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Jarrett Stoltzfus FTA June 7 2010 10AM


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Jarrett Stoltzfus FTA June 7 2010 10AM

  1. 1. Cou c o U Council of University e s ty Transportation Centers (CUTC) 2010 Summer Meeting 0 0 Su e ee g Jarrett Stoltzfus University Transportation Center Liaison Office of Research, Demonstration and Inno ation Resea ch Demonst ation Innovation Federal Transit Administration US Department of Transportation College Station, TX June 7, 2010 1
  2. 2. Introduction Jarrett Stoltzfus Liaison to the University Transportation Center program Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation Federal Transit Ad i i t ti F d lT it Administration US Department of Transportation 202-493-0361 2
  3. 3. Overview • Introduction to the Federal Transit Administration • The University Transportation Center Program • Federal Transportation Policy Shifts and Priorities • C ll b Collaborative O i Opportunities with FTA ii ih 3
  4. 4. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) • FTA is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation • FY10 budget: roughly 10 billion dollars • Staff: roughly 500 full time employees full-time – 300 in Washington, DC – 200 in 10 regional offices
  5. 5. FTA’s Roles • Supports a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems • “Transit” typically includes buses subways Transit buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and aerial t i l trams • Other parts of USDOT handle other transportation modes – Freight/Intercity Passenger Rail (Federal Railroad Administration - FRA) – Air (Federal Aviation Administration – FAA) ( ) – Road (Federal Highway Administration – FHWA)
  6. 6. FTA’s Roles • Primarily a grant-making agency • Major grant programs to transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, state DOTs, DOTs and other entities as well as universities.
  7. 7. • Universities supported both by the University Transportation Center program through RITA and directly by FTA • FTA has provided $ million to the UTC p $7 program annually over the last several years. • Many other universities the recipients of FTA research or training grants grants.
  8. 8. FTA’s R l FTA’ Roles • Capital Investment Grants (roughly 1.6 billion/year) 16 – Competitive and discretionary program – Funds commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit. – FTA is involved in planning and environmental review as well as p g funding. – Recent examples include: • Eastside Gold Line extension, (Los Angeles) • Link Light Rail (Seattle) • BART extension to San Francisco Airport (Bay Area)
  9. 9. Other Roles • Formula Grants (roughly 8 billion/year) – Grants to support capital and operating investments (buses, rail vehicles, transit facilities) to transit agencies and metropolitan agencies, and other entities. entities • Research – Grants for research that supports transit industry needs such as vehicle technologies and workforce development • Safety/Security Support • Civil Rights Compliance – Titl VI Title – Americans with Disability Act • Other activities supporting the transit industry
  10. 10. Current FTA Priorities • Priority #1: Invest in the Economy • Priority #2: Improving Surface Transportation Safety • Priority #3: Livable and Sustainable Communities • Priority #4: y Reduction in GHG Emissions 10
  11. 11. Current FTA Priorities • Invest in the Economy – Continue efforts to put people back to work and reinvigorate the economy – Make sure there is high quality, reliable transportation – Renew and restore transportation infrastructure 11
  12. 12. Current FTA Priorities • Improving Surface Transportation Safety – Continues to be one of the Department’s highest priorities – Concerted efforts to improve safety are needed in all surface transportation modes – Focus on data-driven, performance-oriented safety programs 12
  13. 13. Current FTA Priorities • Livable and Sustainable Communities – Identify policy options to improve livability – Make s e polic is consistent with government-wide sure policy ith go e nment ide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of climate change. 13
  14. 14. Current FTA Priorities • Reduction in GHG Emissions – Identify new opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through research and grant programs like TIGGER that s ppo t inno ati e p actices at transit support innovative practices t ansit agencies. 14
  15. 15. Livable & Sustainable Communities Initiative “Enhance the economic and social well being of all Americans by creating and Enhance maintaining a safe, reliable, integrated and accessible transportation network that enhances choices for transportation users, provides easy access to employment opportunities and other destinations, and promotes positive effects on the surrounding community.” Under the Initiative, Federal policy will enable communities to: • Provide more transportation choices • Promote equitable and affordable housing • Enhance economic competitiveness • Target resources to existing communities • Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investments • Value unique characteristics of communities, no matter their size 15
  16. 16. FTA Involvement in the Livable and Sustainable Communities Initiative • FTA supports livability and sustainability • As the agency that supports mass transit, FTA is well- positioned to be a leader in the Livable and Sustainable Communities Initiative • All of FTA’s programs work to enhance the livability of f FTA’ kt h th li bilit f communities by providing transportation options for communities across the country • FTA’s grant programs provide flexibility for communities to FTA s make investments in transit as part of multimodal transportation networks – Improved facilities for walking and bicycling – TOD • FTA’s support of livable and sustainable communities also helps encourage the growth of green jobs. 16
  17. 17. FTA and the University Transportation Center program FTA views the University Transportation Center program as an significant asset to the transportation industry – Critical mass of transit and transportation research expertise for the industry – UTC enable connections b t UTCs bl ti between universities, i iti transit agencies, state departments of transportation, and other entities – UTC well connected t th i l UTCs ll t d to their local communities l iti – Important avenue for getting students interested in transit and transportation as a career
  18. 18. Building Partnerships with FTA • New Administration Priorities – Building the Economy – Safety – Livability – Environmental Sustainability – State of Good Repair / Asset Management – Other issues • FTA interested and able to offering guidance staff expertise, and connections to UTCs interested in pursuing efforts in public p g p transportation • Opportunity to build long-term partnerships with FTA
  19. 19. How FTA Can Help Support You FTA wants to support you in whatever way possible! • Find me during the CUTC Summer Meeting if you are interested in Meeting, working further with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – Guidance or direction in pursuing transit or p g transportation research – Building connections with subject matter experts at FTA – Seeking better connections/partnerships with transit agencies or other transit-related entities – Other opportunities with FTA 19
  20. 20. Upcoming Opportunities • Planning a one-day event to bring together FTA staff and University Transportation Centers in fall 2010 – please stay tuned! • Continue to monitor www grants gov for opportunities to come as well.
  21. 21. Questions? Please feel free to contact me at: 202 493 0361 202-493-0361 21