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California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)
Caltrans has released the call for applications for Active Transportation Program grants.  The Active Transportation Program is the new source for federal and state funding for Safe Routes to School projects and other walking and bicycling projects.
Deadline: To be considered, applications must be received by May 21, 2014.  Access the Application and Application Instructions on Caltrans website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/atp/index.html
Lots of helpful resources for preparing a strong ATP application are available on our SRTS-ATP funding page.

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

TIGER 2014 Application Preparation Conference Call

Please join the U.S. Department of Transportation for a special conference call for Tribal governments on the FY 2014 TIGER application process. Applications are due April 28, 2014! 
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT     
TIGER Tribal Conference Call:  1-877-336-1839; access code: 2108500

BACKGROUND
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the DOT to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Since 2009, Congress has dedicated more than $4.1 billion for six rounds to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.
The TIGER program enables DOT to examine a broad array of projects on their merits, to help ensure that taxpayers are getting the highest value for every dollar invested.  In each round of TIGER, DOT receives many applications to build and repair critical pieces of our passenger and freight transportation networks. Applicants must detail the benefits their project would deliver for five long-term outcomes: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, quality of life and environmental sustainability.
On January 17th, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. The bill funds much of the federal government for fiscal year 2014 activities, including a $600 million authorization for National Infrastructure Investments, referred to by DOT as TIGER Discretionary Grants. Please see the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) http://www.dot.gov/tiger/nofa.
More information about the TIGER program can be found at www.dot.gov/tiger.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently Asked Questions, webinars and other guidance on the TIGER web page. Applications are due April 28th!

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

DOT Secretary Foxx Announce $600 Million for Sixth Round of TIGER Funding 
ST. PAUL – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will join President Barack Obama today to announce that $600 million will be made available to fund transportation projects across the country under a sixth round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. READ MORE (below): http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/bulletins/a7b87a

TIGER - 2014 WEBINAR SERIES
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is offering a series of special topic webinars that delve into various aspects of the TIGER application process. These webinars will be a great resource for anyone either considering applying to TIGER this year or actually preparing a TIGER application, as the webinars come from the funding source and share the expertise of USDOT to prospective applicants.
All interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend. There are no registration fees for these sessions, but SPACE IS LIMITED.  Advance registration is required and available by clicking on the webinar topic listed below:
·        Upcoming TIGER webinars from USDOT
o   March 12th – How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants
o   March 19th – Preparing a TIGER Planning Grant Application
o   March 26th – Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a TIGER Discretionary Grant
More Info: http://www.dot.gov/tiger

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
On January 13, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a joint final rule in the Federal Register creating two new categorical exclusions (CE) for the agencies, pursuant to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). In addition to adding two new categorical exclusions for actions within the existing operational right-of-way and actions with limited Federal funding (23 CFR Sec. 771.118(c)(12) and (13)), FTA removed the example at 23 CFR Sec. 771.118(d)(5), and reserved it for future use. These changes are effective as of February 12, 2014.
Please visit http://www.fta.dot.gov/12347_15129.html for links to the final rule text and the latest version of FTA's "Guidance for Implementation of FTA's Categorical Exclusions" document, and to access the webinar discussing these latest changes (recorded Feb. 4, 2014).

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:

  1. Link tribes’ areas of interest down to the county level, and
  2. 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
August 29, 2013 at 12:00pm-2:00pm PST, Recording available at  http://goo.gl/tWUSnb
Speakers:
Adam Larsen, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Russell Garcia, Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
Cindi Ptak, Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

Description:
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/

FY13 Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) Safety Funds Webinar.Please find below the recorded TTP Safety NOFA webinar Thursday, August 8th, 2013.
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p702edmb975/Also, attached are the fillable SF-424 Form and the PowerPoint slides of the presentation.For more information about preparing and submitting an application, please visit the TTP Safety website at http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/ttpsf-2013.htm.

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 Final Report along with the documents that were created for the study are now available on the Project Documentspage. Additionally an Executive_Summaryis provided for your use.
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.

