Proposed Changes to the Tribal Transportation Program
On Friday, December 12, 2014, the proposed rule for 25 CFR Part 170 was submitted to the Federal Register for publication. BIA's Office of Regulatory and Collaborative Affairs (RACA) advises that it should be printed next week or very early the week following. We will send a follow-up email with a link to the rule as printed in the Federal Register when it's available.
Meanwhile, the proposed rule is available for review at the following web site, along with a letter from the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, announcing the proposed rule and consultation dates and locations: http://bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/Consultation/index.htm
Consultation dates, locations, and venues, along with additional information about how to submit comments on the rule are available at BIA - RACA's consultation web site at:
The proposed rule and Assistant Secretary - Washburn's letter to tribal leaders will also be available there.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
The FTA announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)), as authorized by 49 U.S.C. Section 5311(j), as amended by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-41 (July 6, 2012). This notice is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year 2014 projects. FTA may choose to fund the program for more or less than the announcement amount, including applying any FY 2015 appropriations or other funding toward projects proposed in response to the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/15926_3553.html. Additionally, a synopsis of the funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.grants.gov. FTA requires that all project proposals be submitted electronically through http://www.GRANTS.GOV by 11:59 p.m. EDT on February 18, 2015
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
The FTA has released the final version of the Formula Grants for Rural Areas, Section 5311 Circular. For the Federal Register notice, which lists comments and changes to each section, please click here. The Section 5311 Program provides formula funds to states and federally-recognized tribes to support public transportation in rural areas (population of less than 50,000). The funds can be used for capital and planning projects, job access and reverse commute projects, operating assistance and administration costs.
Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Program Guidance and Application Instructions
This circular is a re-issuance of guidance on the administration and preparation of the transit assistance program for guidance on the administration and preparation of grant applications for the Formula Grants for Rural Area Program under 49 U.S.C 5311. This revision incorporates provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and includes the most current available guidance as of the date of publication:
Circular C 940.1G: Formula Grants for Rural Areas: Program Guidance and Application Instructions (PDF).
In conjunction with publication of this circular, FTA published a notice in the Federal Register on October 24, 2014 (PDF) (79 FR 63663) addressing comments received during development of the circular.
The National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center (NTGISC)
A non-profit organization that provides assistance with anything GIS related to Native American Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations. The attached brochure provides more information regarding the NTGISC, or you can go to their website at www.tribalgis.com.
The Office of Trust Services Geospatial Support (OTSGS) provides ArcGIS software, 1st tier ArcGIS support and on-line training for BIA and Tribal Governments who are participants in the BIA's Enterprise Licensing Agreement (ELA). The attached brochure will provide you with more information on the OTSGS, ELA and geospatial training opportunities. You may also visit their website at http://www.bia.gov/WhatWeDo/ServiceOverview/Geospatial/index.htm.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the NTGISC at 918-937-4487 or the OTSGS help desk at email@example.com or 1-877-293-9494.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working to establish a site specific to Native American Data available in FARS. The site is now available. The information is provided for Native American fatalities, Native American fatalities on Tribal reservations, and all fatalities on Tribal reservations from 2007-2011. To visit the website go to: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/USA WEB REPORT.HTM
CA High Speed Rail Authority has a new Tribal Relations Webpage. It went “live” in early March and can be found at the following web address: http://www.hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Tribal_Relations/index.html
Bureau of Indian Affairs. The BIA Indian Highway Safety Program offers annual funding opportunities. Click here for the BIA Indian Highway Safety FY2014 Plan for your information.
Federal Transit Administration. FTA conducted a Webinar on the Formula Grants for Rural Areas Proposed Program Circular on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Please be advised that you may access the PowerPoint presentation on FTA’s Public Website at the following link: http://www.fta.dot.gov/map21.html
Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT) v2.0 Website
TDAT was designed to help users quickly identify tribes and provide appropriate tribal contact information to assist with initiating Section 106 consultation. Two key aspects of TDAT are its ability to:
- Link tribes’ areas of interest down to the county level, and
- Perform a variety of queries related to tribes.
TDAT v2.0 was developed by the Office of Environment and Energy’s Environmental Planning Division (EPD) to assist users with Section 106 compliance and tribal consultation.
State reports link tribes to their counties of interest in the particular state. Tribes may reside in or outside of that state. Check back frequently for updates.
For more information visit their web site at http://egis.hud.gov/tdat/Tribal.aspx.
Developing Tribal Transportation Safety Plans Webinar
Recording available at http://goo.gl/tWUSnb
Adam Larsen, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Russell Garcia, Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
Cindi Ptak, Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration
Tribal Transportation Safety Plans are a critical first step for developing a strategic approach to transportation safety risks. This training will be an overview of a recommended process for developing TTSP.
MAP-21 sets aside 2% of the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) as TTP Safety Funds (TTPSF) to be made available to tribes on a competitive basis. The funds will be distributed to tribes to develop strategic plans and implement multi-disciplinary strategies that are most likely to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes that are occurring in Indian Country.
The top priority during the first cycle of funding will be funding the development of Tribal Transportation Safety Plans. The training will also cover key elements for Tribes to consider when applying for TTPSF dollars to develop a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan.
This recorded webinar link will be posted on the FHWA TTP Safety Resources Page soon. The link to that page is: http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/
MAP 21 and Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice FAQ
This webpage is intended to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning environmental justice in the planning and NEPA processes.
Connecting Nevada: Planning Our Transportation Future
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) launched the Connecting Nevada Plan to provide a comprehensive, statewide, multi-modal planning effort with the goal of improving communication and coordination among partner agencies, geographic areas, and planning efforts.
The grants.gov website has been redesigned.
Although the look and feel of the site will be different, the content and its functionality will remain the same. The TTAP Funding links now take you to the Grants,gov Search web page. The easiest way to find specific grant detail is to locate the Funding Opportunity Number or the CFDA number noted on the TTAP Funding Opportunity and enter either into the new Grants.gov search menu.
The FHWA Office of The Federal Lands Highways has released new Tribal Transportation Program Contact Information
Federal Highway Administration MAP-21 Website
Federal Transit Administration MAP-21 Website
ABOUT THE TRIBAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) is a training and technology transfer resource for Native American tribes in the United States. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), both of which are agencies of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).TTAP CENTERS ESTABLISHED TO ASSIST TRIBAL NATIONS WITH TRANSPORTATION NEEDS
In 1993, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recognized a need to expand the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to serve tribal nations. LTAP centers were originally established by the FHWA in 1982 to enable local government units to improve their transportation networks.
In the same way that the local LTAP centers assist state, county, and city governments, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) centers provide information about the latest technological ideas and improvements related to road and bridge maintenance, repair, construction, and other issues.
There are seven (7) TTAP centers serving Indian Country:
- Alaska TTAP
- Western TTAP
- Mountain West TTAP
- Eastern TTAP
- Northern Plains TTAP
- Northwest TTAP
- Southern Plains TTAP
For more information, go to TTAP Programs where you can find links to each one of the TTAP centers.
Printed copies of our in-house publications are available on a first-come, first served basis. Priority is given to Tribal Transportation Personnel. PDF versions of most of our publications are available in the TTAP section of this site.
All our videos, publications and CD-ROMs in our lending library are loaned for a four-week period. Two titles may be borrowed at a time.
To order or borrow materials, please e-mail or fax a request to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or, email@example.com Fax no. 707-579-9019
To view past issues of publications, videos and Development programs, please visit our website library at: TTAP Resources