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									        Federal Update
            October 2007

Brad Larsen, Federal Relations Manager
Mn/DOT, Office of Government Relations
            651/366-4821
     brad.larsen@dot.state.mn.us

   Tom Gottfried, Planning Director
      Mn/DOT, Office of Transit
           651/366-4171
    tom.gottfried@dot.state.mn.us
               Federal Highway Trust Fund
       Fuel Taxes                              Truck and            Heavy
(Gasoline, Diesel, Ethanol,    Tire Tax       Trailer Sales       Vehicle Use
      Special Fuels)                               Tax                Tax




                               Highway Trust Fund
                                                              General Fund
                              Highway     Mass Transit
                              Account      Account




  Federal-Aid Highway Program               Federal-Aid Mass Transit Program
                    Federal-Aid Mass Transit Program
                              (Apportionments & Allocations)



Formula              New Starts        Bus & Bus          Other Transit         Highway
Programs             Program           Facilities         Discretionary         Formula
-Urbanized           -Passenger Rail   Program            Programs              Programs
-Non-Urbanized       Projects (ex.     -Generally         -Transit in Parks &   -CMAQ & STP
 -RTAP               Hiawatha LRT)     Earmarked by       Public Lands          -Transit Capital
 -Tribal             -Small Starts     Congress           -Research and         -Allocated
-Growing             (ex. BRT)         -2007 Funding to   University Centers    Competitively
States/High          -Alternatives     UPA projects       -Clean Fuels          through ATP
Density              Analysis                                                   Process
-Elderly/Disabled
-Fixed Guideway
-JARC
-New Freedom
-Metro Planning
-State Planning
       Primary Types of Federal Surface Transportation Legislation

  2004 SAFETEA-LU                            Authorization Bills are multi- year. Their focus
                                             is policy and funding. These Bills authorize
                                             funding for a specific purpose, but do not
               FY 2005                       appropriate the money. Authorization bills are
                                             under the jurisdiction of the Authorizing
             Appropriation
                                             Committees – e.g. House Transportation and
                                             Infrastructure.
                           FY 2006
                         Appropriation

                                    FY 2007
                                  Appropriation

Appropriation Bills are annual.              FY 2008
They provide money to pay for              Appropriation
the programs that are
authorized. These bills are
under the jurisdiction of the                           FY 2009
Appropriating Committees –                            Appropriation
e.g. House Appropriations.

                                                           2009 – 2011 Next
                                                       Multi-year Reauthorization
SAFETEA-LU Transit Funding
   SAFETEA-LU enacted August 10, 2005
   Transit Funding - $52.6B FFY 2004-09 (46% increase over TEA-21)
        2006    2007    2008     2009
        $8.6B   $9.0B   $9.7B    $10.3B
   Approximately 80% from Mass Transit Account
        New Starts, Research and FTA Admin. from General Fund
   New Programs include - New Freedom, Small Starts,
    Alternatives Analysis, and Transit in the Parks
   MN Transit Earmarks – Union Depot ($50M PNRS), Cedar Ave.
    Busway ($9.8M HPP), Red Rock/Rush Line/Central Corridor
    Studies ($4M Alternatives Analysis), 5 Bus & Bus Facility
    earmarks ($14.2M) (SAFETEA-LU earmarked approximately 40%
    of Bus & Bus Facility funding thru 2009)
Federal Transit Funding
SAFETEA-LU v. TEA-21
                                                   TEA-21%   SAFETEA-LU %
Formula Grants for Urbanized Areas (5307 & 5340)     47.88          44.03
Formula Grants for Non-Urbanized Areas (5311 &
5340)                                                 3.34           5.18
Formula Grants for Elderly/Disabled (5310) & New
Freedom (5317)                                        1.26           2.20
Planning (5303 & 5304)                                1.00           1.10
Buses & Bus Facilities (5309)                         8.44           9.53
Fixed Guideway Modernization (5309)                  16.89          16.13
New/Small Starts/Alternatives Analysis (5309 &
5339)                                                16.89          17.46
Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) (5316)          1.60           1.60
Transit Research/UTR                                  0.83           0.68
Administration                                        1.00           0.95
Other                                                 0.87           1.14

Total Guaranteed FTA Obligations                   100.00%       100.00%
                          Federal Highway Trust Fund
                             Mass Transit Account

                12.00

                10.00

                 8.00

                 6.00
   $ Billions




                 4.00

                 2.00

                 0.00
                   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013
                 2.00

                 4.00

                 6.00
                                                      Year

                                 Transit Funding              Transit Account Balance
Based on Office of Management & Budget (OMB) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
2007 Projections
                            Federal Highway Trust Fund
                                 Highway Account
              45.0
              40.0
              35.0
              30.0
              25.0
              20.0
 $ Billions




              15.0
              10.0
               5.0
               0.0
                 2004
               5.0        2005   2006     2007    2008    2009   2010   2011
              10.0
              15.0
              20.0
                                                   Year

                        Highway Funding          Highway Account Balance

Based on Office of Management & Budget (OMB) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
2007 Projections
Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF)
   HTF cannot have a negative balance
   Options for keeping a positive balance in the HTF
        Raise additional revenue
        Transfer funds from Federal General Fund (GF)
        Reduce funding
        Accounting shifts
        Senate Finance Committee Proposal
             Forgive HTF for Past Emergency Spending (GF Transfer $3.4B)
             Suspend HTF Transfers for Fuel Tax Exemptions for 6 months (GF
              Transfer $745M)
             Enhance Tax Collection at Refinery Gate (GF Transfer $212M and New
              Revenue $636M)
   SAFETEA-LU Commissions
        National Surface Transportation Policy & Revenue Commission
        National Transportation Finance Commission
2007 Federal Transportation
Appropriations
   Congress enacted a year-long Continuing Resolution (CR)
    holding most federal programs to 2006 funding levels, except
    for transportation which was funded at SAFETEA-LU 2007
    authorized levels

