FLH Report

Report
JULY 23, 2014
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Legislative Update
◦ Highway Trust Fund status
◦ Reauthorization proposals
◦ FY15 Appropriations
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TTP Safety Funding
TTP Bridge Funding
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2 issues at present
◦ Highway Trust fund is going broke
 We have authority and limitation, just nothing in the account
to cash the check with.
 DOT is implementing reduced state reimbursements
beginning August 1
 No effect on TTP except possible Safety funds (app process)
◦ MAP-21 expires in 71 days
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Best case scenario is legislative fix to both issues;
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Both houses have a proposal
Extension will be until either December or May (House)
Congress in session only for a few more days
Midterm elections are in 105 days
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Insolvency of
Highway Trust Fund
Requires Congressional
action
Not enough cash on hand
to support full annual
program
Limits amount of cash
available to reimburse
commitments
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Expiration of current
highway act (MAP21)
Requires Congressional
action
Extension of Act or
reauthorization still requires
action on the highway fund
insolvency
Unique features of TTP
Contracts allow different drawdowns depending on
agreement type
92% of TTP funds are subject to Tribal Shares
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So what does this mean?
◦ An expiration of the authorizing highway act,
◦ Finding funding to support the highway trust fund
account,
◦ Resulting in partial funding in FY15 and delays in
program delivery
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FY 14 is final year of MAP-21
Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW)
Committee has passed the
“MAP-21 Reauthorization Act”
◦ 6 year Bill
◦ TTP
 No changes
 $450 million/year through FY 2020
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The Administration has sent a Bill to
Congress
◦ GROW AMERICA ACT
 “Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work
with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and
Rebuilding of Infrastructure and
Communities throughout America”
 4 year Bill
 TTP is included with increase in program $$
 No change in formula
 Some change in takedowns
 Brings HPP back into the primary program
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Authorized Amounts
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FY15
FY16
FY17
FY18
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$507
$517
$527
$538
million
million
million
million
Takedowns
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6%
4%
3%
2%
7%
PM&O
Bridge
Planning
Safety; and
HPP
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3rd year of transition formula
◦ 40% FY 11 tribal shares with remainder under new
MAP-21 statutory formula
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Bridge
◦ Set aside increase is to provide funding for
inspection and additional projects
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Planning
◦ Set aside increase is for data collection and other
transportation planning activities
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HPP
◦ Brought back into the program
◦ $1.5 million maximum project size
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SEC. 2008. NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL
LANDS AND TRIBAL PROJECTS PROGRAM
◦ Would provide $150 million/year in funding to
construct, reconstruct, or rehabilitate nationally
significant Federal lands and Tribal transportation
projects. (NO DESIGN)
 Projects must have NEPA completed and an estimated cost
equal to or exceeding $25 million.
 Priority consideration will be given to projects over $50
million
◦ Intent is to fund high cost projects that are not able to
be funded through regular programs
◦ 2-3 projects/yr.
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FIXING AND ACCELERATING SURFACE
TRANSPORTATION (FAST) GRANTS
◦ A competitive program designed to achieve National
transportation outcomes
 Projects must promote the implementation of policies and
procedures that generate long-term, institutionalized
changes, and support performance based management.
(Basically supports best practices)
 Criteria included in proposal
 Awards of no less than $50,000,000 ($$ amount not
applicable to tribes)
 $1 Billion over 4 years
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TIGER
◦ Continues with tribes as eligible applicants
◦ Proposed at $1.25 Billion/year
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Act still needs full vote by the Senate
Nothing passed yet in the House
Remember: SAFETEA-LU expired in ‘09 but
was extended 9 times until MAP-21 was
passed in July 2012
DOT will still need an Appropriations Bill for
next year before full funding is made
available
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126 Applications received asking for $27.1
million
Reviewed and selected for award:
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Education
Enforcement/EMS
Engineering
Safety Plan
Other Safety Planning
Total Funded
◦ Not Funded (Not Q)
7
8
12
49
6
82
$418,589
$1,701,290
$5,415,625
$615,000
$390,495
$8,540,999
44
$18,538,285
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FY 14
Construction – 8 BIA/Tribal - $5.5 M
6 non BIA/Tribal - $2.6 M
Engineering - 4 BIA/Tribal - $152 K
1 non BIA/Tribal - $64K
LeRoy Gishi, BIA
[email protected]
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Robert Sparrow, FHWA
[email protected]

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