FFY 2014 Grant Program and Revisions to FFY 2013 Grant Program

On December 13, 2013, the NOACA Board of Directors approved the following actions regarding this project: Resolution No. 2013-038 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2013-039 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.

Title: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Grant Program
Sponsor: RTA
Estimated Total Cost: $45,621,497
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

History/Background: RTA’s original state fiscal year 2014 grant program is listed in the NOACA SFY 2014 – 2017 Transportation Improvement Program and the majority of the program is as originally proposed in the TIP. RTA is adding seven new projects to its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 program and the TIP.

Proposed Project: RTA is applying for various sources of funds, including Section 5307 Capital Formula, Section 5337 State of Good Repair Formula, and Section 5339 Bus Facilities Formula, as described below:

• Section 5307 Capital Formula projects include bus improvement program, information systems ADP (automatic data processing) hardware, ADP software, and third party technical support, fare collection system, bus and rail preventative maintenance, transit waiting environment, Brookpark station reconstruction, bus equipment program, OCS (office communications server) replacement and upgrade program, fiber optic hardware replacement construction, rail station door rehabilitation, and Hayden garage parking lot rehabilitation;

• Section 5337 Rail Formula projects include rail preventative maintenance, West 117th Street substation, Sectionalized Tower City catenary system, Second Feed for East 55th Street substation, Brookpark station reconstruction, East 79th Street station and Lee-Shaker station reconstruction;

• Section 5339 Bus Facilities formula projects include purchasing 40-foot replacement buses and spare parts.

RTA is seeking to revise and amend two existing grants to match the final MAP-21 funding levels and to address projected under-runs, over-runs and revised priorities in its capital program. RTA’s revisions to the FFY 2013 grant program reflects these revisions and six new projects will be added to the TIP as described below:

• 2013 Section 5307 Urban Grant (OH-90-X782) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on thirteen line items. The grant is also decreasing by $1,093,935 to match the final MAP-21 allocation. Funds previously committed to bus replacement and spare parts, information systems projects, bus preventative maintenance and rail preventative maintenance are being reduced. Additional funds are being allocated to the Clifton Boulevard transit enhancement, rail infrastructure and bus equipment programs, Lee-Shaker and East 34th Street station designs, and the CBM fall protection system projects.

• 2013 Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grant (OH-54-0002) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on fourteen line items. The grant is also increasing by $81,449 to match the final MAP-21 allocation. The Rail Infrastructure program is being reduced and the Rail State of Good Repair and Light Rail Platform Reconstruction programs are being eliminated in order to increase funding to specific projects. Additional funds will be allocated to the Red Line Track rehabilitation from Kinsman to University, the Lee-Shaker and East 34th stations, the Shaker substation and design of RTA's fiber optic hardware replacement projects.

Descriptions of the projects (project descriptions) in the RTA FY 2014 program, a list of projects and their associated costs by ALI (activity line item) are available in pdf.

Staff Comment (Summary):

Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team:

• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System), #4 (Establish Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices), #5 (Improve Mobility of the Transit Dependent and Low Income Individuals) and #7 (Reinvestment in the Urban Core).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

If you are a representative of a governmental entity and would like to comment on this project, please email us.

Public Involvement:

NOACA encourages comments from the public on this proposed transportation improvement project. We would appreciate it if you include your city of residence, although it is not required. The public review period lasts until the Governing Board makes a decision about them. If you have a comment on this project, please email us.

Committee Review:

Transit Council:

  • The Transit Council supports projects that preserve or improve access to public transportation in the region. Transit Council recommends approval of the proposed projects and the reallocation of project funds.

Transportation Subcommittee:
       •   No comments; recommended for amendment to NOACA’s Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Last updated: 9/9/2016 1:09:15 PM