   No appropriation earmarks were included in 2007
    Transportation CR

   Discretionary funds normally earmarked by Congress were left
    to USDOT’s discretion

   USDOT used most of the discretionary funds for two programs
    under its Congestion Management Initiative (Urban Partnership
    Agreements (UPA) and Corridors of the Future)
2007 Federal Transportation
Appropriations (cont.)
   Twin Cities was one of five cities selected to receive a UPA award - $133M is
    available for the Twin Cities UPA proposal

   MN also received $5M of 2007 discretionary Bus & Bus Facility funding for transit
    assistance associated with I-35W Bridge collapse

   2007 Transit Discretionary Funding to UPA

                        Available    UPA
Bus & Bus Facilities    $438M        $418M (Twin Cities $86M, New York $214M,
                                            San Francisco $58M, Seattle $41M,
                                            Miami $19M)
New Starts              $266M        $113M (New York)
Alternatives Analysis   $ 12M        $ 2M (New York)
2008 Federal Transportation
Appropriations – Transit Funding
   House Passed Bill - 7/24/07
        Transit Formula - $7.8B (same as President’s request)
        New Starts - $1.7B (37 projects identified for $1.4B) (President’s request $1.4B) (Sets aside $200M
         for Small Starts)
        Bus & Bus Facilities (Earmarks $89.5M for 230 projects – about 20% of available funding)
        Amtrak - $475M operating & $925M capital (President’s request $500M capital)
        Intercity Passenger Rail - $50M for new 50/50 matching grant program
   Senate passed Bill – 9/12/07
        Transit Formula - $7.8B (same as President’s request)
        New Starts - $1.56B (34 projects identified for $1.5B) (President’s request $1.4B)
        Bus & Bus Facilities (Earmarks $183.5M for 109 projects – about 40% of available funding)
        Amtrak - $485M operating & $885M capital (President’s request $500M capital)
        Intercity Passenger Rail - $100M for new 50/50 matching grant program
        Other (Prohibits FTA from issuing proposed New Starts evaluation rule in 2008) (Allows transfer of
         Clean Fuels funding to Bus & Bus Facilities) (10% cap on amount of Bus & Bus Facility funding that
         can go to the UPA program) ($1B added for Federal Hwy. Bridge Program) ($195M for I-35W Bridge)
   MN Earmark Lists (attached)
   Current Appropriation Extension Expires Nov. 16th
   Final Bill?
Other Federal Transit-Related
Legislation
   S 294 – Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement
    Act of 2007 – authorizes funding for Amtrak, Federal
    Railroad Administration (FRA), and state intercity
    passenger rail grants for FFY 2007-12 – Senate
    currently considering Bill

   HR 1300 – PROGRESS Bill – provides tax credit
    bonding for passenger rail projects – currently in
    House committee process

   Several other infrastructure development Bills
    circulating in Congress that have transit components
    and benefits
FTA Updates
Circulars
   FTA is in the process of updating the following circulars:
        5010 – Grants Management
        9300 – Section 5309
        9030 – Section 5307
        8100- Statewide and Metropolitan Planning
   New circulars for the JARC Program, New Freedom and Section 5310
    are available on the FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov

FTA Updates via email
   FTA now offers e-mail updates on various topics including Federal
    Register Notices, SAFETEA-LU and others. You can sign up for the
    email updates by going to the FTA website and clicking on “Sign Up for
    Email Updates” in the middle of the page.
    2007 FTA Minnesota Transit
             Funding
   Section 5303 Metropolitan
    Transportation Planning Program
       $1.15 Million
   Section 5304 Statewide Transportation
    Planning Program
       $.23 Million
    2007 FTA Minnesota Transit
         Funding (Cont.)
   Section 5307 and Section 5340
    Urbanized Area (Over 200,000) Twin
    Cities Metro Area
        $44.4 Million
    2007 FTA Minnesota Transit
         Funding (Cont.)
   Section 5307 and Section 5340
    Urbanized Area (Over 50,000)
      Duluth - $1.37 Million
      Moorhead - $.49 Million
      East Grand Forks – $.05 Million
      La Crescent - $.04 Million
      Rochester - $1.5 Million
      St. Cloud - $1.51 Million
    2007 FTA Minnesota Transit
         Funding (Cont.)
   Section   5309 – No Awards
   Section   5310 - $1.7 Million
   Section   5311 - $7.82 Million
   Section   5311b - $.16 Million (RTAP)
   Section   5311c - $.33 Million (Tribes)
   Section   5311f- $1.68 Million (InterCity)
    2007 FTA Minnesota Transit
         Funding (Cont.)
   Section 5316 JARC
    Twin Cities Metro Area - $.75 Million
    Greater Mn Urban Area - $.24 Million
    Greater Mn Rural Area - $.49 Million
    2007 FTA Minnesota Transit
         Funding (Cont.)
   Section 5317 New Freedom
    Twin Cities Metro Area - $.52 Million
    Greater Mn Urban Area - $.14 Million
    Greater Mn Rural Area - $.31 Million

								
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