Fiscal Year 2017 Positive Train Control Grant Program Project Selections

 
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Federal Register, Volume 82 Issue 216 (Thursday, November 9, 2017)

Federal Register Volume 82, Number 216 (Thursday, November 9, 2017)

Notices

Pages 52095-52097

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2017-24364

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

Federal Railroad Administration

Fiscal Year 2017 Positive Train Control Grant Program Project Selections

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announce the selection of projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Positive Train Control (PTC) Grant Program. A total of $197.01 million in the PTC grant funding, authorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, will be provided to 17 projects in 13 states. On July 29, 2016, FTA and FRA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcing the availability of Federal funding for the PTC Grant Program. These funds will provide financial assistance to states, local governments, and public agencies for the implementation of positive train control systems to improve safety. Funds allocated in this announcement must be obligated in a grant by September 30, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Recipients selected for competitive funding in Table 1 should contact the appropriate FTA Regional Office for information regarding applying for the funds or program-specific information. A list of FTA's Regional Offices can be found at www.fta.dot.gov. For questions regarding PTC technology or statutory and regulatory requirements, please contact Mr. Devin Rouse, Program Manager, Federal Railroad Administration (phone: (202) 493-6185, email: devin.rouse@dot.gov). A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the NOFO, FTA and FRA received 27 proposals from 16 states requesting $455 million in Federal funds, indicating significant demand for funding to expedite the implementation of PTC systems. Project proposals were evaluated based on each applicant's responses to the program evaluation criteria outlined in the NOFO.

FTA is funding the 17 projects shown in Table 1 for a total of $197.01 million. Recipients selected for competitive funding should work with their FTA Regional Office to submit a grant application in FTA's transit award management system (TrAMS) for the projects identified in the attached table to quickly obligate funds. As funds must be obligated by September 30, 2018, all grant applications must be submitted to FTA by June 30, 2018. Grant applications must include the eligible activities applied for in the original project application. Funds must be used consistent with the competitive proposal and for the eligible capital purposes established in the NOFO.

In cases where the award amount is less than the proposer's total requested amount, recipients must submit grant applications to fund the scalable project option as described in the project's application. If the award amount does not correspond to the scalable option, for example due to a cap on the award amount, the recipient should work with the FTA Regional Office to reduce scope or scale the project so that a complete phase or project is accomplished. Recipients are reminded that program requirements such as cost sharing or local match can be found in the NOFO. A discretionary project identification number has been assigned to each project for tracking purposes and must be used in the TrAMS application.

On October 16, 2008, Congress enacted the Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), which required Class 1 railroad main lines and commuter railroad passenger service to fully implement positive train control by December 31, 2015. In the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015, Congress extended the deadline for implementing positive train control to December 31, 2018. FTA will streamline the grant application process to help commuter railroads meet the approaching deadline. FTA is providing pre-

award authority and will reimburse eligible project costs on successful projects consistent with the selected project proposals. The eligibility for reimbursement using pre-award authority is contingent upon the project meeting other Federal requirements, such as environmental requirements, prior to costs being incurred. FTA is not applying its regulation, 49 CFR part 633 Project Management Oversight to this program. Furthermore, FTA waives the requirement that projects be listed in the

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Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). Department of Labor (DOL) certification is also not required. The above waivers are only applicable to funds awarded in this notice.

Post-award reporting requirements include submission of the Federal financial report and milestone progress reports in TrAMS as appropriate (see FTA Circular 5010.1E, Award Management Requirements). Unless specifically waived, recipients must comply with all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, FTA circulars, and other Federal requirements in carrying out the project supported by the FTA grant, including FTA's Buy America requirements.

Recipients must follow all third-party procurement guidance as described in FTA Circular 4220.1F Third Party Contracting Guidance.

Issued in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of November 2017.

K. Jane Williams,

Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration.

Heath Hall,

Acting Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration.

Table 1--Fiscal Year 2017 Positive Train Control Project Selections

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State Recipient Project ID Project description Grant amount

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CA............... Peninsula Corridor D2017-PTCP-014................. This project will dual $21,680,000

Joint Powers Board equip seven Caltrain

(JPB). trains with

Incremental Train

Control System (ITCS)

and Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) to provide

service for

approximately 32 miles

from south of San Jose

to Gilroy, CA on Union

Pacific Railroad

(UPRR) territory.

CA............... Southern California D2017-PTCP-015................. This project will 3,200,000

Regional Rail develop, test, and

Authority (SCRRA). deploy tools and

processes to improve

the reliability,

efficiency, and

security of SCRRA's

Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) PTC with an

upgrade from a non-

vital to a vital

overlay system across

249 miles in the

greater Los Angeles

region of Southern

California.

FL............... South Florida D2017-PTCP-006................. This project will 31,633,176

Regional complete the

Transportation installation of the

Authority (SFRTA). established

Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System

(IhyphenETMS) PTC

technology consisting

of wayside interface

units, near side

station controls, base

radio stations, a back

office server,

onhyphenboard PTC

kits, and a crew

training simulator on

the South Florida Rail

Corridor.

