solicitation, FHWA notes that the following criteria are also considered in the evaluation of candidates for this program:Leveraging of private or other public funding - Because the annual requests for funding far exceed the available IMD funds, commitment of other funding sources to complement the requested IMD funds is an important factor. State priorities - For States that submit more than one project, consideration is given to the individual State's priorities. Expeditious completion of project - Preference is also given to requests that will expedite the completion of a viable project over requests for initial funding of a project that will require a long-term commitment of future IMD funding. For large-scale projects, consideration is given to the State's total funding plan to expedite the completion of the project. Transportation benefits that will be derived upon completion of the project.
Solicitations usually occur once per year after the passage of the federal budget act
Solicitations2004, 2005, 2006 IMD Funding$2,300,000
I-10/Cypress Avenue Overcrossing
Reyes-Adobe Interchange Project2006 IMD Funding$850,000
Public Lands Highways Discretionary (PLHD) ProgramThe Public Lands Highways (PLH) Program was originally established in 1930 by the Amendment Relative to Construction of Roads through Public Lands and Federal Reservations. Funding was provided from the General Fund of the Treasury. The intent of the program is to improve access to and within the Federal lands of the nation. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970 changed the funding source for the program from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund, effective in fiscal year (FY) 1972. The program has been continued with each highway or transportation act since then.
Federal Share4 years (year awarded plus 3 years)
Period of AvailabilityPLHD EligibilityUnder the provisions of 23 U.S.C. 202(b)(1)(A), the funds shall be allocated among those States having unappropriated or unreserved public lands, nontaxable Indian lands or other Federal reservations, on t