Caltrans Releases Draft State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Caltrans has released for public review the draft State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which lays out the policies and actions. Caltrans encourages stakeholders and the general public to review the Plan and provide feedback on the document. Feedback can be provided during February meetings and webinars that will be held on-line and around the state. In addition, the public may review the plan and submit feedback electronically via a simple online comment tool. The comment period will close on March 10. The final plan is anticipated to be completed in April of 2017.
For more details about the meetings, webinars and comment tool please visit www.cabikepedplan.org.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Notices
The FTA posted to its website the Fiscal Year 2017 Partial Year Apportionment Tables allocating funding through April 28, 2017. In this annual process that makes formula funding available to transit agencies nationwide, FTA apportions $5,323,087,320 in new contract authority and approximately $1.04 billion in unobligated or carryover contract authority that is available in FY 2017 from prior years. The website also includes FTA’s FY 17 Apportionment Notice.
FTA has placed a notice of availability of the final National Public Transportation Safety Plan in the Federal Register and posted it on its website. The plan establishes performance measures to improve the safety of public transportation systems that receive federal financial assistance. Transit agencies will set performance targets based on those measures to monitor and assess the safety performance of their public transportation systems.
Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC)
The Winter e-News from the ATRC provides a summary of key news and training opportunities to support your Active Transportation Program—Non-infrastructure work in California. To sign up for e-news, to view our e-news archive, or to find out about more resources and training opportunities, visit www.CAsaferoutestoschool.org
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
TRB Straight to Recording for All: Climate Resilient and Sustainable Transportation: Strategic Economic and Financial Management Challenges and Opportunities with FAST Act
TRB recorded a series of videos in September 2016 that illustrate how transportation agencies can comply with new requirements under the FAST Act. Specifically, these videos discuss how highway and transit projects can adjust to extreme weather events with regards to economic and management decisions. To view the slides from the presentations click here.
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. 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.
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:
- BIA Road Maintenance Handbook
- Ramona Band of Cahuilla Presentation
- MPO Tribal Relations San Diego Area
- Tribal Transportation Program Online Reporting Tool (PORT)
- LaJolla Band of Luiseno Indians Intergovernmental Transfer Agreement
- Collision Data Recording on Tribal Lands-Video
- Data Reporting Presentation
- Duro Road-HD-Video
- FDR Engineering Considerations
- Full Depth Reclamation
- G2G Reporting Instructions
- Transportation Specialist Job Description Updated Hyperlink
- MAP-21 Reporting Requirements
- PORT Overview Guide
- Road Maintenance Asphalt Pulverizing
- RIFDS Presentation
- BIA Road Maintenance Program
- RSA for Tribes
- Strategic Transportation Safety Plan Template
- Tribal Transportation Plan
- Tribal Transportation Plan Update.
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
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:
- 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 click here.
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/
The FHWA Office of The Federal Lands Highways has released new Tribal Transportation Program Contact Information
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.
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