FL............... Florida Department D2017-PTCP-007................. This project will 1,841,153

of Transportation implement the

(FDOT). Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) computer-aided

dispatch system, track

database, and

communication network,

along 110 miles of the

Central Florida Rail

Corridor.

IL............... Commuter Rail D2017-PTCP-008................. This project comprises 20,168,000

Division of the three subprojects that

RTA (Metra). include the

installation of

wayside PTC signals,

reconfiguration of

signals, and upgrade

of existing PTC

Automatic Block

Signaling systems on

Metra's Milwaukee

District West and

North lines in

Illinois.

IL............... Illinois Department D2017-PTCP-009................. This project will 18,869,888

of Transportation complete the design,

(IDOT). delivery,

installation, testing,

and certification of a

fully integrated

Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) PTC on two

contractual routes for

Amtrak's use that

comprise 14.7 route

miles of Terminal

Railroad Association

of St. Louis (TRRA)

right-of-way into and

out of St. Louis,

Missouri.

MA............... Massachusetts Bay D2017-PTCP-001................. This project will 7,815,963

Transportation include the

Authority (MBTA). installation of a back

office system for PTC

that consists of an

existing Cab Signaling

System (CSS) with

Automatic Train

Control (ATC)

supplemented by the

addition of the latest

revision to the

Advanced Civil Speed

Enforcement System II

(ACSES II) for the

MBTA.

MD............... Maryland Transit D2017-PTCP-004................. This project includes 9,440,000

Administration installing

(MTA). Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) PTC within the

Northeast Corridor

along MARC's tracks,

and equipping 11 MARC

2A cab cars with I-

ETMS. The work will be

on the Penn Line

between Washington,

D.C. Union Station and

the northern limits of

MARC service at

Perryville, MD, a

total distance of

approximately 77

directional miles.

MO............... Missouri Department D2017-PTCP-012................. This project will 12,024,877

of Transportation design, deliver,

(MoDOT). install, test, and

certify a fully

integrated and

functional

Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) PTC over

approximately 8.5

route miles of Kansas

City Terminal Railway

right-of-way where

Amtrak operates in the

Kansas City

metropolitan region of

Missouri.

NJ............... New Jersey Transit D2017-PTCP-002................. This project will 10,000,000

Corporation (NJ implement New Jersey

Transit). Transit's PTC Phase

III, which involves

the purchase of

onboard equipment

kits, along with the

installation, testing,

and commissioning of

the equipment on a

total of 440

locomotives, electric

mobile units, and cab

cars.

NM............... Rio Metro Regional D2017-PTCP-010................. This project will 3,600,000

Transit District include the

(Rio Metro). installation of the

Interoperable

Electronic Train

Management System (I-

ETMS) PTC onboard

technology on nine

locomotives.

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NY............... New York State D2017-PTCP-003................. This project will 33,749,974

Department of implement Advanced

Transportation Civil Speed

(NYSDOT). Enforcement System

(ACSES) PTC on the

Amtrak controlled

section of the Empire

Corridor Hudson Line,

a Federally Designated

High Speed Rail

Corridor, which spans

multiple jurisdictions

along its 94 miles

from Poughkeepsie to

Hoffmans, New York.

OR............... Oregon Department D2017-PTCP-016................. This project will 1,200,000

of Transportation install and test PTC

(ODOT). equipment on two Talgo

Series 8 trainsets

owned by ODOT and

operated by Amtrak for

the regional Amtrak

Cascades intercity

passenger rail service

connecting Eugene,

Oregon to Vancouver,

British Columbia.

OR............... Tri-County D2017-PTCP-017................. This project will 2,704,000

Metropolitan implement two PTC

Transportation safety modifications

District of Oregon on the 15 mile long

(TriMet). Westside Express (WES)

commuter rail corridor

from Wilsonville to

Beaverton, Oregon. The

first modification is

designed to positively

stop a train in

advance of a

malfunctioning grade

crossing, and the

second modification

will stop a train

prior to a work zone

or limit speed

throughout the work

zone.

PA............... Southeastern D2017-PTCP-005................. This project will 5,800,000

Pennsylvania install the Advanced

Transportation Civil Speed

Authority (SEPTA). Enforcement System

(ACSES II) PTC System

along a 3-mile portion

of restored Regional

Rail service from

Elwyn to Wawa,

Pennsylvania, and

deploy an onboard

survey map software

that contains the

physical

characteristics of the

railroad that dictate

train operating speeds

throughout SEPTA's

rail network.

TX............... Capital D2017-PTCP-011................. This project will 9,762,969

Metropolitan install the PTC fiber

Transportation backbone for an

Authority (Capital Enhanced Automatic

Metro). Train Control (E-ATC)

PTC system on Capital

Metro's approximately

33 miles of its

commuter rail

territory in Austin,

TX.

UT............... Utah Transit D2017-PTCP-013................. This project involves 3,520,000

Authority (UTA). the design and testing

of a two-step No-Code

Proceed system to

assure the safe

operation of UTA's

FrontRunner Enhanced

Automated Train

Control (E-ATC) PTC on

its two mainline track

segments from Provo to

Ogden and Ogden to

Pleasant View, Utah.

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Total........ ................... ............................... ....................... $197,010,000

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