1. Category:
Oversight of Transit Programs
Question:
Where do you get your funding from? (Gas tax. Road tax) please explain
Answer:
Chapter 53 of Title 49 of the U.S. Code establishes the authority for FTA. It incorporates the Urban Mass Transportation Act originally enacted in 1964. Congress authorizes money to FTA in long- and short-term transportation legislation, such as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015. The transportation bills amend Chapter 53 to modify or set up funding programs and laws for FTA to follow. In 1982, legislators approved a one-cent federal gas tax dedicated for transit, carving out a new Mass Transit account from transportation funding’s Highway Trust Fund. In 1991, funding was further bolstered when policymakers allowed use of highway program funds for public transportation. Transit’s share of the gas tax increased to 2.86 cents in the 1990s, a decade that also saw an emphasis on increased funds for maintenance of rail cars, vehicles and tracks. FTA now invests more than $10 billion annually to support and expand public transit. The majority of the grants administered by FTA are distributed on a formula basis prescribed in law. FTA’s major discretion grant program is the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program that funds major capital projects that provided new and expanded transit services.
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2. Category:
Oversight of Transit Programs
Question:
Hello, My name is Mitch Spicer and I am a Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research in Tampa. I am wanting to to know if the FTA has any rules, regulations, or if it is a requirement for an individual transit agency to have an Emergency Management Plan or a Continuity of Operations Plan. Thank you Mitch Spicer
Answer:
The FTA does not have any rules, regulations or requirement for an individual transit agency to have an Emergency Management Plans or a Continuity of Operations Plan. Previously, the FTA has supported, advocated and recommended as guidance that all transit agencies have a System Security and Emergency Preparedness Program Plan (SSEPP) - https://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/security/securityinitiatives/actionitems/Item1/Program_Plan_Template/ssepp_template.asp. and a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). COOP is a mandate/requirement for Federal Agencies per Federal Continuity Directive 1 (FCD1) https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/86284. Although very much recommended as a practice for transit agencies, FCD 1 is not a requirement for transit agencies. For the Transit SSEPP, The American Public Transportation Agency (APTA) is a recommended source. The following link will provide you with guidance - http://www.apta.com/resources/standards/Documents/APTA-SS-SRM-RP-001-09.pdf For Transit COOP Guidance currently: APTA is a recommended source. The following link will take you industry guidance -http://www.apta.com/resources/standards/Documents/APTA-SS-SEM-S-001-08.pdf. For more information, we recommend that you contact the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). The following link will provide you information on public transportation security - https://www.tsa.gov/news/releases/2016/05/27/tsa-helping-make-rail-travel-secure. The site contains a “Contact Us link” and a search engine at the top that might be helpful in guiding your further toward your specific needs and appropriated contacts. Finally, for background/general information/explanation purposes regarding any future requests for assistance, guidance etc. from the FTA that may be similar to this one; FTA’s Office formerly known as the Office of Safety & Security has since become the FTA Office of Safety and Oversight (TSO) http://www.fta.dot.gov/tso.html. Accordingly, legislation entitled Fixing America’s Transportation Act (FAST) - https://www.transportation.gov/fastact | https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/summary-fta-programs-under-fast-act now serves as the foundation and primary impetus for FTA TSO’s initiatives and guidance to the Transit industry, with Transit Safety being the primary focus. Tony Tisdale Federal Transit Administration Emergency Coordinator Office of Safety Review-Emergency Management & Public Safety US DOT HQs-Washington, DC
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