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Federal Highway Administration Announcement

Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program; Negotiated Rulemaking Proposed Committee Membership and First Meeting

As required by the Negotiated Rulemaking Act, the Secretary of Transportation has selected the proposed members of a committee to develop proposed rules for the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program (TTSGP). Tribes in each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Regions, as well as national and regional tribal organizations were invited to nominate a primary and alternate representative to serve on the committee. After considering the nominations received, the Secretary proposes to appoint the persons named in this document as committee members. Tribes, tribal organizations, and individual tribal members who believe that their interests will not be adequately represented by the persons identified in this document may submit comments on the proposed selection, apply for membership on the committee, or submit other nominations. Additionally, the Agency announces that the first meeting of the TTSGP committee will be held August 16-18, 2016. The meeting is open to the public. To view the entire rule and information from the Federal Register go to: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/07/27/2016-17761/tribal-transportation-self-governance-program-negotiated-rulemaking-proposed-committee-membership#h-4.

To view the the TTSGF Committee Protocol Draft click here. To view the minutes of the firtst meeting click here.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

The FTA announced a Final Rule that will improve the process for ensuring the safety and reliability of new transit buses funded with FTA dollars. The new rule establishes minimum performance standards, a standardized scoring system, and a pass-fail threshold that will better inform local transit agencies as they evaluate and purchase buses. Links: Bus Testing Final Rule; FTA Bus Testing Program;  Bus Testing Press Release.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

In June, The BIA’s Pacific Region Transportation Division, conducted a two day symposia in Sacramento CA. The symposia were held for Tribal Council Members, Chief Financial Officers, Transportation Planners, Grants Managers, and others responsible for the administration of tribal transportation programs. To view the symposia program files for the two day event click on the links below:

 
FHWA-BIA: Tribal Transportation Program Online Reporting Tool (PORT)

To fulfill new reporting requirements under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act,  the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have developed a new Tribal Transportation Program Online Reporting Tool (PORT).  To assist in familiarizing Tribes with the PORT, an Overview Guide and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page have been published online. The FAQ page also allows your questions to be submitted.  An online video overview of PORT will be available in July, followed by a webinar in September. All tribes that receive Tribal Transportation Program funding will be required to report using the PORT.  This will enable FHWA and BIA to fulfill FAST Act reporting requirements.  By October 1, each Tribe will receive a reporting keychain providing unique access into PORT.  Tribes will be required to report on TTP expenditures for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016), with the online reporting due to be completed by December 31, 2016.  

TRIP-A National Transportation Research Group

Trip’s new report “Project Green Light:  Moving California’s Critical Transportation Improvements Forward" that outlines the 125 transportation projects most needed to support California’s future development was released on May 11. One important fact that should be noted from the report:

A total of 14,437 people were killed in crashes on California’s major roads from 2010 to 2014, an average of 2,887 fatalities each year. California had a traffic fatality rate of 0.92 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2014, lower than the national average of 1.08. The state’s rural non-interstate roads have a traffic fatality rate that is nearly four and a half times higher than that on all other roads in the state (2.72 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel vs. 0.70). 

 To read the full report click here.

SAVE THE DATE
The 19th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference
October 3-6, 2016
Anaheim, California
To visit the NTTC website go to: http://nttc.nijc.org/
*RIGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Go to: http://nttc.nijc.org/registration-3/
 
 

U.S.Congress

Attached are the conference report (over 1300 + pgs.) and the report summary, the Conference Committee released regarding the transportation authorization. The H.R. 22, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) is now a 5 year authorization bill. Here are the highlights of the tribal specific provisions included in the FAST Act:

  • Funding authorization for the Tribal Transportation Program at $465 million for FY 2016; $475 million for FY 2017; $485 million for FY 2018; $495 million for FY 2019; and $505 million for FY 2020.
  • Authorizes funding for the Tribal Transit Program up to $30 million annually.
  • Establishes and expands the Tribal Self-Governance Program within USDOT.
  • Decreases funding for administrative from the current 6% to 5% for the Tribal Transportation Program.
  • Extends the Tribal High Priority Program (THPP) for FY 2016 through FY 2021 however the funding for the THPP still comes from the U.S. General Fund instead of the Highway Trust Fund.
  • Includes a Tribal Data Collection, a reporting requirements for tribes who receive Tribal Transportation Program to report description of projects, current status of projects, and jobs created
 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 2009-2013.  To visit the website go to:http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/NA_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

 

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

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/

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

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