FYI for Tribal Transportation Programs
Transportation asset management (TAM) is a strategic approach to managing physical transportation infrastructure.  TAM programs minimize life-cycle costs for managing and maintaining transportation assets, including roads, bridges, tunnels, rails, and roadside features.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) mandates that all STATES must have asset management plans in place by 2015. NHI offers a series of courses designed to help transportation organizations build successful asset management programs, and to give guidance in the development of asset management plans that comply with MAP-21 requirements.
131106 Introduction to Transportation Asset Management introduces a strategic approach to managing physical transportation infrastructure. This course explores the principles of asset management and the five core questions every agency should be able to answer about its assets. Topics include asset management principles, performance measures, long-term financial planning, risk assessment, and implementation. Through a series of in-class activities, participants apply asset management principles to real-life situations.
131106A Introduction to Transportation Asset Management with Workshop provides the same content as the 1-day version of the class (131106) with the addition of a half-day workshop. During the workshop, participants review self-assessments to identify agency gaps between the desired and actual application of asset management principles. The workshop also includes recommendations for advancing the implementation of asset management practices within the agency.
131106B Development of a Transportation Asset Management Plan is a blended course that utilizes online and classroom training to emphasize the role of a Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) as a planning, communication, and accountability tool. This course offers the information necessary for an agency to develop or enhance a TAMP. Participants in this course focus on three primary components to the TAMP: strategic performance measurement, risk assessment, and financial management. In-class workshops allow participants to apply planning and development recommendations for each of these components, simulating the real-world tasks completed by TAMP development teams. Course materials include a variety of templates and guidelines for use in developing a TAMP. Participants take a 1-hour Web-based training module (131106C) and attend 1.5-days of classroom training to complete this course.
131106C Introduction to the Development of a Transportation Asset Management Plan is a 1-hour Web-based training that provides an overview of the content and organization of a TAMP and describes the typical TAMP development process. This training serves as a prerequisite for 131106B Development of a Transportation Asset Management Plan, introducing topics such as the use of a TAMP in transportation agencies, typical content, key components (including performance projections and the financial summary), existing and anticipated use of a TAMP in State highway agencies, and agency roles and responsibilities in developing and updating a TAMP. 

Free Training by the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA

Three 120-minute web-based courses developed by ISSA
On-line access allows you to train when it's convenient for you! Improve your on-the-job performance. Learn cost saving pavement preservation techniques that benefit your company/agency/organization with training.
How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments - Part 1
Register for this module by visiting
http://issa.adobeconnect.com/slurrysealmicrosurfacing1/event/registration.html
How to Construct a High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Project - Part 2
Register for this module by visiting
http://issa.adobeconnect.com/slurrysealmicrosurfacing2/event/registration.html 
How to Construct High Quality Chip Seal Treatments
Register for this module by visiting
http://issa.adobeconnect.com/chipseal_treatments/event/registration.html
Click here for the full announcement

April 22, 2013-The Department of Transportation announced the availability of $473.8 million in funds to be awarded for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER Funds).    These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. For details click the Funding tab on the left menu.

The FHWA Office of The Federal Lands Highways has released new Tribal Transportation Program Contact Information

The FTA FY 2013 Certifications and Assurances were published February 13, 2013 in the Federal Register.  You can find them here.  Please also see the attached documents, which are more complete (includes the certifications and assurances checklist for those who will be completing these via paper outside of TEAM).
 FY 2013 Certs-Preamble      FTA FISCAL YEAR 2013 CERTIFICTIONS AND ASSURANCES
If you are planning to request FTA funds this fiscal year, you will need to complete these before your funds can be awarded. If you will not be requesting funds this year in TEAM, you do not need to complete these.

The FR notice states that Appendix A, which contains the FTA Master Agreement and other documents, is available on FTA’s website.
 
 

Federal Highway Administration MAP-21 Website

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Federal Transit Administration MAP-21 Website

Programs and New Program Funding Summary

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
  • Colorado TTAP
  • Michigan TTAP
  • Northern Plains TTAP
  • Northwest TTAP
  • Oklahoma TTAP

For more information, go to TTAP Programs where you can find links to each one of the TTAP centers.

TTAP Publications

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:

barry@nijc.org or, tcoord@nijc.org Fax no. 707-579-9019

To view past issues of publications, videos and Development programs, please visit our website library at: TTAP Resources

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