Greater Cleveland RTA Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Grant Program
Estimated Total Cost: $47,385,208 ($37,908,166 Federal; $9,477,042 local match)
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
History/Background: RTA reports that its original state fiscal year (SFY) 2016 grant program is listed in the NOACA SFY 2016 – 2019 Transportation Improvement Program and the majority of the program remains as originally proposed in the TIP. RTA is adding three new projects to its FFY 2016 program and the TIP. RTA is also seeking to revise and amend three 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 2015, FFY 2013 and FFY 2011 capital formula grant programs reflect these revisions and one new project will be added to the TIP. RTA reports there is no change in funding levels for the grants.
Proposed Project: RTA GCRTA 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 and a Ladders and Opportunity Grant, as described below:
• The Section 5307 Capital Formula projects include Information Systems ADP Hardware, ADP Software, and Third Party Technical Support, Rail State of Good Repair, Bus Preventative Maintenance, Bus Replacement Program Vehicles And Spare Parts, NOACA Unserved Area Projects, Bus Equipment Program, OCS Replacement and Upgrade Program, Fiber Optic System Upgrade, East 34th Street Station ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Reconstruction and Enhanced Rail ADA Access;
• Section 5337 Rail Formula projects include Rail Preventative Maintenance, East 120th Street Substation Replacement, Puritas Substation Replacement, Rail Infrastructure Program, East 34th Street Station ADA Rehabilitation, On-Call Rail Engineering, Westpark Diamond Crossover Rehabilitation, Rail Grinding Program, Cuyahoga Viaduct Drainage and Concrete Repairs and Warrensville/Van Aken Substation Replacement.
• Section 5339 Bus Facilities Formula projects include Bus Replacement Program Vehicles and Spare Parts.
• Ladders and Opportunity Competitive Grant includes RTA’s Career Pathways Program for Workforce Development.
GCRTA is seeking to revise four existing grants to address projected under-runs, over-runs and revised priorities in its capital program as described below:
• 2015 Section 5307 Urban Grant (OH-90-X823) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on two line items. The Puritas Substation Replacement funding is being reduced and the Brookpark Substation Transformer/Rectifier Replacement is being funded in this grant to complete the project sooner.
• 2014 Section 5307 Urban Grant (OH-90-X809) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on four line items. The Information Systems Replacement Software and 3rd Party Contracts and the Bus Replacement Program Vehicles are all being reduced and the Red Line West Track Rehabilitation is being funded to start this multi-year program.
• 2013 Section 5307 Urban Grant (OH-90-X782) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on two line items. The East 81st Street and East 83rd Street Track Bridge Rehabilitation is under budget and funding being reduced and the East Boulevard Track Bridge Rehabilitation is over budget and funding is being increased.
• 2012 Section 5309 Rail Modernization (OH-05-X105) – The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on Light Rail Retaining Wall from design to construction.
Descriptions of the projects (project descriptions) in the RTA FY 2016 program, a list of projects and their associated costs by ALI (activity line item) are available in pdf.
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.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors’ adoption.