Title: Greater Cleveland RTA Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Grant Program
Estimated Total Cost: $45,654,545 ($46,331,733 including $677,188 for detailed design)
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
History/Background: RTA reports that its original state fiscal year (SFY) 2015 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 five new projects to its FFY 2015 program and the TIP. RTA is also seeking to revise and amend two existing grants to re-allocate project funds due to under-runs, over-runs, and revised project priorities and funding sources. RTA’s revisions to the FFY 2013 and FFY 2011 capital formula grant programs reflect these revisions and two new projects will be added to 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 Formulas, as described below:
• The Section 5307 Capital Formula projects include Information Systems ADP Hardware, ADP Software, and Third Party Technical Support, CSX/East 92nd Street Track Bridge Rehabilitation, Fare Collection System, Bus and Rail Preventative Maintenance, Puritas Substation Replacement, Nine Light Rail Grade Crossings, East 116th Street Station ADA Rehabilitation, Bus Replacement Program, East 34th Street Station ADA Rehabilitation, OCS Replacement and Upgrade Program, and Enhanced Rail ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Access;
• Section 5337 Rail Formula projects include Rail State of Good Repair, Rail Preventative Maintenance, Rail Infrastructure Program, Nine Light Rail Grade Crossings, East 116th Street Station ADA Rehabilitation, East 34th Street Station ADA Rehabilitation, and Farnsleigh Station ADA Rehabilitation, On-Call Rail Engineering, On-Call Rail Maintenance, and Westpark Diamond Crossover Rehabilitation;
• Section 5339 Bus Facilities Formula projects include Fare Collection System, and purchasing Bus Equipment and Spare Parts.
RTA is seeking to revise two existing grants to address projected under-runs, and revised priorities in its capital program as described below:
• 2013 Section 5307 Urban Grant (OH-90-X782) – The grant is proposed to be
revised to re-allocate funds on two line items and add two projects. The Bus Preventative Maintenance Program funding is being reduced and the Rail Preventative Maintenance Program is being increased. Additional funds are being allocated to the Triskett Outdoor Bus Storage and Red Line Greenway Boundary Survey;
• 2011 Section 5307 Urban Grant (OH-90-X728) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on eleven line items. The Rail Preventative Maintenance Program is being increased and the Tower City Escalators are being eliminated from the grant. The Fairhill Substation, Light Rail Grade Crossings, Airport Tunnel, Central Rail Lift, and Waterfront Line Station projects are all being reduced due to being completed under budget.
Descriptions of the projects in the RTA FY 2015 program, a list of projects and their associated costs by ALI (activity line item) are available online.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System), #4 (More Balanced System Enhancing Modal Choice) and #5 (Improve Mobility of the Transit Dependent and Low Income Individuals).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
• The Transportation Subcommittee did not have a quorum of members present at its meeting. The consensus among the attending members was to recommend the project for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning & Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):